Cinque Terre

Buongiorno! 

I just finished my first official work week as an attorney and sigh...let's just say I still wish I was in Europe.  Today I'm sharing our stop in Cinque Terre with you.  "Cinque Terre" means "five lands" in Italian, and it consists of five darling little fishing villages along the Italian Riviera.  The towns are tiny and so beautiful, known for their colorful homes and dazzling clear blue water.

It's a great spot for a weekend getaway while in Italy!  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. When I look at them I feel so serene.  I can remember the smells and exactly how happy I was to be enjoying a place I had dreamed of for so long.  Do you have a place like that?

I'm wearing the same dress by Lucy Paris, (which I bought from Bloomingdales) in all the pictures because we hiked to see all the towns in one day!  It's no longer available but you can find a similar one here, here, and here.

Riomaggiore is the first town you see when you get off the train.

Riomaggiore is the first town you see when you get off the train.

my favorite town, Manarola.

my favorite town, Manarola.

overlooking the water in manarola, wearing a dress by lucy paris. 

overlooking the water in manarola, wearing a dress by lucy paris. 

the towns have the best seafood (they are fishing villages after all!)

the towns have the best seafood (they are fishing villages after all!)

Corniglia is the third town, and has the cutest little houses!! 

Corniglia is the third town, and has the cutest little houses!! 

raviolis with walnut sauce

raviolis with walnut sauce

pesto everything!

pesto everything!

Cinque Terre is part of the Liguria region of Italy, where pesto was invented!  We ate pesto everything!! Though it's extremely green and not super attractive in a photo, it was absolutely delicious.  The basil from the region tastes different than any other basil I've had, and they also add a local pecorino cheese to the sauce, making it super creamy and amazing.  The region is also known for a special walnut sauce, which I became obsessed with! Hopefully I can figure out how to make it for you guys...

we stayed in vernazza, the fourth town.

We stayed in the town of Vernazza, which is the next to last town.  It's a little bit bigger than the first three, and it's easy to access the other towns from there, which is why we chose it.  However, Manarola, the second town, pictured first, was my favorite.  It's so romantic and their little beach and cliffs make for a wonderful day in the water.  

every town is full of the cutest little boats!! i wanted to steal one ;)

every town is full of the cutest little boats!! i wanted to steal one ;)

water like diamonds...

water like diamonds...

From Da Eraldo in Monterosso.

From Da Eraldo in Monterosso.

Monterosso is the last and biggest of the five towns.  If you're looking for something to eat, go straight to Da Eraldo and order the antipasto board.  It was the most delicious and beautiful plate I've ever seen in my life.  The portion pictured was for two, but it fed four of us! It's served with homemade bread, served piping hot from the oven...MMmmmMM!! 

Sunset & beach umbrellas in Monterosso

Sunset & beach umbrellas in Monterosso

We ended our stay with a gorgeous sunset.  It couldn't have been more perfect! Sorry that was such a long post but there were too many good pictures...have you been to Cinque Terre? Do you want to go? Shout me out and let me know!! I hope these photos relax and refresh you for the week ahead, and that they inspire some major wanderlust ;)

stay gold,

Tiffany

Bella Roma

Hi Everyone!

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.  

Dress by H&M, Sandals by Ciao Bella.

Dress by H&M, Sandals by Ciao Bella.

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!

The dome of St. Peter's just casually peaking through the streets.

The dome of St. Peter's just casually peaking through the streets.

Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful squares in the city.

Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful squares in the city.

Every building is this gorgeous!  In Piazza Navona.

Every building is this gorgeous!  In Piazza Navona.

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.

Spaghetti with Clams at Da Francesco.

Spaghetti with Clams at Da Francesco.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Black Truffles at Da Francesco.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Black Truffles at Da Francesco.

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!

Jacket: Mango, T-Shirt: J. Crew, Umbrella: J. Crew, Rope Ring: Tiffany & Co.

Jacket: Mango, T-Shirt: J. Crew, Umbrella: J. Crew, Rope Ring: Tiffany & Co.

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. 

Tee: J. Crew, Jeans: Joe's Jeans, Shoes: Converse, Body Chain: Foreign Exchange.

Tee: J. Crew, Jeans: Joe's Jeans, Shoes: Converse, Body Chain: Foreign Exchange.

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!

stay gold,

Tiffany