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January, 15, 2016

Exploring Lake Como…

italy-during-winter-travel-outfitslake-como-italy-1lake-como-italy-varennalake-como-italy lake-como-exploringSweater: J.Crew | Scarf: Free People | Coat: H&M (similar style here, 50% off!) | Bag: Celine (similar style here) | Leggings: Asos | Gloves: Nordstrom | Boots: Stuart Weitzman | Hat: Kyi Kyi | Lips: Cherry by MAC and Parisian Red by Bobbi Brown

Happy Friday everyone! One of the most magical places that we visited while here in Italy was Varenna at Lake Como. It’s the off season so there were only a few tourists in this tiny city exploring, and as we were wandering down the streets both Drew and I were almost whispering because it was so quiet. I know from these pics it looks warm outside but trust me, the layers were definitely necessary! Brrr!

Have a great weekend and thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!

xo, Rach

  1. Lake Como is so high on my bucket list it’s crazy! It’s not too far from where we’re living in Germany so I hope we can make it before we move back to the US! I am loving the winter whites here – especially that hat! The poof is amazing. Glad you’re having a great time!


  2. nat says:

    gorgeous winter outfit
    great photos as well

  3. What a beautiful place! And I love your outfit, black & white always works!


  4. Have loved following your adventures around Italy, it looks absolutely stunning! Love your white pom pom hat and scarf, they both look so cozy!!

    xoxo Nicole

  5. Truly magical! Happy birthday gorgeous!! ❤️

  6. Ellen says:

    Gorgeous look! And these photos look amazing. I would love to visit Italy some day.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

  7. Sophie says:

    Just black n white outfit but you still look beautiful <3

    And your pictures are so nice <3

    xoxo, Best Bags For Women 2016

  8. Ash says:

    Totally swooning over that coat! Such a cute look and these pictures are beautiful!!!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  9. Natali says:

    Beautiful photos and such a cute b&w outfit for exploring such a gem of a place! I have always wanted to visit Lake Como and I hope to do that someday soon. :)

  10. sasa says:

    Cute look! Have a great time<3

    Shall We Sasa

  11. Looks like it was cold there, and you look so cozy! Such a great look!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  12. Jessica says:

    This place looks stunning! I’ve only been to Italy in the warm months, so it seems so weird to be bundled up!

    xo Jessica

  13. Lauren says:

    Wow. It looks SO stunning! I love your cream coat. I can’t believe it’s from H&M!

    Fizz and Frosting

  14. Caitlin says:

    Beautiful landscape! You look absolutely darling!
    xo, Caitlin

  15. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Beautiful outfit along with breathtaking scenery. An unforgettable memory! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  16. Dana says:

    Beautiful look, I love this coat!

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  17. Poshnessary says:

    Love the pictures. You look great!

    Kisses from

  18. Beautiful pictures Rach!! I love the neutrals for traveling…so effortlessly chic! I’ve been following along on snap and insta…looks like you guys are having an amazing time! Hope you had the best birthday! XO


  19. Rach says:

    OMG it is gorgeous there!! I want to go there so bad and your outfit could not be more perfect!!

  20. Federica says:

    Lake Como is magical and it’s only 30 minutes from Milan, I love to spend the weekend there!

  21. I’ve always wanted to visit Lake Como. It looks amazing and your photos are breathtaking. I hope your staying warm and enjoying your birthday!


  22. ellen patton says:

    Did you see George Clooney?!?

  23. jenessa says:

    Beautiful photos, looks like a lovely time!

  24. Jamie says:

    Wow that looks gorgeous! Hope you had a happy birthday :)


  25. Sasha says:

    This place looks so lovely!

  26. Monika says:

    Such a nice outfit! And I love the name of your blog!


  27. Lindsey says:

    Love your pictures and you look so pretty! Can’t wait to see more :)

    stay styled,


    IG: stay_styled

  28. Sofia says:

    Lake Como is one of my favorite views I have ever seen. I’m so glad you were able to experience it with Drew. I went in the summer, but I can’t imagine how cold it gets there in the winter.

