Midi Skirt / Camo Jacket / Glitter Vans / Versailles

H&M Beanie, similar HERE / H&M Skirt / Express Jacket / Vans Sneakers / Similar Scarf

On our last full day in Paris, my husband finally had a free day.  He’s been to Paris before and had a couple excursions still on his wish list.  One was to visit the Palace of Versaille.  Versaille is only about a half hour train ride so I got online and booked a guided tour.  It was only about $46 per person and well worth it.

We met our english speaking guide with our group across the street from the train station and walked over the palace together.  The 75 minute tour was the perfect length.  We felt like we got to see and learn enough without it being too much.  It’s so surreal to hear the stories of how the palace came to exist, who lived there and what went on!  I highly recommend this tour.

Unfortunately it was the only day that rained on our trip.  Even thought the tour is inside you are free to tour the gardens after which we would have done more of if it had been nicer.

I picked up this beanie while in Paris at an H&M.  It’s sold out online but you may be able to find it in store.  HERE is a similar option.  Between the cold and the rain, I definitely needed a hat that day!

This lace midi skirt was comfortable for walking around.  I dressed it down with my camo jacket and glitter Vans.  I’m thankful I had broken them in before the trip.  Just a warning that they are very stiff at first but it only takes a few wears to break them in.  Size down a half size.

Oh and we didn’t have lunch that day so by the time we got back to Paris around 4:00 pm we were STARVING!  Our train stop was by the Musée d’Orsay so I did a Yelp search for the closest restaurant to that.  We walked a few blocks to Les Antiquares.  It was so cutely decorated in there and we had the best burgers!  I had definitely indulged in amazing French cuisine all week but at that moment a burger was what we needed.

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Long Sleeve Maxi Dress / Teddy Bear Coat / Paris: Where to shop and dine

Free People Dress, similar HERE / Charles David Booties, similar HERE / Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody / Kendra Scott Necklace / BB Dakota Coat, similar HERE

One of the things I love about a maxi dress is how it can be dressed up or down.  I’m especially fond of the long sleeve type.  I found this one from Free People for $29.99 at a Marshall’s in Denver on a trip there this past spring.  I put it away for the fall and I have gotten so much wear out of it already.  Not only did I wear it on my birthday this October but I also wore it on a day of exploring Paris earlier this month.  I tracked 11.5 miles on my FitBit that day and I was as comfortable as could be!  HERE it is in another print and HERE is a similar style.

I started the day by visiting Galeries Lafayette which is one of the most beautiful and biggest department stores I’ve ever seen.  The top floor even has an outdoor cafe with panoramic views of the city.

Next I walked to the area of La Marais based on a recommendation from my sister inlaw.  It’s filled with boutiques and restaurants.  She had actually recommended a fallafel restaurant, L’as du Fallafel, not for the ambience, but for the best fallafel.  The did have some inside seating but majority of people wait in a fast moving line to order from a window and take it with you which is what I did.  So glad I went.  It was delish!!

As I made my way back to my hotel (the Westin Vendome), I did a little shopping back near the Galeries Lafayette.  In addition to checking out a few boutiques, I always make it a point to check out the local Zaras and H&Ms.  Even though we have them at home and can order online, the inventory is alway slightly different so I feel like I have to investigate!

My hotel was just a few blocks from Rue Saint Honore, a prestigious shopping area.  It’s worth it just to take a stroll through the area to see the beautiful stores.  Trust me that I was strictly window shopping except for the one very small Zara oddly placed among the row of high end stores!

After my husband finished work we cabbed over for dinner with the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, Cafe de l’Homme.  On our drive it was sparkling with twinkling lights and we learned that it did that for five minutes every hour on the hour.  So magical!  We requested to sit on the patio for the view.  It was a little cool that night and, while I was surprised they didn’t have outdoor heaters, they did offer blankets which was a nice touch.  Between that and my teddy bear coat I was totally comfortable!  (HERE is a similar style).

We not only enjoyed the view, but the food was delicious and we had great service.  The restaurant was busy but shockingly not packed.  We had a reservation but really didn’t need it.  The restaurant was recommended to us from some good friends of ours.  It could be a hidden gem but I don’t know how!  Definitely put this place on your list of restaurants to visit if you find yourself in Paris….and make a reservation just in case word spreads!

