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


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!  


Monday, 3 September 2018


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


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.

Monday, 13 August 2018


This Monday brings another Italian summer hit!  

This song, entitled, "Non ti dico no" ("I won't tell you no") features reggae and hip hop group, Boomdabash and the iconic, Loredana Bertè.

The vibe of the song matches the chill tone of summer perfectly, while the lyrics reflect the carefree atmosphere that summer brings, where spur-of-the-moment fun is embraced.

There is some fun language play in the lyrics, as the group nods to their southern roots (the group is from the Italian region, Puglia) with the dialect phrase, "sciamune," meaning "to go out." (Note - The "Bedda" lyric that precedes "sciamune," refers to the singer Lorenda Bertè.) 

Check out the fun video below where the group and Lorenda Bertè perform the song live in the city of Lecce in Puglia.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Dolce To-Do ~ August List

So, it's the last month of summer...are you panicking yet?  Well, hopefully not!  Many people get a little anxious as they realize that summer is winding down - especially if they haven't crossed off all their "to-do" items yet.  Hopefully you aren't in that position, but if so, take a deep breath, relax and start planning.  Don't waste another minute of these summer days! 

Check out the list below for some fun activities to make the most of the last few weeks of summer!

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1. Check out a summer concert: Open air concerts are an amazing experience!  Check out your local listings, and book your tickets for a night of entertainment under the stars.

2. Camp out: Whether you love the great outdoors, or prefer "glamping" it up in a chic little cottage, set aside some time to enjoy this great summer activity.  You don't ever realize how much of a break you need from city-life until you take one!

3. Roast Marshmellows: Whether part of a camping trip or an activity on it’s own, roasting marshmellows in the great outdoors is a fun activity for both kids and adults. Be sure to get the jumbo marshmallows for extra gooey-ness! 

4. Enjoy a boat cruise: You don’t have to own a yacht to enjoy some time on the water. simply book a local boat cruise! Hosting an event? Consider renting a boat for your party! 

5. Visit the zoo: The zoo is always fun during the summer months. Seeing the animals up close and personal is always a treat! Just be sure not to go when it’s too hot, as the animals will be hiding for some shade. 

6. Visit a theme park: Rides, shows, food - theme parks are your one-stop shop for a fun full-day activity. Visit a local park, or splurge a bit and book a destination park.

7. Watch an outdoor movie: Whether visiting a drive-in or setting up your own movie screening in your backyard, be sure to try out this great summer activity. With a blanket, some popcorn and a sky full of stars, it will be surely be one of your favourite movie watching experiences!

8. Indulge in fresh eats: Summer is definitely the time to indulge in fresh, local eats. If you have the opportunity, try growing a vegetable garden, or even some berries. The effort is worth the tasty reward! 

9. Bake some treats: With all the fresh fruit and vegetables in abundance, now is a great time to look up some of your favourite recipes and bake away! Another great sweet treat is to take those veggies and fruits and make great frozen treats!

10. Soak in the sun: Whether it's lounging on a beach, playing with your kids in the yard, or sipping a drink on a patio, make sure to soak up the vitamin D in these weeks of summer! You know you will be missing it when the cold weather hits. (Don't forget to lather not the SPF of course!) 

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