Rome + Fashion – Don’t look like a Tourist

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Going on a vacation to Rome?… don’t know what to pack? Here are some fashion tips for traveling abroad to a Fashionable place such a Rome..

Do as the Romans do…or you’ll stick out

Fashion over Function = this is the Roman way.

Do you think riding this scooter around Rome with heels and a skirt was easy??.. HELL NO!.. But did we look Roman doing it, I think so.

You may stumble on some cobble stones here and there..But you’ll look your best on the way down to the ground : ). Just think of how many gorgeous Italian men in crisp suits will dive to get you.

Wear Heels and pack some flat ballet type slippers in your purse. Walk in the restaurant like a lady who can handle the ancient cobble stones in heels, reminds you of when you were  cat walk model (in front of the tv)..then after dinner and drinks, when your heading down a dark alley. You flip those suckers off and breath again while slipping into your buttery ballet slippers and wimper in pain on your way back to the hotel. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT darlinnnnngg!!

Always have a scarf or pashmina to cover up, if you don’t have one, just buy one at a kiosk stand somewhere on one of the Via’s.  Remember to rip off the tag because it will stick out like fat person at a Anorexia self help meeting. Your in ROME for God’s sake

Walk with poise. act like you can’t be bothered while the man whistle, and walk like you know where your going dammit!.. your not a tourist your damn world traveler, even if you don’t know where the hell your going. All Roads lead to Rome darling

Ciao For now

The Striped Dinner Party

I love love love stripes and I love all things Italian. So I thought I’d mix my two favorites for my favorite man’s birthday dinner.  He (my husband) told me long ago that he HATES surprise parties. So.. that gave me the idea to throw him one : ).

One of the many things I love and miss about Italy is friends having dinner parties. The mouth watering food, smooth wine and great conversation always made for an eventful night.

My inspiration was black and white stripes.. a little summer on the Med.

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I moved all the furniture out of our pool house, rented a long table and bamboo looking chairs.

I bought candles, Panna water, oranges (I was tired of lemons ) and long Italian bread sticks for table decor

I ventured off to Ikea for candles and found that they sell fabric by the yard for 8$.. I found this adorable black and white striped fabric and began cutting.

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I came home and started cooking and decorating…

Here is the EVOLUTION of the table

 

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The moment he walked in…. ImageImageOh… and he was very happy as well as  shocked that I pulled off a surprise party ..he coudn’t believe all the lies I told him to pull it off. hahhahahahahaha

 

Italian Love-Styles

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“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova

I believe it truly is the most beautiful place on earth..

Here are some of my loves for this month..
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Baby Journal Month by Month / Year Book

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Growing up I would look over and over at my baby book and wonder why all the pages were blank. There were a few photos (yellow tinted) and a few lines scribbled about first words and a few milestones conquered. Was I that much work that my mother couldn’t sit down to pen a few pages?

Well, I wanted to make up for the lack of photos and documentation of my early years so I put together a “Year Book” for my 12 month old daughter.

 I hope my daughter get’s a kick out of her book, here is a glimpse.

The book was designed into a coffee table book by

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Florence – Eat, Pray, Stay

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ITALIA.ITALIA.

So I read Eat Pray Love and I fell asleep at Chapter 4.. Probably because Im currently writing a book that is way juicier than meeting a man in Italy and eating gelatto with him on a daily basis… zzzzzz  snore!! Will get to that whole discussion in another BLOG.

LETS TALK FLORENCE.. FIRENZE

Four Seasons Florence

SOooo Beautiful, This is the Presidential Suite

This hotel is a must see.  The restaurant is wonderful and the SPA is to die for.

I read that the Four Season’s Florence was one of the Medici’s Mistresses homes. Ohhh to be a Mistress way back when you received a new corset every day along with a Palace.  Now all you get is a horrible reputation and an apartment in Picipsie..

                                        Santa Maria Novella Hotel

One of my favorites!!!.. I stayed here my wedding night. I loved it so much, so romantic and in a great location. Costs much much less than the Four Seasons, so you can spend the difference on boots at the leather market

www.whythebesthotels.com

This Florence Chain of Hotels are absolutely the best!! You must stay in one of them

Must See Tips

The David – Just see it, or people will ask forever why you didn’t, his hands are very big.. and thats about it

Pitti Palace – beautiful gardens for a lunch or to roam around and pretend you live in the 14 th century

Ponte Vechio – breathtaking and fun drop a few hundred euros on some gold jewelry

Santa Croce Church – beautiful and Michaelangelo is burried there.  Duomo = disappointing on the inside

San lorenzo market – leather and scarves a shoppers paradise

The Uffizi – really, hmmm not worth the long wait

Fiesole – Adorable town on the hillside of Florence. You can see old Roman ruins there. I got married at a beautiful Castle on the hillside.

