On our final day in Cannes, we decided to visit a beautiful village that Laura and Paul had been to before and really enjoyed called, Éze. Situated inbetween Nice and Cannes, Éze is a medieval village, that sits upon a large hill-top overlooking the Mediterranean sea and yes, it really is as stunning as it sounds! Understandably, this historical location is very popular with Tourists, (myself included) and that was highly evident during our day visit there – so, if you’re looking for somewhere quite and isolated, I wouldn’t suggest visiting in peak time.
Although the hill walk up to Éze itself isn’t exactly pleasant in the scorching heat, there are plenty of places to stop and have a wonder around. There are many gift shops within the town, which are perfect for finding unique presents and original art too. Plus, if shopping isn’t your thing then fear not, there are plenty of restaurants to visit and enjoy.
The two big tourist attractions within Éze are it’s Church, Notré-Dame de l’Assumption and it’s Gardens, Jardin botanique d’Éze. The Church was built between 1764-1778 and although still very beautiful, is sadly very run down and in need of refurbishment, so donations are much appreciated. However, it is definitely one of the prettiest sights to see in Éze and a hugely important historical building. The Gardens are situated right at the top of Éze and once you’re standing up there, you finally realize how truly high up you are! Everything below you looks so small in comparison to the gardens, which feature a variety of cactus especially.
My favourite thing to see within Jardin botanique d’Éze has to be the Earth Goddesses, which were created by Artists, Jean-Philippe Richard. They are placed around the gardens and each have a name and a small poem, I found them to be truly capturing and awe inspiring. Large information boards are situated around the gardens and it was so wonderful to learn the meanings and history behind the many places in Éze.
If you’re a movie lover like myself, you may know, The French Riviera has been extremely popular with Film Directors over the years and after having the pleasure to experience the wonders of Cannes, it’s not hard to see why. Alfred Hitchcock chose to shoot the location scenes for To Catch A Thief on the very roads you look upon, whilst at the top of the Éze Gardens!
As the final post in my Cannes Series comes to an end, all that’s left to say is I hope you enjoyed learning about the many beauties of the South of France as much as I did!
There’s simply no other way of describing this incredible building, it really is a Pink Palace of Dreams. TheVilla et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschildis situated in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera and is truly like no other beautiful building I have had the pleasure to witness.
Owned by Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild, the Villa began construction in 1905 and finished seven years later in 1912. Furthermore, nine gardens surround this incredible historical beauty, which features a stunning fountain display and quite possibly the most beautiful roses I have ever smelt and seen. To say this home is a Paradise would simply be an understatement, therefore, a huge thank you must be given to the lady herself, Beatrice, for donating this unique beauty to Institut de France when she passed in 1934, making it open to the public.
It’s almost surreal when walking around this living dream to think that originally, the Villa was a home and the Baroness Beatrice lived, ate and slept here daily for many years! If I was fortunate enough to live in a place like this I don’t think I’d ever leave, it’s just too beautiful and awe inspiring to not be appreciated and explored on an everyday basis.
Dreams aside, we really picked the perfect day to visit, with it being in the height of Summer and the sun shining all day long. We spent the first half of the day walking through the many amazing gardens, each having a specific theme and style, until we arrived at the front of the Villa. Due to walking through the gardens first, I simply assumed I was continuing on through the beautiful scenery, as we arrived at this beautiful statue and long stream. There, right opposite the flowing water, was the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild!
After following the stream down towards the Villa and watching the fountain display, Laura and I went inside the Baroness Beatrice’s home. Amazingly, we were allowed to take photos through all of the rooms and I’m sure you will agree when I say the building is truly a work of art. It’s so wonderful to see how well preserved and looked after the Villa is, plus, I’m sure Beatrice would be very proud of how the Institut de France have kept the authenticity of her property.
I found it very special to have the privilege to learn about Beatrice and her life whilst walking around the surroundings in her home. She seemed like a woman most definitely ahead of her time and I loved hearing about her unique ways and quirky behaviour, she definitely left her mark on the world! Beatrice had amassed an amazing collection of porcelain dinnerware, so much so that whole rooms were dedicated to these beauties! Furthermore, within her home she even owned items that belonged to Marie Antoinette!
