Lake Como. Hands down the most beautiful, luxurious, scenic and tranquil place I've ever visited. 

Having spent a long October weekend away from a dull and dreary London, and greeted with open arms by idyllic shorelines, warmer climates and beautifully manicured lawns it's safe to say I'm already planning my return come Summer



Staying at the Casta Diva Resort & SPA was pure luxury, boasting lake views for miles, every where I looked was breathtaking - I found myself snapping away at every opportunity!

 The resort consists of nine villas and 73 rooms Located on the east side of Lake Como in the village of Blevio, just outside of Milan Airport. (I'm thinking of taking a pit stop post Fashion Week..)

Staying in one of the Junior Suites was heavenly. The view, the space and not to mention the decor. (Think contemporary furniture featuring gold and platinum colours!) Marble flooring swept the main lobby, up onto a marble staircase which housed the SPA; Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, Turkish baths, not to mention the 4 SPA Suites inspired by the 4 elements; Fire, Water, Air and Earth.




 The best way to discover Lake Como? By boat. If you want to admire the beauty of Lake Como, its unspoilt landscapes, its banks filled with luxuriant vegetation, sumptuous villas and small villages of rare beauty where tourism, history, art and nature combine harmoniously, the ideal solution is to do it directly from the water.



 The tiny historic town of Bellagio is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with its picturesque views, cobbled lanes filled with small boutiques and arrays of restaurants and bars.

 
The “Orangerie” lake restaurant, as well as the entire dining proposals of the resort, are managed by Resident Chef Massimiliano Mandozzi and his brigade, with important experiences in the most renowned restaurants in Europe and Italy. Catering to both individual guests and events, allowing CastaDiva to offer proposals of “haute cuisine”. The restaurant features a beautiful lake terrace and veranda for “al fresco” meals. Eating here every morning was idyllic! Watching the sun set on the lake terrace watching the sun set wasn't a bad way to spend my evening, either.


What I'm Wearing

Asymmetric dress - Mango
Black Sunglasses - Celine
Nude Heels - Mango (similar here)
Cord blazer - Mango
White tee - ASOS
Denim skirt - AG Jeans
Sandals - Hermes
Beach bag - Work Shop Living 
Burgandy bag - Zara
Cream cardigan - Micha Lounge
Hand Earrings - Weathered Penny
Black Handbag - Gucci
Polka dot dress - Urban Outfitters
Pearl trousers - H&M
Face earrings - Weathered Penny







Thank you to The Blogger Programme and Casta Diva Resort & SPA for providing me with the most perfect stay in Lake Como.


 If you own an Ebay account of you're a lover of Vintage you'll know the brand I'm talking about when I say "NastyGal" Today, they've launched in the UK and carry thier own label of fashion forward clothing and accessories.

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've got a massive craving for anything checkered at the moment, in particular checkered blazers and today it's no different. I love the pattern of this blazer, the different sized checks and the detailing in the black buttons and button holes. 

Straight leg jeans are a massive thing for me at the moment. Gone are the days of the skinny, in my wardrobe they've been massively outwayed by the straight. What's different about this pair is the two tone, the frayed hem and not forgetting the O-Ring zip. How perfect do they look paired with a white ankle boot? I've been looking to get my hands on a pair of a while now, and I think I've bagged myself THE pair.


What I'm Wearing

Checkered Blazer - NastyGal
Femme Forever Tee - NastyGal
Black Two Tone Jeans - NastyGal
White Ankle Boots - NastyGal

Shop The Look (and some of my other favourites)




This post was made in collaboration with NastyGal.

 

There's nothing I love more than Fashion Week, putting on my favourite fashionable clobber, taking in the street style and witnessing the shows first hand. A show in particular I loved was Shrimps. For Spring-Summer 2018, Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland combined Italian romance with British gardens.  The collection showcased Weiland’s signature faux fur coats in acidic green along with whimsical ruffles in pastel hues of pinks, blues and yellow, combined with pops of neon and sparkles.  

I've teamed up with TONI & GUY to re-create the hair look seen at the Shrimps SS18 Presentation, which were reminiscent of a girl hard at work in a rural British garden, embracing her textures or opting for sleek modern ponytails.
 
STEP 1
 Is all about creating texture! I run a small amount of the TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse through damp, towel dried hair. Then using a hair dryer and my fingers I rough dry my hair.
 

STEP 2
Once we’ve got the texture, I used a bristle brush to create a low pony tail at the nape of my neck. Secure with a hair tie, or use a small amount of hair from the pony and wrap around to disguise the hair tie. I like to use a small amount of the TONI&GUY Matt Texture Dry Shampoo for a more lived-in undone look.





STEP 3
I’ve teased hair around the crown of my head to create a softer more undone style. For a more defined look around your face I’ve pulled out a couple of pieces of hair around my face and used a medium size wand to curl. Finishing off with TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creative Hairspray to set everything in place.



This post was made in collaboration with TONI&GUY.
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