Monday, February 29, 2016

What the beauty is...

"I'm just a someone in an old museum. Far away from home as someone can go. And the beauty is I still meet people I know."
The Beauty Is - The Light in the Piazza

This post is extremely overdue. But Italy has such a big part of my heart that I still remember tons of details of our trip there this past October. My sister has more photos on her blog, so if you want more gorgeous scenery, hop over there. Here you'll just find some of my favorite places and memories and stories. And lots of "here's a picture of me on some ruins to prove I WAS REALLY THERE!"
The Colosseum was both awe inspiring, and slightly sickening to think of what really went on there. 

The view of Palatine Hill from the Roman Forum.

This is happiness on a plate. 

This is my "Oh my goodness, I'm in Italy and squealing!" face

This was one of my favorite places - Roman Holiday, anyone?

The Vatican!
Exploring Palatine Hill

Inside the Colosseum
The fountain outside the Spanish Steps, which, unfortunately, were closed for construction. Guess that's just an excuse to go back, right?

The Mouth Of Truth

I love my family! 
One of the many piazzas in Rome at night!

Ok, people. Let's talk about Venice. Venice is the most charming place on earth. Seriously, there is cute everywhere. The doors are cute, the windows are cute, the canals are cute, the streets are cute, the flowers in flower boxes are cute, the laundry hanging out of the second story window is cute, the boats are cute. You get the picture. It's hopelessly romantic. I fell in love with Venice after 20 minutes max. I think it's where I belong. 

Seriously, could this picture get any more perfect?! My sister is a genius. 

When you walk for miles and get lost, sometimes you need a break by an old well to kick off your shoes and study the map. I was kind of in charge of the map in Venice and I can proudly say that we only got lost about 40 times. 

The cafes were charming.

Kathryn and I got up early to do a photo shoot one morning. Because... Venice. Yeah. 

When two Italian guys row underneath you and say "Bellisima!" you know that the movies aren't entirely inaccurate. 

Piazza San Marco!!

I was very loath to leave Venice... it was so beautiful, and we could have explored streets endlessly, but Tuscany called, so we went. 

And it was wonderful! Rome was bustling, sight seeing, loud, and exciting. Venice was charming, a wanderers paradise, and heart thrilling. Tuscany was majestic, sweeping, and relaxing. All so different and so perfect. 

The grapes had already been harvested for the year. 

Medieval towns that looked like something out of a picture book.

Our hosts in our villa gave us a cooking lesson! It was amazing. Yes, we have the recipes...

They also had horses on the property - we didn't get to ride them, but visiting them was delightful!
And this patch of heaven was just down the road. Olive groves are my new favorite thing. And olive groves at sunset make for the prettiest light ever. 

In the RH corner of this picture you can see our villa. Imagine waking up to this view! It was glorious! 
Hope you enjoyed that peek into my vacation. If ever you get a chance to go to Italy, TAKE IT. 

"This is wanting something, this is reaching for it, this is wishing that a moment would arrive. This is taking chances, this is almost touching what the beauty is."


  1. WOW! These pictures are utter perfection, but all of Kathryn's pictures are! Looking through all of these makes me want to visit Italy of really just another country in general. What a treat that you got to travel there with your family. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Oh my... I don't have the words but... oh my... These are Beautiful.. no.. Stunning Pictures. Thanks for sharing! Margo

  3. So lovely! What an incredible experience! That "happiness on a plate" looks so yummy. You looked so fashionable in all your nice outfits! What a nice thing for your family! God Bless you,

  4. That picture of you in front of the mouth of truth is so adorable! Looks like you had a great time overall, it was a pleasure to look at all those pictures and to dream of Italy :-)

  5. Looks like you had a beautiful time in Italy! All the pictures are so lovely. Loved your outfits btw! :)

  6. Beautiful photos! The pictures from Rome reminded me so much of "Roman Holiday" and your outfit with the white blouse, belt, and pink skirt was very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn. I am glad to see your fingers are still intact.

    Fun fact about that movie: the scene when Gregory Peck sticks his hand in the mouth of truth and then screams with pain was not in the screenplay, but it elicited such a perfect reaction from Audrey that they left it in the movie.

    I am glad you had such a wonderful time in Italy! Thank you so much for sharing these photos. :)

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind

    1. I love that story about Gregory Peck! It's one of my favorite parts of the movie!

  7. I can't wait to go to Italy one day! It's my number one vacation destination. :) Loved all the "Roman Holiday" pictures especially The Mouth of Truth. The olive grove pictures were definitely my favorites, though. Thanks for sharing all the gorgeousness!

  8. Oh my, everything is so beautiful!!! Stunning photos!! I long to travel someday, and Italy is definitely up there on the list. :)
    And oh!! You dressed like Ann from Roman Holiday when you were there! That makes me so happy. I would do the same thing-I adore that movie. :)

  9. Wow, beautiful! Definitely on my bucket list! :)

  10. I absolutely love you and your blog! Is there anywhere on social media that I can follow you?

    1. Hi Hannah,

      Thanks! I don't have any public social media currently, aside from Pinterest (username seamstresst), but I'll let you know if I ever do!

  11. Holy Moly- these shots are stunning!

  12. Can I ask what camera and lens you used for these photos? the depth of field is amazing!

    1. My sister used a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50mm 1.2L. You can follow her website at


  13. Be still my heart! These photos are so gorgeous!! It's one of my dreams to one day visit Rome and Italy. I've always been in love with Ancient Roman history, and especially with writing a historical novel set in Ancient Rome, these photos sent my heart flapping with ecstasy of delight. I have to say, your sister is so beautifully talented - these photographs look so professional!

    I love your outfits also! So pretty and vintage! They brought a smile to my face! :)
    It must have been especially lovely to travel with your family - I remember travelling with my parents and sisters to the UK in 2014, and it was so special! Did you have a favourite place that you visited while in Italy?

    By the way, your blog is simply lovely! So glad I bumped into it, Tara!
    God bless,
    Joy @

  14. WOW! I just accidentally stumbled across your blog and oh. my. soul. I have been fascinated with Europe for as long as I can remember, especially with Roman history....those Colosseum pictures are gorgeous!!!! I'm so jealous ;) I've also wanted to go to Venice for quite some time and now I HAVE TO. Maybe I should just move to Italy. :D

    Abby from



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