Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Randz

Happy Earth Day!

I was meaning to put together a post full of Earth Day contests and deals, but of course projects and papers get in the way of how I'd rather spend my time. Regardless...

Some non-Earth stuff:
  • Download a song a day for FREE by ├ôlafur Arnalds--because everyone needs more neo-classical music in their lives
  • A traveling vintage store in the cutest 1950s trailer? Coolest idea EVER. I hope it comes to Texas this summer.
  • While you're at it, download this Little Boots "New in Town" remix, too. My iTunes informs that I have listened to that song 15 times since downloading it this morning.
  • St. Moritz, SVITZERLUND Fri-Sun.
  • Ginger anything besides ale is not good in my book.

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Just Hustlin'

This is too awesome.


Lykke Li @ NTBR Part 4 - "Hustlin'" from Drew Innis on Vimeo

Lykke Li covers Rick Ross' "Hustlin" via Bleach Black.

Monday, April 20, 2009

4/20/09

Today was another gloomtastic, cold day in Firenze. I wish the sun would come back! It was in the 70s two weeks ago... Anyways, wearing:

White Henley Gap
Green scarf H&M
Black skirt H&M
Purple bag American Apparel
Tights Calzedonia
Black flats Aldo

These flats are at their breaking point. I have worn them more than any other pair of shoes since I've been here, and the straight-up incisions in the leather on the bottom of them prove it. I never realized how wonderful concrete and flat walking surfaces were until I started ruining my shoes from walking on cobblestone everyday.

Also, did you know that in Italy you cannot return clothing items? I bought this huge organic scarf from H&M only to find out it was square instead of rectangular. When I tried to return it, the cashier told me that I could only exchange it for the same type of item and price {unless she just meant that you can't at H&Ms in Italy...}. Good thing I found this green scarf to exchange it with!

I hope that wherever in the world you are right now, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. Summer is just around the corner :D

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Marriage of Figaro

I saw my second opera last Thursday, "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart. The singing was nice {although, in Italian so who knew what exactly was being said} and the actors were comical, but what I really loved was putting my 'History of Costume' knowledge into actions; I saw crevats, breeches and watteau gowns, among other things. Good job, college.

On a side note:
I am interviewing fashion bloggers for my Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability final project in which I am studying the impact of the fashion blogging community on the fashion world. If you are interested in participating, please let me know and I will e-mail you the interview straightaway. The more participants, the better!

Also, why must you rain all week Florence? Why?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bon Iver

Not sure if I'm preaching to the choir here, but I heard this song in Paris a few weeks ago and still find myself playing it every day. Gorgeous.



Ingrid Michaelson also does a cute cover of it.

BE of the Week

I get GOOP delivered to my inbox every week, and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. I like Gwyneth. I think her newsletter is cute.

I really liked this quote by Michael Berg regarding the "evil tongue" from this week:

"Most of us don’t give much thought to the things we say. We assume that once we’ve said something, it’s over and done with. Spiritually, this is not true. Words are energy and they live on. The comments flowing out of our mouths do not simply disappear into thin air. They remain with us at all times, hindering or helping our spiritual growth."

Montecarlo

The Italian Montecarlo, of course.

On Thursday, I went on my last food and wine field trip to "Fattoria Il Poggio", a winery in Montecarlo. Unfortunately it started to downpour as soon as we go out onto the fields to learn the process, so we all hustled inside their restaurant to eat.

This particular winery in Montecarlo produces only three types: bianco, rosso, Vin Santo. They also turn out some incredibly high quality olive oil every November.

We ate fresh pasta with ragu {tomato sauce for me}, sheep's cheese and salami, fresh bread, olives, sundried tomatoes, and biscotti to dip in the Vin Santo.

The red tasted like a much less acidic version of the red wine they serve you on the plane: very light, very fruity. I liked the white as well, and of course enjoyed the sweet Vin Santo. {who doesn't like wine liquor that you can dip cookies in?!}.

Very sad that this was my last winery trip in Italy. At least, in my opinion, it was also the best.

P.S. I have tons of posts to catch up on. I've been pretty busy these past few days!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sustainable Food Budget Challenge Week 1

Sustainable Food Budget Challenge Post

Well, honestly, I haven't exactly been trying with this too much. 99% of the food I buy is either made in Florence or made/grown in Italy. Organic is incredibly, INCREDIBLY more expensive here than it is in the States so I really cannot even try with that. The fresh bread, the fresh fruit, cheese, and of course wine all comes from my backyard. As for my personal goals...

