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 …
The Reason She Dressed 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Reason I Dressed This week I’m dedicating myself to posting all about Copenhagen. Now that i’ve had some time to go through the photos and reflect, I realize that not only is it a perfect destination if you have kids, but it was one of the best vacations of my life. Expensive….but incredible. …
I work part time from home, but I’m also 100% responsible for my two and a half year old from 8 am – 8 pm daily and only work in the hours when he sleeps. This means that we are out and about all the time. Now that the chillier weather has arrived, some mornings are passed …
I mentioned on Wednesday that in May we decided to drive to a part of the Italian Apennines that I had never visited. Ligonchio is the highest point of the Reggio Emilian Mountains. It took us about an hour and a half to drive there from Modena, and the drive was well worth it for …
Way back in May all of Italy went through a bit of a cold spell. Temperatures dropped, it rained and everyone had to reach into their closet for their fall and winter clothes. Since it has been uncharacteristically warm these past few weeks (no complaining here!), I thought I would share a whole series of …
What can I say aside from THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who participated in my first Linkup & Tag Party! There were 27 entries in the linkup, a few tags on Instagram and twitter and even e-mails! I really didn’t expect things to go so well. To thank you for linking up …
Every September The Philosophy Festival happens in Modena, known as FestivalFilosofia. I mentioned a few days ago that the city chooses a theme every year, and this year’s theme was Gloria, Glory. If you are planning a trip to the Emilia Romagna region of Italy in September I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you try to visit …
A few months ago, I noticed that the Prada pre-fall collection was filled with lovely necktie blouses. Actually, these “secretary” blouses were EVERYWHERE in the last few weeks of summer and, as I was strolling through the posh area of Bologna, (no to buy anything, we just window shop and call it “research”) I was …
If you’re reading this right now I’m so happy you’re here!! Today is the first time I am hosting my very own style linkup for bloggers and non-bloggers. I’ve you’ve followed my blog you know that the reason I started blogging was because I was inspired by the mothers I met while living in Italy. I …
I mentioned on Tuesday that I get e-mailed pretty often asking what Italians typically wear. This got me thinking … there really are certain clothing “trends” that I have only ever seen in Italy, and they differ according to region. Just as you would expect to see more people wearing cowboy boots if you were …
The Reason I Dressed I LOVE Bambinopoli, the 2-day family festival that turns the historic town, Vignola, into a massive kid’s park for a whole weekend every September! I will be sharing a bit more about this next week, but basically the city programs hundreds of free activities for toddlers to “ragazzi” ! We …
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! Something just makes me …
I have received a few e-mails (including one from one of my favorite readers Erin) about “what Italians wear”? Technically, the first person to ask me this was Erin almost 10 months ago and since then I’ve had five other readers e-mail me the same question and it really got me thinking…. Italians, …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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! Credits: Top …
I should begin this post by setting the record straight. I do not man hunt! 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. …
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 …
Let me save you some packing headaches….leave your bathing suit at home (unless of course you are incredibly tough….like Viking tough!) 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 …
A few months ago when I started planning this trip to Copenhagen I remember telling friends that we were going for two weeks and I was greeted with “WHAT are you going to do in Copenhagen for two whole weeks?”, little do they realize that Copenhagen is a totally strategic spot for exploring many different …
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 …
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 …
I have a street style girl crush and her name is Miroslava Duma! Every now and then I like to scour the internet for some street style inspiration, mainly to help me reinvent my own clothes and she is consistently a source of incredible inspiration. Obviously she is always decked out in big ticket …
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 …
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 …
I tried. I really did. I tried to condense our entire week in Lisbon to a simple 5 point post with a title like “things to do in Lisbon” and 4 photographs, but you know what? I failed. That’s just not me. You see, there is a problem with those types of …
You may have heard that I was in Lisbon for a week visiting my sister. She still lives in Canada with her family, and 6 months ago gave birth to my beautiful niece. I went to Canada two times last year, so this year a trans-Atlantic flight just wasn’t in the cards. Instead, we we …
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 …
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 !
