August 9, 2012

Anacapri, Italy - Part 2

Maxi Dress: Ann Taylor Loft; Clutch: H&M
I had to do a separate post for our evening at Ristorante Da Gelsomina.  The staff at the hotel recommended this spot to my husband, and before I knew it, the restaurant picked us up, and took us to the very top of Anacapri.  I literally had no idea where we were going.  As soon as I walked onto the property, I was blown away by the Mediteranean Sea, by the sunset, by the beautiful green vineyards, and the grapes on the vines...
Upon arrival, the restaurant gave us a complimentary glass of their homemade wine, sat us at a table on the patio, and suggested we take a walk around the grounds for a view of the lighthouse before the sun set.  As we walked through the quiet path bordered with tall trees, we made our way to the most incredible view I have ever seen.  I don't know if you have ever been somewhere, where the very the sight of it, brought you to tears.  I had the most unexpected, surreal, reaction to being here, and it literally felt as though I was high on life {which sounds so cheesy}.  But happiness hit really hard.   It was like, the culmination of every moment I've lived, and seeing something I've always dreamed existed, but never expected.
Looking at the sun setting, noticing the light and shadows on the earth, watching the birds and butterflies fly above the water, I knew I was surrounded by divine beauty.  And it was at this very moment, where I learned the power of expectations, or lack thereof.  
You see, to live a life with expectations, almost always leads to disappointments.  You build something up so much in your mind, that when the reality occurs, the actual thought, seems greater than the experience.  When you live life without knowing what's always around the corner, when you expect nothing, it is then, where your dreams and your life collide; where you can simply exist.  Because, the present, truly becomes a present, and that happiness, is yours for the taking.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes, from one of my all time favorite books {If you haven't read it you should!}.

64 comments:

Rory said...

Omigoodness it is beautiful! And you look AMAZING! I love the dress and necklace together--what a statement! :)
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Brooke said...

So stunning! Gorgeous place, gorgeous pictures, and gorgeous outfit!

Heidi said...

That dress is amazing, so beautiful. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

Lyndsay said...

The pictures are so gorgeous. What a beautiful place.

christin said...

I am insanely jealous right now. I want to go to Italy even more!

huongie said...

AWW! The Alchemist is one of my favorite books too! I absolutely loved Capri during my Europe trip. I definitely have to go back to see this beautiful places you went to. Thank you again for sharing your gorgeous photos! I love your outfit too!

sarahsreallife said...

I like what you said about not having expectations, although it makes me a little nervous! I have NEVER been outside the U.S. (sad) but my absolute dream trip is to to go Paris. Maybe that's cliche, but in my head, it's where I belong. I do sort of wonder if I will be disappointed when I actually go there. But I plan on waiting until I can afford to do everything I want when I'm there so I can make it the perfect trip (kind of like the one you seem to be taking)! So while I do agree with you at least partially, I also think it's fun to have a fantasy and something to look forward to.

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Kendra // The Darling Blog said...

Your photos are gorgeous.. and so are you! I'm so jealous you're in Italy. I dream of going there one day.

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Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

this is one of my favorite posts from you Katie! i've been really looking forward to all of your Italy posts and this one is by far my favorite one :)

xoxo,

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Nicole Marie said...

sooo incredible!!!

Lace And Tulle said...

love the necklace!!

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Olivia Souders said...

I loved this post. It is honestly one of my favorite ones you've ever posted. Thanks for all the great photos of your trip! Hopefully I'll have an amazing moment like that on my trip in 5 weeks!

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Caroline said...

That moment sounds so incredible and I'm very happy for you to have experienced that :) This place looks beautiful... The sun looks absolutely glorious!

It's A Love Story said...

I love your dress and it goes perfect with the color of the sea.

Rachel Lynne said...

Pretty dress and amazing photos!

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Lindsay said...

Beautifully said Katie. Your photos are great and you guys do look so so happy!

Kimberly said...

Love the turquoise on turquoise look and that picture of you looking off the balcony is pure gorgeousness!

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Carrie said...

Love it!
Gorgeous photos!
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Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

how beautiful!
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Kelley Gilster said...

ahhh so beautiful! I really hope to go there with my husband someday!

Victoria said...

You seem so insightful and you just so get it. Such a good writer you are, and the words you write make you that much more beautiful. Love these photos, as with every photo you take!

Corey&Brian said...

Love love love it all! Your Italy pics are amazing and you look so beautiful in all of them!

secretivestyle.com said...

That dress is gorgeous and you look stunning!

24andNeverBeenKissed said...

Katie you look absolutely gorgeous! WOW!

Sarah said...

Your travel pictures are all so pretty! That view looks amazing. Italy is next on my list of places to travel =)

Elisabeth @ La Vita e Bella said...

that place is stunning.

Jamie said...

These pictures do a great job of making me jealous!! Haha :) I also love that maxi dress - it's perfect for your location!!!

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Kristal said...

Beautiful quote. Love your pictures.

Whitney Cosgrave said...

wow, what a beautiful dress! looks perfect for italy.

cmlauter said...

Beautiful! The place and your outfit. Blue, blue, blue.

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dreamingincashmere said...

This post was so great. I feel like I got a glimpse of your travels because of the way it was written. Thanks for sharing:)
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Leanne said...

I love that quote. It's so true. I loved Capri so much. Actually the whole of Italy. You looked so stunning on this day. Positively beaming!

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Tereza said...

1 world, WOW!

Steph Sterjovski said...

Turquoise is definitely your colour! :) You are a beauty Katie.

-C- said...

The scenary is amazing but I have to say that you guys look WONDERFUL !! This turquoise dress and that necklace are perfect on you, you are truly beautiful!

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SreeBindu said...

just wao :)
xoxo

Jillian Manesh said...

stunning photos, i am so excited to go to italy next year! xo

Lindsay Patrick said...

I love this post Katie. You made me aware of just how many expectations I set on everything in life. What my coffee should taste like, how a piece of clothing should look on me, how a steak should be cooked, how my husband should be attentive when he gets home from a 2 hours day. Whew. I'm exhausted even thinking about the rest. Why do we always set expectations?
All I can say is thank you, because I plan on really working on this fault of mine. I hope to see true beauty in everything and let it fill me with happiness as it has for you.

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Tiffany said...

Well said! Love the photos as well. May I ask what camera you used for these?? They are perfect!

Faith said...

what a beautiful couple you and your hubby make.

lovely post as well :)

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