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IBIZA STYLE DIARY – WHAT I WORE ON VACATION IN THE HEDONISTIC WHITE ISLE

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CITY GUIDE: EXPERIENCE TUSCANY FROM PISA TO PRATO & “FIRENZE” | ART HOTEL MUSEO – REVIEW

WHERE TO STAY IN TUSCANY DURING PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 97 AND THINGS TO EXPLORE

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 TUSCANY – TOSCANA

Discover the path from Fashion to Wine in Tuscany’s wineries, vineyards and Prato The Textile City.

First day in Italy today, “Ciao—Buongiorno” from me and Jenny after two hours sleep getting straight off of a plane to see the picturesque leaning tower of Pisa was very cool indeed. As a matter of fact it’s known as one of the seven wonders of the medieval world believe it or not, but it’s true. I’m so glad to be here and have the opportunity to see it during my press trip to Europe before exploring Prato then onto Milan for Men’s Fashion Week.

The sky was lit up bright blue and felt like spring time rather than winter season. It was about 12 degrees when we got there so we’re able to sit outside with our pasta and pizza and enjoy taking in the atmosphere. We had the most wonderful lunch. Pasta and wine made in the town we visited was authentically Italian just the way I like it.

Since being in Italy over the long weekend I literally consumed my body weight in carbs being mostly pasta and wine, it was so delicious as everything here in Italy is very freshly prepared.

I was so happy to be in comfy clothes this day as we had just left the Pisa airport and still had our suit cases on us both with hand luggage but we managed it fine. The restaurant was called Ristorante Pizzeria Duomo. They did gluten free pasta! which Jenny my friend couldn’t believe as she was so overwhelmed by it and food options. When they make it in Italy it’s just sooo much better.

A litre of wine was only €8. Such a good price … especially if you’re wanting a rather chilled relaxing afternoon lunch to watch the people go by. After all that traveling – it was so worth it having some time to ourselves. The staff were really kind and accommodating I really recommend this place if you’re ever going to visit Pisa for a day trip excursion on route to Florence via Prato.

 

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN TUSCANY

 
ART HOTEL MUSEO

During Day one of our press trip – from Pisa to Prato we stayed at @art_hotel_museo. The whole hotel was so elegant with character and contemporary themed just like an art gallery housed on each level.

It had a different theme on each floor. It had the Art room. We literally took loads of pictures! I loved this place so much I definitely want to come back in summer and try out their outdoor swimming pool as it’s closed during the winter months.  I can’t recommend this enough! If you’re going to Prato Italy via Florence for Pitti Uomo then definitely book this hotel  – you won’t be disappointed. Not forgetting it’s fantastic location is great too for a day trip to 15 minutes by train to “Firenze” which is Florence in Italian just so you know.

Art Hotel Museo Prato, Italy

 

4th Floor Lift Lobby – ART HOTEL MUSEO

 

This wonderful  4 Star hotel located 1.6 miles from the centre of Prato feel more like a 5 Star hotel as it boast luxury facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, classic to deluxe room suites and wellness spa with excellent customer service at Art Hotel Museo. Standard Hotel Rates apply – per night for 1 person only staying in a Classic Room Only Rate is 81 Euro’s and Rate with Breakfast Included 85.50 Euro’s.

 

 

The elegantly presented hotel suites with contemporary interiors have unique art work hanging in each room which are very spacious clean with minimal details.

Extra’s include a fully stocked mini bar, a dresser with flat screen television and oh wait the best part the walk in wardrobe closet every fashionista’s goal even more storage space to keep clothes and prep outfits so it feels more like home made all the difference.

 

 

The modern sleek bathroom as shower room, bathtub combi, bede with well equipped mod cons was up to the highest standards one would expect from a 4 Star Hotel unrivaled to other hotels I’ve stayed in before felt very luxurious indeed. With free WiFi access, the elegant rooms feature air conditioning and most have a flat-screen TV. Their bathrooms are complete with a hairdryer and toiletries.

 


Things to try and Experience


PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO

“Prato is a must see hidden gem 15 minutes from Firenze and convenient for Pitti Uomo Florence Fashion Week the home of classic Menswear, Celebrating fine craftsmanship and art of tailoring. This event is held twice a year in January and June.

