Travel Diary: Greece Honeymoon to Santorini & Athens

Aaaand months later (we visited in late September/early October), I am finally sharing the ins and outs of our honeymoon to Athens and Santorini, Greece! Not going to lie, editing these images brought back all the “feels” and I definitely called Blake over to my office area more than once to look at photos and reminisce with me. I still stand by that it was my favorite vacation ever…for one, Santorini was such a relaxing and romantic place – and Athens was so rich with incredible history that I was pretty much in awe for three days straight…and two, given that Blake and I are both workaholics, it was seriously SO incredible to disconnect and just be present and explore with each other for 12 days straight. We make a great team and he’s my very favorite travel partner! (…Our shared love for drinking coffee and beer in new places = a match made in heaven, ha!). From the scenery to the Greek food (omg heaven!), to spending days on end with my darling, it was pure magic and a trip I’ll forever fondly remember.

As folks are planning their spring/summer getaways, I’ve had a ton of emails and messages from LL readers asking to share where we stayed, what activities we did, and any tips and insight regarding this trip, sooo here we go! Sharing a photo diary first, then will spill the details at the end of this post (…the pros and cons!). I hope y’all enjoy!!
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Texas Road Trip: From Marfa to Big Bend National Park

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-marfa-valentine-texas-big-bend-road-trip-weekend-getaway-prada-art-27Hello sweet friends! First off, thank you for the unbelievably kind words about our wedding reveal post from yesterday…I don’t think I stopped smiling all day – y’all are the best! I am very pleased to close our wedding chapter and forever fondly look back. 🙂  Second, it’s a miracle, buuuut I am actually getting better about sharing travel wrap-ups (well sort of…Greece is still on the way, ah!) within a timely manner, so before the week is up, I am SO excited to share my west Texas road trip! One of my besties, Kayla, and I drove from Austin, to Marfa, to Big Bend National Park and back to Austin last weekend. It was quite the four day journey, and so so so incredible! (Yes, worthy of THREE “so’s” 😉 )…

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Travel Diary: Newport, Rhode Island & NYC!

np2Hey there, gals! How’s your week going? I’m writing this post from Las Vegas (we’re here for Blake’s cousins’ co-bach/bachelorette trip) – truth be told, Blake is sound asleep next to me (it’s noon..ha!) …let’s just say in the Blake vs. Vegas match, Vegas is winning haha. Thus, I figured I should take this moment of peace and quiet to share a roundup my last trip to Newport, Rhode Island and NYC!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have noticed I spent a wonderful week hopping from Newport to NYC! I flew up to Newport to visit with the Brahmin Handbag team (their headquarters is about 30 minutes away from Newport) and meet with some other fabulous bloggers who also adore Brahmin as much as I do…and it was a total DREAM! …But more on that further into this post.. 😉

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Cruisin’ Along The Mediterranean – On Board The Ship!

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-cruise-cabin-balcony-mediterranean-coast-breakfast-in-bedHello friends! Today I’m featuring the final blog post from our Mediterranean getaway with Princess Cruises! As I’ve mentioned before, piecing these posts together always gets me super mushy and brings about the “happy sads” because I get to relive our blissful trip as I edit each photo, but also get to face the reality that I am no longer on the boat…ha! I think that’s just how looking back at vacations goes…! However, this post is a pretty fun one because when Blake and I were on the ship, we were living it up and seriously THE happiest pair. Before the cruise, our last vacation together was to South Padre Island…and lemme tell ya, Texas beaches don’t really cut it like the Mediterranean Coast does, ha! (Hey, Galveston will always have a special place in my heart…but not quite like Italy now does..!). I think our facial expressions in most of these photos say it all. 🙂 Eight days, three countries and some unforgettable exploring, dining (y’all, the lattes and croissants on the ship were tuhh-die!) and some quality R&R time = the absolute best trip ever.

Today I’m featuring a little photo diary from aboard the ship, so here it goes!

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


Mediterranean Travel Diary: Barcelona & Sitges, Spain

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-mediterranean-princess-cruise-barcelona-le-sitges-spain-6Hello there, gals! Long time coming, buuut I am so excited to finally share a little photo diary from our stop in Sitges & Barcelona, Spain during our Mediterranean getaway in June! For those new to LL, Blake and I had the absolute pleasure (…more like vacation miracle of a lifetime…it was magical!) of going on a Princess Cruise through the Mediterranean – starting in Spain then venturing to France and Italy (if you haven’t seen my wrap-up posts for those stops, you muuuust! I swoon and simultaneously get depressed every time I go back and read through them…ha! Depressed because it’s over, obviously..! 😉 ).

Today I’m sharing a little glimpse at our time in Barcelona (towards the end of this post) and the little seaside town southwest of Barcelona called Sitges, where we stayed the night before boarding the ship. We flew from Austin to Barcelona and were able to explore for two days (one night) before hopping on the boat to officially start our cruise. What a treat it was to have a couple of days to see these beautiful places – we were in heaven!

