Rome, Italy

Thursday, October 11, 2018

For today’s post, I’m taking you back to my few days that I spent in Rome in April. My family came to visit me and flew into Rome, so I took a train from Florence to meet them there. There is a train station in the airport that they flew into, so I met them right when they got there! The hotel wasn’t ready yet, so we took a tour of the colosseum in the mean time. I didn’t get any great pictures there because I had literally woken up 15 minutes before I had to be at the train station. We went to the hotel to rest because my family had a very long flight. That night, we went out to dinner at a place our hotel recommended and then took a taxi to the Trevi Fountain. We got gelato at a place across from the Trevi and the Bailey’s gelato was delicious.

The next morning we woke up early because we had a tour of the Vatican. I had no idea that Vatican City is technically its own country! The tour was long, but what we saw was very cool. I thought that the Sistine Chapel was amazing and at the end of the tour we went into the basement where they keep all of the deceased priests. We went to the Trevi Fountain again after that and got lunch around there. My mom and I went to the Spanish steps after that and it was really pretty.

We went out to dinner that night and out for drinks after that. Bellini's and rossini’s were my favorite drinks in Italy and the ones there were so good! We got espresso martinis at a wine bar after dinner, which are surprisingly very hard to find in Italy. The next morning we had an early train ride back to Florence because I had class. Rome was definitely a lot different than Florence because of its size. In Florence, I walk everywhere but it seems impossible in Rome. Anywhere that me and my family went we took a taxi and they were easily accessible. In Florence, I always had to call for a taxi if I was going somewhere far like the airport. My last day in Florence, I had reserved a taxi the day before for my ride to the airport, and it was still an hour and a half late! I liked my weekend in Rome a lot, but I am still happy I chose Florence to be home.

Recent Instagram Recap

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hi everyone,
Because of my schedule, I haven’t had a lot of time to snap some real outfit pics, so it has mostly just been a quick mirror picture every morning. For today’s post I have linked them all so that you can shop them!

Rolling Stones tee // Topshop shorts (on sale for under $30!)  // Vans sneakers // Ray-Ban sunglasses // initial necklace

What I Learned from Studying Abroad

Monday, October 1, 2018

Long time no talk!
The last few months of studying abroad and this summer were very very busy, and I put my plans for Preppy and Posh on the back burner. Blogging will always be a hobby of mine but I think I can do a better job of pacing myself so I don’t go MIA for so long!

Where do I start - I came back from Italy 5 months ago... it is crazy how long it has been! It was absolutely the best experience of my life and I miss it everyday. This summer I worked a lot and enjoyed being home in America, and before I knew it school had already started. I am currently in my  LAST year (!!!!!) of college and have been trying to keep up with making sure I have enough credits and balancing two jobs. I’m crazy busy, but I like my schedule right now a lot.

For today’s post, I wanted to recap what I had learned from my abroad experience. I had absolutely no idea that living abroad would affect my life as much as I did. I really didn’t know what I was getting into, honestly. I left to spend 4 months in a foreign country and only knew one person briefly before going. I knew almost nothing about Florence, no idea what to pack, and how much money to bring. Of course I had read thousands of tips about living abroad, but I learned fast that everyone is different and those tips might not work for everyone. My goal was to experience as much as I could and make an effort to meet new people, and hopefully come out a happier and wiser person.

I quickly made a bunch of friends, and that still surprises me. I am mostly a pretty shy person and it takes a little while for me to open up. It is not me at all to go up to somebody and introduce myself and ask them to hangout. I made a lot of friends that went to my school and some that went to other schools that were in my classes in Florence. I think studying abroad definitely made me more outgoing and I find it easier to put myself out there now. Prior to studying abroad, I never planned on leaving my small town outside of Boston post graduation. It was never something that interested me for multiple reasons, one being having to put myself out there. Now, that plan has completely changed! I would love to move to a different city within a couple years after graduation and it is something I am debating now.

Studying abroad is very expensive. I had been told that the food in Italy and traveling around Europe is cheap. I definitely under budgeted. I had pretty much ran out of money a month and a half in. Thank God my parents were able to lend me some money until I was back home and could work, but if I didn’t I literally would’ve been screwed! Going out to eat often is pricey, and especially drinking often. Traveling is not as cheap as I had been told. I took buses almost everywhere because flying was a lot of money. The only place I had flew to was Paris - and I believe my flight was over 200 euros for Friday-Monday from Florence. My advice to anyone that studies abroad is to save as much as you can possibly can and there is no such thing as too much to save, because you’ll probably spend it all.

Before I studied abroad, I commuted to school and worked part time. I rarely had a day off of both and I really packed my schedule to be as busy as possible. The months leading up to Florence, I worked really hard to save enough money and didn’t have much of a life. That was definitely necessary looking back, because I needed every penny. However, studying abroad made me realize how important it is, especially in your 20’s, to live life. You have the rest of your life to work. Now that I have traveled Europe, I have realized there is so much more of the world that I want to see. I don’t think I would have realized that if I had not lived abroad.