THE PRATO TEXTILE MUSEUM

Apart from the Art, Culture, and Gastronomy Prato is also renowned for the Textile Museum & Lazzerini library are dedicated to both historic & contemporary textiles in a 19th-century mill. It’s a well known fact that Museo de Tessuto is one of the well recognised European Institutions dedicated to studying, preserving and promotion of ancient, historical and contemporary textiles housing an archive of textiles from Italy, Europe and the rest of world. It’s definitely well worth the visit if you want to find out more about the European routes of Industrial heritage and the intricate part it played in the history of Prato and its significance in the worlds textile industry.

 

 

So, just how beautiful are the side streets of Italy that I was just so overwhelmed by it’s charm. This photo was taken by my friend Jenny in the street where we dined for lunch at one of the Italian Trattoria’s – known as typical Italian Restaurants. We were just a stone’s throw away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa it was well worth the visit on route to our Hotel in Prato near Florence which was spontaneous on the day. I’m so glad we had the chance to make the most of our first day in Italy doing a bit of sightseeing while we can in the short space of time.

We dined for lunch at one of the Italian Trattoria’s – known as Restaurants Italy.

 

 

 

 

DESIGNER LABELS & SHOPPING

GIGLI SHOPPING MALL

For those who enjoy a spot of shopping the Gigli Shopping Mall Prato’s largest shopping mall is a 10 minutes taxi journey away from high street to designer labels Zara, H&M to Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and more.

You will find here a wide mix of retail stores and eateries in a bustling shopping complex with whimsical accents on Via San Quirico, 165, 50013 Campi Bisenzio FI, Italy

Myself and Jenny just couldn’t help ourselves as we were both tempted by the January Sales and to shop for statement staples to match our outfits ready for Milan Fashion Week.

It’s very near Prato and Florence, great if you’re looking to find good quality stores with good prices in Tuscany, this is the place to be.

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OPERA’ ARTE & RESTUARANT – ART HOTEL MUSEO

One of the best things about staying in a hotel in the country you’re visiting is to sample their local food and wine which means more pasta and wine for me to try out and taste. The restaurant’s wide choice of wine selection on display showcases a library bookcase is every wine sommeliers dream with all the Chianti to satisfy discerning clientele just for you keen avid wine lovers.

Art Hotel Museo The maître d‘ hôtel head waiter, were so accommodating to us it made our stay very special indeed and look forward to return soon. I forgot to tell them that Jenny was gluten free before arriving and straight away they were able to serve Jenny hot Gluten Free bread  & pasta in Italian ‘Sensi Glutine’ . I also had a selection of salmon, seafood, liver and pizza known as pinsa from Roma cooked differently.

Salmon and salt cod in many ways
Salmone e baccala in piu maniere

 

Squid stuffed with pawn, vegatable brunoise and side or of shellifish
Calamaro ripieno di gambero, brunoise di verdure e contorno di molluschi
Tortello of Val Bisenzio with wild boar ragu
Tortella della Val del Bisenzio al ragu di cinghiale

I loved this as I don’t eat fresh shellfish on a regular basis so this was lovely treat for me and so healthy too. For a taste of authentic Tuscan cuisine I recommend the Pasta Dish with a twist Tortello of Val Bisenzio with wild boar ragu goes down well with a glass of Chianti red. Their wine taste so exquisite and this was made in the region we were staying in Tuscany.

An extensive breakfast buffet is available every morning serving an array of fresh fruit, cold cut meats, fresh pastry’s, cereal and more.

A variety of cold and hot beverages from fresh juices to tea and italian coffee too is a great to way to get your mornings off to a good start each day.The Art Restaurant serves authentic Tuscan specialities, along with classic Italian recipes from the Menu beginning with Starters, Pasta, Rice to Main Courses to side dishes. Room Service orders from the food menu option is also available from 4 Euro’s. After dinner why not head over to The American bar is the ideal place for a cocktail or local liqueur which my favourites are Aperol Spritz or Campari and relax on the comfy sofa’s or at the bar to unwind in the evenings. We wanted the full Italian experience as it was great to visit other part’s of Italy during our Press Trip over the 4 day weekend before heading to Milan.

 

Guests can enjoy free access to a partner well-equipped fitness centre, set 100 yards away. Staff are available 24 hours a day and can recommend sights and restaurants nearby.

HOW TO GET THERE

Flying into Tuscany: main airports in Pisa and Florence. Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Firenze-Peretola Airport in Florence serves both Europe including connecting international destinations.

