Saturday, 8 August 2015

Rome With UNA Hotels: Part Three

UNA Hotel RomaYou made it!  Welcome to the third and final part of my Rome travel diary with UNA Hotels - I can't promise you won't be faced with more food, though I can promise it's kept to a chocolatey-minimum.  So, part two ended with a midnight fountain walk and a sleepy return to the fresh, modern space of UNA Hotel Roma.. fast forward eight hours and I awoke to the realisation I'd be falling asleep that night back in England.  With this in mind, it was a dash to make the most of our final hours before the afternoon flight back home..  

Listen, UNA Hotels encourage selfies in their hotels - seriously!  Selfies aside, I really do welcome any tips on attaining this tousled-style through products/techniques, as I seem only to be able to obtain it through a torrential downpour of rain followed by a particularly windy open-top bus journey the day before.  Anyway, after a little while spent peering at the slight waves in my hair and wondering why they inevitably wouldn't last longer than a few hours, we ventured out in the direction of Trevi Fountain - one of my favourite landmarks.




Thirty minutes into the walk and we were close to combusting, it was undoubtedly the hottest it had been throughout our stay and so it called for one thing and one thing only.. gelato!  We came across a stylish lounge bar with tirelessly friendly staff - I was even ushered up from my bar stool so it could be replaced by a more 'ladylike' chair!  The menu provided more gelato varieties than I was able to comprehend, though we eventually opted for lemon sorbet and chocolate because.. well, chocolate.  It was beautifully refreshing and the blast of air conditioning quickly helped us to cool down before continuing our search for the famous Trevi Fountain.
It's always when you're on the verge of leaving a city that it becomes almost unbearably attractive; each and every flower, building and person seemed to represent all that we were soon to leave.  Thankfully, I managed to pull myself together and appreciate the moment for what it was - after all, there's no point in missing something directly in front of you!  I'd very nearly forgotten how large the Victor Emmanuel monument was, so stumbling across it was a very welcome event on our trek to Trevi Fountain and especially as there were far more flowers nearby than I remember there being on my last visit.

If you're up to date with European tourism news, you'll know Trevi Fountain is currently undergoing some work. Admittedly, I hadn't anticipated just how extensive that work would be, however as much as I was looking forward to admiring the glistening pale blue of the fountain's water, it was still a pleasure to see the fountain's architecture in person once more!  After lingering around the fountain a little longer, we made our way back to UNA Hotel Roma via various side roads, as well as a lengthy tunnel; it became an exciting opportunity to see more of Rome away from the landmarks.


T-shirt - GAP

Sunglasses - Bally

Bag (seen throughout) - Ralph Lauren

Necklace - Happiness Boutique 'Key to Happiness' Layered Necklace c/o



UNA Hotel Roma
UNA Hotel Roma
UNA Hotel RomaAs we were waiting in one of the hotel's various waiting areas located near reception, I took the opportunity to peer into the modern dining area.  If I have one regret, it'd be not making the time to enjoy a meal there.. though I like to think the generous room service breakfasts indulged in both mornings make up for it!  Although it was sad to be leaving Rome, the transition from the hotel to the airport was utterly seamless thanks to the fantastic service of Rome-Chauffeur, a transfer limousine service in Rome.  Not only was the female driver both super friendly and incredibly good at her job, but we were also handed complementary chilled bottles of water as soon as we were caught fanning ourselves.  Believe me, when you're wondering whether your clothes can set on fire due to such high temperatures, this small gesture meant a lot.  





Forty minutes later and we'd returned to Rome Fiumicino airport, ready for the (always surprisingly quick) flight home.  I had an SD card packed with photos, a stomach full of delicious Italian food and a head full of memories.  A huge thank you to UNA Hotels for making my stay in Rome so incredibly special - every moment was magnificent.  I don't think a month will ever go by where I fail to run my eyes over my photos at least once, or view the #UNApassion videos on Youtube.  Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed seeing Rome through my eyes and if you're going to Rome in the near future, be sure to let me know so I can wish you a beautiful time through gritted teeth (unless you're taking me with you)!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: I was provided with a complimentary stay at UNA Hotel Roma, however all opinions are my own.
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  1. I have been dying seeing all of these photos on your instagram! I love them all and you look gorgeous in that selfie! I have always wanted to go to Rome, so I have been living vicariously through you!

