Outfits of January 2017

Y’all, it’s been a month. This is me doing my best to keep living a good life despite being overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, and (quite frankly) scared at the America we’re living in right now.

But I digress.

In January, I read some books, saw some movies, shopped a lot, ate some delicious food, celebrated some friends at a baby shower, got back into cooking. I also set up a place to take better outfit photos. However, I haven’t used it yet because it’s in my sunroom and it’s cold in there. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This month, I also got into (and quickly became addicted to) LulaRoe. Like I needed another reason to spend money. But check out my first pair of leggings at the end of this post!

Here’s what I wore this month.

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Scarf: Newbury Comics
  • Boots: DSW

A closer look at the scarf.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Pants: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: 25 Central (my new favorite store, located in Northampton, Mass.)
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Target
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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HOW CUTE IS THIS DRESS?! It’s an owl pattern and it has pockets!

Outfit details

  • Dress: 25 Central
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Amazon.com (so cute I got it in two colors)
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Tights: We Love Colors (I have at least five pairs off these black tights)
  • Boots: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Cracker Barrel (not joking)
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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And here are my new LulaRoe leggings! They’re lipstick print and I love them.

Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Leggings: LulaRoe (!!!)
  • Slippers: Payless

Here’s a close-up!

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And here’s a sassy selfie of me, just because.

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Hope you’re being kind to yourself in 2017. And dressing cute, too.

xo.

Farewell, 2016; Hello, 2017

The world has dubbed 2016 difficult and I can’t disagree—Brexit, Donald Trump, celebrities I admire passing away. Personally, however, 2016 was a pretty good year. My husband and I tried to make the most of every moment in 2016.

Here’s some stuff I did.

In 2017, I hope to exercise more, travel a little, and live in moments of anticipation. A coworker said that she does her best to try to make the anticipation leading up to something she’s excited about last because the things we look forward to are over so soon. I loved that thought and, in 2017, I’ll try to live it.

To 2017!

xo.

Outfits of December

Sadly, I didn’t take many outfit photos throughout December. After a rough few weeks at work, I wasn’t up to dressing very cute and opted instead for dressing simply. In the new year, hopefully that changes! Here are a few things I did wear.

What I wore while in New York City…

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This has quickly become one of my staple outfits. It’s simple but cute and very easy to wear.

While in New York, my grandma, husband, and cousin had a traditional tourist day, spending time in Times Square, stopping by the Disney and Hershey stores, and visiting Rockefeller Center to see the tree.

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What I wore while having drinks with friends…

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I wore this outfit not once but twice to meet up with friends and drink.

From event one:

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And event two:

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Aren’t we cute? I love these ladies!

I also wore my Forever 21 red wrap dress to meet up with my bestie, Steph, but I forgot to snap a photo. 😦 Here we are being adorable with Santa, though.

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What I wore to my office holiday party…

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Booties: Payless

What I wore to celebrate Christmas…

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It’s my first-ever ugly sweater!

Outfit details

  • Ugly sweater: Walmart
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

In case you were wondering what my Christmas tree looked like this year.

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And, my incredible gifts from my incredible husband. (Not pictured: a trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, coming in spring, and a bracelet!)

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HOW AMAZING IS THAT GILMORE GIRLS SHIRT?

What I wore while admiring art at the Clark Institute…

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Outfit details

  • T-shirt: Urban Tee Farm
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

Hope your December was fab and fashionable.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Winky Lux Flower Balm

Sometimes I just like to treat myself to something pretty. The Winky Lux Flower Balm is exactly that—a lovely lipstick that’s also fun.

It’s coconut scented (which is one of my favorites), and the clear balm reacts with your skin’s pH levels “uniquely creating the perfect shade of pink lips just for you,”, according to the website. If that’s not enough, there’s also a flower (chrysanthemum) in each.

The packaging is fun and I love that the lipstick looks like a pill. The $12 lipstick comes in pink, green, and yellow; I opted for pink.

Get yours here.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Lillian Crystal Necklace

For a little more than a year now, I’ve been following Yasi, the fashion blogger Hello Gorgeous on Instagram. She’s definitely been a style inspiration to me and I’ve always been especially obsessed with her necklaces.