I grew a lot as an individual when I lived abroad. You become very independent - even if you believe that you already were before. One thing I liked to some mornings I had late classes was go to a cafe alone and watch the locals. I know some people that even took the risk and traveled somewhere alone, and they ended up meeting new people. I had never really been “wowed” by a place before I studied abroad. Seeing pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the Oia sunset in Santorini seemed really cool, but traveling wasn’t a top priority for me. Some of the experiences I had abroad literally left my speechless and gave me an appreciation for travel and memories that I hadn’t really felt before. For example, one of my most memorable experiences abroad was when I went on a wine tour in Chianti with about 5 other girls. An old Italian men was supposed to bring us to a vineyard from a spa we were at, but he unexpectedly made a pit stop literally on the side of the road. It was about dinner time and there were no cars in sight. He brings us to this piece of land where grapes were grown and there was absolutely nobody there. He wanted us to see the sun set and the view was so beautiful none of us could even speak. Pictures didn’t even do it justice!

I plan to recap each of the trips I took towards the end of my stay - I kind of gave up after my wine tasting tour! Fall fashion is also my absolute FAVE so expect a lot of style posts soon too!
Stay tuned -

Spring Fashion Inspiration

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ciao everyone! I haven’t posted a fashion blogpost in a while and I thought it was time for one. I haven’t been able to do much shopping in Italy because I am broke, very broke. I have been looking on Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration to make the most of what I got, and what I look forward to buying once I’m home and working!

First of all, two blogs I discovered in the last month are We Wore What and How do you Wear That. I think these blogs have been around for a while so I’m late and you may have already heard of them, but I’m so obsessed with their style. I follow a ton of fashion blogs but I think these two really reflect my style, or what I would like my style to be, lol. I started listening to We Wore What’s podcast and it’s so interesting to learn how she started, because I find her starting point to be similar to where I am now in life. It sounds so weird, but I’m also really excited to go home to work. I work at Anthropologie and love my job there, but also love the clothes there! I keep scrolling through Instagram and seeing their new arrivals and get jealous that I’m not home to buy them right now, lol.

everything about this outfit I love for Spring: mustard yellow, front-tie tops, jean skirts, small sunglasses, straw bags!! (insert all the heart eyes)

I’ve been loving the hair tie trend lately. I’ve been tying it like a headband lately but I’m definitely gonna try tying it around my ponytail like this soon.

my hair inspiration for Spring/Summer! I definitely want to do a lighter balyage like this when I get home.

I have been wanting flare jeans like this forever. I love how it is styled with the large belt!

I love the femininity of the polka dots and ruffles, I recently got a dress that has this same style!

I have a neck tie almost identical to this one and this outfit is so easy to recreate! And perfect for spring.

What trends are you guys loving for Spring?

Hot Springs and Wine Tasting in Chianti

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ciao, again! Like I said in my post earlier this week, the weather has been so nice here. I have been so used to rain and not seeing the sun here in Florence and the past two weeks have been mostly sun and 60 degree weather. Last weekend I didn’t have any weekend trips planned, but it was going to be super nice out so I wanted to do something. One of the abroad travel agents that I frequently book through, Florence for Fun, was offering an afternoon/evening trip to Chianti for a visit to the hot springs and wine tasting. The trip was under $100 so I instantly signed up and Julia from Fashioning the World joined me too.

It was a group of 8 girls in total and we had an older Italian guy named Vincenzo as our driver. It was about a 45 min drive to the Rapolano Hot Springs where we went first to relax. Luckily, the weather was tanning weather and we were able to lay out in the sun by the hot spring pools. There were about 5 pools which was nice because we were able to go to one where nobody was. We were there for 2 hours and then got back in the van to head to the Chianti Countryside for dinner. But first, Vincenzo brought us to a quiet vineyard that was next to the winery we were going to to watch the sunset and it was so cool.

The winery was so quiet and we were the only ones there besides the tour guide. She showed us how the wine is made and all the different steps it took. The winery only had red wine since we were in Chianti. We tasted a rosé, Chianti classico, Chianti, and amaro after dinner. We were given cheese, meat, and bread with the wine. Everyone else got a pasta dish, but I am really picky so I stuck to the bread and cheese. It was a really cool experience and we were able to have their wine shipped home to America if we wanted.

It was such an awesome day and the trip was so worth it. I wanted to do a wine tasting in Tuscany before leaving Europe and I’m so glad I did it this way! If you are interested in seeing more pictures from my time abroad, I post frequently on my personal instagram, you can follow me there!

Easter in Cinque Terre

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ciao! Today marks exactly one more month left in Italy and it’s so bittersweet. Half of me is excited to be home and get back in routine of reality and the other half of me never wants to leave Florence. I am excited to spend the month exploring more of Italy, because so far I have only been to Bologna, Cinque Terre, and Chainti outside of Flo.

a sunny view of the houses in Manarola

Molly and I in Manarola


The weather is gorgeous here in Italy and it’s finally time for some outdoor trips. Last weekend was Easter and my friend Molly was here visiting me for the week. The weather was 70s and sunny so we booked a day trip to Cinque Terre with Smart Trip. There was a small group of abroad students with us and two tour guides. We traveled to Cinque Terre by bus and it was a 3 hour bus ride. The first town we went to was Manarola, which is the place that has a perfect view of the cliff-side colored houses. The sun was very bright so it made it hard to get a good shot of the houses, but luckily I’m going back next week! We took a train to Riomaggiore, another one of the 5 towns in Cinque Terre. We spent about an hour there and it was right on the water. We went to this pizza place, Mamma Mia, which apparently has amazing pesto pizza. I am plain and just got a slice of margherita and it wasn’t that great.

