Welcome, Kim!

Kim Rhodes Cup of Jo

I’m thrilled to officially introduce Kim Rhodes, the newest member of the Cup of Jo team. She started as our summer intern and is now our editorial assistant. She has already been behind many cool things — including natural hair, podcasts and work outfits. We love having her here, and we hope you’ll love her, too! Here’s more about Kim…

Her backstory:
Kim grew up in Owasso, Oklahoma, a small city outside Tulsa. After graduating from Oklahoma Christian University in 2010, Kim worked several jobs and started working on her own blog at night. Five days before her 30th birthday, she moved to New York to pursue a career in writing, and worked as a barista (the street over from our office!) for a year before joining Cup of Jo this past June. Kim lives in Brooklyn with two roommates and a Christmas cactus she’s somehow keeping alive.

Movie you can quote from beginning to end: My Best Friend’s Wedding. I can sing the karaoke song note for note, exactly how Cameron Diaz does it. My friends called me “Kimberly Wallace” all through college, in homage to her.

Must-watch TV show: I always watch Frasier. When I first moved here, it was a comfort thing because I watched it with my parents growing up. The Christmas episodes are my favorite of any TV show! Martin’s 1960s maximalist Christmas decor and Frasier’s stuffy style reaching a middle ground always makes me chuckle.

Book you love: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (Amazon; Indiebound) by Samantha Irby! It’s not easy to write something so funny that it makes people laugh hard, but she does it, seemingly effortlessly.

Dinner you make when you’re home alone: Salmon, roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. It’s an easy roast, I can do it quickly and it’s always delicious.

Random pet peeve: When people scrape a fork across a plate, it makes me physically ill.

Irrational fear: Heights! Really any unstable height more than one foot off the ground.

Hobby: I’ve started knitting every autumn for the past five years. I always tell myself, “THIS is the year I finish this scarf!” and then I drop it again until spring. At least I’m well-practiced! Currently looking into pottery classes for the new year.

Celebrity crush: Mark Ruffalo! He’s just such a babe! His character in 13 Going On 30 sealed it for me.

Song always on your playlist: Pretty Ugly by Tierra Whack. She made this amazing album called Whack World, where each song is only 60 seconds long. She’s an incredible lyricist.

Dream vacation: The dream has been Europe since I was in high school, and I’m FINALLY going to Italy next spring with one of my best friends! Please let me know if you have recommendations of where in Italy to go.

Personal fun fact: I have an undying love for all things Sesame Street, The Muppets and Jim Henson. I have a Sesame Street coffee table book, I’ve seen every documentary, I’ve been to the headquarters — it’s my thing.

A few more pics of Kim

With Santa, Christmas 1990.

Drawing a sun in the driveway (her speciality).

Last year at her birthday party.

Kim on vacation in Puerto Rico with her friend Gabby.

Under her favorite mural in New York with her friend Sinem.

Any other questions for Kim? We know you’ll adore her!


We’re so happy to have Kim here! You can follow her on Instagram, if you’d like. Our current editorial team is Kim, Caroline and me. The wonderful food writer Jenny Rosenstrach also contributes regularly, including her burning questions column. For Cup of Jo alumni, Franny has moved on (we wish her the best!) and Stella is now a photo editor at New York Magazine (so happy for her!). We’ve also loved having Maureen Heffernan on our team for the past nine months — she’s our senior partnerships manager and handles growth and runs the show with all our beloved sponsors. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you so much for reading. xoxo

(Top photo by Christine Han.)

  1. Mark A Schroeder says...

    Kim,
    I saw your segment on the Today Show. You are a wonderful young woman. I am 63 yr old white male originally from Oklahoma and my daughter, who still lives in Oklahoma, is in inter racial marriage and I have 4 beautiful Grandchildren. I have shared your story with them which I’m sure will inspire them.

    God Bless You and keep up the good work!

    Mark Schroeder

  2. Kaitlin says...

    Ooo! Italy! Bring comfy shoes. 1. get a car to pick you up at the airport. It’s basically the same price as a taxi, but someone will have your name on a sign and after a long flight they’ll whisk you away to your hotel / airbnb. (We used Rome Shuttle Limousine service. You fill out a form online, then they email you a quote, you have to click on a link to confirm that you accept the price etc.) 2. The first morning in Rome, my friends and I had a golf cart tour and it was phe.no.me.nal. The guy picked us up at our air bnb, brought us to all of the best places, gave us the locals history, taught us how to drink espresso and drink from the water fountains, took us down the roads that were too small for cars, and stayed with our bags as we went into the busy spots. Can’t recommend this splurge enough. This was the company we used: https://www.driverguideservice.com/ We took the train to Puglia after Rome and absolutely loved it, if you’re looking for a multi stop kind of a trip!

  3. Way behind on my CoJ reading. Yay Kim! I live in northern Italy in a town called Ferrara, about 40 minutes northeast of Bologna. Italy is magical, but summer is a rough time to travel here due to the crowds. You really can’t go wrong though no matter which part you visit. If you’d like any advice about particular places, feel free to shoot me an email!

  4. Rachael says...

    Every time you hire, I just smile! Love to see this team developing and what a wonderful addition!!

  5. Katie says...

    Go to montespertoli, and other little Tuscan towns. Ah-the country is amazing! Have fun!

  6. Audrey Walton says...

    Love the music recommendation here–Tierra Whack is a great new discovery for me. Would love to see even more music suggestions on this site to go with all the other wonderful recommendations!

  7. Jenna says...

    Kim seems so FUN!! Love her as an addition! Would also love to see this Christmas cactus :)

  8. Rochelle says...

    Kim! I love your work- so much love in it. Looking at your photos and how you are so loving with your friends makes me so happy! Love love! :)

  9. Emma says...

    Hi Kim! I’m a millennial art professor and just spent a month in Italy this summer. I have idiosyncratic recommendations because I get irritable in dense crowds and heavily commercialized areas. For anyone like me, I say: skip Venice (if you do go, it’s worth reading up on the protests against tourists, cruise ships, & airbnb), skip Michelangelo’s David, skip the Ponte Vecchio, skip the Duomo in Florence, skip the Vatican (the corridor to the Sistine Chapel is a claustrophobic hell scene), and skip Pisa. Sorry to everyone who loves those places! And, yes, I *am* a curmudgeon!

