Sunflower Fields in Tuscany 🌻


Driving through Tuscany, Italy was breathtaking. I have never seen so many fields of sunflowers in my life! I knew I had to take a picture. 

The only issue was that, once you get on the freeway in Tuscany, there are very few exits. You are basically on the freeway for a long time. As we drove by these flowers, it was like they were all staring at the cars passing by and teasing us with their beauty because we couldn’t even slow down to see them let alone take a picture of them!

We couldn’t even find any ways to get to any of them. Finally, we found an exit and ventured off to these one-lane back roads where we didn’t even know if we were allowed to be. We crossed a bridge and made it to a dirt road that was covered in giant puddles from recent rain.

Finally we saw some beautiful fields in the distance. We carefully drove our rental car through puddle after puddle until we got close enough to pull the car over. As you can tell from the photos above, there were mountains in the distance. The lighting was perfect and the flowers were huge! Honestly, our earth is so diverse and beautiful. What a gift from God! 100% obsessed with it.

🌻🌻🌻,

Alyse

Packing tips + Summer Vacation

Happy Summer 2017, officially! 

In the last 24 hours, Nick & I have been in 6 different airports, gotten a total of 3 hours of sleep, and just landed in our final destination…. if you don’t know by now, we are in ITALY! 💛 YAY! 

Nick served his mission here, so he lived here for  2 years! He truly grew to love the Italian people, just as I am going to grow this week by all the food I eat…. anyways, I truly am so excited to be here with him. He still speaks and understands Italian. I can’t wait to see some of the places he served and meet some of the people he loves. 

Notice this is a packing post, and there are no pics of the trip itself so far. We have both avoided every photo op because we look very ratchet from traveling. In fact, I’m trying hard not to fall asleep as I write this and it’s only 2 PM here. 😳 Really hoping we don’t pull a Chris and Lorelai, when they went to Paris and accidentally slept through the whole thing!

Anyways- here are a couple packing tips I’ve used over the past few years of consistently traveling.

  • Don’t check a bag. (If you can help it.) Maybe I’m scarred from what I’ve seen, but if your bag gets lost, it’s a lot of unneeded stress. In fact, usually Nick and I will share one carry on.
  • Bring a few things you wouldn’t mind leaving behind. You can bring mostly adorable, new outfits, but if you have some things you don’t mind leaving, if you collect things along the way- you’ll have some room.
  • Leave a little empty space. For souvenirs of course!
  • Lay your outfits out a few days in advance. I am usually the 100% procrastinator, but this time I laid it out early and actually brought the outfits I wanted! 😂
  • Keep a note in your phone throughout the week of things you still need to pack or buy. That way, you won’t leave anything behind.

YAY our hotel room is ready. I’m just gonna close my eyes for a second here….

XOXO,

Alyse

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is unreal.

This was my second time going, but it was even more magnificent the second time around. We went for sunset and the colors were breathtaking. Our hearts were pounding when we got to the edge- not because we are extremely out of shape, but because you’re so high up and the stunning scene in front of you is much bigger than you could have imagined. What a glorious world we live in!

It’s about a 5 minute drive from “downtown” Page, Arizona. You can’t miss it, because you’ll see hundreds of cars parked on the side of the road/small dirt parking lot. The best part about it is it is 100% free! It’s about a mile hike (up a dirt hill and down a dirt hill) to get to the edge. Although there are always lots of people, you’ll feel like you’re by yourself in nature once you get to the edge. It is so much bigger than it even looks in photos. If it isn’t already, it (and the whole area in general) must be added to your bucket list!

For you fashion lovers out there, I’ve included similar styles of my outfit down below under $35. I’m so glad I wore something light and airy on the hike so I wasn’t too hot in the desert heat!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

XOXO,

Alyse