Top Trends: Underwear as Outerwear

Underwear as outerwear was a huge 2016 trend that’s still ongoing and perfect for the new season. We saw it on the catwalks at Givenchy, Celine, Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, Dior and more, but this trend isn’t just for supermodels. There are lots of ways to wear your underwear as outerwear – check out these lovely ones!

Bodysuits

The bodysuit is back! This 90s staple looks incredible with jeans, skirts, shorts – there’s nothing you can’t wear it with! Try a lingerie style body with ripped boyfriend jeans for a sexy, casual look.

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The Slip Dress

Simple but stunning, the slip is another 90s favourite that’s making a comeback. This beautiful blue bias cut slip by Vince is very Jennifer Anniston and is the last word in elegant, zero effort dressing.

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Lace Trim Tops

Incorporating lace into your wardrobe is an easy way to wear this trend. The Multicolour silk bellflower lace-trim slip by Rebecca Taylor ticks so many boxes with lace, silk, spaghetti straps and a scalloped neckline that it has to win the prize for the ultimate lingerie-look dress.

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 Sheer Details

Sheer panels are super sexy and will give any piece a luxurious lingerie feel. If slip dresses aren’t your thing, pick up a playsuit with sheer detail for a young, fresh take on this trend.

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 Silky Shorts

Silky shorts are surprisingly wearable, and a lightweight silk/cotton mix pair will keep you cool and comfortable, whatever you’re doing. Team with a vest top by day or a sexy body or sheer blouse after dark.

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Loose Pants

Large pants under a sheer skirt is a huge style trend at the moment, with Burberry Prorsum, Isabel Marant,  Dior and Balmain all sending models down the runway with their knickers on show.

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Chic P-J Style

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A sense of humour is the ultimate accessory for this look. Bold colours and patterns, as well as stripes, look perfect for this style.

12 books I’ve read in 2016

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January:

“The Joke”

Milan Kundera is my favourite author and he has never disappointed me so far. His way of writing is brilliant, The Joke is about what you don’t expect to happen, but that shapes your life instead and your way of thinking even. This book also talks about political analysis, historical references and discussions of music and post-modern narrators and finally, love. Needless to say, truly recommended.

February:

“The Girls”

Written by Emma Clint

Even though I’ve heard many good things about this book, I must admit that I fail to understand the reason why. It brings me back to my teenage years and those books you read while on holiday to lighten the weight of more “heavyweight” books that you have to study instead.

It’s based in the 60’s, the plot is about the life of troubled teenagers living in Northern California.

I totally struggled to get to through the end of it.

March:

“Modern Romance”

Written by Aziz Ansari

Borrowed by a colleague of mine, I really couldn’t wait to read the stories of Modern Romance, a book about an era of technology-based communication and now even flirtation. Gone are the days of the bold first moves at the local cafe’ when an exchange of smiles could have meant the begin of something. Things are changing fast, but not necessarily in a bad way, this according to the Author at least.

Do you agree?

April:

“If on a Winter’s night a traveller”

 

Written by Italo Calvino

A very different writing style, experimental. A postmodern classic, different stories are written in a humorous and deeply engaging manner. Mystery, love, spies you have it all in this book. Truly recommended.

May:

“1Q84”

 Written by Haruki Murakami

Less keen on the magical fiction genre, however still intrigued by the story. A mix between a love story, a novel, a self-discovery journey of both the protagonists (Tengo and Aomame), but also a “rival” to the dystopian reality of 1984 by George Orwell. Well written, though a bit repetitive, probably one of the reason why it’s 900+ pages.

June:

“As the crow flies”

Written by Véronique Tadjo, Wangui wa Goro

“Indeed I too would have loved to write one of those serene stories with a beginning and an end. As you know only too well, it is never like that, though. Lives mingle, people tame one another and part. Destinies are lost.”

Tadjo flies over different lives and experiences – as a crow does – in search of truth.

 

July:

“Per dieci minuti”

 Written by Chiara Gamberale

This Book is written by one of my favourite contemporary Italian novelists, suddenly Chiara’s life no longer exists, at least how she used to define it.  Because sometimes life can challenge you and can happen that your partner leaves you and that you have to leave the house in which you grew up. That your work may be entrusted to another. Her therapist then suggests her that for a whole month, every day, for at least ten minutes, she has to do a new thing that she has never done before. This will lead to surprising choices. Chiara Gamberale it’s telling us that changes are scary, but are necessary to get back to “life”.

Even though the reviews of this book aren’t generally great, I’ve truly enjoyed. A quick read (on a 3-hour flight from Rome to London) but overall very pleasant.

August:

“1984”

Written by George Orwell

One of my favourite books so far… I love novels, but when novels have some science fiction in them then it’s the perfect mix for me. This is one of the classic books and I don’t have any idea of why it took me so long to decide to finally read it!

