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I visited Joshua Tree with my family over Christmas and all I can say is WOW. It was a bit colder than we were expecting, so we didn’t get to fully enjoy the park the way we wanted to (it snowed on Christmas Eve!). The park is absolutely stunning – the rock formations, plants, and trails are awe inspiring and the sunsets are absolutely breathtaking. Not to mention the little town of Joshua Tree is so quaint and filled with little gems. It is truly worth visiting if you live in or are visiting Southern California. The desert is my favorite getaway, so I will definitely be going back soon and doing a more extensive trip recap (seriously everything is so unbelievably photographic and beautiful). In the meantime, here are a couple photos from my short trip to Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding area.

xx, Amy

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Nothing like an open road.

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Absolutely breathtaking sunsets.

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

A succulent lover’s dream.

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Cholla Cactus Garden – my favorite.

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

Joshua Tree National Park | The Luxi Look

The best stargazing from our adorable Airbnb.

Our final stop in Italy…Positano!! (Read part one of my Italy Travel Diary). I’m so excited to share my Positano travel guide with you guys because it was by farrrr my favorite part of Italy. Getting off the ferry in Positano was a VERY different experience than in Capri. So much more relaxing and calm, I felt instantly at ease in the small coastal town. Positano is seriously even more beautiful in person than photos! I wish I could have captured its full beauty in pictures but I really think it’s a place everyone should visit at some point in their life!
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Similar to Capri, there isn’t TOO much to do in Positano. We spent 5 days there and mostly just walked around (there are basically only a few paths in the main part of town so it’s very easy to explore, and then you can hike around the town on the main road if you want something different – I think the loop was maybe 2-3 miles?), went to the beach/pool, and ate. You can also rent little boats to zip around the coast or take day trips to other towns along the Amalfi Coast. Normally when it comes to travel I’m a huuuge planner and like to keep things moving, but my boyfriend is somewhat the opposite and much more spontaneous when it comes to travel. Our last couple of trips we took were very non stop, so I think the slower pace of Italy was a welcome change.
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look
Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

Wherever you stay in town, be prepared to walk uphill a lot! These mini hikes we took every day were really the only justification I had for the amount of fresh pasta I ate. To be honest, by the time we got to Positano I was a little gelato-ed out, and definitely at my limit with pasta. With that being said, the food in Positano is wonderful. My favorite restaurants were:

Da Adolfo – you have to call in advance to make a reservation (be sure to reserve beach chairs as well) and take a little boat (look out for the one with the red fish on it!) to the restaurant’s private beach. The menu is handwritten and seasonal, and entirely in Italian (google translate helped tremendously) – and everything is amazing. Be sure to get a pitcher (or two) of their house white wine with peaches.

Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

Chez Black – the oldest restaurant, Chez Black restaurant Positano Italy, is a must see! This place is an institution. Given the location, you would expect it to be entirely touristy, but surprisingly it isn’t. The food is wonderful and the restaurant is still run by the original family. We ate here several times during our stay in Positano.

Next 2 – a bit of a walk from the main square but Next2 Positano is one of my favorite meals in Italy. Think slightly more upscale and modern Italian food. The service is great, and the reviews of Next2 are always positive, I promise you’ll love it!

La Sponda – go for a special occasion (or just because you’re visiting Positano) – the restaurant is beyond stunning.

Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

You’ve probably seen photos of Le Sirenuse on Instagram or Pinterest – the hotel is stunning and the bar, Franco’s is a must for sunset cocktails and views. No better way to end the day. And if you’re looking for music and dancing, check out Music on the Rocks.

Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

Positano Travel Guide | The Luxi Look

Positano is so gorgeous any time of year, but if you have the option, definitely visit during the summer. The town is so lively and bustling with energy – even at the end of September you could already tell the town was beginning to shut down for the winter. It’s definitely a place I’m planning on returning to in the summer as soon as I can.

Vacationing in the Amalfi Coast was so incredibly relaxing that this was honestly the first vacation I’ve taken where I was truly ready to come home. Don’t get me wrong, Italy is beyond a dream and probably one of my favorite countries in the entire world. You wouldn’t have to twist my arm to get me to stay and extra week or month or year ;). As dorky as it sounds I was super excited to get back to work and blogging!! There are some exciting projects in the works for the month of October and I’m really, really excited to share with you guys!

