Dress up for Santa – Christmas looks

Until a few years ago, when planning a Christmas outfit, I would have started asking myself the following questions:

  • are the shoes water-proof?
  • is the coat colour/pattern going to conceal mud splashes?
  • are my legs going to freeze?
  • do I have adequate layers to handle outdoor and indoor temperature?

Then I would have probably come up with something like this:

Christmas look for winter

But since moving to the Antipods, I have really enjoyed the freedom that Sydney climate gives you: not only the lenses of my glasses don’t frost when I enter a pub, but I also have the luxury of choosing an outfit just for how it looks.

For some holiday season inspiration, I’ve picked four dresses under $300 and accessorised them.
Unless… this never-ending rain continues, in which case just add gumboots and raincoat.
(Merry Christmas!)



Shoes – My Vicini crush

I was going to university in Padua back in 2004 when, while window-shopping after class, the most beautiful foot-jewellery stole my heart.
Imagine a futuristic, pointy sneaker with a gold glittery surface as rough as 50-grit sandpaper. It was love at first sight. But the price tag said 200 Euro, pretty much four Saturdays of pay …
While I talked about them passionately, my girlfriends were immune to the sparkling charm of the shoes I adored, and kept questioning the worth of the investment. I got their point: my nightlife consisted of free-entry Wednesday nights at the student club, after all. Luxury sneakers are not exactly the most appropriate shoes to wear in winter on the bus, on the train, at university, and back home.

That was the first time I met a pair of Vicini. I later discovered that the label was quite well-established in luxury made-in-Italy manufacturing, also producing Giuseppe Zanotti designs.

In the end, I didn’t get the sneakers, but they stayed in my heart and my mind for all these years.
Too bad I can’t find a picture of my crush online, but have a look at the silver version  plus some amazing recent designs.