ITALY TRAVEL GUIDE: POSITANO + CAPRI

You guys know how everyone who a has travel bug in them has a bucket list of places they want to visit? I think I figured out what my version of it would be. It would be to visit every single coastline in the world. There is something about the beach and coastal living that makes me feel like I am in my natural habitat. The villages, the simplicity in their living, their food, their warmth and of course the sunsets. And I can't stress enough on how much more fun it was to live in an Airbnb, I really felt like I was living with my family. You will see what I mean in the pictures :).

Positano:
Positano is a tiny village etched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. Staying here really felt like it was living in a postcard. If you guys want to spend a good amount of time exploring the Amalfi coast, I really recommend making this your base. It's really easy to take day trips from here to various other towns like Sorrento, Amalfi and Ravello. Various boat companies even offer day trips to Capri from here.

The AirBnb we lived in had a humungous private terrace attached to our room and I used to wake up at 5 AM everyday, just cause I felt like I couldn't get enough of the terrace and the view ( of course i would crash again by 8am ;)). Honestly I could have spent my entire trip on that terrace sipping wine. 

A trip to Da Adolfo is a must, it's almost like an all day event. Da Adolfo is this historic restaurant established by a world war II prisoner turned sailor . You can only get there by boat (they have their own boat that picks you up from the pier for free, look out for the red fish on the boat's mast). The views from here are spectacular and the food is to daaaieeee for!! Also don't forget to shop here for ceramic-ware and have lemon scented products.

DAY 1

Outfit 1 Details : Jumpsuit - Editor's Market | Shoes - Converse | Head scarf - Old

Outfit 2 Details : Swimsuit - Zinkie swimwear | Bag - Forever21 ( Similar here )

DAY 2:


Outfit 1 : Dress - Masaba Gupta

Outfit 2 : Swimsuit - Gap Kids ( i got the last size in kids ;) , kid's swimwear is so much cuter ) | Shorts - Forever21 

Outfit 3 : Dress - Reformation
 


Must Do :

  • Relax on Spaggiana bach
  • Day trip to Da Adolfo
  • Hike to Nocelle
  • If staying for long - Try the Path of Gods Hike
  • Dat trips to - Amalfi , Sorrento , Ravello
  • Explore the less crowded beaches 

To Eat:

  • Cafe Positano - Amazing for breakfast
  • Il Capitano  - for a dinner date with a view
  • Le Sirenuse - Expensive but has great views
  • Casa e Bottega - boutique hotel for healthy breakfast
  • Ristorante Mediterrano

 

CAPRI:

Oh my god, I have no idea where to start. This island blew me away and I did not want to leave. Most people take a day trip to capri from Positano but I would suggest staying here for a couple of nights. The views make you feel like you are on the set of a James Bond movie. And if you are into luxury goods this place beats fifth ave, New York any day. Capri town is the prettiest I have seen and is an insta addict's paradise.

Must Do :

  • Hike down to La Fontelina - for lunch and a day at the beach
  • Stroll around Capri town 
  • Shop for ceramics
  • Boat trips around capri coast and Blue Grutto
  • Rent a scooter and explore all the unseen beaches
  • Explore Anacapri and the authentic restaurants 

To Eat:

  • LA Fontelina
  • Fargolini 
  • La Limonaia - set in the midst of lemon blossoms , the ambience is amazing
  • Lido Del Faro - amazing views of the sunset
  • Aperivito in any little place in capri town

 

 

Italy Travel Guide : Milan + Lake Como

Someone had once told me that there are 4 types of travellers one typically comes across
1. The Control freak.
2. The Social Network star
3. The Lives-to-eat
4. The Party Animal

I am totally the control freak , sleeping on a vacation is almost inconceivable to me. Im the one who needs all the documentation done,  decides where i'm going for breakfast, lunch and dinner , hunts for chic places on Instagram and Pinterest , stars them on google and plans an optimal route around them. I need a jam packed itinerary and i leave no stone unturned. Or rather i leave no place un-visited. The downside of this though is that i often crash from exhaustion and i need a vacation from my vacation ;). However i find out about all the cool places that trip advisor would never tell you about. So here's my journey through Italy just in case you guys are looking for more inspiration to plan your next trip. (Since there was no way i could fit everything into one i divided them into 3 posts , stay tuned for more next week )

Milan: The women in Milan kind of set new standards for me. Everybody was so impeccably dressed it almost felt like they woke up from bed looking so stylish. Rightly called the fashion capitol. We were here only for a few hours on the day we landed and on our last day when we left for New York. But i did manage to check off all the things on my list.

