Friday, July 29, 2011

Gale's Heart.

Hi, I'm Gale from Wichser Studio! I'm delighted to be here for Micaela, as she's away celebrating with her family. I swear Micaela is probably the sweetest thing that happened to the net. I always know where I can come to find inspiration and a bit of romance -- Ok, a lot of it, which is why I love Dolce Vita so! Thanks for having me here, sweetie!

Here is my heart:)

A picture:  
The last night of our recent Florida trip, night swimming with my husband, brother, and cousins. Every time I see Jeff getting along so well with my family (and vice versa), it makes my heart swell up like I've never quite felt before.

(an excerpt from) A poem:  
"The Anthem"
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
-Leonard Cohen  

A song: My feel good song at the moment from one of my favorite bands.

A quote: “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”  -St. Catherine of Siena

I actually first saw this quote on Micaela's post on the Royal Wedding and instantly stored it in my heart.

An item of clothing: 
My dad helping me with the necklace I made for my wedding day. I love this moment.

A place: 

The majestic, Redwood Forest. I want to be where those humongous trees stand! 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Abby's Heart.

Helloooo darlings!
This is Abby from the Cupcake Photography blog.

I am so excited to be here today! I'll be keeping you company while my amiga Micaela heads over to a family wedding. {oh, amor!}

Today I will be showing you mi corazon {my heart}.

Here is my heart...

A Picture:

A Poem:

Bright Star

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.

-John Keats

 A Song:

{This might be TMI, but this song makes me want to make out with my hubbers. lol.}

A Quote:

Item of clothing:

I am so into comfort right now! lol.
Don't get me wrong I love wedges and heels.
I am so obsessed with shoes.
I find wedges quite comfy actually.
But these babies right!
They have like these built in gel insoles.
I am seriously walking on a pillow all day.
Not to mention I got them at TJMaxx for $25. Ya!

A Place:

Cancun, Mexico

We went to Cancun almost 2 years ago for our honeymoon.
Oh how it has changed.  It's a shame really.
Mexico is a gorgeous country & now it is being ruined with violence.
While many people say that the touristy areas are safe,
I don't think we will be going back in the near future.
I do have many fond memories though.
Romantic sunsets by the pier.
An empty swimming pool, an empty hotel, empty beach, empty everything. ha!
We went in September {off season}.
Which was perfect for us.
Just us two. Our first vacation together.
Oooo bring on the romance!


Thank you for letting me entertain you today!

Please stop by and visit me & Gino one of these days.

Xo, Abby

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kitty's Heart.

Dearest Friends of Micaela,

Hello.  Here's to Micaela having a lovely vacation filled with magic and adventure.  I just think she is the cutest and I wish I could keep her in my pocket. 
My name is Kitty and I keep a silly little blog called Fritzi Marie.  
I love to make wishes and go treasure hunting for vintage pretties. 
I keep most of them but I like to share so I have an Etsy shop, Fritzi Marie, where I sell my finds. 
That is how I met sweet Micaela.  She picked up some goodies from my shop and we were fast friends. 
I love love love to meet kindred spirits.   

A Photo:
My Daniel and my Bono Baby.
My loves.

A Poem:

Alki Beach

Waves have wetted this beach everyday
since it came into being.  Beneath, 
suffering the ebbs and flows,
a perch lingers near an ornate piling
of mussels, anemones, barnacles, and star fish. 
Below, carapaces litter the front of the octopus's
den.  It rests in its boneless mass, a crab-full belly. 
Above, my feet meet waves on their continuous push
over the sand, leaving a salty reminder of what is always 
here.  Across, Seattle, shaded with gray, sprouts
up with the water as its green in lieu of trees.  And next
to the den a gunnel takes up residence 
in a Rainier Beer can ten years submerged. 

-Dan Morris 

Our Song:
A Quote:

"Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided."
-Mae West

Favorite Piece Of Clothing:
I love pretty dresses and cardigans.

