la dolce vita, at home.

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if you asked me where else in the world i might like to live, the answer hands-down would be italy. i love everything about the italian culture — the friendly people, the slow life, eating amazing fresh food al fresco, drinking wine on warm nights outdoors in charming cafes. those gardens created in window boxes but that spill lushly over tiny balconies — sigh.... 
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mangia monday!

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we all know about Meatless Monday, but how about Mangia Monday? Mangia Monday is when you really want to make a nice meal for friends and family but you might be dragging just a tad from all your weekend activities. i honestly just made it up, but it feels fitting. the fine folks at Bertolli invited me to try out their pasta dishes — the easy ones that literally go from... 
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affogato, anyone?

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This post was created in connection with my appointment as a nespresso “A Cup Above” participant. All opinions are my very own. have you ever had the pleasure of tasting an affogato? no? well, you’re in for a really delicious experience. An affogato is a coffee-based dessert in the form of a creamy rich drink. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato... 
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vintage finds for a modern world: brown bottles.

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sarah ingram. brown can get such a bad rap, don’t you think? it’s often labeled as boring and sometimes gets lumped in with beige and bachelor pads — and not in a good way. and yet ‘brown’ is all around us — it’s everywhere we look in nature: beautiful big oak trees, endless prairies and rolling hillsides. and then there’s classic... 
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here, i made you something.

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is it too early for this? nah! it’s the holidays, and my very favorite festive cocktail has got to be the manhattan. so elegant, so slightly sweet and smokey. you don’t need much to make one, and that’s another reason i find them really easy to prepare for unexpected drop-in guests. besides some really lovely martini glasses, like these waterford from lux... 
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