La Dolce Vita

Everyone’s heard about Italian style, the perfect blend of elegance and ease.

I’m lucky enough to spend every summer in Italy and every year I watch and wonder. Try as I might I’ll never achieve the casual glamour that Italian women – and men – carry off without a thought.

As I enjoy this year’s adventures at my lovely holiday home in Abruzzo, I realise I have picked up a few habits and customs to help me blend in with the natives. It’s taken years but now I often get mistaken for an Italian. Until I start speaking of course! Continue reading “La Dolce Vita”

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Do your clothes spark joy?

Spring is on its way and it’s time for a bit of seasonal cleaning.

I’m not suggesting you get out the marigolds – that can wait for another day – but this month we’re cleaning out the most important cupboard in the house. That’s right, your wardrobe.

Or is it wardrobes, plural? Or is it wardrobes plus the airing cupboard and the closet in the spare room?

Just how many clothes do you have in your house? DO you love each and every item?  Continue reading “Do your clothes spark joy?”

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Bad dress day!

Ever had a bad dress day?

How often have you dressed in an outfit you’ve happily worn many times before, only to look in the mirror and think, “I hate the way I look in this”, or perhaps, “this just doesn’t feel right today”.

It happens to me all the time. I’ll wear a particular combination a few times and feel fabulous in it, then a couple of weeks later I’ll try it on and think “Yuk, did I actually like myself in this?” Time will pass and it might well come back into favour again.

The mood we are in, the way our bodies feel, the weather, perhaps even the phase of the moon – who knows what causes it –  but there are definitely times when something feels right to wear and other times when it doesn’t. Continue reading “Bad dress day!”

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