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The Hive 2014

26 Mar

**UPDATE** the person who will receive my ticket for The Hive Blogging Conference is Anastasia from the blog Stilzitat.  Hope you have a great time and make sure to take lots of IG photos so that I can follow along!

Website BannerFor the past few years I’ve had the pleasure of attending The Hive Blogging Conference in Berlin (see my posts here and here).  It’s a yearly event, held in May, that brings some of Europe’s most successful and creative bloggers together to learn, network and just have an amazing time together.  On top of these week-ends being inspiring and creative, it was also my one week-end alone (sans kids and husband) in a big city.  So I can’t even explain to you how beneficial it was on so many levels for me personally.

I loved spending those week-ends listening to and learning from some of the most influential creatives in Europe and, most of all, meeting like-minded people.  Some of the ladies I met at The Hive have become good friends and who I keep in contact with, collaborate with and even meet up with in person.


This year The Hive decided to change things up a bit and host the event in the city famous for it’s gorgeous and modern design aesthetic, Copenhagen. After seeing photos of the beautiful venue, the list of talented speakers (Gudy from Eclectic Trends, Anne from Anne’s Kitchen and Allan from Bungalow Five to name a few) and the events and courses that are offered I think it’s going to turn out to be a pretty amazing week-end.hivespeakers

Back in the fall the conference’s founder and organiser Yvonne asked me to be The Hive trend-blogger for Italy.  I loved sending off those monthly reports on what’s hot and what’s not in the Italian blogging world.  And I have to admit that I learned a lot and discovered so many amazing Italian blogs, bloggers and creatives in the process.

Unfortunately this year I won’t be able to attend The Hive and I’m absolutely crushed.  I have my mother coming overseas from Canada to help me celebrate the fact that I’ll be turning….drum roll please…..40.  Yep, trying to keep my head high and my thoughts positive on that one.  I know it’s going to be a great new phase in my life (right?!).

So because I love The Hive and because I am entering my 40s I’d really love to give away my ticket (which I received in return for my trend-blogging work) to the 2 day conference that will take place the 17th and 18th of May (airfare, accommodation and other travel expenses are obviously not included!).  All you have to do is comment below and let me know why you’d like to attend.  Is it the networking, the workshops, the talks or the parties that attract you the most?  For me personally I’ll miss the opportunity to meet and chat with some favourite bloggers and participate in the calligraphy workshop run by the talented Betty Soldi.

Follow The Hive’s Facebook page to learn more about what’s happening in the coming months.

Hive Header 2014I’ll announce who will receive The Hive conference ticket next Wednesday on April 2nd (comments will close on Tuesday evening at 9pm Italy time!).


Origrami Giveaway Winner

5 Aug


Many thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway and shared it on all of the social media networks.  And many thanks to Origrami for sponsoring this great giveaway.  I encourage everyone to order a set of these gorgeous prints (that are so well priced!).

I asked all of the people who entered the contest what their favourite subject to photograph is and after reading all of the comments I have come to the conclusion that photographing our children is definitely one of the most popular .  And I can admit that I have THOUSANDS of photos of my three kids doing everything from their everyday routine activities to shots of them on special occasions.  I love documenting their childhood through photos.

Many congratulations to our giveaway winner Chasing Hygge!  Please write an email to with your mailing details.


2 Aug

Beach in Albisola, Liguria.

Beach in Albisola, Liguria.

It’s a beautiful and sunny Friday over here in Italy.  There’s even a slight breeze blowing that makes the heat much more bearable.  We had a busy but beautiful week.  Our trip to Verona, good friends visiting with their wee baby and yesterday a day-trip to the Mediterranean Sea.  We loved  lazing on the white sandy beach under yellow and white striped umbrellas.  The sun was hot, the sea was warm and the kids ecstatic.  At the end of the day, with slightly pink cheeks and shoulders we ended our trip with some delicious Spaghetti alle Vongole and Fritto Misto.  A perfect day.  We’ve had a lot of those lately (and I’m grateful!).

Origrami_Square1Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter the Origami giveaway.  You all have until midnight (Italy time) to enter for a chance to win a set of fantastic Instagram prints from Origrami and a package from me including wooden photo holders and some surprise gifts.  Thanks to all who have entered and shared the contest on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

Waiting for the restaurants to open in Albisola, Liguria.

Waiting for the restaurants to open after a long day at the beach in Albisola, Liguria.

I’m proud to say that I’ve shown up on some really great blogs this week.  Take a look here, here and here.   A Happy week-end everyone!


Origrami Giveaway (open worldwide!)

26 Jul

It’s Jillian In Italy‘s first giveaway today!  I’ve been thinking about doing a giveaway for some time now and I wanted it to be a good one.  So after a lot of pondering and humming and hawing I decided to contact one of my favorite companies to see if they’d be interested in working together.  Luckily they were!

So today’s giveaway is sponsored by the fantastic company OrigramiOrigrami is a husband and wife team based in Sydney, Australia who print up stylish prints of your Instagram shots.


They have a great user-friendly website that allows you to log in with your Instagram account and choose 36 square prints on matte premium card-stock.  There are multiple design themes to choose from including a photo map on the back to show where the photo was taken (how cool is that?).

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They arrive (in record time I might add) in your mailbox in a super stylish cardboard box.  This really is the ultimate way to display your favorite IG shots or to give as an original gift (they even have gift cards available).  I ordered a set a few months back (see them here) and I’ve displayed a lot in my home, sent a ton to my 91 year old grandmother and even carry the rest in my purse to show every Tom, Dick and Harry I come across (lucky them!).


So today we’re giving away a set of Origrami prints (many thanks to Origrami for offering this to Jillian In Italy readers!) and I’ll be throwing in a little package including a few of my handmade wooden Origrami photo holders (see them here) as well as some other surprise items (gotta love a surprise, no!).

*contest open to everyone, worldwide!

*open until Friday August 2nd at midnight (Italy time my friends!) and I’ll announce the winner on Monday August 5th

*leave a comment here telling me your favorite subject to photograph (with your phone or camera!).

*go visit Origrami and show some love

*I’d greatly appreciate it if you shared this contest on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter (but it’s not obligatory)

*only one entry per person

*and if you like you can include your Instagram username so we can all check out some of your shots (yeah I’m nosy). I’m here on IG.

Happy Friday Everyone!


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