It has been quite a while since my last post because during the past few weeks I have been pretty busy adjusting to a new life in the United States. I must say I have been so excited by this fresh start that everything else was secondary. I spent most of my free time remodeling my house and I neglected my blog (shame on me!). For the first time I decided not to sacrifice comfort for sophistication so I played with colors, mixed and matched materials, introduced several plants to every room…added a few pieces of art that I collected during my trips around the world and voila’ the final result was fun, comfortable and energizing. After all this work, I realized that I needed a break…. a short vacation to recharge my battery before starting my new job.
To provide a grand finale end to the Summer, I decided to take a 400 mile road trip to Vancouver …… Across the Pacific Northwest from Portland Oregon through Seattle Washington across the border to Canada….. one of the most scenic and beautiful freeway drives in the United States (especially this time of the year when the leaves are just starting to show the first little signs of Fall). The only sore point was that Washington is notorious for aggressive Highway Patrol hiding behind the evergreens with their radar guns dying to give you a speeding ticket…. So I needed to control and slow down my Italian driving habits from 85 to 60 miles per hour!
Sometimes I tend to be a control freak but for the first time in my life I decided not to organize this little gateway to a sickening degree. I chose the adventure and the unknown so with a sense of exhilaration and anticipation in the air I left the house. The simple thought of hitting the road, roaming around and leaving the daily routine for five days made me extremely happy. As I was leaving, Calvin Harris “I feel so close to you right now” was playing on the radio …. this was a good sign as I love that song. I love road trips because they give you so much freedom to explore and room to breathe on your own time schedule with your own rolling bubble soundtrack of tunes and a chance to think, dream and envision the next big steps of your life.
Road trips are also the best fashion inspiration because on the road so many different people with unique styles and outfits surround you. Plus, you’ve got the car and you’ve got your friend playing deejay and map-reader at the same time, now all you need is the right wardrobe. I am not sure about you, but every time I explore a new city or a new country I like to embrace my own spirit and dare to try something new. It’s a tricky one though – during a trip you need to be comfortable but you want to look stylish as you rock up to each stop-off point. For this getaway I chose a very simple vibe with jeans, shirt, my kick-around shoes… very easy but still chic.
Luckily this wardrobe choice was a good one because in a city like Vancouver BC you never know what might happen!
A day biking around Stanley Park kick started my Vancouver sightseeing. So jeans and shirt were perfect for wandering around the 27km of forest tails that overlook English Bay and Vancouver Harbor. This magnificent green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver can definitely compete with Central Park (NYC).
During my stay in this amazing city I found myself pleasantly surprised for all other treasures I discovered along the way. Granville Island…charming public market overflowing with a bounty of local goodies from fresh produce, artisan breads, seafood and imported cheeses. I took my time to stroll around the lanes of the island to check all the unique shops and I enjoyed this so much! Vancouver is a very cosmopolitan city with a deep international vibe. The hub of the city is a commercial Mecca for fashionistas with shop-till-you-drop malls offering the ultimate collections from high fashion boutiques, designer label, accessory and jewelry stores to Robson Street the boulevard of international boutique shops from all over the world.
If you are planning a trip to this amazing city don’t forget to also put a few things more chic in your suitcase for the nights at the historic district of Gas Town or Yale Town.
Last night I was browsing my favorite magazine when I came across a very interesting article about a new beauty procedure….rethinking the facelift…an overview of the ultimate option when you need one big pull to iron out lines and haul up everything. As if we fashionistas didn’t have enough problems! We’ve already been warned that sleeping with makeup on can cause infections and age our skin a hundreds years, waxing can result in raw skin and headaches, back pain and gastro problems can come from wearing tight…and now surgical procedures to restore lost freshness.
I am open minded girl and I absolutely do not judge anybody especially the women (or men) that at some point in their life decide to have “some work done” for whatever reason. I come from a family where good skin is in the DNA and I am still in my fresh-faced 30s so I like to think that when the 40s will come concealer and a little heavier make-up will do the trick. But, at some point I might decide to put things back to where they used to be so better being informed. The idea of cutting, pulling and sewing doesn’t match my idea of fun. Luckily, as I learned from the article, the next generation of facelift doesn’t’ involve heavy sewing but simply requires tiny micro-incisions from where fat (yes fat!) is injected to the face to re-shape and replace lost volume. The funny part…(is there a funny part?) is that the fat that is injected is your own!
According to the article this procedure, named Fat grafting, consists in “spinning patient’s fat in a centrifuge or roll it on a fabric-like material to refine it to a powerful, stem cell-packed substance”. Then this super fat is injected into the face. Well..after my first thought of BLEAH…my second thought was that I am spending most of my free time trying to burn fat as a furnace at the gym… that I might risk to run out of fat in the future if I need a little touch up?
The cost of the procedure ranges between $20,000 to $40,000 which made me think that I will (probably) never be able to afford it in the first place…but no big deal. I think I’ll pass on this new trend and I’ll stick to my “one-day-I’ll-buy-it” list made of Chanel bags and Christian Louboutin shoes. Different situation for all those high-powered professional women of a certain age who (according to the NY Times) do not want to be forced to downshift their careers because of a perception that they are too old. In their case a nice Gucci bag is not enough to maintain their professional edge and perhaps these fat injections represent a less invasive way to keep looking old enough to command respect, yet fresh enough to remain vital…and not be fired!