Saturday, August 20, 2011

Venice!

Hi! I am back!
Venice was beautiful as usual, so sunny and bright...
We walked a lot and went palces I had never been to.


It was fortunate that the Biennal was still open - so we went to both the main exhibition and the collateral ones. Here's a picture from the Hong-Kong exhibition:


 We also spent a day at the small islands around Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello.






I had a beautiful time. It was hot and we got home every night exausted - but it was so worth it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Small Break


I am leaving for Venice in a couple of hours. I'll stay there with my cousin for some days. The plan is to relax and go visit the small islands around there, which I have never visited. We'll be staying in my cousin's apartment (the picture above is taken from the bedroom window, so you can imagine how beautiful it is there).
Plus tonight we should go to a nearby town to have dinner with a dear friend of mine who moved there 4 years ago.
I hope to come back with loads of pictures!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lovely links


...a bit late. 
Enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dinner outfit


Shirt - Pimkie
Jeans - List Jeans
Shoes - Primadonna
Necklace - Random street vendor
Bangles - From Corsica
Glasses - Vogue
I wore this outfit last night to celebrate my dad at my parents' place. I had no idea whether we were having dinner inside or on the porch, so I decided to go for pants. 
I don't wear these jeans often, and it's a shame. I am rediscovering the elegance of white pants (admittedtly thanks to J) and I am going to try wearing mine more often.

There is something very chic and timeless about white paired with leather, so I decided to wear my leather sandals:


And added a pop of color with my Kuvé bag:


Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday outfit


Shirt - Conbipel
Skirt - Noa Noa
Shoes - id
Necklace - borrowed from mother
Bangles - old!

This skirt is my other Saturday's buy.  It's flowy and breezy, and to keep that feeling in the whole outfit I put this shirt - the sleeves are sheer and very flowy. I didn't add a belt because I thought it would subtract some of the breezy feeling, and put on my bangles.

Here is a closeup of the Project bag I wore and the bangles:


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Outfit


Dress - Noa Noa
Shoes - Geox
Sash - JJill
Necklace - H&M

This is the new dress I bought on Saturday in a small boutique I had just discovered. It's light and fresh, and I brought it home even if it was an unusual color for me. I think it looks good with the sash (which comes from a pair of trousers I don't have anymore), but I want to try it with some leather belt or different colors. Also, I think it look ok with these shoes, but a bit too preppy. 
I have other ideas on how to style it... 
 
Do you have any suggestions?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lovely links


So many great reads this week! I kept bookmarking posts!
Here they are:
Ok, done with numbers.

Friday, August 5, 2011

An outfit


Shirt - Azzurro
Skirt - Promod
Shoes - Le Scarpe di Lou
Cuff - Random store in Buffalo
I wore this outfit a couple of days ago and never shared it. It features a new t-shirt - I like the interesting and asymmetrical shoulder motif - and a cuff. 
After last BDIB I am trying to get more use out of my cuffs...

A closeup:

I am so glad it's Friday. It was a great week, got lots of things done, but it was so hard!

FFBF - Location Influences


For this round of Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, the theme was location influences.
I have to admit, it was not easy to answer this questions, and they made me reflect on how much I and my style evolution have been influenced by the placed I was living in.

1. What part of the world do you blog from?
I blog from a small town not far from Rome, Italy. In September I will move to another town by the sea, still in the Rome area.

2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live what would you say?
I would say - well cared for. What people wear depends on their age, but everybody seems to put some attention/care in what they wear. And I have noticed how people about my age often wear great shoes even with the most casual outfit - which really elevates the whole look to a higher level. And it's something I incorporated in the last year or so.

3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the mold?
I find that there is always something a little different in my style. Can't even describe what. May be because I keep old items of clothing/accessories for years, and mix them with the newer ones, so I always wear something you can't find in stores at the moment. But it's not something immediately noticeable.

4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world did your clothing choices evolve?
Not really for the travelling part. I mean, if there is a lot of walking to do, I'll try to accomodate comfortable shoes into my style. If it is a work event, I will try to look a bit polished. And if I find something that is very trendy among the locals, and I like it, I'll try to "bring it home" with me. But my overall style stays the same.
But I have noticed thant when I was living in Buffalo my style was more casual, and I had to put a more conscious effort to look good - I was working at the university, and nobody really cared there!
Note: here I live closer to my mom - and she wouldn't tolerate a less cared for appearance!

5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what would you be?
People often tell me I look French, specifically Parisian. I find it slightly inexact - I am definitely Italian, and it probably shows in my use of accessories, which is less minimalistic than the parisian style. But I am not able to point out a specific city.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BDIB - Arm Party!


This is my second time participating in the Bloggers Do it better series. 
This time, the theme is "Arm Party". And I am glad Kristina had this idea, because it pushed me to take out and wear my bangles... 
I wore this outfit - it's an exact repetition, so I didn't take pictures. 
And here is the arm Party!



I bought the six striped bangles during my trip to Corsica, 20 years ago. They are six like the letters that compose my name.The brown one is from a store in Buffalo. The thin one is even older, it's about 25 years old! A classmate gave me a bunch of them (it was the 80's and Madonna was just starting to get famous) and I somehow managed to keep this one through the years.

Now I want to start wearing all the other bangles I have, too!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Makeup - Summer Edition.

As I love to see what other bloggers have in their makeup bag/drawer, I decided to share what I wear during the summer.
As I have mentioned here, last winter I had an epiphany after having my makeup done by a really good aesthetician, and I was converted to the less-is-better philosophy.

Here is the whole bunch for the summer (I apologize for the picture quality, but as I have found out, it's not really easy to take pictures of makeup):



Of course, I don't wear everything at once! Here's what I do:


First, I line my eyes with one of my eye pencils. The brown and black ones are from Lancome, the violet one from NYC, bought when I still was in the US. The Lancome eye pencils are very expensive for my budget, but I indulge in them because their texture is just perfect, and they are looong and last for years. Plus, I try to buy them at beauty-free shops when I travel abroad - I have a replacement of the back one bought during my April trip to Germany, waiting for me.
My mom has a nice blue eye pencil, and I think I want to add something similar to my small collection.



Now for the eye-shadow. For the day, I usually wear one color, two when I am feeling fancy, applied with my fingers. Here you can see a Pupa Makeup kit, courtesy of my sister V, at the bottom (the finished powder was a great bronze powder), a Bottega Verde makeup kit, the black one, a l'Oréal duo (sisters' presents for my birthday), and a Bottega Verde violet eye shadow.

My mascara, again from Bottega Verde (I like their products, and take advantage whenever they have coupons or sales)


Then I add some bronzing powder - I don't wear foundation in the summer, I like my skin as is. This powder is from the Bottega Verde black kit, seen above:


And my lipglosses - I rarely wear lipstick in the summer:


From the left - Essence, bought last winter, three Rimmel courtesy of a friend, and a Lancome juicy tube, gift with purchase.

Here it is. I realized I don't buy much makeup, usually wait until something is finished to replace it, and most often that is mascara. I would like to be a bit more adventurous, but I don't really want to waste money on something I might not use...

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