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Birthdays, babies, pets, friends from abroad and lots of travelling around, Anna in her wonderland turns 30 tomorrow, let’s celebrate!!!

18 Aug

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Dear readers

in less than 24 hours it will be my birthday, exactly 9 days after my husband’s birthday and we cannot wait to go to London to celebrate the event with our good friends, I can’t still believe the number…it feels like yesterday when I turned 18, or 20, or 24…30 seems such a big and imposing number!

I have had a few busy days last week, we had some friends over from the States and we have been enjoying the English countryside, with lots of food and drinks…that’s why I have been Booze Free since Thursday, but I so look forward to crack the rose’ champagne tonight to start the celebrations!

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An Italian trip in a few days, a trip to Ibiza in September…and Miami to come soon enough to keep me busy and look forward the next move. So obsessed with pets and babies at the moment, I went to visit friends last week I and get so happy around the babies and toddler…will it be our turn soon? Hopefully!

I wish you all an amazing week!!!

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Our first birthday cake made by our friends daughters, so sweet!

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The Miami blues, the British summer in the countryside, the big birthday coming up and the Italian trip to celebrate it…the adventures of anna in her wonderland on each side of the pond

31 Jul

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Hello dear readers

After 10 days in the hot and humid Miami I am back home, reunited with Coco, struggling with the jet lag, enjoying the beautiful (for the moment) British weather and so looking forward to have my husband back home at the weekend, I wasn’t very happy to start with but thanks to Norwegian airlines I had two more days in Florida due to problems with the plane, luckily I managed to fly back solo without too many problems…I just missed my cousin’s birthday bash in London and the chance to spend time with him and our friends…Bloody Norwegian!!!

The vacation/holiday was hot…hot… and sometimes stormy, so looking forward to go back there in September when, I hope, the weather should be more bearable.

I have some pictures to show you the best bits…and I am getting ready to turn 30 years old in 19 days…I am actually quite paranoid about, I am growing old and it doesn’t help the fact that apparently I cannot pronounce 30 correctly…according to people I sound Irish when I say thirty…I am going to be stuck with the 3 for a while damn it!

Well, let’s not worry about and let’s just think that after the birthday we will go to the Italian Riviera to celebrate the time with my parents and friends…so looking forward to trofie al pesto and industrial quantities of focaccia to eat!

Have a good day you all

xxx

They say size doesn’t matter…I think it does in the States!

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So pleased to see this gorgeous face again!

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And I fell in love with Cody, the new puppy of our neighbour

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It cannot be breakfast at Atelier Monnier in Brickell Ave without getting some Macaroons

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Bad hair day?

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Cruising around town

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Do I need a filter? I think I look tanned anyway!

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A walk on the beach at the lighthouse in Key Biscayne

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Walk with racoon spotting

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Gorgeous day out on the boat at Boca Chita Key

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With a pit stop at the sand bar on the way back

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Getting ready for dinner, while trying to cover some interesting tan lines on my back thanks to my bikini!

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Rusty pelican our favorite dinner hotspot

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The poor lobster has been renamed Sebastian to pay tribute to the Little Mermaid Disney Character

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Paddle boarding in Key Biscayne

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And back to the airport, Miami heat style!

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The World Cup, the baking and the travelling…Anna in her wonderland is keeping busy!

15 Jun

Hello dear readers

I am so excited over the World Cup that you will not believe, I don’t normally care about football generally but when the World Cup is on I suddenly feel really excited and I feel for my country even more, especially since I have moved to England over 5 years ago…and how better could have the World Cup started for me? England vs Italy, oh my! Shame that my husband is not into football but it was so much fun to watch the match at home with British friends, I was cheering, I was screaming, I was dancing around…I was so happy that Italy won! And I am so pleased to go to visit my family in Italy this week, I haven’t been back since February and I seriously cannot wait to fly back!

I have started to go back to the gym since the Miami trip, with not much success…while I work out I think what I am going to bake later…is that good or not? And of course cooking is still my main hobby right now, the cashiers at the local grocery store might think I am mad, I keep on going in to get more ingredients for my creations! Anyway the summer is here and I must admit the weather has been great lately; hopefully it will keep on being summer!!

Xxx

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Sunny day at home

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Followed by a rainy day at the go kart

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Some flowers to bright up a gloomy day

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And a chocolate and pecan cake to make the day sweeter

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I miss Miami so Cuban dinner in the countryside

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Meeting friends, and their new pet

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Sunny day in Whitstable

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Gone to the beach for the day

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So much joy to meet Christian, the new arrival, so much love for him already!

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Dinner sorted with broccoli and bacon

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Working out makes me hungry and I was dreaming about this cake!

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My job in a sunny day

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Little fluffy clouds

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Sunny day, total white

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Waiting for the sun to go down

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Coconut muffin to bright up a rainy afternoon

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And the sunshine is back!

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And some chocolate and raspberries brownies for the weekend

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Sunshine, upgraded car and online shopping….the Anna in her wonderland chronicles

10 Mar

Dear readers

I hope you all had a very nice weekend, here in the south east the weather has been glorious and we enjoyed being outdoors and going out…goodbye winter and welcome spring, please last!