    Instead, I recommend a home base in some of the quieter neighborhoods of Florence. I love the area around the Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio (the market itself is a delight) and San Frediano (try the Santarosa bistro – it’s so charming!). The rose garden on the way up to the Piazzale Michelangelo is beautiful in spring and early summer. Get a drink on the terrace at the Giardino Bardini, visit the Uffizi with a ticket that lets you skip the line (or even better, get their annual pass and go a few times at your leisure), and stop by the Magi Chapel in the Palazzo Medici-Riccard. I second getting dinner at Zeb – they did something with an eggplant I’ll never forget. And if you get a chance, some of the surrounding Tuscan villas are really fun. My favorite was the Villa Poggio a Caiano (Go on a Sunday and ask for one of their free tickets to the Museo della Natura Morta housed inside to see some delightful Baroque paintings of guinea pigs. And then grab lunch at Fiaschetteria I’Mulino).

    In Rome, I LOVE the Doria Pamphilj Gallery (and it has basically the only audioguide I’ve ever liked – it’s poignant and personal and juicy) and the Borghese. My favorite art viewing experiences was at the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino because it was just seven true Caravaggio-obsessives truly taking in a single painting. I also took the train to Bracciano to go truffling (shout out to Matteo) and it was great.

    Lastly, Padua and the Scrovegni Chapel are so worth a day trip! Enjoy!

    Have fun!

  10. Alison says...

    From one fellow Okie in NYC to another, welcome! I’m so excited to read more of your perspective on things. Also, YES TO SESAME STREET. Working there in (almost) any capacity would be my dream job.

  11. Virginia says...

    Kim! So thrilled you’re here permanently! I’ve loved your coverage! And, if you want tips on where to go in Italy — I lived there for 3 years as a tour guide and I’d love to help :) It’s magical.

    And thanks to the team for clarifying where Stella went — I’ve been curious for so long!

  12. Kimberly Wallace says...

    I’ve never left a comment before..but after reading this post I just had to. That karaoke scene in My Best Friend’s Wedding is my fave because my name is actually Kimberly Wallace… so the movie is extra special to me.
    Cheers from Trinidad.

    • Karinny says...

      What? This is so cool!!! :)

  13. Emily says...

    Welcome!!! ??

  14. stu says...

    Yay! Go Kim! You sound like such a cool chick! I want to move to New York five days before my 30th birthday!

  15. Olga says...

    Welcome, Kim! Please tell me where that lovely blouse is from. I need it in my wardrobe.

    xox

    • Olga says...

      Also, Frasier fan here as well! :)

    • Ling says...

      Agreed! I’d love to know too.

  16. Chantel says...

    Ok, seriously, I felt like I just read about myself! I think we need to be friends!! I LOVE all things Jim Henson, muppets and Sesame Street. I too freak out if I am a foot off the floor. Frasier is one of my favourite, cozy shows! You sound awesome, lol! Congrats on joining this wonderful team! A wonderful community too <3

  17. So happy to find fellow-Frasier fans here! Kim, it’s also my TV show of comfort. The characters are inherently predictable and insanely hilarious. My favorite one is the Christmas episode when Frasier hosts his Jewish girlfriend and mom for cocktails while Niles runs around hiding as Jesus. Welcome to the COJ team Kim! xo

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Omg that’s the one I still need to watch this season! My favorite is Perspectives on Christmas!

  18. Alice says...

    I recommend taking a ceramics class at BKLYN Clay!! It’s amazing and right near Barclay’s Center.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      a friend told me about BKLYN Clay!! I will for sure check it out!! Thanks!!

  19. LG says...

    Oh, I LOVE Frasier for the exact same reasons! So glad you’re here.

  20. Kat says...

    Yayayay so excited to read her writing! Loved everything she’s written so far, love her voice and personality, but also – a fellow oklahomie!!!❤️

  21. Michelle says...

    So so so glad that Kim is here! Welcome!!!!

  22. MK says...

    I am so excited by this!!! Kim’s posts have been so thoughtful and broadened my view of the world and people in it. I’m so, so happy about this new member. Congratulations, Kim!

  23. Kara says...

    sorry if this has been asked already, I’m a little late in the day on the West Coast – but what happened to the financial column from Pablo? I’m always in pursuit of improving my financial life and was excited to see such accessible advice. It felt like it was not out of my league or intimidating. Did that feature not work out?

    • Kara says...

      Paco! Not Pablo, sorry!

    • L says...

      Also curious about Erica Chidi Cohen’s column? It’s been a long time since and I love her thoughts and writings.

    • Nat See says...

      Yes to both! I miss those columns! Please let us know when they will be back, if they are :) Love this x

    • Christi says...

      Same question, where’d Paco go? I thought it was a brilliant idea.

  24. This is all wonderful! Kim, we’d get along swimmingly because we eat your favorite meal once a week and I’m originally from Virginia Beach where Mark Ruffalo is from so maybe we’d have a chance encounter. Looking forward to reading more!

  25. Lia says...

    Welcome, Kim! So happy to meet you! I was stuck in a knitting k-hole myself until I discovered knitting with a loom. You can finish a scarf in a weekend, I promise! Looking forward to seeing your work, and love your style. :)

  26. M says...

    I am married to an Italian, have lived in Italy in the past and have travelled the length of the country over the years. I would recommend that you don’t prioritise the Amalfi coast. There are so many other gorgeous areas to be explored, that are less touristy, much better value for money, and more authentic. Not to mention easier to get around (the spectacular coastal route makes for narrow twisty roads and traffic jams even in mid October that wasted many hours of our trip there two years ago). Sicily, especially the Eastern part with the baroque architecture (Scicli, Modica, Noto, Siracusa, Ragusa etc), the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, Bologna, and Venice in low season are my favourite spots. Or the Valle d’Itria in Puglia, and Matera in Basilicata.

    • leslie Wilson heuer says...

      Agree!!!!!

  27. CS says...

    Welcome, Kim! Love your black shirt!

    • MT says...

      I love her black dotted shirt as well! If anyone knows where it is from, please drop a line! :)

  28. Holly Warren says...

    YAY! Congratulations and I am THRILLED you’re going to Italy.
    I studied in Florence during one of my spring semesters in college, you must go. It’s magical!