From the U.K Pisa is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 2 hour and 5 minutes from London Stanstead with Ryanair and cost approximately £ 123.98 Return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on Ryanair for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

Airport Transfer’s from Pisa Airport into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 Euro’s. Mainland Treno train services from Pisa Centrale Stazione are available and run hourly via Firenze Santa Maria to Prato Centrale Stazione or direct services run throughout intervals daily depending on the train schedules timetable.

For more information and booking enquiries on Flights to Pisa & Hotel Reservations including the Hotel Restaurant at Art Hotel Museo Prato Italy, please visit

 

ART HOTEL MUSEO

Viale della Republica 289

59100, Prato Italy

+39 0574/578888

www.arthotel-museo.it

info@arthotel-museo.it

+39 0574/5787

 

Standard Hotel Rates apply so please Inquire with the Hotel’s Reservations Team prior to making a Booking

– Rates Per Night for 1 person each Staying in a Classic Room.

Room Only Rate is 81 Euro’s and Rate with Breakfast Included 85.50 Euro’s.

 

OPERA ARTE & RESTAURANT

www.opera-arte.restaurant

info@operat-arte.restaurant

+39 0574/578888

 

RYANAIR AIRLINES

www.ryanair.com

 

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Disclosure: #AD A huge special thanks to Art Hotel Museo Italy for kindly Sponsoring our stay and for the amazing hospitality in Prato – this is a paid partnership collaboration with the hotel brand. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.  All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. ryanair.com and Art Hotel Museo.

FLORENCE & PRATO STYLE DIARY – WHAT I PACKED FOR A TWO DAY CITY BREAK with ART HOTEL MUSEO

WHAT I WORE: STREET STYLE FIRENZE 'PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 97'

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Credits: Tailored Double Breasted Pea coat Made with Italian Fabric; Abecrombie & Fitch, White cotton Long Sleeve Tee; Boohoo Man, Skinny Jeans; Forever 21 Men, Derby shoes; H&M MAN, Sunglasses from a Selection at PRADA Milano
During the first day of our press trip my outfit for day one consisted being dressed in all monochrome which is usually my signature style day to day. In true Florentine style in homage to Pitti Uomo 97 I opted for a statement tailored winter coat made from the finest Italian fabric.

I felt I blended right in doing street style pictures to capture the moment being in Firenze. I needed to feel super comfy but still smart casual as most of the day was being spent on planes, buses, trains and taxis. But, just imagine lugging round a suitcase and my weekend bag between destinations.  Honestly Italy is so full of culture, history and the local people are so warm and welcoming here for which I am so grateful.

Outfit dilema’s – I realised when I got there for the first time in my life I had under packed even though it was a short trip. Who’d have thought my blogger peers who are reading this will laugh at this. I’m known for bringing ten times the amount I need. I didn’t have a proper outfits planned for my daytime wears so I put this together last minute. I wanted something smart casual and slightly formal for evening dinner with of course a hint of classic oxford button down shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren paired with a All Saint’s Crew Neck Sweater.

All Photo Credits: Jenny Pickets Styling

I hadn’t packed enough clothes, so off Jen and I go on a little fashionista shopping trip to Gigli Shopping Mall down the road from our Hotel in a 10 minute taxi journey. I wore my comfy shoes again because I knew we would be walking around a lot! I opted for a faux suede Derby, Gibson bucks shoe by H & M which is a classic favourite.

From Pisa to Prato – here I’m wearing brands from the high street to designer which I also paired some skinny jeans and shoes with the outfit too. The first two photos are taken in Firenze Florence.

Art Hotel Museo in Prato – Such a beautiful place and I can’t thank them enough for putting us up here a couple of nights for the first part of our trip to experience local food, culture, wine and cuisine in Tuscany was a very unforgettable stay we loved it here very much.

Entrance to ART HOTEL MUSEO in Prato Italy – Street Style Italia Pitti Immagine Uomo 97

 

 

Disclosure: #AD A huge special thanks to Art Hotel Museo Italy for kindly sponsoring our stay and for the amazing hospitality in Prato – this was a paid partnership collaboration with the hotel brand. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.  All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. ryanair.com and Art Hotel Museo.

BARCELONA STYLE DIARY – WHAT I PACKED FOR A SUMMER CITY BREAK

Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan city in Spain with fantastic shopping, tourist attractions to a thriving nightlife scene.

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I just found out that the city host Barcelona Fashion Week known as 080 Barcelona where international designers Desigual and Custo Barcelona showcase their new fashion collections on the runway. I hope to return soon for the shows. What do you think so far?

