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Thursday, May 30, 2019


While still waiting for more kinder weather to come, this would therefore appear to be a good moment to take stock of the key pieces to have in our closets next season. Cotton, linen, and silk are all standard fixtures in any summer-ready wardrobe. Leather and suede, on the other hand, probably don’t come to mind when you’re getting dressed on a hot, humid day — but that doesn’t mean you should disregard these pieces entirely, especially since we all work in air-conditioned environment. Don’t get stuck thinking only of the heavyweight hides you wore through the winter. Leather of a lighter variety has been a key trend for Spring, and you can expect it to continue well into the coming season. When it comes to how exactly to wear leather in Summer, a few updates and some strategic styling will make it better suited to the rising temperatures we all hope will come soon. Certain pieces will always have a place in your outfit rotation, or at least in mine since I'm a great fan of leather, no matter the time of year. A simple leather jacket, for instance, is as essential now as ever. An elegant blazer style can be worn to the office to help elevate a plain shift dress, while a classic moto is perfect when you’re wearing a light camisole or slip dress on a cool night and want that just-enough extra layer. Beyond these seasonless staples, look for leather in summer-friendly forms. In other words, less coverage and lighter colours. The latest collections feature sleeveless and short-sleeved tops and dresses, as well as leg-baring mini-skirts and trouser shorts that help keep things airy and comfortable. Sunny brights and soft pastel hues also work since they won't absorb heat like classic black. Ahead, shop some of the coolest leather pieces for your warm-weather wardrobe, and discover chic ways to wear them in the  months ahead.
1) A modern blazer: for the minimalist, a boxy leather blazer is the perfect extra-layer to wear with a simple fitted white dress and barely heeled sandals. 
2) Short sleeves: pair a short-sleeve leather top with summery pieces like a printed skirt, shorts or pants. 
3) A lightly-coloured leather shirt: wearing a shirt that incorporates elements of bright white is certainly the seasonable way to wear leather, but also the evergreen boho-chic version is in.
4) A cool mini-dress: a puff-sleeve leather mini-dress or a more sporty shirtdress strike the perfect balance of feminine and edgy.
5) Tailored shorts: tailored leather shorts can be a power player in your Summer work wardrobe. Add a refined silk shirt and a statement belt for a fully polished look. 
6) Bright pants: a bold-coloured pair of leather pants fells suited to Summer's bright, splashy mood, while a sheer blouse helps keep things cool in the heat. 
7) A leather skirt: boho-chic has been a summer obsession for several years, so we will certainly be able to dig out a leather plain, laser-cut, or lace-up skirt from our closets and try cute combinations for the new season.
8) A moto jacket: no leather list would be complete without a classic moto jacket. Choose either a sleeveless or lightly-coloured version to throw it on over a slinky slipdress or chiffon pleated skirt, this Summer, for the perfect outer layer. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Like every year, Mille Miglia has been back, a unique vintage regularity car race, over 90 years of passions, emotions, and traditions along the non-stop itinerary from Brescia to Rome and back. Often regarded as the most beautiful car race in the world, the modern competition is a re-edition of the historical race which took place in Italy twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957, so participation is limited to cars, produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered) to the original race. The route (Brescia–Rome round trip) is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure/arrival in Viale Venezia, Brescia-Italy
Along the classic route from Brescia to Rome and back, the Mille Miglia crosses through the artistic and natural beauties of Italy, a real travelling museum of exceptional historic and sporting value that is immersed in the extraordinary cities of art and Italian evocative natural landscapes. Car lovers meet the racers (Formula 1 champions, celebrities, actors, and athletes) and discuss the route, placement expectations, and the examine the models of cars, during the whole event. Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Fiat, Audi, Bmw, Bugatti, Maserati, Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Bentley: the most fascinating cars all meet during this race, coming from the garage of car collectors or from car manufacturers’ museums.
  Personally, I'm very fond of the oldest models of Bentleys as well as of convertible models of Jaguar, so, if I ever had the chance of taking part in a Mille Miglia race, I'd like to drive one of these models. This year the race has started on Wednesday, May 15 from Brescia, after a brief show of the Frecce Tricolori (Italian Air Force aerobatic team), overflying the old city centre in honour of the event and arrives in Rome on Thursday, May 16. The cars are due to be back in Brescia on Saturday, May 18; an award ceremony follows right after the arrival. At the end of the competition, on Saturday May 18 there is a  Great White Night in the streets of Brescia’s old centre. For further information about the itinerary, you can visit the website www.millemiglia.itEven for those who aren't car enthusiasts, a stroll through the historic streets and squares of Brescia especially during the performance of car control procedures, to mingle with the festive crowd of thousands of car lovers and jet-setters attracted to Italy from all over the world is always a thrilling and amusing experience to be remembered, of course without forgetting the umbrella, since traditionally this event is often "wet with rain". ☔🌂

