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August 08, 2018
Wish List Wednesday

Wish List Wednesday

After seeing so many tempting new beauty releases, I decided it was time to start sharing my wish lists with you all. So, welcome to my series "Wish List Wednesday." For years I've been creating these types of lists in the "notes" section of my phone, and have used them as a way to keep on top of the beauty releases and trends because - let's face it - there are so many. Here is what I'm currently lusting after and will consider picking up, so let me know if you've tried any of these products for yourself yet!
  1. Giorgio Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Blush - This water-based liquid blush looks right up my street! I love creamy products, but in the summer, certain cream blushes seem to slip and slide all over my face; this seems like the idea solution to that problem, offering a stain-like texture that stays put.
  2. Ilia Silken Shadow Stick - If you have been around for awhile, you'll know I love shadow sticks. This new one from Ilia is natural and looks absolutely beautiful; the shade range is filled with perfectly muted mauves and nudes.
  3. YSL Glossy Stain Holographics Lip Color - I am riding the glossy lip wave right now, however, I don't like gloss that remains sticky on your lips all day. These YSL stains have always been a favorite for exactly that reason, and this new range of holographic shades promise to illuminate and plump your pout.
  4. Tom Ford Sole di Positano All Over Body Spray - Described as "brillian. sunlit. invigorating.inviting." I can't help but dream of a trip to the sunny Amalfi Coast. Shhh...there may or may not be one happening this coming Spring. Already cannot wait!
  5. Guerlain KissKiss LoveLove The Heart Catching Lipstick - This is one of those times that the packaging and overall design sells the product. Don't you just want to apply that heart-shaped lipstick in public? I know I do.
  6. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer - This isn't exactly brand new, but I'm finally starting to think it may be worth the investment. My current hair dryer seems slower, louder and more damaging than I'd like it to be and I've heard such great things about this one from Dyson.
  7. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3-in-1 Setting Spray - A mist loaded with nutrients that preps skin, sets makeup and acts as a toner? Count me in.
  8. Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact - These Soleil releases from TF are always some of the best; this compact offers a gorgeous peachy blush, contour and golden-pearl highlight all in one. I can already see this being the ideal travel compact for tropical destinations.
  9. Windle & Moodie Intense Treatment Mask - Straight out of Covent Garden comes this new(ish) haircare line that has celebrity hairstylists raving. I have my eye on this treatment mask for damaged hair...as that's precisely what mine is after a summer of sun and styling.
  10. The Hotel Couture 'A Place in the Sun' Body Lotion - This new range of body care and home fragrance products is made up of scents inspired by the beauty kits of some world-famous hotels. I love the idea of this one, which was modeled after the scent of Il Pelicano Hotel in Italy. When someone describes a scent as being reminiscent of a "mediterranean breeze"...I'm all in.
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August 05, 2018
The 'Summer Weekend Essentials' Edit

The 'Summer Weekend Essentials' Edit

Unless you live somewhere it's warm year-round, the summer months seem to fly by. For us New Englanders, we're lucky to get a good three months of nice weather, so when the weekend rolls around and last minute jaunts to lakes or beaches present themselves as opportunities, I like to have an edit of summer style essentials that I can reach for without wasting precious time. This means a capsule fashion & beauty wardrobe containing standbys that I already know will never fail me in warm-weather scenarios. This is also a great way to start your packing for any summer getaway; I already went on summer holiday to Puglia (headed back to the Amalfi coast in the Spring - eek!), but will be referencing this edit when it comes time to pack for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica! 
Here's what every 'Summer Weekend Essentials Edit' needs...
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August 03, 2018
A Mini Guide to Polignano a Mare

A Mini Guide to Polignano a Mare

When a place is this beautiful, I find it hard to come up with words that will do it proper justice. However, I loved the seaside town of Polignano a Mare so much that I just had to share a mini travel guide with you. Because - trust me - once you're done scrolling through these photos you'll find your fingers scurrying to type this town's name into your favorite booking site.

Puglia had been on my travel list for quite some years, as it was one of the few remaining regions of Italy that I had been desperate to explore but hadn't yet had the chance. When choosing which towns to call home-base while there, I instantly thought of this famous restaurant in a cave, and knew I had to pay a visit to this place dangling over the cliffs of the Adriatic Sea.

