Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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Happy New Year Everyone! I’ve been home from work for the past two weeks because my little guy is off of school until January 8th!  In Italy we also celebrate the Befana, which I’ve written all about in this post :

WHAT DO SANTA CLAUS, JESUS AND A FLYING OLD WOMAN ON A BROOM HAVE IN COMMON? THE STORY OF LA BEFANA

The Reason I Dressed

On some days we stay in bed until 10, stay in our p.j.s all day and eat pizza for dinner after playing with play dough or pretending to be monsters from outer space.  But on other days I plan exciting outings for us like trips to the Castle in Carpi (the town nearby I’ve written about here), where we go to children’s concerts and lunch with friends.

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I love making these special memories for my son.  I’m always on the hunt for things that he and I can do that are different than just hanging out at home, or in the Piazza or at the mall.  In my research I found out that the Cineteca of Bologna has children’s programming and a great lineup of films for kids.  The Cineteca  is dedicated to the history of Cinema in the World and does fantastic screenings of Charlie Chaplin, Italian movie classics and American historic blockbusters.

http://www.cinetecadibologna.it

http://www.cinetecadibologna.it

 

It just so happened that on New Year’s Day there was a screening of The Wizard of Oz and so I asked my husband if we could lunch in Bologna and then head to the Cineteca and he said YES!!

 

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It is always a BIG DEAL when Marco says yes to anything because he is rational, pragmatic and very ‘home bound’, while I am irrational, full of energy and need to fill my life with fly by the seat of my pants plans and constant motion.  The three of us spent New Year’s with friends and got home around 2am.  Before having kids I would usually head to the After Hours Bars at 2 am, but being out with a 4 and a half year old until 2 am is living on the EDGE, I’m telling you!

 

We actually got ourselves out of bed on time, had breakfast, got ready and drove to Bologna!  On Sundays there is usually a great brunch at the Cafè attached to MAMBO the Modern Art Museum of Bologna, which is one of my absolute favorite spaces in the city.  It is kinda hipster, but I’m cool with it because the food is not bad, the ambiance is great and the music is even better!

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It is filled with art books that you can look through while you lunch or have a coffee or a drink and one day I will share some thoughts on the great book of Venice photographs I actually managed to read while we lunched!

 

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MAMBO and the Cineteca are both in the same neighborhood of Bologna as each other, which is actually one of my favorite areas. There is also a nightclub right there that I’ve been to a few times when I lived in Bologna and I consider this to be one of the coolest and most artsy areas of the city.  I think there is MUCH MORE that could be done to make it even cooler, but as I always say Italians are slow to catch on!

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After lunch we walked to the Cineteca and got our tickets for the Wizard of Oz, which actually screened in Italian so it was called “Il Mago di Oz”.

 

I have SO MANY memories about the Wizard of Oz,  there are certain scenes that will stay burned into my unconscious for the rest of my life….like those flying monkeys!! HOW scary were those!?

 

Is it just me or is it CRAZY that this is a film from 1939.  Nineteen thirty nine! That seems just too long ago.  Talk about ahead of its time, I thought it was made in the 60s! It was basically the first fantasy film ever made but also transcends into an action movie, a horror movie, a musical and a children’s movie all at once.

 

I think about how much this film has impacted my life and I can only imagine what it did to that 1939 post-recession audience about to experience the second World War in an America longing for hope, change and an escape from everyday hardships.  But I digress…. I just wanted my son to see The Wizard of Oz and I wanted to finally see it on the silver screen!

http://www.cinetecadibologna.it

As it turns out the songs were not overdubbed with Italian lyrics (like they are now….Frozen in Italian is just not the same, let me tell you!) they were the originals in ENGLISH!! And when the music started for the first time and Judy Garland sang “sooooooommmmmeeewheeeere oooooooveeeeerrr the raaaaaiiiinnnnnbow” I BALLED MY EYES OUT.  Like non-stop crying people!

 

And so what did my four year old say about the movie?  My bombarded with computer generated animation and action over stimulated child?  He.loved.it.

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Some things never go out of style!  Like Judy Garland’s beauty, for example!  Ugh….I could go on and on…for example when the movie goes from black and white to color and you really feel like you’ve entered into another world……*come on* – NO special effect or 3D projection from Avatar could give the same impact.  Less is more – always.

 

What I Wore

I’ve finally caved and I’ve bought myself a black puffy ski jacket!  I’ve joined the middle-class, provincial Italian masses and I’m pretty sure this is some type of rite of passage!

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This coat was on-sale so I picked it up last week because I’ve been looking for something to take with us in February when we head to the Dolomites for a little snow vacation.  Although Marco and I have both skied in the past, neither one of us feels confident enough to hit to slopes now….in our middle age (yikes!).  I think when my son is 7 or 8 I will take him for a week or two of skiing, just the two of us, we’ll both take lessons and we’ll leave  papà at home!

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I paired my ski-chic puffy jacket with a real rabbit fur lined flap ear hat, since it is cold here! And by “cold” I mean a brisk Canadian Fall day type of cold, which is still colder than I like!

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As far as hats go, my man just recently started wearing a hat, doesn’t he look like Humphrey Bogart!?  I should do another post on his recent man-formation into a more mature homme, his style is always very classic and put together.

