Before Florence became a renaissance museum, it was the fashion capital of Italy. Unfortunately, Milan took over the title as Florence didn’t have an international airport. So it turns out that Florence is not only the birthplace of the renaissance but also the place of origin for many famous luxury brands.
Yesterday after reading an article that for the first time in history a person has become a Trillionaire, it’s Bill Gates of course, I felt inspired and heard my inner entrepreneur telling me to start making bracelets. Usually that kind of phase lasts for about 24hours and so I jumped on my bike to get quickly some supply in order to start immediately working on it.
To be honest it’s not only Bill Gates who inspired me, I also found some very cute bracelets on Etsy that looked so adorable and somewhat easy to make that I thought to myself, I can do this. Well turns out I can’t so I wanted to show you these cute brands I found.
Next week I will have the chance to be in Milan for the second time, and that’s a good thing. The first time I went it was January and all I can say is, that I was happy to leave. Nothing dramatic happened, except that the weather was awful. I heard that winter in Milan isn’t too pleasant, but after all I thought it’s still Italy, can’t be too bad. The first afternoon was fine, blue sky, I went on top of the cathedralit was beautiful. The second day it was snowing all day, but it wasn’t the nice fluffy snow, it was muddy snow. Nevertheless, I am willing to give Milan a second chance.
To be honest I can’t remember the last time I had a deja vu, but today when I browsed through Becksöndergaard ‘s website I experienced one. It’s a funny sensation, a feeling of familiarity, and I am not sure whether it was a real deja vu or just my bad memory and I actually have been there before. Becksöndergaard is a Danish fashion brand founded in 2003 by Anna Sondergaard and Lis Beck. I love the brand for their Scandinavian simplicity and playful colors. You can check out their website here: Becksöndergaard
Ok, never say never, maybe we’ll wear metallic space suits in the future. The style I am speaking about comes from a term used to describe people with an unconventional lifestyle who have few permanent ties to any place and therefore often are wanderers and adventurers. I am thinking of Bohemians. There is no exact definition on how to define a Bohemian person, usually it’s someone who is part of an artistic or academic community, but not necessarily. Lauren Stover in her book, Bohemian Manifesto, describes 5 types of Bohemians:
Nouveau: bohemians with money who attempt to join traditional bohemianism with contemporary culture
Gypsy: the expatriate types, they create their own Gypsy ideal of nirvana wherever they go
Beat: also drifters, but non-materialist and art-focused
Zen: “post-beat,” focus on spirituality rather than art
Dandy: no money, but try to appear as if they have it by buying and displaying expensive or rare items – such as brands of alcohol
Do you know someone who is one of the Bohemian type? I think I may know a Dandy.
The style inspired by these people is called Boho-Chic, it’s one of my favorite. The most famous Boho-Chic ladies are: Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Mary-Kate Olsen (btw, have you seen her engagement ring? It weighs more than her) and Nicole Richie. Less famous but my favorite Boho-Chic lady is Tatiana Santo Domingo (the wife of Andrea Casiraghi,…who is the eldest son of Carolina from Monaco….who is the daughter of Grace Kelly). She is famous for her beautiful hippie style and even has her own store called Muzungu, which translated from Swahili means wanderer or traveller. You can check out the online store here Muzungu Sisters What makes the online store so special special, is that it promotes fair labour practices in order to support artisan-crafted goods from around the world.