Travel Thursday | Beauty Around the World

Well, I can’t believe I’m writing this, but today marks just three weeks until Dave and I head off on our big adventure to see the world. Many of you will already know this if you’ve been reading my blog posts of late, but if not, then let me fill you in.

In three weeks time, Dave and I are embarking on a two month trip around the world. Yes, I really just said that. I can’t believe it myself. Eeek! When I say around the world, I really mean the other side of the world namely, Bali, Australia and Thailand. We’re just packing up, heading off, cameras and suncream in tow, and going to see where the adventure takes us. Somewhere good I hope…

As amazing as my trip is going to be, I don’t want to let my blogging fall by the way side while I’m gone, so I’ve decided to set a few blogging challenges for myself. Hence the purpose of today’s blog post.

I blog mostly about beauty and lifestyle, with a little bit of travel thrown in here and there when I visit different places, but because I’m going to be gone so long, I was concerned that travel posts may take over and not all of you will be interested in reading those posts. So, to make sure I cover topics everyone will be interested in, there will be a beauty challenge, a lifestyle challenge and of course, a travel challenge (the last of which let’s be honest, should be a doddle).

While I haven’t decided on all the challenges just yet, I have decided on one and that is, the beauty challenge. The first challenge is for me to discover, trial, test and blog about at least two beauty products or rituals native to each place I visit. So whether it be buying makeup from a local cosmetics company, having an amazing facial or massage experience, or giving a weird and wonderful local old wives tale a try, I’m going to challenge myself to embrace, blog and put them all to the test.

I’ve started researching beauty and skincare in each of the countries I’m visiting and already I’ve come up with a few gems. Here’s a look what awaits me:

Bali

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From what I’ve read so far about Bali, inner beauty is deemed just as important as outer beauty, in other words, healing and looking after ourselves from the inside out. Apart from regular massages, yoga and mediation, many Balinese use herbal heeling recipes, or Jamu it is known, to keep them healthy and glowing.

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Jamu is said to be full of anti-oxidants with amazing age-defying properties so needless to say I’m intrigued. I plan on routing out some Jamu filled products during my stay to see what all the fuss is about. I think there are Jamu teas and drinks too.

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There are also several Indonesian cosmetics brands, one in particular I keep coming across is called, Caring Colours. Now, I’ve no idea what the products are like, I’ve tried using google translate to learn more, but unfortunately I think I’ll just have to wait until we get there to suss it out.

Australia

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Australia is way ahead of the curve when it comes to certain beauty products and rituals. They do beach waves (and I mean the hair kind) better than anywhere else, they embrace natural beauty both in their look and in the products they use, and there are just so many Aussie brands I am dying to try out.

I’ve been in Australia before, I spent three months there about six years ago. But, it was my last stop on a ten month trip around the world and I was pretty broke. So beauty and makeup sadly didn’t get much of a look in back then, but I’m going to make up for that this time around.

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Perhaps the most famous products to come out of Australia is cult favourite, Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, which is said to be a miracle ointment made from 100% natural ingredients. It is good for chapped and cracked lips, minor burns, sunburn, insect bites – you name it. And it was even voted ‘Most Popular Lip Balm’ in Tripadvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards – who even knew there was such an award? It sounds very similar to my trusty Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream, so this is first on my list of products to try when I arrive.

Apart from Lucas’ Papaw, there are so many other Australian cosmetic and skincare brands I’m sure I’ll discover during the trip, but what intrigues me even more are some of the natural beauty remedies or old wives tales that are still used to this day. From applying almond oil all over your body after a cold shower; to putting apple cider vinegar in your hair for extra shine; to using basil to get rid of spots and blemishes, the Australian’s definitely know how to embrace the alternative. And although a bit apprehensive, I think I’m going to have to give some of these a try to see if they really do work.

Thailand

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Well, we all know that in terms of beauty, Thailand is probably most famous for its massage. I cannot wait to get a real, authentic Thai massage. I’ve heard they are sore, uncomfortable and a bit awkward, but I’ve also heard that you feel feckin’ fantastic afterwards.

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Spa culture is big in Thailand, and it’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to about our trip there. Because of this, several high quality holistic, natural skincare brands have shot to fame over the past number of years and by all accounts, they are amazing. Two of the most recognised and seemingly popular brands I’ve come across through my research so far are Siam Botanicals and another brand called Thann.

