Monday, January 31, 2011

On my radar... Spring 2011

It has been raining until now, here, and I am dreaming of sun, warm weather and spring shopping.

On my whish list...

a fabulous pair of red shoes...

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and a classic trench!

(I know I just wrote about a shopping ban... but a girl can dream, right?)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday outfit.

Sweater - Conbipel
Skirt - Klikx
Tights - JCrew
Boots - Frau

Today it was almost sunny, so I decided to get out and breath some fresh air.

The sweater I am wearing of one of these ”forgotten loves” I keep in my drawers. I do like it, but probably don’t wear it that much because I find it too casual for work without being interesting enough to wear anyway (did I make any sense?).
The outfit is pretty simple – I needed to stay warm and comfortable for the walk, so to make things interesting I added this beauty.

Do you like her? It’s one of my last buys.

Yes, I feel like in February I should be on a shopping ban… But it’s really difficult when you go shopping with your mom and, like, two beautiful Weekend by Max Mara sweaters and a skirt jump at you, begging to be bought and your mother says that if you don’t have enough money she can contribute…
True story, it happened yesterday, but I stayed strong and didn’t buy anything – also because I didn’t really need anything.

So, shopping ban it is, for February. No new clothes, no new shoes. Tights are allowed, if needed, so are books.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Link Love

Hi everybody! How is everything going?
I am almost recovered... well almost.
Anyway, here are some interesting readings from the web which grebbed my attention this week.
  • This week I surely have to start from The Simply Luxurious Life - there was a plethora of informative posts in there! Check out Dealing with unknowns in life, Have a luxurious work day (I fully subscribe to the suggestion to arrive half a hour earlier!), Take control of your spending (part 2), and Why not... become a better listener.
  • Two from How to be chic: Low stress secrets and A place of order and beauty. Both posts gave me the same message: there is no way to live a low stress life when you are surrounded by clutter, be it dust an dirt, too many worryes, too much stuff.
  • The Daily Connoisseur explains how in France quality is valued over all. In food, relationship, activities... - every aspect of one's life.
  • How to raise over bleak and dreary - I like the abundance of pictures!
  • The fifth part of Kendi's Create a working closet: remixing was very interesting to me. Check it out!
  • I have always equally loved high heels and high platform, since, like I was 16. In case you are new to the deal, check out How to walk in heels.
  • Kate explains how American magazines seem to talk only about the same topics - most of which sex related. I sadly have to agree. I remember when I'd be back from US to Italy for the holidays, and bring the bunch of mags I had taken for the flight, my sister used to comment that they were all so flacky. I am happy to report that there are very interesting magazines in Italy (I mean, the italian version of the american counterpart, such as Marie Claire or Elle), which talk about fashion, travel, the world (I read a very interesting interview on Marie Claire, with the major of Monrovia, capital of Liberia, a woman, like their President: she is a down to heart, committed lady, who goes with students, on weekends to clean the streets of the city. And she explains what their president is doing for the Country. So inspiring!) - and the occasional, thongue-in-cheeck article on men.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sick again...

Yes. The flu had its nasty consequences, so I am home taking antibiotics that make me feel nauseous.
Can't wait to feel better...

Monday, January 24, 2011

My outfit.

Sweater – Conbipel
Skirt – Project
Tights – Calzedonia
Boots – Nero Giardini
Earrings – Steph’s mom

This skirt is one of my “forgotten loves”. I bought it circa December 2007, and worn it only a handful of times since. Probably for the same reason as yesterday’s dress, that is, I find it a bit too dressy.

I think it’s not too much so if I wear it with brown boots instead of black, and grey, heavy tights. I liked the result and got quite a few compliments at work. So, I think I’ll have to incorporate this skirt more in my outfits.

Here is a detail of the skirt. It's a shiny tissue, with red/black/grey geometric decorations

This week's challenge...

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...will be avoiding any office-gossip. I don't really do gossip, but I want to even avoid standing there where it is happening. I have work to do, no time to waste. It's getting unbearable in here.

