Monday, August 31, 2015

Barefoot in Santorini

Tunic bought from a shop on Kamari Beach, Ray-Ban Sunglasses

I'm back from a much needed week off. It was so wonderful spending quality time with my momma at the beach! These photos were taken at the hotel we stayed at on Kamari Beach in Santorini, Greece. I have more photos to share from the trip but in the meantime let's discuss it a little.

Y'all... Best. Holiday. Ever. No but seriously, Santorini is a little dream world. I loved it so much. Kamari is one of the villages located on the island and it's actually one of the few beach spots. Most of the villages, like the famous Oia, are situated up on these giant cliffs that overlook the Aegean Sea. So, if you are ever in Santorini and want to stay on the beach and relax go with Kamari. I also recommend our hotel, Kamari Beach Hotel. It has an amazing pool and bar where they serve food, cocktails and some of the best cold coffee I've ever had (um, frappes with ice cream, yes!!!). Also, free sunbeds and an umbrella on the beach in front of the hotel are included when you book. Kamari is also home to tons and tons of shops and restaurants which my mom and I took full advantage of. I bought this beautiful tunic at a little vintage store right by the hotel. It was the perfect cover up and was light weight enough to keep me cool in the extreme heat and humidity.

I have lots of tips and suggestions for things to do if you are ever in Santorini coming up this week so stay tuned!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Crop Queen

Urban Outfitters Crop Top, H&M Skirt (old), Old Navy Clogs, Brixton Hat, Vintage Coach Backpack via Charm School Vintage, c/o Limbo Jewelry Necklace and Earrings

Hi friends! I'm going to keep this post short because I'm getting ready to head to Santorini, Greece with my mom so I don't have much time to write. I did want to mention that my dear friend and photographer Chelsea has dubbed me "the crop queen" and I love it. I'm all about a good crop top in the summer time. The temps here in Italy have been so high and with no A/C in a lot of places I'm constantly trying to stay as cool as I can and wearing a cute crop top definitely helps... at least a little bit.

I think I may take off from blogging a little bit next week as I'll be enjoying the rest of the time I have here with my mom. When she leaves to go back home I'll be on my way to Madrid, Spain for a couple weeks #cantstopwontstop! Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Scenes from the Cinque Terre

Photos by me

I finally got around to editing some photos from my trip to the Cinque Terre! It is seriously one of the most beautiful and colorful places I've ever been. Sadly, I was only able to stay for a few days but here are some recommendations if you ever find yourself in this magical land... and I hope you do!

Watch the sunset on the beach in Riomaggiore.
Go for a hike.
Eat ALL the gelato.
Rent an umbrella and chairs on the beach in Monterosso.
Visit all five villages by train.
Bring your camera and explore all the little hidden streets.
Take the ferry from one village to another.
Have dinner at Nessun Dorma in Manarola for the most amazing view.

Ciao for now!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Denim Forever

Forever 21 Dress, Kork-Ease Wedges (similar), Urban Outfitters Bag (similar), c/o Limbo Jewelry Earrings, Urban Outfitters Sunglasses, Necklace was a gift from my roommate

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

I'm definitely a print and texture mixing kind gal. You won't see me all that often in an outfit that doesn't have one or both of those things incorporated into it... Unless of course it's denim! Really, pretty much the only time you won't see me in some crazy pattern is when I opt for denim which has been quite a lot lately. I love my vintage Levi's cutoffs (major outfit throwback in them here!), my fringe top, my most comfortable jeans ever, my denim jumper, and of course this airy baby doll dress you see above, just to name a few. I have so much denim in my wardrobe and I've been a fan of it for as long as I can remember. It's so versatile and always makes me feel super cute. I've even been known to where a Canadian tux from time to time and I'm not even a little bit sorry about it! Denim forever, y'all.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

European Vacation 2015: Life Lately

all images from my instagram (@pieceology)

Hi there! Sorry for the big photo dump but I've taken so many photos here already and I wanted to share them with you. These are all images from my instagram which I update a lot more often than my blog so if you want to follow along in real time go follow me over there @pieceology.

Anyway, let's see... It's been a bit of a whirlwind and I haven't had much time to think or write so I'm not sure where to begin so I guess I'll just start from the beginning. When I first arrived in Florence from Austin I only had a couple days to spend here. I stayed with a friend and she took me around to see some of the major things such as the Duomo (pictured above) which is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen. We biked around which was so fun for me. I'm definitely going to start biking when I get back to Austin. Then, shortly after my arrival I went off to the Cinque Terre to participate in a creative workshop hosted by the lovely Justina Blakeney. I have a ton of photos I took on my DSLR from Cinque Terre but I haven't had much time to edit them. Once I get a chance I will be posting those to the blog and chatting more about what I learned during the workshop, so stay tuned for that.

Ok, so what was next after Cinque?? Ah yes, I arrived back in Florence and I had to work straight away (my train got back at 11am and I had to work at 1pm!) so I wasn't able to do much exploring that day. I have to say, it's been challenging working here. I knew it would be but I wasn't sure really how I'd feel about it until I was here. My schedule is from 1-9:30pm so I am inside most of the day. I've been trying to wake up early to go see the sites but some night I accidentally (whoops) end up staying out late since nothing closes here until after 2am and you really don't realize what time it is! I did get to go to the leather market and buy a beautiful new purse that I'm sure I'll be featuring here on the blog in the near future. I also went to Mercato Centrale for lunch a few days ago which I can only best describe as a big Whole Foods but much more... European. So not too much sightseeing so far but I do have a lot of things planned for when my mom gets here this weekend before we head off to Greece. Oh, and did I mention I'm staying right by the Basilica di Santa Croce?? So I get to walk past that beautiful church pretty much everyday.

Other than exploring in Florence, we did go to the beach in Viareggio this past weekend which is about 1.5 hours way. It was kind of amazing. I've never been to a beach with mountains that you can ski on in the winter just right there in the background. Crazy. I've also ended up making friends with some Italians so I've been going out to the "local" bars and having dinners with them, just listening to them all speak in Italian not really knowing what they're saying but it's been pretty interesting trying to understand their language. They say that's the way you learn best, right?! All in all it's been an adjustment but I'm up for the challenge. And honestly, everyday just keeps getting better and better over here :)

That's all for now. Talk soon!