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    1. Haha thanks Denise, I'm glad you've been enjoying the mass of photos! Oh thank you, I rarely take selfies so it seemed like a fun opportunity to do so :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. I had a brilliant time, thank you!

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  3. Just looks like UNA Hotels treated you to an amazing time in Rome! Also I was happy to see you wearing a Gap Tee :) I used to work for corporate Gap! So yeah for keeping my friends employed!

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    1. They most certainly did, it was a pity to be returning home by the end! I've realised lately that GAP do a brilliant range of basics, so your friends shall probably stay employed through my future purchased alone haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Gabrielle this trip sounds so lovely :) I want that gelato now, I can only imagine what actual Italian gelato tastes like **drools**. The architecture of Rome is incredible and i agree that you really appreciate a place before you're about to leave. This casual look is very cute too :)

    Rachel xx
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    1. It. Tastes. Heavenly. Get yourself some gelato Rachel :) Mm, I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way - it's always a bittersweet ending!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Lovely images !

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    1. Wonderful how you've described your Rome adventure, Gabrielle! Love the architecture of this Italian metropolis, the hotel looks really luxurious too. Glad you've had a wonderful stay there. I can imagine how memorable your impressions are. I'm gonna visit Paris this weekend and can't wait to tell the same about this city. ;) Happy Monday, Gabriella!

      You're beautiful btw!

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    2. @SusannahZabelle - Thanks!

      @JournalOfStyle - I'm so glad you've enjoyed coming along for the ride Ira. The modern design of the hotel made it a pleasure to stay at and how exciting you're spending this weekend in Paris - enjoy!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. wow, the pics are so beautiful :)

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  7. Wow - what an adventure!
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  8. Gorgeous pictures!!! :) you hair is amazing girl!! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!! :)

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    1. Haha thanks Stephanie.. I grew it myself! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Such a wonderful trip! And you are right about the beauty of Rome (and Italy in general). I think I'd never want to leave the country if I got there... x

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    1. I really hope you find yourself in Rome at some point very, very soon Natalia :)

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  10. When I was i Rome last year, half of the time I spent is looking for gelatos. Your photos are amazing Gabrielle and you make me wish to go back in Rome. Xx

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    1. You sound so much like me.. most of my time when travelling is spent hunting down certain foods!!

      Gabrielle x

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  11. really love your photos, they are bright and beautiful !!
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    1. Kind of you to say, thanks!

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  12. All good things come to an end...sigh! I am so glad that you had an wonderful trip in Rome. Thanks so much for taking me along via your beautiful photos, I could just imagine myself there.

    Keisha xo
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    1. That's so sweet, I'm really pleased you've enjoyed this travel diary Keisha!

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Awwww the sad feeling of going back home ey haha
    Your pictures are splendid
    I need a holiday and a camera like yours xXOX
    You're posts are subliminally setting life goals for me (haha)

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    1. Mmm, nice to know I'm not the only one who feels that way haha. Thank you so much Winfred, what a lovely thing to say!! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  14. You look so chic Gabrielle! I love the outfit you chose. Rome looks amazing, and the weather looks great too! It's really sweet of the driver to hand out bottles of water in the scorching heat. :D Glad that you had a nice trip! Thanks for sharing another lovely hotel with us. Looking forward to your next post!

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    1. Thanks Alyce! We were so fortunate with the weather (besides the flash downpour haha). I agree, it was a welcome surprise after a boiling hot trek to Trevi Fountain!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. This places are so gorgeous! The food looks good x

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    1. The food was too good to be true!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. nice as always, kisses!

