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Summer in Italy

 A few weeks ago I spent 10 days in Italy and it was as you would expect, magical. Heres a recap

Rome

I started in Rome and was able to spend a few days leisurely exploring the city. I had been to Rome and hit most of the touristy spots before, so this trip was really about relaxing in little cafe’s & wine bars, shopping and just seeing where ever the day took me!


The only downfall of traveling in late August is that Italians take their summer vacations then, so a couple of restaurants I was dying to try were closed! Don’t worry, I still managed to eat well ūüôā Luckily I have a bunch of girlfriends who have spent time in Rome so I had a great list of restaurants to try! Some highlights were Gelato Teatro for the MOST amazing gelato (luckily my hotel was 2 min away by foot, not planned, just lucky!) Tip: I met someone who ran food tours in Italy and told me surefire way to pick out high-quality gelato is to choose the shops where the gelato is fairly flat and unassuming, as opposed to the big billowy tubs you often see. The latter is filled with additives while the former is more natural and flavorful. I tested this out and it’s definitely true!


I also loved La Fraschetta (amazing cacio e pepe) and Checco er Carratetierre for a no frills authentic Roman experience. Cafe Grecco is also adorable and  picturesque and is a famous cafe where John Keats & Lord Byron used to hang! Expensive but definitely worth a trip for a pastry and espresso (or champagne!)

I also HIGHLY recommend taking a cooking class at Cooking Classes in Rome. Chef Andrea was warm, funny and knowledgeable. The class was five hours and we prepared everything from scratch. At the end of the class the students sat down to the four course meal we made, complete with wine pairings.

I stayed in the Campo de Fiore area for the first part of my trip, and Trastevere for a night before my AM flight back to the states. I recommend both, Campo de Fiore was very central and conveniently located, and Trastevere had amazing restaurants and bars.

Capri

Next ¬†took a train to Naples and a ferry to Capri.¬†I can honestly say Capri was one of the most glamorous places I ever visited. Capri is known for being the go to choice for celebrities like Sophia Loren and even the Kennedy’s ¬†and I can see why. It’s a beautiful, mountainous little island filled with designer shops, bars and amazing food. I stayed for two nights and could have spent five. Some people advise just doing a day trip from the Amalfi Coast but I disagree, as the magic of Capri is best felt when the crowds die down! During the day it’s a tourist trap so it can take a long time to get from one place to another, and you want to allow yourself ample time to explore both Capri city and the quieter Ana Capri.

Make sure you spend some time at one of beach clubs where you can relax, tan & order food and drinks. The most popular are Da Luigi & La Fontelina

Definitely take a boat tour around the island, it’s the best way to take in all the sights like the Blue Grotto, bottle of Mireval is optional (kind of!)

Positano & Amalfi Coast

Next I made my way over to the Amalfi Coast where I spent most of my time in Positano! It was even more beautiful in person, pictures really don’t do it justice! I stayed at Hostel Brikette which I highly recommend, especially if you’re a solo traveler & on a budget. The shared rooms are between 25-50 euro, and while I rented my own room and it wasn’t necessarily cheap, compared to even mid range hotels in Positano it was steal. ¬†It was clean, had a great breakfast menu, $6 bottles of wine and cheap cocktails served all day, along with a gorgeous balcony overlooking the ocean. I spent time at both Spiagga Grande & Fornillo beach and have to stay I preferred the latter as is was a bit less crowded and more peaceful.

Other highlights were a delicious lunch at Chez Black where I tried fried zucchini pasta ( a speciality on the Amalfi coast) and fabulous drinks at the Oyster Champagne bar at La Sirenusa, on the the most beautiful hotels in Positano! Another memorable dinner was the one I had at Next 2, definitely grab the meatballs and polenta cakes! Amazing wine selection as well.

I only had three full days in Positano so I wasn’t able to do as many day trips as I’d hoped, like explore some of the beaches in Praiano, but I was able to make it over to Ravello and I highly recommend making it a priority to visit! Ravello is higher up on the mountainside so it has a unmatched view of the coastline. Very quaint and serene, its the perfect day trip to escape the bustle of Positano during high season. I didn’t get a chance to dine at Belmond Hotel Caruso because it wasn’t open for lunch at the time but if you’re able to, definitely stop in, it’s beautiful historic luxury hotel.

