Monday, 26 November 2018

Three ways to wear Snake Print

Snake print, something that before September this year I didn't think i'd be purchasing on bags, trousers, shoes. Ok, actually I did wear a snake print top back when I was 16 but that is a whole other story. 

We've seen it hit the catwalk in a big way in 2018! Altuzarra snake skirt, Gucci trousers and dresses, Burberry coats.

Here are a couple of versions of how I styled brown snake print trousers. I chose brown over grey because I think it matches my wardrobe of beige beige and more beige! haha 

1) Wear with grey, it may not be the your first instinct to go with, but actually grey with a brown accessory and really tone them down from a statement piece. 

This doggo turning up mid shoot made my day!
 2) A big cosy black jumper and nude heels
3) Neutrals! White jumper, camel coat, nude heels and yes, more snake print! 
One more with the bulldog because LOOK at him! 
Coat: I Saw It First, currently half price here.
Trousers: Stradivarius here  


Friday, 7 September 2018

Turning 27 - 26 things I learnt from the last year

It's that time again. The time I dread and relish all at the same time - my birthday. I used to give myself a hard time on my birthday, but as i've got older,  i've realised just to relax and not judge myself on numbers and what I should achieve by when. 

I thought i'd share some of the lessons I've learnt in the last couple of years. Naturally, I thought i'd write 26 (don't worry I haven't written essays). Not in priority order, just brain dumped, haha, here goes...
1) Treating yourself how you treat others is the only way to go about your life. Respecting and loving yourself should be a priority.

2) That includes what you feed yourself and how you view your body. Eating a brownie once (or maybe a few more times) does not make you instantly fat, (or fat at all unless you keep on eating them. I digress) it's your mind playing tricks on you.

3) Falling in love (and loving people) is the most incredible and important thing.
4) Good things can come to those who wait, but it's not because they are waiting. They work their arses off.

5) Try and be nice to people, sometimes you won't be, but try, always.

6) You get what you work for. I would alway make long lists of things I wanted to achieve at the beginning of the year (NY resolution hype) and again on my Birthday. It used to always go like this; write list, get excited and motivated, close book, never open again. This year has been different, not only have I kept the book in view, I started to visualise what I wanted (not just material belongings... hello shoes) and prioritise the list. I'd print pictures and put them on my desk at work. Yes, my colleagues asked a few questions at first but I mainly find if you are comfortable with something everyone else will be accepting too.

7) It's ok to change your mind (on most things, i'm currently getting a tattoo removed) 

8) You are never too old to make new friends, i'm so happy i've met some people in the last few months that I count as true friends.
9) Tell your parents or family you love them more.

10) Actions not words. 

11) Your mental well-being and mental health are two different but linked things. Take care of your mental well-being and it will help your mental health. 

12) Build a strong support network around you, then damn well listen to them.

13) Get out of your comfort zone. I started solo traveling this year and it's been the best thing i've ever done for my confidence.

14) Reputation is everything.

15) Read more.

16) Burn out is such a big thing in our generation, especially with social media. Don't be a slave to an algorithm or billion-dollar corporation. Do it for yourself, or you are wasting your time and energy. 

17) Shopping is good for the soul.
18) Smile more and don't worry too much about wrinkles from it.

19) You can get by on £100 a month, but there is no point buying the shoes and eating beans on toast because of it.

20) It's possible to mature overnight.

21) Don't skimp on good food.

22) Your mum is always right, always, annoyingly so.

23) Trust everything will be ok, even if it's not just keep trying and being positive.

24) Make your places look and feel nice, material things aren't everything, but make any place you stay feel like a home.

25) Get the F away from people that make you feel bad.

26) You can never have enough shoes in your life ;) 

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

24 hours visiting Alghero, Sardinia

If you have been considering Sardinia, don't consider it anymore, just go! I spent a week on this beautiful island and I can't wait to go back for it's glistening clear sea and white sands. But, I also look forward to visiting it's small harbour towns that are brimming with local cuisine and culture.

Lido San Giovanni Beach
The nearest beach to the centre of the city. It's well equipped with restaurants, cafés and bars. However, ask any Sardinian and they will say it's not as good as other beaches on the island! There is a lot of seaweed and sometimes a bad smell. However there are other beautiful beaches and lots to enjoy within the city. I visited here after 6 days on beautiful beaches in Olbia so was more than happy to skip the beaches and head to the port.

