What I wore Sunday… back in my comfort zone

As much as love traveling, coming back home after a holiday is always a relief for me. I cannot wait to sleep in my own bed and just be at home for a couple of days. That need for rest and isolation is a very short one as after about a week or so I cannot resist to plan our next vacation…

The outfit I am showing you today is a very casual one, with a nice pair of heels and a designer clutch bag to add that more luxury feel. Everything I am wearing today, makes me feel comfortable and I love each and every one of these pieces.

The only new thing featured here is this leather jacket by AllSaints that I got during my recent visit to Bicester Village. It was originally retailing for over Ā£300 and I have managed to get it for under Ā£150 !! I am not sure if that is a rule with all the leather jacket, but most AllSaints jackets run big to size so if you are thinking of getting one, my advise would be to definitely size down…

Leather jacket is one of those transitional pieces that will take through all seasons. You can pair it with the summer dress and heels for more romantic vibe or pair of trainers and jeans for a dress down look. If you interested in more styling ideas, I would recommend to check out this post here.

All of the pictures taken for today’s post are from the nearby village which I really like. It is quintessential British and has that amazing feel about it. Small shop, post office, nice pub and a hairdresser that is all that is needed…

So without further delay… that is what I wore Sunday !

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Jacket AllSaintsĀ (similar by TopshopĀ here, here and by AllSaintsĀ here)

Jeans TopshopĀ (very similar here)

T-shirt Whistles

Shoes Saint LaurentĀ (black version here)

Bag Chanel

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How good is to be back home !!

Many thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you all very soon…

Love,

Aggie xx

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Designer handbags- are they really worth it and where to start ?

I love quality products. Anything from beautifully designed pair of heels to handmade bag or clutch. As a result, when I started working professionally I got my first designer handbag and that is how my collection started. I used to buy more, constantly adding new styles and brands. Over time I became much more selective, not allowing my heart to rule over my brain… Buying process became much more structured and detailed.

I have a mixture of designers in my collection anything from Mulberry to Chanel. What all handbags have in common is the quality of the finish, their practicality as well as the resistance to constant wear. I have one or two bags in my possession that I had from the very beginning and they are as good as new !

With all my experience and mistakes that I have made I though it will be useful to write dos and don’ts post guiding you through the buying process and helping to make the right choice. Whatever you budget is, I hope everyone interested in the luxury market would be able to find something useful !

Starting with dos:Ā 

  • Do some soul-searching… Before you starting investing in the luxury handbags think about what is important to you and what do you need the bag for ? There is no point in buying Ā£700 Charlotte Olympia clutch (I love this one !) if you do not get out very much !
  • You budget is key… Be realistic and whatever the top limit is, there are some options. Sometimes it may mean that you will need to wait a little bit longer for you dream bag but it will happen eventually if you work hard and truly want it.
  • Buying expensive handbag is considered an investment and as with variety of investments it can be more or less profitable… There are brands which in general keep their value better the others. My top three to invest in would be French ones like Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Hermes.
  • Seasonal bags or bright coloured ones are always less desired when it comes to resale market so going as classic as you can is probably the best choice. My criteria when buying a new bag would be: how well it would date and how much use would Ā I get out of it.
  • It is worth setting up an additional saving account and naming it after a bag you want to buy. Transfer the money regularly and even small contributions every month will add up eventually. Giving the account a name will help to keep you on track and motivate to keep saving.
  • With all that written in mind, you need to love you purchase. It is very unlikely that you are going to make a fortune sellingĀ your possessions so be honest with yourself. Your handbag is a material thing that should spark the joy within you and it is there to serve a purpose.

And now don’ts:

  • Never settled… Do not compromise on the bag that you do not want or need just because it is cheaper or more accessible. You will still end up wanting the one you had originally in mind.
  • I would not recommend to buy of eBay or less reliable sources. If you want to buy second-hand (nothing wrong with that and you can pick a bargain from time to time) try websites with a team of experts that will verify the authenticity of your handbag. The ones I would recommend are VestiaireĀ Collective and HEWI London.Ā The commission is high if you are selling with them, but you are guaranteed hassle-free process.
  • Do not buy into trends that will last a season or two… Classic models constantly in production are the best way to go. One of the best examples of that would be Louis Vuitton bags like Speedy or Neverfull. Their prices got doubled in the last five years or so with very little change to the actual bag itself.
  • Do not allow to get influenced by media, celebrities or YouTube channels. Listen to your heart, assess the needs and go for something that you truly want and need.
  • And finally… Do not go beyond you means ! I did that quite some time ago when I bought the most expensive bag in my collection hoping that I will get a bonus at work… I did not and although I cannot regret that I bought the bag, I have learnt my lesson. Never spend the money you do not have !

