how to holiday on the amalfi coast
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This post has taken me a year to write, but better late than never eh!

I found when I visited the Amalfi coast that there wasn’t much practical information online and I’m definitely someone who worries about how often buses run and where I can go to a supermarket so this is for my fellow over-planners. Without further a-do, my top tips;

  1. Hire a car. SO do this if possible. It made our trip so much easier. The buses are honestly awful and come every 2 hours or essentially whenever they fancy. It’s also not very clear where they go, and naturally Citymapper doesn’t work there so just get a car. It’s a bit scary to drive at first but as long as you’re careful and confident you’ll be fine.

  2. Everywhere is good to eat. Being half Italian I might be a bit biased but honestly 99% of places are absolutely great. There are lots of family run restaurants dotted around and they all know a good bowl of pasta like the back of their hand so trust your gut and try literally anywhere.

  3. Visit Praiano. I was so set on getting ‘that’ photo on Positano beach but it was so expensive due to the area being a tourist trap. We actually found a gorgeous little beach in a town between Sorrento and Positano called Praiano and it was honestly the highlight of my trip. Quiet and beautiful with an amazing restaurant on the edge of the water, we ate there every day!

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4. Take some comfortable shoes. Don’t assume because you’re going to the beach for the day you’ll only need flip flops. Big mistake! We had to park over a mile away as there’s very few designated car parks and then you essentially have to scale down the side of a mountain in order to get to a beach.

5. Do stop at the random stalls and shops. You can get hand painted crockery everywhere but there are some really cool ceramic shops where you can meet the artist, as well as old Italians selling limonata along the side of the roads while you’re driving into the towns. Definitely worth a look and you’re helping out a local!

6. Make your own decisions, don’t base it all on Pinterest! I know you’re reading a blog post but I went to a few places that the internet told me were beautiful only to find they’d been cleverly edited (some even had tourists removed, the sea cleaned etc!) to look a million times nicer than they actually were. Fiordo di Furore was one of these.

7. The nearest airport is Naples, which is another reason to hire a car. Hiring a car in itself is a whole world of stress but entirely worth it in my opinion! I believe there are bus transfers but essentially this tip is to make sure you plan ahead and ensure you can get to the coast when you land.

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I honestly can’t recommend a trip to Amalfi more, just do your research and go prepared! It’s such a beautiful place and lets face it, the food alone is worth the flight.

Let me know if you go and if you have any other tips!

Gx

life lately
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Thought a photo of us was fitting

Hi friends! How are you all? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Where should I start? Well, I have a new website! I don’t know if you’ll be able to see much different as who even looks at peoples’ site design. I now have a fancy page for my work, titled ‘portfolio’ and have updated the layout to make it a little easier for you guys to shop my outfits and things I’m fancyin’.

Next up, I’m moving in with Kim! I’ve mentioned it here before (I think) but I’ll be moving into his current flat after a little change around of furniture etc but it’s all very exciting. I’ve honestly gone homeware mad, I think it’s driving Kim insane but hopefully it’ll mean some lovely content over here. I’d love to vlog the move but it’s going to be a little bit all over the place as we don’t have a set move in date, so we’ll see how it goes.

Let me know if there’s anything specific you want to see from me, I’d love to know! I’m thinking of doing room-by-room blog posts as well as getting back to some old school outfit posts as I really do miss blogging as it was in 2012.

self portraits
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dress:

ARKET

(gifted)

I'm really trying to get into the habit of posting more here - even if it's just little snippets. It became difficult in a world where it felt like you needed to have something to say, but sometimes I just like sharing pictures.

Either way, this is a new Arket dress I was kindly gifted so I decided to shoot it alone indoors. I recently got a new camera and it's become fun to self-shoot again so I thought I'd share the results. As always, you can shop the dress

here

.

Finally we're off to NYC and then Tulum as of tomorrow so hopefully I can create some pretty things to share with you when I'm back! I'm always full of good intentions so it'll be bloody interesting to see if I carry them out.

Ooh and I've also got a new video

here

, so feel free to have a nosy. It's a Summer haul. 

Speak soon, G

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can bloggers ever do right?
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Outfits
Outfits
Outfits

PIXIE MARKET

skirt,

MONKI

jacket,

URBAN OUTFITTERS

trainers, PRIMARK knit

Recently the blogging world seems full of contradicting rules on how you should live your life and wronging people for doing differently. Firstly I’m going to put out there that I am entirely of a “live and let live” mindset, providing no one is getting hurt etc. 

It seems that you can’t do right for doing wrong at present. You can’t have too many luxury pieces, as your lifestyle is unattainable and may upset people who can’t afford it. You can’t only wear cheap brands as that’s not eco friendly. You have to be vocal about every issue, but have a non argumentative stand point on it, to avoiding upsetting anyone. 

