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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Venice Vibes, Gelato, & Gondolas | Travel Guide for Venice, Italy


The thought of Venezia, Italia alone makes me want to marvel and cry at its alluring and captivating beauty. Ok, so that may be dramatic, but I really was almost brought to tears when I first laid eyes on Venice. City number two on my 10-day solo trip to Italy and it was love at first sight. 

Since there are no cars in Venice, I explored the romantic and ethereal floating city mainly on foot but a Gondola ride at sunset on the Grand Canal is an absolute must do. Gondola rides cost about €60 during the day and a painful €80 around the time of sunset. 

Alas, my sunset gondola ride was absolutely free thanks to an admiring and generous Venetian Gondolier who kindly offered his services free of charge. He even let me stand up on the Gondola to row the boat and I somehow managed to not crash it into an Italian wall. If you want to see how that all played out, peep my Italy vlog part 2! 



What to do in Venice:

Visit St Marks Square – Beautiful church. Get ready to be serenaded by live music in the charming square. Skip the food and drinks though...super pricey because it is a main tourist area. 

Eat at Terrazza Dei Nobili - Lovely restaurant right on the water with serene and calm views. I ordered pizza, a glass of crisp rosé, and sat for hours.

Buy an Italian Leather Handbag - Italian leather shops are everywhere and are full of a TON of leather goods. The price ain't even that cray but fyi, they're usually cash only.

Walk Across the Rialto Bridge – The biggest bridge in Venice. Early morning or late at night are best times to snap the perfect pic for the gram. 

Eat Gelato Wherever - Pick a gelato shop. Order gelato. Eat gelato. Repeat. 

Sip a Bellini at Skyline Rooftop Bar - On top of the Hilton on an island across from Venice you will find this gem. Order a fresh Bellini and take in the Venice skyline. Ok, so you need someone with a boat to get to this location but if you can swing it, it's worth it. 

Go No Where in Particular – Get lost on foot in the Venetian streets and enjoy the sweet life. #wanderlust

Take a Gondola Ride at Sunset - See above. 

Pro Tips in Venice:

There are no cars in Venice. Only transportation is via foot or boat

Google Maps doesn't really work. You will get lost and it’s ok. Just gwtf 

Ask your hotel concierge or Airbnb host for directions to the location you will be staying BEFORE you get to Venice

There are a lot of stairs and bridges so comfy shoes are a must. I saw a struggling girl wearing heels and shed a tear for her

Stretch your calfs and quads at the end of the day because who wants to be sore on vacation aintnobodygottimeforthat.


wan·der·lust 
ˈwändərˌləst/
noun
  1. a strong desire to travel...and I did just that. 






















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Sunday, August 12, 2018

14 Ways New York City living will hurt your feelings



  1. Your terrible neighbor in the apartment above you non-stop playing the piccolo
  2. When you swipe your Metrocard and begin to rush through to catch your train but get punched in the pelvis by the locked turnstyle to look back and see "insufficient funds" 
  3. Kraft grated parmesan cheese $8.49? It's expired??
  4. When you discover your train is not running and are now stranded in your own borough 
  5. Never-ending winters = cold tundras of depression 
  6. Rent :'(
  7. Sitting is a wet spot... pls help.
  8. When the train stops underground and the conductor says it's because of train traffic but how could it be because you waited 19 minutes for this train
  9. When your favorite bodega on the corner near your apartment goes out of business. RIP
  10. Random pee smells
  11. When someone holding the top railing on the train has their arm pit only inches away from your face and their BO is wafting in your direction when you're smushed on the 6 train. No escape
  12. Gross AC water dripping on you
  13. When the "not in service" bus rides past empty leaving you discouraged in 27 degree weather and finally...
  14. LaGuardia airport in general 
*actual footage of me exhausted of NYC struggles* 

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Oh My Milan: A Glamorous Guide & Pro tips to live your best life in Italy


Ahh, Milan. Chic, stylish and effortlessly fashionable. Italy had been on my to do list since I was in college, so booking my ticket for a 10-day solo trip was long overdue. There are so many beautiful cities in Italy that I wanted to visit so it was difficult choosing where to go. I managed to hop over to Milan, Venice, Rome, Pompeii, and Positano. Yeah, kind of a lot but time well spent. 
  
So, American me landed in Milan, Italy. 

Praise be after the 8-hour red eye. One long and troubling commute to the center of Milan later, I finally made it to my Airbnb in the trendy neighborhood of Brera. As soon as I freshened up and stepped outside, I was in awe of the cute streets and shops filled with Italian leather goods and gorgeous gowns. 




My eyes widened and sparkled at the Milanese style and at the finely dressed, tall, dark, and handsome Milanese men. 

I loved the vibe of Milan and could easily see myself living there. *downloads Duolingo app to learn Italian* I wandered this city for about 4 days and I’m convinced my heart is still somewhere in those Italian streets. If you want the visual of my experience in Milan, check out my Italy vlog on my YouTube Channel!

Where I Went:

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – High-end shopping + insanely breathtaking architecture. Go in the little café above Prada. Fancy af. 

