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Getting the wedding blogging fever, my latest thing! Anna in her wonderland between wedding planning, food & fitness

6 Feb

Dear readers

I know it has been a long time since my last post but January has been filled with lots of events, good and bad ones that the time just flew away and I finally find myself here at the beginning of February to post again to discuss my latest projects.

Wedding season is going to kick-start soon and it’s time to get ready with my clients to get all the paperwork and the boring bureaucracy part out of the way to focus on the details of the big day, flowers, food, decorations and so on…from this I got contacted by an Italian wedding blog for whom now I am writing tips for the future brides and grooms, it’s so exciting and fulfilling to have free pass to write about anything I want…shame that I do struggle to write the post in English and Italian, the Italian part takes me ages… since when I have nearly forgotten to write in my own language? Crazy!

So if you guys want to read my latest post for the Italian wedding blog Panorama Sposi here we go the links:

First post

Music for your wedding, 12 beautiful songs

Second post

Valentine’s day, love, flowers and a bit of S&M thanks to 50 Shades of grey the movie

This new project is really exciting for me but I haven’t forgotten my first love, my blog anna in her wonderland! Everybody is glad that January is over and despite the cold weather and the sporadic snow sometimes, I am already focusing into spring and I have been exercising a lot, more to keep my mind busy than anything else but it’s working, I feel already better and more full of energy, but so hungry all the time! Luckily I don’t need to lose any weight otherwise it will be a bit pointless do all that exercise and stuff my face after (but in a healthy way!)

Coco my lazy dog is always on my side keeping me company between a nap and the other, luckily I have her next to me!

Well guys I hope you will enjoy my wedding related post on Panorama sposi and have a great weekend you all!

x

I discovered a new old recipe my mum used to make, and now I am obsessed with it! Chocolate salami my last craving

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But I am trying to be healthy too after a workout, loving my banana, avocado, ginger, lemon, spinach, cucumber and coconut water smoothie

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But on a Sunday the good work gets forgotten, I am a sucker for a good sunday roast and sticky toffee pudding

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annainherwonderland February 2015 (6)My gluten free chocolate and espresso cake was a hit…shame it didn’t look the part but the taste was great! Yes I work out and I come home to bake, shame on me

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I woken up feeling like pancakes a few days ago, a new thing for me because to me pancake are like italian crespelle but filled with mushrooms, ham and so on…but the banana version is just so good!

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So glad our bathroom is finally nearly finished and I can enjoy baths sometimes, just chill out music on and nothing elseannainherwonderland February 2015 (8)

Some beautiful flowers can lift your mood in such a good way, I love flowers everywhere

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And after months of terror of curbing wheels, I decided to be Smart and get a city car to not just been paranoid about where to park my SUV!

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Still obsessed with babies and Christian, my friend’s 9months boy gives me such a joy everytime I see him

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From babies to my baby….Coco you silly dog the cone is stuck!

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Two months to Christmas let’s begin the countdown! Obsessed with nails, baking and dogs right now!

25 Oct

Dear readers

I popped into the local garden center a few days ago and I was shocked when Christmas trees, Christmas decorations and lights were in display, how does the time go? I can’t believe we are only two months away, maybe the mild temperatures we are experiencing at the moment don’t struck me like Jingle Bells and Feliz Navidad songs just yet!

Since the last trip away I am all about cooking, as usual, diligently going to the gym twice a week (rather strange for me!) and despite I was never that bothered before since my birthday I have become obsessed with nails and since I started to have my manicure done with Shellac, oh my a new world opened for me and my nails say thanks a lot!

I have been biting my nails on an off basically all my life and to find an nail polish that lasts and makes my nail stronger, it was a revelation!!

I am still cooking and baking a lot, experimenting and sometimes I even follow recipes fully, which is quite a novelty for me, I do like add my own taste to things! And can you believe that in less than a month Coco is going to be 2 years old? She is still a crazy dog, eating everything she finds around (a few days ago was my usb key, business cards, lip balm…and of course plastic bottles ), I must say it is a joy to have her around that she makes my day always happy!