Don't miss aperitivo while you are here , its a quintessential Milanese experience. It's their version of a happy hour. From 6 - 9 pm everyday you get unlimited appetizers with any drink and these hours are brimming with locals. Also Don't miss canal district , has a stretch of cool and affordable bars and breathtaking views of the sunset. 

Outfit Details |  Vintage T-shirt Worn as a Dress - brandy melville |  Gladiator Sandals - Aliexpress | Bag - Forever21 | Choker - Old Black Ribbon worn as a choker

Must Visit : 

  • Piazza Del Duomo
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele ||
  • Brera Area
  • Fondazione prada - Modern Art Museum right next to Bar Luce
  • Navigli District - must go for sunset and drinks , this where the young kids hussle
  • Corso Como - for night life
  • Via Torino , Corsa Buenos Aries and Corso Como - for shopping

Food: 

  • Luini at Via Santa Radegonda , 16 , Milan Italy - Iconic street food joint - Must Try
  • Bar Luce - Cocktails + Coffee + Cafe
  • Le Biciclette - Once a bicycle store converted into a chic coffee shop
  • Un Posto A Milano - Local place for amazing food

Drinks:

  • 10 Corso Como - Lovely place for a cocktails - also has Milanese Dover Street Market inside.
  • Corso Como - This Entire Street is filled with cool bars for Aperitivo
  • Bar Brera - If you are in the Brera area this is a good place for cocktails
  • Noor - Great Hookah
  • Roi Alto - Best Aperitivo

Lake Como :  Driving around Italy was quite interesting. You can could really be transported from a cosmopolitan bustling city to picturesque snow peaks in about 30 minutes. This natural paradise which was in news recently for George Clooney's famous hideaway and is a bunch of medieval stone villages located around the lake. Opulent Villas , Lakeside estates , Scenic vineyards , alpine Peaks this place has it all for perfect vacation.

OutFit : Maxi Dress - NU NewYork

Outfit Details : Dress -  Awoke Vintage | Shoes - converse

Must Do:

  • Go Village Hopping on the water taxi.( Most common transportation in this area )
  • Go Shopping in Bellagio
  • Visit their Opulent Villas 
  • Cross the border and visit Switzerland for sunrise / sunset ( best experience in this trip )
  • Visit one of the churches - Each village has their own
  • Try the wine - Its one of the world's best.

To Eat:

  • Hotel Villa Cipressi - Varenna
  • Trattoria San Giacomo - Bellagio
  • Tower of Barbarossa - The airbnb we lived in.

 

 

 

 

SHIRT DRESS + SF TRAVEL DIARIES

San Francisco's weather gotta be challenging,we r not complaining though..its definitely lovely.the only tricky part is to decide between a trench coat and a breezy summer dress.fortunately for me it worked out well with that day being quite pleasant..so i decided to wear this woven skirt with hand embroidery and layer it with a basic shirt dress...both from h and m..yes yes the sneakers too..h and m can easily pass for being one's best friend with all the super chic and affordable stuff..believe it or not..my whole look costed me $65..everybody in the fashion world knows its another word for peanuts ;)

shirt dress-h and m    skirt-h and m    shoes-h and m    bag-charles and keith     

-VIN&TEJI

SINGAPORE TRAVEL DIARIES : OUTFIT 1

By now you guys know i love traveling, and when i travel i like to travel in style. That's the most exciting part for me, i love planning outfits for each day and usually have my shoes, accessories and the entire look sorted out before i leave. Makes it easier for me to pack the right things and i don't have to pull my hair out deciding what to wear on the trip. Also gives me a chance to wear all my quirky outfits which  would normally look too dressy / over-the-top back home.

Singapore was more than what i had expected. The city / state is a combination of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western influences, and is truly a cultural melting pot. Food options here are endless and if you love seafood you're in paradise. Delicious food, high street shopping, contemporary arts – you can find them all. For Day 1, we wandered around Marina bay sands a.k.a MBS and Gardens by the bay. Both spectacular sites if you are visiting Singapore for the first time ( don't miss the two domes (flower dome and cloud forest) that are right by the gardens) . After which we strolled to Arab street to try some delicious food and went shopping in the neighbourhood.

For my outfit i packed this metallic leather skirt i've had for a while and paired it with a high neck blouse from Zara. For shoes i wore these nude sling backs i found at Haji Lane Singapore. To find out where to shop in Singapore come check  back for my next week's post and i'l reveal all my finds.

Outfit Details : Skirt - Asos | Top - Zara (old)  | Heels - ModParade Singapore