And few of my favourite ‘investments’…

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It will be controversial but it is probably my favourite ever bag by Bottega Veneta… light and understated, beautifully made and the colour is to die for !

I really hope you liked this post !

I am more than happy to answer any questions and help if you need my guidance on the subject…

Love,

Aggie xx

What I wore Sunday… London affair

My affair with London started more than a decade ago. I had a pleasure of getting to know the city in my early twenties, firstly as a holidaymaker and later as an exchanges student. I know that it is not a place where I could live on a daily basis but I enjoy coming back every few months to experience this cosmopolitan and fascinating city.

We have taken all the pictures for today’s post in Mayfair. It is one of the oldest and most well-known parts of the London and as I was surrounded by designer shops and boutiques it seemed like a perfect location.

London with its diversity is full of contrasts. Wealth and poverty are very close neighbours. I always felt (and still do) intimidated by opulence and luxury but somehow London takes it to another level. You can never be too overdress here… So for this afternoon outgoing I decided to wear something that will give me a confidence boost !!

This Maje dress is last season find that I have managed to get in Bicester Village. It is a very unusual print and length for me but I love it. I wanted to buy it last year, however, the price put me off number of times. I am glad that I have resisted the temptation as I manage to get it at almost 40 % in the outlet… The rest of the outfit is my staples that you have seen number of times. I am still in love with these sandals and I am determined to wearĀ them as many ways as it is possible.

So that is what I wore Sunday !!

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Dress MajeĀ (last season, more here)

Shoes Gianvito RossiĀ (suede version here)

Bag Chloe

Sunglasses Chanel

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I hope you like this look as much as I do xx

Visiting London is always a pleasure and every time I manage to discover something new-Ā restaurant, park, boutique shop or cafe.

Thank you very much for stopping by and see you all very soon !!

Love,

Aggie xx

Italian cuisine

I do not think I can talk about my Italian adventures without mentioning the food. Italian cuisine is big all over the world but there is a very good reason for that. Almost everybody all over the world has tried pizza, pasta or calzone at least once in their life.

What I like the most in Italian cuisine is how fresh all the ingredients are and the fact that their signature dishes are relatively simple. I have ordered the spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and basil on three different occasions in different places and every time that dish tasted delicious !! Signature al dente pasta, extra virgin olive oil and beautiful, juicy tomatoes with herbs that is my perfect combination.

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There are few things that I have learned during my stay in Italy that I did not know and I thought it may be useful to share that with you !

  1. Italians are not huge on breakfast. Few sweet pastries and espresso that is all they have…
  2. The type of pasta really matters ! In every place that I have visited I got asked what type of pasta would I like ? Spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine etc. For somebody like me they all taste delicious so it does not really matter but point taken !
  3. Italians like to feast… Typical dinner will consist of antipasto, first course (soup or pasta), main course (fish or meat) and dessert.
  4. Typical antipasto is made out of different types of cured meat, cheese and marinated vegetables. You will always get some bread, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with it.
  5. They like their salads in particular something called panzanella. It consists of tomato, cucumbers, onion, garlic, basil and bread…
  6. Fresh and locally sourced ingredients are everything. Nothing gets pre-packed ready for the microwave.
  7. Italians do not like to rush… If they meet family for dinner it will go on forever ! As a result of that if you book a table in the restaurant you will have as much time as you like so enjoy !
  8. They are huge on desserts and their ice-creams are the best in the world. Everybody knows panna cotta, tiramisu or semifreddo.
  9. Italians like their coffee strong and with very little milk or even better without it. Forget the latte something like that does not exist in their dictionary.
  10. If you ask for iced coffee be prepared that you will receive something which I can only described as espresso with ice… Still very refreshing but maybe that is the secret to their diet ?

Just to tease your taste buds I will share one of very simple meals we had in Italy…

Enjoy !!

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Many thanks for stopping by !!

I would love to see you soon… Do not forget to check my Instagram account and follow me there as I am posting even more pictures and interesting facts of what I have been up to !

Love,

Aggie xx

What I wore Sunday… evening in Italian village

Continuing my Italian adventure I wanted to show you the outfit I wore to dinner on the same day we visited Lucca and went to the seaside. If you are interested in that post more details and pictures are available here !!

I did not have much time to get ready so I decided to go for comfort and convenience. I picked this dress on sale from H&M and I truly cannot say enough good things about it. It fits better than it looks, the fabric feels very nice on the skin, it is a very flattering design and best of all it was only Ā£10 !! I believe the original price is around Ā£20 and in my opinion it is worth even more than that.

