Fashionably Full's Guide to Northern Italy: Milan, Verona, Bergamo & Stresa

Fashionably Full's Guide to Northern Italy: Milan, Verona, Bergamo & Stresa

Italy is a special place for me. My maternal Grandfather was born in Sicily and immigrated to the United States when he was 3 years old. I am extremely proud to be an Italian and love everything about the culture and the country. Every year my family and I visit a new part of Italy. I love seeing the different parts of the Country and meeting the friendliest people while indulging in the most delicious food. 

It is no secret that I love pasta, so every time I spend a week in Italy it is a huge treat for me. I spent my days enjoying my time with my family, exploring a new part of Northern Italy, taking in all the culture and choosing between which Gelato flavors I was going to eat that day.  

This trip we drove around Northern Italy to Milan, Verona, Bergamo & Stresa. 

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Fashionably Full's Guide to Cartagena Colombia

Fashionably Full's Guide to Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena March 2019

 I traveled to Cartagena to celebrate my BFF Veronica @Veronica.Victoriaa ‘s 30thbirthday! She planned a great girls trip with 3 of her best friends centered around exploring a new city and lots of delicious seafood.  The old city was a colorful and lively city built within the historic remains of the walls that surrounded and guarded it.  Cartagena played a major part in Colombia’s history protecting the country from invasions due to the large walls that encompassed its old city. 

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Fashionably Full's Guide to Amsterdam

Fashionably Full's Guide to Amsterdam

This January my BFF & I traveled to Europe and explored Amsterdam! We both have been before but this was a different type of trip than the first time I went to visit. I first went when I was studying abroad in London for a semester in college. This trip was amazing since it was relaxed, and explored almost like we were locals! 

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Viva Las Vegas x Fashionably Full

Viva Las Vegas x Fashionably Full

Las Vegas 

For my West Coast blogger trip, Veronica and I flew round trip into Las Vegas and decided to split our time into two nights in Vegas on the days of our flights. On Wednesday night we stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which is located right in the heart of the strip. The Cosmopolitan is my favorite hotel in Vegas since it is the newest. We were on the 55thfloor and had a view of the strip. The hotel had a fun casino and great restaurants as well as a great pool which we laid out to catch some sun.  

 We drove 5 hours to Page, Arizona, to explore the canyons from Thursday – Saturday and then drove back to Vegas for Saturday night. 

Saturday night we stayed at the Aria, which is right next to the Cosmo. I did not love this hotel. It felt much bigger and a bit more of a mixed bag crowd. The casino was huge and the pool area was also much bigger. We had dinner at Jean Gorge Steakhouse, which was amazing, and I highly recommend eating there if you want a filling meal. One of the aspect of the hotel that I did not care for was the room. It felt very old with a gross feel to the bed.  

In Las Vegas we ate at the Rose Rabbit Lie  at the Cosmopolitan for dinner which was a very lively restaurant with a live jazz performance during dinner. The food was very good here too I ordered shrimp scampi and we started with brussel sprouts.

We also ate at Jean George Steakhouse at Aria, which was delicious. I had a 6 once fillet minion perfectly cooked and we ordered sides of truffled mac and cheese and crispy potatoes 

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Seven Magic Mountains - Nevada

Seven Magic Mountains - Nevada

Nevada – Seven Magic Mountains

About a 20 minute drive from Las Vegas is Seven Magic Mountains, an art exhibition. The exhibition by artist, Ugo Rondinone, is a blend of geological rock formations and abstract composition.  Each group of boulders range between 3 -  6 stones in different fluorescent colors. The sculptures range from 30 – 35 feet in height. The work pays homage to the history of Land Art. If you have a rental car in Las Vegas I recommend the drive as the art exhibit was larger than life and really cool.