Favorite Place:
The Disneyland.
The playground of my youth. 

love and hugs,
p.s. Make a Wish!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sarah's Heart.

sadie summer banner

Hi! I'm Sarah from Sadie Designs and I am so thrilled to be guest posting on Micaela's blog while she's travelling! Our friendship is born out of having a lot in common, from favourite bands to favourite blogs.  I love Micaela's little corner of the internet and hope that someday we're lucky enough to meet at Shake Shack in NYC and eat veggie burgers and ice cream together.

My heart in...

A picture:

sarah and jeff

This photo was taken of my boyfriend Jeff and I by a post in Haarlem in the Netherlands. We put the camera there and made several attempts at getting something as awesome as this. This was near the end of one of the bigger trips that we've done together. We'd gotten engaged just a few days earlier and spent much of our time travelling with a couple of our best friends in the world. There are nothing but happy memories wrapped up in this photo for me. I love it and am so looking forward to our wedding this fall.

A poem:

Governors on Sominex
by David Berman

It had been four days of no weather
as if nature had conceded its genius to the indoors.

They'd closed down the Bureau of Sad Endings
and my wife sat on the couch and read the paper out loud.

The evening edition carried the magic death of a child
backlit by a construction site sunrise on its front page.

I kept my back to her and fingered the items on the mantle.

Souvenirs only reminded you of buying them.


The moon hung solid over the boarded-up Hobby Shop.

P.K. was in the precinct house, using his one phone call
to dedicate a song to Tammy, for she was the light
by which he traveled into this and that.

And out in the city, out in the wide readership,
his younger brother was kicking an ice bucket
in the woods behind the Marriott,

his younger brother who was missing that part of the brain
that allows you to make out with your pillow.

Poor kid.

It was the light in things that made them last.


Tammy called her caseworker from a closed gas station
to relay ideas unaligned with the world we loved.

The tall grass bent in the wind like tachometer needles
and he told her to hang in there, slowly repeating
the number of the Job Info Line.

She hung up and glared at the Killbuck Sweet Shoppe.
The words that had been running through her head,
"employees must wash hands before returning to work,"
kept repeating and the sky looked dead.


Hedges formed the long limousine a Tampa sky could die behind.
A sailor stood on the wharf with a clipper ship
reflected on the skin of the bell pepper he held.

He'd had mouthwash at the inn and could still feel
the ice blue carbon pinwheels spinning in his mouth.

There were no new ways to understand the world, 
only new days to set our understandings against.

Through the lanes came virgins in tennis shoes,
their hair shining like videotape,

singing us into a kind of sleep we hadn't tried yet.

Each page was a new chance to understand the last.

And somehow the sea was always there to make you feel stupid.

A song:

This was a hard one for me to choose, but I knew that my heart in a song would probably have to be Bill Callahan. I was lucky enough to see him live once (and unlucky enough to just miss seeing him live a bunch of other times) and he remains, 100%, my go to guy for any and every mood that strikes. This one's a bit of a heartbreaker, but I really wanted a video of him performing live. He is magical.

A quote:

He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecuchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, though Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze paths into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench."

-Roberto BolaƱo, 2666

This quote changed my life. After I encountered it I began reading long novels and books that I was intimidated by and have never looked back.

An item of clothing:

grandma bag

My favourite clothing-like piece is a leather clutch by Forestbound, but it's not really clothing, per se. So instead I offer a photograph of some fabric that I bought last year. I love sewing and making things and hope someday to make a piece of clothing that I can be really proud of (and actually wear)...these cottons got turned into summer tote bags last year.

A place:

the high line

Finally, I think I would love to be that grounded person who would offer a picture of home as the place their heart resides, but mine lives in Vancouver with me as well as all of the other cities that I've called home. Not to mention Portland, Seattle, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Barcelona, and New York. Etc. 

My heart has wanderlust, there's no two ways about it.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Maria's Heart.