I hope you enjoyed this Positano Travel Guide. Don’t forget to check out part ONE.

xx, Amy

Ciao! Apologies for the delay on this post, I’ve been dying to share our Italy travel diary but jetlag and catching up with life in LA got the best of me, so here we go! Today I’m sharing Rome and Capri, next I’ll share a Positano Travel Guide, so get excited!

Prior to this trip, I’d been to Europe several times before but had never visited Italy. Even before going, I already knew Italy would become one of my favorite countries. My boyfriend and I love to travel and make a point to take one big trip a year. This was a bit of a last minute trip but fortunately we were able to book flights and most of our hotels on credit card points (the best way to travel, seriously!).

Although the Amalfi Coast (Capri + Positano) were the main highlights of the trip, but we were able to get a glimpse of Rome as well. If you’re flying from the West Coast, Europe can feel a bit far – it’s a much easier trip for our East Coast friends (in fact, almost everyone we encountered in Capri and Positano were from Manhattan). If you can fly directly into Rome or Naples, DO IT, because international travel + layovers can be a nightmare.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

dress: band of gypsies

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

We only spent a couple days in the Eternal City. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you certainly can’t get through the city in a day. I could honestly spend weeks exploring the city. Instead of doing all of the typical tourist attractions, we decided to skip the crowds and lines and instead spend the time we had in Rome walking around the city leisurely. Knowing that Italy is definitely a destination we’ll return to, we felt fine skipping the usual “must-sees” and simply wandered around the city.

Going against my extreme type A / obsessive planning tendencies, we enjoyed Rome slowly, wandering from piazza to piazza, stopping regularly for spritzes + gelato. My favorite spots for apertivo time: the courtyard at Hotel de Russie and Ai Tre Scalini.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

You really can’t have a terrible meal in Italy, but there certainly are tourist traps (and lots of them). If you’re looking for local and authentic joints with a neighborhood vibe, your best bet is usually to follow your eyes and ears.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

From Rome we took a quick 1 hour train to Naples and caught a short ferry to Capri. It’s much easier to get to the Amalfi Coast if you fly directly into Naples as opposed to Rome, but there is so much more to do in Rome! I would choose Rome over Naples any day. If you have time, stop in Naples for the pizza. They’re famous for their extremely thin crust pizza. We made a pit stop at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and it was one of the best decisions we made.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Seriously, life changing pizza.

We’ve done trips where we covered a different city a day in the past – while that is a lot of fun it is also so exhausting and you never really get to “know” a place. A lot of trip guides say you can cover the Amalfi Coast in a day or two, but I HIGHLY recommend staying longer!

Capri actually isn’t pronounced the way it’s spelled (like capri sun, or those awkward 3/4 length pants we all used to wear…) – Italians pronounce it “cahhh-pree!” and will pretend as though they don’t know what you’re talking about if you say it any other way.

When you first arrive in Marina Grande, you’ll want to get the hell out of there. Loud, crowded, and full of tourists – you’ll be wondering why the f*ck did I come to this place?! Every day between 10-4 the cruise ships arrive and it’s a clusterf*ck but towards late afternoon the crowds leave and the town is peaceful and quaint. For this reason you should spend at least one night on the island and experience the real Capri.

Once you get out of the Marina and into the main town square or venture even further out to Anacapri, you’ll find that the island is truly lovely and magical. We spent 3 nights on the island and it was the perfect amount of time for us.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look
Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look
Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look
Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look
bikini: triangl | hat: similar | sunnies: karen walker
Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look
dress: vici

Pictures don’t always tell a full story and although we got several days of sunshine and beautiful weather, it rained on as many days as it didn’t during our week and a half in Italy. Obviously this was entirely out of our control, and while a little bit of rain was fine in Rome, it did limit what we were able to do in Capri.

If you do visit Capri and get beautiful weather (which if you go during the summer months, you should!) here’s what to do:

Visit the beach clubs. The day we spent at La Fontelina was one of our favorites of the entire trip. Get a bottle of rose or a pitcher of sangria, and alternate between lounging on a beach chair and dipping into the sea.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

La dolce vita indeed.