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Fashionably Full x Page Arizona

Fashionably Full x Page Arizona

I am obsessed with the scenery that Page Arizona has to offer.  The town itself was a one road type of town and it was great for the two nights we were there and that would be it . We stayed at the Hyatt Place, which I really recommend. The rooms were big & clean and it was at a central location to the different restaurants and then the sites. Breakfast was included in the hotel stay but we went to Safeway and got some fruit and yogurt for our room and to munch on. 

Page Arizona is very special as it has over 96 natural canyons that you can explore. Most of these canyons are on the Indian reserve and are not open to the public but the ones that are open are breathtaking.  Since these sites are located on Navajo land you will need to visit through a tour company and they book up so definitely do some research in advance to reserve your desired time! 

 We went to Lower Antelope Canyon, Slot Canyon & Horseshoe bend as well as a boat tour through Antelope Canyon on Lake Powell.  

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North Fork Sunflower Fields

Veronica and I decided to take an adventure and drive about 30 minutes from Westhampton to the North Fork where the vineyards are to explore and look for sunflower fields. We did some research and found a sunflower maze put on by North Fork Potato Chip company. This sunflower maze was $5 a person and had the potential to be absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately we were very late in the season and there has been a few weeks of heavy rain which wilted the sunflowers but Vee & I are able to find beauty and a bright side in any situation and still really enjoyed it and got some great photos! 

We are very looking forward to next summer and will be first ones in line to see the sunflowers in the beginning of the season. 

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Trip to Cape Cod

Trip to Cape Cod

Cape Cod: 

For the 4th of July weekend part 2 I traveled to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This was my first trip to the cape and I absolutely loved it! I stayed with at my BFFs family’s house, which was very relaxing and had such amazing views from every room. The town of Hyannis, Massachusetts reminded me of the Hamptons. It was very quaint with local stores and of course ice cream shops.  We made two trips to Four Seas ice cream shop and I tried the famous pink mint chip flavor, surprisingly so refreshing and tasted amazing. 

Since I am a huge lobster lover we checked out Tug Boat for lunch and I highly recommend eating there! The lobster rolls were so fresh and had a lot of meat to it. We also ordered the cape cod’s famous onion ring tower. (this weekend was definitely a cheat weekend!)  

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Napa X Solage X @in_loveandlace

Napa X Solage X @in_loveandlace

Napa Valley: 

Solage:
We stayed at the beautiful Solage Auberge Hotel which was an amazing resort featuring all individual studios, which felt like little villas, a spa, pool and fantastic farm to table restaurant. The hotel also partners with Mercedes Benz and offers complimentary cars that the hotel guests can use to drive around the town ((which we fully took advantage of!)). Veronica and I stayed in studio 50 which was a gorgeous two queen bed studio featuring a bathtub and beautiful backyard space. With studio came two bikes, which we also utilized and had so much fun with! The resort was in the most perfect location biking distance to vineyards and town. 

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Trip to San Francisco

Trip to San Francisco

Trip to San Francisco

I was lucky to be part of my BFF's (@in_loveandlace) collaboration with Shopstyle x Napa weekend getaway! She invited me as her plus +1 and let me say – we had the best girls weekend!!
We started the trip with an early morning flight from JFK to San Francisco by partnering with Alaska Air, which was perfect, since we had the entire day once we landed.

We maximized our trip on the west coast and stayed at the W hotel on 3rd street for a blissful night! ((see what I did there? Bliss partners with the W hotel chain providing all of the spa products, which are one of my personal favorites)) This was my first time in San Fran and there was so much to do and see.

We hit all the sites and had a very productive day. Our first stop was the Golden Gate Bridge! We stopped at  Crissy Field, which has the best view of the bridge, and we walked along the water and snapped some great photos.

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How to pack for a vacation full of sightseeing & food!

I had the opportunity to travel to Italy which I knew would be filled with a lot of adventure, fashion & food. Packing for long trips is not so easy for me as I always tend to overpack but this time I was pretty good and wore about 85% of what I brought! ((and I am still on the trip so there is hope that I packed perfectly)) 

When packing for a long trip I first think about what shoes I am going to need and then think about how I am going to fit it all in my suitcase. 

