Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fall Outfit in Lake Como


Ciao! I'm currently writing to you with a full belly from the beautiful city of Roma! I arrived in Rome this morning after a long morning on the train from Milan. I'll be touring the city for the next three days with my Mom. She's visiting me for 10 days :)...it's nice to see a familiar face after 2 months! So far, we've toured Milan and Lake Como. It was so beautiful walking around Como, Bellagio, and Varenna. We had such a great time! I wore my favorite cowl neck sweater (which I got during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale), and paired it with a simple black circle skirt. Both of these pieces are staples in my fall wardrobe. I love the sweater so much that I plan I ordering it in the other two colors when I get home for Christmas! My Mom also brought me some clothes and shoes (the booties I'm wearing above) from home so I can't wait to finally wear some different clothes. I feel like I have a brand new wardrobe here! Thank God!!! Anyway, I hope you all had a good weekend! Stay tuned for a blog post about Rome later this week. XOXO

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Newer Kat in SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, and PISA



Wow, what a week it has been! It's been a while since I last posted. I've been so busy studying for midterms and I was sick all weekend (meeeeh). I am feeling better now...thank you for all of you who sent me get well wishes on Instagram! Anyway, I've been holding off on sharing these Tuscany pictures for a week now. This trip was one of my favorites so far (yes I know I say that about every trip), but REALLY! It was an outstanding weekend. It was so beautiful words couldn't even describe it! If you ever have a chance to visit Italy, you must go to the Tuscan region. The wine, the people, the food, and the scenery were amazing! 

Where I Stayed: NH Hotel, Siena (PERFECT location!) 

What I Did: 
  • Guided tour of Siena 
  • Wine Tasting 
  • Day Trip to San Gimignano-Well worth the trip; quaint town with gorgeous views of the Tuscan scenery 
  • Day Trip to Pisa-Not worth visiting if you are short on time in Italy 

Where I Ate: 
  • Local Farm, San Gimignano
  • I Porci Comodi, Pisa-I ate the BEST sandwich I have ever eaten at this hole in the wall deli. It is "off the beaten path", but worth the extra walking. 
  • Local Pizza and Pasta Cafes-You can't go wrong with these when you're in Italy and want a quick bite to eat. 

What To Be Prepared For: 
  • Crowds in Pisa-As with any popular tourist destination, there will be a lot of people. 
  • Drink and purchase a lot of wine-It was the best I've ever had! 
  • Bring extra money for leather souvenirs in San Gimignano

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall OTK Boots You Need + 5 Tips for Traveling Solo


Ciao from the beautiful city of Tuscany! I am writing to you from my hotel room in downtown Siena. I'm staying here for the next three days! I'm am so excited...today I toured the city and tomorrow I'm going on a wine tasting tour! Stay tuned on Instagram (@anewerkatintown). Today I'm sharing this fall inspired look with my favorite OTK suede boots from Make Me Chic. I love them so much that I bought them in 2 different colors (grey and maroon...yes, I have a problem). I really like the way they look paired with a jean skirt or faux leather leggings.

In addition to sharing this fall outfit, I wanted to share some tips for traveling solo. I recently took two solo trips: Venice and Bergamo. As a 20-year-old female, I was scared at times being alone. However, I didn't let that stop me, and you shouldn't let it stop you either! I ended up having an outstanding time during both trips. Read my tips below to see how I overcame my fears.

1) Plan ahead. This is my number one tip for solo traveling. Plan, plan, plan. Having a game plan can make all the difference, especially when you are traveling alone. This includes planning tours, researching restaurants, and evaluating all of your accommodations.

2) Spend a little extra money. Do not be afraid to spend a little extra money if it means you feel safer. For example, if you feel safer staying in a hotel in the center of town, do spend that extra money. Or if you don't want to walk alone at night, don't hesitate to call a cab. Your safety is more important than saving a few extra dollars.

3) Be confident. When you are exploring the city, walk and act with confidence. Do not hesitate or look like you don't know where you are going. This will help you avoid being a target, and minimize cat-calling.

4) Make conversations. The best part about my trip was meeting locals and tourists. I really enjoyed connecting with other people! It's really easy to start a conversation when you are at dinner, or if you are staying in a hostel. This also helps if you are feeling lonely.

5) Remember that you are your own boss. Traveling solo gives you the freedom to do what you want, when you want. This is one of the greatest and most rewarding feelings so keep this in mind when you feel defeated, lonely, or scared. You have the power to make the most of your trip!

I hope you all enjoyed this post. If any of you are traveling soon, don't hesitate to reach out to me!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Anniversary to "A Newer Kat in Town"

Photography by Abigail Grinberg
Let me first start off by saying...HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO "A NEWER KAT IN TOWN"! (insert balloons & cake emojis) 

First of all, I wanted to say thank you to each one of you for following along my blogging and travelling journey this past year. It has been one exciting year to say the least! I hope you have enjoyed the content I've produced, as well as enjoyed reading and relating to my posts. I'm excited to continue this journey wherever it may take me (and I hope you are too!!). To celebrate my one-year anniversary, I wanted to write a more personal blog post...introducing myself, explaining who I am, why I started this blog, etc. 

