During my winter stay in Europe, we did afternoon stopovers over in Bratislava and Donovaly for lunch.
We visited the town centre in Bratislava and had a wander around the Christmas markets. Bratislava seemed like a dainty town, small in structure and composed of pretty pastel coloured old buildings. Another stop over in Slovakia was in Donovaly, a ski resort. Some of the Australians I was on tour with had never been to the snow mountains and they were loving the experience of throwing snow balls. It was a joyous experience for them and nice to watch, but then that sensation went away when snow was thrown on me. The ability to have new countries ready available in a few hours drive is a concept not even possible in Australia. Travelling abroad is a vigorous task, taking up many hours. The experience of being able to drive country to country and have stop overs in other countries was so amazing. In a few hours, a new destination, a new culture and new things to experience was always awaiting us. The next stay during my winter in Europe is Budapest, Hungary. I hope that post for that will be up soon, I’m am very very very slowly getting through these posts from months and months ago (oops). Thanks for reading, Nat xx
Shirt: Bardot, Necklace: Happiness Boutique, Culottes, Shoes: Spurr, Clutch: New Look, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelets: (bangle) H&M, (beaded bracelet) Tiffany & Co
The lovely team at Happiness Boutique offered me a piece of jewellery to style with an outfit and I chose a mostly metal statement necklace. I went through a phase where each of my outfits were matched with a very colourful statement necklace, eventually I got over that and now have many neglected bright orange, blue and pink necklaces.
After getting over that phase I became partial to more minimal jewellery/metal styles. This necklace definitely is not minimal, however it was able to amplify this mostly monochrome look without brightly coloured beads.
Also, doesn't culottes remind of that viral video where the lady is going crazy on whether her jumpsuit is a dress or pants?
During my winter travels in Europe 6 months ago I visited Innsbruck,
Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.
Our bus journey from Rome to Innsbruck involved a few
hung-over friends and many Australians in awe of the snowfall outside.
Going from ancient Rome to Austrian cities was quite the
change. There were less historical ruins and mock gladiators and much more
mountainous scenery and layers of clothes.
We spent the afternoon in Innsbruck. We warmed up with hot
chocolates, admired the distant beautiful mountainous landscape alongside the pastel coloured architecture and wandered through the first of
many Christmas markets.
After our short stay in Innsbruck we travelled to Salzburg,
the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music. My family are huge fans of the Sound
of Music, so I was fangirling a bit knowing that I was in the city of the Von
Trapp family singers. We explored the city by walking to many of its monuments
at negative 4 degrees and it was the first time I had experience cold like that
without being at the Snow Mountains for skiing. Although the cold at times for
me was unbearable, it did not take away from the beauty of Salzburg. I will
never forget reaching the top of the hill to visit the covet Maria stayed at
and turning around to see the city of Salzburg with the mountains in the
background. I remember shivering from the cold but could not bring myself to
stop taking photos; it was so beautiful.
Next up was Vienna, with our first stop at Schobruun palace.
My initial reaction to the palace was “Wow!” and after walking around the
gardens I still could not comprehend its size. It was so lavish and grand, like
nothing I’d seen before. Of course when I went to take some photos there was no
SD card in my camera (sad face). We visited the Christmas market in between the
museums, a Schnapps museum (slash tried various and too much schnapps) and at
night went ice-skating. Our stay in Vienna was only a day but within that time
I was able to appreciate the picturesque sights and have my first winter outdoor
ice-skating experience with some wonderful friends.
Next up on my winter travels in Europe are Slovakia and
Sweater: & Other Stories, Shorts: Dotti, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Clutch: PopBasic, Metal Bangle: h&m, Bracelet: Tiffany & Co, Boots: Asos
It was a couple of years ago when I realised neoprene was becoming more prominent in causal clothing and being the online shopping addict I am, my first port of call was online fashion stores for those scuba feels. I found a neoprene dress on Asos and thought this is either going to look great or weird on and to my surprise it fulfilled both potentials, which makes me like neoprene even more. I wore it to a party and will always remember the constant puzzled question "Are you wearing a scuba striped dress thing?" I replied "Yas!"
Since then my partiality to neoprene has not stopped.
Whilst travelling in Europe and finally being able to hit up stores we don't have in Australia I was able to find this neoprene sweater in & Other Stories and I lurveeee it. Of course the lurveee for neoprene comes with constant surfer jokes and people stroking my sweater whilst I am wearing it, but it's all worth it.
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.
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.