A Year in Reflection to Welcome 2018

This year has been quite a whirlwind of changes. From living in Germany and traveling throughout Europe, to settling in Maine and starting a new home base. Thanks to my blog and instagram I am able to express my life by storytelling through pictures, videos and writing and sharing with you all. Not only has my personal life changed, but also my Blog and Social Media Management. I’m doing exactly what I love to do, help others achieve their goals, and also my personal blog of expressing my style, the places I like to go, the people I love to see like family and friends, how I decorate my home, what my dogs like to do, and so on.

There are a few different GOALS I’ve achieved in 2017, my future goals I’ll list at the end =)

FASHION BLOGGER GOALS from 2017:

My most recent collaboration with IFCHIC.com

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MCQ – ALEXANDER MCQUEEN TOP

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One of my goals for last year was to have brand partnerships that reached into the luxury market. Don’t get me wrong, I love fast fashion and the ability to keep up with trends as they come, but I also love the brand message that certain designer names hold like Alexander McQueen, a designer that will forever be one of my favorites.  It seems surreal that just a year ago I would dream to get such partnerships, and now it is becoming a reality that I absolutely want to continue to do.

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BUYING A HOME:

Something tells me that this New Year of 2018 has many more dreams to be fulfilled, and this year was just the beginning of making it all happen. I received this chandelier from BUILD.COM – an extensive website of home decor and renovation products. I love the chandelier so much, it adds femininity and a sense of muted oppulance in my formal dining room overlooking the living room. I love being a homeowner because now I can decorate and change things as time goes by. My YouTube home tour was not my finest creation, but check it out here, it’s been a while since I’ve made videos and I’ll definitely continue onto 2018.

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MAKING NEW AND STRONG FRIENDSHIPS:

wearing RED – VALENTINO TOP

Another designer that will always be one of my favorites is VALENTINO – a brand that evokes luxury and dreams of success and class.

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The end of 2017 helped introduce me to new friendships, something I’ve always held on to was the necessity of having friendships, I believe they help you connect, grow your horizons, and influence your actions for the better. I can’t wait for what 2018 has to offer!

MY BUSINESS:

Being a Social Media Manager, this year has really taught me so much on how to maintain business relationships, but there can also be a sense of friendship when you are consistently talking with people about their goals, daily life tasks, dreams and achievements.

GOALS for 2018:

  • Embrace the journey, but land each opportunity and do more outreach
  • Find a great way to relax: yoga, meditation, create new habits? Not sure what this will be yet
  • Improve the communication with my husband – although we already work on this daily and I love him dearly
  • Create more content for my Blog/Youtube/TRAVEL blogger content – i’ve never fully embraced the benefits of being a travel blogger – so watch my travels in 2018 =)!
  • Expand my business to further than just myself – finding ways to leverage my resources and maybe bring on my first employee or intern.
  • Become more professional with my business – finalizing my website
  • just OWN IT – must know my self worth – boost that inner self confidence

 

 

Lake Maggiore in Stresa, Italy

Lake Maggiore in Stresa, Italy
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Amazing view from the terrace

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A couple levels down from the terrace and you see a little lake beach and gorgeous mountains
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The pool had glittering stones in the bottom and gave extra beauty to the hotel
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The dinner view with sunset ❤
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My Dinner Date =)
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Even when raining the terrace is beautiful
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Grabbing a bite in a neighboring Italian neighborhood on Lake Maggiore

After traveling over the Swiss Alps and going through some winding streets, we found ourselves in Lake Maggiore in Stresa Italy. We stayed at Hotel Splended, a sweet hotel right on the water and walking distance to a little lake town with cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. The view was so beautiful, I found myself in shock every time I looked at it.

I honestly prefer to go in pools, so I spent a nice day relaxing poolside with refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktails and dipping in the cool water whenever I felt I had enough sun. Later in the evenings we would either walk to find restaurants along the water or stay at the restaurant at the hotel. My favorite was the restaurant at the hotel because of the magnificent view and service. It was an extremely romantic place for Champagne, Italian eats and great company.

When walking around the shops and promenade it was easiest to wear little sundresses and at night time flowy tops and shorts with heels to cool down in the summer air. I will definitely recommend to visit this romantic area.

A visit to Le Train Bleu: The Dining Car Restaurant inside Bloomingdales

A visit to Le Train Bleu: The Dining Car Restaurant inside Bloomingdales

Image-1-10Image-1-13Image-1-12 Image-1-11 Image-1-9 Image-1-8This hidden gem of a restaurant is located on the 6th floor of Bloomingdales at 1000 3rd Avenue off of Madison ave. My friend Sandra has a fashion blog SandraManay.com and we went to Parsons together. We decided this would be a great spot to have delicious and traditional Croque-monsieur and Mussels in white wine sauce. Sandra and I talked about blogging and our love for fashion. The sunglasses I am wearing are now my favorite pair of sunglasses thanks to this lovely company JPLUS, an italian brand that has quite unique shapes and styles.