Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Things


Well...
I'll start with some pictures of me from work Christmas party. We had a lottery, and here I am showing my prize - probably with a slightly perplexed/amused face, as you can see from the second picture!
Because, actually what I won was some apples, some salted almonds and pistachios! Very unusual stuff, but at least little niece enjoyed her first pistachios a lot!

Lots of things have happened since last time I wrote here. Yet it seems as everything is the same.

I went to Paris, where I had the chance to know with our CEO. It was tiring but a very interesting experience.
I worked a lot - and I am proud of the results we got.
I moved to a town closer to work, by the sea (hence the lack of internet - but I'll deal with that soon).
I am well and relaxed, and actually I love living there.
I had my contract at work renewed.
Still studying music - only changed location, but my awesome teacher is still the same.
Had my first concert in a theatre, with the band. It was so much fun! I should get the pictures soon.

It was such a tiring year for me, 2010. Lots of changes and adjustments. I can only hope for 2011 will be better

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Song of the Dat...

I am back!



Been listening to Tom Waits for the last two months...Fell in love with this song!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Updates


Sorry I have been away for so long. I moved for a couple of weeks at my sister's house near the beach, since nobody was there, and enjoyed being closer to a friend and to work.
Now I am back home, and tomorrow I'll fly to Paris!
The picture is a nice coincidence: I have had this print for the longest time - probably 15 years, and now it hangs on the wall above my bed. And the hotel I am going to stay is called - Hotel Le Chat Noir. With that cat (chat) hanging on the room's windows. I'll surely take pictures.
Don't know how much time I'll have to visit the city, since it's a work trip, but I'll make sure I'll bring back some sweets.
Ciao!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Slowing down...


As the summer is coming to an end - it's still pretty warm in here - I find myself not willing to let it go.
It was a strange summer, my first as a single after several years, the first I went on vacation with friends, the first I spent lots of time with myself, with my friends and my family, but no boyfriend.

I still don't want this summero to go away, so, as long as the weather allows it, I'll keep wearing my summer skirts (hence the lack of outfit posts, since I am just repeating worn outfits), go to the beach (it's so beautiful in September), and last week I spent several days at my sister's beach house (which is closer to my work than my own place! I am considering moving there...)

We, as a band played last Fri. I was surprised I wasn't a bit nervous - just cold. I think we were good. The singer was awesome, I told her at the end.

I am going to Paris at the beginning of October, for work. I don't think I'll have a lot of time to see the city and to shop, but I hope at least to be able to bring back some Ladurée macaroons... It'll be nice anyway, I bet. The company will be interesting - I don't know any of the people who'll come, except than for my she-boss. The CEO of our company will be there too, and I am a little nervous about making the best of my time with him!

I'll start taking music lessons again in October. And I want to start a Flamenco class too. I am so excited about that. Together with the band practice, it will make for a pretty busy year.

May be that's why I am taking it really slowly these remaining days of September. I am sleeping a lot, and not really studying. More like playing something when I feel like it.
I know it will be tiring, and I want to start fall very well rested and energetic!

I don't have so many plans...
I just want to enjoy the things I like, cutting everything which is not necessary (especially stuff to do), and spending time with people I like.
I don't want to worry about my future. I am just curious to see what will happen.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Four outfits!

I had a wonderful, relaxing time in Ischia. The rest of my vacation days were spent going to the beach, visiting friends and just resting. So, I only have  four outfits to show you, from my first week of work (some pics are blury, for some unknown reason...)


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Promod
Shoes - BC for Urban Outfitters
Necklace - friend's gift

I was pretty bored by my usual combinations of shirt+skirt, so I tried a new one. I like these colors together, but the shirt is a tad too long/large to work with this skirt, I think.



Tank top - Promod
Skirt -random street stand
Shoes - Le scarpe di Lou
Necklace - present from Nepal

Found this tank top for 7€ and thought the color would be very versatile. In fact, I have worn it a lot.
Please notice my new electrical guitar, Stella, near the chair. I'll take a picture of her pretty soon...



Shirt - Conbipel
Skirt . Promod
Shoes - Primadonna
Belt - random street stand
Necklace - random beach vendor

I have this shirt in my closet I never wear - don't really understan why. I like the color, and like it paired with this skirt.


Tank top - Promod
Skirt - random store in Buffalo
Sandals - Prendimi
Belt - Street stand
Necklace - Beach vendor

Yes, it's the same tank top as above, but I swear I washed it between wears! I like it with this skirt too. This skirt is a bit problematic: I don't like it paired with orange (its natural pairing, you'd think), or black. It goes welll with gray, so I am glad I bought this top.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Leaving!

