Sep 02

Real Copenhagen Dad Style – The Laundromat

I should begin this post by setting the record straight.  I do not man hunt!

 

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Ugh, My poor husband.  It’s a good thing he has a LOT of self confidence.  The truth is, that for the two weeks we were in Denmark/Germany I was seriously searching all the time for a stylish mom.  Not just any mom,  I wanted THE MOM.  The mom who’s keen Scandinavian style and streamlined chicness would just blow me away.  And you know what?

 

It just didn’t happen. The closest i got was to Viking Mom (you can see her here).

 

Every time a mom caught my eye there was always SOMETHING about her outfit that just had to go.  Mainly her shoes. It seems that moms in Copenhagen prefer technical and practical over remotely cute.

 

Paul, who is one half of “Adrienne and Paul”, my dear Canadian friends that met up with us in Copenhagen (you’ll be seeing a lot of them in the next few posts!), commented on how there was a huge lack of color and he couldn’t take it anymore.  EVERY SINGLE SHOP, and I’m talking all of them was filled with black and white.

 

I was getting desperate.  My time in Denmark was running out and I still hadn’t seen a single mom worthy of a street style photo session (aside from my friend Adrienne, whose relaxed and put together travel style you’ll be seeing soon).

 

And then I saw him….

 

 

Copenhagen Dad

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We were in the Laundromat Cafe (I’ll get to that later) and my red headed 2 year old found a little red headed 4 year old to play with.  The two hit it off.  Their huge personalities and bigger than life temperaments instantly connected between dinosaur growls and block tower crusades.  At one point the 4 year old threw a tantrum of epic proportions.

 

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I should also state that kids in Denmark don’t throw Tantrums.  Maybe it’s all of their sleekly designed wood toys, preventing their fragile minds from becoming over stimulated and aggressive….who knows?

 

I turned to Copenhagen Dad and said “my son does the same thing, I think its true what they say about red heads”  (As another side note EVERYONE in Copenhagen speaks English and most likely another language or two).

 

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And so began our chit chat about our feisty kids, how ridiculously expensive Copenhagen is, his girlfriend in Paris and how expensive Paris is.  Then my husband chimed in and we chatted a bit about politics and random topics of conversation that I knew nothing about.

 

And I asked him if I could take his picture, explaining that I did a Real Mom Street Style Series but that Copenhagen mom style was just not cutting it.  AND HE AGREED!  And was totally cool with it.  Oh and even his friend was pretty dad-stylish in a California revisited sort of way.

 

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What He Wore

 

Copenhagen Dad told me the brand of his shoes, but I didn’t ask for the spelling and all I understood was something that sounds like this “Find – berg”, and his shirt brand sounded like this “Caffè Cot”…any ideas what that could mean?  I do know, however, that his belt is Zara!

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The Reason He Dressed – The Laundromat Cafe

 

I did a bit of research into the “cool” places to go to in Copenhagen and after this trip I realize that my idea of “cool” has really changed.  The Laundromat Cafe was actually pretty neat and for very practical reasons, I’m happy it exists. But, but I wouldn’t exactly say it merits a trip just for the sake of visiting.

 

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This location is in the neighbourhood Osterbro, where we stayed, and it was only a 7 minute walk from our apartment.  it had everything we needed:

  • Washing Machines
  • A Play Area to Distract Our Son
  • A Place Where We Could Wait
  • Coffee
  • and Copenhagen Dad

 

The cake we ordered was expensive (just like everything in Copenhagen) and it certainly wasn’t memorable, but it occupied my husband and satisfied his snack craving.

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More than a Laundromat it is a Cafe, and I get the idea that the washers and dryers are mainly used by the staff of the Cafe for their own linens.  There are only three washers and three dryers and they were all full when we arrived, so be aware of this and don’t arrive with 4 suitcases to wash.

 

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Aug 31

Strength. Even when things aren’t perfect

I’ll be honest and say that my husband Marco is not one of the easiest of people to get along with. I’ll be even more honest and say, maybe I’m not the easiest either.

 

If it were up to our horoscopes we would not be an ideal couple, and indeed we’ve had our fair share of intense moments. Somehow after 7 years together including; a long distance relationship, language barriers, communication differences, an unexpected pregnancy, a few earthquakes and many a heated discussion about EVERYTHING imaginable, we are still together.

 

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I would never describe him as my “best friend”, indeed he reminds me often that we are not just “friends” we are lovers and spouses. We are much more than friends.

