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Friday, September 25, 2015

I Heart Fall Tag

Happy Autumn!!

Late as usual, but only by two days haha. I decided to break up the on going Italy posts with a little  autumn fun. I found this great Fall tag and I thought I'd answer it for you. Fall/Autumn is my favourite season so you can be expecting more fall related posts in the future.
(Picture from last year's pumpkin picking)
Now on to the tag!

1. Favourite Fall scent
I'd have to say that my favourite fall scent is crisp autumn air. There's something different about the way autumn smells than any other season. It's a mixture of burning leaves and cool air. Here in Florida the closest thing I get to that is maybe an Everglades brush fire. But when I lived in North Carolina for a year that autumn air smell was very distinct, it just smelt like cozy, leaf changing weather.

2. Best way to spend a rainy day
The best way to spend a rainy fall day is with a good book, a large mug of hot chocolate or coffee, and tons of cozy blankets. Crocheted blankets are preferred. I also love to do crafts on rainy days, it's when I feel the most creative.

3. Favourite Fall drink
Coffee.

4. Football, yay or nay?
Nay. I've never been into football, or sports really. The only sports I enjoy are baseball and soccer and neither are fall sports.

5. Favourite article of clothing for the Fall
SWEATERS!
Sweaters all the way! My sweater collection is truly impressive for a girl who lives in South Florida and rarely experiences cold weather. When I lived in NC I only owned a couple of sweaters and by time autumn rolled in I was in desperate need of more. Lucky for me NC is the Goodwill capital of America and I had about 5 different Goodwill's and other thrift stores in my town, I quickly developed a love for 80's old man sweaters. They are seriously the most comfortable things in the world.

6.  Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?
I've only ever gone to one haunted house, and I was like three. Personally, I don't like being scared so I would say none.

7. The scariest movie you've ever seen...
The Exorcists, I think.. I don't watch scary movies.

8. Favourite candy to eat on Halloween?
Anything chocolate!

9. What will you be this Halloween?
Probably nothing as sad as that sounds. It's not that I don't love to dress up, because I do! But this year I'm actually running crew for play at my school and I have to work two shows on Halloween. Plus my sister is due to have her baby on either Oct. 31st or Nov. 1st so I'll be pretty busy welcoming my new nephew into the world.

10. Favourite Fall recipe?
Apple pie! I love baking pies and apple happens to be one of my three favourites right after triple berry and key lime.

11. What is your favourite thing about fall?
Watching the leaves change colour.
Obviously I don't get to see that here in SoFlo but it's still always been my favourite thing. When I was little my dad used to read me a book about the seasons and fall was always my favourite because of the colour of leaves. The way they change from green to beautiful rich tones of red, gold, and brown just makes my heart flutter. And seeing them change for real in NC was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had.

So that's all for the I Heart Fall Tag. What are your favourite things about fall? Go head and answer the tag for yourself!
Happy Autumn!
Cheers

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Milano Day 1 - Duomo di Milano

Buongiorno!

Last time I left you off I showed you all around the Duomo. Now it's time to venture inside. Let's go!

The sheer size the Duomo is difficult to describe because it's magnitude is fantastic. It looms over the plaza and just asserts it's authority. In simple form, it's huge!
Every inch of it's surface is covered in decorations and reliefs. Everything is so delicate and intricate.

Inside the Duomo was very hot, no A/C. The nave, the center aisle of the church, was as long as the ceilings were high, and man where they high!
 I know this photo came out blurred but there's something so soft about this picture. It's honestly one of my favourite pictures from the trip.
If you look closely at the bottom center of the photo, right above the stain glass window you should see a red dot. You can see it in the two pictures above this one too. It's actually a red light bulb. I was reading about the Cathedral and that red light bulb is actually a place marker. It's said that one of the nails of the crucifixion of Jesus hung there. And the nail is actually still kept in the Duomo. Fun Fact for you!

So past the transept is the apse where the alter is located. You can see it below.
Everything was so ordinate and beautiful. It made me think about what it must have been like to attend a mass here back in the 15th or 16th century.

So behind the apse of the cathedral is the ambulatory. If you're looking at the top picture it's located where the stain glass windows are. We walked around the alter to the right and came face to face with these wonderful sculptures.
 Back behind the alter was a stairway leading down to a crypt.
A tilted picture of the coffin of St. Carlo.

