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A few more days in the countryside before fly away again, being an housewife full time, still baking a lot and…being obsessed with my new iPhone!

24 Oct

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Hello readers

If I could just speak with hash tags this post will be called #annainherwonderland #hasdiscovered #newhorizons ….yes I finally stepped into the future…I gave up my Blackberry for the new iPhone 5s and I absolutely love it!!!

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My poor husband is quite traditional and not as open as me to change phones, to use tablets and general technology speaking… after a few looks at the iPhone and after a few touches of the screen said: It’s like a mini iPad!

My reply was a bit like “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

The iPhone clearly! 🙂

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Anyway, apart play all day with my iThings (still a definition from my husband) I am working on another wedding in Tuscany, which makes me really excited, we are changing a few bits around at home and I am intrigued by interior design, furniture shops and so on…I keep busy with the dog, as usual, and my food and baking obsession hasn’t stopped…luckily I am still firm on my 50 kilos! I am trying to enjoy the time here as much as I can, until the next trip planned in a few weeks, which I can’t wait for! Ten days in Miami with our good friends, it’s going to be good!

Plus I have so many things to look forward to

  • Miami trip
  • My best friend is coming to visit
  • 10 days in Italy for Christmas

I love the Christmas season, I am already thinking which decorations to go for the tree, I have already made a list of presents for family and friends, and I must be honest, I have already the Christmas cards sorted…call me super organized…or say that I haven’t got a damn to do all day, your choice!!!

xxx

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Two years of blogging, a foodie weekend away in the Italian Riviera, good memories and a bit of homesickness!

28 Aug

Dear readers

I spent three amazing days with my husband and my parents in their place by the seaside in the Italian Riviera and every time I go there I feel like I am a little girl again, I have so many memories of my childhood in that place that every time I have to leave again I feel a bit of a pain in my heart…but I look forward every time to go back there next summer! The weekend was all about to celebrate my birthday and to spend some quality time with my family that I don’t see as much unfortunately. One lunch after another, one drink after the other, one dinner after the other…I might have put some weight on but I don’t care, I love it!! How can I “diet” where there is focaccia, fresh pasta shop and great seafood in every corner?? You can now see some pictures of the weekend…and I realised as well that I have been blogging for two years now…time flies and I still love blogging, thanks to all my supporters that read my posts all the time and keep me motivated to carry on to write the diary of my life!!! xxx

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My breakfast!! Focaccia genovese and caffelatte…yum!

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And finally Goodbye Chiavari, I heart you.

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My birthday has gone but I will keep on celebrating this weekend down in the Italian Riviera with the family, bring it on!

22 Aug

Hello readers

On Monday I celebrated my birthday, the big 29, I am not going to tell my age anymore I am going to stop here, at 29! I had a lovely birthday lunch in London with good friends, good food and good sushi…yes we went to Nobu in Park Lane, I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to go back there! At the moment I am all obsessed with fish and that sushi was just something else…oh god I feel hungry now!

I just cannot still realised that I turned 29, I mean I still feel like I am 17…but clearly I am not anymore … anyway I must admit it is not easy at all for me to celebrate my birthday in England when my family and friends are in Italy..despite how nice it can be  here with my husband and the few friends I have it does not feel the same unfortunately, and I do miss it!

Tomorrow we are flying down to visit my parents in the Italian Riviera for a few days and I simply cannot wait to spend some good time with them! I should get baking when I am back…have you seen one of my birthday presents?

Have a great weekend everyone

x

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My Italian week is over and I feel it! Bergamo and Milano in my heart and soul, but now I can enjoy the British Summer down in Albion!

1 Jul

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Dear readers

I had such a lovely week back home to visit my family and friends that when on Friday I was about to leave I felt tears coming down, I have been living abroad for nearly five years and I have never struggled to leave so much like this time! Anyway, I am back home with my husband and my gorgeous dog, finally summer has arrived in the Kingdom so I am enjoying long sessions in the garden, walking around town and I have to start to kick my own ass at the gym if I want to see some good results…and to get rid of the hangover caused by the weekend!

I am so pleased with myself today, my freelance collaboration with Spanish Mag Flic Magazine is going well and what a coincidence, in this issue Anna in Her wonderland talks Milano… you can find the link here!

http://flicmagazine.com/mag/en/travel/milano-fashion-traffic-noise-pollutionwith-a-special-place-in-my-heart/ (the English version)

http://flicmagazine.com/mag/es/travel/milano-fashion-traffic-noise-pollutionwith-a-special-place-in-my-heart/ (the Spanish version)

Read the full issue of Flic Magazine here

http://flicmagazine.com/mag/

Thanks a lot to the editor to allow myself to talk about my travels in the magazine and thanks a lot to my cousin to be my official photographer (follow him at @farfa10 on twitter and IL_FARFA on instagram!), Longhi family power!!!

Here we are with some pictures taken in Milan and Bergamo my hometown, and of course some good food…and some boozy weekend pictures!

xxx

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Blogging seems sad when you are not in paradise anymore! I miss Miami like crazy, I want to escape again! Italy I’m coming home next week!

