The JetKids BedBox

 

BedBox in Blue c/o JetKids

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram you saw that we traveled all over Italy, flew back to Atlanta then headed to Naples and Sarasota, Florida, for some extended family time. So after almost a month of traveling, we are finally home!

We’ve unpacked, finished laundry and I feel like I can now share with you how we survived international travel with a 22 month old. Knowing our flight times were reaching into the double digits, I reached out to JetKids about purchasing their BedBox product. I had seen the BedBox in a magazine a while back and after a quick instagram search I decided this was something we HAD to have! For those that aren’t familiar, BedBox is a ride on suitcase for kids that turns their normal airplane seat into a comfortable bed where they can relax or sleep and, as you can tell from Henry’s pictures, it worked great! Inside the suitcase you’ll find a foam mattress and side cushions plus extra room to pack a few of your kid’s favorite things. We were able to fit two blankets, two stuffed animals, pajamas and a change of clothes into the suitcase. The top of the suitcase pops off and turns over and extends to create the base for the BedBox and was super easy to set up even mid flight. After getting the BedBox in place, Henry instantly seemed happier to have a little more room for activities and I was happy that it discouraged him from wanting to climb all around the floor. Once we were settled in and overcame the general struggle of having a toddler on a plane (that should be a scary movie right?! Toddlers On A Plane… yikes!) Henry slept 7 hours out of the 8.5 hour flight. To say we were impressed was an understatement. Not only did the BedBox make it easy for Henry to fall asleep, it also made the rest of the flight enjoyable for us (and every other passenger on our flight!) On the return, Henry only slept 2.5 out of the 10 hour plane ride home but I’m not blaming JetKids. He still loved having his space to spread out and as far as 22 month olds go, he was very well behaved for the remainder of the flight. #proudparent

In addition to using the BedBox on the plane, we also used it on our 4 hour train ride from Venice to Rome. Henry didn’t sleep, but he enjoyed having his own place to settle into and watch movies. He also loved pushing it through the train stations and airports and provided him with some entertainment as we waited to board. Having said that, we felt there were a few design flaws that could have made it easier on parents when their kids weren’t riding or pushing the BedBox around. The carrying strap that is included never stayed secure when we adjusted it. We ended up having to knot the strap at two ends to make sure it would stay in place as we carried it through the airport. The other improvement we would suggest is to make the mattress cover with a zipper closure for a machine washing option. Currently it is suggested to hand-wash the mattress and lay flat, which I totally understand if you’re not near a washing machine, but with some of the spills we had, hand washing just didn’t get it clean. I ended up having to cut open the mattress cover, remove the foam padding and machine wash the cover..

The BedBox is priced at $200, but if you travel regularly with your kids, we definitely think it’s worth the investment. After all, I’m not sure you can put a price on a happy toddler… or his parents!

xo-

 

  

Assisi

Out of all the places we visited in Italy, Assisi was my favorite. We just took a day trip to the city {about two hours from where we were staying} and I didn’t want to leave! I fell in love with the small streets, hilly city views, religious history and unbelievable architecture. Getting lost in Assisi was my favorite experience and if you ever have the opportunity to visit Italy, make sure you put this city on your must do list! 

Arezzo

Buongiorno! What better way to end your week than with a little peak into Tuscany?! 

We traveled to Arezzo one morning for their famous antiques market. It happens the first Sunday of every month and started in 1968. Over 500 vendors spread out for the two day event and you can find anything from vintage Chanel bags to a wooden Pinocchio {like the one my husband wanted to go home with above!} There’s also amazing glasswork, lace, silver and art for sale but going to the market knowledgable is a must! There are so may stalls it can be a bit over whelming, and knowing the quality and authenticity of products will insure you’re going home with something of value. It was an amazing sight to see and the city of Arezzo was gorgeous all in it’s own. Over looking the beautiful Tuscan country side and strolling through the ancient streets of Arezzo might have been one of my favorite days! 

While we were visiting, the Saracen Joust took place. It only happens twice a year {once in June, the other in September} and we were truly surprised! There are four teams in the event, each one representing the different quarters of Arezzo. The tournament rules have been unchanged since 1677 and the event begins with a parade of the four teams through the Piazza Grande. Check out what I wore for our day in Arezzo here!

Clutches & Curves

similar} / Denim: Madewell / Belt: J. Crew / Watch: MICHELE / Clutch: Custom {similar}/ Heels: Steve Madden

If there’s one thing you need to purchase when building a base wardrobe, it should be a pair of high rise denim. I’ve always worn my bottoms just above my hip but fell in love with Madewell’s High Riser denim and haven’t looked back. They show off my curves in the best way and fit me perfectly {I literally wore them out of the store!} and if you’ve seen Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants you know what feeling I’m talking about. I styled them here with a basic untucked white tee {you can’t even tell they’re high risers!} but wanted to really show off their perfection for our last dinner in Italy. I tucked in a swing sweater from J. Crew {mine is past season} added a belt and made sure to elongate my legs even more by wearing heels. I’m 5’2″ and these jeans make me feel and look like I have legs for days! 

