Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Review: Confessions of a Fashion Lover

Earlier this month I saw an International Swap video on Imaan & Beauty which had a scarf from {Confessions of a Fashion Lover}. I went onto Rohma's website straight away and ordered two scarves as part of an offer; buy two scarves and receive three free pins. When it arrived, I was delighted because alongside the free pins I'd originally ordered, there were three more in the parcel! The pins came in a cute yellow paper bag, the kind that you used to get with penny sweets back in the day which was really nice. I received two Doughnuts, two Spanish Lollipops, an Orange and Vanilla Cake, and an ice cream cone. They are delightful but as the length of the pin is quite short, I'd recommend that you secure them at the end with a clasp or the back of an ear ring so that you have piece of mind that the lovely pin will stay in place. 


The first scarf I ordered is called "Pastel Chains" which is a lightweight maxi scarf. I put it on straight away and went out in the 35 degrees outside to try it out and the material was breathable and thankfully it passed the 'sweaty neck' test as I was still fresh when I got to work. The viscose material means it has a nice sheen to it and although the material is thin, it is still opaque. 

Scarf: "Pastel Chains"



The second scarf is another a lightweight maxi scarf which is called "London Streets." The cute pattern is made up of rows of streets full of restaurants, grocery shops, post boxes, vespas and cars which has a really nice vintage feel.  


Overall, I was really pleased with my order and particularly with the customer service. She processed my order almost immediately and had a lovely friendly manner in her email to let me know that my parcel might arrive late as they was a delay due to the Olympics. I would really recommend her products for their quality and for the loveliness of the young lady herself! 

A sweet note on the back of the Confession's card 

And finally a picture of all the pins, packaging and the Confessions of a Fashion Lover business card. You can follow the link to the Confessions of a Fashion Lover Facebook page and her BlogShe also has some cute videos on her youtube channel.

"Because Fashion is More Than A Piece of Clothing"

Sunday, 29 July 2012

What do Italians eat for Breakfast?

A series of useful snippets of information for people travelling to italy for holidays or planning on living in Italy for a longer period. I hope to add many articles relating to travel, food and culture in the future.

Coffee

The first thing I learned in Italy is that Cappuccino is a morning drink and should not be ordered after midday unless you don't mind the judging stares! For many Italians, cappuccino IS breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, the most common item for breakfast are biscuits dipped into warm milk or a cappuccino. Having Eggs or meat for breakfast is a big no-no as they are considered to be far too heavy in the morning. When out and about, Italians usually grab a brioche for breakfast. 

Typical Italian Breakfast: Biscuits dipped in milk

A morning espresso is key and you will find yourself addicted if you stay for a prolonged period. I couldn't cope with espresso when I first arrived in Italy, now I'm unable to function if I forget my morning espresso. For students on an all-nighter, there's the option of the double brewed espresso (filling the cafetiere with freshly brewed espresso and brewing it again with a second dose of ground coffee). I also once heard of a student sitting down to a breakfast consisting of a bowl of coffee with a espresso on the side!

Pocket Espresso for those who missed their morning coffee

In terms of snacks (le merende), Ferrero rules! There’s Ferrero Kinder for children and espresso chocolates called ‘Pocket Coffee’ for adults if you missed your morning espresso. There isn't perhaps the same choice in confectionery as there is in the UK (I've yet to find chocolate-flavoured chocolate or honeycomb for instance) but it still hits the spot. Needless to say, nutella is spread over everything. It’s even in pasties!! These are called panzerotti in Italian are freshly baked in a pizzeria. My advice? Don't let your eyes get the better of you and share a panzerotti with a friend, maybe even two! 


And as a final random fact, eating horse meat does not have the same stigma in Italy as it does in the UK and it’s not uncommon to see thin steaks in more upmarket supermarkets. So if you fancy a try and want to avoid eating it by mistake, watch out for the word cavallo (horse). 
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