Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

For those of you that may or may not have read my novel of a post, The Fashionista’s Ultimate Packing Guide, you can see what I packed for nearly four months of European-inspired style, functional comfort and enough versatility to never have to wear the same outfit twice— all by packing just a checked bag and a carry on suitcase.

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{Ciao Firenze} Sporting sophisticated layers, including a white blazer, blue chiffon tunic (threw in last minute), Express ankle jeans, cognac flats and an amazing scarf.

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{First Day of Solo Sight-Seeing} Lace frock worn with cognac flats  and a tote bag. A gold metal feather bib is a statement especially when paired with my favorite red lipstick like I did.


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{The Morning After} A humid and hot day in Florence called for a breathable chiffon tank and a flowy skirt. A mixture of stripes and leopard brings the head-to-toe neutrals to life.

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{Getting Settled & Gelato Run} Trying to look a fraction as fabulous as the European women around here, running errands in a floral peplum skirt, trimmed blouse and them color blocked heels for a late-nigh gelato run. I wore flats during the day, after all, I’m not super woman.

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{Pack A Punch} For shopping in the Florence outlet and the street vendors, I chose a fuss-free shift dress that (visually) packed a punch (or dot). Paired with my new red bag and color blocked heels it was a great choice.

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{Yet Another Day of Shopping} Shopping with my roommates and a fabulous lunch at a pizzeria on a scorching hot day calls for a chiffon and a feminine skirt.

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{Leather & Lace} This is my outfit du jour four a girls day drinking wine and indulging in gelato.

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{A Little Vino} Shorts are typically a no-no in the conservative city of Firenze, but when visiting “touristy” sights, I fit right in. I paired a loose chiffon top with (more conservative) shorts for a comfortable duo.


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{Metal Feathers} I threw on a easy T-shirt dress for class with stand-out accessories to dress up the look.

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{Casual Stripes} Classes and errands on a steaming hot day calls for lightweight chiffon and a breezy skirt.

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{Fiore} A night of going out with the girls, sipping on some vino begs for a flirty floral.

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{En Route to Cinque Terre} A day of train ride transit means breathable layers that also look cute for dinner.

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{Beach Bum} A floral and fringe bikini paired with a fedora and arm party is perfect for relaxing by the Ligurian Sea.

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{In Vivid Color} Our last day in the beautiful (and breezy) sea side village means a warmer shift dress and sandals with a chic weekender bag.

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{The Basics: Reworked} For a day of class and styling I stayed casually chic with leather shorts, a blouse and a jean jacket.

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{The New Icons} A classic graphic tee and a asymmetrical skort was the perfect pairing for a day of walking around Firenze.

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{Loafer Love} I wore a pair of high-waisted jeans, polka dots and loafers for a  casual day of class.

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{Prep School} A layered look took this LBD that I wore for Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out – Firenze to day by layering a chambray shirt.

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{Print Party} For a casual Saturday prior to enjoying the Florentine nightlife I rocked some serious print coupled with a cozy sweater.

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{Bluebird} For a (almost) rainy day a easy polka dot chambray paired with chic extras was the perfect option.


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{Cream DreamA day of classes and work calls for a sleek, fuss-free look of white on white blazer and T-shirt, leather pants and leopard loafers.


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{Tres Chic} Apparently being “tres chic” in a comfy sweater and jeans, dresses up with heels and sleek accents to get a cappuccino before a day of classes.


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{Sweet Simplicity} For a “hike” to the peaks of Florence, so naturally I wear leopard loafers.


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{Garden Party} For a day of classes and meetings, I let a statement floral blazer take center stage to a otherwise head-to-toe black ensemble.


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{Cut It Skort} For a hot day of playing tourist in Rome, a skort, striped blouse and leopard flats make for a easy outfit.


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{Casual Roma} For a long day of walking to the Colosseum and Vatican City in Rome, a simple T-shirt with army green skinnies and loafers keeps me styling and conservative (for the Vatican).

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{Maxi Moda} For a cooler (still summery) day, a maxi paired with a blazer makes for a sharp and chic pairing.


