Travel Guide to Positano, Italy!

Have you guys tired of me talking about Italy yet?

It’s good if you haven’t, and I’m terribly sorry if you have, but I obviously have a whole blog post on the subject, sooooo. ;)

This won’t be a super word-heavy post. I don’t even know how I would sum up Italy into words. But this was kind of a honeymoon for Ty and I in a lot of ways. Since we got married when we were 18, didn’t have passports at that time, couldn’t drink, and had like $700 to our name. So this was our adult honeymoon, at least. Ha!

Italy was magical and romantic and beautiful in every way. I know everyone’s going right now and it’s a super trendy destination, but I’ve had a Pinterest board of photos of just Positano for 8 years now, so whether everyone thinks I went just to get the perfect Instagram photo or not, I don’t care….but like, that’s not the reason I went. ;)

So, I’ll go through, let you know our favorite spots, and where you should absolutely go. And you should go. There’s just something about this place that I think everyone should experience. Also the food is worth the plane ticket, just if I’m being totally honest.

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First of all, people aren’t joking about these Positano stairs. They are a serious, calf ripping workout. We stayed at the very tip top of the hill and walked down, usually twice a day. We’d go down once in the morning to explore/go to the beach, and then go back up to clean up for dinner, and back down for dinner, and back up at the end of the night. I think our entire time there, we walked around 35-40 miles. We didn’t get in a car once, and even though it was exhausting, I’d recommend it to anyone. You don’t get to see these hidden alleyways and beautiful homes if you’re in a car. And so much of the beauty of Positano is hidden around every turn. So walk as much as you can. It also helps with the indulgent eating. ;)

Probably our favorite spot of the trip was Franco’s. A bar attached to the Le Sirenuse hotel (which we didn’t stay at, but we will next time, cause holy gorgeous). Anyway, it has a great view, fabulous (more pricey) drinks, but the view makes up for it. Just really vibey and a great place to grab a spritz before or after dinner! Tip: there was always a line when we were there. Get there before they open and line up on the street. People go crazy for this place.



Another thing I would recommend. Rent beach chairs. We didn’t go with the idea of doing this, but the beaches are just so beautiful, that we actually wound up doing it 3 times. Twice in Positano and once when we went to Capri! We did two days on a more private beach, which I would say was absolutely worth the money, and one day on a more public beach. And don’t let yourself leave without getting in that water. So clear you can see to the bottom, and felt incredibly freeing to swim in. Also, I ordered all of the Aperol Spritzes if you can’t tell already.

Speaking of Capri, GO TO CAPRI! We spent a whole day there, and it might have been my favorite day of the trip. We took the ferry there around 10 am and came back on the same ferry around 6 pm. We just walked the island, had a long leisurely lunch, went to one of the aforementioned beaches there (which wasn’t really a beach, more-so a beautiful cliffside with lounge chairs and an entrance into the water—seriously unimaginable beauty), got cookies at Buonocore Gelateria (a must if you’re on Capri), and it was wonderful!

The rest of the time was spent just being together in that beautiful place. Eating lots of pasta, pizza, and gelato. Ordering two glasses of wine with dinner, and listening to music out by the water. Bliss.

A couple of must eats:

Collina Bakery- Best cannolis and croissants we had, and they also have a restaurant just outside the bakery that had the best clam pasta!

Chez Black - Beautiful atmosphere, live music (so fun), and delish pizza!


Capricci- Adorable outdoor restaurant down by the water. Very casual and I’m positive the people at the next table will talk to you. Loved the pasta with vegetables and tomato sauce, and the staff was incredibly kind!

Da Vincenzo- This may have been my favorite dinner? It’s so hard to say, they were all so good! This restaurant is kind of tucked away in the upper neighborhood streets of Positano and offered a nice change of scenery from the beach! And I will forever be singing the praises of the tuna & vegetable stuffed pepper we had here. Insane. So insane that I didn’t get a photo of it. hah!

Buca di Bacco- A hotel/restaurant also down on the water. Probably the best gnocchi I’ve ever had!

And obviously, get gelato every chance you get!

The last thing I would absolutely recommend is to book a little cruise around the Amalfi Coast. We booked a four hour private boat tour through Positano Boats and it’s something I know we’ll both remember forever. They take you from Positano down to Amalfi, stop in grottos along the way that you can swim in and out of. We even got to cliff jump a little bit! Just an incredibly special experience!


Here are a few more snaps of our explorations!


As always, feel free to reach out with any questions of if you’re in search of any additional recommendations!