Have a great weekend everybody

xxx

My latest nails

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Shellac cake pop on my at the time messed up nails

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Shellac in romantiqueannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (11)Some flowers to bright up the house

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And a long dog walk up on the Downsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (15)

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Fulking village close to Brightonannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (17)

Coco and her duck obsessionannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (10)

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Coco does recycling

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Baking time my favourite coconut and banana loaf perfect for afternoon tea

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White chocolate and cardamom cookies my new discovery

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Loving my new lipstick colour Hunter bootsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (7)

We found a new Italian restaurant close by, pizza Etna, not for nothing they are from Sicily!

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My version of tuna ceviche, it didn’t taste like Miami but not far off!

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And going through our wedding picture I found this funny one to put in this gorgeous frame given to me by my best friendsannainherwonderland blog post october 2014 (19)

Halloween is not far off and I am ready with my pumpkin!

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From which I made a big pumpkin soup and pumpkin seed pesto…talking about making the most of it!

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The Italian week, the wedding planning, the two lakes, the British sea, the Italian family over, the domestic goddess and the next trip to the land of the free and home of the brave, Anna is keeping busy!

8 Jul

Dear readers

As usual I am really late at posting updates on the blog, sorry guys I lose track of time sometimes! I spent a week in Italy with my family checking out wedding venues for my next bride and groom to be, so pleased to have had the chance to go over the beautiful Lake Como again, work meeting pleasure is always the way forward! And I spent the weekend enjoying time with the family, going clubbing on the other lake, Lake Garda, relaxing and having fun… sometimes just a few days home recharge my batteries so much to keep on going better and stronger!

Back home I keep on feeling like I need to cook and bake all day, yesterday for example I wasn’t feeling my best but suddenly after dinner I thought..I fancy a cake! Opened the fridge, found two large oranges, butter, yogurt and eggs…one hour later we were all eating orange cake!

I have had my family over last weekend where we spent a nice day in Brighton on a beautiful sunny day, shame Coco is in season and we were chased by male dogs on the seafront…and shame a few days after going back into Brighton I curbed my wheel very badly…my husband wasn’t impressed as you all can imagine, my excuse was “I have had the car for 4 months and this is the first time, I am doing quite alright for myself!”

Anyway I felt boring last week so I decided to change my look, so short bob hairstyle with blonde highlights, I am only a month and eleven days from turning 30…I am probably experiencing a beginning of midlife crisis…and between a cup of tea and a walk with the dog we are getting ready for the next Miami trip, only ten days to go!

Have a good week everybody

The first thing to do when in Italy? Espresso is my must

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Followed by a polenta based lunch

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How can you not fall in love for Villa del Balbianello? good enough to film Casino Royale and Star wars…good enough for me!

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From Lake Como to Lake Garda to party with friends

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Back to England back to cook! Italian food of course, orecchiette con le cime di rapa, thanks to gino d’acampo recipe

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And orecchiette with cream and smoke salmon, thanks to Gino again

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And coconut muffins for afternoon tea
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And with Coco being Coco

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Getting ready for a night out with friends

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What do Italians eat on a Sunday? My lasagne!

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A day of gardening in the sun

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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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My week in wonderland, spring weather instead than fall weather, long walks, baking, cooking and what else? Of course keep up with Coco!

7 Oct

Dear readers,

I hope you all had a nice weekend, it has been nearly ten days since I come home from Miami and it feels like I have been back for ages, but for once I am not complaining right now, the British weather is still really mild for the time a year and I am enjoying long walks with my loyal companion Coco, baking sessions, shopping trips and gym workouts (well I had one so far…give me the chance please!)

After been sweating a lot in Miami two weeks ago it’s quite nice sometimes to wear a cashmere jumper in the evening, cuddle up on the sofa with a glass of red wine….and I look forward to have the fire on!

My food obsession has reached a scary level and I do not know why, I spend hours looking at recipes, I started to bake apple crumbles and apple pies thanks to our endless stock of apples from our trees, I even attempted my first Victoria Sponge cake…even my husband couldn’t believe that I follow every single step of the recipe…apart the double cream…well I whipped lightly…probably too lightly but it will be better next time!

