Waking up to a nice summer breeze and sunshine through the window.
The view from our window again.
Walking down our street on the canal to explore... we only had one full day to take this city in.
Our first gelato of the day! I got a double scoop of Limone...
Ponte Vecchio in Venice.
It still amazes me how Venice is a city built on water. What would be alleys in most cities are little canals in between buildings.
I'm not a fan of thin crust pizza... I like the doughy, thick crust ones. This is a little snack I got on the way back to our hostel from the Piazza.
My current desktop background... Even the laundry on clothes lines are pretty in Venice. I took a few photos of clothes lines and I think I'm going to print them out and frame them in a set.
Also couldn't get over how there are no cars in Venice. There are no real sidewalks--all of the streets are like this, and there are so many bridges everywhere.
Some streets were so narrow that you could put your arms out and touch the buildings.
This was our hostel, A Venice Fish.
Then we went to the Ghetto Vecchio... the Jewish area in Venice.

VENICE--One of the most beautiful places I've visited to date, and definitely my favourite Italian city out of the ones we visited (Milan, Venice, Florence). The city just exudes a feeling of community and laid-back living. I couldn't stop snapping photos because everything was just too abnormally perfect. The colours are still so vivid in my mind--oranges and reds like bricks and sundried tomatoes; golds and yellows like Italian pasta and the sun; and sea greens and blues like algae, seaweed, and real denim.

It was more than what I had imagined it to be.


outfit: grenadine

lolll , crappy resolution photo taken by my phone + crappy editing.

I'm gonna get the black skirt too and wear it in the fall with greys and combat boots.

Oh ya, I also got a haircut 8-P

(American Apparel BB301 & single-layer chiffon skirt)


outfit: fall h&m

This was something I threw on and ended up liking together. A soft, affordable angora-blend sweater in a warm mashed sweet potato pinkish orange (kind of a hard colour to put into words, lol). It comes in an orange, too (and I think it's supposed to come out in an emerald green that I want!). The idea of the orange was nice, but not so much on.
The shorts are these cute little pleated printed shorts that risk showing some butt cheeks when you bend over (umm you know those items that you like too much so you just deal with the obstacles that they present, like not bending over the whole day? ya.) ,but they were too cute to leave behind. AND they go with the sweater so whatever.

Good to go.

(both from H&M)



When you're too scared to incorporate colour into your wardrobe, why not do it through an accessory like a bag or watch. That way, it's not a huge statement.

1. Swatch (btw I love that Swatch.com has a "Swatch Finder" where you can click back to a year and view every watch design they came out with that year).
2. Casio Baby-G


ITALIA Day 1 - Milano & Venezia

Landed in Italia, right on the runway. Private jet treatment for just $50 round trip, lollll.
Milano for half a day... I wish we had more time and patience to explore but we couldn;t because we were lugging our huge bags around. We decided to come to Italy with just one bag and it was too tiring to lug it around with us.
Italy is so beautiful...
Milano Centrale, waiting for our train to Venice.

Venice... my favourite Italian city, out of Florence, Venice and Milan.
Our hostel, a Venice Fish, on the water. I recommend it if you need a place to stay in Venice. It's like a hippie residence. Everyone's young and nice and there's always music playing.
Our original hostel ended up being overbooked so we were sent to their little apartment hostel on one of the canals. We didn't mind... we got this room for $25 a night.
The view from our room.
We didn't waste a single minute in Venice so we went for a stroll during our first night there and had our first gelato in Europe. We walked up and down the main street, comparing prices (hello, we are poor), and came back to this one place... They always gave us so much and they had the best limone flavour. It was also the cheapest. We ended up eating gelato 2-3 times a day. This also began my gelato addiction for the rest of the trip.
I got Bacio and Nocciola; Ilana got Cioccolato and Nocciola; and Mir got Pistachio, Bacio, and Limone.

Day 2 in Venice next...