The Morning After


I awoke to my first morning in Florence to the zipping of Vespa’s, the dinging of the clock tower and clinging of bikes — best alarm clock sound I have ever experienced, can that be a choice on alarm sounds when I get back to the States?

Walking the streets of this city just makes you feel  a new level of being alive, like your soul is uplifted – no wonder it’s the home of the Renaissance. I spent my first day (jet-lagged) and lost, but surprisingly not panicked. Of all the cities to get lost in, Florence should be on your list, it was breathtakingly beautiful.

First thing, I set out on a mission to find a specific dairy-free gelato shop and ended up finding Ponte Vecchio instead (oh darn). I then came across an amazing outdoor ristorante in Piazza de Repubblica where I spent an hour eating genuine spaghetti, sipping on a superior glass of rose and taking in my view of vibrant street performers and a spinning carousel. I am lucky that a kind Italian gave me a wi-fi hotspot (I obviously looked that lost) and helped me find the way back to my hotel. To my luck, I found a shop that served a dairy-free ice cream, but no genuine gelato for me quite yet.


IMG_0479{Ponte Vecchio}



IMG_0474{Oh hello Bottega Veneta & Cartier}




IMG_0569Express Portofino Blouse // Old Navy Skirt // Dolce Vita Sandals (practically identical) // ALDO Tote Bag // Express Belt // Karen Walker Sunnies // Stella & Dot Valor Studs // Stella & Dot Sommervell Necklace // Stella & Dot Christina Link Necklace // ALDO Watch (similar) // Stella & Dot Renegade Bracelet // Stella & Dot Eden Ring // Stella & Dot Stackable Bands // Nails: Bahama Mama by Essie

As always, thank you for reading.

  1. Bita Wrote:

    your new venture is soooo exciting, thanks for sharing it and fashion with us! 🙂 What a life changing experience!

  2. Alison Wrote:

    Florence is incredible! While you are studying abroad there you should take the opportunity to purchase a pair of authentic sandals/shoes (I’m sure you are already on top of it). I bought a beautiful pair from Francesco di Firenze (as recommended by this post and they are wonderful! He didn’t have my size in stock so he made them for me and they were available the next day! Enjoy your time in wonderful Italy and be sure to hit up the hot springs in Tuscany!

  3. Cara Rossiter Wrote:

    Florence looks absolutely beautiful!

  4. I love this look! This post and your blog is amazing!

  5. Ron Wrote:

    Wonderful !

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