Mediterranean Cruise: What I Wore & What To Pack

livvyland-blog-mediterranean-cruise-what-to-wear-pack-instagram-roundupAs y’all know if you follow me on Instagram, Blake & I just got back from a 10 day Mediterranean getaway with Princess Cruises to Spain, France and Italy! And while I have been living in a wanderlust depression ever since we returned back home (…y’all, it was truly magical!), going through these photos makes my heart so happy because each and every day was absolutely incredible. Every setting was stunning, inspiring and super romantic – if you ever have the chance to tour the Mediterranean, 100% jump on it and prepare for the most amazing and beautiful experience! I have a ton of other photos and blog posts about our trip to come, but first I wanted to make sure you had the chance to shop everything I wore throughout our vacation! I did some serious shopping damage before our trip (hey, it’s not everyday I get to have Italy as a photo backdrop 😉 ) and I am so obsessed with all of these looks and excited to tell you more about each outfit..

Though I’d been to Europe, I had never ventured to the coast to explore the Mediterranean Sea. Our cruise ship was called the “Royal Princess” and lemme tell ya, the staff absolutely treated us like queens (…and kings) and helped us to fully make the most of each port we docked at. At every stopping point, Princess offers excursions that feature an authentic glimpse into that town/city, etc. – thus, they do the research for you and ensure you get a taste of the different cultures at every port. From what to eat, where to shop and a unique glimpse into the daily life of each city, Blake and I had a wonderful time soaking it all in!

With that in mind, we’d cruise from one coastal city to the next and wake up early to jump on a bus or car and head to our daily destinations. One of my favorite parts was cruising all night then waking up to open our balcony curtains and catch the sunrise over the gorgeous coastal towns we’d explore later that day…it was so wonderful, peaceful and got us so excited to get out and explore.

I’ll go ahead and share my different outfits in chronological order so you can get a feel for what I wore in the different cities and a better understanding of the order of our trip!

First up, though…a good ‘ol mirror selfie to share what I wore on the plane ride over! 😉 Ps. Special thank you to Delsey Luggage for sending me the most AMAZING giant suitcase that literally fit my entire closet…this thing was incredible!

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suitcase – DELSEY / tote bag – BARRINGTON GIFTS / top – MADEWELL / jeans – VIGOSS / shoes – SEYCHELLES / handbag – BRAHMIN / jacket – SANCTUARY / glasses – WARBY PARKER

Ohh hello, packed & ready-to-go suitcase! 😉 Scroll down to see it all in action!

BARCELONA, SPAIN – it was SO beautiful here! The weather was warm with a light breeze and our hotel was just along the water in Le Sitges, a beautiful little coastal town outside of Barcelona (you MUST visit! The cafes were SO precious and the people were very friendly – highly recommend stopping by for some shopping or dining).


vest – BB DAKOTA / jeans – TOPSHOP (order a full size up! I’m wearing a 26 and normally wear a 25 in jeans) / shoes – SEYCHELLES (most comfortable shoes EVER!! I wore these nearly every day!) / handbag – BRAHMIN (this even had room to fit my big blog camera, it’s the best bag!!) / tank top – TOPSHOP / sunglasses – PRADA


dress – GOODNIGHT MACAROON (so precious, I’m wearing a size small) / shoes – REBECCA MINKOFF (also super comfy and on sale!!) / handbag – BRAHMIN / vintage belt – similar NORDSTROM / sunglasses – RAY BAN


top – GOODNIGHT MACAROON (I wear a size small) / jeans – TOPSHOP / hat – similar NORDSTROM / shoes – SEYCHELLES / clutch – GIGI NEW YORK / sunglasses – KAREN WALKER / watch – NORDSTROM

– this little town was completely magical and full of old, charming buildings in every direction. Truly, no matter which street you strolled down it would be lined with precious cafes and local shops or gelato stands. Blake and I walked around for hours exploring each little boutique and eating our weight in tapas and ice cream… Needless to say, it was lovely!

