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Expat Dilemma – You’re going to do What With a Pumpkin?

In Italy and Europe in general, North Americans are famous for our ability to….well…be wasteful.

 

I’ve written before about how Hallowe’en doesn’t really exist in Italy but IT IS CHANGING!  This year I am noticing a surprising number of events big and small for the whole family.  For the first time we are going to go out tonight in the centre of Modena to trick or treat!   Apparently there will be shops handing out candy, so again I’ve made DIY costumes for the three of us (last year we were a sheriff and robbers and the year before we were the Rubbles) and we are heading out!

 

 

For the last few years I’ve thrown wild and elaborate Hallowe’en parties in my home or in rented spaces.  I went crazy with as many “traditional” Hallowe’en decorations and games as I could manage. A wrote a post last year if you want to see my decorations and costumes!  As I started saying we North Americans are seen by Italians as being rather self-indulgent and wasteful, especially when it comes to Halloween (or any commercial holiday for that matter!)

 

 

Two years ago I threw a party in my home and had everyone play the “mummy game” where you turn your partner into a mummy!! The reaction?

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Italian Mom Style – La Commode d’Amélie

You’ve met Cecilia before!  She was one of the very first real Italian mom street style pictures that I featured on the blog (here).  I noticed her amazing style while she was out walking her daughter and just had to take her picture.

 

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At the time, she had recently stopped blogging and was busy keeping up with recently becoming a mom of TWO!  The nice thing is that Cecilia and I have started a friendship thanks to that original street style photo!  We run into each other regularly because she also works from home and stays with her daughters.  Let me tell you SHE ALWAYS LOOKS AMAZING.  Like….ALWAYS!

 

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I’m so happy to say that she has started writing for her blog again La Commode d’Amélie AND she has  launched her own small business selling her hand sewn creations, like this beautiful cloth flower pin she is wearing.

 

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She most recently participated in an outdoor garden craft fair and her stand was STUNNING, to see all of her creations on display feel free to visit this post!  She has such fantastic taste and her blog is filled with chabby chic inspiration.  For now her creations are not available online, but I’ll keep everyone informed when they become available.

 

One of the things that I love about Cecilia is that she really embodies the Italian sense of style.  On this particular morning she dressed to go to the hair dressers (senza bambine aka alone!), then picked up her youngest daughter for a bit of shopping at the market, riding her vintage bike from here to there in heels the whole time!

 

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#REASONSTODRESS Real Mom Street Style Linkup & Tag Party

 

  Feel free to read all about this linkup here and what it stands for.  Every week I will feature looks from the linkup, an instagrammer who has tagged a photo #reasonstodress and a real mom in Italy or in the world!  The linkup happens every Tuesday but lasts all week, feel free to join at any time!     

 

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  Every week I’ll feature an Instagrammer that has tagged an outift selfie #reasonstodress and four of the linkup bloggers at random!    

 

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  And these are my 4 picks from the linkup from bloggers!  

 

 

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Modena, Italy – Paradise for the stay at home mom

In the last few months I’ve been approached by many ex-pat moms who are moving to Modena. Many of them are married to engineers who will be working with Ferrari or Maserati for the next few years and they are excited to move to Modena,Italy.

 

On that same note I sense a little bit of fear about having little ones, not being able to work (because they don’t speak Italian) and not knowing where to socialize.

 

Let me tell you….if there was ever a perfect city to STAY HOME WITH YOUR KIDS….IT IS MODENA!

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I was intent on working from home so that I could speak in English with my son. It has not been easy, but it is SO WORTH IT!

 

Staying at home with your child in Modena means living a wonderful childhood experience, every single day.

 

There are many Ludoteche in Modena, which are playgroups with organized events. These city-run Ludoteche (places of play) are run just like pre-schools with daily activities, puppet shows, snack time rituals, arts and crafts and best of all OUTINGS!

 

Every week we take the kids to explore this magnificent territory. Just this month alone we’ve been grape picking and made real grape juice, apple picking, chestnut picking in the mountains, to a Renaissance Palace and tomorrow we’re going to an art exhibit together!

 

If you are a foreigner in Modena with young kids this is an excellent way to socialize with other moms (Italian and non), learn about Modena and it is a non-stressful way to socialize your non-Italian speaking children.

