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7 days in Italy – Part one, Turin

We traveled to 3 cities in a week, Turin, Genoa and Milan. I tried to write one blog for the whole 7 days experience but seems I had too many photos, so I decided to make 3 parts.  Here you are, part one- Turin.

We landed in Turin on 22 Sep. It was a gorgeous day and the temperature was a perfect 25C. The city is full of distinguished buildings, such a cultural city. ​ The hotel we stayed in was so beautiful and from our room window we could see a typical Italian street scene,  full of Latin character.

img_2656After coffee I could not wait to go out. My first outfit was the beautiful black lace skirt with a pastel floral pattern from H&M and as it was a nice day I had the chance to wear this cute, off the shoulder pinky top too.



The second day was Saturday and we went to the main shopping area, where the local youth were staging gymnastic activities on a stage set up in the middle of the road.


​​Here they tried to steal my phrase “Fashion is what you buy, style is how you wear it” but it got a little lost in translation :).

We then went on to Italy’s national Cinema Museum which is housed in an absolutely breath taking building which, sadly, you can’t fully appreciate from my photo.


On that day we walked for 6 hours. It was tiring  but it was really enjoyable.

As our hotel was in the city centre we walked everywhere. On the 3rd day we went to a contemporary art gallery. As an artist, wherever I go, galleries are the place I must go. Very often I get inspiration from all the great works of art I see in these places.

After the gallery, we wondered along  the street. Fallen leaves were everywhere. It seems autumn (fall – for any American readers!) has arrived.

Last thing to do before we move on is have a cup of coffee outside a beautiful street cafe where you can see the world pass by.

img_32653 days in Turin. Love it here. Beautiful city, beautiful people and beautiful food 🙂

​In the afternoon, after coffee, we set off to by train to our second city, Genoa.



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A Beautiful English Canal In The Cosgrave – Northamptonshire 

There is reason why English talk of weather – it always changes.

Compared to yesterdays gorgeous weather, today was downright miserable! Clouds like a dark blanket and very windy in the countryside.


But this did not stop us going for walk as planned with this guide book in hand; <Footpath for Fitness – Northamptonshire >.

We started from unusual horse tunnel going underneath the Grand Union Canal….


Turn right and soon a very pretty Gothic bridge comes into view, just so peaceful and beautiful…. ​​

​The English Autumn is so beautiful as trees turned to red, although it is windy but it mattered now with the view on the canal being so breath taking. It could be anywhere from the photo, but this is Northamptonshire.

As we enjoyed the view, I saw a boat painted blue – a perfect background for my jumper (lantern sleeves; as it is so loose, I can use them as bags at anytime if I need ^u^ )


Continue with the walk, we crossed a huge corn field. The foot path was very narrow so we just ended up walking between the corns, with wind blowing the leaves, as if they were dancing…


Half way through the walk I began feeling a bit thirsty, only to find a pub on the side! A perfect place to stop.

The upstairs of the pub hosted a great view. A couple in blue and red passed by a boat chatting to the owner; I found it looked just like a generic painting…

After the break, we carried on through the field upon passing the farm, there were many cows on the field eating grass.

img_9929But when we passing them they all stopped to watch us! I was a good bit sacred so I started run, quickly opened gate and when I look back, a big cow was just behind me, staring… what a day!


Not bad, today we walked around 2 miles, about 2 hours include break, so overall a really a nice walk!


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The Beautiful English Countryside ❤️

It was the Bank Holiday Monday yesterday, so we decided go for long walk in Northamptonshire Daventry area. From the guide book it’s supposed to be 6.5 miles but we ended up walked 7 miles due to a wrong route.


It was a gorgeous day, 25 degrees, the hottest day of this day in the history. Normally we do not see anybody when we cross fields but not yesterday! Perhaps the weather was so nice that people just wanted to enjoy the day out.

English countryside is just so beautiful – every time when we do this kind of country walk it reminds me that I’m fortunate to live in this beautiful green land, with villages full of characters, historical buildings, old but classy houses and a plethora of plant life.


No words would be enough to describe what I saw, so I’ll let you see for yourself!


I was so excited to see rolls of hay laying across the field I couldn’t help but climb on top like a child, tricky as it was.

The land is so remote, in the corn field we can see the baby corn had just sprouted.

There was an art and craft fair at the old church.

A huge mushroom I have never seen, what size!


