Travel Log: Trapani, Italy

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I am finally sharing some of my favorite photographs taken in Trapani, Italy. Trapani is located in Western Sicily and is absolutely gorgeous. I visited with a group of ladies who all gathered to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday. We spent about 4 days in Trapani and really just enjoyed the city and local area, trying out some of the local specialities, wandering through the cobblestone streets, and enjoying “la dolce vita.”

We enjoyed arancini, lots of cappuccini, cannoli, ate dessert for breakfast (always my favorite), and drank the local bar out of amaretto (true story). Several of us got lost on the way to check out some Greek ruins in Segesta; we made it eventually and had some wonderful accidental adventures in the process. We took a ferry over to Favignana and some of us toured the island via scooter (which I blogged about here). It was such a wonderful few days, filled with food, fun, and friends – and such unforgettable memories. I am so glad I brought my camera along to have photographs to remember our time by.

 

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Always happiest around the sweets 😉

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Palazzo Senatorio di Trapani, at night

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Casarecce al Pesto Trapanese e melanzane fritte (a Trapanese specialty – casarecce pasta with a traditional Trapanese sauce with fried eggplant)

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Palazzo Senatorio di Trapani

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Almond granita

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Cannoli + cappuccino for breakfast

City Eats: Coffee at the Gucci Museo Caffè, Florence

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One of our normal routines while in Florence, was to find coffee and a treat each afternoon. One particular afternoon, we discovered that the Gucci Museo that was around the corner from the apartment we were staying in, had a café. Honestly, I cannot think of a better place for a lover of both fashion AND coffee to stop and enjoy a cappuccino and treat. As one might hope, the presentation is every bit as beautiful as the clothing and accessories that the brand is known for. The tiramisu was stunning in presentation and absolutely delicious, while the addition of the sugar in the shape of the Gucci logo fantastically took the entire experience over the top. I loved every bit of our time spent in the Gucci Museo Caffè.

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SICILY, Italy: Scooting Around Favignana

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While living in Europe, so many places were easily accessible by plane, car, or train. I normally shy away from plane travel, as I am a fearful flyer, but there was one trip I could not miss and that was one that was in celebration of a dear friend’s 50th birthday. The trip’s location was Sicily, Italy; Trapani to be exact. So, aboard the plane I hopped and off to Sicily we flew for 4 super fun days with the girls to celebrate a milestone birthday and wonderful friendship!

One of the coolest experiences we had while we were there was the trip over to the island of Favignana. We ferried from Trapani and then a group of us rented scooters to explore the island on. If I am being honest, I was pretty nervous and sure I would wreck the thing, but I also didn’t want to miss out on what was sure to be an only-in-Italy experience.

I am so, so glad I chose to climb on that scooter despite my fear! We were gifted with some of the most gorgeous and picturesque landscapes and glimpses of the water, we got to see so much more of the island than we might have on foot, and we made tons of lifetime memories.

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Train Travel in a Denim Dress

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Gap dress, H&M sweater (old), Sam Edelman booties, Goorin Bros. hat

While in Durango, I wore this denim Gap A-line dress on repeat. I bought it on sale sometime last year and never wore it – now I have no idea why! This dress is so versatile and able to be styled so many ways. It was still a little chilly in Durango in March, so I wore fleece lined tights and a sweater underneath the dress, but I cannot wait to style it for summer! I think it will look great with sneakers or even sandals and a light sweater. Be on the lookout for this dress, again – I am confident it will reappear. 😉

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A Story About A Cloche

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Goorin Bros. cloche, Wallis dress from Nordstrom Rack dress, Miz Mooz shoes, James Avery charms, Ted Baker watch, Dana Buchanan bag.

Back when we lived in California, we took a trip down to San Diego, where we discovered Goorin Bros. hats. On that trip, I picked up a classic black cloche and have been enamored by the style ever since.

Prior to stepping foot into Goorin Bros. for the first time, I am not sure I had ever seen a cloche. To be honest, the only hats I owned prior to discovering Goorin Bros. were one-size-fits-all hats I found at discount stores. There is nothing wrong with that, but wow, what a difference it made when a hat was actually fitted!

I love hats, but honestly, I wasn’t particularly interested in or even shopping for a hat the day that I discovered the cloche. Jason and I were in the Gaslamp Quarter shopping around, when he decided he would pass some time in the “hat shop,” while I was looking around in other shops. When I was done looking around, I met him in Goorin Bros., where he was trying on hats. I figured I would pass the time by trying some on myself, so I tried a few and wasn’t really finding anything that suited me. Then, I decided to put on this black, bell shaped hat. I fell in love, never mind that I had no idea what I would pair it with at the time, or that I wasn’t even sure I owned anything that I could pair it with. Regardless of all that, I still wore the hat out of the shop and down the street to dinner.

That was almost 3 years ago and 4 cloches ago. What can I say? When I find a good thing, I like it in a variety of colors. 😉 The latest is one that brings to mind a robin’s eggs and springtime. I recently wore it to a birthday breakfast shared with my family – fashion and family, two of my very favorite things.

What is your favorite style hat? Tell me in the comments below!

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Durango: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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When Jason and I found out that we were moving to Colorado for a few years, one of the first things I told him was that I really wanted to take a trip to Durango. At the time that we found out about the move, we had no idea we would be adding Miss Addison to our family.

When I was about 8, my Dad took our family on a vacation to Colorado. We spent a day or two in Durango and while there, we rode the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train. I have such great memories of that trip to Colorado with my family. Now that I am older, I understand just how much money it must have cost for us to take this trip when our family did not have the extra money for a vacation. I am so thankful that my parents thought it was important to make memories like this and take trips together. Now that my Dad is no longer with us, all I have are memories like these that I cherish.

When we knew Addison was joining our family, we decided to wait to take this trip until she could enjoy it with us. She will be 2 at the end of this month, and this was absolutely the perfect time for her! She has been really into trains for the past few months and loves to see “choo choos.” She was mesmerized by the train and once she went out to the viewing deck, she did not want to come back inside, despite the fact that it was quite brisk the morning of our journey.

The Durango railroad arrived in Durango in August 1881 and within a year, construction began on a line to connect Durango to Silverton. Once the line was complete, passengers along with freight were moved between the locations. The railroad was always promoted as a scenic route for passengers, but the line was constructed for the purpose of hauling mine ores in gold and silver from the San Juan Mountains. An estimated $300 million in metals have been transported on this line. (Durango Train)

Once we arrived back in Durango, we ate an early dinner at Steamworks Brewing Company. We started our meal with their cheese curds with jalapeños and a green chile dipping sauce – so good! I ordered their curry salmon that was baked in a banana leaf and Jason ordered the delicious fish tacos. We finished out our meal with a caramel apple skillet “Spent Grain” cookie.

 

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Cheyenne Style

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Old Navy cardigan (thrifted), H&M sweater, Target tank, Silver jeans (from high school), Tony Lama boots, Liebeskind bag, Target hat & turquoise beaded necklace, James Avery butterfly necklace, Ted Baker watch. 

A couple of weekends ago, we visited Wyoming for the first time. We’ve been living in Colorado for over two years now and this was the first time we have been up north. We really, really enjoyed Wyoming.

Cheyenne is a city with a small town feel and a lot of gorgeous open space. We spent some time taking in the sights, visited Downtown Cheyenne and enjoyed the charming and unique shops, found a few delicious spots for food, took in the college rodeo, and just really enjoyed time together making memories and experiencing new things together.

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