Our Girl’s Trip To Charleston – What To Do & Where To Eat

Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat

Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat

Me & My Girls

I’ve been talking about taking a girl’s trip to Charleston for quite some time now. So when it turned out we had a week off during the spring before it gets too hot down there, I knew we had to go. It was actually perfect because one of my friends has a family home in Folly Beach, which is just outside of Charleston, where we ended up staying for the duration of our trip.

In this post, you’ll find what we did over our 3 full day of exploring & some of the best spots in town to eat.


Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat
Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat

Day 1

Basic Kitchen

We had a bit of a slow start, since the day before we had two performances & then drove the 6.5 hours down. Once we finally got all showered, dressed, & ready, we drove into the city to find a cute spot for brunch. Basic Kitchen was just the perfect little spot for our first meal in Charleston. I ordered the avocado toast & a moon milk latte with almond milk, as well as an order of their sweet potato fries served with a delicious cashew ranch sauce on top. Not only was the food good, so was the service & the interior design. Cozy bench seats, fresh walls, green plants, rattan details, & beautiful plates were among my favorite details. Each day we wanted to come back, but decided to explore new places.

Wandering The Streets

After we ate, we were so excited to see some of the lovely homes. We took our time walking down towards The Battery looking at each & every home & its perfectly manicured garden. One of our favorite roads to explore was Tradd St. which I would highly recommend walking down to see some of Charleston’s most gorgeous homes. Seeing these pretty houses gave me so much home & garden inspiration, which I wrote an entire post about, find it here.

We finally made it down to a very chilly Battery Park. Very quickly, we saw the water, the cute pineapple fountain, & of course we had to walk down Rainbow Row. I loved the Caribbean feel of the colorful houses. Just iconic.

5Church

For dinner we were so excited to try out a super cool restaurant called 5Church. This restaurant has taken over an old historic church with vaulted ceilings & beautiful stained glass windows. They have really fun cocktails & the food was incredible. Since I was in the Deep South, I decided to order their chili infused honey fried chicken. This dish was served with brussels sprouts, creamy campanelle, & a homemade biscuit. My plate was so big & so full of food, it would have been perfect to split with someone. Instead, I took some of the chicken, campanelle (basically fancy mac & cheese), & the biscuit home to eat over the next few days, which I had no problem doing. The biscuit was perfect for breakfast the next day!


Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat
Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat
Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat

Day 2

Margaritas & Horses

We woke up to a rainy Charleston, but were surprised to see that it was going to clear up by 11 am! Once we got into the city, we went to Minero for some tasty Mexican food & margaritas. This is one of our favorite things to do together. Mexican food just always sounds good! After filling our bellies, we signed up for a horse drawn carriage tour of the city. It was really fun to hear some of the history & stories of the very streets we had walked the day before. The tour guide was a Charleston native, who gladly answered any & every question we had for her. Even though I was hesitant at first, I would highly recommend taking one of these tours.

Open Markets

After we said goodbye to our horse, Austin, we walked over to the open markets. This is a great spot to find artsy souvenirs or gifts for friends & family. My favorite vendor had the loveliest placemats & table runners. I’m shocked they didn’t make it home with me, but I know if they’re there next time I visit, I won’t be able to resist! The one thing I did leave with was a pink fresh water pearl ring that I’m totally in love with.

Before leaving the markets, I had to stop by Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit for a sweet treat. If you’re wondering what to order, get the cinnamon biscuit with the fresh strawberry jam & some French press coffee with cinnamon. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve been craving it ever since!

King Street

This slightly gloomy & overcast day was perfect for some shopping down the famous King Street. This is the same street that scenes of The Notebook were filmed! So cool! Walking down this street you’ll find just about everything. From local boutiques & antique stores, to H&M & Louis Vuitton, there is something here for everyone. We loved walking through the little antique stores to see all the sweet vintage finds. After a few hours of great shopping, we walked back to the car to change clothes for dinner.

Husk

About a month prior to our trip, we made reservations to eat a fancy dinner at the luxurious Husk. We loved the idea of getting all dressed up & eating somewhere fancy one night of the trip. When it came down to it, none of us were wanting to spend the money on fancy food. We were cold, tired, & had already spent our money shopping…haha. So we cancelled our reservations & went to the Husk Bar in the the carriage house next door. The snacks & cocktails were good, but I’m gonna be honest, the service was quite bad. Maybe it was an off night, but this is the one thing from our trip that I would not recommend to others.


Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat
Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat
Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat
Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat

Outfits Worn

1: Floral Wrap Top // White Denim Culottes // Blush Espadrilles // Trench Coat // Pink Bag (old, similar here)

2: Navy Button Front Mini Dress // Rain Boots // Sun Hat // Blue Gingham Bag // Flower Earrings // Trench Coat

3: Peach Seersucker Mini Dress // White Espadrilles // Earrings // Hair Clips // Daisy Crossbody

4: Blue Floral Maxi Dress from Chicwish // Blue Espadrilles // Woven Belt // Basket Bag // Pink Flower Earrings

5: Gingham Crop Top // Yellow Seersucker Midi Skirt // Espadrilles // Headband // Sunglasses // Earrings

6: Butterfly Sleeve Top // Denim Culottes // White Lace Ballerinas // Earrings


Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat

Day 3

Boone Hall Plantation

This was our last full day in Charleston & the weather turned out to be just perfect. The sun was out, it was finally warm, & we were ready to soak it in. Our first stop on this beautiful day was Boone Hall Plantation. Not only is this a historical plantation, but it was Allie’s family home in The Notebook & it’s where Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds got married! Needless to say, it’s breathtaking. We walked the gardens, toured the home, walked through the homes of the slaves, & listened to the stories passed down through the generations about life as a slave on the property.

I do have one funny story about my love for the blooms on this property. After our tour of the house, we were led to a patio which had an amazing view of the largest azalea bushes I have ever seen in person. I went to them immediately & asked my friends to take some photos of me. My enthusiasm took over & I ended up rubbing my face in the bush full of bright blooms, which seemed cute at the time. In reality, my face broke out so badly over the next few days! Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson: I can enjoy the beautiful flowers without rubbing my face in them…

Hampton Park

This was the absolute perfect day for a picnic. So after leaving the plantation, we grabbed food at The Park Café, & made our way to Hampton Park for a lovely afternoon picnic. This was one of my very favorite parts of my trip, so I actually wrote an entire post on it which you can read here. We ate lunch, rode bikes, & enjoyed the warm sunshine.

Craving Thai

After spending the afternoon at the park, we had all been craving some Thai food, so we were determined to find some for dinner. We found a great Thai food place called, Basil, right on King Street which was perfect. While eating, I realized that I had not found a present to bring home for Ben! I decided to surprise him by cooking some curry for him the next night when I got home. (He usually does the cooking, so this was a big deal.) If I can do it, you can do it!

Fool-Proof Yellow Curry Recipe

A bottle of Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry sauce

Rotisserie chicken

A red bell pepper

Edamame

Whole salted cashews

Golden potatoes

Snap peas

Cut them up (as much as you want), throw them in a crockpot (I left mine in on high heat for four hours), & serve over white rice! Amazing as left overs as well!


Our Girl's Trip To Charleston - What To Do & Where To Eat

I Love You, Charleston

Well, there you have it! We had an amazing & super inspiring trip. This is one of those places I know I’ll be back to visit again someday. Until next time…xx


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Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Even More Beautiful Than I’d Imagined

Before visiting Charleston, I thought it would be a beautiful city based on the photos I had seen from other Charleston based bloggers. Let me just say, it’s even more beautiful than I had imagined it to be. It’s so clear that the owners of each home take pride in the care & look of their property & gardens. Just visiting this city has inspired me to step up my game, put in the work, & take pride in my home. In this post I want to share with you all the spaces that gave me major home & garden inspiration in Charleston which I plan on bringing to my home.


Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration
Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Home Inspiration

Each home in this charming city had its own unique color palette. The houses were painted most commonly in dreamy pastels with doors & shutters painted in colors to perfectly compliment it. There were interesting windows, impressive porches or piazzas – what native Charleston people like to call them, & gardens instead of yards. Each home told a story & had a personality of its own.

This got me thinking. What story does my home tell? Does it give a good & lasting impression? Is it warm & inviting? This year, I want to write a story for my home by putting in work to then let the house do the talking. The colors, the textures, the right amount of whimsy & structure, the sweet city of Charleston has totally inspired me to incorporate these lovely traits into my home right here in RVA.


Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration
Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

Outfit Details

First Look: Navy Button Front Mini Dress // Rain Boots // Sun Hat // Blue Gingham Bag // Flower Earrings

Second Look: Blue Floral Maxi Dress from Chicwish // Blue Espadrilles // Woven Belt // Basket Bag // Pink Flower Earrings

Third Look: Floral Wrap Top // White Denim Culottes // Blush Espadrilles // Trench Coat // Pink Bag (old, similar here)


Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration
Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

In The Garden

I could talk about the gardens in Charleston for days! What a dream! You can tell how much thought & care goes into each home’s personal garden. First of all, the window boxes were to die for. They were bursting with the most stunning blooms, in colors that complimented the vibe of the house. I also fell in love with the way they used vines to line steps, grow in a pattern to decorate the side of a house, or to add the perfect amount of texture to a home, making it feel alive. Another garden detail I loved was their use of pots. We saw this when we were on our honeymoon in Italy (see here: 1/2/3), but the way they group pots together & use them to fill & decorate every space is just beautiful. I already know this will be an obsession of mine this season!

Dream Big

Being the dreamer that I am, I’ve recently dreamed some big dreams for our home garden (thanks to Monty Don!). I would love to have an arch of climbing roses to dress our front door & flowers in bloom during each season around the property. Another goal I have for our garden is to create a cozy space for us to sit outside & enjoy the nice weather. How lovely would it be to have a couch outside for Ben & I to cuddle up on or to entertain guest with? I also have a dream to build a back porch (or piazza) under a pergola someday.

One final garden dream I have is to have a garden full of blooms, kind of like a small scale farm. I would not only fill my home with the blooms, but give them to friends & put together flower arrangements either for a side gig or just for fun. Flowers just make me so happy.

What home & garden dreams do you have?

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Charleston Home & Garden Inspiration

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An Afternoon At Hampton Park

An Afternoon At Hampton Park

An Afternoon At Hampton Park
An Afternoon At Hampton Park

The Perfect Afternoon

Last week, I went on a much needed girl’s trip to Charleston, SC. While I’m still putting together a post on our full itinerary, I thought I’d share one of the best pieces of our trip with you. On our last day, we decided to spend the afternoon at Hampton Park. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, & the park was filled with beautiful big trees & blooming flowers at every turn. Oh, & there were palm trees! I didn’t realize how tropical Charleston is! Anyways, it was the best afternoon, & an ideal way to close out our amazing girl’s trip.


An Afternoon At Hampton Park
An Afternoon At Hampton Park
An Afternoon At Hampton Park

Outfit Details

Look 1: Gingham Crop Top // Yellow Seersucker Midi Skirt // Espadrilles // Headband // Sunglasses // Earrings

Look 2: Butterfly Sleeve Top // Denim Culottes // White Lace Ballerinas // Earrings


An Afternoon At Hampton Park
An Afternoon At Hampton Park

Picnic & A Bike Ride

Before we arrived at the Hampton Park, we picked up some lunch from The Park Café. This cute little restaurant has great food, amazing service, & is very aesthetically pleasing. I highly recommend visiting this little gem if you’re ever in Charleston. Instead of eating there, we decided to take our food to the park for a nice afternoon picnic. We were all craving a bit of sunshine, so we laid out our blankets in the open green grass & soaked up the sun. I ordered some tasty avocado toast with some roasted sweet potato bites & a fresh squeezed lemonade. We ate, chatted, & laughed until we were ready to get up an explore more of this beautiful park.

Instead of walking around the park, we decided to rent bikes! They were super easy & inexpensive & the perfect way to explore the park, feel the cool breeze, & get a bit of exercise. We rode about the park for an entire hour checking out all the plants, people watching, & remembering how much fun it is to ride a bike.

This summer I want more days like this. Even though I won’t be back in Charleston, I vow to get out & do more things like this in my own city. Picnics are just the best. If you’re in Richmond & want to have a picnic, call me up! Let’s soak up the sun, eat yummy food, & enjoy the beautiful outdoors.