Last Monday we collected my new car, which I am very pleased to drive around, I am just a bit concerned by the size of it. My first car (in Italy) was a Smart, I had a Smart when I moved to England (2 seats), we bought an Audi A1 two years ago (4 seats) and now we just upgraded myself to a 7 seats…I think I can get pregnant now that I have a big car! 😉

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In the past week I tried to work hard at the gym…failing! But me and Coco enjoyed long walks in the country that should still count as a workout…please allow me this! The passion for baking hasn’t gone and my last creation was a recipe that I highly customised … chocolate cake with Frangelico liquor and hazelnut…so tasty!

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But for some strange reason despite all my baking I still look quite skinny and I can’t believe I managed to squeeze myself into a size 12/13 years denim shorts from H&M…bring it on sunshine!!!

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I feel rather green at the moment…thanks to my latest high street purchase in Italy, a pair of green heels which they perfectly match one of my cashmere sweater…but anyway let’s not talk too much about wintery clothes…I am going to be in Miami in a week time, bring it on Miami Music Conference and bring it on summery online shopping! (all done this morning…to beat the Monday blues)

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I wish you all a great week ahead

With love

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Coco like the more spacious car

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And loves a monday night out at the pub

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And a good sleep with legs crossed

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The sun is out so let’s enjoy it

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Saturday lunchtime out at the pub
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Another nap for coco

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Gettin ready to go out

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Sunday night yet again another pub

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I feel so bad to have eaten crispy duck last night!!

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Valentine’s day has gone, my Italian week has gone, what’s next? Miami here we come for our spring break! The latest from Anna in her wonderland

25 Feb

Dear readers

I hope you are all doing well, some time has passed since my last post (who will forget the motivation workout images of Ryan Gosling??) and weeks have gone by, I am back in the British countryside after a lovely week spent back home in Italy with my family while my husband went skiing on the Italian mountains, we are now getting ready for the next Miami vacation in three weeks’ time when the Winter music conference will be one, anyone is up for it?

Here we go with some pictures of the latest events

Coco, the funniest member of the Collins Family

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Our Valentine’s night out

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Ghosts in the restrooms???

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My obsession for baking hasn’t stopped…and I can tell when I try to fit in my skinny jeans!

Chocolate cookies

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Peanut butter and chocolate cookies

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Back to Italy for a few days, where I enjoyed the family, the friends and the lovely view of Lake Como!

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Chilling

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And getting ready for the night out in Bergamo!

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See you soon!

Xxx

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Rainy Day in Dublin

3 Feb

You’re staying in one of the great value Travelodges in Dublin, looking forward to exploring all the city has to offer, and the heavens have opened. Don’t be dismayed – there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy Dublin to the full. Take a look at some of our favourite rainy day activities in this vibrant city:

National Aquatic Centre

 At Europe’s largest indoor water park, AquaZone, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside. With high octane rides, the lazy river and a wave pool, you’ll have a blast whatever the weather.

The Ski Centre

 Dublin’s Indoor Ski Centre is a great place to learn to ski, brush up on existing skills and have fun on the slopes. Nearby is the Children’s Museum and Rainforest Adventure Golf, so there’s enough activities in the immediate area to keep you out of the rain all day.

Butlers Chocolate Experience

 Discover what happens in a working chocolate factory on this great interactive tour. With plenty of chocolate tasting opportunities along the way, this tour is a huge hit with chocoholics. Perhaps you’d prefer to pop into the Butlers Chocolate Café in Wicklow Street instead? Imagine a café dedicated to all things chocolate. Packed to the rafters with decadent delights from hot chocolate in a tantalising array of flavours, to signature sundaes or perhaps a slice of the Butlers Chocolate Temptation Cake.

 Traditional Irish Music and Dance

 Why not spend the evening discovering the traditional music and dance of Ireland? With everything from traditional Irish dancing to the acclaimed ‘Celtic Nights’ show and much more besides, there’s bound to be something that will keep you singing, dancing and laughing until the early hours. The Irish are famous for their hospitality and sense of fun after all.

Whatever the weather, rain or shine, you’re sure to have an amazing holiday in Ireland’s enchanting capital city.

Anna in her wonderland in British winter mode, BACK TO FITNESS!

29 Jan

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Dear readers

My last post was about how much good time we had in Miami over new year with my husband and my family, it seems so far away but it was only three weeks ago!

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I finally recovered from jet lag (despite mornings are always hard for me, I am not a morning person is written on my sleeping mask!), me and Coco went back to our daily routine of walking and sleeping (I am talking about the dog not me!), lots of cooking, lots of experimental baking, lots of work on the wedding planning department (come to visit my website www.italianweddinginwonderland.com ) and after been lazy for a few months I started today my new training at a local gym followed by a trainer, only 30 minutes of workout but I feel good, and I set to myself that no matter what, I have to carry on and enjoy the fitness, the previous gym I used to go for over 2 years was great, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, pool…but I wasn’t motivated to go and I had to cancel my membership at the end of the year…I loved the exercise today so let’s hope to carry on (that’s why it’s raining so heavily here today!)

