Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter weekend.


Finally the weekend came. Here in Italy we don't have Good Friday off, but we have Monday off. So today is the first of a three days weekend.

I went to the farmers' market. While waiting in line to buy some prosciutto, the stand guy made me try a piece of delicious cheese. I liked it so much I bought a piece to bring to my mother in law, so that we can have it as an appetizer for tomorrow's lunch. Husband and I are going to her place, and she's been cooking Easter specialties since yesterday.
I bought two Easter chocolate eggs after the market: we'll bring the hazelnut one tomorrow to the lunch, and the white one is a present for husband. I'll give it to him when he comes back from work later today.
I am planning on doing some bread too, using the sourdough I got at the bread making class. If it comes out well, I'll bring it tomorrow to the lunch.

The weather is a bit gloomy: it's windy and grey. At least we have another tulip to cheer us up!


Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wensday outfit: fancy stripes.


Striped tee - Max Studio
Cardigan - Lunatica
Skirt - Oltre Jeans
Tights - Project
Boots - Manifattura Italiana
Necklace - Particolari

This outfit started different that it ended up being. I wanted to wear jeans, but since I had been wearing them on Monday and Tuesday, I decided to change a bit and wear my denim skirt instead. I wanted to wear this tee I haven't worn since last summer (!). I found it at TJMaxx in Buffalo, and liked its neckline and stripes. You can't really tell here, but the stripes take different directions on the torso... Plus, in the afternoon it gets hot in the lab, so I can take off the cardigan and wear short sleeves under my labcoat.
I had planned to wear my tan boots, but these fit much better. All in all I am pretty satisfied, my only doubt is about the part of the tee that comes out of the cardi at the bottom. Would it look better with the tee tucked in the skirt? 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Monday!


Here's to a happy (or at least serene) week.

My weekend didn't start so well... I was extremely sick on Saturday, and was able to leave the bed only around 5 pm. At that point I was feeling much better, so I baked some cookies and helped husband prepare dinner. I love that he likes to cook, so when I don't feel like it he gets into action!

Luckily I woke up bright and early on Sunday morning, feeling much better. The sun was shining and it was unseasonally warm. I took care of the laundry, baked some muffins (I wanted husband to have them ready when he'd wake up) and had coffee while reading my favourite blogs. Then we went to the farmers' market and bought fruits and veggies. 
After a light lunch, we went to visit my parents - it's so much colder where they live!
Then, it was dinner at Castel Gandolfo, a deal I had bought some weeks ago on Groupon. It was good, but I wasn't able to finish everything! The place is Arte e Vino, and if you ever happen to be in Castel Gandolfo I really reccommend it. I suggest not to pick the complete menu, as it's too much, but pick either a first course or a second course. And the entrée, of course - so varied and delicious.
Castel Gandolfo it famous these days as it's the place where the Emeritus Pope, Ratzinger, chose to spend some time. We walked by his palace and wondered if he was already asleep... so strange knowing he was there! 
There is also a beautiful view on the Albano lake. If you came to visit Rome, please take the train and take a peek at this little jewel on the Albanian hills.

So, after this short digression... hope this week goes better for me than the last one. It's dark and rainy now, but it won't get me down!

Friday, March 22, 2013

This weekend...


... I just need to relax. I had a very tiring week, I was so tired I wasn't able to make to yoga class, and today I had a terrible headache.
This weekend I am hoping to rest. I'll have to do something I'd much prefer not too, but it needs to be done soon.
For the rest, I'll go to the farmers' market, I scheduled a facial, will go visit my mom and dad and have e nice dinner on Sunday evening.

Here's to a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday - go professional.


Sweater - Express
Shirt - Nara Camicie
Trousers - NY&Co
Booties - Geox
Necklace - Conbipel

For a first day of spring, this outfit was pretty dark, but I didin't really mind. I like these pinstriped trousers and my black shirt, and wanted to wear some more times before it gets too warm,
By the way, this is my new haircut. It's not that different, but it's much easier to style in the morning.

Today it was somehow a very exhausting day. After work, groceries. Then we went to play with the band, then we picked up some pizza for dinner, so that we didn't have to hurry up and cook.
Now husband is at work, and I am relaxing on the couch.
My days seem longer and longer, and my energy level gets lower by the day. I whish I knew why!

Anyway, to celebrate the first day of spring, one of the tulips I brought back from the Netherlands decided to gift us  a flower!.
I took some pictures this morning:


Can't wait to see the others!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Red!