An Afternoon At Hampton Park
An Afternoon At Hampton Park



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Positano

Positano

Positano

O u r   T r i p   T o   P o s i t a n o

After our wonderful stay in Napoli, & day trip to Capri, we made our way down the coast to the enchanting city of Positano. We took a cab through the narrow, winding cliff-side roads, which took only a couple of hours. During our drive, we both said how thankful we were that we did not try to make this drive our own. The roads were really only wide enough for one car, yet cars were driving on them in both directions! Cars, motorcycles, & even buses drove at fairly great speeds around blind mountain-side turns with the edge of a cliff just feet away. It was kind of terrifying. In the end, we were happy we made it to our little Airbnb safely.

Instead of staying right in Positano where the prices were exorbitant, we chose to stay a little bit up the mountain is a quaint little town called Montepertuso. We absolutely loved staying there. It was so nice to go into the city during the day & have a bit of calm & fresh air at our place in the evenings. We woke up to the rooster’s crow in the morning & were enchanted by church bells in the evenings. It was lovely. Not to mention it was so much cheaper! You can find our picturesque little Airbnb here. The only thing I will say about this place is that you have to be prepared to go up & down SO many stairs! We went down about 6-7 flights of stairs to our place from the main road everyday. But we took it as getting some good exercise to work off all of the pizza & pasta we were eating! Other than that, we absolutely loved staying there. 


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O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Dress, Sandals, Earrings (handmade in RVA @ Nest, similar here), Bag


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M o n t e p e r t u s o

We arrived in Montepertuso around 5 PM, & were so excited to get out & explore, that we decided to go down to the city. There were two ways we travelled down to Positano: the bus, which was very easy & cheap & took about 15 minutes, or the stairs. We took the stairs twice, about 2,000 of them, & our first night was one of them. Taking the stairs took about 40 minutes, after which Ben & I were both shaking. But we had to admit, the views were incredible! I highly recommend doing this at least once. Seeing the iconic, Positano from this vantage was breath-taking. I could hardly contain my excitement.


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Positano

N i g h t   B y   T h e   B e a c h

That night, we walked down by the beach & ordered our first of many pizzas from Buca Di Bacco. We just loved this place because we could order things & take them anywhere to eat. It was perfect for finding a good spot for people watching or taking our tasty meal to our chairs on the beach. 

After eating & people watching for a long while, we decide to head back up to our place for the night. We took the bus for the first time  which was super easy. It dropped us off right at our stairs for the trek down to our place. We slept very well that night.


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Positano

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

White Swimsuit (under $15 & does not become see through when wet!), Sarong, Hat (similar here & here), Sunglasses (similar here)


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Positano

F i r s t   F u l l   D a y

The next morning, we got up bright & early to head down to the beach. We decided to walk down again, & ended up taking a different path with even more incredible views! Finally, we arrived on the beach at 8 AM & literally no one was there. It was so crazy! We couldn’t believe how empty it was. Then at 8:30 we were able to reserve our chairs for the day. It was 5 euros extra to get front row chairs, but it was so worth it. We got 2 chairs & an umbrella in the front row for the whole day for 50 euros. Totally worth it. 

I also definitely recommend going early. Even if you’re not trying to get photos like we were, getting there before the rush of tourists was just amazing. So calm & relaxing. Also, the water is very smooth at this time because no boats are out making waves, so it’s perfect for an early morning salty swim.


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S e a s i d e

Ben spent most of the day collecting rocks & pieces of interesting tile, while I just happily laid there soaking in the sun. We made friends with a British couple sitting next to us, & Ben borrowed their goggles to check out the cool fish in the sea. I didn’t swim that much that day because, if I’m honest, I was kind of afraid. Swimming is something I always knew I could do, I mean, I grew up with a pool in my backyard, but swimming in a pool with the security of the edge to hold onto just a couple of feet away is much different than swimming out in the sea with nothing to hold on to. Have any of you experienced this same feeling before? 

Anyways, we spent about 6 hours at the beach then took the bus back up the mountain for an early night in. Ben made gnocchi with the pasta sauce that we learned how to make in our cooking class in Naples. We ate our dinner out on our terrace then got in bed with a glass of wine & watched a few episodes of New Girl before heading to bed.


