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La vita e Bella

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After spending way too much time with way too many Italians here (I mean half of Bocconi is in LA at this moment) and tasting the best carbonara ever, I have to admit that life is beautiful and that this sounds better in Italian.

Una faccia una razzia (cause we do share the same Nutella addiction) and we do know how to party. And since I will miss ragazzi miei our next get together is already planned and will be in Sardinia. Or Fontenera. Or both.

Viva l’Italia! It really was the best carbonara I’ve ever eaten.

Wearing a striped crop top (also here), white frill skirt, leopard Vans sneakers, Celine cat eye sunglasses (I am in love with these), Bella raffia hat BCBG, love ankle chain Asos

Photos by Kathy De Ninno Photography

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Barbie World

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I am a Barbie girl in a Barbie world.

I don’t know about life in plastic but life in LA is fantastic. Learning my way into the fashion pr biz (like I’m looking for trouble), fedexing Brian Atwood pumps to Debra Messing with multiple Urth Caffe breaks in the meantime, Kundalini yoga bliss sessions with Yogi Tej every morning (always praying that our auditions will turn out fine) and enjoying late night supermarket aisle walks as usual.

Oh yes, I kind of postponed my stay here. I guess I can’t let go of those palm trees just yet.

Barbie out.

Wearing denim dungarees Asos, Barbie crop top, blazer Mango, peep toe boots Zara (similar here), heartbreaker beads bracelet Venessa Arizaga, Hot Mess gold chain necklace The Urban Smith

Photos by Kathy De Ninno Photography

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All You Need Is Style x Accessorize

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I never expected to blog about my journey while being in LA. But hey, Accessorize is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this SS14 (Happy Birthday!) and I was honoured to be chosen as one of the bloggers they wanted to share their big news with and represent the brand globally.

So instead of showcasing some of the really cute Accessorize styles while strolling in beautiful Greece ( I already had the spots in Plaka picked out) I am in -very sunny- Tinseltown aka La La Land (where unicorns do exist) and blogging my dreams from here.

I am ecstatically happy to share this with you and be a part of one of my favourite and all time go to brands for everything cute, chic, trendy, colourful and happiness inducing. Whenever I am in need of accessories (and that is TOO often), Accessorize never fails me.

So here’s a glimpse of some SS14 trends that I loved (those silver bangles with the turquoise stones have never left my wrist since) and incorporated into my own global journey aka life in my sunshine city, Los Angeles.

Enjoy and visit Accessorize for more affordable styles and even more of the latest trends!

 

All accessories Accessorize, sneakers New Balance (also here), lip print bikini, pink Fujifilm Instax camera, mules Aldo (a nice pair here), denim dungarees, leopard skirt, denim shirt, Celine sunglasses, pink sunglasses Wildfox

Quick Beauty Fix

IMG_0624Well, I came here (LA that is) with basically nothing (5 pairs of shoes, imagine that) so beauty essentials were on shortage as well. So I had to improvise.

And I did.

Benefit’s Bathina is one of my all time fave products, it gives the body a luxurious shine making the skin feel softer and very touch worthy. ( winky smiley )

Spot treatment for the win aka Burts Bees blemish stick.

I try out different face masks from time to time and I found this Love & Beauty Aloe Vera one at the drug store, it’s actually pretty good and you also get to do a shameless selfie before taking it off. Extra points for that.

I bought this one solely for the packaging and I am not ashamed to admit it. Not Your Mothers Beat The Heat Thermal Spray protects hair from excessive heat and has a cool name. Oh, I already said that.

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I switched my regular toner with this Kiehls cucumber one and franky this is so much better; I also often use this anti redness Expert serum from Boots to get rid of discolorations on my face.

A dry shampoo is always handy and this Herbal Essences is a nice one (not better than the Baptiste line though).

After the ombre treatment my hair was (and still is) in dire need of tlc so an intensive deep treatment mask is mandatory -this Shea Moisture is all natural, organic and pretty efficient ( I also use Organix’ Argan oil too many times during the day).

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Yes to blueberries (although I prefer the edible version obviously) Age Refresh cleanser is not a miracle maker but it is mild enough for sensitive skin AND smells nice.