Image: Siam Botanicals

Aside from the fabulous spa culture, the Thai women also have some secret beauty rituals of their own. They believe mango is the cure for, well, pretty much everything from spots to cuts; Tamarind pulp is apparently a great skin exfoliator; while seaweed is reportedly their secret to shiny, bouncy hair. I’m not feeling very brave right now, but I’ll just have to man up – all in the name of beauty as they say!

Who knows if I’ll come across any of these brands whilst on my travels, I may discover many other weird and wonderful rituals and products instead, or I may discover none. But that’s my challenge, and I choose to accept it.

I’m hoping I might learn a thing or two, and maybe come home with incredibly gorgeous glowing skin just in time for Christmas? Or maybe I’ll have a few disaster stories that will do nothing more than give us all a great laugh! Either way, it’ll be an experience.

The countdown is well and truly on now, so be prepared for plenty more travel posts coming your way soon. And if you’re not into the travel posts, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with lots of beauty and lifestyle too.

Sorcha x

Friday Feeling in Kerry

It’s Friday, the best day of the week and also my favourite day. But this week it’s made even better by the fact that we are in beautiful Kerry for the weekend.

It was my birthday yesterday and I had such a lovely day, and today I’m very excited to be continuing the celebrations over the weekend.

Image: The Europe Hotel

We’re staying in the stunning Europe Hotel & Resort which overlooks the lakes of Killarney, but more importantly we are going there to celebrate my amazing friend Jess’s 30th birthday.

If you read my travel post yesterday, you’ll know that us and all our friends packed up for few days and made our way to Kerry for one big party, and we can’t wait!

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I’ll report back next week on how we got on as well as sharing all the hotel details. I’ve stayed there many times before and absolutely love it, so I’m pretty sure this time will be as good as it always is.
In the meantime if you want a sneak peak, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (@imsimplysorcha).

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

A Different Kind of Travel Thursday

Over the past few weeks Dave and I been away on a few little mini breaks, but this time rather than us heading off on our own, these trips have been spent with good friends and family. As someone who loves going away, and loves seeing new places, I’m always excited to head off on an adventure whether it be near or far, for a night, or a week, but trips I get particularly excited about are those spent with friends and family.

You may have heard me mention last week that we spent a couple of days in Spain over the August bank holiday weekend with some of our closest friends. There were ten of us in total, plus their babas, and it was one of those holidays where you really sit back and take stock on how important friends are. I love my friends very dearly, we have all been friends for an incredibly long time, we’re in similar stages of our lives and it’s wonderful to be able to share these stages together.

Long breakfasts in the sun, kids playing in the pool, lunches al fresco, BBQs and wine, endless amount of chatting, laughing, joking… What more could you want from a holiday? Nothing in my view. It was the perfect few days away, and made me very grateful for the amazing friends I have in my life, those who were on holiday, as well those who weren’t.


After only being home from Spain a few days we set off on our next adventure which was a weekend away with Dave’s family. His two brothers, their wives, their kids and his Mum. It’s a little tradition that they began a few years ago and it’s one of the things I look forward to most each year. As someone who’s siblings all live away, I have really learned to relish and value the time you have together with family, and this weekend was one of those times.

We were staying in apartments which were part of a hotel and they were lovely. There were great facilities for the kids, the boys had golf, and us girls had chats. Lots of chats, a little bit of wine, but mostly chats!

With all our lives being so busy, it’s so rare that we get to spend quality time together catching up, reminiscing, telling stories of old, talking, laughing, doing all the things that make being part of a family so wonderful. It’s one of those moments when you think to yourself, why don’t we do this more often? Because you have such a great time, and you realise how great being with your family is.

Tomorrow, for our third weekend away in a row, we are off to Kerry to celebrate one of our dear friend’s birthdays. It’s a big birthday, so our entire group are packing up and heading down there for a weekend of celebrations and quality time. Knowing my friends, it’s going to be a weekend to remember, as our time away so often is.

There will be laughing, there will be drinking, there will be singing, there will be dancing, there will be joking, there will be gossiping, there may even be a bit of crying! But one thing I know for sure is, it will be special, it will be brilliant, it will be memories in the making.

Because isn’t that what it’s all about really? Sharing your life with family and friends, making memories, celebrating life, enjoying the good things, being grateful for each other, and most of all, being happy?

I’m sure you all know by now how much I love travelling, I’ve spent much of this year visiting new places, and my travels don’t end here. But nothing can compare to the travelling that you do with those you love most.

Sorcha x

 

 

Tuesday Thoughts

This blog post could be called Tuesday Thoughts, or it could also be called Travel Tuesday, I’m not really sure how to decide because really it’s about my favourite thoughts on travel. My favourite thoughts, words and quotes.

