Friday Favorites #2: Europe Edition

Welcome to week 2 of my Friday favorites! This week has been much more interesting than my usual week… due to the fact that I’m in EUROPE! I know, crazy, I don’t believe it either. If you haven’t seen my first Friday faves, check it out HERE! It’s been a little more difficult trying to get this up because of the lack of wifi, but I managed to make it happen (please be impressed).

All these favorites are from my trip and there is so much more I can’t wait to share with you from my adventures through Italy, Croatia & Greece! But for now, here are my faves for my 5 weekly categories!

Favorite Items of the Week

Polaroids

Click to get the exact polaroid camera that I use!

There’s something about taking polaroid pictures on vacation that I absolutely cannot do without! I’ve always loved capturing moments in time and having them to look back at years later. I’ve been taking pictures since I was a little kid and I can vividly remember always trying to steal my dad’s cameras to take my own photos! When I was around 14-15, my friends and I would alwayssss do photoshoots around the neighborhood and it is HILARIOUS (and embarrassing) to look back at those pictures now!

It’s so easy to capture moments on a phone, or a point and shoot camera, or even a DSLR. But those are all digital and there’s something so fascinating about watching a polaroid print your photo as soon as it’s taken. That very specific memory is captured in a little sheet of plastic, maybe a little overexposed or a little too dark… but it’s there. Yes, you can print your digital photos and have it be similar BUT it will never be the same.

Friday Favorites Tara Michelle
Friday Favorites Tara Michelle

Dry Shampoo

Click here to buy the one in the picture (travel sized!!)

Click for the one I use at home (for dark hair!!)

I mean, DUH! Seriously a vacation essential to me and I don’t know what I did before dry shampoo was a thing. It’s seriously a lifesaver when you’re getting up early in the morning to head out for an excursion and you don’t have time to fix your hair!

On the cruise, we’ve been having to wake up at around 7:30am each morning so that we can get off the boat and have a full day at every stop, which leaves little time for getting ready. So needless to say, this has been a staple in my life this week!

If you’ve never tried dry shampoo before… WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!? Throughout my years of using dry shampoo (I think I started when I was 15), I’ve tried numerous different brands and Batiste is by far my favorite. I also really like that they have a dark hair option for my dark roots. I definitely recommend giving the ones I have linked a try, I promise you’ll end up thanking me!! 🙂

What I’m Watching

Friday Favorites Tara Michelle

Big Brother Season 19

THE SHOW OF THE SUMMER!!!!! To be honest, I haven’t gotten to watch ANY of my shows this week but as soon as I land back home I’ll be binging the FOUR episodes of Big Brother that I’ve missed! In case you’ve never seen BB, it airs 3x a week and it’s become a serious addiction of mine. I’ve always started watching but never made it to the end of a season (I truly do not know why).

Everyone always asks what my thoughts are on this season, so I thought this week would be the perfect opportunity to share! Keep in mind, I’m four episodes behind so my thoughts could be a little outdated haha!

I am sick and tired of Paul running the house without anybody realizing what’s going on, like HELLO!!! He’s just so arrogant & I truly hope he doesn’t end up winning the season. I only just decided this past week that I’m rooting for Jason to win, up until now I wasn’t really rooting for anyone haha! I think he’s a super stand up guy and has really worked hard in comps PLUS how sweet was that when he found out he was having another baby?!

Jess & Cody were dumb lol, and Jess should’ve used her temptation to keep her safe. She had so much potential but blew it for Cody which kind of made me sad. But anyways, those are my current thoughts on BB!! Let’s discuss more in the comments!!

LET’S EAT!

Friday Favorites Tara Michelle

European Gelato

There is no excuse for not having gelato while in Europe. Naturally, our first day off the ship my mom and I each got some cones! Hers was biscuit flavored and mine was stracciatella. It was a steamy 90 degrees in Dubrovnik, Croatia so of course the gelato ended up all over our hands but it was well worth it. The perfect treat to end off a long day in the sun!

Stracciatella is a variety of gelato, consisting of milk-based ice cream filled with fine, irregular shavings of chocolate.

Favorite Outfit

Athens, Greece

Seriously so hard to pick this weeks favorite outfit, I’ve loved so many of them! I’ve really tried to wear more “stylish” and cute outfits than just a regular pair of denim shorts (which I haven’t even worn ONCE this trip, so I’m proud). My favorite outfit is actually what I wore yesterday in Athens. I paired this romper with my plain white sneakers which brightens up the look and makes it even more comfortable, while still looking cute!

