Pomice Beach, Lipari
I have more black dresses than I care to admit - they're so easy to throw on, black looks good on anyone, year-round (I wear LBDs throughout summer), and you can easily jazz things up with accessories and bold make up. The latest to add to my collection is this black lace strapless dress which a cheap and cheerful Boohoo purchase as I had a voucher. In fact, everything I'm wearing is a high street bargain: the silver embellished clutch bag is from F+F, the crystal flower drop earrings are from New Look and the coral suede heels from Aldo.
Drizzly grey days call for spectacular shoes. These Miu Miu glitter python Mary Jane pumps, crafted in Italy, caught my eye on Net-A-Porter. Even though they're obviously statement shoes, they're also made in wear-with-anything neutrals: colourblock antique rose, cream and brown python, finished with sparkling silver glitter-coated leather, black piping, a buckle fastening and a chunky heel. They were worn on the Paris catwalk with eclectic 50s and 60s minis, high-shine leather skirts and bouclé tweed for a texture clash. No one does Mary Janes quite like Miu Miu and whilst they're out of my price range and I don't need them, a girl can dream.
My mid-afternoon/ post-run/ mid-ride snack du jour is a Nak'd bar - healthy, gluten/ wheat/ dairy-free products made in Britain with raw fruits and nuts. Nakd wants to replace over-processed foods with nourishing whole foods and this is a good place to start - choose from the fruit salad nibbles, cashew cookie, toffee treats, berry delight or, my favourite, cocoa orange which is 40% dates, 40% cashews, 14% raisins and 5% cocoa with a dash of natural orange flavouring. That's it. They're vegan, cold-pressed, never baked, with no added sugars or syrups, 1 of your 5 a day and delicious. What's not to like?
I have stacks of jewellery, but almost every day I wear the same pieces of sterling silver or white gold bracelets, rings, earrings and occasionally layered necklaces. Sometimes I'll mix other colours or mixed metals, but I feel rather naked if I don't have these everyday pieces on. Most are gifts or vintage market purchases and the latest was given to me by British high street jeweller H.Samuel - a pretty chain bracelet embossed with an ornate Victorian pattern on each link.