 

 

La Raccolta delle Mele – Apple Picking in Montale

 

Last week we went to a small local farm (Azienda Seguimi Il Casale) in Montale with a stunning apple orchard. All of the kids, in their rubber boots trotted out along the damp grass and mud tire tracks to the orchard and picked their own apples.

 

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Afterwards we sang their favourite songs together as a group, bought some fresh produce from the farmer and “rode” a tractor.

 

My son and I stayed on and asked the farmer if we could picnic in the the fields for lunch since it was over 27 degrees in October and we didn’t feel like going back home.

It was, and will remain one of the most beautiful memories of this Autumn, all thanks to our Ludoteca.

 

These are my pictures of this day. If you would like more information on CITY RUN Ludoteche in Modena, please feel free to visit this complete list on the City of Modena’s website.

 

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Soft as Silk

The Reason I Dressed

 

I mentioned yesterday that I went to a little local street fair on Sunday evening.  The street vendors were basically the same shops that line the main streets but the deals were incredible and I managed to buy 4 Christmas gifts (including a beautiful silver bracelet for 10 euro) and a new sweater for me!  The sweater only cost me 20 euro (on sale from 84) but I’ve decided to start a new shopping ban !

 

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This month I have bought not one but FOUR new pairs of prescription glasses.  I’ll be blogging about them all soon, let’s just say one of the historic glasses shops in Modena is closing and their vintage frames (mostly 80s and 90s….oh dear…is that already vintage?  I’m getting OLD!) – as I was saying their frames were all 20 euro each with HUGE discounts on the lenses…….

 

I went crazy!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I just can’t let a deal pass me by!

 

Nor can I let a good opportunity pass me by, which is why when I was contacted by Elizabeth at Silkiness for a review and giveaway opportunity I couldn’t resist!

 

Silkiness

Elizabeth is a mom and entrepreneur, she hand paints silk scarves for her brand Silkiness, available online through Etsy.   I love her philosophy when it comes to the use of silk:

 

Silk is a material that lives, and breathes. Unlike a cheap material, silk will last, when cared for properly. 

Silk is for everyone. It has a vivacity and luxuriousness unlike any other natural material and it makes you feel happier just having it near you, with its gentle caress on your skin.

Wearing and tying silk is an adventure and an added touch of luxury to your wardrobe!

 

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I was given this beautiful hand painted red silk scarf to review and you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift card to her Etsy shop for a silk scarf of your own!

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 Put a Belt on It

I’ve been following a few different trends with intent interest.  The first is the white, men’s dress shirt worn on women, feel free to visit my Pinterest Board dedicated to the trend!!

 I love this trend because I recently burned two holes into one of my husband’s designer dress shirts and I REALLY didn’t feel like chucking it out! If you look closely to the the foto below you can see a little cut slit on the arm on the right…hehehe oops!!

We’re still married, which is the first miracle, and the second is how great I felt in a man’s shirt! I also love this look with no tights, but alas his shirt was just not long enough to pull it off, hence my grey wooly leggings.

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Real Mom Street Style – Fiera di Sassuolo

The Reason She Dressed

 

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Sunday evening we were invited with some friends to Sassuolo,  the next town over.  I had never heard of Sassuolo before moving here but apparently they have a soccer team that is in “Seria A” , the top Soccer league and they have one of the most STUNNING Palaces I have ever seen (Instagram shot below)!  Oh and my son was born there (read his birth story here!).

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As it turns out, every Sunday in October Sassuolo has a big “fiera” – Street Fair, with many “bancarelle” – outdoor stands and a few special events.  It’s really nothing too special, basically the same stores that line the main streets bring their wares out of the shops and display them outdoors. The REALLY special thing is that usually on Sunday everything is CLOSED, I have written a post here about why everything is closed on Sunday in Italy and the importance of going out on Saturdays!

 

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One More Reason to Be Seen

Italians LOVE these types of “fairs” for many reasons:

 

  • They are close to home
  • There are few planned activities so you don’t feel pressured to go and see something specific, while still feeling like you “did something”
  • The streets are lined with these shopping stands which kill two birds with one stone 1) shopping and 2) being seen by people while you shop!
  • At these big events there is the chance that you’ll run into someone (or many people) you know
  • There is yummy street food (I’ve written here about the difference between Italian and North American street food)
  • The kids stay out (I’ve written here about how Italian kids stay up late and are usually out with their parents until 10 or 11 pm!)