  29. Congratulations & Welcome Kim!

  30. K says...

    Welcome , Kim!!!

  31. Welcome, Kim! I’ve really enjoyed your voice here so far. Very important question – you mention Space Cowboy in one of your pieces. Have you watched the Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, and if yes, what did you think?? xx

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      I haven’t yet!! I’m saving it for a special night when I have undivided attention! Can’t wait to watch! xo

  32. Megan Helmick says...

    Kim might be my soul mate. I love so many of the same things, including 13 Going on 30 and that black swiss dot shirt!

    Excited to see your writing and get to know you more!

  33. Shelby Rauh says...

    OMG! I am from Owasso, Oklahoma! UNEXPECTED!!! Welcome, Kim!

  34. Alexandra says...

    Welcome Kim! Italy: Rome, of course (try to step away from the antiquities for a few hours and immerse yourself in the city, take the subway to a suburb and just wander around, enjoy coffeeshops and markets, so much fun). Also: Arezzo, if you are in Tuscany. It’s a little less well known, and it has a wonderful antique market (and luckily you will not have a lot of room in your luggage to haul home gargoyles or weird paintings …): https://www.visittuscany.com/en/topevents/arezzo-antiques-fair/
    Have fun!

  35. The last photo with the mural is so sweet! :)

  36. Arielle says...

    Welcome, Kim! I can’t wait to keep reading your stories :)

    If you’re headed to Rome, I’d recommend eating in Trastavere, which is filled with piazzas, fountains, and delightful side streets you can get lost in. 2 standouts (down the block from each other) are a family-run trattoria called Da Enzo with charming outdoor seating and Roma Sparita which serves delicious cacio e pepe *in a bowl of crispy cheese*.

    I also second recommendations for Capri which is unbelievably beautiful (depending on what time of spring you’re going). At Da Paolina you can eat at a table under a literal canopy of lemon trees and string lights!

    • Joaquina says...

      Adding your Rome recs to my spreadsheet, so stoked to get these insider tips! I’ve been warned by many who’ve gone to Rome to avoid tourist trap restaurants.

    • Leah says...

      We ate at Da Enzo twice while on our honeymoon!! Definitely recommend it! : )

  37. Amanda says...

    Wow first time I’ve heard of Tierra Whack and shes now all I’ve listened to at work this morning. Shes amazing!!

    • Kim is such a light! Congrats on officially being on the team, woman! You are A STAR!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      thank you, baby girl!!! love you so much xoxo

  38. Kayla Goodrich says...

    GOSH I’m so, so proud of you, Kim. You deserve all this and more. You’re a beautiful person with a BEAUTIFUL heart and I’m getting weepy so I’ll stop. Except to say YES FOREVER to My Best Friend’s Wedding….you and Aaron made me appreciate that movie so much. And also that I can’t listen to Ingrid without giggling at singing The Chain and thinking We WeRe So CooL.
    Love this, love you. So. Incredibly. Proud.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Kaylaaa!!!! i love you so much!! omg the chain is still the JAM! gonna listen to it now! thank you so much! kiss those boys for me! <3 xoxo

  39. Taylor says...

    Welcome Kim!
    I’m so excited for your trip to Italy, it’s the next place on my list to check off so I’m eagerly reading everyones comments as well. I have not really ever watched Frasier and have added it to my binge list :)

  40. liz says...

    welcome + congrats !!

  41. Tara says...

    Hooray! Kim, I loved your encouragement to try some new lipsticks. I am thrilled to hear more from you and feel so lucky we all get to do so! Hope you’re having an awesome holiday season! We spent several wonderful weeks in Italy two years ago and I need to go back. If you’re in Rome, staying in Monti is wonderful and Fatamorgana gelato is amazing. We were lucky enough to spend some time in Greve in Chianti in a castle run by two sisters–it was so beautiful it hurt almost! And there is a little beach you have to hike down to below Corniglia if you go to Cinque Terra that felt like heaven to us. Have a GREAT trip!

  42. L N says...

    I see a style guide in Kim’s future? (please!)

  43. Nigerian Girl says...

    Welcome aboard, Kim. What lipstick are you wearing in the first picture? It’s absolutely divine.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Thank you so much!! It’s Stunna Lip Paint by Fenty! xoxo

    • Nigerian Girl says...

      Gotcha. Thanks.

  44. Lauren E. says...

    Congrats on the gig, Kim!! Your style is *chef’s kiss.*

    And Italyyyyyyy. One of my favorite places in the whole world. I HIGHLY recommend Rudy’s Touring Service in Rome. My husband and I did the all day private tour of Rome and the Vatican and it was so worth the splurge. You see a thousand things you’d never catch on your own.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Thank you, Lauren!! Adding these recs to the list!! xoxo

  45. jules says...

    Welcome! Are you going to Florence? If so check out Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco for dinner. Sooooo good! I hope you have the best time!!!

  46. Julie says...

    Congrats Kim!! You love Frasier and the Muppets, we would be awesome friends :) Have the BEST time in Italy, I went to Venice, Florence, and Rome in May and had the loveliest time. My advice would be to get timed tickets to see the David and the Uffizi Gallery, eat gelato every chance you get (avoid places with unnaturally-colored flavors), if you hit up Venice check out the Peggy Guggenheim museum and take a vaporetto to the island of Giudecca (it has some great restaurants and is an up and coming art scene), and take a look at the site Eatwith.com. You can register for cooking classes or tours, and have dinner hosted by a local. My husband and I had dinner at a woman Barbara’s house in Rome, there were about 20 other foreigners, we sat with a couple from Texas and one from Australia, and she made this insane 7 course dinner. It was the best time we had in Rome!

  47. Kristy says...

    Yesssss!! I’m so excited to hear this! I’ve loved all of her posts (especially the one about things she’s learned from living in NYC – made me want to go home and tell my husband to start packing, we’re MOVING TO THE CITY), and I’m so happy she’s joining the CoJ team in this role!

    Also, the fear of “any unstable height more than one foot off the ground” is the most relatable thing I’ve ever read. People always act like I’m insane to not trust footstools, but I could not be less interested in suspending myself on 4 wobbly feet so we can hang that photo 3 inches higher.

