Print and pin it in your desk

Wednesday, 29 September 2010









this one is amazing!


sources: inspiritandhumanfor.com; slowlanenotes; yvan rodic; keri smith via flickr; operation nice.com


The perfect excuse

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The Sartorialist

Nop! we have not yet set a wedding date. But why should I wait to start looking at wedding dresses?

How fun can this possibly be?

Here is what I am looking for:

  • nothing that look like I am wearing a meringue oris too big (I am already big)


  • maybe something that with few changes I would wear again


  • pure white for sure


  • something simple and stylish (as I want to focus on accessorises)



  • what kind of dresses did you wear for your wedding or would like to wear?




    {source: The Sartorialist at D&G, MFW Sept10}

    More serious part 2

    Thursday, 23 September 2010

    wow, you all got so excited by my latest post and thank you for the lovely comments and suggestions!

    I have collected some more ideas (some from you!)





    Would you were a pair of red shoes at work? (I have already talked about the colour red here)










    Many of you were crazy about camel. yeah, it's the colour of the season (but Autumn is not arrived in Italy yet).

    A colour that I love and I think suits me.

    Have a look here to my recent 'business like' look at a conference




    Let me be serious now!

    Wednesday, 22 September 2010



    I have a few business meeting to attend in the next weeks and an important conference in Paris.
    Some shopping is required and I do not know what to buy....

    Any idea, suggestion or help? if you'd like to send me an e-mail or pictures, click here.

    I should be classic, but not granny style, not too sexy (male environment, they may misunderstand...).

    I have a LBD and LGreyD, maybe I can wear it with a blazer and some fancy shoes? Was thinking at low-key accessories, but not too low..(!)

    ehi! did I tell you that I have a bright-pink computer bag from Ikea??? I do not get unnoticed for sure...

    Coast





    It’s never too late

    Wednesday, 15 September 2010

    I was reading this post in Garance Doré blog and realise that Victoria Beckham made a good job at the NY fashion week hosting a spectacular (intimate) fashion show.
    Ok, I am trying to be fashionable myself and always up-dated with the latest trends, but honestly I have miss that.
    I did not know she was designing an entire collections of dresses! I know about denim jeans, but dresses? And sunglasses?

    So I’ve search for her website and found and incredible collections of dresses!










    I am amazed by this white one as this is something I would wear on my wedding (yes, I recently got engaged). I am not keen on all frou-frou and I would love something simple and stylish.

    What are do you think about her clothing line?



    The power of red

    Saturday, 11 September 2010





    do you feel 'empowered', more sexy and gorgeous when you wear a red piece of clothes or a lipstick?

    I think red really suits me as I have a 'Mediterranean look' but I do not like all eyes looking at me as I get very noticed.

    Are you going to wear red this season?



    Giselle for Cavalli

    Friday, 10 September 2010





    Did I tell that I had an interview at Roberto Cavalli?

    Three years ago.

    I was greated by this fab guy (not gay) that said: 'I am sorry, all the meeting rooms are taken, do you mind if we go to the showroom?'

    I was going to faint....

    The showroom was packed with clothes and models, buyers and sales people.
    It was difficult for me to focus on the interview.

    How did it end? The guy was very impressed by my CV but he had an issue with my age (looking for a yourger person).

    Anyway, at least I had an amazing experience.

    Oh, and I did not tell you that I got an interview at D&G as well? I'll keep the (funny) story for another post.



    I am (officially) Engaged!

    Monday, 6 September 2010

    You won't believe what's happened during the weekend!

    Do you remember the list of plans I wrote about on my last post?
    Everything changed!

    On Saturday, Paolo mentioned he had a surprise. Ok, I said, 'what are we going to do?' he just reply to dress up - nothing more.
    I usually keep on asking him to tell me everything about the surprise but this time I didn't.

    At this point, I had to re-arrange my plans. No prob!

    I wore a black and white dress, high heels and a white fake-leather jacket and white-silver scarf. I felt so cute!