It’s clear to anyone witnessing the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild that Beatrice’s favourite colour was pink, not only is it the colour of her home but, it features prominently throughout the interiors, with lots of feminine decor. As pretty and pink is definitely my style, I did fall even more in love with the historical building. However, if this isn’t your thing, then fear not – with the Villa overlooking the Bay of Villefranche and the Bay of Beaulieu, plus it being situated 10 kilometers from Nice and Monaco – you definitely will see and have many wonderful experiences!
I can’t thank Laura and Paul enough for introducing me to this amazing place and arguably the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen. I truly hope I will be able to go back and visit again someday!
The first place we ventured out of Cannes for was a very well known country called, Monaco! Known to most as the home for many years of Hollywood Icon turned Princess, Grace Kelly – Monaco is visited by thousands of tourists every year and home to some of the most rich and glamourous. As soon as I discovered Grace, through my love of Classic Hollywood, I’ve always dreamt of visiting this magical place and this year in July, I finally got the chance to do this!
Monaco is around an hour away in the car from Cannes, so thankfully not too far and he majority of it can be seen in a day, although I’d definitely like to spend more time there. As soon as you arrive in Monaco, it’s almost as if you can feel the change in the air, it’s so aesthetically beautiful and without doubt the perfect home for a Royal Family. Once you enter Monaco and leave the car park, you definitely should prepare for a lot of uphill walking, as the country is situated on a huge hill. Although all the walking isn’t always pleasant in the hot weather, it’s definitely worth it, plus, there’s so many beautiful sculptures and flowers to witness during the journey. Furthermore, there’s lots of places to rest if you need a mini rest, just definitely make sure you bring sunglasses and lots of water.
Once you walk up the hill you venture through the wonderful streets of Monaco and see the beautiful architecture of the buildings, many restaurants and a lots of gift shops featuring the beautiful Grimaldi Family. I could definitely spend hours looking in and out of each shop and building, but alas, one day is not enough! However, the most important place to visit in Monaco is of course, the incrediblePrince’s Palace of Monaco, which for just €8, (!) you can go inside! I can honestly say, this was a huge dream come true for me personally, as not only is the Prince’s Palace beyond beautiful, it’s a huge part of Grace’s life and Monaco History. Of course, privacy has to be respected and no photos are allowed inside, so sadly there won’t be any here in my post. However, the fact that everyone is welcome to visit the insides of this incredible building is so kind and thoughtful as ultimately, it is Prince Albert and Princess Charlene’s home!
After wondering through the beautiful Palace, we ventured into the official Monaco Gift Shop – my dream store! It was so wonderful to see a whole stand of photos dedicated to stunning photo prints of Princess Grace, I’m sure she would truly be so touched by all the love she receives over thirty years after she tragically left us.
Throughout Monaco and Monte Carlo, there is a special Grace photo trail, documenting twenty five significant moments during her lifetime! I wish I could have taken the time to find every one of these photo stops, but sadly I only had the chance to witness three. However, hopefully one day I can complete this wonderful tribute to Grace’s legacy! It’s such a unique idea, not only enjoyable for tourists and fans but also a huge aid in educating people on Monaco’s History.
The other important place to visit is of course, the Monaco Cathedral, which is both joyous for uniting Grace and Rainier in marriage and poignant for being their final resting places. The building itself is simply breathtaking, not only in size but in architecture too. We were slightly delayed in visiting the Cathedral as a Wedding was taking place the first time we tried to enter. It sounds silly, but it’s easy to forget that Monaco isn’t just the home of the Prince and Princess, it has many citizens too! Thankfully, when we checked back, the Cathedral was back open to the public and I could visit Grace and pay my respects to her.
It was so surreal to walk around this beautiful Cathedral and think that over sixty years ago Grace married Prince Rainier and became a Princess. I tried to focus on this historical moment and picture the beautiful Bride but in reality I was preparing to spend a few moments with Grace. I’d seen her resting place in photos before and it was easily recognizable by the multiple bouquets of flowers all placed on this one spot. Placed above her grave is the most beautiful painting of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier on their Wedding Day, which is poetically fitting as their lives together both started and ended here. As you can imagine, the Princess’s grave is the most popular and it can get quite crowded, plus, the area is fairly small so sadly you can’t stay for a long period of time. However, I definitely made the most of the minutes I had with Grace and of course paid my respects to Rainier then headed for the exit.
