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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.

Positano, Italy.

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.


Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web!

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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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Dress :: Top :: Robe :: Slippers :: PJs :: Sandals



Happy snow day to me!  Today it is snowing, snowing, snowing here and we are all having a great snow day.  However, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I am hoping that this is the last of it!  I want spring and all the warm weather it brings.  I am excited because next week’s forecast looks warmer so I can get back to doing looks and not be freezing!  I love being a fashion blogger but I hate the cold weather so this winter has been so difficult because it has been so cold!


These pieces up top are the ones on my want list right now.  They are pieces that I am definitely looking to buy and add to my closet.  That dress just screams walking in the little squares in Italy to me.  I am really looking for light and airy things to make me feel like spring has sprung.  Hope you like these fun, little wants as you browse on your snow day.  Stay warm!



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So yesterday, I got the pleasure of going to the grand opening of The Blue Octagon in Malvern (on East King Street) and all I can say is, “wow.”  I love home decor and this shop was just bursting with so much stylish and chic decor.  (Hint: meaning I will be back soon since I just moved and I am in the process of making this house our home.) That little comfy, fluffy stool you see above…I am in love with…I hope it is still there because I want it for my closet project we are working on right now—that will be my first home post.  But, look at all the other great items, they are everywhere.  I love that the boutique is set up like a house with each section decorated a little differently.  Also, a ton of great fashion books and colorful flowers and great desk supplies.  They had colorful fashion quoted paper weights, a awesome pair of decorative gold (and functional) scissors (my purchase) and tons of unique pieces to make your house special and not bought all straight from a catalog (you know what I mean, pieces you find that are little treasures that make your home unique).  If you are in the area stop by and take a peek in, it won’t disappoint.


I have no affiliation with the shop, I was just checking it out and this is my personal opinion..so it is worth a trip all my home decor fanatics (like me) out there!



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About a week ago, I posted on my Facebook page (if you aren’t following why not?) that I was having a winter, dry skin issue.  My skin is extra sensitive and the cold, dry air here in the northeast has been wrecking havoc on it.  My under eyes and nose were the worst and I was researching what I could do in the interim before I could get out to do a facial or talk to the professionals to see what the best method to get rid of the madness is (I will do another post on that as soon as my research is complete!).  Here are some products that I have been using to restore the PH balance in my face and they have been doing a great job.  The absolute best part is that they are all affordable!


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1. Organic cold-pressed olive oil: You heard me right.  It works and it lasts forever.  I think that most people think that oil will clog the skin, but I haven’t found that to be the case.  Just go to your organic section of your grocery store or go to a health food store and pick one out.  It is cheap and cheerful, but I have found some great benefits to it.  I use it to clear off my skin and rid it from make-up at night.  Then I use a gentle cleaner after that that is for dry skin and it has helped a world!  Something like this is perfect (but it doesn’t have to be this brand, any will work).


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2. Elemis Rosepetal Cleaner: This is the face wash I started using.  I was using Pacifia brand and I do love the smell but I think it was drying for me so I switched over to this and it has worked like a charm.  It doesn’t lather at all, which may be weird for some of you, but for me I rather it didn’t lather.  I don’t like my face to be striped of all its essential oils.  I also use the Ginseng or Apricot toner immediately following.  I switch it up every now and then but both are great.


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3.  Eye Cream:  I was finding that in these cold months that just an eye serum wasn’t working for me.  So I switched to an eye cream.  This is the one I have been using currently and I really like it.  You can’t beat the price either (on sale now)!


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4.  Oil Moisturizer.  I really think that if you try this you might not go back to creams.  It is light on the skin but it really moisturizes and if you put on before your make-up it smooths out your skin and gives it a great glow.


If you try any of these products let me know and tag me in your posts.  I will be sure to respond.  I am interested to see if they work for others like they have worked for me!  Happy no-more-dry-skin!


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