As I said, I’m very much of a live and let live kind of guy. I’m obviously aware of most political, ethical, and ~everything in between~ issues and have my opinions on it but that's for another post!

I started blogging because I had wanted to get into the fashion industry since I was about seven years old and it gave me a platform to discuss what I loved. I never realised the responsibility that came with it. I don't think many of us 

foresaw

 'having a voice' and few know quite what to do with it!

I often feel I can’t celebrate any success without fear of making someone else feel guilty for being at a different stage in their life, or simply on an alternate path etc. I recently bought a new handbag after wanting it for so long I lost count, and yet I feel that I need a justification for doing so. Is I wanted it, saved for it and bought it not enough?

Sites like gurugossip seem to thrive on people living their best life, or blow the smallest mistake out of proportion. It's bloody exhausting! A lot of people seemingly despise people making money through blogging, and I'm not sure if it comes from a place of jealousy or simply misunderstanding but it's becoming a dated way of thinking. Every year when Black Friday is on the approach I simply wait for the snide remarks on affiliate links etc. It's tiring.

Bringing it back to basics, blogging is a lot of people’s jobs. Which requires making money. “Swipe up” stories, affiliate links and crazy posts on Black Friday are people’s income - it’s how I pay my rent, insure my car and do my food shopping. While I wholly believe that everyone needs to be both self aware, and aware of current issues both locally and globally, I do think we are simply allowed to pull it back to sharing something because we enjoy it every once in a while without fear of backlash. 

We are all in different stages of our lives, in different financial situation etc - the list goes on - but part of being an adult is recognising that, and choosing to digest what works for you. Whether that be following someone for their sense of style, their political views or just because you like their hair, take what you need from it and leave it at that. I think we are all looking for something in everything, when sometimes an image really is just an image.

What do you think? I'm pants at putting my 

thoughts

 into words so I hope this makes some sense!

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thoughts on online dating
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irrelevant lingerie photos, body from

PLT

Ah, online dating. Is there any other way to meet people now? 

My story with online dating began I became single (obvs) and to be honest, I'm pretty sure the first thing I did after wiping my tears was download Tinder. Now, before you judge me - I work for myself, I don't meet people in the office. I have the same group of friends and frankly, I'm the instigator in doing things for the most part. I also have ME, so often miss out on going out etc. I really didn't think there was any way I'd meet someone new otherwise.

The first couple of months were weird, I didn't know what I wanted or what I was looking for and I never knew just how damn picky I was. I'm the first person to point out every flaw possible within myself, yet I didn't think I saw others like that. Here I was swiping past people for simply having 'weird eyebrows' or an ugly outfit on. Legit. Anyway, I did match with a few and that was fun, you can read more about dating

here

here

 and

here

I have friends who are so vehemently against using apps to date. Whether it be down to snobbery or simply not feeling safe talking to a stranger, it's their call. I on the other hand, actively encourage them but there are a few things I do find concerning.

1. I think we're becoming too judgemental. As I mentioned earlier, we're now examining people down to their choice in friends and shirts. We seem to have potentially lost that spark. We don't all end up with people we find fit our 'type' and yet Tinder/Bumble don't allow for that as if you're not instantly attracted to them you simply won't match with them.

2. It

can

be unsafe. I got very lucky in that all the men I met whilst dating were pretty normal and any that set off the slightest alarm didn't make it past the 'unmatch' button. There are some horror stories out there, but nonetheless I believe that not everyone is awful and as long as you keep your wits about you, make sure someone knows where you are (drop a live pin on WhatsApp!) and if anything flags then leave or stop speaking to someone then you can remain safe. Don't ever meet someone without doing some background research. It doesn't make you weird, it makes you wise!

On the brightest note, I met Kim on Bumble and he's a literal light of actual joy. We've discussed how our paths would never have crossed otherwise, so it just proves there are good humans on there. Just do it wisely eh!

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puppy training 101
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post in collaboration with

furbo

Another one for you doggy owners, or potential dog owners for that matter! After posting my top tips on things to think about when getting a puppy, I thought that some things I've picked up re: training your little one might be handy too.

Positive reinforcement!

This is something Pepe and I are still working on, but every time he does anything good he gets a 'good boy' and perhaps a treat if they're to hand. That goes for everything from doing a wee outside to sitting on command.

Being alone

Whilst Pepe spends a lot of time with me, he does occasionally have some time to himself which is great for me but not so great for him. Que the

Furbo

. I have always worried that he is barking or getting himself into trouble whilst I'm out and finally I have the answer! I have set up the device in the kitchen, which is where he sleeps and his food is. If you're not familiar, the Furbo is a pretty cute looking little machine which enables you to check on, speak to and reward your pup with treats. I often call him which beckons him to the device and then he feels comforted and sits and patiently waits for a treat. He was slightly apprehensive at first, but when he learned that treats pop out of it he wouldn't leave it alone! 

