Last Week Living in Florence, Italy

After almost four months living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, my time eventually had to come to a close. I saw some of the most amazing things and traveled to the most beautiful cities. Here, I learned a lot, not only in school, but about myself. I ended up spending a good amount of time by myself and kind of figured out what I wanted to do with my life when I got home. I had a great time and will definitely be back very soon.

Ciao for now!

xx Bella

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Pisa, Italy | 11/26/18

The iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is only an hour train ride from Florence so it is a definite day trip must! Pisa is a very small town and you can do this in a day, or just a few hours like I did.

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outfit : top : Forever 21 (similar) | shorts : Zara (similar) | boots : Zara (similar)


We ate dinner at a place called Pizzeria Trattoria Toscana right across from the leaning tower and it was absolutely amazing! Slightly touristy but we wanted to stay close to the tower. Very good- if you go, you have to try it!

Dublin, Ireland, Cliffs of Moher, and Galway, Ireland | 11/22/18 – 11/25/18

I recently traveled to Ireland for a weekend and here are some photos I took while I was there. We toured the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street, had a drink at Temple Bar, and toured the west side of the country. I have been to Dublin before; see my first post from last year, here.


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outfit : jacket : Zara | jeans : Topshop | blouse : Bershka


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On our second day in Ireland, we took a 12 hour tour to the far west side of the country to see the Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacdaugh Monastery, The Burren Rocks, and the city of Galway. This day was one of the coolest things I have ever done and probably one of the best things I did while being abroad. The tour was extremely affordable; it was only 40 Euros a person + additional food and fun expenses. For a full day of travel and sightseeing, this was incredible.

Here is the link to the tour to buy tickets if you are ever interested in going – https://www.getyourguide.com/dublin-l31/cliffs-of-moher-full-day-tour-from-dublin-t91047/?referrer_view_id=c7f9b212cddf6cdc5aaf4f1925b9a90a&referrer_view_position=1

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Paris, France | 10/26/18 – 10/28/18 – 11/2/18 – 11/5/18

Paris is somewhere I have ALWAYS desired to travel to and I am so lucky to have not only spent my 21st birthday there but to have gone twice within one week! I absolutely fell in love with this city and can see myself going back over and over again even more.

I am not going to write a whole lot in this blog post because it is so photo heavy. Certain photos will be captioned and of course, as always I will mention where the pieces of my outfits are from with shopable links.

xx Bella


10/26/18 – 10/28/18

outfit : blazer : Zara (similar) | tights : Calzedonia | bag : Fendi


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outfit : top : Bershka | skirt : Bershka (similar)

I need to go back to Paris to actually take my time in the Louvre. We didn’t have a long time in Paris so we mapped out where a couple important works of art were and booked it directly there. I did get to see the Mona Lisa which was something I can say I did, but I personally think she is hyped up a little too much.


Walking down the Champs-Elysees is something I have seen and heard in movies and doing it myself was magical. Walking past the beautiful designer stores and coffee shops was just a dream. This is the street that made me fall in love with this city.


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Seeing the memorial for Princess Diana actually gave me goosebumps. It totally escaped my mind that the terrible incident happened in Paris and we just so happened to stumble across this. It is a beautiful monument dedicated to her and I am so thankful I got to see it.



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After going to Catholic school for the majority of my life, I learned a lot, not only about religion but about religious architecture. I remember learning about the construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral and seeing it in real life was crazy to me.

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outfit : top : Zara (similar) | jeans : Maude Vintage (similar) | belt : Off White



Since it was my 21st birthday, I was 100% determined to pop champagne while watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle. This is a moment I could have only dreamed about. It was so surreal I feel like it didn’t even happen.

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outfit : dress : Zara | belt : Off White


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11/2/18 – 11/5/18

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outfit : dress : Zara | boots : Zara


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I have wanted to go to this beautiful church ever since the thought of a Paris trip came into my head. Unfortunately, I was able to go the first weekend but made it my top priority that I went the second time.  Sainte-Chapelle literally took my breath away. I could stand beneath those stained glass windows for hours.


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The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is great but the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe is way better in my opinion, mainly because the Eiffel Tower is in view. I also absolutely loved watching the cars go up and down the Champs-Elysees.

Bergamo, Italy |10/20/18 – 10/21/18

Bergamo, Italy is a town in the Northern part of Italy closer to Austria and Switzerland. I had no idea what to expect when going here but it was actually really cool. My mom wanted to go here because her family was from there and loved to visit.


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To get to the historical part of Bergamo, you have to get on a trolly type ski lift thingy to get to the top of the hill. Walking is also an option, but apparently it is a hike and we only had a day here.



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The Bergamo Cathedral is one of the prettiest churches I have ever been to! Is is small but extremely detailed. It is free to go in which is a plus. When in Bergamo, this is a must see.


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outfit : jeans : vintage (similar) | jacket : Amuse Society (similar) | shirt : Levis | boots : Zara (similar)

Arezzo, Italy | 10/19/18

Arezzo, Italy is a small town just an hour train ride south of Florence. I would have never thought to go to this town if it weren’t for my mom mentioning it. We covered this town in just a few hours because it was so small; a great Tuscan day trip.


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outfit : top : Zara (similar) | shorts : Zara (similar) | boots : Zara (similar)


 

We were lucky to have visited on the day that they were having their international festival! There were vendors with stands selling things from tons and tons of countries. The line of tables and tents was probably almost a mile long.


There is also a lot of amazing shopping in Arezzo. I purchased a beautiful pair of western leather boots from Sandro Ferrone.

Cinque Terre, Italy |9/15/18 – 9/16/18

Cinque Terre is somewhere I have seen all over Pinterest and Tumblr and I finally got the chance to go! This place is extremely beautiful with color. It’s a great mix of relaxing beaches, historic towns, and mountainous hikes- something for everyone.

