Category: Europe

Secret Milan – Slow Food at Mercato Metropolitano

We are still feeling a little bit in holiday mode over here in Milan right now, so this weekend when it was sunny and warm, we decided to make the most of the nice weather and spend the day in the city.

Since the coming of the Expo, Milan has received a bit of a make-over and lots of the urban areas have been reconstructed and made into public zones, parks and shopping areas.  On Sunday we decided to head over to Porta Genova, in the South of the city, to check out the new slow food market ‘Mercato Metropolitano’.

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The market is located alongside the railway tracks and built-in and out of the old bridges and railway arches.  In an area around 15,000 sqm, the market has a collection of interesting stalls set up by local producers and street food establishments, both emerging and from known cafes around Milan.  The concept of the market supports small businesses from the Milan area and the use of organic or locally grown ingredients.

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Walking around the market was a fun experience in itself.  Stalls are brightly decorated and have an interesting selection of food to try, both international and typical foods from the different Italian regions.  The chill-out sofas dotted around the market are made from upcycled vegetable crates and recycled pots growing herbs and flowers gives the place an urban-garden feel.

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Inside the railway arches there is an organic supermarket selling a huge selection of fruits and vegetables, biological wines and beers and freshly made bread and pasta.  There are slow-food related games and activities for children to play, giant-sized football tables and even an open-air cinema where film screenings and seminars are held around the topic of sustainable foods.

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The market is open everyday for a late breakfast, lunch or dinner and I highly recommend you passing by.  It is so much fun and a great place to try lots of yummy Italian food.

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Ciao Milano – 20 Reasons I Am Happy to be Back

Well friends, summer holidays have officially ended and it is time to get back to work.  In the past I sometimes found this time of the year a little flat.  I would have had an amazing summer full of adventures and fun and then suddenly it would end and I would be returning home, back to my part time waitressing job or university classes.  But not this year.

This September marks the two year anniversary of my moving to Milan! And as our Sri Lanka adventures drew to a close I felt genuinely excited to be returning here.  Living in a foreign city does feel a bit like living on a extended holiday because there are always new things for me to experience and enjoy.  I love Milan because there are so many cool things happening in the city and the longer I live here the more it is starting to feel like a home away from home.

Here are the reasons I love being back…

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1. Even though its the start of autumn its still warm and sunny here in Milan.

2. Being reunited with my favourite cake shop California Bakery – those chocolate chip cookies are just so good.

3. Shopping at the monthly Vintage Market on the Navigli Grande the last Sunday of every month. Its great to spend the day wondering through the stalls and picking up cheaply priced vintage goodies.

4.  Starting new Italian lessons at the Passepartout School on chic Viale Monte Nero. I signed up for evening classes and am really excited to start at the school tonight.

5. Only three more weeks and Fashion Week starts in Milan. That means the city will be buzzing with exciting events and fashion shows and I will be busy buzzing around the city and having lots of fun. I will be covering my fashion week activities on here so be sure to check in.

6. Planning my looks for Fashion Week.  I brought lots of unique pieces over in Sri Lanka and am excited to style some cute looks throughout fashion week.

7. Strolling around pretty Parco Sempione and relaxing by the lake reading books.

8. Having evening apertivo (cocktails and yummy nibbles for only ten euros) in one of the cute bars in the Brera district.

9. Restarting my yoga classes and feeling zen three times a week.  

10. Seeing the new window displays of the designer shops in the super-chic Montenapoleone neighbourhood.  I especially love to see the visual merchandising at Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Margiela and Valentino.

11. Vogue’s Fashion Night Out! A really fun event where the shops stay open late and you can pick up limited edition lines, goodie bags and attend cool events all over the city.

12. Shopping for the new AW season. Ok I have been Styling photo shoots for this season since back in March but it is great to finally start shopping the trends I fell in love with all that time ago.

13. Visiting the new Armani Silos – a four floor museum covering the forty years of Armani and housing the previous collections.

