Winter Wonderland

It’s been a cozy weekend staying in and watching the rain cover San Francisco!   It brought me back to our trip to Lake Tahoe a few weeks ago and I’m already itching to go back and get another day of skiing in.  There’s so much to explore around the lake and I always look forward to our trips there- it’s such a treat to …

Cozy New Year’s Eve

  This year we were looking for a low-key New Year’s Eve celebration since December was so busy!  One of my girlfriends sprung the idea to celebrate her birthday, which happens to fall on New Year’s Eve, in Lake Tahoe.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect idea.  We decided to stay at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA and it was like living …

Half Moon Bay

A few weeks before we left to Italy, Kevin and I attended a housewarming party for our friends in Half Moon Bay.  It’s such a charming coastal city right outside of San Francisco filled with beaches, restaurants, and local shops.  We really don’t visit enough!  The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay is famous for their hot chocolates and spectacular coastal views, so after the housewarming …

Dinner in Amalfi

Kevin and I had a budget set before we left to Italy.  But once we got there (and got engaged!), we blew through it, especially on food.  Each city has an entirely different cuisine and style of cooking and we wanted to make sure we ate and experienced it all.  There is something about eating a meal authentic to the region that makes you feel …

Paradise Found: Nocelle, Italy

We ended our Italian holiday on the Amalfi Coast.  Our train ride from Rome was an adventure in itself and if we had planned it differently we could have taken a few tourist stops on the way.  However, this being the last leg of our trip, we were ready to just have a few drinks and relax on the beach.   The train takes you through …

Daytime denim in Rome

Every morning in Rome we fixed ourselves a croissant and cappuccino and people-watched over our balcony before heading out for the day.  Even though we visited during September, it was still summer weather so I spent most of our time there in shorts or a skirt.  Zara is one of my go-to stores for vacation wear since they are always stocked with great basics to mix …

Roman Holiday

Kevin and I took the train from Florence to Rome and were so excited since it was both of our first times visiting.  We wanted to take in Rome slowly, so we gave ourselves a few extra days to explore.  We stayed in an adorable Airbnb located near the Spanish Steps that put us in walking distance to all of the sights, which worked out …

Tuscany Travels Part II

I felt that this deserved its own post.  This was the best meal we had on our trip, and possibly one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.  EVER.  It’s up there.  If you ever find yourself in Tuscany, be sure to stop here and order exactly what we had.  Thank you to our local tour guide Franco Fadda for taking us and ordering up …

Tuscany Travels Part I

Ever since I laid my eyes on Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun I’ve dreamed of visiting Tuscany.  You can only imagine my excitement when Kevin and I took a day trip from Florence to wine taste Tuscan style. We decided on a small group tour with a meeting point in Siena (about an hour’s drive from Florence).  Our tour guide, Franco Fadda (click …

Falling for Florence

After all of the excitement in Venice we were excited for our next stop- Florence, or as the Italians say, Firenze!  The weather was a bit more humid when we visited (think BIG hair kind of day) but that didn’t stop us from exploring. We stayed in an adorable little flat near the San Lorenzo market, which put us in prime walking distance to all …