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Cyber Monday / Chenille Dress / Over the Knee Boots / Blanket Scarf / Champagne Region

Xhilaration Dress / Catherine Malandrino boots, similar HERE and HERE / Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody / Similar Blanket Scarf / Spanx Tights / Sheer Berry LipSense

How is your Cyber Monday going so far?  The deals are said to be some of the best ever.  Some stores are offering up to 50% off, like one of my favorites, Express (AND FREE SHIPPING!)  I’ve knocked a few gifts off my list and am trying so hard not to buy for myself.  The struggle is real!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, let’s focus on this look.  The dress is one of the hottest textures right now, chenille!  I had some major 90’s flashbacks when I started seeing it everywhere in stores.  It took me a minute but I finally caved  when I saw this chenille dress.  I love the cutout in the back and the subtle balloon sleeves.  It’s not on sale but even at full price it’s a total steal!  It’s available in one other color.  I’m wearing an XS for reference.

I wore this on a recent trip to Paris.  My husband was there for business and I had the amazing opportunity to go with him.  Like most of his business trips that I tag along for, he usually has at least one day where he is gone early in the morning into the night.  I’ve started a tradition of taking a wine tour on those days.  My first one was in Melbourne last year and the second in Tuscany last spring.  I chose a small tour to the Champagne region this time.

The weather was supposed to be in the high 50’s that day so I paired my chenille dress with some Spanx tights which are 20% off today.  I also chose my Catherine Malandrino over the knee boots which were perfect for any walking we did.  Mine are no longer available and while the wedge is nice you’ll be much more relevant in THESE (Cyber Monday special plus free shipping) and THESE (low price with FREE SHIPPING today) with a chunky heel.

A friend of mine bought me this scarf from an Etsy seller last year.  It’s one of my faves!  HERE is a similar one (currently 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING).

One of my favorite recent scores is this Rebecca Minkoff Mini Moto SatchelHERE is one marked down 20%!  It’s the perfect size for traveling when you only want to carry a small wallet, your phone, and a lip gloss!

I highly recommend this tour!  I met a group of 8 people including our driver at a Paris cafe where we were taken to visit the chapel with Dom Perignon’s grave.

We then went to a small champagne producer, Pierre Domi, who’s owner gave us a tour and education on how champagne is made (in french with english translation by our driver).  We ended in his tasting room where we were served 3 full glasses of different champagnes they make.  I brought a bottle of their Rose and Blanc de Blanc back with me but they were all good!

We were then dropped off in the town of Epernay for lunch on our own.  From there we walked to Moet & Chandon which is the largest producer of champagne in the world!  Again, we toured and got more education about production.  Before we left we were served a glass of one of their champagnes that left a few of us wanting more!

On our way back to Paris we stopped at the Cathedral of Reims which was beyond gorgeous!  It was a long day but so worth it and nice to see more of the country.

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Leather Vest / Pompom Beanie / Teddy Bear Coat / Paris / Black Friday

Free People Sweater / Skies are Blue Vest / J Brand Pants / BB Dakota Coat, similar HERE / Charles David Booties, similar HERE / F21 Beanie, similar HERE / Ray-Ban Sunglasses / LipSense in Goddess

You might be surprised to hear this but…wait for it….I’m not a huge Black Friday shopper!  Gasp!  I know.  I’m on the hunt year round for deals but battling crowds is just not my thing.  The good news is if you’re like me there are still plenty of deals to be had online and you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday to find them.  I can’t think of a retailer that isn’t running some sort of sale online right now.

Just about everything I’m wearing in these photos is on sale!  Let’s start with the things that are.  I found this Free People sweater on a recent trip to NYC at Saks Off 5th.  It’s a lightweight sweater that will go with just about anything.  I love the ruffle balloon sleeves.  It’s not necessarily meant to be an off the shoulder sweater but it is roomy enough to pull it over your shoulders if you want to.  I’m wearing an XS but would size up if I really wanted to go for the OTS look.

I’m so glad I could still find these pants for you after owning them for a few years.  They are J Brand and they are one of my favorite pairs of pants.  The length is perfect for wearing with booties.

I found this snuggly BB Dakota teddy bear coat last year.  I’m still seeing them around and found this one on major sale HERE!

Pompom beanies are my current obsession.  I’ve had this one for a few years but HERE is a similar style….on sale of course!

My all time favorite Ray-Ban aviators are on sale today for Black Friday HERE!  I try out different styles here and there but these never go out of style and tend to be my go tos.

My red vegan leather vest isn’t on sale but it’s still a great price.  It’s great quality and the perfect layering piece.

I’m wearing Goddess by LipSense which is my current favorite color of the 50 available!  I’m running some great Black Friday deals HERE!  Check them out.  It’s a great time to stock up on LipSense in addition to the other Senegence products including skincare and other makeup.

