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June 17, 2016

After almost two weeks of hiking along the Inca Trail and exploring the Peruvian countryside on our way to Machu Picchu, I’m back in Connecticut! We had the most amazing trip and although we didn’t see half as many llamas as I would have liked, it was definitely one of my favorite trips I’ve taken in the past few years. Plus I got to continue my new year’s resolution tradition of visiting a new country every year, which was doubly exciting since I’d never been to South America in general before!

I can’t wait to tell y’all more about my adventures, with lots of pictures of Cusco and the ruins at Machu Picchu, but until then here’s a few of my favorites from this past week:

  • Travel & Leisure’s latest article about tv locations that you can visit in real life. While I’ve only been to a few of these spots, including the café outside of Sherlock’s apartment in London, I’m a huge tv geek and I find visiting shooting locations to be way too much fun.
  • These skin care masks. I’m usually not huge into masks because I have pretty sensitive skin and am hesitant to try out new products, but I’ve heard so many great reviews about the benefits of using these masks! Plus you can’t beat such a good deal which is why I ordered a pack for myself last night!
  • After over 12 years on Broadway, Wicked is finally being turned into a movie! I saw the musical with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth way back in the day and I already can’t wait to see the film adaptation. It’ll be interesting to see if the movie takes more from the musical or the original novel, which definitely has darker content the the Broadway show.
  • How delicious do these chicken parmesan sliders look??! These look perfect for a party dish this summer or just for a fun group dinner.
  • I love Brooke’s (of World of Wanderlust) list of the best spots to grab gelato in Florence! I spent ten days traveling through Italy when I studied abroad in college and I completely agree that Florence has some of the best gelato in the country. And while I’m not an expert per say, 99% of my meals on that trip consisted of pizza and gelato so I feel like I’m somewhat qualified to give my two cents!

What have been your favorite reads from this week?

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  • Blaire Bingham

    I am so glad to hear that the trip went well and I can’t wait to hear all about it! Have a great weekend!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    You’re back, can’t wait to hear more about it!! Yum to chicken Parm sliders and a happy relaxing weekend to you!

    • These chicken parm sliders look so delicious! Can’t wait to try to make them for myself!

  • La Veine

    The chicken parm sliders look divine! And I’m glad you had an amazing trip 🙂 xx

    • Thank you!! And I know, right?? I can’t wait to make them for myself (or even better, trick someone into making them for me!).

  • Welcome back and hope you had a lovely visit! So excited for Wicked movie too, hope the casting will be good! Xx

    • The movie won’t be coming out until 2019 and I’m already pumped to see who they cast for the lead roles!

  • Welcome back! I can’t wait to see more photos of your trip! I would love to go to Machu Picchu! I’m so excited that Wicked is going to be a movie too! I’ve seen the musical five times already!!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Julia xx

    • Machu Picchu was absolutely gorgeous. I still can’t believe that I actually had the opportunity to see the ruins for myself!

  • Mary

    So excited to see all your pictures and read your adventure stories! I really want to go to Peru soon too!

    Love, Mary

    • Visiting Peru was such a dream for me since I’ve always been fascinated by the Incas and Machu Picchu! I really hope that you get to experience the beauty of Peru for yourself one day too!

  • RedTagChicLA

    Wow that sounds awesome can’t wait to see the pics though!

    Come see how I wore ruffles for work & play at the blog – Have a great weekend!


    • I’m so exited to share my pictures of Peru with everyone!! I finally just uploaded them to my laptop and I’m already feeling homesick for the lodges that we stayed in while hiking!

  • Cannot wait to hear more about your trip. Those sliders sound great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I don’t know if it’s just me but I always prefer sliders over normal hamburgers!

  • Meghan Conard

    Beautiful shot! Can’t wait to see more from your trip! Dying to see the Wicked movie! Enjoy your weekend!

    • I am so excited for the Wicked movie!! I don’t know how I’ll be able to wait an entire three years for it to come out in theaters!

  • I can’t wait to learn more about your trip, girlie! I’ve never been to Peru before, but have a lot of friends from there and all I know is that food is good and it contains a lot of french fries, haha! I think that’s such an awesome tradition you have in visiting a new country every year, I’d love to set goals to do that, too! With that, it’s good to know that Florence is the best place for gelato in Italy because I of course would LOVE to visit Italy someday! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, beautiful!



    • Gelato in Italy is so cliché but absolutely necessary to eat at least three times a day haha! Have a wonderful weekend too!!

  • Biana Perez

    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip, but glad you’re home safe!! Oh those sliders look amazing, might have to try making them soon!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Made it home safe and sound, but I’m definitely glad that it’s the weekend so that I could sleep in and catch up with friends and family!

  • I’ve been debating for a long while wether or not should I get these masks… still hesitating!


    Tamara –

    • Once I get them in the mail and try them, I’ll have to let you know what I think!

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Those chicken parmesan sliders look so Delicious!!
    Adi xx

    • They look so good!! Definitely need to make them for a 4th of July party!

  • ALY
  • Welcome back! I can’t wait to read about your trip! Those parmesan sliders look delicious!

    Doused In Pink

    • I love any kind of sliders! Especially when it comes to chicken parm!

  • There are so many TV and movie locations I want to visit. I want to spend a whole week in New Zealand just doing Lord of the Rings tours and then writing about the best one haha. Or visit some of the places Game of Thrones is filmed! Hope you are having a good weekend!


    • The LoTR sets look absolutely gorgeous! Definitely a dream of mine to visit New Zealand!

  • kandja sylla

    Glad to know you’re back and enjoyed your vacation. I got so excited when you mentioned there will be a movie adaptation of “Wicked”. Girl you made me search more about it online LOL! Enjoy your day babe! xx

    • I’m so excited for the Wicked movie to come out in theaters!!

  • Shaira Angelique Manalo

    Chicken parmesan are <333
    Thanks for sharing this! <3

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  • Yes yes yes to the TonyMoly face masks!!!!! Do you love them as much as I do?!?! Love the TV locations article PS!!

    Xox Dana Ivy //

    • I haven’t tried them yet but I’m so excited to once I get them in the mail!

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