Apr 19

My Easter Bunnies – a no stress Easter Craft with a two year old

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t really care about going crazy over crafts that have to be perfect and “pin” worthy. You may remember when I let my son make all of our Christmas decorations,  or when we made a pop-up Valentine’s day doily card for my man and there was a small spelling mistake on it  (oops).

I’m more into getting my hands dirty with my son, talking about colors, starting a project and seeing where we end up and letting him do most of the work!!

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This week I had six expired eggs in the fridge….they just slipped through the cracks.  I hate throwing out food so I blew out the yolks and washed them.

Instead of dip-dying them I prepared pink and light blue tempera paints and stickers. I let my two year old have three and I used three.

 

My Crafting Philosophy – No Rules & No Stress

 

I didn’t hover, I didn’t care if he broke them, I didn’t hold his hand to show him how he should paint or what he should d.  I didn’t care if they came out “good” or “bad”.

 

We just crafted,  hung around listing to music, chatting about color and spending the afternoon together.

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I gave him these light, fragile eggs to paint, without worrying about if he broke them….I figured worst comes to worst it would be a lesson on the concept of “delicate”.

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Apr 15

Geo Patterned Jacquard Trousers

A few months ago (before I started the 100 day shopping ban!) I picked up these geo patterned pants on sale at the mall at a huge discount.  A store in our small, Italian sized, mall was closing that location and was going through a huge inventory liquidation.

I loved them! And I’ve been putting together a few different outfits to style them in this Spring transitional weather that is a little chilly in the evening.

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The First Outfit I put together was a white collar shirt under a burgundy leather t-shirt with the only pair of designer heels I own!  (Read their story here….yes they have a story!)

In these photos, we had just finished eating dinner at one of the only sushi restaurants in Modena that I will eat at (living in Toronto really spoiled me), and we were walking to digest our food before going home.

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Apr 15

Real Mom Street Style – She’s The One That Got Away & New This Week…A super LINKUP that’s #AllAboutYou

I’m that parent.

 

You know the one that allows their toddler use their iphone to watch cartoons and play with apps so that they behave and finish their meal.

What’s that? You texted me?  Sorry, I didn’t see the text. Or the missed call.  I also didn’t take a picture of that amazing thing that just happened (perfect for instagram) because IF I PULL MY PHONE AWAY FROM MY TODDLER when he’s doing his thing….all HELL breaks loose.  We’re talking full blown, epic proportion MELT DOWN.

 

And so was the case when I was eating lunch at one of my favorite places in Modena.  My son was watching something on my phone and then…. she came in.

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In her full super stylish mom glory, complete with a loose braid, hidden wedge sneakers and a  total blasé cool vibe.

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I’ve been holding onto her pictures for WAY TOO LONG, I’ve been avoiding putting them on the blog as part of my Real Mom Street Style Series, because I lost the used envelope that I hastily used to take down her info instead of writing myself a note on my phone.

 

There was no way I could pull the phone away from him and not have him go into a tantrum, so I just used what I had.   I chose to avoid a toddler meltdown over the blog and what I get is a missed opportunity!!! (but a happy kid!)

 

 The Mystery Girl

 

Her name? I can’t remember (but I feel like it was something so cool, like Michelle but different)

Her super website that sells designer children’s things? Again, I have no idea….WHERE did I put that used envelope :(

The number of languages she speaks since she’s from some country in Northern Europe that I also can’t remember? …..No clue, but we’re talking 3-4 languages!

 

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The Reason She Dressed

I’m not sure why she was out and about, but I met her having lunch with her man and little girl at my favorite tigella place.  I will eventually do a whole post about Tigellas which are SUPER YUMMY streetfood found in this part of Italy.

 

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What She Wore

 

What I DO know is that her shoes are Ash and her bag is Proenza Schouler.

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Not a cheap bag, you can find it here for $1,150 (certainly our mystery girl has good taste!), hurry though (if you have the $) it’s the last one available!

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The Hidden Wedge Sneaker Trend ….

oh believe it.  It’s HERE TO STAY

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This sneaker-wedge runner is by-far one of the most well-known designs of the contemporary footwear brand Ash, since it is a pretty similar design to the well-known hidden wedge runner of Isabel Marant *cough* *cough* copy *ahem* *cough* (read Isabel Marant’s Sneaker Wedge and All Her Copiersessentialesse.com)

 

If you LOVE these Ash hidden wedge sneakers, you can find a few great discounted pairs here,  including black and silver, just silver, and my personal fav for Spring peach and teal.

 

 

Now, I have to admit, I wasn’t keen on this whole wedge-runner trend. Is it a runner? is it a heal? Is it a wedge? is it a basketball shoe? What the heck is it?

