Friday, 26 August 2016

Sunshine and pizza



Orange Bardot Dress - New Look



 Today has mainly been spent reading and napping around the pool, as the weather has been so hot. This evening we went to a pizzeria for dinner, which is where I wore this dress. Food is very important to my family and I while we are on holiday - most days my dad will cook us an amazing dinner such as fish or pasta, but sometimes we also go out for a meal in the evenings. I think meals are very sociable, and it is precious time that I get to spend with my family.




I got this dress before I went travelling, and have worn it numerous times since. It is very flattering, especially if you're a bit curvier like me, but also has plenty of room for a good food baby. My food baby was perhaps about 3 months old after all of the pizza I consumed this evening.


Hannah x

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Pompeii


As we're in the Naples region, we had to visit the famous Pompeii really, so yesterday we got in the car and drove to the architectural site.


In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered the Roman town of Pompeii in metres of ash. It has since been recovered and opened to the public as an archaeological site to be explored, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Pompeii was much larger than I imagined, and it was so interesting to wander around the streets and imagine what life would have been like thousands of years ago. There is still evidence of rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, and some artefacts still remain - including plaster casts of human bodies.





I had such an interesting day, but if I went again I would definitely get a tour guide. I think they would be able to enlighten me much more on what I was actually looking at. Pompeii is definitely a must-see if you are in this area!

Hannah x

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Striving for perfection


Hi, my name's Hannah, and I'm a perfectionist.

I always have been. In fact, I don't remember the last time I didn't strive for perfection. Even as a young girl, I would put myself down if I didn't achieve the best I possibly could. In primary school I hated myself if I didn't get every spelling right, or if I didn't fill my reading book record up.

This unreasonable expectation seems to have carried with me throughout my teenage and adult life too. During my GCSEs I gained all A*'s except for an A in English Language and English Literature - and I couldn't celebrate the rest of my results, because I didn't achieve those two little *'s and I was therefore really disappointed in myself. For some of my university work I received a merit instead of a distinction, so I felt like I wasn't good enough to be studying medicine.

And then tonight I found out that for one exam result I didn't get as high as I possibly could (although I got the highest possible result for my 3 other exams). It made me feel awfully disappointed in myself and all of my other achievements disappeared from my mind.

Until my mum and sister told me how proud they were of me, and reminded me how well I am doing, even with my struggles with my mental health in the past.

And for once in my life I realised how stupid I was being. Perfection is impossible and an unrealistic target. I have done incredibly well regarding my grades so far, and that is something I should celebrate - not put myself down for.

I think my perfectionism is probably one of the reasons that I've suffered with depression, and that's one huge reason why it needs to stop. Over the past few months I have been able to accept myself more for who I am, and fully embrace my personality, flaws and all. I think this needs to be extended to my studies and grades - I can't expect to do well all of the time, and I need to stop fearing failure. Failing is good - it makes you learn, and it makes you grow.

So I think we all need to stop reaching for perfection and unrealistic targets, and start being completely and unapologetically ourselves. Perfection has never, and will never, exist, for as long as we continue to be individuals.

Hannah x

Monday, 22 August 2016

Sorrento



Off the Shoulder Top - Zara (Similar)
Denim Shorts - Topshop
Sunglasses - eBay
Sandals - Tesco (Old)



Today we visited Sorrento, which is a beautiful coastal town on the Amalfi Coast, and the nearest well-known landmark to our villa. It is on top of cliffs with gorgeous views of the bay and Naples across the peninsula, and has loads of lovely shops and restaurants to wander around. Probably one of my favourite places I've visited in Italy, although it is fairly touristy.






Of course I found a dog - this one was a Great Dane and was called Rocco.


You can't beat a good Italian pizza!



Hannah x

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Relaxing day in Italy



Trousers - Zara
Sandals - Tesco (Old)


Today has been a lovely day - I lay in until midday, and spent the rest of the day chilling around the pool. Our villa is so nice and we have an amazing view, so it's such a pleasure to spend time here.




I got these trousers (culottes?) from Zara before I went travelling, and they are the comfiest things ever. They are made out of a silky material so are really light and airy - plus they still manage to look stylish.


Tomorrow we are visiting Sorrento which I am every excited for as it's supposed to be beautiful. More photos to come!



Hannah x

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Our villa for the next 2 weeks







After leaving home at around 1am this morning, we finally arrived in Italy at 10am. We flew into Naples airport and are staying in a villa just outside Sorrento.

It's so gorgeous here! The views over the sea and the Amalfi coast are breathtaking, and our villa is so beautiful - especially the pool area.

Today was spent catching up on sleep and testing out the pool water (very refreshing, FYI). We've also made a new friend in the form of a golden retriever named Rae, who is owned by the villa's owners. He follows us around everywhere, especially when we have food!

I think we're going to be very happy here for the next fortnight.

Hannah x

Friday, 19 August 2016

I'm off again

So after 3 days at home, I'm off again tonight!

I'm going to Sorrento in Italy with my family, and I'm really looking forward to it. I don't really feel like I've properly caught up with them yet, especially my mum as she's been working, so it will be nice to spend some quality time together.

We're leaving at about 1am this evening as our flight is at 6am from Liverpool, so we have a bit of a journey. So I'm going to try and get a couple of hours of sleep now.

Expect more holiday photos over the next week or so!

Hannah x