 

Marco has never been a “yes man”, actually he says No to almost every suggestion I make. He forces me to fight for the things that I want, pull myself together even when I don’t want to and ask for forgiveness when I’ve been wrong. As difficult as he is, I think being with him makes me a better person. No, I KNOW being with him makes me a better person.

 

Our relationship isn’t one that comes easy to us. I think any normal couple would have thrown in the towel a long time ago and yet day after day, and year after year we’re still together, creating our little life and finding compromises all the time.

 

Exactly 3 years Ago

 

I was 5 months pregnant and not yet on 100% bed rest. We were enjoying ourselves out with friends at an aperitivo and chatting about the laws in Italy when it comes to marriage. In Canada there exists “Common Law” relationships, where if you live together as a couple for a year you are considered “married” to some degree by the government and you have all of the legal rights as a married couple.

 

That does not exist in Italy. Here, unless you are actually, legally married you only have a certain amount of rights as a couple. Being a very practical (and not a very romantic) man he asked me to marry him while we were having an aperitivo. His exact words “Ah è vero, forse anche noi dobbiamo sposarci”, translation “Ah it’s true (talking about legal rights) maybe you and I should get married too”.

 

That was enough for me. Proposal accepted. I said “I’m considering that a proposal, let’s do it. Don’t forget it was your idea!”. He HATES weddings, hates being the centre of attention, hates formal situations and HATES getting in contact with people or even hanging out in big groups!!! FUN FUN FUN!

 

The only rules to our wedding were that I would have to do it myself and he didn’t want to hear about the planning, budgeting, decorations, or anything that had to do with the wedding in general. Actually, he even had the nerve to want to do a wedding in January (I would have been 7 months pregnant), in city hall and not invite anyone.

 

Ummmm. No.

 

I could just hear my entire family reaming me out for not giving them notice or the chance to plan to come over for our wedding. We were having none of that.

 

Budgets

 

Marco insisted that  we not ask for help from anyone. He didn’t want to put his parents in a tight financial situation and he didn’t want to do anything that we couldn’t afford paying for it ourselves.

 

So I started to save. BIG TIME. A difficult task when you are also expecting a baby and have no friends with kids or relatives around to pass you hand me downs. We bought almost everything for our son and paid for our wedding alone.

 

To this day, our wedding remains one of the most incredibly beautiful experiences of my life. We were married August 30, 2012, exactly 5 months after our baby Zeno was born.

 

Giving Thanks

 

Marco said that we were not allowed to do any long winded thank you speeches at our wedding! He said that he thought they made people uncomfortable and that everyone hated listening to them anyway.

 

Now that I think about it, I don’t think I really can thank enough all of the friends that came to be with us on that day enough. My parents, sister Chrissy (who was also my Maid of Honor!), sister Suzie along with her family and my brother Fonzie along with my niece all came from Canada!

 

My dear friend Adrienne and her man Paul (you’ve seen her here) also came all the way from Canada to be with us. And my other dear friend Gillian (you’ve seen her here) came from Rome with her husband Nicola, while she was pregnant!

I went to the Albinelli Market in Modena’s centre a few months before the wedding and ordered fresh tiger lilies, broad leaves and mini hot peppers. The day before the wedding I was sure that I would be alone making centerpieces with the discounted glass vases I found at IKEA, but instead the doorbell kept ringing.

 

EVERYONE CAME TO HELP. Nicola, Gillian’s husband was on the balcony spraying shine stuff on the leaves (he also cleaned our bikes for us in his good wedding attire), my sister made my bouquet, my mom helped with the corsages….everyone helped me.

They didn’t just come to our wedding, they helped us create it.

 

 

The Day

 

When I originally wrote this, I describd the day in detail. But I don’t think it needs a description. Imagine an Italian folk song playing in the background while you look at these pictures with a lot of laughing and some very surreal moments thrown in.

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Aug 27

What to Pack for a trip to Northern Europe in mid-August (what I wore + a giveaway!)

Let me save you some packing headaches….leave your bathing suit at home (unless of course you are incredibly tough….like Viking tough!)

 

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Yesterday I shared a pretty amazing viking day out in Northern Germany, but today I wanted to share what I PACKED and WORE and hopefully give anyone who is planning a trip to Northern Europe in the late August a bit of a heads up…..more sweaters and fewer tank tops!

 

I’m not going to lie I was REALLY looking forward to this vacation because the heat in Modena was just crushing. I couldn’t take it anymore, even though now I will admit that wearing a coat in August just seems wrong! It is COLD in Copenhagen and Northern Germany!

