Working Milan Fashion Week at 18 Years Old

At this time last year, I couldn’t imagine life after high school. I was exceptionally eager to leave my small town and discover what the world had to offer me, but at the same time everything I ever dreamed of seemed so far away. Working in the fashion industry always seemed like a foreign concept….

Dancing In the Streets of Barcelona

Prior to my trip to Europe, I carried out the inevitable and created a list of “must see” destinations in various countries. Cities like Amsterdam and Paris climbed their way to the top of my list pretty quickly. The country of Iceland was up there along with some famous artifacts such as the Mona Lisa…

Two Thousand Seventeen Looked Back On

This year started with me cutting my hair off, giving up my longer dirty blonde hair and welcoming a platinum blonde bob into my life. I think my initial decision to cut my hair and dye it almost silver set the attitude for this year: doing what I wanted, without giving a second thought to what…

No Place Like Home For the Holidays

My original decision when I first started this program was to spend the holidays in the European country of my choice, the idea of going home to America not sounding even the slightest bit appealing. But as the months here in Italy passed by and events that I could never dream of being absent for,…

An Adolescent Mademoiselle Navigating the City of Light

As Thomas Jefferson once said, “a walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and the point of life.” This, I found during my visit to the city of light and love, reigns to be true. Strolling the Champs Élysées can teach a person the most valuable lessons in fashion and wandering about the Louvre…

AmsterDam Daniel

Weekend trips are definitely something to take advantage of while living in Italy. Flights that cost the same amount as eating out and have less than a three hour duration are ideal. Three of my friends and I decided to do a cute little “girls’ weekend” trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Netherlands have always been…

Cappuccinos…Even After 10AM!

I’ve been a coffee drinker since I was in sixth grade and my diva twelve-year-old self learned what an iced mocha latte was…if you actually want to consider that coffee, although my mom believed it to be more of a dessert. After I discovered ice coffee, it became one of my favorite things. Of course,…

Deciding to Become Vegetarian

OK so being vegetarian is something I’ve thought about doing for a long time…and I finally did it! I decided that making the change would be a bit easier while in Florence because I really wasn’t eating much meat here anyways, besides a surplus of prosciutto and salami that I knew I really wouldn’t die…

Dear Florence, Please Invest in Some Bagels

But really, why wouldn’t you want to fill your city with creamy, delicious, carbohydrate-filled goodness that is a beautiful way to start your morning?! If there’s one thing I have severely missed since I’ve been here, besides Qdoba, it would be the ever-so-accessible bagel with cream cheese that always paired so well with my iced coffee in…

Thanks Italy, For Introducing Me to Sushi

Many people leave Italy with a stomach full of pizza and the ability to name every pasta dish on the menu. For me, I’ll be leaving here with a surplus of experience in ordering sushi. Growing up, my mom didn’t like sushi so we were never really introduced to it and when we went out…

Childhood Obesity and A 12-Page Paper With It!

Being assigned a twelve page research paper makes you think long and hard about what topic you’ll be writing about. For me, paper topics were due in ten minutes so I chose the first thing I could thing of that followed the simple criteria that was “must pertain to food”- childhood obesity in America. We…

But Italy Doesn’t Have A Chipotle…

After three months of living here, I think it’s safe to say that I have fully immersed myself in Italy’s cuisine. I think I’ve tried every pasta dish on the menu and this is the first time in my life where I can successfully say that I’m sick of pizza. Although most kids in my…