Coming To America…

My life has changed this year in many ways. I quit my full time career in professional sports as a service rep for NHL season ticket members, I moved to Italy with my boyfriend who plays professional basketball over seas, started an online boutique, and gave my beloved puppy to my mom while I was gone..  I am now back in FL for the Summer (still with no puppy).

Officially back in Florida after living in Italy for 5 months.. I have settled back into the heat! phew.. Nothing like the humidity and sun rays of Tampa, FL. This was my first time leaving the country for more than a couple weeks at a time. Settling back into FL has been easy considering this is my home and all. But I must admit that I like the idea of moving, trying out new cities, and experiencing different cultures now more than ever. I have been back a week and I am already itching to just go!

Coming back to the city I lived and worked for 5 years has been bitter sweet because my life is totally different now. Is it normal to miss ALWAYS being on the go after leaving a long term career?? Well I do miss it in many ways… I miss having deadlines, office friends, commission, game nights, the office buzz, etc..  I know many women go through this adjustment when leaving work for a baby and other reasons.. Advice is welcome on adjusting to working from home in a start up. Time to start filling my schedule with productive work, fitness, and fun time!

First I am reminiscing about my leisure days in Italy…. Reminds me to LIVE IN THE MOMENT!

 

Italian street style.. Cold day in January.

Italian street style.. Cold day in January.

 

Cremona, Italy streets

Cremona, Italy streets

 

Me in Rome, Italy

Me in Rome, Italy

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Summertime Fine!

Cheers to warm weather and sunshine! It is almost time for my Summer in Florida. So I am imagining slipping on my swimsuit and a light cover up before heading to the pool/beach. I browsed the local Italian swim wear boutiques to see what is offered and I fell in love with this cover up. Although I wont be bathing in the sun in Italy, I will be back home enjoying The Sunshine State!

Italian swimsuit cover up! (Obsessed!!!)

Italian swimsuit cover up! (Obsessed!!!)

I also noticed Victoria Secret has a great collection of cover-ups this season. Below is their neon green lace romper which caught my eye! It is on sale for $29.00 on their website right now.

Victoria Secret's neon green romper swimsuit cover-up.

Victoria Secret’s neon green romper swimsuit cover-up.

After soaking up the sun, I am going to slide on Roc Me Out’s light weight, open back maxi dress that will be sure to bring out a summer glow. Available now for 20% off at Roc Me Out Online Boutique !!

Caged cutout maxi dress available at Roc Me Out Online Boutique

Caged cutout maxi dress available at Roc Me Out Online Boutique

 

 

 

Live from Italy.. Favorite foods! Part 1

Roc Me Out boutique was developed with heart because of my love for retail. But if you know me, then you already know that food of all kinds is my other passion!  Living in a new country has allowed me to try a variety of new cuisines. Here are my favorite items so far in Italy.

 

#1 The BEST pizzeria EVER in my opinion.. Just cannot get enough.

La Pendola- My favorite pizzeria in Cremona, Italy!

La Pendola- My favorite pizzeria in Cremona, Italy!

 

pizza pendola 1

Thin, crispy, and fresh pizza in Italia

Thin, crispy, and fresh pizza in Italia

 

#2 The real gelato in Italy is unmatched. Any flavor you can imagine, whether you want a fruity flavor or a rich dolce option like chocolate.

The "fancy" gelato in Roma, Italy... Fantastico

The “fancy” gelato in Roma, Italy… Fantastico

cremona gelato

Homemade gelato in a local shop.

Homemade gelato in a local shop.

#3 Local cafe where you can sit inside or outside. Their specialty is serving fresh drinks which comes along with complimentary snacks.. Slightly obsessed at this point.

Passion fruit cocktail, fresh mojito, and a snack spread.

Passion fruit cocktail, fresh mojito, and a snack spread!

Passion fruit cocktails on a sunny day in Cremona, Italy's center

Passion fruit cocktails on a sunny day in Cremona, Italy’s center

Fierce skulls!

Boutique storefront in Barcelona, Spain. Fierce skull covered in sparkling crystals!

Boutique storefront in Barcelona, Spain. Fierce skull bejeweled in sparkling crystals!