Recently, Yasi announced the opening of her store, Hello Gorgeous Boutique—which sells the iconic necklaces she wears!

I snatched up the Lillian Crystal Necklace, available for $28, from Hello Gorgeous Boutique. Get yours here.

xo.

Outfits of November

November was a trying month. It started with the election of Donald Trump, which I am still stunned by, and it ended with some messy, difficult work stuff that really impacted my morale.

But there were some bright spots: a friend who made me a gift to cheer me up; a fun Thanksgiving featuring Cards Against Humanity; the return of “Gilmore Girls”; good friends and coworkers and family; a perfect dog and husband; an invitation back to my alma mater to speak to a class about journalism; the Christmas season.

Here’s what I wore (clearly jeans + boots were my thang).

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Outfit details

  • Dandelion Shirt: Marshall’s
  • Pants: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Target
  • Necklace: Hello Gorgeous Boutique (post coming soon with further details!)
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tights: We Love Colors
  • Boots: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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Outfit details

  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Polka dot tank: Target
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW

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Outfit details

  • Black shirt: Target
  • Scarf: Unknown shop in Rome, Italy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Boots: DSW


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Outfit details

  • Tan shirt: Amazon
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Marshall’s
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Marshall’s
  • Boots: DSW

Things I Did

xo.

 

Friday Favorites: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

It’s been a while since I did a Friday Favorites—but I need to talk about one of my all-time favorites, “Gilmore Girls.” The revival just came out today and I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS.

Spoilers ahead!

Things I Loved

  • Lorelai and Luke finally (!) get (!) married (!). Teenage me is squealing. Almost-thirty me is also squealing.
  • That “it’s-always-been-you” moment between Luke and Lorelai. Because to Luke, Lorelai is the only person who’s ever mattered.
  • Lorelai’s favorite Richard moment. It was a good story. I’m glad she shared it with her mother.
  • Rory’s struggling career. When the original show aired, I related to Rory so much—a not-so-popular bookworm who yearned to be a journalist. I loved seeing someone I connected with on television. I loved seeing her chase after her dreams. In the revival, though, I liked seeing her struggle a little. She accomplished a lot, yet still felt she hadn’t accomplished enough. I liked seeing that. It’s hard out there. I liked that it was hard for her, too. I liked that she was flailing, insecure, and unsure of herself. I like that her life wasn’t what she had imagined. I liked that she felt she deserved better—because I get it.
  • The wedding. I wish we’d gotten to see the full thing (more on that below), but what we got was beautiful and perfect and made me real emotional. It was so incredible finally seeing two characters I’ve rooted for for years finally get their happily-ever-after.
  • Emily. Her grief was so palpable. Watching her go through the stages of grief felt natural. I keep thinking back to that scene where Richard’s in the hospital and Emily demands that he let her die first. It makes sense that, after 50 years of marriage, she would be devastated by his loss and that devastation would manifest itself in a multitude of ways—trying to purge, trying to start over, lashing out at people she cares about, starting fresh. She has to learn to live again, on her own. I enjoyed her arc (and that larger-than-life painting of Richard).
  • Richard. The entire storyline revolving around the loss of Richard was emotional and handled so well. I loved when Rory kissed Richard’s portrait with her hand and said hello. I loved the references to him and his drink carts. I thought the show honored Richard well.
  • The flashbacks. I thought they might be a little heavy-handed, but I loved the way they wove some of the older scenes into the show. I was touched when Rory returned to her grandparents’ empty home and could see them sitting at the table, and a scene later, watching him typing at his desk in the study. Talk about a punch in the gut.
  • Paris. I’ve always loved Paris (as infuriating as she could be at times) and I loved seeing her on my screen again. I only wish there had been more.
  • Emily yelling “BULLSHIT.” In the middle of a DAR meeting. And then quitting the DAR. And moving to Nantucket. And becoming a museum docent. And learning to be on her own.
  • The confirmation that Christopher is a terrible father. I already knew that, but I’m glad everyone else knows it, too.
  • Lane has a dad!
  • Hep Alien. Still doing their thing forever, please.
  • Lane and Zach performing at a secret bar. And THE SECRET BAR.
  • Townie stuff. I always love townie hijinx, so I enjoyed the town meetings, the town square festivals, and the Kirk endeavors (especially the movie and the Ooober).
  • A return to comfort. I’ve described this show to others as being like wearing a warm blanket. The revival was no different. And, after a not-so-great few weeks, I was grateful for the return to Stars Hollow.