I styled it with my favourite par of heels at the minute. They are much more comfortable than they look and they add that special something to every outfit.

The restaurant we visited that evening was called Le Mura Del Cassero in Montevarchi. It is a truly modern Italian place, serving traditional dishes with a twist. The whole menu is in Italian so ordering food can be tricky if you do not speak the language !!

I hope you will like what I put together and if you are interested in what I have bought recently stay tuned as I have the haul video coming up on my channel very soon featuringĀ this particular dress and many more items…

So that is what I wore Sunday !!

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Dress H&MĀ (not on sale online but more colour available !!)

Heel Gianvito RossiĀ (sold out)

Watch RadoĀ (old collection)

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That is it for today from me… Many thanks for stopping by and please come back for more !!

Love,

Aggie xx

One day in Tuscany

When I look at the pictures from Tuscany, I get the impression that whatever I see is not real… But the reality is even better. Everything is just picture perfect ! I cannot imagine anybody visiting that part of Italy and not falling in love with this beautiful countryside, wineries and rustic farmhouses on every corner.

During our week in Tuscany, I could not resist the temptation of taking as many pictures as possible to document every move in order to share my happiness and joy of visiting Italy with all of my readers. As a result, I would like to take you all on a road with me for just one day…

The day started with beautiful and sunny morning walk… The house that we were staying at was truly spectacular and very Italian. Ideal rural location with just right amount of luxury !

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Our first stop on the roads was Lucca which is located about two hours drive from our accommodation. It is a beautiful city and the one that is most loved in the whole Tuscany. It is famous for its Renaissance walls and characteristic cobblestone streets. Lucca has an incredible charm so driving there was a real pleasure !

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For the outfit of the day, I decided to go for something casualĀ that would make me feel comfortable yet dressed appropriately. I paired my beloved jumpsuit with the newest addition to my wardrobe… a pair of Topshop sliders ! They are extremely comfortable with animal print adding something extra to the whole design. The quality of the finish is really good for the price and I would highly recommend to check them out if you have a chance !!

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Jumpsuit Isabel Marant

Sliders Topshop

Hat Sensi Studio

We ended our visit in Lucca by having this delicious lunch in one of many restaurants in the city centre. Everything was so tasty and fresh !!

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For our next stop we decided to go to the seaside. It was a very spontaneous decision but I have no regrets. We drove to the nearest resort called Viareggio. It is a seaside town with fabulous sea front and very good infrastructure. There was so many bars and restaurants and the beach itself was really good as well. We also found a pier with some amazing views !!

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After few hours of sunbathing and relaxing we decided it was time to go home as the drive back was well over two hours… But that was not the end of the day as we had a table book in the village restaurant so after refreshing, changing and resting we went to eat and enjoy the end of one of my favourite days ever !

This is a sneak peek of what I was wearing that evening but more on that will follow soon !!

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I hope you have enjoyed the day trip in Tuscany and I hope to see you soon !!

Many thanks for stopping by…

Aggie xx

What I wore Sunday… day in Siena

As you may know I have spent the last week in Italy. It was a dream come true for me as I only visited Italy once in my life a very long time ago…Ā I enjoyed every minute of my Italian adventure and I promise to share more of that on my blog in the coming weeks.

Today I am taking you to Siena which is the place I have not visited before but I would highly recommended. It has unbelievable charm and very relaxed vibe with the fan-shaped square Piazza del Campo in the middle of it all that offers spectacular views of this medieval town. Every corner is just picture perfect and every building is decorated with beautiful and colourful doors and shutters. Piazza del Campo itself is considered one of the greatest medieval squares in the whole Europe !

I am not going to lie it was a very hot day. That was one of the reason why I decided to wear white dress and a hat which was a pretty accessory but most importantly it protected me from the immense heat and sun. This dress seemed to me like a perfect choice for sightseeing. It is smart but very comfortable. I got it in Reiss in York Outlet about two years ago and I wore it the day after my wedding. It has a huge sentimental value for me so I hope you will like it too !!

Siena has so much charm and beauty that and I really hope that I will be able to go back there one day in the very near future.

Be my guest and enjoy this truly spectacular Italian city !!

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Dress ReissĀ (similarĀ here and here)

Sandals Gianvito RossiĀ (sold out but similar on sale here)

Bag Anya HindmarchĀ 

Hat Sensi Studio

Sunglasses Ray-Ban

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Massive thank you for stopping by and all of your likes and support !!

See you all very soon…

Love,

Aggie xx