The Italianized Blonde Q&A
Why did you start a blog?
Abby: I had wanted to start a blog for a really long time, because I think that writing is a great way to self reflect and save memories. So, as soon as I moved to Italy I started writing. However, I know to stay accountable I need to work with someone else, and Emily is a fantastic business partner! Together, we will be able to provide more content and share multiple opinions, plus it’s a really nice way to strengthen our friendship. And I mean, isn’t everything better with a friend?
Em: I started the blog because I couldn’t think of a better way to document my travels and experiences than with a good friend. Abby has already become a lifelong friend and I am so excited to work with her as an Italianized Blonde and share life through stories, photography and fun adventures!
How would you describe Abby in one word?
What is your favorite quality of Abby?
Em: That she is so open and accepting of me always.
How would you describe Emily in one word?
What is your favorite quality of Emily?
Abby: Emily is so loving and positive! She gives me the very best daily affirmations!
What is your favorite thing about Italy?
Abby: The pace of life! Italians take time to enjoy everything! They have time for friends and family (and really make that time a priority). Plus they may actually be more passionate than I am about having enough coffee.
Em: The constant beauty that I’m surround with! The limitless architecture centuries old, the delicious wines and foods everywhere I go, the friendly locals, a beautiful language, feeling close to any travel destination my heart fancies and the close relationships I have already built.
What is your least favorite thing about Italy?
Abby: Close mindedness, but perhaps this can apply to the whole world. Oh and all the young people who smoke cigarettes like it’s super cool…drives me crazy!
Em: That sometimes I feel like I blasted into the past about 30 years lol.
Who is your greatest idol?
Abby: It has to be my parents because they taught me how to be independent, to love travel, to be open minded, and to see the good in all people.
Em: Honestly, my parents! They are both wonderful people and have qualities that I admire and am inspired by everyday.
What’s your favorite place in Turin?
Abby: My favorite place is this small park by my old home called Parco della Tesoriera, it has a gorgeous fountain and it is so nice to have some nature in a big city.
Em: My absolute favorite is Piazza Castello. I can’t get over how majestic the palace is!
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Abby: In my free time I love to travel! Of course, for that you need a fair bit of time. So when my time is limited to a few hours I like to sketch and journal. I also am always up for cuddles and netflix. Cuddles in general, even without netflix! AND COFFEE, I love hanging out in cafes with a good book, or a friend, or my laptop.
Em: In my free time I like to explore a new place. I often travel on weekends all around Italy or stay close by in the Piedmonte region and discover a tiny little un-noticed town. I also MUST always find a cafe I think is adorable and enjoy a cappuccino…at least twice a day. 🙂
What are your hobbies?
Abby: I have a huge spot in my heart for the arts in general. I work at a dance school and obviously love to dance, there really isn’t a style I dislike. However, most of all, I love to draw, and paint and create things. I love working with mixed media, for example painting a portrait and then attaching dried flowers to create a flower crown. I have always felt that art is a beautiful self reflection! I also adore going to check out art galleries and museums. So, my hobby is kind of a broad subject summed up in one word as ART.
Em: I love to dance! So much. I have since I was a kid and it hasn’t lost it’s flare for me. Contemporary is my all time favorite but Classical Ballet has a special place in my heart. Although I do love some good ol’ R&B and Hip Hop and I am always up for going out dancing with friends and leaving it all on the dance floor. I also have always loved Photography and taking my camera out for a day of capturing any beautiful thing, place or person that catches my eye. And let’s not forget singing. I LOVE to sing!