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Hey! This is the first blog post since my blog has turned 1 years old and I was planning on doing a post on how the first year of blogging has been for me and sharing what I’ve learnt. I’ve been super busy since my 21st birthday which I spent in Paris, a surprise trip from my boyfriend and I’ll have some blog posts coming up soon. The posts will be about our time in Paris, some advice on where to go and what to expect and avoid on your future trips, similar to ones that I did about our trip to Rome – Ultimate Rome Travel Guide and Rome Travel Diary.

To celebrate my 21st birthday with my girls we went to STK, Strand and I would definitely recommend this place for a group dinner. As a little side note, make sure that if you are group dining that everyone is on time to the reservation. Both times that I’ve been to STK they refused to seat us at the table until every person has arrived; not that I minded much as I made my way to the cocktail bar whilst I waited and was satisfied!

The pictures of the food don’t do it justice, in the pictures the food looks good but it’s even better than you expect it to be. For starters we had the ‘Lil Brgs’ which are two little beef burgers; I underestimated how small they were and tried to eat it all in one bite and terribly failed! For the main course, they offer a variation of steaks (I ordered the New York Strip) and I was tempted by the fish and chicken options. The side of mac and cheese is also a highlight of the night, it’s under the sides on the menu with the french fries but the portion size is big like a main dish, which isn’t a complaint just a happy observation!

For my fellow budgeters and those who love a good deal, make sure you ask for the set menu. You can get a choice of starters, mains and a dessert for £30; a super good deal considering how expensive London dinners can be!

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Thank you all for the sweet birthday messages! I honestly had the best birthday and of course the birthday celebrations continue and will be dragged out for as long as possible!

Dress: Here (Click here to see how I’ve styled it previously – A Day Out of London) | Wedges: Saint Laurent

Thank you for reading!

Antonia

xoxo

London Instagrammable Restaurants: STK

Hey! This is the first blog post since my blog has turned 1 years old and I was planning on doing a post on how the first year of blogging has been for me and sharing what I’ve learnt.

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Travelling to Rome was the best way to begin my travel adventures with my boyfriend as our first trip away together. Rome is a beautiful city, full of sooo many things to see and it is such a great trip if you’re looking for a city break jam packed with activities. This post is to highlight the best of this city, to make it so much easier for you to plan a trip and give you ideas of where to go.

Click here to see what we got up to in Rome – Rome Travel Diary

Where to Go

The two main places I firstly had in mind that I knew I had to go to see in Rome was the Colosseum and the Vatican.  Knowing this, two separate days were dedicated to seeing each one and we fitted in everywhere else we wanted to go based on its vicinity to those locations. I highly recommend visiting the Vatican including St Peter’s Basilica, even if you aren’t religious, you can appreciate the amazing beauty in the decor and art.

Here are the other places that are the best places to visit in Rome;

  1. Trevi Fountain – Best place to go to early in the morning, when it isn’t so busy. One thing we forgot to do was bring coins to throw in over our shoulders to follow the traditions.
  2. Pantheon – It’s one of the best preserved buildings from Ancient Rome, an incredible addition to our wander around the city. We didn’t go inside for very long, as it was really busy and therefore I got better view of the beauty of the building outside.
  3. Palatine Hill – This is one of the most Ancient parts of the city according to Google and in my opinion it is worth the little walk up to the top as you can get the most amazing view of the Colosseum.
  4. Piazza Navona – This Piazza was a perfect little spot where we rested from our explorations and enjoyed our ice creams and got some cute shots of the fountains.
  5. Spanish Steps – Honestly we walked by the steps on our first night when we were strolling the area around our hotel, not realising that we were at the Spanish Steps. The view is really pretty, however again it’s really busy there and there are plenty of other pretty fountain displays nearby that you can take pictures and relax around.
  6. Villa Borghese – If you’re looking to take a little break out of the city have a look to visit here, it’s a really beautiful park. We didn’t stay for long to see the whole park but I saw that they offer a tour of the gardens and there is also a museum.

Where to Eat

Traditional Italian restaurants are all around of course, we were so spoilt for choice.  I expected the pizza and the pasta to be amazing and there was certainly no disappointment. For lunch, after we visited the Vatican we went to Maccarone, I ordered ‘Lasagna Di Macaroni Alla Bolognese’ and my boyfriend ordered a pizza. On their menu they have Italian food but also American dishes, if that’s what you fancy. For dinners we wandered and got lost down little streets and found the cutest traditional restaurants which offered big portion meals what were surprisingly inexpensive. There were so many ice cream stores, like Venchi for example, having ice cream every night is this girl’s dream!

