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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blues in Wilmington

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RayBan Aviatos, Zara Shirt, American Eagle Shorts, 

I am in love with Wilmington, NC. It was such a cute little waterfront town. The downtown area by the water was perfect... Stay tuned for a post exclusively on my day in Wilmington (yes, I went to all of the One Tree Hill house...).

This giant black H&M bag has become my go to when traveling because I have so many cameras that I like to bring along with me... My GoPro, my polaroid, my Canon and my phone. Then there are the extra batteries, accessories, lenses and more! Way too many things to carry, but totally worth it in the end. 


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top 10 Things to Do in Florence

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So now that you know exactly where to eat and drink in Florence, its time for the touristy things. Here are my top 10 things to do in Firenze. If you have any other ideas, leave them in the comments!

My favorite thing to do in Florence is to grab a bottle of wine and some meats and cheese and head up to Piazzale Michaelangelo to watch the sunset. It's the best thing to do with a group of friends or for a date.

Climb the Duomo or the Bell Tower... I personally think that the view from the Bell Tower is prettier because you can see the Duomo and all of Florence.

Spend the afternoon wandering around the Uffizi gazing at gorgeous paintings like The Birth of Venus by Botticelli.

Check out the David in Accademia Gallery (make sure to book tickets ahead of time!).

Have a picnic in the Bobobli Gardens and wander around taking in the beautiful grounds of the Pitti Palace. 

Head inside of Santa Croce to visit the tombs of people like Machiavelli and Michelangelo.

Head to San Lorenzo and shop for some leather goods. Make sure you check that the leather is authentic!!

Try some wine and cheese in the Central Market.

Stroll over the Ponte Vecchio or take in the view along the Arno.

People watch in Piazza della Signoria or Piazza della Repubblica.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Boyfriend Jeans and Pineapples

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Ray Ban Aviators, Target Tank Top, American Eagle Boyfriend Jeans, 
Lily Pulitzer for Target Sandals, Brooklyn Industries Bag

I have not taken these shoes off since I got back from Italy. I'm obsessed with them! I'm currently on my road trip to Florida. I'm hanging in the hotel room in Wilmington, NC. I can't wait to go find all of the places that One Tree Hill was filmed tomorrow!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Links I Love 12



Shameless plug for myself...Check out my Florence Food/Drink/Party Guide.

I'm moving to Florida next week!! I want to buy all of the bathing suits in the world.

Since I've been back home, my Dad and I have been making a ton of Blue Apron Meals... You need to check them out!

I'm on a workout kick which means that I need some cute new clothes to motivate myself.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Road Trip Playlist



Making a playlist for your road trip is important because who likes listening to commercials all of the time? Definitely not me.... I've been home for about a week and a half now and I think I've listened to more commercials than songs on the radio by far.

It's crazy... Anyways, I started making a playlist for my week long road trip and I'm going to keep adding to it! You can add some songs if you'd like too! Right now there are songs that I can't get out of my head on there. If you think I'd like something, add it on there.


Can anyone help me figure out how to change my country on spotify? Its set to Italy and I can't change it back for some reason!

Thanks

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Road Trip Essentials

I'm leaving on Monday to embark on the road trip that will complete my big move to Florida. I posted about my road trip plans a few months back, and just to give you a refresher, my Mom and I will be stopping in Wilmington, NC on Monday night, Charleston, SC on Tuesday night and then spending Wednesday and Thursday nights in Savannah, GA.

I'm really looking forward to it, as I've never been to any of those places before and neither has my Mom. I've started to pack up all of the things I brought home with me from Italy, and a big part of that is packing my bag for the car ride.

There are of course essentials that are necessary for every big road trip, and since this one lasts a week, theres no shortage of planning...



Here are some of my road trip essentials:

1. Extra Polaroid Film - I love capturing moments with a polaroid camera and extra film is a must.

2. Polaroid Camera - Taking a photo with a polaroid is so much more fun than just using your phone or camera. I have a ton of polaroids that I hang on a cork board in my room.

3. iPhone 6 with a great case - I can't go anywhere without my phone. When I don't have it, I feel like I'm missing something. And yes, while this is pathetic, your iPhone can do pretty much anything these days. I use mine for GPS and I also need to make a killer playlist since I'll be in the car for five days.