    We drove to the Lake of Como (only 30 min from my house) and he said: 'we are going to have a dinner cruise!' Can you -my dear readers- guess how happy I was???

    The boat was a three-floor super cute ferry with one floor as restaurant, one for dancing and one for little walks.

    The dinner was superb. Our table was by the window so we could see the all 'panorama'. It was getting dark and the sun said goodbye to us by firing the sky with an intense red colour.

    I have also spot George Clooney's Villa Oleandra!

    Two couples were sit close to us and we chatted all the time, they were so funny and nice!

    Then, time to dance! Oh, I ADORE dancing and it was so funny jumping around and thinking that I was ON the lake!!

    The music was live, I mean, there were two singers playing every kind of music from pop to country, from folk to crazy! Quite a few people were celebrating their birthday and asked to the singer to sing their favourite song.

    Here I have to stop to say something:
    Paolo, which is very talkative, chatty and out-going, did not make it to the singer and did not wishes me happy birthday which annoyed me a little bit.
    He is everything BUT shine....so what?

    Well, it was around 1.00 AM when we reach the harbor. We drove back at home, I got undressed, took make-up off, etc.

    While getting ready for bed, I noticed that one of the pillows has a strange shape, like when something have been hidden underneath. I thought it would have been another little surprise from him.

    We lay in bed, we kissed each other and talk about the lovely dinner. Suddenly, out of the blue, he said: 'Ylenia, would you marry me?'

    I turned laughing thinking it was a joke. Then, he look at me, deep in the eyes, and I hear myself saying (at this time it was dead silence...) 'Are you joking?', 'No, I am serious, would you marry me?'

    and I said 'YES, I will!'

    After kissing for half an hour he handed a little green box (it was hidden under the pillow - so I was right!!!). I opened and found an incredible ring with a solitaire diamond!!!

    Before wearing it, we spent like 2 hours talking about wedding, kids, our families and our plans for the future, just to be 100% sure we would like to share the same kind of life together. Then, it was on my finger.

    I couldn't believe myself. I was not expecting THE ring...

    why he did not proposed on the boat? Too shy and embarassed (HIM?) - but really, he went so emotional when proposed. And the relieve in his eyes when I say 'yes'...he needed that moment to be only us, only the TWO of us...

    You may need a bit of a background now: Paolo and I met on the internet as he spot a picture of myself on a circle's of friends website. At that time I was living in Oxford (UK). We had a 3-years long distance relationship. I then moved to his place and we have been living together since (which means 5 years). Getting married was our plans from the very beginning of the relationship, but somehow we got comfortable in our life as it was.

    I am still very excited about that and I have lots of feelings right now in my heart and in my mind. So I'd better stop here and maybe come back in the next few days to tell you more...

    ...in the meantime, I would like to introduce you to it, the engagement ring:



    'Abbraccio' ring from Salvini (a Bulgari brand)




    UP-DATE: this is a picture taken with mobile phone on the boat



    At least I am going to make a cake

    Friday, 3 September 2010


    Sunday it's my BIRTHDAY!















    To be honest, I do non make a big fuss about THIS day, I just don't care! (maybe because I am not in my 20s anymore and I've started seeing wrinkles??)

    In fact, I do not properly celebrate and only a few friends knows about this date (the downside is that I won't receive presents...gulp!).

    BUT my boyfriend keep on surprising me with presents, flowers, dinners and everything you can imagine.





    These are my plans for the weekend:

    declutter my wardrobe, do some cleaning and ironing, yes, even sewing (amend some boyfriend's socks!).
    I have a 10k walking on Sun morning and lunch with friends, at sort of barbecue hold from the military's corp (and again, everyone ignore about my birthday).
    I am going to make a cake (crostata with peaches and custard) and that's it!

    ...forgot...some extra cuddles to my boyfriend (please do not tell him I have hide in the fridge 2 bottles of our favorite wine!)



    Sweet window

    Wednesday, 1 September 2010



    yeah,right...
    I have change the blog's layout!

    do you like it?