Volterra and Florence: What to do with a few days in Florence

Ciao Volterra!  After an exciting couple of days in Rome, we took the train to Florence and rented a car to take to Volterra.  We couldn’t have been more exhausted or happier to be in wine country for a relaxing few days.

When traveling to Europe, make sure to plan a variety of travel days, including restful days like this in wine country.

Ancient city streets.

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The streets were tiny!

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I’m a sucker for strays.

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Striped castle right in the middle of the square.  A fashion blogger’s dream come true.

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After a restful few days in wine country, it’s back to the city to explore.

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The hike up was well worth it.  It was so bright, the only way to get a good snap was to lift the shadows until it looked like a dream sequence filter.  Gotta get the shot though, we huffed it all the way up there on foot and this is the only evidence!

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Walking tour day!  I’m so glad I packed flats and a chain for my clutches.

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Outside the Duomo.  We had the most amazing drinks and conversation outside this beautiful cathedral.

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Tune in next week for the final Italy post. I’ll be covering the wedding we attended in the same Palace as where Madonna filmed the video “Like a Virgin.”

Ciao,

The Luxiconographer

Valentine’s Date Ideas That Don’t Suck: What to do when you’re just not that into the Hallmark Holiday

Valentine’s dates can feel forced and unnatural, which, well, sucks.  My husband and I are affectionate and appreciative of each other on all the other 364 non-requisite days, so we don’t need a holiday to tell us to show our love.  We always felt fresh out of ideas when planning Valentine’s Day.  Then we realized that we should just forget about expectations.  Do what you want!  We find a way to give in and have fun on V-Day; it is after all, a holiday meant for having a good time and being sweethearts or “BooBears” in our case.

Top 7 Date Ideas For Couples Who Think Valentine’s Day Sucks

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We have a winner for the January Giveaway of Sephora Cream Lip Stain

Congratulations Karrie Ann!  You’re the winner of the best lip stain I’ve ever used!  The Sephora Cream Lip Stain Collection has changed the game, this stuff doesn’t budge and it doesn’t dry my lips.

 

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Tune in next week for the February Giveaway details!

XO,

The Luxiconographer

How I Repaired My Damaged Over Processed Hair

After three rounds of bleach processes and hair extensions gone awry, my hair was not only over processed, but damaged and in dire need of a little TLC and some serious repair.   My usual products were not cutting it.

How I rescued my over processed hair.

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Roma!

I missed you when I took off last year!  It was a tough trade off and I’m very happy to be back in your inbox.

We had such an amazing trip Italy.  I regret not sharing more of it, but better late than never.

Roma

Roma!

Jet-lagged, but not about to miss day 1 sleeping.

Vatican

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Colosseum

Colosseum


Stunning historical site.

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Valentine’s Gifts for Him that Don’t Suck

Ladies, I know we’re still recovering from the holidays, but Valentine’s day is just around the corner.  It’s time to start thinking about what to get him.

Hook and Albert Garment Duffle doubles as a gift for both of you.  We travel with this spacious bag for every weekend trip.  The garment section is perfect for carrying a suit and dress to a wedding.  Check out the video.

 

We have the bag pictured left.

 

Looking for something a little smaller? My hubby carries the bag featured below when he travels solo.  Wool and Oak Duffles are cleverly crafted to keep you organized.

Upgrade his shaving kit to a safety straight razor and he’ll not only get a closer shave for you, he’ll thank you when he finds out the replacement blades cost pennies.

Cozy him up.  American Giant Hoodies are the best on the market.  These well constructed soft hoodies make you want to live in them.

Updated winter gear is always a winner. If he lives somewhere cold, he can’t have enough and if he lives somewhere relatively warm, like we do, odds are his supply is lacking.

Keep your man on the go organized.  This genius laptop case carries literally everything.

For the guy you just met.

Valentine's Gifts For Him That Don't Such

For the mixologist.

Valentine's Gifts For Him That Don't Such

Stainless Steel Whiskey Stones, set of 8.

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Chillz ice ball mold.

 

Valentine's Gifts For Him That Don't Such

Whiskey glasses, set of 2.

What are you getting for your main squeeze?

XO,

The Luxicon

How to be More Photogenic Part 3: Camera Angles

Camera angles can distinguish between slim and Sasquatch.  Do you know your most flattering angle?

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My Personal Experience With Tape-In Hair Extensions

Many of you know that last year I went through a few shades of the ultra trendy, IG friendly silver hair.  My fine hair did not appreciate all those processing hours in the salon.  The final nail in the coffin for my tortured hair was the trip back to red.

 

My Personal Experience With Tape-in Hair Extensions
The broken ends were so bad, they shriveled up and frizzed. (see the left side of the photo)

I can’t express how badly I did not want to cut off more hair than I already had, but what else can you do when your hair resembles a Brillo pad.  Being a hair extension virgin, not even a clip in had touched this hair, I was hopeful that these babies would camouflage the damage and allow my hair to grow out healthily.

My experience with tape-in hair extensions

     I did my homework and I found that while all extensions cause damage to some degree, tape-ins are on the lower end of the spectrum.  Sounds like a plan!

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How To Be More Photogenic: Part 2

I can’t be the only person who looks at a photo and thinks, “Is that how I look?  Gross!”  People tell me that I have good posture (thank you years of physical therapy), so why is it that one someone pulls out a camera, I immediately fall into some goofball pose?  I’ve spent the last few years trying to master the art of taking a good photo.  Here are some of the things I’ve learned.  Continue Reading