Journey with Javvy to Italy: Milan

Milan, a huge city nestled in the beautiful country of Italy filled with fashion, delicious food and tons of eccentric people. What I loved most about Milan was running around the streets all day and night finding cool places to eat and drink endless amounts of wine. The way that I was able to transition my style to match this all day marathon of fun was by packing a light leather coat and heels in my day bag. When I was ready to go to a nice dinner or venture to a wine bar, I would switch out my daytime high-tops into something sexy to match the beautiful crowd in this incredible city.

Some of my favorite restaurants are listed for you below:

Fancy eats:

Italian/Mediterranean: Da Vic- Ristorante Guerrini - the flavors of the food there is impeccable

Seafood: Ristorante Glauco

Affordable eats: 

La Pida se' Parsot: great for a quick bite

G.B. Bar: Great cafe for sandwiches and espresso!

Journey with Javvy to Italy: Florence

Oh Firenze.. how it got me in such a frenzy when I had to leave that beautiful city! From the architecture, the cobblestone streets, the impeccable food and the shopping, I absolutely have this on my "must go back" to visit list! I was there for a little less than a week and goodness gracious did I eat. In fact, I made a rule that I had to have four full meals a day to truly get the foodie experience I was hoping to attain while in Florence. Obviously I had to have a treat between those meals, so I took a gelato break each time! Funny thing about traveling to Europe is that you eat an immense amount of food, but since you walk practically everywhere, and there are not gross hormones in their foods, you either don't gain weight, or if you are like me, you may even come back home skinnier!

Because I love you all and want you to have a special experience in Florence, I have a list below on things you absolutely must do, eat and where to shop.

Where to eat/drink:

Per my good friend Kayte, who lived there before and set me up for success on everything Firenze, you should absolutely stay off the touristy streets. The food is going to be double the price and it certainly will not taste as authentic as you would hope it would.

-Sandwiches- Go to All'Antico Vinaio- if you want to have the best sandwich you have ever had in your entire life, then go here. Ask them to make it their way and ensure you ask for some balsamic glaze! Fantastico!

-Pizza- Go to I' Pizzacchiere - you will be able to grab a quick bite of pizza and you will be changed for life.

-Pasta? Go to Yellow Bar- it is fairly close to the Duomo. They have homemade pasta there that is out of this world. Their Fiorentina (Florentine steak) is a must!

-Steak? Go to Golden View- it is across the Ponte Vecchio, on the water. It is romantic and fancy! The authentic florentine food there is phenomenal. 

-Cocktails? Go to Art Bar- it is owned by two Scottish men and all they server is popcorn and the best cocktails you will find in the city. If you are into supreme mixologists, then this is your place. They take 20-minutes just to perfect each cocktail.

-Appetizers? Go to the Santa Croce area- wander over to this church and in the area you will see lots of restaurants open their doors for appertivo, which is Italian appetizer time! Great authentic appetizers!

-Gelato? Go to Marco Ottaviano II Gelato Gourmet- fantastic organic gelato! WOW!

Where to Shop:

-Fashion District- This area is near the Piazza de Republica. This is your mecca of high-fashion. MUST GO!

-San Lorenzo- it is a street market located in between the Duomo and the train station. This is your Italian version of a black market and you will want to find and bargain for some great leather goods

What to See/Do:

-Duomo - Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiore. This is the famous cathedral dome that dominates the Firenze skyline.

-Boboli Gardens- Absolutely beautiful gardens that you would be crazy not to visit.

-Watch sunset on bridge of Ponte Vecchio- and if you are like me, do it while eating a sandwich.

-Day trip to Tuscany- book a tour that will pick you up from your hotel and take you the magical wine country. Eat amazing food and drink plenty of wine! This is absolutely romantic and I highly suggest it!

What to Wear:

People are beyond well-dressed in Florence. Only the tourists are dressed in "touristy" casual attire. Everyone else? Well they look like they just walked out of a Vanity Fair photoshoot. Guys, wear blazers as often as possible, wear loafers, cuffed pants or trousers, and high-tops on casual days. Ladies, wear flowy dresses, leave your crop tops in the states and dress like a chic lady.

Below I have some pics at Hotel Montebello Splendid, a 5-star hotel in Florence, where I am enjoying a lovely afternoon in a cute outfit and sipping on some tea! Ciao Bellas! 

What I am wearing:

Hat: Get it here

Skirt: Get it here

Booties: Get it here

Top: Get it here

 

Nautical Day Vibes from Day to Night

I cannot be more ready for Spring, and I am thoroughly excited that it is right around the corner. I wanted to show you the perfect dress to wear to just brunch with the girls or even to a party at night. All you need to do is ditch the casual hat at night and you have a great evening wear outfit. The hat, which happens to be a vintage one I stole from my mom from the 80's, brings in neutral tones so it allows this look to be perfect for the daytime. The dress itself is lightweight and perfect for warmer temperatures. 

Take a look at the pictures and shop the look below!

xo

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Dress: Liberty Sage

Jewelry: Elise M. Collections

Shoes: Adrianna Papell

Healthy Foods to Incorporate in Your Life

We are all always looking for the next best diet trick, or the next best "kale" to incorporate in our lives, but don't get all wrapped up in that. It is important to have a balanced diet, but try adding in some healthier alternatives here and there. Make it more of a lifestyle and not a quick fix.