While it's not as popular as, say, coastal towns like those on the Amalfi Coast, Polignano is considered to be "the gem of the Adriatic" - and for good reason. Day-trippers often make their way from Bari, but overall, this place is considerably less touristy, yet offers striking beaches, delicious, inexpensive food, and ancient sites that make it worth a visit. I'd recommend getting there before everyone else finds out about this secret...
Where to Stay
After a bit of searching, I found the Gioví Relais hotel and spa on a website that offers bookings for small luxury hotels and ended up reserving a room through Expedia. To be honest, I found it difficult to choose a place to stay here, as it's a small town with fewer hotel reviews, but this hotel way exceeded my expectations. The Gioví Relais is a boutique hotel with suite-style rooms that are bright and airy, with high, vaulted ceilings and very tasteful beach decor. The hotel also offers a daily breakfast on their rooftop, which boasts views of the town's rooftops sweeping out over the Adriatic. I loved how spacious the room was, and appreciated the updated bathroom and big shower - which by Italian standards - were certainly luxurious.

Where to Eat 
Ah, glorious Pugliese cuisine! I know this sounds so dramatic, but seriously, the food in Puglia is incredible...and so cheap for Europe. For lunch, we ate at Casa Mia Trattoria Pizzeria and Trattoria Pizza Neuro twice, each. They are both located in the old main square, and offer extensive menus complete with delicious pizzas, pastas, fish, meat, salads and more. Some of my favorite restaurants for dinner were Meraviglioso, a seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean, and Ristorante Antiche Mura, another seafood-centric restaurant in a trattoria-like setting. Both of these restaurants were incredible and also offered pasta dishes or beef for those not into eating fish. 

Of course, I can't write this post without mentioning the social-media famous Grotta Palazzese; this is the restaurant I mentioned earlier that's set inside of a cave overhanging the ocean. First, I will say that this is an experience more than anything else; you literally eat in a grotto overlooking the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. But, I do also have to say - while I made a point to eat here during my trip - it was by far the most underwhelming meal I ate during my time in Puglia, and also the most pricey (by hundreds of dollars for just one meal). It's strange, because the food is prepared in such an upscale manner, but it pails in comparison to the delicious local options that aren't so geared toward tourists. That being said, if you do want to experience this restaurant, just know in advance that that's precisely what it is...an experience that's all about the location. If not, then you can rest knowing you aren't missing out on an exquisite meal.
What to Do
I loved that, in Polignano a Mare, I didn't feel the pressure of a typical "go, go, go" European vacation...where you're trying to see as much as possible in a short period of time. It was more relaxed, but there was plenty to occupy our time. We'd spend the beginning of each day wandering the town and admiring the views and then we'd head down toward the old Roman bridge and beach. The main beach is beautiful and provides plentiful people-watching, but I'd also suggest walking off the beaten track; what you'll find is a series of ravines with empty beaches perfect for exploring and taking in the views.

From Polignano a Mare, we also took a trip to the Grotte di Castellana, which is a system of caves over 3km long that's located in the Itria Valley. I'm surprised that I hadn't heard of this attraction prior to going to Polignano, as it was a really incredible experience to be able to explore miles of underground caves made up of stalagmites and stalactites. Picture crevices dripping in pink, red and white crystal-like formations - so cool!

We also visited Alberobello, the charming whitewashed village that offers the highest concentration of trulli houses in the region. This town is incredible; I'd highly recommend at least a day trip there, as the ancient, conical-roofed houses that make up the town are really something you won't see elsewhere.
Have you visited Polignano a Mare before? If not, I hope this post has convinced you to add it to your bucket list!
July 31, 2018
Essentials for a Long-Haul Flight

Essentials for a Long-Haul Flight

While dreaming of my next getaway (can't come soon enough), I realized how much better I've become at packing my essentials for a long haul flight. I used to struggle with this, which often lead to bringing so many unnecessary items that I my shoulder was sore for days after our flight! Rookie mistake...

Luckily, over the past few years - and countless flights later - I've narrowed down my essentials to the items I actually reach for while I'm on the plane, or just after I've landed. I often think about packing in categories, so I don't miss anything.