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WHERE TO TAKE AWE-INSPIRING INSTAGRAM PHOTO’S IN LONDON’S MOST LUXURY HOTELS

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When it comes to taking the best photo’s for your instagram feed to share on social media it’s always great when you capture those insta worthy moments to create engaging content

I often find that when I travel to a new city I feel inspired to take photographs during my travels whether it’s a short weekend break to something more long haul on my journeys. The fascination with hotel interiors often gets me excited when I arrive at a new destination to take in my surroundings and a bit of culture too.

Every city is different in it’s own unique way and London is no exception known for its cosmopolitan style as one of the world’s most stylish city’s. When it comes to luxury Hotels I feel so privileged to have London within easy reach on my door stop to explore and discover unique experiences I encounter.

If you love experiencing luxury hotels as much as I do then you will be very enthusiastic to showcase the best that London has to offer whether it’s a day visit or an overnight it’s all about making sure you’re stay is a memorable one.

Here are two of my favourite Hotel’s to visit while I’m in town such as The Rosewood Hotel in Holborn and The Ned in the City of London. Both times I visited each hotel it has been to pop in for a social visit for Sunday lunch, Birthday Celebrations or Evening Drinks as these hotels have a great atmosphere to entertain and relax in wonderful surroundings. The Ned London has quite an Art Deco feel on the ground floor with a selection of restaurants, bars and live jazz band playing on the ground floor and not bad either for a former converted Bank Vault.

If you’re looking for a home away from home feel then be sure to check out The Rosewood Hotel as it’s very much like living an Alice in Wonderland fantasy – but at the same time where East meets West. You can certainly find your inner zen here to relax in their variety of restaurants and bars in style as I did during London Fashion Week.

 

THE ROSEWOOD

The Hotel Lobby at The Rosewood London

 

 

THE NED LONDON

The Restaurants on the ground floor – The Ned London

All Photo’s – Nadia Rashid

 

To find out more about The Rosewood Hotel and The Ned you can follow their social media on @rosewoodlondon @thenedlondon and visit their websites below

 

www.rosewoodhotels.com

 

www.thened.com/

 

 

Disclaimer: In any case as always, all opinions will be my own

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MARRAKECH STYLE DIARY – WHAT I PACKED FOR A WEEKEND CITY BREAK IN MOROCCO

LOOKING FOR SOME SUN - LET'S HEAD TO MOROCCO THE IDEAL AUTUMN WINTER DESTINATION TO ENJOY A FUN CITY BREAK

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HOW TO SPEND 48 HOURS IN IBIZA – A WEEKEND GUIDE TO THE HEDONISTIC WHITE ISLE

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IBIZA

A Hedonistic Vacation Awaits You: Escape This Summer to Ibiza. I highly recommend discovering the pristine beaches with white sands and blue lagoons of Formentera Island.The smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands it is a real paradise lost.

The Ibiza Rocks venue hotel grants guests access to weekly pool parties and live DJ sets from big name house music veterans. Meaning that the perfect party is available all under one roof. Make your summer a memorable one, let Ibiza Rocks lead the way.

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN IBIZA

SOL BEACH HOUSE MIXED BY IBIZA ROCKS

Ibiza’s new sunset destination. The 4 * hotel, formerly Sol Pinet Playa, has had a revamp which boasts an impressive pool overlooking the fine stretch of sandy beaches.

In the evenings watch the tranquil sunset whilst chilling out to the resident DJ, in the contemporary surroundings which host daily pool parties and have breathtaking panoramic views on the hotels rooftop.

 

 


Things to try and Experience


PUNTA PLAYA BEACH
Hotel guests easy access to the stretch of coast line for brisk relaxing walks. There is also water taxi’s from the pier that take you into San Antonio Town, which is the second-largest town on the island.

 

 

WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES

From jet ski’s, speed boat tours to diving it’s available from local vendors on the beach with various Bars and Restaurants including a Reggae themed bar to quench your thirst whilst you soak up the sun.

WATCH THE SUNSETS

The amazing sunsets in Ibiza are breathtaking and my ideal place to watch it from is the legendary Cafe del Mar on the beach you wont be disappointed.

 

FORMENTERA ISLAND

Alternative excursions I highly recommend are discovering the pristine beaches with white sands and blue lagoons of Formentera Island. The smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands it is a real paradise lost.

