On the 10th March, my boyfriend and I became a family, a unity, bonded by love and perseverance. You are probably thinking, they got married, so why on earth is she wearing a fuchsia suit? Well, let me explain, this was our ‘English’ wedding. We decided to tie the knot here, in this way, for the simple fact that it was a lot easier. As our plan all along was to get married in Italy and being a non Italian citizen would have delayed the process significantly and I would have needed to go digging for my ancestors birth certificates and what not and I purely did not have the time to do such a thing. Therefore, we decided to tie the knot here, in England and also have our ‘real wedding’ in Italy.

We said ‘I do’ at Chelsea Town Hall in London and we were surrounded by our friends and family. They spoiled us with love, joy and warmth. I can’t describe the feeling I felt inside. I can only describe it as the feeling you get when you hit the jackpot. Our dearest friends and my husband’s (couldn’t wait to use that word!) family came over from Italy, my side of the family was present and it was one of the happiest days of my life. I suddenly realized that I now had an amazing husband that I adore, I am now a part of a beautiful family and I have my wonderful family by my side who love me and support me. That day only underlined and highlighted even more the importance of family. I can honestly say that I am truly blessed.

I decided to keep the attire simple and not go overboard as this wasn’t supposed to be a ‘wedding dress’ wedding. We both stayed true to ourselves and our style. A small family gathering followed with canapes and drinks to enjoy one another’s company and ultimately, celebrate this special day.

Our full, big, fat Italian wedding will follow this summer so stay tuned 😉

What did you do on your wedding day? What traditions did you stick to and choose to create?

Sincerely, Steph x


Small changes can make a big difference. A tweak in your workout routine, new gym gear or pushing yourself to hold the plank position for 30 seconds longer. Every little thing makes a difference which is why I have started to focus on my essentials for the gym, to stay organised and be practical.

WORKOUT GEAR. My essentials for the gym are of course comfortable but look good and feel good workout clothes. I previously used to go to the gym and workout in my boyfriends old t-shirt and an old pair of joggers and I never felt great. Now, I have invested in a variation of workout clothes that fit snug, tuck you in in all the right places while looking as good as you can in the gym. I made it my mission to grab pieces I could mix and match, colourful tops for when I feel I need a pop of colour in my day and seamless comfortable leggings. Depending on how often you go, it’s important to keep a rotation going for the week. I find it a lot easier to buy the matching top to bottoms, that way, when packing my bag, I already know what goes with what. I also find that if I have invested in new pieces and spent a decent amount of money on them, I will want to get wear out of them, which will push me to actually go. Good psychology. Brands I would recommend are LululemonNikeSweaty Betty.

HEADPHONES. I recently invested in a great pair of headphones for the gym. I hated having the wire of my Samsung headphones jiggling all over the place and the buds popping out of my ears every time I picked up speed on the treadmill. I now use the Beats by Dre Powerbeats3 Wireless Sports Earphones and they are a dream. They are super easy to connect to your phone and fit amazingly well with the ear hooks. Featuring 12 hours of battery means they will get you through many workouts and are sweat and water resistant.

PHONE HOLDER. I think this is one of the most important essentials. I purchased my phone holder on Amazon and it was really affordable. It sits like an armband and fits my Samsung Galaxy Edge. WIN. Running armband phone holder

BOTTLE. These are in no particular order, but this is the most important and crucial thing you need at the gym. It is so important to keep hydrated. Your working out, your sweating, your losing water, energy and minerals, the last thing you need is let your body feel deprived. We all know by now how important it is to drink water so I won’t go on, but a bottle for the gym is a must. Nike Clear Water Bottle

GLOVES. Not everyone uses gloves as not everyone does weight training but I love to use them for weights, cross country trainer, throughout my entire workout really. The adjustable wrist strap of my Nike Fundamental gloves allow maximum comfort and support. Say goodbye to sore hands when using weights with metal bars.                       Nike Training Gloves

FACE WIPES. Nothing is worse than going to the gym after work and not having wipes to get rid of all the make up on your face. I cannot bring myself to move a muscle if I feel that my skin can’t breathe. Working out with foundation + your skin not being able to breathe = breakouts. Simple as. The ones I am currently using are the Olay Facial Cleansing Wipes for sensitive skin. Although wipes are not my go to for removing my makeup, they are a quick and easy option for getting it done. I normally opt for wipes specifically for sensitive skin so they are not too harsh or abrasive.

To carry my gym gear, I use my Givenchy Bambi Antigona Tote Bag. I’ve had this bag for years and it’s super durable, practical and stylish. I love the size as I am quite petite, it doesn’t swallow me up when I carry it, however it is still very spacious.

As I live a 10 minute walk from my gym, I tend to shower at home as it’s more convenient. I also started doing this new thing when I’m starting to see results, I’ll reward myself with new gear. I also like to keep my playlist updated and current so I am not listening to the same songs over and over in each gym session, that way, I am more motivated for the next trip.

