A month before they exchanged wedding vows, Fausto, Paula and an intimate group of family and friends, hand-made 90 bottles of limoncello. On July 28th 2007, it was poured ice-cold into chilled glasses and toast was made to the bride and groom.
Viva gli Sposi-Long live the newlyweds.
2012 celebrates the Parisotto’s 5th anniversary and the 5th bottling of their all-natural limoncello. Year after year, family and friends gather to zest locally grown lemons then carefully cook, bottle and label this deliciously sweet yet strong libation. It’s lemonade for grown-ups.
Viva tradizione-Long live tradition.
-5th Anniversary Edition Homemade Limoncello
locally grown lemons are washed and rinsed
family & friends zest for hours
jars of zest are measured
and looking for a shot glass to fill and a palate to delight
It’s date night………..dinner, a cocktail and quiet time with my man. A little black dress and leopard print heels is simple and sexy.
Style Tip :: A little black dress is a must have for every ladies wardrobe. Choose a simple, classic silhouette. Change up the accessories to suit the occasion, season and your mood.
Leona Edmiston Dress (classic and affordable choices here and here) :: Carlos by Carlos Santana Heels (similar here) :: Boutique Earrings and BCBG Cocktail Ring
Easy & Affordable Style for $160
Style Tip :: When you’re feeling just a wee bit bloated, ruching can be a woman’s best friend. My workouts haven’t exactly been stellar and my hand just won’t stop raising food to my mouth so a ruched skirt and bunched up (yea, that’s a fashion term) tank give the illusion that I am not the stuffed turkey that I am feeling like.
CDR Skirt (similar here) :: Olivaceous Tank (similar here) :: Kersh Vest (similar here and here) :: Aldo Heels :: Nine West Sunnies :: Cross Necklace from Plenty Boutique and Handmade Cuff
Easy & Affordable Style for $145
Colors are wonderful and glamorizing-but they must be used with care.
Even the prettiest color, if you wear it everyday, will lose its effect. Color needs change. We wouldn’t appreciate blue skies if they were always blue, it is the clouds, the ever-changing scene, that makes the sky so beautiful.
I often hear, “You’re outfit is so colorful. I never would have thought of wearing those colors together but they look great.”. As Christian Dior stated above, color needs change. The problem is that people either get stuck in a color rut, wearing the same tried and true, comfortable colors (I see a lot of black, grey, white and brown out there people ) or don’t understand how to pair colors. A super simple way to learn how to pair colors is to use a color wheel. Take baby steps towards learning which color combinations work and you’ll be a colorful glamorista in no time.
Complementary Colors :: Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example below :: green-yellow and red-violet).
Analogous Colors :: Colors schemes that are next to each other on the color wheel. (example below :: Blue-green and green)
Triadic Colors :: A scheme using colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. (example below :: blue-green, yellow-orange and red-violet)
Split-complementary Colors :: A variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement. (example below :: red, blue-green, yellow-green)
There are tons of flattering color combinations. Understanding that it can be quite confusing, check out the Colors on the Web. It has a great color spinning wheel and many other tools to help make color combining a bit easier. I also recommend purchasing a color wheel. You’ll find a great mini wheel here.
The ability to comfortably wear a sleeveless chiffon blouse and skirt while watching the sun go down……..wonderful! What’s not to love about sunny southern California?
Style Tip :: If you’re a regular follower, you know that I am a fan of pattern. I can’t live without just a bit of it somehow, somewhere. So, when wearing solid color garments wear a pretty patterned heel or flat. Are you daring enough?
Toi et Moi Blouse (cute long sleeve version here) :: Dalia Collection Skirt (similar longer version here) :: Nine West Heels :: My grandma’s vintage gold belt
Easy & Affordable Style for $120
Completely happy, creative and fulfilled. That’s how I feel when I am styling. So, spending the entire weekend at Smashbox Studios with School of Style’s founder and celebrity stylist Luke Storey, personal stylist Lauren Messiah, fellow stylists, assistants, photographers, models, hair and makeup stylists…….completely happy, creative and fulfilled. I can’t even call this work. Styling rocks my world!
We shot glam, rock, boho, mens, young and fun. These are the shots of my boho and men’s look. What do you think?
It’s been a long while since I’ve visited La Purisima Mission. Too long. People visit it, take photos and walk/jog around it year ’round. So much history and beauty. Well, not so beautiful at night…….that’s when the ghosts come out. Seriously, it is said to be super scary haunted.
Style Tip :: Embroidery, leopard print trim and a trumpet silhouette makes for a fab yet busy skirt. Paired with a solid top and heel it remains the center of attention.
Roberto Cavalli Skirt :: BCBG Maxazria Top :: Dollhouse Heels :: New York & Company Purse
I stumbled upon this cute lil’ log seat on my college campus. It was a fun spot to shoot this unique vintage look pulling together authentic hand-made vintage pieces and modern takes on classics.
Style Tip :: Vintage clothes are very cool, very on trend and can be very affordable fashion pieces. The skirt and coat in this look are vintage, found at an estate sale for $3.00 a piece. The shoes are new but vintage in style. The blouse and necklace are newer but both classic in design as ruffles and pearls never go out of style.
Hand-made Vintage Skirt & Coat :: Love Stitch Blouse :: Nine West Heels :: Mikimoto Pearls
Easy & Affordable Style for $86 (minus the pearls)
Ciao a tutti,
I married into an Italian family. A wonderful Italian family! My mother-in-law is from the Genovese region of Italia and my father-in-law is from the Veneto region, specifically, Bassano del Grappa. My husband, Fausto (nice Italian name, eh?), and I visited his family in Bassano del Grappa in 2006.
This past weekend we attended the Madonna del Grappa, an annual Italian festival celebrating everything Italian ………….Italian American heritage, Italian culture, Italian food, Italian family, Italian friends, and the Italian drink……..lots of home-made wine. The events name is derived from the statue that my father-in-law helped commission and erect in the Santa Barbara cemetery where many Italian friends and family are layed to rest and is a replica of the Madonna that proudly stands in his home town.
Style Tip :: When wearing a multi-colored garment, pull a color from the fabric and wear accessories in that color. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Notice the thin belt I borrowed from another dress. It had a bit of the yellow I wanted to pull in and added interest to the look.
Dress hand-made by me (Since my roots are Swiss-Italian and I am married to an Italian can I be considered an Itlalian designer? Umph, I think not) :: Steve Madden Heels :: TJ Maxx Necklace :: Styled by Tori Spelling Earrings
Easy & Affordable Style for $ 120
If you’ve ever worn a tube top to a wedding………you might be a red neck.
-Jeff Foxworthy, American Comedian
Who ever said red necks don’t have style was flat wrong. Let’s take for example, camouflage. Pattern is a ginormous trend and green, in its many tints and shades, is big for fall 2012. And how about hats? Big trend for us fashion forward folks! Ever seen a red neck without a hat on his/her head? I think not. Tank tops, bras, boots? Style staples for both red necks and fashionistas. Rednecks are also very good on the environment. By BBQing road kill, they are recycling. By living in trailers that belonged to their mothers uncles sisters grandpappy, they are reusing and thereby reducing their carbon footprint. So, raise up your Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and let’s toast to redneck style.
If you’ve ever barbecued Spam on the grill……..you might be a redneck.
-Jeff Foxworthy, American Comedian
Style Tip :: Take it from red neck women, your hunting knife should always match your outfit and your bra should not.
Cabela’s Duck Waders, Tank Tops, Hats, Fishing Lure Earrings, Hunting Knife, Shorts and Shades
Easy & Affordable Style for $0 (Just go a diggin’ in your garage……… or your neighbors)