 

What to Wear? What to Wear………

 

I didn’t pack enough clothes for myself. I was restricted to a carry-on for two whole weeks so we could bring as much gluten free food as possible for our toddler. I was NOT going to let another Lisbon experience happen so I opted for fewer clothes and more gluten free food.

 

This has been the perfect excuse to go shopping! Too bad I can’t actually afford ANTHING in Copenhagen. Or at least that’s what I thought! I managed to find a few essentials that have made this trip much more pleasurable!

 

A TRENCH

 

I didn’t bring this trench with me, I bought it on sale for 20 euro (about $27) in Copenhagen a few days before this trip to Germany. It has been a much needed addition to my wardrobe.

 

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LAYERS!

 

It can be very hot and sunny one moment and then frigidly windy and cold the next, only to be followed by rain!

 

You’ll want to back and wear many a layer from cotton sweaters, polo shirts and t-shirts. When it gets cold layer away, and if you start to sweat just peel a layer off!   Plus, don’t you find that adding in layers instantly makes any outfit so much more interesting?

 

On this day I wore a tank top, cropped white cotton sweater, zip up cotton peach blazer and my essential trench coat.

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RAIN BOOTS

 

Yes, I managed to pack rain boots into a carry on luggage! Specifically Portuguese brand Jeffrey Campbell’s Chelsea rain boots, bought on sale for 42 euro!! BEST 42 EURO EVER SPENT (about $55)! And to think I actually felt guilty about this purchase! I have worn them non-stop while in Copenhagen, they are comfortable, my feet are dry and they are compact…. enough said. I’ll be doing a whole “where to buy” post on these boots this week!

 

On Friday I’ll be putting together a little shopping list to help you find these types of boots (designer look, discount prices!) Believe me you’ll be glad you have them since it rains every second day in northern Europe.  Yesterday was our first full day of sun, and we were in disbelieve the whole day, just waiting for the sky to darken.

 

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HATS and RAIN GEAR

 

Remember my trusty rainhat from my Spring trip to Rome? Well I keep it in my pocket at all times! When it starts to pour and I need to push the stroller, I just pull it out and voilà! When it really starts to come down I also have a fashionable Topshop rain poncho that I use, but luckily we were greeted with pretty decent weather on our trip to the Viking settlement (by decent I mean it only rained twice in a 10 hour period!)

 

It was windy, however, so I’m glad I had my cotton beanie (touque for those of us who are Canadian) to protect my ears. The hats are available now at H & M as part of their new collection and are under 10 bucks, but any thin cotton hat will do!

 

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A BIG BAG

 

Big enough to carry essentials, but not so big that you can’t find something when you need it.  This Vintage find is real leather and canadian made.  It also has a full zipper, which I’m hoping will act as a pickpocket deterrent!

It should be big enough to carry your wallet, maps, camera, phone, emergency phone charger, some dinosaurs, a water bottle, a rain hat, gum, chapstick, hand cream and sunglasses…..which leads me to my next point.

SUNGLASSES

 

You’ll want to pack sunglasses, when the sun shines it REALLY shines. Mine were bought on sale for $17 and did the trick.

 

Here’s some advice, skip the expensive sunglasses when on vacation, if you loose them or forget them they will be gone forever!! I’ve lost $400 sunglasses in Paris (pre-baby days obviously) and to this day it still bothers me. Enjoy your vacation without the worry of loosing things that you won’t want to replace.

 

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A SCARF

 

I live in Italy! I dare not go ANYWHERE without a scarf. If you want to read about the Italian obsession with scarves and drafts I wrote a bit about it last winter here!

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Aug 12

The Italian Exodus – Ferragosto & Beyond

Summer Exodus – Pressione Bassa!

 

I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m a little behind in my blog posting. I’m actually very lucky this year because I’ve been to the Riviera Romagnola with my son (here’s what I’ve shared so far), Lisbon in Portugal for a week of sight-seeing with my sister and her family (you can read about my first impressions, a Castle visit and the Cable Cars that saved my sanity here) and even my parents have made their way to Modena for a week-long visit.

 

Now, I am lucky enough to head to Copenhagen in Denmark to see one of my dearest friends, her man and their brand new baby girl. Her pregnancy was probably one of the biggest joys for me in the last year and a half because it has been a long wait. I prayed for this baby every single time I held my own. We are spending two whole weeks with them in Copenhagen and I can’t wait to get to know this new little person and see my good friends as parents.

