Ciao amiche! Hello everyone!

My husband and I are new parents!









We have  a 10-week-old puppy, Claudio. He weighs six pounds, and is a terrier mix.

Fifteen months after the death of our beloved Harry, we decided to get another dog. It was not an easy decision. We wanted to take our time.  As you know, getting a new pet is a big commitment.

This time, we decided to adopt through our local Humane Society.  Thankfully, my husband, Patrick, was checking their website for updates every night. So, Friday night, we saw our baby for the first time. By Saturday, mid-morning, he was already home with us.

I can’t explain how much our life has changed in such a positive way since the arrival of our bear. Yes, he does look like a bear up close.  I can’t seem to get enough kisses from the little guy who, btw, loves to cuddle.

The name Claudio was my son’s idea. Claudio Marchisio is the centerfield player for our favorite soccer team, Juventus.  I sent a picture of Claudio to Claudio Marchisio via Twitter, and he “liked” the picture within minutes.

As for me, I need to make some adjustments with my writing  schedule.  My priority right now is to make this little guy happy and comfortable, since he already had a rough start in life. We were told by the Humane Society that our little angel was brought to them by Animal Control. That is heartbreaking. From the moment we saw him, we knew this little guy needed to come home with us.

Yesterday, we went to Pets Mart for his first medical checkup and, on the way over, he was visibly shaking. As I was holding him, I felt his little heart beating super fast.  In his young life, he has already been through enough, I’m sure! I will keep you posted on his progress.

As for me, I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on August 23.  According to the MRI, I have a tear in the right meniscus. I do miss running, but I’m sure I have a long way to go until that day.

I will be back soon!  Until then, be happy and stay zen. Also, if you are thinking about getting a new pet, please contact your local Human Society. There are so many dogs and cats in need of a home. XoXo!


I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I was unable to shop and do other fun things that I normally do on a   Saturday. As you know,  there are times when you just have to be a grown-up. So, I went to get an MRI of my knee. Have you noticed the scanner? It is called the Upright MRI.  Hopefully, I will get great results.



Then, on Sunday, we went to Barnes and Noble as a family. I love their hot cocoa. In our family, we all enjoy reading, so spending time there is always a huge pleasure for us. After that, we had lunch by the beach.




Anyway, I’m finally back to doing reviews on my latest Glam Bag! I was on vacation in June and, shortly after we came back home, I started writing my second article for Thrive Global. I will let you know when it comes out. Okay, let’s get started!


I’m a huge fan of night masks; I use them diligently. The latest I received in my GB is called Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Mask.  When you apply this product at night, after cleaning the skin thoroughly, you will notice a huge difference in the morning. Your skin will look bright and hydrated.

The wonderful jasmine scent makes you feel like you are in your favorite spa getting some TLC.  Also, it contains blue flower complex to help soothe and brighten dull, stressed-out skin. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars!



The mini-concealer, trèStiQue, only works if you apply a small amount. If you use too much, you will see a noticeable area of dryness under your eyes. I really like to use it on my eyelid, right after the eye primer, and before applying the eye shadow. It will help your eye makeup last longer.  I will give this product 3 out of 5 stars.



I’m in love with Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. There are a number of advantages to choosing a liquid eyeliner instead of a powder-based option. I’ve used both and prefer liquid to pencil. The pencil smudges, and the ones I’ve used wear off quickly, whereas liquid eyeliner stays nice and clean and doesn’t fade. I will give this product 4 out of 5 stars!



I’m still trying to get used to Winky Lux liquid lipstick. Although they say this product is loaded with avocado oil, once you apply it, your lips look and feel like you have been in a desert all week. Plus, it is not easy to remove. Just the other day, I ended up using baby wipes to remove it. I will give this product 2 out of 5 stars.



Now let’s talk about our last product, the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer. I truly love this waterproof bronzer.  I love that hint of color and shimmer. It makes you look like you just got back from a day at the beach, and it is super easy to apply. Longevity is its biggest advantage. It lasts all day. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars!

That’s all for today. Stay Zen, and I will catch up with you soon! Juve per sempre!