Plus, it is just wrong!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Two outfits

Glasses - Vogue eyewear
Sweater – Motivi
Jeans – OVS Industry
Boots – Refresh
Bracelet – Present

Yes, I am wearing glasses. My eyes were too tired for contacts...
I wore this to go see a movie on Saturday night. My only intent was to be warm, and this sweater is much so. I have had it for about 6 years, and I am pretty tired of seeing it in my drawer. But then, when I wear it looks nice, especially with skinny jeans, and I can’t seem to get rid if it.

The bracelet was the only accessory I was wearing. Here is a close-up.

Dress – Sandro Ferrone
Turtleneck – Random street stand
Tights - ?
Boots – Campanile
Necklace – Steph’s mom

I wore this dress to go to my niece’s birthday. I bought it sometime last year, and it’s like the fourth time I wear it.
It is a fake wrap, with tight sleeves up until the elbow, which then become dolman sleeves (you can see it a little from the front picture). It’s a shame I don’t wear it too much, because I like the fact that one half is black, the other colored (you can see it better from the side shot).
It’s maybe a little dressy, but not too much so, so I’ll try to wear it more often.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My outfit and a challenge!

Sweater – Ruggiero
Skirt – Klixs
Tights – Calzedonia
Boots – Frau
Necklace – Target

I wore this to run errands, such as find a nice present for my niece’s second birthday – that was difficult!
The sweater and tights are not the same exact shade of violet, but I decided I don’t care as long as they don’t clash together – besides, there is the skirt to separate them and make the difference in color less noticeable.

This is a detail of the necklace, which I bought at Target about 6 years ago. It has a vintage-y feeling, so I keep wearing it even if two black “stones” fell out. May be this adds to the vintage feeling?

On another note: Kendi of Kendi Everyday is starting another 30 for 30 challenge (check it out, if you want to participate you are still on time, it starts on Feb 1st!)
I had thought to give it a try, then realized my closet doesn’t really count much more than 30 things. May be 35-38? And the stuff I have inside is stuff I love, or I have loved, and it would make me sad to exclude 5 or 6 of these items from my clothing rotation for the next month
So I decided on another challenge for the month of February. I know I have several “forgotten loves”, which, for a reason or another I never get to wear. My task for the month of February will be to incorporate at least two items a week in my outfits. Whatever doesn’t get worn, or doesn’t make me feel beautiful once worn, has to go.
Usually when I want to get rid of clothes, first I show them to my mom and sisters, then whatever they don’t pick goes to charity. Lately my sister F got 2 pairs of Killah jeans and a pair of Max Mara pants which were too large for me, so she can consider herself lucky!

Let’s see how it goes: I went to my closet for a short check, and I already have some ideas on how/when to incorporate some of these items.

Link Love!

This was a really busy week for me... So I didn't have that much time to read around the web... But this are some posts that I found really read-worthy:
  • Let's start with Sal at Already Pretty, an almost constant presence in my link love (who could blame me?): she offers some useful tips on how to wear black not as a safe choice coming from laziness, but in an intentional way - of course, as any great teacher, she offers plenty of examples!
  • The Simply Luxurious Life really amazes me with the amount of noteworthy posts she can write in a week. Here are three gems: Discover yourself and set yourself free, an ode to reading (LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!), the third part of creating one's own signature style, and some more thoughts on money.
  • From the Daily Connoisseur, the french take on simple pleasures.
  • Some reflections on dressing chic from Cupcake Caramel.
  • And a post at Yes and Yes on international gender bending. So interesting yet so far from out way of thinking, in my opinion.

Friday, January 21, 2011

My outfit.

Dress - Project
Violet turtleneck - Tezenis
Arm warmers - Lunatica
Boots - Nero Giardini

Years ago I was part of a yahoo group called "French Chic". I decided to leave the group because at some point I had to make some choices on how to spend my time, but I am still trying to retain the idea of "French Friday". Basically, it is the anti-casual Friday. On Friday one should try to dress better, chicer and more elegant. I like it because the idea of chic always conveys to me the concepts of poise, calm and relax: what better way to face the upcoming weekend?

