A Sicilian Adventure | Travel

Hey dolls, how are all of my lovely readers doing? Its been a while since I’ve done a post, I keep meaning to and, oops – life gets in the way. But I’m very excited about this one!

I’m finally posting about my lovely little holiday break to Italy with my boyfriend. We loved Rome so much in December 2016, so, we decided to pick another beautiful place in Italy to visit in December 2017, we picked the amazing Sicily and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Here are the top 3 places we explored, and I hope it inspires you to visit one day – Enjoy!

Murgo Winery

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There are so many wineries in Sicily, it was a very hard choice between them all wanting to get it right. We ended up choosing Murgo out of convenience as it was closest to our hotel and Sicilian taxi’s cost an absolute bomb – but it ended up being the best choice!

Everything about Murgo was great, their fresh wines, home grown and made food, beautiful views at every corner, orange trees and the cutest friendly dogs running around!

Mount Etna – Europe’s Tallest Active Volcano

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I was so nervous to go up mount etna but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t! We rented a car and drove up the winey roads with the most magnificent views you could ever imagine. We thought it couldn’t get any better, but we we’re absolutely blown away once we got to the first stop – 3000 meters high!

For our first time on Mount Etna we we’re recommended by a local and our hotel receptionist to go up there and explore alone rather than get a guided tour, and if you plan on going I recommend the same too!

If there is enough snow on Mount Etna you can ski on there, which is what we hoped to do but unfortunately, we had amazing sunny weather when we went.

Taormina – Ancient Greek Theatre & Villa Comunale

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Taormina is such a pretty and authentic Sicilian town in the hills, the pretty and picturesque houses and streets are beautiful enough, but the views from the town are mind blowing.

We visited the ancient Greek theatre & the villa comunale before having lunch in a cute restaurant sitting on top of ancient roman ruins – I’ll let the pictures tell the story for this one.

There are endless places to explore in Sicily that you are literally spoilt for choice, but these are the places we chose for our 4 nights in Sicily.

I hope this has inspired you to visit Sicily one day because it is definitely worth it.
(If you are thinking about it – I recommend staying in Taormina or Palermo and booking your tours to these places from there)

Turtleneck Crazy

Hello, my lovely readers, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with everything you desired and, Happy New Year!! Didn’t 2017 just fly by!

Starting my first blog 2018 with a current favourite of mine – turtlenecks! My go to piece for this winter (as you’ve probably seen in my last blog Day to Night II: Winter Edition). There are endless ways to style them, but here are a few of my favourite ways to style a turtleneck.

Look 1 – Turtleneck & Oversized Jacket

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Look 2 – Turtleneck & Jumper

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Look 3 – Turtleneck & Jumpsuit

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Look 4 – Turtleneck & Fur

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Day to Night II: Winter Edition

Hello my lovely readers, how are you all doing this week? Busy Bee’s in the Christmas season, a time to relax and unwind but yet so hectic!

Rushing around getting presents in the day and trying to make it in time for that xmas get together at night – Christmas has to be the time you need an outfit that can fit into your busy day and sassy night the most right? Well, I’m back with another day to night outfit: winter edition!

Day Look

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For a cute day look I paired my light pink turtle neck with black jeans, boots and a suede jacket – add a scarf if it’s a little chillier too.

Night Look

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Taking that cute day look to a sassy night look; I switched my jeans for leather leggings, did a knot on my top, wore open toe ankle boots and for the real sass – FUR!

I’m posting this blog as I am just about to board my plane! Follow my instagram and stay tuned on my blog to find out where I’m going and all about my amazing trip!

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Stay Glowing In Winter | Skincare Tips

Winter is here which means that summer glow is gone! Colder, crispier weather can leave your skin dry and dull. I’ve got some AMAZING tips for you to keep up that summer glow, even in the winter!

Use Hyaluronic Acid

Cold weather, long hot showers and central heating can take a lot of moisture out of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is the perfect solution for the dry winter season, it’s a humectant which means it retains and preserves moisture; it does this by drawing water from the deeper layers of your skin into the more superficial layers and deeply hydrates your skin.

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I am currently using Superdrug ‘Simply Pure Rich Emulsion Moisturiser’ which contains Hyaluronic Acid in it, it’s only £4.99 and it has honestly been amazing for me so far – don’t bother with the expensive ones, it’s a con – they all work the same.

