Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre 1One of the most beautiful days that I spent in Italy was in Cinque Terre. A portion of the coast along the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There was damage to some of the hiking trails after a landslide occurred a couple of years ago so we were unable to walk the entire coastline but the parts we were able to see were gorgeous regardless.

Cinque Terre 2(The first village we stopped at was called Monterosso)

Cinque Terre(There were little markets everywhere. I regret not getting this killer poster)

Cinque Terre(Britt checking out the water)

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Hike(There were lots of little waterfalls along the hike to Vernazza)

Cinque Terre(Our first view of Vernazza)

Vernazza

Britt jumped into the water while I shopped around for trinkets. I remember it being one of the most perfect days in Italy, the weather was never better. I think I found my happy place, where my hair can run wild. Omg, what is going on with our messy buns?!

Berlin Sunsets.

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While it rained quite a bit while I was in Germany, it cleared up a for my last few days in order to enjoy some beautiful terrace sunsets.  My friend, Darcy, and I loved to lounge up here with a nice cold beer after a long day of exploring.  The best part about traveling is you walk, walk, and walk until your feet are about to fall off. So a beer and a lounge are very well deserved by that point! More to come soon!

I’m Gonna Eat You Up.

Anyone who knows Brittany and me will tell you we both love to eat. That didn’t change one bit in Italy, in fact I think our love of eating heightened to dangerous levels. Once we were done with a meal, we were discussing what we would eat next. After looking through my photos I was alarmed by how many pictures of food I took, but not alarmed enough to not share them with you! Take a look as we ate our way through Italy.

Gelato(I tried every flavor, I guarantee it!)

Coffee

(At times two cappuccinos were ordered, walking gets tiring!)

Meringues(This meringue was the size of my head. Don’t worry, I ate 1/10th of it and then decided that was enough sugar for the day)

Taffy

(This watermelon taffy was amazingly delicious!)

Arancini(My boyfriend and I make arancini once per quarter, that’s all we’re allowed to consume. But when the cat’s away, the mouse will play)

Sweets(We love candy, we love it. And the sweet stores were so beautiful in Venice!)

Lemonade(Britt found this lemon slushie that made our mouths pucker. I am obsessed with lemons so this was a real treat!)

Pizza(What?)

The one thing I learned about Italy? It’s delicious.

Real Berlin Update!

Sorry for the Ryan Gosling Berlin update but you can only imagine my excitement when I rounded the corner not knowing where I was and saw that sweet face looking back at me.  Anyway, the weather has been all over the place here in Berlin but I’ve managed to bike, walk, and train around all over the city.  It’s a very interesting city and one that very much reminds me of San Francisco.

image(The nightlife is a huge part of Berlin’s culture as well as art.  This was made solely out of masking tape)

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Biking Day Dream.

While in Lucca, I was able to ride around the wall surrounding the village. It was very beautiful and the weather was perfect. I insisted on wearing a skirt and in the past, that has ended with me being blinded because my skirt has flown up over my head and obscured my vision. Since that fateful Golden Gate Bridge bike ride I have learned to wear a much longer skirt, one I can tuck under my legs. It’s fashionable and suitable for me to be around families. Win-win.

Lucca Bike Ride(Make sure you have a sick ride with a loud bell, it’s super hip and keeps you safe while you’re ridin’ the open road)

Lucca

(My skirt went just below my knees, it kept me cool and felt retro)

bike Riding(Close up of that sweet bike bell and this cute bracelet I got in a church in Sienna)

Bike riding(For leisurely rides it’s okay to wear sandals, especially if they have straps. I grabbed these cuties at Target right before my trip. They are super comfortable)

Bike riding(This skirt is an oldie but a goodie from Anthropologie)

One of my favorite Summer activities is bike cruising. I like to feel the warm breeze on my skin as I pass by the blossoming flowers. Maybe pack a picnic and cruise on down to your local park next weekend, I couldn’t think of a better or more relaxing thing to do.

Berlin Update.

Ok, so it’s not a real Berlin photo update which I have lots of as well but I told you I think Ryan gosling is following me!!  Berlin is super cool and hip.  It actually reminds me a lot of San Francisco.  I feel very inspired by the style and art here.  It’s definitely a very unique city. Happy Friday!

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Vacation Swimming.

There’s something special about a swimming pool when you are on vacation, it’s the ultimate way to refresh yourself. But when you’re on vacation you can’t just swim all willy-nilly, you have to look and feel your best! That’s why waterproof sunscreen and mascara are a must but what about your hair? I figured out the best way to pull it back and keeping it looked polished even when you’re in the water.

Tuscany(Waterproof sunscreen and mascara, and a lot of red lipstick)

Tuscany(Take the front of your hair and twist it as tight as you can. It will start to create some volume that way and you can secure it easily with bobby pins)

Tuscany(It doesn’t hurt if you have a Tuscan Italian village to stare down at)

Tuscany

Tuscany(My makeup is keeping it together after being in the water for some time)

Tuscany(Smooth back your stray hairs once you get out from under the water)

Tuscany

Ok, so this isn’t the normal kind of swimming but it’s still important to make sure you slather on sunscreen and make sure your mascara doesn’t run all over your face and make you look like a raccoon! What are you waiting for? Get out there and start enjoying your Summer!

Switzerland Update.

I was in Switzerland last week and what a beautiful week it was.  I have SO many photos to share with you all once I get back.  It was hands down my favorite place on this planet that over seen so far in my life.  I also got very lucky with the weather.

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Lost in Venice.

One thing I learned very quickly from my stay in Venice is that you always need a map! All of the streets look the same so I had to remember where I had been by the shops that I had seen along my way.  Another thing I learned was bring a hat, you never know when it will start to sprinkle!

Venice

(Most hotels will have handy and easy to read maps for you to take)

Venice(I got this hat at Urban Outfitters about a year ago, it’s been one of my best purchases)

Venice(This gigantic necklace from Anthropologie adds a lot of flare to this striped shirt)

Venice

Venice is one big beautiful maze! Pay attention to the landmarks around you because hardly ANYONE references the street names, it’s like they don’t exist. But getting lost is kind of the fun part, right?

Italian Hide Out

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Starting the trip in Italy was amazing.  I’m still on an incredible adventure but wanted to share wine of the most beautiful places we found in Italy.  Up tucked away in the Italian mountains was a very, very small village (no more than 20 residents max) and the plus side of this was enjoying some of the most phenomenal views while relaxing in the afternoons after a long day of wandering.

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