Piazza Del Duomo

Florence2_m Florence2_l Florence2_dFlorence2_f Florene2_c Florence2_nFlorence2_a Florence2_b Florence2_oFlorence2_h Florence2_e Florence2_kIt really is a beautiful thing to be comfortable, not only in your skin but in your sense of style too. For years I have battled with the fact that I have a rather “page 3” look to my face, It was pointed out when I previously tried (and failed) at modelling many years ago and I’ve been very conscious of it ever since.

This contrast between how I look and my actual taste, who I relate to and what I find appealing in others caused me considerable confusion. One minute I felt like dressing one way and the next I’d feel like dressing another. And as I walk the very thin line of mid twenties I finally feel like my style has evolved into a true reflection of who I am.  The “glamour” that I tried so hard to hide now surfaces through a pair of perfectly fitting jeans or silhouette skimming dress. My Italian heritage now worn through painstakingly selected high end accessories and finally my love of quality British fashion, inherited from my Grandma, is now Channeled through the likes of Reiss, Whistles and Hobbs.

With so many styles, opinions and up turned noses it feels nice to finally stick my two fingers up at it all, with confidence. It only look 26 years and a last minute trip to Italy for me to realise this but hey, sometimes I like to take the scenic route.



Jacket – Reiss     Blouse – Reiss     Sunglasses – Celine     Jeans – H&M     Shoes – Reiss     Bag – Gucci (sold out similar HERE)     Watch – Daniel Wellington


Photography – Anouska Proetta Brandon


  1. Demi 19th January 2015 / 11:23 am

    To be honest your fashion was way better before when you wore disco pants and thigh highs now you dress like a 40 something year old who buys things the viewers can’t buy and you hardly do fashion post anymore and when you do your clothes are so ugly I can’t even deal

    • lydia 19th January 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Now now! There’s no need to insult the clothes.x

    • audrey leighton 19th January 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Classic clothing has no age – I think disco pants & thigh highs have their time & place, but somehow the steps of the duomo in Florence don’t seem like the place, don’t you think? I think we can all afford a Reiss blouse if we really wanted one, it just takes a little bit of saving and maybe giving up a couple of the easier cheaper choices we buy spontaneously. But the clothes here aren’t ugly, just timeless and Lydia wears them wonderfully.

    • Samantha 21st January 2015 / 8:27 am

      WOWZERS! Harsh or what?!

      Personally, I’ve always liked your style as I can totally relate to it, and I feel exactly the same about finding your own vibe, but it took me a little longer to get to where you’re at now. 30 in April WOOP WOOP! ????

      As for “page 3” look who on earth said that to you?? I mean we’re they for real? I don’t see it at all. As I was looking through these photos I was thinking to myself “this girl could be a model, I bet it’s not long before she’s snapped up” but hey what do I know – I tried modelling too (editorial – far too short for anything else so I’m told!) and failed horrifically ha!

      Anyway, you look fab and I totally get your appreciate for high end fashion, I love investment pieces. I don’t get the whole “throw away fashion” thing, I like my clothes to last and I don’t think that’s too much to ask

      As for not enough fashion posts I think you have the perfect balance of fashion, health and fitness, it shows how you and your blog has evolved, and it’s clearly been very organic. Love the odd travel and duvet diaries posts that emerge from time to time too xoxo

  2. M 19th January 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous as always Lydia! Black and neutrals are the way forward.

    As I have grown up I too have learnt my style has formed into my personality and not a ‘persona’ that I would like to be or aims towards. To be happy in you own skin is literally the best gift you could give yourself and I couldn’t agree more 🙂 xx


  3. audrey leighton 19th January 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Who on earth told you your beautiful face had a ‘page 3’ look? Please can you tell me, they need a good talking to. I love these photos, they keep getting better and better love. Being comfortable is indeed a beautiful thing and one we women struggle with continually, and what a shame that we do, because really we are goddesses! I fucking adore you L.E.M
    keep on being italian and classy and the incredible lady you are to me and many others!

    • lydia 19th January 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Audrey, I am so Lucky to be able to call you my friend, thank you for uplifting my day!

  4. Oroma R. R. 19th January 2015 / 2:20 pm

    This is a great outfit and I absolutely love the location!

    / O.R.R.

  5. Rowan | R E D R E I D I N G H O O D 19th January 2015 / 7:08 pm

    You look amazing, Lydia!
    And what the hell, why did someone call you a “page 3 face”?! You are gorgeous! I actually just discovered your blog because I saw a photo of you on instagram’s explore page and I was intrigued by your beauty. I checked out more of your photos, your blog and your YouTube and I now have a new girlcrush! Keep up the good, work! I’m following you everywhere now 😉



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  6. Natalie rOberts 19th January 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Wow!!! I went to Florence in Sept and this building quite literally took my breath away!! What beautiful pictures Lydia, stunning as usual! You ooze so much class and couldn’t look LESS like a ‘page 3 girl’!!! I always look forward to your blog posts and YouTube videos MWAH xxx

  7. Chiara 19th January 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Very well written and of course – worn! Tell us more about your italian side! I’m Italian too (well, half) so half crazy!

    PS: page 3 my arse – you’re well classy!

  8. Liza 20th January 2015 / 9:59 am

    First comment on this post wasn’t so nice. I completely disagree. I love how Lydia shops wisely. Knowing where to invest in quality, timeless pieces, and where to hunt out a bargain means you can enjoy the high end without ‘them seeing you coming’ for the rest of the outfit where it’s unnecessary.

    And there are people who can make a bin liner look beautiful…, and there are those who embellish their inside ugly by hunting down bloggers to trash on what happens to be an empowering post most women can relate to. Go find yourself, your style and love for YOUR things in life.

    Now where did I put my jimmy choos….


  9. Tashi Skervin 20th January 2015 / 11:20 am

    Absolutely adore this outfit post, as I do with all of your outfits! I guess I enjoy dressing like a 40 something too!x

  10. Tola 20th January 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I absolutely love this outfit! I went to Italy on the weekend and wore a black & white outfit as well, so weird haha x

  11. Fay 21st January 2015 / 4:51 pm

    I have followed your blog on and off for a few years now and I have to say I wasn’t a massive fan of the disco pants etc look that you used to go for but your style now is impeccable!
    You dress so classy and elegant yet stylish at the same time!
    I also dont get the whole page 3 look thing as I find you strikingly beautiful.
    You have definitely found what suits you! Stick with it! xXx

  12. D'Arcy 23rd January 2015 / 4:13 am

    As a fortysomething I guess I should take offence at the snarky little twit who posted that nasty comment. But…if she thinks thet fortysomething style looks as chic, sexy and timeless as this outfit…then I guess that’s a compliment. So, um, thanks…from all of us fortysomethings.

  13. Lauren 26th January 2015 / 8:07 am

    Lydia, just wanted to say how beautiful you and your blog are looking, you have grown so much. Your images are stunning, and your blog just keeps getting better and better every time I pop back for a read. Keep being you xxx

    • lydia 26th January 2015 / 8:55 am

      Hey Lauren,
      Thats such a lovely comment 🙂 I like the fact that theres a journey to my blog, not just in my life but my photography and skills to go with it. Everything is self taught and the fun part is learning 🙂 x

  14. Grace Olivia 26th January 2015 / 3:47 pm

    I really bloody love this post Lemy – like really bloody love it! I am over the moon that you’re feeling confident and have found your style feet. Like you say – who cares what others think – you’re smokin’ and have killer style (and are an okay person too 😛 hehehe) so cheers to you! Gx


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