Comfort: I have come to realize that comfort is above all else when traveling. I used to be concerned with my outfit choice, when in reality...looking put together is important, but being comfortable? Even moreso. There is nothing worse than wearing stiff jeans for 14 hours straight, so I typically opt for yoga pants with a long cardigan and tank top, or leggings and a drapey, long sweater. This way, I am comfortable, but presentable enough for landing. I also tend to bring a pair of luxe socks and my Slip Silk Eye Mask, which is the most comfortable way to block out the light, ever.

Entertainment: I'm that person who will watch movies nonstop throughout the flight, so that I'm not tempted to pay attention to the clock (and how slow it seems to be moving). After a few incidences where I was left wearing uncomfortable headphones for 10 hours (ouch!), I invested in a pair that fit well and provided great sound quality. I also like to bring a journal and pen with me, as some of my most creative ideas come to me while flying.
Beauty: Now for the fun part. I do like to make sure I care for my skin while flying, so as to prevent my skin from going awry before my trip begins. I try to limit what I bring on board to my essentials, because, like I said, things can get heavy fast. I tend to wear only mascara and spot-conceal for flights, so my skin isn't suffocating beneath layers of makeup. 

Oddly enough, my t-zone gets super oily when I fly (probably from all the dirt and grime that I come in contact with when traveling), so I like to limit my skincare to a swipe of balancing toner right when I get situated (the Sisley Grapefruit one is my favorite) and a hydrating mist spritzed throughout the flight to keep my skin refreshed and plumped. I also keep my lip balm on hand, because if I don't reapply often, my lips will be in horrible shape upon landing! The ByTerry one (expensive, but worth it) is absolutely perfect for this purpose, because it creates a barrier and stays put for hours. I love that it comes in crayon form now, so you don't have to put your fingers in the pot.

For hair, I tend to keep a mini texturizing mist like my favorite Oribe or Ouai ones in my bag, along with a detangling brush, so that right before landing I can head to the bathroom and give things a refresh. I also always make sure to bring a hand sanitizer, which I use before eating or drinking anything. Don't forget a good hand cream too because after all that hand sanitizer things start to feel dry!

Lastly, when I finally get off the plane, I like to have a mini perfume with me to spritz on. I really like a fresh or fruity scent for this purpose because it smells cleaner and not overwhelming.

Also, saving up sample sizes and minis from GWP's is a super helpful tip for your next trip...because who wants to lug around full sizes when you don't have to?! 

Necessities: While beauty products are "essentials", you won't get very far without your...wallet, passport, phone charger, camera & chargers, converters/adapters.
What do you like to bring with you on long-haul flights? Share your essentials below!

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July 30, 2018
5 Easy Rosé-Centric Cocktail Recipes for Summer

5 Easy Rosé-Centric Cocktail Recipes for Summer


I don't know about you, but the rosé craze has hit and I'm here for it. I've always been a fan of the blush-hued wine, but with more delicious varieties available than ever before, it's something to consider trying if you haven't already jumped on the bandwagon. 

In fact, I'm so into it that I've begun incorporating it into my cocktails as well. With just the right amount of crisp fruitiness and dry edge, this wine is the perfect addition to sangrias, frozen drinks and even pairs incredibly well with vodka or gin. Here are five of my favorite rosé-centric cocktail recipes ...both original and from around the web.

1) Rosé Sangria - The classic Spanish sangria is delicious on its own, but can sometimes feel heavy, which is why a Rosé version is perfect for summer sipping. I've perfected this recipe and love that it incorporates rose water, lemonade, a splash of brandy and raspberry liqueur for a drink that's boozy but light, floral and refreshing. 

Ingredients: 
1 bottle dry rosé
1 1/2 cup fresh lemonade
1 tbsp rosewater
2 tbsp raspberry liqueur
1/4 cup brandy
lemon slices & rose petals for garnish

2) Rosé Aperol Spritz - My all-time favorite daytime drink is an Aperol Spritz, so imagine my excitement at discovering this recipe that perfectly combines sparkling rose, aperol and passion fruit juice for a bit of a tropical edge. This is delicious - consider yourself warned.