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Positano

Positano

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Polka Dot Dress (also similar here & here), Sandals, Earrings, Hat, Bracelet (similar), Sunglasses


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Positano

T h e   M o s t   B e a u t i f u l   P l a c e

The next day, we took the bus down to the city to do some morning shopping. We found some lovely pieces to take home as sweet memories of this dreamy honeymoon vacation, as well as some gifts for friends & family back home.

For lunch, we had reservations at the famous Le Sirenuse hotel’s restaurant, La Sponda. We made our reservations for this day 4 months prior to ensure we would get in! Let me just say, eating here is a must if you are in Positano, & you have to make a reservation in advance, so plan ahead.


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L a   S p o n d a

Every detail in this magical place has clearly been thought out so beautifully. The views, the tiles, the flowers, the lemon trees, the decor, everything was just perfect & so inspiring. 

We are both convinced that this was the best dining experience that we have ever had. Our table was dressed to a T, with the most dreamy view of the city & the Sea. The waiter pulled out our chairs for us & scooted us in before gracefully placing our napkins in our laps. We were served a glass of Prosecco as an aperitif along with a bread basket with some olive oil for dipping. A lovely plate of sliced lemons was placed on the table for our waters. I’m quite positive that the lemons were grown right there on the many lemon trees dressing the space. We then ordered two simple plates to share which were delicious.

After they took away our plates, they came by with a small plate of bite size desserts & limoncello for each of us. I figured we couldn’t bare to leave just yet, so we ordered some pistachio & hazelnut gelato to top it all off. It was pretty expensive, but we are both so glad we went. I mean, what an incredible experience! A true celebration of our marriage. I’ll never forget it. 


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B a c k   U p   T h e   M o u n t a i n

After our incredible lunch, we finished up our shopping & walking around then took the bus back up the mountain. Since we didn’t have pizza for lunch, we couldn’t help but make some homemade pizzas for dinner at our place that evening. We enjoyed another wonderful evening of dinner on the terrace, then wine & New Girl in bed before sleep.


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Positano

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Gingham Tie Back Crop Top, Lemon Skirt (I made this with my grandma last summer, similar here & here), Sandals


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T h e   P e r f e c t   P i c k – M e – Up

On our last full day of our honeymoon, we arrived to the beach early again, but this time for our go-to caffeine fix of this trip: cappuccinos. We had them everyday on our honeymoon, & I’ve still been drinking them since I’ve come home! So tasty & just the right size.


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O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

One Shoulder Ruffled One Piece, Bandana, Sunglasses, Bracelet (similar)


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C o n q u e r i n g   M y   F e a r

We spent another 6 hour day on the beach & it was so much fun. On this day, I was determined to conquer my fear of swimming in the ocean/sea. It was strange because swimming out was fine, but once I turned around & could see how far out I was, that’s when I would start to panic. Ben & I then started to just float in the water, & I realized I actually could float, which I was never very good at before. After that, We swam out pretty far then just spent some time treading water & talking & looking back at the incredible view of Positano. Once I was out there for a few minutes, I realized that I was strong & if I just stayed calm, swimming out in the sea would be a piece of cake.

For the rest of the day, I swam out on my own many times. I totally conquered my fear & it felt so good. What a boost of confidence & strength to an already amazing time in my life. 


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O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Yellow Bikini Bottoms, Yellow Bikini Top, Printed Maxi Dress Coverup (on sale!)


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O u t f i t   C h a n g e !

My ruffled one piece was oh-so gorgeous, & just perfect to shoot there in Positano, but I decided for the sake of tan lines, my little yellow bikini would be the better option. And I’m on my honeymoon for goodness sake! 

Again, we opted for pizza by the beach for lunch, & it was delicious yet again. We ate & talked to a lovely couple next to us from Australia for most of the afternoon. Then the sound of the waves & the warmth from the sun were so pleasant, that we both fell asleep for a little bit. It was just dreamy. 


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O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

White Maxi Dress, Sandals, Bag (similar), Sunglasses, Earrings (handmade in RVA @ Nest, similar here)


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Positano

D a t e   N i g h t   O u t

For our last night our honeymoon, we decided to go out to dinner in our little town of Montepertuso. We walked to a restaurant right down the road from our place called, Il Ritrovo. The food was delicious, & we also witnessed an incredible view of the sunset over the water. The perfect, romantic way to end our honeymoon.