We crossed two villages, Badby and Newham, spanning 7 miles and 5 hours… by the end of it I really felt flat, but I deserved my rest, in the book it even says “give yourself a high five, you made it!”. Yes indeed, we made it 🙂






















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Finally I Got This Special Hat! – My Graduation Ceremony

It has come to the end of this journey – three years of study at UoN for Fine Art. My time there has changed me. I remember being at the interview three years ago, the head of the art Dep said to me “you will be a different person when you graduate.” At that time I did not understand, what does it mean? But I do now 🙂


Yes, art has changed me a lot; I became professional artist, I am more open minded to anything.

Art school does not teach you how to paint or draw – They are there to assist you in being creative and ‘think outside of box’. They push you be bolder, more confident, to be true artist.

I must pay great respects to our lecturer team, they are all practicing artists outside lectures. They guide me through dark channels when I am clouded by frustration, and provide me the matches to light my own way.

And I love my friends, the people who the share same studio, go for drinks and inspire each other.

And my family, without them I would not finished my degree. They’ve all been right behind me, supporting and encouraging me.

As mature student, this journey was not easy, but i made it and I made myself proud! I like the saying “There are nothing impossible” – if you can dream it and believe yourself, you can do it too!


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The Big Day – The Degree Show

I should have posted this 2 weeks ago, that was our degree show, attracting thousands of people, occurred. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. It was a big night for every art student, being the result of our three years study. 3 years I now feel went by like a blink, so quick. A lot of joy, excitement tears. When I look back, it was a truly valuable  experience, we inspired each other and we learnt from each other; we went for coffee together, the laughing, the arguments… When the time came close to the Degree Show, we all felt a bit lost – Was this the end of our journey? And this is life. It was also the beginning of our new journey! Whatever I do, wish me good luck! 🙂


My art work ‘Unpredictable’ is of a political theme and reflects the uncertainty of our future and unpredictable relationship across the world since Trump became the US President.

My outfit also caught a good few glances attention, in particular my little ‘bin bag’ which I bought from ‘TIGER’ stationery shop but painted some flowers on to match my shoes.  Art is about being creative, and so is fashion!

It was a great evening and marks the finale of another page in my life. Whatever story I write on the next page, wish me good luck! 🙂



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Have we taken it for granted?

I have always sporty and fit. 3 days ago, my right knee went. It was painful to do such simple things as bend over and lasted for two days such that I could not go to spin class. This made me realise how important it is to have a healthy body, without which you cannot go for long walks, you cannot go to the gym, you cannot enjoy life. When I imagine how life would be if I cannot do sports, I wonder if I have taken my body for granted? Yes, it’s time to look after my body and appreciate the freedom and pleasure it brings me as you can not enjoy life if your health gone! 

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Fashion Doesn’t Has to Be Expensive!

The key to it is that you know what suits you and how to mix and match. This outfit has three accessories from PRIMARK: hat, shoes and bag! It worked out beautifully! Sometimes people try to hide the brand as it is not a big label.


It was a beautiful sunny day last Sunday and I chose a loose old styled Chinese dress which I bought in China last year but never had chance to wear.

This dark emerald green is quite dominant and I actually have matching boots. But as it was a warm day I decided to wear these slippers, with fur around the heal, which are quite in this season. It looks like I’ve got hairy feet :). To be honest they were comfy to walk around beautiful village.


Also I matched up my outfit with a scarf in the same tone. One thing I learnt from Uni studying Fine Art and painting is how to play with colour. Art and fashion compliment each other, which is why I enjoy both of them so much. My light green earrings played a big part in this outfit.

I used desire big labels. Like many women I  would sometimes spend too much on one piece and only wear it once or twice. It could then go out of season or I would get bored anyway. So I started to mix my old clothes with some new and found my own style. I started to recycle my wardrobe I found out how amazing it can be to re-style and re-mix. To my surprise I discovered that there are so many ways mix and match. I could have different outfit every 365 days! Exciting, isn’t it?! 🙂

I get so much pleasure from it. Fashion is what you buy, style is how you wear it.

So if you read my blog, you can try it too. Be bold, be creative, be revolutionary!!! There are so many ways you can play with your wardrobe to get a new look. Finally, I learnt that fashion doesn’t has to be expensive!


Walking around this pretty village wearing a pretty comfy dress and shoes made my day!

I wish I could bought some free range eggs, but they had all sold out 😦  The pink petals on the ground were so pretty. This is an old village with some historic buildings like this old school gate.


It is only small place and after half an hour I had seen it all. Then off to a local pub to sit outside. It was such beautiful view. So many different shades of green and the sight of children running around freely.


Life is beautiful, I really can’t complain! I hope you will find your style as you go along. Believe me this does lead to happiness!