Maria Pia Beach
I didn't manage to visit this beach, however if you are looking for beautiful turquoise sea lapping on white sands near the city this is the one to go to!

Visiting the harbour both day and at night is a must. It's beautiful at all hours of the day to be honest, get there at golden hour, have a drink and stay to watch the sun set and the nightlife get going.

Breakfast - we were on the quest for vegan croissants which, after a few failed attempts, we managed to find at 7000 café.

Lunch - we ate on the hoof a lot for lunch, there are so many places to choose from, we mainly opted for big breakfasts and big dinners! However, i've heard great things about nautilus.

Dinner - On Danny's recommendation we headed to her favourite spot - Trattoria Lo Romani, Da Vittoria e Gigi. It has the best sea food platter i've ever eaten! It's a starter for two, however, there are 8 dishes and you really won't need anymore food. The hospitality is also superb - upbeat and fun.
Pro tip - book in advance and book even further in advance for a table outside.
We stayed in Residence Europe which is two streets back from the beach and a two minute walk to get there. It's about a 20 minute walk into the city centre. This hotel was really good value; a huge room with a living room and big balcony to sunbathe on.

Of course, the main attraction is the cobbled streets of the city centre. Be sure to venture off onto side streets to find little gems of locally grown and sourced produce. 
As I mentioned, there is some good nightlife along the beaches near the city centre. We didn't manage to stay out in Alghero, mainly from the hangover we had from the night before in Stintino!
There is also all the obvious water sports and boat trips. A bike ride along the seafront and around the town is a beautiful way to explore the city.

It's also possible to explore by horse and carriage. The organisers are really friendly and the horses kept in really good conditions. Being quite into horse riding I wish riding around the city was possible. See my new boyfriend below haha. 
Movida Restaurant has a great view of the harbour and menu to boot.  

I hope this has been helpful in some way! Let me know in the comments if you are planning a trip to the beautiful island of Sardinia!


Thursday, 16 August 2018

Olbia, Sardinia Travel Guide

Hi babes!
As you may have started to see on my IG Stories and Feed, I've been on holiday in Sardinia ;)
I'm now back in not so sunny London and wanted to share some of the best bits and tips with you.
This time it wasn't a solo trip (more to come on going on holiday solo) but with my very best Italian friend.
I flew into Olbia, Costa Smeralda airport, and stayed with her and her family for a few days in  Caletta, an hour south of Costa Smeralda, before exploring Stintino and Alghero. Costa Smeralda is stunning, but i'm not rich and I wanted a really authentic Sardinian holiday.  (Maybe i'll go back and live it up in Costa Smeralda eventually)

Where I stayed
I was lucky enough to stay with an incredibly loving Italian family. We had a lot of fun with neither parties being able to speak the others language - I love how semiotics comes into play in these situations. My poor friend had to play translator all week!
If you are planning to stay in a hotel, I recommend staying somewhere near the beach for one or two nights at a time, moving around to explore this beautiful island!
Caletta has a beautiful harbour and really traditional market that takes over the street in the evening. Of course, everyone always dines al fresco. Here you can buy the boat tickets to see the most stunning beaches in the south of Sardinia.

Beaches Visited
I literally went to this beach straight from the airport with all my luggage in the back of the car (try flying with a bathing suit under you clothes, interesting). Beautiful clear sea greeted me, and a beach bar called Mamabeach, a must. Also, sounds dull, but good parking. Something you will soon understand when going to beaches in Sardinia.
Standing in the sea looking out to mountains is magical. It get's very busy so if you don't want a busy beach keep reading.
Spiaggia di Berchida
This is such a beautiful beach, eight hundred metres of sparking white sand and crystal clear waters! Insider Italian info, go in the morning for an empty beach and a marvellous sunrise. The sea was so warm when I was here in August, perfect for swimming in, or having a snooze on a float. Pack a picnic if you don't enjoy walking on hot sand!
Cala Luna
Oh my gosh, the caves on this beach are huge. We went on a day boat trip and this was our first stop, it was quite busy but walking down to the caves is definitely worth the walk. Crystal clear waters and yacht watching!
Spiaggia delle Sorgenti di Goloritzè 
A hidden, sublime beach. We didn't stop here but I certainly want to hire a boat and go there next time. There are also caves to go and explore called Grotta del Fico, you'll need a boat to get there but it's a properly run tourist spot (although not many people seem to know about it).
Cala Mariolu
My favourite of all the beaches I visited. It's found below steep cliffs and is best to get to by boat, or if you are into it, a long hike.
I can't put into words how turquoise this water is, you really have to see it to believe it. We spent the morning jumping off rocks and seeing fish swim around us. It's so clear, you don't need a snorkel.
Capa Comino 
The most beautiful natural secluded beach. Rolling sand dunes and shadows of the mountains seen from the crystal clear waters. Go here for a really authentic natural beach (not a single row of private parasol in sight)

So there you have it! The longest blog of beach photos. I just can't get enough of this island and will certainly be back there soon.

