Home sweet home. I love coming back from Europe, because after every return I have a week or so where I wake up at around 6am and have fresh morning energy. I woke up at 5:30 this morning, made a cup of tea, and just roamed around my home admiring how pretty it’s becoming. While I was gone, my dad surprised me by having my entire place professionally cleaned for my birthday next week. It was the absolute sweetest gift, and I’ve got such a strong head start on getting my home so much closer to where I want it to be. The above is my living room wall, which is a work in progress for sure. You might recognize Bianca Green’s chevron flora ii pillow, which I’m more in love with now than ever. The pieces on the wall are a mix of personal effects and inspiration, ranging from a portrait of my great-grandmother to an album insert from The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour to a painting I did when I was 12.
As I get back on track with work and home life (I have yet to unpack, even though I came home Saturday), I’ll wrap up the editing and publishing of images from Italy. There are so many! I’m going to do my best to keep them at a reasonable amount so as to not club you all in the face with pictures. Until then!
I’ve made it to Italy, finally. We started planning this trip about three years ago, so it’s amazing to see it finally come to pass. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to blog or how often or if I’ll be writing up everything + sharing pictures when I return, so I thought I’d post a little teaser here, for now.
So far, this trip has been full of the following: oodles of eating, truckloads of walking, tons of coffee drinking (yes, me!), and gargantuan amounts of picture-taking. Random bits of shopping and market exploration top it all off, including today where I gleefully bought two new earthy perfumes only to find that they’re actually room sprays — maybe my boyfriend will never notice that I’m wearing a scent designed for a hallway entrance? My Italian is limited to saying “ciao,” asking “how much?” and requesting a bottle of still water, but I’m getting by. (sidenote: there’s far too much sparkling water in Italy. I wish I was cultured enough to enjoy it, but alas. No chance.)
The picture above is our first apartment in Rome. It. Was. A. Dream. Leaving there was one of the most difficult departures I’ve ever had, without a doubt. Big score for airbnb! I’ll be adding more pictures later of the trip at large, but here are some more snaps of the incredible apartment:
I mean, seriously. I could happily live there for the rest of my life. More pictures will (hopefully) be coming soon — I underestimated how much time would be spent away from the computer and out exploring! Unfortunately this results in little time at the computer and hundreds upon hundreds of photos to cull through for a blog post, it’s really quite a good problem to have. More soon!
It’s coming. It’s almost here. Whether or not I choose to believe it, my trip to Italy is only a few days away. Everyone keeps asking me if I’m excited; I am, of course, but it still seems like the reality hasn’t yet set in. ITALY. For TWO WEEKS. This will be my first vacation in over a year and a half, and the first time I’ll have more than three days in a row off from work. Come to me, my beautiful Roman respite.
Thanks to a mother who loves traveling more than she loves, I don’t know, CSI: Miami reruns or YouTube clips of babies laughing (she loves those a lot, you see), I caught the travel bug at an early age. I haven’t been out of the country in about 4 years, so I feel a bit starved for new culture and a little overzealous about planning and packing. This time around I’ve come across some new tips and helpful hints, so I thought I’d share them in the hopes that they help out anyone else thinking of taking a trip, a weekend off, or someone who just likes packing suitcases for the hell of it. So, here are some of my not-so-secret best-kept-secrets:
Whether I have a trip coming up or not, air bnb has become a favorite site of mine. I get to pore through endless photos of beautiful homes — some bohemian, some spacious, some cozy, some modern, some funky — and the sheer prospect of one day just MAYBE getting to stay there is enough to make me teem with giddiness. We used this site to book both of our apartments in Rome, so I’m ecstatic to try out the experience firsthand!
I have a major, major crush on Lisa Eldridge. She’s the hip Queen Mother of beauty advice, so it comes as little surprise that I’ve turned to her long haul flight beauty regime video countless number of times as I’ve thought about what products to bring with me in my carryon. And really, anyone who can make me feel more comfortable with the idea of putting on face cream and an eye mask before snoozing away on a 10-hour flight is a new best friend in my book.
I’m usually pretty good when it comes to packing exactly what I’ll need for a trip, but just to be on the safe side I whipped up a checklist. When I was searching around for some loose guidelines of what to bring on a 2-week jaunt to Europe, everything I found seemed to have been written by either Rick Steves or a 50-year-old woman who lives in Birkenstocks and quick-dry nylon shorts (not that I’m knocking them or anything — do your thing, ladies). It was tough to find anything that a younger woman might like to pack in order to feel well-prepared but not over-burdened with too many options, so here’s my downloadable pdf packing checklist for anyone who might care to use it for her own travels.
And that’s about it! Just some cursory tips, really, but ones that I’ve found helpful over the past couple of weeks. Stay tuned for pictures (very soon, I hope), and happy travels!
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