  • Eat. Less. Cheese. I am definitely eating less cheese. Right now all I have is Parmesan in the fridge to grate on salads and pasta.
  • Drink less regular milk! Last week I bought a container of soy milk which has been lasting me. When I go out for coffee though, I don't really have a say in what type of milk they foam for my cappuccino.
  • Go to a new fresh market instead of the supermarket. I haven't gone to any fresh markets yet. Believe me, it's on my super long to-do list.
  • Eat more color.I have been eating so much fruit since it's all coming into season now: ruby red grapefruits, pineapple, strawberries, bananas...yum. Still need to work on those vegetables.
  • Limit my sweets intake First of all, it's getting to be summer here. Seeing all these tourists walking around with gelato has caused me to cave into buying it THREE times last week. Second, Easter was on Sunday.
Last week I spent under my goal by 10 cents on groceries and eating out {31.90 Euros}. By tracking exactly what I bought I realized that I spent a ridiculous amount on food that's so easy to grab and go on my way to or from class...coffee, pastries, gelato.

This week has been off to a rocky start as well with more gelato and more coffee. I hope that all this tracking and seeing exactly where my money is going will help me stop this excess spending.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Necklace

I bought this gem at H&M on Easter. Looks very ethnic, which I like {although we did have a discussion last Anthro class about how "tribal" and "ethnic" labels can be offensive to actual tribes}. I have wanted a "bib" necklace for some time now, and this just goes with everything. Love, love, love.

Monday, April 13, 2009

French Magazines

A much belayed post of three magazines I picked up while in Paris last weekend.

I will be posting some editorials from Numero and Paris Vogue {not like you haven't seen them on TFS, but humor me} soon. In case you were unaware, Numero is unbeliavable. Even though I can't understand the French, it graces my other favorites with its presence.

Chanel knows how to do an advertisement. I played with that for a few minutes.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Buona Pasqua

Easter {Pasqua} was crazy here in Florence.

First, I woke up with the roommates to go see "Scoppio del Carro" or the "explosion of the cart." How this thing resembles a cart, I do not know. I do know that we obviously did not wake up early enough because we were incredibly far away from the exploding cart scene {hence, the awful pictures}.

Waiting for the cart to explode, not knowing what to expect.

Oh! It explodes with fireworks. Lots of daytime fireworks.

Very smokey. But, what would you expect from fireworks going off 20 meters in front of you?

Italy does not believe in dangerous fireworks near people.

Easter continued with H&M {twice}, Easter egg sandwiches, spumante, and an Easter feast for dinner. Could I have said "Easter" any more in that sentence?

No school tomorrow since it is a national holiday {not like that means anything around here- Practically every store was open today! Not that I'm complaining.} I'll be beaching it up in Viareggio. Ignoring my pile of projects, papers and job applications. Yup.

Happy Easter.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Embracing Your Beauty

Sonja just wrote another great post for The Coveted entitled "Embracing True Beauty and the Beauty of Giving Back." Here's the accompanying video as well:



I love makeup as much as the next girl, but it is definitely important to embrace who you are and use makeup to enhance your features rather than to make yourself look completely different. If I had a penny for every girl in high school who were slaves to straightening their hair, and wore enough eyeliner to cover the Washington Monument...well, I would have enough money to buy the Washington Monument.

It's funny how laziness on my part is really what helped me embrace my natural self. My straightener burnt out the first night I was in Italy, so now I only use my roommate's to straighten pieces out or completely straighten it every now and then to go out. Classes at 9 AM {it really is impossible to wake up before that here; everyone who visits Italy says that an inexplicable laziness falls upon them} has forced a very "au naturale" beauty routine on me...not that I'm complaining. The only time I really focus on my hair and makeup is when I go out on the weekends and have free time to play around with it.

Please check out Sonja's post. I hope everyone is able to see how beautiful they really are.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bloglovin' 2

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Indian Dahl

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Indian food.

I could eat it all day, everyday if I a) knew more recipes and b) had more necessary ingredients.

Since deciding in January that I wanted to cook more Indian food, I have only acquired about 8 of the 1000 or so spices most recipes entail. I know, I know...once you buy them they'll last you forever, but I'm waiting until this summer when I won't have to buy the groceries to add to my spice supply.

And of course, in college, I love cheap and easy. Vegetarian of course, and if it's vegan well, that's just another plus in my book. Easy vegan?! What?!

Last year I discovered the Vegan a Go-Go website and podcast. The recipes are stunningly easy and cheap for the most part. I've tried out countless recipes since I began keeping up with Vegan a Go-Go and was so excited when an "Indian Dahl" recipe was posted. I tried it out on Sunday and it made enough to last me through today {Thursday}.

Basically: red lentils, onions, spices, tomatoes, and spinach. Yummm, spinach.

So flavorful! So simple! So cheap!

Now make it. Even if you think it looks unappetizing.
{It's not.}

All Points West

Anyone living in or near New Jersey/NYC needs to go to the APW Music Festival this summer so I can live vicariously through you.

Vampire Weekend, Coldplay, MGMT, Artic Monkeys, Telepathe, We Are Scientists, Tokyo Police Club...
The list goes on.

July 31 - August 2
1 Day: $89
3 Days: $199


Let me know if you're going!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Patafisic

One of my favorite parts of college {I have learned} are the guest lectures and field trips. Yesterday, Brenda Cecchi came to lecture in my Fashion Marketing class about her knitwear label "Patafisic."

