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Palm Springs Pop-Up Shop

Pop-Up Shop

Last weekend I had the opportunity to road trip to Palm Springs with Beach and Beverly to host a pop-up shop at Arrive Hotel. This translated to trying outfits on poolside, dancing to Justin Bieber on repeat, meeting tons of stylish babes, and bottomless mimosas. It was a rough job, but someone had to do it 😉 If you’re not familiar with Beach and Bev, it’s a super cute boutique located in the heart of Hermosa Beach that carries brands like For Love and Lemons, LNA, Flynn Skye, Faithfull the Brand, and Show Me Your MuMu (a.k.a. basically all of my favorites!).

THE HOTEL

I’ve really only traveled to the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area for Stagecoach each year, so to be able to stay at a posh boutique hotel right in the middle of Uptown, Palm Springs was a treat. Arrive Hotel is serious design and decor goals. The rooms are mid-century modern perfection with white marble accents, sleek wood designs, and oddly cool ceilings. The pool area is filled with trendy floaties, marble ping pong tables, chic cabanas, and even bocce ball. Oh, and obviously a posh poolside bar and restaurant complete with enviable Moroccan-inspired tile on the floors, walls, and counters. Did I mention there’s also a coffee shop and ice-cream parlor on site? And that the entire hotel is dog-friendly? Basically what dreams are made of.

 

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What I Wore in NYC

PACKING STRATEGY

My packing technique seems to either be wait last minute and throw a variety of my favorite pieces into a bag or methodically try each and every outfit on so I don’t under- or over-pack and am confident my outfits will work. Guess which strategy works better? Planning ahead is definitely a lot easier for shorter trips when you typically have a clear idea of what your vacation is going to look like and consist of, as opposed to three weeks in Asia with no clue what to expect (this was me 2 years ago). SO, for our four day/three night trip to New York, my girlfriend and I planned out our outfits ahead of time – meaning tried them all on, took pictures, made sure everything fit, etc. And here they are below. My idea for this trip was to pack lightly with pieces I could take from day to night and keep to a pretty classic style theme. NYC is tricky because you’re walking A LOT, but it’s also one of the major fashionable capitals of the world (a.k.a. serious street style inspo everywhere you turn). This means bringing your comfiest A-game.

NYC OUTFITS

night one: dinner and drinks in Hell’s Kitchen

Joe’s distressed denim jacket (on sale!) // Leith ruched dress 

day one: brunch in West Village, Fearless Girl and 9/11 Memorial, shopping in SoHo

MinkPink striped tank: old, similar here and here // J. Crew fedora: old, similar here // AG distressed skinnies (my favs!) // Kenneth Cole sneakers

night two: drinks at the Baccarat Hotel

Michael Kors trench coat // Heather silk dress & more sizes here // Via Spiga pumps, similar here & here

day two: brunch in Midtown and drinks and boating in Central Park

Mate the Label “escape” tee, also love this one // GRLFRND denim shorts

night three: bar hopping in Midtown and the Upper West Side

star silk cami (obsessed!) // faux leather skirt, similar here

day four: brunch in SoHo and to the airport

Stateside striped tank // black leggings

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My Badass Guide to New York City

 

WHAT TO SEE, EAT & AVOID

This was my third time visiting “the city” (aka Manhattan) and although I’m surely not an expert at this point, I definitely have a feel for what I like and what I like to avoid in NYC. So, let’s break it down, shall we?

FIRST THINGS FIRST, WHAT TO AVOID:

Unless you like tchotchke shops filled with kitschy t-shirts and fake designer bags, chain restaurants, huge crowds and over-priced tours, and people yelling at you to buy things, I recommend generally avoiding Times Square and the typical tourist hot spots if you can. Now, that being said, if it’s your first time in NYC I do think it’s worthwhile to stroll through the area, take note of the crazy billboards and lights, take a picture with the Naked Cowboy, and then get the eff out. Visiting Los Angeles to only see Hollywood Boulevard and thinking you have an accurate representation of LA is similar to spending the majority of your New York trip in Times Square: just don’t do it.

 

NEIGHBORHOODS I LOVE:

So glad you asked 😉 My faaaaavorite neighborhoods to eat, drink, people watch, and shop in are West Village, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Upper East Side. All have so much character with beautiful architecture, lush parks (at least in the spring), sidewalk cafes, and tree-lined streets.

