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ROSSOprezioso; ultra-glam, ultra-lightweight ‘Made in Italy’ jewellery

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When Roberta Romoli, one of the co-founders of this jewellery brand, invited me to view the collection of ROSSOprezioso jewels at the flagship boutique in Milan’s Via Fiori Chiari, I had no idea that I was about to try on … Continue reading

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These boots are made for walking…and super-styling!

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It’s that time of the year when you have to lock up dainty sandals, and to prevent your toes from turning into ice blocks, update your boots collection for all-day comfort during the chilly months. That said, the gradual transition … Continue reading

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A cruise through the Navigli – the best way to experience Leonardo’s canals

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If you mainly associate Leonardo Da Vinci to his world-famous artworks, The Mona Lisa and The last Supper, flying machines and anatomical studies, then here’s one more engineered marvel to appreciate; Milan’s Navigli District. Walk the length of the Naviglio … Continue reading

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Business is a pleasure at The Westin Palace

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Only after I had checked in, did I realise that I stood out from the rest of the valued guests staying at the Westin Palace Hotel. Most of them were businessmen with briefcases in-hand huddled in small groups calculating their … Continue reading

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10 of your Expo Milan 2015 questions answered

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                1. What is Expo 2015 all about? This is the Universal Exposition which takes place every five years, each time in a different country. Expo 2015 will take place in Milan from … Continue reading

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8 Designer sunglasses to play ‘peek-a-boo’ in style

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If the eyes are the windows to the soul… An unspoken language of fleeting glances conveys so much to passers-by, but this summer, these designer sunglasses are stylish reasons to maintain an air of mystery, create intrigue and shield your … Continue reading

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Living the suite life in The Four Seasons

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Fashion, frescoes, five stars and first class service. Chances are that you’re in Milan to shop until you drop or tour galleries and museums, but with a luxury suite at The Four Seasons Hotel’s prestigious address in the heart of … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to visit La Rinascente – again and again!

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Smaller than London’s Harrod’s (in size only) but equal in brand selection and exclusivity, La Rinascente at the centre of Milan is much more than a shopper’s paradise. I consider it the essence of the Fashion Capital housed under one … Continue reading

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Here’s why you should see Milan on a Segway

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Why walk when you can explore the city on wheels… At first glance, it looks nerve-wrecking – like an accident waiting to happen – and if you’ve ever seen anyone whizz pass on one of these battery-powered, self-balancing machines, it … Continue reading

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My new blog: U in Milan

It’s been a while since my last update but I guess life happened between the time I quit my job and started out on my own. It was a bold move and it still feels really bizarre when I wake up each morning without having to be anywhere, except in front of my PC. However, my new-found freedom means I get to return to Italy as often as I am needed, and after another lovely Sicilian lunch with the editor-in-chief, I am reassured that the team here really values my contribution to ‘The Luxury Shopping Guide’ and monthly ‘Where Milan’ publications.

Our professional relationship has entered into a third prosperous year, and each trip to the fashion capital over this period has seen me reside in a different part of town – an education and initiation which I believe should earn me ‘honorary citizenship’ and a tour guide qualification too 😉 I started out renting a tiny room in a lady’s apartment on Via Ripamonti, and consequently stayed in costly hotels when it was unavailable. I was a guest at the Consulate General’s residence once and and even lived out of a one-bedroom apartment in Novate, a 20-minute train trip away. Now it seems as though I have finally graduated to the ‘upper’ part of town with a comfortable, clean apartment all to myself.

All this valuable experience – as a tourist and now living like a local – has given rise to something bigger and better; my new e-magazine, ‘U in Milan’. Here, I get to share my interests which have expanded beyond Italian fashion to include Milanese lifestyle. There are a gazillion really good travel websites which focus on exactly the same thing, but what makes ‘U in Milan’ great is the testimonial element meaning that you can take my written words as honest, tried and tested, while most of the photographs are my own.

It’s a fabulous, fun mix of recommended places to stay which I’ve actually lived in; interesting things to see and do which I’ve done; restaurants that I’ve eaten at and loved; my tips and advice which locals would never realise affects foreigners; fashion trends and finds which I have spotted; and of course, an insider’s view at VIP events.

So, if you’re into designer labels or anything artistic, you love travelling and are aching to catch a flight to this concrete runway or perhaps you’re already here, then visit U in Milan and follow U in Milan on Facebook

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Crazy about these designer clutch bags

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Compact and glamorous, I am crazy in love with these designer clutch bags spotted in Milan’s high-end boutiques. Styles and trends come and go but a clutch bag maintains it’s petite frame incorporating texture, colour and pretty details. Accessorise an … Continue reading

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Riad Yacout – A magic carpet ride from Milan to Morocco

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From the pavement outside, I teleported from the fashion capital’s Via Cadore to a street in the centre of Casablanca. The scene was set with cushions and couches on the veranda, a trickling water feature and glass lamps lining up to … Continue reading

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7 hours in Pavia; town of a hundred towers

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I hopped off the train at 11:30 and was relieved to see the friendly face of Claudia Sclavi, a striking lawyer who I first met at the La Vendemmia event on Milan’s Via Montenapoleone. It’s been a month since she … Continue reading

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‘Mirabilia’ – an Indian reconstruction of Etro paisley

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Etro, one of my favourite (and most vibrant) brands, has collaborated with Indian artists, Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, to produce the ‘Mirabilia’ collection, a different interpretation of their recognisable paisley print which appears digitalised but full of movement and … Continue reading

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Restaurant Lyr – fine Lebanese food served in a lavish lair

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Variety is the spice of life so I headed off to Restaurant Lyr for something to eat other than pizza and pasta. Walking through these doors is like travelling straight to the heart of Beirut with a rich setting of … Continue reading

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