1.I’m so excited for tonight as I’m hosting a fun Friendsgiving cocktail event for Chandon at their headquarters! So surreal to partner with a brand I love so much already and feel very humbled they asked me to host. I’m planning on wearing this sparkly little dress thanks to Kate Spade while I sip on a glass of champagne or two!
2. Along with my event with Chandon, I’m also having my own Friendsgiving with my friends at my apartment. I’m using Gaby’s tips and tricks and hoping to make an epic cheeseboard for all of us tonight!
3. I went and saw Greta Gerwig’s new film, “Ladybird” last week and I can’t rave enough about this incredible film. It perfectly captures the struggles of a high school student and was both heartwarming and hilarious.
4. Some favorite posts of the week? Grace’s simple and chic look, Jillian’s coastal Christmas guide and Mackenzie’s wedding week photos, especially this post on her getting ready and first look photos!
5. It was extra chilly this week so I can’t stop stocking up on cozy pieces! Everlane has so much beautiful cashmere for incredible prices, H&M‘s sweater selection is so good right now and can’t get enough of everything J. Crew!
The final leg of our trip! Rome was busy and touristy, but it was an incredible experience to see so many famous landmarks in person. There was no shortage of walking and great food, making it a great place to end our Italian adventure!
To get to Rome, we had to take a cab down from the top of Capri to the ports where we then grabbed the ferry to Naples. Once we arrived to Naples, we had about two hours to kill before our train to Rome so thought this would be the perfect time to grab a pizza from the famous L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele (the pizza spot in “Eat, Pray, Love”). Walking through the cobblestone streets of Italy with a 50 lb suitcase is no joke and after getting lost along the way and almost giving up, we grabbed a pizza to go and rushed to the train. The pizza was incredible but not sure if the stress of getting it was worth it overall.
When we arrived to Rome, we took a cab to our Airbnb which was located in Vatican City. I loved the neighborhood we stayed in because it was quiet and filled with charming cafes and shops and not right in the busy area of the city. After unpacking, our first mission: gelato. A gelato spot that came highly recommended was called Old Bridge Gelato and only a few blocks from our apartment, so we each grabbed a delicious cone for our walk to the Pantheon. However, once we arrived there we got turned away for our bare shoulders (no off the shoulder dresses here!) so we made our way to the Colosseum. We got a little lost finding the entrance and somehow ended up walking in with a tour group that was entering from a special entrance (oops!) so we quickly snuck away to walk around on our own.
Once we finished at the Colosseum, we continued to check out as many of the historical spots as we could so we headed to the Trevi Fountain. After being renovated the last year, the Trevi was beautiful to see in person, even with the huge crowds surrounding it. We quickly made a wish and then headed to the last spot of the day, the Spanish Steps. The area surrounding the Spanish Steps is filled with designer boutiques, flower shops and cafes so it was a nice place to stop and rest for a bit after a long day of walking. In need of a cocktail and snack, we then headed to the top of the stairs to Hotel Hassler, a super luxe hotel located at the top known for their gorgeous garden bar in the back. Lindsay had their famous pomegranate cocktail while I sipped on a Pimm’s Cup. We also shared a cheese and meat board, but were first brought a cheeseburger after a miscommunication and language barrier with the waiter, oops!
We caught the sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps and then made our way to dinner at Il Corallo. I had found this restaurant thanks to Instagram because of their Cacio e Pepe inside a bowl made out of parmesean (!!!). The restaurant is small and cozy, tucked along a cobblestone side street and we sat outside and split the incredible pasta and some wine to finish off our day.
We had an early morning on our last day in Italy, starting the day off with a three hour tour of The Vatican. We bought our tickets from here a week before and so glad we did as I couldn’t get over the insane lines there were to get inside. We met up with our tour guide across the street, where we received headphones to listen with as we began the walking tour. There were about twelve people in our group and our tour guide did an amazing job of going through the different areas such as Sistene’s Chapel, Saint Peter’s Square and the Basilica. It was definitely a tiring morning but doing a tour is the way to go when seeing so much in only three hours.
After our tour, we walked over to get lunch at a cute spot called Dilla. We sat outside and split a bottle of rose, assorted crostinis, a goat cheese salad and one of their special pesto and squid pastas. Everything was delicious and a great place to relax and have a leisurely lunch. We then explored the area, from walking Via Margutta (where Gregory Peck’s apartment is in “Roman Holiday”) to stopping in the gorgeous Hotel de Russie (wish we would have had time for breakfast here!) and then walking around Villa Borghese, which is Rome’s version of Central Park. Our afternoon gelato craving kicked in and we headed towards Giolitti, one of the famous spots of grab a cone from and it was definitely worth the crazy line. Our favorite flavor combos of the week were Pistachio and Lemon and Strawberry and Nutella. Craving a cone now!