 

I now understand why so many bloggers plan guest posts in the summer….IT IS HARD to blog when you’re having fun!! We don’t have air conditioning in our apartment, and the humid Modena summers mean, sweating at 11 pm, while mosquitoes eat you alive and longing for a gelato to cool you down, if only temporarily.

 

Not only am I finding it really hard to concentrate, but my blood pressure is low. While I was pregnant I often fainted in the summer months and with this heat I find I only want to be either outside in the shade, on the couch / bed sleeping or…… nope…. no third option, that’s pretty much it!

 

In Italy people search for natural remedies to help them feel better and low blood pressure is no different! So I’ve been eating my fair share of liquirizia (pure liquorish), not the sweetest, but BOY does it ever work! I feel better after just one piece.

 

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Exodus

 

Another natural option to beating the summer heat is the SUMMER EXODUS that happens in Italy. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this picture.

 

 

It is Modena last Sunday in the afternoon….not a soul in sight. Ferragosto, August 15th, is a National holiday. But many people leave the city as soon as their office closes for the summer.

 

The Italian tradition of closing up shop for a few weeks in the summer was always strange to me as a North American. I viewed it as Italian laziness, but I couldn’t have been more mistaken.

 

Vacations make the economy go round! So what if a shop closes, Airports work, highway tolls get paid as people drive to their destinations, hotels, restaurants and shops in the mountains and beach areas work, and summer festivals give temporary work to students.

 

ITALY COULD LIVE OFF OF TOURISM ALONE!

 

When my husband and I talk about closing down for the summer the conversation usually goes like this:

 

Marco: “Don’t Canadians go on vacation?”

 

Me: “Yes they do, but not all at the same time”

 

Marco: “You mean businesses stay open all summer long??”

 

Me: “Yes. You usually ask for vacation for a specific week and get approval. Not everyone goes at the same time”

 

Marco: “What about the store owners?”

 

Me: “If they have no help some NEVER close! I only remember my dad ever taking a few vacations in a ten year period. Or you leave someone else in charge”

 

Marco: “So….You’re telling me, that if I go to Toronto in August I’ll find the stores open.???”

 

 

 

His utter disbelief made me understand that there are some cultural differences that an Italian can’t understand.

 

In a country FILLED with small micro-businesses that are family run with no outside help, HOW can the owners stay open and have a family vacation? In Italy the summer vacation is sacred. It is THE ONLY time that mom and pop shops feel free to potentially loose a sale and dedicate to some R&R and family time.

 

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Aug 08

how to use POLYVORE – A Beginner’s Guide to Using the Site for Outfit Inspiration

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Ever heard of Polyvore?

 

Neither had I a few years ago, but now I use it to identify trends, get inspiration for my own outfits and get creative with what I already own.

 

This isn’t a sponsored post, so I won’t fill it with too much flowery language about how Polyvore.com  “saved my life” or anything. Let’s just say it is a very creative and useful site and I use it even more often than Pinterest!

 

So….What is Polyvore?

 

Think of Polyvore as a fashionista database that contains almost every item of clothing available online! It isn’t a shopping site per say, however, you can eventually shop through the site by clicking on an item (and they most likely make some money by you clicking!).

 

The main goal is to help you create collages (referred to as “sets”) with items found online.  These items can be clothes, housewares, beauty products and all kinds of other imagery to help you create a “mood”. Basically you can search for an item by entering in keywords and then find “sets” that were created using that item.

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You can either search for “products”, “collections”, “sets” etc.

Let’s say you have a grey button down vest….you know the ones that  I’m talking about.  You probably got it for under twenty bucks a few years ago and it has sat in your closet untouched because you have no idea how to style it.  Actually, one of my friends (and blog readers) asked me for help in styling a grey button vest this week, hence the inspiration for this post.

Instead of pretending I’m a stylist with any minimal amount of talent I went straight to Polyvore!  So here goes….let’s help my friend use Polyvore to style her vest!

 

A Step by Step Guide to Using Polyvore to Help you Style your Own Clothes!

 

Step 1: Find YOUR Item

This involves searching under “keywords” for what you need to style, in our case a “grey button vest”.  Polyvore will give you results that contain EVERY article of clothing that contains those keywords.  To find the item that best suits what you own you must filter. You can filter by color , AND if it was a recent purchase, you can even find the EXACT item by filtering by price and store.

 

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Step 2: You’ve found your Item, Now What?

