Primark dress, Rokit Vintage faux fur coat, River Island ankle riding boots.
Primark blouse, American Apparel riding pants, River Island boots, Country Road leather sling bag
This is what I wore on two of the days exploring Rome. I most definitely am not the type to go to another country and dress like a tourist. Nay. Never. Not I. Forgive the cliche, but I did think “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”, and made sure nothing I wore remotely resembled cargo pants, running shoes and a moonbag. And thank goodness for my zoom lens and the grandeur of all Italian sites because I most definitely did not need binoculars. On some days I did wear my lovely new American Apparel denim backpack though, I bought it because it made me feel somewhat touristy (I’m sure it’ll make an appearance at some point). Because I am the type to go to a country and insist on being a local, I didn’t want to wear it too often and seem like a rookie… I am dramatic like this and if you’re going to read my blog it is essential you get to know this side of me! So yes, I did have a passionate Italian accent, often topped of with delicious brovado. My aunt and I spoke our own version of Italian, ie: Afrikaans with an Italian accent and ending the last word in every sentence with an “iiiii” sound. Throw in some dramatic body language and swooping inflections, and I swear, you are Italian. Please try it.
“Dal centro della mia vita venne una grande fontana…”
– From the center of my life there came a great fountain... that’s one thing I can be sure of!