Before you leave the Cathedral there’s actually a small sign stating that tourists cannot visit the Princess during Wedding Ceremonies, which almost brought a tear to my eye as this shows how loved and respected she is by so many people. The fact that a sign was needed to inform the thousands of visitors about this without doubt confirms this and it warmed my little heart. I hope wherever you are, beautiful Grace, you know how thankful the people of Monaco are for your incredible contribution to the Grimaldi Family Legacy and that you’re still so adored by millions of people worldwide who visit you each year.
Before leaving Monaco, it was incredibly important for me to visits thePrincess Grace Rose Garden, which was created in honour of the Princess after her untimely death. I absolutely love flowers and roses also happen to be my favourite, so this was something I really wanted to see whilst visiting Monaco. The garden is filled with over 8000 rose bushes and features a variety of over 300. A beautiful sculpture of Grace is placed at the top of the garden, with a fountain running throughout, creating a peaceful and calm atmosphere. Also, Grace’s Royal Emblem is adorned on the gates of the garden, with another sculpture featuring a quote by the Princess on her love of roses. This is such a wonderful tribute to Grace and I’m sure she would visit often if she was still with us.
After leaving Monaco we took the short drive into Monte Carlo, the place that truly lives life in the fast lane. Famous for hosting the Grand Prix, Monte Carlo is hugely popular with car lovers and gambling, owning arguably the most famous Casino of all time; theCasino de Monte Carlo. This building has been featured in many films and is visited by thousands of tourists each year, even if you’re not into gambling the architecture alone is worth viewing it for. In all honesty, there’s not much to do in Monte Carlo if you’re not extremely wealthy – a bottle of still water cost us a staggering €4, (!) but if you’re in Monaco – it’s definitely worth visiting.
During my stay in France, Monaco is definitely my favourite place we visited and I really hope I will be able to go back one day and spend more time there! Stay tuned for the next post in my Cannes series, which will be all about the incredible, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild!
Barcelona is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and after being fortunate enough to visit it last week, I can most definitely agree with that statement! Best known for being the home to Gaudí’s incredible creations, Barcelona is an architectural enthusiasts dream and definitely worthy of the term aesthetically pleasing!
Personally, if I’m lucky enough to be able to visit a new City or Country, I like to make the most of each day and see as much as I possibly can. I think it’s safe to say I am the definition of a sight seeing lover of all things tourist related. Europe is probably my favourite place to visit and explore, so discovering Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter was an absolute dream!
The first day of my visit was spent seeing the beautiful city itself and what is the best way to do that? A Sight Seeing Tour Bus! I honestly think this is such a wonderful invention and whoever came up with this idea – thank you. This is a great way to discover all the wonders of any place you’re visiting and learning which are the best spots to experience. Plus, as I was only there for four nights, it was wonderful to be able to see places I sadly wouldn’t have the time to visit, such as the incredible Park Güell. A week has gone by and I’m still upset that I missed out on visiting this masterpiece! After familiarizing ourselves with the wonders that Barcelona has to offer, we stopped for some lunch in Barcelona’s Hard Rock Cafe, a restaurant truly like no other!
Continuing my adventures in Barcelona, Saturday was spent visiting without doubt, the main attraction and one of the most famous buildings on Earth; La Sagrada Familia. Gaudí’s most famous work began development in 1882 and encase you’re not aware, (I wasn’t..) is still being built! Funnily enough, as soon as I spotted the towers through the trees, I noticed the construction scaffolding and thought to myself, “Great, the one time I get to see one of the most amazing buildings on earth, it’s being renovated.” Little did I know construction is not going to be complete until 2026 – one hundred years after Gaudí’s passing.
Just being able to view this masterpiece in reality was without doubt an experience like no other, the intricate details and unique design leaves you in absolute awe. Gaudí devoted 43 years of his life to creating La Sagrada Familia, he even went so far as moving into the building! Now that is what I call dedication. Each piece of the Minor Basilica has a story to tell, with the front depicting the Crucifixion of Christ and the back showing the Birth of Christ, with each part of the monument displaying the moments which lead to these life changing moments.
The interior of La Sagrada Familia was inspired by nature, with each of the columns representing trees and branches. The ceiling is designed with geometric shapes and the four evangelists are pictured on the columns in the centre of the Church. Each detail has been intricately thought out and designed by Gaudí and the time and effort put in to creating this masterpiece is truly incredible. It’s poignant to think by the time of Gaudí’s death less than a quarter of his creation had been constructed.
