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Cote d'Azur, Day 3: CANNES

For our third day on the French Riviera my boyfriend was keen to top up his tan and and do a bit more relaxing (up until this point I was trying to fit 21393423 activities into each day). I knew I wanted to explore Cannes at some point so we packed our beach stuff and headed for the beach. 

From memory the train cost €28 euro return for the two of us and took about 20mins from Nice (where our apartment was). As soon as we got off the train we walked for less than 10mins past shops and market stalls to the beach (it was sand not pebbles this time!). It was relatively busy, but a lot less than along Nice promenade. 

After a couple of hours we set off from the beach to find some lunch, along the promenade is filled with luxury designer stores and some very stylish looking bars and restaurants (also the most expensive I'd seen so far). We struggled to find somewhere that we could really stuff our faces so headed away from the coast (only just the street behind the shops) and instantly found more casual places to eat. We sat at a family run pizzeria, pizza and drinks each came to just under €40. We spent the rest of our time in Cannes back on the beach and exploring the shops, very relaxing and not too hectic this time!

For dinner I wore this Misspap jumpsuit, and nude courts. It's lovely and lightweight so it didn't feel uncomfortable to wear in the warm weather! We ate at Rina (a restaurant and oyster bar) in the old town. Although we were charged €8 for a bottle of water (!!), I had the most amazing goats cheese salad and my boyfriend said he his muscles were amazing!

Stay tuned for my last post of the holiday!
Olivia xx

bikini top- Missguided*
sunglasses- Missguided*

bag- Stradivarius

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Cote d'Azur, Day 2: EZE & MONACO

Tuesday I took us to the small village of Éze, it’s only a 15min train from Ville Nice. From Éze station we caught the 83 bus that took 20 mins and cost €1.50 into the village. It’s a beautiful old village that felt very remote, even though it accommodated for tourists, having most signs translated into English. 

We walked uphill to Le Jardin Exotique. The walk up is scattered with trinket shops and restaurants built into the mountain. Once at the top the garden costs €6 to enter and well worth it. It’s a garden of cacti and aloe vera plants with a stunning view of the coast. On the walk down we stopped at a restaurant, shared half a bottle of wine and ate the best salad imaginable (people literally stopped to order the same as us while they were passing by!). Our bill came to just under €50, but again we felt we'd totally had our moneys worth.We took the 83 bus back to Éze station and then caught another 15 min train to Monaco. Be aware the ticket machines only take card or coins, if there isn’t a change machine nearby it can be tricky to change notes into coins! The train to Monaco cost €4 for 2 of us, and took us right near the port.

Once in Monaco we found a bar with a beautiful view of the port and relaxed with a glass of rosé, the boats are incredible! We followed signs to the casino (that famous one James Bond was filmed in) but decided to go into the one next door. I’m definitely not one for gambling my money so when my boyfriend was down after minutes of entering we headed back and jumped on a fast train (15mins) back to Nice and again only cost us as little as €7.80.

For dinner we headed back to the old town of Nice and ate at La Favola, amazing food! Huge portions, we were laughing with an english couple next to us about how you really could feed a family on one pasta dish. Again our meal came to just under €50, so a really good price too!
We finished our day with another stroll along the Promenade, so beaut' at night!

Olivia xx

top- New Look (via Asos)
sunglasses- H&M
bag- Stradivarius

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Cote d'Azur, Day 1: NICE

Bonjour! I’m blogging my holiday to the Cote d’Azur, we arrived in Nice Airport Sunday evening and took a cab to our Airbnb (that was only 15 mins away but cost us a whopping €38 for the trip!). That evening we ate at a lovely restaurant right next door to where we stayed.

Monday morning we decided to explore Nice, I took us to Colline du Château to start to the day. It’s a view point right next to the port, it takes 10 mins of walking up hill but well worth it. At the top is a small cafe to buy drinks and lots of beautiful view points.