Repetition 

Something I realised whilst trying to teach Pepe to do a few basics (sit, lie down, paw) was just how many times you need to re-iterate what you're asking him to do before he understands. Dogs are creatures of habit, and eventually learn to associate words with actions so do keep at it, it just requires a lot of patience!

Socialise

Pepe was born into a house with lots of dogs so he's always been good with them, but it's definitely important to make sure your fur child is capable of being docile and friendly with others. It's best to test the waters in a neutral space whilst on leads so you can judge their behaviour first.

Take it slow

Lastly, they're just babies so do remember that! I taught Pepe one thing at a time, including toilet training and learning to adjust to being on his own. Lots of love and encouragement and they should get the hang in no time.

So those are a few of my fave tips that I've picked up along the way. Do let me know if you're thinking of getting a puppy any time soon as I do love writing about Pepe so it'd be fab to know that someone uses it! You can also see more Pepe and Furbo action on Pepe's Instagram (yep) @pepebreadmctaco.

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the weekly #002
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Birthday week, yay! I turned 25 on Friday so Kim whisked me off to Berlin for a nice weekend of wine and lots of food. We ate, pottered around the city and had a generally nice time. 

I also got a fair bit of work done this week which felt good. I often give into my M.E and sleep in until fairly late and work into the evening but this time I got up early and shot lots of content that had been hanging over my head and I feel so much better for it. Albeit very tired and looking a bit worse for wear.

Next week is full steam ahead with a hospital appointment as you read this, and freelance work Tues-Fri so it's going to be a long one! Kim's sister is also having a 30th party on the weekend so that'll be fun, and another hangover that I don't need!

I'm also going to do some meal-prep so that I am encouraged to eat well as I really meed to shift a bit of weight that I've gained as it's making me unhappy so that'll be boring as hell. I just freakin love pizza so much.

So that's about it really! Hope you had a lovely week.

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valentines day lingerie
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dot bralette

,

love knickers

,

suspender belt

,

pink lace bra

,

pink lace knickers

,

pyjama set

,

eye mask

,

lemon knickers

,

black bralette

and

heart mesh knickers

Happy nearly Valentine's Day friends! Now I know it might be seen as an excuse for corporations to make more money, or even make single people feel guilty but I have to admit that I do have a soft spot for the 14th Feb.

Not only is it two short weeks after my birthday, it's also an excuse to buy some new lingerie - whether it's for a special someone or just to feel *flames emoji* for yourself,  as that's important too.

So with that in mind, I've put together a few of my favourite pieces from places you might be slightly less likely to think of here on the blog, and then a haul of ASOS and Topshop pieces on my Youtube channel, which you can find here.

Some of my favourite brands are ones that I've found on Instagram, namely Hopeless Lingerie and Love Stories. Sadly neither are UK based but both deliver here so definitely worth a look! I stocked up on all things LS whilst I was in Amsterdam as they have an outlet there too.

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the weekly #001
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Back when I started blogging (we're talking 2010 or so here) most of us used to do a 'round up' post, whether it be of the week or even the month and I decided that I missed them so I am hoping to bring it back! I'm aiming for every Monday for just a little chat, but we shall see.

This week was pretty average in terms of work. I saw all three of my freelance photography clients,  did a few of my own bits and spend a lot of late nights editing. Kim came over a handful of times, and I went for dinner with Hannah, Millie and Lizzy on Wednesday which was very nice. We had ramen and I finished it for the first time in my life. I also got my nails done at London Grace with Josie which was cute.

My weekend was a little more lively as I had my birthday night out on Friday. I dragged 20 of my friends (who knew) to Lockside Lounge in Camden for a dance. It turned out to be pretty empty and we accidentally crashed a French rap night which was even weirder but it was still a good laugh. Saturday bought the laziest day I've had in forever, in which Kim and I laid in bed until about 12, only moving to make sausages and spaghetti hoops on toast and let Pepe out for a wee. We then shuffled to Kim's house and had a big bowl of pasta. Riveting.

Sunday was my fave as we went for a walk on Tooting Common with Kim's fam and Pepe of course, later going to Columbia Road for a wander in the rain and to refresh my very dried eucalyptus. We then finished the evening in Wong Kei, Chinatown with my Dad and sister. I over-ate, over-slept and over-enjoyed this day.

I've been thinking a lot about interiors this week - likely spurred on by Kim and I deciding to move in with each other at some point this year (won't be for a while!) so that's got me going wild on Pinterest, whilst also trying to source some Winter fashion inspo as I'm so done with big coats.

And that was my week, see ya next Monday.

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