Pleats, twirls, and Tuscany…

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What can I say?  Twirling is my favourite… and yes, I always have to wear shorts under skirts and dresses because I twirl so much!  

These have got to be my favourite photos from our Italian adventure!  This last day of our journey took us to Siena and San Gimignano, Italy, for amazing sites, delicious pizza, and some of the friendliest people I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with while traveling!  Seriously… I do not speak Italian, but the people were wonderful and patient with me while I made every attempt to be as fluent as I possibly could be!  

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Fiori in Florence...

Monday, April 14, 2014

On to the next leg of our trip...

We stayed in a villa in Tuscany, but wanted to check out what nearby Florence was all about, so on the second day of our Italian. Adventure, we tooled into the city... Another crumbling beauty to take in the sites and sights.  There just so happened to be a Martin going on in the city and it was, for whatever reason, somewhat surreal to see marathoners winding around centuries old buildings.  Soldier Boy and I actually got to take part in the marathon, as the runner's path crossed over a number of streets we needed to cross to get into the city. 

Once we left all that hullabaloo (isn't that a great word?) behind, we wound our was through an open air market and then promptly spent nearly 3 hours in line to see Michaelangelo's David. We stared at his gigantic naked form (is that creepy?) for about 15 minutes before opting to head back to our villa (ok, we it' wasn't really our villa... It was the hotel... But I'm trying to be fancy) for a private wine tasting before zipping through the Tuscan countryside at sunset and retiring for an early evening! 

: E T C H Studio butterfly necklace giveaway...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hip, hip, hooray, it's Freebie Friday!  This week, I am happy to present to you this most fabulous of giveaways: a butterfly-inspired necklace from E T C H Studio.  I discovered E T C H via Instagram, and was everso happy when Zoe and Mallory (the architecture students-cum-fancy laser cutting jewelry designers behind the brand) agreed to partner up avec moi! 

They sent me this fabulous butterfly-inspired piece (see how I wore it) and would like to give one to a lucky : daily savant : reader!  This piece is laser cut from hard maple wood, hand painted, and assembled with oodles of love!  I got an insane number of compliments when I wore mine, so I can tell you first-hand that this is a wonderful conversation piece!  

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and there are tons of ways to enter!  Bonne chance, tout le monde! 

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Holding things up…

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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I cannot tell you how many times I've wanted to take this silly photograph!  There are about 50 other snaps of Soldier Boy and myself holding up and knocking down the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but I figured I'd spare you and only post a couple of them here!  

Anywho… our Spring break started out in Pisa!  It's a super crumbly city (and really… Italy is the only country I've ever visited where buildings crumble quite so elegantly, although I think that Slovakia is a close second) and was a bit scary with lots of street vendors up in our faces, but I really enjoyed seeing the Leaning Tower.  It's just another one of those landmarks that you know about growing up and I, at least, never thought I'd actually see in person, but am happy to check it off the list!  

Since the tower is just about all we could find to do in Pisa, we hopped in the car and zoomed over to Cinque Terre, which we were close to on our great European Road trip last summer, but we didn't make it all the way over.  

I tell ya… the sea is like an automatic recharge button for my soul.  I don't need to go into it, but just to sit and stare at it is enough to refresh my mind.  Also… stray cats make me happy… and yes… I did pick up the one in the photo below, much to Soldier Boy's dismay.

… and so… now I shall say "arrivederci" until next time!  

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Time to get broke...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Well, tout le monde... this was scheduled to post about 3 days ago, but decided not to, so here it is... 

By this time, I've spent a lovely 3 days in Italy: holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, creepin' on David in Florence, and zooming around Tuscany.  At this exact moment, I'm surprised that I've actually got time to type this out while simultaneously unpacking, doing laundry, cleaning the house, cooking/eating breakfast, showering, dressing, and prepping to work for an afternoon... return home to Soldier Boy (and his mum) and get ready to head straight back out the door to Spain tomorrow!  

Argh... the onslaught of travel photos will be here just as soon as I've got more than 30 minutes to sit in a place with a solid wifi connection!  

Stay tuned... and don't forget to enter all the giveaways I have on now (yes, all 4 of them... and there is a new one coming up this Friday)!

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: Younique 3D fiber lash kit giveaway...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Weeeee, it's Friday!  I thought I'd switch things up a bit this week!  Instead of giving ya'll a fashion freebie, I'm offering up a beauty freebie!  This is a 3D fiber lash kit from Younique.  Now, if like me, you'd never heard of this before, let me explain: This kit will enable you to walk through a 3-step process to make the most fabulous and full lashes EVER!  You just start with your regular mascara, then add a layer of the ……  Then, add a layer of the fibers while the …… is still wet.  They naturally bond to your lashes to make them uber sultry!  

There will be 2 WINNERS for this contest and it is INTERNATIONAL

*Note: Younique products are currently available only in the US/Canada, but will be available in the UK, Australia and New Zealand soon! 

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A little hippie…

Thursday, April 3, 2014
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I wish I could go to Coachella.  That's pretty much it, at the moment… 

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