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Ancient Rome

Rome is on a lot of people’s bucket lists. It’s easy to see why so many flock to the Eternal City, from the amazing food to ancient ruins there is a little something for everyone. My recent trip to Rome was a whirlwind, we fit so much into just a few days!

On Day One we took on Ancient Rome, doing the three hour tour of the Colosseum. It’s incredible to stand in front of a structure built nearly 2000 years ago. In my opinion he skyscrapers we build today will never be as impressive as what civilization were able to create thousands of years ago with significantly less technology.

Throughout the tour you will hear stories of Ancient Emperors, gladiators, and executions. The Colosseum was much more than a simple sports stadium.

The Three Hour your also takes you to the Roman Forum, the birth of civilization as we know it today. Standing in the middle of the Roman Forum you are surrounded by ruins that once held important government offices, temples dedicated to the Roman Gods, and even housed the Vestal Virgins.

We did one of the Skip the Line tours with City Wonders and I highly recommend! The lines to get into the Colosseum were insane. Bring your camera, a reusable water bottle, and very comfortable walking shoes! I’m in my 20s, in pretty good shape and I was sore at the end of the tour. It is a lot of walking across uneven ancient paths, so be prepared, and whatever you do do not try to squeeze the Colosseum and Vatican City into one day. You will be so miserable by the end you won’t enjoy any of it!

In late fall the afternoons can still be pretty hot, we booked a 3pm tour, the first hour was a little warm but but 4pm the sun was starting to set and we got some relief. If you’re visiting Rome in the summer I would recommend going with an early morning tour so you can wrap up and get into the AC before the sweltering heat sets in. Definitely book your tours ahead of time, trust me this will save you a lot of stress when you arrive. The tour company will give you a meeting spot and when you arrive just look for the flags that have your tour company listed. If you’re only in Rome for a short period of time you should absolutely do the Colosseum, we all studied Ancient Rome in school but getting to see it first hand was really special.

Have you been to Rome or are you planning a trip? Let me know in the comments what the highlights are for you!

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My go to Mule this Fall

Mules have been extremely popular in the last year! I personal love the trend, they’re comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and there are some seriously cute styles out there!

This season I have been living in my By Paige Needlepoint Mules! I got the mini leopard print pattern, which was so perfect for fall! They came with me to Vermont, got worn almost everyday at the office, and went with all my favorite fall outfits. I had a pair of By Paige loafers I wore over the summer and I was so impressed by the quality and comfort. Of course I knew I had to circled back when I was looking for the perfect Fall mules.

You can style mules with just about anything, for warmer days they go great with dresses and skirts but now that the weather has turned I’m pairing them with jeans almost every day. I have gotten so many compliments on the leopard print. Definitely grab a pair of By Paige mules before Fall is over!

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My Favorite Spot — Dennis

People often ask me my favorite spot in New England, it’s impossible to choose! New England is so diverse and changes with the seasons. My favorite spot on the cape during the summer is totally different from my favorite spot in Maine. Today I’m happy to introduce a new series, My Favorite Spot, I will feature my favorite spots in various towns and New England getaways. This will be updated throughout the year so you can get an inside look at all the best spots throughout the seasons.

Today I’m happy to start with Dennis, Cape Cod. Dennis will always hold a special place in my heart, I grew up coming here every summer, just like my dad and granddad did. Cape Cod has a little something for everyone, beaches, hiking trails, golf, water sports, fishing, and so much more!

One of my favorite spots in Dennis is Sesuit Harbor Cafe. Located right on the water, sesuit harbor sits on the bay side of the cape. If you don’t know where to look for the cafe you will miss it, why? Because it is located behind the marina! Sit and watch boats get out in the water, watch people take off on jet skis and enjoy some of the freshest seafood out there.

I stopped by the other day for a mid day snack, I walked around the the raw bar and ordered some oysters. If you’ve never been you have to try their lobster roll! Sit outside at a picnic table and watch boats come and go from the marina. Sesuit Harbor is definitely worth a stop if you’re new to Dennis, or have been coming to Dennis for years and never been! After take a drive along the water and take in the amazing views!

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Hydrangea Heaven

My favorite flowers without a doubt are hydrangeas! I love the blue and purple shades that bloom all over the cape and islands in the summer. I especially love that they match my new Lilly Pulitzer romper!

Nantucket is so beautiful this time of year, between all the sea roses covering Sconset the sea salt filled air, and hydrangeas everywhere! If you only have one weekend to get away this summer I would highly recommend Nantucket. It is my favorite destination!

My romper is from Lilly, I love a Karlie Romper, it’s really light and airy, so even though it is long sleeve you won’t be too hot!

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Vineyard Vines Summer Dress

Vineyard Vines has long time been one of my favorite brands. All summer long you can find me in a casual VV summer dress. I hate shorts and skirts when its 80+ degrees out. Dresses are quick, easy, and keep me cool. I especially love this one shoulder gingham dress. It can be dressed up to wear to a wedding or a nice dinner, but it is casual enough to wear out and about for the day. Last week I spent some time on my favorite island, we strolled through the streets of Sconset and took in all the gorgeous sea roses that were in full bloom! Sconset in July is probably the most magical thing you can imagine. It’s like being transported back in time, sea shell roads, rose covered cottages, ocean views, and of course a chocolate chip cookie from Sconset market.

This adorable VV dress is now on sale! Grab it before it’s gone.