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Summertime Blues

May 21, 2017

Okay, this post isn’t actually about having the blues at all. In fact, I am tremendously happy and more relaxed now that I’m out of school. This semester was academically rigorous and emotionally draining and I am just very grateful it is now over.

Summer is my absolute favorite season. I find that picking outfits in the summer is much easier than finding an immense amount of clothes to layer and pair in the winter. Plus, the bright colors are so much more fun to work with.

Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means it’ll soon be socially acceptable to wear white pants again. (Although I don’t entirely follow that rule year around.)  But, wearing white pants always means finding fun shirts to pair it with.

My go-to favorite color has always been blue. Blue and white together is my favorite color combination (add pink and my heart flutters <3 ). I found the cutest blue pieces within the past month that I have listed all below to make the perfect summer outfit.

 

My birthday is the first week of May and, unfortunately, always falls during final exams. But, this year my friends made it really special. They gave me these adorable silver balloons so I could post Taylor Swift’s “22” caption on my Instagram. 🙂 LOL.

I also found this perfect blue and white pin striped dress to wear for the day at (where else?) Zara.

I’ve also got my hair done at the drybar on the morning of my birthday for the past few years as a treat to myself. 🙂

This next look has a top I also found at Zara. It’s so cute and flirty for the summer. I paired it with my white ripped jeans from Abercrombie.

Speaking of fun blue tops & white jeans. I found this top (for under $20) at Forever21, just the other day!! I’m loving off the shoulder tops lately and this is a great statement piece for the summer. (JUST LOOK AT THOSE POM POMS <3 )

If you want to go for a more simple look to wear to the beach, this next look would be perfect. I didn’t link the full outfit at the bottom because it is extremely similar to the outfit I wore in Amalfi on my post here. I got the top at TJ Maxx back in January, and the shorts and headband at Forever21.

I’ve spent all winter missing Italy so much (as I still do) that I haven’t really been appreciating home. But, now that summer is right around the corner I am so grateful that I’m surrounded by ocean all the time.

I’m going to Nantucket next weekend for Figawi Race Weekend and I am struggling to find outfits this year! I usually would just wear a Vineyard Vines hat and Shep Shirt all weekend. But, I’m thinking something different this year! I still want something preppy and comfortable. Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

Outfit Links:

BIRTHDAY OUTFIT: Dress (similar here and here)  // Monogram Necklace // Heels // Number Balloons

OUTFIT 2: Top (similar here) // Jeans (also here)

OUTFIT 3: Top (similar here, here, and here) // Jeans (also here)

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Travel

Spring Break Diaries

March 26, 2017

 

Last week, my best friend, Brianne, and I ventured off to the Florida Keys for spring break. Between the sunshine or the frozen cocktails, it really was one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time. I’ve always believed that surrounding yourself with family and friends can drastically improve your mood, and that couldn’t have rung more true this week. Cheesy, I know. But, I really did need this break and having my best friend by my side really boosted my spirits.

 

Linked similar travel items at the bottom of the page.

Birds-eye view of Boston after take-off. 

Being nearly completely broke after living in Europe made it really hard to even think about planning a trip for spring break this year. But, I’m so blessed to have my awesome grandparents willing to take in Bri and I for the week for free stay. They have a house in Summerland Key, which is only about a 30 minute drive into Key West.

 

My grandparents really know how to spoil me. They greeted Brianne and I with these hand-made, rum-filled, coconut drinks the second we got off the plane.^^ (Making our 3 hour car ride from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys a bit more bearable). But, aside from that, they cooked for us all week, let us borrow the car whenever, and were constantly mixing us up some frozen daiquiris to quench our thirst! 🙂

 

Made by my grandma and SO YUMMY! Salad with fresh tuna, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, salt & pepper, and olive oil & balsamic right from Florence, all on top of a bed of iceburg lettuce!

These Vineyard Vines suits are my favorite to wear for a decent tan line! I have about 5 pairs in all different colors & prints! I linked similar ones down at the bottom of this post.

Bri and I spent our first day at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West. Key West isn’t entirely known for it’s beaches but if you were to pick from their select few, I would highly recommend this one. It cost $3 per head upon entry and was well worth it. The beach is beautiful, clean, not very crowded, and everyone is very cordial. You have an option to rent beach chairs and an umbrella on the beach, although it was rather expensive ($35 for two chairs and an umbrella). There’s lots of sun and shade options as well and the water is clean and calm. We were even lucky enough to see a manatee swim up close to shore!

 

I normally never wear one pieces but this one was too cute not to buy! Similar links at the end of this post.

Another day we were there we spent at Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key. This beach was a real treat. The beaches are great for hiking and the water is perfect for snorkeling! One end of the park gives you a gorgeous view of the old Seven-Mile Bridge and a view of the Gulf of Mexico. While the other side is a perfect swimming area in the Atlantic.

