OOTD: San Gimignano

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A couple weeks ago I spent the day exploring the Tuscany region and all the Italian culture it has to offer. One of the highlights of my trip was an afternoon spent in San Gimignano (San Jimmy-Meow-Meow), a medieval hill top town south of Florence. The town is not only known for its many towers, but for its world-famous gelato. Yup, that is right, the “Best gelato in the world” is made there.

So here I am, battling the heat in an off the shoulder Wilfred dress and my Gucci disco soho crossbody, looking for more gelato as I had just run out. Unfortunately there wasn’t any in the well, though perhaps it was for the best as I would have shamelessly attempted to steal it.

This is easily one of my favourite pictures from the trip and my favourite memories. While I loved exploring ancient ruins in Rome, there is something about medieval architecture and street art (there were faded out crests on the stone walls lining the towers) that just pulls at my heart strings. Probably because it is as close to a fairy tale I will get, or the knights who say “Ni!”

 

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On Repeat: Hadrian’s Palace

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I mentioned to you a couple posts ago that I wore this outfit on repeat all summer. It truly is a favourite. These pictures were taken at Hadrian’s Palace just outside Rome on one of my last days of the trip. This set of ancient ruins was one of my favourite places and a definite highlight of the trip. With beautiful scenery, sunshine and even little turtles hanging around the ponds, I’d go back in a heartbeat.

Just to recap, my sweater crop is from Aritzia and the skirt is from NYC last year by Rag and Bone.

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Also, how many squats do you think those Roman soldiers did to have rock solid butts like that?!?!

Don’t forget to put your feet up today, it’s Sunday.

OOTD:Rome Fountains

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Good morning and happy LONG weekend! Do you need the weekend as much as I do? Having an extra day off is huge for me. I just started a new school year and a new position and while I have a great feeling about my work currently, I came home yesterday too tired to function. Throwing back to my Italy trip that I promised to share with you (I have a couple more posts coming too!) this was taken on the day I arrived in Rome.

I roadtripped to Rome from Florence, the drive was short- only about 3 and a half hours and filled with beautiful scenery. Funny talking to Europeans about the difference in what is considered a long drive. One evening in Florence I had a great conversation with my waiter and he explained that his family lives about thirty minutes away and he only sees them once or twice a year. Apparently that is quite normal. I explained that my family lives over three hours away and to drive down for a day visit is quite common for me to do. Mind you, while driving on the QEII is a headache, I think driving in metropolitan cities in Europe is something I would just never want to deal with. With all due respect to my European readers. Though, I think investing in a pink vespa would help greatly.

Anyway, getting back to the post, upon arrival in Rome, I immediately unpacked my suitcase and went exploring in the Eternal City. My mom and dad took me to their favourite square in the city and we ended up having lunch and of course, another round of gelato. So, here is me, burning my ass because the metal around the fountain was very hot (It was like 40C there every day. So hot this snow angel thought she might melt) but I grinned through the picture uncomfortably any way.

What am I wearing? One of my favourite dresses! The most perfect t-shirt dress by Wilfred, some Steve Madden sandals that I allowed to be completely destroyed and tossed after the trip (oops), my trusty Gucci disco, a fav pair of Tom Ford sunnies, and the straightest most put together hair-do I had the entire trip.

Wishing each of you a wonderful, relaxing long weekend. I already feel unwound and recharged. Maybe it is simply because I had a coffee and didn’t wake up at five a.m.

Cheers!

 

OOTD: Jays

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Last spring on the blog you may have noticed me wearing a baseball jersey here and there or talking about going to a game, or playing in the sunshine. The truth is, I love baseball. I grew up playing ball and still love nothing more than swinging a bat or wearing a glove. Baseball is a terrific sport. So, last summer whilst in Italy, it was only natural for me to bring along a jersey or two.

I admit, cut off denim, sneakers and a Blue Jays jersey is not very European. I hardly saw any athleisure style on my holiday- understandable as it is a very North American thing to do. I am not sure if it is even street style worthy. In fact, we could say this is my own crazy version of dressing like a tourist. Truly I was a tourist. But regardless, I was wanting nothing more, a day or two, to battle the heat in my Jays jersey. I figured, paired with the most popular sneakers on the planet right now and my Gucci Soho crossbody, anything else is fair game.

Picture from Florence at the Uffizi Gallery.