My clutch is real Ostrich skin and was custom made from a leather shop in Florence. It is my favorite souvenir from the trip {besides the wine of course!} and I’ve linked similar styles below {both real and embossed} along with other swing sweaters too.

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Rome

{Piazza Navona and the Fountain of Four Rivers}

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Ralph Lauren / Bottoms: Lululemon / Shoes: Adidas 

Her: Dress: J. Crew {similar} / Belt: J. Crew / Earrings: Mikimoto / Watch: MICHELE

Fresh off our trip to Italy and I’m already reliving it through our pictures! Rome was our first stop where we adjusted to the time change and spent two full days getting to know this beautiful city. We woke up super early {5am!} and were ready to go making it out of our hotel and to the Spanish Steps by 7:30am. We meet up with the rest of our family and hopped on our golf cart tour with My Best Tour.  We decided on this unique option because of the variety of people we had in our group. It’s perfect for all ages and ended up being the best part of our time in Rome. You’re able to get around the city quickly and see some amazing sights not accessible or viewable by foot or car. We enjoyed seeing the Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and tons of other historical sights and churches around the city! You can see my look and more of the Spanish Steps here.

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Lightweight White

Tank: Lilly Pulitzer / Skirt: J. Crew / Scarf: J. McLaughlin {similar} / Flats: Sam Edelman

Our first day in Tuscany was spent in the town of Arezzo exploring their local antique market {the 1st Sunday of every month} which is full of unique finds from furniture to vintage designer bags. I couldn’t help but squeeze one more all white look in before Fall really hits and because mornings are cool in Tuscany, I layered my look with a light scarf. Lightweight white was a perfect choice since the market was completely outside and temps claimed into the 90s by mid afternoon. You can see other ways I’ve styled this laser cut midi skirt from J. Crew here and here.

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The Perfect Peter Pan

ChicWish / Bottoms: J. Crew / Earrings: Mikimoto / Watch: MICHELE / Heels: Steve Madden / Lips: NARS & Stila

We are back from Italy and I can’t help but wish we were still in Tuscany sipping vino and spending more time with family. I’m catching up on life, editing our pictures today and I had to share my look from our last evening in Città di Castello because this Peter Pan collar is everything! I love the gold detailing on the collar and the sophisticated look it gives to a simple and classic top. This one is from ChicWish {you can find it here} and I’ve also linked other tops with great collars and details below. This top looks great with a skinny bottom and I love J. Crew’s Toothpick jean from Cone Denim® {one of the oldest denim mills in the world!} They’re super soft with the perfect amount of stretch that keeps it’s shape throughout the day and of course you can’t go wrong with the Stecy heel from Steve Madden!

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Spanish Steps

Dress: J. Crew {similar} / Belt: J. Crew / Earrings: Mikimoto / Watch: MICHELE / Crossbody: Louis Vuitton / Flats: Chanel

Buongiorno! It’s a beautiful morning in Città di Castello and I’m sharing my look from our first day in Rome! We weren’t too affected by the nine hour time change, but we did wake up at 5am ready to go on our first morning. The lighting was perfect and the Spanish Steps {Scalinata di Trinità die Monti} were empty of tourists so of course we took advantage! I couldn’t help but remember Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday {my favorite movie} and the Steps were just as incredible in person as I had seen in pictures. 

My luggage was lost as we arrived into Rome but luckily I packed a spare outfit in our carryon. This J. Crew dress is past season {similar here} but was perfect for the warm day and walking around the streets to explore. I love the lace in the dress and how it creates such a feminine look. I added a belt to my natural waist and looped it to give more detail. I purchased gorgeous Chanel flats before we left for our trip and although I was worried about wearing them all around the city {I didn’t want to ruin them!} they have been the most comfortable and durable shoes. If you’re looking for an investment piece or just want to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with these flats. I choose a neutral so they would go with anything, transition into fall and am sure they won’t go out of style! Haooy lettura e arrivederci!

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Monogrammed Poncho

H&M / Denim: Madewell / Poncho: Burberry / Clutch: GiGi New York / Watch: MICHELE / Flats: Chanel

We made it to Italy! My internet service is spotty so I’m sorry for the lack of posts this week! This country is beautiful and we’ve decided we might not come back. But seriously… The people are so friendly and the history is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. OH and don’t get me started on the food {or wine}! I had my eye on this Burberry poncho for a while and decided to splurge before our trip. It has defiantly been my go-to for cool nights and was a lifesaver on the 13hr flight {which ended up being 22hrs, but thats a different story} Monogramming isn’t offered on Burberry’s website for this style but you can have any embroidery shop customize it for you like I’ve done. I added a pop of color with this GiGi New York clutch in orange and I can’t wait to wear it into fall! Buona Sera e arrivederci!

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