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  17. Just went through the series of your travel… you are such a great writer!! Your passion and love for the city really translates and it only makes me more excited knowing soon I will be in charming Italy! Beautiful post!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliment on my writing, you've made my day! I hope you have a fantastic time in Italy Josune, I look forward to your future travel posts on your visit! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. You have such a beautiful face, Gabrielle, your features are stunning. I honestly doubt I will get used to this whole 'selfie' thing...I'm getting old....

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    1. What a lovely thing to say, you'll make me blush Shireen!

      Gabrielle x

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  19. Gelato is a must when in Italy. To be honest, it is a must in summer, regardless the country you are living in.

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    1. Absolutely! A week doesn't go by here in England where I don't enjoy some ice cream underneath the... clouds ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  20. you're so pretty.
    amazing photos
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  21. Your photos of Rome are lovely, Gabrielle - and glad you got your gelato fix, lemon and chocolate are two of my favourite flavours. Did you get to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain despite the renovation?

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    1. Thank you Suze, I hugely enjoyed your account of Rome last month too! Haha.. sadly there was no water for a coin to be thrown in!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Love this series! I felt like I was right there with you, minus the Roman heat! Your shots are gorgeous, Rome looks bright and beautiful. I need some of that gelato!

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    1. That's wonderful to hear, thanks for letting me know!

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  23. Going back home always feels like a rude awakening after traveling, and all the laundry that has to be done!

    It seems like you had a really fun time (and ate a lot of amazing food!), I'll definitely be checking out UNA hotels when I'm in Rome.

    Also on the hair, I normally have stick straight hair that won't hold a curl, but I've found if I french braid it while damp, and sleep on it, it comes out really nice.

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    1. It really does and especially when the weather contrasts so greatly! Haha oh yes, I definitely ate a LOT of food and it's nice to know you'll be looking into UNA Hotels for future reference :)

      ps. thanks for the hair tip!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Yayy.. Gabrielle, so glad you had an amazing holiday!
    Your smile tells it all :)
    Thank you for sharing your trip in Rome :)

    xoxo
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    1. Thank Jhem, have a wonderful week!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Your photos are incredible! I'm glad to see you had an amazing holiday
    Rome looks beautiful
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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Elizabeth!

      Gabrielle x

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  26. You are so beautiful and your hair looks fantastic! These photos are spectacular. I am so glad you had a great trip! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

    xo, Bry

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    1. Oh thank you Brighton, how nice of you to say!

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  27. Everything looks so beautiful-- from the desserts to the architecture! I love it!

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    1. Rome's architecture really is something else.. everywhere now seems pale in comparison haha!

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  28. Beautiful pictures and the hotel looks fantastic to stay at! :)

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    1. It sure was a lovely hotel to stay at whilst in Rome!

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  29. I love Rome! I'm gonna visit this city next year. You look fantastic!

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    1. You and me both! I look forward to your future travel post Stella!

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  30. All of your Rome posts make me miss my last trip there so much! The food, the sites, the accent, the gelato (!), whats not to love? haha

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    1. I have a feeling seeing any Rome travel posts on other blogs will now have the same effect on me haha!

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  31. Beautiful photos! You did so much cool stuff whilst you were there! I hope you had a lovely time :) Have a lovely day Gabrielle! :) xx

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    1. Thanks Nevena! We certainly did crush a lot into our few days and thank you :)

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  32. Really great photos! That is a must visited place, so gorgeous and I love your casual look :)
    Have a nice day!

    Stay in Style
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    1. Thanks Karen, comfort is key when the temperature is so high!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. Lovely post! Have a great day! xo :)

    Agne | Classyflow

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  34. This looks like such an amazing trip - I love all the architecture of the buildings; it looks so beautiful.

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. The architecture really does take your breath away, no matter how many times you've seen it!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. I've just caught up on Part 2 & 3... say it isn't over?! Haha
    Oh how I wish Rome was a quick trip across the channel... unfortunately for me it's much longer (& expensive)!
    I loved reading about what you got up to in your city break Gabrielle, I hope you're not too upset to be back home! Haha

    Hope you had a lovely weekend.

