Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Already?

My Truths About New Years:

1. Towards the end of every December I say the same thing, "where has the year gone" or "I can't believe a new year has come so fast.
2. It will take me 2-3 months to write 2013 instead of 2012.
3. I will make some reference to something along the lines of "wow it's 2013" about 30 times in January. If you did the math, yes that's every day of the month except for one. 
4. I never make new year resolutions. 
5. I never make plans for New Year's Eve until about 1 week prior. 
 6. Like every woman I look forward to all of the sales. 

   Originally our plans included driving to Switzerland for a few days. After researching we decided against it because they will probably have snow and we'd have to drive through many mountain roads. So since it is our last new years in Italy we decided to stay local. We are going to one of my favorite restaurants for a special 7 course dinner complete with gifts and fireworks at midnight. Needless to say, I am stoked and counting down the days. 

   Everyone knows that New Year's Eve is the time to dress up and get dolled up. I have a white tulle dress with a touch of gold, that has been hanging in my closet (w/ tags) for almost a year. Instead of buying something new I just went shopping in my closet, which turned out to be a great idea. Just because I already have an outfit doesn't mean I can't obsess and dream and wish upon a star to wear one of these lovely high fashion dresses. 

   What I am currently coveting for New Years...

 

New Years




What are you wearing for the ball drop? 
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
Frosty the snowman...
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...
He's mister white Christmas, he's mister snow...

Obviously snow has been on my mind for the past few weeks.I love it. I want it. I need it. I will not be completely and fully 100% happy until I get it. Yes, there is snow up the mountain, which is only a 30 minute drive for me. But I'm talking open the front door and seeing only white covering my yard. Honestly, I go through this feeling every year and the results are always the same...a light dusting of snow that lasts no more than 16 hours.

Since I'm most likely not getting snow any time soon, anything white will do.


Winter White

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Print Blending

In the spring and summer, mixing prints was all the rage. As you can probably tell from magazines and fashion shows, that trend is here to stay a while longer. Just the other day I tried some mixing with an outfit similar to this...

Fall
I thought it turned out pretty cute, I'll have to snap a picture and replace this picture for the real thing. That was a subtle take on print blending and now I have more ideas that I'd like to try this fall/winter season. 


Fall Print Blending




Leopard & Stripes- Florals paired with stripes were a big trend and still are. But I wanted to take stripes to a different level and mix it up with something fresh that we don't see a lot of. This one can be a bit tricky though if you start adding in too much color or too large/too small spots and stripes. In my opinion, this mix is best if it is kept at a minimal

Plaid & Floral- Again, let's put something else with florals! The light bulb went off for this pairing when I went to Forever21 online and saw their take on "floral grunge." It was a combination of floral, plaid, and stripes so I down played it just a tad. 

Skulls & Polka Dots- Two great prints, who can resist? I took a more girly approach to this outfit with a pencil skirt and glittery pumps. Layer a black lacy bandeau under the top for a sexy night look or a cami and blazer for work. 

What are your favorite prints to combine? EMAIL me with your "print blending" photos for a chance to be featured on Polka Dot Life.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Not Only Ruins & Relics- Part 2

Rome is such an amazing city and I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to experience it with my husband. There are literally a million words I could use to describe it, but in all honesty it leaves my quite speechless. So I'm going to let the pictures do the talking...

*Trajan's Column is 138 feet high and made from white marble. The intricate detailing on the column tells the story of the war between the Romans and the Dacians. At the top of the column is a statue of Trajan himself.
Trajan's Column

 *The Trevi Fountain is the most popular in Europe and some say the most beautiful, which I agree with 100%. The middle statue is Neptune, god of the sea, and the statues on the bottom left and right are the Tritons guiding the sea horses. The opposite tempers of the horses represent the moods of the sea...fun fact huh?
Trevi Fountain

*Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain you will one day return to Rome. Most people don't know but technically you're suppose to throw it with your right hand over your left shoulder. My husband didn't throw a coin so I guess my next trip will be without him, according to legend...lol. 
I want to come back to Rome!!
I absolutely love this fountain. There are so many details that you can only take in if you see it in person

*Piazza di Spagna, also know as the Spanish steps, was full of lovers. Of course the time that I go to the Spanish steps, they aren't decorated in Azaleas (because it wasn't May) or any other type of flower...lol. 

*The Roman Colosseum has so much history and life behind it that the feeling overcomes you when you're standing in front of it, even more so when you enter. 
Outside of the Colosseum

*Below the stage where the games were held, was the storage for the animals and dead carcasses (both animal & human). There were also lift systems to raise the animal up onto the stage when it was its turn to fight. If you're interested in researching places, history, or what have you, there are tons of things online about the Colosseum that are very interesting.
Inside of the Colosseum

*It was hard to get a fabulous picture of the Colosseum at night because we were on a double decker moving tour bus...lol. But here's the best shot we did get, which still shows the essence of the beauty.
The night view...how gorgeous with the orange-ish lights

*Can you imagine living in this time period? Seeing the walls of the Colosseum being built? Or watching the many games that took place?  
Astounding architecture

*At the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II also stands the tomb of the unknown soldier. Being a military wife, this really touched my heart and I couldn't help but to just stand in awe for a while. You can't see it in the picture but there is also an eternal flame that burns constantly for this WW1 soldier. There were 11 unknown bodies and a mother, that her son never came back from the war, was allowed to choose one to be buried and placed at the monument. This really makes you question if she picked her own son obviously without knowing so...I like to think that she did.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Rome Italy

Hopefully you've enjoyed a piece of Rome from this post. I was going to include photos from the Vatican and the Vatican Museum in this post but I'm going to make a separate one. I have so many cool things to share from there! So check back soon for St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and more.



