My prolonged absence has been the cause of some exciting news – I have moved to Italy for my 3rd year abroad! Just south of Milan in the most bellisima town. Here is the view of the covered bridge – just sublime.
As you can imagine I am super excited for the food, the fashion and the people I am going to meet. I have been wondering what on earth to blog about while I’m here, as street style isn’t huge. One thing I have found while travelling around Italy in the last few years is the Italians aren’t ALL ‘fashionable’. So instead I am just going to share with you little things I see and buy or am inspired by.
Starting with my first truly Italian purchase. (It has been so hard avoiding all the shoes in the sale) I bought these beautiful navy pleated chiffon palazzo trousers from M Milano, they are so comfortable and elegant. There were loads of mosquitos when I arrived, sadly I learnt about this the hard way, so I always need to cover up my legs while remaining cool and these trousers were the perfect solution!
Accompanied by my little fashion updates will be my new food diary! My idea is to start cooking from Marcella Hansen’s ‘The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking’. I have chosen not cook from the Italian version because I would rather not spend hours translating into English, but I plan on buying a small Italian baking book! Each week I’ll try out one or two of Hansen’s recipes and post my fails and hopefully successes here on Fashionable People.
Keep a look out for my first attempt soon!
I’m absolutely loving the revival of the 60’s headscarf this summer, as featured in Moschino’s S/S 2015 show. There are so many ways to wear it and an endless array of heads scarves to choose from! Understandably many people will stay clear of this trend if they would rather not take a trip down memory lane, but boho alternatives to tying your scarf will ensure it does not look outdated.
Take a look at this video from Swide Magazine for four inspirational ways to style yours!
I have been in love with this brand since I stumbled across them on Instagram – seems to be happening a lot at the moment! For Love & Lemons make lace and flowers sexy, not fussy or over feminine and romantic, which must be why I love all their clothing so much!
On the down side it is very expensive and my student budget cannot quite make the stretch at the moment, but hey it’s nice to dream! The first thing I would invest in would definitely be one of their bralets – they are most well known for their lingerie. Check out their Instagram feed and you will see why. They have a gorgeous festival collection out this summer, with plenty of fringing, tassels and floaty kimonos. Although, if I was you I would be far too scared to take anything from their collection to a festival…well that’s unless it is a festival abroad.
I have recently discovered ‘depop’ – the new way to buy and sell through Facebook, Instagram and via their app. The app is incredibly easy to use and also very addictive! You can search for your favourite fashion bloggers and, if you’re quick enough, snap up a piece from their wardrobe. Or use the search tools to discover new brands and individuals selling beautiful one off pieces, the vintage scene is likewise full of hidden gems!
What I loved instantly about this new platform for selling and buying was how beautiful all the items look. Sellers really make the effort to make their products look attractive, with not just one photo but many, and they are easily contactable if you have any questions. The review system also gives you piece of mind that you aren’t just going to pay and receive nothing – sellers should contact you when the item has been posted and provide proof of postage. Payment by Paypal or card is also straightforward and fuss free!
While I have been on the app everyday since downloading it, I have been very restrained and I am yet to buy or even sell anything! I found I instantly got people following my account, no less to increase the chance of me following them back and buying an item off them. Equally, it works in your favour when you come to sell if you have a couple of hundred people already following you. There is definitely no hanging about with this form of buying either, if you want it – get it, or its gone!
Go on start your depop I couldn’t recommend it enough! There is no harm in buying if you are selling too…well that’s what I’m telling myself anyway!
I found a blog post on Le Fashion about long bob hairstyles, that inbetween length, and it completely inspired me! Last year I cut my hair to shoulder length but have since then let it grow longer – I feel a sudden urge to have it short again. There is something so sophisticated, chic and elegant about the long bob. It makes any woman appear so held together and I love how it looks gorgeous straight or curly. Getting a new hair cut is not to be taken lightly, the right hairstyle can make you hundreds of times more confident and ultimately happier! Would you dare to get the long bob?
I came across Matilda Accessories while looking for silver jewellery on Instagram. As a student I find it hard to find simplistic silver rings and necklaces that are affordable. Matilda’s certainly are and they are gorgeous too! Their necklaces are delicate and sit just below the nape of the neck which is perfect for layering with longer chains. Rings are minimalistic and thin styles are great for stacking. The larger stone rings are equally as stunning and are available in two sizes. Blues and turquoise shades will be perfect for summer with romantic white lace cover ups. It is unlikely you’ll come away from the site with just one item in your basket!