I’m obviously in a travelling state of mind today, the sun is shining, I’m relaxed, I’m happy, but mostly, I’m thinking about of all the adventures that await us on our travels later this year.

I’m a dreamer and I always have been. Here’s what I’m dreaming about today…

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Don’t you ever just wonder what’s out there; what the world has to offer, what great places there are to discover, and people there are to meet? I do. I always wonder. But I don’t have to wonder anymore. Three months and counting…

Ps. In case you missed it, you can read my Hello World post with all my latest travel news here.

Sorcha x

Hello World, I’m Coming To Get You

It’s official, it’s real, and it’s happening. Eeek! Those of you who follow my Instagram will perhaps already know what I’m about to announce, but for those of you who don’t then here it is – the Year of the Holiday is about to get epic!

As most of you will know by now, for our first year of marriage, Dave and I decided to travel to as many places as possible, to see the places we’ve always wanted to see, to experience new cultures, to go on lots of adventures, and over the past seven months we’ve managed to pack a lot in. But now we’re taking it to a whole new level.

In October we’re going to embark on our biggest adventure yet and go travelling for two months. TWO MONTHS! To some of you that might not seem very long to see the world, but we’ve both been travelling before and the purpose of this trip is to get to the places we didn’t get to last time around. It’ll also be our first time travelling the world together.

Our first stop? Bali. Beautiful Bali.

We both have friends and family who’ve been to Bali travelling or on honeymoon and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad thing about it. From its beautiful green rice fields, to incredible culture, from amazingly friendly people, to white sandy beaches, Bali sounds like it has got a little bit of everything worth seeing.

I also have a romantic view of Bali from reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s adventures there in Eat, Pray, Love. I may have mentioned this before but that book had such a profound impact on me. Not because I think a medicine man is going to dramatically change the course of my life or anything, but because I love yoga and meditation, and the dreamer in me wants to find myself a little bit.

And being brutally honest here, I am the type of person to give a medicine man a visit too.

Our plan is to spend five nights in Ubud soaking in the culture, then head over to Gili Trawangan in Lombok for one night. I’ve heard to Gili islands are really worth a visit, and I’ve been longing to stand on the swing in the sea at sunset for quite some time now!

After that we go back to Seminyak and relax by the beach for five nights before heading to our next destination, the grand old continent of Oz.

I’ve been to Australia before, as has Dave, but while he spent a short bit of time around Cairns, neither of us travelled the East Coast. I spent most of my time in Sydney working while I was there, and apart from one weekend visit to Melbourne and Brisbane, didn’t get to see anything else. So this time the plan is to hire a car and spend a month travelling from Cairns to Melbourne. 

There are so many things we want to see and do. We want to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef even though the thought of it fills me with fear, we want to sleep on a Whitsunday island, we want to try to surf in Byron Bay, we want to go to a show in the Opera House, we want to eat delicious food in Melbourne and drink beer on the beach in St. Kilda. We want to do as much as we possibly can.

After Australia we make our way to Bangkok where we plan on spending two weeks discovering Thailand. Again, it’s probably not a huge amount of time to see everything we want to see there and so we’re sticking to the west side.

We will spend two nights in Bangkok to get our bearings and of course soak up the madness that is the infamous Koh San Road. Having spent three months in South America a few years ago, as well as a few weeks in India a few years before that, I’m used to the culture shock of different places, I absorb it, I thrive on it. I’m excited to see Dave’s reaction though as he’s never been anywhere like it before and I imagine the culture shock will be somewhat the biggest in Thailand. 

From Bangkok we will fly down to Phuket for a few days to relax in a nice resort before then making our way to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and finally the last stop on the trip, Railay in Krabi. 


I’ve heard the beaches in Railay are incredible so we decided to finish our trip there in a gorgeous five star hotel as it will also coincide with our one year wedding anniversary. What better way to end our trip and celebrate being married a year than on a beach in Thailand?!

Writing about it now, I still can’t believe it’s going to happen. But it is. Although it’s been in planning for quite some time now, on Friday we booked our flights and made it all official.

Simply Sorcha was never intended to be a travel blog, my regular readers will know I write about everything from beauty to fashion to anxiety to meditation, and to travel. It’s a blog about all the things happening in my life, and things that I love. But for two months of this year, it will most certainly become a travel blog.

I’ll take you all with us, I’ll share our stories, our experiences, our favourites and least favourites, but I’ll try keep some beauty and lifestyle posts in there too. 