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!).
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!
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
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
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!
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.
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!
#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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!?)
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:
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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.
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!
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. 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!)
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.
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.
#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!
This week I’m dedicating myself to posting all about Copenhagen. Now that i’ve had some time to go through the photos and reflect, I realize that not only is it a perfect destination if you have kids, but it was one of the best vacations of my life. Expensive….but incredible.
So, seeing as how this afternoon I’m going to my very first conference for 4 whole days and three whole nights I will have some time on my hands to post all about this wonderful trip, what I wore and what we did as a family!
This is a supremely huge milestone for me as I have literally NEVER left my son for more than two hours (and that only happened three times) since he was BORN!
When he was in the hospital for a few weeks I was always there, we don’t have a nanny or babysitter or daycare and my husband’s parents work. Strangely enough when I was pregnant I thought I would be one of those moms who would leave her child all the time, and then I realized, after he was born that I don’t know myself very well! When I was pregnant I couldn’t appreciate how important it would be to me that he speak English, and after a lot of time, play and care I’m so proud to say that his “mother tongue” is English! But alas, the time has come that we must spend a few good days apart, so I am planning on being productive!
Follow me on Instagram to hangout at the conference in the Riviera Romagnola on the Adriatic Sea, and of course I’ll be posting with frequency!! What will I do with all my time in the evenings?? The hotel is a 4 star with pool, gym and sauna….. I can hardly breath in excitement. Work- cation here I come
A while ago I went through a 100 day shopping ban (#100dayshoppingban) inspired by the lovely Rachel the Hat. This actually ended up turning into a 130 day shopping ban….and then….the flood gates opened.
When the end of summer sales hit I was ready….no, I was REPRESSED! I went on a a shopping rampage, the likes of which my closet hasn’t seen in years. New coats, jeans, tops, sweaters, shoes…..I spent money and I’m proud of it.
I had time to reflect on my clothes throughout the shopping ban phase. This made me realize what I really needed and what I was missing from my closet. So many things had happenend in my life that my clothes no longer reflected who I was anymore. I had become a mom, I was now in my mid-30s (eeek!) and I was hanging out at playgrounds and small town festivals more and boardrooms and nightclubs less!
This first Copenhagen look is comprised of all new additions to my wardrobe. I’m wearing:
A peach, zip up cardigan sweater bought in Lisbon, Portugal from the European chain store Promod for 20 euro
A thrifted, white dress shirt with beautiful embroidered detailing bought in Modena for 2 euro
A cropped, cotton knit sweater bought on sale at Zara for 5 euro
Zara boyfriend jeans (also bought on sale for 13 euro)
A checkered bandana scarf (bought on sale for 3 euro)
Real leather, military boots by the brand Felmini bought on sale here.
** I’ve done a whole post dedicated to the new military boot trend and how Italians have totally embraced them and why they are perfect transitional shoes for fall here**
I think the most useful and versatile item I wore was my soft knit jacket. The whole idea is something that has soft enough sleeves to roll, keeps you warm but is light enough to layer, and comes down below your butt!
This is my favourite option found online at Asos.com for 85 euro by the brand River Island.
I love everything I bought and regret nothing! They say that every 7 years your life changes. I’m not really keeping count, but I can say that this year something in me changed and I needed my closet to reflect that. Now if I could only figure out how to giveaway the things that I no longer wear…..maybe you can help me.
Does anyone know of a European based site for selling used clothes online?
Most of the sites I found are for North Americans only, but I don’t think anyone wants to pay international shipping for my stuff!
That’s it for today, I’m off to print out the last of my documents, find my business cards, pack my clothes and prepare all of my son’s gear for the rest of the week so that my husband doesn’t go nuts! Afterall, if all goes well, maybe these workations will start to become a regular thing!
Have you had a chance to linkup this week? I love seeing your outfits and will be hard at work sharing them starting this afternoon!! If you tag an outfit photo #reasonstodress on Instagram I may just feature you next week too!