Miss Sixty Café – Perfect for grabbing a delicious tiramisu and cup of tea in a girly spot.


Duomo Di Milano – Stunning Church. Pigeons galore. 

Terrazza Aperol – Trendy rooftop bar with views of the Duomo. Great aperitivos in the evening. 

Montenopoleone – Highest of the high-end shops in the Fashion district of Milan. If you have a sugar daddy or just some serious Euros to burn this is your district. Less touristy than Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Be ready to see a Ferrari or Maserati.  

PaniniDurini – Perfect little eatery for a croissant and fresh orange juice in the morning. Buongiorno.  

Casa Infante – YOU MUST GO HERE FOR THE ORGASMIC GELATO. Thank me later. 

N Ombra de Vin – Bar with lots of beautiful locals and cocktails. Great nightlife. Gets crowded so be sure to stand by someone good looking which will not be hard. 

Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo - Pizza perfection. 

Outlet stores near Montenopoleone – Do yourself a favor and stop into an Italian outlet store. Once again, thank me later. 

10 Corso Como – This place has a bit of everything in one creative space. An art gallery, rooftop views, high end shopping, quirky novelties, garden restaurant, indoor lounge, books, everything! Stay for a drink and dinner after you’ve wandered through all the levels.


Where I Stayed:

Brera District – Artsy, fresh, lots of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Close to the Metro, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Duomo, and N Ombra de Vin.

Pro tips while in Milan:

Let your personal style come out. People will appreciate the effort you put into your look and gravitate towards you because of it.

This is the place to break out your designer everything. Shoes & bags - flaunt it.

Use your sauce and accept the free drinks, dinners, and good vibes that follow.

Be ready for the cigarette smoke.

Women tend wear heels in the evening around 6pm. Not a flat in sight. 

Ditch the bodycon dresses for nightlife. Sexy chic is the way to go. 

Enjoy the sweet life, eat the food, and live your life how you want. 




 










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Thursday, July 12, 2018

GITANO...worth the Hype or just for the Gram?


Okay, so let's be honest. Many of the "hottest" places in NYC that open fall flat when you actually end up visiting the spot. AmIright? 

Let's talk about Gitano in Soho. The new jungle in the concrete jungle and a spin off of the original Gitano in Tulum, Mexico. You've probably seen the pink neon sign and lush greenery splashed on your IG feed for a few weeks now. I had to go for myself to see if it was worth the hype.


When you walk up to the place, there isn't much curb appeal folks. You'll see a big fence surrounding the venue covered in black tarp material... you won't miss it but it's not cute. :( 

The entrance with the pink neon "Gitano" sign, tall trees and plants, however, is very Instagrammable so make sure you have a worthy #ootd to match the cool, mellow vibes. 

Inside the huge space, you will see a big bar and hovering over the bar is a huge silver disco ball.  Lots and lots of seating which is real rare in NYC! This place would be perfect for a big group of your besties to hang out and have a summer margarita. 

Thinking of the very small menu could bring a tear to one's eye but they do give a disclaimer since it's only an experimental pop up. This place is good for drinks but definitely make brunch or dinner reservations elsewhere. 

Over all I'd say this place is just for the gram, but that's not a bad thing right? 











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4 Ways How Not To Self Destruct When Life is Crumbling


Life…Ain’t nothing fair about it. 


Have you ever had moments when you reflect on life and think “wtf” in disbelief at how shitty things are actually going? If you haven’t had that experience please bestow your knowledge upon me, because I’d love to know your sorcery. I don’t know many people who haven't had thoughts like this. Life can tend to feel like more shits than giggles but hey, we’re human and what else can we do but learn to cope with the cards we’re dealt? It’s normal to be down in your individual dump but here are 4 ways how not to self-destruct when your life is crumbling.  

EMOTE

Express yourself [in a healthy way, friends] that gets out the bad and sad feelings that are swarming around in your mind. Shout, throw stuff, and ugly cry your heart out. This probably will not fix your problems but you will feel an emotional release that may make the burden feel a bit less heavy. 

Talk to your person
Bestie, boyfriend, mom, sister, girlfriend, cat, whoever will be able to respond and provide valuable guidance or input about your situation…ok, so maybe rule out cat. The person should be trustworthy so you can vent freely and not be worried about the excruciating or embarrassing deets of your woes being leaked to your other dear friends, fam or SOCIAL MEDIA accounts. If you still are having a hard time dealing, go talk to a shrink. #noshame 

Continue to do you
Is your thing bottomless brunch on the weekend with your friends, reading that book you’ve been meaning to catch up on, or taking an exercise class that you love? Do it. You may feel unmotivated to do anything but force it a little if you can. It’s important to keep doing what you love to do and what makes you happy and feel good to lift yourself out of your rut. 

Roll with it
Whatever came your way that has you shaken, acknowledge it, fix it, or adjust to it. You may not feel better overnight but be patient and try to maintain that cute spark that makes you, you.

 

 Disclaimer: I’m not a shrink by any means. This information is from my life experiences and should not be taken as medical guidance. 
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