I just didn’t understand, but she looks so COOL in them, doesn’t she? It is ridiculous how these update an otherwise simple look into the super chic stratosphere.

 

Now I know what you’re thinking…..

Those are soooooo Fall 2013, and you’re right, however, they will also be Fall 2014.  In my usual Fashion Foresight style I’ve gone ahead and done some investigating to see if this trend is going to survive, BEFORE I get myself a pair.

 

According to Fashion Bomb Daily, out of 780 people polled almost 70% said they were NOT done with their wedges!  This is a trend that is NOT GOING ANYWHERE!

 

And, here’s the news I actually really like this pair by Steve Madden !  I love the camel color, the slightly pointed toe (which is perhaps a little more flattering and feminine than Ash) and the way they aren’t so bulky at the top.

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But Baby It’s Cold Outside

If you follow my blog you know that I am from Toronto, Canada and have only been living in Italy for the last 6 years.  Now here’s the thing, I kind of suffered while living in Canada because I HATE THE COLD.

In fact, in Italy, I often get asked “What kind of Canadian are you?” I wear thermal tights when other people are in t-shirts! ….The Answer?

 

Not a very good one, that’s why I moved away.

 

I was worried that it was getting to late to share with you this Mystery Girl’s cool style since the spring is now in full bloom in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but alas poor Toronto, Canada is GETTING SNOW today!

 

So in honor of my home and native land I wanted to share Mystery Girls great style to inspire a few last warm and wintery looks.

 

Now onto the party…..

 

#AllAboutYou a Link and Pin Party!

 

And now I introduce you to one of my absolute favorite bloghops around….the #AllAboutYou Link and Pin Party.  I was asked to co-host this week by Zaz at Mama and More, who is a co-creator of this linky so please stop over and say hello!   She normally hosts with Luci at Mother.Wife.Me, but Luci has too many obligations this week so I’m going to step in!

 

This is all about YOU!  Your style, your passion, your thoughts, your ME TIME!  Personally I am fascinated with the idea of “You” in general which is why I started taking Mom Street Style photos, everyone has something to share.  And PLEASE if you are the above Mystery Girl PLEASE tell me something about YOU!!!!

 

Just 3 Simple Rules

 

1. Please link posts specific to the All About YOU theme of this party – we truly want to encourage everyone to take or think about me-time, and this is your space to link up posts all about how you spend it, whether it’s style, fitness, food, concerts or sky-diving!
2. Please link the URL of your specific AllAboutYou post, and please feature the badge or mention the linky, because it’s a nice thing to do ; )  We tweet out every linked post that does!
3. Please comment on at least two other posts within the AllAboutYou link party  If you could comment leaving the #AllAboutYou hashtag, that would be great too, and perhaps give some love to the party hosts.

…… let’s be friends

We all know that it can be hard to find the time do it all, but this linkup is really worth it.  There’s no need to follow your hosts, but if you do please let us know by using the  #AllAboutYou hashtag when you comment and follow (so we can comment & follow back)!.
We’ll return the love by pinning, tweeting and commenting on each post! Can’t wait to get to know you all a little bit better and spread the word about your awesome blogs!!
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Apr 14

The MEF – A Day in the Life of Ferrari’s creator in Modena

I’ve never really cared about cars and I’m not much of a Ferrari fan.  At least, I wasn’t, until that is, I visited the Casa Enzo Ferrari, a museum dedicated to the life and success of the man behind the most iconic car in the world.

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MEF

 

The “MEF” as it is lovingly called, stands for Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari and unlike the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, the MEF is dedicated to the life of Enzo Ferrari, the man whose passion, risks and dedication created some of the most powerful cars ever produced and to this day the foremost symbol of luxury, speed, technology and beauty.

 

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Apr 14

All About You – We’re having a PARTY!!

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Just a heads up that tomorrow I will be co-hosting one of my absolute FAVORITE bloghops, the All About You Linkup and Pin Party hosted by Zaz at Mama and More!

For each blogger that links up we will be pinning your post, tweeting your post and COMMENTING.  No other linkup around does that much promotion for EACH BLOGGER that participates in the linkup!!

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As one  blogger described it “It’s the linkup that feels like a warm hug!” , love that!  This is a blog hop dedicated to YOU, your stories, life, adventures and soul ….anything about you.

It is a perfect place for lifestyle bloggers to share but also for mom bloggers who want to concentrate on themselves with a “ME” post every now and then.

If your not a blogger I would really love it if you could check out a few of the bloggers in the linkup tomorrow and support them.  Feel free to let them know how you found them by leaving a comment with the #AllAboutYou hashtag.

Curious to see what types of posts are likned up? Visit twitter and follow #AllAboutYou or visit the #AllABoutYou pinterest board.

