Italian Mall Experience

The United States could learn a very important lesson from Italian malls: dogs make great shoppers! Me, Mom, Quin, and a friend went to the mall today and my shopping experience was seriously enhanced by so many furry shoppers.  Apparently it’s no problem to take them in the building, and we even saw some off-leash.  C-c-crazy!

“Do you have this is a size 6?” source

My brother won the jackpot today and essentially completed his ‘back to school’ shopping, while I chose a little more conservatively so I can take out my shopping frenzy out on Target and Tj Maxx 😉

My favorite find of the day was a swimsuit from Yamamay; the bottoms are boy shorts, which I loove. Tomorrow we’re spending the afternoon at the pool and I can’t wait to test ’em out!


Chill Time

Man oh man have these past 2 weeks been busy! With a guest in the house we really tried to make an effort to show off our beautiful city of Naples, so it has been a pretty constant go-go-go around here. 

Yesterday we concluded Blaine’s whirlwind tour with a trip to Sorrento so he could finish up his shopping and it was a beautiful day for  it. 



My mom brought a friend so we all just strolled around town and enjoyed the beautiful weather. I bought myself a cute little red purse that I am very excited about so it was a successful day for me as well! The train ride from Naples to Sorrento takes a little over 2 hours and when we made it home at 5 o’clock Blaine and I were wiped.  Shopping takes it out of ya! We spent the rest of the evening getting Blaine ready for his flight this morning. 

His flight home left out of Rome which meant waking up at 5 a.m this morning. That was painful. When I get back to school I plan to be an early morning exerciser and I know it’s going to take me a while to get into that groove! Our drive to Rome was uneventful and it was sad to see Blaine go, but hopefully we’ll be seeing each other soon 🙂 

Unfortunately, I think all this movin’ and groovin’ is starting to get me sick! I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and the sniffles, so I’m planning on treating myself to a long weekend of relaxation 🙂 Hooray for self pampering! 

A question for you: What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself? I usually like to go to the beach and read magazines, but because of my current location I think I’ll be sitting in the garden reading magazines this weekend. I have two issues of Vogue I haven’t read yet! 


Sunny Sorrento

Today Mom and I went on a mother-daughter date to the beautiful seaside town of Sorrento. It was lovely!

One of my only pictures of Sorrento itself... :/

One of my only pictures of Sorrento itself… :/

Sorrento is such a beautiful town, and I’m a little ashamed I didn’t take more pictures. Sorry guys!! The train ride from Naples to Sorrento took longer than Mom and I thought it would–about 2 hours! But Mom was asked on a coffee date with a friendly older Italian gentleman, so the ride was well worth the time 😉 (She declined, in case you were wondering).

Please ignore my awkward wink.  Mom's still got it!

Please ignore my awkward wink. Mom’s still got it!

When we initially arrived in the city, we needed a bit of a pick-me-up before we really got rollin’.  Can you guess what I ordered? Ayup, a cappuccino with an apricot ‘graffa’, which is like a donut

That cappuccino was on point

That cappuccino was on point

Then we were ready to rock! We wandered up and down streets, stopping at what looked interesting and catching a late lunch when we felt the rumblings of hunger once more.  Mom and I originally planned on sharing some appetizers, but for some reason when I opened the menu and saw the egg dishes available, I couldn’t shake my craving for eggs.

Lunch! Also my first time trying rosé. Not in love.

Lunch! Also my first time trying rosé. Not in love.

My eggs were just a little bit runny, which is exactly how I like them, and I was surprised at how much I liked the cooked tomato with the eggs.

After lunch we had to sort of hustle back to the train station in order to make it home in time to prep dinner, but it was an absolutely lovely day and I thoroughly enjoyed the high 70’s weather! And I finally found the purse I’ve been longing for for months.

The spoils of the day. Huzzah!

The spoils of the day. Huzzah!

Originally I wanted just a nice brown leather purse, but the yellow was calling my name. First the purse then the eggs…I’m sensing a pattern…

I love Sorrento and can’t wait to take Blaine back!!

A question for you: Is there a place you would visit again and again without tiring of it?

I think Sorrento and Rome are both places I could go repeatedly without getting bored. There’s just so much to look at and do!

Dogs and Babies

I have a million different reasons for why I love Florida so much and one of them is this handsome pup:

Hi I am a dog!

Hi I am a dog!

His name is Maverick and we’re best friends. Blaine lives near beautiful Mt. Dora and since the weather today was in the low 70’s and I’ve always wanted to own a dog, I suggested we take Mav for a walk around the lake. The three of us piled into the ‘burb and rode windows down into town. Maverick is an older fella so we were a bit worried about his stamina, plus he rarely walks on a leash and we weren’t sure how quickly he’d get tired of that.  He was a real trooper though and to reward him for all his patience and good behavior we went to Piglet’s Pantry, a locally owned pet treat bakery.

They make treats for both cats and dogs

They make treats for both cats and dogs

We bought Maverick a peanut butter biscotti and a fetchin’ stick, which we heard was a big crowd pleaser (I’m not quite sure what the fetchin’ stick is made from, but Mav enjoyed it!). Judging by his face, I think he liked it:



After walking around town for a bit, we headed back home to whip up some lunch before heading over to Blaine’s running buddy’s house. I have to hand it to Blaine, he is a bit of a whiz in the kitchen.  I still had some left over cajun shrimp pasta from boy’s weekend, but wasn’t really in the mood for all of that Old Bay. Blaine offered to see what he could do with it and I happily accepted.  Lunch with no work? Yes please!

He put a little olive oil in a pan and cooked up the leftovers straight from the box. Then he added in some select mystery seasonings, let it heat up, and slid it onto a bowl for me, Food Network Star style.

Le Chef

Le Chef

I liked it better the second time around, although once all the shrimp were gone I wasn’t too keen on the veggies

Take 2

Take 2

Once we polished off lunch, we headed over to Blaine’s friend’s house to visit with her and her adorable baby boy. It was so much fun to hang out with them and the little guy is the happiest baby I’ve ever met! All smiles and hair and smooth dance moves.  He is about 5 months old so he’s past the point where I’m scared to touch babies and hasn’t reached the point where babies just make loud noises. In other words, he’s the perfect little one. It was really great just shootin’ the breeze out on the porch on such a beautiful day and I was a little sad when it was time to leave.

The next big thing on our list? DISNEY tomorrow! I’m so excited I can barely stand it. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve night. With an early morning tomorrow it’s time to catch some Z’s!