    Congrats Kim! So excited you’re here!!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      YES!!! Footstools are the enemy!!! so glad you understand xoxo

  48. Abbey says...

    It’s so great to finally “meet” Kim! Can’t wait to read what else you bring to COJ. Loving everything so far.

    Italia! I fell head-over-heels for Italy last November and I’ve been three times and learned Italian in the past year. SO! I agree with everyone who is saying Florence. Especially if you only have time to visit one or two cities, Florence and Rome are incredible. But if you have the chance to venture south Naples, Ischia (an island off the coast from Naples), and the Amalfi Coast are a well-rounded adventure of bustling wild city, and take-your-breath-away coastal views, hikes, and natural beauty. Pompei and Herculaneum (another city that got buried by Vesuvius when Pompei did) are also in the vicinity and absolutely fascinating. Whatever you decide to do, you can’t go wrong. Have fun!!!

  49. Allyson says...

    Congrats Kim! CoJ seems like a dream job! And I love the Midwestern background so many on the team share. Cheers from Missouri!

  50. anne says...

    Totally on board with the muppet love! My friends love to tease me for constantly connecting everything back to the muppets…

    Welcome! So glad that we’re going to continue to hear from you!

  51. Samantha F. says...

    Welcome Kim! I’m also a Jim Henson and Muppets fanatic! My love for them started with Sesame Street, and was solidified after I saw one of my all-time favorite movies, the Labyrinth. Look forward to reading more from you!

  52. hooray for you, kim! what a brave move you’ve made && it’s surely paying off!

  53. Sarah says...

    Yes yes yes to Mark Ruffalo in 13 Going on 30. Watching that movie was the day I became a woman.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      could not agree more!! “Jenna I’ve….always loved you…” cue the tears, every last drop.

  54. Sylvia says...

    YEAH to whack world!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      right???

    • Kaitlin says...

      100!! Totally agree. Spotify told me it was my most played this year. :)

  55. Sara says...

    Welcome! Any chance you’d share that salmon recipe? Sounds delicious :)

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      once it’s perfected I’ll share, promise! xoxo

  56. celeste says...

    Kelsey Miller’s role – contributor? Love her!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, she contributes regularly, too, but she’s on maternity leave right now. can’t wait to have her back!

  57. Lorraine says...

    Welcome, Kim! Have loved all your articles thus far. :)

  58. Heidi says...

    Another Oklahoma girl checking in and saying hello from Jenks! (Right down the way from Owasso.) You should do a city feature on Tulsa…we moved here from San Diego and love it so much- it’s definitely not what you might think it is. Our new park The Gathering Place, which was a gift to our city has won so many awards (Time Magazine!), and our downtown and arts districts are so great. And I have a little crush on our mayor, GT Bynum.

    • Sarah S says...

      I second this! My partner is from Tulsa and I love visiting his family! So many great restaurants and neighborhoods. The Gathering Place is a gem.

  59. Rebecca says...

    Fun! Happy news like this is what the internet needs. <3

  60. Susie says...

    I love 13 going on 30! Welcome and looking forward to seeing more from you!

  61. Marie says...

    Congrats Kim! Looking forward to reading more from you :)

    Side note – where did you get that fabulous black polka dot shirt?

    • Carolyn says...

      I want to know about the initial pendant! So cool!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Thank you!! My shirt is from Zara!

  62. Sarz says...

    Gosh, which outfit do I want to copy more? It’s a tie between that sheer-top ‘fit and your meeting-Santa number. Glad to see you here, Kim. Thanks, as well, for validating my Muppet love. I make a point of expressing my enthusiasm as Kermit would, so rest assured, I’d be flailing my arms, were we meeting in person.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Kermit is my very fave! I feel so seen!!!! And I think about that santa outfit shirt all the time!! xx

  63. Kelsey S. says...

    I was hoping we’d hear more about Kim!!
    Kim, welcome to the CoJ fam! We are so so happy you are here.

  64. Em says...

    Welcome Kim!

  65. Genevieve Martin says...

    Try knitting a hat! Much quicker and more fun than a scarf, and it’s got more different elements so you won’t get bored :)

  66. Jenny says...

    I’ve loved Kim’s stuff on here before and also wooooooah she’s so, so pretty! I love the joyful friend photos!

  67. Stella says...

    Welcome, Kim! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

  68. Camille says...

    Ah, Italy… It depends on what you want to do :) Tuscany (think Florence, Siena, San Gimignano) is wonderful for vespa tours and amazing views and dining, the Amalfitan Coast (Positano, Naples, Capri, Amalfi) is so utterly gorgeous and relaxed that you never-ever-ever want to leave and Instagram everything. Rome is Rome: a classic for a reason, but somewhere I cannot stay for longer than three days due to overload of impressions and noise. Venice has been ages (and maybe to be checked concerning high waters/aqua alta: you don’t want to get soaked ;)) but is wonderful to stroll through and just feel very movie-ish. Should you ever manage to get to Lucca and Portofino: oh my God, Portofino. Google it. And Lucca is great for a day of wandering around.

    Enjoy!

  69. Sarah says...

    Kim I must say, fear of heights is not irrational. Entirely rational and paralyzing fear. I’m right there with you!

  70. Callie says...

    Kim! We bought a house down the road from your alma mater a few months back. I told my daughter just the other day that I’d like to take her to see the geese on that cute campus pond right off of Eastern. The neighborhood trees were beautiful this fall (so many different shades of maples!), and a farm just south of the turnpike has goats that perch on top of rock piles… I love spotting them on my morning drive. It was so fun to read all about you today. You seem like the perfect mixture of cool and relatable. xoxo

  71. Ann says...

    Welcome Kim! I’m so excited for you that you get to go to Italy!
    My recommendation: When in Rome, do a Trastevere food tour upon arrival. We tried so many lovely foods and wines that we wouldn’t have otherwise stumbled upon; fried eggplant, authentic Italian cookie buffet, wine in a cellar older than the Colosseum, etc. My husband and I met the wildest, sweetest mom duo from Colombia. We had such a blast on the tour, and then met up with them the next day to do a Colosseum tour quickly followed by more food and prosecco. One of my all time favorite vacation memories.

