Peace out Prague!

fashion, food, travel

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Hi again!

I just wanted to say thank you (!!!) all for following along with my European adventures! It was honestly the trip of a lifetime & I wish I could go back to eating gelato and pasta for every meal. My last European post is about our last day in Prague!

On our last day, we made our way to the Prague Zoo! This zoo is one of the top ten in the world and it’s for good reason, it is massive! Name any animal & they have it. There’s even a ski lift that goes from the top of the zoo down to the bottom. The best part of it all was that it only cost $7! After the zoo, we took the metro back to Old Town for quick and tasty lunch at Restaurant Mustek.

After lunch we went back to the hotel to start our dreaded packing. After we felt like we had our lives together, we made our way back to Old Town Square for a Jazz Festival they had set up right in the middle of everything! Later on we grabbed a seat at an outdoor restaurant right in the square and treated ourselves to a nicer meal to celebrate our last night in Europe! Prague seriously was magical and I can’t wait until I get to go back!

XOXO,

Claire Marie

OUTFIT DETAILS

Top// Zara

Jeans// American Eagle

Shoes// Marc Fisher

Bag// Rebecca Minkoff

Jewels// SuedeandStones

Prague? Czech ✔️

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Hi everyone!

So I'm just going to start this post by saying if you EVER get the chance to go to Prague, DO IT!!! Seriously. Prague was such a great way to end our trip. After being in the fast-paced cities of Milan and Rome, we were ready for the laid back lifestyle of Prague. If you've ever seen Shrek (& if you haven't, what are you doing with your life?) Prague is like a real life Duloc. It honestly just makes you feel like you're in a fairy tale book. Everyone is so friendly & there's no bad view anywhere.

On our first day in Prague we made our way to the Prazky Hrad aka the castle. We took the tram which was very easy to figure out & is only around $4 for unlimited 24 hour use. I wouldn't recommend walking to the castle because it is at the top of a very steep hill. The castle and the grounds were beautiful & the views from the top were fit for a king. Anytime I travel to a new city I love going to a high point so I can see the city from above.

After our royal trip to the castle, we made our way to the John Lennon wall. This is a must see in Prague- it's a wall filled with paintings of Beatles lyrics, peace signs, and anti war quotes. Anyone can paint anything on it so it changes daily. After this, we ate and grabbed a beer at the John Lennon pub which is right across the street. On our walk back to our hotel we passed the wax museum and for $7 we couldn't pass it up. I have never seen anything like it, the wax Jim Carey was so convincing & idk how they do it.

After resting at our hotel for a bit, we grabbed some schnitzel at a cute restaurant where the beer was cheaper than water & then we walked over to the Charles Bridge to catch the sunset. It was truly breathtaking. There was live music being played on the bridge & the views of the castle and the hillsides from across the river were amazing!

XOXO,
Claire Marie

OUTFIT DETAILS

Shirt// Junk food
Skort// Zara
Shoes// Superga
Jewels// Suedeandstones
Sunglasses// Target
Bag// Marc Jacobs

~*This is what dreams are made of*~

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Buenosera!

On our second full day in Rome we decided to sleep in a little bit and we got sort of a late start to the day. After we all got ready, our first stop out was lunch! One of my favorite things in the world is truffle pasta & the place we went happened to have it so I couldn’t resist! It was hard to break the routine of caprese salad or pizza but it was definitely worth it. After lunch we stopped back at our hotel to grab a couple of things and then we were off to the Spanish Steps! We basically walked everywhere and we definitely got all of our fit bit steps in (we averaged around 20,000 steps and 6 miles a day!!!) Aka bring comfortable & already broken in shoes- I learned the hard way by bringing a new pair of Superga sneakers that I hadn’t broken in yet & they killed my feet on the first day. Rome’s metro system is a lot smaller than other European cities because there is so much yet to be uncovered under the ground from thousands of years ago so unless we wanted to spend a lot of money on a taxi, walking was our primary form of transportation.

The Spanish steps were 0.4 miles from our hotel so it was a manageable walk & definitely worth it! After we admired the steps, we window-shopped our way down Via Dei Condotti. Of course we took a late afternoon gelato break and made our way back to our hotel. We ate a late dinner at a small restaurant off of a side street and then we made sure to walk by the Trevi Fountain one more time before calling it a night (there’s something magical about the Trevi Fountain at night with the lights illuminating it.)

Thanks for following along with my Italian adventures!

XOXO,

Claire Marie

Outfit details

Top// Free People

Skort// American Threads

Sunglasses// Rayban

Necklaces// SuedeandStones (always!!)

Bag// Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes// Marc Fisher

Romeing around the Colosseum

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Ciao!

Our first full day in Rome was a very eventful & exciting one! Of course the first thing we wanted to see was the one and only Colosseum. We didn’t opt to buy tickets in advance so we decided to go first thing in the morning to beat some of the crowds. The Colosseum was about a 30-minute walk from our hotel and since we left around 8:30am it wasn’t too hot yet. P.S. Rome is very hot!!!! When we arrived to the Colosseum it was already very crowded with tourists and tour guides. The second we walked down next to it, we were swarmed with tour guides trying to sell us their services at a discounted price to skip the line. After realizing how long the line already was, we decided to buy tickets with a tour guide group. Looking back, it was a great decision. We were able to enter the Colosseum within 10 minutes and we learned more about it by our tour guide than we would have if we just went in on our own. The history of the Colosseum is very abundant and there was so much that I did not know. It is so crazy how they were able to build such an amazing and giant amphitheater so long ago. It truly was breathtaking!

