Return to me – Rome, Italy

Zara sweater
Twenty8Twelve jeans (similar)
Topshop boots
Urban Outfitters eternity scarf

These were taken by my best friend when we were wandering around the vicinity of the Colosseum a few weeks ago during our Italy trip. We were lucky and hit a warm spell there this winter. This particular day I think was 65 degrees, so a sweater and scarf (or in this case, a full on cable knit neck brace) were ample coverage.

Anyway, the last photo captures one of my favorite things in Italy… the profession of love written or carved into walls everywhere. It’s this sort of careless urgency, careless in the sense that there is no shame in who knows it as long as the message is conveyed. One I particularly remember was a short sentence scribbled on the median in Viterbo that, translated to English, said, “Return to me, Sara.” It filled my mind with this romanticized story of heartbreak, and a fantasized ending that maybe Sara saw the message and at least, for a fleeting second, thought about how happy she was once the first time he told her he loved her…before walking past and continuing on with her life.

PS! I rarely write this long but there is exciting (well, at least to me) news in store! I’ll announce it in the next post! 🙂


  1. Yeji
    January 4, 2012 / 7:55 am

    love it. "Return to me." So simple and pure but filled with such depth and anguish!

    Can't wait for the news!! hehehe

  2. January 4, 2012 / 8:37 am

    Such a cut outfit! How lucky are you to have been to Italy gahh!


  3. January 4, 2012 / 8:58 am

    I'm in love with your sweater! And Rome in general, when I last visited we just went to all the touristy places but discovering hidden treasures like this must be lovely 🙂

  4. January 4, 2012 / 9:17 am

    What a beautiful photoshoot! Makes me want to jump on a plane immediately 🙂 Love your comfy sweater!

    xx Ivana

    Stop by sometimes 🙂
    Macarons and Pearls

  5. January 4, 2012 / 10:05 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip…italy is on my list of dream vacations! xoxo

  6. January 4, 2012 / 10:40 pm

    Gorgeous! the salmon pink of that building is just the perfect shade! love it!:)

  7. January 5, 2012 / 1:39 am

    oh this post is sooo romantic in an italian sorta way;) that return to me sara story is soo touching and i love the way you put the story in this post, it's sooo fantasizing!!=D

    And of course, love your outfit! that knit scarf looks sooo warm!!!!it was like 8 degrees when i woke up this morning!


  8. January 5, 2012 / 7:33 am

    love your outfit!

    Its funny that you think the carved or painted messages are romantic. In Spain most of us consider it an act if vandalism. It is nice having another perspective! 😉


  9. January 5, 2012 / 9:15 am

    Love the scarf & sweater combination, especially the texture!

  10. January 5, 2012 / 9:38 am

    Carolyn! So happy to have come across your blog. I adore your style and the abundance of food porn as well. Fashion and Food, two of my faves indeedy.

    I'm definitely looking forward to seeing/reading/getting inspired by your future posts. Hope 2012 is off to a great start for you! And one more thing, congrats on your engagement. What a sweet proposal!

    Have a great rest of the week.

    xx Love & Aloha

  11. January 5, 2012 / 11:07 am

    I am loving your huge knit scarf!!! xx

  12. January 5, 2012 / 2:27 pm

    you've got such a great blog!!

    Morgan xx

  13. January 5, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    Love that snood/cowl…you look so cute & comfy! And love Italy, sigh….that wall is VERY romantic 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  14. January 5, 2012 / 5:13 pm

    Love love this outfit the scarf I want it. I've been looking for one like this in yellow.

    Can't wait to hear about your exciting news.

  15. January 5, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    love the whole look,those shoes are perfect!

  16. January 8, 2012 / 2:55 am

    First of all the pictures are gorgeous…second I am so jealous, Italy is gorgeous…hope you had a great trip! 🙂

  17. January 9, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    gorgeous photos, loving all the chunky knits and the color of your pants! looks like it was an amazing trip

    p.s. congrats on the engagement!!

    <3 Alison

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