Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Rainy day

Hello everyone! Do you like rainy days?

I hate the rain (ask my husband). In summer, I find it particularly dreadful if we are at the beach. This year, the weather has gone wacko in Italy (remember our arrival in Milan last week?) and I was not surprised that, in the context of cool temperatures, today we had torrential rains at the Riviera.

The fact that this happened while we are staying at this museum of a hotel redefined a rainy day for me. Between meals, we took advantage of the forced stay indoors to explore the property. This included visiting the much hyped second floor, which hosts the room with adjoining throne room (yes, you can rent it, and it now occupied so we could not peek inside). I cannot believe how beautiful this villa is, and how luckily we are to be here. Rain or no rain.

Monday, 28 July 2014


Hello everyone!

After a brief passage to Milan, we have arrived at the beach. Breaking with a long tradition, we are taking advantage of a special and we are staying at the Grand Hotel Villa Balbi. It is a seventeen-century villa built by the doges, and inhabited by king and queens over the years. (There is still one room with adjoining throne room!)

I always dreamed of staying there, but reality trumped all my expectations. The hotel is, for lack of a better word, grand. I feel like Coco Chanel staying at Etienne Balsan's estate. Or like the model in the latest Dior ad campaign.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Passage to Milan


Hello everyone!

We are leaving for our usual beach retreat, and even if it sounds a bit spoiled, I regret we spent only two (majorly) jet-lagged days in Milan. Aside from eating my weight in La Durée macarons, this is what I wish I had had the time to do...

// Manicure, healthy smoothies, and vintage shopping at Bahama Mama // Checking out Max Mara's FW14 collection // Visiting (finally) the Museo del Novecento // Buying this Swatch, which I have been obsessing about since reading (you could have guessed) Garance's post.

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 in Milan in what feels like a parallel universe of my dreams: the weather is cool and there are no mosquitoes. (Even my parents do not remember a similar summer)

The trip was quite easy. 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?

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