Where on earth is the time going? My life is quite honestly flashing before my eyes, I simply can't believe it's already been a whole week since George and I rocked up to Positano to gatecrash my parents holiday.
Now when I say gatecrash, we had pre-warned them that the flights were booked and they were thrilled to have us stay with them, but gatecrash sounds much more rock & roll don'tcha think!?
So Positano, ohhhh Positano! The most beautiful place I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. I've never turned each and every corner with mouth wide open and said "WOW" quite so many times as I did in this beautiful Italian town on the Amalfi Coast.
Positano is built into the cliffside on Southern Italy's Amalfi Coast which means that multicoloured houses greet you from all angles, that, along with steep narrow streets lined with cafes and shops and beautiful Bougainvillea flowers adding to the colourful scenery at every opportunity, seriously, Positano is one breathtakingly beautiful destination.
My parents were in Positano for one week whilst George and I tagged along for their final 2 days for a quick break away, and yes, quick it most definitely was. Whilst 2 days was enough time to explore Positano, it's only a small village after all, there wasn't enough time to relax on the pebble beachfront. However, 2 days is definitely enough time for some intense exploring of the village before then perhaps catching a boat to Capri, a bus to Sorrento or Amalfi, all of which my parents did in a week and all of which George and I will definitely be back to take advantage of soon.
As soon as George and I arrived in my parents villa, a truly beautiful villa with all the right Italian rustic vibes; set high up in the mountain which meant for the most insane of views from both the villa and the descent down the mountain to the centre of the town.
Once we arrived at the villa, we slipped into something a little more weather appropriate, Positano is around 30 degrees at this time of year, and we headed straight to the walk down into the town.
For this, I opted for a seriously lightweight playsuit by River Island with the most gorgeous of lemon prints, apt as we were on the Amalfi Coast, the home of the lemon tree. This playsuit was the perfect piece to explore Positano in; it was lightweight and airy, fun and bright with just the right amount of skin on show to explore the town respectfully. In theory, this playsuit has a lot going on with it's blue and white gingham, it's scattered lemons, lace trim shorts, key hole neckline and cold shoulder detailing, however, I truly feel it somewhat works to be the most beautiful and most immaculate of summer holiday get-ups I've ever owned, honestly I felt so sassy in it.
The sass factor was also due to the accessories of a wicker hat... An absolute holiday game changer for me I have to say. Never normally one for hats on holiday, this baby came up trumps for allowing my fringe to stay in place whilst exploring and once again when it was too hot for a fringe, the hat allowed my fringe to do one whilst not making me feel any less me or compromising my sass ... Game changer I tell ya!
Gingham sandals 'cause you can never have too much gingham and a yellow netted beach bag by H&M and I was good to go and by "go" I mean good to get an Aperol Spritz or 6 you know!?
After copious amounts of Aperol Spritz' were consumed we headed back up to our villa via a 5 minute bus ride to get ready for an evening out. For this I selected this bloody beautiful pink wrap dress with ruffle detailing by Bershka and honestly felt so great in it. We all know how powerfully flattering wrap dresses are for cinching in the waist and skirting over the hips and this was certainly no exception. The fact it features such a beautiful key colour for the season and my much loved ruffle detailing was a pure coincidence I swear.
Going all out on the pink factor I threw on some SERIOUSLY comfortable pink suede mules from Topshop and some tasseled earrings by New Look. The girliest look of mine in some time but a look I felt oh so great in.
That was until I spilt Pasta Vongole down it and had one epic oil stain... Worth it though as this Pasta Vongole was the most delicious pasta dish I have ever tried. Pasta Vongole is an Italian classic and is essentially pasta with clams cooked in white wine and is SO simple yet OH SO divine. My dad sampled Pasta Vongole from 4 different restuarants whilst in Positano which I though was such a great idea, "rate the Vongole"; maybe thats something for me to do on my return to Positano?
The restaurant I sampled Vongole at was the Ristorante Saraceno d'Oro and it was the cutest of road side restaurants lit up and sparkling by candle light, with live music and the most delicious of Italian food, I would highly recommend it for the perfect laid back evening in Positano.
FIND IT | Viale Pasitea, 254, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Day two came around way too quickly for my liking and we were back down the mountain for a full day of exploring.
After a delicious continental breakfast made by momma and poppa and with the most amazing view from our terrace (the image above to be precise... DREAMY or what) I donned my cutest of co-ords and hot footed down the mountain with the family in tow.
This little co-ord you lot went crazy for over on Instagram and I can totally understand why.
We're all a lil obsessed with palm print and banana leaf right now aren't we, it's the print of the moment in both homeware and clothing so as soon I saw this Pimkie number on ASOS I swiftly added it to my basket, especially as it came in at just £32 for the set!!!
Yet another set I felt really bloody marvellous in, the last minute ASOS order I did prior to the holiday really did come up trumps, and George couldn't stop saying how lovely I looked in it (double bonus)
The crop top is more of a bralet so I was initially a little apprehensive about having so much midriff on show, but I found the shorts to be totally flattering in every way whilst being high waisted enough to completely cover and flatten my wee Buddha belly. All in all it was another great look for exploring, with wicker hat and yellow net bag as styling saviours but this time with the cutest little straw, striped, layered slides from ASOS; another exceptionally comfortable pair of sandals perfect for a holiday of exploring.
Now time for another recommendation, this time a restaurant with the most sensational of views and the most delicious of fresh pasta dishes, Brunos.
All four of us left in a food coma, so perhaps not the best idea for a lunch time option but my goodness was this place delicious and those views incredible... Totally worth the midday food baby for reals!
This time around I opted for pasta Puttanesca, a simple Italian dish of tomato, olives, anchovies and capers my idea of the most perfect of pasta dishes and it was truly and utterly incredible.
I would highly recommend Bruno's for their delicious pasta and seafood (dad had Vongole again and it was his best one yet) and for the incredible views, but if you want to make the most of the views, you have to eat. As is with most of the viewpoint restaurants in Positano, if you're just after a drink, they won't give you the best seats, just a pointer for when you visit.
FIND IT | Via Cristoforo Colombo, 157, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
For our final night we got a lil dolled up and headed up the mountain some more to a restaurant that came highly recommended, La Tagliata.
A family run restaurant that is truly beautiful in setting with the most INSANE of views of the whole mountain, with a handy shuttle bus service that will collect you from your villa or hotel 10 minutes before your reservation.
However, I have to say that the food was pretty damn terrible indeed. Not to be overly negative as it may just have been the food we were served, but yes, not a place I would recommend, although everyone you meet in the town will do so.
Crap food aside, we had a beautiful final night together, finished off with fireworks from our villa for the Corpus Christi Italian celebrations and a bottle of prosecco overlooking the stunning village.
Tonight I wore a Zara fish tail skirt, a piece I adore and have had for some time but haven't known how to style, until this little asymmetric white crop top from ASOS came into my life and it was just the ticket to finish the look off perfectly. I felt totally chic, especially in my pointed, kitten heel, sling-backs, also from Zara, but oh so me and holiday ready at the same time.
And there we have it, our 48 hours in Positano, as my dad kept saying, a "taster" of the beautiful Amalfi Coast village.
A taster it most certainly was as George and I are both desperate to return, to see the village again and to explore it's neighbouring towns.
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post, I'd love to know what you think of the way I do travel posts. My outfit's combined with some scenic shots and recommendations all rolled into one? Or would you prefer these to be separate? Let me know, I'm all ears and with tonnes more trips coming up, so it would be awesome to hear what you prefer.
Positano, you have my heart. Until next time.