14.  Going for prosecco in a waterside bar in the newly renovated Darsena Habour.  Grab drinks on one of the boats which have be transformed into floating bars and watch the colourful lights reflect off the water.  It feels just like being on holiday!

15.  Eating slow food at the new Mercato Metropolitano – a food market built in the old train station.  There are stalls from a huge range of local food sellers and even an open air cinema – so cool!

16. Seeing my recent shoots start to be published in magazine. Working a season ahead means once I Style a shoot I have to wait months till I see it published. As we are entering the AW season my stories will start to be published and I cannot wait to see my hard work in print.

17. Getting some arty culture and checking out the new exhibitions at the recently opened Prada Foundazione. 

18.  Finding eccentric young fashion designers to fall in love with at the unique concept store 10 Corso Como.  Browsing the upstairs book shop and taking a juice in the sunny courtyard cafe.

19. Styling for new photo shoots and writing features for new blogs.  I feel so motivated after my holiday and am ready to create some amazing work.

20. Continuing with our home renovation and getting a dose of inspiration at the beautiful interior design shop Rossana Olandi.  Walking around the shop is like entering a treasure chest and every room is filled with something strange and unique.

And here we are, my reasons for loving Milan this September.  Why are you happy to be home? Let me know in the comments below…

 

Secret Milan – 10 Corso Como Concept Store

As I have mentioned before, in January I wrote a list of places in Milan I wanted to visit this year and as the months have gone by I have slowly been working my way through this list.  I don’t always write about where I have visited on here, but the list includes restaurants, bars, museums, shops and interesting sights around the city.

The beautiful concept store 10 Corso Como has been on this list for a while, and last week I was finally able to visit as it was the location of a photo shoot I Assisted on.  Of course when I visited for the shoot I didn’t have any time to check everything out as I was so busy.  So this Saturday I went back to the shop and took my time exploring.

The boutique is located on the famous Milanese fashion street Corso Como, and set back in a shaded and leafy courtyard.  Inside there is a restaurant, rooftop bar, book & design shop and of course, the fashion shop itself.  The boutique sells unique and special pieces from a mix of established designers such as Kenzo, Saint Laurent & Comme des Garcons and from new, up & coming designers both Italian and international.  Working in Styling it is the perfect place to come when looking for rare and individual pieces.  But even if you don’t want to buy, it is lovely to spend a morning here, browsing through the artsy books and getting some inspiration from the amazing fashion pieces.

And for some in-the-know Milan advise – they also have an outlet store located just around the corner. Here you can find a treasure-trove style shop, filled with beautiful & exclusive pieces for amazing prices.

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(photo taken from pinterest.com)

For more about places I love to shop in Milan see my post about the Antonio Marras Concept Store

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What living in Italy has taught me about style…

I have been living and working in Milan for just under two years now.  Before moving here I had done a lot of travelling (mainly around South America and Asia) and these experiences have taught me a lot about the world and who I am.  But I think by actually living in a country for a long period of time you can learn so much about the culture and way of life.

Being in Italy has taught me about food, the language (though I still have a long way to go on that front!) emotion, creativity and new perspectives on how to live life.  Living in one of the fashion capitals of the world has also taught me a lot about Style.  In no particular order, below I share with you some of the best things I have learnt.

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Secret Milan – The Antonio Marras Concept Store

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This week I visited the Antonio Marras Concept store on Via Cola di Rienzo in Milan.

I love Antonio Marras and have wanted to visit this place since reading about it. As I mentioned before I have recently written a list of things I want to visit around Milan and this place was top of that list.

The store is located inside a converted factory and stepping inside felt like entering into a magical world. Just like the designs of Antonio Marras the shop is beautiful, creative, pretty and full of fantasy.

As well as the incredible clothes there is vintage teacups, playful wall paintings, antique furniture, candles, ceramics and a floor to ceiling circular book shelf with art books piled high (my dream!)

Everything together creates such a beautiful atmosphere and the more you look around the more beautiful details you will discover. The perfect way to spend a morning in Milan. You will leave feeling truly inspired.

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