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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

You Can Now Shop My Looks On LIKEtoKNOW.it!


I am so excited to share that I have been accepted to RewardStyle! Being accepted is my first big step in my blogging venture to be able to begin monetizing my blog and brand.

What is RewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it? 
RewardStyle is an invitation only platform that focuses primarily on fashion, lifestyle and beauty influencers. RewardStyle also owns the LIKEtoKNOW.it program- which is a program that allows users to shop items their fave bloggers share with them. I would then receive a small commission (dependant on the item price and retailer) if you purchase any items from my links.

How does it affect Live More Fuller readers?
All this means is you're able to now shop my looks directly from my links! You download the "LIKEtoKNOW.it" app from the App Store. After downloading you follow me by searching (torfuller) in the influencer search bar and from there you'll be able to see all the items I share- apparel, jewelry, shoes, furniture, etc. You'll click on whatever item you're interested in and it'll then take you directly to that item on the retailers website and you continue online shopping! 

Another way to shop, is by visiting the Shop My Looks tab that I've added to my blog! From here you'll be able to see all the items I share on the app and after you click on an item you're interested in, it'll then take you to the retailers page where you can purchase. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me! I am more than happy to answer! This is all very new to me but I excited to continue sharing and to begin this new chapter with my blog 😊



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Last Minute Nordstrom Sale Picks

The famous #NSale, where do I start?! I first want to start off by saying that I am not a Nordstrom cardholder.. Yet 😂 I do shop the sale when it goes live to the public however! Honestly, I haven't had any problem waiting to shop the sale until it opens to the public. The only things I've ever had trouble getting are the Steve Madden mules in previous years, and this years loafers.

I went into my local Nordstrom the day after it opened to the public and found some goodies I wanted to share with you all incase you were thinking about grabbing a few items before the prices raise back up on August 5th. I recommend visiting a store near you if you have the option because I had really good luck in store! If you don't have a Nordstrom near you, I'd just check the website at least once a day for restocks because they are doing so much better at restocking items this year!
1. BP Lightweight Sweater - $25.90
2. Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover - $49.90
3. Topshop Kota Crop Faux Leather Moto Jacket - $62.90
4. BP Gretta Sandal - $49.90
5. Treasure & Bond Fern Bootie - $79.90
6. Socialite Long Sleeve Thermal Henley Top - $24.90
7. Blank NYC Faux Fur Teddy Coat - $64.90
8. BlankNYC Faux Suede Trench Coat - $98.90
9. BP Traveling Stitch Sweater - $35.90
10. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings - $38.90

Happy shopping! 💕🛍
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cute & Comfy Airport Look




After a full day of travel we are back in Germany and nice and jet lagged! No but really, we left Chicago are 4:30pm and arrived in Helsinki, Finland at 10am and then flew from Helsinki to Düsseldorf. We got in around 7pm and oh my gosh, we were drained. I have spent the past night and morning getting sooo much sleep that I am feeling much better now. It's about 5pm here in Germany and I just made myself another cup of coffee! Any of you drink coffee at any hour of the day?! 🙋‍♀️

Like most people out there, when I'm traveling I have to be comfortable! I ordered this grey jumpsuit from Red Dress Boutique, and it is hands down the comfiest thing I own. I am wearing a size medium and could've ordered a small because there is a little extra room, but still a good fit! I have seen a lot of similar jumpsuits, but none of them have the zipper detail like this one! I have found that the zipper makes it cuter and also a lot easier to take on and off. This jumpsuit feels like I'm wearing a blanket and couldn't be a better travel outfit! You all need this in your life!

Alrighty, I am about to finish my coffee and then start on dinner 😂

Chat soon! XO

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Polka Dot Shorts OOTD


White Bodysuit | Polka Dot Shorts | Tory Burch Miller Sandals | Quay Sunglasses | Bohemian Earrings

Hi friends! It is a HOT one today! Today's high is 97 degrees in the Chicagoland. Despite the heat I am loving every second of being home in the USA. We have our flight back to Germany tomorrow evening and I don't even want to think about leaving home!

Yesterday we drove back from my hometown in Rock Island where I was visiting my family and  friends. I had the most amazing time spending time with everyone and it was super hard to leave. This time was also a little different because my parents are selling our home and moving to Florida. So, this trip home was my last time spending the night in my childhood home. As I was sad to say goodbye, I am sooo excited for my parents and brothers on their next adventure. I'm already planning my trip to Florida.