Where to Stay

We were super lucky and got a place that was roughly in the middle between the Vatican and the city of Rome, the Hotel was called Hotel Isa. I would highly recommend finding a hotel that is not too far away from the places that you want to visit, walkable distances ideally. My boyfriend and I literally walked everywhere and had no need to order taxis which I imagine would be quite pricey in this area.

This was honestly one of my fav hotels I’ve stayed in! The buffet breakfast every morning was delicious and the roof-top relaxation area where they offered cocktails, little snacks and other drinks was amazing. The staff were so friendly, the waiter at the roof-top bar was the sweetest and remembered our regular orders.

I can’t wait for my next trip away, not sure where yet! If you have any recommendations please comment some.

Thank you for reading!

xoxo

Ultimate Rome Travel Guide

Travelling to Rome was the best way to begin my travel adventures with my boyfriend as our first trip away together.

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a sampling of the Harper’s/Vogue editor’s many, many pieces of questionably practical advice

(content note: as with a lot of historical fashion writing, some of her suggestions are now extremely yikes)

ARIES: Why don’t you sweep into the drawing-room on the first night with an enormous red-fox muff with many skins?
TAURUS: Why don’t you wash your blond child’s hair in dead champagne, as they do in France? [ed. note: they do not do this in France]
GEMINI: Why don’t you cover a big cork bulletin board in bright pink felt banded with bamboo, and pin with colored thumb-tacks all your various enthusiasms as your life varies from week to week?
CANCER: Why don’t you tie black tulle bows on your wrists?
LEO: Why don’t you order Schiaparelli’s cellophane belt with your name and telephone number on it?
VIRGO: Why don’t you paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?
LIBRA: Why don’t you put all your dogs in bright yellow collars and leads like all the dogs in Paris?
SCORPIO: Why don’t you wear Suzanne Talbot’s black crepe glove embroidered in gold, like the hand that bore a falcon?
SAGITTARIUS: Why don’t you bring back from Central Europe a huge white baroque porcelain stove to stand in your front hall?
CAPRICORN: Why don’t you find one dress that you like and have it copied many times? You will be much more successful than if you try to produce the same effects each evening.
AQUARIUS: Why don’t you wear violet velvet mittens with everything?
PISCES: Why don’t you have every room done up in every color green? This will take months, years, to collect, but it will be delightful—a melange of plants, green glass, green porcelains, and furniture covered in sad greens, gay greens, clear, faded and poison greens?

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Hey, hope you all are well! Recently I visited Restaurant Ours, in Knightsbridge, London for my best friend’s 21st birthday. Great company with the promise of good food and I will definitely accept the invitation!

Upon arrival, I thought the restaurant from the outside looked really small but as soon as I walked in, I was honestly amazed at the display in the corridor between the entrance to the front desk.

There were good options on the menu, I actually really struggled to choose what to order. Vegan and Vegetarian options are also on offer and from asking my friends who ordered these options, it was delicious! Here is a link for the menu – Click Here.

I ordered the Hand Dived Scallops, Cornish Lamb Cutlets and Chocolate Fondant with Ice Cream; the food is expensive but worth it. I was honestly questioning when I saw that the Chocolate Fondant and Ice Cream was nearly £10 and I was praying that it would be amazing food for these prices.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I’d be coming back again. This place is absolutely beautiful, the atmosphere and the staff were lovely. So many opportunities for pictures with a gorgeous flower wall, pretty bathroom and stunning opening corridor and so many good memories were captured.

My outfit is from Misguided, the petite collection, I thought I’d go for the blazer dress trend to see if it suited me. Let me know what you think of this dress, if I should get more dresses in this style.

Dress: Here | Heels: Gucci

Thank you for reading!

Antonia

xoxo

London Instagrammable Restaurants: Restaurant Ours

Hey, hope you all are well! Recently I visited Restaurant Ours, in Knightsbridge, London for my best friend’s 21st birthday.

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Spring into Denim Hi!  Spring is now officially upon us and I am loving every moment. I’m obsessed over all the blossom and flower displays around London right now and my boyfriend and I found a really cute spot in Bexley.

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Sagittarius sun, Scorpio moon and Taurus rising aesthetic

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