Lucky number 7

Soul

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It’s hard to believe this year marked my 7th year of Ro’s Toys for Tots! Raising close to 50 + toys I would have to say this years event was a great success. This couldn’t be possible with without my friends and family, which is the case for each any every year. So cheer to Lucky number 7 because for sure it was a lucky one !

If you would of asked me 7 years ago if this holiday tradition would still be in full swing,  I really don’t think I would have an answer for you. When I started this holiday party it was really to just get my friends together. I wanted to make it more then just a lets eat, drink kind of get together. Like every other holiday event during that season, how boring and unorginal. So when the idea to collect toys popped into my head I ran with it and I’m happy I haven’t stopped. In true Ro form I had to make the event very “Martha Stewart  ” inspired. From the menu to the decorations everything had a purpose, a reason, nothing went unplanned.

Each and every year the turnout would be unpredictable …  One year a great turnout the next not so much. Which as a host is frustrating not being able to gage an accurate headcount; but growing up Italian more is more. So I would over cook, over buy and over do it all. It’s just in my nature, I can’t help it.  One thing remained and still remains constant I truly enjoy doing it each and every year. The sole reason is really for the kids, raising toys for kids less fortunate during such a present driven season.  Every child should have presents during the holiday season and any bit I can help out i’m there.

So here is the quick run down on the timeline for Ro’s Toys for Tots

2011 – 2014  Toys for Tots

2015 – Nicholas Pedone Foundation – Fight Hard Smile Big

2016- Toys for Tots

2017 –  Emerge Puerto Rico

2018 – St Francis Food Pantry

This year toys were donated to St Francis Food Pantry which will be used for their annual Holiday Party. This holiday party reaches hundreds of families part of New York’s 5 boroughs and Long Island.  I became familiar with St Francis this year through my parents all due to one of their newest friends. He’s been apart of this organization for years and has been beyond generous throughout the years. An event that he extended an invitation to my parents and myself got me thinking, thats how this all came about.  Very excited and pleased with being able to donate this years toys to St Francis Food Pantry.

The whole process communicating with them was so easy and seamless. From getting it approved to even them coordinating a pick up to retrieve the Toys. I’m very grateful and look forward to continuing a relationship with them. Any way I can help out and serve some sort of purpose sign me up. Doing good for others without expecting nothing in return really is a great feeling. A lot of people especially during the holidays seem to forget that and get enamored by all the fluff around it. The holidays are about being grateful for what you have, enjoying the people in your life, spreading positivity and happiness.

Well I wanted to keep this short and sweet so there it is. I hope you enjoyed my little  holiday tradition story and maybe are even inspired. Wishing you a beautiful and healthy holiday and always remember to try and do one kind thing with out expecting anything in return, you will feel amazing trust me !!!

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Lots of love

xX Ro

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Always doing it for the kids !

Soul

I can’t believe it’s been six years since I started hosting my annual Holiday Party. Something that started as an idea to get friends together has turned into one of my favorite traditions. Unlike your normal holiday party filled with food, drinks and tons of holiday cheer mines just a tad different. When I got the idea in my head that I wanted to host one six years ago I wanted it to be more then just a typical get together. I wanted it to have a meaning behind it, something that was good for the soul.

If you know me you know I love kids, I’m a bit of a sap and I really try to find the good in everything. Always trying to be kind to everyone and put out good karma into world. So that being said  I wanted to incorparate raising and donating Toys for the kids less fortunate. Full disclosure I saw this idea on an episode of Real Housewives of NJ, yes I’m guilty I watch this show. If I’m being truthful I watch pretty much every show on bravo ! Melissa Gorga hosted a Toys for Tots themed Holiday Party and remember thinking that it was such a genius idea. So 6 years later I’m still hosting and raising toys for some little tots.

Anyways … I’m Catholic grew up going to church and celebrating Christmas. I always remembered as a child loving Christmas time, getting together with family and being so excited for Santa to come. So when I think about children not having that experience it breaks my heart. So this little bit of giving back that I can do is really my favorite Christmas gift of all.

These days I feel that people and the younger generations have really forgotten the true meaning of the holidays. It’s not all about presents – it’s about giving, loving and cherishing the people that are important in your life. The true meaning of the holidays is getting lost so any bit of preserving I can do, I’m all for that. Also honestly there really is no better feeling then giving back.

So the past six years have been such a great success,  from donating to local Toys for Tots drop offs to the Nicholas Pedone foundation a foundation that is dear to my heart. Now to this year donating to Emerge Puerto Rico a small non profit organization.

If you’ve been up on the news you know the devastation Puerto Rico has been hit with due to Hurricane Maria this past September. The devastation is no joke and to this day there is still so much rebuilding to be done. I knew that this year I needed to find away to get these toys down to PR. Determined after reaching out to a few organizations but not getting far when I saw a post from an old acquaintance about raising school related items for her friend down in PR, I knew I had to reach out.  After sharing my story with her she as much as I was determined to make this happen! Fast forward a few weeks and back and forth planing we got it together and those all those toys are on its way to Puerto Rico TODAY 12/22/17!!!

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I’m glad to say that close to 100 toys 98 to be exact are currently on there way to Puerto Rico !! So a big thank you to my  friends and a huge thank you to Amanda who was the middle man for making this happen with her friend Christine from Emerge Puerto Rico !

Enjoy some images below through the years of Ro’s Toys for Tots and also stay tuned for images from Puerto Rico !

