So the Summer has come to an end, and I can’t say that I am completely sad about it. Nor can I complain. This Summer I got a chance to go on a trip that, just a few years ago, I could only dream of. I got to tour the South of France, and Rome! Um what? I’ve only been working since the age of sixteen and mothering for an equal amount of time, of course. I definitely needed this trip for the experience, to soul search, change of scenery, and of course, inspiration.
Where exactly did this trip take me?
Back in July I spent ten days on my mini split vacation in Europe. First half, The French Riviera Nice, France, Monaco, Monte-Carlo and Cannes to be exact and the second half Rome, Italy. This trip came at the very last minute for me. Both places were as beautiful as you would imagine. Every step was picturesque, I really didn’t have to try.
France was very alive. There was always a lot going on, cozy little restaurants everywhere I turned. Everyone there was so laid back, and took their time with everything. It was so refreshing to see and be in that type of atmosphere. Here, in America we have this constant need to be busy.
As far as fashion, I kept it very minimal as. July is on of the hottest months in Nice, so there was no need to overdue it. There’s a certain, special type of elegance that the French exude. Classic and easy. Neutral and relaxed. Something that I truly admire, and adopt when it comes to how I dress. When I was preparing for this trip, I had two piece sets in mind, linens, whites, plaids and of course my trusty baker boy hat and straw bucket.
I came with a baby straw and, while at Cours Saleya (the flea market there) I fell in LOVE with a bigger and better quality version (pictured below) of the bag I came with. Handmade with love and it just cost me 20 euros, and really made my day! It’s the little things ..
Going out there, I had so every intention to take loads of fashion looks. But, talk about technical difficulties, the camera on my Iphone 8 Plus started to only take blurred photos. This left me only able to to take selfies or photos with filters. I was pretty upset, but got over it quickly and remembered where tf I was! There was already so much to take in… plus I knew it wouldn’t be my last time visiting a beautiful Country. Next time, I will be more than covered with the right equipment.
So, my apologies for the lack of outfit looks …
If you know me personally, then you know that I have this love for the Italian culture. The people, the Pasta, the Wine …. the beautiful buildings and history … did I say the wine? 🙂 lol. Years ago, I watched Eat. Pray. Love with Julia Roberts, and she traveled the world to many different countries. But the one that really left an impression on me was Italy. It was the way the director put the film together, and how he portrayed the people, and culture there in such a warm light. In just a short time of being there, the people she met and stayed with out there quickly became her little family.
The second I got off of the plane and into our car to the hotel … I knew immediately that it would be exactly as I imagined it would be. I fell even more in love! The abandoned, yet old charming buildings, the graffiti, the little cozy restaurants .. it reminded me a bit of home, in a way. I don’t want to ruin it, if you haven’t seen it, but you should definitely see it if you’re interested in traveling.
When I say I feel like I belong in Italy … I really feel that way. It was a feeling I couldn’t explain …
Oh, and it was HOT out there … very humid. So I did a lot of washing my face in between outings. Some of my fave products here. They kept me feeling refreshed.