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-mediterranean-curise-what-to-pack-wear-summer-vacation-room-interior-coffee-room-serviceThis was snapped in our room on the ship – they provided room service every morning and brought us fresh croissants (true story: I likely gained 5lbs due to bread consumption…#worthit), breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit and a giant pot of coffee. It was total heaven as we pulled back our balcony curtains and dined from bed while watching the the gorgeous sea! (Yes, totally almost crying as I write this because I miss it SO. MUCH. !!).

shirt – NORDSTROM / leggings – ZELLA / glasses – WARBY PARKER

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-mediterranean-curise-what-to-pack-wear-summer-vacation-cartagena-spainSee what I mean? How precious is Cartagena?! SO lovely.

top – MADEWELL / shorts – FREE PEOPLE / hat – similar – NORDSTROM / wrap bracelet – CHAN LUU / abalone shell bracelet – KENDRA SCOTT / sunglasses – RAY BAN


top – MADEWELL / shorts – FREE PEOPLE / hat – similar – NORDSTROM / wrap bracelet – CHAN LUU / sunglasses – RAY BAN / necklace – Sophie R (sweetest rose gold + gold layered pendant necklace, I wore this every single day!)

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-mediterranean-curise-what-to-pack-wear-summer-vacation-pink-romperWe had quite a few nights where we dined with the “blogger group” (there were 10 different bloggers – myself included – on this cruise and everyone was SO AWESOME!!! We all clicked and hit it off immediately, so all of our dinners lasted for hours and we normally closed down the restaurants ha! Dinner on the ship was an occasion to get dolled up, and this little romper was SO perfect for that! Here are the other wonderful bloggers and new friends we met on the trip: 1. New Darlings 2. Color Me Courtney 3. Sugar & Cloth 4. Sugar & Charm 5. Princess Pinky Girl 6. Hi, Sugarplum! 7. Coco Kelly 8. Smart School House 9. Corporate Catwalk

romper – BB DAKOTA / heels – STEVE MADDEN / sunglasses – PRADA / ring – KENDRA SCOTT

MARBELLA, SPAIN – Marbella is one of the most luxurious vacation hotspots in Spain, and I can definitely see why! This city rests on the coast of Spain where the water is a stunning deep blue and the housing is beautiful crisp white. There were massive yachts docked directly in front of a parking lot filled with designer cars…which are parked right in front of all the major high fashion stores. Needless to say, it was a sight to see and fun to dine and watch the high society folks stroll in and out of every store with more shopping bags in hand.. ha! Blake and I played the game of “what do these people do for a living?” all throughout the day haha.. ;). Marbella was charming, clean and beautiful!


top – TOPSHOP / jeans – BLANK NYC / shoes – BIRKENSTOCKS (obsessed!!!) / sunglasses – RAY BAN / handbag – BRAHMIN / watch – NORDSTROM / jacket – SANCTUARY

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top – TOPSHOP / jeans – BLANK NYC / shoes – BIRKENSTOCKS (obsessed!!!) / sunglasses – RAY BAN / handbag – BRAHMIN / watch – NORDSTROM / jacket – SANCTUARY

MARSEILLE & AIX EN PROVENCE, FRANCE – Blake was able to navigate in Spain (he’s pretty good with Spanish) and I took the reigns while we were in France (I took french for 8 years), so luckily we both felt comfortable getting around in both countries! (…Italy was a different story ha! Neither of us know Italian at all!). I have been to numerous cities in France and absolutely LOVE the culture, food, people…you name it, it just feels so good to be there. We docked in Marseille and explored this gorgeous city for a few hours, then made our way to Aix En Provence which is about 45 minutes from Marseille. Aix En Provence was one of my favorite cities we visited because it is seriously the definition of ‘charming.’ The people were so friendly, the macaroons were out of this world and the cobblestone streets had me swooning all day. Let’s just say this is definitely a city to visit if you’re exploring with the one you love…it was so romantic!