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    1. Haha I'm afraid so, though it's nice to know you've enjoyed coming along for the journey. Mm, I can imagine how steep the price of your plane ticket would be from Australia! Thank you so much Anjelique and have a lovely week :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Love this city! Your photos are great & so amazing that you had the chance to stay in UNA hotels (:
    Nati xx
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    1. That makes two of us at least! Thank you Nati and yes, I certainly felt very fortunate.

      Gabrielle x

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  37. Oh I love Rome, Its amazing city <3 Nice photos!

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    1. It truly is.. thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Awesome pictures!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  39. Who doesn't like a good gelato? I can imagine it was difficult having to leave this gorgeous city but what is important that you made the most out of you stay...and it certainly looks like you have...if photographs are to judge, you had a lovely time!

    Thanks for sharing, I did enjoy these Roman holiday images:)

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    1. You make a very good point - we ALL scream for ice cream ;) Thanks Ivana, it certainly did feel as though we made the most of our trip to Rome and you're very welcome, I'm so glad you've enjoyed this travel diary

      Gabrielle x

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  40. you are in my beautiful city and I have to tell you it looks gorgeous in your shots.
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    1. That's such a compliment, thank you Mari!

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  41. Great pics indeed, you look wonderful! I love Una Hotels, they are always so fine :)
    And I love Roma, my capital city!

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    1. It's nice to know you've heard of UNA Hotels, they made quite the impression on me, that's for sure!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. I love that shot out of the plane window! Sounds like you've been having a lovely time and all of the shots of Rome are just gorgeous! - Tasha

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    1. Thanks Natasha - I love daydreaming out of plane windows (especially at night)!

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  43. Thanks for sharing more beautiful photos of Rome. Hope I can return there soon!

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    1. You're more than welcome - I hope you do too!

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  44. Beautiful images. I love Rome.
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  45. Great images! Lovely post too!
    Have a nice day! Noora / www.noorajatuukka.blogspot.fi

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  46. Beautiful pics, Gabrielle, that place looks amazing, so full of history and life. Amazing.
    xox
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    1. Thanks ever so much Lenya, it was an incredible trip!

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  47. You look perfect in this casual tee outfit Gabrielle, and lovely photos, as always. The last shot is amazing.

    Nina
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    1. Oh thank you, a loose t-shirt seemed the only thing that could withstand the heat that evening!

      Gabrielle x

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  48. What a fabulous ending to your trip Gabrielle! There was so much around the hotel. That chocolate gelato looked so good. I loved your outfit and sandals. Glad you had a great time.
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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed this travel diary Kim and yes, the chocolate gelato was heavenly!

      Gabrielle x

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  49. I love the setting! I always need to be reminded that cities like these are real and not just in movies! I can't wait to travel and see them for myself.

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    1. Haha I feel that way with anything mountain-related (Switzerland is just a dream!).

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  50. You really experienced a lot during your stay. Regarding the tousled style, I've found salt water sprays to be the nly thing that works, at least for my Asian horse hair:) I use the one from Bumble & Bumble, when I'm after that look as it adds both volume and texture.

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    1. We certainly squeezed a fair amount into our trip, that's for sure! Thanks so much for the hair tip, I'll be sure to give that a go :)

      Gabrielle x

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  51. I love Rome, I love how your wrote about this fantastic experience and the pictures are amazing!! Love it.
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    1. Thanks very much Arely, that's quite the compliment coming from you (I adore your street style photography!)

      Gabrielle x

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  52. Hello, beautiful pics, excelents coments!!! Tks.

    Follow me :)

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  53. Pretty purse! It's perfect for the upcoming fall season.

    xo,
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    1. Thanks Jeanine, it's such a practical size too!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks so much Sabrina!

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  55. All I want to say is that I'm super jealous of your travels! lol. Glad you had fun Gabrielle!

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    1. No need to be jealous, you have beautiful sunshine right where you are! Thanks Elizabeth :)

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