 

 

We spent our nights down in Key West. Key West is an entirely different world at times (similar to Provincetown on Cape Cod). You can freely roam the street with a drink in your hand and you may even stumble across a nude bar here and there. Every little corner is filled with a funny sign or an odd piece of art that is nothing short of entertaining.

 

You can’t go to Key West and not stroll Duval Street from one end to another at least once a day. It’s fun and entertaining every time. So many shops, restaurants, and bars. One favorite bar for us was Fat Tuesday’s They had great music and a fun crowd for spring break. You also can’t miss stopping in to Kermit’s Key Lime Shop. They have so many different key lime recipes and treats. Having Celiac Disease, Bri was ecstatic that they even had a huge array of gluten-free options for her, too.

 

 

As well as Duval Street, you can’t miss a sunset and drinks at Sunset PierThe live music and views make the atmosphere amazing. People come all over the world to watch the sunset here. Walk up and down the pier for street entertainment and local artists selling goods as well.

 

By the way, who else is just as obsessed with these sunglasses as I am!? I found them for only $7 as well as the romper at a boutique on Duval Street that very same day. (I may or may not have had the woman ring up my whole outfit with the tags still on my body LOL). My all-time favorite blogger is Amber Fillerup from Barefoot Blonde and these glasses made me feel ALMOST as fabulous as she is. Check out my links below for some more cute rompers and sunglasses.

P.S!!! Bri is a Dietitian major at the University of Connecticut and has a really cool food gram. Go follow it her and hire her as your nutritionist some day @glutenfree.bri !! (welcome 😉 )

TRAVEL: Leggings // Top // Sneakers // Luggage (similar; mine purchased from TJ Maxx) // Passport Cover 

BATHING SUITS:  

ROMPERS & SUNGLASSES: 

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Style, Travel

Florence Finds

March 10, 2017

I miss just about everything about living in Florence. But, although my wallet may say otherwise, I have been missing the shopping the most lately.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I have a serious shopping problem. Whether it be after a stressful day, or a long workout, I’m constantly making up excuses to “reward myself” by buying that extra pair of shoes that I just NEED.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Most of these pictures were taken in the Boboli Gardens, at Palazzo Pitti in Florence. The back of the 18th Century coffee house in the gardens made the perfect backsplash for the pictures. At the front of the coffee house you can also find some of the best panoramic views of the city. 10/10 would recommend.

This was taken outside of Santa Croce where I lived. 

Florence has a four-story woman’s Zara in Piazza della Repubblica as well as another store right across the street for men, woman, and children! So, does it come as much of a surprise that the majority of this outfit was purchased there?

I had a pair of black over the knee boots at home that I forgot to pack. But, since I had become an expert at braving the walk of high heels on the cobblestone streets, I knew I had to have this skin-tight pair from Zara for only €40. (My mom wasn’t too pleased by that impulse buy).

The floppy hat was a staple I knew I had to have to match the outfit. This one was purchased at a cute little boutique right outside Palazzo Pitti. (I can’t remember the name 🙁 )

I had been wanting a faux-fur coat for a while during my time abroad. There was a black one from Zara that I had been debating to spend €90 on but couldn’t seem to justify that after finding this one. I purchased this one at a boutique called Ginger right next to Shake Cafe on Via del Corso. The whole store has cheap and fashionable finds. This coat was only €50 and it had a hood, which I loved, as well as the contrast of color between the grey and black. But, the one thing I love the most about this coat is how soft and FLUFFY it is! Everyone is always wanting to come up and hug me when I’m wearing it and I can never complain about getting too many hugs. 🙂

 

 

I have been ITCHING to get back to Europe and travel some more. School and life have been taking its toll on me lately which has been making me look forward to summer and starting work again to save for my next adventure. The only question is; where to next?

 

 

Outfit Link:

Gingham Top // Skater Skirt (similar; mine is a knit one from Zara) // Floppy Hat (similar) // Faux-Fur Coat (similar) // Over-the-Knee Boots // Bag (similar; mine was found at the leather market in Florence)

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Travel

Why Everyone Should Study Abroad in Florence

February 8, 2017

The decision to study abroad may come easy for some, but difficult for others. For me, I knew before going into college that I always wanted to spend a semester in another country. After the Lizzie McGuire movie made its notorious debut, I knew I wanted to go to Italy. However, after going to school and furthering my love for the arts and art history, I knew I had to go to the birthplace of the Renaissance itself: Florence.

Even if you don’t love the arts as much as I do, you can still find yourself easily equipped to calling Florence home for your time abroad. I compiled a list of the top reasons I think all students should study abroad in good old Firenze.

