It may be completely out of my comfort zone, but there’s just something about this dress. It’s not often that you’ll see me wearing a ‘pop’ of colour, or any colour at all, truth be told, but I couldn’t help but make an exception for this little red number. It’s a classic with a twist; a simple shift style cut with a knot detail adorning the hem of the sleeves.
From RUBY’s new spring collection, ‘No Drama’, it seemed to be the perfect piece to throw into my suitcase for a special night out, and a dress that I wouldn’t mind reaching for more than once. Keeping things simple, I opted for a pair of low heeled sandals (which in themselves make a statement…) and a small black bag, as the dress really does seem to speak for itself, and stand on its own in the busy streets of New York.
We took these snaps right before heading up to A60 (60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012), a rooftop bar in Soho. As it turned out when we arrived – because I’m never one to check this in advance – access to the bar is for hotel guests only, though the concierge was kind enough to swipe us up to the roof. The rooftop bar overlooks the city, and is a spectacular vantage point to watch the sun set over New York, if you can manage to sneak yourself in…
Not being ones to end the night there, we left as the sun had almost set, for a dinner reservation at Nobu (105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013). For those of you planning a trip to New York in the near future, I highly, highly recommend booking in at Nobu; it’s a meal that you definitely will not forget! x
There’s nothing more classic than a simple stripe – which is why I packed them in spades for this trip – though what really gets me about this dress is the crossover cutout back. Perfect for wandering the cobblestoned streets of Florence…!
Following the Cinque Terre – a tough act to follow, I might add… – we had four nights in the ancient city of Firenze. Surprisingly, we found ourselves situated extremely centrally in the Piazza del Republicca, a stones throw from the Duomo and a short walk to the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Del Michaelangelo.
We spent a lot of time wandering the cobblestone streets, and always, always, looking up. Given we were there for Luke’s brothers wedding (which was nothing short of magical – how could it not have been!), we spent a lot of time catching up with family and friends, and exploring the city by foot.
For me, it was all about getting out of the city, into the rolling hills of Tuscany, where the wine is plentiful and the roads are quiet. We set out to the castle of Vicchiomaggio for a wine tasting and explored the nearby village of Greve in Chianti, and for the wedding, there couldn’t have been a more sublime setting that the castle of Vincigliata. Firenze for ever.
It’s been seven years since I first visited Rome, and it’s hard to understand how I didn’t fall absolutely in love with this magical city last time. It’s been short, it’s been sweet, and while I hate to say goodbye, I’m excited to hop on a train for the next part of our adventure…
It’s little secret that I have a soft spot for shoes. When it comes to any kind go embellishment, I’m basically sold, and these beaded beauties from Sophia Webster were no exception. These are a far cry from the A.T.P Atelier heeled sandals I’d had my eye on, but they struck me as such a special shoe and when I cast my eyes on them, I just couldn’t say no.
I’ve got a little over a month left on my 5PFW Challenge and this marks my fourth key wardrobe addition since February. There’s one more purchase that I’ve been planning – the Louis Vuitton’s ’twice’ bag – but as I’ll be spending most of July travelling, I think it’s one of those things that will have to wait.
I will admit, I’m looking forward to the freedom of having less structure around my purchases for the season; as a girl who does love to indulge in the odd spot of shopping every now and then, this is still every much as bit of a challenge as it was when I first put myself to the shopping test – French style – last year. And I know exactly where I’m likely to start as soon as freedom sets in, because it’s all about that fancy footwork…