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-mediterranean-curise-what-to-pack-wear-summer-vacation-view-marseille-franceThis was the view from the Basilique Notre-Dam De La Garde, a cathedral that rests at the highest point in Marseille with a 360 degree view of the city and sea…it was incredible!

top – TOPSHOP / skirt – LAUREN JAMES / vintage belt – similar NORDSTROM / sunglasses – PRADA / handbag – BRAHMIN / jean jacket – NORDSTROM


top – TOPSHOP / skirt – LAUREN JAMES / vintage belt – similar NORDSTROM / handbag – BRAHMIN / jean jacket – NORDSTROM / shoes – SEYCHELLES

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top – TOPSHOP / skirt – LAUREN JAMES / vintage belt – similar NORDSTROM / sunglasses – PRADA / handbag – BRAHMIN / jean jacket – NORDSTROM / shoes – SEYCHELLES

DAY AT SEA – we cruised from port to port and had one full day at sea, which meant time to put on my swimsuit and hit the Sanctuary Deck (a private deck with a bar staff…y’all, it was SO nice!! Yes, still pinching myself that this trip was real!!). Blake and I grabbed our books and ordered a couple of mimosas as we made our way to Italy…

swimsuit – SEAFOLLY / sunglasses – ELIZABETH & JAMES / hat – similar NORDSTROM / shorts – ONE TEASPOON


swimsuit – SEAFOLLY / sunglasses (just $22!) – ILY COUTURE / hat – similar NORDSTROM / tote – HAYDEN REIS / earrings – DESIGN DARLING / towel – NORDSTROM


tee shirt – MADEWELL / shorts – ONE TEASPOON / hat – similar NORDSTROM / shoes – SEYCHELLES / watch – similar NORDSTROM / sunglasses – KAREN WALKER

Portofino & Cinque Terre, Italy 
– when I tell you I teared up due to the sheer awe of seeing Italy for the first time and it exceeding all of my (very high) expectations…I am 100% telling the truth, ha! Portofino was SO stunning that I actually thought I was on a movie set…basically so pretty it was hard to believe this place is real! We explored this beautiful town for a few hours then met up with Rob & Christina of New Darlings and grabbed pizza, beer and gelato. All of us couldn’t believe our eyes…this city is the meaning of magical! We were there for one day then ventured to Cinque Terre the following day…where we happened to get caught in a crazy downpour and ended up swapping our visions of snapping Pinterest-worthy photos for drowning our sorrows in pasta and wine indoors..ha! Luckily, the blogger group that day was seriously hilarious and we had an absolute blast and turned it into the “best worst day ever” … because it totally was!!


dress – SOCIALITE / shoes – BIRKENSTOCKS / hat – similar NORDSTROM / jacket – SANCTUARY

dress – SOCIALITE / shoes – BIRKENSTOCKS / hat – similar NORDSTROM / jacket – SANCTUARY

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-mediterranean-curise-what-to-pack-wear-summer-vacation-cinque-terre-street-italyThe rain in Cinque Terre cleared for about 30 seconds when we snapped this pic…ha! Still, this little town was breathtaking…regardless of whether I could see 10 feet in front of me all day, ha! 😉

dress – FREE PEOPLE / jacket – SANCTUARY / shoes – SEYCHELLES / handbag – BRAHMIN

– we spent our last day in Rome and I am now officially dying to go back! This city has SO much history right smack in the middle of a modern city – which I found entirely fascinating and so beautiful. Blake and I literally did ALL of the sights in ONE day…The Vatican, Colesseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon… needless to say, we were very proud of our energy level at the end of the trip (hey, ‘when in rome’ you gotta do it ALL no matter how pooped you are, right?) and treated ourselves to two pasta meals and multiple gelato runs throughout the day as we trekked around the city from sight to sight. Talk about another romantic city…Rome was so lovely and inspiring…from the history to the food to the colorful buildings lining quaint streets all over town, Rome absolutely captured my heart! (…And my taste buds!).
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dress – NORDSTROM / handbag – BRAHMIN / sunglasses – PRADA / jacket – NORDSTROM / shoes – SEYCHELLES

That’s a wrap on this Instagram roundup – travel edition – post! 😉 Hope you enjoyed following along on this amazing adventure!! Now I am itching to go back to Europe…what a crazy, incredible adventure it was!

A huge thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


  • Camille says:

    Oh…my…goodness…I cannot get over these photos. Your trip looks amazing – but also I am obsessed with all of your outfit choices for the trip. I hope you had the most amazing time!