Things I Didn’t Love

  • Not seeing the full wedding. Logistically, I get why they couldn’t film it. But after all these years, I think we deserved both weddings: the elopement and the full, big wedding, with all of the incredible townies we’ve grown to love. I at least wanted Sookie there for the elopement. And Jess. I also wanted to see Lorelai’s wedding dress and I wanted the satisfaction of seeing Emily see Lorelai get married.
  • Not enough Sookie. There’s never enough Sookie, and I couldn’t be more disappointed that Sookie was only in one scene. It was a nice scene, sure, but I found Sookie’s disappearance and new job a bit unbelievable. SOOKIE ST. JAMES, one of the greatest chefs of all time, LEAVES COOKING BEHIND? And her best friend? And her business? And her goddamn husband and her family (maybe, since they don’t really explain how that all works)? It doesn’t feel right.
  • Not enough Paris. Mostly because there’s never enough Paris. But I really wanted more to her story. I didn’t love her freakout over Tristan (who was RECAST and also who never graduated from Chilton so never should have been invited to an alumni event). I wish the freakout had merely been about the being-back-in-high-school-and-having-old-feelings-resurface because that I can understand. But Tristan wasn’t even that big of a deal outside of season one and early season two. I also wanted more from her storyline with Doyle. Like, is Doyle just going to be a douche pandering to Michael Bay forever?
  • Not enough on Lorelai and Emily’s relationship. Although we got a decent amount of screen time on it—through therapy and the fights at the house—I didn’t feel satiated. I liked the authenticity in the sense that tense mother/daughter relationships are not ever really “fixed.” However, one thing I loved about the season seven finale was the moment when Richard, Emily, and Lorelai are saying farewell at Rory’s graduation party. Lorelai says she wants to continue with the Friday night dinners, even sans Rory. It warmed my little heart. But, in the new series, all of that’s disappeared. I know it’s because season seven wasn’t part of ASP’s vision, but I liked the progress of Lorelai’s relationship with her parents. So, I’m a little disappointed that the series had to end with Lorelai asking for money—again. And that it leads to a visitation arrangement—again. I get that it was supposed to mirror the first episode, but given all that’s happened over the years, I didn’t love it.
  • Not enough of Lane and Mrs. Kim. I really wanted to know more about what she was up to. How did her kids grow up? Were she and Zach doing well? (It seemed like yes, but a bit more would have been nice.) I liked to imagine her eventually running the music shop. I don’t know. I wanted something. I also wanted to see Mrs. Kim with her grandkids. There weren’t nearly enough Lane and Mrs. Kim moments. Justice for Lane, guys.
  • Not enough Jess. I’m not even a huge Rory/Jess shipper, but JESUS CHRIST. He’s doing so well and he’s all cleaned up and he looks so good and he’s clearly still into Rory.
  • Logan’s existence. FUCK YOU, LOGAN.
  • The cheating. What the fuck, Rory? I mean, yeah, OK, Rory cheats; it’s kind of her thing. But she didn’t even feel a little bad. Love yourself, Rory!
  • The Life and Death Brigade. I am full of so much hate for how much of the episode this shit took up.
  • That MUSICAL. It was 7,000 minutes too long.
  • ASP’s personal feelings inserted wherever possible. We get it, ASP. You hate technology and social media and millennials and fat people. But you love hats. Horrible, ugly hats.
  • Not enough, period. Goddamnit, guys, four episodes was not enough.

