Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Travel Diaries: Rome

Where we stayed

We stayed at La Maison di Sant'Anna which is in a great location, just behind Campo de' Fiori in the heart of Rome.  Teatro Argentina was also just a minute walk away.  In fact, almost everything was in walking distance with the Pantheon being just 5 minutes walk, the Trevi Fountain about a 25 minute walk and great bars and restaurants in the close-by area of Trastevere.


My husband booked a 'Deluxe Double Room with Hot Tub' and it certainly didn't fail to impress! The high end spec of the space and the luxury of your breakfast being delivered to your room every morning definitely felt like a treat.







Things to do

{The Trevi Fountain}

You definitely need a few days to fully take in everything that Rome has to offer.  My favourite place was undoubtedly the Trevi Fountain, however a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel was definitely a highlight.  I do highly recommend a walking tour for the Museums - it gets REALLY busy but with a guided tour you not only get to queue jump (it's a long queue!), you also get an insight into the overwhelmingly beautiful and historic art the museum has to offer.

 {The Spanish Steps}

The Spanish Steps is also a sight not to be missed and it wouldn't be a trip to Rome without a visit to the Colosseum.  We visited just before sundown and there were minimal queues.

 {The Colosseum}

The best way to see the city (or any city for that matter) is to get tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.  We stayed on for one complete route and then decided where we wanted to go and in which order.  The city is walkable, and there's something historical and beautiful around almost every corner, however I did find the tour useful to get my bearings and get to know which areas of the city were home to each landmark.

Places to eat


Surprisingly, it was difficult to find a good meal in Rome that was comparable to the standard of quality and taste we're used to in the UK.  It really was hit or miss and the Trastevere area is the only place I recommend you go for a good meal, with most of the restaurants in that area boasting 4.5+ reviews.  

See more of Rome in my travel vlog below:


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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Spanish Steps

Location: The Spanish Steps, Rome 
{Jumper - similar here & here | Skirt - sold out, similar here | Shoes - here | Bag - here (in large)}

Dressing for a city break in winter can be tricky.  Even though researching the weather forecast was something I did as part of the packing process, the warmth at this time of year in Rome surprised me. However, being a person who feels the cold (very) easily, I was glad of my roll neck jumper when the days turned into night.  I paired it with this rust orange skirt as an ode to the not-quite-winter season and my new birthday present - the Michael Kors Mini Sloan.


{All that walking calls for a gelato}
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Las Vegas: Casino Fashion

{Left: Yellow details in The Lobby Bar @ Aria | Right: Our suite @ Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas}

I've been lucky enough to have visited Las Vegas twice in recent years - we actually spent our honeymoon there - and it is undoubtedly a place like no other.  The casinos are stunning and a spectacle that everyone should get to see in their lifetime.  However I have to admit, playing the tables at a casino still gives me anxiety! I'm definitely more at home playing the machines (plus - I find the games way more fun!).  If the thought of playing at the real-life tables fills you with dread or the rules of blackjack escape you, you can always click here to hone your skills at websites who are part of the responsible gaming trust.

We stayed at the Aria back in 2014 and I have to admit, as it was home to my first Vegas experience, I will definitely always have a soft spot or it.  Our room was phenomenal and super modern with a huge tub, a separate shower and a double sink situation - *bathroom goals*


This year we went back for our honeymoon and were treated to an upgrade at The Cosmopolitan. The hotel has a fashion and art theme (right up my street) and we definitely got lost a few times exploring! We were lucky enough to have a balcony looking over the strip and Bellagio fountains - it was magical!

{Sunrise view from our balcony @ Cosmopolitan}

{Outside The Chandelier Bar @ Cosmopolitan} 

When considering 'casino fashion' pretty much anything goes, however I like to mirror the opulence of my surroundings in what I wear - after all, when do you get the chance otherwise?!  I found this green velvet treasure whilst rummaging through the racks at T K Maxx and instantly fell in love.  The decadent fabric in this rich green colour seemed the perfect match for what I was looking for. The wrap detail makes the dress super flattering and the wrist-length sleeves would definitely keep you warm in the air conditioned environment.

{Green Velvet Dress - Club L, similar here}
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Friday, 18 November 2016

Grey Days

{Jeans - here | Jumper - out of stock - similar here | Jacket - sold out, similar here | Shoes - here | Umbrella - Radley | Bag - Kate Spade}

The more I wear this jacket, the more I realise how ambiguous it is.  In some circumstances it's almost certainly a shade of grey but against my grey bag, it's definitely a shade of icy-blue.  I managed to find these shoes that are almost a perfect match in colour and paired with this pale grey cowl neck jumper, it pulls the look together perfectly.




