TSM Travel Diaries: Relaxing under the Tuscan sun in Boyfriend Jeans Pt. 2

I couldn’t blend in as a local in Europe even if I tried. A rustic doorway, snap, I have to take a picture. Food? click, click click, that stuff is definitely going on instagram…Oooh, a pebble, let me rearrange it so it looks extra special snap snap snap. Laugh as you may, I’m actually not as bad as some of my friends 😛 It’s definitely hard not to take so many photos in Europe when every turn of the corner looks like it belongs on a postcard or in a nostalgic foreign film. When I spend time filtering through these images, the embarrassment is long forgotten; I have these unique moments ingrained in my memory and captured on film to share with everyone for years to come.

Siena Tuscany coloured housesI was giddy with excitement over these beautiful and bright coloured residential homes in Siena. Something as mundane as locals hanging their washing out to dry just adds to authentic Tuscan look don’t you think?Siena Duomo


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Sangiminano old town dusk

A dreamy Sangimiano by dusk …

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Antinori WineryWhile in Tuscany, we enrolled a cooking class for a day at Il Vicario with Katia and Fulvio in San Gimignano which was such an enjoyable experiencing making pasta from scratch and then filling our bellies with the fruits of our labour. 
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Psst … these are officially my favourite pair of casual jeans for travelling. Remember how I was on search of the perfect boyfriend jeans here? These Zara Boyfriend Jeans fit my budget (£40 from memory) and are the most comfy pair I own (perfect for over indulging in Tiramisu and wine). I’m yet to dress them up with heels but for now, am content with a more casual look. Hope you enjoyed both Pt 1 and Pt 2 of my Tuscany Travel diary xo

TSM Outfit Post: Relaxing under the Tuscan sun in Anthropologie Pt. 1

Tien in tuscanyAs I write this from my gloomy Edinburgh hotel room (I’m up here for work for a few days), I can’t believe that it was only a few weekends ago that I relaxed with friends in the magical Italian region of Tuscany. I can still taste the local Tuscan Bean bread soup (my fave), the rich Pici pasta (that we hand made ourselves at cooking school) and the deliciously smooth taste of Chianti wine. Tuscany has always been on my radar as a must see in Europe and the natural beauty and kind hospitality exceeded all my expectations. Memories of soaking up the bursts of sunshine through the picturesque rolling hills of untouched vineyards and olive trees are providing a temporary escape from this very busy day/week/month…

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Every year I treat myself to a new Summer dress that allows me to look forward to travelling under the hot European sun. You might remember last year’s one here from my time in Bologna. This year, I wanted a dress that was more flow-y (read: more room for over indulging), still breathable and one with a casual vibe which could still be dressed up. For me, white sun dresses signify long happy Summer days so when I came across this dress by Second Female (a Cophenhagen designer) in Anthropoloigie, I was instantly drawn to the white ombre, slightly hippie tie-dye look. I’m always wary of dresses getting dirty so the darker bottom of the dress was perfect.  Continue reading

TSM Shopping Review: Butterfly Twists – Folding Ballerina Flats

My hands are itching. The biannual sale season is almost upon us here in Europe. Yes, if there’s one thing no-one can deny it is the fact that sales are HUGE here and they are Awwwesome! (crazy shoppers, not so much). I wasn’t sure when the sales would start this “Summer” but after nosing around (chatting to sale assistants) it appears the preview sales start this weekend with the official start in a few weeks’ time. I’ve been itching to shop for a few months now but am holding back for the bargains. The beauty of shopping for clients is that you feel that temporary rush without having to feel guilty! I’m creating a focused list of sensible items to target when the time arrives so let the games begin! (I’m still convinced shopping is a sport).

Ever since I made the mistake of wearing heels on my birthday followed by a full day of shopping around London (birthday post here), I’ve been on the lookout for fold-up flats to throw in my handbag. If you live in Europe, unless you’re wearing a stacked heel or you’re superwoman, it is extremely difficult, to walk around efficiently in heels. There’s no boyfriend’s car to totter over to but instead, you’re greeted with steps upon steps leading to out of operation escalators to the train platforms and cobblestones oh cobblestones. So unless totally inebriated after a night out, my feet are always furious at me for putting them through a fashion instigated ordeal.

I finally stumbled upon the perfect pair of fold up ballerina flats while shopping for a client last weekend and wanted to share them with you all. Not sure if I’m the only one out there who can’t manage to walk around in heels in London but in the event that I’m not alone, there are these absolute God-sends by the name of Butterfly Twists that come in a surprisingly stylish range of colours and patterns.

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The retail price varies depending on the design but I managed to pick mine up for £20 in the OFFICE concession store in Selfridges.

They’re designed in the UK but manufactured in China and I’m not too fussed about that because they are really just a back up for when my feet need relief from heels. I’ve worn them for a couple of hours (tested them out at dinner) which included walking to the tube and restaurant and my feet felt quite supported. Although I went half a size up for extra comfort, because my left foot is slightly larger than my right, the elastic band of heeled part of the shoe dug into my heel which irritated me a little towards the end of the night. I should have gone up a full size up in hindsight. Otherwise, I’d recommend them for your wallet/purse as they are really quite comfortable and compact.

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I’ve got the Cleo Ballerinas on here – snap taken while waiting for the tube to come.

Butterfly Twists are available in Office and other outlets within the UK but also deliver internationally. You can always check your local pharmacy/drugstore for similar alternatives.

Hope this post was helpful! I must admit, the fact that Oliva Palmero wears them may or may not have influenced me to purchase them. Damn those celebrity enablers!

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