Verona, myFlorence, & Viva Venice!

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the FAKE David statue outside

the FAKE David statue outside

forgot the name of this Piazza

forgot the name of this Piazza

Photobombing is a habit, David

Photobombing is a habit, David

Juliet doesn't need Romeo just like I don't need a man!

Juliet doesn’t need Romeo just like I don’t need a man!

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Chillin before I ride my vespa..

Chillin before I ride my vespa..

best boating weather on the Adriatic Sea

best boating weather on the Adriatic Sea

rocking the Gondola is what I do best

rocking the Gondola is what I do best

I had the Queen over for dinner.

I had the Queen over for dinner.

Unique palatial grounds

Unique palatial grounds

Let's play find the prettiest canal.

Let’s play find the prettiest canal.

Lucked out in Lucca, Pisa, & 5Terre

the little mermaid's crashing rock..not really

the little mermaid’s crashing rock..not really

Dare I try all 6 different wines? mm YES

Dare I try all 6 different wines? mm YES

Caffe Americano per favore

Caffe Americano per favore

No Photoshopping skills required..just natural daylight please.

No Photoshopping skills required..just natural daylight please.

most memorable night

most memorable night

I came here to party and I'll dance if I want to.

I came here to party and I’ll dance if I want to.

the sight of this makes me wish for an even sunnier beach day

the sight of this makes me wish for an even sunnier beach day

Assisi, San Gimignano, & more Roman ruins

San Francesco was here.

San Francesco was here.

Love me some UNA hotel Roma

Love me some UNA hotel Roma

Greccos and Frescoes galore

Greccos and Frescoes galore

Very possible the Vatican City can be center stage to a fashion show soon.

Very possible the Vatican City can be center stage to a fashion show soon.

almost as if we're in the African continent

almost as if we’re in the African continent

Cypress trees have always looked so serene and painterly.

Cypress trees have always looked so serene and painterly.

posing with a Roman rock..

posing with a Roman rock..

everything you expect and MORE

everything you expect and MORE

Trevi Fountain...even more crowded than the Colliseum

Trevi Fountain…even more crowded than the Colliseum

In berry fruit & limoncello gelato heaven

In berry fruit & limoncello gelato heaven

where the Toscana sun shines best

where the Toscana sun shines best

"Quick! Take a pic while the shop ownder isn't looking"

“Quick! Take a pic while the shop ownder isn’t looking”

tee screen art

tee screen art

most likely pondering my next meal

most likely pondering my next meal

Castle wine tasting gates

Castle wine tasting gates

room with a view

room with a view

Giotto: village on a hill

Giotto: village on a hill

if only the winds were calmer..

if only the winds were calmer..

Montanucci Cafe-brunch and lunch

Montanucci Cafe-brunch and lunch

Venezia a Roma

Our wondertul tour guide, Concetta, with our Italian Stallion bus driver, Antonio ;)

Our wondertul tour guide, Concetta, with our Italian Stallion bus driver, Antonio ;)

Inside Doges' Palace courtyard

Inside Doges’ Palace courtyard

Waiting to get into St. Mark's Basilica this clever clock chirped...

Waiting to get into St. Mark’s Basilica this clever clock chirped…

just wow..

just wow..

Why are all Italian men so handsome even when they're doing nothing?

Why are all Italian men so handsome even when they’re doing nothing?

My Burano crush gave me this dessert.

My Burano crush gave me this dessert.

best tan ever in this sleepy town

best tan ever in this sleepy town

Where, oh where did my captain go?

Where, oh where did my captain go?

as the boats passerby

as the boats passerby

down time for my aching feet

down time for my aching feet

everywhere you look is so picturesque

everywhere you look is so picturesque

San Marco pigeon hub

San Marco pigeon hub

Rialto bridge wonders

Rialto bridge wonders

back on the main land trying to find a trattoria for dinner

back on the main land trying to find a trattoria for dinner

Did you hear about the minor flooding in the square?

Did you hear about the minor flooding in the square?

