Five Things Friday: March 16

Ciao Amici!

Today I am writing you from bella Roma! I hope your week has been fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚ here are some of my highlights:

Blogger Lunch @ Clotilde

On Friday a few of us Blogger-gals were invited for a lunch at Clotilde. This was a very special Lunch because Saskia from Blog Ciao Tutti was in town from Amsterdam. It was so great to finally meet her because I had heard so many wonderful things! ๐Ÿ˜Š We all enjoyed a wonderful lunch filled with delicious food and deep glasses of red wine ๐Ÿท I just love getting together with like-minded people to discuss all things Italy! For more on this special lunch and last weekend you can check out my Zoey’s Diary 27: First Weekend in the New Apartment! โœจ

A Gatsby Night Out

On Monday night Anastasiya and I attended the launch of Zeglu (zero-gluten alternatives ๐Ÿ). Food is a very important subject here in Italy (as you can imagine ๐Ÿ˜‰) so of course this even was #Grande! The woman in the photo above was walking around on stilts and we had a wonderfully entertaining opera show! The whole event felt right out of The Great Gatsby (minus Leo, where was he??). The vlog will be up early next week so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for it ๐Ÿ‘€โœจ


New Offices

This week I was lucky enough to find not only one new coffee shop which suits my working needs, but TWO! ๐Ÿ˜ Both of which carry vegan treats! ๐Ÿฅ I feel like the luckiest girl in the world ๐Ÿ€. Even though I adore my new apartment, sometimes I need an alternative working space to keep things interesting and productive (not to mention the upload speed at my place is a little non-existent ๐Ÿ˜…).ย By the way, I have changed my YouTube upload schedule to: Monday, Wednesday and Friday @ 11:00 AM CET for Spring and Summer… with the occasional surprise upload on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜‰ hint hint!


Roman Sunshine

The SUN came out this week. Not just that, “Oh, it’s sunny,” it was that, “OMG-TODAY-FEELS-LIKE-SUMMER SUN!!!” โ˜€๏ธ Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but it definitely felt like primavera this week (which is “Spring” ๐ŸŒท in Italian). Anastasiya and I took full advantage by planning a fun golden hour photoshoot ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ


Manifestation Walks

This week I had a couple amazing manifestation walks – if you don’t know what I mean by that you can check out this video. I can’t wait to share the story of how we manifested our apartment with all of you, because it really feels like magic! โœจ I can’t believe I get to walk outside my door into my old desktop wallpapers each day ๐Ÿ˜ Sometimes when you’re feeling lack all it takes is a little stroll, a ray of sunshine and the sight of some fresh flowers (it’s all about the little things). No one knows what tomorrow brings, next week or even next year. All we have is right now.ย Take the time to feel grateful for all you have in this life, and all you have had the opportunity to experience. Bask in THAT abundance… ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’›

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: March 9

Ciao Amici!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week! Mine was quite eventful from London to Rome so here’s what happened:

London Calling

If you didn’t know from last week’s blog I spent 5 days in London for a self-improvement course over the weekend. This course was quite intensive (13 hours per day for the full 3 days). Because of the intensity I only really had the morning on my final day to explore the cosmopolitan city, you can find my Travel Diary here. I was lucky enough to manifest the perfect weather to top off a very transformative trip ๐Ÿ˜Š I can happily say life will never be the same! I sure love learning, especially in the self-improvement category.


We Moved in a Taxi

Yes, you got that right. If you’ve been following along on Anastasiya and I’s apartment hunting ventures, you would know it has been far from easy. However; in the end we ended up manifesting the perfect space (seriously we manifested every detail!). The lesson or key ๐Ÿ”‘ here is to learn to let go. When we finally began to relax about our house-hunt and let go of the dream flat we felt was out of our reach; it came back to us. Video on this all coming soon, including footage of us moving in a taxi ๐Ÿš• (you know you’re minimalist when ๐Ÿ˜).


Waking up in Rome

As much as I love seeing this world, nothing compares to waking up in Rome, the city of my heart โค๏ธ (this is the view from my new window). London was great, but I was happy to return to Rome just in time to spend an evening with Cheryl, Sarah and Matthias. We had great chats about the eternal city, life and future adventures ๐ŸŒŽ I am so grateful to have such amazing people in my life. Friends who are relatively “new,” but admirable, inspiring and authentic ๐Ÿ˜Šโœจ In case you missed it, here is a Collab us girls did on Sarah’s channel!


