Hope you all had a great Easter break! Ours was a pretty eventful weekend; a mini break to Brussels visiting friends, and Easter Sunday stuck in bed with a stinking 24 hour gastric flu. It was pretty ugly and I do not recall ever feeling so rotten. We returned home yesterday afternoon, and although I do not yet feel 100%, I am definitely much better than Matthew. This morning he woke up with fever and aching bones. He has had a rough day and has only been on fluids. He keeps complaining that he feels very weak and that makes me feel so terribly guilty for passing on the germs to him, especially after he spent Sunday Easter stuck in a hotel room taking care of me like a true Florence Nightingale. I’m praying that he sleeps comfortably throughout the night and feels better in the morning.
Gastric flu and fever aside; we had a wonderful Easter break. This year we decided not to travel to Malta or the UK for Easter because I only had a couple of days off work and since I am ‘saving’ my holidays for a longer Summer holiday, travelling far was out of question. Instead we decided on an impromptu long weekend break in Brussels. We had no big plans but to spend quality time together discovering the buzzing city and it’s multicultural environment. Brussels is such a vibrant city!
The drive to Brussels from home is only 2.30 hours, so we left home on Friday mid morning and we arrived early afternoon. After checking in at our posh hotel, we leisurely explored the shopping avenues in the drizzling rain, stopped for a warm drink and decided on an early dinner. Accidentally we found a gem of a little restaurant – an Italian restaurant called Ricotta and Parmesan – which was amazing. I could eat there every single day. Not only the food is exquisite, the service was impeccable. We shared a starter of antipasti and we both chose fresh pasta with seafood – finger licking!
Saturday turned into an unplanned shopping spree. Let’s just say – a fair amount of damage was caused to my bank balance, but I’m totally ecstatic with my purchases. Sometimes I just need a little extra push to buy nice things for myself! I will always be a budget girl at heart and I find it hard to splurge. I get a kick when I find a bargain; however I’m teaching myself to buy less and invest in good quality items. After more than 5 hours shopping we returned to the hotel for a little nap and a bubble bath. In the evening we had dinner plans with our friend Sef at a Greek Restaurant.
This is the outfit I wore for dinner. A navy blue colour scheme outfit & my trusted Zara jeans. The boucle jacket is from last year and the tee-shirt is from Esprit. The booties are the only new item I am wearing; well new as in I wore them for the first time on Saturday. I bought them from Marks & Spencer UK during the January Sales – it was the last pair on the sale rack for only £15. I’m a fairly common size (38 EU/5 UK) so I was pleasantly shocked to find the last pair in my size. Surprisingly comfortable too!
Apologies for the poor quality of the photos – the lights in the hotel corridor were too bright and even after editing the photos this is the best I could do.
All the items I am wearing are archiac or sold out. However I found very similar pieces which I linked to below. The boucle jacket which I linked as alternative is from Max Mara and a total splurge. It’s one of those investiment pieces I was talking about above – a timeless wardrobe staple which offers endless possibilities. Yes please – I’ll have one!
Navy boucle jacket (Matalan) – Max Mara Studio Vanessa long sleeved wool boucle jacket • Max Mara (splurge)
ESPRIT Women’s Long Sleeve T-Shirt • Esprit (exact)
Zara Jeans (very old) – Distressed Skinny Jeans • Rag and Bone (similar)
Autograph Suede Stain Away™ Square Toe Foldover Ankle Boots with Insolia® • Marks & Spencer (very similar)
Black Crossbag • Pieces (similar)
Primark chain – Sterling Silver Chain Necklace With White Crystal Stone Beads • Littlewoods (similar)
Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick Hot Pepper • Bourjois (exact)
Essie Nail Polish Forever Yummy • Essie
Here’s a few snapshots of the city at night taken just before dinner.
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