I want to spend some more time telling you about my trip to Paris soon but want to leave you with this to start.  It was my first trip and I certainly hope it won’t be my last.  There is so much to see and do.  The people I encountered were friendly (contrary to what I’ve heard), the food was delicious, and the shopping was endless!  These photos were taken on a walk through the Champs de Elysee (a street lined with retail and boutique shops) on the way to the Arche de Triomphe.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones!

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Kimono / Distressed Jeans / Peep Toe Booties / Megyn Kelly Today

Angie Kimono, similar HERE and HERE / Michael Kors Booties / Carolina Belle Jacket / Express Jeans / Nadri Necklace / Similar Earrings / Express Cami, similar HERE / Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag, similar HERE / Rayban Sunglasses / Sheer Berry LipSense

I so love this style of kimono.  It is less robe and more boho fun!  In the summer I love it with a tank, cutoff shorts, and sandals and even as a swim coverup.  HERE is the same style in a different print and HERE is a slightly different style in a longer length that I also own.

On this fall day in NYC,  I wore mine with a blousy cami from Express that I’ve had for awhile.  HERE is a similar style.  I also chose these distressed skinny jeans that are so super comfy and 40% off.

I did some shopping in the city a couple days before at the original Saks Off Fifth.  It was SO much nicer than the one local to me!  One of the first things I spotted when I walked in was this Rebecca Minkoff Mini Moto Satchel in the clearance area for $70!  No brainer.  I am such a big fan of her bags, I can’t get enough of this color, and the price couldn’t be beat!  I found it HERE for you in another gorgeous color.  If you have your heart set on burgundy, HERE is another bag I’ve been stalking online which is currently 40% off!

Another major find were these Michael Kors peep toe wedge booties.  I had been on the hunt for the perfect pair of peep toe booties this fall and was beginning to think I wasn’t going to.  I was envisioning a block heel but couldn’t resist these adorable wedges.  (I did find some block heel peep toe booties at another store later that day which I also had to have!  They were both amazing deals that I couldn’t pass up.)

Like many of my trips, this trip to NYC was a business trip for my husband.  I had a lot of solo time and while I knew I would make some time for shopping, I made plans to fill some of the rest of my time.  I have been to a couple talk show tapings in LA in the past and thought I’d try to see if I could get last minute tickets to any in NYC.

I was able to get tickets to the new Megyn Kelly Today show for one of the mornings.  I had such a great experience that I decided to go back for a second show the next day when I found out I was able to get more tickets.  Both days I was lucky enough to be seated on stage behind where Megyn interviews her guests.  LOTS of unexpected tv time!

The whole experience at NBC was so nice for guests.  There was a very quick and orderly process to get us to the Peacock Lounge where we they had coffee and muffins waiting for us.  We spent a little time in there and received direction from staff before being escorted and seated in the studio.

The first day the guests were Nia Vardalos and Shawn Johnson. The next day Dr. Oz.  She is also incorporating non-celebrity guests to share some of their personal stories.  One of the days she had a family on that had lost two of their high school aged sons in one night due to an opioid overdose.  My heart went out to them.  It must have been so hard for them but the message they shared is so important.

Each day after the show Megyn stayed on set for a Facebook Live recording.  The audience was able to submit questions ahead of time and one of mine was selected the first day.  (I asked her who her favorite interview has been since starting the new show.  Her answer was the cast of This is Us.)

I was a little mixed on Megyn’s show before seeing it in person.  My view is that a month into it she was still looking to find her groove.  This is clearly something very different than she’s done before.  After seeing her in person, I give her a lot more credit.  She seems very genuine and wants to make a show that appeals to the audience.  She even asked for our input after the show both days.  I applaud her for taking a risk on something that is probably a little out of her comfort zone.  She has already made changes and will probably continue to.  I know she has a lot of critics.  I believe in giving people a chance.  I wish her the best on her new show and I highly recommend getting tickets to see it if you are in NYC.

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Faux Fur Jacket / Lace Midi Dress / Velvet Heels / Waitress on Broadway

Elliatt Dress, similar HERE and HERE / TopShop Shoes, similar HERE / Express Clutch, similar HERE and HERE / Carolina Belle Jacket / LipSense in Plum

It had been a few years since I was in the Big Apple and I was so happy to be able to take another trip a few weeks ago!  It’s a city I never tire of.  The last time I was there is was in February and FREEZING but somehow I still had a blast!  However, I was ultra thankful to be able to experience it in reasonable fall temperatures this time.