Ultimately, it’s wonderful to see Gaudí’s incredible work all around Barcelona, my favourite building of his being the absolutely beautiful Caso Batlló. It’s something truly unique and the pastel colours which dominate the overall detail is just spectacular! If I’m ever fortunate enough to return to Barcelona, I hope to go inside the building and spend some quality time viewing it.
Barcelona is filled with so much incredible aestheticism, even the simplest building look like works of art, it has to be one of the most photo worthy places on earth and in all honesty, my photos don’t do it justice!
Where are your special places to visit? Do you have a favourite Gaudí creation?
For the last week, I have had the privilege of spending my time in the beautiful Sorrento, which is located in the south of Italy. I haven’t been abroad since 2012 so it was very surreal when May the 4th (be with you) arrived and my family and I were off to the airport! As someone who adores Italian food and a certain brunette bombshell I was full of anticipation and excitement when we landed in Naples. Therefore, I thought what could be a more fitting title for this blog post then aSophia filmwhich was exactly how my Italian adventure was to begin?
As we were only there for seven days, there was definitely no time for resting, which is fine by me as when I go on holiday I want to visit the country and see all of the beautiful places. However, that meant getting up as early as five in the morning and as late a six thirty – what a lovely lie in!
After spending the Wednesday walking around Sorrento and booking the tours, we traveled to the wonderful Naples the next day. I was extremely excited to visit Napoli, of course because it is the birth place of my favourite food – Pizza, but Sophia Loren also spent a lot of her childhood here. From Sorrento is takes about one hours drive which is completely fine by me as the scenery in Italy is absolutely incredible!
As soon as we arrived in Naples we visited the Cathedral and I was in absolute awe of it’s beauty. I adore Italy’s architecture and it was even more outstanding in this stunning building, it was incredible to think about the amount of time and effort that went into producing such a beautiful place. I was also amazed to hear from our lovely tour guide Florentina that there are over 400 churches in Naples – each one we walked past was so lovely! We visited the famous market stalls where the Christmas markets are held, the streets in Italy are so narrow compared to England yet so full of traffic, it’s incredible. I saw some beautiful tambourines with Sophia painted on them and when looking in the store I noticed an actual photo of her visiting the store! It’s so wonderful how proud of her country she is and the feeling is definitely mutual.
After walking around the heart of Naples we finished the morning with a pizza, after all, where best to have my favourite food then where it was invented? I’m not ashamed to say that I had Pizza every night in Italy and it was absolutely wonderful! I also have to say that the dessert I had in Italy was truly out of this world, I looked forward to meal time every day!
The next day we visited the absolutely beautiful Anacapri and Capri. I was extremely looking forward to this day after my mum told me that Brigitte Bardot’sContempt (1963)was filmed there. To get to Capri we had to take a twenty minute boat drive as it is a small island. It was such a beautiful way to travel and such wonderful scenery, I’ve truly never seen such stunning sea water, it was almost a turquoise colour. Once we arrived in Capri we drove up to Anacapri, which is the smaller village and the one above.
We walked through both villages and it was truly paradise. The views were absolutely incredible and I even saw three beautiful cats, one was casually watching a lizard, an amazing animal I couldn’t believe I was seeing. Capri is famous for it’s beautiful perfumes and I could definitely tell why! Sadly I didn’t buy any but when leaving Italy I visited a perfume store in the airport an saw the island wasn’t just popular with tourists, Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin had also visited!
On Saturday we travelled through the Amalfi Coast and it truly was a journey like no other! With only one road in and one road out you can imagine how busy the traffic can get but as the tourist season has just started it didn’t really affect us. We first stopped in a small village called Positano and visited a large store that sold hand made ceramics, in Italy this item is very popular and I could definitely see why. There were so many different items and all we’re so intricate and beautiful! Outside the store there was a sign placed opposite that showed a Roberto Rossellini film,La Macchina Ammazzacattiv (1952) was shot entirely on the Amalfi Coast!
Once we arrived in Amalfi we took a boat trip along the sea and our lovely tour guide Melanie pointed out to us two very important houses owned by Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida! I was completely overwhelmed with excitement and that truly made my whole day. I also found out on the Tuesday I arrived home that Sophia was actually in Italy when I was visiting! She was in Rome, which was too far from Sorrento but it made me very happy to see after all these years Italy will always have a special place in her heart.
