IN BETWEEN

Last weeks were quite busy, I had people visiting me here and we enjoyed the warm weather going all around Milan.

After that I spent the Easter holidays around my hometown, while there I decided to not use the pc, only the cellphone: if you follow my instagram you can see that after FuoriSalone in Milan I went to Venice, Rovereto and around the Garda Lake.

It was strange not to be able to watch my tv series or properly doing a research – who doesn’t open several tabs while browsing!? but it wouldn’t have been a problem to be without for some more time.

It was something I wanted to check, if it was hard for me to have limited access to internet: I missed it, but it also gave me the right input to be creative in the old-fashioned-way: I went walking even if the weather was so-so, I painted, sewed by hand and tidy up my old bedroom. I spent more time chatting with my family, something that came naturally to me because anyway I’m not there that often anymore.

In the next days I’ll post a day-by-day review of all the places I visited, because ok, I could stay ten days without watching anything but now it’s no time to joke anymore, I want to see the last episodes of Feud!

 

GIVENCHY – TO AUDREY WITH LOVE

I’ve never been a huge fan of Audrey. Sure, I like her, but she always seems a bit too perfect to really like her. She can be an inspiration, nothing more. I’m more a Kate Moss girl, to me she has true personal style.

I warmed up to Audrey when I watched Two for the road and 2weeks ago when I went to this exhibition in The Hague, I was lucky to be there just one week before the end of it, so on Sunday – while my erasmus friend was busy with a university project- I planned my day around the visit to the museum.

It was totally worthed. The day started with a double breakfast, first at home and later at the public library, where I separated ways with my friend. From there I walked around all day long – for a total of 20km. It was such a sunny day that I keep smiling when I think back at it.

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THE HAGUE | DAY 2

On Sunday my friend and I woke up lazily, we had breakfast at home and then, luckily, he had a train to Amsterdam to catch, so we left the apt – sometimes is too easy to waste time thinking you have all day long-. My own exploration of The Hague started after a second breakfast at the public library in the cityhall. I really appreciate that  often outside italy universities and public libraries are open during the w.e.

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the buildings. I studied architecture during high school and at the beginning I wanted to pursue a career in that field, even if at the end I decided to focus on my first love, fashion.

My favourite periods ever are art deco and art nouveau, every time I see a detail of it I stop and take a pic or do a quick sketch if I have the time. I walked across the city center till the modern art museum, it took me around two hours because I was stopping to check every building I passed in front to.

After this first walk I reached Geementemuseum, but before to enjoy the visit I knew that I needed a break: I was intrigued by a sandwich, bread with raisins and cheese, plus a bio apple juice. I spent most of the time at the fashion exhibiton about Givenchy and Audrey – the post about it will be on Friday, get ready to an endless amount of pics-, but I couldn’t leave the museum without having a look to all the other exhibitions.

At the Mondrian exhibition and at the bookshop I saw wonderful chairs, my dad is a carpenter and I’d love to have the time to work with him to create something similar.

Since I left the museum around 3pm I had quite some time to walk down to the beach and have a look around, the weather was lovely so I decided to keep walking till there. If you’re wondering I checked that at the end of the day I walked 20 kms, I’ll be always thankful to my stan smith for this.

On my way to the beach I was again slowed down by all the doors, subtle decorations etc that I saw. With time and boldness I reached the point to deliberately zoom the focus into private houses because I notice a plant or a lamp that I like – you can see examples belows, inside a window there is a palm tree and in another one you can make out the shape of a rectangular lamp in bronze: so so lovely.

I stayed at the beach some time, more than an hour, just appreciating the sun and keeping up with my personal diary. Around that time I started to feel hungry, but none of the places close to the beach inspired me – I don’t like loud music while eating- so I alked back to the city center: I stopped at a shopping mall along Grote Marktstraat, but it was closing so I went till a wok place I noticed the day before with my friend. After a too big soup and a yummy sandwich with smoked salmon I headed back to the apt: my friend wasn’t there yet, but I gladly spent time with one of his flatmates, a malaysian student who also lived few years in london. Of course we had a tea while chatting.

THE HAGUE | DAY 1

Few pictures – well, whom I kidding!?- a lot of pictures from my short travel to The Hague, where I met with an erasmus friend tw weeks ago. It was my first time there and it became my favourite city of Netherlands.

Due settimane fa ero all’Aja, dopo due mesi dedicati al lavoro ho deciso di fare un w.e. lungo all’estero, cogliendo l’occasione per vedermi con un amico taiwanese che avevo conosciuto in erasmus. Era la prima volta che visitavo questa città e nonostante ci sia stata solo due giorni effettivi posso dire che è quella che preferisco nei Paesi Bassi.

Non avevo pianificato molte cose, sapevo che domenica sarei stata da sola quindi ho programmato per quel giorno la mostra To Audrey with love e, tempo permettendo, un giro alla spiaggia che si trova a pochi km di distanza.