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I am trying to keep the motivation up so please allow me some motivation images!!!

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Being 51kg and 168cm I do not need diets, I just need to keep busy and enjoy!

My husband has a ski trip scheduled for mid February and it will be great for me, that I do not ski, to go home and spend a week with family and friends, I cannot wait, plus after that it will be the Miami trip in March during the winter music conference and spring break, it is going to be busy!!

Have a great week you all

xxx

Winter is here

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Dog/ iPad holder, what a great idea!

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Friday was my mum’s birthday so why not post a picture of us?

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Back after the Christmas holidays to the base and let’s stay for a while! Anna in her wonderland back in the Kingdom after 3 weeks away, bring it on 2014!

14 Jan

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Dear Readers

Finally after a long time away I am back home, ready to enjoy the cold British winter (that hasn’t been that cold yet) and to start the New Year at its best with lots of exciting things planned for me.

I had a lovely time away, first in Italy for ten days to spend Christmas with family and friends and straight after to Miami with my husband to celebrate New Year and a few days after my parents flew over to spend a week with us, apart that the weather wasn’t much on our side, we had a lovely time!

I have some pictures to show you all…enjoy!!!

x

Le’ts start with saturday afternoon mani pedi at the local salon…I have never seen men and little girls doing it!

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Beef sliders with quail egg…divine!sugarcae raw bar and grill miami

Some peacocks came next door to say hello peacocks around the roads

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We need a bit of shake shack in our lives!

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Let’s kick start the new year, with a kick!

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And my new Miami haircut, the long bob!

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Anna goes to Italy : Feliz Navidad…Buon Natale…Merry Christmas from my wonderland!!

24 Dec

Hello dear readers

And Happy Christmas to everybody! I came back home to visit my family on the 18thand, despite I miss a lot my husband (and the dog) I am loving being back home, spending time with the family, hanging out with my best friends, enjoying evenings out, enjoying mulled wine, traditional food from my hometown, Bergamo, which I love deeply and just being happy to be back !!

I am seriously obsessed with the song Feliz Navidad right now, constantly on repeat on my iPhone, so I can try to learn something more in Spanish, just to practice for the next Miami trip, just in a few days, I can’t wait!!!

I wish you all merry Christmas and Happy New Year….and I will post from Miami!

Enjoy the holidays everybody

xxx

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Size doesn’t matter they say, mini Christmas tree at home

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Casoncelli alla bergamasca, the best ravioli ever!!!

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The fabulous world of cupcakes, one of the latest baking obsession

2 Dec

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From the latest Flic Magazine Issue, page 96 from the Anna in her wonderland column

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Keep calm and have a cupcake

The first time I heard the word cupcake was a few years back from my favourite tv series Sex and the city when Carrie and Miranda met up at the now super famous Magnolia Bakery in New York for a really sweet snack with a coffee, what’s not to love about?  Cupcakes were “invented” in the States to make one normal size cake more manageable to fit into a cup…on the go, everywhere, and to be loved, democratically by anybody. Thanks to the worldwide obsession for reality tv show from the British bake off, Masterchef, The Cake boss, The cupcake wars and so on cupcakes are now so popular everywhere and for everyone, they have become especially in England the perfect afternoon tea snack, just to break the tradition of the classic scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, or even instead than a traditional wedding cake…tasty, gorgeously presented and decorated, I am absolutely obsessed with it. I have tried different cupcakes from different places, from Angel food and bakery in Brighton, to Lola’s cupcakes in London’s swanky shopping center Harrods and Selfridges, but to me the best cupcakes ever come from a tiny cute shop on the south east coast of England in the pretty seafront town of Whitstable (close to Canterbury), the cute as button shop is called What’s up cupcakes and it was open by Sarah Young 4 years ago after discovering cupcakes in Dubai, at the time Sarah was looking for business ideas and she thought, “if something like cupcakes sell so well in The Emirates, well it will go everywhere” and in June 2009 What’s up cupcakes opened its cute light green doors to the public and everyone has fallen in love for it. Freshly baked cupcakes from Thursday to Sunday with the freshest ingredients available, Sarah and her cupcakes helpers (mum Sue, Aunty Hillary and cousin Claire) delivered every week the best cupcakes around, flood of tourists invaded the shop at weekends and the orders for weddings and parties were growing day by day, I even used to drive myself for 140km just to get some of my favourite cupcakes, Lady Charlotte, raspberry icing topping on a vanilla sponge with white chocolate, divine! Now Mrs Young got married and retired to family life and the cute shop has been taken over by Tracey, after months of training with the Cupcake Boss Sarah, now Tracey carries on the What’s up cupcakes Empire and the shop is still flying high thanks to her passion for the job and for her love of baking, fresh cupcakes are still delivered every week from Thursday to Sunday and you can see the cupcakes creations by follow What’s up cupcakes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and of course why not to visit the shop if you are planning a day out somewhere in the South Coast of England? Head to Whitstable!! Best of luck to Tracey and her cupcakes team for the future.

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