Sunday, July 27, 2014

Travel Diary: Lake Como Boat Tour & Apartment





Villa del Balbianello
The spectacular view of the mountains

Richard Branson's villa
Towns along the lake



Back in the lovely town of Varenna after the amazing boat tour

The apartment and its views














Hi everybody!

Happy Monday! Today I will be blogging about my experience in Lake Como, which is located in Northern Italy between gorgeous mountains.

After I got off the train from Milan, I took my first of many hikes up a mountain. This gave me a little taste of the major leg workout I was going to get during the rest of the trip :). This hike up to the hotel also gave me a view of the serene lake and Italian mountains... what a sight. When I arrived at the hotel the owner was there to greet me. She kindly gave us a tour of the hotel... it was spectacular. Placed in the middle of a plaza in Varenna, Casa Stacy is ideal for tourists who want to live like the locals. The sound of Italians greeting each other in a cafe is one like no other and gives an authentic vibe to the stay. With many accommodations, I felt comfortable and relaxed every night I got home. I especially felt soothed when I headed up to the rooftop terrace where I got a 360-degree view of the lake, mountains, and sights of Lake Como. But the best part would have to be the lovely owner, who bent over backwards to make sure every guest was enjoying their stay. She even booked her guests a private boat tour and a Vivaldi concert at sunset outside a mansion. All her guests were thrilled with the experience she made for them.

The first evening of Lake Como consisted of the boat tour. The tour took was taken around the lake. It highlighted some beautiful sights. First, I noticed the view of the gracious mountains that the sun was slowly setting behind. The boat passed by picturesque towns including Bellagio and Tremezzo. The architecture included colorful buildings tucked away in the mountains and large villas atop hills. One sight is Richard Branson's fairy-tale villa, which costs around 115,000 euros a week to stay at. Another sight to see is Villa del Balbianello, which was the sight of many movie scenes (Star Wars, James Bond, A Month by the Lake, etc.). The tour continued to wrap around the lake as the nice itself was wrapping it up. I couldn;t have asked for a better experience in Lake Como. So, what I suggest you to do of you ever visit Lake Como is to stay at Casa Stacy, relax on the rooftop terrace, and take a boat tour to get to know the place.

Stay tuned for more of my adventures in Lake Como. If you want to see what I wore on the boat tour, click here.

Thank you so much for reading!

Stay beautiful,

Sofia


Friday, July 25, 2014

Travel Style: Amalfi Coast








What a view! If you're ever here, go to the parking lot of the hotel Albergo L'Ancora to find the best view of  Positano.






Top: Rachel by Rachel Roy (similar here or here)   Leather shorts: Romeo & Juliet Couture (similar here, here, or here)   Sandals: Ralph Lauren


Hi everybody!

This is what I wore when I arrived at Positano in the Amalfi Coast. Positano is near Naples, Italy and is full of gorgeous colorful paintings overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. I have so many stories to tell you guys and am so excited for Monday to share with you all the wonderful experiences I was blessed to have.

Thank you so much for reading!

Stay beautiful,

Sofia



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Travel Style: Romper in Lake Como




Romper: Bebe (similar herehere, here or here)   Belt: Calvin Klein (similar here)  Sandals: Ralph Lauren 



Hi everybody!

This is what I wore on my second day traveling around Lake Como, a gorgeous location in Italy! I love rompers for summer and for vacations. They are light, fun and stylish. This one from Bebe is vibrant and comfortable. Belting it adds more style and cinches the waist. This look was great for a day of exploring and snapping photos. Stay tuned for posts about my adventures here, including a breathtaking boat tour, a hike up a large mountain to a beautiful castle, a concert in a garden overlooking the mountains of Lake Como, and more!

Thank you so much for reading!

Stay beautiful,

Sofia


More of Bebe's rompers here!





Monday, July 21, 2014

Travel Style: Arriving in Lake Como







Top: H&M (similar here or here)   Shorts: Theory   Sandals: Zappos (similar here)   Watch: GUESS   Necklace: American Eagle   Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren (similar here)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Travel Style: Jumpsuit in Milan







Jumpsuit: Banana Republic (similar here or here)   Belt: Calvin Klein (similar here)   Heels: Charles David   Necklace: Kendra Scott   Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren (similar here)




Hi everybody!

This is what I wore to my trip to Milan. To read about my day of sightseeing click here.

Thank you so much for reading!

Stay beautiful,

Sofia

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Travel Diary: Milan Tourist


A courtyard with a sculpture on display

Entrance to the Galleria
Front of the Milan Cathedral


Piazza del Duomo
King Victor Emmanuel II statue
Inside the Galleria




Hi everybody!

I had half a day in Milan because I was going to take a train to Lake Como later that day. So, I quickly ate breakfast at the hotel, got dressed, and headed out. As I headed to the Galleria, which is one of the world's oldest malls that houses stores like Prada and Louis Vuitton, I passed by beautiful buildings only found in Milan. There were courtyards nestled in buildings, some with large sculptures to view. When I arrived at the Galleria I was in awe at the many fashionistas about. The tons of men and women dressed in high-fashion casually strolled through the mall... and this was on a Thursday morning! I was wowed by this remarkable city already, especially when at the end of the mall the Milan Cathedral appeared. This intricately made cathedral was placed in a giant piazza full of tourists, pigeons, and the statue of King Victor Emmanuel II. The inside of the cathedral was spacious lined with large columns and beautiful religious paintings. It is absolutely gorgeous!
Alas, I had to go to the Milano Centrale station, but not before taking one more walk through the beautiful Galleria.
So Milan, I had a lovely stay. The food was exquisite, the people were runway ready, and the architecture was grande. Hopefully I will be back to partake in the rich culture, but for now Milan.... ciao!

Thank you so much for reading!

Stay beautiful,

Sofia