J. Crew fedora (old, similar here) // MinkPink striped tank (old, similar here) // AG distressed jeans (my favs!!) // Kate Spade watch

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

If there’s one thing to plan on doing in New York, it’s eating. And drinking. Craving sushi and sake? Italian and red wine? A Korean gastropub and prosecco? Tapas and rose? $25 dirty martinis? Seriously, the city has it all. Here are just a few of my favorite spots:

  • Bar Pitti, Greenwich Village To say I’m obsessed with this place would be an understatement. It has an authentic Italian vibe and actual Italian staff (that are super nice and helpful when trying to decipher an all Italian menu), homemade pasta that is to.die.for, and flowing bottles of wine. Oh, and a super cute outdoor patio that draws stylish locals and celebs alike.

Madewell silk top // Kate Spade initial necklace

  • The Butcher’s Daughter, West Village If there’s a more Instagrammable spot, I don’t know about it. Complete with hanging baskets of lemons, serious plant porn in every corner, whitewashed brick walls, a patio overflowing with fresh flowers, and farmhouse style decor, this brunch spot is perfection. It doesn’t hurt that the “vegetable slaughterhouse” (as it’s called) also has delicious avocado toast and a full coffee and juice bar. Local to LA? Try out the newest location in Venice Beach (it’s on my to-do list!).

still dreaming about the avocado toast, almond milk lattes, and fresh green juice at the Butcher’s Daughter in West Village. look how cute the straws are!!

  • The Spotted Pig, West Village A celeb favorite, this super quirky hole-in-the-wall bar is such a fun place to have drinks at. My girlfriend and I actually spent the greater part of the day sharing pitchers of beer here after visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum (more on that below). I haven’t tried the food, but it’s known for fresh ingredients with British and Italian influence.
  • The Mark Hotel, Upper East Side If you want to stalk celebs and gawk at the uber rich, go to the Mark, trust me. Just the lobby blew me away: black and white striped flooring, modern chandeliers, spiral staircases, and gold encrusted everything. But the Mark bar is the real showstopper complete with faux cowhide couches, bright red carpet, and mirrored ceilings (I realize this sounds gaudy, but it’s somehow actually really lavish and chic?). The grapefruit mimosas don’t hurt either 😉

have i mentioned how much i adore black and white floors? 

Kenneth Cole sneakers (on sale!) // Michael Kors trench coat // Grlfrnd denim shorts

  • The Baccarat Hotel, Times Square Okay, forget what I said about Times Square and go here. The bar is insane. Black and white checkered flooring, dripping crystal chandeliers, regal chairs, and Justin Bieber. No, actually we did meet Justin Bieber here (if elevators could talk 😉 ), but that’s besides the point. This luxurious Parisian-inspired hotel is what dreams are made of. Did I have the best martini of my life here? Yes. Did I also have the most expensive martini of my life here? Yes.

  • Jack’s Wife Freda, SoHo Just the walk here was fun. So many chic brick and mortar shops, cool and edgy art, and super stylish people out and about around here (I’ve never seen so many studded boots and leather jackets at 9am before). This place is a blogger’s paradise. The menu itself is actually pretty fresh and healthy, but also really tasty and unique, with a Mediterranean flare. Highly recommend!

Get the Breakfast Bowl and thank me later.

WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO SEE

  • Charging Bull and Fearless Girl, Financial District While the infamous Charging Bull is a permanent fixture on Wall Street, the Fearless Girl is a recent art installation with a rumored end in early 2018. Both are iconic in their own ways, and both draw throngs of people waiting to snap pics with the statues. I especially loved seeing the Fearless Girl statue this time around, considering our political climate and all.

  • 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Lower Manhattan I’ve visited the site when it was in full construction mode and twice now to the official memorial and museum. All three times have been incredibly emotional and educational. The museum is so well-done; you’re sure to walk away with a mixture of emotions (from anger, to grief, to pride) and a strong sense of patriotism. I can’t recommend this experience enough.


just a small snapshot of one of my favorite installations inside the 9/11 museum.