So this is my "French Friday" outfit.
I bought the dress a couple of years ago at Upim, a store similar to target in the US. I tried it on, and I loved how it fit me so much I had to buy it immediately. Never regretted this buy!
I like to pair this black dress with the light brown boots. I saw this combination an a magazine and immediately decided I wanted to wear it.
I like this outfit because it is very simple, with very clean lines. I like the idea of the black arm warmers matching the black of the dress. I like how violet pairs with black, and I think there is no need to wear any jewellery here, because its bareness is what makes it noteworthy.

My bag today was this piece from AĆ©rosoles circa 2003:

Not the same brown as the boots, but it doesn't clash with is. I like the crackled leather, it adds uniqueness and makes this bag become better with age. Another of my most prized possessions.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My outfit.

Dress - Sandro Ferrone
Black turtleneck - Tezenis
Arm warmers - UCBenetton
Earrings - Steph's mom

I have a small collection of dresses, mainly from Sandro Ferrone, and this is one of them. Probably not the most flattering shape on me, but I like the alternance of big and small stripes and the color combination. It is even more fun in the back:

The boots are not patent leather, only a very good and shiny leather. This is the third winter I wear them, and they still look new and beautiful, and I am not tired of them yet. I guess it shows that sometimes it's worth paying a bit more for a high quality item...
I wore long earrings for a change. This is the picture I took some time ago:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

An outfit.

I only have one picture today... and not even the best one I could take!
I wore this in theory to go to music class. But I had to stay late at work, so I had to skip class. What a shame!

Sweater - UCBenetton
Turtleneck - random street stand
Black arm warmers - Lunatica
Pants - Liu Jo
Booties - Fiorucci

(Gotta do something to fight the weird face syndrome... but you know, at 7:30 am that's the best I can do!)
I bought this sweater back in September, and it's only the second time I wear it! Can't believe such a waste. It has three-quarters sleeves, so I paired it with my black arm warmers. The pants are very comfortable and much more flattering than in the picture. I like the bootleg.
And yes, the shoes are the same as yesterday. They are pretty new, so I want to wear them everyday!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

An outfit.

I usually wear pants when I go to band practice or music lessons, to be more comfortable with my guitar(s). And today was no exception.

Sweater & arm warmers- UCBenetton
Black tee - Intimissimi
Jeans - Diesel
Booties - Fiorucci

Yes, this is the same sweater with arm warmers I wore here (the black tee is not the same). This time with these beautiful Diesel jeans. I found them while shopping with a friend last September, and immediately loved the color and the fit.
Since the sweater has these little shiny studs all over it, I never wear necklaces or bracelets with it. I had some small CZ studs on my hears, but they are not visible from this picture.
On my feet I had these beauties from Fiorucci:

The chain can be removed, and today I wore them without it. Besides being beautiful, they are unexpectedtly comfortable: the heel is not high, and the front is not too pointy.

Monday, January 17, 2011

An outfit

Sweater - Express
Skirt - Conbipel
Black tights - ?
Boots - Nero Giardini
Necklace - Steph's mom

I bought this skirt two years ago, and I have always worn it with black boots or grey shoes. I think this light brown is nice for a change, it's kind of surprising but not mismatched. The sweater is pretty old too, circa 2005, and hasn't gotten too much wear for some misterious reasons. So I am trying to implement it more in my outfits (I wore it here too).
As for the necklace, it was made by a colleague's mom, who makes costume jewellery and sells it. When I have some time, I'll try to take a decent shot of it.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

An outfit.

Wore this to go for a long walk, and visit my mom. It's such a gorgeous day here, it feels like spring!

Sweater and arm-warmers- UCBenetton
Black tee (under sweater) - Intimissimi
Skirt - Klix
Tights - ???
Boots - Nero Giardini

The sweater came with the arm-warmers, a really good idea I immediately liked. So much, I bought an other pair of black arm-warmers to wear with other short-sleeve clothes.
I wore a tee underneath because I feel usually cold in that little strip of arm left our of the armwarmers.
I have had these grey tights for so long, I have no idea where I bought them. Target, maybe?
The motif on the sweater is made of studs (yes, we have a little obsession here...). Here's a detail:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

An outfit.