 

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This mom was hanging out at the little Carousel that is in the town square, waiting for her son and man to finish their 15 or so turns!  My son was also on his 10th round and so we got to chatting.

 

What She Wore

 

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I really love her booties! The cut just under her ankle is so much more flattering than most of the booties that come up over the angle that are in style now.  The fact that you see her ankle elongates her whole leg and looks so nice with jeans.  These shoes are old, she mentioned she got them a while ago….and so begins my hunt for the exact same pair!

 

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She wore a graphic tee with a leather biker and nice accessories like a multi-chain link bracelet…..all very curated but not too over the top.  Another thing about these “fiere” (street fairs), is that they really give moms the perfect reason to dress, because you are sure to run into people you know!

 

Her style is very typical for a young italian mom, not unlike this mom that I featured a few weeks ago.  Regional fashion in Italy is more about personal taste and what is available and popular locally, more so than following the fashion trends from fashion weeks.

 

Giveaway

 

I wore a beautiful hand painted silk scarf out on Sunday evening and tomorrow I’ll be sharing how I styled it.  The scarf is by the brand Silkiness, specializing in hand painted silk accessories and you can enter to win a $50 gift certificate  for any product on their Etsy shop!

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#REASONSTODRESS Real Mom Street Style Linkup & Tag Party

 

Feel free to read all about this linkup here and what it stands for.  Every week I will feature looks from the linkup, an instagrammer who has tagged a photo #reasonstodress and a real mom in Italy or in the world!  The linkup happens every Tuesday but lasts all week, feel free to join at any time!   

 

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#reasonstodress – Fab Five

 

Every week I’ll feature an Instagrammer that has tagged an outift selfie #reasonstodress and four of the linkup bloggers at random!

 

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And these are my 4 picks from the linkup from bloggers!

 

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The Lapidarium of Kings – What to do in Copenhagen on a Monday

If you are planning a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark there are a few things you should know!  The first is that the city is expensive, the second is that it is incredibly beautiful with many things to see, do and eat and the third is that it is a PERFECT CITY TO VISIT with kids and!

 

The last thing you should know is that almost every museum in the city is CLOSED ON MONDAY!

 

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Copenhagen on a (rainy) Monday

 

It rains in Copenhagen.  When I was there in mid-August we got a little bit of rain every day, a little bit of sun every day and a little bit of chilly wind every day.  You’ll want to be prepared for the weather, and I’ve discussed what to pack on your trip here!  Aside from that, you’ll want to have a plan on where you are going!

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>>To see the details of what I wore on this wet Monday and how to survive two weeks of travel dressing with just a carry-on see this post!<<

 

Rain means museums, art galleries, science centres and any other indoor activities to get the most out of your stay.  We headed to one of the many museums that were free with our tourist card only to find that IT WAS CLOSED.  Actually ALL MUSEUMS WERE CLOSED ON MONDAY in Copenhagen….well almost!

 

If you plan on staying for at least a week I highly recommend the Copenhagen Card, the best deal is the 5 day card that allows you entry into hundreds of museums and attractions and includes train, metro and bus rides!  HOWEVER, there are a few attractions that are not included in the card like the one I'll be introducing you to today.

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Luck and chance brought us to the incredible Lapidarium in Christian the 4th’s Brewhouse!

 

The Lapidarium of Kings

 

In Latin “Lapis” is the word for stones, so a Lapidarium is a collection of stones.  This is much more that a simple collection of stones, however!  It is a collection of over 300 sculptures and architectural fragments that have been replaced over the years from Danish Palaces, gardens and Squares.  Think of it as a statue graveyard!

 

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An eerily beautiful experience, you can wander through these immense sculptures and even touch a few!  The collection is housed in Christian the IV’s brewhouse.  Once a military bastian it was then converted into a brewhouse to make beer for the King’s soldiers.

The collection is housed on two levels and I really recommend you use the CODE that is on your ticket to go up to the second story and view the collection of larger than life cherubs.