I hope these tips help you as they are little changes that I have made to improve my routine to be more consistent, with no excuse to skip a session!

Sincerely, Steph x




Christmas and January are pretty sentimental for me, of course for the obvious reasons: spending time with family, giving and wiping the slate clean. But when I think back six years from now, it was the time when I met my now fiance and yes, to this day, I still get the same butterflies when I know he’s on his way home from work.

We met just before Christmas, he had moved to London 2 months prior and was working in a Pizzeria with little understanding of the English language. He had this amazing sense of confidence accompanied with a great sense of humour. The first thing I took notice of were his piercing eyes. It may sound crazy but I had never seen someone smile with their eyes. He happened to be waiting our table (is that fate calling?) and long story short we exchanged numbers and went on our first date on 1st January 2012 and I have never looked back.

It may be incomprehensible to some, but I don’t know how I lived my entire life without his presence. Someone that was once a stranger, that I didn’t know even existed, now completes me in every possible way. We are very similar in certain things, but also complete opposites in lots of aspects. Opposites attract they say? The things I appreciate most are his loyalty, incredible work ethic and his ability to always always put a smile on my face. How do we make it work? Communicate communicate communicate. Communication is one of the important elements that keeps our bond so strong. It’s pointless to keep things in, bottle things up, register them in your head and release them when you have reached boiling point and ready to explode. That just turns into a big ugly mess. We express how we feel, talk about our emotions and discuss our thoughts. We are bestest of friends and tell eachother everything. Of course there are moments where we disagree, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. But, we talk, and get through it. It hasn’t always been rainbows and daisies, we’ve been through some really rough patches, but you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way because I have an amazing, beautiful man by my side who I call my best friend, partner in crime, advisor, lover and will soon call my husband.

So six years later, here we are. Engaged and getting married this summer. We celebrated our six year anniversary with dinner at Benihana, Japanese restaurant founded by Rocky Aoki in 1964 in New York City. It has now turned into a mega franchise and recognized all over the world for its dazzling performances performed in front of diners by their very own chefs. I had wanted to go for a really long time and we thought this was a great opportunity to try it out.

We received a great show from our chef who cooked our meals directly in front of us. We ordered Sushi, the Seafood Diablo Noodles (which I highly recommend) and the wagyu beef steak. Wagyu beef contains a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. The increased marbling also increases the ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats. The taste was amazing, not too heavy, succulent and very tender, cooked to perfection. I would definitely return to Benihana for a special occasion.

We ended the night with a stroll around Piccadilly Circus, before heading home because of the intensifying rain (what’s new in London?). So that’s how we spent the evening, celebrating one another, spending quality time with good food, laughs and a couple too many drinks 😉

Sincerely, Steph x


It’s the 5th of January already, where is the time going? Felt like yesterday I was celebrating the start of 2017. At the age of 26 I am well aware that time moves at a rapid pace, does not sit still or wait for anyone. Therefore, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what I have learnt in the last year, what I will continue to do this year and some goals (realistic ones) that I have set myself.


  1. Don’t neglect family and loved ones. In November, my family moved out of London to East Sussex. I didn’t think much of it at first, yes it felt very strange seeing my childhood home with a ‘for sale’ sign on the grass just outside the door, but nothing actually hit me until they were no longer there and not a 30 minute tube ride away. I neglected them when I knew they were close but soon came to the conclusion that I would have to make time if I wanted to see them. I now make sure to find the time to see them at least every two weeks and the moments are magical. I cherish every second we spend together and their new home although being completely different from where I grew up, feels like my home too. The same applies for my partner, our schedules are completely different therefore it can sometimes be quite tricky to spend quality time together, however we manage to make it work. I would love to spend every second of every day together, even if we would end up driving each other crazy. We have learnt to prioritise in our lives and give our time to what truly matters and is important, which brings me to my second point.
  2. Be selfish. As horrible as that may sound, I mean it in the nicest way possible, honest! When I say selfish, I don’t mean to not take into consideration other people, peoples feelings, only think about yourself and act as if the world revolves around you. That’s not what I mean. What I have learnt, is to prioritise the people that really deserve your time and cut out anything that is toxic and unhealthy to the relationship you have with yourself. So, be selfish, find some ME time, dedicate a day, an evening a week to yourself. Life gets so hectic, overwhelming with difficult situations and it’s so important to take a break from it all to dedicate time to yourself. Do a little pamper session, get your nails done, mediate, do a hardcore session at the gym, indulge yourself in the book you’ve been dying to read, visit an exhibition or an art galley. Whatever you choose to do, make sure its quality time between you and yourself.
  3.  STOP COMPETING. Yes, I put this in capital letters as it has been one of my major issues for quite some time. I kept comparing myself to other people be it celebrities or just people around me. ‘I’m not skinny like her, ‘I don’t have money like her,’ I’m not successful like them’, I could keep going but I don’t want your eyes to glaze over. I slowly started to realise that this state of mind was extremely toxic and I needed to focus more on myself and not dwell on what other people are doing, earning etc.
  4. No one owes you anything. I have always been a firm believer in not having anyone hold my hand in any aspect of life, be it life itself, work, school. I hardly ask anyone for anything and I am extremely independent. Which is why I’m starting to put myself out there, without anyone’s help because, in actuality, no one owes you anything. No one is going to come knocking on your door with your dream job or a bag of cash. YOU have to go out there and get it. You need to put the work in. Get things done yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.
  5. You have no limits. It’s as simple as that. You have no limits. Be confident in what you want to achieve, set goals, set reminders. I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised to find out your capabilities and what you are able to achieve. Satisfaction is the feeling you will get in return.

