Travel Diaries…Rome

Floral Dress and Chambray

This is the last post from our trip to Italy, our last stop was Rome.  It was such an awesome city.  We stayed in the Campo dei Fiori neighborhood in an Air B&B.  Our room was small but clean and had everything we needed, despite the four floors worth of skinny stairs up to the room.   The neighborhood was awesome with lots of restaurants nearby and an open air market everyday we were there!

The first full day we were there we did a lot of site seeing, the Colosseum, Palentine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Trevi fountain at night.  It was awesome to see all of the history in Rome.  We ate at Spaghetteria L’Archetto that night which was recommended by a friend and it was delicious.  They had like 200 different spaghetti combos to chose from!

The next day and our very last day in Italy we took off on a run with no camera and did some site seeing that way which was actually really fun!  We went up along the river to Borghese gardens then we stumbled up on the Spanish steps and later went to the Pantheon.  Our trip to Italy was just amazing and I wouldn’t change one thing about it!
Travel Diaries…Rome Parris HandbagFor our first day of site seeing I wore this floral dress with my trusty  chambray over it.  I was also very excited to be using my brand new purse and these sandals never let me down during the trip!

RomeAnthropologie dress (last seen here)~~Cloth and Stone chambray (love the popover version here)~~Sam Edelman sandals~~Parris handbag~~Bracelets: J.Crew, Hermes~~Gorjana and Griffin necklace~~Burberry watch

Check out the rest of my adventures: Milan~Venice~Florence~Lucca/Cinque Terra~Positano


Happy Birthday La Loves

Happy Birthday La LovesI can’t believe it has been 1 year since La Loves was born.  It’s kinda weird that I started this adventure on Halloween, I told you I’m not that into that holiday.  It feels like just yesterday I was hiding in the alley near my office trying to take an outfit post with one of my coworkers.

I really could not have kept it up if it wasn’t for you, my readers and my friends.  You are the ones that keep me coming back day after day.  I write this blog for you (and a little for me too)!  I would love if you could let me know which types of posts you like to see here, what you would like to see more or less of, any new ideas of things you would like to see?  Thanks again for your feedback and loyalty.

Again, I cannot thank you enough!  Here is to another year of La Loves!!



Travel Diaries…Positano, Italy

PositanoPositano was so beautiful once we finally arrived!  Coming from the Cinque Terra it took us almost a full day of trains (big and small) to reach the Almalfi Coast.  But boy was it worth it!  We arrived at night so waking up the next day to this beautiful place was such a treat.   This town is small and primarily on a hill, so if you don’t like stairs I would not visit here.  After many days of site seeing and bouncing around towns we just hung out on the beach for the day, which was nice and relaxing!  The other full day we took a boat ride to Capri which was also beautiful.  We made some friends on the boat ride and actually just spent most of our day over indulging in Aperol spritzers and wine!  If you are looking for a mini-vacation within your sight seeing European vacation.. Positano is the perfect destination!J.Crew Factory dressWhile cruising around town I wore this light weight dress from J.Crew Factory (everything 30% off right now with the code SALE30) with my Sam Edelman sandals so I could make sure to be comfortable while hiking up all those stairs!  As you can see my Banana Republic cross body (on sale now!) and J.Crew necklace got a lot of use on my Italian trip!

J.Crew dress in ItalyWhen buying dresses at the end of the summer for vacation, I always think of how I could use them in fall.  I plan on throwing a sweater over this one and adding brown booties like these ones.

To see more of my vacation: Milan~Venice~Florence~Lucca/Cinque Terra

Travel Diaries…Lucca to Cinque Terra

LuccaTravel Diaries…LuccaAfter Florence we headed to Lucca.  We wanted to stop by this town since Nick has family here.  His Mom is 100% Italian and has relatives that still live in Lucca, Italy.  Lucca is adorable!! It is a little town with a wall that goes all the way around the town.  When we arrived Nick and I rented bikes and rode around the wall.  This was a great way to see the town.  After that we met up with his cousins and they showed us around inside the walls and took us up a tower where there were awesome views.  For dinner we headed over to the families house and had a true Italian dinner.  The food was delicious and it just kept coming!!  This was one of our favorite experiences of the entire trip!

