A Continuation of the my travel series: All roads lead to Roma


 





































 Ah, I'm so infatuated with Rome. The buildings, the narrow streets, the mysterious corners, the old buildings, the flowers, the men- everything! I am clearly not the only one who has been charmed by Rome as it has been the subject of countless movies, books, and paintings. In fact, I had to constantly resist the urge to sing "This is what dreams are made of" out loud from the Lizzie McQuire movie (which took place in Rome as if you didn't already know that).
During my time I also discovered that I would be better off if gelato was made illegal. However, as it is very legal and very present, I happened to consume  more or less my own weight in it and let's not even get started with pizza.

I have to admit though that I had been expecting a rome experience more similar to When in Rome but to my disappointment I did not get to dance in the fountain, and all the men in Rome did not fall in love with me. However, I refuse to believe that it was due to a personal fault and blame the fact that the Fontana di Trevi was closed. See, maybe this was actually a small victory as now I have a new (completely coherent) reason to revisit Rome. I'm positive that next time I go (and dance in the fountain like Kristen Bell), my personal Pablo/Nick will find me.

The weather in Rome was so hot. I wore a lot of flowy bottoms, which shaded my legs from the burning sun but didn't suffocate my legs in heat. Also, a good piece of advice for future visitors would be to wear good shoes. I ignored this for my first day and wore flats (as you can see from the first pictures) and had to pay for it dearly in terms of achy and blistered feet. After that I wore my white converse everywhere. However, for dinner at night I wore heels. If you want to wear heels, bring wedges because those are so comfortable on the cobble stone streets.

This is the last travel focused post after this I'll refocus more on fashion and what I have been wearing. Tell me though if you like reading about my travels so I know what you guys think! 

XO,







In the Ibiza night



I've been a bit anxious about making this post because I've been trying to think "How do I make it look nice?" But that's just it- you don't. There are going to be colored pictures together with  black and white pictures. Good quality pictures with bad quality pictures taken with my phone. I decided that in order to give you guys a realistic glimpse to my nights in Ibiza, I had to let go of my obsessive need to make everything look so goddamn esthetic (You should see me with instagram) and just embrace the picture chaos.  So now that I have decided to let go of my weird obsessive need, I'm just going to dive right in. You ready?

Well anyway to start off I might as well explain a bit about Ibiza and its clubs for those who have never been. The main towns that I have been to and can (semi-legitimately at least) explain are the Ibiza town, which is the biggest town on the Island, and San Antoni, which is a lot smaller by comparison. Ibiza town contains a city vibe while San Antoni has this beachy holiday resort vibe. I suppose some could make a comparison between it and the Jersey Shore. (The guidos and the Jersey shore cast are replaced by the large population of the loud, drunken tourists. Mostly British.) There are about 12 huge clubs in Ibiza. The most well known are the oldest ones:  Pasha (the best and oldest of all if you ask me), The Privilege (used to be called "the Q"), Amnesia, and Space. In addition to those there is Ushuaia, an elite hotel, which holds awesome concerts and parties so it is often counted as one of the clubs. I have been to Pasha, the Privilege, Ushuaia, and Amnesia (we went to Amnesia last year) myself. Many of these clubs are very concert-like because they are so huge and there is almost always a well known DJ playing. For example we saw Guetta in Ushuaia.


Usually people dress up for Ushuaia as it is a bit more expensive and a lot fancier than someplaces. However, we opted for spandex shorts and 7-euro shirts (which we found from a random tourist shop) because we were heading to privileges neon paint party afterwards. The outfit was cheap AND it was very comfortable regardless of the jumping up and down and dancing like crazy in the stuffed crowd for almost 10 hours straight. The thing is, I love dressing up for concerts because you can experiment with your make up. We added little crystal bead stickers to our make up for the crazy festival feel.






 After Ushuaia we rushed to a burger joint near by for a midnight snack and then took a cab to the Privilege. The dress code for Privilege was much more casual. Good thing too, since we ended up being soaked in paint from head to toe.



Literally seconds away from getting splashed in the face with paint
It was pretty crazy but we actually invented a pretty convenient life hack for you guys! Instead of bringing an expensive clutch, we put our phones and some money in ziploc bags! The Iphone (I haven't tried with any other phone yet) registers your touch through the bag so basically it worked as a DIY waterproof phone case. (See below)


Also you might have already spotted that we had a few flasks with us. This is another good tip: Whenever you can bring/sneak in your own booze - do it. First of all, even a small water bottle at a club (I.e. Pasha, Privilege,...all the big ones) costs 10 euros. So bringing your own drinks saves you money. Another thing it does is it eliminates the safety hazard of someone spiking your drink because after all it's Ibiza, and ccording to all the crazy stories I've heard you'd much rather be safe than sorry.

You know, just a few friendly tips along the way!

Pasha was the last one of the big clubs that we went to. Pasha was/is my favorite by far because of its compact dance floor. Don't get me wrong though, the club itself is huuuge! It's just that the close proximity of the DJs and the dancers due to the shape of the dance floor makes the event seem like a party and a not just some concert, which is something I personally like. When we went to Pasha we had Steve Aoki and Afrojack play together and they were so good. Afrojack is so talented as a DJ and you would never guess how good he is live from the stuff you hear on the radio.

My outfit for Pasha!

The dress code for Pasha is a lot more formal just like the club itself. Also, Pasha is known for its hippie flower theme. I actually got the lace top from a hippie market on the previous day!



In Pasha we danced with so many people. By the end of the night Steve Aoki and Afrojack started throwing pies into the crowd and of course my friend Mathilde had gotten herself into the front row and shortly became the number one target for the pie. The hilarious part was that it kinda looked like puke so you can just imagine a cab driver's delight of having to drive us home.

In addition to the big clubs, we spent many nights club hopping in Ibizza town and San Antoni . In San Antoni there is "the west end" simply referred to as "the west" which is basically this street that is packed with regular clubs. In there it's much easier to get to know and talk to new people and we ended up making a lot of new friends. All in all, the long nights in Ibiza filled me with so many cherishable memories. One thing I learned was that the only thing better than going to bed to a radiant sunset is going to bed to a radiant sunrise, and that's the luxury and lifestyle of the crazy, magneficient, Ibiza.

Until later.

XO,

J

Shopping in Ibiza town








  
Wearing:
Maxi skirt - Misguided
Top - H&M
Jewelry - Vila

We spent our first day in Ibiza by doing some serious shopping. Mathilde hadn't arrived from Belgium yet so it was just us three; Elna, Esther, and I. It was one of the very few cloudy days so shopping seemed fitting. Ibiza town is the biggest town/city on the island and has various shops. Bershka and Pull&Bear are so cheap in spain in comparison to their stores in Northern Europe for example. I also found a store called "Women'secret", which is kind of like the Victoria's secret, but cheaper. Still regardless of the modest pricing, the products are high quality and I bought two bras that I absolutely adore. You wouldn't think of a trip to Ibiza to be a shopping trip but I always end up coming back home with way too many shopping bags. 
This look I wore is probably one of my favorites. I'm seriously obsessed with the crop top-maxi skirt combo. I feel like I recycle this look way too much but what can I say? It's just so easy to put together and almost always looks good. Fortunately I own three different maxi skirts so I'm able to switch it around. The bronze chains added this "greek goddess" vibe, which I think fit right into the tropical, paradise-like atmosphere of Ibiza. What do you think?

Xo,
J