Questions I Had

  • Where was the beloved introduction? I wanted to sing along to that Carole King theme song I’ve heard a zillion times.
  • Is Rory kind of a bad person?
  • Is Paris also pregnant? (She says she missed a period!)
  • Did we really need that Jack Smith storyline?
  • Did Sookie move out of Stars Hollow?
  • Why did Emily say to Lorelai that she’d see her the following Tuesday for therapy in the winter episode, but then we don’t see them in therapy until the spring episode when flowers have already bloomed?
  • Who wrote the letter?
  • How is it possible that ASP intended for Rory to end up pregnant at the conclusion of the original series? Pregnant at 21? What? Why? And, how dare you?
  • Those were the final four words? (I preferred my husband’s prediction, which was, “Let’s get some coffee.”)
  • Will we get a season two? Please say yes. Because I’ve never had enough “Gilmore Girls” in my life.

I just really love this show and I’m happy it came back.

xo.

Things I Bought That I Love: Luke’s Diner Pin

What better way to celebrate the return of “Gilmore Girls” than with a Luke’s diner pin?

Well, you could also celebrate it with a Luke’s diner mug (for your husband); a Dragonfly Inn mug (for yourself); some coffee and Pop Tarts; and a marathon of the show with friends. (Check, check, check, and check.)

But the pin is pretty great, too.

It comes from You Silly Duffer on Etsy and is currently on pre-order for $8. The packaging it comes in is cute and the pin is even cuter. Get yours here.

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Outfits of October

Last October was excellent, but this has been the best October ever. Not only did I get to honeymoon with my husband, we also got to celebrate Halloween with an incredible weekend at the historic Deerfield Inn for dinner and a spooky ghost tour around Northampton, Mass. October is the best month of the year, guys.

Here’s what I wore!

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All black everything.

Outfit details

  • Black boat neck top: Target
  • Tank top: Target
  • Blazer: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Payless

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21 (LOVE THIS DRESS SO MUCH)
  • Shoes (not pictured): Payless
Me and my "I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M IN ROME" face in the Farnese Gardens
Me and my “I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M IN ROME” face in the Farnese Gardens

Outfit details

  • Dress: Forever 21
  • Scarf: Little shop in Barcelona, Spain
  • Shoes: Payless (super comfy)

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Fashion to Figure
  • Leggings: Old Navy
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Scarf: Shop in Marseille, France
  • Shoes: Payless

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Your eyes do not deceive you. These are pizza pajamas.

Outfit details

  • Pizza pajamas more appropriate for a toddler than an adult: Target
  • Dope Halloween nail decals: Homegoods

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Outfit details

  • Scarf: Amazon.com
  • Cardigan: Target
  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Pants: Marshall’s
  • Boots: Rainbow

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Outfit details

  • Shirt: Target
  • Tank top: Target
  • Jeans: Old Navy (Rockstar, highly recommend!)
  • Boots: DSW

On this day, I also made my first-ever pernil (in a crock pot no less) and it came out amazing.

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I can adult.

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Outfit details

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Tank top: Old Navy
  • Shoes: DSW
  • Coat: Hand-me-down from my mom

On this night, we enjoyed Deerfield and Northampton, where we got a little ice cream and got spooked by some ghost stories.

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And then, for my Halloween outfit…

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I’m the galaxy! Or, a galaxy princess!

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Outfit details

  • Dress: Amazon.com
  • Shoes: Payless
  • Crown: Crafted with some Christmas tinsel
  • Earrings: Etsy
  • Necklace: Etsy
  • Glasses: Glassesshop.com
  • Star stickers: Amazon.com
  • Shiny ring: Norwegian Cruise Line

Happy Halloween!

xo.

Honeymooning in France, Spain, and Italy

How do you write about being lucky enough to live out a dream without sounding  cheesy? I don’t know. A little cheesy is good, though, and I’m okay with coming off a bit earnest when talking about this dream honeymoon that my husband and I were lucky enough to take.

When my husband and I first started dating, we spent a lot of time making heart eyes at each other and asking each other questions. We were just teenagers and figuring out life and the transition from teenager to adult and the world felt wide open. What do you want to do with your life? Do you ever want a dog? Where do you want to live? What’s your dream vacation?

We quickly settled on two dream vacations: Disney World and a trip to Europe. We didn’t knock our Disney World trip off our list until a few years ago and we hoped to take a Mediterranean cruise when we turned 25. That didn’t exactly pan out (it was a bit more expensive than we anticipated, we had a dog to care for, and rent was expensive!).