International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day I worked for the entire day in my PJ’s (showered of course ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿšฟ) then spent a lovely evening celebrating with two of the most inspiring women in my life. Trust Elyssa from to show us everything we need to know about our new “hood.” She took us to all the cutest places from a wine bar that looks like a library – to a fancy hotel with cute waiters – to another hotel bar with a secret garden where all of the locals hang out. I am so grateful for my “Roma Family,” these sisters have changed my life ๐Ÿ’› Every day the special women in our lives deserve to be celebrated!


Quiet Moments to Myself

I love living in Rome (did you know? ๐Ÿ˜‹), but really, this city grants me so many precious moments. This photo is from one moment that took my breath away. Sometimes in Rome, you feel you have the whole city to yourself because a stunning view stops you and you have no choice but to stop, admire, feel gratitude and of course snap a photo. Gratefulness comes so easily to me here as each day I am presented with the manifestation of a dream… I can’t believe 2 years ago I was sitting at a desk (unhappy and unfulfilled) staring at a desktop wallpaper of Rome each day and now I get to live it. Keep the faith ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Your dreams are manifesting.

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: March 2

Ciao Amici!

I hope you all had a wonderful week. This morning I am writing you from snowy London, but before snowy London there was SNOWY ROME! For real…


On Saturday my amazing friend Elyssa (@RomeWise) and I went to Romeow Cat Bistrot. This is a vegan cat cafe/restaurant in Rome! The food as absolutely delicious and we of course spent the day surrounded by furry little ones, just like the one above! (I actually have a video up on my channel of my first visit here). After lunch we hung around for a few hours working on inspiring projects before heading out for Aperitivo. We’re always working, but always make sure we find the time to slow down and enjoy ourselves in la dolce vita.


Colosseo Rosso

Later on Saturday night something wonderful happened… The Colosseum was RED! If you know me you know I love the colour red. I had never seen anything like this before in my life so it was the cherry on top of the perfect day in my cittaย ๐Ÿ’ With Roma being so rainy lately there were a lot of puddles around to take some amazing photos… Even though I’m not the biggest fan, rain can sure make things even more beautiful.


Snow in Rome!

It’s true! It snowed in Rome this week. Many things have been uncertain in life this past month – my living situation, school, what’s next, etc. and I truly believe Roma snowed to remind us all to keep believing in the magic โ„๏ธโœจ You can see more footage of the snow on my YouTube channel.



A Walk & A New Book

After the snow stopped falling from the sky, of course the Roman sun did not fail us. Around 16:30 on our snow day I ventured out for a little walk to see what was left of the cold, white stuff, and to pick myself up a book I have been wanting to read for a while: The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo. Although it was quite cold, the views were stunning making my trek so very worth it. It almost took a little toll on my brain too – my eyes could not comprehend I was looking at palm trees and umbrella pines covered in snow! If you’ve ever visited Rome in the Summer you most likely can’t even imagine how it could ever snow here! โ˜€๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ


An Evening Out Before London

On Wednesday evening Anastasiya (@Anastasiya_Craze) and I visited a cute wine bar we just so happened to stumble upon in Monti, we followed this up by some pasta of course! This evening was to celebrate letting go of what no longer serves us and embarking on new beginnings. This evening was full of heartfelt stories and conversations about life. I am so blessed to have “family” here in Rome โ™ฅ๏ธ

PS. London, I’ve arrived! If you weren’t already aware I am in London for an intensive course on self-improvement. More on this next week๐Ÿ˜Š

Five Things Friday: February 23

Ciao Friends ๐Ÿ™‚

I spent this past week in Paris & Rome. Here are a few highlights:

Le Perchoir

Views inspire me. This view from Le Perchoir was pure magic. I get both speechless and emotional when I am met with a beautiful view as it always brings me into the now – especially when it is painted with a sunset. I remember specifically looking at this view and thinking, “I live my dream life. I am in the city of Paris at a rooftop bar surrounded by amazing and kind people.” Of course not everything is perfect – I have student debt, I can’t legally stay in Europe longer than September and I could definitely use a tan ๐Ÿ˜, but this is life! If we had it all laid out for us on a silver platter what fun would that be? There is wonder, mystery, suspense and fulfillment in the journey. Stop and look at the view from the where you’re at today… you’ve made it.



