Saturday, August 27, 2011


So the time has finally come. It's the morning of my last day at home. My brain is a little foggy right now. All I know is that I'm anxious, nervous, excited, scared, and tired from the lack of sleep. The next few months will be a huge adjustment and very emotional.....but I'm ready.

To my family & friends: Thank you for all of your support and generosity. I can't even really express how much it means to me. I will miss you you guys!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

La Dolce Vita Series: Friends & Family

Sorry, I'm a little late on my Dolce Vita post this week. Life has been pretty hectic the last little while. I had my last day at work this past Friday. I always thought that day would feel amazing. I thought I would walk out of that building, never wanting to look back....but I was so wrong. If you think about it, I spent the last six years going into work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day...which is normal for many people. That's more time you spend with your own family! I developed so many relationships with co-workers that they pretty much became my "family". Without them, every day at work would have been dull and a struggle to get through. I guess I could only realize all of this as it came to an end. I truly am thankful for all the wonderful friendships that I have accumulated over the years.

Thanks for the last 6 years guys!

On top of that, the weekend before last, 25 of my fabulous friends threw me the most amazing surprise party. It was amazing because I really had absolutely NO clue. In fact, I almost stayed at home that evening. I was extremely exhausted from cleaning out my whole garage to make room for my car while I'm gone. My sister had to practically dress me to get me to go out and have dinner. So when I got to the restaurant, and opened the door to be greeted by the loudest "SURPRIIIISEEE!" ever, I was completely stunned. I have never felt so special and loved in my whole life! It was definitely an emotional moment for me.

adorable cupcakes by my talented friend Esther @ Flour Studio, Toronto

thanks for the surprise cupcakes sis!

So to all my friends & family, remember that you are irreplaceable. No matter how many new people I meet in Italy, the memories we have made and the laughs we've shared will always be with me. Whether I'm in Italy or any other place in this world, I will always appreciate the relationships that make my dolce vita!


Monday, August 15, 2011

La Dolce Vita Series: Ferragosto!

Obvious, I know. But for my friends in Toronto that don't know, August 15th is an Italian holiday called Ferragosto. I'm not sure about the history of why it is and all that jazz, I just know that pretty much all Italians migrate to the "sea". I actually like that term.... "We're going to the sea". Growing up in Toronto, we don't really say that since we just have lakes and, what we like to think are, beaches.  Ferragosto is something that I am REALLY looking forward to next summer. To take off and go to the sea with my man and maybe some of his crazy friends with the perfect excuse to relax and maybe get a lil to partyin' time on the beach...if I can keep up.

This past weekend, il mio ragazzo (my boyfriend) snapped some quick pics on his phone for me to see what I was missing. They took a short drive to the Adriatic coast to a little place called Milano Marittima in Cervia. They spent the weekend drinking, eating, laying on the beach, dancing, drinking, sleeping, eating, oh and did I say drinking? Wow. Must have been tough. I don't know about you, but that's my kinda August 15th. Ah, the sweet, sweet holidays....

13 days left in Toronto.....but who's counting?


Thursday, August 4, 2011

These shoes aren't made for walkin', but they look good!

I like to shop. Okay, I know those of you that know me are thinking, "Uh, like is a little too modest". Alright, I really love shopping but ever since I made the decision to move to Italy, I had to deprive myself so that I could save some money. And no, I don't shop to fill some kind of a "void" or feeling of emptiness. I just truly have a huge appreciation for fashion and I absolutely love it. There is just something so visually pleasing about an outfit that is perfectly put together from head to toe. The garments, the accessories, the footwear....I can't help it - fashion is my passion. So this post is to express my gratitude to Italy for making, in my opinion, the world's most wonderful shoes.

When you take a girl like me, throw her in a country that produces these fine shoes, what else is a girl to do? My first time in Florence: One train, one bus, and 3 new pairs of Miu Miu shoes later equals one happy girl. Full price? I said I appreciate fashion, that doesn't mean I can afford it all. But you see, that is why Italians are so considerate of shopaholics who are trying to shop more economically. They came up with this genius idea to have a place where women like me (the kind that will stay in a hostel, take the bus instead of the taxi, and eat cheese & bread for lunch because she'd rather spend the extra bucks on footwear) can go and have those pretty little Prada shoes on her feet for a tiny fraction of the retail cost. Yes ladies & gents, you heard it here. Italians really are that generous and thoughtful. I mean, the prices are unimaginable here in Toronto. That is why Italy deserves a huge bravo. Will there be an encore? To be continued....

.....oh who the hell am I kidding. I already went back during my second time in Florence and yet again, the they did not disappoint. If you plan on going, I recommend taking a tour bus from Florence that will take you to the famous shopping outlets. Much easier than the way I went....that's another story. And if you're curious about the prices: Valentino dress retail price, 1200. Discount price, 130. Me, happy.
:) T

The Mall, surrounded by Tuscan hills

GUCCI, YSL, Burberry, Valentino, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, the list never ends...  
The Mall
Via Europa 8
Leccio, Reggello 50060

Grazie Miuccia Prada....

Prada, Miu Miu & Jill Sander:
Levanella Spacceo (SPACE outlet)
Strada Statale 69 

Monday, August 1, 2011

La Dolce Vita Series: Italia!

One of the most fabulous things about moving to Italy is well....the country itself! One day, you can be walking through the streets of Rome, then later that same day be having dinner on the beach in Positano. Obvious, I know...but coming from a country as large as Canada, I can really appreciate moving to a place that will allow me to travel to some amazing cities without breaking the bank on airfare. Miss dolce vita...wait for me, I'm coming soon!

road trip, Febbraio 2010

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