    • livvy says:

      You’re SO sweet!! I am so glad you enjoyed the post – it was even better in person!! Still depressed I am back to reality after a wonderful 10 days…ha! Excited to share more posts from our trip soon – thanks so much for following along!! XOXO

  • Paula says:

    This trip looked so fun!! I love all the outfits. Sounds like you had an amazing time. I can’t wait to hear more about it!


  • Kelsey says:

    Beautiful post, olivia!! I’m dying from jealousy over here, and I can’t wait to hear more about it!! Enjoy your bachelorette excursion, love 😉 xo

    • livvy says:

      Oh thank you so much, Kelsey!! I appreciate it! The bach trip was amazing, too – I am living in a state of depression now that all my travels are over, ha! Hope your summer has been wonderful xoxo!!

  • Irina says:

    You look beautiful! Love all your outfits 🙂

  • Kari Skubik says:

    Love all your outfits! Looked like a fab vacation! I love that yellow top with the eyelet.

  • Tory says:

    Hope we can see that Good Macaroon gingham top on you! It’s so cute in the pictures. Been eyeing the Club Monaco version..but GM’s price is waayyyyy more do-able 😉

  • Maggie says:

    Okay, seriously so many great pieces!! I love your look!

  • Torey Beerman says:

    This truly did look like the most MAGICAL adventure in all of the land! I loved following along on snapchat 🙂 and now you’re off to Costa! Safe travels friend!

  • Katie Fegert says:

    You have no idea how much this post inspired me! After spending like 10 minutes looking at the Princess Cruises website, I’ve already mentally planned a med cruise for the next year or so! Looks like you had a fabulous time! We went on a cruise (almost) every spring break growing up, so I’ve always had a bit of nostalgia about them! There’s something so exciting about waking up somewhere different every day! Oh, and of course there’s the amazing food!

    Katie ~

    • livvy says:

      Katie! Ah, that is SO amazing!! You should totally book one, it was honestly the most incredible trip I’ve ever been on – and I seriously LOVED the cruise ship, it was so nice and beautiful! What a wonderful trip tradition you had as a kiddo, that is the coolest thing!! So fun that now you get to create your own family traditions with your sweet family! XO!

  • I’m so jealous of this trip! It looks like it was completely amazing!

    xo Kylie

    • livvy says:

      Hi Kylie, thank you so much for your sweet note!! It was sooo wonderful, I am so sad it’s over haha! Glad I can look back at these pictures and re-live it, though!! Thanks for stopping by! xx

  • You look stunning.I need to learn how to pack like you.

    • livvy says:

      Thank you so much, Priscilla! I think this trip was the first time ever I prepped so much when it came to packing – glad you think it paid off!! XOXO

  • Torey Beerman says:

    You are ADORBS! For traveling all over the place, you planned each and every outfit so perfectly 🙂

    • livvy says:

      Aww, thanks Torey!! It has been the best month!! Now I have the travel bug and no more trips lined up, ha! 😉 Glad you enjoyed my outfits!! XOXO

  • Ardis Pennell says:

    Very chic and trendy!The style is perfect! 

  • Chloe Walker says:

    This is so awesome! Seriously my dream vacation right here! Thank you for sharing- this give great ideas for travel inspiration 🙂

  • Ellen Smith says:

    Hey lovely,
    I absolutely love your pictures from the trip and I am looking forward to seeing more if you do more posts! I love all the outfits, so cute. One of my favourite items was the yellow top from Madewell! I have never been to Rome or Spain and I am dying to go!


  • jem123 says:

    do your feet get sore if you walk all day in birkenstocks?

    • livvy says:

      They don’t! I actually prefer Birkenstocks all day over walking in tennis shoes – they’re 110% my go-to’s for walking and traveling! You have to break them in for about a week before you travel with them or walk for a long period of time in them, but once you break them in they’re incredible shoes!!

  • Madison says:

    This makes me SO excited for our cruise!! Can I ask what ship you were on? Your photos are so beautiful and I can’t wait to experience this part of the world for ourselves! 🙂

    • livvy says:

      Hi Madison! Ohh my goodness I am so excited for you, it was seriously THE most magical vacation for us!! We were on the Royal Princess ship, it was beautiful! Happy to answer any more questions you have – enjoy every second! XOXO

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