Cinque Terra

Travel Diaries…Cinque TerraThe next day we took a train to the Cinque Terra.  This was one of the places I was most looking forward to going to.  We stayed in the second most north town of the five, Vernazza.  We loved staying here, it was quaint and quite.  We went to dinner at Ristorante al Castello the first night we were there.  It was on the very top of a hill and you were literally sitting on the edge of cliff.  I got the pesto lasagna which was to die for!! The next morning we got up and took the train to the most north city and hiked the trail through three of the towns.  The other legs were closed so we hiked back to Vernazza and took a swim in the ocean.  We loved the hike and the CInque Terra, we slept like babies that night!

Travel Diaries…Florence

Florence!Travel Diaries… FlorenceFlorence was amazing.  We decided if we were to live in Italy, this is where we would live.  We decided to splurge on a nice hotel here since we would also be celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary. On Jetsetter I found a deal on Hotel Regency, and it was worth it!  The location was perfect, we were able to walk to everything.  The room was nice and the breakfast (cappuccino) was delicious.  They also made our reservations to the Uffizi and Accademia this way we didn’t have to wait in any lines!

One of my favorite moments is when we went on a run up to the Piazzale Michelangelo were we saw the most beautiful views.  Another amazing moment (for me) was stumbling upon Parri’s, an amazing leather store that has been in business since 1954.  They use the same tannery as Bottega Veneta and Chanel and you can tell the handbags were made by skilled craftsmen.  I may or may have not indulged a bit!

We had some of our favorite meals in Florence.  For our anniversary we went to Ristorante La Giostra which was hands down our best meal of the trip. I’ll just say we started out with burrata filled tortellini with truffles on top!!!  We also had steaks, chocolate cake and the most delicious Chianti.  We would also recommend Il Pizzaiuolo for tasty pizza and pasta.  We also loved Vagalume, which was a cute wine bar with great appetizers, especially the cheese and meat plate.

DSC_0144J.Crew dress (good fall version here) and belt~~ old flats (similar here on sale)~~Banana Republic clutch~~Burberry watch

Travel Diaries…Venice

Venice!Travel Diaries…Venice 1Venice was everything I dreamed of!  This city is so romantic and absolutely stunning!  We stayed at a little bed and breakfast called Ca’Bonvicini.  It was darling!  I have heard horror stories of people staying in Venice where they paid way too much for a underwhelming room, but I was pleasantly surprised with our choice. The room was not very big (as expected) but it was decorating in white and gaudy gold which I thought was very fitting for the experience.  We also had a little balcony off of our room and were centrally located (or right out of the super touristy area, which I prefer).

We enjoyed seeing all of the sites and getting lost within all of the small streets.  After dinner when we were navigating our way home it started raining. Normally I would have been mad but the whole experience trying to find our hotel in the rain was so romantically fun!  I would 100 percent recommend going to Venice when you visit Italy.

DSC_0055We got our first gelato here, it was delicious!  I wore a maxi dress from Anthropologie with a Cloth & Stone (light version here) chambray over it.

Also wore: Sam Edelman sandals~~Botkier handbag (on sale here)~~J.Crew necklace (similar here)~~Burberry watch

Travel Diaries…Venice 2While I was waiting for the “water bus” I read some of my book The Gravity of Birds by Tracey Guzeman (c/o).  Also showing off my new Venetian glass candy, isn’t it so pretty!

Outfit details: Gap skinny jeans (love this version for fall)~~J.Crew tee~~ Sam Edelman sandals

Travel Diaries…Milan

Milan! Travel Diaries…MilanWe spent our first full day in Milan.  We were still getting used to the time change so we took it kinda easy.  We walked down to the Duomo square and spent most of our day around that area.  We had our first cappuccino (for me) and double espresso (for Nick), Italian coffee is amazing and I think I may be asking for an espresso machine for Christmas (maybe this one or this one)!  We walked through the cathedral there, it was beautiful and grand.

After that we just did some window shopping  around the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.   This is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world, it opened in 1867. There was pretty much every designer shop there.  The Prada flagship store has been in business here since 1913 and is beautiful!

DSC_0002I decided to wear this linen skirt (in yellow for only $30) and tee from J.Crew since it was pretty nice out.  I paired these Sam Edelman sandals (on sale) and Banana Republic cross body, both items which were used a lot during my trip.