 

 

CLUB LAND

It’s only 30 mins away from San Antonio Bay in a taxi to the heart of clubland with Ushuaia, Space and the infamous Blue Marlin. Although, the legendary Cafe del Mar on the Sunset Strip is not too far away, the the Ibiza Rocks venue hotel grants guests access to weekly pool parties and live DJ sets from big name house music veterans. Meaning that the perfect party is available all under one roof.

 

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IBIZA TOWN

There are so many great places to select and from a fashion insiders point of view I love STK Ibiza. If you take a stroll down by the marina pier there are a promenade of cafes, bars and restaurants to sample the Spanish tapas or other continental dishes there’s lots to choose from.

Photo Credit: STK Ibiza Bar & Restaurant

 

San Antonio Bay is perfect for chilling out if you prefer getting away from the hustle & bustle of the clubbers paradise. Make your summer a memorable one, let Ibiza lead the way.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I visited Ibiza for a long weekend and reviewed places I stayed and give my personal recommendations. As always all opinions will be my own

 

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BARCELONA

Feel like a local and experience vermouth fuelled lunches, late dinners that extend into late night evening drinks til the early hours – take in the picturesque views of the Gaudi trail

I decided to head out town for some last minute sun. Care to join me for a short city break to catch some rays and do a bit of sightseeing. Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan city in Spain with fantastic shopping, tourist attractions to a thriving nightlife scene.

It’s unique architecture, culture and history is definitely a must see to explore all this city has to offer including its landscape and beautiful scenery. During my visit I share with you some of my favourite places in this cosmopolitan city. Here are my style insider tips on where to eat, stay and drink. If you enjoy warm weather, amazing food and cultural diversity this is the place for you to live the real Catalan lifestyle, leisure sports and fine cuisine. Head to Barcelona’s Chiringuito bars to experience some of the best beach parties in the city.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BARCELONA

W – BARCELONA

The infamous W Hotel is situated along the citys main coastline stretch of beach and host pool parties in the evenings especially on weekends catering to an international discerning clientele is the best place for people watching and a late night rendezvous at The Eclipse Bar in the top floor of the hotel.

 


Things to try and Experience


 

SPANISH TOMATO BREAD

This Catalonian delicacy is often used as a starter with a main meal is created with the following ingredients of garlic cloves, fresh ripened tomatoes seasoned with sea salt and extra virgin olive can be compared to Italian tomato bruschetta.

DESIGNER SHOPPING IN THE GOTHIC QUARTER

For designer shopping this is your one stop destination to finding all the style you need under one neighborhood where you can find most of the mainstream stores with no shortage of designer outlets

 

PARK GUELL & ARC DE TRIOMPHE 

To experience the highest point of the city’s altitude in Barcelona I highly recommend taking a hike up to Park Guell and take in the views of the vast landscape. Once you reach the top expect to find allot of souvenir market stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to costume jewellery which make great gifts. The Gaudi Building is also found here and is open to the public as a Museum celebrating the Architects life and home.

PARC DE LIBERINTO DE HORTA
The Labyrinth Park in Barcelona is the most intriguing place to visit just North of Barcelona on the Metro line which houses The Torre Soberana an old 14th century country estate with beautiful Tudor gardens and maze if you fancied taking a wonder and getting lost while taking in some historic culture. It’s Barcelona’s oldest garden by Architect Elies Rogent. Although I did come across a high fashion editorial shoot which was happening during my visit to this famous historical landmark.

BARCELONETA BEACH

The beach is where all the action happens similar to that of Venice Beach Los Angeles where the beautiful people flock as Barcelona has a community of working fashion models in the city working out in the beach gym. A range of leisure sports are available including paddle boarding and places to eat and drink along the promenade known as the Chiringuito Bars such as Moma and Budha Beach is a great dining experience on the sand.

 

 DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

JOANET BAR RESTUARANT

This charming little restaurant found in the Old Town of Barcelona known as the EL Born quarter is within 5 mins walk of the Arc Monument where you can sample the best authentic local Spanish Cuisine including fresh Sea Bass my favorite and selection of great wine too. It’s great value for money and I visited this place quite frequently if I ever happened to drop by the neighborhood to meet friends.

ZERO KM RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

A trendy hipster bar on the corner of EL Born with delicious food and great vibes has the most amazing selection of cocktails including the illuminated menu lights up when you open it. It has live music some nights and open til late.

I just found out that the city host Barcelona Fashion Week known as 080 Barcelona where international designers Desigual and Custo Barcelona showcase their new fashion collections on the runway. I hope to return soon for the shows. What do you think so far?

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