An ancient city complete with fast food restaurants, taverns, brothels, mansions, running water, a market, an amphitheater and a port… doesn’t really sound ancient at all. However, the city of Pompeii is nearly 2,000 years old. It is hard to adequately describe how incredible it is to walk the streets of this wonderfully preserved city. Don’t worry, though, I have plenty of pictures.

This weekend was all about being comfortable. The only things I felt like wearing were my yoga capris and a sweatshirt (I’m still blaming the laziness on last weekend’s marathon). I had to go out in public, though, so a maxi skirt and loose-fitting dress were a nice compromise. (There are two separate outfits in this post.) It’s All Black & White

Shop the look: The trees may already be donning their fall colors, but that didn’t stop me from breaking out a summer dress one last time. I had bought this particular dress in an effort to break away from my favorite A-line style dress. I’m a bit of a prude when it comes to my clothes. I’ve never felt comfortable showing much for skin or wearing anything clingy. When this dress went on sale for less than $20, about a… Read more »

Shop the look: Here in Wisconsin, we are already reverting back to our normal chilly weather wardrobe. Summer was short-lived, but that’s OK, a comfy cardigan with peonies on it can brighten anyone’s cold weather blues. While summer will be sorely missed, it was nice to cuddle into a warm, soft sweater again and slip on a pair of jeans. This soft red colored cardigan, with little peonies embroidered on it, is wonderful. Not only is it adorable, it is… Read more »

Home to the Pope, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, countless extraordinary works of art in the Vatican Museums and yet, this country only has a population of about 800. This would undoubtedly make Vatican City the smallest country in the world. Don’t let its size fool you, though, there is an absolutely astonishing amount of history to explore in Vatican City. Many people seem to think you will not appreciate visiting Vatican City unless you are a devout Catholic…. Read more »

Shop the look: When visiting the absolutely amazing Lambeau Field, jerseys may be the normal attire. However, for my first “Lambeau Leap,” I made it a slightly more fancy affair. OK, so it wasn’t an actual Lambeau Leap…there’s a new bronze statue in front of Lambeau Field where fans can pretend they’re doing a Lambeau Leap (and it’s pretty awesome!). I should also point out I am a Cheesehead, and quite proud of it. Haha! For this special occasion, I… Read more »

When in Rome… it is completely acceptable to eat until the buttons burst off your pants, and it is impossible to not be completely immersed in history. There are so many incredible sights and restaurants to explore in Rome, you could spend your entire life here and not experience it all. My husband and I spent a little over two weeks exploring Rome. We expected this vacation to be an adventure but not necessarily relaxing. We were quite wrong. I… Read more »

fan midi skirt

There are skirts. And then there are skirts that make you want to twirl and skip through a park, not caring who’s looking. This skirt is definitely the latter. It’s incredibly comfortable and flattering. I love that it’s pleated and has little velvet fans on it (that title makes more sense now, right? Haha). I also love it because it’s a good “in-between” material… meaning it’s thick enough to put some tights on and wear in the winter, but not… Read more »

  Two piece swimsuits tend to incite panic in most ladies (myself included), but with fun retro suits like this polka dot bikini… there’s no need to worry! The moment this swimsuit came in the mail, I threw it on and went to the lake and wore it for about 8 hours. It was comfortable for the entire time, and I never once worried about any part of my butt or chest being exposed in any way (wahoo!). Which is… Read more »

If I could, I would wear a sweatshirt every single day. There’s something so comforting about snuggling into a warm, fuzzy sweatshirt. And given that about 9 months out of the year in Wisconsin we’re freezing our butts off…having a warm wardrobe is a must. This hoodie is a godsend. It’s warm, soft, cozy and it’s actually dressy. I can wear this out-to-eat, to work, just running to the grocery store, or you know..a walk through the woods. And these… Read more »

Blue is not normally a color I gravitate to, but this dress and these shoes had me rethinking my favorite colors. This A-line dress is perfect for a summer wedding. It is a nice, light cotton that breathed well and wasn’t see-through. I was comfortable the entire day. And I received a ton of compliments on it! Stilettos are also not my usual footwear, but these were easy enough for me to walk in. I was able to wear them… Read more »

My husband and me in front of the Taj Mahal.

There were many things that surprised me about India, but the most amazing part of our trip was meeting so many unbelievably kind people. Everyone was so accepting and patient with us as they showed us the wonderful sights of India. It is an experience I will never forget. Wedding Festivities We made the journey here with some of my family for my cousin’s wedding. She was marrying a young man from Pune, India. The wedding festivities took roughly 4 days…. Read more »

After Foster City, our next move was to Oklahoma City. We arrived here just a week after the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma (a very short drive from Oklahoma City). It was heartbreaking to see the damage this tornado left behind. This was what sparked my interest in becoming a Red Cross volunteer. The volunteers were doing such a great job helping the displaced Moore residents. (However, I was not able to start volunteering until I returned to Wisconsin… Read more »

bus tour

When in the Bay Area, it is a truth universally acknowledged that one must make the journey to Wine Country. Sonoma and Napa Valley are both charming in their own ways. And who doesn’t like roaming through picturesque vineyards and sampling tasty wines? My personal favorite vineyard was Cline Cellars. It was not only a vineyard, but also had an adorable little petting zoo and beautiful flower gardens.

Fishermans' Wharf

Our first official move in our quest for travel was to Foster City, California, near San Francisco. It’s a beautiful area, with many great parks, restaurants and a lovely running trail along the bay. We also spent our weekends exploring as much of San Francisco as we could. It’s a requirement to get a picture by the Golden Gate Bridge when you’re in San Francisco. Alcatraz   Alcatraz was one our favorite experiences in San Francisco. The audio tour of… Read more »