 

So let’s say you’ve finally found an item that best resembles what you own, now what?  Click on the little heart in the bottom right hand corner.  By doing this you save the item to “Your Items” and we can work from there. ** Please note you must sign up for Polyvore to like an item!

 

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Step 3: Find a “Set” aka Find Some Inspiration

 

If you’re not quite ready to sign up to Polyvore or click the heart (a big commitment!!) you can still move on to step 3….INSPIRATION.

 

You’ll notice that once you’ve found your item, underneath it there are 3 tabs …. ITEMS & LOOKS, SETS and COLLECTIONS.  For now I will focus on “SETS”.  When you click on “SETS” you will see all of the user-generated looks that were created using that exact item!

 

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For example two of my favourites were this look by Dreams and Serendipity

 

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And this look by Sydney Irons

 

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THAT’s IT!! You’ve now mastered using Polyvore to find outfit inspiration to help you style the clothes you already own! Don’t forget to like the sets (by clicking on the heart) so you can save them for a rainy day!

 

Congratulations!

 

But let’s say you want to take it one step further…..let’s say you’re ready to make your own set.

 

 

My Polyvore account is pathetic.  It took me forever to learn how to make a “set”, and even now that I know how to I still never seem to create any.  I much prefer to browse the site as if it were a magazine.  Only a magazine that I can filter!  EVEN BETTER!

 

So here we go……..

 

STEP 4: CREATE YOUR OWN SET!

 

All you have to do is simply search for items, like them by clicking on the little heart (this adds them to your item list), and then CREATE!

 

Here are some of the items I’ve liked to help me with my sets.

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Aug 02

Cable Cars to the Rescue – Parque das Nacoes the Lisbon Waterfront

I was nervous about this particular  day of our vacation, visiting the Lisbon Aquarium and heading out of the city centre.  This whole gluten free business is MUCH HARDER than I could have ever imagined.   Not sure if you remember, but we found out that my son has a gluten sensitivity, so he basically has to live like a person with celiac’s disease.

 

 

In Portugal you can find a lot of rice dishes (but sometimes they put flour in them as a thickening agent), and you can find many fish and meat dishes.  But my son, being an Italian, is used to things like pasta and pizza, and in Italy we can find both of these options “gluten free” (senza glutine) all the time!  In Portugal not so much.

Rice and fish for 1 meal is fine….rice and fish for 5 days is NOT!

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A delicious squid dish at a small Alfama area restaurant! Perfect for me, not for my toddler!

 

I did my research and found a gluten free pizza place one subway stop AFTER the Aquarium.  The plan was to go there for lunch and THEN go to the Aquarium.

 

Long Story Short

 

I drag my sister, her husband, their 5 year old son, their 6 month old baby, my husband and my toddler, under the HOT PORTUGUESE SUN, at LUNCHTIME to this subway stop to find this Gluten Free Pizza place.  We exit the metro stop and we are in an area with literally NOTHING around and we have no idea WHERE this pizza place is.  It takes us over an HOUR, and many a Portuguese translation to eventually find it.

My Portuguese consists of “obrigada, linda and denada”,  so this was not an easy feat.

 

We finally get there only to find all the lights are OFF and the place is closed.  According to their website they were supposed to be open.

 

Shoot me.

 

We’re starving, the Aquarium is a whole subway stop away (something my sister is now reminding me of FREQUENTLY!), the metro is a 40 minute walk away……and we’re going to die from hunger.

 

Eventually we stop into a sushi place. Oh yeah, did I mention soy sauce contains gluten and any contamination (contact with) soy would cause a gluten contamination? So, what did my son end up eating for lunch??

 

Cold mini wiener dogs (they smelled like dog food), straight out of a can, that I had thankfully bought that morning “just incase”.

 

I was feeling like the looser in a heavyweight match.  It was 2 pm and I was already so tired, I could care less about going to the Aquarium.  Which was, a WHOLE SUBWAY STOP AWAY (again this is my sister reminding me!)

 

And then, the heaven’s opened up right before my eyes, and we saw the cable cars!!! Join with me now. “Hallelujah, hallelujah, Ha….lle…lu…jah!!”

 

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The Cable Cars Save The Day

We didn’t have to walk a WHOLE METRO STOP afterall!! The cable cars, for the small fee of 5 euro a person (each way), took us directly to the Aquarium! So everything worked out perfectly!

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I mean, aside from the stupid Pizza place being closed without writing ANYTHING on their website.  But hey, I’m not complaining, they are one of 3 places were you can eat gluten free in the entire city, so A+ for Effort I guess.

