Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday outfit - hippie chic!

Tank top - Tezenis
Skirt - thrifted
Sandals - Nero Giardini
Necklace - Steph's mom
Cuff - Dots maybe?
Sunglasses - NY&Co
Bag - sister's gift from Morocco (old!)

Today I feel a bit hippie in this gauzy, colored skirt and my old old moroccan bag. The sunglasses are not so hippie, but I wanted to have them in the picture anyway. I wore this outfit for a quick trip to the supermarket and lunch at mother in law's.

This post is supposed to be my entry for IFB project # 106 - Summer leather.
I know there are plenty of leather garments appropriate for summer now, but I just can't bring myself to wear them. Leather clothes for me are for fall and winter.
On the other hand, I love leather accessories, and both my bag and sandals are leather. That's the most I can do with it during the summer!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


There is something really satisfying in seeing all my dresses together. All these colors make me happy!

Monday, July 22, 2013

An outfit: thrifted!

Shirt - Guess?
Skirt - thrifted
Shoes - meli
Necklace - from Greece
Earrings - gift
Cuff - Dots

Let me introduce you one of my latesr thrift finds. I have already worn this skirt several times, and I keep getting back to it because it's comfortable, flowy and very summery. I find it great with a tank top and flats for running errands, and with a more refined top and heels, as in the picture, for work. And I got a lot of compliments on it!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Sandals Savy!

For the first time I am participating in #fridaysfancies. This Friday's theme is - sandals!
I was very excited with this theme, since I just got myself a pair of new sandals, and I took this chance to create three outfits around them.
Outfit #1 is for the beach or a pool-side afternoon, drinking prosecco and chatting with a friend.

Sandals look #1


I like the idea of the unexpected color of the bag.

Outfit #2 is for a "casual evening" - nothing too fancy, but still nice enough for a dinner.

Sandals look #2

J.Crew leather handbag, €105 / J.Crew j crew jewelry, €49 / J.Crew j crew jewelry, €65 / VESTITO LUNGO - VESTITI LUNGHI - VESTITI - PRIMAVERA ESTATE 2013 -...

I think the clutch adds a fancy element, plus the bracelets are fun!

Outfit #3 is for a casual office:

Outfit #3


I like the almost subdued color palette - and this beautiful hobo bag.

By the way, these sandals are very comfortable. I'll show some "real" outfits as soon as I take pictures of them! 
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An outfit: pink!

Dress - Stefanel
Sandals - Geox
Belt - Conbipel (from another dress)
Bracelet & necklace - from Greece
Bag - Project for UPIM

Sorry I look so blurry - I shot this picture without flash, and clearly there wasn't enough light...
I admired this dress for a couple of days in the Stefanel window before actually enetering the store to try it, encouraged by husband. I like its colors and 70s feel, so it didn't take much thought to buy it. I used to buy quite a lot from Stefanel when I was at the University, somehow I kind of forgot about that store - I even have one near my place! 
I don't actually wear these sandals everyday, it just happens that I take pictures only when I wear them! I promise I have other shoes too!
I wanted my bag in the picture too because it's an old love. This is about 3 years old, but I still use it often because of its classic style - it always looks fresh! I'd love to buy something similar for winter too!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My summer essentials

My summer essentials

SOL - Latte solare super abbronzante con Orchidea e olio di Tamanù..., $14 / Cocco e Lime - Crema doposole rinfrescante con latte di Cocco ed..., $14

This post is part of IFB project #104 - Share your summer essentials. 

I don't really need much to be happy in the summer. Despite the heat and the sticky weather, summer for me means vacation, the beach, long evenings spent lingering on the terrace after dinner...
So, my summer essentials are really "essentials".
A great bikini, a nice, light dress, and comfortable sandals. A summery nail polish on my feet, and basic makeup.
I use the Révivre serum, upon suggestion of the girls at the beauty salon I go to, because it's hydrating but not sticky.  I love both sunscreen and after sun lotion from Bottega Verde: they smell amazing.
And usually, my makeup is limited to a bright colored jumbo eye pencil, and bronzing powder. Easy and fast.
Add a stack of new books to read while eating gelato, and I am set for the summer!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013



Intimissimi push up bra, $45 / Intimissimi, $20

Last Wednesday I celebrated my birthday. I cooked a nice dinner for husband and we dined on the terrace. Husband gave me flowers, the above bra-panties set, and a coupon for a massage at my favourite beauty center. 
The AlmaK stuff was a present from mother-in-law. I haven't tried any of these yet, but I will soon. 
And the glass earrings were a present from sisters and niece. 
Parents gave me money, some of which I have already spent on a new bikini!

I didn't expect so many presents, all of them were a nice surprise. 

An outfit: black and stripes.

