Italia! : Low-Maintenance Hair

As usual I went a little blonder and shorter for summer. I'm not the greatest at doing my hair, I can just do the basics...straighten, curl, pony tail, top knot, etc. I do love and have an above average knowledge of hair products though, so with their help I had two solid hair dos {if you can call them that even} for Italy and are my go-to's for summer. I guess this is more about recommending hair products for the low-maintenance hair styles you already know and love.

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I always begin with a pump or two of Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil. I concentrate on the ends first and then use whatever is left on my hands for the rest of my head to ward off flyaways. I love the slightly beachy smell and it's the only one that doesn't weigh my hair down or make it greasy.

We quickly realized our straighteners and curling irons had a little too much oomph and would overheat/not work at most of our hotels. Thank goodness I had brought Joico Texture Boost Dry Wax Spray to save the day. I'd apply previously mentioned oil, then flip my hair upside down to blow dry till the roots were completely dry and the rest almost dry, then I'd part down the middle, french braid it, and finish getting ready. When it was completely dry I'd take it out, apply some of Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder {noticing a trend? Love me some B and B} to my crown for volume and then lightly spritz and twist and scrunch with the Texture Boost Dry Wax Spray. The beauty of this spray is it doesn't make your hair sticky or crunchy and a little goes a long way. I stopped using salt sprays for two reasons, 1. it never works for straight, fine hair, and 2. it is horrible for those who highlight their hair! I highly recommend making the switch to something that'll give you texture and some hold, without the damage.

A top knot was necessary most of the time due to the heat, but with a little more attention it could bring an otherwise laid back outfit some sophistication. My Prêt-à-Powder gave me volume and texture while Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hair Spray gave me even more volume while holding things in place so I could walk around sweating but my hair still looked like pure class.

P.S. If you're way more talented in the hair department than me I know this would be a great arsenal of products to get a little more creative!
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Italia! : Venenzia

I'll admit, when discussing the itinerary for the trip and trying to figure out if we were squeezing too much in, I volunteered Venice for the axe. I'd heard it smelled and I'd heard the food wasn't very good and while I knew it was someplace I really wanted to see, I also knew that sometimes you can't see it all. But what a pleasant surprise it was! Our hotel was adorable and just out of the way of the hustle and bustle of tourists. The first night it rained {which actually made Venice so quaint} and we went to one of the best restaurants of the entire trip recommended to us by our hotel. Our waiter, a nice guy around my age, told us which bar to go to after to watch the Italy game and proceeded to be ever the gentlemen and walked my sister and I back to our hotel when the night ended. The next day was beautiful and refreshing in San Marco Square and my family had one of our favorite pizzas of the trip. I'm so glad we didn't nix our little two day trip to Venice!

I had to show our sexy hotel room!


Italia! : Outfitted

As I've gotten older and become a more experienced traveler, the concept of bringing items I can wear many different ways and that are special due to subtle details has become way more appealing. Oh, how my priorities have shifted. In high school and college a clothing item had to BRING IT and months had to pass before it could ever be worn again. Same went when traveling - even pants could only be worn once. I was a fool. Now I revel in pieces that seem to go with everything and feel loved and timeless and become sort of a like a signature item, at least for the season. Here is what I wore in heavy rotation in Italy and I think it acts as a good guide for what to bring on any extended trip. Sure, I brought some special tops and dresses for the evening {mainly bought and wore while away}, but otherwise everything I brought was easy and breezy.


{JCrew Linen Tank | Old Navy Crinkle-Chiffon Maxi Skirt | Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jean | JCrew Tulle Underwire Tank Bathing Suit | Gap Stripe Strappy Fit + Flare Dress | Gap Drapey Tencel® Pants | JCrew Side-slit Tunic | Old Navy Crinkle Gauze Maxi Dress}

Sweet dresses, comfy tanks and tees, drawstring pants and boyfriend jeans, and chiffon skirts that can go from day to night - {kisses fingers} perfecto!
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Italia! : What I Listened To

Despite the beautiful surroundings, delicious food, and cute outfits, sometimes the last thing I wanted to do while I was in Italy was get ready for another night out. Whenever I felt like this and wanted to kick myself for being a spoiled brat, I put on some music. Here is my Italy jams/summer playlist for your Sunday perusal...

Wayyy too much Iggy Azelea.

Not even ashamed...

Obligatory The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack/trailer music.

You know it's a popular song when you hear it all over in Europe...

A little Miley. #Donthateappreciate.

Have loved Sia's music for so long and this music video is insane in the best way.

And last, but certainly not least, it's my girl, Bey.

A little more "Top 100" for me than usual, but I feel that is always the case for summer. Have a lovely day!


Italia! : Roma

Roma, Roma, Roma. I would have enjoyed you so much more if you weren't so hot, hot, hot. Mid to high nineties in a city full of tourists running around trying to see everything you're supposed to see is kind of my worst nightmare. Once I figured out to wear the bare minimum/my least favorite outfits, no makeup, and just a general lack of fucks given, I did my best to ignore it and see what I came to see and enjoy the food!

Drinks before our flight!

Pizza for breakfast in front of the Pantheon.

The cute little courtyard at our hotel.

P.S. I just realized I hardly took any pictures of my food on this trip! This is probably because it looked so good I simply inhaled my food the second the plate hit the table. Woops.