#REASONSTODRESS Real Mom Street Style Linkup & Tag Party
I work part time from home, but I’m also 100% responsible for my two and a half year old from 8 am – 8 pm daily and only work in the hours when he sleeps. This means that we are out and about all the time. Now that the chillier weather has arrived, some mornings are passed at the Ludoteca, which means “place of play”. These are similar to daycares with teachers who prepare daily activities, theatrical performances, arts and crafts and manage the space. The only difference is that someone must accompany the child! I LOVE going there, it is like reliving my childhood but right beside my son! We have so much fun, but because this is a free service we can only go a few times a week (and that’s ok!)
The days when we’re not there you’ll find us at the library, at swim class, music class, picking apples, grapes, chestnuts, visiting cheese making factories, or bike riding to the park!
I hangout at the park a lot, so it is no surprise that I’ve made a lot of playground mom friends and have taken a lot of playground mom style pictures; like this mom in animal print and a jean skirt, this indie mom from the playgroup, Morena at the park or this stylish Kimono mom.
What fascinates me about the playground is how Italians still manage to play while looking chic. Personally though, there is something that actually puts me off when people try too hard to dress up for the playground. And YES, this is actually a thing here too! You’ll find women in wedges, heels and mini skirts at the playground! But I guess that’s what makes Italian moms special too (remember the pretty high heeled mom?)
Every now and then there is a mom that totally NAILS the playground look…and this was one of those times.
What She Wore
Long, floppy beanie hats are EVERYWHERE this season. Even I’ve been wearing one (remember this look). They are the perfect accessory for moms because:
a) beanies are cool
b) you don’t really need to comb your hair to wear one (and by really I mean, you don’t need to comb your hair at ALL!)
c) they make whatever you’re wearing more “fashionable”
This mom’s look has so many great and yet simple elements. I love her oversized black top with wing sleeves, which to me just screams Paris. And her red converse runners and bright houndstooth pattern scarf are just the right amount of sporty and bright!
I mentioned on Wednesday that in May we decided to drive to a part of the Italian Apennines that I had never visited. Ligonchio is the highest point of the Reggio Emilian Mountains. It took us about an hour and a half to drive there from Modena, and the drive was well worth it for the beautiful scenery, delicious food and panoramic visit to a historic Watch Tower.
I don’t know about you, but when the weekend arrives the last thing I want to do is stay inside (in Italy staying inside means cleaning). The weekend is when I want to be outside as a family exploring and discovering all that this country has to offer.
A while back I discovered that in Reggio Emilia, a medium-sized town right beside Modena, there is s a man named Loris Malaguzzi who has developed a very innovative approach to teaching kids. Basically, it is about giving kids the space, time and possibility to really explore their world through hands on projects. He has developed a method referred to at the “Reggio Approach” and almost all of the PUBLIC pre-schools in Reggio city have adopted this approach. He has also founded a school called Reggio Children.
I’ve recently bought a few books about the approach but we’ve also attended the public workshops that are often held at Reggio Children’s main facility. While there, I noticed a flyer for another workshop that was being held in conjunction with Reggio Children but in the town of Ligonchio in a converted area of the Enel hydroelectric plant. …… I was WAY too curious not to go!
Atelier Di Onda In Onda
The Atelier Di Onda in Onda, (From Wave to Wave Workshop), is housed throughout the city of Ligonchio with 3 main areas. We only explored the part that was housed in the indoor hydroelectric plant, but I would love to return to see what the rest of the experience is like.
The aim is to integrate the “Reggio Approach” into an interactive experience to help children experiment with nature and science.
We entered into a stunning building with huge doors and lots of natural light to find many do it yourself activity stations for kids of all ages. The front entry is dedicated to magnets which was fun, but we spent the bulk of our time PLAYING WITH WATER!
Tubes, fountains, mills, hoses, sprays, vats, pools and ponds were all at our finger tips to engage in literally HOURS of water fun. Unfortunately, the day we went it was raining and a little cold and damp outside, but I could just imagine that had the sun been shining the view of the mountains would have been incredible.