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February 9th, 2011
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  1. February 9th, 2011 at 20:54 | #1

    I love these images. The common theme I keep seeing is relaxed and lived in with a hint of luxury. Nice. Love that pantry.

  2. February 10th, 2011 at 12:19 | #2

    Love the photos, that “Shabby chic” style featured in some of the photos is so pretty, I really like that eclectic, bohemian mix!

  3. February 10th, 2011 at 14:44 | #3

    I’m happy to hear your laptop came back to life. That must have been an awful feeling when you thought all was lost.

    I love the photo of the people gathered around the dining table and the two people kissing in the kitchen….but they are all lovely. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    A

    • February 10th, 2011 at 17:03 | #4

      Thanks for the kind thoughts Adrienne, but it was a brief reprieve. I had just enough time to backup all my writing and photos and then the next day it died for good. I’m on a new laptop and hope it has a nice, long life. Meanwhile, I’m crazy busy working so I can pay for my new laptop.

  4. February 11th, 2011 at 09:34 | #5

    Kristi – beautiful photos! So inviting.

    Glad you got your computer to come back to life. I just purchased a new one as mine was starting to show signs that it was on its last legs and I was afraid of losing everything (I’m very bad about backing up).

  5. February 14th, 2011 at 13:46 | #6

    yummy pix, Kristi! Thx!

  6. aaonce
    February 24th, 2011 at 07:38 | #7

    I love these! Thanks for sharing.

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What is it about those Italian women? You know the ones I’m talking about: beautiful, sexy, dressed to the nines just to take the kids to the park. They have a certain something that is indefinable. It is in the way they dress, the way they prepare their meals, the way they spend their leisure time.

It is because they know the importance of la bella figura. Roughly translated from Italian, it means putting you best foot forward in everything you do. It means cutting a beautiful figura. The opposite of la bella figura is la brutta figura, which is what someone might say about the falling down drunken guy at the party or the super tackily dressed woman at church. It means ugly figure.

La bella figura is much more than your appearance. It goes much deeper than that. It is about how you act. It is about how you treat others. It is about how you care for yourself, your home and your family. Living a life in line with la bella figura doesn’t take money. In fact, it is more about how to have class without a lot of money.

Someone who exudes la bella figura will have clean, pressed clothes and be well groomed. They will not be rude or sloppy. Their fingernails will be impeccably groomed. Their hair shiny and clean and their shoes will be polished. They will not have stray threads hanging from their suit hems. They will not be driving a car in need of the car wash.

La bella figura means driving that 15 year old car and meticulously cleaning it and caring for it. It means keeping your belongings in good repair. It means taking time to clean your house and not cluttering it up with meaningless objects.

When you focus all your spare energy, time and money on the things that bring you the most amount of pleasure, then you are truly living a life in line with la bella figura. The best part about it is that you don’t have to be Italian to do so. You just have to think like an Italian.

Italian children are raised to present la bella figura in whatever they do. From the time they are small and are groomed perfectly to attend church or school, they know that appearances count. They count because it is the first thing people judge about you. That first impression does matter. Appearances are also important because when you take the time to look nice, you are showing that you care about yourself. When you care enough to look good, it shows you have good healthy self esteem. Nothing is more attractive than self confidence.

In addition, dressing nice also shows respect for others. If you invite people over for dinner and greet them in flip flops, baggy sweats and a stained shirt, it is really disrespectful to them. The same if you dress sloppy to go to church or even to the market. By dressing nicely and being well groomed, you show respect for everyone in your world.

Having la bella figura means presenting yourself in the best light possible in all your interactions.