I have met some women who have really impacted my life with their powerful words and others who have made me laugh by sharing things that only “bloggers” seem to share.  A few of my favourites so far are Mama and More, Mother.Wife.Me, Mums Days, Becoming a Stay at Home Mum, Vodka Infused Lemonade, Katy Acquaye Tonge, Honest Mum (who is also Mummy’s Got Style!) and Mum turned Mom (to name a few!)

You are ENCOURAGED to linkup three posts and we ask that you help spread the good word by including the badge in your post or a link back to the blog hop.

Today I’m sharing my visit to the house where Enzo Ferrari was born that has been turned into a huge and stunning Ferrari and multimedia exhibit. I’m also sharing how I’ve been styling patterned pants!  Tomorrow I’ll be featuring not 1 but TWO Real Mom Street Style posts.

I really hope to have you back tomorrow for a little blog hop fun, have a GREAT MONDAY!!

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Apr 11

The Rome Round Up + My “mom style” Strategy & a linkup!

This is it!  This is the last post about my trip to Rome with my 2 year old!  Next week, I’ll show you what I wore to Enzo Ferrari’s (the maker of the Ferrari) amazing new museum in Modena,Italy and some very awesome real Italian mom (and dad!) street style.
I’m ending off the Rome trip what I wore to the Explora Children’s Museum and a round-up of everything that went on in a few days in the Eternal City!

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Rome….a re-cap!  So far I’ve shared:

What I Wore

 

If you saw this post on how and what I packed for Rome than you may remember this outfit:

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Well, here it is in all of it’s functional, multi-layered and colorful glory, complete with all the necessary items that comprise a perfect outfit for the Spring in Italy; a scarf, closed toe shoes (that work even in the rain) and cotton layers that keep you warm but don’t make you sweat!

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I’m wearing ASOS Chelsea boots bought on sale for 50 Euro, Costa Blanca jeans bought on sale for under 20 bucks (7 years ago), a cotton V-neck also bought on-sale for under 8 euro, a cotton cardigan, a leather bag from Aldo (bought something like 15 years ago!) and a belt that i designed for my husband’s leather belt brand. If you want to know more about my life working in fashion in Italy I’ve done a few posts about the experience here!

Here is a picture of my friend Cristina wearing a different version of this design, it also looks AMAZING on HER!  She is a mom of two young kids (a year apart…how does she do it?!), and all of that running around has actually made her thinner than she was before she got pregnant (I know, I know, let’s not get TOO jealous of Cristina)!

 

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Many people have written to me since I started blogging 6 months ago mentioning that they need help dressing for their “new” post-pregnancy bodies.  Whether you be a little heavier or, like Cristina, thinner but with less definition, I offer you my mom style strategy.

 

Clothes that Fit

I’ve heard many moms say that they “aren’t going to buy anything” until they fit back into their pre-pregnancy clothes.  I’m actually against this mentality because if your clothes are ill-fitting (whether that be too big or too small) you won’t feel good about yourself or your body wearing them.

 

Instead of punishing yourself by having nothing in the closet that fits, embrace your few extra pounds with jeans that close, your unexpected weight loss with a pair of “skinny” jeans, your new post-breastfeeding boobs with a good quality “lifting” bra and your “not quite bikini ready” stomach with a structured one piece!

 

Buying new clothes DOESN’T have to mean breaking the bank.  I am all about dressing with as little money as possible and use my Fashion Foresight (where I shop the Spring sales for things I’ll wear next spring, and shop the winter sales for next winter) to get the best deals possible on good quality items.

 

The problem is when you are a mom, especially at home with the kids, you may NOT WANT good quality clothes.  You think about them getting destroyed, so what’s the point of having nice things?  And that is where thrift or consignment stores play a huge role.  DON’T BE AFRAID TO THRIFT SHOP it is amazing what $50 can get you!

 

Thrift shopping is NOT what it used to be, you can find so many great items, it just requires a little searching!  You may remember Erin, I featured her a few months ago for another real mom style post.  She wore an amazing thrifted fur collared coat that she bought for 10 bucks that is totally trending for next fall!

 

Waisted

 

One of the dressing strategies that I love for post-pregnancy bodies is accentuating and not hiding the waistline.  Just like in the above picture of Cristina, this can be as simple as pairing a loose fitting top with a belt, or buying an empire or cinched-waist top.  Hide your “mummy tummy” and give your form definition with one buy!

 

Here is a selection of my favorite “waisted” tops from  ThredUp, they  sell gently used, high quality clothes at a fraction of their retail cost.  All of these tops could work for someone trying to work with “transitional” body issues, they can be paired with tights (if long enough) or jeans (that fit!)

