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Sep 16

#REASONSTODRESS – A Real Mom Street Style Series + Linkup

If you follow Reasons to Dress you know that I love celebrating when mom’s look their best.  I have done 36 posts featuring real mom’s style that I have photographed as part of my Real Mom Street Style Series, and now I would love to invite you in on the fun!

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Something just makes me happy when a mom manages to find the time (even if it is only for a special occasion) to prepare herself and dress-up.  Let’s face it, when you are running a household it is natural to put yourself last.

 

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Real Mom Street Style – for bloggers & non!

 

Started next Tuesday, September 23rd I would love to feature any and all moms (& dads) who have posted a picture of themselves looking fabulous.  Feel free to share what you wore AND where you went!

You do not need to be a fashion blogger in order to link up.

If you are a parenting, travel, lifestyle, marketing or expat blogger proud of what you wore…link it up.

This is a linkup for people raising/making other people, because it is about finding time for fashion even when you have no time. HOWEVER, you do not NEED to be a parent to linkup. If you have a look you think a mom would appreciate I would love to have you link up!

This linkup has NO MANDATORY RULES

it would be nice …

if you could either link back, add the badge or tweet about the linkup

if you could visit at least one other person in the link-up and leave them a lovely comment!

 

Non-Bloggers Can Play Along Too!

If you are not a blogger you can still (no YOU MUST!) play along.  Tag your any of your outfit shots on Instagram with #reasonstodress and I will either repost them on Instagram, or include them in the linkup or on my Facebook page!!  Don’t be shy! Even if you have NEVER posted an outfit shot before, but everyday you put effort into what you wear, let me celebrate your style!

 

This linkup is open to all international bloggers, and since I love Italian style, I will do my best to invite fashionable Italian mom bloggers to join!  Please feel free to visit them too and comment!  They can all read English!

 

 

See you next week!!!

 

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Sep 11

WOW/CRACY is democracy in Fashion & I vote Hiroko Higuchi

The Difficulties in Launching a Brand

 

I’ve written before about how smaller luxury brands get their start.  Often it begins with the Fashion Fairs that coincide with Fashion Week.  Working with my husband for his exotic leather belt atelier, we’ve been to plenty of these.

 

They are an incredible investment for unknown brands with no big backers and often they end up paying more money for the Fashion Fair (between paying for the stand, decor, shipping, flight, hotel, meals etc) than they make in orders….at least the first few times. But sometimes the Fashion Fairs are a small brand’s biggest opportunity (or only) for exposure….until now!

 

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WOW/CRACY

 

I was incredibly flattered and intrigued when Wow/Cracy, the crowd funding fashion site run by Vogue Talents, Glamour and Bazaar, contacted me about being chosen as a trendsetting blogger.

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What is Wow/Cracy?

 

Wowcracy gives new designers the chance to have their innovative collections crowd-funded by people who really believe in their creations.  It is jointly run by Glamour Magazine, Vogue Talents and Bazaar Magazine to launch and promote fashion’s next independent designers.

 

An up and coming designer creates a “Project”, which is a capsule collection that can be purchased in advance at a wholesale price.  This collection goes into production, and you are charged and shipped the piece ONLY after their fundraising goal has been met.   It becomes the responsibility of fashion lovers and supporters to help launch a brand and ensure the collection is produced.

 

Each project includes the story of the brand and designer, the designs, lookbook and a video.  When a project catches your eye you Pre-Order from them and PAY ONLY IF THEY GO INTO PRODUCTION.  Meaning, only if the project is successful.

 

Not just any designers can upload their collection to Wow/Cracy, the entire site is curated by industry experts and the calibre of work presented is very high.  No amateur hour here!

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Many of the designs are bespoke, leather or sartorial and can be a little expensive, but designers often give supporters the chance to buy just a “thank you” card, a small accessory or even a mention on the funding page in their catalogue, much like a Theatre that is fundraising for a new play.

 

Hh Hiroko Higuchi AW 2014 Collection

 

You must see Hiroko Higuchi’s collection of  men’s socks, ties and bow ties and super feminine women’s hold up stockings and ankle socks complete with a delicate frill.