For a trip of both exploring and enjoying I always pack a pair of white sneakers and wear a pair of nikes on the flight. I love being comfortable and know that I will be doing so much walking so staying comfortable for me is key. 

I also pack a pair of black sweatpants to wear during car rides and breakfast and a few pair of jeans in different cuts. Layering & mix and matching is key when traveling so I always pack a few tank tops that can be tucked into jeans, a long sleeved white tee and a black short sleeve tee. I love how white sneakers work with both dark and light washed jeans making them extremely versatile and easy to wear. I also always pack sweater options, a comfortable cashmere duster and then layering shirts for those colder days.

Lastly I pack a few wow pieces, dresses for the dinners and a pair of black booties as well as a leather jacket and another fun piece of outerwear incase it gets chilly. 

Nightlife in Miami

Nightlife in Miami

Our nightlife activities this weekend was a bit different than our previous trips. We tried new hot sports and had a more activity focused trip.

The first night we arrived in Miami we had the most amazing & delicious dinner at Byblos Following dinner we went out to the coolest bar and lounge,  Sweet Liberty.  This was my first time at both places and I was obsessed with dinner and absolutely loved the vibe at the bar. The décor at the bar was very millennial focused featuring a neon sign that read “Pursue Happiness” in hot pink, exciting wall paper of different lips and a very kitschy drink menu with one of the most popular cocktails, the “basic bitch”. After the bar we walked down the street to Ora Nightclub.

Our second night, Friday, we ate dinner at Cecconis at Soho House and it was another delicious meal. (I need to preface this with two hours before dinner I ate Nobu in the hotel lobby, so I was not as hungry as I usually am). My BFF whom I traveled with just became a member of Soho House so we went to check out the club after dinner. I am obsessed with how cool and cute the club was also I must note there was a major celeb siting which made the night the even more exciting.  After our drink at Soho House we walked across the street for a late night of clubbing – First at LIV and then to a more private club, Anti Social Club.

Our Last night we had dinner at Giannis and then went bowling! After the previous two nights of late night clubbing it was nice to have a more relaxed night of bowling – or that is what we thought. Bowling was very cool and took place at the basement of the edition hotel so it was a great vibe with lots of other things to do down there. The night did not end there, since we went back to LIV and then a nightcap at Soho House. 

Steps to Protect Your Skin when Packing for a Warm Weather Trip!

Packing for a warm weather weekend vacation sounds easy but for me it is always a struggle! I am an over packer since I love to have multiple options and be prepared for colder weather ((I always find myself over packing in the sweatpant & tee-shirt department). One thing I do take very seriously on vacation is my skincare routine.

For my most recent trip I wanted to make sure I packed enough sunscreen and moisturizer to last the entire weekend.  My skin is one that tans very easily but I still want to protect it from any long term sun damage.

I start each morning applying Neutrogena face, oil free, sunscreen and then apply a sports spray sunscreen to the rest of my body.  I pack a hat and sunglasses as well as a long sleeve white shirt to wear if I start to burn. My secret weapon that I bring with me on every warm weather vacation is lip sunscreen in two forms – the first a chap stick and the second is in zinc.  My lips use to always burn on vacation but now that I apply zinc when I get to the sun they are completely protected

Lastly I need to stay hydrated by ordering a fresh coconut or by drinking a lot of water when spending the day outside!

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TRIP TO MIAMI

I was lucky to get to travel to LA with one of my best friends and it felt like we never left. I love laying out and relaxing by the beach. Of course I always wear sunscreen but I love coming back with a healthy glow. Miami is also my vibe, I love the action and energy there. We stayed at the shore club in an ocean front large room which was very clean and spacious. 

FOOD:

Komodo: David Grutman’s new restaurant which was amazing. The food and the people were great and I definitely recommend. My favorite thing was the blue crab lo mein and the duck lettuce wraps.

