Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Italy-Inspired" on Keep

As a PR/Ad student and now professional, I've developed a passion for exploring the ever-changing social media world. Last summer I was introduced to and recently re-discovered it while searching for summer style inspiration. Keep has some fantastic Italy-inspired items! A few personal favorites are the Jonathan Adler "scooter" pouch, the Rockstud patent ballet flats and the Espresso chart. Check out my Italy-inspired Keep board here and create a Keep account for yourself! It's another great way to organize your inspirations. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Italian-Inspired Spring Items From Kate Spade

About a month ago, I came across the Kate Spade "Ciao!" phone case and immediately fell in love with it. One of my favorite designers was inspired by Italy! I recently browsed the Kate Spade website and found a handful of Italian-inspired items - from clothing to tech accessories, "la bella vita" is getting even more chic. 

Besides the "ciao" phone case, my personal favorite items include the "bella" makeup bag, "Bella Magazine" scarf, and the small lemon pouch that says, "When life gives you lemons, make limoncello" - a clever take on an old saying, and it reminds me of Sorrento.

I can't wait to head to a Kate Spade or department store to check some of these items out in person!
Italian Inspired Spring Items From Kate Spade

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Inspired by Italy: New Year Edition

With a blizzard in Chicago, why not online shop!? Add some Italian to your life by browsing Polyvore for some of the items below.

ITA ITEMS by colettem on Polyvore

Friday, December 27, 2013

Travel Outfit Inspiration

Planning a trip to Italy for the winter? Be sure to pack accordingly! Italian weather ranges from cold, harsh winters in the mountains and north to milder winters in costal areas and southern regions. 

Although I haven't traveled to Italy in the winter, I hear visiting the country is great at this time of year because it is the tourist "off season" - less lines at the must-see sites. Also, experiencing another culture's holiday traditions will create many new memories. You might even bring new celebration ideas back home! If you're traveling throughout the country, be sure to pack a versatile wardrobe. Layers are your friend - you can pile them on in colder regions and don less in warmer regions. 

What is your favorite time of year to travel? 

Some outfit inspiration: 

Winter adventure

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

La Vigilia di Natale

Merry Christmas Eve and Buon vigilia di Natale! Want to see what your favorite Italian city is like right now? Google the city name and the word "webcam" to get a real time view. Below is a screen grab of my family's town, Marostica. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A visit to Northern Italy: Marositca

If someone were to scan my blog, they may assume my Italian family is from Rome. Surprise, surprise! That is incorrect. My family is from the province of Vicenza in the Veneto region - my Nonna's side is primarily from Marostica and my Nonno's side resides mostly in Belvedere. 

I grew up hearing stories about this area. One of my older cousins even took my Nonna twice. I was lucky enough to visit for a week after my Rome program ended, and met many relatives in person for the first time! I even got to stay at the farm on which my Nonna and Zio (great uncle) were born! 

This is the cherry tree on my Zio and Zia's farm - it's been in the family for ages!
Although Marostica is a smaller town, it is known for a few things: 
  • Partita degli Scacchi: a biannual live chess tournament. The town piazza is actually designed as a chess board. People dress up as medieval chess pieces - one of my cousins actually participates. From what I hear it is a great time. If you visit the area in the early fall and the Partita degli Scacchi takes place, go!
  • Marostica cherries: My family's farm only has one cherry tree now, but Marostica is known for its cherry production. 
  • Diesel Jeans: Yes, the founder of the famous clothing company is from my Nonna's hometown! This was the coolest fact I learned while visiting. One of the company's main factories is based in Marostica. Many citizens love Diesel since their founder is a local. 
My Marostica set on Polyvore! Click here to check out some of the Diesel jeans, cherry and chess items I found. 

I also really enjoy the Marostica market. Local vendors set up shops in and around the piazza on set days (I believe Tuesday is one). 

If you ever get a chance to visit Marostica, I recommend it! Try to go in the fall for the feast of St. Simeon (the city's patron saint) or the Partita degli Scacchi. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Italy Meets America: Style

Last night I was intrigued by what my Italian favorite stores are currently selling. OVS, or Oviesse, is the Italian equivalent of Forever 21. I pulled the olive blouse and fur vest from Polyvore for this outfit. I would definitely wear this during a Vespa ride on a brisk day in Rome! Check out - I wish they shipped to the US!! 

Italy Meets America: Style

Sperry Top-Sider ankle boots

J Crew yellow necklace