4. Sunnies - It's important to have a great pair of sunglasses to wear so that you can drive without straining your eyes.

5. GoPro Camera- I have become obsessed with filming my experiences so that I can make videos (stay tuned for the most epic video of my time abroad this year). I'm absolutely going to document our road trip to Florida and make a video.

6. Incase Portable Power 5400 - Since my Mom and I will both be in the car and we won't be able to both use the car charger, I think its a great idea to travel with a portable charger. This Incase charger gives you up to two full charges on your phone, so its totally ideal for a long car ride. It's also perfect because the USB that charges it is attached and I'm always losing cords.

7. Hand Sanitizer - You're stopping at reststops, eating and pumping gas. So, its necessary to bring hand sanitizer or wipes with you to keep germs at bay.

8. Headphones - Sometimes, when you're in a car with someone for a long time, its nice to put in your headphones and take an hour for yourself.

9. iPad - You can play games, you can read books and magazines... Sometimes entertainment is something you need.

10. Snacks -  Reststops can get a bit pricey, so its a good idea to pack some extra snacks. Just stop at a grocery store before you leave and put a bag of goodies together!

This post was brought to you by Incase, but as always, all opinions are my own!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Florence Food Guide

I spent almost a year living in Florence, and you can pretty much wander into any hole in the wall and eat a great meal. Still, I had my favorites and some places that deserve to be mentioned. So, here is my list of all things food and drink in Florence. (I know its a bit long, but I lived there for so long, I couldn't leave places out!)



Lunchtime Spots

Pino's Sandwiches - Pino is an absolute delight. He's by far one of the kindest and most welcoming people I met while in Florence. Introduce yourself when you go in, choose from one of the delicious sandwiches on the menu or ask him to surprise you...You can't go wrong. 

All'Antico Vinaio - Perhaps the most famous sandwich spot, Antico Vinaio always has a line wrapped around the corner. Trust me, its worth the wait. Here's a little insider tip: the Osteria across the street by the same name, is the same place, and they make sandwiches there...The line is almost always shorter on that side of the road. Just choose what meat you want and then have them make the rest of the sandwich. I've never gotten the same thing twice and I've never had a bad sandwich. Plus, the bread is always hot out of the oven.

Gusta Pizza -  Located on the other side of the Arno River, Gusta (which has been featured on tv shows like Diners, Dives and Drive Ins) is by far the best pizza I've ever had. Made fresh to order, you can choose from a classic margarita pizza to a spicy salami pizza to a pizza covered in fresh eggplant. Make sure to check the special board which is located next to the big menu hanging on the wall. When its nice out, take your pizza to go and eat it on the steps of the church in Santa Spirito. 

Pane e Toscana - The best sandwich on the menu is the Pisano - wild boar salami, blueberry jam, and pecorino cheese. The combination of the jam and cheese is incredible. You can get your sandwich on a small panino or get scachatta bread (which is always my choice). If you're going to be in Florence for awhile, make sure to get a punch card, after 10 sandwiches, your 11th is free. 

Mercato Centrale - If you get here before 2pm, you can make a meal out of the samples on the bottom floor. If not, head upstairs and check out one of the many food stands. Choose from the freshest hamburger you'll ever have, to delicious vegetarian fare. If burgers aren't your thing, you can always get homemade pasta or pizza. If you want to sit and have a meat and cheese plate and sip on some wine, you can do that too. 


Brunch

Le Vespe Cafe - On the healthier side, this cafe creates fresh brunch all day. The food is delicious (my favorite is the grilled cheese with caramelized onions, spinach and bacon or the eggs Benedict). They make fresh juices and freshly brewed coffee. The only thing is that its always packed and the service isn't that wonderful. So, if you aren't in a rush and want to sit and enjoy yourself, this is the place to go!

The Diner - The owner of The Diner, Val, is awesome. He also own Acqua al'2 and Blob. But anyways, The Diner is a great spot to pick up an American Coffee or sit down and have breakfast or a burger. It looks like an American Diner so if you're feeling nostalgic for home, look no further. 


