Saturday, January 31, 2009


I was hoping someone could fill me in on how to burn all of Photoshop onto a disk to put on my Mac? My roommate (who has a PC) has it and the code and everything, but she doesn't know how to put it on a disk. Is that even possible? Please help! :)

Friday, January 30, 2009


Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird.
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 Facts about myself:

1. I have a slight obsession with food. Sometimes I think I should have gone to school to being a chef of some sort, and possible own my own bakery. My current favorites are coconut yogurt, dried mangoes and kiwi, and risotto. But my all time favorite is Indian food. I could definitely eat it every single day!

2. While I was on my winter break, I joined a gym (because of all this food loving in part) and fell in love with yoga. I am by no means flexible/good at breathing/etc. yet but it's one thing I know I can do and feel amazing about after no matter what.

3. This video makes me want a welsh corgi so bad.

4. Although I know this is nothing out of the ordinary, I am addicted to my e-mail and my Google reader. When classes begin this week I am going to try and set a time limit goal and only check my e-mail a few times a day. It'll be hard, but will hopefully help me focus on school work!

5. I hope one day to live in New York City, get married on a Tuscan vineyard, travel to as many unusual places as possible with my husband, and build a house in rural Vermont to live in (in that order, please).

6. After this first semester at college, I can finally call my mom my best friend. I miss her and my dad so much every day (Bonus fact: I'm an only child).

7. I have a long list of places to visit this semester, and I'm very angry at myself that I didn't start doing more last semester! It includes: Rome, Viareggio for Carnival in February, Milan to stalk fall fashion week, Prague, the Swiss Alps in April, Cinque Terra and Sicily near the end of the semester, and the Amalfi Coast.

I tag...

Angelina, Jennine, Ambika, Mariane, Sabrina, and Stephanie.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Yesterday, I took city bus #7 to its last stop in Firenze with my friend to Fiesole. I had heard from others who have visited that Fiesole is breathtaking and in the spring and summer, a wonderful retreat from the city below. They were right.

We realized as soon as the bus dropped us off how much quieter and less congested Fiesole was. Every minute or so we might run into someone on the street, rather than every single second like we do in Florence. We found a free map at the Tourist Information center and began our journey to find the best pasticceria in Fiesole--Alcedo. As opposed to many bars in Florence, you could actually see the pastries being made right then and there in the back room (not trucked in from who knows where). The cappucinos seemed extra tasty as well. Five stars!

Next it was time to hike up a very steep road to see the actual views. Actually, the whole town consisted of steep hills that give you an excellent lower body workout. We saw a few people riding bikes up practically vertical streets and just stood there, jaws open. At the top, our jaws dropped once again at the seriously incredible views:
It seemed as though all of Toscano was below us. On a clear day, I am sure the views would be even better. ("Can we live here?" we kept asking each other. "I hate Florence!") Sidenote: A few years back, the students in our same situation got to live in a villa outside of the city but that ended after the bus drivers went on strike too many times and they kept having to miss their classes. A villa!

The Archeological Musuem was a short walk away, so we purchased our tickets for the musuem and ruins and went inside. Etruscan walls, churches, and altars were there, along with the Roman versions of each. There was a huge amphitheater, tombs, and even Roman baths (yay Latin class!).
The musuem itself held a lot of household items, pieces of murals, statues and more. Over at the Bodini Museum across the street was a great amount of religious artwork. After that stop, we walked around a little more and then called it a day, taking our bus back home.

Fiesole was absolutely gorgeous. I really hope I get the chance to go there again this semester. The town is such an oasis compared to the crazy city life of the center of Florence.

Next up, Rome? Finally?!


I forgot to post about my free beauty product from the recent cosmetics settlement!

I got the Clinique Moisture Surge, and it retails for $34 in department stores. My mom and I went shopping the day after the freebies began thinking there would be nothing left, but there was this and something by Estee Lauder.

The only downside is that there is no SPF, which all my other moisturizers have. But it's great for a night moisturizer after you wash your face!

Yay freebies!

Monday, January 26, 2009

BO+MO 4Ever

I couldn't help but go "Awwww" when I saw this picture taken by the Los Angelos Times. I am a firm believer in being playful and romantic around the one you love no matter how old you are and what the surrounding conditions may be.

On another note, I'm here in Florence. I had the whole airplane row to myself on my flight to Paris! That never happens. It would've been a lot better if the little boy behind me stopped talking for even ten minutes, but that turned out to be a lofty wish. I have a week to get settled in before school starts (which I'm actually excited about..?).

Oh! And Happy Chinese New Year to everyone celebrating out there :)

Friday, January 23, 2009


{Photo taken from here}

It would be so nice if it were an option to bring all these suitcases with me to school. This time I really thought I was going to have some room to spare in my two I packed, but once again that is not the case. Anyways, I leave for Florence again in a few days so I won't be blogging until sometime next week.

Have a great weekend, and Chinese New Year!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Finally, a pair of black high heels that I can wear to class and not be in complete pain (although after four hours at the mall today, I was). They were a complete steal for $30 at Ross. I'm not sure how I'll be able to walk on the cobblestone streets of Florence in them, but we'll cross that bridge when it comes next week.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I saw these on Fashionista a little while ago and well...I'm sort of in love.

{Photo Credit: Gap}

Change Has Come

{Found here on Etsy}

History was made today, and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it.