The rest of the day we spent in Monterosso, the town with the beach. It literally felt like we weren’t in Italy anymore, the sun made it feel like 80! It’s hard to believe we were still in Northern Italy. The first place we went was this bar right next to the train station in Monterosso. I’m not positive on the name, but it’s famous for their “drunk buckets” and it’s hard to miss. They make all their drinks with real fruit, so it’s basically an alcoholic smoothie. I got a mudslide and the prices were reasonable for how big the drinks were. Molly got a strawberry margarita. After that, we went on a small hike to see the town from the top. Monterosso is a good place to hike because the hikes can be as long as you want them to be and they’re barely even a hike. It was so hot out, so at the top we put our backpacks down and used them as pillows to lay down and tan. We got some good pictures up there and there were even some farms. Before we left, we got pizza at Lapos, and outdoor restaurant in Monterosso for pizza. It was sooo good and the view was cool too. We slept on the way home because we were so tired from the drinks and the sun.

If you could go anywhere in Italy, where would you go? I would love to hear what is on your guys’ bucket list!

Greece Island Hopping for Spring Break

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ciao everyone! I have been super busy these last 3 weeks so getting a blog post together has been difficult. After Paris, my friend from home visited for the week. I had midterms, and then spring break! I was island hopped around Greece for 10 days and got back Sunday night. Monday morning, my other friend arrived in Florence for the week! The semester is flying and it’s hard to believe it’s more than half way over.

The first day of spring break we took a bus to Ancona to meet the mini-cruise ship that would take us to Corfu, Greece. It was an overnight ride and we spent a lot of spring break on boats like these to get to place to place. I absolutely loved the Greece trip, but these boat rides were absolutely miserable. Each one was 8-24 hours sitting in a coach bus style seat. There were some restaurants on the ship but they weren’t that great and very expensive. We stayed at the Pink Palace in Corfu, where we had the best weather of the week and the nicest hostel I’ve stayed in so far. They greeted us with free ouzo shots, as they gave us ouzo frequently throughout the weekend. The first day we were there we went ATVing. The second day we were there it was so nice out so we were able to swim in the pool and lay out and tan all day. The weather was 60-70s in each town in Greece. That night we went to a toga party held in our hostel where they smashed plates on our head after giving us ouzo shots. The next day it rained all day so we didn’t do much before leaving for an overnight bus to Athens that night.

On Tuesday morning, we arrived in Athens. I didn’t expect to love Athens as much as I did! I had been told before that Athens was a little scary, unsafe, and dirty. Some parts of the city were definitely a little scary, but it’s such a big city and it’s really nice that there’s beaches too. We went to the Acropolis and walked around the city all day. We were happy to see an American Eagle here. That night, me and my friends went to a rooftop restaurant with a view of the ruins lit up at night. The waiter was so nice and gave us a couple round of free shots and dessert. We went to an amazing milkshake place after dinner and went to bed early for a 6am ride to Santorini.

Santorini was my favorite place I’ve been to so far! We got there Wednesday late afternoon and stayed in Thira. On the first night we went to watch the sunset in Thira before all going out to dinner together (by the way, I did this trip through a abroad student travel agent in Florence, so we had 3 tour guides and there were about 30 students). After dinner, we went to Two Brothers Bar, which is a very fun bar in Thira. The next morning I got coffee at a coffee shop near the hostel because I heard that Greek coffee is amazing (and it is!). We did an island tour that day to Red Sand Beach and the black sand beach, but it was so windy so we weren’t able to swim. We stopped at Pygros, as well. For the sunset, we went into Oia to watch the famous sunset over the white houses on the cliff. Little did we know, we were in the middle of an African sand storm, so the sky was golden yellow and it was extremely windy. Locals told us it happens every two years, but this is the most extreme they’ve ever had it. We went to Two Brothers again that night cause it was so fun the first time. The next morning me and my friend rode donkeys up the steps overlooking the cliff and shopped. The next 2 days were filled with traveling back to Italy!

The weather is starting to get nicer in Florence so there is so much more to do. My days have been packed and me and my friends barely spend any time in our apartments. For the rest of the semester, I am pretty much staying in Italy! Me and my friend that is visiting are doing a day trip to Cinque Terrre for Easter and next week I am going on a day trip to Chianti for wine tasting and the hot springs. My family is coming in the middle of April and were going to Rome, Cinque Terre, and Siena. The week after that I am going to Amalfi Coast for the weekend. The weekend after that is my last weekend abroad! I will be going to Munich, Germany for Springfest.