Just a quick outfit post from last night here in Bardolino at Lago di Gardia where we were staying the past 3 days. This is already our last weekend here in Italy. Today we are driving to Mantova for our last two days spend with our best friends. No beter way to end this lovely holiday.
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When I first read about this place it sounded like heaven on earth and now from my own experience I can assure you, it was. I’m talking about Space Outlet, the official Prada and Miu Miu outlet in Montevarchi Arezzo, Italy. So this year, as we planned our Italian holiday, I was jumping for joy when we decided to visit Florance and Rome. This meant that we were passing by Montevarchi, so I finally had an excuse to visit the Space Outlet.
Prada Space is not a run down hangar space with rails of crap- it’s a proper shop with back season main line Prada, Prada sport and Miu Miu. You can find everything from shoes, bags, leather goods, luggage, clothes, jewellery, swimwear and even perfumes and eye-wear for both men and woman. Prices are about 50-75% lower than normal, also I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, not arrogant like in “normal” designer shops.
Inside it’s not allowed to make photo’s so I made some with my lovers phone because I forgot mine
Because it’s an outlet sadly most items don’t come in all sizes so you need a little bit of luck to find what you are looking for. I found only one dress that I liked in my size. After trying it on I decided not to buy it and invest my money in a new bag. I really love my cognac leather Prada bag to death so I new it would be an wise investment. I am so happy with my new catch, stay tuned if you’re curious to see what I bought.
- From Florence take the highway A1 (autostrada) in direction ROME
- Take the exit at VALDARNO
- Follow signs to MONTEVARCHI
- Then follow signs to AREZZO
- Then look out for signs to “Space Outlet” to the left
- Official adres: Via Levanella Becorpi | Localita Levanella, S.S. 69, Montevarchi, Italy
You can also take the train from Florance to Montevarchi. It’s only a 10min taxi-drive from the station to the outlet.
After visiting Florance we spend a few days in Rome. It’s the first time here for me so it’s all a bit overwhelming. I really love it, the historic part, the food, the shopping, everything. So much that I don’t even mind all the many other tourists. What I also love is that in Rome (or generally in Italie) i’ts totally normal to wear black during summer time. Not only at night but also during the day. Only I don’t dare to wear black during the day, my brain is already cooking when wearing white. Day wear is all about cotton dresses and slippers and that’s warm enough for me. Maybe you need to live here all your life to be able to wear black with temperatures rising above 35 degrees. And maybe someday I will be able to and look like those woman in the Dolce & Gabanna ads, in the mean time I’ll just dream on and only wear black at night and white during the day.
I was wearing:
Day: Zara dress, Zara sandals, Zara duffle bag, Chanel scarf, Chanel sunnies, Marc Jacobs watch
Ciao from Italie! After a few days of traveling and relaxing by the pool it was time to hit the city. It was our last day in Florance so we had a lot to do and see. Besides sight-seeing there was also time to visit some of my favorite stores.
At the end of the day we saw al the things we wanted to see and I got enough inspiration for the new season. Pool time!
Dress, Bag, Sandals, Sunnies all Zara, Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane, Ring: Mango
While I’m still in Italie, relaxing and having a good time, does not mean I don’t think about shopping. As we are leaving Florance for Rome tomorrow, this is (besides side-seeing) on my to do list for next week.
1. Paris Sweater Mango
2. Glitter Trouser Topshop
3. Skirt Mango
4. Black Belt H&M
5. White peplum Jacket Topshop
6. Jeweld Boots Topshop
7. Various accessories Mango
8. Long Dress T by Alexander Wang via The Outnet
9. Dual tone Jacket Karen Millen
10. Chunky Necklace Zara
11. Big Earrings H&M
12. Studded Loafer Zara
15. Studed Heels Zara
Florance update is coming soon! xo HannekeRead More
It all started with this necklace, my fascination for yellow and blue combination. It gives me that ultimate summer feeling I’m searching for these days. Now I’m off to sunny Italy, off course I will keep you updated! xo Hanneke
Watch: Michael Kors
Sunnies: ChanelRead More
When wearing a denim shirt and jeans together it’s called a Canadian Suit and until a year or so ago a total no-go. Only appropriate for cowboys living on a ranch. And as for me, I never thought I would wear this combination but today I thought I should give it a try. And to my own surprise, after I made it my own by adding some statement jewelery and a pair of heels, I really loved it. No doubt I would wear it again.
Photo’s by Lex Selman
Last week I scored myself another vintage Chanel scarf so I fear I’m becoming a little bit of a collector.
When I got more interested in Chanel scarfs I did a little online research on how to recognize an authentic designer scarf. It’s always wise to be careful when purchasing so called designer scarves because there are many fakes out there. A original Chanel scarf will always have a few recognition points:
* Vintage designer scarves come with hand rolled and stitched edges. You can see the small stitches on both sides.
* The quality of the scarf should always be 100% silk, usually the small black label is still attached at one of the corners. If not ask the seller if they kept it or if there is any other proof of authenticity (receipt or hangtags). Off course there are also other quality scarfs available but these should always be good quality fabrics.
* The square shaped scarfs I collect always measure 90 cm straight but there are also other sizes and shapes available.
* Usually there’s a Chanel Paris wording/logo printed at one of the corners. Always check the type and placement, this should be the same as shown above.
* I always check the seller. What’s their story, why are the selling it, and if it sounds to good to be true it usually is.
I really love the diversity of these scarfs. As you can see below they can be worn in many different ways. What’s your favorite?? And if you know any other ways please let me know!
Want to buy your own vintage Chanel scarf? Check out my favorite website DesignerVintage.comRead More