Pastel Houses

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago when wandering the beautiful streets of Notting Hill and heading for brunch with my friend Nicole. We decided to check out a cute little spot called 202, a cafe and luxury label boutique all in one! Pancakes were on the agenda and we soon had clean plates whilst catching up!
This dress from a new and upcoming brand called A Day In A Life is an easy summer outfit paired a kimono and a pair of chunky boots. Although I'm not much of a bodycon girl, I find this dress really flattering and its squeezes in all the right places.
I'm now back at home in Yorkshire for a few days, before heading on a two week trip across Croatia, Slovenia and Italy with my best friend Mollie on Tuesday! Keep up by following me on Instagram!

Monica x

Wearing: Black Slip Dress: c/o A Day In A Life | Leopard Print Blouse: Matalan | Black Fedora Hat: c/o Chicwish | Statment Necklace: Primark | Leather Shoe Boots: c/o Clarks | Black Bag: Primark | Sheffield Lady Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Nails: L'Oreal Paris in Peach Neglige |

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Wireless Festival With New Look

A couple of weekends ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to Wireless 10 with New Look to celebrate 10 years of Wireless Festival. I had a fab time seeing the likes of Drake, Rita Ora and Katy B perform live and partying in the New Look DJ area - such a fun day!
Having not attended a festival since V Fest '12 (yep, Eminem and Rihanna year), I was more than excited to head to Finsbury Park with my friends Frances and Jade for some festival fun in the sun! Although we got seriously rained on in the morning, the sun was in full force by the afternoon for us drink, dance and belt out the lyrics to some of our favourite songs!
When it came to my outfit, nothing says festival fashion like a classic pair of denim shorts and this pair by New Look were perfect for the occasion. I really like the ripped style, plus the light wash is a perfect shade for the summer. This pretty folk print top was an easy throw on for the warm weather, along with a fun pair of shades.

Are you heading to any festivals this summer?
Fingers crossed I'll have some more lined up!

Monica x

Wearing: Folk Print Top: c/o New Look | Denim Shorts: c/o New Look | Sunglasses: New Look (similar here) | Gold Transfer Tattoos: c/o New Look | Gold Choker Necklace: Primark (similar here)|

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English Rose

White is one of my favourite colours to wear in summer. In fact, I'm pretty sure my the majority of my summer wardrobe consists solely of white clothing. I really like the simplicity of this dress, but when I put it on, I was keen to grunge up the girly and pretty vibe by throwing on my much loved khaki parka coat (which I've had since I was 17) along with a pair of chunky heeled boots.

This week is my final week of my six month placement at Ralph Lauren and I can't quite believe just how quickly it has gone! I've really enjoyed my experience with the company and may do a post in the future on my career journey so far. Let me know if that is something you would be interested in!

If you haven't seen me spamming my social media already... I posted my first Lookbook a couple of days ago featuring all my outfits from my recent trip to Italy! You can check it out below and make sure to subscribe here!

Monica x

Wearing: White Rose Print Dress: Missguided | Khaki Parka Coat: Topshop | Round Sunglasses: H&M | Chunky Boots : H&M | Leather Bracelet: c/o Adorning Ava |

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Travel Diary: Florence, Italy

Following an amazing few days in Cinque Terre, it was time to head down through Tuscany to the beautiful city of Florence. Florence was a must visit location while we were in the North of Italy and we travelled by train via Pisa to seek out the best that the city had to offer.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by sweltering 30 degree temperatures - without the sea breeze we'd experienced when by the coast in Cinque Terre. Lunchtime was spent in an outdoor restaurant soaking up the rays and people watching through the busy streets. We only had a few hours in Florence, so Shona and I were determined to pack Florence's best cultural and historic attractions into our day. First stop was the Duomo, an architectural extravaganza with so much intricate detail that I was completely in awe of. Inside however, although the cool interior provided a welcome escape from the blazing heat, the Cathedral was not one of the best I've visited. Rules on entry were strict and probably not worth the queue.
As well as an historic and architectural hub, Florence is also bustling with shops and great places to eat. Shona and I couldn't resist out daily dose of ice-cream, which in Florence came sculpted from mountains of fruity and indulgent flavours topped with beautifully presented decoration. Grabbing an ice-cream made the hot stroll down to the River Arno a little easier, where views of the city's traditional buildings and bridges did not disappoint.
Our whirlwind trip to Florence was finished off with a train station stop at Sephora for some beauty goodies before heading down to Perugia for the night. I think a few hours in Florence was all I needed to explore the best bits, so I wouldn't recommend staying for much longer than a day.
I'm planning heading back to Italy for a few days on a trip (again) later this summer so make sure to stay tuned for more travel adventures! I've also got outfit posts and a post from Wireless Festival going live in the next few days so make sure to follow me on bloglovin' to get notified with updates!

Monica x

Outfit One: Striped Bardot Top: Miss Selfridge | White Lasercut Leather Skirt: Zara (similar here) | Bubbled Leather Bag: Primark (similar here) | Sheffield Lady Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Round Sunglasses: H&M (similar here) |

Outfit Two: Floral Bell Sleeve Playsuit: ASOS | Sunglasses: Italian Market Stall (similar here) | Lips: MAC in Lady Danger |

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Travel Diary: Cinque Terre Part Two


Sifting through my photos from my recent trip to Italy is making me want to return for more adventures so badly! Serious holiday blues are kicking in!
The five towns of Cinque Terre certainly deserved a second day of exploring to truly appreciate and take in the beauty of the Italian Riveria. This day started off with a scenic boat trip from La Spezia to Manarola. I'd recommend having an early start and catching the first boat to squeeze as much as possible into the day. Like Riomagiorre the day before, Manarola was a beautiful small town complete with scenic trails and views from the cliffside. I decided to wear my nicknamed 'travelling pants', these amazing printed trousers that I picked up a few months ago from Forever 21. They're super lightweight and airy, perfect for travelling, walking and covering up a little from the blazing sun! I paired these statement trousers with a crochet bralet underneath a bohemian bell-sleeved blouse - such an easy summer layered outfit!
After a walk around, we decided it was time for some lunch. One of my favourite things about Italy in general has to be the incredible food. I'm the type who is always up for trying new things and experimenting a little with the local cuisine. On this trip I tried octopus (deeeelish - tastes like very tender chicken) and also cuttlefish ink! Pretty random but it was the style of a super tasty risotto. On this particular day, I opted for spaghetti and meatballs for lunch - so good. In fact, I don't know about you, but my mouth is watering a little just looking at the photo of it!
Shona and I spent the rest of the day in Vernazza before taking a trip to the beach in Monterosso. I'm not a massive beach person (I'd much rather be exploring cultural attractions than lying doing nothing on a beach - but that's just me!), however Shona and I had a few cocktails and a lovely swim on the private beach before soaking up the rays towards late afternoon. Such an amazing day!
If you're not up to date on my Italy trip so far, make sure to have a read of my other posts in Pisa and Cinque Terre! My final post of this series in Florence will be live pretty soon, so make sure to drop back to for more outfits and adventures.

Monica x

Wearing: White Bell Sleeved Blouse: H&M | White Crochet Bralet: Primark | Printed Cropped Trousers : Forever 21 | Blue Lens Sunglass: Italian Market Stall | Nude Sandals: Primark | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Nails: Floss Gloss in '95% Angel' |

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