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Shania Olivia Mason

DIY Artist. Dreamer & Doer.

Thriving in New York City. 


SHANiA is a creative lifestyle website. Expect DIY tutorials and sewing patterns, fashion inspiration, and general lifestyle topics, all sprinkled with sass! 

CONTACT: fashionxshania(at)


How I Made a Living in Italy

In a previous post about why I moved to Italy I explained that the easiest way to make a living there was by either working as a tour guide, at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), or as an English teacher. I opted for the latter, an English teacher I would be! I followed the necessary steps in order to start teaching English. I applied for jobs during my last few weeks of my CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) training, and less than a week after earning my CELTA certificate I started working as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. In all honesty, the honeymoon quickly burned out. When I first started, I actually really liked teaching English and I

Why I Left Italy, "I'm still healing."

I didn't plan to leave Italy. Okay, I sorta did, but not entirely. Let me explain: the ultimate plan was to leave Rome (read about how I ended up in Rome) and study Jewelry Design at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan. I applied for a scholarship and earned myself a 50% discount off the first year of school. Now, isn’t that something?! Check out my scholarship video entry below. Anyhow, all I had to worry about was the other half of tuition and the cost of housing. You’re probably thinking, “uhh, what about food, and transportation?” In my mind, I would find a part time job and use my earnings to pay rent, eat, and get around the city. As for paying off the other half of tuition, and

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