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We had the most amazing honeymoon.  Thanks for following along!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any questions on the exact places we visited or things we did. I’m happy to answer anything!


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Capri

Capri

Capri
Capri

D a y   T r i p   T o   C a p r i

On our first full day in Italy, we decided to venture over to Capri. We woke up early to catch a ferry over from Napoli (see about our stay in Naples here), which was filled with a few hundred people. The ferry ride was just under an hour, & our view out the window was incredible. This was my first time out in the Mediterranean Sea, & boy was it just breath-taking!


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Capri

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Dress (similar here & here), Straw Bag, Scarf, Earrings, Sandals, Sunglasses


Capri

T h e   S t a i r s

Once we made it to the lovely island of Capri, we started exploring. Of course, knowing us, we decided to walk up a small but stunning alleyway that led up the mountain instead of following the crowds of people. Let me tell you, there were a LOT of stairs, but seeing all of the cute homes & overgrown trees & bushes was so worth it. 

One tip I will give to anyone wanting to visit Capri: go early! There were barely any people when we got there compared to the middle of the day. See the best sights before the crowds come!


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Capri
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L u n c h   W i t h   A   V i e w

After climbing up the stairs for about 45 minutes, we found the most idyllic spot for lunch called Al Caprí. The view from our climb was incredible & the food was some of the best we had on our trip. I ordered the gnocchi, & Ben had a pizza. We also had our first taste of the iconic limoncello, which I will say is quite strong, but great for sipping slowly.


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O u t   T o   S e a 

After our delicious meal, we decided to take the funiculare down the mountain. (You can take it up as well, but if you can, the walk is totally worth it!) Then it was time for our boat tour. Neither Ben nor I particularly care for tours, we like to venture on our own, but I will say that this tour (Laser Capri) was really wonderful. It was cool to ride a boat all the way around this amazing island. The rocks & caves & cliffs were literally jaw-dropping. I had never seen anything like this in real life before.

A fun fact about Italian culture: The reason why I don’t have more photos of our boat tour is because I was kind of in a bad mood due to getting my feelings hurt by the others on our tour. Part of being an Italian (or so we found) was pushing your way through to get yours regardless of lines or others around you. They weren’t angry, or being rude, at least in their minds, but it just did not sit well with me. But don’t worry, we quickly learned from them & started following their lead towards the end of our trip. 


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W e   R e n t e d   O u r   O w n   B o a t

Yep, you heard that right! Ben & I rented our own boat to ride around the island just the two of us. He drove while I sat in the sun & enjoyed the ride.

Well kind of…

The waters happened to be quite choppy that day, which made me feel not so well. We decided to find a spot to anchor, because I thought just getting off the boat & swimming a bit would make it go away. So we did, & we swam for a bit & took turns jumping off the boat which was so much fun. Also a bit challenging with the waves, though. 

We finished our two hours on the water & headed back to shore.


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Once back on land, I found a shady spot to sit down for a bit. After my brain wrapped around the fact that I wasn’t on the water anymore, we walked right next door to a little bar right on the water. This spot was a prime people watching spot. We sat here for the next hour or two just watching the locals vs. the tourists. The real cure for my seasickness, I’m sure, was the French fries & gelato with plenty of water followed by a limoncello. 🙂


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B a c k   T o   N a p o l i

Sometimes, the best moments shared with someone are not the big exciting spectacle of moments, but those small moments sitting by the water just talking & soaking in a day of incredible experiences together. We had a magical time together in the beautiful Capri, but the best part was that we were together. Through it all. Together. Hey, in (sea)sickness & in health, right?!

We took the ferry back to Napoli & Ben fell asleep while I edited photos. It was a very long day full of so many firsts & new experiences. I honestly feel like I grew a lot that day & Ben & I grew as it was our first day on vacation just the two of us. We work so well together & he is so good for me. Clearing any bits of anxiety in me with just a glance. Feeling very thankful I get to keep him as my husband forever.


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After Capri, we spent a day & a half in Napoli before heading to Positano! Post on that coming soon!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any questions on the exact places we visited or things we did. I’m happy to answer anything!


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A h   N a p o l i . . .


