Monday, 22 October 2018

music monday ~ N.36

This Music Monday features Italian rapper and singer, Fred De Palma, otherwise known as Federico Palana.  This 29 year old artist started in the competition scenes of Milano and Torino. Slowly he climbed up the ranks, even garnering a spot on the second season of MTV Italy's freestyle rap competition programme, Spit, along the way.

Now as a Warner Music artist, De Palma, released his latest album, Hanglover, from which we hear today's featured song, "Un'altra notte" ("Another Night").  This song, which features Italian artist, Giulia Jean, talks about a broken relationship.  The two individuals are missing each other, and expressing their heart break, as they remember some tender moments during their troubled time together.

Check out the full translation of lyrics below, as well as the video!


Saturday, 20 October 2018

SQ1's One Night in La Dolce Vita 2018

Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending Square One's second annual, "One Night in La Dolce Vita," a fundraiser benefitting both Oakville Hospital Foundation and Trillium Health Partners Foundation. Once again, no detail was spared on this amazing event, fully immersing guests in an authentic Italian experience complete with great food, decor and music!

The grand rotunda was transformed for the evening, with a beautiful fountain found in the centre surrounded by beautiful red roses and lush greenery.  Marble-esque statues, red roses and beautiful greenery were sprinkled throughout the venue, specifically around the various food stations which included a pasta bar, antipasto bar and fish bar complete with lobster and oysters.  There were a few new additions this year, including a "panzerottini" station by Jamie's Italian restaurant, that served mini panzerotti stuffed with smoked scarmorza and gremolata dusted with chili, fennel and grated parmigiano (so yummy!), as well as, a gelato ape truck providing a variety of tasty gelato treats.

Seeing as the evening was Venetian-inspired, the 1600 guests in attendance had the opportunity to witness the creation of glass-blown flowers, be greeted by Venetian stilt walkers, and take a photo on a gondola with singing gondoliers. 

While you weren't participating in one of those actives or indulging in the great food and drink, you could enjoy the various promotions and services offered by the various participating shops, such as Harry Rosen's specially curated pieces for the event; complimentary makeup and skincare consultations offered at Holt Renfrew; one-of-a-kind bracelet design at Links of London Sweetie Bracelet Design Bar; or personalized styling sessions with Michael Kors stylists.  Many stores also provided the opportunity to enter a draw to win a shopping spree, and/or offered complimentary food and drinks.  Just as they did last year, participating retailers donated 10% of their sales to the two foundations; in fact, Alex and Ani donated an extra 5%, making their total contribution 15% of their sales.

As if the event was not delightful enough already, guests also got the chance to see a pizza contest hosted by restauranteur, Janet Zuccarini - who was the Master of Ceremonies for the event - and celebrity chef, Bobby Flay!  With his well-known competitive spirit, chef Bobby Flay was the perfect host for such a competition, and not only delivered well, but surprised the audience with a decision to match the $5,000 prize with an additional $5,000 of his own, making the grand prize of the pizza contest a $10,000 donation to the winner's choice of foundation.  It was truly an exciting site to see! 

Between the 100% of proceeds from tickets sales, proceeds given by participating retailers, including the Venetian glass blower, and a donation by Raffi Jewellers, the event raised over $90,000 collectively for the two foundations. What a success! 

Much praise to the event organizers for transporting us all to il bel paese for one delightful evening, all while benefitting a great cause!  I can still hear the beautiful live Italian music from Carlo Coppola and his band as we all danced the night away! Grazie Square One!

If you are further interested in learning more about this event and/or how to donate to the two foundations, please visit the Square One - One Night in La Dolce Vita - event page as well as the Oakville Hospital Foundation page and the Trillium Health Partners Foundation page.

Check out some highlights of the evening below: 














Thursday, 4 October 2018

Dolce To-Do ~ October



October is here and there is lots to see and do!  With Thanksgiving and Halloween, and all the pumpkin spice in between, this month is full of many dolce experiences.  If you're not sure where to start, just check out the ideas below to help in your planning :)

1. Take a fall road trip ~ With all the beautiful colours of the season, October is the optimal time to take a scenic drive.  Bring along your favourite soundtrack for the perfect ride!

2. Create a fall playlist ~ Speaking of road trip music, you can also make a playlist for the season!  Often times, with the change of season, comes a change of sound in music, as well.  As we surround ourselves with cozy knits, baked goods, and warm glows from the fireplace, we usually feel the desire for more relaxing, and subdued tunes. Go ahead, grab a pumpkin-spice latte, curl up with a blanket, and start saving those favourite songs! 

3.Visit a famer's market ~ Fresh fruit, fresh veggies, fresh pie...oh my! With the harvest in full swing, October is a great time to visit your local farmer's market.  Take advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegetables to create some healthy, organic meals.

4. Visit a pumpkin patch ~ With Thanksgiving and Halloween to celebrate, pumpkins are a must during the month of October!  Picking out a unique pumpkin from a patch is a fun activity for all ages.  What's more, most places offer other enjoyable activities such as hay rides, mazes, and zoo visits, as well as, fresh food made on the premise.  Plan accordingly and make a day out of your visit!

5. Jump in a pile of leaves ~ Although there is much yard work to do once the leaves start falling, there is also much fun to be had!  Take a break from the yard chores, be a kid again (or call your kids along, if you have any) and have some fun playing in the leaves!

