7 Things About Me

I recently received a Stylish Blogger Award from the ever so stylish and inspirational LittleRus of Fashioned by Love!  Here's what you need to do if you are tagged:

  • Link back to the person who awarded you
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Award 10 great bloggers
  • Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award
I'm going to be honest, it was really difficult to pick my 7 things to share with you guys because I feel like you already know everything there is to know about me!  Between what I share on here, on my YouTube videos, my Formspring, Twitter, Facebook...I just feel like I'm going to bore you all with information you already know!  Oh well...hopefully you'll enjoy the pictures in any case, hahaha!  And maybe some of you will learn something new?  

1. I have a really, really sweet tooth (see, already this is a dumb fact...you can't not know this about me!!).  I pretty much have to eat dessert everyday otherwise I feel so depressed!  It's like there's something missing in my life if I don't eat anything sweet for a day.  This is another reason why diets never worked for me!  I don't do well with any kind of food restriction, in fact if you tell me I'm not allowed to have something, I'll develop some kind of monstrous craving and end up eating everything in sight...yup!  So now you understand why it's so important for me to indulge in ONE small sweet thing everyday :)

2. When I was 5 I lived and went to school in Florence, Italy for one year.  I was actually born and raised for the first half of my childhood in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Ireland when I was seven.  But in between that, I went to live in Italy for a year because of my dad's work.  This photo was taken in the gardens of the Villa Spelman, which was our home for the year (it was owned by Johns Hopkins University where my dad worked).  I attended l'asilo (Italian preschool) and learned about how to tell left from right and collected Beauty and the Beast stickers.  To this day I still have trouble knowing my left from right...maybe because I learned it in Italian?!  

3. I met my hubby-to-be when he casted me in a music video he was directing!  I was only 19 and it was the first time I had ever done anything like this...I was soooo excited!  I also did all the styling for the shoot.  It was just a small production for a local band but at the time I felt like we were shooting a big budget Hollywood movie, hahaha!  I got a little bit carried away I think :)  

4. I've done quite a bit of modelling, nothing too serious but it was an experience nonetheless!  I believe in trying everything once... I'm only 5'5" and I'm not super skinny so I've only ever done commercial modelling (runway models have to be 5'8" and over) and although it was a fun experience, I much prefer doing what I do now because modelling can be a bit of an "empty" job :(  Now I only ever model if I'm representing my work or achievements and that's so much more fulfilling!  I've actually been asked to be do another photoshoot in March which I'm really looking forward to! 

5. I interned at Polo Ralph Lauren in Munich, Germany in the summer of 2008.  This was an absolutely amazing experience although somewhat bittersweet as leaving my dad was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do.  (He was really sick when I left).  As much as I loved the job, city, people, culture a part of me felt like my heart was being ripped apart and I cried myself to sleep every night that I spent away from my dad, sick with worry that he would pass away when I wasn't there (he didn't).  Thank goodness Jonathan was there to help me through it, because he was an absolute saint!  I would love to visit Munich again and experience it in a happier state.  It really is a beautiful city and the people I worked with at Ralph Lauren were so lovely.

6. I am a certified fashion stylist, and graduated with my diploma in '09.  This picture is clearly NOT from my graduation (it's actually Jonathan's!) although it was around the same time that I got my diploma.  He graduated with a BA which is why he got the whole cap and gown and I didn't, hahaha!  I included this fact only because SOOOOO many people are confused about this!  Basically I started off in college in Ireland after I finished secondary school, studying Language and Cultural Studies.  After my first year I decided it wasn't for me at all, and changed paths completely.  This was when I made the move to fashion and completed my internship at Ralph Lauren, then went onto study Fashion in Bournemouth, UK.  In December of that year my dad died and I was constantly flying over and back to Ireland so I missed a ton of class.  When I came back to the UK I started fresh in a different course (Fashion Styling) and got my diploma the following summer!  

7.  My daddy is my hero!  He was an amazingly talented literary critic and is one of the most inspirational people I know.  He did not come from a rich family, and was the first of them to be university educated.  When he was 17 he was actually picked out of the nine people every year to attend the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, a highly acclaimed university in Italy.  In 2005 he was awarded "Commendatore" which is the Italian equivalent of the British knighthood.  You can read more about his work and contribution to Italian studies and literature here.  

Gosh guys, I hope these 7 facts weren't too boring!  I was just writing from the heart and kind of went with it!  I also tried to keep the timeline somewhat accurate.  (That's my obsession with organisation creeping in, hehehe!)  I would like to pass on this award to these 10 stylish beauties whose blogs I adore:

Sarah from All About S
Rebecca from See You in Sweden
Roz from Dutchess Roz
Sarah from Bella Decor
Jennie from sailboat.
Mara from M loves M
Sammi from Beauty Crush

Stay Stylish!


