About Me


Thanks for coming to learn a little more about me and my blog. My name is Alyson, and I am an American woman, currently living in Italy with my husband, Jason and our dog, Estelle. This is my story about real life in Europe, and all that inspires me. Why did I name my blog Gardenia Trails?!? Well, we are home in Florida every summer for a total of 3 months out of the year, and this past summer we planted two gardenia trees in our backyard. The sweet scent of the gardenia flowers reminds me of being home in the summertime, so gardenias represent our home in FL. Trails symbolizes of our overseas life. Honestly, I have to give credit to Jason (my hubby) for this catchy name, he is ridiculously creative.

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Textiles, and went on to earn a Masters in Marketing, but that is only what I did, not who I am. I created this page to give my friends and family a peak into our unique lifestyle abroad. My loved ones back home, typically get the cliff notes version of our time in Europe, so this is my way of sharing more. And to be honest, these posts will be a personal keepsake of my experiences, because my memory isn’t too hot. I have never been a writer nor did I excel in English class, so please excuse my punctuation bloopers.

My superman husband, is a professional basketball player, his career opened the door for us to live, and travel all around the world. My husand and I graduated from FSU in 2008, we got married in 2015 in Florida, and we have been living in Paris ever since. Never in a million years, did I think I would be living in The City Of Light, so I am delighted to share The Parisian way of life through my eyes. I am a super passionate woman who loves all things travel, fashion, coffee, taking photos, beaches, gardening, animals, nail art, wine, architecture, tasty textured foods, and much more that you’ll come to learn through my blog.