Suburban Life From a Suburban Girl #Suburbs #Vaughan

I’ve lived in my suburban bubble my whole life. I make trips downtown on some weekends and up until the past few years I never really lived an urban lifestyle.

My alarm goes off at 7:50AM and I’m usually already awake by this time. I grab a decaf coffee from the kitchen and talk to my mom and dad for a bit. I make my bed, brush my teeth, get dressed, have another decaf coffee and then I’m on my way to work. Working the 10-6 (sometimes later) life isn’t bad. After work I go to the gym and then grab a Peach Tranquility tea from Starbucks. Either I sit there and chat with a friend or fire up my laptop to write. At home I have a tea, do some writing, read my latest book and magazine and then I go to bed.

My weekends consist of coffee dates and reading. Sometimes sushi and other times pasta.  I like routine. I like knowing where I’m going to be and who’s going to be there. It’s something that is important to me. That’s why I have my spots I love and go to. I know the people who work there, the regulars; they feel like a second family and family is something I have always cherished even in my darkest moments.

  • Vanessa Vallozzi

Rough Day? #TGIF

Sometimes we wake up and for some reason it feels like it is on the wrong side of the bed. We look at the clock: 5:00AM and wonder why we are up so early. This morning was one of those days for me. My alarm hadn’t gone off yet and my eyes opened to those numbers. At first I felt frustrated but then I realized I didn’t have to get out of bed yet. So I put my headphones on and listened to music as I drifted in and out of a light sleep. When my alarm finally did go off at 7:50AM I was feeling good. I had time to think about what was coming up in my day and what I wanted to accomplish. When times like this happen we should be happy we aren’t in a rush. Sometimes I feel rushed because I drift back to sleep at 7:50 and next thing I know it’s 9:00AM.

So next time you wake up early, don’t fret. Just take the extra time to yourself as a blessing. Stay in bed or wake up and read that magazine article you’ve been wanting to or do your hair extra special. Something that will make you see it was a blessing.

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  • Vanessa Vallozzi

Full of Grace #poetry #BloggingGals

Find your passion

Hold your tongue

Keep your memories

From when you were young

People praise you

People stare

People might give you

A nasty glare

But come the morning

Look in the mirror

See the lines

That may instill fear

Aging is a natural thing

Getting older

Spread your wings

Sometimes it’s hard

To say goodbye

A day, a month, a year

Will pass you, bye

And you wonder where the time went

What you could have done

Wonder why we revolve

Around a blistering sun

Lighting the good

And the bad

Sometimes when we sleep

We are glad

To have gotten through another day

No scratch, no tear

No left over fear

And we come undone

Under the moon

Flowers in full bloom

The suns rays on our face

The dancers movements

Full of grace

I’ve Arrived #growingup #woman

Next year in the month of May I will be turning thirty. I’m almost finished the earliest part of my adulthood. I feel like my life has been a typical coming of age novel. Love loss, romantic, familial. I’ve made some really bad choices and some life altering ones. I know lots of people who dread turning 30 or 40, in all honesty I like getting older. I feel each year like a better version of myself. Even when I’ve made the wrong choices I see the person I’m becoming and the direction I’ve chosen, and I’m happy.

That’s the ultimate goal of life is it not? To be happy. So the question then becomes, what makes you happy? For me it’s really simple:

  1. Books
  2. Music
  3. Bubble baths
  4. Herbal Tea
  5. Kisses, lots of kisses
  6. Writing on my blog
  7. Spending time with family and friends
  8. Colouring
  9. Painting
  10. Romantic Movies
  11. Romantic Novels
  12. Romance

These are the top 11 things, the list can go on longer if I had the time to sit here and tell you my life story.

What I see clearly is that I’ve arrived at a crucial turning point in my life path. I know what I want and know what I have to do to get those things. Now is the part where I take action. And I smile because for once, I’m taking my own advice.

And to end here is a list from Glamour magazine of things you should have and should know by the time you are 30.

By 30, you should have:

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.

8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a partner and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. How to take control of your own birthday.

9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30.

  • Vanessa Vallozzi

Girls Night #BloggingGals #thegirls #womenwednesdays

I told all my girlfriends that someday soon I’ll host a girls night at my place. That means pjs, junk food, movies and of course magazines.  

Today I’m not only celebrating one woman but women around the 🌎. 


Above are my four #favorite magazines. I’m spending tonight reading all the articles in each. And gushing over the pictures. I’ve loved magazines since I was a little girl. Back then I read magazines like POP with boy bands and girl bands. Every time I saw Sarah Michelle Gellar in a Covergirl advertising, I’d save the picture. I even put some up in my room. 

My taste in magazines changed drastically over time. I don’t think the industry will completely die out. I hear people talking about it. To me the fact that people are talking means the industry is still alive and in the end the favorites will last. There’s something about the physical experience of reading you can’t change. Holding a book or a magazine give me tingles. I love the smell of old books and of a fresh magazine. It’s a familiar experience to the senses. 

So tonight I celebrate all the cover girls, editors, writers, artists, associates, assistants, receptionists, makeup artists… everyone who made this experience possible. 

Part of why I fell in love with the series The Hills was because Lauren worked at Teen Vogue. I loved watching her work. 

So let’s celebrate marie claire, Elle Canada, Glamour and Fashion; my favorites. And we will celebrate all of yours. 

Girls night at my place 💞😎☕️

  • Vanessa Vallozzi