Thursday, June 30, 2016

Florence Guide: One Day

Hello Everyone!

After returning from Italy, I received a number of requests for Florence recommendations. Everyone wants to know the highlights, as many people only spend a couple days in Florence. To (hopefully) show you the best of Florence, I am sharing a one day travel guide to Florence. 

8 AM: Grab a cappuccino at your closest coffee shop & head to Accademia

10 AM: Wonder over to Piazza del Duomo and venture up the stairs of the cathedral for a fantastic view of the city

12 PM: Make your way over to Mercato Centrale. Check out the local vendors downstairs then make your way upstairs to select one of their many eateries for lunch 

2 PM: Stroll over the Ponte Vecchio to the Boboli Gardens; make a pit stop at Venchi's for gelato on the way [you can't go wrong with any flavor but I really enjoyed nougatine]

5 PM: Head back over the river & fit in a little shopping--you can find everything from Gucci to H&M

7 PM: Head to SimBIOsi for some incredible pizza [the burrata & spicy salami was my personal favorite]

9 PM: Grab a spritz to end the night at La Menagerie 

Additional Info:

*Accademia gets busy early--make sure to go first thing. You can purchase tickets there or online--the standard ticket is called the "b-ticket" but EU citizens ages 18-25 can get reduced price tickets & minors (under 18) get in for free. Also the first Sunday of every month is free!

*The Boboli Gardens will only cost you 10 euros. You can purchase tickets on site and will receive museum access as well

*All the eateries I shared, with the exception of Venchi's, have free wifi [this is very important for visitors without an international phone plan]

Are there any other cities you'd like to see a one day guide for?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Bucket List

Hello everyone!

Visiting California this week has made me nostalgic for the California summers I experienced in my youth. My family and I took trips to the coast, picked berries, and visited amusement parks. Yesterday Joe and I visited Santa Cruz and it reminded me of those times [more of that trip soon!]. It inspired me to create a summer bucket list--something I haven't done in a while. Here it goes:

-Wine tasting in Napa
-Visit Coney Island
-Picnic in Central Park
-Kayak on the Hudson
-See a rooftop or movie in the park
-Visit the New York Botanic Garden
-Day trip to Santa Barbara
-Visit the Boardwalk
-Pick strawberries
-Make jam
-Check out a beer garden
-Enjoy summer!

What is on your summer bucket list?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

PopSugar Must Have | June 2016

Hello friends!

Last week I received the June PopSugar Must Have box in the mail. I am a huge fan of this subscription box. This box came full to the brim with seven full sized lifestyle products. They offer two options--a full size box: $39.95/month [$100 value] with full sized products & they offer a mini box: $19.95/month.

The June box came with a neutral diamonds-printed sarong, "cheers" gold bottle opener, Ridley's Games Room "Who am I?" quiz, NCLA nail lacquer in "Born on the 4th", compact mirror, Pacific underarm deodorant wipes, and Sriracha pressels [Joe will love these!]. This box came out a $117 value!

I love that this box offers a variety of products--from fashion to food to fun. 

I recommend checking out the PopSugar Must Have this summer!

Thank you, PopSugar, for sending me this box!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hello Florence

Hello there!

As you may or may not know, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Italy for nearly three weeks. Before diving head on into Italy blog posts, I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on my trip--why I went, where I went, etc. 

I traveled to Florence, Italy for a study abroad program for my master's. I am getting my master's in New York but my university offers a 2.5 week food & culture course in Italy every summer. I decided to seize this opportunity to travel and study in another country [for obvious reasons!]. 

Our home base was Florence but I also traveled to a number of other cities through the program and on my off days. I got to know a good chunk of Italy during my time abroad. 

My program was about food so get ready for tons of posts & videos on the topic of Italian cuisine [there are worse things to study!]. 

I am excited to share my trip & experiences with you all. 

I hope you enjoy these upcoming posts. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

How To Get The Perfect Fake Tan & GIVEAWAY! [Video]

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing all my best tips for faking tanning in my latest video. Also I am excited to announce my first giveaway. This giveaway is very simple to enter. All you need to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment something fun you are doing this summer. 

I hope you enjoy it! Good luck!

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