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

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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 casual 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

June

June has gone so fast that I have not had a chance to stop and reflect… It is something that I like to do whenever I closed a chapter in my life. It maybe after the end of the month, year or after a significant change in my circumstances. I try to look at the positives and address everything that I should have done that I have not… so I do not feel like I am drowning…

Last month have been better for me that I have expected. There were so many things that I was worried about that in the end turned up to be not so scary after all !!

I have also made some new purchases for summer time and I will be more than thrilled to share them with you in the very near future !! As I am currently enjoying little get away, my biggest priority were summer accessories and clothing. These are just few examples of what came to my possession lately…

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Newest Gianvito Rossi sandals I have got on sale with more than 50 % off !!

For the sizing reference they fit true to size, I am size 37.5-38 and all of Gianvito Rossi shoes I own or ever tried are size 38…

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New Topshop shirt (still on sale, available in stores in the UK) and Sensi Studio hat (I got mine on sale but the one linked above is exact one but unfortunatelly slightly more expensive…)

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Green pleated skirt that I have been loving lately… If you are interested in that outfit, all the details are available here xx

In regards to my blog I am very happy that my community is growing and new bloggers are checking out my website. I cannot express enough gratitude for all the likes and lovely comments. I really hope that this trend will continue as I have all the intentions to carry on…

The blog post with the most amount of views last month was Few words about self-confidence and the one that attracted most likes was Responsible fashion !!

As I have mentioned before I am currently travelling and I will be keeping you posted on what I have been up to… For now I can show you my home for the next few days and I cannot imagine anything else more picture perfect xx

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For more updates and hopefully nice pictures head to my Instagram as I am trying to post daily xx

Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope you had a good month as well !!

Love,

Aggie xx

Traveling disasters and pet peeves plus my first ever collaboration !!

I have not planed this post today but as it is in life the best things happen just like that !

Few weeks ago I got approached by Ken from travel website called TravelOopsies.com to joint forces and write one or two things down. The website specialises in collaborations with different bloggers with big emphasis on travel experiences and if they were bad on what could you have learnt from them.

When I got asked to talk about mine I could not resist !

It is so interesting to read about other people travels and their likes and dislikes. Especially when they are either traveling professionally or more often than myself.

With holiday season so fast approaching I hope you will check them out as it is very eye-opening…

It took me some time to reflect on my mistakes and travel choices. I have listed one big one but since writing that little note I could probably name few more… What about you ?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you all very soon !!

Love,

Aggie xx

 

Bangkok

Traveling is something that excites me greatly ! I love that feeling when I am going somewhere where I have not been before. It does not really matter if the destination is 50 or 5000 miles away from my home. Adventure and taste of unknown is the same..

I had an enormous pleasure to visit Bangkok for our first wedding anniversary. It is difficult to say why we chose that city for that occasion but I have no regrets. It is such a vibrant place, never in my life I have seen so much street food, traffic, taxis and life going on…

We visited Bangkok in September and the weather was very hot and humid. Even traveling from one spot in the capital to another seemed like a proper challenge. Transport wise taxis are available anywhere and they are cheap but be prepared to be stuck in traffic !! You can also travel by boat (public or private), Skytain, tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi or bus.

There is so much to see in Bangkok that spending a week there is not enough.. My personal favourite attractions include:

  • Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha is enormous and absolutely breath-taking..)
  • Grand Palace complex a must even if You in Bangkok for a day
  • Floating market (we visited Taling Chan Market- real experience…)
  • Jim Thompson house and shop- simply beautiful !
  • Blue Elephant restaurant- real institution in Bangkok, Thai cuisine at its best !

Be my guest and enjoy Thai hospitality which is one of the best I have ever experienced..

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Our beautiful hotel The Peninsula

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Bangkok traffic
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Grand Palace complex
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Grand Palace complex
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Wat Pho
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Best view in Bangkok
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Jim Thompson house
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When you discover that you are popular in Thailand..

I feel that every time I travel I benefit not only from amazing memories and pictures. I change and grow as a person and that is something that keeps me going until I have the next chance to escape my daily grind.

Please let me know if You liked traveling with me and let me know where would You like to go next ?

Love,

Aggie xx

Shoe business

My shoe obsession started some time ago… cannot remember when ? Maybe with the first pair of good quality, nicely finish pair of high-heels ? I still have then and they are in very good condition.. The pair I am referring to is L.K. Bennet pumps, about four inches high, very comfortable.. After this pair, there was another pair, then one more and so on.

As the obsession developed my desire for a new pair every month seems difficult to control. I can go a long time browsing and looking for a suitable addition to my collection but my favourite ever purchases are related to a special occasion, people I share my memories with and travel.

Let me take You to a trip round the glob for my best shoe-related moments !

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London Anya Hindmarch boots

 

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Karkow Wedding Day (similar) Sophia Webster

 

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Nothern Ireland Converse

 

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Abu Dhabi Chloe

 

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Dubai purchase Alaia (sold out)

 

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Best ever bargain purchase Paul Smith

As everyday life can get hard it is easier to have something to come back to Your loved ones, Your home and a closet full of shoes.. I love mine for the joy and memories they bring to my mind every time I wear that special pair. Don’t save them for that special occasion that may never come.. Enjoy them daily !!

Love,

Aggie:)

Trip to the desert

I had a chance to go to Abu Dhabi lately and take part in a safari trip going deeper into the desert.

The experience is unreal and I would highly recommend to do it given a chance. Combination of the sun, sand and jeep ride allows You to experience something very different and it helped me to reflect on my everyday life and goals for the next few months.

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Outfit of the day: T-shirt ALL SAINTS, Trousers (similar) NLST, Belt (similar) COS, Sunglasses (sold out) CHANEL, Flats CHLOE

Choosing the outfit is not a priority but I tried to be comfortable and dressed appropriate to the occasion. I went for very neutral colours and my favourite, extremely trusted and bought on sale NLST pants- worth every penny..

The view is breath-taking and the sunset to die for..

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The whole experience was very healing, no everyday luxury, no media just the view..

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Coat (similar) ZARA

Traveling is something that enjoy so much that I could imagine myself giving up my everyday life in order to be able to do it for a living.. Maybe one day !!

I hope You enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them..

See You next time !

Aggie xx