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The Look:: Dress, Boston Proper (not sold anymore, but there is a dress that is tiered with lace too) :: Heels, J Crew, the version they have now is one strap here :: Shirt, Loft (old) similar here :: Earrings, Charming Charlie


This past weekend was my Husband and I’s 12 year wedding anniversary.  We got married young and traveled for awhile before we had our littles.  My Husband completely picked this little gem of a place that we stayed at.  Since our kids had school, we had to go somewhere that was close-by enough to make traveling worth it.  At first, I was a little worried when he told me we were going to a little place in the Poconos, but I trusted him and I’m happy that I did.  We went to The French Manor in South Sterling, PA.  The architecture of the manor is impressive.  It was build in the 1930′s as a vacation home and a place for the first owner to come for Christmas holidays with his family and friends.  You can read all about the history here. I find knowing the history of the house so interesting and definitely adds charm to the place.


There is also a small spa on location and a great sea-water salt pool and hot tub.  We had an exceptional French dinner in their dining room too.  Seriously, if you are looking for a get-away close to home and live in NY or PA, it is definitely a place to check out.  I love French food so it was such a treat and the presentation by the chef was really, really great—one of my favorite parts of French cooking is the presentation is always so gorgeous!


Simple style is really my style, so this LBD was perfect for the occasion.  I loved the tiers and the lace together.  I felt like it made a great elegant combination.  The shoes are about 2 years old.  I bought them at J. Crew for my sister’s wedding and I still reach for them all the time.  My blouse is seriously one of those basic pieces that are in your closet for years and years.  I bought it years ago at The Loft and I still wear it over dresses when I am chilly.  It worked well with this dress because the peplum cut really looked nice with the tiers of the dress.


Check out the views too.  It was a rainy weekend when we were there, but still the landscape was just beautiful!


Hope everyone has a great week.  Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by.











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The Look :: T-shirt, similar here  :: Shorts, Black House White Market, similar here :: BagGiulia Massari :: Sandals, Express similar here :: Sunglasses, Guess


The last of the BBQs!  Labor day has come and gone and instead of thinking about flip-flops and ice cream we are headed toward boots and pumpkin-spiced lattes.  I am sad to see summer leave, but I do love fall and all that it offers.  With that said, here are some images from our Labor Day BBQ.  We visited my sister and I got to see my most adorable Godbaby!!!!  She lives in Philly and the houses have such character in her area.  Probably because most of them were built in the 1920s or older, but I love the eclectic nature of them.


Yes, this post is more summer inspired but it is still hot and muggy here.  I don’t see cooler days or apple cider in my future yet.  These shorts are a little higher waist-ed.  I wasn’t sure if I would like them, but I love them!  When I was in Italy all the women were wearing high waist-ed shorts and so, it seems right in-trend with Europe. You could definitely make this look more fall inspired by wearing a long-sleeve T-shirt or wearing a cardigan over the tee. For shoes, you could switch out to wedges or angle boots.


I am missing Italy and everything that goes with it.  I sometimes think I was born to live in Europe.  School has started for my littles and I’m just trying to stay above water!  Next week, I am hoping to have either an autumn look or a date night look for you all.


Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!


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From the roof of the Pompeii Cathedral.

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From the roof of the Pompeii Cathedral.

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In front of the Cathedral.

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The cathedral and all of it’s power.

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Image of the ruins in Ercolano, Italy.

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Image of the ruins in Ercolano, Italy.

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After all the site-seeing a granita was a must.

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The Look :: Dress, Francesca’s similar here and here :: Sandals, Express similar here :: Bag, Giulia Massari (I have a love affair with Italian made bags and this one is one of my favorites—just ordered in black too!)


I know that I am supposed to be sporting fall looks, all the fashion blogs that I like to follow are styling for fall, but I just can’t get in the swing with that right now.  On the east coast it has been just as hot as summer days.  I have no desire to think about sweaters and boots when it is so humid and sticky out.  So, you will have to wait a little longer before I start pulling out the fall fashion looks.  Once the weather cools (even a little bit), I can get some fall inspiration.


Today’s post are images from my time spent in Pompeii and Ercolano.  I know that Pompeii is more known of the two, but Ercolano also has ruins.  Ercolano is just a few miles from Pompeii.  It is like a smaller version of Pompeii, but both are Roman cities that have been remarkably preserved when excavated.  It gives me chills to look at these streets and homes that Roman civilizations lived in for years.  They walked down these streets to grab produce or visit friends and generations of their culture were quickly lost when Vesuvius opened its big mouth to cover over their town and loved ones.  Then, generations later,  their people are living over them, not knowing what lies beneath.  It is fascinating to me how there is so much history in Europe and so much older and more than here in America.  I also went to the Ercolano Museum when I was there and it was so interesting to see rendering of what the town used to look like.  They even have a simulated show of the volcano erupting.   It was amazing to see, but also a little part of me was heavy for these people and all that was lost.