My husband was there for business but was able to join me for a Broadway show the first night.  I’d love to see Hamilton but just couldn’t stomach the ticket prices.  I hear Dear Evan Hansen is another great show to see but those tix weren’t much better.  A friend recommended Waitress and we were able to get tickets for half off!  It was a cute and entertaining show that we both enjoyed.  I recommend it if you get the chance to see it.

I found this gorgeous lace midi dress at a Marshall’s in Denver last spring and have been dying to have an occasion to wear it!  I don’t know how it was $29.99 but yay for me!  I found similar dresses for you HERE and HERE in a couple colors that will be perfect for the holidays.

Because you can never have too much faux fur, I HAD to have this jacket that I found at TJ Maxx for less than $40.  It has a blush hue to it which I personally love.

I splurged (for me!) on these nude velvet heels last year.  I love them so much but I don’t recommend walking long distances in them.  I probably walked at least 20 long blocks in them round trip and was definitely ready to have them off when we got back to the hotel.  For minimal walking and standing they are worth it!  They are available in gray HERE and on major sale.  I also found a similar style HERE.

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Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress / Anniversary Photos

Yesterday marked the third anniversary of my marriage to this hunk!  One of the places we considered getting married was Positano, Italy.  Ultimately we determined it wasn’t logistically going to work for our family and friends so we got married on the beach in Naples, Florida instead.

(Don’t worry, I’ve got your covered with details on my look.  Keep reading to the end!)

Fast forward three years and we found ourselves in Positano for a brief vacation after my husband attended to some business in Rome.  It was every bit as beautiful, magical, and romantic as I had dreamed it would be.

We never had engagement photos taken and find it difficult to get good photos together especially when traveling alone.  Oh sure we get a few from the random stranger or waiter but they are rarely something we are both happy with.  We decided it might be nice to get some professional photos taken on this trip during our anniversary month.

A friend gave me a recommendation for a photographer that wasn’t available.  I began my research to find someone else and stumbled across a company called Flytographer.  They have photographers all over the world with a set fee for photo shoots or various lengths to capture your vacation or special moments.  You are able to view the bio and portfolio of the photographers that shoot in the destination you are traveling to.

Flytographer has 3 photographers that shoot in the Amalfi Coast.  I ended up choosing Chiara but all three had similar styles.  I was looking for someone who could capture candid moments and help direct those to happen.  I wanted to capture the scenery but also wanted the shots to be tight enough to show our expressions.

I spent some time creating a Pinterest board that showed the types of shots I was looking for and included it in the info Flytographer requested.  My contact confirmed the information but when we met the photographer she didn’t seem to have reviewed the photos I had sent.  I briefly tried to explain what I was looking for but honestly was a little flustered.

I had also requested our shoot be at sunset or right before.  Flytographer actually even suggested that most photographers like that time.  Our shoot was scheduled for 4:30 which I thought was a little early.  As a result, I feel like a lot of the photos are a little washed out in the background due to the brightness.  I would have like to showcase the vividness of the beautiful colors of the Positano buildings and houses.

Don’t get me wrong, Chiara was as sweet as can be and I do like some of the shots.  I didn’t want a ton of photos of us staring at the camera but I feel like majority of the photos are of us staring at each other.  I had hoped to get other types of candid photos as I had provided in my examples on my Pinterest board.   Overall I’m happy with the photos and they are growing on me.  They aren’t exactly what I envisioned but we really only need a few good ones.

You might be surprised but I would use Flytographer again.  I think the rates are reasonable and it’s a great idea.  However, there a few things I would do differently.  I would probably go with a half hour instead of the hour we chose.  I didn’t want to be rushed and it wasn’t that much more. But, I think we probably got what we needed in the first half hour.

Also, I would insist upon the time slot right before sunset.  Lighting is so important.  Lastly, based on our experience, I would not assume that the photographer is reading everything that is sent to them through Flytographer regarding our wishes.  I would email them directly to make sure they have a clear understanding and copies of the examples I had provided.

Chiara did take a few individual photos of us, which I didn’t request, but will help me showcase my look for you! Scroll down for shopping links.