Stepping back out of the crypt and into the ambulatory to our left were the beautiful and breathtaking stain glass windows.
The colours streaming through were so vibrant and each panel was so detailed. If it weren't for the insane number of people crowded into one cathedral I think I could have stayed there all day studying each window pane.
I've decided that at some point in my life I will learn the ancient art of stain glass. I think I said this before back in May when I went to Chicago. Remember the stain glass I saw at Marshall Field's? Well I definitely still want to learn how to do this.
We're moving away from the back of the cathedral back towards the front now. Take in that beautiful structural detailing in the vaulted ceilings. I seriously love cathedral ceilings.
Back toward the entrance of the Duomo on the left hand side was this beautiful Madonna and Child.
And all the way back in the front of the Duomo by the front doors was a stairway leading down underground. Most of the signs were in Italian, which I can speak well but not that fluently! So basically what I gathered was that what you are now seeing is part the original groundwork and foundation of the church before the Duomo was built on top of it.
This octagon shaped pool was used for baptisms.

And look at that, we're back outside again!
I hope you enjoyed touring the Duomo di Milano with me. It really is something, isn't it? It's amazing to think that this structure has been standing here at the heart of the city since about the 15th century. I would love to have seen what it was like back then.

Well that's all for this long post! Until next time,
Cheers xo

Monday, September 14, 2015

Milano Day 1- Walk Around

Buongiorno Jujubees!

Today we'll embark on a journey back to Italy, Milano to be exact. I broke up day 1 of my travels into two separate posts. So first we'll walk around Milano and see some sights and then we'll take a tour of the Duomo. How does that sound?
Good, ready? Let's go!

So if you remember flying into Milano I showed you around the hotel a bit. (If not you can read about it here.) What I did show you was how we got there.
So after we grabbed out luggage we bought Metro passes and headed down to the ground level to catch the train into the city.

I'm not going to lie, the ride into Milano was nothing special, or at least, it was not what I was expecting so I didn't bother to take pictures of it. Plus I was also super tired from the long flight and slept for about half the ride. 

One thing I did notice was the vast amount of graffiti covering every available surface. Trains, buildings, walls, the floor. And it wasn't just Milano, it really was all over Italy. It did bother me at first but by the end of my two week stay I just got used to it.

Milano had the prettiest, and the most crowed, train station. The inside of the station was gorgeous and old fashioned, and the outside was equally as beautiful!
We walked over from the train station to our hotel and then across the street to a little restaurant for lunch.
Lunch was a panini and acqua (water). After lunch it was a short metro ride to Pizza del Duomo.
Lovely little thumb print in the lower right hand corner over there, haha!
 On one side of the plaza sits the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a pretty large and very old shopping mall. We didn't actually walk through it on the first day though so we'll see the inside later on.
Instead we focused our attention to the magnificent Duomo and toured the inside. We bought tickets to go up to the roof but I was feeling horribly sick so I actually stayed on the bottom while my parents walked the roof.

Let me tell you, it was so weird just chilling on the street of a totally foreign country on the first day I was there. I was feeling dizzy and a little nervous about being by myself. At least I was on the side of the Duomo that had shade. But I had left my book and journal back at the hotel and I had no data in Italy so was left with nothing but myself.

I people watched for a long while and it was so interesting to see how people would come and go. Little kids walking with their parents, foreign families with their maps pulled out, beautiful Italian men stealing my heart as they passed me by!
After the Duomo experience was got a gelato limone and sat for a while. We went back to the hotel and took naps and then went out to dinner. It was a very full day and a weird day. To think that early in the morning I had been on a plane flying halfway around the world and that night I was tucked into bed in Italy. Life is crazy cool like that.

With that I'll leave you and tomorrow we'll tour the inside of Milano's largest cathedral.
Cheers xo

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Washed Out 94

Hello Lovelies!

Today I'm bringing you an outfit post. It's totally school worthy and an overall easy ensemble.
I will get back to more Italy posts after this I just realized when going through my pictures that I had way more than I thought I did. So I've been sub-categorizing them and trying to figure out the more logical way to present it all to you. That being said, there are a lot of posts coming your way. I'll be dividing up Italy days with current life posts to add some variety.

Alright, let's get to the clothes!
Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: KIYO (brand)
Shoes: Target
Backpack: JanSport
VSCO Cam Edit:
Filter: HB2
Contrast: +1
Fade: +3
The brown ring is from Forever 21 and the gold midi ring is from Charlotte Russe.
This beauties come straight from Rome. More specifically, I bought them at a store called Tally-Weijl. You can click the name to check out their site. We did some shopping which in Rome and these bad boys were on sale for only 2 Euro. They were a steal, and they're my new favourite sunnies.
I just finished this book and you can be expecting a review in the near future. Side note, I bought this book while in Florence at a wicked cool bookshop.
Quote of the day:
"There could be a ghost aggressively break-dancing beside you right now and you would have no idea."
Haha, I love that one. I hope you all have a great Saturday!
Cheers xo