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Variation of a Theme – Passion for Fashion Linkup

Today I am super excited and happy to be co-hosting the Passion4 Fashion Linkup with UK fashion blogger Rachel the Hat!

 

If you haven’t heard of Rachel (impossible) she is a mom and style blogger who has also recently launched her own online jewelry store, Yosa!  Soon enough I will be styling my very first Yosa purchase, a beautiful floral chain necklace (pictured on the left) that I bought because it reminded me of Sicily.

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My mom is Sicilian, and my grandparents brought with them to Canada a few of their most treasured items from Sicily when they immigrated, included the most delicate porcelain vases with hand painted flowers all over them.  This necklace embodies the Sicily from the Dolce and Gabbana ads that I love so much,  of simple summer days and ultra femininity.

 

I buy things WAY in advance and am already planning my spring outfits around this necklace (I know I am totally disturbing!!) so keep your eyes open!

 

Variation of a Theme

 

Today I wanted to continue along the theme of my Fall “Capsule” wardrobe.  Yesterday I posted my fall essentials for moms and a while back I mentioned what to pack for a trip to Northern Europe in mid-August.

 

Copenhagen in August is like the autumn in italy (only colder!), and if you saw this image from Instagram, you know that I lived for two weeks out of a small carry on!  Proof that you don’t need many clothes, to feel put together this season.

 

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The Reason I Dressed

 

Copenhagen inspired me.

 

In general, going on vacation inspires me to be a little chic-er.  It’s almost as though I represent all tourists everywhere, and have an obligation to NOT LOOK LIKE A TOURIST!    I have to admit that although I try I fail, my rain poncho and rain hat don’t make for the best street style outfit, and I’m usually carrying 2 huge bags!

 

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I haven’t even begun to share about beautiful Copenhagen, with its large boulevards, world class museums, peaked roofs and brickwork. I would go back tomorrow (especially if someone else was paying….did I mention it is the most expensive city ever!?)

 

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What I Wore

 

So the whole premise of living out of a carry-on for two weeks is trying to be as prepared and comfortable as possible, while looking your best.  The difficult thing is not looking EXACTLY the same every day, but I found that by changing my hairstyle or wearing a hat I could get away with similar outfits.

 

The biggest issue I ran into was not wearing ALL of my clothes at the same time! I am usually cold, so I would layer to stay warm and peel off a layer of clothes if I got too hot.

 

Here are two different outfits using the same basic elements:

Outfit 1:

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Outfit 2:

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Basic items:

  • A big colourful scarf (Zara)
  • Jeans or green military skinny jeans
  • Chelsea Rain boots (read about why these are fall must haves here)
  • A slouchy touque (5 euro from H&M)
  • A peplum dress shirt or normal white dress shirt
  • A vintage chambray cropped jacket
  • Various cotton/wool blend pull overs and cardigans

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Start with a Carry On Luggage

The whole activity of living with such a reduced closet made me realize that I can get MANY looks with very little clothing.  One of my readers wrote me on facebook and asked if I could blog about what to do when your body changes and you realize that you no longer have clothes that are suited to you.  I have been thinking about this a lot and am working on a answer and will also feature a few of my favourite style bloggers that deal with dressing for your body type.

 

The idea of having “nothing” in your closet that fits or works for you anymore can be really daunting.  Many women are afraid of the investment of buying “all new clothes” and spending a ton of money.  They may not even know where to start and also become VERY OVERWHELMED.  I don’t know how many times I have heard moms who are 15 lbs heavier than their pre-baby days say “I’m not buying ANYTHING until I loose 15 lbs”.

 

They prefer to live in baggy clothes and ill fitting pants instead of seeking out clothes that compliment their new body, even for a temporary phase.  Part of my own personal advice to this dilemma is to start with a carry-on!

 

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Take a carry-on and pack it with:

2 pairs of pants, 4 shirts, accessories like 2 hats and 2 scarves and a blazer and cardigan etc.  Pack it as though you were packing for a trip and begin to create as many outfit combinations as possible with a few key elements.  Add in what helps you pull a look together (perhaps a vest or earrings).

