Be Italian: The Vatican

Bonjourno! The Hubby and I are home now in Germany, safe and sound, with a TON of pictures! I’m going to spread out my tales of Italy over several posts with fashion musings mixed in, so I hope you will enjoy!

In St. Peter's Square.

In St. Peter’s Square.

We arrived in Rome around 10 p.m., and the first impression was not great. The area where our train stopped looked sketchy;  a LOT of graffiti on buildings, dark streets, and the rain didn’t help matters, either! I would learn later that unfortunately, Rome has a lot of graffiti. However, Italians are very friendly people and many of them speak good English. Thanks to a helpful waiter in a café we stumbled into, we were pointed in the right direction and found our B & B.

A tour of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square began our first full day. I cannot say this enough; GO TO THE VATICAN IF YOU EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY. For one thing, you are visiting a separate state within the city of Rome ( you can buy post cards and send them from the Vatican’s post office!), and the artwork is absolutely STUNNING.  If you do visit Italy, book tours with Dark Rome. You’ll get an excellent guide, and a lot of bang for your buck.

Entrance to the Vatican.

Entrance to the Vatican.

Just one of the hundreds of frescos!

Just one of the hundreds of frescos!

My neck became sore by constantly looking up to see the genius works by Michaelangelo and Raphael.

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I cannot really fully describe what it was like to see the Sistine Chapel. Absolutely no photos were allowed, and what I’ll call “professional shush-ers” stood on the edges of the area to keep people quiet (it is considered a church, after all). But looking up and ACTUALLY SEEING “The Creation of Adam” got me emotional. Just unbelievably beautiful!

Since we had a full day of seeing sights, I kept my look comfy and light. My new tunic from American Rag (available through Macy’s), leggings from Forever 21 Plus, and comfy sneaks did the trick. I wore my new rings from A Wild Violet, an Etsy store that does custom work. Check out the Michigan midi ring!

I got the Michigan and crown ring BOTH for just $23.00! The owners often offer discount codes, so be sure to check them out!

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Me outside Constantine

Gotta keep it simple for all the walking! My JustFab bag held EVERYTHING I needed for the day!

Many more adventures to come, so stay tuned!

Us in St Peters

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

Paris, Part Deux

Ah Paris! This is our third time visiting, and with each time, I fall in love with you a little more. Paris is truly the “City of Lovers!”

In fact, the Hubby and I decided to “lock our love” on a bridge over the Seine, a tradition of many couples.

Four years of a wonderful marriage, nine years together!

“Come What May, I will love you until my dying day.” -our vows.

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This day, I opted to be comfy by dressing in layers since we’d be out all day.

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But of course, I added a little sparkle with these Eiffel Tower earrings to jazz up my look!

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One of my favorite things about Paris is visiting museums, and I loved seeing the Musee Rodin which included the iconic statue, The Thinker.

Of course, everyone has to “think” with The Thinker!

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The Musee Rodin has an AMAZING garden full of fantastic sculptures! Also, a beautiful pond area and café to enjoy a coffee!

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Channeling "Eve's Shame"

Channeling “Eve’s Shame”

The Three Shades.

The Three Shades.

Spring is everywhere!

Spring is everywhere!

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There’s a great view of Napoleon’s Tomb (and with the over the top ornate décor of his tomb, there’s no doubt in my mind that Napoleon would’ve been a fashion designer if he didn’t decide to rule the world).

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We checked it out, and yep – this is an example of “Little Man Syndrome.” Great taste in final resting digs, though!

Stunning!

Stunning!

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There are few places in this world that can make me drop my mouth with awe. Paris is one of them!

More Parisian adventures to come!

On another note…I found out today I have 100 followers on Bloglovin now! Thank you so much for following and reading. Your comments and likes mean so much! Please leave your links so I can follow you too!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

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Perfect Paris, Part 1

Bonjour all! I got back from a mini-vacation and I’m so excited to show and tell you all about it. Definitely the BEST part about being stationed in Germany is the ability to travel to fantastic places! One of my very favorite places is Paris, the city that offers it all – fashion, art, museums, delicious food, breathtaking views, historic sites…what can I say, it’s AMAZING.

This was our third visit, so the Hubby and I took three full days to check off some things on the bucket list. First for me was to check out an exhibition I read about in Glamour a couple months back, Glossy Paper – A Century of Fashion with Conde Nast. Presented by Vogue, this photo exhibit included historic images by legendary photographers, including Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, Patrick Demarchier, and Irving Penn.

Seeing original prints that dated back to Vogue’s earliest days just blew me away, plus the exhibit included some classic designs by Coco Chanel HERSELF, Yoji Yamamoto, Christian Dior, and Lanvin! Even Hubby was impressed with the works (and I feared he would be bored silly) and I enjoyed educating him about the various photographers. However, unfortunately, the museum had a strict “no photos” policy 😦 If any of you lovely European bloggers get a chance, GO SEE THIS! It will be at the Palais Galliera until May 25.

Ah, the Eiffel Tower. Le sigh!

Ah, the Eiffel Tower. Le sigh!

Outside the Palais Galliera.

Outside the Palais Galliera.

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So excited to go in!

So excited to go in!

Comfy and stylin'!

Comfy and stylin’!

This bag holds EVERYTHING!

This bag holds EVERYTHING!

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The day was GORGEOUS. Warming up to 70 degrees, the Hubby and I strolled down by the Seine to see the original Statue of Liberty. She is MUCH smaller than her sister in New York, but still a lovely sight!

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The Original!

The Original!

The following day was stuffed with activity – which I’ll tell you about in tomorrow’s post! Au revoir!

 

WHAT I WORE:

Gray Moto Jacket – FASHION TO FIGURE

Gray Leopard T shirt Dress – H & M

Gray Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Brown Studded Bag – JUST FAB (best travel bag EVER!)

Blue Leopard Sneakers – FOREVER 21

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