Missoni inspired in the Riviera

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A few months ago when went to Mantua for an evening walk, I noticed this Missoni bag in a fancy shop window.

 

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I fell in love INSTANTLY.

I wanted this bag.  I loved everything about it, the multi-coloured plexiglass chain (otherwise known as Methacrylate), the way the raffia was woven, the color, the fact that it screamed SUMMER, the chicness, the relaxedness ….everything that is, aside from the 300 euro price tag 🙁

 

I live with a budget, often preferring to do things like eat, have a roof over my head and TRAVEL instead of buying luxury items  But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the beauty of luxury fashion, especially since I am surrounded by them all the time for work.  I didn’t buy this bag, but I did keep my eyes open for items that would help me recreate this look and low and behold my search paid off.

 

After a VERY LONG “buy nothing”  shopping ban you can read about here and here, I caved at the local Antiques and Vintage Market in Modena’s Piazza Grande.  I’ve written about the Antiques Market here, and about how to find a market the next time you’re in Italy here.  I found a marbled cream and brown plexiglass loop necklace and a vintage, rattan purse that I really liked, and have since worn all the time.

 

 

 

 The Reason I Dressed . Evening Passeggiate 

 

I was in the Riviera Romagnola last week, if you’ve read my standard daily itinerary while vacationing on the Adriatic Coast, you know that each evening’s dinner is followed by a passeggiata aka walk.  I stayed in Cattolica’s Port area (which I’ve written a bit about here) so my walks were along the boardwalk, out onto the pier, through the Port area or into the city’s centre.

 

Look N°1 With Shorts

I love pairing this necklace and bag with simple clothes like a white tank, teal shorts and thong sandals. My belt is tan python leather made by my husband and my bracelet was bought for a few euros from a street vendor.

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Look N°2 With Skinny Pants and a Short Sleeved Cardigan

I reused all of the same elements and swapped out the shorts for skinny rolled pants on a chillier night. I threw a yellow, big polka dot scarf and thin, cotton knit, short-sleeved cardigan in my purse so I could layer once the sun fully set.  I’ve you’ve read this post, you know that Italians kids stay up LATE.  Usually my evening walks would begin around 9:30 p.m. and end around 11 p.m., and since the port area gets breezy I always like to have something to keep the breeze off my shoulders and neck.

 

I’ve written here about how much Italians fear that their necks get a chill, hence why you’ll always see people in the evenings with light sweaters jauntily tied around their shoulders!

 

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On this particular night we wandered over the bridges into the next town and found our way to a small book shop selling vintage postcards.  I indulged in 20 or so and they’ll be making their appearance on the blog soon!  There is just something about old black and cream post-cards, with those pretty ruffled edges and their thick sturdy paper that I love.  These were all used so they have the original messages from loved ones “wishing you were here”.

 

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I’ve gone ahead and searched the internet for a few necklaces that are similar to my own.

 

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I really love the Adriatic Coast and this is part of a series called Postcards from Romagna, where I’m collecting my thoughts and experiences from this part of Italy to share.   Here are some of my other thoughts on the area:

 

The Riviera Romangola – The June Ritual of beach going in Emilia Romagna
A Day in the Life 
Dressing for an evening out in Cattolica’s Port 
beach going like an Italian

 

 

 

 

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  • Bravissima! Ce la caviamo come possiamo! 🙂

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  • I love your necklace. I’m always searching for chunky jewellery as it suits my figure. Its unusual to see such a chunky necklace in a long style. I also live your yellow scarf. Bright and cheery for Summer. Lovely photos!

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  • I LOVE that necklace – I’ve been a search for something similar for weeks. I love the blue/yellow/white combo there is something so SO clean about it. Does that make sense?

    I’m back in VA and totally missing my late walks with Florence! I think she’s missing them to and wouldn’t settle down last night until I walked her in her stroller around my parents – for an hour! At least I worked off the 4th of July food!

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    • Maybe you are both jetlaged?? When I went back to Toronto alone with my son last December the jetlag was BRUTAL for the both of us (he was only 9 months though). I went without my husband and found that having no one to rely on for night wakings was EXHAUSTING. I’m now trying to avoid going to Canada at all costs, i think we’ll do European travel till he’s like 5!!

      Please tell me about what you ate on the 4th of July….but also DON’T. Actually PLEASE FEDEx me some sweet potato fries….WHY don’t they have sweet potato fries in Italy? WHY??

      I will trade you my necklace for SPFries.

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  • Love the plexiglass necklace, so 70s chic! It looks like a beautiful holiday, such fun! Hope you can link it up to #AllAboutYou x

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    • I will link up!! On Tuesday I will be sure to. This week I linked up a beach post and a post about going gluten free in Italy!!

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  • That straw bag definitely caught my eye! Such a great, classic piece that should be a summer wardrobe essential for everyone! It’s easy to find a straw tote, but not so easy to find a nice straw crossbody. Digging the leather straps, one of my favorite kinds of detailing!

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  • Wow, you look so chic and pulled together! I love the bright yellow on your toes too…so fun and fresh! The straw bag is amazing and all the shops…wow look at those dishes!! Fun days!!

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  • I LOVE your look and that necklace and purse – swoon!! And we ALL dream about those expensive glorious items but pay our bills like grown ups instead – BORING!! LOL!!

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  • ADA

    Definitely pinned that outfit with the blue pants and long mustard cardigan. Love the necklace. Looking great both times. =)

    <3 Ada.

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  • Love how you were inspired to put together a look by the Missoni bag in the window. I really like the necklace with its colors and how you paired it with skinny jeans, a straw bag and the lovely yellow cardigan. I also thought the scarf with all of its colors looks great as well. Bravo!
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  • love the straw bag and your yellow toenails!

    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

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