Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Milan Travel Guide: How to Navigate Fashion Week

When I arrived in Milan, I underestimated how difficult it would be to do everything I wanted during fashion week in only 2 days. Since I did not have an invite to any shows, I found myself basically trying to stalk where people were going through Instagram and Twitter. If you are going to any fashion week: Paris, Milan, New York, or London, but don't have tickets to a show, this is a post you must read before heading on your great, fashionable adventure.

Shop

Milan is full of beauty, as well as fabulous people that dress to the nines. It makes sense that the shopping is incredible. If you head through the district of Brera, which is not too far from central Milan, you will find funky designers you've never heard of and a few shops with sales or vintage pieces. This is a good place to buy for those of us who can't afford new Gucci purses, Fendi keychains, or Burberry trench coats. But, if you're looking to splurge, head to Quadrilatero della Moda; this is where all the big designer names have stores. My favorite include Patrizia Pepe, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. In Quadrilatero della Moda there is also an outlet called D-Magazine Outlet. There I found the most beautiful D&G shoes, but they were $600, cheaper than normal but still would break my bank at the moment... college girl problems.

Stay

Looking for the right area to stay during fashion week? We really enjoyed our Airbnb in Chinatown. It is only an 8-minute walk from Brera where you can see a lot of great street style and shop as I mentioned before. Also, it is very close to 10 Corso Como which was top of my list of places to visit! If you haven't heard of it, 10 Corso Como is a cafe and boutique founded by Carla Sozzani who was the editor of Vogue Italia. If you are heading to a fashion week other than Milan, try staying somewhere relatively close to the fashion district or the fashion week hub.

Meet

I met some amazing people during fashion week and as a blogger and young professional trying to make connections, this was important to me. The Fashion Hub Market at the Unicredit Pavillion was so fun because I met up-and-coming designers, all with an insane amount of talent. I followed them all on social media and traded business cards so we could stay in touch. These designers usually want to hear what you have to say. They will chat up a storm with you if you just ask them some questions about their work!


On a hunt to meet celebrities at fashion week? Surprisingly it's not always that difficult! I met Chiara Ferragni, some of you may know her because of her blog theblondesalad.com, at her pop-up shop. How did I manage to meet her? By paying lots of attention to social media, especially Instagram. On her story, she had posted that she would be at her shop meeting fans and showing her new collection at 4 pm, so naturally, my friend and I basically sprinted over there. There wasn't a huge crowd at first and we were almost first in line! It was so amazing! So my tip is to periodically check for updates on social media or hang out where you know celebrities would hang out (such as 10 Corso Como).

Dress

If you want to stand out among the Milanese women, you have to think and dress like they would. Wearing all black is really very dull and fails to live up to the Milan fashion vibe. I made this mistake one day and although my outfit was cute, I probably should have brightened up my outfit somehow. If you wear something exciting with even the slightest pop of color, people will definitely have their eyes on you as you walk by. If you don't have a lot of room in your suitcase, my tip would be to pack only two pairs of shoes and try reworking other items into different outfits. For inspiration, check out this outfit that I wore during MFW.

Eat

There are two very trendy places I went during my stay in Milan: 10 Corso Como Cafe and God Save the Food. I ordered some tea at 10 Corso Como since it tends to be pricey, but had a full meal during brunch at GStF. Both tend to be popular among fashion icons. If you go, I would definitely recommend getting any of the juices from GStF! So fresh!

 

Plan Ahead

Information on where each show is being held can be found at The Fashion Hub. Although we ran out of times and didn't make it to any shows, if you go stand outside of them you will see lots of great street style and possibly even be given a ticket if you look fabulous. If you can get a hold of any information about shows before you arrive in Milan, plan accordingly! As we learned the hard way, some of the shows are held more than 30 minutes away (by public transport) from central Milan.

You will also want to plan your trip far in advance, probably at least a month to two months out. Secure your place to stay so you never have to face the problem I did with my previous Airbnb, as well as your flight or train ride.

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Pin this, so you can save these tips for future fashion weeks! I hope you have an amazing time at fashion week and that these tips help you to not make the silly, little mistakes I did! The whole experience was a lot different than I imagined but still amazing in every way! Have fun!
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Monday, February 27, 2017

What I Wore... Milan Fashion Week

It was a dream to walk down the streets of Milan in this outfit, and not to mention, also enjoy a classy cup of tea at 10 Corso Como Cafe. My Day 1 look started the weekend off right with one of my favorite trends: a white flowy blouse. Milan Fashion Week was my cloud nine.

I put this outfit together only a week before leaving for Milan. I knew I wanted to wear my white blouse with its delicate ruffles and cinched wrists from Zara, but I didn't know what to pair it with at first. If you're looking for great blouses, I'd suggest finding one at Zara. The one I'm wearing comes in black and dusty pink as well.

I finally found this beautiful vintage Moschino green leather dress in the Roman neighborhood of Monti, at an adorable vintage store called Flamingo. If you are visiting Rome soon or eventually and love vintage, visiting Monti is a must! It's not too far from the Colosseum. I knew this dress would pair perfectly with my blouse, and the gold accent buttons work well with my gold boots from Topshop.

