Fall Flavors

IMG_2087Coat: Forever 21; Shirt: Target; Skirt: Gap; Tights: Unknown; Boots: Vintage; Purse: Vintage from Paris

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Is it fall? What’s going on? Today was a breezy 60 degrees. Wind, sun, ground sans snow.. what a dream. My only duty today included honoring this fall day. Technically, winter has not begun yet. Milk it while you can! This outfit is a mix of second hand and old items in my closet. The little purse is a purchase from an awesome vintage store in Paris. Paris has some really great vintage shopping, Im sure that comes as a surprise!

 1.) Eat pumpkin greek yogurt 2.) 70′s fall attire mandatory (slightly alluding to the Anchorman 2 opening day)  3.) Ditch the sleeping bag winter coat 4.) Leaves. Leaves. Leaves.

How will you make the most of the last few days of fall?

Paris.

Coat: LOFT; Scarf: H&M; Dress: Urban Outfitters; Tights: Target; Shoes: Market; Purse: Urban Outfitters

Versailles 2

Do you see what I mean about frolicking in Versailles? All you want to do is revert back to  year 7 of life and run like the wind through the gardens until you’ve tapped into every energy reserve. Before you know it, it’s snack time. Which would probably be a crepe.

Don’t even mention the moment when my friend Eileen and I tried to take a row boat out on the Grand Canal. Oh, let me tell you.. While at the Versailles gardens, bikes, golf carts, and row boats are available for rent. The latter of the three called our name. We grabbed a long baguette-sammy and a water bottle to enjoy on the row boat in the mid-afternoon sun. Cheeky, right? We would row, eat, and geek out on the Grand Canal. Every thing would be picture perfect.

Well, one hefty push out on the lake and a small panic later we realized that neither one of us knew how to row about. *Not proud* Can you blame a landlocked girl? We made the best of what we could:

  • Flailing the oars in directions that didn’t get us anywhere but idle.
  • Receiving an assist. (Friendly nudge from some other survivors rowers.)
  •  Switching between the two of us to see who could imitate the rowing motion better.

**I’d have to say my five star moment of the day was eventually parallel parking the row boat in other boats by the dock. Sheer talent.

While parallel parked, I summoned the lake attendant to get us out of the boat. This would be it. We would make it out of the little vessel. When we reached land, we would make it a point get lost in some bushes not to be seen or recognized by anyone who just witnessed this scene. There are a lot of bushes to pick from so this was the most feasible option. The lake attendant made his way over with a long pole to catch on to our boat and drag us back in but OH no. It wasn’t over yet. He thought we wanted to be stranded longer. Another hefty push later, we were back out on the lake. Now we were just running in circles.

Let me tell you, eventually that same pole-guy came back and dragged our boat in. Gracefully leaping off the boat to land, we couldn’t help but burst into laughter at the unedited humor of the situation, the sheer horror of feeling stranded, and our pride being destroyed as *on-lookers got an entertaining show.

*Look at those two Americans. They don’t even know how to row a boat! Didn’t they have a childhood? Don’t they train on those machines at the gym? They can’t row and eat baguettes at the same time? I could double fist baguettes and row at the same time.

 Now that would be a sight. 

This wonderful display of my un-athleticism is just a snippet of our time spent at Versailles. Eventually, we made our way out of the general vicinity (walking at a brisk pace, making sure to disappear quickly) and heading towards some other areas. See below, I’d love to show you around.

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Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 7.41.28 PMHave you seen Amelie? It’s an awesome film. <3 Yann Tiersen.

 A microscopic view of some of our landmark stops.

Until next time.

Carrot Top

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Hat & Scarf: H&M; Overcoat & Jeans: LOFT; Shoes: Madewell; Purse: Urban Outfitters

Wow I went on a hiatus from Threads and Olive, huh?

I mean.. I’ve been just oh so occupied eating i biscotti, frolicking in Versailles, and watching Steve Carell films. A little Steve Carell goes a long way. Date night, Crazy Stupid Love, and what have you.

Well, here is my obligatory come back post. I am the spinning image of the comeback kid..or the karate kid.. err or something like that.

Trying not to sound pompous here at all- no seriously. Zooming out, it is unreal that I can type out the words frolicking in Versailles in relation to something that I have done. Have you SEEN Marie Antoinette? You’ll understand why I’m in shock.