  • Shopping in SoHo Truth be told, pretty much every neighborhood in New York offers some kind of shopping experience. However, the plentiful boutiques and huge well-known brands in SoHo make this my favorite place for some retail therapy. And maybe the most important part of this entire blog post: THERE IS NO STATE TAX ON CLOTHING AND SHOE PURCHASES UNDER $110. Yes, you read that right. This is a totally legit excuse to make a trip to the city every season, right?
  • Boating in Central Park Central Park is humongous and filled with things to do. Whether its sunbathing on the rolling green hills, riding in a horse-drawn carriage, playing on a jungle gym, feeding ducks in one of the many lakes, buying a soft pretzel from a cart, or my personal favorite, drinking champagne at the Boathouse and then paddle boating around the lake in search of turtles and exhibitionists (no joke, Central Park has a weird attraction for exhibitionists to go and uh, show off their goods there?), there’s something for everyone. Bonus: it’s just to the west of the Upper East Side where strolling about Madison, Park, and 5th Avenues is a must.
  • Coffee in Bryant Park Way smaller than Central Park, but cute and quaint in it’s own right, Bryant Park is a great place to grab coffee at the park restaurant, enjoy a little nature, and people watch at.
  • See a Broadway Show I’ve seen the Phantom of the Opera and the Lion King on Broadway and both were incredible. To me, it’s such an authentic New York experience and gets you into the spirit of the arts and theater district. Don’t want to spend a million dollars on tickets? No worries – there’s always a wide range of shows with some starting at just $50/ticket.
  • Top of the Rock Okay, I realize this goes against what I said regarding what to avoid, but hear me out. The Rockefeller Center is pretty iconic with tons of American history and pretty amazing Art Deco architecture. “The Top” also happens to boast one of the most spectacular views in the city. NYC is huge – and viewing it from the top allows you to understand the layout and take in aerial views from Midtown to Downtown and even Central Park miniaturized. Tip: Skip the Empire State Building (not worth it and the Top has much better views), plan your trip to the top at sunset, and drink some champagne when you get there. Cheers!

Been to New York? What are your itinerary musts? I’d love to hear!

Also, stay tuned for a complete breakdown of all of the outfits I wore in NYC 🙂

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Our Road Trip to June Lake, California

ROAD TRIPPIN’

A few weeks back we decided to take advantage of the long holiday weekend and go on a spontaneous little road trip. While we’ve done the California coast a few different times (and loved it!), we wanted to change things up and take the desert route. Enter: Route 395. Once we got out of LA, it was open desert, farmland, and a sprinkle here and there of bright gold poppies all surrounded by mountain ranges as far as we could see. We passed through the quirky little town of Bishop, stopped in Lone Pine, and settled in at June Lake.

Abi always rides in total comfort, obviously.

tourist behavior: taking a 2 hour walk in a snow storm. lol.

Foursquare jacket (similar here & on sale) // Krochet Kids beanie (similar here) // Victoria’s Secret leggings // Sorel boots

WHERE WE STAYED

We ended up staying at Double Eagle Resort in June Lake and LOVED it – the lodging and the town. I had been to June Lake as a kid with my family and was so excited to go back. We had our own little cabin nestled in between an icy creek and a few of the smaller lakes the area is comprised of. We especially loved the sleepiness of the town and the fact that it was only a short 20 minute drive to the more bustling scene of Mammoth. June Lake is called “the Switzerland of California” and we definitely saw why – it’s literally surrounded by drastically tall, snowy (at least in April) mountains on every side of you, which made for gorgeous backdrops to our daily walks to a nearby lake (wine picnic anyone? 😉 ).

Mono Lake.

WHAT WE DID

  • walked/hiked We walked all over June Lake – from our cabin to Silver Lake, all about the actual June Lake, around the quaint town (although only one business was open in the whole place?) and we even drove 20 miles to Mammoth Lakes to walk about there. Safe to say, Abi LOVED all of the exploring she got to do 🙂
  • snowboarded/spa One morning Austin went to Mammoth to snowboard (the ski resort will be open until July 4th this year!) while I went to the resort’s spa for an 80 minute facial. Complete with a paraffin wax treatment and vitamin-C infused mask, I HIGHLY recommend.
  • explored Mammoth Mammoth is full of restaurants, bars, shops, and even their own brewery and a bowling alley. We took two different trips here to eat and shop around, even stumbling on a nearby snowy walking trail that took us into the woods and quickly out of them once we spotted GIANT paw prints on the ground.
  • Mono Lake A quick drive North will take you to a gigantic lake with an even bigger history. Be sure to check out the visitor’s center to fully grasp the meaning of Mono’s comeback and find out what the heck those weird rocky things sticking out of the water are (hint: they’re called tufas!). Oddly enough, Abi really loved this part of our trip. We couldn’t get her to stop drinking the water even though it’s twice as salty as the ocean, and she thoroughly enjoyed wading (albeit, very cautiously) into it.
  • Mammoth Scenic Loop A fun way to get to Mammoth from June, this little loop of a drive was completely snow covered and peppered with pine trees. I don’t know about you but there’s something oddly therapeutic about being able to see untouched, super fresh snow stretch out for miles.
  • Kern River Upon coming home, we opted to drive all along the Kern River and it was so pretty. I just love how lush and green everything around a river is. This definitely inspired a serious talk about planning a white water rafting trip down it in the summer. Can’t wait!