So there you go, our big news. To say we’re excited is an understatement, it’s literally a dream come true.

I’m currently lying in the sun in my back garden, taking in the joy that is a sunny Dublin day. So for now, I will say goodbye as it’s time for me to get back to my travel guides.

Hello world, I’m coming to get you…

Sorcha x

Quality Time

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead of you. Last weekend you may remember me talking about me going on a trip to The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin and I’m very excited to say the day has finally arrived.

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Mum and I decided to treat ourselves to a girly spa day today, my Dad and Dave are both away for the weekend so what better excuse to treat ourselves to something nice.

As much as I love The Shelbourne, I’ve never been to the spa there so we’re both really excited to try it out and have some good old fashioned rest and relaxation. We’re starting the day off with brunch in town, and ending it with dinner in one of our favourite places to eat near home so it’s pretty much the perfect staycation.

Not only that but it’s so nice to have some Mum – Daughter quality time, catch up on all the family news and no doubt get lost in conversation over who knows what. Although I’m lucky enough to still live close to my parents, it’s rare that you get these kind of days to properly have some quality time and I for one can’t wait.

It’s been a strange week this week. On Thursday it was the birthday of a very old friend of mine who sadly passed away before Christmas. We all got together with his family on Thursday evening to toast him, and it really made me realise how short life can be and how precious our time with the people we love is.

I’ll be back with a full report on the spa and all our treatments in the coming days so if you want to know how we get on then watch this space.

For now, I hope you all have a lovely Saturday wherever you are today too.

Sorcha x

Travel: London & Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa

It’s Monday, the start of another week and I got back last night from my trip to London. For those of you who caught my travel post on Friday, you’ll know I was going to London for the weekend to celebrate my sisters hen. She’s getting married in September so of course we wanted to send her off into married life in style.

I arrived to London around 5pm on Friday evening (sadly after a two hour flight delay) and made my way to meet my two sisters. We had an evening of girly pampering in store, so the first stop was manicures and pedicures accompanied of course by some bubbles and cupcakes. It was the perfect start to our girly weekend.

Post nail pampering, we went back to my sisters house for take away, wine and movie night, and mainly a lot of chatting. When we don’t see each other every day, there’s always so much to catch up on, and it’s also very rare that we get some sister time just the three of us so it was really lovely.

We finished the night off by watching one of our old favourites, Thelma & Louise, and literally crying with laughter. You know that moment when someone laughs, then someone else, then all of you, and it’s so infectious you just can’t stop until you’re literally about to get sick? Yep, that laughing. The kind of laughing that is great for the soul.

On Saturday morning we were up bright and early to bring her to her actual hen destination which was the lovely Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa in West Sussex. We arrived to the most beautiful Elizabethan manor, with white washed walls and black timber panelling, and exactly the kind of charm you would imagine from a small town in the English countryside.

Our bedrooms were in the spa so were quite modern, but perfect for us as we had four to a room for our ultimate girly sleep over. We spent the day in the spa, drinking bubbles, catching up, eating, swimming and of course getting treatments done. It was a lovely relaxed way for everyone to meet each other, and have some pampering in the process.

I opted for a one hour Body Scrub/Massage as my treatment, and as I suffer from dry skin it was badly needed. The products they used for the scrub was a range called iLA which I had never heard of before, but the girl informed me it was a British organic luxury spa brand. And it smelled amazing!





The scrub itself was a full body scrub which lasted forty-five minutes, then I had a quick shower to wash off the product. This was followed by a fifteen minute massage using a body balm which contained rose and argan oil, to keep the skin hydrated. It was so good, by the end of it I was almost asleep on the bed! All in all, I really enjoyed it and my skin felt so soft afterwards. I then made my way into the relaxation room for some quiet time before going back out to meet the others and sit by the pool.



After we had all showered and changed that evening, and done a few hen things, we made our way to dinner in the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant. We had booked a private dining room for the evening which was lovely as we could chat away, and tell stories about our lovely bride-to-be without worrying about interrupting other guests.

Our meal was lovely. I opted for a trio of Pork as my starter, and a delicious Oxtail dish as my main which was mouth-wateringly good! And as I so often do, for dessert I decided on the cheese plate. For a Michelin star restaurant, I was a little disappointed with the cheese option so that was a bit of a let down, but we were having so much fun I didn’t care. We ended the night drinking and chatting away into the early hours, and it really was the perfect evening.


Breakfast yesterday morning wasn’t as great, the breakfast waitress seemed a little flustered and messed up our orders, but at that stage we just wanted to re-fuel and get back to the spa for one last swim before heading back to London and going our separate ways.