3) Frosé - It's no surprise that this cult-classic drink made it on my list of easy rosé cocktails. It's a drink that cools you down, is delicious and perfect for any girls night. This recipe is my favorite, as it doesn't use vodka, so you can get away with drinking a few more.

4) Rosé Margarita - Yes, there is a way to combine your two favorite summer alcohols (we're talking about tequila & rosé)! It may be an unexpected combination, but somehow the dryness of the wine mingle with the sweetness of simple syrup, zesty lime and tequila for a tart and delicious cocktail. This recipe (#3 on the list) is so simple that you'll wonder why you haven't been making these all along.

5) Rosé Spritzer - Okay, so you've realized my love for spritzers is real. I began making this when I discovered this recipe, but I adapted it to suit my tastes. Instead of bitters, I like to use a dash of rosewater, which compliments the floral notes of the St. Germain perfectly.

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July 29, 2018
The Golden Summer Makeup Edit

The Golden Summer Makeup Edit

I've had a bit of a makeup routine switch-up over the past few weeks; after discovering an *incredible* new foundation that made my skin glow, I wanted to amp it up even more with some golden-goddess inspired products. It seems to be a trend lately that all of my favorite brands are catching onto; from rose gold shadows to tawny pink lipsticks and glosses that compliment the look. The best part? These products suit everyone and create a look perfect for everyday and summer soirées, alike.
By now, I'm sure you're wondering what the base in question is, amirite? It's the reformulated Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, which offers a satin-matte finish that evens out the skin and still manages to look fresh and skin-like while staying put all day. It's the dream foundation, you guys. 

I've then been going in with a wand-full of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and dab it across the tops of my cheekbones, on my cupids bow and down the center of my nose for an all-over pearlescent glow that has absolutely zero detectable shimmer particles, whatsoever. It's my favorite liquid highlighter yet; it can even be used as a base prior to foundation application, and mixes well with foundation, too. 

But the glow doesn't stop there! I can't talk about this edit without giving honorable mention to the über luxe Lilah B. Glisten & Glow Skin Illuminator. This is a drier cream-based product that has enough staying power to remain put even in the heat. I typically use this one when I'm planning on spending a long period of time outdoors, because I know it will last.
For eyes, I can't stop dipping into the limited edition Nars Eyeshadow Quad in Singapore; the consistency of the shadows are amazing because even with the intense shimmer they manage to be buttery and blendable. I love the overall tone of the shades here too...they're warm and give off a serious summer vibe when paired with a beaming highlight and bronzed skin. That berry shade is to.die.for.

On the lips, I've been switching between two products for this look depending on whether I want to amp it up or turn it down for daytime appropriate wear. For office hours, the Sisley Phyto Lip Delight Sensorial Lip Oil is incredible; it's a gel-based liquid lip balm that turns into an oil upon contact with your lips and enhances their shape and fullness. The colors are perfect for this look (and really any look) because they are all variations of natural pinks. My personal favorite shade is a peachy-pink aptly named, Sweet. 

If I'm looking for a more "finished" look, I will reach for the new Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sunset Lover. This is perhaps my favorite matte lipstick formulation of all time, and the mid-tone peachy-pink hue warms the complexion in all the right ways.
So, tell me; have you tried any of the products in my golden summer makeup edit?

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July 25, 2018
Wish List Wednesday

