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!

 

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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

My Monday obsession.. A sporty spring style.

Boutique in Italy displaying bold floral prints and numbered jersey inspired tops.

Boutique in Italy displaying bold floral prints and numbered jersey inspired tops.

Just in time for the NBA and NHL playoffs!! A 2014 spring fashion trend perfect for fun in the sun and cheering on your team. Whether you splurge on Karl Lagerfeld or save by shopping in a local boutique, these numbered jersey tops are team neutral.

ROC this flirty top with denim shorts or as a part of your beach/pool style. I love this look because I am a sports lover but a girly girl at the same time, so the feminine touch with floral prints is right up my alley. Below are my favorite tops after browsing the internet. I might just have to go back to this little boutique and purchase my own style!

Beyonce in sleeveless jersey top.

Beyonce in sleeveless jersey top.

Maki Oh runway Spring 2014 includes the sporty look in the new line.

Maki Oh runway Spring 2014 includes the sporty look in the new line.

Karl Lagerfeld's 2013 SS line included girly jersey looks  and beat everyone to the look.

Karl Lagerfeld’s 2013 SS line included this girly jersey. One of many pieces in this collection.. Yes, he beat everyone to the look!

Italian Legging Boutique

 

Store front displaying their Spring collection of leggings at a small boutique in Italy.

Store front displaying their Spring collection of leggings at a small boutique in Italy.

I like to browse the local boutiques while I am out and about. Above is a storefront in the local mall that popped out to me. Floral print is popular in a bold way over here, the colors are vibrant and prints are popping.

Spring has sprung in Italy and the sun is shinning. It is in the high 60s today but feels like it is the 70s with no humidity. Perfect weather to wear a floral print pair of leggings and tank top.

I was curious to see what American stores were offering the same category, I came across Victoria Secret’s Spring leggings on http://www.victoriasecret.com for $29.99.

Victoria Secret floral print leggings

Victoria Secret floral print leggings

 

I was inspired to mark down all of our leggings now at Roc Me Out Boutique. Take 40% off ALL leggings now with discount code: Legging40

Roc Me Out floral print leggings

Roc Me Out floral print leggings

The Perfect Sweet Dessert Topping!

As much as I wish I was the one who  ROCs our kitchen, I would be lying. I cook everyday but my man is a creative cook and can throw down! When he decides to cook I get excited because I know my tummy will be in for a treat. He likes good ol’ southern home cooking with grilling, fried chicken, cheesy homemade dishes,  fresh vegetables, desserts, and the list goes on.. Lucky me! I know.. This passion of his was passed to him by his mom, the true southern home cookin’ chef! Her baked goods are TDF!!! No lie..

Yes, my multi-talented boyfriend not only cooks, plays basketball but will beat me every time on the pool table!

Yes, my multi-talented boyfriend not only cooks and plays basketball but he will also beat me every time on the pool table!

The other day he made a homemade cheesecake with a Keebler graham cracker crust (this ingredient was a big deal since we are in Italy and you cant find that here). It was left by an American friend, thanks!!

The fresh all-natural fruit topping was tangy, sweet, and no doubt the best part. We killed the cheesecake after 3 nights of servings. Now I am still craving more.

A mixture of fresh raspberries, lime juice, and sugar makes for a heavenly topping. Muddle this concoction and top any favorite dessert for a POP of fragrant flavor.

Jason's homemade cheesecake with the most delicious fresh topping- Raspberry Tang  (I made up the name of the topping, he might not approve. lol)

Jason’s homemade cheesecake with the most delicious fresh topping- Raspberry Tang (I made up the name of the topping, he might not approve. lol)

Fun In Floral

Floral pencil skirt for Spring 2014. OVS in Italy showing their spring floral pieces.

Floral pencil skirt for Spring 2014. OVS in Italy showing their spring floral pieces.

Spring 2014 is full of bright colors, botanical prints, and feminine lace! I still love high-wasted skirts that fit the body just right, so mix this hot print with an accentuating pencil skirt and I will be happy. This skirt is available at the European store, OVS in Italy for only 16 Euros. They did not have my size, but I will be checking out the other local locations for this product. Its reminiscent of 70s daisy flowers but the black background gives this skirt a grown woman look.

Hopefully similar stores in The U.S. like H&M will carry looks like this.

 

The OVS model ROC'n the floral pencil skirt.

The OVS model ROC’n the floral pencil skirt.

 

 

 

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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