Ciao Bella!

It's been a while since I showed up here hasn't it? I returned from a work trip to Milan last week, celebrated lil' miss' birthday (how is my baby THREE?!), and have also been trying to combat a sinus infection that most of us seemed to have brought back from Italy as a souvenir before we head into our last international trip for the season next week. Any guesses where I'm off to next? I'll give you a hint - it's a new continent and it'll be warmer than it was in Milan.

I was in awe as we were descending into Italy over the Alps - the mountains are just breathtaking and pictures from the plane do not do it justice... at all!

I was sad however that my layover in Amsterdam wasn't long enough to leave the airport and explore. So, I faked it by enjoying the glossy tulips and touristy souvenirs around the airport. 

I like to call this look "fresh off the plane chic". No really - after over 12 hours of (overnight) travel where I barely dozed off, we had about an hour drive to the hotel from the airport, I checked in, dropped off my bags, and headed to dinner at the Navigli Canal because we were all hangry. Exhausted and hungry is never a good combination! But we were about to make up for it with real pizza and gelato! 

The next day, I headed over to the convention center to start collecting content and have a meeting with some co-workers from our European team. Then a few of us headed out to the Milan City Centre to collect content for social media and recap videos of where we were so we weren't just posting from the venue. Not too shabby if you ask me! Pulling up to the Duomo Cathedral was a surreal moment to say the least.

Sweater {only $22} | Jeans | Sneakers

Collapsing with wet hair for the night calls for messy buns the next day. This is real life - I wore what was most comfortable to site see and didn't have time to do Insta-worthy hair and makeup. But you know what... I think I enjoyed the experience even more without worrying about the not-so-important stuff.

*The food oh the food - it truly is THAT good in Italy*

That evening, it was time to get dressed up for the Gala. This is my favorite event of the weekend, as it's not as rushed and I'm not running around as stressed. And did I mention the gorgeous details that go into this dinner? Hello animal print - you are my favorite neutral.

*Terrible lighting - but the setting for the gala was gorgeous*

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  1. I'm so sorry you aren't feeling well, hope it's gone before the weekend! This may have been my favorite trip you've taken...for work! What sights to get to see! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I’m so glad you got to do this. Such stunning photos. xo

  3. Welcome back! What a fun trip. Sinus infections are awful. Hope you feel better soon. Italy is the food mecca!

  4. While I have been to Italy twice, I have never been to Milan! It looks like a wonderful city to visit!

  5. Such beautiful pictures and delicious food! What a great place to go for a work related meeting!!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  6. I'm hoping your feeling better! And seriously, what an amazing place! Italy is definitely on the must-see list!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. Ok I know you always say that I have amazing work travel, but you definitely do as well. I sooo want to visit Italy and this just makes me want to go even more. I hope everyone is feeling better in your house!

  8. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

    X Merel

  9. All of your pictures are amazing!!! What an incredible trip! Sorry you aren't feeling well, I hope you get better ASAP!

  10. Tremendous sights and food on a work trip. I love it!

    Feel better!

  11. Your travel is unreal lately and I am so excited for you to take these amazing trips! And I love that you focused on taking it all in and not on being Insta-ready, that's why you're my girl!!! And who looks that good after no sleep on a twelve hour flight? YOU!

  12. It felt like that was the quickest trip ever! I applaud you for getting out and seeing and enjoying things without worrying about being insta-perfect. That is truly the best way to travel. ;) I wish my work trips were equally exciting, but let's be real... work travel is also exhausting travel... so it's definitely okay that they aren't. ;)

  13. i can't believe she's three! time flies. sorry about the sinus infection, lame. looks like you had an amazing time - look at all that food! i need it in my life. i agree about wearing what is comfy vs insta worthy. you still look cute and it's nice to not worry about all that stuff!

  14. Beautiful photos!! I just want to book a ticket and travel somewhere!!! x


  15. Looks like such a fun trip even if it was short! I like the pink knit on you! :)

    Hope that you had a great weekend :) Despite a bit of a rainy one we managed to get to the beach which was nice :)

    Away From Blue

  16. What a fun trip indeed! Love your photos dear.

    Jessica |