To finish the weekend off in style, we decided to make one final pitstop and paid a visit to Selfridges fab roof top restaurant Forest on the Roof, for a glass of Champagne and a bite to eat.

For the day that was in it I went all out and opted for their homemade cheeseburger and truffle fries, both of which were accompanied by a glass of rosé Moet. It was deliciously bold, and worth every pound it most likely added to my body weight!



We could have sat there all day and night long but unfortunately myself and our friend Aine had to get ourselves to the airport so we wouldn’t miss our flight home to Dublin. So we finished up, said our farewells to London town and made our way home.

I don’t know about you, but I would always think of going to a spa in Ireland for a spa break, but it really opened my mind up to the amazing country spa hotels the English countryside has to offer. We had such a great few days, full of pampering, eating, laughing, and of course bubbles. It really was the perfect girly weekend. And best of all, my sister loved it.

If you’re thinking of a spa break soon and want something a bit different then I’d really recommend having a look at what’s on offer outside of Ireland. If you book early enough the flights to London are really reasonable so it’s the perfect excuse to get away for a weekend.

For those of you who would rather something a little closer to home however, then keep an eye on the blog as this weekend I’m going to The Shelbourne Spa in The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin for a spa day with my Mum and I’ll be reporting back on our trip and treatments early next week.

For now though, Happy Monday! Hope you all have a great one.

Sorcha x

 

Travel Time

Although I only came back from Rome a few weeks ago, it’s time for me to pack my bags again and head off on my next trip. Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while now will know that this year I’m having a Year of the Holiday. And for those of you who are only happening upon my blogging adventures now, let me explain…

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I got married last December to my amazing other half Dave and we decided to have basically, one very long, fun, drawn out honeymoon. Even though let’s be honest, we had an amazing honeymoon to the Maldives right after we got married.

But for our first year of marriage, we wanted to spread our wings, see the world and go to all the places on our bucket lists that we’ve never been to, and revisit some places that we just haven’t been to together. So as with all resolutions, when the New Year arrived, we sat down and wrote a list. For those of you who want to see that list you can read my original post here, or just keep reading…

Initially when we wrote our list, we had over thirty countries and cities but given work and money and all those serious real-life things, we had to narrow it down to just twelve. The year is now half way through and so far we’ve managed to tick Paris, Rome, London, Kerry and Ibiza off the list, and have travelled to a few little other places around Ireland too.  And while I’m not so sure we’ll make all twelve by the end of the year, we’ll have definitely given it a good whack anyway!

Anyway, enough of my rambling and back to today. Today I go back to London for the second time this year, but this time it’s for a very special occasion – my sister’s hen weekend. Yay! My gorgeous sister is getting married in September and although I can’t reveal our destination for fear of ruining the surprise, I can say that we’ve got a gorgeous, girly weekend planned.

A little pampering, a little chatting, a little gossiping, a lot of bubbles… It’s going to be a great weekend and I can’t wait for some proper girly catch up time with both my sisters.

As always I’ll fill you in on all the adventures next week, but in the meantime if you want to see what we’re up to then don’t forget to come follow me on social media:

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Have a great weekend!

Sorcha x

 

Happy 4th July!

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It’s Monday and it’s freezing in Dublin, but it’s also 4th July so today I wanted to take some time to wish all my friends and readers from across the pond, a very Happy Independence Day.

Us Irish love a good celebration, and while we may not celebrate the 4th July in the same way as our American friends do, we always send a Sláinte or two their way, as they do for us on St. Patrick’s Day.

I think most Irish people feel an affinity to America as our history is so closely linked in many ways. It has long been a haven for Irish emigrants as we all know, and with more Irish in America now than in Ireland, it’s no wonder many of us love going there. I love America, I always have.

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I love its cities, I love its food, I love its spirit, I love its people, I love its ability to make you feel like anything is possible, I love its weather, I love its history, I love its movies, I love its streets that are laid out so perfectly, I love its traditions. I’m not so fond of some of its crazy characters, but I still love it. I’m sure you get the picture now!

So many of my favourite things come from there, and I love going there. I try to go at least every couple of years and never once has it disappointed me. I’ve been to California, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Florida, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. There is still so much more of it I want to discover.

I want to stand at the Lincoln memorial and have a chat to Abe, I want to sing a country song in a Nashville bar, I want to eat real southern fried chicken in the deep south, I want to go to Graceland, I want to take a selfie at the White House, I want to drink wine in Napa, I want go to a show in the Grand Ole Opry, I want take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, I want to visit a real ranch in Montana. I want to see it all and do it all.