 

The only issue is that my husband is afraid of heights….see the look of panic on his face!  But he (surprisingly) didn’t complain and took one for the team!

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Jul 30

A Visit to The Lisbon Oceanario

The Reason I Dressed

So picture it, we’re in Lisbon with a 5 year old, a 2 year old and a 6 month old.  We’ve already done a few cultural attractions and we decide that the kids really need a day to do “kid’s things”….what do we do?  What do ALL families do when they are in a Capital City and they need a sure fire kids day?  They go to either the zoo or the aquarium. On this particular day we opted for the aquarium!

 

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Technically, in Lisbon it is called the Oceanario, and it’s located further out of the city centre, along the waterfront in an area called Parque das Nações, which was where the Expo’ 98 was.  

 

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I’m going through a bit of a phase where I’m reflecting on what I really think about Aquariums and zoos, I’d be interested in your opinions.

I LOVE seeing animals too, and having my son learn about them and see them in person.

 

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I will say that one of my favourite things about visiting an aquarium are the beautiful pictures afterward.  Even a totally amateur photographer (like me) can get a few decent shots because of the beautiful blue light provided by the tanks.

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The aquarium in Lisbon is one of the nicest I’ve seen in a long time, and I’ve even been to the aquarium in Genoa! It is the largest in Europe and had a very cool glass floor that you could walk over.  Underneath our feet was part of the sea turtle tank.  Of course the sea turtle spent the whole time in the corner immobile, probably because the vibrations from the thousands of feet walking on top of its tank make it a little edgy…but what do I know?!

 

What I Wore

 

It’s official.  Living in Italy has made me paranoid about entering into places with Air Conditioning!  Italians fear air conditioning on their sweaty, just come in from a hot day, bodies like no one else!   My husband caught pneumonia (aka a cold!) and passed it onto our son the last time we went into an aquarium with a tad bit of air conditioning.  So, this time I was WELL PREPARED.

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It was HOT on this day, but I decided to go with tights and a simple light cotton tunic.  This tunic covered my shoulders, arms and neck pretty well (all areas that can be affected by air conditioning), but it was also light enough to wear outside without getting uncomfortable.

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OBVIOUSLY I packed three light scarves (one for each of us) in my purse to protect our necks from the dreaded draft.  Yes this is totally a theme in my blog!  I’m not making it up, Italians hate drafts!!

 

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I also had a light cotton tunic, wool vest and bandana for my son!  Was he well protected from the air conditioning? Yes. Did he look chic?  YES!  Win and win.

 

If you remember my travel ensemble for this vacation, I had approximately 2 inches of suitcase space to myself.  So my strategy (as outlined here) was to basically wear simple clothes updated with a few accessories.

 

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My big chunky stone yellow necklace (this has a story, told here), was a pretty good match for my tunic, tights and sandals.

 

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Jul 22

Do Italians Inherit Their “Good Taste”? – real mom street style

If you happen to read yesterday’s post then you know about my envy/obsession with put together women.  Specifically, the put together women I often see at the Bologna Airport as we head out on our European adventures.

 

This time, I decided I would be one of those women (here’s what I wore), and at the airport, I kept my eyes open for the “Italian Flyers” so we could exchange glances of “oh my, don’t you look great”!

 

It wasn’t long before I noticed not one but TWO very put together ladies.

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I was heading into the washroom and noticed the woman on the right as she entered.  I really wanted to ask her if I could take her picture for my Real Mom Street Style series so I waited for her until she came out of the washroom.  That’s right, I WAITED for her outside of the washroom….I have officially entered into creepy, stalker, street style blogger territory!  While I waited I noticed the stylish and mature woman on the left.

 

Her jaunty Burberry scarf, her modern yet not too young for her age t-shirt, her cool but not over-kill sneakers and OF COURSE her “piumino” meaning puffy coat!  The Italian JULY essential, especially if you want to avoid getting a chill!

 

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She was so nice that she let me take her picture and, as I was taking it, the woman on the right came out of the bathroom.  And, you know what?  They are mother and daughter!

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“Good Taste” – Taught or Genetic?

 

I can safely say this is a typical “good taste” Italian family.   Not only is this older woman looking totally stylish for her age, but her daughter has obviously inherited some of her style genes.  I love her shiny, glitter loafers, her rolled jeans, mirrored sunglasses and of course her 5preview top!

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I recognized this top because a friend of mine owns a little boutique here in Italy that is filled with the trendiest street wear out there and he carries 5Preview! You can find the brand online here.

 

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