Spring Revival

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This is the first year of my life where the Spring has taken on a new meaning.  Usually I start to think about working out in the Spring because it will soon be the summer!  But this month I’ve been thinking about THIS SPRING as a new season in my life.  As though the Summer will be the rest of my life and this Spring is only the beginning.

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I recently read something about a woman in her 50s who was feeling fantastic, in the prime of her life physically and mentally, only to be “hit” by menopause and suddenly look in the mirror and see her grandfather!  That really got me thinking that I don’t want to wait until my 50s to feel in the prime of my life and comfortable in my own skin, I want to feel it NOW.  I’m really starting to focus on a beauty/health/exercise routine that is more about prevention, care and long term sustainability….kind of like a Kyoto Protocol for my health.  Argan oil, lemon juice and hot water, vitamins, yoga and pilates, dermarolling, hydration… you know… lots of hippie cures!   I would like my 35th year to be the Spring of my new adulthood.  Anyone else in the mood for self improvement?



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The Reason I Dressed

We had an appointment at the hospital on this chilly March day last week.  Zeno is going off of the gluten free diet for a few months to see if he is ok even with gluten, and I really hope he is!  As many options as there are for GF eating in Italy, it is not as easy as everyone seems to think!   Needless to say, I now really appreciate the flexibility we have to go wherever we please and I’m going to take full advantage of this time!

Right after our appointment we went to the hospital Cafè for a mid-morning snack and it felt really good to just eat whatever they had instead of worrying about GF options (or lack thereof). After our snack, the three of us headed to the hospital’s playground to burn off some energy before lunch.

What I Wore

I’ve mentioned on my facebook page that it is still cold in Modena.  By cold, I mean early-Spring cold, not necessarily Winter cold.  There is still a chill in the air so you need a scarf, coat and possibly a hat to have feel comfortable – so Spring fashion is still covered up by Spring layers.

What I actually wore outside was my cream oversized coat that I paid a hundred Euro for (on sale) and it is already looking aged.  Oh well, live and learn, at least I don’t have to worry about ruining it as I play!


I really wish it was a little warmer.


I’m not dying to jump into shorts or sandals, but I would like to wear these knee high boots with a skirt and no tights and I would like to go out with shorts and a sweater and no coat (see Red Tag Chic, one of my featured bloggers!)  You know, all of those outfit combinations that give you the flexibility to mix cold and warm weather pieces, while showing the right amount of skin.


For now, I will settle with just taking off my coat for a few minutes to be able to show you my great new boots!  I will be profiling these soon because they are the BEST BOOTS I HAVE EVER BOUGHT IN MY LIFE!!  I am now pretty confident in my ability to recognize good quality leather, being married to an Italian leather artisan has its perks, and I can say the suede on these boots is EXCELLENT.  Like….incredible.


They are by the brand Donna Più, and I found them here on sale.  They are only available in size 5 now (on sale for $122 from $255), however the brand Donna Più has a wide selection of other styles available here that I love, many are on last call sale right now so you can get an extra 20% off the lowest sale prize (use code LASTCALL), so I would recommend taking a look. I am a 36.5 and these are a size 36 and fit like gloves.







My bag is by the brand and boutique La Vacchetta Grassa, as featured here in my HAND MADE Artisan series.  I love this bag still and congratulations to the winner of the giveaway Sara Troiangive!


I have recently fallen in love with glass jewellery, inspired by the Murano Glass Jewellery artisan Susanna Martini from La Gioja boutique.  I also featured her as part of the Artisan Series on the blog and you can enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a 3 piece set of her designs including a bottle of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar.  I’m wearing her beautiful Murano glass drop earrings, from her “Mutina” collection inspired by the slow decent of a single thick drop of Balsamic Vinegar.


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A while ago I wrote  about needing to feel more feminine and being over the “normcore” look (although I have my Nike trainers on rotation).  It has been a long time since I accessorized with necklaces, since there is usually a little person ready to tug on anything in sight.  But now that little person is growing up, which is just crazy.  Zeno turns three at the end of this month and I’m loving this age.


Don’t get me wrong, the emotions are big and intense and the “bad ” often outweighs the “good” behaviour, but this is my absolute favorite age! I wore a glass spiral pendant necklace under my new Federica Moretti scarf and had no one tugging on it!  Just a cute little man tell me “mamma you necklace is so bu-a-fu (beautiful), can I hold it…pwease, I be careful”.



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  • First, these colors are amazing on you. And you know what’s really funny, when I saw the first picture I said OMG here skin looks amazing! So whatever you’re doing keep doing it! I’ve been thinking about a revamp too lately. Too much sugar. Not enough sunlight and moving. What do you do with Argan Oil? Only for the body? I need tips! There are too many amazing natural products here in Italy and I want to start trying them all!

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    • I don’t buy it in Italy because it is really expensive! I get it online directly from Morocco and use it EVERYWHERE…like everywhere! I buy a few litres at a time. I know what you mean, not enough sunlight. Actually I think there is balance between !baking and tanning” and just getting some good old fashion vitamin D outside for the day. I’m ready for June.

