Monday, 30 July 2012

All Day and All Of The Night

Trousers: TopShop - current season.  Strap top: H&M.  Cardigan: Mango.  Shoes: Primark.  Bag: French flea market.  Hat: France.

A few weeks before I came back to the UK I let myself go onto TopShop's website.  When I was in France I avoided online shopping because the shipping costs blew my mind and I had a general (and justified) mistrust of the French post.  When packing to come back to Cardiff I realised that despite me constantly standing in front of my wardrobe screaming "I have nothing to wear!", I most definitely do have clothes to wear, in fact I have clothes coming out my ears.  So I'm currently on a clothes ban and have set myself a 'one item per month' rule.  These trousers are my July item.  They look better in person, they don't seem to photograph very well.  I'm bored of jeans and was inspired to buy these after seeing them online and after reading Olivia's lovely blog and seeing her amazing collation of printed trousers.  

Some of you may have realised that in all my recent photos I'm wearing my glasses, I'm currently on a 3 month contact lens ban from my doctor.  Highly annoying when the sun is out because I hate not being able to wear sunglasses.  But my glasses are factoring into the Jess Day/ Zooey Deschanel look I'm going for (can season 2 of New Girl be on TV already please?).

Cardiff is still in full on Olympic fever.  There are Germans everywhere for some reason.  Feels like I'm back home.  I don't live too far away from the Millennium Stadium so I can hear the crowd screaming every time a team scores a goal when a match is on and all the main roads get closed off for the football so people can walk to the stadium.  I can't have my windows open because all we can hear then are the vuvuzelas.  I curse the day they were invented.

More soon
x
Nina

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Olympic fever

 (Dress: TopShop.  Denim shirt and bag: French flea market.  Shoes: Primark)

I am the last person on earth to get excited about sport.  When I found out that Cardiff was hosting some of the London 2012 Olympic football matches I didn't think too much about it.  But then people from all over the world started arriving into Cardiff and that's when the excitement began.  The beautiful weather plus all the people from all over the world coming into Cardiff on match days has made it feel incredibly international and exciting.  Especially on Thursday when it was Brazil vs Egypt men's football.  My boyfriend and I decided two days before to purchase tickets, realising that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The Millennium Stadium is probably my favorite venue and even though the stadium was barely filled by it's rugby standards (there were 26,000 spectators that night - the stadium can hold 74,500 people) the atmosphere the Brazilian fans brought with them was amazing.  It felt like carnival in Cardiff.  I dislike large crowds but I didn't have a problem at all, there were lots of families with children and it wasn't the usual drunken male football fans crowd which was great.  The Brazilian fans came with their amazing party spirit and drums in tow, plus with it being an exciting game with Brazil winning 3-2 it all made for a great evening that had me and the other half smiling all the way home.  

For Cardiff to host some of the Olympic football is an amazing thing.  Cardiff has so much to offer and I'm incredibly proud to live here and be part of such a warm and welcoming community.  The spectacular opening ceremony yesterday only continues to make me feel so proud to be part of the UK and to feel adopted by it.  If any of you get the chance to see some Olympic events go for it! This is a unique opportunity and it's the chance to be a part of something huge.

More soon

x
Nina


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Giveaway winner

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Congratulations to Farrah for winning my giveaway I'll be in touch soon to send you your items!


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x
Nina

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Beside the sea


Ogmore-by-Sea.

Summer is finally here.  I hope you all enjoy it!

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x
Nina

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Life is sweet, in the belly of the beast


One of the things that I decided I really wanted to do when I got back to Wales after being away for over a year was to discover and see more of it.  So on my other half's day off we went for a drive to Monmouth, Hay on Wye and on the way home we stopped off at the beautiful Brecon Beacons. We pulled over, took some photos, went to explore a little and drank fresh water from the waterfalls which tasted delicious and was really refreshing.  The Welsh countryside is so very beautiful, it's really calming to drive through.  

We've got a couple more trips planned for summer, one hopefully including a visit to the gorgeous house they film Downton Abbey at.  

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x
Nina







Thursday, 19 July 2012

We are young

 (Dress: BCBG.  Clutch: H&M)

So I'm back where I belong: Wales.  Being back in Cardiff feels great especially because I got to see my best friend graduate after getting a 2:1 on her 21st birthday!  In typical Welsh fashion the day started off with non stop rain but thankfully it cleared up so we could take graduation photos in front of the Olympic rings that have been put up by City Hall.  Cardiff is hosting all the Olympic football matches this summer so hence all the Olympics fever.

I've only been back a week but it's been pretty non stop.  Moving in has been hectic, there's so much to sort out and we're not getting internet until August 10th so I'm using and abusing my boyfriend's internet.  But things should be calm again now that graduation week is over and my to do list has gotten shorter.  I'll be complaining about having nothing to do once I work my way through all of Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire.  

More soon hopefully
x

Nina

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