Skulls are used in so many forms of fashion these days, adorned on clothing, jewelry, bags, home decor, etc. I have always liked the bad girl look of skull and cross bones, but I stopped in my tracks and my jaw literally dropped when I saw this amazing store front display in Barcelona, Spain.

It is larger than life, sparkles very bright, and drew me in! I couldn’t even get past this amazing piece to look at clothing because I was so captivated. Bad ass is all I could say as I snapped away with my camera. I started thinking of all the ways I could use this if it were mine. Maybe ridiculous but imagine a chandelier in a dark but fabulous entry way.. Barcelona has become one of my favorite cities, so it was no surprise that their designer shopping district would be so on point and incredible.

I am going to be wearing my gold skull and crossbones midi ring today thinking about future fashion statements that I look forward to making with fierce skulls!

Left: Sparkling skull head in a Barcelona store front. Right: Roc Me Out's handmade skull and crossbones midi ring in real gold.

Left: Sparkling skull head in a Barcelona, Spain store front.
Right: Roc Me Out’s (www.rocmeout.com) handmade skull and crossbones midi ring in real gold.

Magical Sights In Milan, Italy

The Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy. Larger than life and quite breathtaking!

The Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy. Larger than life and quite breathtaking!

Blue skies and a Sunday fun-day to do what we please.. Perfect time to sight-see the beautiful & historical architecture of Milano! The details are incredible inside and out. Gazing up at the handmade adornments filled me with amazement. We stepped  inside on a Sunday during the locals service, which was crazy because there were tourists all around with a rope separating the tourists from the church goers.

The tall decorated columns felt like they went on forever, the decorative marble flooring is perfection, and the candle lit prayer areas add a spiritual charm that warms your heart regardless of religious beliefs. Of course, the stained glass is one of my favorite elements.. Amazing!

One of many stained glass walls inside of The Duomo.

One of many stained glass walls inside of The Duomo.

 

(top)-The Duomo Cathedral (bottom left)- Intricate stone flooring inside of The Duomo (bottom middle)- Candle lighting are for prayer (bottom right)- Unbelievable columns all around the inside of The Duomo

(top)- The Duomo Cathedral
(bottom left)- Intricate marble flooring inside of The Duomo
(bottom middle)- Candle lighting area for prayer                                                                                                                              (bottom right)- Unbelievable columns all around the inside of The Duomo

My wonderful boyfriend taking in the sights with me.

My wonderful boyfriend taking in the sights with me.

Our next stop was a 7 story tall shopping area, The Galleria. This historical t-shaped building is filled with fine dining and top designer shops including Prada, Gucci, etc..  The best part in my opinion is the outrageous glass ceilings that offer natural sky lighting. Milan Feb 2014 (22) Milan Feb 2014 (23) Milan Feb 2014 (24)

The Galleria (next to The Duomo Cathedral) in Milan Italy.

The Galleria (next to The Duomo Cathedral) in Milan Italy.

Lovely day!

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!

Italian Street Market Saturday

Saturday street market in Cremona, Italy. Jewelry booth.

Saturday street market in Cremona, Italy. Jewelry booth.

Twice a week this town sets up a street market with at least 100 booths selling a variety of items including produce, household items, clothing, shoes, prepared foods, toys, etc.. Strolling the streets and being inspired is fun and always different. In my hometown in Florida we have a Saturday Market once a month so I was excited to see this is a common occurrence for the laid back people of Italy.

View down the closed streets of Cremona as locals haggle for a good deal.

View down the closed streets of Cremona as locals haggle for a good deal.

Cremona, Italy boot both at the Saturday Street Market in the town center.

Cremona, Italy boot both at the Saturday Street Market in the town center.

European men and women alike wear a variety of boots each day to keep warm and it was no surprise to see this boot booth.

Saturday street market clothing

Variety of olives, peppers, and other fresh items have their own booth! Martini time?

Variety of olives, peppers, and other fresh items have their own booth! Martini time?

After the chilly street market a local café was my next stop! Fresh pastries and an espresso or cappuccino is necessity living in Italy.

After the chilly street market a local café was my next stop! Fresh pastries and an espresso or cappuccino is a necessity living in Italy.

My fresh air stroll and espresso has inspired me to research new ideas for Roc Me Out Boutique!

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