Wish List Wednesday


After seeing so many tempting new beauty releases, I decided it was time to start sharing my wish lists with you all. So, welcome to my series "Wish List Wednesday." For years I've been creating these types of lists in the "notes" section of my phone, and have used them as a way to keep on top of the beauty releases and trends because - let's face it - there are so many. Here is what I'm currently lusting after and will consider picking up, so let me know if you've tried any of these products for yourself yet!
  1. Goest Perfumes Dauphine Fragrance Roller - This niche perfume brand has caught my eye with their minimalist packaging and unique scents. Out of all of their fragrances, Dauphine sounds the most appealing. Notes of rose, musk, almond and cream? Sounds like the most decadent dessert I've never eaten; count me in
  2. Revolve Beauty x Marianna Hewitt LET'S GET AWAY Beauty Box - I trust beauty guru Marianna Hewitt's opinion on makeup, and I definitely trust that she knows which of her favorites are ideal for travel, too. This box offers so much for the money and takes the pain out of packing your beauty products for you. Summer travel, take that!
  3. Edward Bess Precious Pearl Undereye Illuminator - How chic is this lipstick-like tube of eye illuminator? I can already picture myself taking it out of my bag and swiping it under my eyes for a quick mid-day makeup refresh. 
  4. Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes - For the past year, I've almost exclusively used the Clé de Peau cult-classic concealer for my under eye area. However, I'll be the first to admit that sometimes, when my skin is dry, it can look a bit heavy in the eye area (still perfect for blemishes), so this new cream corrector seems like it will fix that issue! The concealer gods have smiled down on us with this release, you guys.
  5. 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint - I can't take my eyes off of this hot pink-hued lip & cheek tint. I've never tried anything from the brand 100% Pure before, but it seems to be popping up everywhere lately! I love a good multi-purpose product and think I'll be ordering this to pop in my handbag this summer. 
  6. NOTO Botanics Basil Yarrow Mist - An energizing, aromatherapeutic toner for hair, face and body? I'll take two. This basil, yarrow, and rosewater mist sounds so refreshing, I imagine I'll be spraying it everywhere, all the time.
  7. Jo Malone Tropical Cherimoya Cologne - If it's Jo Malone, chances are I'm going to lust after it, but this Tropical Cherimoya Cologne really seems like a must-have. Passion flower, juicy pear and warm notes of tonka bean sound like the making of their dreamiest summer scent combination yet.
  8. Decorté Eye Glow Gem Glossy Eye Color - I'm not sure if I'm late to the party, but I've never heard of this brand before. When I wear eyeshadow, I like it to be metallic and have an illuminating sheen, and this looks like the ultimate product for that. I also have to mention, it's bouncy in texture, which makes me even more intrigued. 
  9. Kosas Color and Light Creme - This cream bronzer and highlight duo is all natural and looks like the most beautiful pale color combintion. I am not a fan of a muddy bronzer, so this seems like an ideal color for me...plus, I've heard nothing but good things about this product. 
  10. D.S. & Durga Holy Ficus Candle - Hi, I'm Corinne and I'm a candle addict! This one piqued my interest because my HG note, fig, is the star of the show, yet it seems like an even more special scent with additional notes of ginger and saffron. 

July 24, 2018
New Skincare Love: Susanne Kaufmann

New Skincare Love: Susanne Kaufmann

Finding new skincare brands to love is not an everyday occurrence. I tend to stick to my favorite brands in this category, because messing with unfamiliar formulas can often result in negative skin reactions. Unless I've heard nothing but amazing things about a brand, these days I'm not as tempted to sway from my favorites...which leads me to Susanne Kaufmann. 

Since this natural Austrian brand has been mentioned on basically all of my favorite sites, from Into the Gloss to Damsel in Dior, more than once, I knew I had to give it a try for myself. After using some of her products for the past month, I am happy to report that I fully understand what all of the buzz was about. Ever since using these, I find I'm reaching for less of my other skincare products and also not needing as much makeup, which is a huge win for me.
Right now, I'm regularly using four Susanne Kaufmann products, and am definitely interested in trying more! My current go-to's are...

1) Susanne Kaufmann Face Oil Line F - The lightest, silkiest facial oil I have ever tried! I have to say this product has single-handedly turned me back onto using oils, even during the summer. It hydrates and comforts my skin, while smoothing the texture and making my pores appear smaller. Best of all, it seems über luxurious without a price-tag to suit. 

2) Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Gel - This gentle foaming face wash makes washing my face less of a chore every evening, as it gently removes my makeup without stinging or irritating my eyes. I love that this is antibacterial, which helps to keep skin clear without drying it out. 

3) Susanne Kaufmann Face Gel Matte - Perfect for skin prone to excess oil (which is me in the summer), this gel feels cooling and hydrating on the skin without leaving a sticky residue. I've been using this in the morning, and the Face Oil at night for a bit of a boost...but just the two of them have been making such a difference to my skin. 

4) Susanne Kaufmann Enzyme Peel - This gel-textured peel feels gentle enough on the skin to use multiple times a week! I love that it's made with enzymes from kiwis, apples and papayas, which gently eat away dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. After I use this mask, my skin feels soft, smooth and has a flushed glow to it that looks super healthy. I can't see myself living without this product now!