After reaching the top we followed signs to the port walking down the other side of the hill, we grabbed a drink at a place called Gigi and enjoyed a spot of people watching. It was mostly restaurants and cafes at the port so we timed it well after our morning of walking! From here we head (via Monument aux Morts Nice which is very beautiful) back to our apartment, grabbing some bread, cheese and a cheap bottle of wine from a small shop on the way. We’re lucky enough to have a terrace, so eating in is just as enjoyable as eating out! We had a few hours before dinner and decided to head to the Promenade and soak up some sun on the beach. The pebble beaches where not as uncomfortable as I thought to lay down, but almost impossible to walk on without shoes, the locals make it look easy hoping in and out of the sea but I would definitely take waterproof shoes!

For dinner we head down to the old town, there was so many restaurants to choose from, most looking very similar! We decided on a Pizzeria and ate till we could barely move. We spent just under €50 and definitely felt we had our moneys worth. Before we head back we had a night stroll down the promenade, although it was nearly 11 it was still very lively yet still felt safe, it was lovely to wind down before bed!
Olivia xx

dress- Misguided*
shoes- EGO*
bag- Zara
sunglasses- Misspap* (use code 'OLIVIAH10' for discount)

watch- Kapten & Son*

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DIY Pinterest Worthy Candles

Bringing you a super quick and easy DIY idea today! I love a beautiful and simple design on a candle, but these often come with the kind of price tag that makes your skin crawl at the thought of forgetting to blow them out and hours later finding you've accidentally burnt £40 worth of candle.

I have a lot of these simple white candles spread around my room from Tesco, and only £1! They come with a sticker on the front I always peel off. They're a great base to stick on your own design.

What you'll need:
1. Printable sticker paper (I ordered this from amazon, it came with 10 sheets of A4)
2. Any plain candle of choice, here are the style I've used (I'd advise only using candles that come in a glass container, may not be very safe without!)
3. An A4 printer

I've been playing around with my graphics tablet to create the designs on the candles above. I found it so fun putting a page of ideas together, some of the images I just grabbed straight from my Pinterest. There are so many different designs you could make, some of the stickers I'm also going to use on notebooks and stationary, so fancy!
Once I'd put the document together and printed it onto the sticker paper, it just cut them out and stuck them on. They're so easy to make I had to share!

Hope you're having a great week, if you like my posts make sure you're following me on bloglovin. It's so easy just follow the bloglovin button in my side bar, it's much easier to see everything I post first!)
Olivia xx

P.s Does anyone know if I can order basic candles like these with more fragrant scents? I'm preferably after either Fig/Jasmine/Sandlewood, so then these labels are a bit more apt!

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Pound Hill OOTD

 I spent my Saturday in Hinton Ampner with my boyfriend and dog, it's a beautiful stately home and gardens (although it states 'dog friendly' there's only a very small section of the grounds that allow dogs) so we did a lot sneaking behind hedges with my big black labrador so we could explore a little better.

It's also the first time I've worn shorts out all summer! I ordered these denim shorts from Boohoo last week and I'm really pleased! They're long enough so your bum isn't hanging out the back, fit well and only £15! Although I normally live in trousers, (I am that person wearing jeans in 25° weather) I felt pretty comfortable after I smartened them up with sliders and my trusty cross body bag!

As always I've linked what I'm wearing below and found some alternatives to anything not available. If you'd like keep up with my latest posts you can always follow me on Bloglovin, I've been using it a lot more recently to read my favourite blogs and it's fab.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend!
Olivia x

jacket- Missguided* (alternative colour)
top- Reiss
shorts- Boohoo
bag- Stradivarius
shoes- Zara 

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Ego Soleil Launch

Hoping to introduce you to a new brand today, I've recently discovered Ego Soleil myself and they're launching with their SS17 collection on August 11th (tomorrow!) which I'm so excited for!

Ego Soleil are a contemporary NYC womenswear brand, they use really sleek minimal styles and silhouettes with pops of bold colours. I've included some of my favourite pieces to show you from the new Lookbook above and a BTS shot too! (That rail looks so dreamy, I'm really loving the dark plum and pink tones for spring). If you like to keep in the know with brands like I do, this is definitely a name to remember.

You can have a look for yourself at or follow them on Instagram @egosoleil, as they're launching tomorrow it's a great way to see their updates first!

This post was sponsored by Ego Soleil, all words and opinions are my own.

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