6. Sweater season ~ Fall calls for cozy knits!  Indulge in a little shopping, and pick out your favourite trends of the season to help keep you warm!

7. Update your look ~ With fall comes darker tones in the hair and makeup world.  Consider switching up your lighter locks for a darker shade, and switch out the softer lip colours for deeper tones such as crimson red, burgundy, or maroon.

8. Get crafty! ~ With the holidays and seasonal change in October, there are ample opportunities to create some interesting crafts.  Consider designing a beautiful centerpiece for Thanksgiving, painting a picture of the colours of fall, or decorating a pumpkin!


9. Watch a Halloween inspired movie ~ Whether you're into light humor, or something super scary, grab some popcorn and tune into your favorite Halloween inspired film to help get into the holiday spirit!

10. Get costume ready ~  Have some fun with this - just think, for one day, you can be anyone/thing you want to be!  Whether you're taking kids trick-or-treating, handing out candy, or attending a Halloween soiree, put in some effort and look the part! ;)



Monday, 1 October 2018

MUSIC MONDAY ~ N.35

Hello October!  We are officially knee-deep in the fall season, and I couldn't be happier!  The colours of nature, the crisp air and the fun holidays, make this month such a special treat!

To kick off the month, Viva la Dolce has a unique Music Monday song to share.  The song is, "Start Again" by American pop rock band, OneRepublic and features Milanese-Italian rapper, Vegas Jones. This unique collaboration results in an ear-catching track with OneRepublic's talented vocals nicely complimented by Vegas Jones' melodic rap.  What's more, this multi-lingual collaboration is a great way to introduce the Italian language to english-speaking listeners, as the song is mainly in English with only a small rap section in Italian.

Find out for yourself how great this tune is by watching and listening to the video below.  As always, a translation of the Italian lyrics, can be found below the video.

Happy listening!



Friday, 28 September 2018

Dolce To-Do ~ September


With the month of September coming to an end, I am in disbelief at how fast this month flew by!  It's definitely been a busy one here at Viva la Dolce, as we prepare for many exciting fall events!

While each month has it's share of busy moments, September is one of those months filled with many new beginnings and adventures, making it one of the more active months in the calendar.  As we pull ourselves from the lazy days of summer, September forces us to bounce back into full school and/or work mode, and prepare for the holidays ahead (Thankgiving, Halloween, and Christmas!).

I hope many of you found some dolce moments throughout the month to enjoy some of the more fun "to-dos" on your list! ;)  If not, you still have one last weekend left of the month to enjoy!  Check out some fun ideas below on how to make the most of these last days of September!

 1. Apple Picking ~ Visit a local orchard and enjoy a fun day of apple picking!  Many orchards also feature other great activities to enjoy while you're there, such as hay rides and games, as well as, some fresh baked treats (yum!)

2. Pumpkin Spice ~ Enjoy some "pumpkin spice" wherever you go!  It seems most companies have jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon - from food, to clothing to stationary - leaving no shortage of "pumpkin spice" items to enjoy during the month.  The lattes and muffins are definitely a must-have on my list!

3. Collect Fall Leaves ~ As the seasons change over, you will find the sidewalks and streets filled with beautiful leaves. Collect some and create a fun craft, or simply frame some of your favourite leaves for some unique nature inspired decor! 

4. Get out the cozy stuff ~ From oversized sweaters to furry blankets and fuzzy slippers, September is definitely the month to start snuggling up in your favourite cozy items!

5. Decorate for fall ~ It's time to open the fall decor boxes and start decorating! Whether pumpkins and gourds are your thing, or strictly halloween decor, you can now officially dress up your home with it all!  

Enjoy! 

Monday, 3 September 2018

MUSIC MONDAY ~ N.34

Hello, and happy September!  

September is always an exciting month as it marks an unofficial new year and hence, a fresh start.  Also, it brings the much anticipated cooler temperatures after a hot and humid summer!

With this Music Monday falling on the first week of September, thus back-to-school time, I chose a song by Elisa, entitled, "A Modo Tuo" ("In Your own Way").  This song describes a parent's emotions as they watch their little one grow and make their way in the world.  The lyrics are beautiful and so very true (warning: you may need a tissue box!).

With my own little ones embarking on their own new beginnings this month, I dedicate this song to them. To all those facing new adventures with their loved ones, enjoy!

Happy listening everyone!

Saturday, 25 August 2018

FALL BAG PICKS

I can't believe the summer has already come to an end!  Just a couple of weeks left before it's officially sweater weather!  While part of me will miss the lazy days in the sun, the other part of me cannot wait to bring out the fall fashion! In preparation for the fall, I am researching the perfect bags for the upcoming season. To help me do this, I have partnered with Poppy and Peonies, who have just launched their fall collection!  

As a fan of their line, I was thrilled when I received The Soho Satchel in cognac.  It's a great sized bag, with a variety of pockets, allowing this busy mamma and working woman, the ability to carry all her necessities! 


Before receiving the Soho Satchel, I had already been using The Cali Crossbody in black, and The Everyday Crossbody in Nude*.  The Cali has been a great day-night bag, while the Everyday Crossbody has been the perfect purse to use while getting stuff done on the go!  Also, I love the fact that it has a removable clutch, which I can use when I just want to bring along a few basic pieces instead of my whole purse.

Check out these two bags and more in my Poppy and Peonies Top 10 Fall Picks list below. Happy Shopping!





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*non-gifted items
This post is sponsored by Poppy and Peonies; all opinions are my own.
 

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