And, I haven’t mentioned it yet, but it was HOT!  So Hot!  Very little shade, so you can see in my pictures as soon as I found a tree, well that is where the pictures were going to be taken.  Nothing a little lemon granita couldn’t fix.  I so miss eating/drinking a granita.


This dress has a great back and it was super cool even though I had bought it last summer.  If you want to see the back, click here and it will bring you to my insta account that has an image of it.  It got me through Pompeii and Ercolano so it did it’s duty and helped me not melt.


I hope everyone has a great weekend and holiday ahead.  Thanks for stopping by and check back with me next week!



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The Look :: Dress, Boston Proper similar here :: Belt, Garnet Hill similar here :: Sandals, Express similar here: Sunglasses, Guess


Let me start out by saying that when were in Italy.  It was hot.  Like incredibly hot most days…so after we ate pranzo (our mid-day meal) we would lie down because it was just so darn HOT—too hot to move really!  Some days even after 5pm would still be crazy hot!  This is the scene I am setting up for my story.  We decided to go Avella Castle in Avellino one night to see the ruins.  It was one of those hot nights, of course, so we piled into our zio’s little panda.  It didn’t have air.  Up and up we rode to get to the top of a mountain where the castle lies.  It was a gorgeous site so high up and the view was amazing.  I will say the view and the ruins were worth being so hot and sticky.  As far as my images, well, I may not be exactly on point since I was just short of melting but I tried to look happy.  I mean, look at that view!


If you want more info on the castle here it is: “The Castlein Avella, one of the most interesting in the region, built by the Lombards in the 7th century, then strengthened by the Normans, Anjou and Aragonese, surrounded by three circle of walls around a round tower. “  It is so interesting, to me, to go to Europe and see civilizations living atop other civilizations hundreds and thousands of years later.  I mean, this was still standing from the 7th century.  I find it astonishing.  It also just shows how young America is comparatively.


Living in Italy, my tips to anyone traveling to Europe in the middle of summer would be invest in dresses and sandals.  They are cooler for site seeing and walking.


Hope all you lovely readers have a great weekend!




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Rooftop view of Sirignano, Italy.

Amalfi Coast - near Positano.

Amalfi Coast – near Positano.

Sorrento ---Nutella crepe!

Sorrento —Nutella crepe!

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From the sanctuary of Montevergine.

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Positano, Italy.

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Mountains near Montevergine, Italy.



Sunset at the beach in Paestum, Italy.

Sunset at the beach in Paestum, Italy.

Fest in Moiano, Italy.

Fest in Moiano, Italy.


View from Avello castle.

View from Avello castle.

Windows of at the ruins of the Avello castle.

Windows of at the ruins of the Avello castle.


The past few months have been a whirlwind.  We moved, house projects started, my communication business picked up and then there was this little thing that we decided to do—like, I don’t know, visit Europe for a month.  Honestly, we had no business by any means just picking up and hauling our bottoms across the ocean, but what I have learned as I grow older each year is—sometimes you just have to go with it.  —And, I went with it—half finished house projects and all.  I dropped everything and jumped on a plane and happily flew over to Italy knowing things weren’t completely unpacked yet, that nothing was painted and the foyer project we were working on was half stained.  I, as Elsa would say it, “let it go.”


I am happy that I did.  We had an amazing time in Italy and my littles got to build memories with loved ones that they will cherish.   I have seen their little minds expand enormously since our trip to Europe.  They watched and saw what the locals did, how they lived, what they ate and instead of thinking it was weird or different—they embraced it.  They loved eating the Italian way, going to the market and just plain being a local Italian in a village.  They picked up the language and would speak commands and words they learned.  They cried when we left.  Mission accomplished.  Love means love in any language.  It was amazing to see them have such a profound experience and embrace culture with such open arms.


So where does that leave me?  It leaves me happy, inspired and invigorated.  So while I have not been blogging, many things in my world have been going on, only making me a better future blogger.  I have house projects that I need to pick up now and I have clients that I have to edit, read and write for, but somewhere deep down I knew that I needed that release and jumping on a plane to my most beloved Italy was exactly what I needed.


Now I will pick up the pieces as life gets back to normal and I have many plans for this blog coming in the fall…I want to grow this great little community on my corner of the web and get onto a regular schedule.  Please join me and if you haven’t liked me on Facebook or Instagram—go do it.  I am hoping to show fun behind-the-scenes pieces, tips, things I like and outfit of the days and just life on both accounts.


So for the blog—onward, upward.