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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Pack with Me: Rome


This week I'll be packing my weekend suitcase for a trip to Rome that my darling hubby booked for us for my birthday.  If you watch my YouTube channel, you may have seen my 7 Tips for Travelling Light and I fully intend to put these into practice.  Over the next week or so I'll be revealing my chosen outfits and why I chose them, as well as a new instalment in my 'Travel Diaries' series. Read on for a sneak peek into what I plan on taking; beauty-wise...


As you'll notice, my travel makeup has been reduced considerably in volume since this video and I finally feel like I've nailed the 'packing light' strategy when it comes to makeup.  The key is not sacrificing product quality but to find multi-use products such as Benefit Shy Beam which brightens and offers coverage - as well as making a great eyeshadow base.


Whilst I may be in danger of seeming hyper-organised, I really think the more thought that goes into what you pack, the more economical you become.  On this note (in addition to the tips in my video) I like to lay out my chosen outfits and take a picture of them right down to the accessories and store them in an album on my phone.  It may be a direct result of my incredibly awful memory but I can't bring myself to think about what to wear whilst I'm actually on holiday - so this is the perfect solution to me; open my phone, look at the outfit pictures I've taken, get dressed and spend less time wondering what to wear and more time going out to enjoy the beautiful place I'm in.

Do you like to be organised when it comes to packing for a trip?
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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Christmas Gift Guide Part 2: Under £50

Want to spend a little more? Today's post is part 2 of my Christmas Gift Guide. This instalment includes gifts up to £50.  Missed part 1? Read it here.


1. Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Matte Palette £38.50 - A sure-fire winner for any make up lover, the ultimate basics matte palette features 12 neutral matte shades.

2. Dune Leopard Print Sandrine Micro Bag £33 (was £48!) Micro bags and mini bags are everywhere this season and the leopard print detail on this one makes it right on trend.

3. Kate Spade Glitter Stud Earrings £35 - Nothing says Christmas more than sparkle and these earrings are perfect for the festive season and beyond. 

4. Black Hooded Long-line Faux Fur Bomber £50 - Who doesn't love a bit of faux fur during the winter?  This style bomber is definitely of-the-moment and the fact that it's hooded only adds to it's appeal. 

5. Guerlain Terracotta Pause D'eté Bronzing Duo £50 - Warm up any pale winter complexion with this luxurious bronzer from Guerlain.

6. Floral Spot Brushed Flannel PJ Set by Cath Kidston £50 - PJs were always a Christmas Eve tradition at our house so I always have to have a new set at Christmas.  This set is darling!

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Bra-blems (Bra Problems) with ThirdLove


Today we're talking Bra-blems with the help of ThirdLove, a revolutionary company changing the way we wear bras and approach bra problems or 'bra-blems'.  Experts estimate around 85% of women wear the wrong size bra!  I can't help but admit that I've definitely fallen victim to the dreaded 'quad-boob' or 'side-spill'.  An ill-fitting bra can be terrible for your look, yet so many people don't invest the time to find the right fit.  Don't fear ladies - a good foundation for your fashion can make your look and with the help of ThirdLove I've brought you some tips to overcome any bra-blem you might have.

ThirdLove have very kindly offered 15% off for my readers with the code - TLNOVBB15

 




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Monday, 14 November 2016

Fringe Details

{Jeans - here | Poncho - no longer available, similar here | Scarf - Primark, similar here | Boots - H&M, similar here and here | Bag - Kate Spade}

I consider the humble poncho to be one of Autumn and Winter's most versatile pieces.  It seems I have a penchant for fringing and this grey poncho is a minimalist's dream.  It's neutral colour means it can be paired with so many different outfit combinations, but I of course {with my love of neutrals} paired it with black and these fringe detail boots.  



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Friday, 11 November 2016

20% off at Coconut Lane



Christmas is just around the corner and if you're anything like me, you're thankful for any gift ideas you can get! I stumbled across Coconut Lane* on Instagram and instantly fell in love with their products.  To quote their own tag line - the items are 'all about that sass' with phone cases, wall art, accessories and more - you're sure to find the perfect gift (or treat for yourself!). 

