April 24, 2014

Italy Haul

This is just going to be a clusterfuck of the things I bought during my 10 days in Italy that are not beauty/art/PRADA HANDBAG!!! related. Also, not pictured are approximately 7 gelato cones, 3 cannolis and 4 macarons.

Which brings me to this dress that I photographed on my bed rather than on my body because HAHA 7 gelato cones, 3 cannolis, 4 macarons and pizza every day for 10 days.

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But how great is this dress? A mint and black colorblocked dress with a flippy skirt and waist cutouts. See ya. Done. I saw this on a mannequin outside a little shop that didn't seem like it even had a name in Florence and immediately went in and purchased it. The best part is that it has an actual bra built in. Like, the actual dress straps are adjustable bra straps and there's little bra cups in the top. Sorry, Italy dress designers are geniuses. Why don't American dresses with cut outs do this sort of thing?

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 My parents think I was some kind of complete artistic genius who just threw my talent to the wind. They're like the opposite of stereotypical parents in that they're always complaining that I didn't go to art school. They're legitimately let down that I didn't pursue sketching fruit as a career. My mom got me this notebook from a street vendor to use as a sketchbook, thinking it will swindle me into tapping into the endless talent I have for drawing sheets. I know this was her master plan because she told me. Even though I won't use it for its intended purpose, I love this little sketchbook. It's handmade in Italy and that cerulean color is to die for. It's so vibrant in real life.

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Picked up this polyptych in Venice. This might be the most ideal souviner for the trip. Original artwork of the places we visited already matted in a distressed antiqued gold frame? Sign me up. The shop where I got this was really fantastic overall. It's called BAC Art Studio and you can shop online for ink engravings like this. There was a lot of original artwork of not Italy, as well.

I also got drunk at lunch in Florence and bought the following two scarves.  I have no idea how much I negotiated them down. I might have raised the price. I don't even know. I had three glasses of wine during lunch and got so drunk that I was buying knockoff scarves and desserts in a frenzy. It's like when you binge drink on the weekend and then black out and online shop for things that you aren't even close to needing. Except via lunching with wine.

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I don't know if I would have bought this sober but it's so beyond tacky but I love it. It's almost more of a shawl because it's so big and just obnoxiously not even real LV. I wore it on the plane home because it made me feel like that picture of Kanye West asleep under his Louis Vuitton blanket.

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That was me on the plane except incredibly drugged up on Xanax because flying terrifies me. Also, poor and not a rap superstar. Xanax is great, though. Like 30 Rock says, why shouldn't you be afforded the same luxury as a dog? I'm never flying without Xanax ever again. I've screamed in terror on flights before Xanax. Post Xanax? I was just too out of my mind to finish Frozen without falling asleep. I wasn't even thinking about an engine failure plummeting me into the Atlantic ocean. Not even once.

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Back to designer imposter scarves, I genuinely love this polka dot one. I was eyeballing it the whole trip all over the different stands. The vendors kept trying to be like THIS IS CHANEL PRINT, IT IS FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN STORE, CHANEL! Like I'm going to pay 40 euros or something obscene like that for a shottily made scarf because Chanel ones are expensive. Whatever. I bought it. I didn't even know about it's alleged Chanel inspired origins. I'm going to be one pissed off bitch if this one falls apart because I love it so much.

And two more scarves that my mom got me. SCARVES FOR DAYS IN HERE. Italy has really great scarf vendors. I think my mom and I got at least a dozen between the two of us. I couldn't have gone for my more but my rent was like, "Vanessa, I exist."

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Purple to pink ombre. I love this one. It looks layered and soft and gorgeous on.

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This one is triangle shaped and looks extra pretty with the lacey fringe. This style was all over in Italy, in every gift shop there was.

That's all I got. I'm still in the middle of writing up a post about the general incredible things I saw in Italy, all of the art I was #BLESSED to see and the two adoptive babies I got from the Prada outlet. Shopping from the vendors was completely sick, though. I recommend putting yourself into debt and selling all your assets and opening up a high interest credit card if you're going to Italy any time soon. You'll probably shop enough to make it worth your while. Maybe.

4 comments:

  1. That dress is amazing! Any chance you know what the brand is?

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    1. I wish I could help but the literal only tag on it is the one that says what kind of fabric it is. It doesn't even have a size and the store didn't have a name. It's like the dress is in the witness protection program.

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    2. Oh darn, guess i'll just have to go to Italy and hunt one down haha. Love your blog btw! Here from /r/makeupaddiction :)

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    3. Hello! I've enjoyed reading your blog. Just want you to know that I am a scarf-a-holic. It started when my daughter and I travelled to Rome in April. We noticed that every woman was wearing one and so we wanted to be like the Romans, too. Each of us bought the same gray polka dot one that you have. Isn't it just lovely?? I wish I had bought one in EVERY color! Then in Florence I was on a scarf buying frenzy and came back with four silk scarves. Apparently the onIy cure for this disease is to go back to Rome just to buy more scarves! Sigh........

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