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!) 

Monday, 30 July 2018


This week's Music Monday post features one of my all-time favourite Italian bands, Negramaro.
I have followed this band for quite some time, and am happy to see that their musical talents have allowed them to create hit after hit after hit over the years.

This week's featured song is a slower-tempo tune, that speaks about a potentially retuning love, and whether or not that love will actually come back.  With his beautifully, haunting voice, Giuliano Sangiorgi (the band's lead singer), carries you along his journey, allowing you to sit right alongside him while waiting for his love.

Check out the video and lyrics (and translation), below!

Friday, 27 July 2018

How to style denim this summer

A few posts ago, I introduced you to my niece, Stephanie, who joined Viva la Dolce as a contributing writer.  In her first post, she gave us great suggestions for spring dresses; Stephanie is back again with more fashion advice, this time, on the current denim trend. Read on for some great tips and links for your summer wardrobe!

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Denim has been a long-time staple in many people's wardrobes for hundreds of years.  This textile has an extensive history of reinvention and popularity in the fashion industry.  The use of denim in fashion has continued to grow from its initial use to create classic jeans in the 17th century (back when they were known as the "working-man's pant"!) to its enormous popularity and categorization as an essential item in the 1950's. Fast forward to the 1990s, and denim was largely worn in the "over-baggy" jean trend, while the next decade saw an exact opposite trend with the super-skinny low-rise jeans in the early 2000s.  Looking back on all of denim's past iconic style moments, it's clear that the use of the material has been changing with the times and growing in the fashion industry for literally centuries!

Seeing as denim is so versatile, it is no surprise that it continues to thrive in today's fashion industry.  There are so many ways to wear denim today that go way beyond the traditional pair of jeans.  In fact, in recent years, high fashion brands have begun to incorporate denim into more unconventional pieces of clothing and accessories (such as bags, shoes, and even jewellery!) more and more.  To help you keep up with this trend, here are nine different items that you can use to incorporate some denim into your outfits right now!

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Nonna's waffles

There is something special about what a nonna (grandma) bakes.  It can be the simplest, easiest dish, but with her touch, it becomes the most scrumptious treat!  One such treat is our nonna's waffles! 
These waffles are quick and easy to make!  They can be enjoyed with some syrup, jam, or better yet, nutella (yum!).  You can also enjoy them as a special summer treat, with your favourite ice cream squished between two waffle slices (double yum!).   
Check it out this dolce recipe below and enjoy! 

12 eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup of oil
2 cups of sugar
1 shot of sweet liqueur of choice (*optional*)
5 teaspoons of baking powder
5 cups of flour (approximately)

*mix all ingredients; if you notice the batter is too runny then add flour; if the batter is too thick then add milk
*pour one scoop of batter into waffle maker at a time (amount depends on desired size and thickness); remove cooked waffle from waffle maker; let waffles cool completely before eating

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