Getting back into reality has been harder than expected after living in Italy for a month with 50 people. As nice as it is to be at home, I do kind of miss being around people all of the time! So, last week my mom and I went to Thursday Night Live here in Lexington. It was great to spend some time with my mom and be around people again! This is what I wore for a quick community meeting with the Lexington Fashion Collaborative and some time at the 5/3rd pavilion.
This weekend I attended Louisville Fashion Night Out as Press. Not only did I get to see people I know, and write about the event, I also was able to meet new people who are influencing the fashion industry throughout the country. The VIP treatment wasn’t so terrible either! You can find my article on the KY Kernel website.
For the fashion show I decided to go for a 50s inspired look. This is actually my mom’s skirt that I have always affectionately referred to as the “Because I Said So” skirt, after one of my favorite movies. To update the look I switched belts from a big plastic belt buckle to a smaller, sparklier one. This look was much different than the edgy look I was originally aiming for, but in the end I think this look actually stood out more.
I am officially back home from Italy and have been in recovery mode since Sunday! After a month of going nonstop with a group of 50 people it sure feels nice to sit quietly in my house and read a good book.
Our last few days in Italy were spent by the beach in Ostia finishing up the last of our assignments and getting just a little bit tanner. On the night before our 24 hour travel adventure, we all pulled together our nicest outfits and had one last dinner as the big family we had become. Before dinner started the director and one of the other students put on KIIS’s (Kentucky Institute of International Study) first awards ceremony. It was so much fun to see people get recognized for the things that they had become known for throughout the trip. I am proud to say that my friend Jackie (in the black dress and pearls pictured above) an I won “most fashionable without even trying!”
Unfortunately it was hard to find the time, energy and WIFI to blog frequently throughout the trip, but soon I will post a round-up blog with some pictures of the incredible places I was able to visit thanks to this study abroad program. If it is something you’ve ever thought about doing, I say jump in with both feet and doing look back. You won’t regret it!
On our second (and final) day in Milan, I convinced my friends to adventure to the whole other side of town with me to check out the Armani/Silos museum which was probably the best decision we’ve ever made! The museum was only 6 Euro to get into because we were students, and it kept us occupied for over 4 hours. There were 4 floors of jaw dropping, life altering couture, and a cafe that left our stomach’s and wallets full.
Every section of the museum was color coordinated rather than by time period like I expected, but doing this they showed how the collections have developed over time and created a mood that left me mesmerized looking at every individual piece as well as the sections as a whole. I spent most of the trip bent over with my nose as close to the pieces of art as possible, trying to take in all of the detail.
After we got about half way through the museum it was time for a lunch break, so we found the cafe and nervously looked at the prices. When we noticed they weren’t any more than anywhere else we sat down to enjoy a full meal. Not only was the food delicious, but the fact that everything was customized Armani (chocolates, sugar, water…) just made it all the better. If you are ever in Milan, stop by the Armani store because you can apparently pick up all sorts of Armani treats!
We even made some friends at the bar of the cafe that we spent some time with after finishing the museum tour. By the end of the day we were chatting and drinking with everyone who works at the cafe and they were begging us not to leave! If we didn’t have to catch our train I would have stayed for the rest of the day. You can see my two favorite waiters (and my outfit of the day) in the picture below!
I have been having an incredible time here in Italy! Last weekend was free from all classes and responsibilities, so I took that opportunity to travel with a small group of friends to Milan to take in as much fashion as possible! As a class we have been to many museums, old buildings and even some interesting stores, but I have also learned the value of exploring by yourself or with just a few other people.
Two of my friends and I took a train from Florence to Milan on Saturday morning, and were there until Sunday night. We took the opportunity to get a little nicer hotel than we’ve been in, and treated it as a mini vacation outside of our study abroad trip. After settling into our hotel Saturday we headed to the most popular shopping destination, The Golden Rectangle, for some serious window shopping! My biggest recommendation there is to go to the Gucci store and buy a lipstick (especially if you are a lipstick addict like me). They only sell their makeup like in Italy, and there is a Gucci museum that I went to in Florence. That made the not ridiculously overprice lipstick even more special!
After we shopped until we dropped, we plopped down (after a longer walk than expected) in Cory’s Soul Chicken which is actually owned by a Kentucky native! As much as we love Italy, we were getting a little tired of spaghetti and pizza, so chicken wings were just what we needed!
Later than night two of us pulled ourselves together (Instagram picture of our outfits) and went out to the Corso Como area that has some of the best bars and clubs in town. It was so much fun to see how the Italians did big nights out!
The next day we spent the entire day in the Armani/Silos museum… but that deserves a blog of its own!