  72. Winnie says...

    Welcome Kim. For first timers to Italy, I highly recommend Florence and tuscan countryside. Also Rome is fantastic! Buon viaggio.

  73. Lu says...

    Welcome Kim! What about Paco de Leon? I loved them!

  74. Kia says...

    Congratulations, I’ve really enjoyed your writings . I’m also loving your lip color. It looks so dope on you !!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      thanks, Kia! It’s Stunna Lip Paint by Fenty. xx

  75. PAppel says...

    Very, very reluctantly went to Rome, Sicily and Naples because the hubs wanted to go.
    If you go to Rome, do the Colosseum tour at night. Way, way less people and extremely interesting.
    If you go to Naples, go to Pompeii. It is fascinating.

  76. Who should I send cookbook or other fun book pitches we think you might like for editorial consideration? Do you like mail or email? Thanks! Claire

  77. Wow, Kim, can we be friends? I watched and rewatched “My Best Friend’s Wedding” so many times as a teen that I can also completely recite it. And you know what my first word was? Ernie. Honestly! (Sorry Mom and Dad.)

    Excited for you! xo

  78. Anna says...

    Yay! Re Italy: don’t skip Siena! It’s only like an hour south of Florence and the history and architecture is amazing!

  79. Kelly says...

    Yes! I’ve loved Kim’s articles and am glad she will be a regular.

  80. Christina Matekel-Gibson says...

    Yay! And I’m from (near) Tulsa!

  81. CS says...

    What a fantastic team! May I ask, how many people do you have on staff in total? You run such an amazing blog, I am so curious how many people it takes to accomplish? Thank you! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Maureen, our partnerships manager, and I work five days a week; Caroline works three days; Jenny comes in two days for shortened hours; and Kim has been working three days and now will bump to four. Hope this helps! Xo

    • MyHanh says...

      Kim, welcome!
      Please reserve a table at La Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali. My husband and I went there on our honeymoon and it was by far the best mean we’ve had of our lives. We have friends and family in Roma and will always make sure we stop in, and years later, it still is the most delicious meal we’ve ever had.
      I’m overhyping it, but you won’t be disappointed! https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d782368-Reviews-La_Taverna_dei_Fori_Imperiali-Rome_Lazio.html
      Also, so glad to see some POC on COJ. #blackgirlmagic

  82. Dean says...

    Welcome Kim!

  83. Jen says...

    From one okie to another congrats! Also, please share your sweet potato & brussel sprout recipe! Such a good combo.

    • Tracy says...

      agreed!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      I haven’t made it in a while, and burned the brussels the last couple of times haha. Once I perfect it, I’ll let ya know! xx

  84. Olivia says...

    Kim, you seem like an absolute delight! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store. Xx

  85. cc says...

    Love the hair, love the bag, love the shoes, love everything. Love it.

    • Amy says...

      Ha!!!! Best line of the movie. Well played. :)

    • Anna says...

      Lol. But your flight…? CANCELLED!

    • Carter says...

      Haha, good reference!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      oh my god!!! this made me laugh so hard!!! Best line!!! xx

  86. J says...

    Welcome, Kim!

    And! I loved the Paco columns! I hope we’ll see more Paco.

  87. Emily says...

    Yay, welcome Kim!! I’ve loved your contributions so far.
    One tiny thing…and I know this is obnoxious but the grammar nerd within me refuses to die…it should be “Kim, Caroline, and me” instead of “Kim, Caroline, and myself.” Improper use of “myself” is my biggest pet peeve and probably the hill I will die on, haha. Love this blog and really appreciate all the work that goes into it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Haha thank you!

    • Twyla says...

      Haha Emily – I’m right there with you! A cool trick I learned to figure out whether to say “I”, “Me”, or “Myself”, is that the word has to make sense on its own in the sentence. You wouldn’t say “Me is going on a trip” (hello Cookie Monster?); so then you know the sentence should be “My friend and I are going on a trip.” :D

  88. Kim!! We met in the signing line at Mari Andrew’s book event when Joanna interviewed her at Books Are Magic! That was not so long ago, and look how far you’ve come!! Xoxo

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Joyce!! Hi!!!! Of course I remember!! Thank you so much for saying hi!! hope you’re doing well!! xx

  89. From a former Pryor, Oklahoma reader, I look forward to following your progress. Congratulations! I am eager to see more.

  90. Katherine Sullivan says...

    Yay!!! Welcome Kim! <3

    • Morgan says...

      Yay! Welcome, Kim!

      My favorite town to visit in Italy is Sorrento – gorgeous mix of waterfront and walkable town, with delicious food and a warmer climate.

  91. Yeeeees, Kim! I’ve loved following you on Insta. Wish we lived closer; you’re one of those people I’d love to grab coffee with! :) also as soon as I read My Best Friend’s Wedding, I could just hear Julia Roberts introducing Kimmy before the karaoke song, “Miss KIMMM-berly WALLACE!” haha

  92. Joyo says...

    YAYYYYYY Kim!!! So happy you’re at CupofJo!!

  93. Emily says...

    Welcome, Kim!!! <3

  94. jennifer says...

    hi!
    welcome!
    wondering where that adorable blouse is from?

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Thanks!! It’s from Zara! xo

  95. Marlena says...

    Welcome Kim! It looks like a multitude of COJ readers were in Italy this summer – me included!

  96. Lindsay says...

    Hi Kim! Venice really is great. We are going in the Fall. We are going to Rome, then up the coast to the riviera where Cinque Tera/ Portofino is, then over to Venice. If I had more time, I would want to see the Amalfi Coast too and the island of Ischia!

    • I second Venice. Make sure you turn corners onto tiny deserted streets…it’s SO easy to get away from the awful crowds and find yourself alone in a magical, quiet Venice!
      Also: read all the history books! Italy is so much more when you know the historical significance of the places you visit.
      Eat all the tiramisu!

    • Also….welcome and congrats! Looking forward to all the stories.
      I am a fellow Frasier enthusiast. Despite of how sexist and dated it is at times, it is my number one comfort show.

  97. Bec says...

    These are such great questions! I can also quote My Best Friend’s Wedding line for line! YOU’RE NEVER GONNA BE JELLO! Welcome Kim, we have so much in common.