  1. they were not boring at all, you've had such an intersting life! and I saw on facebook you said you were getting emotional writing this and I can see why! hope you're ok, you are such an inspiration xx

  2. I like your blog !!
    with love from kazahstan


  3. im so glad you have someone as kind and caring as our jofus, love you anna! xx

  4. Anna,

    Truly a great blog post! You are the an inspiration for both bloggers, youtubers and young ladies. Thanks!


  5. Incredibly entertaining! You're a doll :)

    Lela London - A Stylist's Fashion Blog

  6. They weren't boring at all!! I loved both the photos and the stories that accompanied them :)


  7. oh no, not boring at all! i loved how you mentioned your dad very often....he keeps alife with you! you remember him and you make us knowing him as well - i love that fact especially because my parents passed away as well, so that i feel with you! greetings from berlin / germany.

  8. not boring at all, you are so sweet and real that is always a joy to read your thoughts.

  9. i loved this post :) not boring at all... i even cried a little bit in the end... i´m a crier... thank you for sharing all of this with us... :) i love you anna... kisses from portugal

  10. Sweetheart, I looooooved reading your 7 things so much! It was also wonderful to see these photos. They reminded me how long I have known you for. I can't believe it's been almost 3 years now.... Wow..... Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xxx

  11. This was not boring at all :)
    I'm glad you have Jonathan in your life, to give you so much support whenever you need it...

  12. I really like your history :)

    come to me, i have new note too:


  13. OK, I did know most of this :) but I didn't know your Dad got an Order of the Star!! And look how super hot you look at Jonathan's graduation... although I think you could carry me around in that bag, it's so big!!

    Thanks for the tag :)

  14. This was a great post! I love how honest you are and it's so sweet how much of an inspiration your father was to you:)
    Also you have the best bone structure ever! Check out that modelling shot, beautiful.

  15. Anna,
    I think I can only write what all your blog readers are thinking: Your 7 things about yourself are really honestly, simply remarkable and in no way boring!

    BTW: You are very welcome in Munich again!

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing us your deepest thoughts and feelings!

  16. I have a question for you and I hope you'll answer me: How many languages do you speak? :)
    Love your blog, youtube even more!


  17. Congratulations, Anna!!! Loved learning more about you and you definitely deserve a stylish blogger award! :)

    Liesl :)

    P.S. I just saw that you passed it onto me...you are soooo sweet! Thank you!!! :)

  18. Love everything about you. I admire you so much!
    You're such an inspiration and even though I know perfection doesn't exist... you're very close to it! :)))
    When I learned you were getting married and so young, I was a bit shocked. Then, through time, I realised LOVE is the only important thing and who cares how old or young you are! ;)
    So, I wish you and Jonathan all the best in life.... you're such a beautiful couple. Love you both!!!!
    My comment is a "bit" long, but I hope my sincere words will find the way to you!
    Keep up the good work.. .and you're book is just perfect, reading it for the second time!

  19. How can it be boring if you put your heart into what you`re writing! Especially about your dad :))

  20. 'Tis I again! LOL!

    I also meant to add that I feel the same way about my dad...one of the most extraordinary people I know, and I don't know what I will do without him! I just try to enjoy each and every moment I have! So, I know exactly how you feel...such amazing dads can be rare, I feel lucky!

    Liesl :)

  21. Great post Anna! I did this tag too :)

  22. Thank you so much for tagging me, Anna! I really loved this post and thank you for sharing these details of your life and your dad with us. You look absolutely gorgeous in all of these photos and I have to admit, I have a really big sweet tooth as well! :) xx

  23. Beautiful post! thank you so much for nominating me.
    now ill have to think of 7 things about me, yikes... :p xoxo

  24. I absolutely loved this post! You had me getting a bit emotional too. I pretty much cry at everything! You're very lucky to have had such a wonderful father and Jonathan who I'm pretty sure would do anything for you! <3

    Thank you for tagging me! I'm trying to think of 7 things about me and I've come to the conclusion that I'm not very interesting haha.


  25. loved that your facts had deep meaning to them, and even though i knew all these facts, i still enjoyed reading them :)

  26. Anna, this was wonderful.
    You dad sounds like an amazing guy, you are right to be proud and have him as you hero! xxx

  27. I like your blog & your youtube chanel so much. You are such a pretty girl! I also think munich is a great city otherwise I would not live there ;)

    PS: it would be so great if you would visit my blog!

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  29. Hi there,
    This isn't boring, this is real life!
    It shows how much your dad means to you.
    I have been watching your YouTube channel sacconejollys for a while now and every week I need to watch a least one. Your kids are beautiful. so are you;-)


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