But our honeymoon gave us the perfect opportunity to go for it.

So, a little more than a year after we got married, we found ourselves boarding a plan to Rome, Italy, to embark on a seven-day Western Mediterranean cruise, which would visit Italy, Spain, and France. (We decided to embrace Oct. 13—Treat Yo’self Day—and stay an extra night in Rome, too.)

It was the trip of a lifetime.

Day 1: Civitavecchia

Once we found out that Norwegian Cruise Line offered a western Mediterranean trip, there was no question in our minds; we would take the trip with NCL. We’ve done two other NCL cruises (including one in December 2015 with family) and loved each one.

We booked a flight out of JFK, had a layover in Dublin, Ireland (we really wish we could have seen more than the airport), and landed in Rome. From there, we took an NCL bus to Civitavecchia, where our cruise ship—the Norwegian Epic—was waiting for us.

Day 2: Pisa and Montecarlo, Italy

Our first stop was in Livorno, Italy. We had booked a few excursions through NCL to really make the most of our trip and the first took us to Pisa and then Montecarlo. Called “Pisa and a Taste of Tuscany,” the day took us to two cities where we…

  • Admired the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pisa Cathedral, the Pisa Baptistry, the Campanile, and the Camposanto Monumentale (our tour guide, Lily, was lovely)
  • Ate gelato and bruschetta and drank chianti in the Miracle Square
  • Visited a winery called the Fattoria il Poggio
  • Drank six types of wine, while dining on an incredible lunch of pappardelle pasta; bruschetta with olives, peppers, prosciutto, and olive oil; and sampled some dessert wine and biscotti

Day 3: Cannes, France

We didn’t book excursions for our two stops in France and I wasn’t sure what to expect. As someone with anxiety issues, I was nervous we’d made a mistake and we would really struggle to make the most of our days.

Not so. Canne was beautiful.

  • We watched the sun rise over Cannes, France, just before leaving the ship.
  • We walked the Cannes boardwalk and spotted the place where they hold the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Spent time at a café on the water, where we ate an omelette and a Nutella crepe (I kept thinking, “I’m eating a CREPE in FRANCE!”
  • Spent time on one of the beaches across from Boulevard de la Croisette enjoying beautiful weather and the French Riviera (I totally walked down the beach and stuck my toes in the water just so I can now say that my toes have been in the French Riviera)

When we returned to the ship, Bill and I attended Cirque Dreams, an incredible acrobatic show that also included a delicious three-course dinner.

Day 4: Marseille, France

In a surprise to no one, Marseille was also beautiful, although I still don’t know how to pronounce it.

Things we did:

  • Visited the marina, where we started to realize that ferris wheels in Europe are kind of A Thing (and a beautiful one at that)
  • Bought a scarf. It was a chilly morning by the water and we were too far from the ship for me to go back and change, so I was desperate to buy a scarf. We wandered into a little shop where an adorable elderly French man sold me a pink scarf. We struggled to communicate—me knowing very little French, and he knowing very little English—but it ended up being a really friendly, sweet interaction. He even cut the tags off for me so I could wear the scarf out of the store. It was a tiny, somewhat inconsequential moment, but it is one of my favorites from the trip.
  • Explored the city a little, just wandering around some side streets. Bill was fascinated by all the graffiti, so he was grabbing photos where he could. (You can see his graffiti photos here.)
  • Ate a baguette and some macaroons along Rue a la Republic

Back on the ship, we ate a fancy dinner at the Manhattan and attended the Burn the Floor dance show.

Day 5: Barcelona, Spain

I knew Bill and I would love Spain. It felt so dreamy and like there was so much more we needed to explore.