I hope this post is useful or has inspired you to visit Sardinia. If you have any questions or want more recomendations DM me on Instagram - @jessiesstylenotebook

Massive thanks to my best friend Danny for an incredible week!

P.S No filter needed on these. 


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Three Ways To Style Pink Trousers

I normally stick to my neutrals. Colour has hardly ever entered my wardrobe, but this year something changed. I've started to experiment to see if I can expand my neutral ways. Thankfully when I do incorporate new colours all my neutrals work with them!

Ever wondered how to pull off baby pink trousers? Or any pink in your wardrobe? Below are three ways I styled these (very popular) pink trews. 
1) Leopard print
You can't go wrong with this 50's inspired combo. Team it with tan heels and a light overcoat for colder evenings. 
 Oranges optional.
2) All black
These look especially flattering tucked into a black cami with heels for the evening. Chuck a Chanel over your shoulder if that's your vibe. Or a nice black 'evening bag'. God, I sound like my mum!
 Staring at something very interesting, must be a pigeon. 
3) Red and white
For a casual day look team with white trainers and a pop of clashing red. Adding these earrings still makes me feels fancy as f**k (not a causal gal).
Sunning myself... or staring at pigeons again, who knows? 

Have you tried pink trousers? How did you style yours? 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Two Days in Paris: Perfect Relaxed Itinerary

There is nowhere in the world like it, the architecture is breathtaking, the lifestyle intoxicating, it's such a hectic yet romantic city! The amount to do can actually be quite overwhelming. This trip was with four of us; my boyfriend and his parents. If you are looking for a guide that's not just a romantic trip, look no further!

Day 1

  • Stay somewhere central to really cut down on your travel time. 
It will be more expensive but so worth it. We stayed at Le Jardins du Marias in the 4th arrondissements which was within walking distance from cafés and cheese shops - obviously the most important things. It also had the most amazing central courtyard, perfect for an evening drink.

  • Visit Marché des Enfants Rouges for an early lunch, (depending on when you arrive). 
This street food market is bustling with culinary delights, from Italian to African, it has something delicious for all.
  • Go on an open tour bus.
If you don't have long on the city hop on and off an open tour bust so that you can 1) get your bearings of the city 2) see all the places you want to go back to for a closer look.

  • Visit Notredame (but not for long).

Obviously a tourist hotspot, get a photo and then cross the Ponte Notre Dame for amazing views down the Seine.

  • Picnic at Park du Champ-de-Mars.

There is no better way to enjoy the Eiffel Tower. I've been up it before so think looking at it rather than looking out of it is better. There are better views elsewhere in the city to look at this beauty.

  • Visit the Lourve.

You can spend a week looking around here, so choose what you want to do and do that, go in the evening or first thing for shorter queues.
A magical entry way is Passage Richelieu, walk beneath the tunnels grand arches, approaching the tower gates and marvel at the gorgeous views of the famed glass pyramids.

  • Have an ice cream at Palais Royal.

Parisians really know how to relax in the sun, you'll find double chair benches (that would be nicked in the UK!) to sit on and a beautiful view of the palace whilst hearing the clinking and cheering from nearby bowls tournaments.
Of course get a picture on the Colonnnes de Buran!
  • Eat snails at Place Sainte-Catherine. 

I could write 10 more posts about eating in Paris, but for this i'm keeping it short! I'd never tried snails before but so glad I did in Paris, as you can see, I wasn't 100% sold! However, I tried sea snails the next day and actually liked them!
Day 2

  • Visit the quaint Montmarte. 
If you fancy seeing a different side to Paris, jump on the metro to Abbsesses and climb the hill to see the most breathe-taking view of Paris!
Don't miss the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur and the windmill Moulin De La Galette - famed in one of Renoirs paintings, Bal du moulin de la Galette.

Have an amazing time in this enchanting city! 

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