I loved my taste of Italian summer, there’s really nothing like it. As soon as I got home I started brainstorming my next trip, because I always love having something to look forward to… open to suggestions!

<3 Brittany

 

Beauty, Fashion, Health & Fitness, Travel

August Favorites

 

The third and final month of summer is upon us! August is always a funny month because you’re simultaneously soaking up the last drops of summer and starting to think about fall and all that comes with it. I’m focusing on getting as much of my summer fix as I can for the next few weeks!

I’ve always loved seeing bloggers round up their monthly favorites, whether it’s clothing, recipes, beauty items, TV shows, etc. Obviously, my picks will mostly fall into fashion & beauty categories, but there are other aspects of my life (and personal taste) I’d love to share with my followers as well!

So this is the first of a monthly favorites blog series I’m starting, I hope you enjoy!

Courtney Two Piece

I’m loving this two piece set! I can think of multiple ways to style these pieces both separately and together, talk about versatility!

 

Everlane Sandals

I bought a pair of these in black and have been wearing them non-stop. Super comfortable, amazing quality, and chic. They remind me of the Hermes ones I’ve been seeing around (but for a much lower price tag only $80 and they’re high-quality leather!)

 

Majorelle Skirt

How cute this this little embroidered number! I’d pair it with sandals now and OTK boots when it’s colder.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Palette

This palette holds everything I need for a full look, all in pretty rose gold tones. I’m trying to bring as little makeup as possible on my upcoming trip to Italy, but this will definitely make the cut!

 

Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lipstick

Anything PatMcGrath does is magic, so I expect these lipsticks to be the same! I love how vibrant the colors are. I’m going to order Full Panic, a bright fuschia, ¬†& Obsessed, an orangey red!

 

My Favorite Murder

To be fair, this has been my favorite podcast for months. If you are a true crime freak and humor with a feminist bent, you’ll LOVE this podcast!

The loDown

I finally took some time to check out former reality star Lo Bosworth’s blog and fell in love. I’ve never read a more honest and sensitive¬†e blog, and I loved how varied her content was. Some of her recent posts cover healthy recipes, natural beauty picks and a vlog about how she’s healing her broken heart. I love her vulnerability and commitment to wellness and mental health! Definitely, check it out! ¬†She’s my new #girlcrush

Amalfi Coast & Capri

In less than a week I’m headed to my DREAM destination, the Amalfi coast! I have all things Italian on the mind and am looking forward to sharing my trip with you all! With that, I leave you with this #travelporn image

 

 

 

Beauty, Fashion, Travel

Mexico Style Diary

Last week I spent four days in Cabo San Lucas at a gorgeous Villa on Chilleno Bay. The trip was filled with my favorite activities (eating, drinking, napping) but the best part was that I was finally able to wear some of my vacation pieces!

I always like to go on vacation with a bit of color, so I loaded up on St. Tropez Bronzerand kept the rest of my beauty routine minimal with beauty balm, salt spray and hair oil.

Scroll down to shop my vacation looks 

Swimsuit: Bikini Monday// Sarong: Pitusa

Romper: Endless Rose//Sunglasses: Le Specs //Sandals: Tony Bianco

Swimsuit: Solid & Striped//Beach Dress: Sundress// Sunglasses: Le Specs

Swimsuit: Tavik Swimwear// Hat// Sunglasses: Madewell

Fashion, Travel

New Year’s in Chicago

Its officially 2017 and I’m now 27! My birthday is on New Year’s Eve so I decided to head to Chicago to spend it eating, drinking, shopping & celebrating with one of my best friends. Here are some highlights from the trip.

Brunch & cocktails at Cindy’s Rooftop

We were obsessed with the the “Kick in the Daisy” cocktail, an¬†updated version of a margarita.

Top: Reformation

Jeans: Madewell

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Coat: Reformation (last season)

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Dinner at Balena, one of my favorite Italian places.

Top: Zara

Skirt: Reformation

Boots: Seychelles

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Birthday brunch at Siena Tavern, one of my favorite restaurants.

My favorite dish is the Coccoli, if you ever have the chance to go its a must order!

After brunch we ¬†shopped around Miracle Mile. I’m desperately looking for this Gucci belt, but to couldn’t find one in my size. Hopefully I can track one down in 2017!

Sunglasses: Le Specs

Top: Reformation

Jeans: Madewell

Boots: Aldo

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Overall it was an amazing trip and I was happy to ring in the New Year in one of my favorite cities!