Thursday, 24 July 2014

Top or bottom?

Hello everyone!

Now that I am in Italy I am pondering the purchase of a new bikini. One of the main things that sets me off when I have tried to buy swimwear in North America is the fact that bikini tops and bottoms are sold separately. In Italy, this is unheard of. The two are sold together to match nicely, period.

Do you normally buy bikini pieces separately? Or together? I'd love to hear.

P.S. Echoing a key trend for SS14, in Hawaii I've seen a lot of fringed bikini tops like the one pictured above (available here in case you were interested). I am curious to see whether there is the same fashion at the Italian Riviera.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I woke up at 5 am and reorganized a closet

Good morning everyone!

Due am unexpected phone call, I woke up at 5 am. The kids were still sleeping but I could not fall back asleep, what did I do? I sifted through the stuff I have left year since our sabbatical stay in Milan.

Which made me think, I am not sure why I even bother to pack for our summer holidays. I am glad I brought an extra suitcase...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

There we went again

Hello everyone and ciao da Milano!

We arrived tonight after a quite easy trip. I am not sure whether I am going to pay for it with the return flight from Europe in three weeks, but I could have not hoped for better. The kids slept the entire time from Montreal to London, enjoyed with me a long layover at Heathrow Airport (which included a nice lunch at Wagamama and much window shopping), and fell asleep again on the flight from London to Milan. We were thus able to have dinner with my parents without too much drama, and everyone was in bed by 10 pm.

Thank goodness last year's trip is just a memory...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

On Island Fashion

Hello everyone!

As I am re-packing for our trip to Italy (tomorrow! two more intercontinental flights alone with the kids! I am crazy!), I distracted myself by flipping through the pages of a promotional magazine of Ala Moana Shopping Center that made its way home with us from Honolulu. That's where I came across this expression.

Yes, there is such a thing as Island Fashion. It includes bright flowery everything, Billabong swimwear, cool sunglasses and straw hats. And this year also a pair of Aldo flatforms. Except for the sunglasses, and possibly be flatforms (you know I have mixed feelings about them), I am sure we all agree that it is stuff you can only wear in Hawaii. (If you can think of another place, I'd love to hear). 

This is what I have rather brought home -- and is going along to our trip to Italy as well: twin pearls we found in our own oyster (my son was the lucky one who opened it), which were less than 10 USD; an Hawaiian-print triangle bikini (from Old Navy of all places!), which costed me less than 15 USD; and this Tory Richard's dress, which I could not resist. It has just enough island and a lot of fashion, don't you think?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Nursing gear to the rescue

Hello everyone!

I am packing for our upcoming trip to Italy, and I have confession. I did it. My baby is almost out of diapers, but for our summer travel I bought the Storksac Elizabeth diaper bag I had my eyes on since last winter

I do not regret it a single bit. As I have not been able to find a stylish backpack (as you may remember from this post), my excuse for the purchase has been that it fits EVERYTHING, including my laptop. (For once the promotional video corresponds to reality, this is really a Mary Poppins bag). Perhaps the real reason though is that I did not see myself going to posh Hawaiian resorts and, especially, Italy with my otherwise beloved Skip Hop bag. (You remember my Italian best friend who wore Brunello Cucinelli through her past pregnancy? I am sure she now carries a Chanel diaper bag). 

Don't you think the crossbody strap is a bit Chloè? I am thinking about swapping it for a couple of my designer bags straps.

P.S. You know what I also took on the trip? My Seraphine nursing cover. Not because the baby is still nursing (he weaned, another sob), but because it is better than a pashmina. It is big enough to cover me and the baby if he is snoozing on my lap during the flight, and to hide stains that are inevitable is you are stuck on a six-hours flight with an infant :)

The great packing forward

Hello everyone!

If all goes as planned, in less than 48 hours we will be on the plane to Italy to visit my parents. I am glad I had planned to spend this week at home in between our trip to Hawaii and the next one. Today we all seem to have overcome the 6 hours time difference between Honolulu and Montreal, and I have had the time to tie a lot of loose ends. (Although I am sure I will leave a few behind this time as well...) And I have finally gotten some sleep!

The kids' clothes have been washed and re-packed, hair has been cut, bills have been paid, and I even got a new pair of glasses, which I am totally in love with. (Do you like them? It is the pair I got in Italy three years ago) 

Now, if only I could figure out what to pack for me...

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Chasing a trend

Hello everyone! Did you pick up a pair of Birkenstock for this summer?

The trend started with last year's Celine's furry slippers and, you might say, this year the hype has not yet quieted down. The Birkenstock/Celine look-a-like slippers are everywhere for SS14.

I lived in this pair last year. I thus wanted something different, and I was charmed by Zara's lookbook back in April. Zara does know a thing or two about editing, so I must have not been the only one. The two most popular styles (this one and this one) had already sold out online two times already, and bounced off the shelves of the brand's flagship store in downtown Montreal.

I diligently, albeit impatiently, waited until Zara notified me that my favorite ones were back in stock to score a pair of my own. At around 100 CAD, these sandals are expensive for Zara, and what worried me was the fit, since my left foot is giving me some troubles again. One pair definitely hurt, but the other one (pictured above) was borderline. I did not return it just because my mom (who is difficult to please, especially when it comes to low-cost fashion chains) deemed them "bellissime".

I took them on our trip to Hawaii, and I had to store them after a couple of times because it was clear that they are not the best for my feet. While they stayed in the suitcase until we got back a few days ago, I replaced with a similar style of Crocs, but after initial rejoicing I am back to square one.

Maybe the original Birkenstock were the real solution. Why oh why is this pair by J Crew sold out? Well, I may just have to go shopping in Italy for a new pair. A girl gotta do what a girl gotta do...

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