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Finding Style on a Budget

While attending Men’s Fashion Week in Milan this weekend I posted my outfits for the event via Instagram.  I shared with you my inspiration for each outfit and got real with you by revealing which pieces were high-end and which pieces actually came from the high street.

If you didn’t see the posts you can check them out here.

The reason I decided to get real with you is because I think their is a common misunderstanding into thinking that because someone looks really stylish they must have spent a lot of money on their outfit.  And that you have to spend a lot of money on designer pieces in order to be stylish also.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good designer piece! But I think in this world of Instagram and Blogging its easy to buy into the myth that all us fashionistas have a big budget for designer wear, and the reason everyone always looks so stylish is because they are dropping big sums of money on high end pieces for every look.

Of course in some cases this is true but the reality for most of us, for you and me, is that we are want to look stylish but we also want to do this on a budget.

We’ve got other stuff to pay for like cars, rent, holidays, travel and saving for the future, am I right?  So here are my Stylist Tips to shopping smarter and finding style on a budget…

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Milan Fashion Week Survival Guide…

Fashion Week is nearly upon us here in Milan.  My schedule is filling up with cool events and presentations and I am getting really excited about what the week has in stall .  When I am not shooting, a lot of my schedule is spent working at home and online, so I love using Fashion Week as an opportunity to attend loads of events and shows around the city, visit cool exhibitions, check out new bars and catch up with people in town for the week.  I always think the city comes alive during Fashion Week and I love the energy and buzz that comes with that.

Saying that, the week can get pretty crazy running from event to event and I have learnt, that to maximize the weeks success and fun its important to be prepared.  Here is my tried and tested Survival Guide for having fun at Milan Fashion Week…

MFW Survival Guide

Make Sure you Have all your Essentials Packed in Your Handbag.   Fashion week means being on the go all day and often into the night.  So if you want to make it to the end of the day without feeling (or looking) exhausted its important you stock up your handbag with essentials for all situations.  Think portable phone charger, healthy snacks, lipstick, facial powder, nail files, mini perfume and gum to name a few.

Buy Comfortable Shoes.  Pre-Fashion Week, invest in some shoes that are stylish but comfortable.  I literally cannot stress how important this is. You will be on your feet all day running from event to event and partying all night, so there isn’t time for painful shoes.  I have invested in a pairs of heels that are cute and comfortable and some really stylish brogues for when I need a day wearing flats!

Plan your Outfits in Advance.  Once you know your event schedule, take some time to plan out your outfits.  Make a space in your wardrobe and hang your outfits together in groups so you always know what you are going to be wearing.  As a Stylist I always do this when I have important events coming up and I can’t tell you how much time and stress it saves!

Take Time to Sit Down and Eat Lunch.  Food is one of the most important things in Italian culture and there are so many chic and tasty restaurants to try around the city.  Try to take at least half an hour out of the craze to sit down during lunch – your body will reward you by feeling more relaxed and energized during your afternoon events.  Some of my favorite healthy and tasty lunch sports around the city are Cascina Cuccagna, California Bakery, Fluid and Mantra Raw Vegan.  If taking a break for lunch is a bit of a stretch, pop back during aperitivo hour for a glass of prosecco and some tasty snacks.

Get beautiful nails at Bahama Mama I love matching my nails to my outfits but when I have a jam-packed schedule I don’t always have much time to devote to my beauty routine.  Bahama Mama is a super cool nail bar in Milan where you can get amazing manicures and pedicures in no time.  They even have a coffee and juice bar there so you can load up on tasty treats during your pamper session.

Got any of your own Fashion Week Survival Tips? Or have some cool bars, lunch spots or shopping places you love around Milan? I would love to hear about them in the comments below…

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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…