After we got back to the suburbs, we got ready and headed out on the town with some of our best friends. Yesterday was just as hot so I wanted to wear something light but still cute. I recently purchased these high waisted polka dot shorts from Nordstrom and I am obsessed! They are PERFECT for date nights, girls dinner, or even at the office. They're flowy but with a good amount of coverage. The frill on the shorts give it even more of a feminine touch!

Stay cool out there ☀️
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Florence to Chianti Wine Region | Italy 2019


My friends! We are back from Italy and it was an absolute dream. We arrived to Rome on Thursday and then spent Friday and Saturday in Rome. On Sunday morning we headed to Florence for a short trip. Although it was short we made sure to make the most of our time while we were there.

We did SO many different things while in Rome and Florence that I figured the easiest way to share my trip with you would be to break it down by day and then by city. You can read my Rome Recap Blog Post Here. I just want to add that if you are considering a trip to Italy- absolutely do it! It'll change your life. I think every place I am sharing with you was amazing, so I hope this gives you some guidance if you are planning at trip. Also, feel free to reach out to me if you have any specific questions!




Sunday

We left Rome at 8am and headed to Florence by train! We booked this roundtrip train ride a few weeks before our trip through ItaliaRail. It was about 80  for both me and Rob. Our train ride was only an 1 and 1/2 ride and the seats were comfortable and there were outlets to charge electronics. The views were beautiful as well.

We explored around Florence and visited the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. This bridge is the only bridge across the Arno River that wasn't destroyed during WWII. The Ponte Vecchio previously used to be a place for butchers and fishermen but is now filled with jewelers and boutiques. After exploring, we checked into our hotel which was in the Duomo district.

Shortly after check-in we left our hotel and headed to the meeting point for our 2pm Tuscany Winery Tour! This was hands down my favorite experience (aside from touring the Colosseum). We booked this small group tour through TripAdvisor.

We drove about 45 minutes to the Chianti Region and visited two wine vineyards. The tour consisted of seven wine tastings, paired with olive oil and balsamic tastings. We spent about an hour and 1/2 at each winery and I definitely wish it was longer. If you find yourself in Florence, I absolutely recommend booking a winery tour in the countryside. The tour was the best experience and we even made some new friends from all over! It is definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life.

For dinner I was recommended Trattoria Zá Zá by so many people so we had to check it out. We got back from the winery tours around 6:30pm and walked 20 minutes to get to the restaurant from the main train station. We didn't make reservations but luckily they had a few seats available inside. Our food was so tasty and the environment was awesome as well. Their menu is huge, and also a bonus: if you like anything truffle, they have TONS of tasty options.

After dinner we did some more exploring of the city and visited the Piazza della Signoria and enjoyed one last glass of wine before heading back to our hotel and calling it a night





Monday

Woke up in Florence and had the best breakfast at Caffè Rosanò and an even better latte! This restaurant is a must when in Florence. 

Afterwards, we walked up the Scalea Del Monte alle Croci which are steps that will lead you to the most amazing views in Florence. As you walk up the ALL the steps, you are able to take a break in between and visit the Giardino Delle Rose and Calcio delle Rose to check out a garden that also has great views. When you reach the top, you arrive to the Piazzale Michelangelo. The Piazzale Michelangelo is a large square with panoramic views of Florence. You could see all sorts of landscape, the mountains, rooftops, city views- it was incredible. 

After sightseeing, we worked up an appetite and we stopped at La Loggia, which is the most beautiful outdoor restaurant. La Loggia is located right next to the Piazzale Michelangelo so it's a perfect place to sit and catch your breath after the hike up the steps. 

After eating we walked around Florence for another two hours and visited the Piazza della Repubblica before heading to the train station to head back to Rome!





When In Rome | Italy 2019


So it's official, I left my heart in Italy. ♥️Italy has definitely become my new favorite place on earth. I never wanted to leave. You all know how that feeling when you're on vacation and the last few days you're itching to get back home? Well, I never had that feeling.

We did SO many different things while in Rome and Florence that I figured the easiest way to share my trip with you would be to break it down by day and then by city. You can read my Florence Recap Blog Post Here. I just want to add that if you are considering a trip to Italy- absolutely do it! It'll change your life. I think every place I am sharing with you was amazing, so I hope this gives you some guidance if you are planning at trip. Also, feel free to reach out to me if you have any specific questions!

