Tag: Milan

My Top Spots for Shopping in Milan…

Milan is considered to be one of the top shopping spots in the world.  And with stores representing nearly every designer brand worldwide it’s hard not to make a beeline straight for Via Montenapoleone as soon as you arrive.  However if you take some time to explore other parts of the city you can discover some incredible alternative places to shop.

Here are my 4 Top Spots for Shopping in Milan…

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How to Dress Like an Italian…

I have been living and working in Milan for just under four years now. Before deciding to move here I had done a lot of traveling (mainly around South America and Asia) and these experiences 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, Italian language, emotion, creativity and has brought a 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, because Italian’s, no matter their age or background know how to appreciate Style.  Regardless of the occasion they always dress well and manage to pull off a chic yet effortless type of vibe.  They appreciate quality over quantity, something quite rare in today’s world of fast fashion.  And they have an eye for colour and adding the final details and accessories to a look.   Throughout all my travels I have looked to other cultures for inspiration on how to dress and Italy has definitely become one of my top inspiration points and has such a place in my heart.

If you love the Italian Style as much as me here is my quick guide of How to Dress Like an Italian…

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How to Live Like a Milanese…

I have been living in Milan for nearly three years now, and although England is definitely still my home, I find it amazing to see how settled and homely Milan feels to me now.  I really noticed it on my recent trip home last month.  I was so excited to go home and had such strong feelings of being home when I arrived, but then when I got back to Milan a week later it felt like I was coming home too.  I found it so interested how both places can feel like home to me but in two very different ways, and it made me happy to think Milan has become my home away from home.

I started to think about all the little personalities traits and Milan-isms this city has for me that makes it different from home.  And though I am definitely still 100% English, I have noticed myself picking up on them and how they have become normal for me.  It reminds me how no two countries or even cities are the same which is why traveling is so exciting and eye opening for me.

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Must Have Fashion Items for Spring…

I love to see the new trends at the start of every season and I think it provides a great opportunity to experiment with your style and try something new.  A great way to do this is to choose some of the seasons key pieces and add those into your wardrobe for an easy, on-trend update.  You can mix them into your favorite outfits or use them to breath some life into your wardrobe staples.

Here is my lowdown of eight beautiful on trend pieces for Spring…

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How to Define your Personal Style…

I have always believed developing unique personal style is more important than following the latest trends and buying into the newest craze.  That’s because, for me, personal style is a representation of our identities and lifestyles.  Really great personal style is special, unusual and timeless. It allows the wearers personality to shine through and doesn’t always involve the most high-fashion or on trend pieces.

It is a key area I always help my Style Session clients to develop because once you have a clear idea of your personal style you feel more confident in your fashion choices, find shopping for new pieces easier and feel the real you shining through in every look that you wear.  But defining your personal style can be tricky and its sometimes difficult to know where to start.  So today I decided to share with you three tips for rookies who want to define their personal style…

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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…

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A Fashion Stylist’s Guide to Dressing with Confidence…

When I am doing my Styling Sessions the main thing my lovely clients tell me is that after our makeover they want to feel more confident.  More confident in choosing new clothes, more confident in knowing their style and more confident in themselves.  Helping people to boost their confidence and feel amazing is my favorite thing about the Style Sessions side of my business.  I think its such an important thing to feel good about yourself and when you feel amazing it radiates out of you and makes you shine.  So I thought I would share with you today my three top tips for dressing with confidence….

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My Top Spots for Vintage Shopping

Ever since I started loving fashion I have loved vintage shopping.  I think it is the idea of not knowing what I am going to find before I enter the shop, and the surprise at finding an amazing piece that is perfect for me.  The thing I love most is that the items have their own story to tell and that by owning them, I am becoming part of their story and their history too.  I love to imagine what parties my vintage dresses have been worn to or what foreign cities my vintage jewellery might have once visited.  I started my vintage collection nearly ten years ago, and as well as the usual selection of Levi’s jeans and floral dresses, I also collect special pieces with a unique quality.  Whenever I travel I search for vintage shops and antique markets so I can take a special souvenir home with me.  The favorite pieces I have found are a crocodile-skin handbag I found at an Antiques market in Cape Town, a pocket-watch I found in Buenos Aires and a Dolce & Gabbana scarf I found here in Italy.  So as soon as I moved here, I went on a hunt for the best vintage shops in Milan. Here are my favorites…

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Beating September Blues

As I sit writing this post I am snuggled up on my sofa with a hot cup of tea because there is TORRENTIAL rain outside.  Its looking really cold and really grey and really wet.  Living in Italy means I have not seen weather like this for a while and I am taking its presence as a sign autumn is definitely on its way.

I actually really like the start of Autumn because I think it brings with it a sense of renewing and restarting after a long summer break – I still get that ‘back to school’ feeling – and I love seeing the autumn colours in the trees. (See my Ciao Milano post for 20 reasons I am happy for autumn in milan.)  But I admit, as the evenings start to creep in earlier and the weather starts to turn bad I do sometimes get a pang for summer to return.

If you feel the same then here is my list of fun ways to beat September Blues…

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