Stand Out Jewellery | Monica Vinader & The Affordable Alternatives

I don’t know about you, but everywhere I look I see bloggers wearing Monica Vinader jewellery. It’s quite understandable as every dainty, delicate piece is stunning. Although I have a wishlist that could reach the moon and back, I think I’ll have to do some serious saving before I have a wrist stacked with her pieces.

Until then, I’ve found some of the best dupes and inspired pieces around.

Moinca Vinader ‘Fiji Diamond Bar Bracelet’ £1995

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Accessorize Sophia Crystal Friendship Bracelet £19

With the same adjusting toggle slide I think these two are a definite close match, despite the fact that one is adorned with ‘pavé set diamonds’ and the other with crystals. Both versions come in silver, and the Fiji bracelet also comes in rose gold.

 

Monica Vinader Siren Thin Cuff in Grey Agate £195

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Stella & Dot Open Druzy Cuff £48

I love these bracelets, they look so cool without being big and blingy. I would love to wear them stacked with a few other gold bracelets in true Song of Style fashion. Although the Stella and Dot is not dirt cheap, their products are made to an excellent standard, I’ve had pieces from them that have lasted me for years.

 

Monica Vinader Riva Diamond Hoop Earrings £275

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Accessorize Platinum Organic Shape Short Drop Earrings £15

These simple earrings will still standout due to their imperfect shape, which I think gives even the affordable pair a more expensive look. These earrings would look amazing during the day or for an evening out. I’d wear them with my hair up to show them off!

I’m really getting into finding affordable dupes for some of my most sought after pieces. From clothes, to bags and jewellery,  with a little bit of digging there is always something out there that can give me the same look for less. I’m going to continue to write similar posts to this when I find some great items so I can share them with you all!

Kirsty x

The Almost Housewife Diaries – What it’s like to rely on your partner at 23

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Writing about this topic has been at the forefront of my blogging mind for months. I’ve been put off writing about anything too negative because A) I’m (for the most part) a positive person and B) having these thought down in writing for the internet to see is pretty damn scary.

However, last week I read a post by blogging babe Sophie Milner AKA Fashion Slave which perfectly summed up how I’m currently feeling. Find her blog post here. She talks about how she doesn’t want to settle for ‘the simple life’ which is something that I’m feeling more and more. I won’t just rewrite her great post, but I thought I would describe my own personal struggle with wanting more out of my life.

 

Real panic set in when one morning I received a text from Dave to say that his job was in jeopardy, so (as I’m sure most of you know by now) we took the plunge and moved to Italy when an amazing opportunity came up for Dave. Here lies the problem. Moving here was, and still is, exclusively for Dave’s career. Not my own, not even a little. I threw myself into finding work and managed to become an English teacher after a month of studying. Side note: I live in small town Italy, where even Italians struggle to find employment.

Due to ever changing Italian law, it might not even be worth the effort to work again as a teacher when school starts in September, therefore I’ll be 100% reliant on Dave. He is very understanding and of course doesn’t mind, after all, we’re here for him. However, how I can justify treating myself with someone else’s money is yet to be seen. I know there are many relationships where only one person works, and the household income is considered shared. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that if both parties are happy with the arrangement and it works for them. It’s just never ever something that I wanted or would imagine happening at 23 before my career has even begun. I don’t regret moving here though, I was in a position at home that was slowly dragging me down and I really wasn’t happy. Although I’ve gained nothing financially, moving has given me so much. I’ve had new experiences, met new people and it’s definitely brought Dave and I even closer. I’m meeting new people all the time which I love, this year will definitely be exciting with a having wider circle of friends.

So for now, I’m in limbo, who knows what the next few months will bring. If you’ve found this post even slightly interesting please do let me know- otherwise I’ll shut up and get back to beauty posts & vlogs!

Kirsty x

The BEST Weekend | Austrian GP 2017

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This is something a little different for my little Youtube channel and I, and I have no idea if this will be interesting to anyone at all. However, I couldn’t not share my first ever Grand Prix experience.

I have never followed Formula 1 or any type of motor sport, but I’m always open to new things. When Dave asked if if wanted to go to Austria for the weekend to attend the Grand Prix I was more than happy to say yes.

I had no idea what to expect, but let me tell you this had to be one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time! The atmosphere and entertainment was amazing- and that’s not even including the race itself.

Even if you’re still not convinced that Formula 1 is a sport for you, please do check out my short video of the weekend, I would really appreciate it!

 

Kirsty x

Teaching English Abroad – What you need to know!

I am certainly not an expert in either the English language or teaching. However, I have nearly completed my first year of teaching in Italy so I want to share what I’ve learned for anyone who is thinking about starting a new life and diving into teaching!

Firstly, I didn’t plan on becoming an English teacher. When I moved to Italy I had no idea what I would be able to do, but I was determined to find work. I live in a small town where English is not widely spoken, and I as I don’t speak Italian my options were always going to be limited.

I did some research and found an English school online, within five minutes I had sent an email with my CV attached in the hope that even if there wasn’t a job, there would be the opportunity to volunteer.

If you’re seriously thinking of teaching English I would recommend getting a qualification before you set off in search of your new life. Schools now have a higher standard than before- simply being a native English speaker is no longer enough. I completed an online TEFL course (which is widely recognised) or there is a more in depth (and more pricey) CELTA course. I believe this is run in several locations throughout the UK and lasts approximately one month.

I can only comment on the TEFL course. There are several different courses you can choose between- the more in-depth, the higher the price point. I selected the biggest online course, but luckily for me they were offering a hefty discount at the time. I think TEFL do this regularly so it’s worth looking out for.

So if you’ve decided to take the plunge and get a qualification, next you need to decide how and where you’re going to make some money! You can work in main stream schools, an English speaking school for all ages or even give lessons online.

Although I don’t feel like a natural born teacher, I have surprised myself with how I have managed to engage with even my most timid of students. I feel like I’ve grown as a person and I’ve have the privilege to meet so many new people with a variety of backgrounds.

I truly feel that anyone who teaches English won’t ever regret their decision and the world of possibilities they’ve opened up to themselves.

Have you ever thought of teaching English abroad? Do you already teach English? Let me know!

Kirsty x

A Day in Verona

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Last week Dave’s parents came to visit us for the first time since we moved to Italy. We’ve lived here for a year now so felt like we could be pretty competent tour guides around our small town. However, now have a car here we decided we wouldn’t spend their whole trip in our town, its way too hot! We decided to drive to Lake Garda and spend a few days there- we stayed in Sirmione, which I would highly recommend.

One Dave’s parents last day we travelled to Verona (it’s about an hour away from Sirmione). I vlogged the day which you can check out below:

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Kirsty x