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Cooper and Ella Ruffle Dress

Space was n’t really an issue o n this trip, but I still tried to be strategic with my packing and pick pieces that could easily mix and match or transition day to night. This Charming Charlie striped cardigan (which I think bears a striking resemblance to Missoni but for way less $$) went great with this Cooper and Ella black ruffle dress (it also matches the watermelon version I brought along), but it also worked with a silk cami and shorts.

Bauble Bar Horn Necklace

I don’t love bringing along a ton of jewelry on vacations because I’m honestly just afraid I’ll lose it. I usually stick to my everyday rings (here & here), a bangle or two, a versatile pair of earrings, and a couple of statement necklaces like this one from BaubleBar for outfits that need to be jazzed up a bit.

Karen Walker Super Duper Sunglasses

Cooper and Ella Ruffle Dress

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Cooper and Ella Ruffle Dress

One of my favorite parts about this dress is that the back is a little longer than the front. The extra length ensured that I never felt like I was going to be over exposed, which with my long torso is a very real fear.

Brixton Straw Hat

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Stay tuned later today for Part II of my Pergamum Post in the meantime you can check out the rest of the posts from this trip here.

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c/o CHARMING CHARLIE zig zag cardigan | c/o COOPER & ELLA ruffle dress (also love the watermelon version here) | BAUBLEBAR horn necklace | BRIXTON straw hat | c/o REBECCA MINKOFF leather backpack and tassel key ring (last seen here)|  J.CREW gold bangle (40% off with code SUMMER ) | KAREN WALKER sunglasses

 

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We started the day with a sermon from Todd on the banks of a river where Lydia (the first recorded convert to Christianity) was baptized by Paul.* For me, this was the moment of the trip where everything clicked the Bible really started to come alive. The fact that we were able to come to this place, take communion, and see first hand where what Paul was writing about was unreal.

*Acts 16:14-15

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Next we visited the ancient ruins of the city, some of which are still being excavated. The two sites that stood out to me the most were the prison* and what is believed to be the first known Christian church.

*Acts 16:16-40

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There were poppies growing literally everywhere throughout the ruins.

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Caught these two being precious.

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Not going to lie, after climbing to the top of the theater I realized what terrible shape I am in! I didn’t get a shot of this, but as we were leaving there was a group of school children and their teacher rehearsing for some sort of recital. Hearing their voices float through the middle of these ruins was such a cool moment.

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My trusty Rebecca Minkoff backpack & pom pom sweater accompanied me nearly every day of the trip. See my full outfit details here.

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SideSmile Style Phillipi Greece-9See the Part I of Phillipi and the rest of my posts from the trip here.

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Day One: Istanbul, Turkey

Getting to Istanbul was NOT easy. After being delayed in Dallas, then redirected to another airport in Turkey,View full post »

Day One: Istanbul, Turkey Part II

We spent the first day of our trip in Istanbul (see my outfit details here) and I was honestly shocked at how much IView full post »

Day Two: At Sea on the Star Clipper + Trip Itinerary Overview

For today’s post I want to rewind a bit an explain the purpose behind my trip to Turkey and Greece earlier thisView full post »

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Day Three: Phillipi, Greece

I’m not going to lie I felt a little like Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat in this dress haha. IView full post »

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I’m not going to lie I felt a little like Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat in this dress haha. I don’t usually love how shift dresses hang on me, but the colors were so fun that I couldn’t resist. Wearing this Banana Republic pom pom sweater (which is on major sale at over 75% off right now) definitely helped add a little more shape to my silohuette. If the dress is too much look for you though, I also love the shirt version.

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Day three consisted of a lot of walking, so these M. Gemi sneakers were definitely a great choice. Don’t forget to use my code ashley921 to save $40 on your first purchase! They have a ton of cute new stuff for summer like these gladiator sandals.

