Best of 2013

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2013 was a HUGE year for me & quite amazing. I traveled to Italy with my family, my mom got married and I was her maid of honor. Her beautiful wedding brought two wonderful families together and I now have a step father and 3 wonderful step brothers and many new aunts, uncles, cousins and the list goes (yes, Italian family).

I also started a new job at the ABC affiliate TV station and gained many new friends and colleagues as well as learned more than I ever thought I could in less than a year working for Lin Media.

Looking into 2014, most people want “more” or “better”, however 2013 is going to be hard to top so I will settle with, “just as amazing!”

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{Just a few 2013 Fashion Highlights)

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{ favorite recipes from 2013 }

Cozy Sweater & Lia Sophia Giveaway!

I am so happy to be partnering with Lia Sophia by Chanisa for this amazing giveaway, the gorgeous Gossamer statement necklace, part of the brand new NEW&NOW October collection. I wore a simple sweater and this statement necklace dressed up the entire look!
Now is your chance to win… good luck ladies! 🙂

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{Sweater: Forever 21| Faux Leather Leggings: Forever 21| Black Booties: Francesca’s Boutique| Gossamer Necklace c/o Lia Sophia}

Win this Gorgeous Statement Necklace!!

Win this Gorgeous Statement Necklace!!

Enter to win here!!!  Lia Sophia Rafflecopter giveaway

Flowy & Carefree in Italy

I am still on a high from my trip to Italy.  It was amazing and I was happy to spend time with my family & friends while vacationing there.  We started in Rome and made our way to Southern Italy, where I fell in love with the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Isla de Capri, Positano).  Then, we made our way to Verona, Venice, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Florence.  Each Italian region has it’s own culture and food and I found myself falling in love with the Amalfi lemons (lemoncello is delicious) and Tuscan Chianti.

My Italia fashion was comfortable and chic so I wore loose, flowy dresses with layers and of course, accessorized everyday. 🙂 Guess sent me this amazing Exotic sport’s watch that was perfect for such an exotic trip! Shop the look here.

Have you been to Italy?  What other countries have you visited?  This was my first European vacation and something tells me I will be going back in no time!

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{Casual Striped Dress: Forever 21| Cross body Bag: Target| Gladiator Sandals: Macy’s| Exotic Watch: c/o Guess| Bangles: Alex&Ani}

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View from on top of The Vatican. {Gold tone Exotic watch: c/o Guess| Bangles: Alex&Ani}

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{Dress: Charming Charlie| Exotic Watch: c/o Guess| Bangles: Alex&Ani | Aviator Sunglasses: Ray Ban}

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{Enjoying the “thyme” at a farm in Sorrento wearing my lovely gold-toned Guess watch}

BLO- West Hartford

The chic environment of this magical little place in Blue Back Square, West Hartford is feminine and modern.  This little gem is called BLO Blow Dry Bar and the concept is simple yet genius.  No cuts, no color, just a fabulous BLO.  There are several different styles to choose from and so far I had the pleasure of getting the Red Carpet and the Boho Braid.  I would love to try the Executive Sweet and the daring Sex, Hugs and Rock & Roll.

I had the honor of meeting BLO West Hartford owner, the lovely Stacy Cohen, at the VAZ event last week and was thrilled to go in for personalized styling before a night out last Saturday.  BLO is the perfect place to go before a date night, girl’s night, bridal shower, wedding, and pretty much any day you want a little extra “umph”.  The beauty is that it’s so quick and as BLO says, you are not cheating on your hair dresser!

{my Red Carpet BLO}                                                                                                                    {Liz’s Holly Would BLO}