Aug 30, 2011

A day in Siena

One day in Siena was just enough to take in the medieval ambiance as the city was preparing for the Palio, a horse race held twice each year. Apart from walking the city and admiring the architecture in general we visited two major sights: the cathedral of Siena and the Piazza del Campo.

I was really comfortable on this hot day wearing an outfit which was simple but also polished...

Silk top: thrifted Sunglasses: YSL Skirt: Etam Bag: Maison Mollerus Sandals: Vögele

Siena's cathedral

Ring: from a shop in Istanbul Belt: Zara

Piazza del Campo

seats for the spectators of the Palio

Next up: Florence

Aug 25, 2011

Day trip to Montalcino

One cannot think of Tuscany without thinking of the beautiful landscape with the symbolic cypress trees. On our way to Montalcino we admired the beautiful Tuscan landscape once again and were mesmerized by the streets lined with cypress trees and hay bales.

Montalcino is a hilltown in Tuscany known for its red wine, the Brunello di Montalcino. Before we indulged in the wine tasting we went to see the main sights there. One of them is the Fortezza, a fortress built in 1361 with a gorgeous view over the town.

What I was wearing:

Dress: Oysho Belt: vintage Bag: Asos

view from the fortress

The narrow streets in the historical center are full of little shops selling leather goods and local delicacies.

Next up: my impressions of Siena

Ring: Massimo Dutti Nail Polish: Essie Geranium

Aug 23, 2011

Biking the Tuscan hills

Those who follow me on Twitter know that I’ve spent the last two weeks in Italy. Now that I’m back with an immense amount of pictures I would like to show my daily outfits sprinkled with some sights of the places I visited.

We spent the first couple of days pretty much isolated from the outside world near various little villages in Tuscany. On our first day we decided the explore the surroundings by bike and I realized very soon that what I hoped was an easy breezy tour through the picturesque landscape turned out to be very exhausting for my unathletic self, hence the slighty sweaty pictures once we arrived to Trequanda.

I haven't seen a village in Tuscany I didn't like and Trequanda was no exception. The streets are almost always deserted, especially around noon. The next day we biked to Trequanda again to fetch fresh bread from an artisan bakery and the narrow streets were filled with the delicious smell of baking bread...

Crochet top: ebay Shorts: H&M Satchel: Asos

Stay tuned for more posts from bella Italia....


Aug 22, 2011


I tested got2be's Collagen Big Volume Hairspray and made a short list of pros & cons. I was really curious about the product since I have very straight and thick hair. One of the factors that I really appreciate is the fact that the hairspray does not leave any residues. It's perfect to style my pony and when I wear my hair in a bun, it fixes the look for the whole day. got2be is especially useful if you wear your hair open and wish to volumize it. In my case it helped to make my hair look fuller but I couldn't achieve a very voluminous look though because of my thick hair. I guess it will work best for fine hair. Nevertheless I'm really fond of this product - the light mist and the fruity scent reminds me of a refreshing body spray!

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Aug 15, 2011

Monday's Inspiration

Summer look by Planet Blue


Aug 2, 2011

Cafés in Zurich visited with my Jopo

I've already announced in June that I will be posting a series about my favorite places in Zurich in cooporation with the Urban Bike Store, which kindly provided me with the awesome Jopo bike. We'll start off with two cafés I really like and can wholeheartedly recommend to you.

Les Gourmandises de Miyuko, café, pâtisserie, confiserie

At the sight of just a handful of chairs and tables outside, which are decorated with crochet seat cushions and tablecloths, you can tell this café has to be small but full of love for detail. Once you enter the charming interior with a homey feel you find yourself in pâtisserie heaven! I went for a big macaron with a chocolate filling and coffee to accompany this sweet treat. Definitely a café I'd like to frequent more often, also because of the very friendly service which is unfortunately kind of rare.

You can see more impressions on My Kugelhopf, whose post intrigued me to visit this charming café in the first place.


Les Gourmandises de Miyuko
Beckenhofstrasse 7/9
8006 Zurich

Maison Blunt, tea room/restaurant

I already wrote about Maison Blunt two years ago and it's still one of my favorite places to brunch. Everything on the oriental/morrocan menu sounds so delicious and the mezzes are a great way to taste the dishes and share them with your friends. It's a very relaxed, no-fuss place (which used to be a garage back in the day) with yummy fresh food.

above: tea with freh mint leaves
below: Blunt's breakfast


Maison Blunt
Gasometerstrasse 5
8005 Zurich

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