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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 … Continue reading

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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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