One of my friends asked me what my word is for 2015. Another asked about my resolutions. I’ve given both a great deal of thought. What I really need to do in 2015 is stop being a control freak. I’m driving myself (and my friends) crazy. While it’s a good thing (especially in a detail … Continue reading Hello 2015!
I cannot believe it’s Christmas 2014 already. Where did this year go? In a sea filled with awful news (I really need to ease up on how much I watch and read everyday), it’s good to be reminded of joyous things. Last Friday my friend, Gina, invited me to meet her, Rachel, and Elizabeth at … Continue reading Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Recently AWAR (The American Women’s Association of Rome) had the privilege of taking a small (only twenty members) private tour of Bulgari’s Heritage Collection. I RSVPed the minute I read the invitation. I haven’t been inside the store since the Peter Marino renovation. One morning, when I was jogging up Via Condotti on my way … Continue reading Life in Rome – A Tour of Bulgari’s Heritage Collection
For me the day after Thanksgiving has nothing to do with shopping. It means I can start playing Christmas carols. This probably comes as a shock to people who don’t know me well, as I appear to be a person who loves to shop. It’s even part of my job. However, the whole Black Friday … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – All of the Lights – Campo de’ Fiori
Many people back in the States have asked me what I’m doing on Thursday. I’m working. Thanksgiving is an American holiday. If I had an oven/kitchen/apartment bigger than a shoebox, I would host a Thanksgiving dinner but on Saturday (which is what the majority of expats do here). My future apartment will have more space … Continue reading A Few Dinner Plates For A Thanksgiving Table
While my family and friends in the States are enjoying the last sunrays of Summer 2014 this Labor Day, it’s Il Rientro here in Italy. This time I am ready! As I wrote earlier this summer, even after all the years I’ve lived here, I was still resistant to the European way of vacationing. I … Continue reading Life in Rome – Buon Rientro and a Dolce Far Niente Progress Report
I wish I knew I how to do this. Trust me, this is not a humblebrag. You know when you ask someone how they’re doing and they reply, “BUSY!”? Then they proceed to talk for twenty minutes about how busy they are? I used to do the BUSY thing all the time when I lived … Continue reading Dolce Far Niente (The Sweetness of Doing Nothing).
I see the top of this church every time I walk across the piazza near my house. Built from 1642-1660, it’s a classic work of Baroque architecture. The architect was Francesco Borromini, aka arch enemy of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Photo: me with my iPhone While I am down for Bernini, it’s unfortunate that Borromini is … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – Borromini – Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza
Today’s edition of Stylish Simplicity highlights the ERES bikini. Work it J.Lo Photo. Vogue June 2012 This French brand has some of the most beautiful bathing suits on the planet… classic and well made. I never wore a bikini until I moved to Italy. NEVER. I grew up seeing magazine covers constantly saying, “Get A … Continue reading Stylish Simplicity – Eres Bikini (and a short rant)
There’s a very vibrant street art scene in Rome, which surprises quite a few people. One of best areas to see some of this art, is the San Lorenzo district. Photo: Alice Pasquini San Lorenzo is home to La Sapienza, one of the largest universities in the world and the biggest in Europe. This area … Continue reading Weekend Inspiration – Alice Pasquini – Street Art Instameetup