Face Oil Overnight

Sounds like a disaster because oil is seen as ‘greasy’ but it honestly does wonders for the skin.

Coconut-oil

Coconut oil is cheap, it’s not greasy and it does amazing things! Before you sleep cleanse your face (we’ll get to my recommended cleaner below) and moisturise with coconut oil – this locks in the moisture without leaving you with a greasy feeling and you wake up with a natural glow. Coconut oil is amazing for the skin and keeping spots away. Of course, it varies between people, but it has always worked wonders on me and I highly recommend it.

Regularly Apply Eye Cream

Whenever winter comes, dark and puffy eyes seem to follow, no matter how much sleep you get – annoying right? But one thing I found to help with this is eye cream.

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I’ve been trying out Superdrug’s ‘Vitamin E Eye Cream’ and so far it’s great, it keeps my dark circles at bay. I also use eye patches to help with my puffy eyes, I suffer from this quite frequently and especially in winter.
Superdrug ‘Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches’ are honestly amazing for puffiness and they brighten the eyes too.

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Avoid Wipes – Use cleanser instead

They’re so much easier to use and especially after a night out, but cleansing/makeup wipes wipes don’t effectively clean the skin, they smear dirt, bacteria, oil and makeup all over your face.

A lot of makeup wipes also irritate the skin, since you aren’t rinsing the active ingredients in the wipes that are smeared all over your face, you leave your skin exposed to so many chemicals. Some wipes even contain alcohol which can cause stinging and is very drying – not the best for your skin and especially in winter!

Nivea

Use a hydrating cleanser instead, I like to use ‘Nivea Micellar Water’ with a cotton pad, rinse my face & then apply ‘Nivea Purifying Toner’. It gets all the makeup off my face, doesn’t irritate or dry my skin & also keeps it hydrated.

Exfoliate regularly

We all know about this one, but does anyone else keep forgetting or gets too lazy to do it when you’re so busy? Yeah, I do too! But it’s super important to do, exfoliating removes dullness and flaking caused by dead skin cells and you definitely want to get rid of those – especially in winter!

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I use an exfoliating kit from eBay   (Exfoliating kit), which is honestly no different to the expensive you can get. Once again – it’s a con! I use it with my all-time favourite, ‘Clean & Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash’, I try to exfoliate at least once a week  but also never more than twice a week – over-exfoliating does exist.

I hope these tips have helped you out this winter, let me know how you find them and if there are any tips I should know about?

 

Ways To Style | Red PVC Pants

Hello dolls, I’m back again for your weekly dose. How are you all?

I know we’ve all seen PVC pants flying around everywhere, it’s the latest trend, its very out there, it’s sassy and I love it! Here’s ways you can style them for all occasions.

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Very simple and perfect for those winter nights – thigh highs, off shoulder and a banging jacket.

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These pants are gorgeous with a lace bodysuit and the perfect outfit for those nights out where you don’t want to wear a dress but still wanna look fabulous.

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Red PVC pants aren’t just for going out, they can be simply styled down with some boots and a check shirt.

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The perfect inbetween for casual but sassy. A cute jumper (features in Jumpers Galore) and boots.

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Autumn Trend Favourites | AW17

Hey Dolls, I’ve really missed blogging for you these past two weeks! Doesn’t time just go so fast? My aim is still a blog a week; I’m working on that.

I know Autumn is nearly over right? But I’m back this week with 4 of my Autumn trend favourites that I know you’ll love – inspired by London Fashion Week!

Red

Red is definitely the colour this Autumn/Winter season, it dominated the A/W17 shows – Givenchy, Max Mara & Preen all featured looks head-to-toe in red.

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I like to call this my lifeguard jacket, it’s such a bright red! From the lovely H&M.

Side Stripe Trousers

I’m sure you will have seen these a few times, there are a lot of fashion stores now bringing out the side stripes, but these are my faves.

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These are from HOT!MESS and they fit like a glove. Notice the red stripe too? Knocking out two trends all in one go.

Checks/Tartan

Checks & Tartan are definitely making a comeback this AW17 and I’m loving it.

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This is definitely a mix of  tartan and checks for me, right? My fave Tartan Long Blazer from Rebellious Fashion.