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From Florence, it takes around two hours to get to Cinque Terre by train. We took one train to Pisa, and from Pisa we took a second one to La Spezia. One of the many things I love about living in Italy is how easy, fast, and cheap it is to travel just about anywhere in Italy and all of Europe!


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outfit details : blouse : Zara (similar) | pants : Etiquette Boutique (similar) | white sneakers : Fila Disruptor II| sandals : Pino’s (similar) | bag : Italian Market (similar)| sunglasses : Nordstrom

***I plan on having a post about this full outfit up very shortly. It is one of my favorite outfits I have worn and I think that it deserves its own separate post.***

If you have the time when you go here, definitely spend some time lounging on the beach. The water is crystal clear and perfect on a hot Italian day. You also have the most amazing view of the Mediterranean coast.

***p.s. my blue bikini is from Amazon*** it was very inexpensive and for someone who doesn’t prefer a lot of swimming or other water activities, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on a bathing suit and the quality of this is pretty good!

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Manarola – the most beautiful place in all of Cinque Terre 

Our group stayed the night at an Airbb in La Spezia which is actually a huge, poppin town! I would have never guessed it but it was pretty neat. Staying the night with everyone was a great time but I do think that in the future, if I go back, I would make Cinque Terre a day trip. If you don’t take a hike or relax at the beach, it is possible to go to all five places.


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outfit details : dress : Verge Girl (similar) | shoes : Fila Disruptor II | bag : Italian Market (similar) | sunglasses : Nordstrom

Florence, Italy – Study Abroad : Week 2

Hello hello! I have been meaning to post this for a while now I’ve just been so busy keeping up with classes and enjoying Europe I didn’t want to get too caught up on the internet!

My second official week in Florence, Italy meant starting school! I am attending Accademia Italiana and studying fashion communications. My classes are absolutely amazing and all of my professors are industry professionals. I am taking window display and design, fashion photography, history of 20th century fashion, art history, and of course, Italian! The campus is gorgeous and I love going to school with not just study abroad students, but people from all around the world.

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outfit details : shirt : Levi’s | pants : Florenzia (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar)


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outfit details : top : Amuse Society (similar) | skirt : Florenzia (similar) | shoes : Converse x Comme Des Garcons PLAY 


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The green car in the background is from the shooting of Michael Bay’s new movie 6 Underground with Ryan Reynolds and Dave Franco. They’re shooting here in Florence and it has been so cool to watch them film the car chase scenes in real life!


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top : Target (similar)| pants : Aqua via Bloomingdales (similar)| shoes : IKRush


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Vintage shopping – wearing a vintage Just Cavalli fur floor length coat. (no, I did not purchase unfortunately)

I don’t have classes on Friday which is so so nice! My school does this because there are so many study abroad students who want to use the weekends to travel. I spent my Friday exploring the city! I really just tooled around by myself to get familiar with how the city works. I also briefly popped in to the Gucci Gardens and had a great solo lunch!


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These are the two bags I purchased at the leather market! They are genuine and beautiful and the best part, were very inexpensive!

A lot of the pieces that are sold in this market are similar to high end designer goods.

It’s hard being a college student with minimal funds for designer items but buying similar things for a lot cheaper is definitely hopeful and exciting.

Florence, Italy – Study Abroad : Week 1

Ciao!

I have made it to Florence and have already been here for a week already which is crazy! I have decided to make weekly posts including my photos from that time, outfit photos, stories, and just thoughts in general. I think that this is going to be the best way for me to blog and also enjoy this slow European lifestyle at the same time.

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outfit details : top : Free People (similar) | pants : Zara (similar) |  shoes : FILA Disruptor II | backpack : Fjallraven Kanken

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We had our school orientation for Accademia Italiana where we went over the basics, got our schedules, and toured the absolutely gorgeous school! It looks like I will be having class in an actual art museum; it’s truly insane.

A group of new friends and I decided to go out and discover the Florence bar and club scene and it was really fun to experience nightlife in a new country. We all walked home together around 3:00 A.M. and crossed the Ponte Vecchio and not a soul was there. It was so beautiful and calm and it hit me that this place will be my home for the next four months.

I figured I would throw in some photos of where I am living! I got so lucky with my living situation. I am rooming with 4 other girls who are all great and the building itself it gorgeous. The color scheme is black, white, and red and super modern;  my favorite.

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outfit details : top : Etiquette Boutique KC (similar) | skirt : Etiquette Boutique KC (similar) | shoes : FILA Disruptor II

On Saturday we tooled around the city, shopping, eating, and leading our own walking tour.

Being completely honest, it has been pretty difficult to adjust to this new lifestyle. My photos do look like I am having a blast but at times it can be lonely and that’s just the reality of moving to a new country alone and life in general. I have a feeling that once I get busy with school and find my way around town like a local, things will get better and I can’t wait to share next week’s adventure in photos!

xx Bella

Tweed and Leather : Como Collabs Meetup 2

This was such a fun and easy look to put together. I love the chic, European feel of the tweed and fur jacket mixed with the edgy rocker leggings and heeled booties; it’s almost Parisian inspired. I think it makes for something different and unique. Of course I am wearing my favorite black newsboy hat to tie everything together.

These shots are from the second Columbia Collaboratives meet up shot by Anna Tripolitis. Be sure to follow Anna on Instagram and like on Facebook. I also have part two from the meet up coming soon. I shot two outfits and wanted to keep them separated.

xx Bella

Como Collabs meet-up 1 – PART 1 & PART 2

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jacket : Dixie Firenzi (similar) | pants : Nordstrom Rack (similar) | hat : Target | boots : Rebecca Minkoff (similar)


photographer : Anna Tripolitis – Instagram and Facebook