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{Flower Child} Full out floral goes feminine in this drop-waist shift dress for a day of shopping.


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{Spotted} For a casual day of class and errands, a polka sweater with playful blue accents makes comfortable chic.


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{Graceful Lace} For a glam-utilitarian look I wore my lace frock paired with a army jacket, cognac flats and belt with red accessories.


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{Sweatshirt Chic} For a comfortable but polished looking lazy day, I paired ankle booties, leather short and a leopard scarf to my plain-jane gray sweater.


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{Denim + Denim} Taking on double denim with a chambray on denim combo, complimented by leopard loafers for a wine tour of Tuscany.


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{Criss-Cross} A rainy day calls for a dose of comfy chic. A T-shirt dress, scarf, jean jacket and fedora are perfect for the all day showers.


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{Neutral Army} A day of showers calls for a chic, neutral color palate. By keeping the outfit to gray and black, the army green becomes the statement.

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{Midnight Bloom} With a limited assortment of colors at my disposal, all neutral outfits have become the status quo. To avoid style monogamy, I used accessories like this scarf and lipstick to spice up the look.

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{Add A Stripe} To fall-itize your favorite summer stripe pair with cognac as a sophisticated switch up.

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{Prepare for Impact} Debuting my new, bold and beautiful Zara jacket, I paired it with a mod shift dress for a look that yells, “prepare for impact!”

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{Rain, Rain} I won’t let rain take my style away. I counteracted the elements with sleek boots, a comfy sweater and scarf.

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{Army Green & Wine} In today’s outfit, mixed metals meets a wine and army green color palate on a gloomy day.


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{Rainy Day Blues} A colorful outfit is a surefire way to brighten up a dreary day with the help of polka dots and a statement necklace.


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{Near Blackout} Keeping things Euro-chic with (almost) head to toe black look with a layer of cozy chambray to break things up.


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{Print Polish} Keeping things polished for a day of productiveness with my go-to comfortable silk pants paired with sleek extras.


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{Tribal To Street} A tribal print midi gets fall ready with a leather jacket and ankle booties.


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{Cozy Comfort} In lieu of midterms and declining temperatures, A cozy pairing of a scarf, sweater and utility jacket is the best choice for not sacrificing style.

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{Tee Time} To dress up the casual logo T-shirt, add a trench into the equation. Avoid a yawn-fest with the addition of chic extras, like leopard loafers.


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{Really Red} A all leather short-suit makes a great edgy transition into Italy’s fall weather.


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{End Of The Line} A monochromatic scheme combined with pattern mixing makes a bold visual statement – sans color.


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{Spot & Dot}A pattern trio of dual dots and leopard spots spices up a preppy silhouette.


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{En Route} For a flight, train and taxi combo to go to Corfu, a basic leather jacket, loafers and a leopard scarf is a comfy-chic alternative to sweatpants.

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{Edgy Beach} For a breezier day at the beach, leather shorts provide the perfect mix of warmth and exposed skin.

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{Island Bloom} While in Corfu, I donned a double peplum look with a tropical floral print.


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{Suit & Tee} Creating a casual “suit” look for sleekness, even in some Italian fall heat requires leather shorts, a boyfriend blazer and my go-to logo T-shirt.


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{Weekend Wear} My fall uniform is back with ease. Pairing a skimming blouse, skinny jeans and boots creates a sense of Autumn even though there is zero pumpkin to be found in Italy.


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{Diagon Alley} For a surprise trip to Exeter, England to see my love, I transitioned to cooler temperatures with separates that ooze traveled sophistication: my leather jacket, dark jeans and ankle booties.

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{Invested} Transitioning a sleeveless vest to fall is simpler than you may think. Add a sleek belt and a voluminous scarf into the mix.


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{Feminine Flair} I got playful with print, sporting a stripe and dot pairing. The sheer blouse and A-line skirt exude femininity, perfect for this Italian (not-so) fall day.


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{Playfully Preppy}Playfully Preppy} Playing with prints yet again, I paired a sweater over a collared shirt to give a preppy backbone to an otherwise trendy print-mixing outfit.