Express Dress, similar HERE // Catherine Malandrino Shoes, similar HERE and HERE // J. Crew Earrings, similar HERE // Kendra Scott Bracelet, similar HERE // Stella & Dot Choker

I didn’t really plan on buying a new dress for this shoot but when I came across this cold shoulder maxi dress and I just HAD to have it!  I’ve been eyeing a similar style for about a year now that is more than double the price!  I thought the color would look great with the buildings in Positano but ultimately I love the flowy romantic feel to it.  It was a tad long on me and if I were wearing it for anything else I might have had the hem taken up in the back.  I just let it drag and flow behind me for the photos.  I did get a little dirt on it but it came out easily in the washer when I got home.  This color is currently not available but comes in a few others and a print.  Also, HERE is a similar style.

My husband was panicking about what he was going to wear because of how “dressy” he thought my dress was.  Guys!  Just because it’s long doesn’t mean it’s formal!  Stilettos would have made it seem even more dressy but to keep it more casual I went with these block heel lace-up sandals.  A stiletto would have given me more height which I could have used but I also knew we would be walking hundreds of stairs (literally!) so these were the obvious choice.  HERE and HERE are similar styles.

I kept my accessories simple with a gold choker, crystal cluster earrings, similar HERE and a dainty rose gold bracelet, similar HERE.

You know that if I got married today my wedding dress would be some variation of the cold shoulder or off the shoulder look!  I recently saw a tv segment on wedding dress trends and, big surprise, these were two of them!  Mine was strapless, which I really didn’t intend to have, but even three years ago there weren’t many other options.

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Tunic / High Waisted Jeans / Mules

Free People Tunic, similar HERE and HERE // Levis Jeans // Franco Sarto Mules // Rebecca Minkoff Backpack, similar HERE // Tom Ford Sunglasses

When I found this lace tunic on clearance at Macy’s recently I REALLY wanted it to be a dress!  Unfortunately it’s just a little too short in the back for my comfort level.  But it’s so super cute that I decided to get it anyway to pair with the jeans I also found there on sale.

I picked these up a day or two before we left for our trip to Italy and I kind of threw them in my suitcase not really knowing if I would need them.  Good thing I did because, as I mentioned in this post, low 60s on the Amalfi Coast felt a lot more like 75 so I needed something like this that wasn’t too hot.  HERE and HERE are some similar tunics.

Now to the jeans.  High waisted everything is popping up everywhere.  Shorts, skirts, jeans, swim bottoms, and even yoga pants.  I have a few pairs of high waisted yoga bottoms and, while they seemed weird at first, I’ve really grown to like them.  I love how they hold you in.  So, I thought it was time I invested in a pair of high waisted jeans.

These Levis have the perfect amount of stretch and distressing to make them so comfortable and my new favorite pair of jeans.  There is only one little “hole” that isn’t totally open so if you’re not into baring your thighs with your jeans, these are the ones you want!  They are a tiny bit long on me (I’m 5′ 4.5″) but I don’t want to lose the distressing on the bottom so I just flip them an inch or so on the bottom.  They were on sale for about $40 which great because I haven’t bought a great pair of jeans for anything close to that in a long time.  They are on sale again for just a few dollars more.

We haven’t had much “open toe weather” here at home so it was nice to finally break in my beloved gray mules on our visit to the Amalfi Coast. If you are wondering if mules are back in style, they are! This pair is so super comfortable.  I even wore them on the short plane ride back to Rome!

Lastly, I had my Tom Ford sunnies with me and it only seemed fitting to wear them at this resort.  When booking our stay in Positano I had intended for us to stay in the same hotel for all three nights.  However, the resort that we really wanted to stay at didn’t open for their season until the second night of our stay.  As much as a hassle as it is to move hotels, we decided this resort was probably worth it.

As we were checking in we were told that we were the first official guests of the season but we saw a small group of very fashionable girls checking out.  We were later told that the resort had opened a few days prior for an event that Tom Ford was hosting. The next day as we were heading back to the resort after our day trip to Capri, we were in the resort shuttle with a few bloggers who attended the event and stayed for another day.  After discovering they were bloggers my husband announced that I was a blogger too.  I can’t say that I get embarrassed easily but you can count that as one of the times!  Yes I am a blogger but I am less than a year into it and still getting my feet wet.  These girls have been at it for years and getting invited to events in Italy hosted by Tom Ford!!

If you ever get the chance to visit Positano put Il San Pietro on your list.  It was honestly the best experience.  It was beyond beautiful and the service was top notch.  We were greeted with welcome drinks of champagne with fresh pureed strawberries, marcona almonds, and olives.  Our room was so adorable with an amazing view.  The food is spectacular.  The pool and beach set up is to die for.  They grow their own vegetables.  The fitness facility is indoor and outdoor.  I mean who wouldn’t want to workout under a lemon tree with an incredible view of the Amalfi Coast??

