We’re here in Rome, it’s 28 degrees and the sun is shining and I’m already falling in love with this city. It’s just got that something, that cool, chic, sexy vibe about it, that something that makes you want to stay forever.
Although I don’t speak Italian I would love to be able to, for me it really is the language of love. I know this is usually said about French, but there’s just something about how the Italians speak, with so much passion, energy and enthusiasm that you just can’t help but be drawn in by it. It’s intoxicating in the best possible way.
So for the weekend that’s in it, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite Italian sayings with you all, to put some passion into your weekend and let me, even if just for a few moments, feel a very little bit Italian!
As many of you will know by now, last week we came back from a couple of days away in Ibiza. Okay, I know, I’ve been talking about it a lot, I’m sorry, but I did promise to share the details with you all so here they are.
We spent four days in Ibiza (from Thursday to Monday) so really it was just a long weekend but we still managed to pack a lot in over our few days. We there to celebrate my sister’s birthday, and she had it all planned out for us which was amazing as it was our first time there.
My first impression of Ibiza was that it is incredibly beautiful in parts. We didn’t really know what to expect, it has such a big reputation of being a party island, which it is, but there is another side to the island too which very laid back and full of beautiful restaurants, streets and beaches.
We stayed in a small boutique Agrotourismo hotel in the hills just ten minutes from Ibiza old town called Can Guillem. These Agrotourismo hotels were once working farms that have been transformed into tourist accommodation and they are just full of Spanish charm.
White washed stone walls covered in beautiful flowers greet you when you arrive, and are everything you would expect from an old Spanish building. The outdoor courtyard where they serve breakfast in the morning is equally picturesque and there is also a nice pool area where we were able to while away a few hours each day soaking up the rays.
While it was nice, I don’t think we would go back and stay there. It was more like a B&B as they don’t serve lunch or dinner and there is no restaurant or bar. However, for this trip it was the perfect place to lay our heads as it was very close to the venue where my sister’s party was being held.
One thing I was really looking forward to about the trip was experiencing a beautiful Ibizan sunset as I had heard they were amazing. I do love a good sunset, and being the hopeless romantic that I am, I was very excited to go for sunset drinks on the Friday.
We went to a beach club called Experimental Beach and it was incredible. It’s based on the salt planes and to get to it, you have to drive over the planes out in the sea meaning the views here are just insane. You couldn’t be closer to the edge of the island if you tried!
As I knew we’d be out late, I decided against wearing beach wear and instead opted for a boho style maxi skirt with a bardot top.
When we arrived around 6pm many of the day’s sunbathers were packing up to go so we managed to get some great sun loungers and chairs right at the front of the beach, a prime position to watch the sun go down.
The atmosphere was so relaxed; chill out dance music was playing in the background, the cocktails were delicious, and best of all, the sunset did not dissapoint.
The evening that we were there also happened to be their opening party of the summer season and they had a photographer there to capture all the nights events. Luckily for us, he got some great shots of our group so I have borrowed them from their Facebook page to give you all a proper look at the beach club itself:
Our sun loungers on the beach:
Me and my two sisters, Dave and my future brother-in-law relaxing at our sea side table, just about to realise our photo was being taken! Not the most flattering photo of me I know, but I had to put it in as it’s a great shot of us all sipping our tequila cocktails getting ready to watch the sun go down:
A gorgeous view of the sun setting from the beach bar:
Our beach fun on Friday was only a precurser to the main event on Saturday, a pool side party planned for my sister’s birthday celebrations. It was a joint party for her and one of her friends and was being held in a fabulous bohemian style hotel in the Ibizan hills.
The hotel just screamed boho chic. Vintage, mismatched furniture, hammocks and luxurious sun loungers, all meshed together in that effortlessly cool modern/bohemian way, that I just couldn’t help but fall in love with the quirkiness of the place as soon as I arrived.
We spent the afternoon sipping cocktails by the pool before sitting down to a lovely Argentinian style BBQ in the evening which set us up to party and dance the night away.
In keeping with the venue, the theme for the party was boho chic and if you read any of my blog posts before we went, you’ll know that I was struggling to decide what outfit to wear. I ended up going with a blue floral ZARA midi dress, a coin style headpiece and lots of layered accessories.
As there was so much going on with my outfit I kept my makeup look simple by going for a soft eye. This is a much simpler eye than I would usually apply going to a party, but to bring out the colours in the dress, I opted to go for a strong lip instead.
This lip colour is one of my all-time faves, YSL’s Le Orange, which you may have heard me talking about before.
It was such a great night; needless to say we partied into the early hours and woke up with very sore heads on Sunday morning from all the rosé consumed (or at least I did anyway!). As a result, Sunday was spent lying by the pool relaxing before our early flight home on Monday morning.
Although our trip was short and sweet, we really enjoyed it. I’m not sure when or if we’ll go back for another visit, but if we do, there’s plenty more for us to see and do that we didn’t get to this time around.
There’s a little bit of everything in Ibiza which is probably why I liked it so much. And it’s another new place that we can now tick off our Year of the Holiday list!
Well holiday day has finally arrived, yay! As you’ll know if you’ve been reading my recent posts, I’ve been planning for this trip for quite a while now between trying to be healthy and losing some weight, to planning each outfit meticulously in order to be party ready.I’ve never been to Ibiza before and have heard so many great things about the old town where we are staying, not to mention some of the incredible sunsets I’ve seen pictures of on Instagram. I’m pretty sure every evening we’ll be found in one sunset bar or another sipping cocktails while watching the sun go down.