I have been thinking for over a year to start to collect my recipes  and write them on a book or because I hate follow recipes I should call it scrapbook… what do you reckon guys? Anna and her reinvented Italian recipe book, with British, Spanish and Cuban influences …if I get bored I will start to!

Here we are some pictures…

Have a great week guys!

Walking in the woods with Coco

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After the walk, a quick nap

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Cooking and baking time

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And some nice pictures of me and my husband, to remember the summer…yes I have the Summertime Sadness!

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The puppies diaries part 2: sleepless nights, endless biting, Italian dog sitters, lots of love but I am sorry Coco I need a vacation, roll on Miami next Monday!

11 Feb

Hello readers

Here we are, probably over a week since my last post, very tired indeed today after half sleepless night. Coco decided to start to bark and cry around 5.30am, I was just about to go downstairs to calm her down when I heard the magic noise Coco loves: the food on the scale….the Italian dog sitters (yes, my parents came over to help me out…what’s going to happen when I will have a child??) fed Coco at 5.30am just to keep her quiet…so today Coco has “food jet lag”, she keeps on begging for food at any time!

Do I go out to do a wee and a poo? Well I want a biscuit when I come in or I will bite your toes offnow you wonder why I wear Ugg boots instead than slippers indoors!

Well as you all know I have fallen hard for her, my husband even harder (he went off for a ski trip last week and I swear he missed the dog more than me!) but now I start to feel in a need of a vacation, luckily next Monday we are off to Miami…my mother in law will Cocosit for 10 days…I wish her luck!

I’m sorry all my posts right now have become completely focused on the Dog’s theme…I am promising nice pictures from next week onwards in Florida!

xxx

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The puppies diaries: how can Coco Chanel Elizabeth Taylor Collins steal my heart and put my life upside down like this? The power of a gorgeous Cavalier king Charles puppy

31 Jan

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Hello readers

I cannot believe how my life has changed in just over 2 weeks of having little Coco at home with us. I love her dearly, and I think my husband loves her more than me right now (endless cuddles on the sofa with the dog and not a look to the wife, nice) but I must admit, I did not think it was going to be such hard work to raise and educate a puppy.

I am not a morning person at all, and lack of sleep on the first week hit me badly, and still 2 weeks on to me get up around 7/7.20 in the morning feels like wake up in the middle of the night, I never thought life could start so early in the morning!!

I am not a fashionista but I like every day to get dressed nicely, even if it’s just jeans and cashmere sweater…I can’t do this anymore with a vicious puppy that is trying to bite everything she sees (including my nose and my husband’s) so at the moment is just old jeans and old baggy sweater…anyway who does see you? No one when you spend all day at home!

I enjoy stay at home and just have lazy days sometimes…but now I start to feel a bit trapped in. I am not one of those people who just stay all day sat on the sofa watching E! and Bravo (to be a good real housewife) but my escapes at the moment are just, lock Coco in the kitchen and run to the supermarket … not actually very amusing!

I am even missing all the sales in town…I would just like to go out me and Coco for a walk in town instead than in the fields, but I can’t yet until she has the second vaccination…one more week to go.

I have work to do anyway which is good to be in sometimes….but now I am getting stressed, irritated and grumpy…I even called the gym to start my membership again…just to escape a bit!

Coco…I love you, I love the fact that you are making our days brighten with your presence…but I need to control my life again!!!

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How is it possible something so small can make your heart to skip a beat? Absolutely in love with Coco (Elizabeth Taylor) Collins!

23 Jan

Hello readers

Here I am, really tired but happy, I have always dreamed to have a dog when I was a child, 28 years on I can finally say, yes I have a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, named Coco (with Elizabeth Taylor as middle name, as a tribute to my favourite TV series ever, Sex and the city). Coco is 9 weeks old of sweetness and madness at the same time, how can something so small and cuddly can make you falling in love so hard?

Luckily I work from home because so far she is taking all my time and efforts…here we are some pictures… and a video from the TV series to remind me of the real Elizabeth Taylor

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