September shoe shopping: 10 end-of-season investments full of personality

It’s the end of summer and I’m not ready to let it go. This will be my first full winter in Switzerland and I’m afraid it will be freezing snowy never-ending cold. Especially after spending the last 8 winters in Australia…

I’m looking now at shoes: something on sale or under $300, but not too summery, so that it can be worn in the next few months, but still be great for next year.

These are my favourite 10, full of personality and available to buy now online.

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KI6? WHO ARE YOU? décolleté, €159 on Yoox.com/it

11077091go_14_fDolce e Gabbana white pumps with black stars, €257 on Yoox.com/it

44929432dq_14_fGianbattista Valli, hot pink and silver ballet flats, €124 on Yoox.com/it

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Bill Blass sutton embellished loafers, $194 on Bloomingdales.com

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Dsquared2 green décolleté with gold leaf, €230 on Yoox.com/it

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Kate Spade go glitter taxi flats, $278 on Bloomingdales.com

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Charlotte Olympia printed high-top sneakers, €233 on Yoox.com

 

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Steve Madden Pampered Pewter Heeled Shoes, $86 on Asos.com

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Ted Baker Savveniers multicolor pumps, £139.99 on Zalando.co.uk

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Just Cavalli ankle boots, $159 on Yoox.com

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Ten 2014 calendars to buy online

The new year is here. It brings wishes, resolutions, and new exciting events to look forward to.  For me this year it would simply be a renovation and a baby – no big deal! But first of all: let’s get a new beautiful calendar, both for motivation and time-tracking. Here are some of my favourites, and you can click on the links to buy them!

Wanderlust calendar

Travel photography

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/159833786/sale-wanderlust-2014-calendar-travel?ref=br_feed_17&br_feed_tlp=home-garden

Chicks in hats calendar

Sweet chicks

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/160119314/chicks-in-hats-wall-calendar-yearly-2014?ref=br_feed_26&br_feed_tlp=home-garden

Chalkboard vinyl calendar

Chalkboard effect

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/66436196/chalkboard-wall-calendar-vinyl-wall?ref=br_feed_38&br_feed_tlp=home-garden

fragile pocket calendar

Pocket size

http://fragilepocketcalendar.tumblr.com/

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig

https://shop.abc.net.au/products/2014-peppa-pig-organiser

Beach calendar

Beach

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/163006578/2014-beach-calendar-beach-photography?ref=br_feed_49&br_feed_tlp=home-garden

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Perpetual

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/115959304/apple-calendar-perpetual-wood-block-red?ref=br_feed_32&br_feed_tlp=home-garden

Vintage typewriters

Vintage typewriters

http://www.calendars.com/2014-Art/Vintage-Typewriters-2014-Wall-Calendar/prod201400001538/?categoryId=cat00005&seoCatId=cat1260076

Cute animals calendar

Cute animals

http://www.etsy.com/listing/118414831/2014-calendar-cute-animal-a4

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Yoga

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/171555692/yoga-calendar-2014?utm_source=google&utm_medium=product_listing_promoted_en_au&utm_campaign=paper_goods_mid

An Australian in Italy – chronicle of a shopping holiday

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A trip to Italy is for me like diving in a second life, where everything is familiar and doesn’t require much effort.

Every time I go back to my home country I seem to realise something new – which confirms the theory that you need to distance yourself from something to really see it.

Lessons I’ve learnt this time include:

Italians really are a bit crazy and unpredictable behind the wheel – including those grandmas driving at 25km per hour no matter what, and the younger ones who don’t see any problem in overtaking 3 cars at a time;

Italian families are so close together that everyone gets a say on any topic –  whether your latest purchase was worth the money, where you should go for dinner and where you should park your car before going to the theatre;

something must have seriously changed in my style if some Italian shop assistants spoke to me in English as I entered their shops.

My holiday in Italy also implies meeting friends for dinner and drinks, catching up with local culture and music, and enjoying the beautiful urban landscape that I miss so much: villas, castles, Roman monuments, and all the ancient details that make such a gorgeous scenery.

And, of course, there’s the fashion, and the shopping opportunities I make sure I don’t miss.

Here’s what inspired me this year, and what I bought.

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Door to a public garden in Torri del Benaco

Il Laccio leather sandals

Il Laccio leather sandals

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House with staircase in Verona

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Boats at Bardolino port

White cotton tank, TFR cropped jeans, Diesel scarf.

White cotton tank, TFR cropped jeans, Diesel scarf.

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On a private beach in Riccione, sunbeds are aligned and ready for the next morning

Kontatto maxidress

Kontatto maxidress

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My cone of “bacio” ice crem, at Gelateria Patagonia

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Walking over the beautiful Castelvecchio bridge in Verona

Neoprene clutch (at Il Laccio Verona), Zara maxiskirt

Neoprene clutch (at Il Laccio Verona), Zara maxiskirt

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Opera props stored in front of the Arena of Verona

Flavio Castellani jacket; Il Laccio high-heel sandals

Flavio Castellani jacket; Il Laccio high-heel sandals

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Sunset on a private soccer field

Shopping in Verona

I spent the last two weeks in Italy, and really enjoyed a winter Christmas!

If you haven’t been to Verona, I urge you to do so: amazing history and architecture, great food and wine, first-class shopping, all concentrated in a small, beautiful pedestrian centre.

This is my photographic report with tips and links!

A merry Aussie Christmas – gifts suggestions for the Southern Hemisphere

A merry Aussie Christmas - gifts suggestions for the Southern Hemisphere

Meggie Beer complete paste collection $29; Molton Brown Marine Sea moss energising wash $39; Le Tan coconut lotion SPF 30+ $9.99; Palm Beach Collection candle $37.95; Kikki-K Winterland gel pen $4.95; The Cook’s Companion book $130; Thomas Sabo stud earrings $99; David Jones reindeer ornament $15; Mrs Darcy flamingo cushion $72; World Vision gift: a goat will give a family milk, cheese and yogurt, $40; Jollie Gourmet Dog Treats lamb cookies $11; Arras Brut Elite Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV bottle $55; Havaianas gummy lights $50; Fortnum & Mason Lucifer’s ginger and chilli biscuits $25; Mud Australia neutral 3-piece table setting $124.

Shopping in New York

On my way back from Italy, I stopped in New York City for a few days, just enough for some shopping and a breath of creative energy!

Beside the compulsory stops at Zara, H&M and Banana Republic, these are some of my favourite shopping finds.