Brenda and her business partner started Patafisic in 1995 in Florence, Italy as an interior design/fashion/architecture company. As many know, Italy has an incredible history with knitwear; some of the best textile fairs in the world stem from Prato and Florence, and most production remains inside Italy from start to finish.
{Up until the early 1990s, 90% of knitwear around the world was produced in Italy}

In 1994, before they named and really began their company, the Patafisic team developed a DIY sweater kit comprised of tubular knits, a pattern, pins, a crochet hook, and yarn. It won a huge prize in Italy which led to Isetan buying the kit to sell in their stores around Japan.

The basis behind using tubular {and rectangular} knitwear to create clothing is to create as little waste as possible. Every pattern for the DIY kits, as well as the clothing they eventually manufactured used solely regtangular knitted tubes, sewn and folded together like origami. Think about how progressive such a concept was in the mid-90s! Patafisic was way ahead of their time.

In 2000, Patafisic began to show in Paris where the niche market for the avant-garde was at the time {and still pretty much is!}. While mass produced, each piece is unique: it is hand cut, hand sewn, and hand dyed, and the design team oversees every single part of production.
{After experimenting with the overseas market in the early 2000s, they decided to keep their production in Italy so that it could be more closely monitered and ensure much better quality}

Patafisic embraces a "slowly wear" concept -- they believe in clothing that will last a lifetime, not RTW, not "wear and throw away", and not "wear, throw away, buy again."

Brenda compared Patafisic's conceptual designs to MMM, but I also immediately thought of Harputs OWN because many of Patafisic's collections can be worn in a variety of ways.

Unfortunately, only two collections are shown on their site {you need a password to see the rest} and the mid-2000s were my favorites. Here are a few photos from their recent collections:

Fall/Winter 2008-2009

Spring/Summer 2009

Brenda told us that in a month, Patafisic will have an online store! Their pieces begin at 250 Euros but remember, they are meant to last a lifetime and can be worn in different ways.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Blue Lattice

If only I could afford this zip/bustier/Herve Legerish dress from Opening Ceremony.

Hot.

$450

Sustainable Food Budget Challenge

Have you ever participated in an online challenge?
Well, I haven't, and I decided better late now than never.

Crunchy Chicken {one of my favorite environmental bloggers!} came up with the "Sustainable Food Budget Challenge" for the month of April.

Here are the rules for buying food:
1. If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.
2. If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.
3. If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.
4. If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Terroir: purchase foods famous for the region they are grown in.
5. Hit the farmers market before the supermarket.


This does not include non-food items, or home-grown items {unfortunately I have none of those!}. Also, I have to make sure to include food bought on the go, like coffee or sandwiches.

Since I only buy for myself, I cannot spend more than $176 on groceries for the whole month. Living in Italy, this translates to about 32 Euros a week.

The good thing is that there is a lot of local produce that can be found at various markets throughout the city. I just have to make a point to go to them!

My own personal goals for this challenge:
  • Eat. Less. Cheese. - Right now I only have Parmesan in my fridge. I am determined to limit my cheese intake!
  • Drink less regular milk! - Back home in the states, all I drink is soymilk. I didn't eat cheese or drink regular milk for a reason {and because I just didn't like it}, and I have to remember that! It took me a while to find it here, so I became accustomed again to drinking regular milk. Eck! Get me off of that!
  • Go to a new fresh market instead of the supermarket. - Sidenote: the great thing about supermarkets here, though, is that they do tell you exactly where the fruits and vegetables come from.
  • Eat more color. - I have no problem eating fruit; I could eat fruit for a living if I had to. It's the vegetables I need to work on getting enough of.
  • Limit my sweets intake - Pastries and gelato are my two weaknesses, especially when there are bars that sell them every two feet on my walk to and from school!
My possible downfalls? My food and wine pairing class on Mondays {hello cheese, cream, whole-fat milk, sugar!} and the future trips I have planned where I will have to eat out for my meals.

I'm excited to be participating in this challenge. If you're interested, I highly recommend signing up!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Life; Paris

Life has been crazy lately.

I visited Connecticut, and had the most amazing time with my boyfriend and best friend. It took a lot of willpower to come back to Italy. I miss them so much.

Then I had a week of school. I was lazy and jetlagged. Nothing happened. Except I did treat myself to a pair of cute gladiators and a seafoam green top from H&M.

This past weekend, I went to Paris with my roommate. We watched one of the guys we stayed with almost get arrested for climbing over the gate of Notre Dame at night, drank along the Seine, took pictures in front of Jim Morrison's grave, ate lunch under the Eiffel Tower, shopped on Rue Saint Honore, visited the Louvre for free {Fridays, 6-10 PM for students under 26!}, and ate baguettes and crepes. Paris and NYC are battling it out right now for my favorite places in the world. I can't wait to get back to Paris, hopefully to live one day.

Now I just need to learn French.