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First of all, I’m back & I’m a married lady now! Whoohoo! I have so many wonderful things to say & discuss about the wedding & the planning, etc, but before I get into all of that, let’s talk about our honeymoon! #OurItalianAdventure started in Napoli with a quick visit to Capri, then we finished up in Positano. 

L e t ‘ s   S t a r t   I n   N a p o l i !

This city holds such a dear place in my heart. The incredible architecture along with meeting some of the warmest people I know, makes this place hard to forget.


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O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Tie Back Top, Tulip Hem Pants, Earrings, Sandals, Madewell Bag (similar)


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C h a r a c t e r

We stayed in the perfect location in the sweetest little Airbnb on the forth & top floor of a graffiti covered building. (But that was normal…I’ve never seen so much graffiti my life!) Booking a place early was key for us to find the right place for the right amount of money. We booked our place about 6 months in advance & spent time reading reviews & looking things up on maps to make sure where we were staying would be in a good location, but just outside of tourist central. It was just dreamy. 

The colors. Everywhere you look, you see a different color. This city has so much texture (Ben says that he loves the architexture.), so much life, & so much amazing food.


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G o a l s

Oh, I’ve decided our home needs like 20x the amount of plants! Why is something like this so normal in Napoli, but so new in the States? We need to make things like this our new normal. Who’s with me?!


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D a y   1 

On our first full day in Italy, we actually took a ferry to Capri! I have a whole post on that day coming soon.


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L e t ‘ s   E a t

But on our first full day in Napoli, we had a traditional cooking class. It was such an amazing experience! We met with our instructors, Lucia & Francesca, who took us to their home where we made bruschetta with fresh mozzarella (Did you know that fresh mozzarella sits at room temperature in a milky water? I didn’t! This stuff was FRESH!), gnocchi in a homemade tomato sauce, & ravioli. Each dish was prepared separately & served with a local wine. We noticed that each plate prepared had very few ingredients. They kept things simple, but used the freshest ingredients. It was delicious, & the post-pasta coma was REAL.

This was one of our very favorite parts of our trip because not only did we make incredible food with recipes we now get to take home & make forever, but we got to spend the afternoon with real Naples natives who spoke English & learned so much about the city & it’s culture. We had such a good experience, that now we want to start taking cooking classes everywhere we visit! Such a fun way to learn. If you are interested in taking the same class we did (highly recommend you do if you find yourself in Napoli!), you can find all of the info here.

(FYI – We got to our cooking class by taxi, but Lucia encouraged us to take the train back which was so easy & very inexpensive. We walked almost everywhere, but we never took a taxi in the city for the rest of our trip.)


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This photo got featured on Free People’s instagram! so cool!

O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Feminine Backless Dress, Shoes, Earrings


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W o r k i n g   O f f   T h e   P a s t a   C o m a

We spent the rest of the afternoon sipping on cappuccinos at our favorite coffee shop, House Café, & walking around our little neighborhood. One of our particular favorites was walking through the street markets where you could find everything from pajamas & baby clothes to the fresh fish of the day. It was a little bit like sensory overload, but an incredible sight to see. 


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O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Pink Ruffle Dress (on sale!), Sandals, Earrings or in pink, Bag


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C a s t l e   o n   t h e   H i l l

We spent our last evening in Napoli at the amazing Castel Sant’Elmo. This fortress sits on top of a hill that overlooks all of Napoli. The view was absolutely breathtaking. Seeing the city we had been exploring for the past few days from that vantage point was just the icing on the cake. We loved seeing all of the wonderful colors & buildings & homes from up there along with the best view of the coast. What a sight!


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D a y   3

This was our last morning in Napoli, so naturally, we went back to House Café for our final cappuccino there & to say goodbye to the owner & workers there with whom we had become friends. We then decided that we could not leave without getting some gelato, which wasn’t too hard to find! I got fresh lemon & strawberry & it was divine.


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O u t f i t   D e t a i l s

Cut-out Crop Top, Yellow Button Front Mini Skirt, Sunglasses, Earrings


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We really grew to love this unique city. So glad we started our magical honeymoon here.

If you have any other questions about our trip to Napoli or our travel details, leave me a comment or shoot me an email & I would love to share more with you.

Stay tuned for Capri & Positano!

Ciao!


D o n ’ t   f o r g e t   t o   c h e c k   o u t   m y    S H O P    p a g e !

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