10 Things To Do In Barcelona

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-fashion-blogger-barcelona-spain-costa-brava-pals-beach-catalonia-3Ohh my heart! THIS. TRIP. My two best friends, so much laughter, the perfect setting…can we do it all over again?! See above? That’s Elissa, my bestie since age 15…we go waaaay back. She’s a flight attendant and used her magical powers to bring me and our other bestie (see below) Ben, to Barcelona, Spain for a week of pure bliss. We called this trip our “10-year-friendiversary” (…even though it’s been over 10 years now…any excuse to take a bff trip to Europe, right?). Ps. If you’re curious if we watched ‘Vicki, Cristina, Barcelona’ in preparation for this vacay, that answer is a definite yes. (I also watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants prior to Greece…no judgement, okay? 😉 ).

Days spent at the beach, nights dancing until the sun comes up, jazz concerts at random Airbnb apartments, sight seeing, tapas eating, cava drinking…excited to share a list of 10 must-do activities in Barcelona!

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Scandinavia Travel Diary: Day-Trip To Berlin, Germany

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-regal-princess-scandinavia-cruise-may-june-itinerary-what-to-wear-pack-ports-berlin-germany-museum-historic-district-travelDid you see my latest travel post featuring Tallinn, Estonia? I am slowly but surely spilling all the details from our trip through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises! Today I’m excited to share a glimpse at our day-trip to Berlin, Germany. Hope you enjoy!!

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JEANS / STRIPED TEE / SNEAKERS / TRENCH COAT / SUNGLASSES / HANDBAG

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Scandinavia Travel Diary: Tallinn, Estonia

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-fashion-travel-blogger-princess-cruises-scandinavia-northern-europe-what-to-do-wear-tallinn-estonia-22livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-cruises-scandinavia-tallinn-estonia-12Hello and welcome to the colorful dreamland of Tallinn, Estonia! Excited to spill the details from our trip through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises over the next two weeks – starting with a glimpse into one of our very favorite stops. I knew Estonia was beautiful, but I had NO idea just how much I’d fall in love with this darling, quaint city!

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Scandinavian Cruise: Our Travel Itinerary

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-regal-princess-scandinavia-cruise-may-june-itinerary-what-to-wear-pack-ports-copenhagen-denmark-nyhavn-bright-historical-canal-frontY-A-Y! I’m finally spilling the itinerary details from our trip through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises! Thirteen days of exploring, sightseeing, eating and drinking everything in sight (obviously! 😉 ), being immersed in new cultures and of course, a whole lot of rest and relaxation time. (…Pretty sure you could find me bundled up on our balcony sipping coffee or wine at all hours of the day while at sea, ha! It was so magical!). Our two weeks abroad was unbelievably incredible and a trip that I will never forget…I truly can’t recommend this getaway enough!

On the final day of our trip, I asked my Instagram followers what questions they had regarding this trip – overwhelmingly, the most requested was to share our travel itinerary and of course, what to pack! 😉 Thus, today I’m excited to share a sneak peek of each stop along our trip, as well as my outfit details from each city. I’ll be posting in-depth travel posts for each of our ports through Scandinavia over the next few weeks, but wanted to be sure and share the overarching details first! So, let’s get to it…

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Weekly Chat: 10 Frequently Asked Travel Questions

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-greece-honeymoon-oia-santorini-athens-travel-diary-guide-luggage-passportHappy Friday, ladies! We just pulled into Tallinn, Estonia (omg SO COOL! Still geeking out at every stop!) and while Blake and I sip our coffee before heading out to explore, I wanted to get in a blog post and answer a few questions I’ve received while on this trip! I am LOVING that y’all are so awesome about sending along travel suggestions/questions while we’re in Scandinavia – and I wanted to be prompt and get this post up while it’s all still fresh (and current) on my mind! From the best sneakers, to my favorite countries (thus, far!) and even quick tips for flying long distances…hope you’ll enjoy this one!

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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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Instagram 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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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.