We didn’t get a chance to check out Il Riccio (near the famous Blue Grotto) due to the rain, but we heard great things about it as well.

Visit Anacapri – it’s a quick taxi or bus ride from the main square, for some reason we thought it would be a good idea to walk. Little did we know the path to Anacapri is a full on hike with what felt like thousands of stairs. Between the intense hike (seriously, dress for the occasion and bring water – we were so unprepared) and the stunning views from the top, it’ll take your breath away.

Go shopping in the main square. You could easily spend the day browsing the many designer boutiques on the island. If you’re looking for souvenirs or trinkets, Capri is known for their linens and custom handmade sandals.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Eat! Some restaurants we ate at and loved –

Villa Verde – because of the rain, we didn’t want to stray too far from where we were staying. Villa Verde was a solid option in the main square with the usual suspects on the menu – pasta, pizza, and a variety of mains. One of the better options to have dinner in the town.

Al Grottino – set “in a grotto,” we loved this restaurant for its intimate feel and simple, home cooked meals. We ate here several times and fell in love with the staff. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

Da Paolino – you may have seen photos of this restaurant with its many lemon trees. Although the restaurant was beautiful and lemon scented, it did feel slightly touristy. Still worth a visit if you have time as the ambiance is beautiful in the summer.

Buonocore Gelato – this was definitely a daily (or twice a day) habit for me. They make their waffle cones fresh on the spot, it’s practically impossible to walk by and smell the fresh cones and NOT get a gelato.

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Italy Travel Diary | The Luxi Look

Rent a boat – 100% do this if you have a chance – we had originally scheduled a boat tour for a day but had to cancel because of the weather. I was a little disappointed that we did not get to see the famous Faraglioni rocks up close, but it’s really just an excuse to go back to Capri ASAP ; ).

Honestly, there isn’t TOO much to do on Capri. If you’re looking for a jam packed and action filled itinerary for this part of the Italy Travel Diary, you’ve come to the wrong place. The pace of living on the island is very slow, and we honestly spent our days walking around the town, hanging out at La Fontelina, and drinking spritzes. If this isn’t your thing, one full day might be more than enough for you.

Stayed tuned for the second half of my trip + Italy Travel Diary (my personal favorite) – A Positano travel guide!

As always, thank you for reading and if you ever have ANY questions about my Italy trip or are trying to plan your own trip, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.

xx, Amy

Jetlag sure is a bitch. Since coming back from Italy, I’ve been waking up at 4am and starving, feeling tired and sluggish at random hours of the day, and in a general state of mental fuzz. When you cross multiple time zones so quickly, your body is completely out of sync and desperately has to try to readjust to a normal schedule. Without a doubt the first thing I try to figure out everytime I travel internationally is how to beat jetlag.

I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to travel and would love to see the entire world someday – but as you already know, traveling takes a tremendous toll on your body. As glamorous as it sounds to have a constant jetset life, I know that it isn’t always as great as it seems. My first job out of college involved flying somewhere every week and let me tell you, the novelty of life on the go wore off quickly.

Traveling disrupts your sleep schedule, your eating and workout routines, and can do a number on your skin and digestive system. Unfortunately, it takes about one day for each time zone crossed to fully recover from the effects of jetlag. I’m still recovering, but a few things have helped enough that going back to work and sitting at a desk hasn’t been as difficult as I anticipated.

How to Beat Jetlag | The Luxi Look

How to Beat Jetlag | The Luxi Look

How to Beat Jetlag | The Luxi Look

ON THE FLIGHT:

Water. Flying dehydrates you like crazy. I always bring a refillable bottle or buy one of the large 1L bottles from a newsstand before boarding. Ideally you should drink 8 oz or more every hour you’re on the plane.

Be prepared. I like to pack ear plugs, noise cancelling headphones, an eye mask, a neck pillow, and a sheet mask. You might get some funny looks, but it’ll help your skin from the nasty air in the plane and you’ll be comfortable : ).

Sleep. If you’re one of those people that can sleep anywhere, LUCKY YOU!! If you’re flying first or business class, same. I don’t mess around with sleeping pills… but I try to turn off any electronics nearby and get as much rest as possible.

