Ciao, Haulers! I’m just back from Italy where I spent two weeks with only a carry-on and a backpack. I brought a handful of basic tops to go with my not-so-basic bottoms, with the hope that I could create more than one outfit with limited pieces. I also threw in a few dresses for fun.

Here’s a quick sartorial rundown of my trip!

First stop, Florence! Where we climbed to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo. The weather was cool that night, so I was glad I’d brought my cropped denim jacket.

The days were warm though! And my linen polka dot shorts were perfect for trekking around Ponte Vecchio and visiting the Statue of David.

I’m from LA and hate the rain, so I wasn’t prepared for the thunderstorms in Venice! Thankfully there were street vendors everywhere selling chic, €3 plastic ponchos. 😉 (I still got wet!)

For the gondola ride, I wanted to wear something classy: red lips and a cute mini dress with padded shoulders! #affascinante (That’s “hashtag glamorous” in Italian!)

Visiting Burano was a last minute decision, and one that I’m definitely glad we made. We had a few hours of nice weather between rainstorms so I broke out my sunnies, yellow trousers, white tank, and sandals. (And later, when it rained again – I broke out my €3 plastic poncho!)

I’d been wanting to go to Positano for the longest time, and I here I was, finally! In celebration, I pulled out my favorite floral dress from Free People. I felt like a vacation princess!

While hiking the coast I wore a Firenze shirt that I’d bought at a Brandy Melville store in Florence (who knew they had Brandy Melville in Italy?!), along with a pair of snug jean shorts. I hadn’t packed any workout clothes, and climbing the rocky Path of the Gods in high-waisted denim may not have been the most practical choice? But I don’t regret it – those views were worth suffering for!

Rome! Last stop, where I discovered the store Bershka and went on a crazy spending spree. I bought a leopard skirt and wore it while we explored the city, and also bought a modest striped top to wear to The Vatican, where exposed  shoulders are a fashion don’t. (Also, how cute is that yellow Fiat? It totally matches my blouse!)

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