Florence, Italy - Week One

Sep 9, 2015

For those of you who didn't know, I'm in Italy! I will be studying abroad in Florence for the next four months while I'm studying fashion at Lorenzo de Medici. I'm excited to finally start living out my traveling dreams and share with everyone my experiences. You can find all my future travel posts in the tab labeled “Travel” in the bar above.

Week one was eventful. After the 10 hour long plane ride here and after settling in, my seven roommates and I ventured off into the streets of Firenze. On my first night in Italy I ate pizza and it was amazing -mostly because I was starving and jet lagged.

Most of my first week I spent exploring Florence and attending orientation sessions at school. Everywhere I go there is something new to see and almost always something going on. I live within walking distance of the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio… to name a few. Not to mention the fashion. My wallet cries walking by Valentino, Gucci, Prada, and the many other designer stores I see everyday.

One of the first nights in Florence my school invited all the students to a dinner. Not knowing what to expect other than free food, I was thoroughly surprised when we arrived at the location. Located at the Borghese Palace Art Hotel, the school set up a three course meal and wine for all the students. I felt like royalty walking through each room decanted with chandeliers and painted angels on the ceilings; Almost like a fairytale. To say the least, it was an amazing experience.

One of the coolest things we did was go to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo where we saw all of Florence. There was a lot of stairs and hiking, but the view was beyond worth it. Belissimo!

The culture here is a lot different than in America. Unlike our culture where people are always on the go, Italy has a relaxed layback lifestyle. Sitting at a restaurant in Italy I realized how nice it was to take in the moment and unwind.  I’m so used to being rushed through dinner and being presented with the check in the hopes of opening your table up to a new customer. Here, we can sip our wine for hours and have to ask our waiters for the check when we are done.

Shopping groceries is an experience in itself. You won’t find giant shopping carts at the grocery store here because people don’t buy their food in bulk. Food is a lot fresher and trips to the grocery store are frequent. There isn’t an Italian supermarket like Walmart that is open 24/7. Grocery stores are small and people only buy what they can carry home. I learned this the hard way on my first visit to the local Conad. Carrying all my groceries up the four flights of stairs to our apartment was less than fun, but definitely a great workout.

This week I start classes and will share more soon!

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Until next time.


Boho Fall

Sep 7, 2015

The fall season is just around the corner and I'm already excited to bring out all of my layers. Taking my boho inspiration from the summer, I am transitioning my look for the upcoming fall weather with booties and a t-shirt knot. My Free People pants are a great casual way to make that seasonal transition. I paired the pin-striped pants with a basic white t-shrit that I tied in a knot for a simple effortless boho fix. Other summer trends like printed pants, culottes, and palazzo pants can also be used to attain this pant look. My favorite summer black fedora is a great transitioning accessory because it can be worn throughout all the seasons. I completed the look with a fringe metal necklace and a dark lip for a casual fall boho look perfect for the upcoming cooler months.

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Floral Romper

Sep 3, 2015

Rompers have become one of my favorite trends this summer because they are so easy and versatile. They can be casual, dressed-up, longer lengths, plain or even floral printed like mine. Continuing off of my inspiration of 70s style, I chose this American Eagle romper because of it's floral pattern and tie-waist. While I am in Italy and will most likely not experiencing the fall weather, I liked this romper because it was cute for summer, but the floral print is great for transitioning into the fall. Rompers are also a great go-to for when you have no outfit inspiration. They're any easy-cute fix like a dress, but without the worry of your skirt flying up. Shop this romper and more like it at AEO.

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Stay tuned to my blog where I'll be sharing my recent experiences in Florence, Italy.


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