Extremely blessed is an understatement for how I feel to be able to have this opportunity to study abroad and travel in other countries. For all of this, I’m extremely thankful. End sap queues here.

How appropriate that I’m giving thanks and Thanksgiving just graced our stomachs weekend. I paid my civic duties to America by celebrating Thanksgiving with some neat folks in Italy. A turkey was made. The biggest news I can report to you is that it came out in one cavern piece. What a lovely turkey it was. Tracks, the section of this blog where I link tunes to cut a rug to, houses the GiveThx playlist I compiled for YOU to reflect on the harvest you are thankful for. So go on, kid. Give it a sizable listen. 

Water cooler talk commencing:

The weather has evidently taken a turn for the dark side. Yes, the dark side. The hours of sunlight have drastically decreased, the amount of layers necessary to bare any outdoor elements have drastically increased, and my poor little LOFT trench coat has taken a beating since the temperature dropped around the 50 degree neighborhood.

Truth be told, I truly love this trench coat. It is a sharp black and white striped number that jazzes up any ol’ digs and matches anything. I wasn’t prepared for rainy-coldness, so one day I popped into H&M and got myself a scarf, hat, and mittens to hold in whatever body heat I still produce in this chill. The carrot top hat was an impulse color decision but I like that I can be spotted at any given moment from a skyscraper. That’s really what I’m looking for while shopping.

Do you have a favorite scarf or lucky hat you can’t get enough of?

Until next time.

Italy-Derby

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Dress: Urban Outfitters; Hat: (Borrowed from Paulina) Target; Necklace (Borrowed from Paulina) Vintage; Purse: Leather Market Florence; Shoes: (Borrowed from Paige) T.J. Maxx;

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Thank you to my friends who dressed me when my packing didn’t make the cut for preparedness. I am lucky to have stylin’ friends, aren’t I? They accessorized my outfit almost in entirety while I neglected to bring matching items to wear. While packing for a weekend I brought three dresses, a pair of pants, and three tops that I could mix and match for options.

The only thing left to do was to pose by a matching vespa.

Don’t worry, I’ll find a matching scooter for every outfit I wear while I am in Italy.

Garden Grays

Shirt: Forever 21; Black Jeans: Loft; Backpack: Madewell; Shoes: Market

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Photo credit to Eileen

Have you heard this song by Wildcat! Wildcat! ?

Small Shop Guide: Roma

Vintage Avenue

Via dei Chiavari, 31
00186 Roma, Roma

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No pictures to report from inside Vintage Avenue BUT there were some really interesting finds in here. The store interior and merchandise had a rustic feel with a slight nod to vintage motorcycle culture. Leather goods, Converse, sunglasses with funky frames, and resale pieces for both men and women can be found here. Not to mention, Richard Cheese was pumping through the sound system as we shopped around.

Betulla

Via di Grotta Pinta, 38
00186 Roma, Roma

http://www.betullaroma.it/

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My friends and I came across Betulla just strolling through side streets. This was one of my favorite shops because the clothing is beautifully constructed with modern silhouettes and graphic digital prints. The interiors are stark and minimalistic serving as the perfect austere backdrop for the clothing.  How cool are those leather shorts down below? I’d like one of everything from this store, pleaseandthanks.

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Bohemienne Vintage

Via Dei Cappellari, 96
00186 Roma, Roma

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Tucked away in the nook of a cobblestone street, Bohemmiene is another vintage shop we stopped by. If you’re looking for playful pieces doubling as conversation starters, then this is the place for you. The leather purses seen in the pictures below are excellent finds for a vintage store. Almost everyone I see in Italy has a gorgeous leather handbag. You would think Italy is known for leather or something. Am I right or am I right? Also spotted on the racks were a few posh leather jackets. This is a nice place to find a leather jacket as an alternative to the busy leather markets on the street.

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Zadig

Via del Pellegrino, 136
00186 Roma, Roma

http://www.zadigstore.it/

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Zadig is a stunning and geographically rich shop. Upon entering, the vibrant colors, alluring patterns, and textiles demand your attention. The clothing, home items, ceramics, accessories, and everything in between have a unique story from places like Egypt and Tibet. My friends and I really enjoyed talking with the store owner and learning more of where the merchandise originated from. If you’re a resourceful world-traveler type who enjoys a taste of Italy with middle-eastern flares, then this is shop is your ticket- or shall I say passport?

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Collection of shirts at Zadig.

