It's a circus of girls dressed as forest creatures.

Wearing: A blushing beige lace top from H&M, rich caramel shorts from H&M, tawny wedges and knee socks from H&M (ok wow, am I really wearing everything from H&M?), a scarf with forest animal circus print from Zara (well, almost everything..), an assortment bangle bracelets from Free People, a seashell ring made by a local artisan here in Rome. 

How many times have I worn this circus scarf from Zara as a turban this summer? I can't even begin to count! Who'd ever think that this wave of extreme African heat and spending days on end with wet-rat hair would lead me to dig up something and make it a default favorite accessory? Actually, I'm sorry you can't make out the pattern; I was so used to seeing the circus on there that I automatically thought you could make it out when wrapped as a turban. I'll have to make a point of taking a picture of the design next time.

Speaking of extreme African heat (which literally does blow over from Africa), the biting insects and I have had our annual reunion. And it's always me that hosts the the party. Mosquitoes, gnats, spiders... come one, come all. And yes, it's as un-fun as it sounds. Last week, I'd gotten some kind of bite on my arm that must have hit a nerve and my thumb was pins and needles for a week straight. Gah. But it's better now.