25 May 2017

Spring Alphabet


America is where spring found me. I found dreams coming true there in an experience that felt both adventurous and surreal. When I first mentioned to the boys that I might go away for a couple of weeks, they both laughed in my face."Yeah, right, you never go away mom!" But so I did and it was the best of times.

16 May 2017

San Francisco, always a good trip

Dewey Memorial, Tribute to the sailors of the United States Navy, in Union Square

They say San Francisco is home to a little bit of everything. I say it was cold and windy but still my favorite place from my US adventure. Even cold can have its perks, especially when you are not dressed appropriately. Luckily my first sight in San Francisco, as soon as I descended from the BART train, was Anthropology. So I had to buy a cozy sweater, poor freezing me. And than there was Diesel  and Replay and Macys. When in USA one has to visit Macys, I said to myself. I examined most of the hundreds of bags I could find on the ground floor. 2 hours away I realized I was lost.

6 May 2017

Enigmatic morning


It was the right place, the right time and and the best state of mind. Somewhere over the ocean, in the land of alligators and adventures. Wishing for more mornings like this.

28 April 2017

SeaWorld Orlando - What Lies Beneath the Surface


- I want to go out and play! Let me out! says Auras as soon as she sees this lighthouse. Auras is how my mom used to call me when I was little. There is this part of me still feeling like a child so why not call her by my favorite nickname?! Equipped with sunglasses, boots made for walking and big curious eyes, Auras and I were ready to play.

17 April 2017

After the Rain Comes Sun


This Easter, stars aligned. I've had my sweet family, sweet food, sun and rain. All together. Even fire in the garden. Cristian gathered some leaves and set them on fire to complete the cleaning. I tought it was the coolest thing for him to do, with adult supervision, of course. Indoors, with no fire, we gathered around the TV, to watch the most disgusting movie series I know. Yeap, it was "Pirates of the Caribbean". It looked filthy to me but there were some funny scenes which made the boys laugh out loud.

30 March 2017

No limit : Florida Kennedy Space Center


The Space Adventure

February 20 was a big step for me. I got the closest I will ever get to Space and I almost saw a rocket launch. I missed it by 1 hour, can you believe that?! The launch's initial date was February 19, before my landing in Florida. It was rescheduled because of a minor glitch but I didn’t find out about it in time.

13 March 2017

Nailed it - CIA


Having spent more than 2 weeks in the promised land I am now settling back into my life. More to cope with than the expected jet lag. My mind is divided between memories of my US trip and thoughts around my daily tasks now that I am back being a working mom. I never stopped being a mom. However for 17 days I was a lucky mom with enormous chunks of time for herself. Which I enjoyed to the fullest. Sometimes in a childish way like visiting SeaWorld in Orlando, my first destination. 

20 February 2017

Winter Alphabet


Alain de Botton is my latest crush. "Love is skill rather than enthusiasm" says his latest book "The Course of Love". So reading this now I hope I am upskilling in the love department.
Bag I'm dreaming about: Anya Hindmarch rainbow perforated bag. Because the perforation is something I am planning on doing soon as a DYI. Another one of a kind bag work in progress
Chef to be, Cristian, cooked mini pizzas for us and they were yummy. Proud mama!
Dreaming about a Lego Land visit with the boys.
Eating healthy food most days to stay away from food guilt.

5 February 2017

Hats, shopping and the story


Starting on the wrong foot

- Honey, we should check the dress you wanted on NYE, says my generous husband while we are in front of the Massimo Dutti store at AFI mall. That's one offer I can't refuse. 
2 minutes away, having checked 3 racks of clothes on sale, patience is running low on the hubby side:
- I thought we were shopping for me today! says the big bad wolf. It was as if aliens kidnapped my generous husband and brought me a  beast instead.

24 January 2017

Pimp my bags: fancy, fluffy, flowery


In an effort to tame down my obsession with bags, I "invested" in some bag accessories this sales season. So I won't have to overcome my bag boredom with a new bag purchase. Unless I must. And sometimes I really must. Some bags wink at me and there is a special connection between us and I have to bring them home. Like the ones below that underwent a face lift:

21 January 2017

On storytelling: It's my blog and I'll rewrite if I want to

 
Digital Parents Talks, the storytelling edition was too good of an offer to pass. Here I was, Saturday morning, ready to enjoy time on my own and to learn things I am passionate about. So I did. The event was very nicely organized and the speakers were lovely too. Liviana Tane had a lot to teach us about storytelling. Here are the notes I took as improvement points for me:

20 January 2017

The celebration tray or how I mothered a tradition


The pregnancy

One late evening, on my way back home, I went wild. Not that wild, just "usual work night" wild. I dropped my worries about Cristian's homework and decided to live a little. My staying late at work paid off with something that felt like a small personal victory. It was only natural to share my joy with the 3 men waiting for me home.

16 January 2017

The day I found what my talents are


Today was one of those days where nothing came easy. I even had a hard time convincing Cris and Tud to go see a movie. We eventually did so and it was really a lovely movie: Vaiana (Moana). What happened before and after the movie was complicated but there was also a conversation.

8 January 2017

Snow life 2017


I am not big on birthdays. But when it comes to first snow of the year, I am all in. I took a day off on Friday and guess what, Thursday night it snowed like in fairy tales. I was over the moon especially since boys were on vacation too. We left the warm comfort of the house I grew up in

New Year's Eve 2017


I've been meaning to recreate the 2013 New Year's Eve for the past 4 years. This year I did

2 January 2017

My 3 words for 2017


In an effort to switch from frustrating new year resolutions to new year guiding "lights", this is my fifth "3 words" exercise. The longer I do it, the harder I need to dig deep down my soul to learn what I can't find as much as I'd like to. Precision is key. Overall I am the same me. However, every year does bring new challenges and old ones I haven't adjusted to yet.

31 December 2016

If I could wear anything for New Year's Eve 2017


"Give a woman the right dress and she can conquer the world" is my version of this shoe quote. This silk dress has been on my mind ever since I saw it for the first time a month ago. I noticed it from the outside and it dragged me inside the store to admire it more. My imagination is running wild now thinking about a complete outfit, or even 2.

30 December 2016

Nailed it - in the gray


Lately I've been alternating between 2 shades of gray for my nails. The opaque shade is my favorite "Liv" in the Gray . For special occasions, like the 2 days of housework before Christmas, I chose My Private Jet.

28 December 2016

Exhale


I get home and change myself into something clean and comfortable but nice. I'm making myself a coffee even though it's dark outside. A. laughingly asks me to shred a cabbage. He already knows the answer is no. Not tonight. I get a call from a friend asking me to go out. I say no, not tonight. On my way to the sofa I get the remote control, my laptop and my phones. I have everything I need within arm's reach. I am going to watch

25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!


We opened a restaurant last night because Santa brought us a loaded shopping cart toy. Cris was the chef, Tud took orders and I was the bartender. Dino was our first guest