Casa Tua: good food but the waiters are RUDE so I do not recommend. I did eat truffle spaghetti but I hate rude service especially when I am paying for an expensive meal

Katsuya: Chicken salad is life here. I come here every time I am in Miami and it never fails to disappoint

Shore Club Hotel: Great food by the pool and friendly staff

 

TRIP TO LA

I was lucky to get to travel to LA with one of my best friends Veronica from @in_loveandlace and we had the absolute best time filled with amazing stories, great food, and a lot of shopping! Read below a guide of some of my favorite activities and restaurants!

Activities:

Broad Museum - in downtown LA they have an amazing collection of all work highlighting Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein and other amazing artists! One of the special exhibits they have there is the Yayo Kusami’s infinity hall of mirrors. Every time I visit the museum I sign up to enter this room for the 30 seconds I like to take some cute photos (obviously) but also just stop to enjoy the flickering lights and just breathe for a few seconds. It's so nice to take a few seconds to just disconnect and enjoy the experiences around you. This is a definite must and its free!

LACMA – this museum was walking distance from our hotel and to our surprise there was an outdoor jazz concert in front of the iconic light posts! It was not only beautiful but an amazing experience and I was loving it. People brought out their lounge chairs and wine and enjoyed an evening listening to relaxing music.

Runyon – I panted up the first half but got into the groove, made me realize how out of shape I am but will be motivation to work hard when I'm back home. This outdoor trail is impressively hard but once you make it to the top you can see all of LA, the view is definitely worth it

Hollywood Walk of Fame – This is a huge tourist attraction. Not a must on my list but if you are new to LA its worth stopping by.

Shopping!! Hello Rodeo Drive such great spots here!!

Vanderpump dogs! This was walking distance from Jones on Third and was the cutest spot. For anyone in the LA area looking to adopt a cute and lovable dog please check it out!

Bungalow – a fun day party in Santa Monica I also love coming here as they have outdoor ping pong and it is a fun vibe. It reminds me on Montauk

Food:

Jones on Third- For those New Yorkers reading this is LAs version of a Dean and Deluca type market with casual seating outside which is a great people watching spot. My favorite to order is the Chinese chicken salad but they have a gourmet menus of prepared foods to suit everyone's taste buds

Nobu – amazing amazing amazing sushi and fantastic location in Malibu right on the beach. This is a must and I try to make it here every time I visit LA

Gjelina – also very good for dinner had a cute outdoor seating section and delicious menu. Everything here felt farm to table and the food was very satisfying. Please note that they only serve wine and beer, so prep in advance if you are looking for more of a wild night.

Matcha Box – A cool little matcha spot. I ordered a matcha lemonade with mint and it was amazing and refreshing, the drink even came with a piece of heaven, a small chocolate cube. Safe to say I visited this Matcha shop more than once.

Cabana Café at the Beverly Hills hotel - We are ladies who lunch in LA and went to the to enjoy an amazing and girly lunch. I ordered the club sandwich, which was delicious and huge! (But if you know me I'm a proud member of the clean plate club) and enjoyed every last bite! It also came with yummy crispy fries which is always a treat we leisurely enjoyed our afternoon

Gracias Madre - A one of a kind Vegan Mexican restaurant. I love Mexican food and have been here before and really enjoyed it so wanted to visit I again. I highly recommend! 


Alfred Coffee – a geat spot right by Rodeo drive perfect for a little mid shopping caffeine. For those tea lovers like me I ordered a Peach Blossom iced tea.

In-n-Out – For those who have never been it has to be on your bucket list. We went for a burger breakfast before we left for the airport and although I am not a burger lover I ate this one!

Nice Guy – let me tell you, huge disappointment here. The hostess was very rude and I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone

Salt & Staw – the best ice-cream in LA. Every flavor was interesting and something new. The staff was beyond friendly and let you sample as many flavors as you wanted. I ordered two scoops, one sweet and one savory and I wish I had ordered more it was that good.