Forgot to say...
I am leaving for the island of Ischia tomorrow morning.
I am going with two girlfriends, and our plans involve lots of sun and relax.
Hope I'll take some nice pics!

Ciao!

Outfits!

Some from last week...


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - JCrew
Shoes - Primadonna
Belt - Street stant
Necklace - Target?

This is a JCrew skirt I bought in 2001 and had tailored... I should wear it more often, since I got lots of compliments over this outfit, which, in my opinion, was pretty simple.
These shoes are the most comfortable wedges ever!


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Street stand
Shoes - Le scarpe di Lou
Necklace - Target

This got me lots of complimets too (including my she-boss), and I still don't get why. The skirt is a bit unusual, but it's fun, and I like the shoes are the same color as the waistband. I was going to wear a purple necklace, but then things would have been too matchy-matchy!


Shirt - Pimkie
Pants - Benetton
Belt - Promod, came with a skirt
Shoes - BC for Urban Outfitters
Necklace - Present from Nepal

I have always associated the color turquoise with summer. I loved it paired with these white pants.
These are a bit of a risk for me, since last time I wore white pants I was about 16. And I am glad I was able to find flattering cigarette pants, which is not an easy task.


Jacket - Koan for Coin
Skirt - Koan for Coin
Shirt - Guess
Shoes - Primadonna
Necklace - Steph's mom

This is a repeat of an outfit I wore some weeks ago, but I wanted to show it with this jacket. The skirt came with the jacket, and I find fun and unusual that they are totally different fabrics but matching color!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Song of the day!

Confused...



He started by leaving short messages for her at work, where she could find them in the morning.
At first, she didn't know what/how to respond, then she started replying.
Everytime he was a work, he'd live another message for her.
Every morning, the first thing she would do was check if there was another message. She'd keep it in her pocket for the whole work day, and she'd touch it lightly when she needed reassurance, when the day was getting tough.
It was like having a friend standing by her, even if he wasn't physically there.
They started to talk on the phone.
They liked each other, a lot.
He thinks she is gorgeous.
She says he is handsome.
He is tall and older than her, and she feels really safe close to him, like nothing bad could happen.

They became more than friends.
They loved talking on the phone at night, laughing really hard.
Eating together.
Waiting on the balcony for down to break the sky - the moon on one side, the raising sun on the other.
He said he didn't want a full commitment.She didn't either.
She doesn't believe anymore in eternal love.

"Why are you here with me?" he asked her once.
"Because I feel well sitting close to you". She said.
He gave her peace.

That was all that mattered.

He was afraid of making her suffer.
He would say he couln't stand her crying.
He would ask her from time to time if she was sure she wanted this.
She'd say - this is what I want and need now.
I don't want promises, I just want to be happy with you now, until one of us decides they are not happy anymore.
It's not easy to think in terms of "now".
But it's wanderful when you manage to do this.

She went away for a weekend.
When she came back he hugged her and kissed her and couldn't keep his hands off her.
He wrote he had missed her a lot, even though it was only three days, because she was far away, and that made it seem longer.

She said that night, on the phone, while on the other side she could hear the noise of a summer storm - the only thing I want, is to still be able to smile every time I see you, after this is all finished.

She wake up the following morning.
She found a message on her cell phone.

"Goodmorning, my love".

And she cried.
Tears of joy.

...to be continued, I guess...

Friday, July 30, 2010

On the power of travelling


This post made me think.
It came as a nice coincidence. Yesterday I was talking to my friend (who was one of the girls in Amsterdam with me) and she said - It was such an useful  thing for me to just break away from here for a while. It did me well.
And I started thinking about the healing power of changing your landscape for a while.

I have always believed, since I tried it on myself, that when something goes wrong, running away is not the solution. You can start again somewhere else, but you'll find yourself tied in the same situation you run away from, unless you change.
But a brief escape has some magical powers.
At some point, when I was living in Buffalo, I had a mini meltown. I was running a bunch of experiments, but the instrument I was using would cooperate once every 5 times. I didn't have much time. I was tired. I was starting to hate everything and everybody.
I took 3 days off and drove to Toronto. Had lunch on the shore, that day, then went to lay on the grass in High Park for a couple of hours. Thinking about nothing.
And I followed the same recipe for the two following days: do whatever you feel like doing.
I came back another person.

It's nice to go elsewhere. See people who live slightly differently. Eat something different for breakfast. See different shop windows, wander which train is the right one, look at the houses and imagine who could live there. Use a different bed, pillow, shower.
And then come back home and see that you know exactly how to attain the right temperature in your shower, realize how you missed the smell of your neighborhood or your breakfast bun (I am a huge fan of breakfasts, in case you didn't realize) or your fridge.
And realize your life is just wanderful as it is, that you made it this way, and you are the only one who has some power to change it for the better.

