August 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
August 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
A few weeks ago the boyfriend and I escaped to Kauai for an annual trip. It is so nice to get away from the 110 degree heat Sacramento experiences in the middle of August and enjoy 80 degrees in paradise. I caught up on tons of reading, snorkeled the days away and barbecued almost every night.
On one of the evenings we hopped on a dinner cruise and sailed down the Na Pali Coast line. The majestic north shore is absolutely breathtaking and if you make it to the islands, I highly recommend some sort of sea adventure.
(I was wearing more jewelry but as the trip went on and the sea splashed onto the boat, I was nervous it would get ruined so… it all came off.)
August 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” – Bern Williams
Sunsets are one of my favorite things (besides shopping and wine). There is a promise of a new tomorrow; erasing the mistakes or pain of today. Yesterday would have been my mother and father’s 39th wedding anniversary. My mother died of breast cancer when I was a little girl and she fought to the end, but there are some things you cannot overcome.
My mom used to tell my dad, myself and my brother it was us against the world… Even though she is not here today, it’s important to be reminded of who the person/people are that I can always count on. My dad called to tell me that even though he knows he would be happier with her by his side, living everyday to the fullest is critical and she would have wanted us to keep dreaming (it was always a priority for her).
Things get tough and there are so many times I want to give up on my dreams, acting as if they cannot come true. But why can’t they? I HAVE to remind myself that there will be bad days. But once the sun goes down tonight and rises anew in the morning, the past will be the past and I have a new day to keep dreaming.
Always keep your dreams alive and don’t give up…
P.S. And don’t forget to enjoy the sunset.
August 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
This time last year my boyfriend and I were traveling Europe in celebration of his graduation from college. I cannot believe how quickly time flies. I learned so much about myself on that trip that I still pinch myself everyday to remember how fortunate I am to be able to travel. I work my butt off to go certain places (sometimes putting off the killer heels I would die to have) but in the end, memories and adventures are most important to me.
Van Gogh in Amsterdam
Red roofs in Venice
Jumping off rocks in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Wine tasting in Santorini
Blue doors in Mykonos
Houses on a cliff from the Amalfi Coast
Flowers in Tuscany
Kids artwork on wine barrels in Tuscany
The road less traveled in Umbria
What trips or adventures have you been on that have inspired you?
August 2, 2012 § 7 Comments
I usually hate running errands. Going to the bank, getting gas, picking up groceries are not high on my list of favorite activities; but when I put some heels on, it definitely puts a little pep in my step.
I don’t typically like wearing these shorts with anything but heels because I tend to feel a bit “frumpy” pairing them with flats. Plus, heels always make a girl feel better… 😉
August 1, 2012 § 1 Comment
I first tried insalata caprese when I was in Italy last summer and it instantly turned into a favorite of mine. I couldn’t believe I had been missing out on this dish my entire life. It is considered a “starter” dish, but I love to eat it as a quick meal or light side dish throughout the summer. We have a plethora of small tomatoes from our garden and since Z and I leave next week for a while, a caprese salad was a great way to use a bunch all at once.
I like to use the small mozzarella balls when using small tomatoes… But you can also slice up “big” tomatoes and use fresh sliced mozzarella (shown here).
Always use fresh basil, it makes a difference (I promise).
Slice tomatoes in half.
Put into a bowl (or container, since I was on the go) and add fresh basil.
Add as much mozzarella as desired (I usually add about a large spoonful).
Finish it up with about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
I made this as a single portion, and it was the perfect snack while I was at work.