Love & pasta,

Cort

Girly Garb: Summer Forever

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(This blurry photo brought to you by a self timer and two n00bz still learning how to use it)

We are well into September and it is currently 82 degrees outside. And it will most likely stay that way for at least a month and a half. Just so you know - we’ll probably never move away from here. #sunshineforever Unless, of course, they make an underground bullet train to Paris. Then we’ll split our time between LA and Paris. So someone should get on that please and thank you.

We have got some SUPER exciting new things coming up for A Whimsy Wonderland! After about 2 and a half years, it’s time for some updates. WE’RE PUMPED, Y’ALL. Keep your peepers peeled, it’s about to get real fun around here.

But until then, here’s some cute pics of some colorful ‘fits. :)

Cort’s outfit deets - Top & Bottom set: SHEIN - Headscarf: Urban Outfitters - Shoes: Urban Outfitters - Clutch: Studio DIY

Jen’s outfit deets: Dress: SHEIN - Beret: Hello Holiday - Earrings: Marley & Alfie - Shoes: ASOS

Sending you all endless sunshine and a big hug.

Love & Summer

Jen & Cort

Cort's Kitchen Reveal!

Alright, you guys! This is the last room reno for me...for now, until I get the courage to take on our bathroom or get bored and redo one of the rooms I already redid. Our kitchen! Which, if I'm being honest, was the most intimidating one for me! 

Lemme just give y'all a sneaky peek of what it was like before.

Like what even are those Slytherin lookin' cabinet knobs? Is this patio furniture in 2004? Maybe I'm being overdramatic, but y'all know grey and tan aren't my power colors. When we looked at this apartment, I loved everything but the kitchen (except the backsplash, we did keep that). BUT I knew I could change what I wanted and it wasn't worth passing up the space. And as you can see from our entire apartment reno, we were excited for a project! Something to feel like ours. And with this room done, it truly does! 

So......*drum roll*

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TA-DA!

Complete with matching lemon pj's, because would you expect anything less?

This kitchen was a lot of little projects rolled into one. As you can see, it's small and it's a rental, so it's not like I'm allowed to (or can afford to) just knock it down and build a new one. So it was about focusing my attention on all the little things I could change! Probably the biggest change you'll notice is the cabinet color and cabinet hardware, which were the first things we nailed down! 

If you guys saw our living room reveal post, you know we got an aqua colored mid-century sofa from Joybird. Our kitchen kind of backs up to our living room, so when you walk in our front door, the first things you notice are our couch and our kitchen cabinets, so I knew I wanted the colors to compliment each other! We chose the color Island Oasis from Dunn Edwards for our kitchen and could not be more thrilled with the way it turned out! Sure, a bright color is harder to maintain than a darker color but to me it's worth it! We also immediately knew we wanted to replace the distressed metal cabinet hardware with something more sleek and gold, because gold forever. We discovered Emtek when looking for new hardware for our bedroom, and knew we wanted to use them for basically all the new hardware in our house. We chose the Satin Brass Bar Pulls for our cabinets and I love the contrast that they add! And if I haven't said this already, they age beautifully! I love to cook and I'm so much happier spending time in the kitchen now! 

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Ps, here is the snippet of our cabinets backed up to our couch, so you can see the colors together! Also, our pink trashcan is from Bed, Bath, & Beyond! 

And the pink trashcan brings me to my next point! Choosing all of our kitchen accessories. As much as I could easily go crazy and choose things in every color, I knew with this size and layout of a space, I had to stick to just a few or it would just feel too chaotic (for me, at least). 

So, obviously we have the teal cabinets, and I wanted to play around with different hues of pink (duh) and throw in some yellow accents! 

We bought this little coffee cart from one of our friends a while back (I think it's originally from IKEA) and we painted the top of it pink (scroll up to see the before). Having designated sections in a small kitchen definitely helps me feel more organized, so this is where we make all our coffees and teas and usually where I prep anything I'm baking. I might sound like a crazy person, but just giving you guys my full self here. Haha!

And as far as like, kitchen accessories, we didn't really have much. We had pots and pans that we had gotten when we got married and we have plates and silverware and all the basics, but we're like, grown ups now, and apparently all your spices and baking mixes don't have to live in mis matched tupperware. But no shame if they do. ;) 

SO, we turned to Wayfair, and holy everything did they save us. We found SO much that we loved and that matched the look and feel we were going for! Our gold french press, our coral-colored tea kettle, our new bar cart, Lily's mid-century modern dog bowls, our new lavender cookware, and a lot more! Don't worry, I'll link it all below! 

Just constantly finding it amazing how much little changes in a space can affect (effect? I never know) my mood so much, and being able to share it with you guys is so much fun! 

xoxo,

Cort

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