I'm back on the golden coast after an amazing trek through Europe! My trip was to celebrate completing the Bar Exam (I have to wait until November for results.). I traveled with my boyfriend, and we met up with friends along the way. It was so fun but I missed you all so much and am super excited to finally share the first stop of our journey...Rome! It was my second time there and I feel like I could return a hundred times and not be tired of it.
When we arrived it was SCORCHING hot (like 100+ degrees) and so my travel outfits were really simple and airy as a result. My daily formula was basically easy dress + sandals. Innovative I know ;) One day I can't wait to travel with a giant suitcase and a million looks, but since my boyfriend was hauling all our luggage, I felt guilty and I learned to pack light. REALLY light. I packed everything in a carry on and tote bag for my entire three week trip....I don't even know how I managed. It was a miracle I tell you!
We spent our days wandering the city and visiting all the beautiful piazzas and just enjoying the architectural gems on every street while eating TONS of gelato. I actually have no gelato pictures because I was too busy eating it and could never remember to take one. My favorite place in the city is Giolitti, especially for their fruit flavors.
We spent our nights eating all the pasta and pizza in sight! My favorite affordable restaurant in the city is Da Francesco near Piazza Navona. The carbonara with truffles is my favorite pasta in the whole world...trust me, it will change your life. It's very rich and creamy-the sauce is made from egg yolks rather than actual cream, and they shave a crazy amount of black truffles on top...seriously it's a heavenly heart stopping plate of pasta. Everything there is good--I also recommend the eggplant parmesan and their pizzas!
On the second day of our stay, it was rainy and humid...aka hair hell for my fragile fine hair. I opted for a side dutch braid into a fishtail to it in check because we spent the day visiting Vatican city. St. Peter's is seriously amazing and the Sistine Chapel is a feast for the eyes. I'm wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which stays on no matter the weather, and Nars Audacious lipstick in Charlotte.
For sightseeing, I always keep it simple in denim and a white tee with chucks to match. I try to not look like a super tourist but comfort is key! I accessorized with a simple body chain under my shirt. We spent our last night walking along the Tiber river near the Trastevere neighborhood. It's really cool--tons of vendors set up mini eateries and bars during the summer so you can eat, drink, and shop along the river.
Rome was amazing to us and we hope to return soon. Have you ever been? Do you want to go? If you have a trip planned, e-mail me or shout me out and I'll send you a more specific list of recommendations! Ciao!