Romper – Revolve Clothing

White Sneakers – Lulu’s

Sunglasses Rayban

I’m starting to really appreciate things like dresses and rompers (I’m so late to the game, I know) and haven’t had any interest in my plain ripped denim shorts since I’ve come to this new realization. I’ve always gravitated towards those shorts because I thought they were the easy ‘go-to’ option, but really… rompers/dresses are EVEN EASIER and look a lot more put together!

Tara Michelle
Friday Favorites Tara Michelle
Friday Favorites Tara Michelle

Something to Think About

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.

- John Muir

This weeks quote is something I think about a lot & it makes a lot of sense for this specific time in my life. The world really is so entirely big and for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to see every part of it. I’ve always wanted to travel the world and experience new places and lifestyles. Life is short, who knows when the perfect opportunity will come where you get the chance to cross off parts of your bucket list? You have to make the most out of every moment and take chances, do things that YOU want to do. Want to travel the world? Work your ass off and make it happen. Time is too limited to do anything but chase your dreams.

Friday faves week TWO! Honestly guys, I didn’t think I’d be able to get this up due to my limited access to internet. But here I am, making it happen from somewhere in the middle of the ocean. These are really fun for me to post because I feel like I can talk to you and share all my favorite things and then get to read all your favorite things in the comments!

I have so many insanely cool posts coming up from my Europe trip that I cannot wait to share with you guys! Until then, see you next week! 🙂

46 Comments

  1. Alexia Andrea
    September 1, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    So excited for your future posts from the trip (and vlogs too????)

  2. Jaiden
    September 1, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I’m in love with big brother I totally agree with you about Paul. All of them are so blind to the
    Fact that he is probably going to win the game and if they don’t evicte him. Also I love all the pictures of your trip. I want to go to Europe so bad!! I’m hoping maybe next summer. Ilysm Tara????????

  3. September 1, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Tara! Thank you so much for sharing your travel updates with us all. I love your Vlogs and have been subscribed for years now. I love your Blog because it almost seems more personal and detailed. I have never been able to travel due to finances, and reading and watching your trips let me see different spots in the world I would never dream of seeing before. Thank you! ❤

  4. Chachou
    September 1, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    As always such a nice post <3
    We can see the effort you put in them even while on holidays. Also love love love that romper, and all your outfits lately 🙂
    You inspire me so much Tara
    Love charlotte xx

  5. allie
    September 1, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    ILYSM!!

  6. Elizabeth
    September 1, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Love the new camera, Tara!! Can’t wait for the vlogs!

  7. Patri Cruz
    September 1, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    i’ve been loving your pictures so much recently ????????

  8. Margaridaneves3
    September 1, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Hi Tara! I live in Europe and I’m very happy that you liked it here! Keep up the good work and lots of love from Portugal ???? ????

  9. Raluca.lucia9
    September 1, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    Tara, you’re the best!! I love your style and I really feel that we’re alike, maybe that’s why I watch you since you started in yt…idk but I know that yourmy fav person on the internet!!

  10. September 1, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Hi Tara!! I just wanted to let you know I love your videos and you inspire me sooo much!! I was wondering if you would give advice on how to grow a youtube channel or make a video about it? Thanks!????

    • Tara
      September 1, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much!! Great idea! I’ll definitely do a post about it 🙂

  11. Emily
    September 1, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Thank you so much for the amazing vlogs and blog postes.love from Greece ????????????

  12. Allie Marie
    September 1, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Hi Tara! Love your videos and blog posts! ???? What are your top three favourite places to visit/travel to? Love you!

    • Tara
      September 1, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks girl!! Top 3 places are probably Hawaii, Bora bora & Italy / anywhere in Europe actually ahaha xx

  13. Marissa Powers
    September 1, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Love your pin-tristiable (????) photos and poloraids ???? Also, did you use filters on the pics? love from san diego❤️

    • Tara
      September 1, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Ahahah thank you!! And on some of the pics yes, some no :p

  14. Diana vargas
    September 1, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Love everything about your style! P.s you & your mom are the cutest traveling ???? Sending much love from San Diego ????

  15. Lucija
    September 1, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    LOVE this post and LOVE your blog????
    Do you think you’ll be coming back to Croatia? Beacuse there is a lot more to explore and it is my country so it would be cool!
    I love how inspirational and wise you are,just continue beeing like that it’s great!
    Ly so much! ????????

