“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who Am I and what is Adventures of a Carry-on?
I’m a professional makeup artist with a bad case of wanderlust, an eye for detail, a WSET certification which means I’m a wine weirdo. I started this blog as a place to share my adventures (intellectual and cultural) with you. Plus, I have a lifelong passion for travel photography, and the blog stands in as my portfolio. But, things evolved, as they do, and I became interested in wine and wine travel and decided I would set myself a goal to visit all of the major wine regions in the world.
A curious person, I’m interested in learning, creating, self-discovery, connecting with people, having adventures, and discovering beauty. Because travel is about more than the destination, Adventures of a Carry-on is a metaphor for the experiences we bring back with us and the parts of ourselves we take with us.
Today I still do makeup
I support my travels by writing part-time and I continue my career as a professional makeup artist. Occasionally the travel and makeup thing come together as when I taught a class in Naples, Italy, or when I worked with Phil Keoghan of the Amazing Race.
If you’re curious to know what it’s like to put makeup on famous faces like Brooke Shields, check out my freelance makeup artist site and blog here.
It all began with Italy
In 2008 I visited Rome for the first time and fell madly in love. Four trips later, I decided it was time to expand my horizons and explore more of the country that had captured my heart.
In 2012 I went to Panzano, a tiny town in Chianti famous for the butcher Dario Cechini; the ancient walled city of Lucca, also in Tuscany, and Rome (because no trip to Italy is complete without a stop in Rome).
In 2013 I went on my first official blogger trip to Italy. I spent five crazy days in Emilia Romagna starting in Bologna (not my first time there), Forli, and Cesena (don’t miss the Maletesta Library). We visited vineyards, apple orchards, learned to make pasta, visited a violin maker and attended a very fancy dinner with a rock star chef.
A second trip to the old country, also in 2013, found me in Voghera (Napolean lived there for a while), Pavia, and Milan, in the Lombardia region. The day before departing I visited romantic Lago di Orta, only an hour from Milan but in the region of Piemonte. I never dreamed I’d go to any of these places, but once I made up my mind to explore Italy, opportunities magically appeared.
Today I travel mainly in the USA and Europe, with a strong focus on wine regions. If I am in an area where there are no vineyards, I’ll find a good wine bar!
I like to revisit destinations and new friends because it allows me to have a richer experience. I like to develop long term relationships with the places I visit and the people I meet.
What you’ll find on Adventures of a Carry-on
You might find me stomping through vineyards in the Italian countryside, or flying over Napa Valley wineries in a hot air balloon. But most of all, you will find me wandering through the streets and alleyways looking for the unseen, overlooked, hiding in plain sight, stories and connections, that make life exciting.
I will share first-hand accounts of the places I’m traveling to including; intimate details of tours, wineries, restaurants, hotels, and more. Travel lightly, experience deeply is the way I like to roll.
A favorite literary quote:
“If adventures not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” Jane Austen
I’d love to hear from you. Contact me here. Also, if you see a photograph you love and would like a copy, just let me know.
For the second year in a row, one of my articles made the shortlist in the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards. This year the article Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, was nominated in the category Best Post Art and Culture.
Last year the article,
How To Make An Italian Neighborhood Your Own, was nominated in the category, Best Single Post Living in Italy. Great article if you’re traveling to Rome and need some tips on restaurants, cafes, and more in Trastevere.
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I am the travel and style editor for Wandering Educators and have written for various beauty and spa industry publication such as Modern Salon, American Salon, Salon Today, Today’s Diet and Nutrition.
I have also appeared on numerous broadcasts as a brand ambassador speaking on topics from skin cancer to packing for an international trip.
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