Simple Nail Art Ideas

I'm not really one for crazy nail design, and I never have been. Its fun to look at sure, but in terms of practicality it just wouldn't fit into my life.  Ive never had my nails done (properly) , and am awful at up-keeping my own. I generally just paint my nails one colour and go, leaving the polish on until it flakes away or just causes major damage to my nails.  As a result of this, I have recently just been opting for a clear polish or nothing at all to let my nails breathe a little. But alas, it feels unnatural to have nothing on them at all! 

All images found on Pinterest here.
With all of the new amazing and equally crazy nail trends out there, recently I've been obsessing over more minimal nail designs. Not only do they not take hours to master, you can do them yourself and they look like you've put in way more effort than you did. These designs are also extremely low maintenance. 

These are some of the kinda-sorta minimal designs to inspire you that I've been loving, and will hopefully be trying out this week! 


Ten Things to do in Rome

(Super tourist version, sorry.) As most of you will know already, I took a little trip to Rome recently. It was my first time in the city, so my trip was predictably filled with all of the tourist spots and movie scene spotting from Roman Holiday to the Lizzie McGuire Movie- classic right? So here is my no means definitive list of what to do in Rome. Or at least, what I did and what I wish I did. The wish part because don't we all come back from a holiday, wishing we had more time or discovering all of these cool places and spaces you missed out on? Well I do.. 

1. The Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) 

This Colosseum is probably one of Rome's many ,many  tourist draws. To avoid the quest I suggest buying a joint ticket at the Ancient Ruins literally right next to the Colosseum. The deconstructed Colosseum eerily reveals all of the lower levels which held prisoners, slaves and fighters. It is also the largest Amphitheatre ever built!

2.The Roman Forum

It took me the whole day to go through all of these ruins, you are left to roam freely throughout and take photos to your hearts content. The architecture, complete with a number of roman sculptures and old  buildings really give you a taste of old Rome. Its full of old temples and government buildings with insane architecture.

3. The Spanish Steps

To my despair the Spanish Steps were under construction on my visit.  Reenact Roman Holiday and perch atop the steps with gelato, or you know, cartwheel off them ala Lizzie McGuire.  The Spanish Steps are often adorned in flowers and their iconic baroque design has made them the location for several movies and a meeting place for locals.

4. Eat all the Gelato

Thats all. Theres a gelato place on every corner, with a new exotic flavour pairing so there are no excuses. Also the hot chocolate is the super thick kind that is a dessert in its own right. 

5. Eat all the Pizza too

Not only was food surprisingly cheap around Rome, but we decided to splurge on our last night and went into the centre for food ( which was uh-mazing) .

6. Visit  the Vatican Museums/ Raphael Rooms

Word for the wise, completely ignore all of the salesmen trying to sell you tours on the way up to the chapels. Its cheaper and faster to buy tickets at the Chapel, and will not take you all day to get into them contrary to said salesmen's pitch. You really have to cover up in the Chapels, warm weather or not, I opted for a jumper ( huge mistake), i suggest something lightweight, that covers your knees, shoulders and isn't too low neck. 

7.  The Sistine Chapel

Home to “The Last Judgement” and “The Creation of Adam” , the Sistine Chapel is well worth the wait and the walk.  The Sistine Chapel is regarded to be one of the greatest artistic masterpieces ever, whilst the ceiling depicts Michelangelo interpretations of 7 stories from Genesis.

8. The Cat Sanctuary

An actual cat sanctuary!  I visited this everyday, the Torre Argentina is home to about a hundred cats lounging around on ruins.

9.  Make Wishes at the Trevi Fountain

The Trevi fountain is Rome’s largest and most famous, it is tradition that visitors throw a coin into the fountain, ensuring that they will return to Rome one day.

10. Visit Piazza Navona at Night

The square is filled with shops, bars , street performers and artists and is a must see at night time!

Rome Photo Diary

A few lil snaps from my recent trip to Rome. Sorry in advance for the photo heavy post! 
 The weather was super mild and sunny, to then get pretty chilly in the evenings causing many packing dilemmas to say the least, as I'd booked this trip knowing there is high rain in Rome from October. 

My heroes for this in between weather have been my knee high boots which I ended up wearing most days. I actually have a pair from New Look in my previous Autumn Wishlist, but ended up snapping this pair up from Primark for £20. They didn't fit my legs the way I would have wanted them to, (they never do) so I still have a little altering and taking in to do, but I could not pass up such a bargain.  As I have never visited Rome, my trip mainly consisted of tourist attractions such as the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, the Colosseums and exploring ancient ruins.. along with a lot of pizza,pasta  and gelato.  

Taking full advantage of the giant gelato shop opposite our apartment.. 

We managed to find an extremely central apartment residing near the Pantheon, which made everything only a short walk away, including a nearby cat sanctuary in which you could visit hundreds of cats in ancient ruins they had made their home.

Reinacting the Lizzie McGuire Movie at the Trevvi Fountain. It is a well known tourist tradition to throw a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder  into the fountain.