Monday, 8 September 2014

Lake Bracciano

I had no idea what to expect upon arriving to Lake Bracciano. This lake is an hour drive from Rome in the region of Lazio. I initially had the chance to visit Rome again, but opted out instead only because I have seen it before and was more interested in a change of scenery. Instead of seeing historical monuments and cathedrals, this time I had the chance to see Lake Bracciano and it was the perfect day trip. With the calm lake and peaceful town, I was able reconnect with nature and it also felt like being back at home, especially being surrounded with the lush greenery.  Out of coincidence, I felt as though my floral jumpuit was an appropriate choice for this outing since it was cool, breathable, and casual and it definitely blended in with the natural setting.


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Queen West

Toronto is a city where you can find every type of food from around the world, hear a million different languages just by walking down the street, and are able to try a new coffee shop, restaurant, or bar every day of the week. Every step or turn you take allows you a glimpse of the iconic symbols and landmarks that define this city and bring a smile to your face, because you know you’re home. And since I was home I took advantage of everything the city had to offer, especially the fashion district. I went at least once a week to Queen Street, even in rush hour (and if you have ever been in Toronto you know that it is like going through hell, being stuck on the DVP with no end in sight), but I made it through all this in the name of love for fashion.

 My little sister always came with me, since she loves the city almost as much as I do and was on summer holiday. We would start by getting our Starbuck’s coffee, or if we were feeling ambitious, go to Dark Horse Coffee and Espresso Bar, which I would rate as almost as good, if not better, but don’t hold that against me! Then we would peruse the vintage clothing stores and walk into every fabric store, which can be very overwhelming, since they are usually filled from floor to ceiling with colourful bales of cloth of every type. But I somehow let inspiration come to me and decided to purchase fabric with a hound’s-tooth and checkered motif for my fall and winter designs. I found some beautiful Italian silks, which shockingly and not rightfully were less expensive than they would have been in Italy, if you can fathom that! Then my sister would try on clothes at American Apparel and I would chat with my vivacious friend Corona who works there. After that we would head to lunch, visiting my favourite joint in Toronto called The Grilled Cheese in Kensington. My gosh their food is delicious and grilled cheese is my favourite thing to eat. They do an amazing job of grilling the most decadent of cheeses: I had the caramelized onion apple cheddar and avocado grilled gooeyness and I savored every bite! On these days I decided to go for an urban, more casual look, opting for long skirts with slits, pairing one with a checkered bustier from the 50s and scarf wrapped on my upper arm (very Carrie Bradshaw inspired) or layering a lovely evening gown with a cropped loose tee, taking night to day, using my closet in a very versatile way. These are my favourite type of days: being downtown, surrounded by a creative urban vibe and enjoying everything this amazing city has to offer.








More Toronto to come....

xo Nicola 



Friday, 22 August 2014

Dubrovnik


Had such a great day in Dubrovinik! For some, this is also known as "King's Landing" from the HBO series GAME OF THRONES. Initially, my friend Felipe and I wanted to do the Game of Thrones Tour, where they show you the different scenes that were filmed here, but we were too late and the tour had already started. Instead we did our own tour and explored the city ourselves, casual as usual. I wore my ripped denim shorts and a low back halter, both from Aritzia; it seemed fitting because it was extremely hot. If I could, I would have worn nothing; the less material I had on, the better. 

 We started with the wall, walking through the whole perimeter, and my god, it took us about 2 hours from start to finish. With the sun's rays shining down on us, we had to at least take 3 water breaks! But it was so worth it. It was exciting because I was able to see where they filmed the series and trying to remember which season and what scene it was. This definitely made me want to watch all 4 seasons again from the beginning.  Walking around the city walls made feel like I was part of the show. Only wish I saw Mr. Jon Snow!  

Can you spot some ofthe locations they filmed?









You won't want to miss the next post...

See you soon!
xo Stephanie


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Drizzled in Class with a Touch of Sass.


During my trip home one of my favourite events was Kathleen’s classy, decadent and fun tea party that she held in her new and humble abode. She did the most wonderful job decorating the table and giving a lovely presentation to the food. She prepared an amazing gluten free menu, served tapas style, and made a great Prosecco grapefruit cocktail for us to enjoy! It was so nice to see all the girls I grew up with: sharing our stories and catching up on the past year since last we were together. It is such a special group of friends, since no matter how far apart we may be, and no matter how long we haven’t spoken to each other, we just know that we can pick up right where we left off. The desserts were also delicious: home made marshmallows (which is the only way you should eat a marshmallow) and crème brulé, not to mention macaroons and lemon tarts -everything was just so delectable and yummy. I decided to pay homage to this lovely themed party in the cocktail dress I had designed and sewn in school, which I love wearing because it is retro in style with a twist of contemporary elegance.






 



Amazing afternoon with great friends, the hostess with the mostess, and delicious treats.

Ta Ta for now

xo Nicola


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Moment By Moment We Create Our Life Adventures

Going to Cuba, I initially had low expectations after hearing people’s general comments about the island. I was therefore pleasantly surprised: staying in the beautiful 5 star hotel Iberostar, eating the yummy food at the buffet and lying by the warm, crystal clear ocean. Between the old-timer cars, the music that consumes you, and the laid-back charisma, the island had me at Mojito! Here are some more pics from my other island adventures...
  
We spent an afternoon visiting a Cuban farm, enjoying the warm family hospitality, eating fresh fruit off the trees, learning to make Mojitos, and dancing Salsa in the lush Cuban countryside... 

 Can you tell what type of tree this is ? 




Being of German heritage I could not miss out on the World Cup 2014! What a fun, boisterous and bonding experience it was to enjoy the games in the hotel sport’s bar with my family and a happy group of fans. We cheered on our team and celebrated their win when they became World Champions!! Deutschland!!




The beach was beautiful, sipping Mojitos by the ocean and tanning only as much as a German girl can... 


   
                                                                                    

These are the books I dove into while on vacation: something for every mood - Girl Boss when I was feeling ambitious, White Girl Problems for a light fun read, Cuba whilst exploring and reading up on its history, and The Great Gatsby for a delectable taste of the classics. 


Well, that was it from Cuba! I hope you enjoyed my posts that summarized this lovely 2 week discovery...


 See you back in Toronto... 
xo Nicola

Fashion Is Instant Language - Prada

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It’s a classic tale of destiny. Two former cruise ship workers fall head over heels in love with two Sicilian Officers. Leaving their family and friends in Canada to live the Italian dream of romance and fashion. Both attending fashion school whilst waiting their men to return from the sea. Their struggles, adventures and experiences depicted here in two very different, but similar styles as they entertain you with fashion as they see it.