All the way back in May I finally returned to what is by far my favourite country in the world, beautiful Italia. The country that perfectly combines my love of pasta, pizza, and wine with a equal adoration for amazing clothes. So basically, I’m a big fan. Having been such a busy bee lately I have only just got round to sitting down and writing all about this holiday, but thinking about it in retrospect has reminded me of just how amazing my time there was.
After being to Italy several times, this time we jetted off to the highly underestimated city of Bologna (if you’ve never heard of it, get Googling). As not only is it the homeland of Spaghetti Bolognese – with a leaning tower that actually leans more than the famous tower in Pisa, it also has one hell of a hearty appetite for shopping. I was in paradise. From designer gallerias full of every luxurious brand you can think of to the smaller (and more affordable) Italian boutiques, you really are in fashion heaven.
As soon as we landed however, there were only two things on my mind: pizza and ice cream. The shopping could wait and man, did I eat a lot of ice cream and consume a lot of carbs. When in Italy of course, gelato does become an additional sixth food group and with a parlour or pizzeria on every corner, it’s extremely hard to turn one down.
Being home to the oldest university in Europe too, Bologna is in fact a very accommodating city for students in terms of its amount of quirky cafes and bars amongst its historic arches that are great value for money. This makes the university quarters a must see, with its stream of mosaiced walls and a youthful atmosphere that compliments this ancient city perfectly.
One thing we did indeed do a lot of though, was walking and so, comfy footwear was imperative for this getaway. However, ensuring that I packed shoes that were as lovely as they were comfy was equally as important. My trusty Topshop white flatform lace up trainers got me around half the city without any trouble or discomfort and added a casual look to my Pull & Bear denim wrap skirt that I paired with a simple white, ribbed, halter neck top. These specific trainers with the studded front are currently out of stock but these Caramel ones are almost identical in style and colour.
My AMY2 boots from Topshop were also life savers as not only are they flat and comfortable, they were a perfect way to dress up my casual mini denim skirt. I am totally obsessed with these boots because of their versatility as an all-year round item. Not only do they add a grunge look to any summer mini skirt or dress, they can be your go-to boots in the winter too as they’re ideal to pair with some skinny jeans, a chunky, oversized jumper and a leather jacket. Even better, the boots are currently on sale and down to £50 from £85!
To finish off the look I wore my Topshop spotted bardot top which is also now available in a playsuit. This top was absolutely great for a day look because of its simple pattern and super light material, which was 100% needed for the 30 degree heat that we were enduring throughout that day. Yet I was super prepared (as I am always an avid checker of the weather app) and packed accordingly for some stylish but casual day looks, that were appropriate for the start of my summer adventures.