 

Stand in front of a mirror and use your camera to take a photo of each new variation that you create, no matter how small the variation (for example, even when you swap out the pants – that is a new outfit!!).

 

In this way you can create your very own “capsule” wardrobe based on just a few key elements.  You’ll find that you don’t need a whole new wardrobe and you can take it one season at a time….or rather one carry on at a time!

 

Time for you to link up your Passion4 Fashion!

 

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#WeDo – The Fall Fashion Edit for Moms

 

September has come and gone, and as I prepare to swap out my spring and summer clothes with my winter wardrobe (I’ve written about that process here) I’m really thinking about what key pieces I need to keep in rotation to help me dress for Autumn.

 

Here is my Fall Edit for MOMS!  I’m focusing on key individual pieces that you can work into any outfit to keep your look updated, stylish, comfortable and BEST of all FUNCTIONAL!

 

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If you read my blog, you know that I live by the premise that fashion doesn’t die the moment you become a mom, however, budgets do get a little tighter for new seasonal clothes.   Every season I try to focus on a few basic pieces to update my wardrobe that will help me re-style the things I already own.

In the next few weeks I’ll be posting all kinds of looks from what I like to refer to as “my Fall Capsule Collection”, with a few pairs of pants, tops and two pairs of shoes I can come up with so many different looks!

 

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These are my top Fall Mom Essentials that can be incorporated into any Momiform (Mom + Uniform, meaning what you manage to put on your body in under 5 minutes in the morning!)

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Carpe Diem in black & white

The Reason I Dressed

 

So I mentioned yesterday that I was at a travel conference and that I met a lot of very interesting people who helped me realize even more that I am a “lifestyle” blogger.

 

Can I be honest and say that one of the MAIN REASONS that I really wanted to go to a conference was to have a reason to wear heels and a few of my pretty formal clothes.

There I said it.

It’s true.

My relationship with heels is such that I wore them for the entire first day of the conference, got this photo, and then slipped back into my super comfortable zebra printed, cavallino leather loafers for the remainder of the trade show.

 

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What I Wore B & W

One of the hardest things about staying home (even when you work from home) is no longer having that excuse to buy *nice* things for yourself….especially at full price.  I LOVE NICE THINGS.  And I have granted myself permission to buy myself what I want as long as it doesn’t go over my monthly budget.

 

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This Liu Jo striped knit pullover was a fantastic buy. Regularly priced in the store it was 180 EURO ($227 US or 143£), I’m happy to say that I got it on sale for 30 euro, and it was worth every penny!  Completely hand knit, I feel totally “mature chic” whenever I wear it.  Technically the buttons go down the back, but I also like wearing it open, over my shoulders with the top button done up.

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Carpe Diem

I have no idea where to buy this cardigan, it may very well be from two or three seasons ago and nothing I could find online was close to it in texture, craftsmanship and value.  So instead of showing you a bunch of “similar” items, let me take the opportunity to encourage you to SEIZE THE DAY.  Or in this case SEIZE THE DEAL.

 

Too often we don’t buy that good quality item, even when it is on sale and I’m not sure why.  My fashion philosophy really involves buying less and buying better, which doesn’t mean spending a lot!  Some of my favourite items have been bought used for under 20 euro (and sometimes for 1 euro), but are either made by hand, unique or very high quality.

 

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I’m going through a phase where I am investing in myself, take my new glasses.  They are Marc by Marc Jacobs and I got a great deal on the frames (10 euro) and only had to pay for the lenses.  I felt so guilty about buying them, but I love the way they look, so I wear my glasses more and therefore have fewer headaches!

 

My belt is of my own design!  Created for my husband’s artisan belt company in black and white python.

 

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Probably one of my most daring accessories is my grey hair!  I haven’t permanently dyed my hair in YEARS (like 15 years!), and the last time I even used a color wash on it was months ago.  I need to come up with a hair plan!! If you haven’t heard of a hair plan, check out this hilarious and very accurate post on Mums Days about it!  I guess I have somewhat of a plan, I need something easy, fast and relatively healthy. Do you cover your grey? After meeting this super stylish mom I’m now pining for bright red hair!

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The Travel Destination – Blogging Mom Street Style

So you may be wondering where I’ve been. I haven’t written much, commented much, linked up much…where in the world has Angie gone?

