Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is a region in central Italy. I was able to visit multiple towns in Tuscany and got to experience their culture, churches, art, and of course the incredible wine. I traveled to Cortona, Siena, Greve, and Panzano.

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What should you do in Tuscany, Italy?

  • Stroll through the Etruscan village of Cortona
  • Swim in the beautiful Hot Springs of Rapolano
  • Hike through the vineyards of Greve
  • Visit the Sassolini Family Villa and wine aging cellars in Panzano 
  • Admire Siena Cathedral’s marble floors
  • Grab lunch at Osteria il Carroccio in Siena (must get the Ricotta Risotto, Carbonara, and Pear and Chocolate dessert!)
  • Soak up the sun and relax in Siena’s Piazza del Campo medieval square

Yeezy Yeezy Yeezy

This year for Alpha Phi homecoming, we wanted to do something a little different and more exciting for the seniors. Every year we have shirts made, but as merchandising chair, I decided we needed something a little trendier than the usual merchandise.

Kanye West has been on tour this past year and his Life of Pablo merchandise sold concerts have become a hit. Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Kylie Jenner, and Sophia Richie wear their own Life of Pablo shirts around Hollywood too.

Because the shirts have become so big, I thought there was no better idea than to bring them to the University of Delaware. The idea ended up working out perfectly and everyone loved them. To make them even more fun and interesting, I added every senior’s nickname to the bottom of the shirts as well. Check out our senior homecoming shirts below!

My Summer at Us Weekly #TBT

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This summer I had the amazing opportunity to intern at Us Weekly. I held the title of video production intern for 13 weeks and loved every second of it! I assisted content producers and editors with research, pre-production, planning, scheduling and post-production. I brainstormed and created interview questions and games for celebrities. I even produced Facebook Live videos on the Us Weekly Facebook Page and produced my own video for their website. I helped during shoots held in the office and field shoots as well. Wenner Media as a whole makes the internship experience both a great learning and hands-on experience.  We had weekly meetings with employees who have been at the company for a long period of time and they shared with us their career path. That was one of my favorite parts of the program. After doing many internships since 11th grade, this was definitely a terrific internship for me to end with before I enter the real world. Check out the video I produced this past summer below!

Video: Happy Birthday, Kris Jenner! 6 Times the Kardashian Kids Sassed Their Momager

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Seville & Lagos: Weekend Trip of a Lifetime

Sadly, I haven’t been writing since I went abroad, but not to worry because I’m here now and getting back on my blogging game! I’m currently missing abroad now more than ever, so nothing better than looking back on my greatest travels to miss it even more!

If I could recommend taking any two places in Europe and putting them together into one long weekend trip, it would have to be..Seville, Spain and Lagos, Portugal. I know this probably wasn’t what you were thinking, but you can get from one place to the other from a simple and easy bus ride to avoid flying. On top of that, you will also get two completely different types of vibes in both cities. You will find peace, quiet, and beauty in both of these locations that you will never be able to forget.  I’m going to let you in on how you can make this one of the best trips of your life using my tips below…

Seville, Spain:

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  • Fly right into Seville from wherever your starting location is, way easier than flying into Lisbon, Portugal or Faro, Portugal
  • Start your trip by staying at a hostel, no need for a hotel here, the hostels are great
  • Go to Terraza New York for tropical drinks outside, great American music, and hookah
  • Go to Alcazar of Seville, truly the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, oldest royle palace in Europe developed by Muslim kings, upper floors are still used by royal family, Game of Thrones was filmed here, take an awesome Instagram and everyone will be pretty jealous…
  • Get Tapas ANYWHERE! Cheap and amazing all over the city
  • Shop for gorgeous scarves and beach coverups in the little boutiques, nicest ones I’ve seen in Europe

Lagos, Portugal:

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  • Take an Alsa bus right to Lagos from Seville bus station, so easy, 4 hours, just sleep the whole time and you will wake up in a whole new environment
  • This is the beach destination of your dreams so, RELAX!
  • Must stay at Belmar Spa and Beach Resort, and use one of their many pools, go to the beach, and they even have a spa (Not too expensive at all for how awesome this place was)
  • Go to one of the two restaurants on the beach located right there for great drinks (not the best food, but who cares)
  • Do what we did and walk all the way down the beach to the left, climb over the huge rocks if low tide and basically have your own private beach for the day that no one will be on, it was amazing
  • Hike up the cliff on your way back to explore once the tide gets high
  • For activities go kayaking, take a booze cruise out with friends, or do a grotto tour
  • Head over to the marina at night for a delicious restaurant called Quay Lagos, everything is great, especially the fish
  • TIP: either take a cab to Faro Airport and fly back to your original destination or like us, take the bus back to Seville and fly from there because Faro is basically in the middle of nowhere and has less and more expensive flights, you definitely don’t want to get screwed in Portugal..

