Rome, Italy | 11/30/18 – 12/2/18

Rome is by far my favorite city in Italy. I’m thankful to say that this was my 4th time visiting and I’m always ready to go back again for a 5th.

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If you are ever in Rome, you HAVE TO GO to Trattoria Luzzi for lunch. This place is so good and SO inexpensive. It is just a few blocks from the Colosseum and halfway to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterno.


Unfortunately, we did not get to go inside the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel because it is closed on Sundays… important to know if you’re there on a Sunday :/. However, just standing in front of the church is incredible and being in this area feels like you are in a totally different place.

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

Denver, Colorado |8/10/18 – 8/12/18

DENVER, COLORADO | Photo Journal : August 2018|

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16th Street Mall Downtown Denver


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outfit details : pants : Etiquette Boutique KC (similar) | top : Missguided (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar) | shoes : Zara (similar) | bag : Target

Red Rocks – Pretty Lights


ROME, ITALY 1/2/18 – 1/5/18

Our final stop was Rome, Italy! This was my third time being in Rome and I could still go back more and more. This city is absolutely beautiful and there’s so much to do.

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jacket : Ralph Lauren (similar) | jeans : Lee Jeans | shoes : H&M (similar) | sunglasses : Diff Eyewear

We had an early morning train from Florence that arrived in Rome before noon. Our room wasn’t ready yet so we tooled around town a bit with no plans. First we went to San Giovanni in Laterno where we saw the Santa Scala, or the holy stairs, and walked through the market. We stopped and had lunch in that area as well at an amazing restaurant. Personally I think that Rome has the best food in Italy, as far as I know.

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After our room was ready we changed and headed out to Piazza di Spagna where the Spanish Steps are. This is my favorite Piazza in all of Rome. I love the atmosphere of the historic Roman square that is surrounded by designer shops. Via Condotti, a shopping street, is connected to this Piazza so we walked down there and headed to Via del Corso, again, another shopping street. Via Condotti has more high end names like Gucci, Bvlgari, Dolce and Gabbana, and more while Via Condotti has more affordable brands such as Zara and & Other Stories.

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Via Condotti is a way to arrive at Fontana di Trevi where all of your Lizzie McGuire dreams come true. No but really, this fountain is gorgeous. I could stare at it for hours. We then made our way to Piazza Navona which is also close by. This is a favorite of my moms. It has the very famous Fountain of the Four Rivers in the middle along with a beautiful church, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

DAY 2

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jacket : Zara (similar) | blouse : Zara (similar) | jeans : Lee Jeans | boots : bought in Italy 6 years ago (similar) | sunglasses : Muse (similar)

On our second day we went to Saint Peter’s Square or Piazza di San Pietro, to see the basilica and to tour the Vatican Museum. This is another one of my favorites in Rome. If you ever go, this is a must see. The museum is great but what really takes the cake is the Sistine Chapel. The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo is my favorite work of art ever.

We then went to the Colosseum area! We didn’t go in because we’ve done it before and it honestly wasn’t spectacular. However, my whole family’s favorite restaurant in all of Italy is over there! The food here is by far the best Italian food I’ve ever had in my life. Everything is homemade and fresh and authentic Italian! After our late lunch we went to a church, also right by the Colosseum. The Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli is really cool to go and see. Even if you’re not religious in any way, I still would recommend seeing all of these churches and holy spots because of how beautiful the architecture is and the incredible and famous artwork inside. We went into a number of churches throughout this whole trip.

We ended our second night in Roma with a casual dinner at a restaurant off of Nazionale.

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sweatshirt : Zara (similar) | purse : Chopin Roma (similar)

DAY 3

To start our day, we took the metro to Piazza di Spagna to go to our favorite coffee bar where we got our cappuccinos – something we did multiple times everyday. While we were in the area, we went to the Market at Campo Dei Fiori where you can buy anything from leather goods to fruit to flowers.

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shirt : Zara (similar) | pants : Zara (similar) | hat : Target | purse : Chopin (similar)

For the rest of the day we just went around town taking in the beauty and seeing sights. We saw Vittorio Emmanuel II in Piazza Venezia which is a very busy square. We also saw some Roman ruins in this area as well at the Imperial Forum.

DAY 4

Our last day in Rome was a sad one. I really did not want to leave and go back to reality. We did have some time though to hang out for a while. My cousin came in for the day from Florence so we got to spend more time with him. We hung around Piazza di Spagna and Fontana di Trevi and had an incredible last Italian meal nearby.

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Finally it came time to head to the train station to go to the airport. This trip was so amazing and I’m so thankful my parents took us on it. I learned a lot and got so much inspiration when I needed it the most. Although I’m sad to head back home, I am excited to start changing the way I do things there. I have really high hopes for 2018 and now that this trip is officially over I’m ready to start the hustle. Thanks again so much for following along with me!

Xx Bella

Also! I filmed throughout this trip and there will be a vlog up on YouTube here shortly! So stay tuned.