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These little baublebar double sided earrings got me more compliments than anything else I brought on the trip! Oddly enough more of the guys noticed them than anything else haha! I usually try to stick to only one or two pairs of earrings when traveling and these matched almost everything I packed.

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Stay tuned for a recap of our time in Phillipi later today. In the meantime you can check out other posts from the trip here.ShopThePost

J.CREW candy stripe dress and gold bangle (30% off with code SHOPNOW ) | c/o M.GEMI woven sneakers (save $40 on your first pair with code ashley921) | c/o REBECCA MINKOFF leather backpack and tassel key ring (last seen here) | BANANA REPUBLIC pom pom sweater (over 75% off) | c/o BAUBLEBAR earrings | RAY-BAN gold rimless sunglasses | c/o HONEST lip crayon

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For today’s post I want to rewind a bit an explain the purpose behind my trip to Turkey and Greece earlier this month because it wasn’t just any old summer holiday. Watermark Church, where my family attends, along with E3 Ministries and Morning Star Tours organized a trip following the routes of Paul’s Missionary Journeys. Like I said, not your typical trip with the fam to Disney Land.

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Trip Overview via Morning Star Tours website:

Join Todd Wagner & Tom Doyle on a life-transforming journey aboard the Star Clipper following the routes of Paul’s Missionary Journeys! You will immerse yourself in the sights and culture of both Greece and Turkey, while enjoying the beauty and majesty of God’s creation as we sail the Aegean Sea on this amazing clipper ship chartered just for this unique journey.

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Tour Highlights:

  • Exploring the cities to which Paul wrote the books of Ephesians, Philippians, and 1 & 2 Corinthians
  • Sailing across the Aegean Sea aboard a four-mast clipper ship
  • Enjoying uplifting worship and inspiring teaching with an intimate group of believers
  • Experiencing exotic Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire
  • Discovering ancient Athens, the birth place of democracy
  • Touring the Island of Patmos, where John wrote the book of Revelation

SideSmile Style Star Clipper Boat Travel Style-1-2Being that this is a style based blog, while I do share certain aspects of my personal life, I usually keep it centered on fashion and travel related topics like where to get the best avocado toast, what hotel in NYC has the best selfie mirror (which btw is the Waldorf), etc. I jump at any chance to take outfit pictures in front of a gorgeous backdrop, as y’all very well know by now, but this trip was about so much more than that. Getting to travel abroad and learn about history from a Biblical perspective was such a life changing experience and I sincerely hope that you enjoy following along! I plan on posting twice a day for each city – one post to highlight my outfit and another to share scenery and tips / fun facts I picked up along the way.
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The journey thus far:

Day One: Istanbul Part I & Part II

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We spent the first day of our trip in Istanbul (see my outfit details here) and I was honestly shocked at how much I loved it. Istanbul has never been a place I’ve given much though to going but now that I have, I can’t wait to go back! We started off the day at the Blue Mosque, next we went on to tour Haga Sophia, and finally stopped by the Grand Bazaar for some shopping (if you are in the market for a rug this is the place to get it – a huge selection and prices that can’t be beat). All of the architecture was so stunning I could have spent the entire day just wandering around the city taking photos.

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A family photo in front of the Blue Mosque

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For full outfit details see this post.

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My brother Taylor was such a sport on this trip with helping me to take photos. I couldn’t help but get a little annoyed that every time he stood in for me to test the lighting, he would wind up looking like a model! If only getting pictures of me were so easy haha.

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The ceiling at the Haga Sophia was a work of art. I literally almost ate it several times because I was too busy staring upwards in awe.

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There were so many stray pups around the city – I swear if we would have let him, Taylor would have adopted them all!

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I loved this mosaic of Jesus because no matter where you were in the room it looked like he was staring at you – kind of similar to the Mona Lisa.

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These chandeliers were so amazing in person…I kept singing “Be our guest, Be our guest…” haha

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I can’t wait to share the rest of the photos from our trip but until then you can check out Day One: Istanbul, Turkey Part I.

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