 

If you follow my Pinterest you know that I’ve had a thing for heels and socks for quite some time and recently tried the look out myself!  I can’t wait to style a pair of Hiroko Higuchi’s ankle socks with a skirt and black heels!

 

Hh is headed by designer Hiroko Higuchi, based in Tokyo and completely made in Japan.  This collection is on its way UP and I would not be surprised if in the next few years all luxury retailers like L’Eclaireur, Louisa Via Roma, Alchemist and Hu’s Wear carry this brand.  How do I know this?

 

Buyers from luxury boutiques  attend the Fashion Fairs and search for the brands that are making a buzz.  After doing a bit of research into Hiroko Higuchi, I can see that they show their collections at WHO’S NEXT, PREMIERE CLASS, WHITE MILANO and PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO, all of the major Fashion Fairs in Europe.  Just the place for a luxury retail buyer to discover the next big thing.

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Fashion Foresight – Buy the Big Designers BEFORE they are Big Designers!

 

One of the things I love about WOW/CRACY is that with a bit of research you can predict who will “make it big” in the next few years and you have the chance to  buy their designs at wholesale prices.  Hh‘s women’s stockings and socks sell between 18 euro and 31 euro on the site, but in a luxury boutique these would be at least double (but maybe even TRIPLE  when they are sold in North America, because of duty and shipping fees that get added on by the stores).

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Sep 10

l’estate sta finendo – Summer is Ending & along with it summer fashion

L’estate Sta Finendo is an Italian song by the group Righeira, written in 1985 that has a very catchy tune. After a week of sunshine, it is raining and chilly outside today and I know that summer is ending.

 

**By the way, if we’re going to REALLY bring back 80s fashion, then we need to step things up a notch….look at these guys sideburns, hair and AMAZING clothes!

 

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This will be my last summer look for a while and I’ll start to get right into Fall. Until next summer arrivederci to short shorts, tank tops, sandals and rattan bags and hello to rain boots, over coats, rolled jeans and chunky knit sweaters!

 

The Reason I Dressed

 

These photos were taken mid-summer at the beginning of July.  It was the last day of our vacation in Cattolica in the Romagna Riviera, located on Italy’s East Coast along the Adriatic Sea.  I’ve done a few posts dedicated to this part of Italy and why it is the perfect family vacation!

 

On our last day we decided to pack up the car, check out of our hotel and head to one of the areas many amusement parks.  If you didn’t realize that Italy had amusement parks IT DOES!! And visiting one while on vacation is a great way to break up the rhythm of churches and statues and maybe burn off a few calories!

A few days ago I shared a few of the reasons why you should consider visting an amusement park in Italy, and broke down all of the different types that you can find here.  More than just rides, you’ll find theme parks dedicated to nature, well-being and sports.

 

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Sep 08

YES! Amusement Parks Exist in Italy!

One of my favorite things to do when I go back home to Toronto, Canada is visit Canada’s Wonderland with my whole family.  I have so many great memories of going as a kid, but even better memories of going as an adult. Sometimes, there is nothing like spending the weekend riding a roller coaster, playing games and unwinding completely.

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I find that when people plan their vacations in Italy, there is so much focus on seeing the important sites, going to all of the cultural attractions and churches that the FUN factor is left out.  If you are traveling to Italy with kids, a day trip to one of Italy’s many amusement parks is a great way to relax, have some fun and feel the Italian wind in your hair!

 

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Surprisingly They Don’t SUCK!

 

I know what you’re thinking, will an amusement park in Italy be any good?

 

YES!  Even if you are used to the North American style of amusement parks with games areas, big rides and entertainment you will find that the Italian Amusement Parks are up to par, PLUS they have delicious food!

 

Throughout all of Italy you will find over 200 amusement, water and theme parks, which just goes to show that italians like having fun too!

 

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How can I find an Amusement Park in my Area?

 

A great place to start your research is on the Italian Amusement Park site ParchiOnline.it.  They have a full list, organized by region, that you can search.  The problem with their list is that it is only in Italian, but none the less it is very easy to navigate if you understand the terms they use.