 

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Under my coat I wore a pair of Pull and Bear skinny high waist jeans, since I’ve decided they are the only jeans that really work with my frame.  And so, I’m sacrificing variety and “trendiness” for what actually suits my body-type, and if that means being boring than oh-well!

 

I’d rather be boring than frumpy.

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Underneath my coat  I wore a vintage cotton blouse with ruffles and voluminous lace sleeves.  This top is oh so “Renaissance” with it’s intricate crocheted lace collar, over the top cut and full volume sleeves! (It could have used an ironing, but hey it was New Year’s Day, it was a miracle we even make it out at all!)

 

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This top is very billowous and so to combat it taking over my small frame I cinched it in at the waist with a wide belt.  I designed this belt for my husband’s company.  I should probably update you on what’s been going on with our collection since I’ve blogged about it a lot in the past but haven’t mentioned it much in a while.

 

This past year my husband convinced me to do a collection of belts and accessories with him ( he is a leather artisan).  I was going to change the blog to focus only on this collection, however, we’ve run into a few snags.  Recently, he opened another company and is going to move forward with the project alone…I mean…. I’m around, but I’ve recently gotten another job so I won’t be able to dedicate to it fully.  I actually think this is the best move because I realized that if this is going to work he has to be the one driving the vision, the message and the artistic direction – so stay tuned!

 

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My boots are real suede slouchy boots by the brand Mina Buenos Aires!  I’ve mentioned them before on the blog and I’m putting together a behind the scenes post with an interview and visit to their factory.  I’m also working to translate their media kit for a few American online multi brand stores that I’m hoping will recognize how incredible this brand is and distribute their collections. They are COMPLETELY hand made in Bologna by skilled Italian artisans with the absolute best quality leathers, soles and heels.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

To make a long post even longer…..let me just share my thought of the night with you…..about following my path to get to where I need to go.

In 2017 I’m going to be true to myself when it comes to blogging, meaning I’m not going to take advice from my husband, or friends, or brands or anyone anymore.

For the past year I’ve risked closing this blog after some constructive criticism from my man last December about how “nobody cares about mom fashion, or mom street style, or my life or my adventures”.  He can be harsh but helps me to grow!

I think what he wanted to say was that I had to choose a path for the blog and stick with it!  I was all over the place (blogging about motherhood, recipes, fashion, travel, Italy etc. etc. etc.) and in the last 12 months I’ve only focused on lifestyle and fashion and the blog has really grown!

I’ve had more sponsored posts, paid opportunities, clothing samples and invitations then I’ve known what to do with…but something was lacking! I was starting to pull away!

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I backed away from the blog and started a little side project (yet to fully launch but I love working on it) called the RTD Magazine, this way I can divide the subject matter of what I want to write about in two distinct spaces.  Reasons to Dress will fashion and where I go (lifestyle) and RTD will be where I share general articles about destinations, what to do in Italy, recipes and interviews.  I write these articles anyway for other publications but retain the right to publish them online so …why not!

Travel writing makes better money than fashion writing (F.Y.I), plus I LOVE the opportunity to go places but solely making a living on travel writing means never being home, and that is NOT what I want for my life!

In 2016 I learned that no matter how many blog opportunities I received I STILL wasn’t making enough money to be satisfied (support a family or even pull my weight) and that’s when I realized…. I can make money from the blog but I can’t make blogging for money my focus. And so with this new job of selling houses at auction, I have new freedom to enjoy the blog again and also support my husband’s belt brand without necessarily working with him!

 

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I’m no longer going to apologize for my loooooong posts, or the content I publish, but I will stay fashion focused!  Besides, if you want to read my blog? Good, read it!  On some days I have almost a thousand visitors so someone out there must enjoy it!

 

And if you don’t want to read it because you don’t care about the Cineteca of Bologna, or my outfit or anything I have to say?  Then just don’t! It’s a free world.

 

Dorthy had Oz and I have Reasons to Dress, everybody needs to find their “somewhere over the rainbow”.

Happy New Year Friends.

 

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  • Gill D’achada

    oh…I love everything about this post. I too am a newbie blogger and wrestling with finding that ONE identity until I eventually threw my hands up in despair and said “I am the blog..so whatever I’m doing, wearing, travelling…is my blog.” I think your coat is gorgeous and your family too…thanks for the effort you put in to write your posts..its interesting and inspiring to follow bits and bobs of your life. Blessings..tons of them!

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    • Nice to meet you!! Let’s not forget that blogging is NOT a magazine…that’s why magazine sales are down and blog readership is up…people actually care about real people, sharing real stories and about mundane life! You are the blog is RIGHT!

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  • You made a parka look so stylish! Amazing winter look!

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    • Is this a parka?! I had no idea! Thank you so much for your comment and I’m totally going to use it to inspire me to stay warm all winter, this thing does the trick!

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  • Happy New Year! I think every blogger, especially those of us who blog as a side thing, goes through what you went through. And it is about balancing what you actually want to share with what is popular. I long ago decided that I can only blog about what I like because anything else sounds fake and usually is a waste of my time. I don’t even like taking free stuff anymore because there are strings for these small dollar amount things. Again I would rather write a post I like. It is supposed to be our outlet not some PR house’s outlet to talk about their clients.

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    • YES!! Amen to that! I mean if I’m going to use MY TIME to write about a product at least make the product WORTH my time!! no cheap crap! And Toronto should publish your posts in a book as a manual to every Torontonian for how to actually be stylish in cold weather!

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