  98. Kate says...

    Welcome, Kim! I love your writing and style. So happy you’re going to be staying on the team!

  99. Courtney Dal Porto says...

    Welcome officially!! And yes I just got back from Italy and had the very best time. My IG stories were so well received ;) that I was asked by a few people for our Rome/Tuscany itinerary. I’ll add you to that list!

  100. Sydni Jackson says...

    Hi Kim! You sound like such a fun person. I love the Muppets too. They’re so fun and exactly the opposite of what being a grown-up usually feels like. :P

  101. jeannie says...

    Welcome, Kim!! I am sure you will be a great addition to CofJ’s team. Looking forward to your posts.

  102. Welcome, Kim! You seem like such a fun and warm person. Totally agree about that Samantha Irby book, too. THE FUNNIEST. xoxo Sarah

  103. Steph says...

    Italia, be still my heart! I lived in Italy years ago, and also visited earlier this year. If you only go to one city, make it Florence. It has the best food, art and shopping and still has that old world Renaissance feel. If you have time for a few more places, explore one of the smaller medieval towns in Tuscany (Siena or San Gimignano, you can skip Pisa), Rome (touristy, but the history!), and then take a train to the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre to round it out. Have so much fun!

    • Bonnie says...

      Everything Steph says!!! I, too, lived in Italy years ago and Florence stole my heart. Everything is just more vibrant the farther south you go (I lived in Naples), but for some it’s too much…but it is what it is. And I love it all. I hope you love it! Enjoyed your responses to the questions above…you’re a gem.

  104. Alex says...

    Oh so excited because you seem to have all the same quirky answers that I do…. FRASIER CHRISTMAS SPECIALS? Yes. Favorite. I have Frasier or Seinfeld on as my background noise at all times. Also listen to “Pretty Ugly” on loop for my runs. Also, don’t know where in Italy you are going, but if you have a chance to stop in the town of Lucca I’d recommend it. It’s so beautifully preserved and outside of the tourist traps! Can’t wait to read more from you!

    • Jenny says...

      So relieved that other people do this too! Frasier is so comforting! I love that pretty much every actor on Frasier is gay except Kelsey Grammer. Bulldog! Marty! It’s super weird to have watched this as a kid and now as an adult the age of the women Frasier dates on the show. 10/10 would not date Frasier even though he’s good at heart. Roz though, totally.

  105. Sarah says...

    Welcome Kim! Could you do a sesame street post? I’ve been watching it with my two year old lately, and I’m finding all these hilarious moments. Bert is just so passive aggressive and then agressive agressive and it makes me laugh harder than it probably should. Also, the Muppets Christmas Carol has got to be a top ten soundtrack for me :)

    • Sarz says...

      We play that soundtrack at the restaurant I work for every holiday. Most people I encounter don’t self-identify as Muppet Fans, but yet a suspicious amount of them start talking like Miss Piggy as soon as they walk through our doors. ;-)

  106. Lourdes says...

    Welcome!! xoxo!

  107. Jess says...

    Yay, welcome Kim! A fellow Oklahoman-turned-East Coaster here! I went to high school in Tulsa, college in Norman, and currently live in Boston. Can’t wait to learn more about you and read your work! :)

  108. Sadie Rosenthal says...

    How wild! I went to Oklahoma Christian class of 14!! Love to see you on here!

  109. Official welcome to Kim! Love reading you here!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      aaahhh!!! that means so much coming from you <3 Thank you, Ashley! xo

  110. Suzanne Quinn says...

    Welcome and love your style of writing and fashion! That
    sheer top – so cool! Would you share where you got it?

    • Emma says...

      I second this! Where’s that gorgeous top from??

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Thank you so much!! It’s from Zara!

  111. Micah says...

    Welcome, Kim! Congrats on joining this wonderful team. I’m curious, does CoJ have an official internship program?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We have had summer interns in the past — probably every other summer. We usually list the opening on the site. Thank you!

  112. Carolyn says...

    Yay for Kim! And yay for all of us: exciting that we’ll be able to read more of her awesome posts!

  113. kash says...

    “I *HAVE* TO BE JELLO!!!”

    • Maggie says...

      hahahaha the BEST. “YOU can never be Jello.”

  114. MJ says...

    I was in Rome, Taormina, and Venice this summer! Highly recommend Taormina – a picturesque hilltop town in Sicily. Go in the off-season when the cruise ships aren’t in port. Venice is magical and only accessible by boat.

  115. Ana says...

    Congrats Kim! Much success in this new adventure!

  116. HH says...

    YYYAAAAAYYYY!!!!!! Congratulations, Kim. So looking forward to reading more of your writing on CoJ in the future. (from a fellow Okie in Norman!)

  117. Jorden says...

    Hooray for Kim! And oh boy, I love Frasier, too. Why did he have his shirt off so often? Every year after we get our Christmas tree my husband posts a picture of shirtless Frasier with a caption along the lines of, “again, we went with the Frasier fur.”

    • bonnie says...

      Your husband is a riot, Jorden!!!!

  118. Tori says...

    Your post of her two tone manicure earlier this year sealed the deal on making that my thing forever. Currently have mauve on one hand & burgundy on the other. Looking forward to having more ideas to steal from you, Kim :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Love this!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      yes, tori!!! so glad I could be a good nail influence haha mauve and burgundy sounds lovely! xo

    • Dana says...

      When was this post and how could I have missed it?? Can someone share the link?

  119. Welcome Kim! You will see very strong, opinionated (but extremely smart and intelligent) comments on here. My Italy list for first timers:

    3 Days Rome
    1 Day Bologna
    2-3 nights Florence and around (the smaller towns are the best)
    2 nights Venice

    If you have time, Amalfi Coast is wonderful too!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      hi, natalie!

      i look forward to getting to know this lovely community better and better! thank you so much for the italy recs–down to the amount of days!! my kind of trip planner! thank you so much!! xo

  120. Andrea says...

    Oh that beautiful smile would light up a room!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      andrea!! you are so kind! thank you so much! xo

  121. Jenny Rosenstrach says...

    Best news. Yay Kim!!!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      eeeee thanks, jenny!!! xoxoxo

  122. Grace says...

    Yay Kim & Yay for Oklahoma girls!! I think we would’ve been friends in OK had we met – all about My Best Friend’s Wedding and knitting :) I’ve been reading Cup of Jo for many years & am so happy to see a fellow Oklahoman working here!