 

Last week I mentioned that I was attending my very first “blogging” conference, and would be away from my son for 4 whole days. I had delusional dreams of spending more than an hour a day on the blog, but alas, blogging conferences are INTENSE and my free time was ZERO!

 

Everyday we had breakfast at 7:30 am, to catch the bus at 8 and we had to attend events until 8pm and I was usually so exhausted that 10 pm was my bedtime. Oh and the wifi in the hotel was non-existent.

But it was still an interesting experience.

 

The conference was TTG, one of the biggest travel tradeshows in Italy, held in Rimini on the Adriatic coast. This is the second year that the tradeshow has included a whole blogging itinerary called TBDI – Travel Blogger Destination.

 

 

This is how I felt at the conference:

 

“So are you a fashion blogger?”

 

“Um, no, but I blog about style, specifically Italian mom style and mom style in general”

 

“Ok”  …….. “So are you a travel blogger?”

 

“Depends on how you define travel! I love to share where I went and what I do with my son, does that count?” ….

 

My blog, for now, is a reflection of me, a super niche, classification-free, smorgasbord of stuff that I really want to share.

 

It’s a lifestyle blog, can you dig it?

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That being said, I was never uncomfortable introducing myself or the concept of my blog to anyone.  Everyone has a story to tell, and even people who say they are travel bloggers always end up telling their story. A blog, no matter the niche, is still a personal tale.   I want to introduce you to some of the incredible characters I met (some of which I already knew virtually) and even two moms with awesome style (you can’t escape them, we’re in Italy after all!)  

The Travel Geek Mom

 

  One of the interesting aspects of this event was the chance to meet directly with tourism operators.  That’s how I met this mom, she not only has her own blog, Travel Geek Mom, but she’s a social media specialist for one of Italy’s regions!  

 

 

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Don’t you love her style?!

 

I love her hair colour, earrings and great makeup.  She blogs about life with her cute red headed son Enea, travel, baking and random things she finds cool.  I also really appreciate the fact that the region would hire an actual blogger to manage their social platforms…..that just seems so forward thinking to me.

 

She wasn’t the only stylish mom I met during the tradeshow either!  I didn’t find out much about this woman (I just stopped her as I was quickly rushing to a lecture after lunch), but her super chic style stood out (love her boots).

 

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Aside from these stylish moms I met a lot of adventurers.  I thought I had traveled a lot …until that is I went to a travel conference!

 

Avventure Viaggi

 

This blog started as a husband and wife team but has now grown to a group of many travel bloggers.  Avventure Viaggi is filled with so many great stories of travel, but when I asked Ivan and Federica about their favourite trip they mentioned going to North Cape, Norway on their motorcycles from Italy!  I just watched these videos of the trip and it looked incredible.

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Me with Federica and Ivan fro, Avventure Viaggi, with the custom shirt they gave me!

Me with Federica and Ivan fro, Avventure Viaggi, with the custom shirt they gave me!

Another cool thing about them?  they partnered with a fashion blogger to create their own line of clothing for everyone on their team!1 They gave me this great red shirt TEAM AVVENTURE VIAGGI!

Surfing the Planet

 

Rachele from Surfing the Planet was hanging out at an aperitivo with the lovely people from Avventure Viaggi. I’m pretty sure I was convinced she was a surfer (based on the name of her blog) and I tried to pawn (several times) the 1 euro vintage 1950s full piece bathing suit I bought at the market on her! As we got talking she mentioned she had visited 17 different countries in 17 months and that her and her partner blogged about their travels.   She’s been to 30 different countries and her blog’s photographs are STUNNING!

She’s a super twitter star that not only actively shares other travel blogger’s content but her blog can be read in Spanish, English or Italian, no language barrier here. I especially recommend visiting her blog for her section on her Spain travels.

Gente in Viaggio

 

You know those people that you just get along with? Giusi from Gente in Viaggio (Traveling People) was that person. She was funny, nice, a self-made digital publisher and new blogger! She manages Gente in Viaggio along with a group of other bloggers and the idea behind it is GENIUS, especially if you are a travel blogger looking for more exposure and community. This site allows you to publish your articles, and receive points every time you login, comment, and post!  The points can later be redeemed for prizes.