*NOTE: We had planned to check out Inyo National Forest, a few hiking trails around Mammoth Lakes, and the ghost town of Bodie (the largest one in all of California), but many of the roads were still closed due to it still being there winter season. All the more reason to go back in the summer where a new set of adventures will be open 😉

I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for cows since childhood, so I had to jump out of the car every time we saw a herd close enough to the road. Unfortunately, the majority were terrified of me, except this (big) little guy, who came curiously trotting towards me the second he saw me. *swoon*

WHERE WE ATE

If you know us, you know eating had to play a large part of the trip, ha. Here are my top recommendations out of all of the places we ate:

  • Merry-Go-Round Lone Pine. Great for classic Chinese food, a random celebrity sighting, and picturesque views of Mt. Whitney
  • Eagle’s Landing June Lake. Great for breakfast (seriously, we tried pretty much every item and it was all delicious) and happy hour.
  • Campo Mammoth Lakes Village. Great for wood-fired Neopolitan pizzas and handmade pastas (to die for), with a rotating, seasonal menu thanks to an adventurous and award-winning chef.
  • Tiger Bar & Cafe June Lake. Great for its rustic character, bar scene, lunch fare, and the homemade potato chips.
  • Whitebark Mammoth Lakes. Great for sushi, craft cocktails, and a date night ambiance.

Abi in her natural element, exploring the Kern.

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Costa Rica Part Two: Manuel Antonio

On the fourth day of our Costa Rican vacation we rented cars and roadtripped (not an actual word, I know) through colorful little towns, palm oil forests, and even passed by a river full of gigantically terrifying crocodiles to get to our next destination. Although I loved Tamarindo and thought it provided a bit more of a cultural experience, Manuel Antonio totally stole the show trip. Equal parts beach, rainforest, and bluffs, this area provided some of the more stunning views I’ve ever seen.

Where We Stayed

We actually stayed in the city of Quepos, but Manuel Antonio National Park surrounded our hotel. And when I say surrounded, I mean squads of monkeys, rebel iguanas, pairs of soaring macaws, and clusters of toucans were all in our line of vision as we lounged poolside. Obviously, my dream come true. We spent four nights at Hotel Costa Verde and easily could have spent a couple more. We just couldn’t get enough of the breathtaking views, vibrant sunsets, and flowing drinks (actually not kidding).

What We Did

  • Manuel Antonio National Park The highlight of this portion of the trip was hiring a tour guide to take us through the Park. This is where we got to really experience the biodiversity that Costa Rica is famous for, including three-toed sloths, frogs, and three different species of monkeys. The Park also boasts its own private beach, a tropical dry forest island (yeah, this is a real thing), and miles of hiking trails. Highly recommend!!

  • White Water Rafting I had never done this before, but my husband decided it would be a great idea to sign us up for a level 5 (the highest being a 6), which would take us down the Naranjo river. Although I was scared out of my mind on the drive up the mountain (Was I going to get thrown down a Costa Rican-type Niagara Falls?!), once we got into the raft and I realized I wasn’t going to die, I had the time of my life. Like, I think I found my calling and am going to become a professional white water rafter (kind of kidding). You may have seen evidence of this experience on my Instagram.
  • Banana Boat Riding Slightly more terrifying than I remember when doing it in Mexico (does this mean I’m getting old?), banana boats are always a boatload of fun 😉 Plus, this one took us way out into the ocean where we got a better view of some nearby islands.

  • Drank Caipirinhas We did a lot of eating, relaxing, sunset watching, and drinking on this trip (insert eye-heart emojis here), but we didn’t just drink any old boring cocktail. Specifically, we drank an obscene amount of caipirinhas. Our group really couldn’t get enough of them. They’re actually Brazil’s national drink, but Costa Rica was pouring them like they were going out of style. It’s made up of cachaça (a Brazilian spirit), lime and sugar, and is super refreshing, a bit tangy, and not too sweet. It’s technically pronounced “Kai-Pee-Reen-Ya”, but good luck saying it, especially after you’ve had a few 😉


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Costa Rica Part One: Tamarindo

Let me just start this by saying Costa Rica totally blew me away. The food, the people, the wildlife, the beaches and views…I loved all of it! In fact, we all agreed we’d go back in a heartbeat. We spent eight days total in the picturesque country with the first half being in Tamarindo, a little surfing town filled with great restaurants, beach side activities, and just a short cab ride to Playa Conchal, a beautiful and somewhat secret spot.