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Outfit details here:

Sitges: dress – GOODNIGHT MACAROON / wrap-up sandals – REBECCA MINKOFF / handbag – BRAHMIN / sunglasses – RAY-BAN / denim jacket – similar BLANKNYC

Barcelona: coral cardigan vest – BB DAKOTA (on sale!!) / white jeans – TOPSHOP (order a size up, they run small!) / sandals – SEYCHELLES (highly recommend for walking around all day!) / handbag – BRAHMIN / sunglasses – PRADA

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


My Destination Bachelorette Trip to Costa Rica!

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Hello everyone! AH, I am SO EXCITED to finally share the behind-the-scenes scoop from my bachelorette party getaway to Costa Rica! If you follow me on Snapchat, you likely got a first hand view of all the action…from the most hilarious wigs we all wore as soon as we got to the airport (thanks to my sister for surprising us with those!!), to the insanely stunning house we rented for the week, to watching my best friends belt show-tunes at the top of their lungs after a dozen bottles of wine at dinner…Yep, it was as magical as it sounds! 😉 I seriously could not have asked for a more incredible time and trust me, I am totally tearing up as I go through these photos and write this post because y’all, being surrounded by your very best friends – everyone happy and carefree as can be – all together to celebrate you? Words can’t describe how grateful I am for these precious and unforgettable days together!

My friends live all over the United States, so we decided together that it would be more fun for everyone to meet somewhere new and explore together – and Costa Rica was the perfect place.

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Our Staycation “Getaway” at Downtown Austin W Hotel

Processed with VSCO with a8 presetHey gals! I am super excited to share some behind-the-scenes photos from my stay-cation at W Austin Hotel with one of my best friends, Lauren of Vandi Fair! LV (that’s what I call her) drove in from Dallas this weekend so we could enjoy a little r&r and galpal time with a two-night stay at the W – and it was so wonderful! We try our best to see each other often, so this was such a fun way to hang out, catch up and basically feel like we were on a mini vacation without having to hop on a plane.  From the pool to the restaurant (…it is tuhh die! They basically had to roll us out of there, ha!), to being right in the midst of Austin’s popular 2nd Street District, there was plenty to do and enjoy during our “stay-cay” getaway.

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Mediterranean Travel Diary: Portofino & Cinque Terre, Italy

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Happy weekend, ladies! I am SO EXCITED to finally share the Italy portion of our Princess Cruise through the Mediterranean coast! These pictures never fail to make me swoon (…and also never fail to make me thoroughly depressed because I miss this trip so much, ha!). We spent our first day in Italy visiting Portofino (which as you can see is the definition of magical) and the second day we ventured to Cinque Terre…and did not quite encounter the stunning cliffside views I had imagined because we got caught in a caa-razy torrential downpour that ended up being a TON of fun with an incredible group of people…but more on that further into this post! 😉

Ps. If you’re on the hunt for a vacation that exceeds all of your wildest Pinterest level expectations, you muuuust go to Italy! It truly was heaven on earth!

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 dress – similar TOPSHOP / hat – similar NORDSTROM / shoes – BIRKENSTOCKS / sunglasses – RAY-BAN

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


Bonjour! Travel Diary: Aix-en-Provence, France

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetHappy weekend, ladies! Oohh I am SO excited to finally share this travel diary post with you! One of my absolute favorite stops we made on our Princess Cruise through the Mediterranean Coast was to southern France and the city of Aix-en-Provence, in particular. As y’all know, I’m a big fan of french culture (…and I even got to brush up on my french speaking here!) so visiting this precious, beautiful city made my heart very happy! Not to mention, getting to explore this city with Blake by my side…it was romantic and so much fun. Between strolling through cobblestone streets holding hands (hey, y’all know me…I’m a total sucker for those rom-com-real-life-moments) and eating and drinking our way through the city (the macaroons were out of this world!), we had a magical day in Aix-en-Provence! Read on to hear more about this lovely city and see more photos from our time there…

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

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


Mediterranean Cruise Travel Diary: Cartagena, Spain

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-fashion-blogger-austin-texas-cartagena-spain-princess-cruises-mediterranean-madewell-off-shoulder-top-17Hello sweet friends! Once again, please forgive my delay in posting on my blog this week – I just got back from my bachelorette trip last night (we went to Costa Rica, it was magical!!), so after 10 loads of laundry and numerous espresso shots today (ah!) I am so happy to sit down and share this much anticipated post with y’all! Though we stopped at quite a few places on our Princess Cruise through the Mediterranean coast (so crazy that I just hopped off the ship roughly a week ago!), I thought I’d start with Cartagena, Spain – the cutest little coastal town that had such an old, vintage charm about it. (Oh, and very good beer, too! 😉 )…

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top – MADEWELL / shorts – FREE PEOPLE / shoes – BIRKENSTOCKS / sunglasses – RAY BAN / tote bag (mine is old) – similar NORDSTROM / bracelet – NORDSTROM

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