Buon anniversario, 4 mesi, a Milano e io!

Wowwww, it's officially been four months since I've lived abroad... I am so happy I opted to stay here for the whole year, because I can't imagine picking up and just leaving after this semester, when I'm finally start to "settle" in.

Milano is starting to feel like casa mia, my home. My home away from home. I feel like I've grown so much as a person from when I first stepped off the plane. I remember staring out the window the entire time on the taxi ride from the airport being so nervous, but so excited. I just wanted my life to start, and now here it is!

I was a nervous-wreck, I never thought I would be able to go around on my own.. the streets all have names of famous poets, artists, historical people. No more avenues and numbers. It was definitely one of those oops "we're not in Kansas anymore" moments.

And guess what? I go around every single day on my own, venture out when I feel like it, go into new shops and try to speak to the locals with my italiano, that definitely needs some polishing. But as they say piano piano.. slowly slowly. People are patient here, something which I never had/still am working on, inhabited naturally from being a New Yorker.

When I begin to speak to someone in Italian, ALWAYS, I begin by saying, "Posso capire, ma parla lentamente, per favore".  Meaning, I understand, but please speak slowly. And they really do, I appreciate it. So here are a few photos from my first day in Milano..
Duomo, La Galleria, Italian version of a food cart (it made me giggle), and a photo inside Duomo.





Buon anno a tutti/Happy New Year to everyone! I will be updating this about the last four months here, and new adventures to come.. it's one of my resolutions!

Buon anniversario, 4 mesi, a Milano e io!

Wowwww, it's officially been four months since I've lived abroad... I am so happy I opted to stay here for the whole year, because I can't imagine picking up and just leaving after this semester, when I'm finally start to "settle" in.

Milano is starting to feel like casa mia, my home. My home away from home. I feel like I've grown so much as a person from when I first stepped off the plane. I remember staring out the window the entire time on the taxi ride from the airport being so nervous, but so excited. I just wanted my life to start, and now here it is!

I was a nervous-wreck, I never thought I would be able to go around on my own.. the streets all have names of famous poets, artists, historical people. No more avenues and numbers. It was definitely one of those oops "we're not in Kansas anymore" moments.

And guess what? I go around every single day on my own, venture out when I feel like it, go into new shops and try to speak to the locals with my italiano, that definitely needs some polishing. But as they say piano piano.. slowly slowly. People are patient here, something which I never had/still am working on, inhabited naturally from being a New Yorker.

When I begin to speak to someone in Italian, ALWAYS, I begin by saying, "Posso capire, ma parla lentamente, per favore".  Meaning, I understand, but please speak slowly. And they really do, I appreciate it. So here are a few photos from my first day in Milano..
Duomo, La Galleria, Italian version of a food cart (it made me giggle), and a photo inside Duomo.





Buon anno a tutti/Happy New Year to everyone! I will be updating this about the last four months here, and new adventures to come.. it's one of my resolutions!

BodySuit Project

Wednesday our bodysuit project for our body contour draping class was due.  I was beyond impressed with everyone's amazing job in completing these garments so beautifully from both a design and technical standpoint. 

the inspiration for my bodysuit

quick sketch of my bodysuit

final result! I dip dyed the stirrups, sleeve cuffs, and fringe with black dye to create a subtle ombre effect (it is difficult to see in these photos). 

back of the bodysuit

Sydney scuba diving inspired bodysuit (left) and mine (right)

The sportier bodysuits. 

JinJoo's incredible tailored bodysuit inspired by an actual suit.

Detail of JinJoo's


Yoshi's bodysuit inspired by the catching uniform in baseball

Christmas cookie given from our wonderful professor

Field Trip to Turin

I am currently at Malpensa airport at 5 am waiting to board my flight home to Milwaukee for Christmas!!! I finally have some downtime to catch up on my blog.  A week or so ago  my class took a trip to the beautiful city of Turin to visit the incredible exhibition Fashion in Italy, 150 years of Elegance at La Veneria Reale, the famous restored ancient palace of the Savoy.  It was the largest resteration project in Europe and was completed in 2007.  Since it was opened it has become one of Italy's five most visited cultural sites.  And it certainly was.  We took a private bus 3 hours north to the city of Turin with my incredibly knowledgeable  History of Textiles instructor.  In the morning we toured the restored castle while my teacher filled us with all of the stories and history of the complex.  And after a nice lunch break where we wandered around the town, we went through the incredibly inspiring fashion exhibition.  It was so well done and gave us a wonderful understanding of what fashion really means to Italy from the beginning of the country until the present.  All in all it was a wonderful day:)


The outside of the palace

The beautiful snow tipped mountains

The palace was walled with portraits of the royal family.


A small part of the royal family tree.

A breathtaking hall in the palace.

My friend Kourtney looking fabulous in the grand hall.


One of the many quaint Italian streets in Turin.




Behind the palace on the walk to the famous gardens, 





A snapshot of my favorite decade int he exhibition, the 1920's. I cant even fathom how long it took to hand bead all of these beautiful dresses.