    • Tara
      September 2, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      thanks so much girl!!! and DEFINITELY will have to come back to Croatia!!! i didn’t have nearly enough time there, so so beautiful ♥

  16. September 1, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Hii tara love your blogg and what you are posting???????? ????????????????it will means.the world to me if you follow me on instagram at douniach15 ..please.. and by the way i’m from morrocoo and i’m a huge fan of your workk on youtube and your bloggg ????????????????love youu and keep on working hard ????????????

  17. Geesje
    September 1, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    What are three places you really want to visit?

  18. Rebeca Wireless
    September 1, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Oh that’s so nice!!!Europe is so beautiful.Loved the post as always <33

  19. Jess
    September 1, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Hey Tara! I went on the exact same cruise in July and it was so much fun! Hope you’re having a great trip and enjoy the rest of it!
    PS: love the blog posts!! And love youu ♡♡

  20. Natalie Faye
    September 1, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Hi Tara! I’ve been watching your videos since the beginning! It’s been so awesome to see you change and become a successful woman! Sending love and posite vibes your way!!! Love from San Diego

    • Tara
      September 2, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      hey Natalie!! thank you so so much, seriously your support means everything to me!!!!

  21. Natasha
    September 1, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I love this post and ur videos.Ur such a role model,u seem so confident and I hope u c this cuz I just wanted to let u know that ur amazing the way u r❤️What would be ur best tip for staying secure with who u r throughout highshool?lysfm I live in Toronto would love to meet u✨

  22. Annna
    September 1, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    This is crazy but june/July last year I was on the exact same cruise!!!

    • Tara
      September 2, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      ahhhh so cool! such a great cruise!

  23. Emma
    September 1, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Hey tara!!! I live in Nova Scotia yay Canada! Lovin your blog! Gunna put it in my favourites <3

  24. Alysha P
    September 1, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I love you so much. You are my daily inspiration❤❤ Will you ever consider doing a meet up or coming to Seattle? I would love to meet you❤❤????????????????????????

  25. Tina
    September 1, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed in my Croatia ❤
    Stracciatella is actually one of my favourite ice creams flavours. And these type of posts are my favourite to read. ???? so, looking forward to next friday favorites

    • Tara
      September 2, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      makes me so happy that you’re enjoying these!!! 🙂 stracciatella is so good, i mean, whats not to like!!?? ahaha

  26. Wiktoria
    September 1, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    Hi i’m from Europ exactly Poland, I love your post !!! I see you work hard on this blog, your photo looks amazing ???? new lens worka really good 🙂
    From my another holidays i wants to travel to Croatia (Game of Thrones – king’s Landing) ❤ but for this holidays I’m fly to Malta of course footsteps this show !!
    PS sorry for my English
    Kisses Wiktoria

  27. Brooke Arelano
    September 2, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Hey ! What was your favorite place you went so far on this trip to Europe with your mom ? I really want to do something similar! Love you Tara ! ????????????

    • Tara
      September 2, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      ahhhh such a tough one!! i think croatia was my favorite! 🙂

  28. Ciara
    September 2, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Hi tara. I love watching your yt videos. Would you ever consider coming to the Netherlands?

    • Tara
      September 2, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      thank you!!! and I’ve been actually! 🙂

  29. Logan M Ripa
    September 2, 2017 / 9:40 am

    What camera and lense are you using. I love your pictures!

  30. September 2, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    You should try the ‘whipped’ dry shampoo by the Dry Bar! They have it in travel size too and it’s amaaazing I love it so more than any of the spray or powder kinds, and it smells amaaaazing!

    • Tara
      September 2, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      really??! interesting…maybe ill give it a try!! 🙂 thanks for the recommendation!!

  31. September 2, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Cant wait for more pictures from places you visited, I was in Venice too in 2012, it was magical place for sure. I am from Europe and one of my favourite places that I can recommend is Stockholm in Sweden.
    But I come from Cracow so recommend it to you too. But I moved to Boston area so now I miss my city very much and maybe soon will come for some time to Cracow again.
    Greetings!!!

  32. imogen
    September 3, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Europe looks amazing, I have to go now! Love you, Can’t wait for the vlogs.

  33. Kate
    September 7, 2017 / 3:28 am

    Hiiii Tara!!!!! Super loved your vlogs and i really look forward for your future vlogs!!!! Btw your marble phone case is so cuteee!!!! Where did you get it?

  34. Melanie
    September 9, 2017 / 4:35 am

    I really enjoy reading your travel blogs there always so exciting and real totaly puts me in the travel mood????.

  35. katie
    September 9, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Tara i love you so much and you are such a role model to me!!💘💘

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      love you more!!!

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