Hello, my friends! While I’m still waiting for my new Ipsy goody bag to arrive in the mail, I will review my December Bag! Let’s hope my mail carrier is on time.

We will start with the the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask! During the holidays, I needed some help, and fast. Regardless of my daily beauty regimen, putting away lots of water and green tea (you name it), I noticed my skin was looking tired. I used this mask about three times a week, and my skin looked soft again. It gave me a beautiful and healthy glow.
What I dislike about it is you will notice that it is super sticky. After applying it, you will need to wash your hands to wipe it off. This mask will get 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Also, later on in the “Must Have for this Week” post, I will share with you my favorite mask that I use all the time, even before I go running. Yes, you heard me, even before I run.

I really love the Marc Anthony Argan Oil of Morocco Hydrating Treatment. If your hair is like mine, and it gets super dry sometimes, not just in the winter, it needs extra attention.  This treatment leaves your hair shiny and soft like you just had a professional conditioner treatment at the beauty salon. This product will get a 4 out of 5 stars!

For you Smashbox lovers, you are not going to be happy right now. Don’t get me wrong, I love their products, and I have used their foundations and primers in the past, but I don’t like every single one of their products. I especially dislike the Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer.  I was very excited at first, because we all want our lipstick to look perfect and last longer, but this product made me look and feel super dry. I will give it a 2 out of 5 stars.

I’m so in love with this Prismatic Shadow.  Whether or not you use a brush or your fingertips to apply it, this beautiful, long-lasting eye shadow goes on easily, especially in the difficult inner corner of your eyes, without having flecks fall onto your face. Also, there is not any need to use a primer with this shadow, and it creates a perfect daytime look. So, you do not look overdone. I will give this product 5 out of 5 stars!

Okay, I was having fun learning how to apply and blend the Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon, Blackberry, and Guava, but, to be honest, I would not purchase this product, nor would I leave the house with it on. I noticed the colors are super bright and a bit too orange for me, as a brunette. It did not look so great. Also, the compact is not easy to open. I was not very impressed. I will give it 2 out of 5 stars.
Until our next review, be sure to stay zen, positive, and keep on smiling.

Hello, friends! I’m getting summer fever! How many of you are ready to graduate from cold weather to summer? I am for sure! Okay, let’s get started! Have you noticed these Bardot/cold-off-the-shoulder shirts/tops/dresses are everywhere? They are definitely getting my attention. The cold-shoulder trend has graced us with its presence for spring 2017, and I couldn’t be any happier.

Jessica Alba, is one of my favorite fashion icons. She always looks so stylish and put together. Her hair and makeup is always perfection. She also follows me on Twitter! =)

Amal Clooney, always manages to look perfectly polished for every occasion.

Heidi Klum, looks amazing with her off-the-shoulder crop top. I just love her toned arms!

One more picture of our lovely Duchess of Cambridge. It seems that Kate is truly living in a modern day fairy tale.

I noticed many of celebrities that I follow are wearing the off shoulders trend! I have also seen them on fashion magazines and social media. They have just flooded the market in the past few months.
I will bring a few with me, in different colors and styles, to my next trip to Italy this summer.

Now, if you don’t like the way your shoulders look, don’t immediately shoot down the idea. This is a trend anyone can wear whatever your age or size. I always revamp my wardrobe, makeup, hair. Life would be boring without changes.

On your next shopping trip, bring an honest friend with you, and ask her/him for their opinion.
So let’s left make time for ourselves and schedule *me* time at the gym. Add a few more weights and push-ups to your workout routine.   Together, let’s get those shoulders out and ready for summer. We can do it, we still have a few months left. I will post below some of my favorites! Now, cheers to a very stylish new year. XO

Here is a link with some of my favorite cold-shoulder blouse/shirts. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/cold-shoulder-top-th.html

Hello, friends! This past Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama, the wife of our 44th President, Barack Obama, delivered her final, tearful speech.
I have been a huge fan of “Mrs. O” from the moment she stepped into the White House. I admire her incredible sense of style. As a fashion icon, she was linked to Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The First Lady mentioned in her recent speech, as she is getting ready to leave the White House, that she will miss her personal staff and the sense of history.
Regardless of her many accomplishments in life, and her busy agenda, she fulfilled her many duties beautifully, as First Lady. However, she stated many times, during her many interviews, her favorite job was to be a mom. She always described herself first as Malia and Sasha’s mom.

In October 2016, Mrs. Obama kept all things Italian. She hosted her final state dinner in honor of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini. My favorite Chef, Mario Batali, was at the White House and in charge of the menu.
In the past, Mrs. Obama has worn  Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Brandon Maxwell, and Alexander McQueen. For this past state dinner, to keep it Italian, she chose a beautiful, custom-made  rose gold gown by Donatella Versace.  She looked stunning. The White House could not get any more beautiful that evening.

In a couple weeks, Michelle Obama will no longer be our First Lady. Just recently, during an interview with Oprah, she stated: “I hope I made you proud”. She indeed made us proud. Mrs. Obama will always be one of my favorite First Ladies, and a fashion icon, not just for me, but for the entire world.
Good luck to our First Family on all their future endeavors. We wish you the best, Mr.President and Mrs. Obama! P.S. Great job, Mario! You made made us proud. XO

Buona Befana! Hello my friends, today, in Italy, and many parts of Europe, people are celebrating the Epiphany Holiday. Growing up in Italy, getting ready for bed was the last thing on Earth we as children wanted to do. However, on Epiphany Eve, there was something magical about going to bed. I remember feeling very happy and excited. The day before, however, was never-ending. How can a 24-hour day feel like an eternity?

There was something magical in our house. Mom and Dad knew. They were watching us closely. When bed time finally arrived, it was a tradition for parents to hang stockings by the fireplace. That way, the Befana would fill them up with candies.

If the children were naughty, they would get coal instead of candy. Did I ever receive coal? Yes, but it was the type made out of candy. So, it actually tasted very sweet.

I will never forget waking up in the morning with dolls and trains. I wonder why I liked trains so much?

It was a fun time. Now, many, many years later, this day is still very special to me. I will always cherish the beautiful memories. Have a great weekend! And remember, don’t forget to smile. XO


I still have some decorations on the coffee table!

Hello everyone, Is it time for an intervention? I was wondering why I feel a great level of sadness after New Year’s Day, when it is time to store away all the Christmas decorations. It is because I love the holidays so much? Am I the only one feeling this why? Even though the house looks beautiful and bigger without a huge tree in the living room, I can honestly say it is going to take some time to get used to. One step at a time.

So today, like I do every year, I purposely left some decorations on the wall and in the kitchen. One year, I remember leaving the holiday coffee cups out on the china cabinet, all year round. Surprisingly, even though they were there in the open, no one in my family seemed to have noticed. On a different note, as many of you already know, I’m not a winter person. Now that we are in January, I’m looking forward to the days getting longer. And before you know it, another beloved summer will be here.

Before I go dear friends, I would like to know what are some of the things you have done to stay zen today. As for me, I will be resuming my regular running schedule next week. Today, to keep it zen, I had some quiet time to myself to meditate, and some green decaffeinated tea for relaxation. Keep on smiling! XO

Stay Zen!