SHOP THE MILAN LOOK

Visiting Italy in spring is always a good idea. Our excuse this week was a trip to the Milan Design Week to spot trends, meet with suppliers and experience the creative epicenter of styling and design that this city transforms into once a year. For the work that we do it is one of the most inspirational trips we can make.

Yet there is more to Milan then just the Design Week. The architecture, the shops, the food and the people, it’s all so good to experience making us realize there is a lot that we can learn from the Italians.

Italians are known for living la dolce vita (“the good life”).
Food should be enjoyed at a table with loved ones. So we sat down and had numerous plates of the most divine pasta, taking the time for it and appreciating all those tasty ingredients. A salad is considered a side dish and not a meal. We are supporters!

We fit right in by not getting up too early yet starting the day off right with a croissant and coffee at a local coffee bar. Drinks go in proper cups in Italy, there is no such thing as a coffee to-go.

And the Italians know how to dress well. They live by the saying: la bella figura, meaning that life is better when you look better. So no messy bun and flip flops but beautiful quality pieces and dito shoes.

To make sure that we would look good for the occasion, we were dressed by Smallable. We chose some beautiful items to reflect both our own style and that of a Design Week. We went for classic pieces that could be dressed up or down for the different events we were attending.

Regarding design, we go back home fully inspired. When it comes to lifestyle, we hope to become a little more Italian every year because Vivo forte – Perché no? (translates: Live Loud, why not?)

SHOP THE LOOK: Striped blazer by Modetrotter | Beige cropped pants by See by Chloé | Ti Amo t-shirt by Swildens | Soft pink blouse by Xirena | High rise jeans by YMC | Mustard blouse by See by Chloé | Navy blazer by Modetrotter |

Photography by Live Loud Girl & an occasional stranger

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