Casual in Navy

Date: October 18, 2016 | Location: Positano, Italy

Sometimes the best outfit choice is a casual one. This soft, navy top can certainly be worn many different ways, but I decided to keep things laid-back for a day spent shopping and sightseeing in Positano, Italy. The rest of the look came naturally and is comprised of items that I frequently wear: my Free People cutoffs, Madewell belt/boots and vintage Coach purse. On top of leaving me feeling comfortable, this look also left me feeling confident and ready to take on the day. I'm a true believer in the idea that if you don't feel confident in what you're wearing, you shouldn't wear it. We snapped a few quick photos on our walk down to the city center. The beautiful sights found around nearly every corner in Positano never cease to amaze me!

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Posted on October 18, 2016 .

Fit for Travel

Date: October 13, 2016 | Location: Cortona, Italy

The ever elusive, perfect travel outfit: highly sought after, yet hardly ever achieved. I cannot count the number of times that I've worn something for a day of traveling and immediately regretted it once it was too late to change. Of course, the perfect travel outfit depends on the occasion. Mode of transportation, weather and post-travel activity must all be taken into account when making this most impactful decision.

On our travel day from Florence to Cortona, the stars aligned and this outfit was born. We woke up late that morning, jet lagged from our transatlantic flight the day before. With only thirty minutes to shower and pack before our car arrived, we were scrambling. The weather was fairly nice - albeit the occasional pop-up shower - and I knew we would be exploring Cortona for a bit when we arrived. Thus, I went for my soft Free People button down and comfy Madewell denim shorts (not too tight, not too loose). My booties and leather belt are always no brainers and my boater hat would protect me from rain and a potential bad hair day (probable given the fact that I didn't do any styling in the rush). It ended up being ideal for our day spent in the car, searching for our Airbnb up steep hills and wandering Cortona's main square. 

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Posted on October 13, 2016 .

Last Night in Positano

Date: October 10, 2016 | Location: Positano, Italy

Ahh, our last night in Positano. While I can now look back fondly on this night, it wasn't always ideal, to say the least. We spent our last day exploring Positano's winding streets and taking a boat over to a private beach. It was as dreamy as the Amalfi always is, but I had picked up a rough cold the day before and was doing my best to push through it. 

We headed up to our Airbnb around 5 o'clock to get ready for the night ahead. The plan was to take a few quick pictures on Marina Grande beach at sunset before heading to Fornillo Beach for the Festa del Pesce, Positano's annual Fish Festival. As usual, we were cutting it close to be ready by sunset. We gathered our things and quickly headed down the numerous flights of stairs, making it to Marina Grande beach just in time for sunset. As soon as we began shooting, I noticed that I had stepped in dog poop during the rush down to the beach. I cleaned it off the best I could and we continued with the shoot, despite being annoyed at the situation.

I can now look back and laugh, but I wasn't so happy at the time! Blogs and social media have the tendency to make things appear picture-perfect, but trust me, that is not always the case. Gross as it was, I hope you enjoyed hearing what really happened that night. After the "incident", we ended up having a wonderful evening at the Festa del Pesce and seeing a side of Positano that we had never experienced before. This crop top and midi skirt combo was made for festive nights such as this one and my espadrilles provided for lots of comfortable walking (once they were cleaned up, of course!). 

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Posted on October 10, 2016 .

Lace + Leather in Cortona

Date: October 5, 2016 | Location: Cortona, Italy

It was raining in Cortona when we awoke, but that didn't put a damper on my excitement for the day ahead of us. We had picked up some gnocchi (our breakfast pasta of choice), lox and fresh, green grapes from the local grocer the evening before. As we started to boil water in the quaint kitchen, I opened up the windows of our Airbnb apartment to see one of the most breathtaking views I have ever laid eyes on.

I took in the view the best I could before shuffling upstairs for a quick shower. I decided to let my hair air dry, which turned out to be for the best because my hairdryer didn't seem to be taking to the converter we brought along for our trip. It was a lot cooler than I had expected, so I ditched by crop top/skirt outfit for something more weather appropriate. I decided on a new, feminine top from Free People, my high-waisted jeans and vintage leather jacket. My Madewell boots and belt completed the look and just like that, we were out the door for a day of wine tasting and exploring Cortona and the surrounding Tuscan region. 

Stay tuned for an in-depth travel guide of the Umbrian city that won my heart! In the meantime, you can shop my look below:

Posted on October 5, 2016 .

Away Travel Essentials

Date: September 29, 2016 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

We're finally back home after spending eleven nights in Europe! In case you missed my Instagram, we surprised my father in-law in Florence for my in-law's 30th wedding anniversary trip. My mother in-law, Bobby and I have been scheming up this plan since late spring. I was so tempted to share our plans on the blog, but I worried the surprise would accidentally be spoiled if I did. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and I have so much content to share with you all over the coming weeks. 

Prior to leaving for our trip, Bobby and I started to think about what luggage we wanted to bring with us. We traveled to Italy on our honeymoon back in 2015 and definitely learned a thing or two about carrying luggage while navigating through many different modes of transportation, cobblestone streets and endless flights of stairs. The handle on my old luggage broke midway through our trip, making it even more difficult to get around. Needless to say, we were on the lookout for a new carry-on (we always try to pack light!) that would make our lives a little easier this time around. 

I, of course, turned to social media and blogs that I trust to see if there were any brands getting positive attention. I quickly came across Away, a luggage brand with a simple approach: to create luggage that is designed to be resilient, resourceful, and essential to your personal travel habits. The sleek design of "The Carry-On" quickly caught my eye and the extra features made up my mind. In addition to complying with carry-on size requirements, this piece features a compression system, spinner wheels AND a high-capacity battery with two USB ports. After arriving in Milan with two dead phones on our honeymoon, I knew this carry-on would be a lifesaver for us. 

By the end of our trip, we were sold on Away. I could actually close my luggage with ease after stuffing it way too full (bad habit) and the side handle made it easy to carry it up stairs and onto trains. If you're in the market for a new carry-on, look no further. We snapped these pics after arriving in Paris on our last day. You can shop my travel look below:

Posted on September 29, 2016 .

Jewel Tones

Date: September 12, 2016 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia

While I love the light, airy colors of summer, I'm more than happy to welcome jewel tones back to my wardrobe. These vibrant shades have grown in popularity over the last few years. From weddings to interiors, they don't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. The rich shades of emerald green, plum and sapphire make a statement worn by themselves, but I decided to combine two of them for a color-saturated look. I draped my vintage, brown leather jacket over my shoulders to add an element of texture and complete the look.

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Posted on September 12, 2016 .