 

 

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Year 4

xX Ro

August 1st who care about the year .. #LeoSeason

Soul

    Another year older, another year wiser….
{ Lets make this short and sweet }

  Or a more polite way of saying your getting old. Honestly you can ask anyone of my friends and family members I am not a big Birthday celebrator type. I alway every year end up just putting something on the calendar and hoping for the best. Which in actuality really describes my type-B personality. ( outfit below is total type A , planned that one to a T ! )

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When life hands you lemons make limoncello   

    These 365 days have had its ups and downs and really has showed me how great of a support system I truly have. Honestly the saying family is everything is 100% the truth and being Italian and all its like on level 200 ! From the most amazing family and friends that I look at as family, I’m truly one lucky gal! They say everything happens for a reason and what you do with the situation is truly up to you. You feel me baby ?

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20597303_1389145871179130_6033360465602965200_n     So keeping this short and sweet and to the point, thank you times a million ! Grazie Mille as they say in Italy.  For all the love and support through out all my years and this year especially.  Cheer to another year ! Bring on the Rosè and the Aperol Spritz please !

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xX, Ro

Blushing on Mario Badescu & Blush Boutique!

Fashion, Soul

 

Attention North Shore gals if you haven’t heard of Blush boutique in Locust Valley, NY you need to check them out. You can keep up with Blush via instagram and online here . It’s recently been taken over under new ownership and this new boss babe has a great eye for everything chic & unique. With a curated assortment of accessories, jewelry, home accessories & skincare products you can confidently walk into Blush and feel like these products were hand picked for you.

While browsing I came across the most perfect pastel colored display of Mario Badescu products. Ive heard such a great things about this brand and decided it was time to give it a try. I’m always looking for new skincare products  { A. I couldn’t resist MB’s great packaging I’m a sucker for that stuff and B.  they are known for using natural ingredients another thing I’m a sucker for all things natural, at least for the most part.

 

 

Currently my daily skin care regimen consist of the below MB products, I have to say that with the short period time I’ve been using his products I can definitely see a difference.

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My morning routine                                                                                                                        

Face wash –  Seaweed Cleansing Soap  ” fresh, creamy face wash.”  Has left my face feeling smooth, refreshed and brighter .

Moisturizer – Oil Free Moisturizer ” Lightweight. Oil-Free”

My nightly routine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Exfoliator  – Botanical Exfoliating Scrub ” Invigorates and refreshes. Delivers gentle exfoliation”  Use 2, 3 times a week to help radiate and clear complexion.

Mask – Super Collagen Mask ” Classic, Collagen enriched mask” Helps plump and smooth out lines, for youthful looking complexion. Since I’ve been using I’ve noticed a more youthful glow. Use 2,3 times a week.

Night Cream  – Seaweed Night Cream ” Plumps, smooths and softens skin”  Lights out night cream on because this girl needs to look “forever young”  and I really have to say I’ve seen a slight difference !

My overall opinion on MB products is YAS, YAS, YAS – can’t wait to keep building my collection! Any questions check out the MB’s website they have so much great info on all their products and if your in the North Shore area checkout Blush Boutique for your MB fix or for some great merch!

xX, Ro

 

 

 

 

Dumbo, Brooklyn

Fashion, Soul, Wanderlust

      Dumbo, Brooklyn located between two iconic landmarks the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Making it one of the ultimate picturesque spots, a photographer junkies dream location. I think you all know the famous Dumbo picture I’m talking about, right ? Well if not keep reading and scrolling , you’ll see a few of my favorite snaps from the day and me too.

   Williamsburg to Dumbo please ! Via Uber it took about 25 minutes and obviously its wasn’t a traffic free ride because when is there ever not traffic. Dropped off at a random location that on google maps looked close enough to the infamous Dumbo photo spot. Since directions and following google maps isn’t my forte the idea to follow all the people with cameras seemed like the sure thing to do. It worked and everyone around had the exact same reasoning for walking that way. I mean it really is one of prettiest views and so quaint. Cobblestone streets, a view of the bridge and NYC skyline in the distance really sets the tone for a great photo opp.

 

On to the next location the Historic District I’m not sure we really made it but we came across everything we wanted. Brownstones, colorful homes, quaint streets, cobblestone streets and beautiful water views of Manhattan. Walking our way through Dumbo we came across some great looking spots for a bites and treats.  To name a few the infamous Grimaldi’s – On the corner of Old Fulton and Front Streets for bites and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for treats.

 

 My Carrie Bradshaw moment below !

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Outfit details ….  Blazer: H&M, Jeans: Gap, Tee: Gap, Flats: Zara & Bag: Elizabeth & James   ( sold out but for reference, huge fan of E&J can’t go wrong ) 

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xX, Ro

 

Hello, It’s me …

Soul

Hi there !
Welcome to Royour_boat my own little space I can call my very own.  This project has been a year and months in the making and I’ve finally did it. I still can’t believe its actually up! If your fond of fashion, coffee, photography, travel and instagramable moments I think you’ll like it here. By any means I didn’t get my degree in writing  so please be kind, this place is my own little safe haven.

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Hello, its me …. My name is Rosamaria but everyone calls me Ro I really do mean everyone for the most part. When people call me by my full name I swear I’m in trouble and my heart drops for a split second. Ive been called Ro for years and a friend of mine swears she came up with the nickname. I’m pretty sure my mom did; but I let her think otherwise. I mentioned before that this project has been in the making for sometime and finally I cracked the whip. A few months ago I  received a little reality check that really has helped me put things into perspective. You know the saying a blessing in disguise I truly do see it as that, but hey I’m human and sometimes my thoughts get the best of me.

So stay tuned and keep up with me the  ➵ Coffee addicted ➵ photography lover ➵ wanderlust spirit and my ever changing personal style.

xX, Ro