Shirt - SportMax
Skirt - Promod
Sandals - Geox
Necklace - Steph's mom
Earrings - sisters' birthday present

This outfit is awfully similar to something I wore three years ago (!). It's another shirt, which I much prefer to the old one because the stripes are not all the same, but the outfit is pretty much the same.
I decided to wear this because it would go perfectly with my sisters' (and niece's) present: these glass striped earrings:

And niece pointed out she helped choose them!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mini drugstore haul.

Mini drugstore haul

Lip makeup / GLOSSY STICK | Deborah Milano / New York Color | APPLELICIOUS GLOSSY LIP BALM

Today is my birthday.  So, yesterday I went to the drugstore, and after picking  cleaning stuff, I chose the above items. I needed something light for my lips makeup, since I have finished all my glosses.
The Deborah glossy stick has a nice texture and a sheer color.
The NYC is sheer too, and has a strong apple smell which someone might dislike. It is really hydrating.

And tonight it's dinner with husband!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My vintage pièces.

I always feel a tiny bit of envy when I read the fabulous vintage finds other bloggers continuously show. I don't have many thrift/consigment/vintage stores nearby, and I am just starting to find cute used things at the local market (pictures coming soon).
So, if asked what vintage pièces I own, I can only answer - this bag:

This is a gift I got from my mom, and it's a bag she bought in the 70s. It's a brand I don't know, but according to her it was a pretty expensive one. I love the shape, the color, and the buckles seem so... seventies!

When mom gave it to me I took it to the local cobbler to polish, and it looks awesome. Unfortunately, I am almost afraid to use it!

At the moment I have another vintage pièce at home:

This is a clutch and it's completely covered in pearls. It is my mom's, but I borrowed it in case I needed for one of the weddings I was attending. She is always happy to lend it to me or one of my sisters.
This one is also from the seventies, bought before my mom married my dad, so it's pre-1973. It's very nice at the touch, too, it's a pleasure to hold it!

So, following my mom's example, I am working on making my own vintage pieces, trying to take good care of the best stuff own, so that I'll be able to wear it in 20 years!

This post was submitted to IFB as parte of Project#103: share your favorite vintage pièce.

Monday, July 8, 2013

An outfit - Black and white (and a touch of neon)

 Dress - Conbipel
Shoes - Geox
Necklace - Steph's mom

I love dresses because a dress makes an outfit. I didn't realize I was wearing only three things until I typed the brands above. And this is such a comfortable dress!!
BTW, the "touch of neon" would be my the hot pink polish on my toenails.

And this is my handbag:

... bought some 12 years ago in a boutique in Roma

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Elie Saab Autumn-Winter 2013-2014 Haute Couture

I don't normally publish pictures from fashion shows here, but when I happened upon pictures from the Elie Saab Paris couture fashion show, I gasped. I hopped over to Vogue to check the whole collection, and was amazed. Chic, elegant, real Haute Couture in my opinion. Simple silhouettes and opulent fabrics. Here are my favourite looks. So many of them!

All images from Vogue

Friday, July 5, 2013


Yay, it's Friday!
I know my American friends are probably off from work today too, after celebrating yestarday, but unfortunately it was a normal day here yesterday... I really miss the 4th of July parties with my friends in the US. I fondly remember a party in NJ with my friends Daniella and Maria at their brother's place, with a beautiful swimming pool and fantastic food...

Yesterday we did something nice too: after dinner we went to join a friend who was singing a serenata for his fiancée. I think the serenata is a typical italian thing. a few nights before the wedding (or even the night before, as it was for the last wedding we attended) the guy goes to the girl's parents house and sings love songs to his belle.
The future bride seemed sincerely surprised when she came out.
The whole event was a lot of fun, we were quite a bit of people and I am sure the couple appreciated that lots of people showed up. After the songs the bride's family served some refreshments, and we continued to hang out by the pool, until we had to go home around midnight because, you know, I have to work today!

My plans for the weekend are farmers' market, a nice facial (I haven't had one for months!). It's a nice moment for myself, and I love chatting with the aesteticians at the beauty center. Then, of course, beach!

And on Sunday I am going to see husband play with his band. Fun!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Travel diaries: Cilento!

Happy first of July!
July is a month I love, since it's my birthday month and for me has always meant sun, beach and vacations. Well... I have to work until mid-August, but the long days, warm air and having dinner on the terrace makes me feel already on vacation.

Last week husband and I took a trip down to Cilento, sounth of the Amalfi Coast, to celebrate a friend's wedding. We spent almost three days there, and took some beautiful pictures.
This is Agropoli, the town where the weding took place:

 Ando on our last day we visited Paestum, a place none of us had ever been to. It's famous for its standing greek temples, but it was populated by the locals way before the Greeks took over, and it has roman remnants too. This is the Hera temple:

Amazing, isn't it?
And a view of the ancient town:

This place kind of revived my passion for ancient history and civilizations... I am already reading a book on Homer poems, and I want to read more on ancient literature!


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