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view from our hotel room

We stayed at a boutique hotel called Jardin del Eden located just a short walk from the beach and inhabited by a family of howler monkeys. Obviously the siting of a monkey parade every morning was the highlight of the hotel for me, but the tasty complimentary breakfast buffet (which served the national dish, Gallo Pinto – a rice and bean mixture – every morning) and super friendly and helpful staff made this hotel an all around amazing experience.

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fringe top: Roe + May, similar here & here // crochet bikini: here & on sale!

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ceviche and piña coladas on repeat, naturally.

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Another highlight of Tamarindo was a catamaran sunset booze cruise we booked through our hotel. I mean, a boat + sunset + open bar…basically all of my favorite things in the world. This allowed us to explore some of the nearby beaches and tiny islands and included snorkeling and a delicious dinner. Highly recommend!

Seriously, the food in Costa Rica is on point. If you go, make sure you try Casado, a traditional dish found on pretty much every menu. The dish will consist of chicken, pork, beef, or seafood, a side of beans and rice (so good!!), and small salad, fried plantain, or tortilla chips. If you’re an adventurous eater looking for authentic dishes, scope out Sodas, which are small roadside stands cooking up staples such as empanadas and ceviche, of course. DISCLAIMER: I pretty much ate every shellfish filled dish I could find and ended up getting food poisoning as a result. However, it was all so good I really didn’t mind. Am I weird? Yes.

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striped one-piece: here // straw fedora: similar here & LOVE a good boater hat, too

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cutoffs: here (my all time fav) // rose gold sandals: here // aviator sunnies: here // clutch: here (obsessed with this LA-based brand, I have a tote, too)

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Vacations are good for bringing out the lovey-dovey, cheesy stuff 😉

Stay tuned for part two of our trip!

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What I Want: Costa Rica Style Inspo

Costa Rica Style Inspo
Rag & Bone Panama Hat // stylish & skin-saving, I plan on wearing this hat pretty much all day every day while we’re in CR!
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray // Sure, I’ll pack my curling & flat irons, but realistically, will I be doing my hair each day? In the humidity? Hell no. I’ll be relying on this texturizing spray to make my locks less mess and more hot mess.
Stone Fox Swim Aloha Top //  more styles here & here // I have a major obsession with Stone Fox Swim (and Stone Cold Fox, for that matter) so collecting their suits seems like a good idea. I plan on living in bikinis on this trip and I’m thinking this fresh print with the braided detailing will be perfect.
Show Me Your Mumu Palm Print Romper // I love packing rompers for vacations — they’re easy to style, don’t take up a lot of room, and are super stylish and cute. This palm print one is no exception and would pair perfectly with a straw panama hat 😉
Sun Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen with Zinc // The UV index in Costa Rica is no joke, and neither is my super sensitive, heat adverse, pale skin. So, packing sunscreen with zinc adds the protective barrier I need. Sunburns, heat rashes, wrinkles, and sunspots? No thanks!
Gold Body Chain // I like to pack simple, minimal, and versatile jewelry when I travel. This gold, dainty body chain meets all of the requirements. I plan on wearing it over my bikinis during the day and peeking out from under my rompers and dresses at night.
One Teaspoon Bandits // I seriously live in One Teaspoon cutoffs so it’s no surprise I’ll be packing a pair or seven on this trip. Perfect with a crop top, over a one-piece, paired with a slouchy sweater, these babies bring effortless style and edge.
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Costa Rica On My Mind

Between the holidays, the move (and my obsessive home redecorating that’s come with it), and my husband’s birthday, I’ve barely had any time to think about, prep for, and really get excited for our (very nearly) approaching family trip to Costa Rica! So I thought I’d do a blog post for some great travel inspiration. Because whether you’re looking for a romantic trip with your significant other, a family reunion adventure, or just a solo-find-yourself sort of vacation…I hear Costa Rica is the place!