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  • Ah I know what you mean by cold but not winter cold. I for one am very happy spring is rolling around, even if it started to rain again it is still more pleasant. The boots really do look amazing. Shame on the coat. Goes to show, just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s “quality”.

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    • I know, and that makes me so sad. If I’m going to spend money on something I would like it to not look cheap after only a few wears 🙁

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  • Your hair looks so great pulled back like that! I’ve also been trying to take better care of my skin and found some great Lush products I’ve been loving. I love using natural products – can’t wait to hear more!

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    • I would LOVE To hear what you are using from lush. I also really need a new natural deoderant and my sister recommended lush.

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      • I love the Lush Celestial face lotion. Normally my skin is very dry and flakey and this took care of the problem almost immediately. I’ve also been testing out the ultra bland face wash/make up remover and I like it, though I’m still looking for another face wash for no make up days. Also, I’ve heard that la vanilla (spelling?) has nice natural deodorant.

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  • Porcelina

    That’s funny, I too have been yearning to wear boots with no tights!! Surely it will warm up soon? I have also been thinking about self-improvement and have been doing some yoga at home, and been out for my first run of the Spring. So, it’s good to do these things I think now when we’re in our 30s.

    Your boots are just too fabulous! I look forward to hearing more about them. Thanks for hosting the linkup, and what a wonderful giveaway too! xx

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    • I just read your post and you look stunning, so obviously you are making some headway with your self improvement!!

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  • I love your vibrant scarf it’s such a pretty colour on you and those OTK boots are amazing!! I really can’t wait for some spring weather here so I can finally get out of my boots and so many layers. Have a great day Angie:)

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  • I’m with you, do everything now to feel great and you will feel even better later in life! Those suede boots are fabulous and I love everything about this outfit! You look so chic!

    Doused In Pink

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    • Thank you jill. Sometimes it is easier said than done. I wish I dedicated even more time to working out, but you know, you do what you can!

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  • Dawn Lucy

    Sooo sweet to feature me! Thanks a million, Doll!


    Dawn Lucy


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  • Yes, the ‘spring’ of my life is a good way to look at it. I’ve been feeling that way, particularly about my skin for the past few years!
    Thanks for hosting!

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I really like the colors you chose for this outfit, they are soft and make me think of Spring and your scarf gives a little pop of color. I really like those earrings you are wearing and I have to agree with the other commenter, your skin looks great!!

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  • ADA

    This is a fantastic outfit to transition into early Spring. Love the colored jeans and their soft pink. Also that green scarf is perfect for St. Patrick’s today. Those boots are awesome, I want. The photos of you and your son are so nice. How old is he exactly? What a cutie!

    Argan oil is fantastic and we should use more of it. =)

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  • ADA

    These colors are perfect to transition into Spring. Love the color of your skinny jeans and the green scarf is perfect for today for St. Patrick’s. Your son is adorable and so handsome. Love the photos of the two of you. How old is he exactly?

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  • Happinessatmidlife

    Glad to read that you are living a healthier lifestyle and living the best of your 30s. I love those boots on you and it’s so great to find a piece that you can grab year after year.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  • RedTagChicLA

    Awwww you’re so sweet – thanks for the pleasure of being in your fab 5! And yes Spring is indeed the start of all things fresh like how you’re looking here – love how the scarf made the outfit pop!


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  • Brava to you for taking charge of your life and your health at an early age! You will thank yourself for it later.
    I have to say that your boots are wonderful! If I was a size smaller I’d snap them up myself 🙂


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  • Your pics with your son are adorable, hope he will be ok going back on gluten. I agree the sooner you start taking care of yourself the better you will feel when you get older. Its a lot tougher to encorporate new routins into your life when you are older, so start now!

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  • I LOVE your boots, your coat and everything else! Thank you hosting!!!


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  • Tracy Miller

    Those boots are amazing! And love the pink jeans. I have a pair similar and need to pull mine out now after seeing yours

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  • Conni

    Fun giveaway and link up today! xx, Conni

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  • The snow is finally melting and we are getting outside without it being minus 30+ degrees outside. It feels wonderful even if it is still relatively cold out. I totally get the whole spring = workout get active feeling. I have been making a big effort this year to make being active a part of my life not an on and off thing. It takes alot of effort and I am not where I want to be yet but I feel like this is the first winter in a long time where I haven’t full on hibernated!

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  • What a beautiful post 🙂 Thank you so much for hosting XO
    #LINKUPWITHLISA @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2015/03/linkupwithlisa-think-spring.html

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  • Alena Elena

    This outfit has so perfect layering for spring time! Love green color on you!

    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com

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  • Carolyn

    Great casual outfit and I love the colour of your scarf!

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  • Shauna C

    You look beautiful in that color scarf!



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  • Chioma

    Thank you for featuring me! 🙂


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