Casual Errands

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{Steve Madden leather espadrilles, Zara jeans, Urban Outfitters chambray top}

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{Free People top, Kendra Scott necklaces}

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{Alex + Ani bangles, Essie nail polish}

My first day being back in the States meant avocado toast for breakfast, playing with my dog, and having a lot of errands to run (one of them being license renewal at the MVA… welcome back to America.)

I needed a simple and comfy outfit to get me through the day and looked to Pinterest for inspiration. It was a bit overwhelming to come back home after living out of two suitcases for four months and realize how many clothes I actually have- and how many I really don’t need. I’m feeling a clothing cleanse coming soon before I buy any summer styles.

Have a great weekend!

xx, Laina

 

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Study Abroad Recap

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My semester studying abroad in Europe ends this Thursday when I board my flight back to the States, stepping onto American soil for the first time in four months.  I cannot express how much I am going to miss the feeling of freedom, wanderlust, and exploration. I am going to miss the city of Florence, my host mom and her amazing cooking, and the Italian way of life. In these past four months I explored six countries, nineteen cities, and hundreds of landmarks. I tried new foods, met new people, and took over 2,500 photographs. I have made the most amazing memories and learned more about myself and more about the world than any class has ever taught me. I actually feel rejuvenated about life itself, and studying abroad sparked a sense of adventure within me that I never really thought was there. I even feel calmer about my future, bringing home a newfound sense of independence and confidence.

Here are some of my favorite highlights of my study abroad experience.

xx, Laina

1. Best Foods I Ate:

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Sweet // Trednlik- Prague, Czech Republic

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Salty // Pesto Focaccia- Cinque Terre, Italy

2. Coolest Panoramas I Saw: 

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Lake Breinz- Interlaken, Switzerland

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Mediterranean Sea- Almafi Coast, Italy

3. Favorite Outfits I Wore:

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Winter // Brandy Melville t-shirt dress + Subdued scarf + Urban Outfitters fedora

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Spring // Free People sleeveless top + Nordstrom pants + American Eagle sandals

4. Favorite Weekend Trip:

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French Riviera

5. What I Will Miss Most:

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My daily runs across the Ponte Vecchio- Florence, Italy

Getaway | Cinque Terre, Italy

I have been pinning photos of the beautiful, pastel stacked houses of Cinque Terre to my “Wanderlust” Pinterest board since I was in high school. I was thrilled that my dream to visit the unique place came true this weekend for my last trip of study abroad. The Italian Riviera is even more amazing than photos depict it. A day of hiking the Manarola coast, eating pesto focaccia by the Vernazza port, and laying on the pebbled Monteresso al Mare beach with a strawberry daquiri certainly added up to be an fun final trip.

I’m in denial that I only have ten days left in Europe, but I am getting very excited to head home and see my family and friends (and puppy) for the first time in four months!

Have a fantastic week!

xx, Laina

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{Manarola}

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{to the sea}

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{Vernazza port}

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{can’t get enough}

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{living life on the edge}

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{nautical}

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{making the most of our last weekend trip}

 

Getaway | Venice, Italy

I was so excited this weekend to return to one of my favorite cities in the world, Venice! There is something magical and romantic about the winding streets and canals, and I was thrilled to spend the day there with my boyfriend. The only way to travel through the city is by boat, water taxi, or gondola, and wow is the bright turquoise water ever beautiful! I especially enjoyed the architecture of the city, which has much more Eastern influence than what I’ve studied thus far this semester. A day of strolling the streets and watching the boats go by was simply lovely, and we stopped at a local’s favorite for little sandwiches and Spritz’s, a typical Venetian drink. It’s safe to say that Venice holds a special place in my heart!

The temperatures in Italy are starting to warm up quite a bit, but with Venice being on the water I decided to play it safe with a maxi skirt, crepe Topshop tank, and Brandy Melville sweater. For the rest of the weekend in Florence, temperatures in the high seventies had me in breezy dresses and lace-up sandals.

Have a chic week!

xx, Laina

 

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