Who I Am: For those of you who are new to my blog, my real name is Kathleen, but I go by Kat. I am a junior in college studying Marketing and English. I have a corresponding Instagram account @anewerkatintown where I post more frequently (If you haven't followed me yet, go check it out!!).

Why I Started A Blog: I started a blog in the summer of 2015 to document my study abroad experience and travels. It was mostly for friends and family, as well as a journal for myself. 

Where I've Traveled: 
  • Czech Republic
  • France 
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • China
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Canada 
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Caribbean Islands
  • (Austria, Spain, Switzerland, and Norway later this year)

Where I've Lived: 
  • Prague, Czech Republic-I studied abroad here for seven weeks during the summer of 2015. 
  • Shanghai, China-I studied and interned abroad here for 4 weeks during this past summer. 
  • Milan, Italy-I am currently here for the fall semester. 

What I Love Doing: My favorite hobbies include reading, blogging, photography, video editing, and of course shopping and traveling!! 

What I Absolutely Hate Doing: I hate watching movies! Everyone always thinks I'm so weird for not liking them, haha! 

One Fun Fact About Me: I like to buy flowers for myself once every two weeks or so! 

As always, thanks for reading and helping me celebrate this special day!!

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Newer Kat in VENICE, MURANO, and BURANO



Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing all of the details from my recent solo trip to the islands of Venice, Murano, and Burano. This trip has been my favorite thus far so I'm really excited for this post!

Where I Stayed: Hotel Ai Do Mori -great choice if you are on a budget, but still want to be close to the city center; about five minute walk to St. Mark's Square

What I Did: 
  • Murano and Burano Tour - I would highly recommend taking a day trip to these two beautiful islands. This was well worth the money! 
  • Walking Tour of Venice + Boat Ride - I thoroughly enjoyed the walking portion of this tour. However, I would recommend taking a gondola tour rather than a motorized boat tour. 
  • Rialto Farmer's Market - Great market to visit because it gives you a glimpse into the lives of the locals.
  • Walk around Venice & GET LOST! - To me, the best part about Venice was getting lost because I got to see some hidden canals and quieter streets. 
  • Sit on the pier by St. Mark's Square at night- I spent about an hour here looking at the moon, people watching, and enjoying live music echoing from St. Mark's Square. 

Where I Ate: (also the best part of my trip)
  • Trattoria Al Gazzettino - Wow. What an experience this was! This restaurant is off the beaten path so to speak. However, it is worth finding! Going to this restaurant really made me feel like Italy was my home. I only ordered an entree and a cappuccino for dessert. However, the staff gave me a free glass of prosecco with my entree, a free cookie and almond cake with a shot of liquor for dessert, a free glass of strawberry prosecco with dessert, AND A FREE BAG OF PASTA! 10 out of 10 recommend! *Make reservations in advance!
  • Ristorante Trattoria Cherubino - Absolutely the BEST spaghetti and clam sauce I have ever had! This restaurant is also off the beaten path so to speak, but it is well worth it. Great service, great atmosphere, and authentic experience! *Also make reservations in advance! 
  • Magna Bevi Tasi - Great little cafe for breakfast

What To Be Prepared For:
  • Crowds - As with any tourist destination, there are going to be tons of other people just like yourself! The crowds seemed magnified in Venice because the street and canals are so narrow. Have patience. 
  • Getting Lost - There is no way to avoid getting lost in Venice. You WILL get lost at some point. 
  • Knockoffs - Be weary of knockoff souvenirs including "Murano glass" and "Burano lace". These items are only sold at the real store on the islands of Murano and Burano, and are very, very expensive!  

If you go anywhere in Italy, I recommend choosing Venice. I enjoyed everything about my two-day trip here as you can tell. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Milan Fashion Week Recap + Outfits


Happy October! I don't believe that it's already OCTOBER! Where did September go? I was so busy last month...it flew by. My favorite week in September was, of course, Milan Fashion Week. While I didn't get the chance to attend any of the official shows, I still had a great time walking around, people watching, and attending smaller events at showrooms and boutiques. I loved picking out my outfits each day because it was an excuse to get dressed up! I'm including the details of what I did below. 

Tuesday, Sept. 20: I started Fashion Week by attending Vogue Fashion's Night Out. See the full post here.

Wednesday, Sept 21: I was invited to Banner Boutique for the brand launch of Taylor Records. I had a great time attending this event! After the event, I waited outside the Francesco Scognamiglio Show. I was so inspired by all the attendees' outfits. 

Friday, Sept 23: I was invited to the Laura Strambi Show. I've included pictures from the show of the SS17 collection above! After this event, I waited outside the Versace Show where I got the chance to see all of the models! 

Milano Fashion Week 2016 was a week I am going to remember forever! My goal next year is to be able to attend a show during New York Fashion Week! Finger crossed xoxo!