Apr 25, 2013

One Line a Day...

I've always been fond of the idea of keeping a journal. It would be so lovely to have one book with all my past life's events written down. However, does anyone really have time at the end of the day to write a page or two about what happened to them? I have had so many good times in my life, I'm pretty sure that I only remember 40% of them - that is upsetting to me! A diary is  a great way to jot down one's daily adventures and emotions, but ain't nobody got time for that!!

At the end of the day, I barely have the energy to swipe my makeup off my face, let alone write about all the happenings in my day. 

That's why when I discovered the "One Line a Day" memory book, I knew it was perfect. It is a five year memory book, and is designed so that you only have the space for a sentence or two per day! Just enough space to write down your main thoughts on the day. 

I also love how it is designed so that you see what happened on the same day for five years. 

If you have time to check Facebook before you go to sleep, then you definitely have the time to keep up with this memory book. 

And now my favorite adventures will not be forgotten!

Do you keep a diary or journal? Do you feel that regular diaries are too time consuming?

Apr 19, 2013

All the Small Things

[Dessert with a bit of variety]
[A beautiful floral arrangement in a Brazilian restaurant]
[An adorable service dog, named Grapefruit!]
[A cute print I'd like to do something with]
[Booked a vacation to Sicily this week that will be the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation]
[Found this rummaging through some childhood stuff. Anyone else collect the milk mustache ads when they were younger??]

Have a great weekend everyone!
Our thoughts and prayers are with Boston.

Apr 18, 2013

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

It seems that colorful mirrored sunnies have made their mark in the blogger world, and in my brain as well! Because as soon as I started seeing these playful glasses pop up on my Google reader, I couldn't get them out of my head.

As seen on Fe Sena...

So of course I had to go out and get a pair of my own!

Needless to say, I'm obsessed. I've been thankful for all the sunny weather we've been having so I can wear these bad boys to my heart's content.

What is your favorite summer trend you've seen so far?

Apr 12, 2013

All the Small Things

[Walking into my hotel room to see this made my day]
[Colorful fountains at the Water Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas]
[A traveler's best friend - helloooo empty middle seat!]
[Little gifts from Murano for some of my fave females]
[Broke out my denim jacket for the first time since middle school this week]
[A little love for my lashes]

Have a fantastic weekend mangs!!

Apr 10, 2013

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

On Monday morning I boarded a flight bound from Florence to Rome to New York and landed at JFK early in the afternoon. My first full day back was devoted to settling in, working out a balance to adjusting to life here while keeping half a mind back in Italy and savoring my favorite little parts of being home again, home again, jiggity jig.

[Detoxing that lovely gross feeling that air travel is so quick to gift]
[Enjoyed my first outside run of the season with my bud Henry]
[...and soaked up some sun. Hi Spring, nice to see you!]

[Reunited with my long lost love, peanut butter, and invested in almond milk for the first time (so good!)]
[Acquired new Essie polishes and quickly put 'em to use]

What activities are usually first on your list upon arriving home?

Apr 5, 2013

All the Small Things

[I fall in love every time I go to the puppy store]
[There is nothing better than a friendly overly competitive game of Mario Kart]
[My new favorite afternoon pick-me-up]
[My first Easter egg]
[Panna cotta topped with mango pulp]

[A collection of Venetian glass]

Apr 4, 2013

An Italian Easter

I celebrated my first Italian holiday here this past weekend. Though I’ve lived in Italy for almost two years at this point, I’m usually home in the States for the bigger holidays so I was pretty excited to see how they do it up for Easter around these parts.

To start, I don’t have any cousins and when it came to family events growing up, the kids only ever consisted of my brother, sister and me. In contrast, Nicco has so many cousins that I’ve still yet to meet them all. Merely a fraction of his family gathered on Sunday, yet we were still a larger group than I’m used to and it was wonderful to be surrounded by all the loving, fussing, laughing and loudness.

Oh, and eating. To say there was a ton of delicious food would be an understatement. We started off with Tuscan pate, a variety of crostini and boiled Easter eggs that had been blessed by a priest. We ate lasagna for the first plate and then spare ribs and sausage and salad for the second. 

For dessert, we blissfully devoured profiteroles and Colomba, the Easter bread. We toasted with spumante, complemented the meal with wine and polished off the sweets with champagne. I’m not exaggerating when I say I think we sat at that table for about 4 hours and I wasn't even mad about the food baby that took up residence in my stomach for the remainder of the evening.

[Overlooking Prato]
Presented with a beautiful spring day, we stepped outside after lunch to simultaneously digest the cuisine we had consumed and the sprawling landscape. As if keeping company with amazing people and incredible food wasn’t enough, there were gorgeous views upon which to feast our eyes as well.

If holidays are measured by a happy stomach and a happy mind (which in my opinion they are), I'd say this one was a definite success.

Apr 2, 2013

Night for Newtown at Fenway Park

A couple weeks ago I drove up to Boston for an incredible event. A group of people that I attended high school with, organized a fundraiser for Newtown. The purpose of the gathering was to raise money for a children's museum in Newtown. 

I convinced my sista from another mista, Jamie, to purchase a ticket as well. Our night started out as a typical "Jamie-Corey" evening - with some redbull based beverages, obv!

And it's just not a classic girl's night until we take a dozen selfies.

A short cab ride and we were right outside of the stadium! Although it was a bit chilly, it was a gorgeous evening.

The event itself was held in the State Street Pavilion, which was an impressive indoor venue with an amazing view of the field.

The food was amazing! Delicious appetizers were passed around, in addition to all the "classic" stadium food - hot dogs, pulled pork sliders, and pizza! Not to mention all the beer and wine!

There was an amazing turnout. The event was completely sold out - 700 tickets!

I caught up with one of my best friends from high school, and one of the organizers of these great evening, Will Jacob!

There was a band that played all night long - the music was great. Jamie and I danced off all those appetizers.

Free tours were offered of the stadium! It was so cool being able to walk around Fenway without the crowds.

We even got a peak inside the pressroom! It gave me chills to see my town's name up on the stadium screens.

Jamie and I decided we had enough of the organized tour, and decided to sneak off a bit on our own. I mean - when else would we be within Fenway Stadium and have the opportunity to explore a bit?

We found a desk and obviously decided it was a great place to do some glamour shots.

We eventually found our way back to the rest of the group, and took some more pictures by the empty stadium. 

It's like the event organizers read my mind, and knew I loved to end my evenings with a taste of sweet! All attendees were invited to take a cupcake (red velvet) for the road. Or just shove it in your mouth while still in the building.

It was truly a magical evening and I'm so glad I made the drive up for it. My fellow Newtown High alumni put so much work into this event and it showed. Everything went perfectly and it was a night I will never forget.

And obviously what is a weekend in Boston without a delicious brunch? Jamie and I met up with her boyfriend, Paul, who took us to the Highland Kitchen for brunch. It was delicious and extremely necessary after our previous night.

We went with all the brunch necessities: bloody mary's, beignets, and biscuits. 

Brunch was phenomenal and the company was even better. A wicked Boston weekend, for sure!