When I was younger I used to say, before I die I’m going to get in a car and drive the whole 50 states of America, and that dream is still there. I haven’t thought about it for a while, it may not happen for a while, but its still there.

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As I sit here looking out the window at another city I truly love, my mind can’t help but wander to the warm sunny US of A climate, imagining all the celebrations that will be had today, and wishing I was there for the BBQ, beer and firework fun.

I’ve been in the US for the fourth on two separate occasions and both were days I’ll never forget. Summer dreams and sunny memories.

So to all my American friends, I wish you a very Happy 4th July and hope you have a wonderful day.

Sorcha x

 

Rome In Oufits

So those of you who’ve read any of my travel posts on our trip to Rome last week, will already know how much I loved it. It’s definitely become one of my favourite places and I’m already excited for the day that I can return, whenever that may be.

I love a good city break and usually tend to do city breaks in the Autumn or Spring so that the weather isn’t too hot and uncomfortable for sightseeing in the midday heat. But this time we decided to shake things up a bit, and booked our trip to Rome for Summer.

For those of you who don’t know, Rome in summer is scorching hot. We arrived to 29 degree heat and it was just gorgeous. Don’t you just love that feeling of heat on your face as you look up to the sky when you’re away somewhere warm?! I do. But with hot, sunny days also comes the obstacle of what outfits to wear that can allow you be tourists without sweating ridiculously and losing any sense of style you might otherwise have had.

Now while I’m not the world’s most stylish fashionista, I love clothes, I love shoes and I love accessories, like most girls do. I know what I like, I think I have fairly okay taste, and I’m a sucker for a mix of high street and designer pieces that can lift an outfit to another level. But let’s be real here, I’m no Kate Moss!

But getting back to Rome… I wanted to make sure I could do everything I wanted to do in the heat, while keeping a little bit of style in the mix too so I deliberated long and hard about what to bring with me to wear. I planned each outfit meticulously, and I’m happy to say although it was roasting, I think my outfits worked out pretty well…

Day to night look – This look was the perfect day to night outfit for a big city like Rome where you spend the day sightseeing but stop off in cafes along the way for a glass of wine and bite to eat. In the evenings it got a bit chilly so my trusty denim shirt was the perfect accompaniment to this maxi dress.

Dress: ZARA, Shirt: H&M Denim Shirt, Bag: DVF Mini, Shoes: ALDO

Ancient Adventures – I got this dress last Summer and it’s just so comfortable to wear. It’s cotton and very lightweight so was just what I needed for a day wandering around the Colosseum and Roman Forum in 28 degree heat.

Dress: H&M, Bag: DVF, Shoes: ALDO

Strapless Sundays – The Sunday of our trip was the hottest by far, the sun was splitting the stones and it was a roasting 30 degrees. To avoid getting tan lines I opted for this old strapless black top and paired it with these super baggy, printed hareem pants.

Top: H&M, Trousers: M&S Printed Hareem Pants, Bag: DVF, Shoes: ALDO

Dinner Date – I opted for casual dinner outfits, I would usually dress up more and at least put on a pair of heels when going out for dinner on holiday, but as you walk everywhere in Rome I decided to go for comfort over height! I got this stripy skirt in New York a few years ago and it’s become one of my favourite travel accessories. It’s so easy to wear and works both dressed up and dressed down.

Top: H&M, Skirt: Cotton On

Maxi Monday – For our last day I opted for this cute maxi skirt which some of you may have seen me wear in Ibiza. For this look, I paired it with a casual t-shirt, making it very lightweight and perfect for wandering the beautiful cobble streets while slurping a gelato!

Top: ZARA Basic Tee, Skirt: Penneys (Primark)

Gladiators in the home of the Gladiators – I don’t think any Summer trip to Rome would be complete without a pair of Gladiator sandals. The one thing I definitely recommend for sightseeing in the heat is to wear very light, but comfortable shoes. On the first day I wore leather runners and it was so warm that I ended up getting blisters on my feet. So for the rest of the trip it was sandals all the way.

Shoes: ZARA Silver Gladiators

If you’re going off adventuring anywhere warm this summer and you won’t be spending your time lying by a beach or pool, then maybe these outfits will give you a little inspiration on what to wear for your adventures…

My next trip away for our Year of the Holiday is to Spain with some of our close friends next month. So I better go start planning those outfits now!

Sorcha x