Hi friends!
Today, to prevent injuries, I’m going to share with you my story, and why it is important to listen to your body during, and even a few days after, a workout.
Right before I went on vacation, I started to have knee pain. However, I did a lot of walking in Italy, and my pain was getting better. At least, that is what I thought was happening. I was wrong! The lovely twelve-hour flight back home did not help the matter. While on the plane, I was unable to stretch and move freely.
Once I got home, I rested for a few days, then went running. That was a big mistake.
My knee was not healed yet. Since then, I have been in a lot of pain. I am experiencing burning sensations and swelling.
In the past, I have injured myself many times. One of the injuries that I recall vividly happened during a step-aerobics class. I remember I was having the time of my life, stepping on and off the steps while listening and singing along to an awesome song. Suddenly, I lost my balance. Then, bang! I found myself on the floor with my ankle twisted.  I was in shock and a lot of pain. The doctor had me in an ankle immobilizer for six weeks, followed by physical therapy.
Every time I work out, I start with a warm-up. I gradually increase my heart rate. Also, especially after a run, a cool-down is important. It helps me slowly bring my heart rate back to normal.
Even though I do all this, I always ignore important signals that my body sends out, and I get hurt. I am now beginning to wonder if sports injuries are just a fact of life for me.  What is sad for some of us at our age, is that it takes longer to recuperate.
I have an appointment with Dr. Bolster on Monday. I will keep you posted on this. Until then, love yourself! Stay zen.
PS. On a different note: why are so many musicians and artists, the latest being Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, committing suicide?? I will write a blog post on that soon. I would like to hear from my followers about why this is occurring. RIP, Chester.

How many of you had a joyful and relaxing weekend? Right now, I am enjoying these hot, sizzling, Texas summer days. Who on this earth does not love summer? I don’t even want to think about those lazy, cold, gray winter days. Yes, I know, the fall and winter seasons bring us some awesome holidays, but my mind is made up. I’m not ready to give up my summer!
During the hot months, my energy level is high. I feel happy and alive. I’m also enjoying the extra dosage of vitamin D. Now that I’m just about over my jet lag, I’m slowly getting back into my regular workout routine. I started my weekend with a great run on Saturday. Then, I went to see my beautiful hairdresser.
As I mentioned earlier, I got my hair done just two weeks ago in Italy at Mariano Balato, my sister’s hairdresser. They did an excellent job. However, my hair was looking like it belonged to a Barbie doll. They really made me super blonde, and it was not looking very flattering with my dark complexion.
I noticed it is a trend for the ladies in Italy to have blonde hair with dark roots. I knew that I was going to be a project for my hairdresser, Meghan. I’m now blonde-free, and I feel great.
I hope everyone has a great Monday/week. Keep on smiling, and don’t forget to stay Zen in this crazy world. XOXO

Hello, my friends! I’m back! I have a new hair color!  Thanks, to Mariano Balato in Italy!


I already miss Naples, Tuscany, Verona, Amalfi, Positano, Lake Garda, and Carpi. I’m also missing my dear sister, Tonia, and all my brothers and sisters-in-law, along with my nephews and nieces.


My home, Napoli!

Shortly after a long flight!






The day we arrived in Naples, the weather was super hot. It took a few days for us to get adjusted to the heat. People over there are not crazy about using air conditioning. Every time you go on vacation, be aware of the weather. During the summer, it is important to dress in shorts and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget to pack your favorite pair of sneakers and your favorite cap.

I miss the yummy pizzas, and all the pastries and pasta dishes. We made a stop in Firenze, where I ordered this seafood rice dish. It was delicious – out of this world. Then, we went to Torino to visit my beloved Juventus Stadium/Museum. It was a beautiful morning in Torino when we arrived. The sun was bright, but partially covered. The stadium was just the way I imagined it to be.What a day that was. I felt like I was in a dream. I keep on asking myself: did I really visit the stadium?



It is nice to be back home. You will have a chance to read more about my trip to Italy when my article comes out in Thrive Global magazine. I will start working on the article soon, once I get over jet lag. I will let you know when it will be published. Until then, keep smiling and stay Zen. XO

Enjoy all the pictures!


Lake Garda!



Lake Garda!





Verona! The famous balcony! Romeo and Juliet!


On our way to the stadium from Carpi!

La porta di Gigi Buffon!