Hello everyone! This is Maria posting from Little Tree Vintage
I was pleased as punch when Micaela asked me to guest post on her blog during her travels.
I  hope you enjoy my post, and make sure you come over and say hello!

"With as much creativity as you can muster, show your heart in: a picture, a poem, a song 
(or piece of music), a quote, an item of clothing, and a place."

{ A picture } 
me & my peach, i love him like the day is long.

{ A life lesson }

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

{A song}

Nicole Atkins is my favorite singer/songwriter, right from Jersey with the voice of an angel.
I have seen her perform more than 10 times all over, and each time it's like new again.

{A quote}

"I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that."- Brian Andreas

{An item of clothing}
My love of vintage dresses and skirts is serious!

{A place}
The house my Grandmother spent her life in, the most amazing place I remember through my childhood. I am who I am because of those summer days I spent watching my grandmother and learning from her. I love and miss her dearly.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


just a quick hello to say i feel pretty special to be included in the summer edition of The Violet online

the question was, what aspects of your life have you fallen in love with

check out the edition if you haven't-- it's full of beautiful images, inspiration, and delicious looking recipes that will help with how i answered the above question.

(thanks camilla for including me!)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Meghan's Heart.

Hi everyone!  I'm Meghan, and you can usually find me over at The Perfect Compilation Tape discussing the three "C's" - cupcakes, coffee and my life in Chicago!  When Micaela asked me to "Show My Heart", I was thrilled beyond belief!  We all know how sweet and sincere both Micaela and her adorable twin Marianne are, and they continue to make this blogosphere a happier place!




This is my hubby, with my godson and his sister.  We actually met at their parents' wedding!  I absolutely adore this picture because my husband looks so incredible with children, and we cannot wait to be parents someday.


"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


This song is my anthem.  I'm all about deviating from the norm.  Exploring new places.  Living life for ME and no one else.



This quote helps remind me that I need not worry about the mistakes I've made, nor what the future holds.  It's who I am that matters.  

Item of Clothing:


If I could live in sweaters, leggings and boots, with a pumpkin spice latte in hand, I'd be a happy woman.



I took this photo last summer in Florence, Italy.  Backpacking through Europe for two weeks changed me forever!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lindsey's Heart.

i'm lindsey from charmly and i'm so honored to post today. i hope micaela is having a wonderful and love-filled time with her family!

a little about me:
i moved to manhattan a few years ago after i graduated from college in vermont. i still can't get that beautiful state out of my mind, but i guess i'm still reeling after just spending the week up there being lazy on lake champlain. anyway, i am writer. i'm the assistant editor of a beauty industry trade magazine and after work, i avidly scribble away in my journal. i try to update my blog as often as i can about all of the fun and lovely things that go on in my life. i live downtown in the east village, and as anyone does who lives here, i love being in a place where so much is going on. if you're ever visiting, i'd be happy to tell you a few of my favorite places.
and here is my heart!

a picture:

this is one of "our" first pictures together. me and my boyfriend. it was the first warm day after a very long winter and we were walking home from central park. i had four cups of coffee that day and a big plate of cheese fries (one of my favorite weekend habits) and i was a very happy girl.

a song:

elvis, love me tender
this song just melts my heart. every time.

a quote:

a women who doesn't wear perfume has no future. - coco chanel
whether she actually said this or not, it always makes me smile. this picture shows probably only a quarter of my fragrance collection. my apartment is one big beauty closet, but luckily i live alone.

an item of clothing:

i've only worn this sequined dress once, but it's one of my favorite things that i own.

a place:
besides burlington, vermont, cannes has been my favorite place i have ever been to. it's candy-colored buildings and glamorous atmosphere made me fall in love.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bianca's Heart.

hi lovies!!!

while i'm home in Wichita Falls, TX enjoying family time (including my little sister's wedding), some of my favorite friends are blog-sitting my dolce vita in a guest series called, "showing our hearts."  A new one will be posted every week day until i get back in town on August 3rd. I'm really excited! they're all pretty hearts and it's such a fun, simple way to get to know another blogger better. 

dear readers, i hope you enjoy each post starting with the very first one today. love, micaela xo

Hola Dolce Vita readers :)

My name is Bianca and I blog at Goodnight Little Spoon. I've followed Micaela's lovely blog for almost two years from across the globe in Australia. She is a total sweetheart and that's why I read her blog. She is such an honest and truly good person and I am so grateful to know her, even if it is from all the way across the world! We're both vegetarians, we share a love of thrifting and she even posted me a box of Pop Tarts when I told her how expensive/hard to find they are in Australia!