Have you tried Susanne Kaufmann products before? Share your favorites!

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July 18, 2018
Wish List Wednesday

Wish List Wednesday

After seeing so many tempting new beauty releases, I decided it was time to start sharing my wish lists with you all. So, welcome to my series "Wish List Wednesday." For years I've been creating these types of lists in the "notes" section of my phone, and have used them as a way to keep on top of the beauty releases and trends because - let's face it - there are so many. Here is what I'm currently lusting after and will consider picking up, so let me know if you've tried any of these products for yourself yet!
  1. Nest Fragrances Wisteria Blue Body Cream - I just recently received the Nest Fragrances Wisteria Blue EDP, and to say I'm obsessed is an understatement! It's a fresh, delicate floral that isn't at all cloying, making it an ideal scent for the summer months. If I'm heading to the beach or lake, I tend to skip perfume and use a mist, lotion or oil instead - so this would be perfect.
  2. Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Illuminating Powder - A gel-powder illuminator that looks as though it was made for my summer makeup bag. I have been a longtime fan of Rodin's products, so I know this peachy-iridescent highlighter wouldn't disappoint. 
  3. Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Extreme - I'm sure I'm not the only one who is happy to see the decline of drying lip products, and the return of glosses that plump and hydrate! This Tom Ford one looks luxe, and the colors are gorgeous. My eye's on the shade "Cameo."  
  4. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Natural Perfection Foundation - Quite a long name, but I have had such amazing luck with Guerlain's base products this past year that I have to try this one. In fact, it's already on its way to me! It has a fresh, light texture that's made with silk and linen fibers so that it stretches with your skin...and not against it. 
  5. Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer - Color me intrigued! This cooling under-eye primer looks right up my street, as I typically use an under eye serum to cool and depuff prior to using makeup, but this looks more compact and portable. I also like that it can be used throughout the day over makeup to smooth the area and provide a makeup refresh!
  6. Lancôme Brow Define Pencil - Always the first to volunteer testing a new brow product! I love that this looks ultra slim and offers a self-sharpening tip for precise hair-like strokes 'til the very last use.
  7. Diptyque Body Mist - Diptyque never lets me down in the fragrance department and I currently have my eye on this gorgeous new body mist. It's described as a having "an irresistibly soft, powdery finish" and is more moisturizing and lightweight than your typical perfume, making it perfect for the scorching days we've been having lately.
  8. Susanne Kaufmann Flight Kit - One of my current go-to skincare brands (more on that to come), this travel kit is so chic and provides a streamlined routine for beauty addicts. 
  9. Guerlain Terracotta Summer Golden Glow Powder - Guerlain's famed Terracotta bronzer meets golden highlighter; I think this could be one of those products that could be used in place of bronzer, blush, highlight, and even eyeshadow. It looks ideal for travel! 
  10. Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask - I've heard rants and raves about how good this pale blue overnight mask is, and Omorovicza is a brand I trust to live up to the hype. Yes, their products are a bit on the pricey side, but they are always worth the splurge. Think of this as a nightly trip to the spa! 

July 02, 2018
My Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations (& What to Pack for Each)

My Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations (& What to Pack for Each)

It seems as though with summer comes a case of wanderlust; it's just a right of passage. As I sit contemplating my next getaway, I thought I'd share my top 10 dreamiest summer destinations with you, along with what I would pack for each. Spanning the more classic city picks to some lesser known seaside towns, these are places that you'll enjoy visiting with just about anyone, whether it's family, your significant other or friends. You'll definitely want to read this post before booking your next summer holiday, and don't forget to share your recommendations with me as well!

1) Barcelona
With the perfect balance of the city and the sea; Barcelona offers the best of both worlds. Spend your mornings at the beach before the crowds arrive and head into the city to do some exploring after a sangria-heavy lunch. I love this city because it's ideal for both long and short stays, with great food, culture and nightlife to keep you occupied.
2) Mallorca 
If you're already headed to Barcelona, hop on an easyjet and head to the beautiful island of Mallorca. Stay in Palma, a historically-rich city situated on the ocean, with miles of beach and crystal clear turquoise waters. It's also worth heading inland to explore, as 30% of the island is covered by a rugged range of mountains called the Serra de Tramuntana which, in some areas, meet with the sea, making for some seriously gorgeous coastline.