And now, a few goals I have set myself for 2018:

  1. Get out of bed when my alarm clock rings. I am NOT a morning person. Never have been. I could easily stay in bed until 1 o’clock in the afternoon and pay someone to go to work for me. However, I have come to the conclusion that this is not a good cycle. I lose so much day light where I could be getting things done, going to the gym, actually eating breakfast. Which is why I have now started to set my alarm clock back by 15 minutes everyday until I find a good medium. Of course I will allow myself a lie in once a week, but until then, stay tuned.
  2. Be smarter with my money. What’s that saying, shop til’ you drop? Ok, now take that saying and multiply it by one hundred. I love to shop. I love fashion and I love brands. Always have, probably since I could walk. It’s my comfort, soft spot. Whether it’s online or in person, I love to shop. I don’t have any dodgy habits, just this one. To shop. However, this year we have many up coming things that will require a lot of money, our wedding, buying a house and many more. Which is why I need to be more financially stable and learn to say no. Even to Louboutins 😦
  3. Prioritise what matters and cut out toxic things/people. Snip snip snip! My family and my partner receive all my time and attention. I have learnt to cut toxic people out of my life, it’s a slow and sometimes painful process but so worth it in the end. I started this last year and need to remember to continue to do this in the long run.
  4. Get myself to the gym. This is a really obvious one and probably on everyone’s list. Who actually likes going to the gym? I’m sure the gym fanatics have their off days too. My goal is to be more consistent. I find myself going for weeks and weeks, really putting in the work and then I just stop. I have no idea why but it’s most probably because I remember how comfortable life was before the gym and end up on my sofa eating a bag of kettle chips. I’m going to be more consistent by keeping my workout playlist up to date, setting goals and going in the mornings so I start my day on the right path and if I am then too tired in the evening, at least I already did my workout session in the morning and got it out of the way.
  5. Meal prepping. For obvious reasons, to save money, not constantly eat out, binge on unhealthy snacks and actually know what I am eating. There are plenty of amazing Meal Prep videos on YouTube which you can watch for inspiration and help you prepare your meals for the week.

So, these are my goals for 2018. I had a great time celebrating New Years, even if it’s not my favourite festivity. I sometimes feel as if it is so forced, there are so many high expectations and it is unnecessarily expensive. However, it’s an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, even if it’s slightly contradictory in itself as you do enter each year with a massive hangover 😉

Sincerely, Steph x


How cliche right? New year, new me, new blog. Most people decide on getting a hair makeover,  signing up to the gym (which I have also done). I know, I know, I’m a big ball of cliche, so sue me! No wait, don’t do that just yet, that would be really expensive and unnecessary.

In the last three months I have been trying to take control of my life, control of my future and where I want it to go. I found myself getting into such a rut, a routine I was not fulfilled with, a 9-5 I was not satisfied with. The major portion of my day was going to work, coming home and doing absolutely nothing. That’s when I pin pointed what the problem was. It wasn’t in actual fact my job that was making me feel unfulfilled, it was my life outside of work. I wasn’t doing anything with it. Living in a big city like London can be so overwhelming and yes, very tiring. It’s a constant race, whether you are late to work, on time to work, going to be half an hour early to work, we are always running. When I say always, I mean ALWAYS! And God forbid a stranger walks in front of us at a “normal human” pace we completely lose it.

Having said all that, London offers amazing opportunities and everything is on my door step, be it fashion, architecture and cultures from all over the globe. In the new year, I plan to start documenting my experiences, spread my love of fashion and beauty and finally, start the blog I have put off for so long. My mind was always making up excuses, ‘who would read your blog’ ‘you don’t have the time’ ‘you won’t commit’. Truth is, whether I get 0 views, 1 view or 100 views, then I have still accomplished something. I have plenty of time and can definitely commit to something I set my heart on. I thought I would keep my first blog short so stay tuned for my first official post.

Sincerely, Steph

P.S. Happy New Year!

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