Mom's best morning picture of the day

Mom’s best morning picture of the day

last of Caesar's ruins

last of Caesar’s ruins

Rome's city hall steps

Rome’s city hall steps

Wailea beach day

I finally succeeded at what I wanted most to do more than anything in Hawaii, have a lazy beach bum day. I love a good pineapple tour as much as the next buttoned-up golf shirt guy with purple Plumeria leis, but a girl’s gotta tan! I was Snookified and overcome with Pauly D disease-TANorexic! Can you believe I did not get to step foot on rocky, Hawaiian sand until the last day of our trip?!?! Pshhh yeah. I was pretty mad too but at least I got proof in pictures :D My Vicky Secret ruffle suit and floppy hat saw the light of day and the weather could not have been more cooperative :)

OH and I can cross paddle surfing off my To Do list! The true teal waters were serene yeah right! More like riding a choppy helicopter LOL but it is true according to Adrianna from The Hills..nonetheless, great ab workout and full-body!

Paddle Surfing. Stamina required.

Those waves are no joke. Yogalates did not prepare me for this!

Wailea: 0
Camille:1 <WINNER

Haleakala Volcano peak sunrise 5:56AM Pacific

Chow down on island food mmmmm mahimahi

White monokini with rose gold sequins- Victorias Secret
Striped straw floppy hat- Scala @Marshalls
Teal stain glassed cover up- TJMaxx

The Road to Hana, Maui

Who woulda thunk it-a winding tourist attraction home to the East side of Maui’s dangerous, mountainous curves. Well our second day in Maui was a 12 hour day trip viewing some of the most breathtaking flora, fauna, scenery, and Hawaiian history all jam packed with 20 other bus riders from the Midwest. The weather really played with us that day; did a little rain dance, got hot, got cold, and almost blew me away off a scary slippery slope! LOL The pictures will illustrate this, passing through different climate zones but I assure you we are still on the island of Maui!

black sandy beaches exist here! :O

Would not have survived without my minty scarf.

Cliff posing before the end of our Hana roadtrip. Must. not. look. down.

Fedoras conceal all. Even the worst undereye bags!!

A hammock was meant to be here, under me lying on it lol

Marc, marking waterfall number 2

early mountain air, wishing I had a cup of Kona coffee right about now

general store man at a ranch, yes HI has ranches too! Why not lol

1 piece swimsuit- Mara Hoffman @shopbop.com
coral romper with fish belt- Marc by Marc Jacobs @TJMaxx
sunny G’s- HM retro tortoise style
mint scarf- Poppy @DSW
straw beach bag- Loop @Marshalls waaaaayy long time ago
nude cutout sandals- 2 Lips @DSW
other sunnies- Tory Burch aviators @TJMaxx
straw canvas fedora with silk sash-Eugenia Kim @Shopbop

Maui wharf stroll

This outfit is actually impromptu because prior to airport departure time this is the closest thing I had to jeans. Oops. How was I supposed to know Maui is way more breezy, beautiful, Covergirl? :P

I picked the perfect day to pair my Target tunic with my favorite head accessory, a mustard-yellow turban. Would you be brave enough to wear this outfit in front of tourists and California cool people alike? I also love how the ikat printed platforms match the greenery on my shirt! When in Rome..do as the Romans do! ;)

Let’s play a game since we’re all bored. Who do you think overpacked?

bringing new heights to this breathtaking hotel walkway

Meet Camellia’s flower friend.

Momma D isn’t the best editorial photographer lol but hey.

handy carafe for the plane ride over lol never know when thirst hits!

no crabbing in Maine…just a fisherman’s oceanside village here

sunset on the lovers’ bridge…sigh, lashes! :D

mustard turban- Elie Tahari @shopbop.com
Miami tunic- The Shoppes at Target @theWebster
carafe chain pot- Vanessa Mooney @shopbop.com
brick red capri jeans- Rich&Skinny @ TJMaxx
ikat platforms- Steve Madden @DSW
gold face watch- Fossil @Macys <<<looooong time ago

first floral.

