Salvatore Ferragamo Museum Pt. 2

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Here are some additional pictures from my fashion field trip yesterday to the Ferragamo Museum. Ferragamo grew up in Naples but moved to Florence to work. He was a fashion innovator, creating custom-made shoes for celebrities in Hollywood. He died at the young age of 61, but the Ferragamo Family continues to produce shoes, clothes, accessories, and beyond. The museum is in the basement of a very old building on one of the most historic streets in Florence! The Ferragamo store/museum is surrounded by other elite brand stores like Prada, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani, etc… Our English speaking tour guide showed us the current exhibition that is changed every few months. It was pretty neat! Our class has another field trip to the Gucci Museum in several weeks! xo ~ e.

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Month #6 in Italy

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I have officially been in Italy for half a year now, and it has been the fastest six months of my life. People say a lot can happen in a year, a month, a week, a day, a second. I say a lot has happened in the past six months. I feel as though I am a full fledge adult living the dream life in a foreign country. I thought of myself as quite independent seven months ago, but my independence has increased drastically since then. Being in charge of my bank account, taking overnight trips alone, stocking my fridge on a weekly basis, figuring out how to return to Florence after a travel disaster, deciding what I do and when, and staying on top of my schoolwork with the distractions of gelato, cappuccinos, Piazzale Michelangelo, and the Uffizi in the mix. Having this level of independence is extremely rewarding and rejuvenating. I know I may never have this type of independence ever again. That’s why every day I wake up with a “can do”, positive attitude. I only have three months left here. Three months left of my last year of being a freshman in Florence.

This past month I spent a week in Kyiv, Ukraine and started my spring semester. I truly loved being immersed in a foreign and very different culture than ones I have been exposed to previously. Traveling to other places is a constant learning experience. I learned about Ukrainian culture through Sasha and experienced it firsthand. I learned about the tension between Ukrainian and Russia and saw signs of it while I was there. I learned Kyiv is the world hub for coffee shops. And on my way home from Kyiv, I handled a very stressful travel situation on my own. That experience gave me so much confidence in my problem solving skills. Having the opportunity to learn about the world and myself abroad as an eighteen year old is so incredible I can’t put it into words. I just want to see more and learn more.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my five classes this semester. It’s really interesting learning about the Holocaust on the continent it occurred in, taking a fashion class in a place where fashion is so relevant, and discussing Plato and Socrates after visiting Greece. For me, study abroad means study always comes first. It’s certainly not the same for everyone, but it is for me. Having this mentality only enhances the whole experience.

Another highlight from this month is getting published in the Florentine. My honest take on study abroad students was a reflective piece, adding to a conversation Florence continues to have. This piece was a great addition to my portfolio and my drive as a writer.

There’s a lot to look forward to in these remaining three months. My upcoming travels start in a couple weeks, and I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. xo ~ e.

Upcoming Travels

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I thought I’d share my upcoming travels & travails for spring semester! I’ve made some major plans I am super excited for. Being in Florence is more than I could ask for, but it is incredible being able to explore other countries and cultures nearby. I still want to take more day trips in Italy to see more of this beautiful country, but here is my international itinerary for the next couple months. Please comment any travel tips you might have!

Copenhagen

March 10-12

Copenhagen, Denmark old city skyline.

Source: Growth Wheel

Amsterdam

March 24-27

amsterdam

Source: Access MBA

Paris

March 27-30

monuments

Source: Paris Attitude

Nice

April 14-17

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Source: Daily Mail

Time in Europe (for now) is ticking down. Everyone in my program is making the most of our valuable time here on this continent! xo ~ e.

Fashion Adaptations

Friday, February 24, 2017

 

TGIF! I’ve put several hours (researching and collaging) into my fashion adaptations project and figured I would share it with you. It’s not due for a few weeks, but it’s finished to my satisfaction! I really liked the collage component (going above and beyond), and the research was tedious but doable. I took the designer version and typed in a similar description into the search bars of H & M, Forever 21, and Zara to find an adaptation. Everything’s basically adapted from what’s the hottest trend. I’ve never had a huge passion for fashion, but it is interesting learning about the industry. There’s a lot to it; it’s impressive! Not a terrible field to go into right now since there is indeed a job market. My fashion design and fashion merchandising major friends are really excited about their future careers in the fashion industry. If I do editorial at some point, it’ll be good to have a bit of a fashion background/basic knowledge. Have a look at my recent assignment. xo ~ e.

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Two Cafés & a Letter from Juliet

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Last weekend of February! It was not a bad ‘Friday’ in Firenze. In Philosophy, we discussed Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. That’ll give you something to chew on.

I met with Olivia at La Ménagère for coffee. I haven’t been there since the first day of classes (the day I arrived back in Florence after Kyiv). I was a little more relaxed today than that day! We had a nice chat, reminisced about Ibiza and reflected about adoption.

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Due cappuccini per favore

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Spring is near

Sasha and I camped out at Todo Modo for a few hours to do some homework. I snapped this artsy shot of her admiring the library.

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“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library”

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I wrote Juliet a letter in December when I was in Verona for the day. It took two months to get a reply, but it was worth it, because my letter from Juliet came today!

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A secretary of Juliet’s Club wrote me a really heartfelt letter. I can’t share what she said, because her words are just for me. However, I can advise you to write her for some sage advice!

After spending hours on my fashion project, it is finally finished. It’s due the day I get back from Copenhagen, so it won’t be hanging over my head! I will share more tomorrow. On another note, I found a new freelancing job here. More to come! xo ~ e.

Mamma Mia, So Many Pizzas!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Short blog post today since it’s 11 PM, and I am ready for bed! Today was great though. I participated in my Holocaust class (my goal is to raise my hand in every class), had a cheap brunch at Le Vespe Café with Sarah (toast with Nutella for 2 euros), finished The Matrix, worked on my fashion project, attended two career services meetings, and ate pizza (with Colleen, Sasha, Jill, and Colleen’s very sweet parents)! Not too shabby for a Wednesday. xo ~ e.

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My fashion adaptation project in the making

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Santarpia

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Love at first bite