Day Trip Guide: Venice

This was the last of my day trips abroad... I can't believe I am starting to experience some of my "lasts" abroad.  This was also the last trip that I took with Tim before he left on November 15th.  I can not believe how fast the time has flown by and that I will be home in weeks... not months anymore.

Day Trip Guide: Rome

Many of you are probably thinking how the heck did I do Rome in a day?  It was a lot, yes, but abroad is a crazy adventure so I did some crazy things.  Tim and I took the train from Florence on a Friday morning, and we made it to Rome by 8:30 AM.  From here, we took the metro to the Colosseum by 9 am where we got a tour that was an hour and a half.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Italy, Thanksgiving is clearly not celebrated.  It is a little sad knowing that I am not home to be with family and eating all the yummy food but my time is coming to a close very soon abroad.  Even though I may not be cooking at home or eating a big turkey dinner, I definitely have a lot to be thankful for, especially when I look back on these last three months abroad. (It is crazy to think I haven't been home in  months.)

1.  My roommates and friends, I have made in Italy - I don't know where I would be without their laughs, company, and friendships.  They have all made being here and away from all my friends at home much easier.

2.  My amazing teachers (specifically in Photography because my skills having improved enormously) - You can see from these two pictures: the first, I took in the first week of class and had no idea how to work photoshop, so my editing skills were poor; the second one I just took last week.  I am so thankful for my classes and the things that I have learned because they are very different experiences than what I see at U of I.

3.  Italian Food - I do not think I need to go into much detail here.  It is amazing, and I am lucky to be in a country that finds value in delicious food and taking the time to sit with friends and family to enjoy it at the end of a long day.

4.  My family - I honestly don't think I would even be studying abroad right now if it were not for the love and support (emotionally and financially) that my family has given me.  It doesn't matter what hour of the day I reach out to them; they are always there to talk or listen to another stupid story of mine (or bond over eating our favorite candy, Dad).

5.  The support of all my friends back home - you all know who you are.  Your Facetimes, texts, and Snapchats have made this time fly by for me.  I miss you all so much, and it is an amazing feeling knowing that I will be home in a couple of days and no longer a couple of months.

Clearly, I have multiple things in my life to be thankful for, even more outside of this simple list.  I am headed off to Interlaken, Switzerland for the weekend.  As my last trip when I'm abroad, it is a bittersweet feeling.  I hope everyone has safe travels and a great time with family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!


This trip might have been the closest to a perfect weekend I have had abroad, and unfortunately, I can't take any credit for it because Tim planned the whole thing.  Tim got to Florence the day before we left and was already exhausted heading into a very long week.  However, we still made it to the airport by 5:30 AM to make our flight.  I knew we would be tired, but with only a weekend in Paris and so much to see, it was ideal that we make it to Paris by 8:30 AM.

Under $25 // Scarves

Blanket Scarves have been trending for the last two years!  If you don't have one yet to complete all your fall and winter outfits, I would suggest getting one this season.  They are super warm and you can wrap them lots of different ways to make them look cute.  The scarf doesn't have to be super expensive, as you can see.  There are also tons of different plaids and colors.  I linked some of my favorite ones in this post.  Check them out!

Closing of Fall Break: Amsterdam

Finally, I got a little bit of fall.  It was so nice to finish my fall break in a city that felt a little more like home because of the changing colors.  This post is a little past due, but I still want to make sure I tell you about my fun adventures.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Outfit

Complete Fall Look 2016

Outfit details: Mango Cape (perfect for the nude fall trends / linked similar) // black long sleeve (classic wardrobe staple) // Lilly Pulitzer Mia Leggings (in need of dressy leggings? get these.) // Tall boots (mine are from Italy so I linked ones that I love from home) //  Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace (I wear this necklace too much)