 

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A Glossary of Terms

 

To help you find what you are looking for I’ve compiled a list of some search terms to help you navigate the vast array of offers that the Italian amusement park scene has to offer.  Even better than your standard fare, Italians offer a chance for the whole family to go to the spa, spend the weekend skiing in a luxury chalet or have an adventure zip-lining through the forest.

 

Parco Acquatico – Water Park

 

At a Parco Acquatico you’ll find all of same things you would find in any North American water park! Huge water slides, wave pools, rivers and sprinklers galore.  This fun option for the whole family should not be over looked if you are visiting in the summer time when the crushing Italian heat is at its worst.  Instead of feeling like a tourist by going to a water park, you should think of the experience as “living like an Italian!” since they will all be there!  There is a reason the cultural attractions and city centers are empty in the summer….IT IS HOT!

 

So, be sure to pack your bathing suit, a towel (I find that micro fibre works best when I travel since it is so compact) and your flip flops (this is one occasion in Italy where you are permitted to wear them!) and head to a Water Park!

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Sep 05

Friendship. Even After You Become a Mom

I’m aging.  It’s a little weird to think about that, but it’s true.  I no longer have patience for certain things and my priorities in life are changing.  Along with that, I’m realizing that good friendships really are hard to find and it is important to grow the good ones and leave the unhealthy ones as fast as possible.

 

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We just had our anniversary!  11 Years of friendship.  To some it may not seem like much, but to me it is a LOT.  I met Adrienne when I started working at the National Ballet of Canada.  One day, when there was a massive North American power outage,   everyone in the office walked home, including us….together.

 

When I moved to Italy, she printed me every single email exchange we had ever had over the course of our friendship, in a book format. It remains one of the best gifts I have ever received.  She’s an archivist, a virgo and a new mom with a panache for jewelry and home decor (her Pinterest is AMAZING btw)!

 

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Changes

When I got pregnant with Zeno I definitely  noticed a huge change in a few of my friendships.  Women I thought were close to me disappeared, but not all of them…..

 

Gillian (you’ve met her, she’s Canadian and lives in Rome!), and Adrienne have remained.  Through the mommy-friends “dating” process I’ve also met some incredible ladies who are now some of my closest friends, even if I can NEVER finish a conversation with them.

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Friendship interrupted.

 

I’ve gone ahead and filed this post under Chiacchiere, which means Chit Chat in Italian.  Fare due chiacchiere, is what one friend would say to another when they want to chat with you to see how your life is going.  Now that Adrienne and Gillian are both moms we usually chat when our kids nap, because when they are awake conversations go like this:

 

“So how are you d…….. don’t touch that.  Please don’t put that in your mouth.  I would like YOU to NOT put that in your mouth, PLEASE.  Did you hear what I said?  This behaviour is unacceptable……

 

What was I saying? Oh wait, were you saying something?”

 

wash. rinse. repeat.

 

The Friendcation

 

There’s no better way to stay connected with friends than to go on vacation together.  Provided everyone has their own place to sleep (if you are going away for more than 3-4 days!) and freedom to follow their own schedule!

 

Adrienne, Paul and their new baby Polly met up with Marco, Zeno and I in Copenhagen for a family friendly vacation.  In two weeks of physically being in the same city, with our husbands to help with the kids, we were able to chat (if only briefly,but often) and its made me realize that vacations are the perfect time to reconnect with friends.

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The Reason We Dressed

 

We managed to find a lot of moments to be together in Copenhagen even though we were both also doing our own things.  We managed to fit in walks,coffee breaks, museum going, lunches, dinner’s in, dinner’s out and even  a road trip to see some Vikings.

 

This afternoon was passed in Copenhagen’s Kastellat, a fortress that once protected the city and is now frequented by tourists because it houses the famous statue of The Little Mermaid.

 

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Sep 03

The New “U” Silhouette – get updated for FALL 2014!

Forget about the details, the color, the trim, instead look at the overall shape of your coat.  If you want to update your closet for Fall 2014/15 the  “U” is the silhouette is the way to go. This shape, otherwise known as “the Oversized” or “The Boyfriend”.  It’s back and here to stay!