Dinner

La Giostra - The best meal I had in Florence. Make a reservation, ask to sit in the main room and sit back and enjoy your complimentary glass of Prosecco and House Appetizer. Its definitely more on the pricier side, but its completely worth it. The Burrata Cheese appetizer is the greatest thing I've ever tasted...(I'm still trying to find out where the fig jam they use is from). Their Pear Ravioli is to die for and the Balsamic Steak is perfect to share. Order the cheesecake at the end of the meal and prepare to be amazed. 

Acqua Al'2 - Try the Blueberry Steak. Yes, it sounds weird, but its one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted. If you're a little nervous, order the steak sampler instead so that you can try a few smaller pieces of meat. The pasta sampler is great if you want to try a few different ones. Make a reservation because its almost always packed here. 

Trattoria ZaZa - If you LOVE truffles, you must visit ZaZa. I lived across the street from here and my roommate and I love to go eat here. They have a menu that consists of all dishes that contain truffle. If you are interested in eating a decadent meal that won't break the bank, definitely make a reservation here. 

Il Profeta - I think my favorite thing about this place was that the owner came over to the table and explained the entire menu to us. It's a little overpriced, but the food is very good and its a famous restaurant. Perhaps one of the most famous dishes is the John Travolta pasta - if you want to order this, share it with the table and then have everyone else order their own dish. We didn't end up with enough food, but let me tell you, the poached pear dessert was mind blowing.

Osteria de Benci - Drunkhard Spaghetti and Strawberry Risotto are the way to go here. While definitely the most interesting pasta dishes I had in Italy, the spaghetti and risotto are perfect to order and share with someone. They are both incredibly rich, but totally worth it. 

Il Teatro -  One word: Coccoli. Think fried dough, stracchino cheese, and prosciutto. Literally the best appetizer in the WORLD. I could eat fifty of these delicious things. Il Teatro definitely leads the ranks with theirs. Sometimes, I would go and just order it. 

Il Gatto e la Volpe - If you go to this spot for one reason, make it for their balsamic and their bread. It's so tasty. You won't leave any bread on the plate and you'll be licking your dish clean. Order the Spaghetti Carbonara for your pasta dish and fall in love.


Gelato

La Carraia - There are two locations for this delicious gelato spot. My favorite flavor here is definitely the mint chocolate chip. It's one of the only gelato places that serves the flavor. 

Dei Neri - You must order a cone with Salted Caramel and Pistachio. Its my favorite gelato place and the best combination I had all year. 

Il Gelato Gourmet - They have the best fig gelato in the WORLD. Its seasonal so look for it from early summer to early fall. 

Gelaterai Edoardo - The best thing about this place is they make their own cones, fresh, everyday. If you walk past this place, you're done for because the smell alone will force you to try one. They have all organic gelato and their coconut stracciatella flavor is the best thing ever if you're lactose intolerant or just don't like milk. 

La Strega Nocciola - This spot is on the other side of the river and has more decadent flavors like lavender and tangerine. Its delicious. I like to grab a gelato from here and then take a walk over the Ponte Vechhio. 


Bars

Uncle Jimmys - Looking for a little slice of America in Florence? Go here. Everyone is so friendly and some of the bartenders are good friends of mine! If you're feeling ballsy, order a Flux and brace yourself. 

Kikuya - Come for a dragoon and then let the night unfold. Kikuyu is a tiny little bar and is a great hang out spot.

Lions Fountain - This place will always hold a special place in my heart since I had to work here every Wednesday night while I lived in Florence. If you're looking for a college type bar, this is your place. Owned by the same people as Uncle Jimmy's, these two spots are awesome. 

The Red Garter - Karaoke, beer pong, and American food... What could be better then that?

Atlantic Pub - I'm definitely biased about this since I lived above this bar, but this place is a perfect spot to stop in for a quick drink. They make the BEST mojitos. 

Blob - Go on a Monday for great music. Blob stays open late, so its the perfect place to head to after hours. 

Ebys - The greatest and most unique shots you'll find. Have the owner make you a shot and prepare to be amazed by the ingredients he uses...think coffee, oranges and sugar... 

Late Night Food

Secret Bakery - Follow your nose and get ready for the freshest most delicious treats you can find. 

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