Where We’re Staying

While CR is relatively small (it’s commonly compared to the size of West Virginia), there are a TON of cities and places to explore, making it hard to narrow down what to see and where to stay. The Central American country is best known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity (i.e. tons of plant and wildlife!). We wanted a mix of beach and rainforest so we settled on Tamarindo (think: super beachy, surfing and sunning, baby turtles hatching) and Manuel Antonio National Park (think: lush rainforests, coral reefs, three-toed sloths and capuchin monkeys). Both are on the Pacific coast side, but there are a ton of amazing cities to stay on the Carribean side as well. We opted for boutique hotels at both locations, but hostiles, large resorts, and Airbnb are also great options.

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What I Plan On Doing

  • Finally take a surf lesson (yes, I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life and have never stepped foot on a surfboard).
  • Eat as many tropical fruits as possible. Coconuts, pineapples, bananas, watermelon, mangoes, guava…you get the point.

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  • Hike and seek out waterfalls, wildlife (CR is, after all, home to over half a million species!), and maybe a volcano or two.

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  • Sip as many picturesque cocktails I can handle. Of course this means piña coladas, but also variations of CR’s national drink: Cacique Guaro. Apparently this delicious and sugary liquor also comes in a whiskey sour type version…sign me up!
  • Play photog and take as many pictures possible. And share them on here with all of you of course 🙂

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Have you been to Costa Rica? Please share your tips and must-sees!!

images borrowed from // 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Italian Honeymoon: Part Two

So I have a confession; when we were planning our honeymoon all I really cared about was the Amalfi Coast area and wine vineyard parts. However, I can tell you that Rome and Florence totally surprised me in such an amazing way. Rome is seriously the most romantic big city I’ve ever been to (didn’t even know a big city was capable of being so full of character and romance!). And Florence has incredible restaurants, open markets, and endlessly beautiful short trips to the Tuscany area and Venice (UNREAL!).

In Rome, we played tourist the most by pre-planning a two day private tour. (Sidenote: We reeeeaaaally don’t like guided tours. Spend hours following around a guide holding up a flag with headphones jammed in your ears? No thanks. So the private tour route was really ideal for us and I highly recommend for anyone who feels similarly). Now that we have all of the history of Rome/touristy stuff out of the way, if we were to go back to Rome we would want to spend more time exploring off-the-beaten-path restaurants and excursions. We stumbled upon one restaurant that had an Italian woman (white apron, bandana wrapped hair and all!) making the fresh pasta right in front of us and it was seriously my favorite pasta dish of the trip.

In Florence we were able to take an authentic Tuscany-style cooking class (highly recommend!) and take private day trips to Siena, San Gimignano, and Venice. Honestly, if we had more time or if when we go back to Italy again, we would love to stay in Venice for a couple of days at least. I can only imagine how magical that city must look like at night and would love to indulge in all of the tucked away restaurants and bars you stumble upon at every corner you turn.

Italy truly is a dream and traveling there only makes me realize how much more I have to see of the stunning country. So until next time, ciao!

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Obsessed with the streets of Rome. How cute is that floral balcony?!

Jacket: similar & on sale T-Shirt: here & on sale! Denim: here Shoes: here & on sale!

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Sunnies: here Denim Jacket: similar & on sale

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The market places in Rome and Florence were seriously to die for.

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Romper: old, similar herehere, & here Crossbody: similar Sandals: handmade in Capri

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Hat: here Shirt: old, similar & on sale Cutoffs: here & on sale!

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Gusta Pizza in Florence. Basically the most Instagram-able pizza & super delicious!

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 If you missed part one of our Italian Honeymoon, check it out here!

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Italian Honeymoon: Part One

My husband and I decided to wait about six months after our wedding to go on our honeymoon and I’m so glad we did. Not only did we get time to enjoy being newlyweds and plan for the trip without the stress of the wedding, we also got to pick the optimal time weather – and crowd – wise to go to…ITALY!

Part one of our trip consisted of traveling the Amalfi Coast, specifically Positano (serious dreamland) and Capri, with day trips to Amalfi and Ravello (absolutely stunning).

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jumpsuit: in red and on sale! necklace: here

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Positano at night was BEYOND magical. *le sigh*

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hat: similar button-up: similar and on-sale! cut-offs: here sandals: here

(I had a minor obsession with all of the doors in Italy.)

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sunglasses: here crossbody bag: here

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One of our favorite dining experiences of the trip (and there were a lot) was Le Sirenuse (check them out on IG here). The views and service were seriously top notch.

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Obviously: gelato. But also: affigato (espresso + vanilla gelato).

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This grilled octopus gorgeousness was to.die.for.

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tee: similar cutoffs: here

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bathing suit: in blue

After four nights in Positano…Capri!

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romper: on sale!

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Check out Italian Honeymoon: Part Two here