  123. Jordan says...

    Kim – you must be familiar with A Muppet Christmas Carol! My family watches it every year on Christmas Eve and we sing at the top of our lungs and cry over the sentimental parts. So good! Frasier lover over here too – makes me crack up! Cheering you on in your new role, Kim! Congratulations!!! I’m excited you are here!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Of course!! It’s at the top of my holiday movies every year! I made a date watch it with me, recently. (he loved it)
      thanks for the warm welcome! xo

  124. Scout says...

    YOU WENT TO MUPPET HEADQUARTERS?!!! PLEASE TELL ME HOW!!! one of my bucket list items is to meet the Muppets! Especially Gonzo and Sweetums….sigh….
    For real….how did you manage that?!!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Well not so much Muppets HQ as Sesame Street HQ, BUT STILL!! I just got a really lucky opportunity to meet with some people that work in the corporate offices! I was on Cloud 9 the rest of the week. <3

  125. Jade says...

    A Jim Henson Fan! Be Still my Heart!
    When I first visited New York and went (by myself as a 21 year old) to FAO Schwarz – I was absolutely gutted to see that the Make your own Muppet station was completely empty – kids just had no interest. Meanwhile I was trying to think of ways I could smuggle a muppet in my suitcase! Warmest of Welcomes to Kim!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      yes!!! Jim forever!! Thank you so much for the warm welcome!! xx

  126. Julie says...

    Hi Kim! Welcome to the team! Loved your stuff so far. :) Glad you’re here long term!

  127. Francine says...

    In Italy, highly recommend Lucca as a “home base” for exploring Tuscany.
    Such a cute little town centre – you can walk or cycle the complete town wall – that it quickly feels like a home away from home and bigger, busier towns like Florence, Pisa or the coast are just a short (and cheap!) train ride away.

    • Sophie Holmes says...

      Seconded! You and your girlfriends are going to have such a fabulous time. Welcome and congrats Kim!

  128. Julie says...

    Kelsey Miller is going to continue to contribute right?! I love her stuff too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes! She’s on maternity leave (with the cutest baby) and will be back in the new year!

  129. Ellie says...

    I think you’re going to find a lot of strong opinions about Italy!! My husband and I went for the first time last November and stuck to a smaller area so that we could enjoy a more leisurely pace rather than feel like there were 600 things we HAD to do every day. Since we were going outside of beach season, we decided to save Capri, Amalfi, etc for warmer weather another time and visited Venice (before the flooding makes it too much worse) and the food areas in Modena, Parma, and Bologna.

    We flew in and out of Venice and did 2 nights in Venice (Baglioni Luna Hotel–highly recommend), 4 nights in Modena with a rental car (Vittorio Veneto 25–highly recommend), and 1 more night in Venice (Danieli–not worth the rates). We wandered Venice (best dinner was at Da Mamo–we ate there twice!) and went to the Jewish Museum and spent time admiring St Mark’s Square.

    Then in Modena we did lots of wandering around and visited the Ferrari Museum and did a balsamic tasting at Acetaia di Giorgio (highly recommend!). We also drove to La Vecche Rose (Red Cow Consortium) to learn about Parmigiano and to Chiarli to visit our favorite Lambrusco (we always buy it from Eataly near our apt!).

    And we took a day trip to Bologna for a FANTASTIC cooking class at Il Salotto di Penelope. Our favorite dinner in Modena was at Franceschetta 58 and we had a dinner of cheese and antipasti at Enoteca Compagnia Del Taglio on a night we weren’t too hungry.

    The biggest thing I would potentially change would be having 4 one way trips on the ferry from the airport to St Mark’s. It’s very easy and not crazy expensive but it’s 45 min each way and doing the round trip twice was a lot. We wanted to avoid landing off the red eye flights and having to drive 2 hours to Modena, but I think my suggestion would be to pick a town closer to the airport (maybe Padua?) and stay there on your last night so as to avoid the back and forth.

  130. Claire says...

    Hi Kim! Lovely to learn more about you! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts so far :)

    I just went to Italy this past summer and it’s fresh in my mind. Rome had the best food (think: cacio e pepe, rectangular pizza, 1 euro espresso, great pastries, Aperol spritzes, Jewish-style artichokes, and amazing gelato on every block). The Jewish Ghetto was a great home base, as would the neighborhood Trastevere. There are countless great Airbnbs to chose from! I’d recommend looking for one with AC as it’s super hot in the summer.

    We then took the train down to Naples (it’s hit or miss with people; some say it’s gritty and pass, others love its authenticity and pizza) where we jumped into a taxi for the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at an agriturismo in the little village of Massa Lubrense, near Sorrento. I *highly recommend* agriturismos: they’re the Italian bed and breakfast meets AirBnB you never knew you needed. For 65-100 euros per night (that’s a good deal for the area!) you have a lovely room of your own on a beautiful property and home cooked breakfasts. We stayed on a lemon and olive grove and the family has lived there for generations. They made delicious dinner each night and offered to give us a tour of the limoncello making process. Here’s a website to look at them: https://www.agriturismo.it and we loved “Il Giardino de Vigliano” and “Torre Cangiani” for its ivy-covered tower. Nearby were the most picture perfect beaches, all with Mt Vesuvius and the city of Naples in the distance.

    After the agriturismo in the lemon grove, we continued down the Amalfi coast for Positano. I think Joanna went there on her honeymoon? It was pretty touristy, but beautiful. They have countless sandal shops where, for 70 euros, they custom make a pair of shoes and fit them to your feet. You’ll never have a blister again. I loved the shop Artigianato Rallo where Ernesto is the 3rd generation sandal maker in his family. There are smaller villages nearby and higher up the coastal cliffs of the Amalfi coast; I think the prices would be cheaper there! It was a beautiful place to explore.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip! I look forward to hearing about it and living vicariously through you. I want to go back!

  131. Yay Kim! I just read Meaty and cried and laughed — and she’s from my hometown so that makes me love her more too. Excited to read your work!