The Food


Gusta Pizza, Via Maggio 46R 50125 Florence, Italy

(Pro Tip: ask for the pizza in the shape of a heart <3)

(And the wine, too!) Of course, being Italy, this one is obviously at the top of the list. However, I travelled all around Italy and simply none of the food compared to the rather large amount of food I had in Florence. Florence has some of the most traditional cuisines in all of Italy that will leave  your mouth watering for days after. I’m planning on creating a list of all of my favorite places in a post at a later date (stay tuned 🙂 ).

Location, Location, Location

View of Palazzo Vecchio

Florence is in the center of Italy, which makes it absolutely perfect for travel. Italy isn’t a very large country to begin with, so, it’s never anything but a quick train ride to any one of the major cities in the country. Florence is also home to many travel agencies geared toward study abroad students that provide weekend and week-long trips at an affordable price. Some of them being: Bus2Alps, FlorenceforFun, SmartTripand EuroAdventures.

Size

View from Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence is the easiest city to navigate. The picture above is a view of nearly the entire city itself. To compare it to Boston, it is about the size of the Back Bay area, if not smaller. You don’t ever have to worry about public transportation. You can walk from one opposite side of the city to the other in no more than 30 minutes. That being said, upon arriving, don’t use your GPS! Go wander and get lost. And, if you really need help, ask one of the many, friendly, English-speaking locals.

Shopping!

Gucci window display

I added the exclamation point to this one considering I have a serious shopping problem. Florence is considered the home of some of the many modern fashion brands of the world such as Guccio Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, and the Fendi sisters. Head over to the Duomo or Piazza della Repubblica area for some high-end shops. (Hint: there’s a FOUR STORY woman’s Zara in Piazza della Repubblica and  also another one RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET) Go to the Ponte Vecchio to window shop for some jewelry or one of the many leather markets to shop for great gifts to bring home.

Art & Architecture

Side View of the Duomo Cathedral

Chalk art in the streets

Wandering around this city is amazing. Every corner you take, every museum or palazzo you visit, you are struck with either a piece of art or architecture that leaves you speechless. To say you leave having a newfound appreciation for the city’s history and infrastructure is an understatement.

Like I said before, Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Renaissance is still living and breathing in Florence today. The Medici family was the most influential and powerful family throughout the Renaissance and they reigned in Florence. They were major patrons of the arts; discovering and commissioning recognizable artists like Michelangelo and Giorgio Vasari.

I don’t go a day without my heart aching from having to have said goodbye to this gorgeous place. This city will always and forever have a special place in my heart. I couldn’t have been happier to have called it my home for four months.

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Lifestyle

Dorm Room Decor

January 31, 2017

Welcome to my first blog post! 🙂

I’m so excited to share my dorm room with you since I LIVE for decorating. I still have a few minor decorations to add but I just could not wait to share!

The inspiration for this semester was a whole lot of white with touches of gold and rose pink. Finding my ruched duvet on PBteen really tied the look together perfectly!

I love the company Desenio for any kind of prints. I found these ones on there and couldn’t love the combination more!

I have a serious problem with spending a mass amount of my money on throw pillow that I have no where to put. So, of course I squealed in delight when I found WillaSkyeHome on Etsy. Both the dalmatian-print pillow and the rose pink one behind it are from her shop.

^^ My little European-inspired book stack since I’m missing my home away from home.

I found this canvas extremely cheap at Michaels. So, I bought it with no idea what I was going to paint on it. It seemed only fitting to paint a world map after my recent travels. The beauty of painting it all myself is being able to match the colors perfectly to the rest of my room. I wanted to paint it larger than normal to add emphasis to Italy and Cape Cod (pic below), which is also why Hawaii and the majority of Asia aren’t there (whoops!).

I’m finally living with some of my really close friends in a suite this year after having been forced to live in a freshman dorm my first two years of college. Although it doesn’t compare to my view or apartment in Florence (posts to come), the extra space is wonderful and I’m looking forward to a great semester!

BEDDING: PBteen Duvet & sham // Faux-Fur Throw (similar// Headboard–homemade! (tutorial from THIS blogger!) // Gold Sun Mirror // Blush Pink Pillow (18×18// Dalmatian-Print Pillow (12×18// Velvet Monogram Pillow (12×12)

ROOM DECOR: Desenio ‘breathe’ Print // Desenio Abstract Water print // Desenio Abstract Paint Print // Desenio ‘keep life simple’ Print // Gold Candle // Desk lamp & Vase with Roses (Home Goods! not available online) //

BOOK STACK: Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling’ Book  // ‘Stealing Rembrandts’ Book ( this and the Michelangelo book are great reads for any art history lover!) // ‘Little Book of Prada’ // ‘Versailles’ Table Book // ‘La Dolce Vita’ Table Book

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