Thursday
We arrived to the Leonardo De Vinci International Airport at 6:30pm which was about a 40 minute drive to our hotel. We ended up hopping on The Leonardo Express, a Trenitalia train to the Roma Termini (Roma Central Train Station). It was 28  for me and Rob. The train ride was quick and relaxing. There is a lot of traffic in Rome so I personally feel that public transit/walking is way quicker than taxi. Our first hotel was a 20 minute walk from Termini Station.

We grabbed our first Italian dinner at Fuocolento. They have the cutest outdoor seating and the food and service was awesome. After dinner we walked around and explored a little bit before heading to back to our hotel for bed.


Friday
We started off our day by heading back to Roma Termini to pick up our "Roma Passes". There are a few different options for Roma Passes but we chose the 48 hour pass. This allowed you to ride public transportation for 48 hours. I must say, although public transit is faster than taxis- it can be hit or miss. There were times we couldn't get on a train or bus because it was too full, and there were times when it showed up to the stop 15 minutes delayed. Patience is key in Italy. 😂

After getting our passes we checked into our AirBnB and then headed out for the day. It was HOT everyday, but especially on Friday. We got to the Trevi Fountain around 1pm and we were sooo sweaty lol. I loved being able to see it in person. I had my Lizzie McGuire moment, obvi! After snapping a few pics we wandered into a nearby restaurant to cool off with a nice cold beverage and then proceeded to wander around the city.

Around 5pm we headed back to the AirBnB to shower and get ready for dinner. We found a rooftop restaurant called Restaurante Rossini, which is on top of a hotel that was only a few steps away from where we were staying. The atmosphere, food and service was incredible! They had a live musician playing the entire time and we were able to see the sunset. I'd highly recommend visiting this restaurant if you are looking for a rooftop dinner. 

At night we ventured over to a bar called Voodoo Bar. This was definitely one of the coolest experiences we have ever had. It felt like you stepped into a tropical oasis and there were like six different bar areas (maybe more) scattered all over the area, along with pools, live performers, tiki torches everywhere, etc. We definitely stayed out way too late for our 8am four hour tour the next day. I will say I was surprised when I saw their poor reviews on TripAdvisor. I can only speak on the night scene, if you're looking for a party you definitely need to check it out.


Saturday
We woke up bright and early to head to a four hour tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Pantheon. The early morning was so worth it. We booked this Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum Tour through TripAdvisor. We met our tour group at 8:30am and the tour started at 9am. I highly recommend booking a tour to visit the large attractions, because there were already long lines when we arrived and luckily we were able to skip past them. It is also interesting to learn about the history vs. just wandering around by yourself and wondering what took place. Being able to see the Colosseum in person was the best experience!

We were so tired after our tour that we did as the locals do and took a siesta: aka a short nap that's taken in the afternoon after a midday meal. After we woke up, we headed out to explore and get some pizza.

We went to dinner at L'Angelo Do Napoli and enjoyed some live music. I recommend the margherita pizza at L'Angelo's. After dinner we headed towards the Colosseum to see it lit up at night. It was just as amazing as during the day.





Sunday
We left Rome at 8am and headed to Florence by train! We booked this roundtrip train ride a few weeks before our trip through ItaliaRail. It was about 80 euros for both me and Rob. Our train ride was only an 1 and 1/2 ride and the seats were comfortable and there were outlets to charge electronics. The views were so beautiful.


Monday
We left Florence by train around 4:30pm got back into Rome around 6pm. We checked into our last hotel and then headed out on the town. For our last night in Rome we decided to check out the Trastevere neighborhood for dinner. This neighborhood was beautiful and probably my favorite! It is picture perfect and filled with SO many different restaurant options. We ate dinner at Grazia e Graziella. I highly recommend the calamari for a starter and the homemade pasta with meatballs. Rob recommends the carbonara! 

Tuesday
Go home day! We just wandered around Rome and soaked up the last few hours of being in Italy. We visited the Spanish Steps and walked through the Villa Borghese Gardens. We could have spent hours walking through this large park. There was so much to see, and live musicians playing throughout. It's super romantic and highly suggest checking it out if you're looking to escape the crowded city center. We did a little shopping before hopping before heading to our flight.