Man oh man is it good to be back on my blog, or should I say lilypad! Hawaii pictures can be found from my trip here as well as Facebook but note that outfit-of-the-day photoshoots will be posted here :D It’s both good to be back on familiar ground and sad at the same time…I was almost beginning to think I was a native Hawaiian after staying in the Pacific for a week! I didn’t get to accomplish everything on my jet packed Hawaii list but we did good B) *Nor did I get to wear all my scheduled outfits–hmph!!–haha but family times like these you just got to roll with the punches..

Perched up against a palm tree with Plantation Iced Tea in hand

This grass is too greenish good-ness to be true..

Def feelin’ my new rad JCREW teal necklace I threw on courtesy of my aunt Meridith!

Sandals look familiar? LOL it’s because it is..but my new Longchamp isn’t!

easy, Cali-esque bracelets are practically the only jewelry I brought!

LIVE for moments like these where you just pull over on the side of a dirt road to take a picture in the midst of a tropical field somewhere far, far away…

linen gauzy cowboy-like hat- ZARA
puka teal shelled long necklace- JCREW
billowing 3/4 blue tunic- Jeunesse @Piperlime.com
aqua blue denim shorts- Paige
brown shoulder tote- Longchamp limited edition
beaded n’ braided sandals- Coconuts
ghost nails- Sally Hansen peel n’ stick strips
bracelets- gifted

Red. White. and Orange.

Happy 4th of July 2012 everyone! Hope everyone is having an awesome independence day full of family, fun, friends, white wine, barbeques, and THANKFULLNESS. You get my drift :P LOL. I just wanted to take the time out and say how blessed I am to live in this country. We all go through the day to day grind of work and life and sometimes forget what an amazing nation we live in of FREEDOM and individual rights.

I wanted to share with you my chic outfit (that’s SO not red, white, and BLUE) of what I wore during America’s birthday. My uncle stopped in town for the day so we went to the local military base and went SHOPPINGGGG YESSSS :D *um can we say no taxes?* followed by a bite to eat at Cheddars, our first time there, and of course the day trip would not be complete without TJMAXX. <<More haulage from ya girl maxxinista to come!

But anyways BACK to my quick outfit of the day!!

buttoned stripe top: H&M
orange t-shirt: J Crew
bow belt: H&M
grey denim shorts: Hco
purse: Chanel from China
shoes (closed toe b/c I did not get a pedi yesterday): MaxxStudio
arm candy: Jcrew rope, Ross black stones, TJMAXX rose gold magneto
hair: professionally dyed red ombre with caramel highlights! <<Also a video on that to come :)

Can you guess which piece cost the most??

Pollyanna side twist into a braided low chignon

Dare I say orange is slowly growing on me?!?!

Waiting for the train…or an antique bike..or a dapper air pilot to sweep me off my feet.

Super easy to create in less than 30 seconds!

June Chicago trip weekend

HOLLA all my loving lillies!! I finally have a few great quality pictures from my four day getaway from the haystacks! I’m sure I’ll add more pix as the lighting gets more attractive #instagram XP All the outfit details will be captioned in the wardrobe changes :) For now I hope you all enjoy and comment in the empty boxes below. Thanks ya’ll and happy hump day!

highly recommended Italian restaurant, folks! in the Evanston village…

Dress for success! ;)

W118 by Walter Baker tweed blazer, ZARA top, ZARA lace shorts, Poppy clutch, Leslie Danzi teardrop earrings

The fam bam. We rock at graduations.

Had to.

Us knuckleheads love a good glass of Pinot or Riesling.

gangsta.

Simply Vera by Kohls dress, Hollister belt, Poppy clutch, stacked arm candy…

My Lola is so fly. And so are my hawt LAMB heels.

Gone with the Wind.

the sole Asian place for the most extensive BOBA tea menu.

by the dunes…or the lake?…or the beach. Just near Evanston…

Baywatching.

These Sbicca nude wedges lasted me 2 rounds of nonstop dancing and 2 dinners..to say the least.