Our last stop in Amalfi was visiting Ravello and the gardens in Villa Rufolo which were incredibly beautiful. I was in at awe seeing such stunning historical scenery. Driving up to Ravello was quite scary, our driver was wonderful thankfully but I couldn’t believe how high up we were going! In Southern Italy the land is filled with mountains and it truly is amazing to see all of these houses and buildings built on there.
On Sunday we visited the incredible Pompeii and Herculaneum and our wonderful tour guide Sonia shared so much information on the history of these villages. Although Pompeii is a lot bigger and arguably more famous than Herculaneum, it is definitely not as aesthetically pleasing as the latter. It was fascinating to learn how the people in Pompeii lived, we learnt about their shockingly lack of hygiene and what kind of foods they ate – thankfully we are a lot more fortunate now.
The village of Herculaneum is a lot closer so it was incredible to be able to see Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that caused all of the tragedies to these two places. I was also fascinated by how low down the in the ground the village was, we had to go down a lot of steps through tunnel to visit the actual village. As soon as we arrived there you could tell that Herculaneum was the wealthy village, they even had their own private beach. Although what I found very upsetting was seeing all the skeletons of the people that had obviously been going down there when the Vesuvius erupted and were instantly killed. Some of the other tourists were actually taking pictures of the skeletons which I personally found incredibly disrespectful and morbid.
What was incredible about Herculaneum was the amount of architecture that was still intact, some of the expensive houses still had colour on the walls and portraits. There were also bath and changing rooms. Our tour guide informed us that it is unknown how much land there is that has still yet to be uncovered of Herculaneum which is absolutely fascinating. Archaeologists are constantly researching both villages and finding new artifacts and information, who knows what will be discovered in the many years to come?
Visiting both of these villages was an absolutely fascinating experience but I couldn’t help find the tourism very ironic and poignant, although both are filled with incredible history, so many people tragically lost their lives there.
On our finally day we visited the Volcano that caused so much tragedy in Italy, Mount Vesuvius. Although I was looking forward to seeing this incredible volcano, I was pretty apprehensive as it’s still active! Knowing that it could erupt any time was quite intimidating but I knew that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Once we had driven to Vesuvius we had to walk all the way up to get to the top – which was definitely not an easy task! The paths were so uneven and my poor feet were absolutely throbbing, so I’ll admit, I wasn’t the quickest walker – but I got there in the end. It was hard to comprehend how incredibly high we were when at the top of the volcano, but the views up there were so worth it. Looking into the volcano it was fascinating but very uncomfortable to think that this volcanic rock had created so much damage to such a beautiful country. What amazed me was that you could actually go the whole way around Vesuvius, I don’t know how or where the tourists got the energy but you could actually see some people on the opposite side.
I can definitely say that my week in Italy was an incredible experience and one of my favourite vacations I have ever been fortunate to go on. It still feels pretty surreal to be back home and no longer hearing the beautiful language or seeing the incredible scenery. I feel so lucky to have been able to see so many incredible places in such a short time and the memories I have will truly be treasured.
I want to apologize again for my of posts, I’ve had a very hectic week emotionally so I’ve been pretty drained. However, I’ve finally recovered from my Chicken Pox and I actually put make up on for the first time in about nine days on Wednesday, yay!
On Thursday, my beautiful friend Laura akalivingforthenow, came to stay for a few days, sadly she left today. However, we had a lovely time together though and had a nice big catch up, I know Laura thanks to my favourite person, Marilyn, and we have been best friends since we finally met one another the day before Laura’s Wedding, two years ago! Marilyn always draws me to such beautiful people, inside and out and I am forever thankful to what she has done to help me, but that’s another story! Since meeting face to face at Laura’s Wedding, we have seen each other on three other occasions, (I think!) and she has helped me so much with my anxiety and depression, she’s basically Marilyn reincarnated. Even though we don’t get to see each other every day, we talk all the time and no matter the distance between us, that will never break our friendship.
Therefore, I wanted to do a post on our time together the past couple of days, being blog obsessed, we took quite a few photos and the highlight includes seeing Terminator Genisys with our girl, Emilia Clarke, *swoons*, did I mention we’re obsessed with Game of Thrones? I’m a bit embarrassed to say, but I think I’m the only person that hasn’t seen any of The Terminator films, so apart from needing an update on the first two from Laura, I thought it was great! I’m not a huge Sci-Fi person but I do like to try other genres and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Arnie looked great too, who said ageing is a bad thing?