"With as much creativity as you can muster, show your heart in: a picture, a poem, a song (or piece of music), a quote, an item of clothing, and a place."
A picture:

+ lovely boyfriend.

A poem:

A song:

A quote:

An item of clothing:

+ favourite shoesies.

A place:

+ my old house.

Thank you lovelies!

i'm like a kid the night before christmas.

good morning lovies!!! 

i'm up bright and early so i can enjoy breakfast with my darling husband before getting to the airport. eek!!! i am SO EXCITED that by this afternoon i'll be hugging my twinkie again and hanging out with these two {i couldn't even sleep last night!}

before i go, grab your apron and please come me me over at erin's lovely corner of the internet today? xo

{speaking of guest posts, look for the first one of a new guest post series on my dolce vita in just a moment. i'm terribly excited about it too!}

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

as charlie sheen did say... WINNING!

this pretty girl of the blog below...

kim, you get to pick your own choice of feathered earrings from The SoakTree!!! please email me with your address + which pair your heart desires so sweet jihee can send them your way.

♥ thank-you to everyone who entered! and a special thank-you to jihee for hosting <3

Monday, July 18, 2011

my twin sister made my day with this sweet video text

my darling nieces sophia & marina from micaela maxham on Vimeo.

growing up and all through high school, i went by Mickey.

i don't know why i started going by Micaela-- i think it was in college and it was easier not to correct professors who called on me or graded my papers.

but friends who've known me for a years still call me Mickey. So does my family, including these two i can not wait to see in two days. TWO DAYS!

(speaking of my family, check out the AWESOME bachelorette party twinkie threw this weekend for our little sis Maddie. how i wish i could have gone!)

p.s. last day to enter the pick your own feathered earrings giveaway!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

showing our hearts guest series // a preview.

my little sister maddie is about to marry her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart. i can't wait to be standing next to her as she becomes Mrs. Hamilton. My older sister, her husband, and my two adorable nieces sophia (don't you love the way she's looking up at maddie in the airport?) and marina flew in from italy friday. 
i fly in on Wens. and i can't wait to hug them all and enjoy every minute with my family (not to mention all the eating i'll be doing! oh how i've missed my momma's food!). Sophia keeps asking, "auntie mickey, where are you?" 

since i'll be gone for nearly two blessed weeks, i've graciously asked my favorite ladies to blog-sit. not only will you get to meet some of my favorite reads, you'll see why i adore them so. 
i decided to give them instructions from the last series of guest posts on my dolce vita: "With as much creativity as you can muster, show your heart in: a picture, a poem, a song (or piece of music), a quote, an item of clothing, and a place.

starting wens. you'll get to see each blogger's 'heart.' to give you a preview... 

here's my heart 

a Picture: 

A Poem: 
"Understand, I'll slip quietly 
Away from the noisy crowd
When I see the pale
Stars rising, blooming over the oaks
I'll pursue solitary pathways Through the pale twilit meadows,

With only this one dream: 

You come too."

-Rainer Maria Rilke

A Song: 
(our wedding song)


Item of Clothing:

every girl needs a lace dress for impromptu date nights.

Mark Twain once said, "The Creator made Italy from designs of Michaelangelo."  Photo of Venice by my brother marco.

*starting wens. the 20th, stay tuned each day to see beautiful hearts (i love how different each one is)and say hello to each fabulous girl visiting? 

thank-you! xo
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