After taking you along on our trip through France and the Italian Riviera recently, I thought it would be nice to break it up with a feature of a few of my fall essentials – it’s mid October after all! Although being back in Los Angeles hardly feels like fall. It’s one of the things I miss most about my Northern California upbringing. The changing of seasons, colorful leaves and layers! What’s fashion without a few layers. Especially for fall right? Don’t you just crave the crisp air, your favorite pair of Hunter boots and scarves! Oh how I miss scarves. Instead of collecting snow flakes this season, they’ll be collection dust bunnies.
One of the thing I’ve been looking forward to since returning home has been revamping my fall wardrobe. I’ve been adding my wish list purchases to my Shop page like a true shop-a-holic. Have you visited this page on my blog yet? It’s a curated shopping experience just for you to see what and where I’m shopping. For the holidays, I’ll also be adding in a Holiday Gift section to help you if you get stumped on what to buy for that certain someone. Be sure to keep an eye out for that HERE!
In the meantime and in addition to that, you’ll find a ton of my top selects from Nordstrom, aka my default! As if the new store at The Grove isn’t amazing enough (I could spend hours in the new shoe section), they just launched their new Tory Burch watch collection that I am beyond excited about! Definitely my first investment of the season. I learned about the collection launching while in New York for fashion week at their show. After seeing all of the classic and graphic styles they designed, I knew I was going to have the hardest time picking which one I’d go with. I am so colorful with my clothing choices (for the most part) that I like my accessories feel more refined which is why I ended up opting for the gold square face with the back leather band.
In the slideshow below I’ve included a roundup of my favorite ones, which one will be yours?!
As we ventured through the Cinque Terre, our next stop was the second village, Vernazza. Just a five minute train from Monterosso and you’ve arrived in yet another classically charming village that feels very similar to the last yet you can immediately tell the differences. The most obvious being that this village does not have an actual beach, just a dock for the fishermen and their colorful boats.
The train station lets you out at the very top of the village so you have to wonder through the narrow streets to make your way down the the water and the central piazza where most of the restaurants are. As we stood in the center looking around, I noticed a faint trail in the distance that people were walking along the edge of the mountain up and out of the village on. And as we adventured around, we keeps seeing signs with arrows that pointed towards Monterosso!
Little did we know that you can also HIKE your way through the mountains to each village in addition to taking the train. My adventurous side kicked in of course and I was determined to hike at least to the top so we could see the amazing view. I had no intention of walking back but to see the view of the city from above was worth the hike in this dress (and the 100 mosquito bites on my legs).
Lesson learned! When traveling to Italy, don’t forget your mosquito repellant. Or your adaptors for your electric deceives like your blow dryer or straightener! My hair is au natural here because we assumed that France and Italy would have the same outlets! Not the case guys! Beach hair don’t care!
After our hike, we made our way back down to the very tip of Vernazza to watch the sunset on the most incredible black rocks that just flank the side of this town. The texture of these rocks speaks volumes to waves that have been crashing on them since the beginning of time. Being here was so incredibly humbling. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life but something truly magical about being here was that I could actually sit, watch and listen to the waves crash around me without any other thought in my head to disturb. It’s a feeling I’ll cherish and revisit in my memory often.
After our chateau search through France, we drove down into the Italian Riviera. The beautiful and majestic, Cinque Terre. However terrifying the drive was to get there, it was well worth the near death experiences. No joke, if you’ve ever driven the Autostrade before, you know what I’m talking about! Once you arrive though, you forget about everything. Your worries just melt away.
The Cinque Terre, or “The Five Lands” is made up of a strand of five of the most charming and colorful coastal villages in Northern Italy. It’s as though time hasn’t touched these little fisherman towns. Literally unreachable by car, you either arrive by train from Genoa Italy or La Spezia which runs literally along the ocean so the views are beyond scenic.
My favorite village out of the five is the first and most northern village, Monterosso al mare. But if your visiting, be sure to stay in the “Old Town”, it’s far more quaint and less touristy. Out of the five villages, Monterosso has the most beautiful beaches; turquoise clear water and those classic orange and green stripe umbrellas that are oh so photogenic!
I can’t even tell you how much food we ate and wine we drank while we were there. The freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted and the gelato and cannolis….I could go on and on! Walking the streets, you can’t help but feel like your in an old film. This Zimmerman dress was made for exploring each and every ally. Not to mention, twirls!