As you can see it has lots of Brigitte references, Saint Tropez, which is one of her favourite places, Initiales BB, which is the name of her Autobiography and Et Dieu Crea La Femme, the name of her breakthrough iconic film – And God Created Woman (1956). Laura said that they had Marilyn ceramic photos too, but of course being in France she thought Brigitte would have more meaning.
Friday was such a lovely day, although the weather was great, that didn’t stop us from going to the pictures and seeing Terminator! After we watched the film, we decided to get something to eat, and where else would I suggest other than Pizza Hut? You really can’t go wrong with Pizza. It was so nice to be able to get these photos on my new/old phone, Laura very kindly brought her old iPhone 5C for me to have, my iPhone 5 is two years old and likes to lose battery constantly.
Of course I had to get a picture with Emilia and Arnie, well it may only be a poster but that’s fine by me as I’d be way too anxious if they were the real people! Talk about Star Struck!
When we got home I asked Laura if I could practice my hair and make up skills on her and she willfully obliged, which was very nerve racking but exciting at the same time! After Laura washed her hair, I let it dry naturally and then I spent almost two hours pin curling Laura’s hair, she was so patient and put up with me poking and prodding her hair! Here are photos of Laura’s Pin Curls and her full make up which I did the next morning, before I took her hair out of the curls. I was so nervous doing Laura’s make up, it can be hard enough doing your own let alone someone else! But thankfully she loved it, phew!
After finishing Laura’s make up, it was time to take the curls out, I was really excited but also nervous, as I didn’t know what Laura would think of her bombshell look! I knew she would look stunning though and I definitely wasn’t wrong! I felt quite proud of my work, although it’s really not that hard when you have such a beautiful friend to practice on!
Here’s how Laura’s hair looked when I first took it out, she couldn’t get over how short and curling it was as she didn’t think her hair would turn out the way mine does, how wrong was she?! She wanted her hair to be longer and the curls less tight, so I brushed each one individually and Laura thankfully approved. I couldn’t get over how much her hair looked like Marilyn’s, she looked just like she had stepped out from the 1950s – a gorgeous blonde bombshell!
Laura wore her new dress she bought yesterday from Primark, it was the perfect figure hugging pin up style and I couldn’t stop complimenting her! What gave me such a wonderful feeling was her reaction, she hugged me and told me how good she felt about herself, I could have cried!
I had such a lovely time with beautiful Laura and I’m so thankful to have someone who’s so supportive and understanding in my life. I can’t wait for October!
Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been in North Wales since Monday and I only got back today, but I took quite a few photos and made sure I brought some Old Hollywood Style to Trearddur Bay.
My family and I decided to go on a little holiday and take my Grandad with us, he hasn’t been away since 2008 so he deserved a nice break! On my Dads side I have a lot of Welsh Roots, which I’m very proud of! Both my Nain and Taid (Welsh for Grandad and Grandma) had Welsh parents and were brought up speaking Welsh and going to a Welsh Church. My Grandad only lived in Wales until he was two years old, but he’s been back so many times and still speaks fluent Welsh as well as English to this day!
We set off early on Monday morning, the car journey was only two hours long so it wasn’t too bad and I like to sleep on longish journeys anyways. When we arrived there I was shocked by how cold and windy it was, our bungalow was right next to the sea and perfectly named, “Pedwar Gwynt” which means Four Winds in English and it couldn’t have been more right!
I’ve been to Wales quite a few times, but I’ve not been to Anglesey before, at least not that I can remember. But, the first thing I noticed about it was how aesthetically pleasing this Country was! It was so beautiful, quaint and peaceful – minus the wind. As I live in a City, it was so refreshing to see so many beautiful animals, I even saw a wild rabbit! I’m a huge animal lover, so it definitely was heart warming to be in such a different climate.
The first day there we had a little look around, went out for a meal at a lovely restaurant called The Sea Croft, which was basically a couple of minutes away and planned the next few days. During the evening I took a few pictures of the sky, purely because it looked, pink! I’d never seen anything like it and thought it was absolutely beautiful. I tried to get a few pictures outside but it was so windy that I had to settle for the window.
The next day we drove to South Stack, it was even more windy on the Tuesday and as there are so many hills to drive up in Wales, the wind could not be tamed! The main attraction there is a beautiful Light House, which you walk down too and it’s right on the sea, however, it was incredibly cold and windy, so we just walked half way onto the cliff which looked down upon The Light House. I actually thought it had started to rain because the wind was so powerful, it was blowing the seawater onto the cliff!
