This has been a busy year with the presidential elections in the US. A new president will be sworn in, and I will need to get used to not seeing President Obama anymore. I hope our new president can re-unite America, because it seems this country is divided right now.

My blog looks like an obituary today. As 2016 comes to an end, let us reflect on how shocking and eventful of a year this was. We lost a lot of public figures. Unfortunately, I could not list them all, but I mentioned the ones who had the biggest impact on me while I was growing up.

The losses started at the beginning of the year with David Bowie, and continued on all the way to the lovely Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds.

As for 2017, I am very optimistic. I really hope things in the US improve, but I also hope that the terrible situation in Syria gets better. I hope this new year can bring all of us joy and happiness.

I will leave you with a few pictures of some of the celebrities and great people we lost this year. I felt it was important to pay this tribute to them.

I wish you guys a wonderful year. After each hardship we endure, we grow stronger. So, on that note, have a happy new year!

As for my Juve, I want it all. I want the scudetto, the Coppa Italia, the Champions League, and I want our portiere to play for another 2 years. Happy New year! Xx

Cari amiche/amici, siamo arrivati alla conclusione del 2016. Fiu, questo è stato un anno agrodolce, difficile e complicato. Quello che ci apprestiamo a lasciare alle spalle, è di certo un anno da non dimenticare, non solo per gli Stati Uniti, ma per l’intera terra.

Non parlando poi della serie di lutti che hanno colpito il mondo dello spettacolo, e anche quello della cultura mondiale nel 2016. Ci hanno lasciato tanti miti, grandissimi artisti che con la loro esistenza, e talento, hanno reso il mondo un posto migliore e più interessante. Il mio blog, oggi mi sembra un cimitero.

Ho deciso, e non potevo farne a meno, di condividere alcune foto di tutte le stelle comete che hanno lasciato la terra. Anche se questo è stato un anno abbastanza difficile, ho l’attitudine a vedere il futuro con speranza, e con un grande ottimismo. Vi abbraccio a tutti! Buon anno!🎉🎉🎉 Come sempre, Forza Juve! 💕⚪⚫

Hello, friends! What is your New Year’s resolution? I actually never had one, but I will this year. Since I was a child, every time I implemented something new in my daily routine, I felt I did not need a specific month or day to do so. I just did it! It always worked for me.

When I was working in education, I was tired after work. So, an activity like running was the last thing on my mind after a long day in my school’s Science Lab. However, I exercised every single day, but it was just an effortless 30 to 45-minute walk on the treadmill.

Three years ago, in June, I decided to became a runner. It was not easy at first, but I kept training. Now it has become a major part of my fitness routine. The results are incredible. I have more energy, and running has proven to be a form of active meditation that helps me look at the world/things in a positive way!

As for my New Year’s resolution, I will pay more attention to reading food labels. With a peanut allergy, reading labels can be life-saving. Last night, I ate some Vanilla Yogurt Raisins for dessert. Moments later, by reading *a very small label on the box,* I discovered that the raisins had been processed in a facility were peanuts were also processed. Withing minutes, my lips
started to tingle and swell up. How scary. Why do companies still do that? So, even before New Year’s Eve, starting today, my resolution is to read and pay better attention to food labels.
XO,
Nunzia

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! A personal reflection: the holidays help all of us to understand that we are blessed beyond words.

The day after! I thought I was ready to embrace my healthy diet when I got up this morning. The intentions were there, for sure, but no, it did not work out that way. I skipped my early-morning run to get ready for a luncheon with friends that was hosted at our house. I got up early to make one of Laura Vitale’s chocolate pound cakes for dessert. I really wish I would have done a better job prioritizing my running after the excessive calorie intake these past few days, but there was just not any time for that. Don’t you wish we could have more time in a day?

Needless to say, with some effort, I was ready to help out my husband and get myself ready by 12:00. I did it!

I hope you are having fun with your family and friends. Keep on smiling!

XO,
Nunzia

!

These items are what I have on my wish list for 2017. As you have noticed, some of these items, like painted, Gucci cropped-denim pants, were popular in the 90’s. Ah! History tends to repeat itself. Whether you like it or not, 90’s fashion is making a comeback. I do miss the colorful pants and necklaces.

Monica and Rachael from “Friends” were my fashion icons at that time. Actually, Jennifer Aniston still is. Everyone, including myself, wanted to be them and dress like them. Like many of you, I was a huge fan. Those girls were just as stylish off the screen as they were on. Who is ever going to forget Jennifer Aniston’s famous haircut? I had highlights like hers for many years.

That show taught everyone a thing or two about fashion. A big thumbs-up goes out to the stylist on the show. He was brilliant! I hope to see a reunion someday!
XO,
Nunzia