The global tag starts below The Classic Brunette: July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Nordstrom Sale Final Picks

I went to Nordstroms the other day to check out the Anniversary sale, and boy did I find some goodies! Unfortunately for me, I didn't have enough to buy everything that I wanted, but I'm thinking that if I share my finds with ya'll I'll feel just as good as if I bought them for myself (we all know that's not true though). I did end up going home with a pair of aviators ($12!!!) and this Gibson Fleece Sweater, and it is the softest thing in my closet! It's definitely oversized, so if you aren't looking for that I would go a size down. Here's a picture of me in the sweater to show you how it looks!

I've been eyeing the booties above and am wondering whether or not I should bite the bullet and just get them. What do you think?

The sale ends Monday August 3, so snatch these deals up while you still can! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back To School Essentials

It's the time of year all students are dreading the end of summer, but excited to constantly hang out with friends. That's right, it's back to school. I start school on the last day of August, but I know some schools are starting much sooner (and later, so jealous of you guys!). I'm both excited and nervous to start my junior year of college, but the one thing that calms me down just a little bit is knowing that I'll be prepared. And for me, being prepared involves school supplies, lots and lots of school supplies.

Everything on this post is under $40! As it should be, because school supplies don't need to be expensive to be cute! Yes, I threw in some Kate Spade items, but some items I feel like you need to splurge on. The most important item on this list for me would have to be the Planner. If I don't have a good organization of my life, things don't happen and my life becomes a mess. I've used Kate Spade planners in the past (Check out how I organized mine last year!) and they are so easy to use! The other real necessity on this list is the water bottle. Trust me, you don't ever want to get dehydrated at school, and it's especially easy to do when the temperature is still hot at the beginning of the year!

I would love to see what cute school supplies you have stocked up on tag me on Instagram (@samimast) or mention me on twitter (sami_mast)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Italy! Part 2

In my last post I covered the places that I visited while in Rome. This post is all about my excursions outside of the city. As a class we traveled to both Pompeii and Florence, but we also had a few free days that allowed us to choose where we wanted to go! My friends and I went to Pisa, Venice, and did the Cinque Terre trek.

It was surprisingly cool in Pompeii. Our teacher kept stressing how hot it was going to be, but because it's by the coast there was a lot of breeze. It was a great change to the extreme heat in Rome.

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You guys might have seen this one on Instagram. That's Mt.Vesuvius in the background! It was pretty cool seeing all the ruins knowing that before excavations all of this was covered in 25ft of ash!

This was my class (including my teacher on the bottom left)! I have no idea what I'm doing with my pose here, but it's the only picture we took in Italy as a group, so I wanted to share it!

The beautiful river in Florence! 

The only decent picture of myself in the city! Here's the Ponte Vecchio in the background!

Climbed up to the (almost) top of the Campinile bell tower! Honestly I couldn't go through the last set of stairs. I went halfway up, got a little claustrophobic and then decided I was good at this level. As my teacher described it, this is the best view in all of Tuscany. I definitely agree.

Couldn't go to Florence without seeing The David by Michaelangelo. Also, bless the air conditioning in this gallery.

I'm letting you know at this point that there are a lot of Venice pictures. Venice is one of my favorite places in the world, and I might have gone a bit overboard here. But really, can you blame me with views like this?

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Bridge of Sighs, so small, so pretty.

Did you really go to Venice if you didn't take a gondola ride?

You'll never know what you'll find when you wander around in this beautiful little city.

Next up was the Cinque Terre tour! This was something I had never even heard of before the trip. The majority of the class chose this all day adventure for one of our free days, and after looking it up it was a no-brainer that I had to go. They warn you that the hike is strenuous, and it's no joke. I almost passed out near the top because of the heat and I was also out of water. If you do this, prepare yourself!

The towns were all along the coast of the Mediterranean and even though it was difficult to get to this one in particular (we hiked to this one, took trains/boats to the others) it was so worth it.

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The Mediterranean Sea has the bluest water I have ever seen in my entire life. And how cute are all these umbrellas?

Definitely one of the high points of my time in Italy! Each one of these little towns has their own personality and I definitely recommend doing this hike if you're in Italy!

Also not necessarily in Rome, we visited The Vatican. I sneakily took a picture of the Sistine Chapel...don't tell the Vatican security on me!

And now here's a picture of the best gelato I've ever had to end this post! It's from Giolittis in Rome, AKA the most amazing gelato establishment EVER.

Hope you enjoyed these Italy posts! Where's your favorite place to travel?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Italy! Part 1

As you all might have seen, I haven't been around in a while. I studied abroad in Rome for two and a half weeks and lets just say that the WiFi wasn't all that cooperative. Apologies for the delay in posts, but I'm officially back and have tons to share! 

I'm obsessed with sitting by the window on planes, but unfortunately for me, my plane ride was 90% through the night so there wasn't much to see. However, after my only sleep over the 14 hour trip (maybe 30 minutes) I peaked out the window and saw this incredible view of the Swiss Alps. 

The first few days at the hotel were pretty awful. My roommate and I's air conditioner was broken, and after spending all day in the hot and humid city, it wasn't fun to come back to a room that seemed even more stuffy and warm. Eventually we changed rooms and the hotel became our safe haven. 

A couple times during the trip, when the hotel breakfast wasn't cutting it, me and my friend Maci ran next door to grab a delicious croissant! Guys, Italian Nutella is far superior to American Nutella. I don't think I've had a better croissant in my life. 

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On the first day we went to the Spanish Steps and had some amazing views to go with it!

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It was a no-brainer that we had to visit the Colosseum! I'm not sure if you can tell, but my facial expression basically screams how hot and tired I was. 

We also saw the Pantheon, so breathtakingly beautiful. 

Unfortunately the Trevi Fountain is under restoration, so we couldn't really take the best pictures.

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One of my favorite spots was the Doria Pamphilij Palace. So much incredible art. Plus, wouldn't you love to live in a house that had this as the main hallway?

A view from the Villa Borghese gardens! A definite must-see when in Rome, please ignore my sunburn haha.

The forum was the hottest place we visited. There was barely any shade, and we seemed to walk forever! Although it was definitely worth it for the history, I am a history major after all. 

Here are a few other pictures from my time in Rome.

I fell in love with this restaurant doorway.

Click here to see my post on where we went outside of Rome! I hope you enjoy these pictures, and if you have travel plans I would love to hear about them in the comments!

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