Sweater - Project
Skirt - Oltre Jeans
Tights - Project
Boots - Nero Giardini
Necklace - Present from a colleague
Flower studs - Conbipel

This is an example of a perfectly fine outfit, in theory, but something that I wouldn't wear as is again. I felt like there is something missing. Maybe it'd need a belt? Or I should have paired the red sweater with a black bottom, instead of jeans, since it looks a bit too casual to me. I can't pinpoint the problem, but I definitely felt like something was off. 
On another note, I went to get a much needed haircut yesterday. I want to grow it a bit, so I asked not to cut too much but to give it a shape!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Black & white Monday.

Sweater - Express
Shirt - JCrew
Jeans - OVS
Necklace - Particolari
Booties - Geox

This is my "It's Monday, it's grey, it's rainy and I can't be bothered" outfit. Plus, husband and I had to go to Rome in the evening, and that always entails some walking, hence the comfortable booties.
At least the polka dots on the shirt add some fun, and I put on a necklace!

Monday, March 18, 2013

A different Sunday.

A couple of weeks ago husband informed me that some cooking classes would soon be held in the local pizzeria La Strana Coppia. I was so happy something like that was happening close to our place, that I started spreading the news among colleagues I thought would be interested, and called for info.
So a colleague and I decided to go to the first class on bread making, held yesterday. Unfortunately husband couldn't join us, as he had to work, but I hope he'll make it to next classes (next class I am interested in will be in May).
The teacher was lovely Sara Papa, who kept us from about 10 am until 2 pm talking about how the wheat seed is composed and how it should be milled, the importance of flour, proportions, yeast, and showed us some preparations beyond classic white, everyday bread.
It was a lot of fun, and after the lesson we got to eat all the bread that was prepared, with cheese, salami, lard and Gaeta olives (a quite famous local kind of olives, very small and tasty). And of course some nice wine.
Here are some higlights from the course (all images courtesy of La Strana Coppia)

Here you can see half of my head while I am braiding some small raisin breads:


 Here are our braids before cooking...



And after!


Some more breads:

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And our lunch (before we dived in)!



I left with some interesting tricks I'll use next time I'll make bread - hopefully soon:
  • Flour really does make a difference. The best kind is the stone milled one. It really has a different smell and taste.
  • When making bread with different flours (such as barley, rye, spelt...), they must be used with a 30% of wheat flour to help raise.
  • Salt should be around 2% of the flour weight, never more.
  • Water temperature is really important. The dough should always be 25 °C.
  • Fat, be it oil or butter, should be added after all the ingredients and after the dough is formed.
We left with some delicious breads, so at least husband could taste some of our production, and a little piece of sourdough, which I hope will survive!

It was a really different and fun Sunday, and I can't wait for next classes.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Outfit - pencil skirt fun!


Turtleneck - Tezenis
Cardigan - OVS
Belt - Conbipel
Skirt - Oltre Jeans
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - Nero Giardini
Necklace - Store in the Netherlands

I started planning this outfit around a pencil skirt... not even this one, but my black one. Then I thought the black would be too formal, and switched to my jeans skirt. After deciding for this cardi and belt, which are the same color, I tought this turtleneck would look good with the rest of the outfit. And the long pink pearls would be a nice final touch.
This outfit seemed to come to life by itself, and I am really happy about the result. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My everyday makeup.

I am not a beauty junkie, but I have a decent collection of nail polishes and quite a bit of makeup.
I try to use everything I have, and never buy anything new unless it's a replacement for something else. I got a makeup set for Christmas from mother in law, and bought another small set right before Christmas, mainly because it contained colors I didn't have.
But anyway, here are my basics, the stuff I always use.

I start with my Essential liquid foundation. I buy it at the beauty salon, and it's one of the most expensive makeup I use (it's 35 €). I use the lightest shade. It gives a gentle coverage and it's never too obvious.
Then it's time for eye-liner. I use  L'Oréal Eyeliner Super Liner in noir. I have tried more expensive brands, but this is definitely my favourite:

 For my lower lashline I use Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in noir. This too is quite expensive for my budget, but I try to buy it at duty free shops during my trips, plus it lasts a very long time. At the moment I also have a brown one, which I use during the summer.


Then it's eyeshadow time. I use neutral colors from my Pupa Doll set, which I got for Christmas, as I was telling above. Here is the open set:
I usually layer a couple of the eyeshadows, and use the blush included here too. By the way, my doll is red, but it doesn't seem to be on the website anymore.

Then mascara:
My Mascara Volume by Deborah in black

And on my lips I use Deborah Shine Creator Lipstick in shade n. 3:

 I probably included products that are not available everywhere, but I always love to read about other girl's daily makeup routine, si I shared mine. What is yours?