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As promised— I said that I would keep everyone up-to-date on my dry skin that evolved into a plan as I was doing my research!   I finally had my first appointment with my new esthetician and it was great!  If you didn’t see my first post about my plan, you can check it out here to get all up-to-date.


I wish that I had remembered to take pictures but in all honesty there has not been that big of a change yet so the before and afters may just look the same!  I got an oxydermy facial.  Basically it is a microdermabrasion and oxygen together.  It is supposed to moisturize the skin, fight fine lines and give a radiant glow to the skin.  It was very relaxing.  My skin felt really soft afterward, but I am still struggling with my dry skin–it was not a miracle cure (nor did I think it would be) but it was great for exfoliating my skin.


Next step:  I am getting on a schedule with my new esthetician so that she can really get to know my skin and help get it as healthy as it can be while combating the pesky dry skin that I have!  Next, I will go in for a glycolic peel.  I’m super scared because I have sensitive skin but she knows that as well, so in June we will see how it goes!  She also has me trying out a few products so I will give an update on them as soon as I use them for a little to see if I like them!  So far so good though on the products and when I post about them I will share a cool, little skincare tool that I got off Amazon that is helping with the products even more!


I am happy that I have a plan and I will continue to give little updates as I make my way through.  I feel like women as we age our skin texture changes and I am on top of mine and really took notice (maybe too much with my type A personality).  I know as a mom, I don’t have a ton of time but I am making it a priority for myself!  I am getting there and I hope these posts inspire you in ways you can help your own skin.  Number 1 skincare rule I do everyday—put my sun screen on!




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Walking up to the Entrance at #MLFW 2015


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The entrance at Grace Winery at Sweetwater Farm!


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Me and two of my beautiful friends. Seriously they are beautiful people inside and out.


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Posing with this beauty outside of the show brought there by RDS Automotive Group.



The Look :: Jumpsuit, White House, Black Market :: Heels, Sole Society :: Necklace, Sole Society


Last night I attended the 3rd annual Main Line Fashion Week Runway Show and, as always, it is was so much fashion fun.  I apologize that my images are not the best quality.  I normally don’t like to bring my big camera with me to events because it is so cumbersome —but I just might next time as I felt like the lighting was working against me last night!  With that said make sure to pop on over to the Facebook page for #MLFW and check out some of the major fashion going on right here in the Main Line (and like them too!). Click here for all the participants this year.


There was so many beautiful pieces this year.  Flowing dresses, cropped shirts and even some adorable active wear (Piccolo AMORE) and a new line for little girls (Pretty Pretty Rebel)!   So many of the pieces really spoke vacation to me, but that could be because spring took forever to come to the east coast this year.


For those of you who read me regularly you know why I love shopping at local boutiques and if you don’t check out this post that explains why. As if putting your money back into your local economy isn’t enough, another great reason to attend is because a portion of the proceeds go to Wings for Success —so you are also supporting a simply wonderful cause, empowering women in your very own community.


My week has been spent in the better part of renovation at my house, so a shout out to my beautiful friends above who know what friendship is about and know how to make sure a girl has a good time, even through stress—they are a true blessing and such keepers.  Also, don’t forget—The Pop-Up Shops are on Friday, April 17th so get out there and support your local, very fashionable community.  I know that I will be checking out these local boutiques to find some unique, modern pieces for my spring and summer closet collection and you should too ;-)


Have a great week my fashion-forward friends!



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If you follow me on Facebook (and if not like me!) you know that this winter I was really struggling with dry skin.  So, I set a plan in action.  How you say?  I thought about it and realized that I could buy tons of products to see what would help best OR I could go around to the local spas in my area and get consultations from professionals—after all it is what they do.  Almost all spas/medi-spas have free consultations.


So I set to work on my computer and looked up a bunch of local spas in my area.  I jotted them down read about them and then narrowed my search down to my top five.  From there I pulled out my Erin Condren planner and started to call them and book skin consultations. So over the course of a month or so I visited them.


My plan: to go in and talk with each esthetician during my skin consultation and see what they had to say— for me,  it was kind of an interview process.


What I was looking for:  I was looking for an esthetician I connected with and I could keep going back too.  One whose approach I liked and didn’t try to sell me on only the expensive stuff. My theory is that after you go a few times to the same person they really get to know your skin and figure out the best ways to keep it healthy.


It wasn’t until my last interview that I found exactly what and who I was looking for in a esthetician.  I am so excited!  I will keep you posted on my first treatment as I go through the process and let the locals in on the spa that I liked the best in case they want to check it out.


Really, the object of my post today is to share my research and plan in hopes that maybe it will help one of you.  I know I can’t be the only woman that hits rough spots in her skincare routine.  So with this I have attacked my dry skin challenge and I will keep you posted as the plan moves forward.


Leave me a note and let me know what your favorite skincare is!



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