Buon giorno! Italy how I love you! You were everything and more. The breathtaking views, the food, the beach, the shopping! Oh y’all the shopping! I purchased this look including the scarf for under $30 in Positano at the cutest boutique that has locations around every corner! So here is Positano through my lens!
To visit Positano is like being immersed in a beautiful painting. From the time I was a little girl and saw paintings at my great Aunt Ethel’s house I have wanted to explore Italy. This is my second visit to Italy and my first to Positano! I mean just look at this place. The trip got started from Chicago, where my sister Lynn lives. We took Alitalia straight to Rome. We arrived early Saturday morning and the line to go through customs was about an hour and half long. It’s hot so dress appropriately! After getting our luggage we met our driver for the 4 (or so we thought) hour drive to Positano. It ended up closer to 5 hours due to traffic. Saturday may not be the best day to arrive in Italy. Everyone is off and the narrow streets are very crowded! (You can also take a train from Rome to Naples and then a ferry to Positano but it can be iffy if the seas are rough). As soon as we arrived I could just feel the tension melt away! We stayed at Hotel L’Ancora on the main street coming in and out of Positano. The views were amazing! It has a great restaurant where breakfast is included.
After getting our room we immediately got ready to hit the beach, called Spiaggia Grande! A word to the wise here, it is not a sand beach but a lava rock beach. There is a public beach with no chairs and you lay right on the rock, umm no thanks! Right next to the public beach is the cutest beach with umbrellas and tables for drinks and snacks where you rent chairs for a crazy amount of euro which is what we did! #worthit We actually fell asleep listening to the sea crash into the shore. Relaxation at its best.
Woke up pretty hungry and right on the beach there are so many options. There is a little joint right before the stairs up to the church and we strolled over. Cocktails with olives, chips and nuts (free with drink order). We ordered the most delicious slices of margherita pizza and I was feeling like the happiest girl in the world. Jet lag? What jet lag, I’m in Italy!!!! (we ate here several times, easy no fuss) Can I just ask why why why are the olives here so good? I admit to consuming lots of them every single day!
We then climbed up the mountain back to our hotel passing all the alleyways and shops along the way! (Do not wear anything but sensible shoes! Trust me on this. After a fall it was Birkenstocks constantly for me.)
This is the bar called Franco’s right next to our hotel. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset and see the Positano hillside light up like the jewel it is! The poolside bar at Hotel Poseidon has great views to enjoy champs and cocktails too!
Our weather was not the best (rain rain rain) and hindered many of our plans (got half way to Revello and the rains were just too much) but even so it was the first leg of a trip of lifetime. I guess I will just have to go back!
A Few Faves:
Da Adolfo Restaurant Have your concierge make a reservation. You take a boat with the cutest red fish sign and arrive at the beach club. Stay and enjoy the beach after lunch.
Collina Bakery Try not to go in, I dare you
There is so much more to share that I can’t fit it all in one post. Send me any questions you may have.
Next week Capri!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by.
Happy Friday Loves!
Let’s get this weekend started with my Friday’s Faves!
I am in love with a white ruffled sleeve crossover blouse that just elevates anything you pair with it. This blouse has a dramatic flare which will add that wow factor to anything you pair it with. Classic black and white is always a favorite that never goes out of style.
Can I just tell you how much I love love love Julie Vos Jewelry! The beauty and quality of this jewelry is unbelievable. Seriously ladies, get these on your wish list now, you will not be sorry. These pieces will be heirlooms and my girl’s are starting their own collections. I get stopped everywhere I go. I was sitting having lunch at Nordstrom, three people stopped to ask about my jewelry and who doesn’t love a compliment? The new pieces for fall have me drooling, so Game of Thrones and rich, rich, rich! Talk about living the gold life!
I have just received the most wonderful booties from Rockport. The style and unbelievable comfort of these booties has me over the moon to think I can wear them all day and not have to worry about my feet killing me at the end of the day. The color and drape of the leather along with the most cushy lining will make you smile from the moment you slip them on. Rockport has the brain of comfort technology that meets with classic style. These booties are made for those on the move.
These will be on repeat all season. I have linked some others that I have my eye on. A girl can never have too many options, don’t you agree?
And finally, as Texas has been my home for the past 21 years, and my daughter, That Blonde Rebel, is a new resident of Houston, I want to express all my love and prayers for everyone who is hurting so badly from Hurricane Harvey. We know how lucky we are. No damage here. My heart hurts and yet my faith in people has been restored by the many many people who came together to save lives. I have never been so proud of the Texas people and I am very proud to be a Texan. I wish to thank everyone who has helped, prayed, donated, texted, offered to help my daughter, called to see how I was doing and just sent so much love to my family and our state. It won’t be fast, it won’t be easy but we will come back.
Thank you all for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend.
Every single time I fly into Chicago I feel so much excitement. It’s like there is electricity in the air. This town, my hometown, has so much to offer. It is definitely “My kind of town!” From the people, food, shopping, sports and beachfront it is a place like no other. My friends from Texas just went for the first time in their lives and sent me a text that said “We just got to Chicago! OMG! I just have 2 questions for myself, why didn’t we get here sooner and why did I think I had to go to NY!!! Chicago has everything!” Well that text made my heart so happy! It’s exactly how I feel. Is it a perfect city, nope, are there problems, sure, lot’s of them but all in all it is just spectacular.
I mean, if you haven’t been to Wrigley and sat in the bleachers are you really a baseball fan?
The lakefront is what makes this city special! I especially love Oak Street Beach!
And then there’s the shopping! From Southport to Michigan Avenue to Oak Street and everything in between there is something for everyone! Whether window shopping or in the mood to have some real fun, Chicago has it all!
The people of Chicago love love love their summers (because winter can be pretty brutal!). So summer is my favorite time to visit. (The Thanksgiving through New Years time is pretty fabulous too! Chicago puts it on y’all!) I hope you visit and have the best time. There is soooooo much to do, see, eat and shop. You can paddle board, kayak, take a boat cruise on the river or along Lake Michigan. You can dine high or low and both are the best. Feel free to take in sports, ride a bike along the lake, visit museums, visit the botanical gardens, go to Lincoln Park Zoo and lots more.
Here are a few of my Chicago favorites:
Portillos (Best Italian Beef and Hot Dogs! Live it up and get cheese and both peppers!)
The Art Institute of Chicago This museum is as wonderful as any I have seen in Europe (check online for exhibits and free admission days) And its right next to The Bean at Millennium Park. Make a day of it.
Contact me if you want more fun ideas. I have used Lyft and Uber while in the city as well at the L Train. No need to rent a car. Happy Summer everyone!
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