Waiting for my next trip!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Amsterdam!

It was a really nice and relaxing weekend. I didn't know most of the girls that came with us, but they were all very pleasant and I had a great time.
Here are some pics.

Bikes were everywhere!


Houses on water were so romantic and beautiful:




The sights were very romatic and a little melancholic (should have come with a lover!):



Loved the windmills, their smell, and their inside mechanism (I am a nerd):




And here is happy me with a cinnamon bun for breakfast!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Outfits!

Sorry I have neclected this blog for so long... It is really hot, and the only thing I really want to do when I get home is lay in bed with all my windows open...
Here are some outfits - I took a picture only of the ones which weren't repetitions of previous outfits.


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Koan for Upim
Shoes - Primadonna
Necklace - Steph's mom

I decided to try Kelly's suggestion, and wear this skirt with gray. This is the only gray shirt I own, though! And it's a bit too long for the skirt. But I like the result nonetheless. Even though I think the colors of the skirt pop out better when paired with a black top.


Top - Oltre
Jeans - Killah
Shoes - Primadonna

I love these shoes - it's like wearing slippers, plus the color goes with everything. I wore pants because we had an inspection at work and I thought it'd better if I showed with my legs covered (my "top part" is always covered by my lab coat, and I change shoes with my white ones when I get to work). It was totally unnecessary, but at least I got compliments on this top. Notice how I din't wear any necklaces - I thought it'd be redundant with such an attention grabbing top.


Dress - Sandro Ferrone
Necklace - from Nepal, gift from my cousin
Shoes - Vintart

This was the second time I wore this dress. Such a waste, right? I thought it was a tad too short for work, then I have seen shorter skirts on some colleagues, and decided to go for it. Got lots of compliments indeed!


Shirt - Project for Upim
Skirt - Promod
Shoes - BC for UO
Bag (on chair) Kuvé
Necklace - Pacsun?

I am still not completely sold on the stripes... I feel weird when I wear this shirt. But I liked it on this skirt anyway.

And now... I am off to Amsterdam!!!o

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Birthday thoughts.


I am starting this post with a picture of me, cutting a cake, on Sat night, at the end of dinner. I had my sisters, parents and little niece for dinner, and it was a very pleasant evening.

The day before I went to my ex' place, and took every last bit I had left there (winter coats, and other random stuff, such as a muffin pan, and the tablecloth you can see in the picture).
This was one of the presents I gave myself for my birthday. The lightness of knowing that everything is done, finished and closed, and I don't need to have anything to do with him anymore.

Then, for my "new year", I decided to be a tiny bit braver, and ask people to do stuff with me. I have always been pretty shy about it, because I have always thought if people want me with them, they'd ask me. But I have come to realize that others like to be invited and involved, too!
So, I was talking to a colleague I am pretty close to, and we decided to book a vacation to Sicily together, with another girl.
Then, I sent a text to a girl whom my ex introduced to me (she the girlfriend of one of his friends). She really loves art, and I invited her to come with me today to see the De Chirico exhibition. She was happy to come, and also told me I can call her whenever I want when I am in Rome, to do stuff together.
I am so glad I decided to keep in touch with her despite my break-up....

My other presents to myself for my birthday were:
  • A trip to Amsterdam on the 23rd. I am pretty excited since I have never been there.
  • A catalog of a picyure exhibition. The pictures are from a photographer I just discovered and immediately loved, Mimmo Jodice.
I am really hopeful for whatever has yet to come!

A bunch of outfits.

I haven't posted outfits in forever...
I have been dragged down by something I had to to, and wasn't able to focus on anything else - but that's a topic for another post.
So, here are my latest outfits:


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Store in Buffalo
Belt - Effetti
Necklace - Steph's mom
Shoes - Frau
Bag - I seriously have no idea where it comes from.

I wore this for my last music class - hence the long skirt. It wasn't the most comfortable of my outfits, since the skirt's waist is too large now, doesn't sit on my waist, and the skirt comes out too long. And I risked tripping on ti several times during the day...


Dress - Sandro Ferrone
Shoes - Gaia
Necklace - Steph's mom
Bag (on the chair) - Project for Upim

(I have no idea why this is out of focus). This dress is really fresh and summery. The shoes are really pretty, but they have a rather high heel, and unfortunately I don't wear them that much...


Shirt - Guess
Skirt - Koan for Coin
Shoes - Primadonna
Necklace - Steph's mom

First time this season I am wearing this skirt. I'd love to find another shirt color to pair with it, but it's difficult to find exactly one of the colors of the skirt.


