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Cinque Terre

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Last week I shared photos of Portovenere, Italy. If you missed it you can view the photos here. It was in Portovenere that my tour group and I boarded a ferry that would take us to the Cinque Terre (“five lands”). If you haven’t heard of this area in the Liguria region of Italy, you have likely stumbled upon photos of the five glorious seaside towns on Pinterest. According to Pinterest, the villages are some of the most “pinned” destinations on the platform!

We left Portovenere by boat, making stops in the towns of Cinque Terre to drop off locals and tourists. Our first stop was Riomaggiore followed by ManarolaCorniglia is the next town over but it is perched high in the cliffs above the water and is the only town not accessible by boat. After we past Corniglia we stopped in Vernazza before arriving in the fifth town that makes up the Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare.

When we got off in Monterosso, my friend Katharyn and I grabbed a delicious lunch at a beachside restaurant with a great couple from San Francisco that was in our tour group. Afterwards we headed to the beach to collapse under the beautiful multi-coloured striped parasols along the sea.

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 1. Bikini: ASOS – sold out (top & bottom version) | 2. Cropped Cover Up: ASOS – sold out (similar here) | 3. Sunglasses: Coach

After spending the remainder of the day in Monterosso, we travelled by train to La Spezia where we spent the night in the cutest hotel before embarking on our next adventure…in France!

Hiking through all five towns that make up the Cinque Terre is definitely on my must-do list the next time I visit Italy. I’m hoping to go back in the summer of 2017 as there are so many more cities and towns I want to explore there, including Positano, Venice and Sorrento. What other areas of Italy have you been to that you would recommend?

In my next edition of Travel Tuesday, I’ll be sharing photos of the second country I visited last summer – Southern France!



Packing for the French Riviera

With the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in full swing, I’ve been thinking how downright chic the people who live and vacation in the French Riviera always are. There is one individual though that immediately comes to mind when I think about fashion in the region and that is Monaco’s princess, Grace Kelly. She was the embodiment of Riviera-chic and when I was planning what items to pack for the south of France last summer I kept thinking about Princess Grace in all her glamour in the 1955 film To Catch a Thief. It’s hard to forget the scene of her in that yellow swimsuit and white sunglasses on the beach of Hotel Carlton in Cannes!

Yellow swimsuit Grace Kelly TO CATCH A THIEF

Many of the items I packed for the French Riviera are included in today’s Riviera-style packing list, while others I recently discovered and would be on my list of items to take if I was going back this year.

Channel Monaco’s princess in a gorgeous hat like this and these white rimmed Chanel sunglasses. I took this striped bikini top and bottom set that I purchased from ASOS. Stripes are a must in The Riviera so be sure to pack a dress like this. I swear half of what I packed for Europe was navy and white! I recently came across these neutral lace-up sandals and this clutch that just scream Riviera-chic. Don’t forget to pack your favourite French perfume. I love this fragrance. And a packing list for the French Riviera would not be complete without some bling. How stunning are these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings?!

French Riviera packing list

1. Hat: Revolve – sold out (similar here & here & here) | 2. Sunglasses: Nordstrom | 3. Dress: ASOS – sold out (similar here & here) | 4. Earrings: The Outnet | 5. Perfume: Chanel  | 6. Bikini: top & bottom (love the purple top & bottom too)  | 7. Outfit Set: Goodnight Macaroon | Fringed Top: ASOS – sold out (similar here) | Clutch: Nordstrom | Sandals: Shopbop

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