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Pastels by the Pool

Pastels by the Pool / JesstheticsJessthetics / Pastels by the Pooljessthetics / Pastels by the PoolJessthetics / Pastels by the PoolOkay, so there may not be a pool in these photos as the title suggests, but there was a pool behind me, I promise! It just wasn’t filled with water, since 10 degrees is apparently not “swimming weather.” These photos were taken during my recent trip to Sorrento, on the terrace of our villa. This is what I wore to dinner on our last night in Italy, where everyone had a little too much to drink – we were some of the first to arrive, and the last to leave! I bought this vintage jumpsuit in London when I was visiting the lovely Laila. The bodice was a little long for me, so I took the sleeves in on the shoulder seam. I just love how colourful it is, and I love how wide the legs are!

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I’m not sure if you can tell in the photos, but I’m wearing gold lipstick, and I’ve slicked some of it over my eyelids as well, to match my golden shoes. It’s a fun way of having a golden complexion without actually being anymore tanned! I love these shoes and I’ve had them forever, but they’re impossible to walk in. I have a real problem with shoes – I only really like the look of high heels but I’m both too tall and too lazy to wear heels during the daytime, or to do any kind of walking in heels. Finding flat shoes that I like is hard!

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Sorrento

Jessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoJessthetics / SorrentoLast week I went on a family holiday to Sorrento, Italy. We chose Sorrento because it’s close to the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and having been to see an exhibition about Pompeii in the summer we couldn’t wait to have a look around the real thing! Now, I have seen a lot of ruins in my life and I am not usually the biggest fan, unlike the rest of my family who love archeology. Pompeii and Herculaneum were different – they are so complete it’s like being in a Roman theme park! You can walk along the streets of the town, into people’s houses and up their stairs. Because Herculaneum is nearer to Mount Vesuvius, it was buried deeper than Pompeii was when the volcanoe errupted, so even second and even third stories are preserved. The paintings are still on the walls and the Roman pots are still sitting on their original wooden Roman shelves! (See above.) Pompeii is sprawling, and we didn’t manage to walk around it in a day.

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It rained for a lot of the time we spent sightseeing. On our last day, the sun came out and I spent the morning wandering around the pretty streets of Sorrento and eating ice cream! We stayed in this gorgeous yellow villa looking out over the sea, and I would love to experience it again during a warmer part of the year! Sorrento really comes alive in the sunshine, and the steep cliffs are so striking. Have you ever seen Pompeii? Would you like to?

P.s. I’m also guest posting on Of North today, talking about what home means to me. Check it out here!

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March In Review

March Review / JesstheticsPicnicking in the Scottish Highlands

March Review / JesstheticsEvening walks in my village

March Review / JesstheticsOscar reading the guide-book to us in Ancient Herculaneum

March Review / JesstheticsThe beautiful yellow villa we stayed in in Sorrento

Has March ended already? Gosh, it’s been a busy month for me! I began my month by sharing a trip I took to Scarborough (here), and two easy peasy skirt tutorials (here and here.) Most of the beginning of the March was occupied by a road trip around Scotland that I took with James! We visited Edinburgh, (here) St Andrews, Pitlochry (here) Dundee, and Holy Island (here.) As ever, I’ve been documenting my favourite outfits, including a paisley jumpsuit, (here) a head-to-toe silver ensemble (here), and a pretty green elephant dress (here.) Most recently I showed you how to make your own lacy bra (here.)

Towards the end of the month, I spent a weekend in Southampton, and then visited Sorrento for a week (pictures coming soon!) Here’s hoping that the rest of the year involves this much travelling 🙂 My favourite post of the month was of course “A Day In The Life of Archie” (here.) I think he enjoyed being an internet star, even though he also enjoys eating my laptop cables!

The lighter evenings and the balmy weather (occasional balmy weather, it’s raining right now!) makes me so much perkier and I’ve been doing a little yoga every day which I love. I’m excited to spend April sewing, attempting some gardening and celebrating my birthday month! (Yes I am one of those people, a day of celebration is not enough.) I hope you’ve had a beautiful March.