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{The Hunter Hat} I took a simple jersey maxi and gave it some style (and warmth) with a wool hat and a leather jacket, transitioning it seamlessly for fall.


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{Bordeaux Lips & Leather Hips} I dresses up a “tres-chic” sweater with my go-to’s: black ankle-strap heels and leather shorts.


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{Neon in Northern Italy} For a day exploring Venice, Italy, I fought the chill with a neon Zara number.


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{Bundled Bohemian} To fight the breezy nature of the water-front city, I chose a bohemian look in a faux fur jacket.


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{Primary} Playing around with bold pairing with Pantone’s (rumored) color of 2014: Dazzling Blue. Crimson and cobalt create excitement within a simple silhouette.


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{Florentine Fall} Since Florence finally decided to be fall (for two days) I took advantage of the ideal trench weather. I spiced up the timeless must-have with dashes of ruby and a little leopard.


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{Tee On Top} Today, I played around with layering light layers. For those of you ladies who live in a warmer climate but still want that layered J-crew like look. Try starting off with a chambray, putting a T-shirt on top of it, and then finishing off the ensemble with a jacket for perfectly preppy appeal.


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{Bordeaux Beauty} To take on the vino-inspired color trend, I styled it in a less literal way. I added the hue through shoes, a hat, nails and a berry pout. It pairs perfectly with army green.


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{Parisian Stroll} For a day of walking along the oh-so chic streets of Paris, a tribal print midi bodycon winterized makes the perfect statement.


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{Gray Days} For a day of playing tourist, I tried not to dress like one. Staying true to the Parisian style aesthetic, I stuck to a sea of neutral with glam accents.


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{Fairytale in France} Having a Blair Waldorf moment in front of the Eiffel Tower…


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{In The Spirit} A holiday inspired color combination meets edgy-prep style.


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{London Blues} A look for a day in London consists of a somewhat street style denim on denim ensemble with a witty graphic sweater thrown in for good measure.


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{Malta-Poo} For my first day in Malta, a casual ensemble of boyfriend jeans and an adorable puppy sweater create a playful vibe.


Look Seventy-One

{Off The Grid: One Dress, Three Ways, Part I} When traveling with crazy strict baggage allowances, it takes creativity and versatility to make fashion happen. By layering a sweater over a blouse-dress, it gives a prep school chic look.


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{Emerald Sea} For a day of strolling in the ancient Maltese city of Mdina, I took a clue for the tropical colors of the island.


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{Waterfall: One Dress, Three Ways, Part II} For the second styling of this geometric print frock, I layered a skirt on top, giving the illusion of a blouse/skirt duo.


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{The Belted Boyfriend: One Dress, Three Ways, Part III} The final styling of this frock includes creating another blouse-effect by folding the thin material in and up, pairing with boyfriend jeans and belting over to secure it all.


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{Neon Notions} Playing around with the seasons hottest print, camo, I found the unpredictable pairing with neon yellow to be a pleasant surprise.


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{Soiree Sparkle} Gearing up for a season filled with soirees, I experimented with how to glam up the basic LBD. The verdict? Layering a sequin tee underneath creates a more formal and festive look.


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{Camo Call} Wearing my favorite camo scarf again calls for new styling. This time around, I took a euro-chic approach wearing head to toe black with a effortless scarf outlining my outfit.


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{Layered Alive} A chilly fall day in Pisa called for layer upon layer, taking a new approach to the “Canadian suit,” aka: the head-to-toe denim trend.


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{Cuddle Buddy} The reoccurring trend of black on black continues yet again, but this time with a pop of faux fur and the mother load mix of textures.


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{Puppy Love} The whimsical puppy sweater makes another appearance, but this time with a dash of fearless color in form of a tangerine jacket.


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{Dublin Duds} The whole laid-back atmosphere of Dublin, Ireland caused me to dress in my most casual way: jeans, a T-shirt and an unbuttoned plain flannel.

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{Dublin Duds II} Casual layering of chambray and plaid creates a stylized, off-duty look.

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{Bold Blues} A dynamic cobalt and black combo gets tied together by a oversized scarf.