Below you will find 7 must-haves to include in your "lifestyle"

1. Hemp hearts- These are powerful super seeds that pack 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omega. Similar to chia and flaxseed, but more nutritional benefits! Throw it in your salads, smoothies or even some oatmeal in the morning!

2. Avocado- The easiest go-to snack! Slice that sucker open, add a little lime juice, salt, lemon pepper and voila, you have an easy healthy snack. You can also pair avocados with just about anything. You can make guacamole, put it on lettuce wraps, salads, and even with eggs in the morning.

3. Apple Cider or Balsamic Vinegar (organic of course)- Vinegar is your best friend. It is packed with probiotics so it helps you digest food easier and it is also filled with antioxidents that will help counter the effects of free radicals. Read about free radicals here

4. Fresh Citrus Juice- This is the easiest to incorporate since you probably already have a ton of limes and lemons in your fridge. Switch up your water drinking routine by adding in lemon into your water. Citrus fruits offer a great range of vitamin C, folate and potassium. 

5. Almond butter- This is a great protein punch when you are on the go. Add some onto a banana in the morning or for an afternoon snack. Did I mention it is also ridiculously delicious?

6. Flax oil- This is a fantastic addition to any salad dressing, shake or even just your oatmeal. The taste obviously is not the loveliest so that is why I suggest adding it to something you are about to eat or drink. Flax oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and it is also gluten free, vegan friendly and is non-gmo.

7. Hummus- Since hummus is so rich in protein, it can help you fight hunger by keeping you full for longer! Use hummus in place of mayo on sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches. It is delicious!

Hope you enjoyed these healthy tips!

xo

How to Rock a Matching Set the Right Way

I am back at it with a matching two-piece set. The look of this two piece is incredible, but that is not what made me fall in love with it fully, it is because of how high-quality the fabric is. The skirt also does a magic trick and sucks in any "curves" I do not want to highlight, which was an added bonus!

I paired this set with a an oxblood colored hat, which I am not sure if you knew, it is this season's hottest color! I toned down the rest of the outfit with neural heels, a gem and stone mid-length necklace from Chanel and a gold Chanel bag.

This outfit is perfect for a date or even just a fancy dinner party! You will be sure to make waves when entering a crowded room with this winning matching set!

The pics from the shoot are below! 

xo

 

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Matching Set: WOW Couture, Similar Here

Heels: Michael Kors, Similar Here

Valentine's Day Must Haves

I picked my favorites for you to grab right before Valentine's day to look extra sleek and sexy!

Enjoy love bugs!

Posted on February 11, 2015 and filed under fun post.

One..Two..Perfect

I have a petite yet curvy figure so I am always looking for ways to accentuate my curves and elongate my body. These two are rather difficult to achieve, but once matching 2-piece sets came into style, I found that these sets are my body's forte. This is why I absolutely love this one that I found by WOW Couture at Ami Clubwear. I paired this set with a knit sweater, over the knee high boots and a floppy hat.

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xo

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Spring Forward to a Moments of Chic Moment with PiperlimeXSavvyJavvy

Even Californian's are complaining of this imbalanced weather. One day we are wearing shorts, the next day we are throwing on OTK boots to stay warm. Let's just say, I am so ready for Spring, and even more ready to start wearing all of my beautiful Spring and Summer clothes that are waiting to see the light of day!

I have been very honored to partner up with Piperlime for their final installment of their Moments of Chic campaign. With Spring fashion on our minds, I have the perfect outfit for you to look effortlessly-posh. These nautical striped shorts and these muted gray strappy heels are a huge bonus in my closet. I can dress down the shorts with a regular white t-shirt and Superga high-tops, or can dress them like I did here with these gorgeous shoes and off-white blouse. The heels pair perfectly with these shorts and since they have that muted tone to them, you can pair them with just about any dress you have in your closet!

Check out the photos from the shoot and shop this look below!

xo

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Juno Vibes in LA

As many Angelenos were complaining about the rain on their ride home from work last night (I am included in this), the East Coast was on house arrest from Juno. Secretly I would be tickled if people rented the 2007 movie Juno while being forced to stay inside due to Juno the storm! Only fellow hipsters would sign up for something like that!

To stay warm and cozy during the rainy Monday day I wore a chunky knit sweater dress and over the knee suede boots. These boots are everything any more, and extremely affordable. They are a must have in any fashionistas closet! 

Check out my look below!

xo 

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Dress: Ami Clubwear or Similar

Boots: Black Suede Boots

 

Flamingos Are My Friends

I fell in love with this adorable ETSY shop Love Drop Tee's that has an abundance of cute totes, tees and sweatshirts with fun sayings on it. Their items are a perfect gift for your girlfriend or even for yourself to rock on a sunny day by the beach. In this picture I am sporting their "Yes Way Chardonnay" tote bag and their "Flamingos Are My Friends" tee! You can get these items here on ETSY. Tell them that Javvy recommended you!

xo