Thursday, May 9, 2019

English roses are perhaps the perfect compliment to any garden thanks to their rustic charm    reminding of romantic cottage style. The success of this kind of roses, which were bred by the British rose breeder David Austin (they are also called David Austin Roses) in his garden in Shropshire, England, is in their combining the positive re-blooming attribute and wide colour range of modern hybrid teas and floribundas with the vigour, form, and intense fragrance of the old garden roses. Most noteworthy are their romantic and soft cupped blooms with many nuanced petals and arguably the most intoxicating fragrance anywhere in a garden. Moreover, it is easier to learn how to grow English roses than traditional tea roses, consequently they are more of a landscape shrub rather than a finicky rose with more definite colouring. 
English roses are also a fabulous choice for cutting. Personally, I've always been a huge fan  of the pink, cream and yellow varieties and love using them for informal tablescapes or combined to other rustic flowers in a small cluster on my bedside table. Their abundant and incredibly beautiful blossoms, coupled with their delightful fragrance, make them real favourites to enjoy indoors or give to loved ones. And since it's always a special pleasure to cut flowers, fresh from your own garden, if you're so lucky to have one, you'll find that, thanks to their repeat flowering qualities, English roses produce exquisite blooms time and again, so that you'll always find a few perfect blooms that beg to be brought indoors. And when the rose bush you cut your flowers from is covered in blooms from early summer till frost, this pleasure can be happily renewed... 
So, dear readers, here are the varieties chosen for our garden. I'm sure you'll love them...
Wildeve: Soft blush blooms with a pretty apricot hue, the outer petals paling to almost white, produced on long arching branches forming a bushy, mounding shrub. Named after the character in Thomas Hardy's "The Return of the Native". David Austin, 2003.
William Morris: Apricot/pink double flowers with strong, exquisite fragrance,  blooming in small clusters forming a shrub throughout the season. This variety commemorates the University of East London's centenary year, David Austin, 1987. 

Graham Thomas: bears medium-sized, cupped blooms of an unusually rich, pure yellow. there is a light Tea fragrance, with a cool violet character. It forms a bushy, vigorous shrub, with smooth, green foliage. David Austin, 1983.

Cottage Rose: bears medium to large pink blooms in large clusters and with a mild fragrance. It forms a bushy, medium-tall shrub, with smooth, green foliage. David Austin, 1991.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Have you ever wondered what is it about the airport that strikes so many of as a fashion opportunity? Perhaps it's the romantic and actually very unlikely notion that we might be seated in either a comfy lounge or executive class seat by a sparkly-eyed, conversational, intelligently layered, fellow traveler. In a similar vein, maybe it’s the opportunist inside, urging us to consider the potential contacts and the networking possibilities that may be enhanced by impressive dress. Or could it be the challenge and pride in entering a place, bustling with people, wearing an impossibly balanced look of comfort and chic. Whatever the motive, this illusion of the effortless, polished, utilitarian look is an undoubtedly ambitious pursuit. That said, here are some examples of celebs that fit the bill and show that the combination is rather common: 
- a leather jacket, a blazer or coat + jeans/large maxi-skirt or maxi-dress + boots/trainers/flats +  + handy and elegant luggage/handbag.
So, the cue is remember that if comfort is key, but that certainly doesn't mean you can't look smart and fashion-forward too. 

So, Honey how do you get so fly?