I’ve met some of the best friends I have ever had in my life this past year. Friendships that are more like sisterhood. There is no competition, no jealousy, simply love and support to encourage each other to become their better, truest selves. For this I am eternally grateful. I would not continue to grow as a person at the rate I am without my sisters in life. Merci Beaucoup ๐Ÿ™‚


“I see.”

This week in Italian school my teacher explained she has begun to watch TV in English to learn it better. She said “I see,” is one of the most beautiful phrases she has ever heard. In Italian, the way you would say, “I see” in conversation would directly translate to “I understand.” She said to respond to someone with “I see,” when they are explaining their thoughts and feelings is so incredibly beautiful because you are expressing an understanding that reaches their soul through the eyes. I am not sure if I have ever looked at those two words pieced together that way, but from now on I will. Try to use “I see,” in a different way this week. After all,“Eyes are the window to the soul.”


The First Author

I received some amazing news from my publisher this week: I am the first Author to have an Amazon store in both Canada and the UK. There is already authors (like myself) with stores set up in the US, however your girl Zo is first to set up shop in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, next up is ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท and ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น! I will keep you posted on this journey ๐Ÿ˜Š


Freshly Pressed Pomegranate

Sometimes it’s the little things… my school is near Campo Dei Fiori and often when I am finished studying for the day I will walk through the market to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables, or just simply admire my surroundings and absorb the energy of Rome. If you have ever visited Campo you know it contains a marvellous type of energy: chaotic, a little messy, yet beautiful and honest. Next time you visit I suggest getting something freshly pressed!

xx Zo

Five Things Friday: February 16th

Ciao Friends!

Or should I say “Bonjour!” I am actually writing you from Paris today. This week has been amazing and eventful. Here’s what I got up to:

Ciao Colosseo!

I can never pass up an invitation to rediscover my favourite city! On Saturday my wonderful friend Elyssa (@Romewise) invited me to explore the Colosseum. This wasn’t my first time here (I do have a video of that if you would like to check it out!) but it never ceases to amaze me. The Romans are and always have been incredible people. I am always inspired when I think of the things they accomplished so long ago. Have you ever visited the Colosseum?


Content Day

On Sunday my amazing friend Sofie ( came over for one of our “Content Days.” These are days when we bust out multiple videos for YouTube! It’s always fun (and funny!). We already have a couple of videos up from our day including “10 Italian Foods That Don’t Exist in Italy” and “North Americans Try Italian Tongue Twisters!” These days are awesome because they remind me of one of the wonderful gifts youtube has given me: Friendship! It blows my mind I’ve only known Sof since June – it feels like I’ve known her forever!


Vatican Visit

This was a week of Roman history! All thanks to Elyssa ๐Ÿ˜Š On Monday I went from school, to the gym, to the Vatican (I can’t believe I can even say that!) Pinch me! Elyssa is definitely what I would consider an expert on the city of Rome (visiting or living). She has tons of fantastic information on her blog, especially on how to explore Rome best ( which is how we visited the Vatican with minimal lines!) Above is a photo of “The Nile.” Look at the details… There are no words, it is stunning. I think this is one of my favourite pieces of art in the Vatican.


Made it on TV!

No,ย not YouTube streamed on television, actual television! This photo is a Snapchat screenshot from one of my friends. Noah and Iย were featured on the Viralist on “The List” for our taste test video of 13 of Mexico’s HOTTEST Hot Sauces! You can find the article following up the show here ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m curious, did you see it in real-time?


Bonjour Kygo!

As mentioned above I am writing you from beautiful Paris, France! If you were following along with the 12 Days of Christmas on YouTube, my gift to Cheryl (@nonstopparis) was tickets to Kygo! We had the best “Galentine’s Day” EVER! Kygo played an amazing show and had multiple special guests. If you get the chance to see him on his “Kids In Love” Tour, I highly recommend it.

xx Zo


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