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Sono arrivata a The Hague alle 4 del pomeriggio circa, il volo era in orario e anche se non avevo prenotato biglietti di bus e treno in anticipo tutto si è svolto in orario, nonostante la mia leggera confusione su come funzionano i biglietti con microchip, ma ci si prende subito la mano a parte ricordarsi di passarli anche uscendo.Per me la confusione deriva dalla mancanza di tornelli.

In stazione mi aspettava il mio amico e subito abbiamo iniziato a girare il centro a piedi, dirigendoci verso il museo di arte Mauritshuis che contiene dipinti di alcuni dei più importanti pittori olandesi. Nonostante non sia grande appassionata di quel periodo storico ho trovato il museo ben organizzato, apprezzando in particolare le lampade che sembrano provenire da una casa dell’orrore e la mostra temporanea sulle nature morte.

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I was in the city around 4pm, we walked till Mauritshuis, art museum, and after that we had dinner with savory pannekoek, I had mine with bacon: yummy! The rest of the evening was spent walking around the city center, we were lucky to find ourselves close to the Noordeinde Palace, the street in front of it had all the art galleries and shops open for a design night.

Dopo il museo ci siamo fermati a mangiare e abbiamo deciso per pannekoek, i pancake olandesi che in realtà si trovano a metà tra il pancake americano e la crepe francese, possono essere sia dolci che salati. Apprezzatissimi, poi abbiamo continuato il giro a piedi dirigendoci, senza saperlo, verso Palazzo Noordeinde e la strada di fronte in cui i negozi stavano aperti fino a tarda sera – l’equivalente di una nostra design night, per capirci. Oltre a fermarci alla galleria Per van der Horst, ad ammirare still life di fiori e parlare con il proprietario che era stato recentemente a Taipei, abbiamo fatto in tempo a fermarci in una libreria in cui ho trovato delle cartoline stupende, sulle costellazioni e illusioni ottiche sui gatti.

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WEEKLY – AND MORE

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WordPress shows me that exactly 23 days ago I started to write this post. Even if I don’t have the will to write a proper post, be sure that I’m spending time watching, listening, reading things that I would like to share: what stops me it my own race to a perfection that I know doesn’t exist.

Too easy to say that is some kind of pressure that I have from other blogs and websites that I gladly follow.

Truth is that I don’t need this. I have a job, people to meet, evenings to plan and so on.

Thruth is that I really need this. I need more. I need to know that there are people with a similar dark humor, that aim to the same kind of beauty.

WEEKEND PLANS

Many times I waste time looking up movies and tv shows that at the end don’t appeal me for a reason or another. It’s just chemistry. For instance, Dexter. I should be addicted to it, it’s my genre, the actors seem great and general review is positive, but I never finished to watch the one episode I started.

Instead this w.e. I have too many things I want to watch and outside it’s sunny and warm. After lunch I go to read a book outdoor, but not before sharing all the cool things I found:

FEUD

Set in the Sixties, it shows the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford while filming What ever happened to Baby Jane?.

Killer clothes and acting, since there is Susan Sarandon and Stanly Tucci.

REVENGE

I already talked about it, it doesn’t keep me awake till 1am like Feud but it’s the right company while I have dinner during weekdays.

ST. VINCENT

Super cute movie with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, easy going but not a chick flick. I don’t know precisely which genre it is besides one of my favourite.

20TH CENTURY WOMEN

I fell in love with the music in the trailer and I find the plot as well intriguing. I’m going to watch it tomorrow, let me know what you think if you see it before.

IT’S JUST A TSHIRT

Usually people are into the perfect white tshirt. Or the perfect black tshirt.

I’m into tshirts that can send messages without me speaking. I like slogans, quotes, lyrics. I also like the idea of having the same blank tshirt where to write on, and a led tshirt might seem the solution. Their Indiegogo campaign is going very well, but I’m not into it. For me it’s like reading ebooks or books: I’ll always be the kind of girl who goes to the public library or spend time in a bookshop, I really like the usual books. So with tshirts it goes the same way, I would only like to find the way to write everything I want without owning hundreds of standard tshirts.

Till I find the way, here some I’d like to wear.

I’m not a terrorist, please don’t arrest me

Vivienne Westwood tshirt is a favourite of mine. It is ironic and it carries a message, both things are really appreciated by me. Another one I’d like is Get a life.

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Ginsberg is god

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Nowadays my instagram has basically become a source of future tshirts:

Punk Vacation

I may be the wrong person for my life

Who cares? How should I know? Life goes on!

Life is peculiar

Up to no good

On one hand who cares and in the other hand so what

How to avoid everthing

I’m part of your picture

Information is not knowledge

Protect me from all your bullshit

Stalker

I’m still tacky

I guess fate was against us

Insecurity

So some penguins turn to a life of crime

Being nice is sexy

I came, I saw, I left early

I’m becoming more difficult

Go out. There’s life outside

Say you’re in if you’re in

I don’t have plans, but I’m not going

Where are those people who can really make a statement about their times

I have bin haveing a hard time living

Everything not saved will be lost

Aesthetically, I’m not ready

Well, that didn’t work

In a society that profits from your self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act

Art is a way of survival

I don’t know what to say

People who show you new music are important

When you kill time you murder success – Stiff record