This is what I wore to run some errands and do some window shopping:

Sweater & scarf - Lunatica
Jeans - OVS Industry
Boots - Refresh

Pretty basic outfit.
I bought the sweater, which came with the scarf, at a little shop here in Nettuno, Lunatica. It's fairly new, and it sells lots of interesting little things, besides clothes. The sweater has studs on the shoulders, so the extremities of the scarf. Boots are really comfortable for walking, despite the heel, but they are being used so much that I don't think they'll be able to survive another winter!

Detail of the scarf, with the studs:

I like that the scarf was sold together with the sweater, because the neckline of the sweater wouldn't allow to put any necklace, and the scarf adds a little touch to the neck.

Link Love!

This week I had to stay home for three days, so I had time to peruse the internet...
Here is what I some of the most interesting stuff I found:
  • Fabulously Broke had some argument at work, which she handled very well, in my opinion. Here she explains why she responded to the accusations the way she did. There is some good lessons to be learned from her, I think.
  • Some gems fromYouLookFab:  a guest post: Make Your Style Your Own, and an article on the perfect pant length with flared bottoms. I find what she says very correct (one of my pet peeves are too-short pants with heels!), even though I have some problems with the white pants she shows: I think they need to be worn with chunky heels, otherwise they'd look as if they swallowed your feet!
  • The Simply Luxurious Life never ceases to amaze me: it's so full of interesting and useful posts! Here are three from this week: part two of creating one's own signature style (part one here), and two posts on money: 5 Good Habits and Seven Traits of the Wealthy.
  • The Art of Femininity from The Daily Connoisseur. 
  • And a guest post at Yes and Yes, on how to love life even if you have a job you hate. Very good suggestions, I especially like the one about remembering the reason(s) we are at the job!

Friday, January 14, 2011

An outfit: 1/13/2011

This is what I wore for my first day back to work. Please notice I tried my best to not show my face in the pictures, since I took them at night and I looked so tired from the day. I think I am still recovering.

The outfit:

Sweater - JCrew
Jeans - OVS Industry
Boots - Nero Giardini
Necklace - Steph's mom

It's quite a simple outfit: I had planned to wear some other sweater, but I was afraid I'd be cold, so I picked this cashmere turtleneck instead. The jeans are very comfortable, and I am glad I decided to buy a grey pair: they are very versatile.

This is with my coat on:

Coat - Burberry
Scarf - Sandro Ferrone
Bag - Pennyblack

Yes, this is my new bag! I like making unusual color pairings, such as the red of the bag and the violet of the scarf. The coat was an awesome deal I got last fall. It's a very warm wool/cashmere blend, an I love the way it fits. I really hope it'll last me for years.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

An outfit: 1/12/2011

I wore this to get out of my apartment for a while, to buy some stuff at the supermarket, and take a short walk, just to breath some fresh air. The walk made me really tired!

Sweater - Express
Skirt - Klixs
Tights - Upim
Boots - Nero Giardini
Necklace - present

I like to pair colored tights with a neutral outfit. These are a nice teal color and were bought last year on sale, and are still going strong. Here's a detail:

And this is how it looks with a coat on:

Coat - OVS Industry
Bag - AĆ©rosoles

Both the coat and the bag are well-worn items: I got the coat last year: it's a light weight, so I use it when it's not too cold. The bag was bought on a Black Friday of about 6 years ago. I like that the leather seems to get better with age! It's not the same color as the boots, but I think it pairs well with them.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Thught I'd show you my latest buys...
First of all, let me introduce you my beautiful new boots.
The side:

The back:
And a detail:

Two Sandro Ferrone dresses with details:

The color is a violet background with flowers, and it has a violet velvet belt.

This has a nice drop waist and long sleeves, and is a lighter violet shade.

The red Pennyblack bag (my mom lent me the money to buy it, I'll have to give it back to her with my next paycheck). It is a very simple design, but it has very nice little details:

This cute little number from Intimissimi:

A detail:

A Diego Dalla Palma eyeliner (my first DDG purchase, I have wanted to try it for so long, but it's quite expensive. Luckily it was on sale). I think I'll write a review after I have used it for some times:

And two pairs of grey tights - I'll wear them in my outfits, as soon as I get out of my apartment!!!


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