For her new movie “Young adult”, Charlize Theron is parading around in Hello Kitty attire which made me curious what the movie is about. A comedy about a writer for teenage novels in her mid thirties who returns to her hometown in the sticks to win her ex boyfriend over because she feels he is what is missing in her life. The only problem is that he’s now married with a kid on the way. The movie received glowing reviews so make sure to check out the trailer and the movie!
Hello Kitty is an eternal trend you are never to old to wear! On my travels to Italy (Amalfi coast and Sardinia) there was no escaping from it! Hello Kitty Underwear shops, in each town a hello kitty shop for every item from fashion to household and the most common sight was fashionable Italian young women who wore Hello Kitty helmets on their motorbikes!
Hello Kitty lurking from my Miu Miu straw bag
Hello Kitty sunscreen seen at a Sardinian supermarket
Hello Kitty Shop at Sorrento
Sardinia being the mecca for people with money meant no limits for the number of big fashion labels scattered all over the island, especially at Porto Cervo. The shop are originally decorated with a loving attention to detail and it was a pure pleasure just to to walk around the shop rooms and get decorating ideas!
Here are my impressions: Above: Strawbag with pink silk bow seen in a bikini shop in Cannigione.
Below: Sea shell mirror in Laila Boutique in Cannigione
Stripey mariniere shoes and dotty belt, from Moschino
Eyelet embroidered white blouse with frilly detail
The beautiful, unspoilt coastline of the Costa Smeralda belongs to a private consortium including Prince Karim Aga Khan – and the Spiaggi del Principe (Prince’s beach) was one of his favourite beaches – hence the name.
As with all the beaches of the Costa Smeralda, Spiaggi Principe is unspoilt and no buildings around disturb the view. The beach is accessed through a narrow dirt walking track. The stunning turqoise, green and crystal clear waters owe their colour to the granite containing seabed. The sand is fine like sugar and it is safe to say that this is a piece of paradise!
You won’t rub shoulders with the the Costa Smeralda jet set there as they hang out on their yachts or at private beaches. Mainly Italian tourists populate the beach which is never overcrowded even in peak season. Luckily for us, the stunning beaches of the Costa Smeralda, even though they belong to a private consortium, are still accessible to the public.
Dirt walking track to the beach
Yesterday we drove to the Northern most tip of Sardinia, Santa Teresa di Gallura. From here, you can see Corsica, just 11km away. What started off as a gloomy, overcast day turned into a glorious afternoon and we spent the rest of the day at the stunning sandy beach of Rena Bianca, swimming in crystal clear water.
A little bit of melancholy overcame me today, at the thought of having to leave this beautiful island in just 2 days. But what a great 9 days it’s been! I spent them in true “Eat Pray Love” manner: Lazing at the beaches with my loved one, indulging in pasta, seafood, wine, gelati and my new favourite drink, Aperol Spritz. You can make this yourself, simply mix:
– 3 parts Prosecco
– 2 parts Aperol (Italian bitter made from herb, roots & plants)
– 1 part sodawater
Aperol is one of Italy’s most popular drinks, orange-red in colour and refreshingly sour-sweet, perfect for hotter climates.
I’m wearing a sailor dress by TK Maxx. Sandals from Tamaris.
At Santa Teresa di Gallura, behind me embedded in clouds the shores of Corsica
Another day, another beach with impossibly turquoise water and deep blue skies and white beaches. Everything here is crisp and clear and the greyness of London seems miles away.
The Costa Smeralda got it’s name from the beautiful emerald coloured water. And I can confirm the colour of the water is just as promised. no “vivid colour” camera mode is needed.
When the Costa Smeralda was built in the 50s and 60s, the consortium of investors (One of them Karim Aga Khan), were enchanted by the area and decided to build only low environmental impact holiday complexes to preserve the beautiful area. They set down a series of stringent rules to preserve the beatiful land:
– The construction of Hotels built near beaches is forbidden to keep the unspoiltness
– No high-rise buildings are allowed to be constructed but only low, stone-washed Tuscan-style houses that blend beautifully into the area.
All this makes the Costa Smeralda a haven of beautiful surroundings, perfect to relax and leave your worries behind.
Below: Beaching it up: I’m wearing red-White Vichy checked shirts from Benetton and a crochet top from Stefanel.