3) Iceland
I know what you're thinking; one of these places is not like the other...but hear me out! Iceland is such a unique place to explore, and for those who aren't drawn to its cold, harsh climate, the summer is the best time to visit. Iceland is also famous for the midnight sun, which, because of its unique positioning, you're able to see even at 2 AM. This unique sight only happens from late May through July and is a wonder in its own right. In the summer, you can even spot some of the island's unique wildlife, including puffins, dolphins and killer whales.


4) Tuscany
While Tuscany's capital, Florence, may be jam-packed with tourists come summertime, the surrounding countryside is the perfect place to enjoy the same delicious food and wine without the crowds. There are so many amazing Airbnb's to rent near towns like Montepulciano, Siena and San Gimignano; this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the lush landscapes while taking in the best of Italy. There are also a bevy of natural hot springs - including Saturnia and Terme di Petriolo - and even beaches, all within driving distance!


5) Polignano a Mare 
This beautiful town located in the Puglia region of Italy is perched high atop a cliff and practically dangles over the Adriatic Sea. There are so many beautiful waterfront towns to visit in Italy, and I love that this one is a little bit more under-the-radar than some others on the Amalfi Coast may be. This means you get a very authentic experience; some of the most inexpensive, freshest seafood, pasta and most delicious wine hail from this region! It's an ideal location from which to explore the Puglian coastline and surrounding towns like Alberobello, Monopoli and Bari.

6) Paris 
Paris is one of the few larger cities that maintains its beauty even in the hot summer months. With its many parks in full bloom with flowers, the sun shining along the Seine river, and cafés bustling with people along the sidewalks, it really is the perfect place to be. Oh...and did I mention that it's rosé season in Paris during the summer? I think that's reason enough to head to the city of lights, open a bottle and drink it on a picnic blanket under the Eiffel Tower.


7) Lake Como 
Summertime in Italy is hot, but swimming in a lake in the Alps will surely cool you down. Lake Como is known as a holiday spot for the rich and famous, but don't let that intimidate you. Located a little over an hour from the Milan airport, it's a beautiful place to stay for a change of scenery if you're interested in a holiday destination in Italy. With small towns spotting the perimeter of the lake and easy access via ferries and rentable boats, Como is an ideal spot for unwinding. My favorite town town to stay in is Bellagio, as it's located on a promontory and juts out onto the lake, providing you with sweeping views of the surrounding area, mountains included. 


8) Santorini
With 360° caldera views and whitewashed buildings that create the ultimate backdrop for its breathtaking sunsets, Santorini is a favorite summer holiday destination among many. For a European island, which are often rocky, there are numerous beaches, and the food and wine are fresh - so what's not to love? Rent a car or moped and explore the island to the fullest, but make sure you're always prepared with your swimsuit and sandals because you never know what you'll discover.
9) Côte d'Azur
With miles of beautiful Mediterranean coastline and a close proximity to Monaco and the Italian Riviera, the Côte d'Azur is an ideal base from which to explore a number of famous European resort towns. While St. Tropez and Cannes are known to be the summer playground of the über wealthy, they're worth a visit, but I'd recommend staying in Nice or outside of the cities in a villa, which you can easily rent on Airbnb. The culture in this area really is unlike anything else you'll see in Europe. I love that you can take a day trip to Marseille or Aix-en-Provence, Monaco, or even Portofino...and no matter where to choose to explore you won't be disappointed!

10) Italian Riviera
Can you tell that Italy is one of my favorite places for a summer holiday, yet? The Italian Riviera, or rather, the Ligurian Riviera, is situated about halfway between Tuscany and the French Riviera, and is a favorite for obvious reasons. Home to the Cinque Terre, Portofino, and a less-touristy Portovenere, it offers plenty of turquoise coastline and brightly colored houses perched on cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The food here is some of the best in Italy; if the words pesto, seafood, and deliciously crisp white wine don't strike a cord with you, than I'm not sure what will! 

What are your favorite summer travel destinations?