These reversible shirts are made from recycled saris. Two shirts in one, eco-friendly, and charming. This is one purchase you don’t have to be sari about.

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Go explore these shops if your path leads to Rome! These are just a small fraction of the stores we visited but there are infinitely many to be shopped. We discovered these just by wandering around side streets without any expectations. The best part of this day was being able to converse with the store owners and finding out the stories of their unique selections and offerings.

I hope to make more posts like this highlighting small shops. Any thoughts/suggestions on what you’d like to see?

 

Rome-Reunion

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Dress: Unkown small shop in Florence; Purse: Leather Market; Shoes: Clarks; Sunglasses: Madewell

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These are my friends. They all have really stellar model poses in this picture. Below are their blogs with beautiful pictures, outfits, and wonderful stories to tell. They’re all adorable and have amazing fashion sense.

From left to right:

Chelsie

Paulina

Abby

Eileen

Emily

Paige

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 While voluntarily surveying the outfits of nearly everyone I pass by in Italy, I’ve noticed several women wearing baggy dresses with chic sandals during the hot days. The simplicity of the shape and pairing has been a favorite look of mine. One afternoon, I stopped into a little shop not searching for anything in particular but saw this dress and fell for the print and fit immediately. The shape is forgiving and extremely comfortable. I packed the dress in my backpack on a weekend adventure to Rome. The dress didn’t have any obvious wrinkles or faults for being jammed in a backpack, thus, my mission was complete. I found a versatile lightweight dress that travels well! These are qualities you can’t find in any ‘ol dress.

Here is what happened while I was in Rome.

P.S. I thought often of the scene in Anchorman when Ron Burgundy misuses the phrase ‘When in Rome!’ and chuckled about that.

1.) Went to a gelato place near the Pantheon that played upbeat bleepy-bloop music. Decided to call it by its new and better name: Disco-Gelato Place. Dance moves mandatory.

2.) Explored many cute small stores. Small shop guide coming your way on the next post.

3.) Visited Vatican City and bought postcards.

4.) Roamed (ha) around the Sunday morning market that was MASSIVE in size and volume of goods.

5.) Visited the site where Julius Caesar was stabbed. Brutus may or may not be pleased to know that this area is now the new pad to three-legged and half-tailed cats. Kind of weird. Kind of cute. You decide.

Cat Sanctuary/Julius Caesar Site

6.) Had a romantic party-of-seven dinner by the Pantheon where we ate pasta by the candlelight and shared our favorite memories of the summer.

There it is! Like I mentioned above, stay tuned for a small shop series.

You stay classy.

More Adventurous


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Romper: Loft; Necklace and Ring: Forever 21; Purse: Urban Outfitters; Shoes: Clarks

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 On what feels like hundred degree days in Florence, sometimes the best that can be done is a romper and comfy sandals. With the majority of the day spent weaving between ancient buildings and climbing stairs, investing in a pair of sandals that won’t leave your feet crying is well worth every penny. The romper is a Loft purchase I fell for the moment we met. As a college student, I am looking for outfits that aren’t too complicated or fussy while attempting to maintain my personal style. For class, a romper has all the appeal and ease of throwing on a t-shirt and jeans but adds a new dimension to a fashionista’s closet. A simplified look can make a big splash without compromising your satisfaction or taste.

Hello Florence.

Piazza Michelangelo

Hello Florence.

1.) I’ve had way too much gelato. 2.) The view from the Chiesa San Miniato is breathtaking and worth the calves burning after the hike up. 3.) The Italians dress incredibly chic. Heels and bikes? No problem. 4.) Starting a list of must-haves to purchase while I’m here. New purse, shoes, leather jacket? We shall see!

Duomo duds

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Jumpsuit: Loft; Hat: Target; Purse: Urban Outfitters; Shoes: Target; Necklace: Forever 21; Bracelets: Loft

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I am absolutely in love with jumpsuits. Could a jumpsuit be any more groovy? Think about it. One piece and you’re good to go. A jumpsuit is alluring and sophisticated in its own right. We can thank skydivers and astronauts for being among the first to sport this multi-purpose piece of clothing. So yes..I am getting a little excited here about pantsuits but you get the point, no? My floppy hat and jumpsuit were the main stars in playing the role of daytime glam. It’s that easy.

P.S. The jumpsuit picture is somewhat dark but can we check out the main act behind me? Breathtaking.