We took an excursion that took us on a combined bus and walking tour throughout downtown Barcelona, where we…

  • Saw buildings designed Gaudí
  • Visited St. Familia Basilica (which was incredible in person)
  • Admired the Plaza de España and Plaza Catalanya
  • Wandered around Poble Espanyol (Spanish village), an open-air museum that shows replicas of monuments and landmarks from all around Spain. We loved seeing a little of everything all at once!
  • While in the Spanish Village, we tried some to-die-for chocolate truffles at La Casa De Chocolate
  • And we enjoyed sangria while watching flamenco dancers (!!!)
  • After the show, we grabbed lunch of a potato omelet, bruschetta with tomato, and paella

Back on the ship, we had another meal at the Manhattan where I ate the best steak ever. Our waiter, Milosz, brought us so much wine that we ended up a little drunk. Milosz stabbed Bill’s dessert with a spoon (a very weird thing to describe but so hilarious and weird in the moment) and we ended up leaving him an $11 tip made out of American money and euros.

Day 6: At Sea

After a few days of adventure, a day at sea made us feel a little bit antsy. It was on this day (and this day only) that we really felt how many people were on the boat. We spent the day reading, lounging in the sun, drinking, and eating. Obviously.

Day 7: Naples, Italy

Naples was the one day of the trip where the weather was so-so. But this was our last excursion so we made the most of it! We took a walking tour throughout Naples, where we:

  • Saw some of the history landmarks, including Castel Nuovo, Piazza Plebiscito, Fontana del Carciofo, and Teatro di San Carlo, as well as a great shopping district
  • Went to Bourbon Tunnel, where we were guided through a labyrinth of tunnels to learn about the history of Naples and its “underground city.” It was an informative, fascinating—if at times chilling—tour. The tunnels, designed by Ferdinand II of Bourbon and his architect approx. 150 years ago were used as bomb shelters used during WWII. Those stories were haunting. But the best surprise was the buried vintage cars and motorbikes in the depths of the caves.
  • Ate at Pizzeria Napoli in Bocca, where we enjoyed wine and Naples-style pizza, which was one of the best (and biggest, as we were each given our OWN entire pizza) meals we ate

Day 8: Rome, Italy

The end of the cruise came suddenly. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we dreaded leaving. I was a bit nervous about venturing through Rome all on our own, too.

But it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. NCL helped us arrange a car from the port to our hotel, Hotel Lancelot, in the heart of Rome. I cannot recommend Hotel Lancelot enough. The hotel was beautiful—a perfect mix of historical and modern. Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, but we were awfully early, too. So, the hotel staff, who were incredibly kind, helpful, and accommodating through our entire trip, invited us to have some breakfast and to use the Wifi (which we hadn’t had access to in a week).

The breakfast was simple, but one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. Maybe it was because I was in Rome and high off of a magical trip; maybe I was just really hungry. Whatever it was, the coffee was the best I had ever tasted. I drank it black, which I never do, and enjoyed the most buttery, delicate croissant of my life.

After breakfast, we decided not to waste any time and to explore a bit, even if it meant carrying our heavy backpacks. Our hotel was within walking distance of the Colosseum, so we went there first. It was humbling to see in person.

We ventured to the Farnese Gardens and the Parco Del Colle Oppio before heading back to the hotel. With our room ready, we headed upstairs to see the room on the sixth floor. It was great—but it was the terrace that took it over the top.

We had booked our room that promised a “view of the Colosseum.” I imagined we’d maybe see the Colosseum if we squinted a bit through the window. Instead, we had a stunning terrace with greenery and a table and chairs, and—yes—an idyllic view of the Colosseum. I couldn’t get over it.

Ready for lunch, we asked the hotel staff for a map. Instead of just giving us a map, the gentleman behind the counter (whose name we regrettably never even learned!) offered to recommend a few places to eat. Then, after learning the length of our stay (just the night), he asked if he could recommend us a must-see walking tour. He highlighted the route on the map and told us when to begin our two- to three-hour walk so that we would end up in the Piazza del Popolo to watch the sun set.

After lunch, we went back to the hotel for a bit before setting out on our trek at 4 p.m., per the recommendation. The walk took us to see some of the most incredible sites in Rome: Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Altare della Patria, Campidoglio, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, Villa Medici, and the Piazza del Popolo. And, yes, we made it to the Piazza del Popolo in time to watch the sunset.

For dinner, we grabbed a pizza, some cannolis, and ate in bed at the hotel. The next morning, we watched the sunrise and ate some breakfast, savoring our last moments in Rome.

It was everything.

xo.