I've included some of my favourite items in this post but to see the full product range click here: Coconut Lane.  I also have a 20% off code for my readers, just enter 'lisajane20' at the checkout!

'Pizza is Bae' Sweatshirt - here
Marble Phonecase - here
Pink Pom Pom Keyring - here
Confidence Wall Art - here
Rose Crystal Bangle - here
Doughnut Socks - here

*this post is not sponsored.
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

My Party Season Pamper Essentials


There's not much that makes me feel better during the cold winter nights than lighting a festive candle and having an at-home pamper.  With the party season right around the corner, I'm sharing with you my pamper routine essentials in preparation for a festive night out.

Clock-wise from top:
1. Eyelure Dipbrow Dye Kit in Dark Brown (Part of a set - here)
2. Eyelure Lash-Pro Individual Eyelashes - here
3. Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Under Eye Rescue $22 at Sephora for 4 sets of patches
4. L'Occitane Precious Cleansing Foam - here
5. 111Skin Face Gold Brightening Treatment Mask - here (part of my Glossybox this month! £20 value alone!)
6. Prada Candy Body Lotion - Part of a set with the perfume (here - would make a pretty gift!)




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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Christmas Gift Guide Part 1: Under £25

With the festive season is fast approaching, I've put together a series of Christmas gift guides for some much needed inspiration. This week's instalment includes items under £25 - perfect for small gifts or stocking fillers.



1.  Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara £19 - My experience of Too Faced products was relatively limited until recently when I purchased the Boudoir Eyes Palette.  I must admit - the quality exceeded my expectations and the packaging would be right at home on any girls dressing table.  I went on to purchase the Born This Way foundation and the Better than Sex mascara (it's my go-to for days when I don't want to wear falsies) and they've both become some of my all time favourite products.  

2. Accessorize Turnback Cuff Leather Gloves £25 - As soon as the temperature dips I take the first opportunity to wear faux fur.  These gloves are dreamy and the perfect colour.

3. Jo Malone Christmas Ornament £22 - Not much feels more decadent than a Jo Malone fragrance and this Christmas gift set would be welcome under any girl's Christmas tree.

4. Clinique Chubby Sampler £20 - This cute gift set would be perfect for that makeup obsessed gal in your life.  Perfect gift with a perfect price!

5. Merry CHICmas jumper (hurry - it's on sale!) £7 - It wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas jumper and they don't come chic-er than this number.  

6. MAC Limited Edition Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick £17 - As a self confessed MAC addict (who isn't these days) I had to include a piece from the new Nutcracker Sweet collection.  The collection was inspired by 'oversized treats and rosy cheeked nutcrackers' (enough said).


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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Black Velvet

{Boots - here | Skirt - Bebe, similar here | Top - Primark, similar here | Sunglasses - here | Bag - similar here}


There's something sumptuous and luxurious about velvet that makes me wonder why it ever went out of fashion.  Happily, it's back to being trendy and I couldn't be more pleased. This long sleeved top feels opulent in a way no other fabric could and I can't wait to wear velvet in as many ways as possible throughout the party season.





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Monday, 7 November 2016

Travel Diaries: Santa Barbara

{Palm trees & blue skies in Santa Barbara}

A year last Christmas we took a trip to San Francisco and followed Route 1 down to LA - stopping at Santa Barbara on the way.  We only stayed as an overnight stop before continuing our road trip but I wish we'd scheduled more time to take in this beautiful beach town.  Santa Barbara spoke to me, in a way most of California did.  The laid back atmosphere, continuous sun and calm waters were idyllic and waking up there is something I will never forget.

{Views from Route 1 - Photo by me}

Before I get into where we stayed in Santa Barbara I feel the need to mention a sea-view cafe we stopped at on our way down the coast road.  We had the most amazing lunch overlooking the sweeping ocean.  The views were uninterrupted and literally stunning to the point where I still think about this place (a lot) almost 2 years later! The Lucia Lodge & Restaurant.

Where we stayed


We spent our brief stay at The Harbor View Inn right across from the beach in Santa Barbara.  The room was very comfortable with a huge bed (important when you're still suffering from jetlag!) and the view from our balcony was amazing. Unfortunately I only have video footage and didn't take any photos of our room but it was just like the website pictures!


We had breakfast before setting off in the cafe attached to the hotel - Eladio's (guests had a percentage off - I think around 10%) and the views were amazing! Another moment that's hard to forget.
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