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Not Only Ruins & Relics- Part 1

I'm ashamed to say this, really it pains me, but I've lived in Italy 3 years and have just recently made it to Rome. I also haven't been to Milan yet but that trip is on the calendar. All of this anticipation had been building up inside me for an eternity which I believe made the trip even better because I was a spectrum beyond excitement. We had a wonderful trip and everything about it was perfect. Show and tell time, hope you can experience the excitement on your personal guide through Rome. :-)
PS- Be ready to look at pictures, lots of pictures.


Rome, along with the rest of Italy, is filled with the most beautiful churches that you will ever lay eyes on. One of my favorites is the Santa Maria degli Angeli. The church was designed by Michelangelo and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the angels, and the Christians that died while building the baths. You can brush up on the history HERE

Walked in, looked up, this is what I saw. How gorgeous is the coloring?

Main Alter

Architecture surrounding the ceilings

The biggest organ I've ever seen!

Ceiling above the main alter
To lie or not to lie...that is the question! The Bocca della Verita, mouth of truth, has an interesting funny story behind it. Legend has it that if a liar puts a hand in the mouth, the mouth will clamp down and never return the hand. 

Way back when, a head honcho man knew his wife was cheating on him, so he took her to the Bocca della Verita to test her truths. The wife outsmarted the husband, as women usually do, and revised her own pretty genius plan. She had her lover run up to her in the middle of the crowd, grab her, and kiss her. He's escorted away by guards yada yada yada. Before placing her hand in the mouth she says "I have never kissed any man besides my husband and of course the crazy man that just kissed me." GENIUS when you really think about it. 

It's now said that since the mouth was "tricked" that it no longer holds the power to determine between a liar and an honest person. I still have my hand and so does everyone else so you be the judge. 

I wonder if everyone gets that quick spark of nervous energy when they stick their hand in?

I'm pretty certain that "domes" became my obsession in Rome. I man c'mon really, who and why thought to build such beautiful things and put them on the ceiling? 

Angels everywhere

This is extremely impressive and the picture doesn't do it justice

Broader view of the 1st dome

Keep lookin' out for round 2 of the Rome trip. 

Small street way in Rome
 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OASAP Lace Shorts

WOW it has been such a crazy and fabulous summer...I hope everyone is enjoying theirs as much as I am. Really I guess we don't have too many scorching hot days left with September creeping up on us. Looks like season transition is upon us, my favorite times of the year. 

OASAP sent me a great pair of high waisted vintage lace shorts which are actually a wonderful transition piece into the fall. I can't wait to see how many different ways I can style these. And priced at only $30 that's really a steal, especially when you think about the price per wear.

Here you can really see the detailing in the shorts...very pretty

You can see the detail of the shorts in the above picture the best. The vintage style lace is layered and reminds me of a crocheted lace more than a delicate lace, which I like for this particular item. 

PROS:

-The waist is elastic but stylish which allows for a prettier shirt tuck in
-Extremely comfortable and breath easy
-They come in black and beige 
- Very versatile piece that can be dressed up or down and paired with any trend. 
-I love the scalloped lace hem

CONS: 
-One size fits all. Unfortunately if you've got more to love, the shorts might be a tad uncomfortable. I'm a size 2, but I have a bit of a booty (which I've mentioned before and probably will mention again)...any smaller and they would have been a little snug in the tush
-Obviously they should probably be washed separate and delicately...in my own personal opinion anyway. 


Scalloped lace detail at the hem
Overall I was very pleased with the vintage lace shorts. I get tons of compliments when I wear them and can't wait to see what my next item from OASAP is. 

Here are a few of some of my faves at the moment from OASAP....


V-Neck Floral Jumpsuit
V-Neck Floral Jumpsuit


Sequin Sweater Jumper
Sequin Sweater....how cute

Leopard Dress that I love!
Leopard Dress that I'm in love with


Monday, July 30, 2012

Denim Dress

Denim dresses are no new trend, they've been around a long time and have been designed & worn many different ways. Some of those ways may put many Americans to shame, like the one my mother wore when I was 6...dreadful. Lucky for us, we've seen some great denim dresses this year that were up to par. I happened to pick 2 up for myself a few months ago and I love them, one is a very fitted shift dress with 3/4 sleeves and the other is a strapless tie dye denim. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that everyone needs a denim dress, it is my new closet staple. So I've taken the hard part out and already chose 5 denim dresses that can be very versatile. Best part? All are under $60! 

Denim Dress



Each one of these dresses can be dressed up or down, for day or night. 
**Work Appropriate (depending on your job)- Add a blazer or cardigan with color, sleek jewelry...statement necklaces for the more daring, and nude heels. As you can see, #5 is already acceptable for most jobs. 
**For Play- Chucks or other type of sneaker, neon jewelry, and a fun bag. 
**Night Out- I think the denim/chiffon mixed material dresses are great for nights. Put on a pair of strappy heels or platform wedges, delicate jewelry with a fun piece or 2 thrown in, and a clutch. Not sure I went with all the black in the photo below...what do you think? 
**Daytime Errands- Oxfords/flats in a pretty color or print, fedora, and a bright handbag.
Here's what I come up with using 4 of the dresses from above...
Denim Dress 2




Here comes the broken record cause I will say it again. These dresses are so versatile that any of them can be styled for day or night. With layers they will easily take you into fall/winter as well. How do you wear your denim dress? What did you think about the 4 looks and which is your favorite?