30 October 2011

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise." -Sidonie Gabrielle
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Herman Cain
"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things." -Albert Einstein
"Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them."
"Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed." -Storm Jameson
"Happiness always looks so small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is." -Maxim Gorky
"There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them." -Anthony de Mello
"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will." -Epictetus
 photography by riojasauros, on flickr.

25 October 2011

Tuesday Giveaway!

Super excited for this giveaway (...as always!) Natacha makes these beautiful woven fabric necklaces and when I saw them in her shop, Nonoukiko, I fell in LOVE! They are so cute; would spice up any outfit, and be so flattering too. The lucky winner of this giveaway will get to choose from any of the colors
! Here are some options:

(I'd pick the salmon!)

I can totally picture wearing this with a simple white top and jeans...or maybe a striped top to mix patterns and colors and have a crazy fun outfit...or maybe even a high wasted skirt with a ruffly blouse! So many options!

Make sure to visit Natacha's shop to check out some other pretty jewelry she makes, and her Facebook as well!

To enter:
Simply leave a comment!
Followers of Una Bella Vita may leave two comments for an extra chance of winning!
I'll pick a winner, via random number generator, on Tuesday November 1st!
Good Luck!

Hollow Bones, Congrats, you're the winner!
Email me asap!

24 October 2011

Punting on the River Cam

Cambridge, England
pretty photo by Thomas Heylen, on flickr
I did this once...waaay back in 04. I actually got to stand up on the back and use that long pole and let me tell you it was NOT easy. I was sore for days! But Cambridge was beautiful.

21 October 2011

love these girls...and Twitter!

Yes, it's true - I've given in and joined Twitter. Honestly....not really sure about this, but I thought it was time to connect better with you lovely readers and maybe do some short, sweet, and inspiring tweets to brighten up your days. Maybe? Well, hopefully I'll get the hang of it.
Follow me here, let's connect!

19 October 2011

i like...

boys with flowers...

tea and toast...

pretty chairs, good books, and a lazy afternoon....

piles of whipped cream on my hot cocoa...

What are you liking this week?

18 October 2011


I love Moleskins. I've never tried using one as a sketchbook like those ^, but love the amazing and cute Moleskin doodles done here. I have one that I keep in my purse and write lists in, keep important addresses in, doodle in while I'm on the phone, or use it to play hangman with my little sister in church..(shhh!) But every time I'm in Barnes & Nobles I spent a lot of time lingering around the display trying to justify buying another one. Do any of you keep a Moleskin? What do you use yours for?

14 October 2011

Weekend Love.


Not too sure what this movie is about, but gosh, the trailer is beautiful.

Ahhh, if I had one wish I would use it to go to Paris

Biggest fall trend right now...not sure what I think about them.

Great advice.

Dying to get my hands on this book

Speaking of books, has anyone read the Hunger Games? If so, what did you think? 

A perfect fall drink.

Ahhh, all 90s kids will love this.

Trapdoor in the kitchen floor - my dream home would definitely have this.

The sweetest 'first look' ever....I might have teared up myself. I think we all deserve a love like this.

In LOVE with this bag. If only I wasn't a starving grad school student!

Have a lovely weekend, and don't forget to enter this weeks giveaway!

13 October 2011

Thursday Giveaway!

Today I have a really lovely Giveaway from Kate, a super talented art student who runs Kateisit on etsy.
She is offering readers a choice between two of her really unique and lovely items: 
First, her AMAZING illustrative portraits. (She illustrates them over book pages!) 
These are so lovely, she's offering to make a custom portrait -just send her a photo. Here are some pretty examples:

OR, the winner can chose a book frame (so perfect for book worms, love them!):

so pretty, right?
To enter, simply leave a comment!
*followers of Una Bella Vita can leave two comments for an extra chance of winning.
Make sure to check out Kate's shop and blog!

I'll pick a winner, via random number generator, on Tuesday October 18th.
Good Luck!

Melissa, you're our winner! Congrats! Email me and we'll get everything set up with Kate!