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The Standard

 

 

A friend of mine on Facebook made a hilarious comment about how she last went shopping in 2010!

 

I think we’ve all felt like that….

When you look into your closet and nothing feels up to date, or you’ve been wearing the same winter sweaters for years and you are SICK OF THEM.  Not only that, but you are starting to feel like that manager you had a few years ago, who still wore her 1980s powersuits 20 years later and never updated her style….no wait….maybe I’m the only one that had that manager! She also never shaved her legs AND smoked in her office!

 

As I was saying…..  You probably own this coat:

 

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You know the coat I’m talking about.  It’s black, it has buttons (or maybe a hidden zipper), it has a belt with a buckle and it comes down just below your knee and fits just fine.

 

Now, I’m not saying that this isn’t a nice coat.  In fact, I own one that is VERY similar, and for posterity’s sake it was bought in 2005 and I still wear it every winter (Here it is with my designer hat, a Christmas gift from my husband last year)!

 

This coat may be nice but here’s the sad truth.

It’s a little outdated.

 

The problem with this coat is that NO MATTER what you are wearing underneath, no matter how trendy and totally “right now” your outfit may be, this coat says “I went to Zara in 2010 and never went back”.

 

The Coat Update – The OVERSIZED “U”

 

If you ignore the colors that are trending for this Season, the “heritage” fabrics, and “fierce” fur trim, what remains is the shape.  Almost every single designer has included the “U” silhouette in their dresses, coats and sweaters for this season.  I predict that it is here to stay for a few more years and I think now’s the time to invest.

 

I actually try to stay away from trends that I will hate in a few weeks / months or even a year’s time.  However, you cannot deny that the “U” silhouette has officially been around for quite some time (technically since the 80s!), and just like skinny jeans, I predict that it is one shape that is here to stay.

 

Fashion forward types have embraced this trend, but the general population doesn’t exactly want to walk around looking “bigger” than they already are.  But let me tell you, nothing says UPDATE quite like an oversized coat.

 

The Details:

 

  • You’ll want to look for a coat that has the shoulder seams OUTSIDE and not on top of your shoulders.
  • You’ll want to spend the maximum amount you can afford so that the fabric quality and accessories are of excellent quality.  If you can’t afford something new, there are great used options available, since this same silhouette has been around for a few years.
  • Be aware, if you try to recreate this look with something thrifted that is obviously from the 80s.  Although the “U” silhouette in the shoulders is the same the length/cut of the arms and length are different.
  • If you don’t have a big Fall/Winter budget but you want to update your look, focus on one major purchase (like a coat, boots/shoes, or a bag) that will update your look instead of a lot of smaller/cheaper items.
  • You’ll want to wear it OVER your shoulders in the Fall.  I know, it feels a little too glamorous and silly, but why should the fashion bloggers have all the fun!
  • You’ll want to shop now!  Yes you can find last year’s oversized coats ON SALE, and they will be totally perfect this Fall.
  • When it doubt, keep it BIG.  Bigger is better and in the winter you can always layer a big chunky knit underneath.

 

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 My Picks for Under $150

 

I went through my favourite website and “shopped” it as though I were shopping for myself.  I actually picked up my Fall oversized “U” coat a few weeks ago, it was a birthday gift from my mommy when she was in Modena!  Thanks MA!

 

1// BNG Wool Blend Coat on sale from $201 to $109!

 

2// Minimum for $128, a Danish brand with reasonable prices and excellent design.

 

3// SHINE for $144, Virgin Wool and eco leather accents.

 

4// Aztec Flannel $96

 

5// Black and White Stripe Flannel $96

 

 

I also really wanted to share my Fall Rain Gear preparation, that I’m diligently working on!  And I should let you know that I’ve been chosen by the Wowcracy site as one of their Trend Spotting bloggers.  I’ll be blogging more about Wowcracy and what this is all about next week. It is a pretty cool concept, even though I think it is a little too rich for the average person’s blood!

 

Have a great Wednesday and happy Fall Shopping.  I’ve already done my damage and am seriously considering another shopping ban!

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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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