Our Holiday Abroad | Florence and The Cinque Terre

Hi Lovely!

This is the third edition of my travel recap! I shared about our adventure in London and our time in Venice and now it’s time to chat about Florence! We spent three nights in Florence so let’s get into the day to day.

Day One
We arrived in Florence via train and got a bit lost trying to find our hotel. It was a very hot day and lugging our luggage through the city was less than ideal. It was a ten minute walk that turned into a 30 minute adventure when we got turned around. We eventually found our hotel and decided to have a little rest in the room to cool down. I feel like there isn’t much protection from the heat in Italy and the best place to find an AC was our hotel. After cooling down we ventured out to find my new favorite store, Flying Tiger. It’s like a mix of Daiso and IKEA. So cute! We then grabbed dinner and turned in.

hotel roof

Our hotel’s rooftop!

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Our Holiday Abroad | Venice

Hi Lovely!

This is the second post in my super-awesome recap of my honeymoon. I previously posted about my time in London (click HERE to read all about it) and now we’re on to Venice!

Fletch and I spent three nights in Venice after leaving London. We took a private water taxi right to our hotel from the airport and that was pretty amazing. We had the whole boat to ourselves. It was wonderful being taken directly to our hotel too. We didn’t have to wander around Venice dragging suitcases or getting lost.

Day One
After arriving in Venice we decided to stick pretty close to our hotel. Our hotel, Hotel Christina, was positioned in the best location right on the water and it had a ton of restaurants and touristy-things close by. We walked down the main tourist drag, looking at souvenir shops and stopping to gaze at the Bridge of Sighs. We took it pretty easy just walking about and finally grabbing some food. We decided to stop at a restaurant near our hotel and we both had margherita pizza. It was the most delicious pizza of my life! Yum! (Alright now I want pizza.) After food we went back to the hotel and watched VH1 Italia. About every other song was in English and we enjoyed hearing something familiar. We finished off the night with a quick trip up to the top of our hotel to see the view. Needless to say it was gorgeous. We sat up there for a little while then headed off to bed.

bridge of sighs

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Our Holiday Abroad | London

Hi Lovely!

I’m back from my big adventure abroad and I’m so excited to share my journey with you!! Yay!! I’m sorry it took so long!! Life has been hectic and I’m just now getting to editing all of our photos and videos. Better late then never, right?!

The first edition of my travel posts is all about London! I consider London to be my spirit city. I studied abroad in London for five months while in college and fell in love. When Fletch and I decided to go abroad I immediately proposed stopping in London before hand. I was thrilled when Fletch told me he’d love to make the pitstop. Fletch and I had just started dating when I studied abroad and that time away from each other really tested our relationship. Being able to share at least a piece of that experience with Fletch now was pretty special.

So, Fletch and I set off on our big honeymoon, first stopping in London and going on to Italy. In London we stayed in the Hilton at Green Park. It was perfectly located! Right in central London, a five minute walk from Buckingham Palace, and right by a tube stop. Absolutely perfect! We only had two and a half days in London so we tried to cram in as much as we could. I think we did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself!

Day One
We arrived in London around 2pm and were at our hotel by 4pm. We dropped our stuff off at the hotel, cleaned up a bit, and went out into the busy streets of London to have a little adventure. As I said, our hotel was really close to a tube station so we grabbed two Oyster cards, to be used during our time in London, and ventured on to Covent Garden to find an adorable Kawaii shop called Art Box.

We had a really hard time finding the shop and wound up happening upon  a really fun Moomin Store. I mean, an entire store devoted to Moomin. I couldn’t believe it!


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My Christmas Recap

Hi Lovely!

I hope you had an amazing Christmas! I sure did. It was a very eventful weekend so I decided to share a little recap here on The Cutie Life. Yay for life stuff!

Christmas Eve was a busy day. I worked most of the day before heading to the airport. We arrived nearly three hours early and had time to eat a meal, do a little shopping, and rest before our flight. During my shopping I found the cutest marshmallow mug and had to buy it.

Flight to San Jose

We ended up being delayed an hour and didn’t get in to California until 11:30pm. On the plus-side, we flew first class to California and enjoyed some wine and fresh cookies. It was bomb.  Memory collage

Christmas day was pretty great. My parents loved their gifts, I took a ton of photos with the two of them, which is always wonderful, and I received a few items that I really wanted. After the hustle and bustle of gift opening we lounged for a bit before enjoying a yummy dinner. That evening we continued to enjoy each other’s company and watched the movie, “Selma”. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this movie you need to.

San Francisco photos

On Saturday Fletch and I took a little adventure up to San Francisco. I really wanted to check out the ModCloth Fit Shop and we thought the trip would be a fun way to spend the day. The ModCloth store was pretty cool. I liked being able to try on items first before buying them online. I was a little dissapointed in the selection BUT it was still cool. I mean, any excuse to check out ModCloth stuff is fine with me.

After the ModCloth store we went to Japantown. It is now my new favorite place in San Francisco. We spent three hours there and I could have stayed for three more. It was Hilary heaven. Lots of cute stores filled with cute things. I spent entirely too much money and I don’t regret any of my purchases.


My favorite part of Japantown was Pikapika. It is this little store filled with photobooths. Fletch and I decided to try one out and ended up in one of the booths deemed “difficult”. I didn’t think it would be too difficult so we jumped in! Little did we know that the booth was in English and Japanese. We had no idea what we were doing and ended up getting some pretty amazing/silly photos.

Sunday was spent at home enjoying our last few hours together with my parents. We took some photos, watched TV, and chatted. It was the perfect way to spend our last day together.

Photos before leaving

I had an amazing weekend. I don’t get to see my parents very often and being able to spend the holiday with them was wonderful. It was truly the best gift I could receive.

What did you do for Christmas?

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