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Promod
Shoes - BC for UO
Necklace - Target
Bag - Guess, birthday present from some years ago

This shirt has a cute cutoff in the back, but I always forget to take a picture...



Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Promod
Shoes - Primadonna
Necklace - Target
Belt - Random Street Stand

I am noticing this year I am using belts buch more than last year. It's probably because now I have some. And because it's difficult to find shorter shirts, and in my mind a longer shirt needs to be belted!
I have to take a picture of these shoes alone. They are clogs, and really beautiful - one of my latest buys.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Outfits - Tue and Wed

I spent the weekend at the beach house, and on Mon I went to work directly from there - so no picture for Mon!

Here is Tue:


Dress - Motivi
Shoes - Le Scarpe di Lou
Bag - Nia Boutique
Necklace - Steph's mom
Bracelet - Steph's mom

I bought this dress on 2008, still love it and still get lots of compliments for it. I have worn it with silver flat, but I think I like the pairing with purple shoes too.
And this bag is really old too - circa 2002. It was quite a splurge, even on sale, but I am still using it to this day, so it was a good investiment.

Wed

Shirt - Zara
Skirt - JCrew
Shoes - BC for UO
Necklace - Steph's mom
Bag (on chair) - Project for Upim

I had planned a totally different outfit for today, then I saw this skirt in my wardrobe. I have had it tightened (is it a word?) and shortened some weeks ago, and now it fits me much better. I bought it in the Rockfeller Center's JCrew in 2002, to wear to a meeting, and I am glad I can wear it again.
I quite like this ensemble: it is really simple, but interesting at the same time.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thoughts on music...


Yesterday, the music school I go to had the end of the year show. In a nice theatre, pretty close to the St. Peter's Cathedral and Via Cola di Rienzo.
I wasn't too nervous, probably also because I was starting to get sick. But of course I was a little worried I could make mistakes once on the stage. I had to play two pieces, both from South-American authors, which I really liked (that's the first requisite in choosing a piece to play: you have to love it, or you'll get sick of playing it over and over again!).
I didn't invite anybody to see me. I wanted to do what everyone that plays for a living does: play in front of a public composed of complete strangers.

So I went there.
Started playing.
I was singing the piece in my head while I was playing, and I was paying attention to the quality of my sound.
And when I was done, the public starte clapping their hands.
It was such a strange feeling, that complete strangers would clap their hands for the music I was playing.
It was so empowering!

After I was done, my teacher (who was on the backstage for all his students) told me - I know you would play anothe piece, if you could!
And it was true.

When going back home, in my car, I started crying.
There were liberating tears, because of all the tension I had accumulated.
But there were tears of joy too.

Because going to music class had been so hard lately, because it was near where I was living with my ex, because I'd meet him around there from time to time and it was so hard, because after class I had to drive one hour back home, and because lately I was really demotivated.

And, while driving, I realized that I had been strong enough to not give up something I loved, in spite of all the difficulties and the general ugliness of the last months.

Can I say - I am proud of myself?
I am not being immodest.
I know I can improuve so much my playing, there is no end.
But I am just so proud I did it.
I went there to play.
And nothing could stop me.

Other outfits from this week.

This is what I wore from Tue to Thu, since today (Fri) I am sick again, and I wasn't able to make it to work...

Tue:

Shirt - Zara
Arm cover - Street stand
Skirt - Promod
Purple necklace - Steph's mom
Shoes - Le Scarpe di Lou
Bag - OVS (on the chair)

Since I got my new work shoes, I decided to start using all the shoes I was afraid to go to work in because they were potentially unconfortable. So, meet these purple beauties:


I really like them, and I also like the fact they match my rose necklace. I kept the rest of the outfit neutral to show off the purple.

Wed:

Suit - Motivi
Shirt - Glenfield
Shoes - Vintart
Necklace - Steph's mom
Bag - Project for Upim

This outfit looks much better without the jacket on. I think I have lost some weight since I bought it, because the jacket is really too big. The skirt is a little big, but I think it doesn't look bad.

Here are the shoes:

I like the little cone heel and the ruching - I think they can look really elegant.

And this is Thu: I went to work, and then to play in the theatre for the end of the year show:


Top - Marciano (bought in the Eaton Center, Toronto)
Skirt - Store on Queen's Street, Toronto
Shoes - Prendimi
Necklace - Gift from dad, bought in Venice
Belt - random street stand

I like that about half of my outfit is from Toronto!
Here, I was conditioned by the fact that I had to play: so it was either pants or a long and large skirt. I opted for the second because I thought it'd be more elegant.
I had to play two South-american pieces, so I thought the outfit was appropriate to what I was playing! Plus, at work I got compliments on it, so I am satisfied with the result.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mon Outfit, and new shoes.