 

Seville is a city filled with culture, beautiful people, and beautiful sights. Lagos is the dream vacation town of a lifetime. Put these two trips together into one and I promise you won’t regret it!

Firenze Foodie Guide

After spending a full semester in Florence, I was able to write down all of my favorite restaurants and foods to pass down to anyone visiting in the future. Check it out!

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  1. Osteria del Gatto e la Volpe – Best mozzarella and tomato appitezer, must get any of the special tortelloni, truffle ravioli, bread and balsamic are the best in Florence in my opinion, go with big group for huge servings and unlimited wine for 20 euros a person, everything at this place is delicious and not expensive, GO HERE
  2. Gusta Pizza – Amazing pizza, very popular place, my favorite is the open face calzone pizza with ricotta cheese
  3. Simbiosi – Liked this better than Gusta, really cheap amazing organic pizzas for lunch or dinner, truffle pizza with sausage was so good
  4. Acqua Al 2 – Best blueberry and balsamic steak, get pasta, salad, and dessert samplers and try with friends
  5. Yellow Bar – Make the pasta right there in front of you, would recommend the Paglia E Fieno and the Gnocchi Rose, all pizzas are great too
  6. Trattoria 13 Gobbi – Get their famous rigatoni
  7. All’Antico Vinaio – Famous huge paninis
  8. L’Antico Noe – Personally like better than Antico Vinaio, I make my own with spicy salami, brie sundried tomatoes, eggplant, and ricolla sauce
  9. La Managere – Pretty new restaurant/cafe, my favorite place to study and hang out, beautiful inside, For Breakfast: best pancakes I have ever had with fruit and honey, For Lunch: any of the sandwiches, chicken curry plate is delicious, For Dinner: Gnocchi dish
  10. Shake Cafe – Amazing vegan and fresh food, went here for lunch almost every day when I wanted a break of Italian, vegan wrap with chicken is my favorite, also love the avocado toast with eggs, smoothies are also a must
  11. La Beppa Fioraia – Hike to get too but worth any food there, tried a lot of things, BEST TIRAMISU you will ever have
  12. Osteria Santo Spirito – Get the sizzling gorgonzola gnocchi
  13. Trattoria ZaZa – one of my favorite places to get pasta, truffle gnocchi and carbonara were to die for
  14. The Oil Shoppe – Go for breakfast and either get the egg sandwich with zucchini and artichoke spread or fried egg sandwich with truffle, AMAZING Iced Coffee
  15. Signorvino – Bar right over the river, great place to go with friends and drink wine while eating appetizers, great views and also a wine shop
  16. Mercato Centrale – If you like veggie bugers go upstairs and find the veggie burger stand, get The Donatello, I ate this like twice a week and its the best veggie burger you will ever have
  17. The Truffle Experience – Extremely expensive, but really interesting experience if you love truffle, maybe do it one night out of your whole time in florence, every dish is 35 euros for black truffle on it and 45 for white truffle, only go if you’re die hard truffle fan and its a cool experience, we didn’t even drink because it was so expensive
  18. La Giostra – Pear ravioli with pecorino cheese, best burrata EVER, complimentary prosecco and appetizer plate, even better environment and service, loved everything about this place
  19. Mama’s Bakery – Can’t find bagels in many places, but here you can find all kinds of bagels and all kinds of cream cheese, delicious sweets too
  20. Le Vespe Cafe – Get the logan breakfest burrito, all smoothies are so good, iced coffee very similar to american iced coffee, if you are looking for an american brunch this is the best
  21. Gucci Caffe – Get the vanilla cappuccino that comes with the gucci logo sugar, the appetizer tastings plate was SO yummy
  22. The Diner – Classic american brunch and food, very good, same owners as aqua al due
  23. La Terrazza – By carousel, overlooks all of florence, get anything from pasta to mozzarella and tomato, better for views and drinks than for food
  24. Il Profeta – One of my favorite places hands down, special truffle pasta dish and special pasta secret dish are unreal, amazing service and atmosphere
  25. Kitsch Devx – Amazing buffet apertivo, order one drink and can get as much as you want for just 10 dollars, not a normal apertivo with huge selection, no sign outside
  26. I Due Fratellini – Great quick sandwiches for only 3 euro, I order the soft goat cheese sandwich with spicy salami and sundried tomatoes
  27. Cloud 59 – BEST chicken shwarma wraps made by Lebanese chef, they also have burgers and dunkin donuts iced coffee, can’t get Dunkin iced coffee anywhere else
  28. Osteria delle Tre Panche – Get the lemon chicken and truffle ravioli, MOST amazing warm cheesecake you will ever have, everything here was cooked to perfection, only 3 benches in the whole restaurant, must make reservation
  29. La Cucina Del Garga – Order the Lemon zest fettuccine in brandy cream sauce, chicken with avocado and truffle, loved the penne in homemade meat sauce, gives the best complimentary appetizer of polenta and burrata, such a traditional Italian restaurant, LOVED
  30. Westin Excelsior – Apertivo for only 18 euros, best views, such a nice atmosphere, really great Mediterranean food and fancy drinks
  31. Venchi – Get anything chocolate, crepes are very good
  32. Gelateria Dei Neri – Amazing gelato, dark chocolate 70 percent was my favorite
  33. Grom – Also great Gelato, pay attention: never get gelato if it has bright colors or it is raised high out of the tray, means it is all artificial but Grom surely is not
  34. Don Nino – Best pistachio gelato I’ve ever had
  35. Gelateria Edoardo – Organic gelato, banana is delicious
  36. Gelateria Vivaldi – My favorite gelato in florence right by the river, got coffee and pistachio together, you can taste how fresh it is