20 Jun

Hello dear readers,

I am always late as usual, but as you all know the jet lag hits me hard every time and makes me a bit sad and a bit grumpy, unfortunately life goes on and we can’t only live of good memories!

Miami was amazing as always or even better, we even started to get into basketball while following the last few games of the Miami Heat (I do not know a thing about basketball but let’s get into…why I can’t say basketball match anyway??? People were laughing at me!), we have been just chilling, eating, drinking and enjoying the time…plus I fell hard for an amazing hotel very close to us, the Mandarin Oriental….I love it and I can’t wait to go back there again, maybe to use the spa!!!

America treats me well I must say, people are friendly, they look at me in a funny way when they think I am Hispanic and my only words are: ENTIENDE MA NO ABLA ESPANOL!!!

Next week finally after nearly six months I am going to visit my family in Italy, it’s going to be only for a few days but I cannot wait…until the next adventure in July!

Today I was going through some nice blogs and thanks to an American blogger who followed me yesterday I discovered about.me ….why am I always behind the trends? Check me out!

http://about.me/annalisa_collins

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The ups and downs of dieting…crazy cravings, food obsession or more? I blame my vacation in Miami!!

2 May

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I have been over indulging for 12 days, I cannot bare the idea to deprive myself of a dirty stinking burger and fries If I want to, ok the bikini started to feel a bit tight but as I said to my friends, more responsible than me…Sod it the diet starts on Monday when I will be back…but when I got back and checked my weight on the scale I wanted to bang my head on the wall…2.5 kg more (5.5 pounds), damn me and my food obsession!!!!

No reason to panic, let’s just start to cut down on alcohol first of all : I have been drinking a lot but that is what you do in vacation, you don’t drink a bottle of Corona and think : Oh yes this is already 148 calories…oh yes let’s pop the champagne at 10.30 am, which must be 5pm somewhere…and here we are another 89 calories per glass….  But as my dad would say to my husband when we stay by the seaside in Italy when the new bottle of Prosecco comes up…Holiday!!! (Or Vacation! for Americans)

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Anyway I am not 20 years old anymore and my metabolism is not as fast anymore so I am trying to go back on track cooking lots of fish, chicken, cutting down portions of pasta, never been crazy for chocolate and what happened?

I suddenly find myself obsessed with “I need a piece of chocolate right now”! I find myself on my iPad checking new recipes most of the day, and because I haven’t drunk anything alcoholic since Saturday night I started to crave even that….tonight we are going out for dinner with friends in town and do you know what I can’t wait to have? A Bombay gin and tonic before dinner!!!!

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1kg (2.2 pounds) has already gone down ( probably water retention)  and I still have a lot to work on. Luckily I have a crazy dog here that needs walking and exercise so at least I have to get out and walk a lot with Coco and listen to me….I went back to the gym today…please orchestra go on….we need to celebrate this rare moment!!

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And what about this weekend that we are going to visit friends in the Cotswolds? Fuck the diet let’s start again on Monday….actually on Tuesday because Monday is bank-holiday….thanks British calendar!!!

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Xxx

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, an Italian Christmas!!! Love being home surrounded by family and friends and off to Miami with my husband in 3 days!

24 Dec

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in every store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

Do you feel the festive spirit? Do you feel the love in the air? I do and I am so happy to breathe an Italian Christmas again! I have been back since Thursday and I have been non-stop as usual and I am looking forward to celebrate tonight with friends and to celebrate tomorrow with the family, Happy Christmas everyone…now some pictures of the past few days!

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December, 10 days before going home, 15 days to Christmas…it’s all about the Christmas tree and…the Christmas treats! Leaving UK, welcome myself home in Italy and come and fly with me to Miami for New Year!

10 Dec

Hello readers

I am sorry I have been quite busy recently with my new adventure but this is not a good reason to leave my beloved blog for too long, the thing is…I have been in England for too long and I am losing my words…I need to go back home to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends, and meet people who enjoy having a chat with other people…not like the bloody cold Brits!

Christmas tree is up, finally, most Christmas presents have been wrapped, a few still missing…but we are getting there!!!

Have a good week everyone, let’s start the countdown to Christmas….15 days to go!!! Going back home…10 days to go….going back to Miami….17 days to go, OH YEAH!

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Happy birthday to my dad today….and Merry Christmas to all of you soon!!

4 Dec

I cannot still believe that today is my dad’s birthday and I am not even in Italy to celebrate with the family…well we should celebrate more at Christmas then! Happy birthday Papi!

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FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY….that’s what I am doing and I am so proud of myself today! Anna in her wonderland is launching Italian wedding in wonderland!

28 Nov

I haven’t felt that happy and satisfied for a while. I mean, workwise. I have finally pulled myself together and I have followed my dreams and now my perseverance is paying off. I am so proud to announce that Anna has created Italian Wedding in Wonderland…I even designed the website on my own! I feel so pleased with myself and I am so happy that at the moment I have two lovely clients who are helping me every day to build the strength to carry on and do what I really want to do, be an Italian wedding planner.

If you want to have a look at my website, this is the address

www.italianweddinginwonderland.com

Any comment, positive or even negative will be appreciated.

Thanks a lot to all my readers…Buena Suerte to me!!!

Xxx

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