It’s cold outside! It really is. I’m not just saying that as an Italian, but as a Canadian! We finally got some serious snow (here’s proof!), and all of my longing to go back home to Canada just to build a snowman has now passed (sorry family but I’m only visiting in the summer!).
Before I get on to my outfit and the reason I dressed I wanted to skip ahead and share with you all the AMAZING leather rucksack that I am giving away by the artisan store and brand La Vacchetta Grassa!! Do you remember them? I featured them a while ago as part of my HAND MADE – The Artisan Series. Founded by Omar Baraldi, this brand is 100% Made in Italy in their historic Bottega, located in the centre of Modena. You can have a virtual tour of the Bottega and get to know the brand in this post! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to enter this giveaway, more details below or visit the giveaway page to see all contest details!
The Reason I Dressed
Every year in Modena on the 31st of January, the city celebrates its patron Saint with the Fiera di San Geminiano. The streets are packed with vendors of all sorts, and it becomes impossible to walk anywhere especially with a stroller. I love crowds and hustle and bustle, however, now that I am a mom (which means pushing a stroller), I’ve learned to avoid San Geminiano ….. well I DID buy a balloon for my son!
Instead, I had a fantastic day meeting up with a blogger friend of mine, Margherita from The Crowded Planet (pictured above!). If you haven’t heard of her travel blog, that she runs together with her husband Nick, I highly recommend you check it out. They are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing travel blogs, receiving accolades from everyone about their stunning photography, great tips on how to travel on a budget and urban and outdoors adventures. Margherita never ceases to amaze me, and over our cocktail I found out she studied and used to work in fashion! I would have never guessed because she is just so nice and fashion types have the bad rep of being….well….not so nice!
It is still amazing to me that the blogging world has helped to bring me closer to real people who share so many of the my same interests. After our cocktail, we parted ways and my husband, son and I took the side streets to avoid the crowds as we headed to one of the most undervalued cultural spots of Modena, The Galleria Estense.
La Galleria Estense – MUSEO LAPIDARIO
If you are visiting Modena, I highly recommend you pay a visit to the Galleria Estense, an incredible collection of art, artifacts, textiles and sculptures. The ground floor houses an impressive collection of marble reliefs and sculptures from the Roman period, entry is free and the courtyard is stunning.
This is where I go when I need a little quiet time,and in the summer their cafe opens up onto the outdoor patio, perfect for an iced coffee in the scorching summer heat! For 4 euro, you can also visit the museums on the first and second floors that house some incredible collections, my favorite being the antique textiles and lace work! You can find the visiting info here, and you’ll be surprised to find them open on SUNDAY, which is very rare in Italy. If you don’t know what to do on a Sunday in Modena or what to see in Modena this is my number 1 suggestion!
What I Wore
My Coat – SELECTED FEMME
I’ve mentioned before that I was searching for a new winter coat, something a little heavier than my tried and tested oversized Stefanel coat that you’ve seen on repeat here, here and here. Low and behold with the winter sales I found this one half off at one of Modena’s poshest boutiques. I certainly felt clever getting it at only 110 Euro! Well….clever until I actually started wearing it. 110 euro is NOT CHEAP and although the design and color are exactly what I had in mind, the quality is not the best!
The brand is SELECTED FEMME and the fabric seemed so nice, however, after only wearing it a handful of times it is ALREADY STARTING TO PILE. *sigh*. This coat is Made in China, and to be honest I doubt it was ethically made. Don’t get me wrong I will still wear it out, just don’t be surprised if it ages quickly.
My Hat – FEDERICA MORETTI
My hat is by the Italian designer Federica Moretti, who is actually from my husband’s home town. She’s the hat and hair designer for some of the World’s top brands, and I totally have a girl crush on her and her designs. This hat was gifted to my by my husband, and you’ve seen me style it on numerous occasions here, here and here!
You can find her designs online like this FEDERICA MORETTI straw bobble hat, a beanie with a pom pom made of straw for $50!
My Scarf – THRIFT
My scarf was bought for 1 euro at one of Italy’s “clothing flea markets”, I’ve written before about these markets here and how you can find them in whatever town you are visiting (living in). There are plenty of stands that sell new designer clothes at cut rate prices or gently worn vintage items. I love the items I’ve found at the market, especially if I’m searching for something that isn’t too trendy!
My Boots – JEFFREY CAMPBELL
My leather Rucksack – LA VACCHETTA GRASSA
You know those bags that you just obsess over? Those bags that you can easily style with everything, that make your day easier and your chic factor go up by 100%….that is this bag. Call it what you will a rucksack, a knapsack, a backpack, it is brilliant. Hand made in Italian “cuoio” leather by the brand La Vacchetta Grassa, it is part of their unreleased up and coming collection soon on sale in their store and relaunched website. If you would like to pre-order one for $190, please feel free to email them directly at email@example.com – they speak English too!
Their bottega is a top tourist destination for artisan loving Japanese people that come to Modena seeking the best in food, fashion and culture, and if you’ve never been I recommend you take a peak at my interview with the owner and virtual tour of their restored antique space. This bag retails for $190 / 170 Euro, and you can win one for yourself!!!
Please feel free to enter the giveaway below, if you follow me on facebook you’ll be able to earn extra entry points by sharing the photo, all details will be posted on my facebook page! I’m so happy to have La Vacchetta Grassa as a blog sponsor and I truly believe in their creative mission to create affordable, hand made Italian leather goods.
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Now onto YOUR style…
#REASONSTODRESS Real Mom Street Style Linkup
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! If you would like to co-host the #reasonstodress linkup I would love to have you, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Thank you to my co-host last week Jane from the Toronto Shopaholic!