1.01.2014

About Me

What’s your blog about? 
It’s about pretty things and smart ideas that I hope might provide a little dose of inspiration for your everyday life.  I talk about food, fashion, travel and all of the things that I like or love or  happen to come upon and find interesting. 

Why did you start it? 
Well, I like to read blogs and fashion and food magazines, and find new trends and recipes and so on.  I love to share what I find with friends and family but since everyone’s lives are so hectic and it’s sometimes hard to keep in touch or find time to talk, a blog is a great way to keep it all in one place.  I’ve only been at it a short couple of months but it’s been a wonderful creative outlet for me and I am having a blast doing it.  It’s a work in progress and I am learning so much every day.  

What’s your background and what do you do besides blog?  
I worked in the fashion industry both in buying and marketing for many years before I decided to leave corporate America and enroll in culinary school.  I completed the Italian Program at the  International Culinary Center   in New York and Alma in Parma, Italy.  I was so blessed to be able to study in Italy, my favorite place in the world.  I then did an internship at Ristorante La Madia in  Sicily, which was one of the best and also hardest experiences of my life.  Since then I've interned at the Food Network and have done some private catering.  I currently work at a cooking school in New Jersey.  

What else do you want to tell us about yourself?
Well, I am somewhat of a Newlywed (just about 4 years) and really enjoying life with my super supportive and loving husband and my wonderful stepson.  I’ve had my share of ups and downs from cancer to struggling with my weight to raising a child with special needs but life is great and everyday is an opportunity to live it to the fullest.  My favorite things in life are shopping, eating, (don’t judge me) and spending time with family and friends.  

As much as I love to share ideas and inspiration I also like to learn new things and meet new people. 

If you have questions about what to make for your next dinner party or what to wear to that daytime wedding, I’d love to help.  Feel free to email me at prettysmartme@hotmail.com with any questions, ideas or suggestions you have.  

XO 

Michele 

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