The main mistake I made was not bringing a hair scrunchie! My hair was literally out of control, so much so that I couldn’t see when walking back up to the car park and had to hold onto my Dad for safety. I was highly amused when I got back into the car and looked at my appearance – here’s a before an after!
When leaving South Stack, I saw an adorable Shetland Pony (!) but sadly I didn’t get the chance to take a picture, I still had to share with you how cute it was though. We then decided to visit Holyhead and walk across the pedestrian path overlooking the sea, it was a beautiful afternoon.
Naturally, I love capturing photos of my Taid and me, so here’s a couple of selfies I took during our stay. He’s so sweet putting up with my technology!
On our last full day we went to Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve, my Dad had known about this place for quite a while, so we decided it would be nice to visit. We stayed for about and hour and went as far as we could with my Grandad’s Wheelchair. The reserve trail was right next to the beach, I noticed that the sand was so fresh, I didn’t see any animals sadly, apart from other visitors dogs which was lovely. However, I saw the most beautiful tiny lilac flowers, I picked one and placed it in my braid, but sadly I lost it.
Later on in the day we drove to Benllech, where my Grandad’s cousin and her daughter live. Sadly, my Grandad’s cousin has been in hospital for a week, she’s 90 years old and not in very good health. But it was still lovely for my Grandad to see Liz, she used to work in one of his Pharmacies when she was a student, so they go way back! We drove to a pub called The Ship Inn and had a meal there. I had Sticky Toffee Pudding, for the first time, shocking I know and I loved it, so I’ll definitely be having that sometime soon. Last year, a bunch of cats adopted one of Liz’s cars as a place to give birth, so she now has four cats, three of them are outside cats and the girl is an indoors cat. I have no idea how to spell her name as it’s Welsh, but it sounds like, “Mot Lan” and means Madam. I fell in love with her straight away! I’ve never seen a cat like her, she had such a thick fluffy tail. She reminded me of my beautiful Belle and I couldn’t wait to see her! Cats are my absolute favourite.
We got home pretty late at around half ten, it’s so strange being in the country as for most of the journeys I had no signal! It was pretty tough to get used to being so obsessed with my phone, but a nice break. Here’s a couple of photos of myself with my Dad and Grandad, I love them both so much.
During my time in Wales, I made sure to continue my Old Hollywood Inspired Style of course and here are a photos of my looks for each day. My favourite lipsticks of this week would beMAC’S Costa Chic, it’s very understated and has that Brigitte Bardot 1960s feel. My other favourite wasLoreal’s Blake, it’s such a classic dark red and so 1950s.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I had such a lovely time in Wales and it will always have a special place in my heart. More importantly, my Grandad had a really nice time and after all he’s been through the last six months, if anyone deserves a good holiday, it’s him!
On a positive, it’s now May! Which means the change of calendars, I have eight on Marilyn and one on my favourite film, Gone With The Wind. Yes, I know it’s a lot, but they sure brighten up my door and the rest of my room.
Sorry for being quiet the past couple of days, I’ve not had any fashion or makeup posts to show you as after using a spot moisturizer, I suffered an allergic reaction on my face! It’s gone all swollen, hot, dry and red so I’ve been a bit of a mess. I was meant to be going out with my parents and their friends yesterday, I pincurled my hair for the occasion but I wasn’t up to it sadly. So the past two days I’ve had lovely curls and a not so lovely face.
I’ve also been suffering a bit more severely lately with my intrusive thoughts, OCD is such a debilitating mental illness and I truly wouldn’t wish it on anyone. After watching some youtube videos with other sufferers talking, I’ve tried to be braver and let the thoughts go, but anyone who suffers will know that it’s a lot easier said then done. Over the past years I’ve tried to be as open and honest as I can about my experiences with my mental illnesses, if you want to know more you can see here. I’m very lucky to have my mum and boyfriend especially, be so understanding and make me feel less crazy, I know I’m not – but that’s how isolating this illness can be. To learn more about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder see here.
On a more positive note, I’ve recently got into the Netflix buzz and been watching shows like Breaking Bad and House Of Cards. However, until today I’d yet to have watched any films on there. As a huge lover of Old Hollywood films I was very excited to see the Classic’s Genre and I wrote down a list of ones I’d yet to see. A couple of months ago I read Sophia Loren’s Autobiography and completely fell in love with her. She is such an incredibly beautiful woman, inside and out and since then I’ve bought three of her films on DVD. Therefore, I was so excited when I saw Houseboat (1958) to watch! It was Sophia’s third American film, after Boy On A Dolphin (1957) and The Pride and The Passion (1957) and she stars opposite the ever so lovely Cary Grant.