Avoid alcohol/caffeine/carbonated beverages. Alcohol and caffeine will disrupt your sleep and carbonated beverages will bloat you like crazy. It’s all the fun stuff I know, but you’ll feel a million times better when you step off the plane.

Avoid plane food. Honestly, I don’t touch the food on planes. I usually try to adjust my eating schedule to match my destination over the course of my flight. When flying internationally, you’re often in the air during sleeping hours of your destination, so I usually try to avoid eating anything until I land.

How to Beat Jetlag | The Luxi Look

How to Beat Jetlag | The Luxi Look

How to Beat Jetlag | The Luxi Look

AFTER THE FLIGHT:

Workout. Ideally outside. Natural sunlight is one of the best things to help you readjust to your new time zone. Getting your blood flowing and breaking a sweat is one of the best cures to any stress : ).

Go to the spa. Get a massage and relax – it’ll help release the stress that comes with flying and help you sleep better.

Give yourself time. Even seasoned road warriors often need a day or two to reacclimate. International flights and the jetlag that comes with them are no fun. Although tbh, I’m loving waking up at 5am and going to bed at 9pm. #grandma

How do you beat jetlag?

xx, Amy

romper: rahi cali (sold out) | hat: lack of color | boots: sole society

Wanderlust

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

You hear time and time again that travel is the only thing that makes you richer. I couldn’t agree more. Travel teaches perspective, compassion, and empathy. Whatever your preferred travel style is, I believe that getting out of the country (or even your state) allows you to open up your eyes and see how big the world truly is. I’ve been fortunate enough to cross off several destinations on my list and will be visiting Italy in a week (a big one on my list!), but there are still so many places in the world I’d love to see. The travel bug is REAL, and I thought I’d share some of the spots I’ve been dreaming of in my mind. Here are the top destinations at the moment on my travel bucket list:

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

Cuba – American travel to Cuba was highly restricted until very recently. But now that many trade restrictions have been lifted, and there are even direct flights from the US to Cuba, tourism is expected to jump between the two countries. I would love to see the island, which has described to be “frozen in time,” before it becomes overrun with tourists and changes.

Iceland – I’m not typically the super adventurous type, but I am itching to visit Iceland someday (soon!). Although I’m a city girl through and through, but would jump at the change to get away and disconnect in Iceland.

Japan – In general, Asia as a continent is full of places I’ve never seen and would love to visit. But the country I’d love to see most is Japan – I’m SO fascinated by the history and culture.

Morocco – partially because of my Pinterest and home decor dreams, but mostly because the country is so different than anywhere I’ve ever been. Morocco has been high on my list for years.

Colombia – Not an addition to my list because of Narcos (although, has anyone watched Season 2?! I binged it over Labor Day Weekend…) – I’ve never been to South America, but I’m dying to go!! Lately it feels like everyone is headed to Colombia. Who could blame them? Beautiful cities, beautiful beaches, amazing food and drink – there’s something for everyone.

Safari – Need I say more?

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

Speaking of traveling, I have yet to nail down the perfect travel-chic style, but today’s look was inspired by my wanderlust. I’ve been looking for a weekender bag for a while now, and Sole Society’s Robin bag (made of vegan leather!!) is a great option.

Also having a bit of a cactus obsession at the moment – despite being unable to keep any succulents alive for more than 6 months, I love wearing them on my sleeve. I love silly prints (pineapples and watermelons on my dresses) – after all, style isn’t meant to be too serious!

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

Travel Bucket List | The Luxi Look

I know I previously mentioned my RE/DONES and now that I’ve been wearing mine in for a couple weeks, the final verdict is absolutely LOVE. (Not sponsored, I just really really love these shorts). Yes, they’re a little pricey for denim shorts, but if you’re looking for the perfect vintage pair and you just don’t have time to scour flea markets and deal with wonky vintage sizing, you’ll find they are totally worth it. Perfectly worn in and distressed and they manage to fit just right.

Hope everyone is enjoying the short week! I’d love to hear – what’s on your travel bucket list?

xx, Amy

top: topshop | shorts: re/done (similar here) | hat: lack of color

shoes: c/o sole society | bag: c/o sole society

photos: lauren miller

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