All Roads Lead To Rome

I was recently thinking to myself, “Where do I want to go next?” If I’m honest- I ask myself this question all the time lol, but we can’t be everywhere at once. Since spring is approaching, I wanted to go somewhere with moderate temperature, amazing culture & architecture, and great food. ROME! One of the most ancient cities, the food capital of the world, and somewhere I will definitely remember forever. 

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My family originated from Sicily, and I knew I wanted to go there - but I only had a week and I wanted to focus mainly on Rome. As I am planning my trip, I could already taste the food. My mouth was watering thinking about all of the great wine, cheeses, meats, and pasta galore. I booked an Airbnb around the Spanish Steps. Everything I wanted to do was right there - great restaurants, all of your favorite shopping boutiques, the center of it all.

I spent the first couple of days getting lost in the city. (I think that’s the best way to do it.) All of the streets are so beautiful with pebbled roads, greenery all over the buildings, and it’s truly everything I thought it would be when you think of Italy. I discovered this amazing restaurant/deli called La Prosciutteria. They have the BEST meat/cheese board, sandwiches, and wine. It’s a little hole in the wall place, and they did have a bit of a line- but trust me when I say it’s worth it. 

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From visiting the Coliseum to Vatican City, to eating endless pasta and cheeses, and trying 15 different kinds of gelato, you truly can’t go wrong in Rome, just be prepared to gain 10 pounds first.

Weekend in The Windy City

This past weekend I went up to Chicago to visit a couple of friends and I couldn’t have had a better time. Being this was only my 5th time visiting The Windy City, I still didn’t know Chicago all that well. Throughout the weekend, I stumbled across some great places that will definitely be on my list the next time I visit.

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Every time I visit a big city, I always find it so hard choosing between all of the great hotels. When searching for a hotel, I look for something that is chic, trendy, and in the perfect location for all I want to do. I finally decided on Hotel Julian and I’m so happy I did. Everyone was incredibly warm and welcoming, and the ambiance was just what I was looking for. Next time you’re in the Windy City, I strongly recommend Hotel Julian.



CARRY-ON ESSENTIALS

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This past year I have traveled a lot more than I ever have before. Before traveling as much as I do now, I wish I knew exactly what needed in my carry on and what I could throw in my checked luggage. If you’re like me, then you don’t like carrying a bunch of things from airport to airport. I’m here to help you enjoy your next flight comfortably, by only carrying the essentials. 


Comfortable Items

When sitting up straight for a long period of time, your neck begins to get tired. If you’re stuck in the middle or have an aisle seat, you don’t really have anything to rest your head on. Luckily, there are some really great neck pillows on the market.

 


Beauty On Board

Hydration is a MUST! Due to the cabinpressure and a massive reduction in humidity levels, your skin becomes even more dry and tight than normal. My favorite way to stay hydrated on an airplane is by using a face mask. The “Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask” has been my lifesaver. Ironic name, right? All you have to do is put it on as a moisturizer. You can put this on for ten minutes then wipe it away or keep it on for the duration of your flight. When you go to take your post flight selfie, you’ll notice that your skin is super hydrated and glowing. Best part is, its great for ALL skin types. I cannot leave my house without making sure this mask is in my carry on.  

 


Tuning into Yourself

The last thing I make sure that is in my carry on is headphones and a good book (the latest Vogue Magazine for me). Traveling can be daunting as it is, and having noisy neighbors or hearing a baby cry can make it much worse. I know that if I don’t pack my headphones, I’m going to have a pretty rough flight. Besides, who doesn’t like listening to their favorite song on repeat.