Every year on tumblr I do a Film Challenge, rating all the movies I view that year and I’ve really been behind on watching any lately so I was very happy to get back into it. Seeing any Old Hollywood film with my favourites is always a joy, but this one was extra enjoyable – possibly because of the real life romance between Cary and Sophia and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves the Golden Age of Hollywood and the 1950s. I won’t say too much as I don’t want to give anything away! I will say though, that Sophia sure has a lovely voice, is there anything this woman can’t do? I think not!
I decided to write down the other Classic Films which caught my eye on Netflix that I hadn’t seen, so here are some recommendations;
His Girl Friday (1940)
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
The Enforcer (1951)
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
The Grass Is Greener (1960)
That Touch Of Mink (1962)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)Here’s the films I’ve seen that are on there;
To Catch A Thief (1955)
The Children’s Hour (1961)
Irma La Douce (1963)
I’m also currently reading a book onGrace Kelly by James Spada, it’s the first full biography I’ve read on her and I’m really enjoying it. I’m reading an updated version from 2014, but it was originally released in 1987, a few years after her death. I’ve got a Marilyn photographic biography by him and it’s pretty good so I trust him as an author which is important. I’ve always thought Grace was a beautiful and talented lady and I’ve seen the majority of her films, (sadly, she only made eleven) so it’s wonderful to learn more about the real Grace behind her Hitchcock Blonde Persona.
As soon as my face returns to normal, I hope to be back to sharing my fashion, make up and hairstyles with you all. But at least for now you can be inspired by the beautiful Sophia and Grace, I know I am!
So today my wonderful mum and myself went out for a meal at a place called The Elephant, it’s been established since 1934 and recently had a makeover. I’ve been twice with my lovely boyfriend and I raved about the pizzas, so much so that my mum decided we should go ourselves. It was so nice to get dolled up and go out somewhere special, I hadn’t put my makeup on in so long! I washed my hair yesterday and pincurled it, so it was nice to finally feel like my normal self.
My mum hates getting pictures as she’s so critical of herself and always tenses up, but we preserved and got these two which turned out quite nice. She has such beautiful ice blue eyes, I wish I inherited them, mine aren’t as exciting as hers. She’s without doubt my hero and I don’t know what I’d do without her.
I wore one of my favourite dresses which I bought last year fromDorothy Perkins, it’s fitted but flares out and is such a lovely colour, I love green! I love the neckline also, it reminds me of a statement necklace, I’ve taken a closeup of it to show you guys.
To match my vintage hair I went for classic red lips and winged eyeliner, these are two of my favourite makeup traits and are a must if you want to feel apart of the bygone era. I used one of my favourite lip pencils byMax Factorfor the base of my lips, I always extend the shape too for a fuller pout, but not too much! I used aMaybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick, I have quite a few of them and I’d definitely recommend. I took a photo before I took my pincurls out, so you could see how the front of it looks. Please note, I’d slept with my hair like this so it looks a bit messy, but that’s ok as long as they stay in, which thankfully they did.
I also wore my new red bow, which I bought at a Vintage Fair a couple of weeks ago and borrowed my mums cute little flower earrings from Accessorize. I couldn’t find the ones I wore on the website buthere’ssome that are similar. I love myPoppy Cardiganfrom New Look, I’ve said before it’s not always easy to wear as it doesn’t go with everything, but I think it works with the red and green. Plus, anything with flowers is so 1950s and perfect for a vintage twist. Here’s a couple of full outfit shots, one with the cardigan and one without. I like this outfit because it’s not too dressy, but it’s not too casual either, it’s just right in my opinion. I know you can see my socks in the photos, but I wore my nice ankle boots and I assure you they were hidden.
I had my favourite, a classic Margarita Pizza, it’s so huge but has such a thin base and was so yummy! Also, because the place is named after an elephant, it has photos of them all around the restaurant and a beautiful statue outside. I love elephants!
I look forward to my next venture here and would recommend it to anyone, especially pizza lovers! It was so nice to spend some quality time with my mum and eat pizza, what could be any better? Until next time!