Friday, 11 July 2014

Buongiorno Sardinia

My host family here in Corsica have a boat which offers cruises between Porto Vecchio & Sardinia and Bonifacio. I have been extremely lucky and been able to accompany them on the boat to help out a little bit and also to see a bit more of the region. 

My first trip was to Sardinia, and the weather wasn't perfect, but the day certainly was!

Corsica has possibly the most beautiful sea-water I've ever seen. It is a deep turquoise and looks like a swimming pool because it is so clear. Along with the mountains this makes the coast-line especially striking. 

Maddalena (Sardinia) was a very quaint, relaxed town. I loved wandering around on my own, so excited at the fact that I was in Italy. And of course, the most important thing about Italy..

..Is the food. I had the best linguine frutta di mare, and in fact everyone on the boat (all 14 of us) ordered the exact same thing at the restaurant. Everyone spoke French and it was so interesting talking to the other people about where they came from and what they did. They also kindly bought me wine and made me force down the digestif Myrthe & Limoncello at the end of the meal! 

Safe to say, it was the tipsy-est I had been on this trip. 

We stopped off to swim various times during the trip but this place was my favourite. I swam out to the quiet little beach and just enjoyed the solitude (au pair life means you are constantly around your family).  

The sea is one of my true loves, that's for sure. There is nothing better than the feeling of jumping off a boat into crystal-clear waters, there is something almost cleansing about it. 

Until the next adventure..

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Best SPF

La Roche Posay Melt-in cream SPF 50+ 

Living in a very warm climate for the summer  requires a lot of SPF, naturally. However, finding a good sun cream that isn't sticky and lasts for more than 20 minutes can be difficult. Enter La Roche Posay.. 

I've been a fan of the LRP sun protection line for a few years now - first picking up a bottle of SPF 30 in Spain a few years ago on a whim and now it is my go-to. Although the full range isn't available in the UK, if you are in Europe most pharmacies stock the sun protection line. 

So why do I like it?  It's main selling point for me is the longevity. It says on the bottle that it is "super water resistant" like most sun creams, but the difference here is that it actually works. Whenever I go for a swim or feel particularly sweaty that day (TMI oops) I can still see and feel the SPF on my skin. I can honestly say that when I wear this stuff, I don't burn. 

As for the face cream, it is not too heavy on the skin and is light enough to wear under make-up. I find I only need to apply this once a day, even while sunbathing for a good few hours, which is amazing! 

Finally, the price. This will depend on where you buy it, but as sun cream goes it isn't too expensive. Personally, I would prefer to spend a little more on SPF as it is so important. Also, this one lasts so long on the skin that you don't need to use as much. Perfect SPF? I think so. 

Monday, 7 July 2014

porto vecchio

Playsuit: Topshop Shoes: Topshop Sunglasses: Miu Miu Bag: Zara

Bonjour from France! Corsica to be exact, Porto Vecchio. I've been living here for almost a month now working as an au pair. Corsica is insanely beautiful, I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't know it existed until my host family got in contact with me. The weather is beautiful but the scenery is magnificent - so diverse with the mountains, sea & beaches. 

The whole experience of being an au pair is rather overwhelming, it is by far the hardest thing I've ever had to do. While my family is very nice it is challenging to become part of a completely new family with a different culture and traditions. My French is improving though (I think) and so is my tan ;) 

A bientôt! 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

st lucia

Bikini: Triangl Sunglasses: Miu Miu

Recently I went to St. Lucia for a week with my mum, as a little treat after my exams. It was really lovely just to chill out, take in the sun and do absolutely nothing. 

I'm actually writing this post from Corsica, France because I am here working as an au-pair until September. The last few weeks have been crazily busy for me, between exams, travelling, packing then travelling again! But now I'm settled into island-life here I feel a bit less stressed.