After walking almost eleven miles that day, we headed home to relax before heading to our final meal of the trip. Taverna Triulussa came recommended by almost everyone (for their famous ravioli) so we headed there right at 7 pm when they opened and were able to grab a table inside, as the rest were held for reservations. We split two pastas, their famous Ravioli Mimosa and the Bucatina Amatriciana. The huge portions were served straight from the pan to our table and it was some of the most indulgent pastas I’ve ever had. The neighborhood the restaurant was in was super busy and filled with people, live music and a ton of cute bars and restaurants, so was bummed we didn’t have more time to explore that charming area as well. We grabbed an affogato next door so we could get the energy to pack up everything and walk home before our long day of flying the next morning!
I still can’t believe how quickly the ten days went! Truly one of the best travels of my life so far, especially because I got to do it with my sister. I hope these travel guides will help you all when you make any upcoming trips and hope to share more places with you all soon!
Also, you can now find all my travel guides here now for a quick and easy reference while abroad or away. Thank you for following along!
WHAT I WORE
The day is finally here: we’re going to Italy! I still can’t believe I finally get to experience some of my dream cities and most importantly: eat pasta and pizza for 10 straight days!
With a long flight ahead of us tonight, plus train rides during our travels, I wanted to share some of my travel must haves that help guarantee stress free traveling.
- Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches: My eyes always get so puffy when traveling and these are the only things that instantly cure them. This set comes with 60 individual patches to throw away after you use them and they will instantly take away those jet-lag circles. Plus, when I’m at home I keep them in the fridge so they’re extra cold!
- iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask: Another great way to guarantee a good nights sleep on a plane is making sure to pack an eye mask. I love this one because it literally feels like a pillow on your lids, and the copper fabric helps with anti-aging and de-puffing as well!
- Glossier Balm Dotcom: My lips always get super dry on planes, so I love to slather this on to guarantee no cracked lips when we land. This also can be used on hands too, making it the one item you can’t forget!
- Garnier Skinactive Micellar Makeup Wipes: The number one item though I always make sure to bring is makeup wipes. There’s nothing worse than sitting on a long plane with a full face of makeup and these wipes take everything off without drying your skin.
- Long Cardigan: I always am freezing on planes, so I like to pack a thin, long cardigan that keeps me warm (but not overheated) while traveling. I recently got this one from Old Navy and I seriously wear it everyday in our office!
- Maxi Dress: Another way to make sure I always stay warm on a plane is to wear a maxi dress. This black Forever 21 maxi is perfect to wear on the plane, especially with a sweater over it. Plus, you can dress it up or dress it down during the rest of your trip.
- Large Tote Bag: I like to use a big tote bag for the plane so I can keep my laptop, chargers and any other plane must haves close by. For this trip, I’m using this fun White Elephant Designs “Out Of Office” Straw Tote (that’s also on major sale!) that will double as a beach bag when we arrive to Positano and Capri.
- Inflatable Neck Pillow: I always fall asleep on planes so making sure I have a neck pillow on hand, like this Soft Velvet Inflatable Neck Pillow, is key. Plus it barely takes up any room in my bag!
- New Book: As you may have read from my new sleeping goals, reading more is a big priority of mine. For this trip, I packed Commonwealth and Girls In White Dresses as my reads for the week!
- Healthy Snacks: Airports are notorious for not having great food options, so I always like to have a healthy snack on hand, like my favorite RX Bars, to keep me starving on long travel days.
When it comes to taking the perfect Instagram these days, one swipe of a filter doesn’t always cut it. While I wouldn’t call myself an expert by any means, I’ve learned a few favorite tricks through the years that I thought I would share today. Another reason to practice out your new skills? Glitter Guide launched our A Color Story filter pack “Flashes Of Delight” today and get ready to make your photos oh so pretty! In the meantime, here are my five top tips:
1. Find your light: Great light is a must for having the clearest and brightest photo. While finding natural light isn’t always an option, it’s key to avoid harsh yellow light from a lamp or overhead lighting to help reduce shadows and improve clarity.
2. Pick a favorite app: I’ve played around with a lot of apps, and while A Color Story is my favorite, there’s so many great ones that make editing a breeze. To help cut down on extra phone time, save favorite filters for the future for a quick turnaround, and cohesive looking feed.
3. Take many options: When it comes to posting the best photo, you need lots of options to edit. Try taking a few different angles, a close-up and one farther away, etc. to play around with when you’re editing.
4. Use your tools: A filter can’t be the only tool you rely on to fix a photo. Use the tools on Instagram or within your editing app to tune the warmth down, bring up the contrast or add a little extra brightness to make things pop.
5. Post what makes you happy: Most importantly, post the things that you love on your Instagram! Whether a cool mural, a favorite dessert or you and your best friends, Instagram was created to share all the little things in life!