These gold boots are one of my favorite statement pieces and a staple for my fashion week outfits. I also bought these tights from Goldenpoint, which is a store in Italy that sells super cute socks, leggings, and tights. Definitely going to buy more things from there before the semester ends!

The cutest part of my outfit was my purse, of course. My new purse was only $30, and much like the rest of my closet, it was purchased in Rome. It's very versatile and fits everything I need: camera, wallet, sunglasses, etc. The details are stitched birds that are pink, blue, and white and it is from Parfois' new Spring collection.

My fuzzy bunny keychain did not come with the bag. I found it at a very popular flea market in Rome called Porta Portese which happens every Sunday. It was $10 and I had to have it because it reminds me of my bunnies at home!

I had been looking forward to this past weekend for months. I am so fortunate I had the chance to go to Milan during Fashion Week! I hope you enjoyed this post because it is the first of many that I will be posting from MFW, so keep an eye out! Let me know in the comments below what you want to know about Milan or fashion week and also tell me what your favorite part of this outfit is!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Getting Ready for Milan Fashion Week

Experiencing a fashion week has been a dream of mine since I started blogging, and now it's finally coming true. After almost 3 years of blogging, I am finally starting to get a handle on it all. Although I have not been invited to any shows in Milan yet (I am still hopeful), I am looking forward to meeting other bloggers, style icons, brands, and photographers. Who knows what this weekend has in store!


Planning to go to Milan during Fashion Week hasn't been all that easy. First off, my Airbnb canceled on us 6 days before our trip which was a real nightmare that I dealt with at midnight on Saturday. Luckily I was able to find another place in our budget. I pray to God that no other problems come our way!

On Sunday, I went shopping for a few last minute outfit essentials; I can't wait to post photos of what I am wearing! Some of the pieces I will be wearing include a handmade dress from a boutique in Rome, vintage Moschino, and killer heeled boots. I also can't wait to watch all the street style outside of the shows!

And finally, today I received the last thing I needed before Fashion Week: business cards. Business cards are always important when you are meeting a ton of cool people you want to keep in touch with. I am so happy with the way they turned out, and the fact that I found a website who would deliver them to me in Italy; thank you Vista Print!

I've spent a lot of time prepping for this trip and I could not be more excited. I may start crying when we pull into the train station in Milano. It's been 3 years since I started doing what I love and it'll be a whirlwind to have a longtime dream come true in just a few short days. Thank you for all the love and support a long the way! Next time we talk I'll be back from Milano! XOXO.

P.S. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with everything happening live this weekend!
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

4 Couture Looks to Copy this Valentine's Day

As I mentioned in my Valentine's Day outfit inspiration post last year, it is most definitely one of my favorite holidays. Even though I will be spending this year's holiday away from the people I love most (family, boyfriend, etc.), I have my little family of friends here in Roma that I am happy to celebrate with. The concept of wearing red and pink on Valentine's Day is always fun, so I've put together a few outfits that incorporate those colors, and some that are just plain couture.

I know we've all been seeing this vintage Gucci shirt circulate the street style scene, and I know it's getting kind of basic at this point, but I honestly cannot get enough of it. If you're looking for a casual outfit to wear to the coffee shop, this one is perfect. Are the clogs and the skirt together not the cutest combination?

For all the girls who love pink and enjoy a fabulous and fancy evening out, I created this outfit using multiple shades of pink! The Zimmermann dress is just so beautiful and makes a statement. Even the shades I chose are a rosy pink. Would you wear this?
Rock jeans this holiday and still look amazingly elegant in a silk top and practical heels. Out of all of these outfits, this is probably the one you'd catch me in, even on a regular day. Where would you wear this?



I hope you've all found these outfits fun and helpful for the upcoming Valentine's Day festivities. Let me know which one you would wear in the comments below! Also shoutout to all my friends and family who were born on Valentine's Day, especially Grace. Have a very happy February!

P.S. I am visiting Milan during Fashion Week at the end of the month. I am very excited to meet other bloggers and reach out to brands. If you are going to be in Milan as well, I'd love to meet you! Send me a message on Instagram or Twitter!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

What I Wore... Around Rome

This weekend I explored Rome with one of my favorite people: my dad! I am so thankful he was able to visit me on my semester abroad, even though it was for a very short time. I've been dying to show off some of the new outfits I've bought here because everything is just so perfect and incredibly me. Hopefully, I will do more 'what I wore' posts as I am finally recovered from almost two weeks of being sick off and on, and I am ready to get back out there and explore!


In this country, I've grown to love muted colors like black and white again, a stage I went through before during the fall of my senior year of high school. It is because many Italian people wear all black outfits.  My dress is from MANGO, which I bought here. 

My favorite thing about this dress is the sleeves. The ruffled fabric take the dress from plain to eye-catching. It also has a very nice fit to it and is comfortable enough to wear around the city because it's not skin tight at all! 

This dress has become a staple piece for my wardrobe because it is so simple to dress up, or down. Here I've made it casual enough to walk around Rome in by adding the black booties I wear constantly and some leggings. To make yourself stand out from the crowd, you could wear heels, add some accessories such as a belt or a statement necklace or bracelets, or just skip the leggings and show some skin! 


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