Florence Restaurants

Typical tuscan 
- TRATTORIA DA MARIO Via Rosina, 2/R, near Piazza Mercato Centrale +39 (055) 218550 (very very busy, very tradional, very cheap) only for lunch, closed on sunday along the Arno
- DA SERGIO piazza san lorenzo (very busy, very tradional, very cheap) only for lunch, closed on sunday

MAMMAGINA borgo san jacopo – closed on sunday you can taste one of the best florentine steak in the city center http://www.mammagina.it/UK/index_uk.htm 
- CIBREINO (via de macci – sant’ambrogio, very close to the food market) is the place where you can try the high level quality of Fabio Picchi, owner of the well known Cibreo: cheaper that the famous one, same level food quality – closed on Sunday and Monday WWW.CIBREO.COM

TEATRO DEL SALE (via de macci – sant’ambrogio, very close to the food market) it is a reastaurant and a private club where you can try the high level quality of Fabio Picchi cuisine, owner of the well known Cibreo: plus you’ll get a theatrical show at night; closed on Sunday and Monday http://www.teatrodelsale.com/start_e.html 
- FAGIOLI via delle conce (close to santa croce): cheap, very typical 
- OSTERIA BOCCANEGRA via ghibellina (close to santa croce): elegant, intimate, typical (closed at lunchtime) http://www.boccanegra.com/web/index.php?lang=eng

COOL RESTAURANTS

– NOVE Lungarno Guicciardini, 10 (open air terrace, the river Arno at a glance)

– CAVALLI CLUB piazza del carmine, close to the Curch

BSJ borgo san jacopo very elegant, good food level, a couple of tables in the terrace over the river arno (closed at lunchtime) http://www.lungarnohotels.com/

ALLE MURATE a restaurant in a real museum: expensive but it is worth it (closed at lunchtime) http://www.allemurate.it/home.html

BOCCANEGRA an elegant restaurant close to santa croce (closed at lunchtime) http://www.boccanegra.com/web/index.php?lang=eng 
- ENOTECA PINCHIORRI (simply the best

 

Maternity Poses – A few ideas and don’ts

So your pregnant.. or would like to be and your thinking of ideas of how you’d like to show the world your many chins and swollen ankles.. Ok maybe not.

Perhaps your totally not in the mood to have a camera shoved into your face and would rather eat a cheese burger or have a bon fire of Victoria Secret Magazines.

Well some day your children will grow up and ask “what did you look like when you were pregnant with me?”.. your going to either have to photo shop your head on pregnant Gisele the super model or get your big belly in some stills.

Here are some prego maternity shots from my little book and of total strangers.

Skinny bitch..

My big belly

Memorial Day

Our Christmas Card – It said On the Twelth day of christmas my true love gave to me… well.. that’s pretty obvious

For my husband

Heard it all day long

I was trying for artsy

My last night PREGO.. ya think Im over due much?

go big or GO HOME

Ohh there they are!!!

JUST DONT DO IT!!!!!!…..

What I dream’t my C section would be like

 

 

Rome + Fashion – Don’t look like a Damn Tourist

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Going on a vacation to Rome?… don’t know what to pack? Here are some fashion tips for traveling abroad to a Fashionable place such a Rome..

Do as the Romans do…or you’ll stick out

Fashion over Function = this is the Roman way.

Do you think riding this scooter around Rome with heels and a skirt was easy??.. HELL NO!.. But did we look Roman doing it, I think so.

You may stumble on some cobble stones here and there..But you’ll look your best on the way down to the ground : ). Just think of how many gorgeous Italian men in crisp suits will dive to get you.

Wear Heels and pack some flat ballet type slippers in your purse. Walk in the restaurant like a lady who can handle the ancient cobble stones in heels, reminds you of when you were  cat walk model (in front of the tv)..then after dinner and drinks, when your heading down a dark alley. You flip those suckers off and breath again while slipping into your buttery ballet slippers and wimper in pain on your way back to the hotel. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT darlinnnnngg!!

Always have a scarf or pashmina to cover up, if you don’t have one, just buy one at a kiosk stand somewhere on one of the Via’s.  Remember to rip off the tag because it will stick out like fat person at a Anorexia self help meeting. Your in ROME for God’s sake

Walk with poise. act like you can’t be bothered while the man whistle, and walk like you know where your going dammit!.. your not a tourist your damn world traveler, even if you don’t know where the hell your going. All Roads lead to Rome darling

Ciao For now