Before our trip I shared my Italy Packing List with you but today I wanted to show you how I styled everything and when and where I wore it.

It was extremely hot in Italy while we were there. We knew that it would be warm but everyone said it was unseasonably hot. Sahara Blast or something like that.  My goal was to bring only what I needed, and look great while dressing as cool as possible. My thinking when traveling and touring cities is always if you are dressed a little bit nicer then you will be treated a little bit better.  At our apartment in Florence we were able to do laundry which was nice. Everything I wore fit in this suitcase.

Travel Look: Southcott Threads Dress / Longchamp Le Pliage Leather Crossbody / Hermès sandals similar here

On long-haul flights I always like to wear something that feels like I’m wearing pajamas. This soft bamboo cotton dress was perfect. I also wore the oversized cardigan from this designer, that you’ll hear more about soon, in another color.

Day 1: Sleeveless white T / White Cropped Jeans /Hermès sandals similar here / Crossbody Bag

After we landed I changed into one of my favorite sleeveless white T-shirts and white cropped jeans. We did some walking around our neighborhood and hopped on vintage Vespas. I can’t wait to share more about that with you!

Day 2: Navy Crinkle Wrap Dress / Neutral Sandals / Crossbody Bag / Sunglasses

I wore this navy wrinkle wrap dress to dinner the first night and for touring the Vatican and a few other churches on this day. It was perfect for the heat and just covered enough for the churches.

Day 3: Cuyana One Shoulder White Ruffle Dress / Crossbody Bag / Nude Sandals

I featured this white one shoulder dress with ruffle in this post a few weeks ago. It has been a staple this summer.  It was the perfect dress for a very hot day and our visit to the Borghese museum gardens. I also wore it to dinner the night before. Are you seeing a theme?!?!

Dinner: Tiered Floral Maxi DressValentino Espadrilles / Cult Gaia Arc Bag

This gorgeous teared up floral maxi dress is one of my favorite purchases from all summer! It’s now on sale and a perfect transition piece. Navy is always such a great alternative to black.

Alicia Wood, Dallas Lifestyle Blogger, Back-to-School for MomDay 3 Camo Tissue T-shirt dress / Crossbody bag / Nude sandals / Sunglasses / Lipgloss

This lightweight dress was perfect for being outside and the Roman sun all day. This is been one of my go to dresses all summer. It was sold out but now I have to found it restocked in all sizes!  It’s also the featured item in my August Favorites Under $150 post.

Dinner: Veronica Beard Blue and White Stripe Dress

I wore this classic blue and white striped Veronica Beard dress to the Trevi fountain and to dinner our last night. This classic style is my favorite no matter the fabric they create in in! It’s uber flattering.

Day 5: Twisted Front VNeck T / Ruffle Skirt Similar HereCrossbody bag / Nude sandals

This was my work for the train ride to Florence and that afternoon walking around getting our bearings. This T-shirt is the softest cotton and I love that it’s not too thin or see-through.  The ruffled skirt is one of my favorites. This one is very similar and I love the color! It is great because you can dress it up or dress it down.

Dinner: Black and white mini print silk ruffle dress/Valentino espadrilles/Gucci mini bag

I wore the dress from this post to a quaint restaurant for dinner. Last seen here, here and here.

Day 6: White V-neck T-shirt / Army Green Cargo Skirt / Sandals / Crossbody Bag / Sunglasses

This favorite skirt from last fall was a great choice for today. Last seen here in several sizes. This one (on sale!) and this one are similar.

Dinner: Florentine Floral High Low Maxi Dress / Valentino espadrilles / Cult Gaia Arc Bag

This scrolling floral reminds me of the classic Florentine floral paper that you see on so many classic books. I knew I had to have it for this trip!

Day 7: Southcott Threads Maxi dress

This is a different color of the same dress I wore on our flight to Rome. I wore this heathered peach version for our cooking class and day in the tiny Tuscan village of Angihari.

Day 8: Ruched gray T-shirt dress /Sandals / Crossbody Bag / Sunglasses

Every time I wear this body-conscious T-shirt dress my husband tells me how fabulous I work. I think I should wear every day! I also wore it to travel to Mexico.  BTW, I’m posing with this Vespa because of a long-standing family joke. One of our girls was desperate for a Vespa when she was 8!  I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “I want a Vespa! I want a Vespa!” So she was thrilled with our Rome Vespa Tour!

Dinner: Girl meets glam Addison wrap dress in sage green flash / Sam Edelman espadrilles/Kiana clutch

A reader gave me the recommendation for this restaurant and it was spot on! I’ll be sharing all the details in next Wednesday’s post. This dress was perfect for our surroundings and watching the sunset from this beautiful hilltop.

Day 9: White V-neck T-shirt / Gingham Skirt (last seen here) / Gucci Crossbody

I always love the chance to pull out a favorite piece. This gingham skirt was everyone’s favorite last spring!

Dinner: Forest Green Chiffon Mini Dress / Valentino Espadrilles

This forest green chiffon mini kept me looking great and cool as we enjoyed a Bellini and watched the sunset from our hotel rooftop bar.

Day 10: Southcott Threads Tank Dress / Crossbody Bag / Sandals

This is the shorter version of the dress above. I truly can’t get enough of this amazing fabric! I’ll be sharing more about this company soon!

Dinner: Striped sweater dress on sale!

Day 11:Cuyana One Shoulder White Ruffle Dress / Crossbody Bag / Nude Sandals

Repeated the great dress from Day 3 that I machine washed when we were in Florence. It washes so well and steamed out easily!

Dinner: Red silk deep V-neck dress/Valentino espadrilles/Cult Gaia Ark bag

Felt very Italian in this beautiful red silk dress for dinner at the new Cipriani restaurant on Guidecca Island.

Day 12: We had intended to fly home this day but our flight was canceled as you may know. I repeated the look from Day 9 with a different T-shirt.

Day 13: Southcott Threads DressLongchamp Le Pliage Leather Crossbody / Hermès sandals similar hereTraveled home in the dress you see on Day 7  It is the same as the navy one I wore over.  It truly feels like wearing a nightgown!  It’ll be perfect for morning carpools, too!

I know this was a lot of information all in one post but I think it’s helpful to see how I can find things and made the most of wearing daytime pieces at least twice. We were fortunate to have the ability to do laundry at our apartment in Florence.

Each of the next three Wednesdays my series of Wanderlust Wednesday will return with all details of what we did in each city. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss a detail! Also as a gift for subscribing you will receive the passwords for both of my e-books, Fresh Sips and Taste  of Summer.

Happy weekend

XO

Alicia

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Public Access Favorites + $800 Nordstrom Giveaway!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Public Access Favorites + $800 Nordstrom Giveaway!

Happy Friday and Happy Public Access Day! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to all! Just like Early Access, I have combed through every item in the #NSale and selected the very best in every category to save you time. This great sale runs through August 5th but things sell out quickly so don’t delay!



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