Well, today I had something else planned. But then, I though I wanted to wear one of the skirts I bought in the US and that I had tailored. Here's the result:


Shirt - Guess? Jeans
Arm wrap - Street stand
Skirt - Banana Republic
Shoes - BC via Urban Outfitters
Necklace - Steph's mom
Bag - Kuvé

I liked the result, but I think it was a little too "office appropriate". So I wore this big necklace (one of the chains is fuschia), and the red bag. Plus, I think my tattoo makes everything slightly less office appropriate!
The skirt is part of the suit I wore for my PhD defense - and this is, like, the third time I wore it since (I mean, since 2003!!!).

Now, let me introduce you, my last (yesterday's) buy.
Drumroll:


My new work shoes! I bought them yesterday to wear around the lab. And today I discovered that they might be even reimboursed by the company.
This way I can go to work with my most outrageous (ok, not quite...) heels, and change into something comfortable to be in the lab...

My work space!

Sometimes ago Kelly left a lovely comment on how she liked my work space, wich is often visible in the background of my pictures.
I took some shot to show it better. I like that there is a lot of yellow, which is a happy and energetic color (I like it even though I don't wear it!) and orange.

Here's the left wall, with books and my guitars (you can see only one, the other ones are in the left corner).
The black chair was my mom's, the bookshelf my sister's, and most of the pictures on the wall were gifts.


The right wall (I should have taken a picture of the window in between...):
:

Still have to buy a sconce for that wall...
The bookshelves (where I keep CDs) are from Ikea, as most of the rest you can see here. I fell in love with this desk as I saw it, and I like the yellow chair!
Then there's the big window on the right, which goes to the balcony:


The orange courtains are from Ikea, too. This is the only room where I have two windows, and I love it.

And the right corner:


The little chest is again from Ikea, as is the board where I keep pictures, stuff I cut from magazines, and a drawing my sister made when she was about 16 (the colorful one at the bottom). I bought the little footstand and the music stand in Buffalo some years ago, after I lost the ones I took to US from Italy (I know, right?)

That's all for this room. May be I should take pictures of the rest of my place...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

An outfit -Friday

...because Sat (yesterday) I was so skick that I staied in bed the whole day...
An on Fri night I wore a nice dress I have never taken a pic of, but I forgot to take a picture this time too!
Back to business:


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Promod
Belt - random street stand
Shoes - Prendimi
Necklace - Target?
Handbag - Project for Upim

For a change, and because the other belt I used with this skirt is black, while these sandals are brown (never together!), I used this belt, higher on my waist.
I am not really used to highlight my waist like this, simply because... I don't have one! But I think the result here is not too bed.

The handbag is clearly an imitation of a Hermès Kelly. Which is the handbag I'll buy to myself when I'll finally get a non-temp contract. That, or a Birkin, I still have to decide. Until a while ago, I thought I'd want it in red leather. Now I think that a beautiful brown leather would get beautiful with age.
For now, I am happy with this one: it's well done,  the color goes pretty much with everything, and I can fit in a lot of stuff.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Outfits

I have been so bad in posting lately, mostly because I haven't felt like doing anything...
Anyway: here are some outfits from the last days:


Shirt - Pimkie
Skirt - Project for Upim
Shoes - Frau
Necklace - Stole it from mom

I took this skirt to the tailor to have it shortened, since I thought it hit at the wrong place on my leg. She did, and gave me back the fabric she had cut.
So, I wore the t-shirt and the skirt and felt like something was missing. I added the leftover fabric as a belt, and I quite liked the result!


Shirt -Pimkie
Skirt - Promod
Belt - Promod
Shoes - Gaia
Necklace - Target?

Yes, I went to Pimkie and bought a bunch of shirts - mainly because I needed them.
The belt came with this skirt, but since the shirt is pretty long, I preferred to put it over it.


Shirt - Guess? Jeans
Skirt - Promod
Shoes - Primadonna
Necklace - Target

I bough these shoes last friday. They are really comfortable to walk in, but the back band slips. I have to find a way to keep it in place...


Shirt . Pimkie (anothe one!)
Skirt - Promod
Shoes - El Sueco
Necklace - Steph's mom

Yes, all the skirts are from Promod, for some coincidence...
The necklace is a new buy. It's a delicate lilac rose, I should take a closeup picture... And these shoes are so beautiful but so unconfortable, I can't wear them too often!

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