Exploring Rome, Italy!


Happy FriYAY everyone!!  As this post goes live, I will be flying to Paris, France!

 For the past few days, Doug, Joe and I have been exploring Rome, Italy!  Rome is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, and we had so much fun exploring as many sites as possible!  

We started with the Vatican Museum, where we explored all of the ancient and historic artifacts, and later visited the Sistine Chapel! 

After the museum, we caught the bus and headed to the infamous Roman Colosseum!  The colosseum was even more breathtaking in person, and it was fascinating envisioning being alive in that time era!

Next we ventured to the Trevi Fountain (any fellow Lizzie McGuire fans out there!?), followed by the Pantheon, and some other truly breathtaking sites!

To end the evening, we watched the sunset by the river and enjoyed the most delicious seafood dinner!

Rome was absolutely beautiful, and I had so much fun exploring as much as the city as possible!  Even though we walked over 10 miles in one day (thank goodness for Birkenstocks!), I will never forget the memories that we made!  I can’t wait to go back someday!

Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

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PINK Nation Motel in Palm Springs, California!

Happy Thursday everyone!!

I am so excited to share my experience at the PINK Nation Motel with all of you, and I can easily say it was one of the best weekends I’ve had!  I had so much fun meeting some of the women in the company, some campus reps and the other sponsored stylists, and I know I made friendships that will last a lifetime! This past weekend was truly a blessing, and I cannot thank the members of Victoria’s Secret PINK as a whole for making me feel so loved!!

Once we landed in LAX, we immediately hopped on the PINK bus and headed to Palm Springs, California!  The company rented out the entire V Palm Springs hotel for us, and it was completely decorated in PINK!  Each room was stocked with PINK freebies and the cutest decor, and the hotel was complete with a beautiful pool, a fire pit, an elixir mocktail bar, and endless photoshoot opportunities!  I had the best time exploring beautiful Palm Springs, and California in general, and the entire weekend was truly a dream come true! 

All aboard the PINK bus!!

Each room was decorated in PINK decor with tons of freebies in the cutest beach bag!  Even the lightbulb in the lamp was pink!

The cutest snack bar stocked with goodies!!

Each morning we had the most delicious breakfast, usually consisting of fresh fruit and delicious vegan options!

 The coconut acai bowl was by far my favorite, and I’m pretty proud of how I made this one!  It tasted even better!

Total “desert vibes” in Palm Springs!  Saturday morning we went on a 3-4 mile hike through the beautiful mountains, and ended up at the base of a waterfall!  So much fun, and the best way to start the morning!

 It’s 105 degrees Fahrenheit, time for a pool party!

We were completely pampered with hairstyling with The Beachwaver, and I am completely hooked!  I loved how my stylist created perfect beach waves, and I definitely might be making a new purchase!

We met Grace Elizabeth, the new face of PINK, and she is even more gorgeous and kind in person!!  

To end the weekend, PINK threw us all a private party at Lulu California Bistro!  The entire second floor was decorated completely in pink, and we had private chefs preparing the most delicious pasta dishes for us!  Afterwards we went on a scavenger hunt through downtown Palm Springs, and ended the evening watching Clueless by the pool with mocktails in hand!

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I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday, I will be posting close to every day from now on with pictures from my European vacation!  Right now we are currently in Rome, Italy, and we are loving every minute!  I apologize for not posting in a few days, a 14 hour red-eye flight and a 9 hour jump forward makes for some serious jet lag, and our wifi has been a bit unreliable!  Regardless, I am having the time of my life and I am so excited to share it with you!

Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

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Carry-On Essentials for an International Flight

Happy FriYAY everyone!  As this post goes live, I am on a flight to LAX in California!  I am so excited to be heading to California courtesy of Victoria’s Secret PINK, and I cannot wait to spend the weekend with the other Sponsored Stylists and Campus Reps at the PINK Nation Motel!!  Sunny skies and 80 degree weather awaits!!

As some of you may know, I am hopping on a red-eye flight to Europe as soon as my weekend in California is over!  I’m meeting Doug and one of our best friends in Barcelona, Spain, and we will be exploring as many places as possible until June 2nd!  Check out my Life Update; Victoria’s Secret PINK Motel & 2 Weeks in Europe post for all of the details!

Since this month will be filled with travels, I wanted to share some of my carry-on/travel essentials with you all!  I’ve flown quite a lot throughout my life, so I narrowed it down to some must-haves that I won’t be able to live without on my flights!

Travel Essentials

A cute passport holder, a neck pillow, and a sleep mask are definite must-haves for an international flight!  This will make any flight more comfortable, and you’ll look adorable at the same time!  Check out this Ban.do passport holder, and this DesignLoveFest neck pillow & eye mask set

Empty beverage containers are essential, because they are reusable and you can fill them up as much as you need!  Just make sure they’re empty when you’re going through customs/TSA so they won’t be confiscated!  My favorites are my marble S’well bottle, and my travel mug from Target (only $3 in store)!

I cannot live without my electronics, especially being a blogger/Instagram enthusiast!  I love bringing my Canon with me on trips, and I can’t live without my Macbook Pro!  I also travel with two portable chargers (check out this pink charger from Anker), my polaroid camera, and extra film!  Don’t forget all of the necessary charging equipment for each electronic as well!

Keeping up with your skincare regime is one of the most important things to do during a flight, and while you’re traveling!  This adorable cosmetic bag from DesignLoveFest holds all of my essentials, and fits easily into my bag!  Packing your favorite skincare items will leave your skin feeling healthy and happy, especially since long flights (and travel in general) may affect your skin!

You all know I can’t live without reading material, and long flights are the perfect time to catch up on reading!  Reading something enjoyable will make the time fly by, and will leave you feeling inspired from the moment you land!  Right now I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love, Cereal magazine, Darling magazine, The Magnolia Journal, Paris Street Style, Suitcase magazine, and How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are!  All quite fitting for our trip to Europe, if you ask me!

I couldn’t resist packing my journals on my trip, because I absolutely love journaling and I look forward to it every day!  I packed my Erin Condren Life Planner which is my health/fitness journal, my Lilly Pulitzer agenda which is my blogging/daily to-do journal, my Keep It Simple travel journal, my Our Q&A 3-Year Journal for Doug and I, and my MayDesigns bullet journal!  Yes, this may seem overboard, but I fully intend on documenting each moment!

My final travel essential is to travel in your letters!  People from across the globe are members of the Greek community, and you never know who you might meet!  Plus, wearing your letters makes for a super cute photo op!

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What are some of your travel must-haves?!  I am so excited to be exploring new places around the world, and I cannot even wait to share each moment with you!  Bon Voyage!

Love & Good Vibes

Tessa

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