When I get home from my trip next week I’ll share some of my outfit and makeup looks with you, but for this post I thought I’d share some of my beauty and accessory must haves for my holidays and what I’m bringing with me:
PARASOL SPF Sun Lotion – Obviously the most important thing when going away to somewhere hot is having good UV protection. I use Parasol Sun Care and have done for several years now. It’s an Irish brand so apart from supporting Irish, it’s the best sun lotion I’ve used. What’s more, you only need to apply it once a day, what more could you want?!
For my face I usually use a brand called Heliocare as it’s the best I’ve come across for face protection. However, I’ve read a lot of good things about this La Roche-Posay Anthelios face cream so for this trip I decided to try it out. I’m using SPF 30 so I’ll keep you posted on what it’s like.
Apart from face protection, I always buy separate lip protection too as I have very sensitive lips that tend to burn easily. The one I use a lot is this SPF 30 Lip Protection balm from the Boots Soltan range. It has great lasting power (even if you are sweating in the heat!) and doesn’t taste bad on your lips either like some other lip SPFs that I’ve tried.
The Nivea Soothing Aftersun lotion is by far my favourite aftersun. It contains Aloe Vera, has a lovely creamy consistency and is super hydrating for the skin after a day lying in the sun.
I have thick, curly hair and because of that, my hair is prone to getting very dry in the heat. I came across this Heat Defense spray from TRESemmé last summer. I was surprised to find that it kept my hair nourished and shiny so needless to say it’s going in my wash bag again this year.
I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, I think it’s safe to say most beauty lovers are. I always have it in my handbag, and it’s great on holiday to relieve any insect bites or sunburn.
To remove my makeup at night, I’m bringing the new Garner Express 2 in 1 Make Up Remover. I haven’t tried it before but have read good reviews, plus it’s mini size so it’s perfect for travelling. I’ll keep you posted on what I think of it.
As mentioned above, my lips can get very dry in the sun so I’m bringing my Elemis Lip Revive balm to keep my lips soft. I use Eight Hour Cream on my lips too, but as the Elemis balm is also mini size, it’s a handy one for the handbag in the evening!
My Dr. Obagi Oclipse Sunscreen & Primer is what I wear on my face everyday. I am so particular about my skincare routine and use all Dr. Obagi products which I may have mentioned before. This primer is SPF 30 and is also tinted so great for holidays when you don’t want to wear makeup during the day.
Lipstick, oh lipstick. My favourite! Many of you will already know that I’m obsessed with lipsticks, they are just my ‘thing’. In fact, on occasion I have been known to pick the lipstick colour before the outfit. Does anyone else do that?!
Anyway, I’ve packed three of my favourite lipsticks, MAC Lady Danger, MAC Love Goddess (from the Marilyn Monroe collection), and YSL Le Orange. I also got a new lipstick for my trip called Relentlessly Red from MAC’s Retro Matte lipstick collection. This shade is literally my dream, I honestly don’t know how I haven’t come across it before now but I’m very excited to try it out. Can you tell I love orange and coral shades by the way?!
Every trip to the sun requires a pair or two of cute sandals but if I’m being honest I’ve actually packed five pairs, not just the two in this photo. I’m only going for five days so I know, it’s ridiculous. I know. But I just couldn’t resist, you’ll never know when you might need them, right?!
These two pairs are from Penneys and New Look, and apart from being very inexpensive, they are very comfortable too.
I’m an accessories girl at heart and as mentioned before, the theme for this trip away is Boho Chic. I’m a sucker for statement neck and head pieces, and there are so many great accessories on trend for this summer. I’m particularly loving H&M’s Coachella collection which is where the neck piece and floral head bands are from.
DVF. Need I say more? My DVF cross body mini bags are life! Big enough to fit all your essentials, small enough to throw across your body and go. My black one comes pretty much everywhere with me, and my bright coral one is a must for any trip to the sun.
Lastly, I’m taking these amazing body tattoos which I picked up from the H&M Coachella collection also. The little stars are super cute and will be a great addition to my Boho theme. My sunglasses are from H&M and Penneys.
Before you say it, I know, I’m bringing quite a lot of stuff for a five day trip. And that’s not even half of it. I’ve always had a tendency to overpack and I’m sure this time is no different, eeek! But what the hell, better to be safe than sorry.
It’s Friday, most people’s favourite day of the week, and definitely mine. As you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been going through a bit of a difficult patch of late but I’m happy to say that the clouds are finally lifting.
It’s been hard to stay positive, it’s never easy being cheerful and optimistic all the time when things are tough, but I got through it. I’ve no idea what the future holds, which is exciting and scary in equal measure, but I’m embracing the change and looking forward to new adventures.
The news that I haven’t been able to share up to now, is that I’m going to be finishing up my job at the end of June – giant EEEK! I’m going to take a few months off to write and blog, and dedicate more time to doing the things I love. And while I’ll be on the hunt for a new job throughout, the prospect of having a summer to myself is simply thrilling.
It’s been years since I took some time off, it’s a rare thing in this busy world we live in, so needless to say I’m very excited. And what’s more, I’m off to Ibiza next week for a long weekend and I can’t wait to feel the sun on my face, sip cocktails by the sunset and kick off the summer and new adventures in style.
The older I get the more aware I become of time; the time we have to live carefree, the time we have to do the things we want to do, the time we have to live. And I just want to make the best possible use of that time before Dave and I do the other things we want to do like buy a house and have a family.