pretty little summer dress

Ooh!  The great debate!  It's been about a year and a half now since I moved to London and this is something I've pretty much only just realised.  I stopped counting the days after about three weeks of living in the capital and haven't looked back since!  So, here's the thing: there are both upsides and downsides to both city and countryside living, but having lived in both locations over the past decade, I feel as though I know (err.. somewhat) what I'm talking about.  My main reasons for moving to London included career goals, a relationship and a desire for more.  I wasn't sure what 'more' looked or felt like, but I knew I wanted it...

natural summer makeup

moda in pelle pink suede trainer

As it so happens, almost instantly I felt that desired sense of 'more' we all crave from time to time.  Life was and still is (uh, besides the pandemic) more exciting, faster and goals (both career and personal) are achieved much quicker.  There are more resources at my fingertips and in general, more activity to stimulate my mind.  If, like me, your mind jumps from thought to thought and needs to be busy - city living is sure to scratch that itch.  However, there have been a couple of other iiiiinteresting developments I hadn't anticipated.  For starters, I'm now idolising countryside decor and outfit styling, living spaces and outdoor activities.  Less surprisingly, I'm still addicted to National Trust properties and manor homes.  Thankfully London still has these (hello Chiswick House & Gardens!) - though usually minus the sprawling grounds.  On a more personal level, I miss living so close to my family.  Luckily, we all make the effort to see each other regularly (outside of lockdown, of course) because I truly can't imagine life without seeing my mum on the regular!  Oh and one final point - styling.  As is the case with most cities, you can wear what you want and dress as extravagantly as you like and passers-by are unlikely to even notice.  Bliss.

moda in pelle biscuit trainers

anthropologie nude handbag

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Dress - ASOS

Handbag - Anthroplogie

Shoes - Biscuit Pink Suede Trainers c/o Moda in Pelle


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I'd love to hear whereabouts you're currently living - city or countryside?  What do you love most about where you live?  Let me know in the comments below!

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With love,

Gabrielle x