ph. Aida Nizankowska
ph. Aida Nizankowska
I wanted to share with you my photo diary from my last trip to Sicily, which was my first time on this beautiful Italian island. It’s definitely my favourite country for summer getaways, because of the weather, the architecture, the nature, the food and very nice, friendly people. I was there for a week, which was long enough to explore the west and the south side of the island. First thing you need to have in mind while planning your holiday, is that Sicily is huge, renting a car is necessary to travel around, otherwise you might be stuck in a hotel which is often located far away from the city center. Okay, maybe there is an exception. I know one beautiful hotel where you can definitely spend a week without having a car (only transport from the airport has to be arranged – it’s 2 hours driving). Casa Talia, the lovely boutique hotel located in Modica, south side of the island. I felt like I was in the perfect place where I could live with my future husband till the end of my life, have kids, eat breakfast with them in the garden under the shade of the olive tree and just be the happiest person in the world. I know it sounds a bit unrealistic, but I guess you know what I mean. Some people might not agree, but a hotel for me is not just a place where you sleep and eat breakfast. It’s a place which makes the whole holiday experience unique and special, where the interior inspires me for changes in my own flat, finally a place where I’m creative and get big new ideas. A hotel not only has to be impressive but you have to feel like home. Casa Talia is definitely the place where I felt like home. I can highly recommend you choose it for your summer holidays.
Off-the shoulder trend is quite old, timeless and feminine. It suits to every girl with different taste. It can be styled classy, romantic, more bohemian or sexy. Point is to wear it with the right bottom, so that it looks exactly how you want it to be. As you know I love 90’s so I had to make it a bit old school adding high waisted white jeans. I think white denim is a great option for summer instead of blue or black jeans, it’s more summery and light. My top is from Dolce & Gabbana SS17 collection. I love its polka dot print, very bohemian and sexy, reminds me of that gorgeous gypsy look of J. Lo. in ‘Ain’t Funny‘ clip.
Notting Hill looks absolutely beautiful during this time of the year. There are so many blooming trees and flowers around. When the sun is shining I feel like I’m in California, only palm trees are missing. I was wearing the crop top from & Other Stories LA collection . They’ve just opened an atelier in Los Angeles which is an absolutely great news for me . California girl style pretty much sums up my aesthetic and what would I like to wear all year round, if only summer lasted forever.
My best friend is set to join a big corporate law firm in the fall, and she’s had a bunch of work meetings scheduled throughout the year. The dress code? Obviously suits. She’s been a bit grumpy about having to wear them, but it got me thinking. Suits are a projection of power and sex appeal when worn by women. Think about it, all powerful women have suits: Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, bah! even Coco Chanel wore one. So I thought, maybe it was high time I started wearing them, and from the second I put one on I was hooked. Since then, I acquired a few snazzy ensembles with skirt/trousers variations as well as different shapes and fits of blazers.
This Paul Smith suit is my new favourite. Not only am I a big fan of the brand, but also this mustard yellow is a totally hit colour this season. This suit is chic and elegant, but summery and delicate at the same time. It’s the perfect combination, it’s Paul Smith.
I’ve always felt a good connection with the brand through one strongly unifying factor – we both adore Notting Hill. I saw THIS article in the news lately in which Paul mentions that he found Notting Hill to be his home away from home, as did I. When I first visited London a few years back I fell in love with the pastel coloured buildings and little gardens, and I made a promise to myself that if I ever moved to London, this is the place that would become my new home. Fast forward to today, and this is exactly what happened. I feel so fortunate.
As with the reminder of the outfit, I stole Aida’s camisole (something new) but stayed cosy in my favourite Chanel sling backs (something old). The pictures were of course taken in Notting Hill, as they should have been, just around the corner from Paul Smith boutique and atelier on Kensington Park Road. The sun came out and the whole neighbourhood was magically illuminated. Like heaven.