Italy finds

I think by now we’ve established the fact that I’m obsessed with Italy. I was always convinced I wanted to live there, even though I’ve never been, and now that I’ve actually visited, it just confirmed everything I thought to be true. Walking around, I felt like I did live there, except for the major factors that my dogs and baby were still in Tucson and I had “tourist” blinking over my head like a neon sign. A girl can daydream though, right?

The food, the people, the culture, the buildings, the shopping…


Oh man, the shopping.

Initially, I was so proud of the fact that we each managed to bring a backpack and carryon-sized suitcase for a 9-day trip. Rookie, rookie mistake. Sure, all of our stuff fit traveling there, but as you can imagine,  after a week of “oh, let’s get this!” we were walking around Naples desperately trying to find a luggage store. (Word to the word, everything is closed in Napoli on Sunday. The fact that makes up for it: they have the BEST pizza in the world. For real, your soul will break out into an aria of joy.) Since we couldn’t find an extra suitcase and figured we’d just make it work, we managed to pack our original belongings + all of our purchases into our suitcases and backpacks. The Pilot is a suitcase Tetris ninja.

Some of the fun things we brought back:

Some prints, and souvenirs for the little lady: 

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Italia hoodie, scooter shirt, “Sono una principesa” book, the linen outfit was handmade in Positano (and the flower bloomers kill me)

Souvenirs for the fam (had been given to them by the time I took these photos)

my bad hair day saver (the fedora) and latest obsession: harem pants.  

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I live for maxi skirts and dresses, and harem pants just take it to the next level. They really are like fancy sweatpants! Both pairs were made in Positano by a kind and beautiful shop owner. She even offered to alter them on the spot for me if they didn’t fit! They’re soft cotton linen, and feel like I’m being hugged by an angel. They can also be worn like dresses, which would be an awesome swimsuit coverup. For now, I’ve been wearing them with solid tank tops, my glitter sandals and my hair in a messy bun. Then again, lately my hair is always in a messy bun. I finally chopped it, and it rebelled by quickly growing back a few inches. Apparently it doesn’t like being short and is now an awkward length.

Also in the Italy purchases: some gorgeous new boots! I’d been coveting a pair of riding boots for too long, and now have a beautiful pair to wear this fall and winter. I haven’t taken a pic of them yet, but expect to see them often as soon as the weather cools down.

Where is your favorite destination shopping spot? I love New York, but Las Vegas holds my heart.



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  1. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on September 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Love the fedora and the prints!
    And I especially love the clothes for Liv — too cute!

  2. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on September 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve been craving a European getaway, and this post does not help! 🙂 I feel like those pants would be super unflattering on me, but they look soo comfy!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      no way, they look like a long printed skirt!

  3. Aly on September 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Would you mind sharing the name of the shop in Positano? I am heading there next week!


    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      i don’t remember the name of it 🙁 if you’re walking down, it’s on the left side before you get into the main area. (so it’s not in the loop with all of the other shops) if i can find the receipt, i’ll comment again and tell you the name! the name was “sweetheart” or something like that, but didn’t have a sign on the shop. look for pants hanging like that on the outside wall, though!

  4. Aly on September 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Would you mind sharing the name of the shop in Positano? I am heading there next week!


  5. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on September 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Those pants look amazing! i love Maxi skirts as well – though I need to buy lots more!! I would love to go to Italy to shop, but I don’t think that is going to be happening any time soon 🙂

  6. Angie on September 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Could you recommend you favorite spots in Vegas??

  7. Laurie on September 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m an army wife and we were just stationed in Germany but did a lot of traveling in Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Left with an OBSESSION with the harem pants too!!! I think I own about 5 pair. They are so comfy for travel!! Love them!! Love your blog and thank you for sharing your trip with us!!! PS My friends just went to Thailand and sent me a little pair of harem pants for my 6 month old, Vivien. Too cute.

  8. Livi on September 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I thought san fran was so cute and quirky for shopping! and the markets in seattle totally stole my hear- local and organic EVERYTHING ?! I’m gone.

  9. Michelle @ Running More Than Errands on September 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    We bought that same exact jacket for Avery when we went.

  10. april on September 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    i would never think to purchase harem pants, but those look really cute (and comfy). i can’t wait to see your gorgeous new italian boots!

  11. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on September 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Shopping in Italy is totally amazing! I’m a huge fan of dresses and maxi skirts as well, so I’m totally in love with your finds! 😉

  12. Brooke @ on September 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my goodness. I am jealous, I want to go! This looks fantastic

  13. Josie on September 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I LOVE shopping when I travel too! That little Italia zip up is so adorable!

  14. mary @ minutes per mile on September 19, 2013 at 5:37 am

    chicago! doesn’t get better than the miracle mile 🙂

  15. Julie @ Health Nut Julie on September 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Harem pants, what?! I absolutely LOVE those!!! So adorable. You’re making me want to travel to Italy so, so bad.

  16. Anna @ Fitness à la Anna on September 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Funnily enough, I always end up buying harem pants like that whenever I travel to a warm country…I now have a pretty hefty collection haha they are AMAZING pjs!

  17. Kelly on September 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    That Italia sweatshirt for Livi is tooooo cute!!! I would have scooped that up too! Love, love. I bought tons of scarves when I was in Italy. But evenso, I wish I would have bought a ton more for how cheap they were and little space they took. They were such great gifts to give to everyone! Love your finds, esp. the harem pants. Can’t wait to see the boots! 🙂 Have a good one, Gina.

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      thank you, you too! 🙂
      i wish i would have bought scarves– they were so beautiful!

  18. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on September 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Harem pants, maxi skirts, and maxi dresses are the best clothing ever!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm


  19. Kris on September 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Funny, I never saw the harem pants when we were in Sorrento, but then, I wasn’t really looking. I had sandals made in Sorrento which I’m in love with, found some great pareos and caftans, bought gorgeous Greek sandals in Greece and of course sterling silver Greek key jewelry. Lucky me, we decided to go again next summer so I can get more sandals since I’m a shoe freak.

  20. Cassie on September 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I want those pants so much!

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