Shearling

Another come back this AW17 – Shearling! I’ve always loved a bit of shearling and I’m loving it even more this year.

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P1010220Now one of my fave jackets – Faux Suede Shearling Lined Jacket from In The Style.

What are your favourite Autumn trends?

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Glow On A Budget

Hello my beauties, I’m super excited to be doing my first beauty blog post, and I hope you are too because I know you’ll love this!

So I know every girl out there loves a poppin’ highlight, but sometimes they can be pretty pricey and it’s easy to assume the higher the price the better the highlight right?.. WRONG.

Your highlight can slay to the gods for as little as £2.49!! Here are my top 4 favourite highlighters that can get you glowing on a budget.

Technic Highlighting Powder: 24CT GOLD

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It really speaks for itself, 24CT GOLD!! Poppin to the gawds. This ‘Technic’ highlighter is £2.49 from eBay (Seller: viola_uk).

MUA Shimmer Highlighter: Golden Scintillation

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This MUA highlighter is a lot brighter, at first look I didn’t think it would look right on chocolate skin, but I absolutely love the glow it gives. It gives a very similar glow to Fenty Beauty’s ‘Trophy Wife’ at an amazing price of £3 from Superdrug.

Revolution Strobe Highlighter: Rejuvenate

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Revolution’s ‘Rejuvenate’ gives a very subtle highlight with darker tones, not as golden as the other two, but it’s perfect for an everyday casual makeup look. Only £3 also from Superdrug.

Technic: Pink Sparkle

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A very subtle pink highlight, I wish there was a picture of my face when I first opened it, it’s so bright! Almost looks like a white powder, I thought there was no way it would look right but I was pleasantly surprised by Pink Sparkle (£2.49 on eBay from viola_uk).

Let me know what you think of these highlighters & if you have any that that give you a perfect glow on a budget! If you aren’t already, make sure you follow or subscribe.

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Day to Night I: Blacked Out

Hey dolls, I missed blogging for you last week! My aim is to do at least one blog each week, but I’ve been super super busy – a blog a week is a little trickier than I thought when working full time & being such a busy bee. But I’m back this week with a nice little something for you.

I know we all have those days when you’re out and about all day but you also have night plans, and in between that you don’t have any time to change your whole entire outfit. No need to fear, cocachelle is here (see what I did there?). I thought I’d help you out with some inspiration for those dreaded days – blacked out edition!

Day Look

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For those super casual busy days that need that style and sass, I paired these basic culottes from prettylittlething.com that are only £10 with a cute long sleeve bardot top, the one I’m wearing is from Primark for about £4 – tie it up for extra sass.

Night Look

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Bring it from day to night by poppin some cute heals on, and if you have time make a quick top change. The top I’m wearing is from Topshop at £18 – not as much of a bargain as the other one.

A small 5 minute change can make all the difference and bring you from errands to elegance.

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Exploring Rome

Last year December me and my boyfriend decided to take a 5 day trip to the amazing city of Rome and today it is still our favourite holiday together, we both completely fell in love with Rome and felt so at home.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Rome lately and I thought why not share my amazing holiday with you all, and hopefully convince some of you to visit the amazing city – So here are some of the top things to explore in Rome!

Colosseum

 

An obvious one, I’m sure everyone has heard of and knows about the Colosseum in Rome, and however amazing you have heard it is, times that by 10.

The day we went to the Colosseum was by far our best day in Rome.

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We had a great tour guide who took us around the whole of the Colosseum (it’s huge) and talked us through the Romans history. I felt very enlightened after the tour, you learn a lot of things that you probably didn’t know about the Romans and the feeling that you get walking around the place is one that can’t even be described.

Make sure you book your tour with ‘Get Your Guide’,  they’re a great company and we had the sweet but very funny tour guide (I can’t remember his name but I think it was Frank!)

 

 

 

Fountain

Don’t worry he’s not just drinking some random water, that is one of the many drinking fountains around the Colosseum that the Romans made many, many years ago! Their amazing fountain system still works and flows with safe drinking water (I found this fascinating).

 

Gianicolo Hill

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Gianicolo is one of the highest hills in Rome and you can see the most breath taking panoramic view of Rome across the river.

