Verona and Venice, Italy

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Verona, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Next up on our travels was Verona and Venice.

   On our way to beautiful Venice, we stopped by Verona for the afternoon and explored the setting of the famous tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" written by Shakespeare. I studied the text in year 9 and it wasn’t my favourite, however being in the midst of the supposed place of the famous star-crossed lovers was still quite the experience.

   The Romeo and Juliet sights were in a small location and overwhelmed with people. The sites included Juliet’s (quite small) balcony, a statue of Juliet that had a golden breast from being overly touched (for good luck) and a wall filled with love notes. Whilst the wall is a nice sentiment symbolising couples' love for each other, it is gross. It is riddled with chewing gum holding up love notes and I spotted a pad liner as a love note…. But all in all, whilst I felt a little claustrophobic and taken aback by the traditions at these “romantic” sites, it was still a notable experience being at the site of the famous Montagues and Capulets.

   Then we hopped back onto the bus and it was time for Venice. Luckily, I packed my trusty hunter wellies because Venice was flooded, however it added to the fun. The flood meant that many of us were piggy backing each other and wearing horrid plastic boots over our shoes and pants. Whilst the plastic boots my friends were wearing were not aesthetically pleasant, I couldn’t get over the beauty of Venice. The canals, the sea, the gondolas, the beautiful buildings and even the cobblestone grounds were an incredible sight. Our stay involved great espressos, a lace factory and a typical tourist gondola ride. It’s a place I definitely will not forget.

   Let me know your thoughts on Verona; the place of Romeo and Juliet and the incredible city of Venice.

  This posts sees the end of our stay in Italy, next up was Austria; Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna, which will hopefully be up soon.


Thanks for reading!
Nat xx

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Irresistible Me Hair Straightener

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The lovely team at Irresistible Me sent me one of their hair straighteners, so I decided to try it out on my beautiful friend (Sez) who has a gorgeous mane. Sez has long brown hair with some waves. Her hair naturally looks fantastic but we wanted to see how well the straightener would flatten out those waves for a sleek straight hair look. And well, if you can tell by the pictures it worked out incredibly well. Her hair straightened so smoothly with the tool and it also gave her brown locks a nice sheen. It's a great hair tool that will allow to quickly straighten your hair and still create a lovely outcome.

Thanks to Sez and Ivor for helping out with this post.

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx
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Transitional trousers

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Top: Target, Trousers & Ring: Asos, Shoes: General Pants, Watch & Bracelet (right hand): Marc by Marc Jacobs

I wore these trousers regularly in the non-crazy heat days in summer (as pictured above) and still wearing them in winter, just with a lot more layers involved.

I used to be the type of person who wore zero jewellery. I’ll blame it on my laziness; I could not be bothered with ironing my shirts let along dealing with necklace and bracelet hooks. But since I got my watch a couple of years ago, slowly I gained the ability to do jewellery hooks myself and add rings and bangles to my looks. Nowadays, on my wrists I’ll always be wearing my watch on my left hand and at least two bracelets, plus or minus some rings.  I’ve been trying to find my everyday necklace, something that’s a not too long and not too short, silver, delicate and simple. And I think I have finally found the necklace here. Here do you guys think?

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx

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Beach Greys and Dresslink Wishlist

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Dress: Topshop, Boots: Asos, Sunnies: Prada, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ring: Asos, Bracelet: market purchase

My poor photoshop were able to fortunately cover up my very bruised legs at the time when we shot this outfit. Perks of being a very clumsy person.
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Rome, Italy

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Exploring the city of Rome was like entering an entirely different world. 

The copious beautiful, immense and historical buildings were overwhelming. All the substantial monuments in Rome were definitely not let downs, they exceeded my expectations. Our time in Rome was spent walking around dazed at everything. It was all very impressive; from the Colosseum, the Spanish steps, Vatican City to the gelato store with 150 flavours (I'm still salivating over the meringue flavour that changed my fucking life).

My time in Rome was also the start of my TopDeck tour which would result in the craziest and most exciting and exhausting next 18 days. I explored a beautiful new city with new friends, cocktail buckets and getting my first little taste of the cold.

Next on our trip was Verona and Venice. Hopefully those posts will be up soon.

Thanks for reading,
Nat xx  

Overcast

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Top: Zara, Trousers: Asos, Sunnies: Prada, Jewellery on right hand: H&M, Clutch: New Look, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jewellery on right hand: Asos, Sandals: Novo

My outfit unintentionally matched up with the scenery of Geelong Pier.

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Catania, Sicily

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Our last city before we joined our TopDeck tour in Rome was Catania, Sicily in Italy.

My travel partner/best friend has Sicilian heritage, which motivated us to travel to Catania as it was close to the village his grandparents were from. Catania is not a very touristy place and being a little unorganised the two things we wanted to do; travel to the village and the Mt. Etna were booked out. We also got horribly lost one night and it was not fun. 

Whilst our stay involved some bummers, reflecting back on it I do appreciate that we visited Catania. It was an authentic italian city with beautiful views of Mt Edna, great weather and we did enjoy some nice food. There may have also been an incredibly hot waiter at a cafe that we could not converse with, but he was incredibly nice (and good looking! I thought I should mention that again). Also, looking back on it now it was probably beneficial that our stay in Catania was more slow-paced because after that our crazy and amazing TopDeck tour started.

I am excited to revisit Sicily in the European summer and travel to it's amazing islands.

Thanks for reading!
Nat xx
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