Your favorite dress recycled

Living in Italy for months on just a few suitcases means you must recycle your favorite pieces. I wore this dress on New Years but wanted to bring it back in a new way last night.

 

Guess leopard long-sleeve sweater dress with back cutout.

Guess leopard long-sleeve sweater dress with back cutout.

I decided to turn the above dress into a top by tucking it into my Express pencil skirt.

Express black denim pencil skirt.

Express black denim pencil skirt.

Mixing and matching items will expand your closet in a creative way. This can be used with shorts and jeans too. I like the pencil skirt with a tucked in tight dress because it is smooth and ties together great!

 

My favorite dress recycled into a shirt & skirt outfit.

My favorite dress recycled into a shirt & skirt outfit.

Gel Mani & Pedi at home!

It all started back in the day for me with Lee press-on nails. I have memories of sitting on my bedroom floor laying out my color collection and picking the look for that day. I was constantly doing my own nails hoping to not spill on my white carpet (which happened too often). Once I grew up and made my own income, I would visit my local nail salon every 10 days or so to get my acrylics filled with a gel top coat and pedi.. Choosing the design, color, shape, etc. is a fun way to express your style and mood.

Well… Living in Italy and starting my own online boutique has changed things in my life, like not getting my nails done in hopes of being frugal. Not to mention there aren’t nail shops on every corner like we lucky girls have in Tampa or any metro U.S. city for that matter. But this does not stop me from looking polished and keeping a fresh coat!

I discovered the Deborah Lippmann gel coat polishes before leaving the states during one of my many trips to Ulta. This kit comes with a base coat and a top coat. First apply the base coat and let dry (dries quick), next add a color if you wish, finally add your top coat. This  extends your manicure, helps avoid chipping, and gives you that professional look.

You can also purchase Deborah Lippmann color polish as recommended, I have used a variety of brands for the color and it seems to be just fine. My tip is apply one coat of color because if the polish becomes to thick you may see it peel off over a few days. I also love the Kiss nail art, which is extremely affordable and they really last! Create your own design with the crystals or flowers after you complete the color steps. Apply a very small amount of clear polish over the design to hold down tight for a lasting look.

Voilà!!

 

  • Healthy alternative to acrylic and salon gel
  • Save money
  • No heat  lamp required
  • Endless color options to get creative
  • Order kit online
Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design  decals for an at home mani & pedi.

Deborah Lippmann gel polish and Kiss nail design decals for an at home mani & pedi.

 

 

Bring a little America to Italy this Superbowl Sunday!

Super Bowl Spread 2014 in Italy!

Super Bowl Spread 2014 in Italy!

My boyfriend and I make quite the team in the kitchen. We brought our American favorites to the table tonight.

Not only is my new boutique (ROC ME OUT-  www.rocmeout.com) my creative outlet but I love to cook! I love all foods including a healthy base with the regular indulgents too… I just cant help myself!

Yes, the VERY cheesy and bacon filled potato skins were my favorite. Of course..

Yes, the VERY cheesy and bacon filled potato skins were my favorite. Of course..

Easy to do:

Clean your selected potatoes, poke a few fork holes, rub on salt and olive oil for flavor, then bake in the oven for about an hour. Next, scoop out the potato to make boats.. Bake the boats for about 15 min on each side. Fill with your favorite toppings and pop back in the over just enough to heat the toppings! I top mine with sour cream and enjoy!

Homemade fresh and spicy salsa!

Homemade fresh and spicy salsa!

Salsa is a family recipe that brings a punch.. It is the fresh chopped jalapenos, diced tomatoes, and cilantro that brings the bold flavor!

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