Frizzy hair don’t care (well I do) and this is my weapon against it. John Frieda knows his game and this touch up creme serves as a styling tool as well. Murray’s CoCoSoft Coconut Oil is exactly what the hair doctor at Andy LeCompte prescribed (found at Urban Outfitters) is really greasy (more than the bacon they use on burgers here) but if you leave it on it’ s really nourishing. Just don’t go out with it. Or sit on a friends leather passenger seat. I warned you.

And last but not least, why not cast a spell?

I mean you can make boys fall in love with you without it, I get it but this is easier. I buy in bulk.

 

 

Made In LA

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Well, almost.

Made to look like I was made in LA. And despite the hair needing to be a bit more bleached (I have to freshen up on my ombre) and the skin tone a l-o-t more darker than this, the attitude is and always has been very California. I know, I know, I need to work on my surf skills but I promise you this is coming as well. 

All good things come to those who wait -and live happily in the West Coast- with giant tides and naturally blonde surfers being amongst them.

I’ll drink a coconut water to that.

Cheers.

In the meantime I’m strolling around Melrose, finding myself (and a lot more of this amazing street art) and quickly losing my credit balance. I’m sure you get me. #shoppingisbetterthanapsychiatrist #right?

Wearing fringed denim jacket (i love this one), grey top (a great selection at http://www.simons.ca), loose white pants (similar here), Chanel 2.55 in strawberry (what about this one?), round sunglasses

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Now Playing

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Now Playing.

Strolling around Downtown LA, a place full of hidden gems, vintage signs, cool little shops and amazing bottega cafes. Admiring the street art and the eye catching murals, you can’t but feel like a kid in a candy shop. It’s when you look up to the skyscrapers that you really know.

The NY vibe is evident here (#dtla) but with an eternal sunshine kind of feel.  Way cooler, more relaxed, evidently carefree but with an equal amount of drive and determination (well, I am Team West Coast, there’s no denying this). Los Angelenos (locals and aspiring ones – just like myself) know what they want and how to get it.

This city is pure magic.

Wearing a Topshop burnout tee, F21 culottes ( a fab Topshop pair here), Verameat headband, Isabel Marant for H&M fringed boots (similar here)

Photos by Kathy De Ninno

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The Last Bookstore

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The Last Bookstore you had me at books. The labyrinth helped, too. And the fact that I thought I was in a magic wonderland. Entered by accident, stayed for hours. I kept discovering cool finds at every single corner. The colour coded upper floor was a sight for sore eyes and the artist gallery filled with objets peculier will make me come back.

So many books, so little time. 

Wearing a vintage embroidered jacket (a kimono version here), jeans, boots, monogrammed necklace Fendi, pepperoni pizza necklace Verameat

Photos by Kathy De Ninno

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Girl On Swing

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Enjoying a little Banksy while downtown, feeling like a girl on a swing, the whole world on my feet.

Waking up to palm trees (and detox smoothies from the Earth Bar), brainstorming 24/7, speaking Italian any German at the same time, enjoying myself way too much, loving every Tinseltown moment and imagining this would last forever.

Cause it could.

Wearing a Pull & Bear blazer, Forever 21 leopard shorts, H&M heels, Verameat jewelry, Topshop tee (check this cool one out), Celine sunglasses (a similar pair here), Balenciaga pouch

Photos by Kathy De Ninno 

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Me & My Paisley

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Remember this one?

I had actually forgotten about it, until this happened.

Recreate this look by wearing a pair of paisley or floral printed pants, a black crop top, a belt with silver accents, YSL caged heels if you have them, if not, why not try these in black or silver and a pair of classic Ray Bans.

A tan helps, too. ;)

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Ace Hotel

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Acing it.

As in verb: lounging, rooftop (like we’re bringing ’88 back), 360 view of downtown LA, with the taste of an exotic fruit smoothie in my mouth and an appetite for free falling on my mind.

Inviting sun beds, Los Angeleno attitude and a hip crowd. Sold!

See also awesome, rad, never wanna leave

Just take a look!

Wearing a Reiss kimono (a nice alternative here and here, fringed dress, peep toe booties

Photos by Kathy De Ninno Photography

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