After our morning at the Colosseum, we stopped for lunch at a cute little spot on the way back to our hotel. After lunch we did a little bit of shopping and then continued back to our hotel to rest for a little while and to do an outfit change for our cooking class at 4pm. Our travel agency (Premier Tours out of Colorado- They’re amazing) scheduled us a cooking class at a Roman restaurant for dinner on our second night in Rome! When we arrived to the restaurant (Restaurant Pizzeria Pasquino near Piazza Navona) we were taken back to the kitchen to learn a few tips and tricks about making a traditional Roman meal. I love, love, love to cook so this was especially exciting for me. The first thing we watched and learned to make was Spaghetti Carbonara. This has always been a favorite pasta dish of mine so l really enjoyed learning how to master my carbonara skills. The second dish we learned to make was veal with prosciutto and cream sauce. This was to die for! I’ve had Italian veal dishes here in the States but nothing compares to the real thing. The last thing we learned how to make was tiramisu. Two of my favorite desserts are Tiramisu (I love coffee-especially black coffee) and Crème Brulee so I was very excited to make Tiramisu.

After we were taught how to make these dishes we got to sit and have them served to us! This also included a few glasses of free wine, which made it even better! We were so full after our dinner that we decided to end our night with a few more glasses of wine, a night walk to the Trevi Fountain, and a cone of lemon gelato!

XOXO,

Claire Marie

 

Outfit Details

Set// American Threads

Sunglasses// Raybans

Jewels// Suede & Stones

Bag// Rebecca Minkoff

A day in Venice

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Ciao!

We arrived in Venice around 11:30 am and at that point we were starving so our first line of action was to get some food! We ate at Osteria Trattoria Nono Risorto, the food was very good & they had a cute covered courtyard in the back! After lunch we started hunting for a gondola ride. The one we found was €80 divided by the 3 of us for 30 minutes, it was so worth it! Being able to see Venice from the water was so beautiful! I highly recommend stopping at a restaurant on the water & finishing your day with a couple of glasses of prosecco while watching all of the gondolas ride by. Venice is so beautiful & I highly recommend stopping off for a day trip there!

XOXO,

Claire Marie

Prosciutto//Prosecco//Pasta

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Ciao from Milan! 
We arrived in Milan on Saturday morning & have spent our time shopping, eating gelato (three times a day) & admiring the Duomo. 

This is my first time in Italy & I am loving every second of it- it’s so beautiful & there’s so much history. Thankfully it hasn’t been too hot yet. I’ve definitely been getting my fill of prosciutto, prosecco & pasta (everything I’ve ever wanted). Tomorrow we head to Venice for a day trip, and then we’re off to Rome! 

Ciao
,

Claire Marie 

Jumpsuit // American Threads

Necklace // Free People

Shoes // Marc Fisher

Bag// Rebecca Minkoff 

Sunglasses// Raybans

You can find me on the West Coast//

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A super cute skort & a graphic tank make for the perfect summer outfit! It’s currently 110 degrees here in Sacramento so a light weight tank & a short skort are about all I can handle!

Here’s all of the links to everything I’m wearing! (Everything is $60 & Under!!)

Floral Skort from Zara in store //

West Coast Tank//

Denim Jacket//

Gold Choker//

Rose gold Quay Sunnies//

Xx

Claire Marie

Monday can go sit on a cactus

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Hi everyone!

These past couple of weeks have been crazy trying to get settled here in Sacramento, California(!!!!!). In attempt to make our tiny home feel a little homier, I have been trying come up with new creative and budget friendly ideas to decorate and avoid making our house look like a college dorm room.

I have always wanted to jump on the succulent trend but I never got around to doing so until this past weekend! Succulents are a cute way to bring the outside indoors and they’re also an inexpensive way to add a little interest into the home. I decided to plant my own to make them a coffee table centerpiece. Home depot has a large selection of small succulents and cacti which made it very hard to choose which ones I wanted to take home. I finally picked out three that I liked and the next step was to find pots for them.

Dollar tree or Dollar General are both great places to look for glass containers for your succulents, I was able to find 3 for $3. Soil can be bought at Home Depot, Lowes or any other gardening/ landscape store. Another great option is to be really cheap like me & dig it out of the ground (for free). I chose to put white stones into mine but any color will look great! I also got these out of my backyard but they’re sold at Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree & Home Depot.

Step 1// Purchase Succulents, containers, soil, & stones

Step 2// Remove succulents from their plastic containers & fill the new containers with soil.

Step 3// Moisten the soil and make a small indent in the middle to put the root of the plant into it.

Step 4// Once the succulent is in it’s new container, start to put the stones around the outside of the glass & be patient, it takes a while to get them placed where you want them to be.

Tip:: Be careful when doing this with a cactus- they’re actually really prickly!!!

Step 5// Enjoy your new succulent décor! Don’t forget to mist them once a week to keep the soil moist!

Here’s to hoping I can keep mine alive!

Xx,

Claire Marie

MY STORY

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IMG_4546Hi Everyone! My name is Claire Marie Dwyer & I'm 23 years old.

I was born & raised in ATL & I have recently picked up & relocated to Sacramento, California. I graduated with my bachelors in Fashion Merchandising & Design & Marketing from Georgia Southern University in May of 2016. I am the proud mom to a one year old rescue Rat Terrier named Brewer & he basically has taken over my life – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve always been interested in fashion, food//cooking & travel & I thought- what a better time to start a blog than when I am moving across the country! This blog is basically creative outlet for me & it’s also a little glimpse into what I think makes life so beautiful. Starting a blog has always been a dream of mine so I decided to finally go for it! I hope you all enjoy & thank you for reading!

OUTFIT DETAILS

Sunglasses//QUAY

Jacket//Misguided

Necklace//Suede&Stones

Sweater//American Threads

Purse//DSW

Shoes//DSW