Monday, March 11, 2013

Colored skirt

Turtleneck - Tezenis
Cardigan - Lunatica
Skirt - Weekend by Max Mara
Tights - Tezenis
Boots - Manifattura Italiana
Necklace - Conbipel
Ear studs - Target

Today it was colored skirt day - and my choice was obvious since this is the only colored winter skirt I own. It's a nice, heavy wool, so I don't think I am going to be able to wear it for much longer. I bought it last year on sale, and it's one of the few designer pièces I own. There is a store in my town which sells designers clothes, coats and accessories, and I can't wait for their sales every winter. At first sales are 30% off, top, after a couple of weeks they become 50% off, and that's the time to look for bargains. This year I bought a skirt there too, but I haven't worn it yet. By the way, it's the same store where husband bought his wedding outfit, and it's nice to remember when we went to choose it.

This outfit doesn't excite me too much: it seems too severe, despite the colored skirt. I should have skipped the turtleneck, but I really had nothing to wear under the cardigan (shirts are in the washing or ironing pile!). I tried to lighten things up with this long necklace, but maybe I should have switched tights and used longer earring. 
Oh well. It's a decent outfit anyway!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday outfit - casual and a scarf


 Cardigan - Lwie
Sweater - La Dolce Vita
Tank top - Tezenis
Jeans - Jane Norman
Boots - Geox
Scarf - OVS
Earrings - Gift from cousin

Today''s thème was "casual and a scarf". I pulled out this scarf I haven't used for a while (mainly because it's not very warm) because its colors match very well the rest of the outfit. 
It was nothing special, but cute and comfortable. The earrings are quite unique, a gift from some ethnic store:



This afternoon I went to have a coffee with my sister, brother in law and niece. Then we took a walk, got caught in the rain and had to run to a café. But at least I convinced them to send little niece to take a couple of cooking classes for children. Well, it wasn't so hard to convince them, I just had to inform them these classes existed!
I am taking a cooking class too, on next Sunday. It'll be on bread making, I am really excited about it!

And here's just a random shot at the mimosa husband gave me for women's day

Cute! I wasn't expecting it at all!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Outfit: Spring colors.

Sweater - OVS
Cardigan - Lwie
Jeans - Aéropostale
Boots - Nero Giardini
Belt - Conbipel
Necklace - Particolari
Pearl studs - Conbipel.

Today's thème was "spring colors". It was not easy for two reasons: I have a winter wardrobe of black and dark colors, and the grey weather wasn't helping in selecting spring colors. I decided to wear the lightest colors I own for winter, and this outfit came out. 
I knew I had reached my purpose when a colleague commented on how spring-y my clothes were, a nice contrast to the grey of the sky.
I am not sick of winter yet, I actually quite like winter. And it's even more beareable now that days are getting longer. But I hate rainy, warm days such as today (we reached 16 °C around 2 pm!). It's the wind from Africa that brings rains. It should stoo in a few days, and I can't wait for the temperature to be a bit cooler.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Today's outfit: spring dress!


Dress - OVS
Turtleneck - Tezenis
Tights - Project
Boots - Nero Giardini
Flower studs - Conbipel

Today I challenged myself to wear a spring dress with winter boots. I picked this dress and "winterized" it with a black turtleneck and my Nero Giardini boots. 
It was really satisfying to wear this dress, since it had been in need of some minor repair for about a year. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was about time I'd do something about this , and repaired it. It was a shame to have it in the closet without using it. I love its 70s shape and pattern, and the little coral stripes add an interesting touch of color.
I can't wait to style it in the warmer days with shoes and no turtleneck.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Outfit - wide belt and skirt

Cardigan - Lunatica
Shirt - Nara Camicie
Skirt - Oltre jeans
Belt -came with jeans
Tights - Project
Boots - Nero Giardini
Necklace - Pacsun

 This outfit was something different than I'd normally wear - it's part of my personal style challenge. 
I don't use belts much, so this was the first time I used this wide belt  as an accessory.
I chose this jacket since it's short enough to show the belt.
This outfit is a nice blend of old and new: my necklace is almost 9 years old, and I don't even remember when I bought these tights! The skirt and belt were bought this season, and the rest of the outfit is 2-3 years old.
It was a nice outcome for my little experiment.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday reads!


Hi! How is everything going? It's march and spring is closer and closer. It's so nice to still see the light when I get out of work. It makes the day seem longer.
Now, down to business: here some links I saved in the last weeks, that I really enjoyed.

  • I found this interesting, in a stalk-y kind of way.
  • A guide to perfect pant length (amen to this!) and how to set your wardrobe budget - loved reading this.
  • Basic makeup brushes everybody needs.
  • Rose water: I love and use it every day. Check this out!
  • And an opinion on the Yahoo's stop to telecommuting. Comments are interesting too! What do you think?
Happy Sunday!

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