  132. Bailey says...

    Hi Kim! I followed Elizabeth Minchilli’s recommendations for Rome and had an absolutely amazing time. We especially loved Flavio al Velavevodetto for pasta and Fafiuche for wine & aperitivo.
    She and her daughter are both great Instagram follows if you are planning a trip…. @eminchilli @sminchilli
    Sophie also does food tours in Rome but I didn’t get a chance to try that. I promise I don’t work for them they are just awesome women!!!

  133. Mallory says...

    AH, I LOVE TIERRA WHACK. Yay, Kim! So glad to see you’ll be coming on board full time.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      she’s a genius!! thank you so much for the welcome!! xo

  134. Coleen says...

    Hi Kim,

    Florence, Venice, Tuscany and Rome! Go early or late summer.
    Not good if there are rains and floods especially in Venice.
    Where is exactly that mural in New York?

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      hi, coleen!! thank you so much for these italy recs!!! the mural is by artist, jr and it’s at 7 east 59th street, close to the plaza hotel.

  135. Toni says...

    Welcome, Kim! Can’t wait to read more of your content.
    PS I relate so much to your pet peeve!!!! I literally have to cover my ears when someone scrapes their plate with their utensil. Scrape haters unite!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      yes!! just thinking about it made my stomach jump, just now! i didn’t know there were more of us! thank you for the warm welcome! xo

  136. maywyn says...

    Welcome Kim!

  137. Meredith says...

    Go to Cinque Terre, Kim! It’s magical. You can walk along the cliffs from town to town and take treats for picnics. Eat as much gelato as you can!

  138. Paige says...

    Hi Kim!! So glad you are in this corner of the internet! I wish we could all meet in real life haha! Also, I ADORE your black, sheer shirt in the first photo. Can you share where you found it? :)

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Hi, Paige! Thank you so much!! It’s from Zara! xo

  139. ali says...

    She looks soooo adorable in that top photo!!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      thanks, ali!! <3 xoxo

  140. In Italy my advice is not to overlook the inland towns! Small Etruscan villages are amAzing and offer a much different vibe than the beauty of Roma or Venezia and the (a lil touristy) charm of the coast or Sicilia. (I’m partial to my adopted hometown Perugia in Umbria but you can’t go wrong with anyplace that you can’t find on any “top 10” lists!)

    xx

    • Meg says...

      Strongly second this advice! Staying in an agriturismo is a really really fun (and incredibly delicious) way to go. Love, another honorary Perugian

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      kate!! this is such great advice!! thank you so much!! xo

  141. Laura says...

    Congratulations Kim! In Italy you HAVE to go to Florence and Venice. I would really recommend renting a car and driving from Venice down through Tuscany and maybe stopping on the coast. If that’s not an option definitely look into trains between Italian cities! Affordable and high speed.
    I love your polka dot sheer top so much, where is it from???

  142. Kate says...

    Welcome Kim!! PUHLEASE go to Zeb if you are travelling to Florence – their zucchini ravioli was the best meal I have ever eaten, no exaggeration. It was akin to a religious experience, and after passionately convincing a complete stranger to order it when he couldn’t decide, he too agreed. When I went, they opened a bit later for lunch then their listed hours (but they were having lunch with their family prior to opening, soo cute). Have a lovely vacation, and soo excited to read more posts by you!

  143. Patricia Rhodes says...

    A huge congrats to you, Kim. We are crazy proud and thankful for your success at Cup of Jo!! Thanks also to Joanna, who saw your “raw talent” and reined it in, in order for you to become a success. Much love, Mom and Dad!

    • Allie says...

      Oh my gosh, this is so sweet! Yay mom and dad for supporting your amazing daughter.

    • Mariah says...

      Welcome, Kim! I’ve been enjoying your work and so glad to hear you’re officially part of the team!

      Mom and Dad Rhodes, you must be so proud. Seeing your comment here brought a big smile to my face. :)

    • Alyce says...

      This really made me smile. Gotta love parents :)

    • Em says...

      Congrats to Kim and Kim’s mom and dad! I am so thrilled to see that Kim is a full time CoJ contributor now — I love her content and am at a similar age and stage as she is. I just wish I was also living her fabulous NYC life! Can’t wait for all that she will add to this wonderful CoJ community <3

    • Meghan says...

      OMG! This is so so so sweet. It made me #COJDeskCry. Kim, we already love your work here! Can’t wait to learn more about you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I love this comment! <3

    • Anna says...

      Omg this is the sweetest. Bless you Kim’s mom and dad!

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      thanks, mom & dad!! love you both soooo much!! see you next week! <3 xoxoxoxoxox

  144. Robin says...

    Welcome, Kim! This is such a sweet introductory post; thanks for taking the time to introduce us. Also, pretty sure Samantha Irby has a new book coming out next year?!?

  145. Nina says...

    Welcome Kim! I look forward to more of your articles.
    As far as Italy, my favorite place is the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, a small town in the hills about 30 minutes from the edge of Rome. If you like gardens, it’s a must. It’s stunning, and Tivoli is lovely.
    https://www.tourist-in-rom.com/en/villa-d_este/
    Also, there are several detailed blog posts about traveling in Italy on Hither and Thither: https://hitherandthither.net/category/travel/europe/

  146. Claire says...

    I love Kim already just by reading the answers to her questions!!

    I am currently on season 9 of Frasier on Netflix so at least I’m not the only one watching/loving it!

    Welcome Kim!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I watched all seasons a couple winters ago and it was so much fun. I love daphne.

  147. Meredith says...

    Hi Kim, welcome!! I’m thrilled for your trip to Italy, and I recommend going to the island of Capri, off the coast of Naples. Maybe it was because it was the first place I visited when I did a semester in Italy in college (many years ago now…), but it had the bluest water, it’s a town on a rocky hill, the beaches are made of big rocks, and dozing in the sun while listening to the Italian spoken around me like music was one of my fondest memories of that time. Have a blast!

    • Zoe says...

      Agreed! Capri is amazing! I would also recommend going to one or two smaller towns if you can – sperlonga is an beautiful and unique beach town, or Orvieto has amazing food (book a table ahead of time!) and a beautiful cathedral. Welcome Kim!!! Pls keep the dating stories coming :)