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#1 BCBG Max Azria silk top in practically new condition – $16.49 (retail price is $168)

# 2 Greylin100% silk top brand new with tags – $30.99 (retail price is $119)

#3 Diane Von Furstenberg top with some pilling – $48.99 (retail price is $245)

#4 BCBG Max Azria cotton top in practically new condition – $40.49 (retail price is $138)

#5 BCBG Max Azria silk top in practically new condition – $31.49 (retail price is $168)

#6 BCBG Max Azria top brand new with tags – $47.99 (retail price is $136)

 

I hope these suggestions and options help some of you with your new mommy fashion endeavors.  I love getting your questions and photos for my real mom style features so please keep them coming!  This week I am being featured on the blog We Took the Road Less Traveled!  If you are a blogger please feel free to linkup anything goes!!

 

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Apr 10

euro style for my little man

A friend of mine made a comment on my facebook page that she’d love to see more style posts about how I dress my son.  It’s no secret that in Italy parents take as much care into dressing their mini-me as they do in dressing themselves!

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The culture of putting your best foot forward and having a “bella presenza” applies as much to children as it does to adults in Italy.  Now, this isn’t to say that Italians don’t want kids to just be kids, it is more about giving kids a respectable social presence and making them feel part of society.

We bring our son EVERYWHERE with us,  he’s been to many aperitivos, museums and galleries, social events, festivals and even eaten in a 3 Michelin star restaurant by the World’s best Chef!!

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He gets his clothes dirty and plays on the ground just like all the other kids, even if he is wearing “nice clothes”, our philosophy is they can always be washed!

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Apr 09

Creative wedding invitations from Pop The Question!

If you follow Reasons to Dress by now you know all about my friend Gillian who lives in Rome.  You’ve seen her style here and remember her from my New Year’s Resolutions post.

 

If you’ve followed this Rome series you’ve seen us together at the Children’s Museum, the Rome Bio Park, our ridiculously long walks through Rome, in her neighbourhood Pignetto and at breakfast at historic Necci’s!

 

Gillian is a graphic designer who studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, she’s always been VERY creative and interestingly enough being a mom hasn’t changed that.

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You may remember when I was trying to decide what to do for my son’s second birthday and I decided to just take him to Rome instead of spending hours on Pinterest finding and then attempting to make decorations!

Well, in-light of my poor pinterest worthy crafting I bring you  some pictures from Gillian’s daughter’s first birthday! Hey, if I’m not going to make stuff at least I’ll share what others are doing! She made hats, balloon decorations, labels for her bubble loot gifts, the cake topper, banner and well….pretty much everything!

 

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Apr 09

A walk in Rome – why you should “see” less and stroll more.

At some point I became that person that makes itineraries when they go on vacation.  Maybe it is because in Europe there is a discount Airline called Ryanair.  With Ryanair you can go almost anywhere in Europe on a Return flight for around $120 each!

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That is….as long as you don’t bring ANY luggage, eat nothing on the flight, and don’t mind sitting wherever there is space (or even standing!)

 

In my humble opinion, this has created a whole generation of European travelers that take 3 day vacations to European capitals, but who are also super pressed for time, and driven by the need to “see it all” in a few short days.  This means spending a vacation in let’s say Barcelona, by waking up at 6 am, seeing non-stop attractions for 12-18 hours, going out for a drink and tapas because you MUST even though you are exhuasted, and then waking up at 6 for the next two days and doing it all over again because you are afraid of “missing” something!

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Apr 06

Packing tips for a trip to Rome, Italy in the Spring Time

Italy in the Spring is not as warm as you think, I’ve touched upon inappropriate tourist dressing in this post.  For example, tomorrow will be 23 degrees Celsius  (73.4 Fahrenheit) and sunny, however, today was 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) with wind and rain!

 

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What to Pack : The Essentials

These 6 years in Italy have taught me a few things about dressing in the spring in Europe, especially while on vacation with a toddler.  You will need:
  1. A rain proof (preferably fashionable) hat.  You can’t comfortably hold an umbrella while pushing a stroller, which means if you want to keep your hair looking decent you must keep it dry!    I own 3 stylish rain hats that I alternate between! I keep my eyes open at Zara and H&M for nice rain gear and have also found a super stylish grey and pink rain poncho at TopShop that is perfect for bike riding in the rain!
  2. The italian spring means LAYERING!! You’ll need cotton undershirts, light cotton/wool blend cardigans and sweaters plus a light trench or wool and linen blend  coat.
  3. A SCARF is a must and  I’ve written here about the dreaded Italian “draft”.  If you want to survive the Italian Spring you NEED A SCARF becuase your neck MUST be covered at ALL COSTS.  One of the worst illnesses that you can have in Italy is the awful “mal di gola”………God that sounds terrible doesn’t it? That’s right ……”MAL    DI     GOLA” otherwise known as  ”a soar throat”!! To Italians it’s as bad as saying you suffer from a flesh eating disease. Read the rest of this entry »

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