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Crazy for Caftans

Crazy for Caftans









I think caftans are just about the greatest invention ever. Cute, comfortable, breathable, and flattering -- a bright caftan is my go-to beach/tropical travel look. And the best part is that most caftans can also double as an easy, breezy summer dress.

No body does the caftan better than Lilly. For the past 4 seasons now Lilly Pulitzer has released fabulous caftans that are perfect for summer travel, or everyday wear if you live in Florida. While Lilly has recently added knit/jersey caftans to the collection, I still prefer the beautiful original silk style. These silk caftans don’t come cheap, but mine have last years and still look brand new. Plus, I always try to score at least one during Lilly’s August clearance (sizing note, they typically run a size larger).

I wore this Lilly blue and pink caftan for a day of boating around and exploring the island of Capri. You can read more about my adventures in Capri here and my tips for visiting Capri here.

In addition to Lilly Pulitzer, I also love Trina Turk and Nanette Lepore’s tunics. I have rounded up all of my current favorites that I am lusting over below. Basically, if I could live in caftans all summer I would!

What are your thoughts on the caftan?

PS – Remember that time I zipped around Santorini on an ATV in a caftan lol?


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The Most Instagrammable Places in Paris

The Most Instagrammable Places in Paris









I cannot believe it has been more than 6 weeks since I was in Paris! It feels like it was yesterday, then again when I think about all I have done since then, it feels like an eternity ago. As I am sure you all already know, I love Paris. It is truly one of my favorite places in the world! Part of what I love about Paris is its light and architecture (you can read more about what makes these so special in Paris here), which is a dream for someone who loves taking photos, like me.

It is hard to take a bad photo in Paris, but there are a few spots that photograph like a dream and make Paris Instagram gold. So, I thought I would share my favorite photo ops/Instagram spots in Paris. Obviously, everyone has a different aesthetic and these reflect mine. I would love to hear your favorite spots below!

Best Eiffel Tower Shots:
Trocadero Platform and Stairs
Avenue de Camoens
Pont de Bir-Hakiem
Champ de Mars

Best Doors:
Doors on the Isle St Louis
Doors in the Marais
(see all my favorite doors here)

Quintessential Paris:
Palais Royal (Garden and Square)
The Louvre from the Jardin des Tuileries
Ponte Alexandria III
Grand Palais
Cappuccino at Cafe del Flore
Cafe Boneparte (more great Parisian cafes here)
Luxembourg Gardens
Quai d'Orleans (looking back onto Notre Dame)
Pink Boulangerie (Le Boulanger des Invalides)
Rue Crémieux
Place Dauphine

See more of my Parisian favorites here!


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The Perfect Swimsuit and Cover Up in Positano

The Perfect Swimsuit and Cover Up in Positano









Well, I never thought I would see this day. The day I publish a picture of myself in a swimsuit on the blog! But, I simply had to since this is the best, most comfortable and functional swimsuit I have ever owned.

As a short and curvy girl in a society that praises tall and waif-like frames, I admit that I have never felt confident in a swimsuit. My large chest always made even the most modest of bikinis look inappropriate, and one pieces tended to make me look even shorter and rounder, if not matronly. So, for years I simply avoided going in the water. I mastered the art of the cute coverup and simply gave up on swimwear. That was until I found this Trina Turk suit.

Not only is the sleek shape of this one-piece flattering (and not matronly), it is also comfortable and functional. I felt like I could truly enjoy myself in the water and not worry about losing or falling out of my top. It can be worn on the shoulders for extra support, or off for a more modern silhouette. Off the shoulder it hides perfectly under a cute off-the-shoulder cover up, like this Max & Co. number I picked up in Florence.

I loved this suit so much, I even purchased it in this fun pattern. I have to admit, being able to feel comfortable and confident in a swimsuit is a game changer. I forgot how fun and refreshing the water can be!

More on Positano:
20 Tips for Traveling in the Amalfi Coast
10 Things You Must do in Positano
Fresh Squeezed in Positano


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Pink and Green in Capri

Pink and Green in Capri








I have always been a Tory fan, but this spring Tory Burch really killed it. I loved the entire collection, especially this garden party print, which I got in this blouse and dress (seen here). I scored both during their Friends and Family sale in April. But, good news, almost all of the fabulous spring collection is now on sale! I have rounded up my favorite pieces below.

These pictures are actually from my first trip to Capri this summer (more from that trip with Kate here). While on the island, Kate and I decided to hike up to Anacapri to see the stunning views from the fabulous Caesar Augustus hotel. It did not disappoint. I love the hotel's the terraced gardens, yellow striped decor, and infinity terrace. If we were not short on time, I could have stayed all day! But, the beach and more lemon and orange granitas were calling our names.

You can read more of my Capri recommendations here and here.


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Early Morning at the Spanish Steps

Early Morning at the Spanish Steps










Want to know the secret to seeing Rome at its best? Get up at 5 am! No, seriously, early mornings in Rome are magical. There is nothing quite like seeing rays of light streaming into Saint Peter's Basilica, or the Trevi Fountain without mobs of people, or the Spanish Steps completely empty! Not to mention how incredible the Colosseum looks at sunrise.

I have developed something of an early morning habit in Rome. I get up at 5 and I am out the door around 6/6:30. I pick a famous monument to enjoy and snap photos of, then stroll the empty peaceful streets for a bit. After a couple hours of wandering, I usually stop in one of my favorite piazzas (Piazza Navona or Campo di Fiori) for a coffee. By then the museums and sights are beginning to open and I can be the first in line. Here is the best part of this schedule. After a delicious lunch, I siesta! With a good nap and a couple hours of writing/being productive, I an revitalized and head back out for some late-afternoon sight-seeing and dinner.

Not only does this plan save you from the crowds, it also saves you from Rome's unbearable summer heat. Trust me, there is no better way to enjoy Rome! Case in point, these pictures from the Spanish Steps. Becky and I arrived around 6:15 and how the place to ourselves for about a half hour. Needless to say we made the most of it! I wore this adorable eyelet smocked dress that I liked so much I bought in two colors - black and pink. I also found it in navy here. While it is currently on ridiculous sale (only $40!), it is sadly almost sold out.

You might think I am crazy, but I challenge you try getting up early in Rome at least one morning while you are visiting. I promise it will completely change your opinion of Rome!


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