 

Striped Lace Midi Slip Dress // Tuscany Wine Tour

Who What Wear Dress // Wildfox Top, similar HERE // Socialite Bomber Jacket, similar HERE // Adidas sneakers HERE and HERE // Rebecca Minkoff Backpack, similar HERE // Ray-Ban Sunglasses

On my recent trip to Italy, I had a few days on my own while my husband was working.  One of the days I decided to take a tour from Rome to Tuscany.  While initially I was hesitant to take a full day trip like this on my own with strangers, I am so glad that I went.

I met a tour guide and about 33 other people at 7:30 am to board a coach bus to start our day.  The guide from Dark Rome Tours spoke english and gave us good information about what to expect every step of the way.

Our first stop was about an hour and a half outside of Rome at a store, Etruria.  We were able to sample and purchase local food and beverage.

Next stop was in Montepulciano where we were met by a local guide who gave us a one hour walking tour of the this beautiful medieval town.

After that we continued on to Sant’Antimo Abbey in Montalcino where we stopped briefly before heading to lunch.  I literally started tearing up as we drove toward the vineyard.  I felt so lucky to have been able to have that experience.  I’ve been to my fair share of wineries but there was just something different about being in Tuscany.

We were served a three course meal and tasted wines at Poggio Il Castellare, including the best pecorino cheese and bruchetta I’ve ever had.  We had pasta made of pici noodles which consists of only flour and water.  Everything was so delicious!  All the wines were tasty but “the boss”, as our tour guide called it, was the Brunello de Montalcino.

The last stop was in the town of Pienza.  Here we were given 45 minutes to shop and tour the town on our own.

On the way back to Rome we stopped at Etruria again to use the facilities and make any last minute purchases.  It was a long day but so worth it!

I wore this striped lace midi slip dress layered with a cropped muscle tank, similar HERE underneath.  It was perfect for traveling and walking around.

I brought my olive velvet bomber jacket, similar HERE, for those moments when it was a little cool.  My Adidas Superstars dressed down the dress for a more casual vibe and were comfortable with all of the walking we did.  HERE they are in gray and on major sale!  Don’t forget to size a full size down in these.

If you haven’t been, you should definitely put Italy on your travel list and get to Tuscany if you can!

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Denim Choker // Fashion Baseball Cap // Fashion Backpack

H&M Top, similar HERE and HERE // Free People Overalls // Converse Sneakers // BB Dakota Jacket // F21 Choker // Stella & Dot Bracelet // BP. Baseball Cap, similar HERE and HERE // Rebecca Minkoff Backpack, similar HERE and HERE // Kendra Scott Ring, similar HERE

I knew I threw this hat in my suitcase for a reason!  In my pre-travel research of Rome I read that the spring can be a bit rainy so bringing a pair of fashionable rain boots is advisable.  Packing my rain boots seemed a bit much after already eliminating a pair of boots from my full suitcase.  In hindsight I should have found a way to make them fit but hopefully the rest of the trip will remain dry.

I had been eyeing this wool baseball cap at Nordstrom a few months ago and finally pulled the trigger when I saw it at Nordstrom Rack recently for less than $3!  It’s not available online but HERE and HERE are similar styles.

Needless to say, the pink suede sneakers I planned on wearing with this outfit were not going to happen on this rainy day.  With the umbrella I did pack (thinking I wouldn’t need it!), I decided my black Converse sneakers would be the least likely to get trashed of all of my available shoe options on this trip.

Stripes and off the shoulder tops are two of my favorites so combined into one, this fitted top was a no brainer!  I bought it at H&M in November but HERE and HERE are similar styles.  The fitted style works perfectly with these super comfortable skinny overalls.

If you haven’t already, you will see tons of denim accessories this spring.  This denim choker is a simple way to incorporate the trend into your look.

The other thing I’m seeing in just about every store are fashion back packs.  I found this Rebecca Minkoff backpack at Nordstrom Rack but HERE and HERE are some others worth consideration.

I wouldn’t say I’m an over packer but I do like to be prepared.  I did the best with what I had and it actually turned out to be just fine!

My husband and I took a guided tour of the Coliseum and the Roman Forum and I have to say it was a great experience.  I’m not necessarily big on tours but it honestly made our visit to these historical monuments much more meaningful.  It’s kind of mind boggling what really went on here back in the day.  Given the weather, my husband and I both admitted that had we not been on the tour we probably would have peeked in the Coliseum and then high tailed it somewhere indoors!

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