    Happy Friday!

  29. Brittany says:

    Amazing photos!! Happy birthday!!


  30. Helen says:

    This outfit is gorgeous! I love the black and white combo and your layering is on point. Also, Lake Como looks like such a beautiful place! I really enjoyed these pictures. :D


  31. Desimira says:

    I love your coat and hat! Beautiful photos!

  32. Paige says:

    I love this outfit! Those leather leggings are my favorite!


  33. Rachel says:

    What an amazing place to visit! I love this look! Your hat is my favorite! :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  34. Jen says:

    Gorgeous! Hope you are having fun. xx

  35. Miss Pippi says:

    Visiting Lake Como is on my bucket list! It must be beautiful. I might be a little lat but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! XX, Pippi

  36. Alyssa Renee says:

    You look so cute and bundled up! Beautiful photos of the lake! =)

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  37. Love the hat and coat! :)

    Enjoy your Friday!
    Lily |

  38. Stunning views in those shots you captured, the mountains look beautiful in the distance!


  39. Phyllis says:

    I’m loving the white/cream + black + red lips combo you’ve been wearing in these Italy posts! Absolutely gorgeous!

    Phyllis |

  40. I am headed to Italy next month so this is such a good reminder for layers! Beautiful!


  41. OMG this looks like so much fun!
    I love that the jacket is H&M!
    Have a great trip!

    – xo


  42. Leftbankgirl says:

    Wow, love al the white! So chic and cozy. You look gorgeous! Lake Como looks like a dream

  43. Marianne says:

    Such gorgeous photos! And that scarf looks perfectly cozy!!


  44. Florentina says:

    I love those boots, I literally live in mine, they are like a favorite pair of tennis shoes. I’m definitely investing in a new pair again. And yes Italy is magical, next you must visit Sicily, Taormina will steal your heart.

  45. Josselyn says:

    WOW! These pictures are beautiful. Looks like an amazing trip. xo

  46. I love your hat!!

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  47. tara says:

    This looks so amazing! And how fun you got to be in Italy on your birthday- Happy belated birthday!!! I am totally getting travel fever looking at all your posts!
    Xo, Tara

  48. Benedetta says:

    What an amazing place!!!
    Be happy with Fashion

  49. Benedetta says:

    What an amazing place!!!!
    Be happy with Fashion

  50. sue says:

    It looks really cold there…


  51. Love the boots and the bag. The views of Lake Como look absolutely breathtaking.

  52. Seppy says:

    Cute outfit ! Looks comfy to walk around and explore!

  53. Pamela Gonzalez says:

    This is beautiful! I’m travelling to Italy in three weeks and can’t wait to explore it’s beauty! xx

  54. yael steren says:

    Love the boots! I actually just bought the same pair today except with the suede!! Such beautiful pics! Can’t wait to see more of your trip! xx yael

  55. Beautiful photos and such a cute outfit!!

  56. Brit Visser says:

    Hi Rachel! I love your style! Can you please come decorate my house? ? Did you do any kind of protective surface treatment on your dining room table? I really want your exact table but I’m nervous to get it having young kids without any type of protective layer. Thank you for your help! :)

  57. Tasha Juli says:

    Such amazing photos! I Hope you had the best time.
    Tasha Juli

  58. Johanna says:

    So beautiful Rach. Hope you enjoyed your holidays in Europe. Greetings from Germany


  59. Beautiful! Sounds like you guys had an amazing time. Loving the hat – just so cute.

  60. Lucy says:

    Looks like a gorgeous location! Plus you look so cosy & warm!

  61. Abby Burmeister says:

    Where did you get your white dining chairs?

  62. Lis says:

    I LOVE Lake Como – gorgeous photos!

  63. Dee says:

    Looks so beautiful, I’ve always wanted to visit Italy! Love your warm and cozy outfit too. It looks perfect for a cold day!


  64. Leanne says:

    It looks stunning!! I’ve never been to Lake Como but I love the rest of Italy. It’s an incredibly beautiful country!

    Love from South Africa

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!