7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 7)

Happy Friday to you all! I am just so spoiled, we had both Wednesday and Thursday off of classes due to the Italian Labor day and the fact that my professor’s wife just had a baby! Woo! Elizabeth Irene. What a precious gem. We always have Fridays off so we get a 5 day weekend this week. “When in Rome” I guess…

1. Today we took a group trip to Capri. I was just there two weeks ago, but it is so stunning I didn’t mind. Today was 80+ and sunny, just perfect. It is very touristy, especially for Americans–so we were able to converse with a lot of people. Also, the area of Capri and the Amalfi Coast are known for their lemons and Limoncello alcohol. I really don’t care for the alcohol, but today we tried it in a frozen slushy form-that was awesome!

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This is the “Blue Grotto.” The water is totally illuminated and colored by the sun.

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We took a boat tour around the island and that little archway is called the “Kissing Cave.” Newlyweds traditionally go there and kiss for good luck on a long marriage.

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This was the view from above from Anacapri to Capri. The land form to the left and in the background is the mainland of Italy.

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We took a chair lift to the top of a mountain and this was the view.

2. Have you heard of the website “Encouraged“? I just came across it, and it’s kind of like an online magazine with just a bunch of really great articles on the life of a woman. It still surprises me that so many initiatives are either being formed or are continuing to be sustained in order to build women up and affirm their femininity and holiness. What a gift!

3. My friends and I are obsessed with these series of YouTube videos: Kids Snippets. You’ve got to check them out. Here is Drivers Ed, but Basketball Class and Math Class are also hilarious:

4. Did you see the “modesty” guidelines ABC sent out for the Grammy’s? What do you think?

CBS Program Practices advises that all talent appearing on camera please adhere to Network policy concerning wardrobe.

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could  possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.

5. Today was my deadline for an article about “May the Month of Our Mother”  for the local newsletter “Heart of the Matter.” I’ll keep you posted when it is published but until then, check out the other articles in Heart of the Matter, including a couple by my brother, and consider contributing!

6. Monday was the feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Her head is in Siena but the rest of her remains are in Rome. It was so wonderful to spend some time praying with her at her tomb on the anniversary of her birth into eternal life. I was also happy to see so many people visiting St. Catherine’s tomb. I also happened to be there at the perfect time to go to Mass in English. That was just an extra special gift.

7. Have you seen the movie “Pitch Perfect?” I don’t really like most of it, but my favorite part is the “rap battle” half way through. I think the main character has a really beautiful voice, so for fun my friend and I made a cover for my brother who I miss of a song in the movie. Enjoy!

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7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 6)

Happy Friday! We are so blessed to be alive. Just sayin’…

1) Last weekend my dad came to visit me! I met him on the Amalfi Coast (Southern/Mid part of Italy) and we spent the weekend soaking up the sun and beautiful scenery. We also took a day trip to Capri (which I get to go back to in a couple weeks)! Capri was absolutely the most beautiful place I’ve been. Ireland was awesome, but this was a different kind of beautiful. My dad the photographer is the bomba-check these bad boys out:

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The view of Positano, where we stayed. The dome of the Church is the little Cathedral, Santa Maria D’Assunta.

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This was also in Positano, on a little hidden beach at sun-down.

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I thought this was a really fun door. But this always happens-I’ll go hiking with my dad so I wear comfy clothes and he likes to take lots of pictures. First World problems…

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A beach in Capri- the water was SO clear!

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The view from our terrace at dusk.

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Just off the coast of Salerno.

2) Here’s my outfit pic of the day. Another friend, Emily Brom, took these ones. I’m so Blessed to have amazing photographers in the house, I have no idea what I’m going to do this summer! :/

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Top: Unionbay (kids), Necklace: Charlotte Russe, Capris: Old Navy, Sandals: Candies

3) Monday is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena! ♫Celebrate good times, come on!♫  Her head is in Siena, but the rest of her body is here in Rome. Guess where I will be on Monday?

4) I have just finally gotten on board with Twitter. I was trying to hold out because a) I didn’t understand the point and b) I didn’t want to get addicted like I am to facebook. But I really like seeing what articles people share. Here is one I came across yesterday: “It’s Time for Better Women’s Magazines” I really like the idea of choosing a variety of body types for models. I learned by watching the “Killing Me Softly IV” documentary that the stereotypical model body type is a body type, but that only represents less than 2% of the female population. I think that’s a problem.
Do you know of any solid magazines for women? I love these ones:
Verily Magazine, Eliza Magazine, Radiant, Bow & Arrow

5) I came across a lot of really awesome Christian yet bangin’ beats songs yesterday. Check these out!



6) Speaking of music. I love to sing. And sometimes I get prideful and like to show off. And sometimes I get selfish and shy and don’t want to share. But I think I made a break through this week. I was asked to Cantor at Mass the other day, and it went really well. It was difficult because I don’t know how to read music, and it was Gregorian Chant. But I had awesome and patient teachers, and I was so glad to be able to give my gift back to the Lord. Holla!

7)  I have some ridiculously exciting fashion-related news that I will be revealing soon. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Musings of a Singleton on Valentine’s Day

During the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day I kept forgetting it was coming up, and even on Thursday I kept forgetting it was Valentine’s Day. The women in the community got all dressed up for the day, made dinner together and snuggled up to watch The Incredibles. (We all decided it was best not to watch an overtly romantic movie). All in all it was just what we needed.

Disclaimer: I don’t know if anyone will care about what I am about to share, but I just wanted to “put it on paper” for at least myself, and hopefully one or two other people might find this enlightening.

My roommate helped me discover something really interesting about my prayer life. Some people relate to God as father, brother, or friend, but I relate best to him as lover. I feel that my biggest struggle with placing things before God is desiring a relationship with a man more than I desire one with God.

I have such a soft spot for love songs, but especially R&B love songs. They just get right to the core of one’s desires and thoughts and feelings about love and they don’t mince words. It’s “Imma tell you exactly how I feel about you to the whole world.” Amen, Beyonce, you do that. (PS. Blog post on her to come). Lately, as I am consciously trying to look to God in times of longing for love, the best way I can do that is sing/listen to love songs, imagining God is the speaker. Have I lost you yet? Just see what I mean…

God says: You should let me love you, let me be the one to give you everything you want and need. Good love and protection, make me your selection, I’ll show you the way love is supposed to be. You should let me love you. You deserve better, girl. You know you deserve better. Your true beauty’s description looks so good that it hurts. You’re a dime plus ninety-nine and it’s a shame, you don’t even know what you’re worth.

God says: These fists will always protect you. Let my love adorn you. And this mind will never neglect you. The same way that the stars adorn the skies. Gotta let my love adorn you.

And what if this was our song to the Lord?
It’ll take at least a million years
To give you everything that you give to me
I can’t see me without you

I wear my heart on my sleeve and I don’t care who sees
I just wanna give you love
Through the storm, through the rain
You can take everything cause it don’t mean a thing
If I don’t have your love
you are the one thing I can’t lose
I’m nothing without you

You make me wanna be a better (wo)man
Everyday I get up and go to work for you
I just wanna please you
Flowers, cotton candy, diamond rings, shopping sprees
Will never add up to the love you give to me

Plus the beats are bangin’. Do you have any favorite songs that help you relate to God?