Chokers and Charms

My favorite jewelry pieces for this season are definitely chokers and charms. I love more than anything any kind of choker with a separate longer necklace layered with it. Alexandra Lucchesi in Alpha Phi at the University of Delaware, started her own speciality boho beach jewelry filled with awesome chokers and charms. Get with this current choker trend and purchase your own now! Look below for some of my personal favorites and follow @acljewels on Instagram for more.

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Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia is now another favorite city of mine after my recent trip there. It is actually one of the most beautiful and luxurious places I have ever visited. I stayed right in the middle of the big marina and all of the outdoor restaurants. Everything was walking distance. The water was clear blue and everything else around me was the most magnificent color green. This is a country filled with pure nature, gorgeous water falls, calm rivers, and seafood to die for. If you go to Croatia anytime in the near future (which I truly recommend), take down some of my tips below!

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What should you do in Split, Croatia?

  • Take a quick trip to the Omis River to go rafting 
  • Have lunch at Sushi & Oyster Bar Bota, Get the amazing fried spring rolls
  • Take a boat out to the Island of Brac and spend the day
  • Have dinner at Chops Grill for delicious steak, seafood, and don’t forget the truffle mashed potatoes and macaroni
  • Watch the sunset by the marina with a glass of wine

Badgley Mischka NYFW: Fall 2013 #TBT

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On February 12, 2013, I had my first experience of working at New York Fashion Week. The show that I worked at was Badgley Mischka. The moment I arrived backstage, I was so intrigued by the flood of makeup artists, press, and models. It was like nothing I have ever seen or experienced before. Everyone was there for one purpose and one purpose only. They wanted to put on a fantastic show that the crowd would never forget. Everything had so much detail put into it from the designs all the way to the production of the show. All of this hard work is put into a 10 minute presentation, and then it’s quickly all over. Being there for me wasn’t just a casual “day in the life” like it was for some other people. It was something that I knew that I would always remember. I have worked at NYFW since then, but this one was extra special. I felt like I had so much responsibility and felt so apart of something. I got the opportunity to even meet the designers, Mark and James, and take a photo with them. They are so brilliant and also beyond friendly. I even got the chance to speak with celebrities like Chloe Bridges from The Carrie Diaries, Olympic gymnast, Aly Raisman, and Kelly Bensimon from The Real Housewives of New York City. Watching the actual show itself truly unimaginable. #TBT to my first experience ever at Mercendes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

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