What I love most about travelling is discovering local shops to see what the country’s own influences, trends and styles are.
Porto Cervo is the capital of the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia and caters for its affluent visitors with high-end shops.
I discovered the jewellery shop “More & Chic” at Porto Cervo’s luxurious shopping mile.
Their stunning pieces of jewellery reflect the colours of the Emerald coast:
- Off-white gem stones like the sugary white sand at Spiaggi Principe
- Emerald green earrings and necklaces like the crystal clear water that gave the Costa Smeralda it’s name
- yellow and light brown zirconia as warm as the Italian sun
As you can see, the jewellery is, like everything in Italy, excellently crafted and shows the expertise of its designers.
Above: Italian Model Bianca Balti wears stunning emerald green Jewellery by “DeGrisogono”
Emerald pearls with a golden bow – cute!
Look at those gorge cocktail rings!
Sea and shells! Imagine this necklace on tanned skin and an elegant dress!
How amazing are these heart earrings?
All of the above eyecandy jewellery is sold at More & Chic at Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy.
Never forget to have fun with jewellery too! I’m messing about with pop orange pineapple earrings, €5, from a Sardinian souvenir shop.
Teresa di Gallura is the most Northern tip of Sardinia and just 30 minutes away from Corsica. It’s a dream location for spending the day at the seaside.
Italy is a feast for the senses: The spring with its luscious, rich colours of bright pink colours embedded in moss green mountains, the gelati coloured houses, decorated with loving attention to detail, the tasty food and of course the crystal clear waters in shades of turquoise , deep blue and emerald green.
Above: I’m wearing an aquamarine pleated skirt from Benetton and espadrille wedges overlooking the beach.
Dream of summer and enjoy the beautiful pictures of Sardinia
Needless to say I had a few gelatos too many last week!
It’s not often that I want to visit a place twice. This only happened to me when we travelled to Sardinia last year. 7 months later we are back again to experience this beautiful island in the luscious spring time.
The sunshine is out, the mood is high and the grey London skies are worlds away!
Sardinia’s signature turquoise water at Capriccioli beach.
Sardinia’s azure colours are so lush due to the granite seabed. For a day at the beach, I’m wearing a stripey Uniqlo shirt, pink jeans skirt from Esprit and sunglasses from Chloé.
Life’s a beach for this ginger tomcat at Capriccioli beach.
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
A cloudy but sweltering hot day today in beautiful Sardinia. Time to check out the many boutiques. The great thing about Italy is, even the tiniest fishing village will have a boutique with bikinis from Blumarine or Missoni lying around as if it’s H&M. The boutiques are lovingly decorated and shopping is so relaxed, none of that chi-chi feeling you get when shopping Italian labels like in London or Berlin, making you feel rather uncomfortable.
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.
This year, we treated ourselves to a holiday on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, also known as the “Caribbean of Italy”. Oh my what a fantastic holiday it has been so far!
It is definitely the most beautiful place in the whole of Europe, and the breathtakingly stunning beaches can effortlessly compete with the wild, sugary-sand turquoise-watered beaches of Australia and South Africa.
Sardinia is as Italian as it gets: Stylish, elegant, sleek and in no way pretentious as you would think from the way gossip magazines describe and the pictorial depiction of celebrities frolicking on 15 million € yachts.
I can’t wait to explore the island further, pictures and more reports to follow soon!
Above I’m wearing a navy blue dress with strawberries.
Below: My mint coloured nail varnish competing with the turquoise water.