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Rome: The Old The New and The Religious

The day I got my university acceptance letter I bought a ticket to Rome. Yes, my university was in Milan, but I couldn’t directly settle in the business Milan without first getting as much beauty inside me from Rome. I was so much in love with this city that I figured out if I found a boyfriend from Rome, I…

Vienna the city of my favorite movies

When in Vienna I feel like getting inside the scenes of some of my favorite movies. Think 1934 Hitchcock’s Waltzes from Vienna, 1942s noir The Third Man, 1983s Cannes Festival winner  The Piano Teacher, the love story on 1995 Before Sunrise, and 2006 The Illusionist all had this beautiful city as the background to their stories. And I can understand why. Vienna is…

Anna & Anna in Budapest

On my last visit to Budapest, I got to meet two of my favorite Hungarian designers, Anna Daubner and Anna Amélie. They share a studio together in a very interesting building where many more emerging designers work, making for a big community of talent to exchange ideas. I wished there was such a community of upcoming designers also in Milan…

Lake Orta

Orta lake is considered one of the lakes of Italy that tourists have yet to discover and is definitely my favorite lake of all. 1 hour from Milan by car and you find yourself immersed in nature, art, and silence. This place has been a temporary home for writers in the 19th century from Nietzsche to Lord Byron and Honoré…

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Under The Italian Sun

Throughout the summer months, I am always eager to show some skin and get my tan on. This summer I decided that I want to prevent my skin from dryness and sunburn, as I always do, as well as gain an effortlessly bronzed glow that lasts. However, when I looked under my sink, where my mountain of bottled hair and…

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5 Designers to Know From Milan Fashion Week

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For the common consumer, the designer brands that first come to mind are most often the Italian brands that have been established for years. However, what many people do not realize is that most artistic and authentic labels are the ones that are not talked about as frequently as the commercial brands. Here is a list of just a few…

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Traveling the World through a symphony of Scents

In preparation for our beloved summer months, everyone’s goal is to make memories that will be cherished forever during this time. And the biggest memory trigger of all: scents. We all have certain scents that bring us back to a happy time or a favorite place. Below is a list of this season’s high-end perfumes that will help you decide…

Black for Summer

As much as I like playing with a rainbow of summer colors, I can’t avoid some days the urge to wear black. While it is not considered a summer color if you go with more summery fabrics and designs like lace you can get away with it. The reason that I find myself trying to find black summer dresses is that I…

World Oceans Day

June 8, is World Oceans Day and it came just perfect that the art collective of my neighborhood Artkademy had just repainted the walls for this season, giving me a perfect background to celebrate this day. This year’s theme according to the UN is  “Our oceans, our future”, get informed here.  Graffiti by Korvo aka Korvuz Korax World Oceans Day One of…

Pool days on Lake Como

One month of traveling is coming to an end and I definitely need a relaxing weekend. Hopefully, I’ll go back to CastaDiva Como CastaDiva Como soon and have a long body massage. Followed by day by the pool finishing reading A Storm of Swords from the A Song of Ice and Fire series. That is my only wish right now.   

Must Watch TV Shows (while waiting for Game of Thrones)

I represent that part of my generation that doesn’t watch TV. And no, this isn’t some intellectual decision to bury myself in books. I just don’t watch Italian TV but find myself binge watching tv shows online all the time. No ads, no weekly appointment with a show, and the opportunity to stop and replay whenever. Here are my Must…

Rethinking my Wardrobe

Spring time is dress time for me. Just another reason to not spend time styling tops and bottoms but just throw something over my head and ready to go.  Just last week I watched the documentary Minimalism on Netflix and it made me want to start doing a real spring cleaning this time. The documentary follows Joshua and Ryan, who call…

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