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We used Trip Advisor’s map and walked all the way to the hill from our hotel as we wanted to explore more of the city, instead of just getting a taxi.

I was in a long sleeve turtle neck thinking it would be a little chilly in December but it was actually boiling hot but luckily my turtle neck was very thin and airy.

Walking through this part of Rome was one of the best experiences, you really get to see the real Rome not just the tourist parts, and the view of Rome at the end is incredible.

 

 

Trevi Fountain

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Trevi fountain is the most beautiful fountain you’ll ever see in the world (my picture doesn’t do it justice)! There’s a reason why many propose at the Trevi fountain and funnily enough we witnessed a proposal when we visited, it was such a beautiful moment filled with love and a great atmosphere with everyone clapping and cheering.

Although I wouldn’t go to the fountain during lunch time as it can be crowded with too many tourists (I struggled to find space to throw my coin because there was too many people), it’s best to visit the fountain early evening. You can still get good pictures as it wont be too dark and you have space to breath!

I don’t know what it is about Trevi but the moment you go there, you can really feel the love, it must be a happiness fountain because everyone is filled with joy!

Which brings me onto the next best thing in Rome – the best Gelato ever!!

 

Giolitti Gelato

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Giolitti is the oldest ice cream parlor in Rome and definitely the best too, and it’s just a few minutes’ walk from Trevi fountain.

We already knew about this place because we’re super organised and always do our research before we travel anywhere and of course we’re MASSIVE foodies too, we only go for the best and Giolitti is definitely that.

 

St. Peter’s Basilica & Square

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We stayed right in the middle of the Vatican City and a short walk from St. Peter’s square, although we didn’t actually go into the Basilica (the queues we’re far too long for us) it is still a beautiful sight from the outside. If you don’t mind waiting in long queues I’ve heard the inside is absolutely beautiful and filled with lots of great history.

 

GOA Nightclub

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If you like a good night out like we do, GOA will not let you down! We’ve had our fair share of nights out, and we both agree that this night in Rome was by far our best that we’ve had together. By some luck on the Saturday we were in Rome, Mike Dunn was playing at this club (my favourite DJ) and he played an amazing set! In a club filled with such great atmosphere and friendly people.

We were a little scared about going out in a foreign country as Rome’s nightlife isn’t known for being a place filled with tourist as other places are like Spain or Greece, we seemed to be the only non-Italians amongst the other clubbers! Although we were apprehensive, there was absolutely nothing to be scared about.

Italians know how to party and they are very friendly, we made a few Italian friends who just came to talk to us and offered us drinks, and the vibe in GOA was like no other.
If you are planning to go to Rome and want to experience it like a real local, seeing the real Rome and mingling with the Italians, I highly recommend club GOA.

 

Rome is one of the best places to visit in Europe, it has so much history and such a great atmosphere, we visited many places and did many things I couldn’t fit it all into one blog! You have a few tips now so what are you waiting for? Go and book your holiday to Rome!

 

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The Jeans & A Nice Top Saga: Part 1

Hello dolls, how are you all doing? I hope you’ve been looking forward to my next post as much as I have!

So, I know every girl reading this will agree that the most stressful dress code you can ever be told is… Jeans and a nice top! And you think, what does that even mean? It’s by far the most annoying dress code but it seems to be the go to for casual drinks, or not so casual drinks, basically everything.
If you ever struggle on what to wear for those kinds of occasions and need some ideas, you’re in the right place.

This first top is super cute, I wore it with ripped jeans to add a little sauce if you don’t want to look too cute.

 

This glittery top is an ultimate favourite! It’s actually a bodysuit but same thing, right? I originally wore this with a pair of black flare trousers and black barely there heels for a proper night out.

As you can see this bodysuit is super versatile – you can dress it up with trousers and heels, or dress it down with jeans and boots but either way, you’ll definitely make a statement.

 

It could be fair to say I have a small frill and flare obsession. This cute flared arm crop top is lovely for a drink with the girls or a date night with your bae.

 

As much as off-shoulder tops annoy me, I can’t get enough of them – I don’t mind having to pull my top down all night if it looks fabulous, right?

 

You’d think I was sponsored by them, all the tops in this blog are from prettylittlething.

There will be more parts of the jeans and a nice top saga! Posted regularly to keep you going, so hit that follow button and stay tuned.

 

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