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MILAN, outfits, TRAVEL / Monday / June 18th, 2018

Bata Fashion Weekend in Milan


At the end of April, Bata Shoes flew me and a bunch of guests from around the world to celebrate #BataFashionWeekend2018 in Milan, Italy. We had the most amazing few days learning about the brand, its initiatives and of course enjoying beautiful Milano. More than sharing what the latest designs by Bata are, they really brought us all the way to Italy to share their story with the world; they’re an affordable but high quality fashion force to be reckoned with, and to showcase that they do more than create school shoes and other footwear essentials. Here, in South Africa they’re synonymous with Toughee school shoes and Tomy Takkies, but on a global scale their range is diverse, stylish and filled with designs for every type of person and occasion, with a history dating back over 123 years.  (more…)

MILAN, outfits / Wednesday / November 7th, 2012

Be Italian


Taken outside Duomo Cathedral and the kind of cobbled alley that makes my heart warm, this is what I wore when exploring beautiful Milan. You may remember me mentioning how I sometimes try to dress to the “theme” of the country. And because this was Italy, because this was Milan, the fashion capital, obviously I had to wear all of my new favourite things at the same time, wear the bit of Prada and Italian leather I do own, and try and be more Italian than the Italians.

IMG_7483IMG_7406Hat, shaggy gilet and skirt all H & M, Pull & Bear tweed top, Prada sunnies, Parfois watch, Calzedonia stockings, Massimo Dutti boots, Country Road bag.

Obsessed with this tweed Pull & Bear top, so comfortable and loose, allows for good layering both above and underneath it. Also love that it has so many colours in it, because I use this to justify wearing so many colours in everything else I’ve got on. When one thing is multi-coloured, it ties everything together, right? I broke the “don’t-wear-black-and-brown-together” rule, and I’m proud of it.

The Dutti booties are my favourite thing of them all though – super comfortable, classic, leather, and a birthday gift from my guy. Topped it off with the same lippy I got for Rome last January, because in my Italian stereotype, it’s just what Italian women wear. No?

As for the title of this post, Inge Wulff, it’s for you and so is this.


MILAN, TRAVEL / Tuesday / November 6th, 2012

Milan Photo Diary


For today’s post, I’m just going to let these images speak for themselves. Milan, you were spectacular!


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MILAN, STREET STYLE / Monday / November 5th, 2012

Milan – Street Style

So I got to taste a long-time dream of mine for a day – visiting one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan. It felt SO good to be back in Italy!

I expected to see a lot more stylish women, but it was more the men who impressed me with their polished looks and demure energy. I appreciated their perfectly tailored coats, polished leather shoes and the way their hair looked amazing whether it was curly, long, or cut. I liked that they were well-kept whether they were twenty eight or sixty eight. I’m noticing many European women having a “hard”  energy about their fashion and I have most definitely been noticing it while travelling, and it can be off-putting…  in a fabulous, unobtainable, walking-brand kind of way. Extending the inaccessible, you-can’t-touch-me dream of owning the Prada, the Balenciaga, the Cèline. I tried not to have this post only include them. However, the men somehow maintain the standard, but it seems more relaxed and effortless. Maybe it’s easier? Maybe it’s the charm of an Italian man? Either way I appreciated it a lot more.

I struggled to get decent shots of the best people I saw. Just when you think you have a clear aim, someone walks into your frame, your moment is lost and your subject dips into a café or a swarm of people. “Maybe next time,” I lie to myself, with a lump in my throat knowing I am leaving Milan at 11pm that night and unsure if/when there will be a next time. It was really frustrating. A moving target is harder to hit, but aside from the fact that I am too awkward to ask people to take their photograph, I prefer a documentary approach. I’m not sure if it comes with practice, proximity, place or lens or luck?


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