Thursday, June 13, 2019

Summer Travel Abroad Essentials





Happy Thursday! Today is one of the most exciting days I have had while living abroad because we are heading to ITALY! Visiting Italy has been a lifelong dream and I honestly can’t contain my excitement. We will be spending five days there total- three in Rome and two in Florence. I will definitely be sharing a travel recap when we get home next week. Our flight is at 4:30pm so we are headed to the airport soon but I know so many people are traveling abroad this summer, so I thought I’d share a summer travel essentials list with you all.


International chargers + converters- These are a necessity while traveling abroad. The outlets vary country to country and so does the voltage. I have now blown one curler & one blow dryer lol so be sure to check the outlet and voltage of the country you’re visiting prior to your trip. Mine are from Best Buy and can be found here.


Travel size products and limited liquid items- I recommend this for two reasons. First, it allows you more space in your suitcase which means less weight to haul around. If you’re traveling abroad you will be doing a lot of walking around and public transportation, you don’t want anything too heavy. *I need to take my own advice* Second, each airport is different. Some airports have allowed me to travel with however many liquid items I had in my carry on and some *cough London, Heathrow, cough* have made me throw away almost all of many liquid items. If you are like me, just be prepared to part with full size and or liquid products.


Sunscreen- Self explanatory but sometimes we forget. This next week in Italy is forecasted at 90 degrees and sunny everyday. Send us all your good luck wishes as we wait in line to get into the different attractions.


Reusable Water Bottle- Unlike back in the states, water is not free. Here in Germany, a water is more expensive than ordering a beer! Packing a reusable water bottle can save you money and is good for our environment as well. For traveling, I prefer one with a twistable lid so I can just throw it in my purse and not have to worry about any spillage.


Hair Accessories- Hair accessories are such a hot trend right now and I am loving it. They take up almost no room at all in your suitcase, and add so much style to an outfit. Not to mention, us girls love to put our hair up when we get hot during those summer days.

Fun Summery Suitcase- This is absolutely not necessary but I think it’s so much fun to have a crazy suitcase. It makes life so much easier when you’re waiting at baggage claim to get your suitcase. I can almost guarantee no one else will be waiting for their blue suitcase that’s covered in pineapples. Mine can be found here, it's from the Jessica Simpson luggage line. Check out your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls, I found mine at TJ Maxx for a really good deal.


Alrighty, my friends I hope you have have an awesome day and we'll chat after Italy!!!

Ciao! ❥
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

My May Lifestyle Favorites


Goodbye May, Hello June! It was recently memorial weekend back home in the states, which marks the unofficial start of sweet summertime. The last time I did a monthly favorites was back in December [December Lifestyle Favorites Post] and you all seemed to really enjoy it, so I thought I'd share my current obsessions with you!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Four Days in Belgium: Ghent and Bruges

Hi! Happy Belated Easter! I hope you all had the best Easter and were able to spend some quality time with your loved ones. I didn’t have the traditional Easter celebration with the fam this year but I must say, this weekend was a great one! Rob and I road tripped three hours to visit Ghent and Brugge, two of the cutest cities in Belgium.

Ghent and Bruges, Belgium
This weekend I learned that there is a long history of rivalry between Ghent and Bruges. I personally found the two very similar to each other but found Ghent to have a little more of a charm feel to it. When we visited Bruges on Sunday it was extremely crowded with so many people that it was a little overwhelming at times. I think that could have been because of the holiday, therefore many tourists were out and about. Overall, I highly recommend visiting both cities. They are a short 40 minute drive or train ride away from each other and are both a must see. Below you can find a few of my favorite things we did in each city!
West Flanders Provincial Court in Bruges
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Weekend Exploring Reims, France

April is here! Woot woot! Spring has arrived here in Germany and I am one happy chica. We just had our daylight savings last week aka more sunshine time. We have some exciting trips this month that I can't wait to bring you all along with, starting with this past weekends' trip to Reims, France!

Rob and I joined two of our friends on a 4 and ½ hour road trip from Düsseldorf to Reims, France aka the Capital of the Champagne Region. I’ll be totally honest, I had never even heard of Reims until a month or two ago when it was brought up by a friend who is very well traveled. All she had to tell me was, “it’s in the Champagne Region” and I said okay, I’m in. I started to do a little research on Reims, France and for some of you who may not know about it either, it is about an hour and ½ east of Paris. It is the unofficial capital of the Champagne Region and is known for being the headquarter for many Champagne Houses, famous Vineyards and Caves of Champagne, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and have I mentioned they have bubbly? Lots of bubbly.

Reims, France