What Are You Thankful For?

I've never paid any attention to Thanksgiving: I'm not American, and as a vegetarian I'm not loving all this turkey madness. Even when I lived in LA, me and my roommate just stayed in and watched movies all Thanksgiving weekend, because most of our friends had gone home to their families.
But I do like the concept of gratitude, so this year I thought I'd make a little list of big and small things I'm grateful for!
I'm thankful for....


picture by my sister Sofie
They say all girls dream of finding their prince (or princess, if you're a lesbian!), but I always thought I'd wind up a Samantha: 50, fierce, fabulous and single. Instead, I was lucky enough to meet the man of my dreams at 24 and fall hopelessly in love with him. And four years later I still can't believe it. Never in my life had I thought I'd be so lucky as to stumble upon a drop-dead blonde Italian, with green eyes and a six-pack, who plays guitar for a living and has the biggest heart and most fearless soul of everyone I've ever met. And that he actually likes me. No, he loves me. How crazy is that?

My Coworkers.

I have to say, I do have the best colleagues in the entire universe. Every Monday morning I walk (yes, walk, and it takes 30 minutes) to work looking at all the people passing by with facial expressions that say "I have to go to work and I'd rather throw myself under the bus" and I think, wow, I can't wait to chat to my friends and see what they've been up to all weekend. I love the coffee breaks and the cozy lunches at cute restaurants. I love having a drink with them sometimes after work, and this summer on my birthday, when I looked around the room, I was so happy to see it was full of people that I just adore with my heart. I love my job because of them.


I kept my New Year's resolution for 2011 and started volunteering at a homeless dog and cat shelter, and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. Volunteering is the best feeling in the world and it just gives so much to you. When I come home after spending a Sunday morning at the shelter, my legs ache and I'm tired from dog walking, but I also feel fulfilled. I always feel like I can't be happy because there's just so much cruelty in the world, but after a day of volunteering, it's like a tiny, tiny bit of that pain has been lifted by my trying to help. And that's a feeling that no shopping can buy.

Things to Look Forward To.

Less than two weeks left until David and I are going on a mini-vacation to Venice! We've both been there before but not together, and as it's one of the most romantic places on Earth, I can't wait to explore it with him! Then, on December 21st, we're going to see my family in Stockholm for a snowy Christmas filled with candy and hot chocolates, and a very sparkly New Year's Eve! For me, looking forward to things is sometimes as fun as actually doing them.

Hot Chocolate.

Being a huge chocoholic, it might be a surprise that I wasn't particularly fond of hot chocolate before I moved to Italy. Sure, Swedish hot chocolate is nice and all, but it's too liquid and mostly tastes like milk, and I can't stand the taste of milk. Italian hot chocolate, on the other hand, is dense and thick and luxurious-tasting...and even comes in flavors like "dark" and "hazelnut". But for some reason, people here think you're a complete nutcase if you order/make hot chocolate if it's not December. So, I'm thankful that snowy season's coming up, so I can indulge in my new passion!

Red Lipstick.

For a long time, I didn't think I looked good in red lipstick. I'm too pale, I thought. Then I tried it on at a beauty store, just for fun. And wow. Really: wow. I'm not kidding, it's like I had a whole new face. It's like my pale complexion has a sense, instead of just being pasty-looking. Since then, I don't leave the house without my red lippie, and this weekend I'm getting a scarlet-red one from The Body Shop!

Good Books.

I just adore books. I dream of a day when I find myself in a room full of amazing books and I have nothing to do but read them all day. Currently reading: Candace Bushnell's Summer in the City. Review coming up!

My Beautiful City.

Don't ever say Milan is ugly/boring/gray when I'm around.

Magical Music.

20 years after Freddie passed, his voice lives on. And millions of us are grateful.

Huge, Chunky Knits...to wear with a cup of tea.

This is just what winter is about for me. And I am so in love with my new huge scarf from Zara, 100% acrylic and vegan!


...and all of YOU, my fabulous readers! I'm so thankful that you read Coffee and Heels. It's been four months since I launched this blog and I've gotten way better reactions to this little adventure than I dared hope. Thank you, really. Have an amazing weekend. Because you deserve it.



  1. Ma che dolci che siete tu e David in quella foto!
    Anch'io pensavo di stare male con il rossetto rosso e invece... sorpresa! ho avuto la tua stessa reazione provandone uno. Una faccia nuova! Domani, infatti, andrò a comprarne un altro.
    Bellissimo post comunque, si capisce che sei una persona felice!

  2. Sasha, such a complete pleasure to find your blog! I'm so excited to follow along with your adventures, I love anything italian and already can tell I love your style! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! xx

  3. che bel post!:) condivido molto...

    buon weekend!


  4. Grazie mille a tutte!!

    Laura: quella foto l'ha fatto mia sorella, é molto brava a fare le foto! Sí anche io mi sa oggi vado a prendere il rossetto, poi se mi convince ci faró un post!

    Megan: thank you! I love your blog too!

  5. And I'm thankful that I nave you :) Vilket underbart inlägg! <3

  6. Sofie: cutieeeee <3 vi ses snart!!



  8. O_O Jared Leto... 30 second to mars??? O_O bave... tante bave...

  9. "Happy girls are the prettiest!"
    Parole sante!
    Mi piace molto il tuo blog! Se ti va, passa da me. Ho aperto da poco un blog dedicato alla musica indipendente e agli artisti emergenti. Se vuoi, seguimi. Io sono già tua follower!

    PS: Ho visto che vivi a Londra! Devo chiederti un paio di cose, se non ti crea disturbo! :)


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