 

I love this idea, because it is the epitome of innovation in blogging and I think more blogs will be “social” in the next few years.

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Giusi from Gente in Viaggio (left) and Toni from Fashitects (right).

 

Enamorados de Italia

 

I’m glad to say I wasn’t the only expat blogger at this conference! Enamorados de Italia hails from Barcelona and is living in Florence, exploring Tuscany with the passionate eye of a foreigner! IMG_0556

Italian Storytellers

I love how many of the trade show organizers are bloggers themselves.  Eleonora Tramonti is the woman behind Italian Storytellers,  an English group blog dedicated to travel throughout Italy as told by bloggers.  Eleonora was also in charge of organizing the 300+ bloggers that were invited to attend the event (not an easy feat).   Her blog is a great place to start if you are planning a trip!

I myself plan on filling out the application to become a “Italian Storyteller” and convincing my blogger friend Madaline to do the same.  Madaline is an American expat living in Rome and her blog Pretty Thing & Co is a beautiful way to wander through the streets of the Eternal City in style.

From Left to Right: Toni from Fashitects, Margherita from The Crowded Planet, some guy I don't know, me, some other guy I don't know, Eleonora from Italian Storytellers.

From Left to Right: Toni from Fashitects, Margherita from The Crowded Planet, some guy I don’t know, me, some other guy I don’t know, Eleonora from Italian Storytellers. And…..I just realized that there are usually only pictures of me alone on the blog, so there you go, now you see how ridiculously short I really am!!

 

The Crowded Planet

One of the weirdest things about meeting bloggers in person was how anti-social some of them can be! One twitter “friend”, who I had tweeted with before the conference was totally awkward in real life. It became clean he was “social” virtually, but not really social. So imagine my surprise when I met Margherita from The Crowded Planet.   We’ve been commenting and reading each other’s blogs for a few months now, and I knew she would be at this conference from her tweets! Margherita travels the world with her man and her blog gives me all of the details and imagery I need to escape to somewhere new every week. Thanks to her I am planning a trip to Poland and will use her blog as my itinerary.

 

She currently lives in Milan but has roots in Modena, and I love when she comments about how I see her hometown. You’ll get to know her well, I plan on forcing her to hangout with me the next time she’s in the area. In the meantime feel free to hop on over to her blog (did I mention she’s Italian but writes in PERFECT English!)

Fashitects

Having been to many a fashion week I have also met many a fashon blogger. Some are great and some are….well….different. Toni Tran is one of those GREAT ONES. This man has impeccable style, is humble, is kind and he IS A FASHION BLOGGER. He really LOVES what he does and it shows. His fashion blog is one of the most creative I have ever seen.   Honestly, some of his outfits are so good that I would wear them myself. Originally from Vietnam, he was raised and currently lives in London. One of 7 kids, he’s an architect by trade, a fashion blogger by passion.

 

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And Toni made me realize that I am NOT a fashion blogger! One day I helped him take a few photos for a shoot. And by a few photos I mean we took hundreds. He is a fantastic photographer and studied the light, angle and composition for every single shot, I learned so much from Toni! His outfits were curated down to every detail and he can strike a post like it’s nobody’s business. While studying architectue in University he started blogging as a hobby and his blog Fashitects is the PERFECT combination of architecture, design and fashion.

 

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#REASONSTODRESS Real Mom Street Style Linkup & Tag Party

 

Feel free to read all about this linkup here and what it stands for.  Every week I will feature looks from the linkup, an instagrammer who has tagged a photo #reasonstodress and a real mom in Italy or in the world!  The linkup happens every Tuesday but lasts all week, feel free to join at any time!   This week I’m home and I will be tweeting out all links and visiting you all! Please excuse the lack of communication from my super hectic week and thank you so much for sharing your incredible looks.       

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#reasonstodress – Fab Five

Every week I’ll feature an Instagrammer that has tagged an outift selfie #reasonstodress and four of the linkup bloggers at random!

Instagrammer : jlsapocketfulofpolkadots

She also has an incredible style blog – A Pocketful of Polkadots

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Now it’s your turn!  #Reasonstodress N°4

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