The year is 1984 and George Orwell’s prophetic and dystopian vision (or negative utopia) of how the world will be by that time has hooked me from the very first line.

“WAR IS PEACE.

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.”

September:

“Thinking Fast and Slow”

Written by Daniel Kahneman

Aim to engage and challenge the reader on the way we think. Intuitions are not always to be trusted, while slow thinking might be the better choice. This is part of our nature that makes us sometimes biased or making us tend to jump to conclusions too fast.

October:

“The 10X Rule”

 

 

A dear friend gave it to me as a gift and told me” You MUST read this” it totally changed the way I approach life goals. I then read it and thanked it for the suggestion, I won’t take every single word of the author of the book as the “Holy Grail of life” but definitely is a broader perspective that we should take into consideration. It basically explains that, in order to achieve our goals, we should put 10 times the effort and establish a 10times higher outcome. In order to keep us all always motivated and engaged.

November:

“The Rosie Project”

 

 By Graeme Simsion. Published in 2013

Don Tillman is an Associate Professor of genetics at the University of Melbourne, he’s charming but he’s never been on a second date. He’s also socially challenged and has Asperger’s syndrome but he doesn’t know that.  Before completely losing hope of finding his soul mate,  he decides to embark upon a singular project called “The Wife Project”.The scientifically minded scientist makes a list of all the characteristics his future spouse will need to possess, however, on the journey to the perfect match he will randomly meet a woman who definitely won’t check any “item” on the list.

This book is fun, well written and engaging. I like the fact that this book, event tough highlights serious issues that people with the disease face every day in their life,  also shows that if you move beyond the irregularities of a person, we all have something to offer and that we all have value and strengths and all deserve respect and to be treated with dignity.

December:

“Brave New World”

 

Written by Aldous Huxley

“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” 

Aldous Huxley narrates about a future where the World is controlled by people that want to build the ideal society.

A masterpiece.

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Dinner at Rivea Restaurant at the Bulgari Hotel

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Rivea Restaurant was, admittedly, a pleasant surprise. ‘Hidden’ inside the lavish and glossy Bulgari Hotel, Alain Duchesse protege’ Alexandre Nicolas is now in charge of the kitchen.

The cuisine is both Italian and French “inspired by the many years Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence”.

We were recommended the place and, being a group we were able to taste different things from the menu as we wanted to try many different things.

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Puzzle of flavours. Photo by Roman in London

The first plate that grabbed our attention was the above combination of colourful pots of 8 condiments ‘prepared for your pleasure….’ Every little pot contained a different vegetable purées which we scooped out with bread sticks.

 

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Starter: Marinated line-caught sea bream, citrus.Photo by Roman in London

The picture above was one of my favourite starters: Marinated line-caught sea bream with citrus. The combination of flavours was excellent.

The main course was Seared cod, shellfish, Cassis and white wine sauce, tasty and light at the same time. The Lemon cake was also great.

And finally, the service was what really impressed me. Angelo, the Italian head waiter, made us feel very welcomed and was kind and helpful throughout the whole evening with the many requests we’ve had, while flawlessly topping up the wine, bread and water.

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Details of the Bulgari Hotel Hall. Photo by Roman in London

Not a cheap choice but overall more than worth it. Suitable for dinner with friends and as a romantic venue for a date.

 

Location: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge , London , SW7 1DW

(020 7151 1025, rivealondon.com). Daily, noon-2.30pm and 6.30-10.30pm. Lunch menu £35. A la carte, a meal for two with wine, about £170 including 12.5 per cent service.

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Things you can do in London this winter (to avoid hibernation)

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It’s official: 2017 has barely kicked in yet and we’ve already forgotten about those New Year resolutions …Dry January anyone?

BUT yes the year has just started and we’ve got even rid of nasty Blue Monday, so we can finally start pulling on a list of things that we really want to do.

We’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to Apps, Sites and Magazines that does the job for you and search for things that might appeal you, but I personally find very useful Dojo, Yplan, Evensi and Timeout. Meetup is a very useful tool that helps you meeting people that share the same interests. I’m an absolute fan of their daily email alerts that always helps me find some inspiration along the way so that I book my calendar for the following days (and sometimes weeks) to come!

Things that I’ve done recently that I recommend you:

Comedy Night at the Top Secret Comedy Club

If you are into stand-ups comedy, you surely have already been to this one, but this was my first time and, admittedly, I’ve truly enjoyed it. The Top Secret Comedy Club is ‘hidden’ in a basement, hence the name ‘Top Secret’

Location: Covent Garden, 170a Drury Ln, London WC2B 5PD

 

Ballet at the Royal Opera

Amazing venue! #Opera #london

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Fine dining at a Gourmet Restaurant

Octopus and potato confit salad 🐙

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Cinema night at the Senate House Library

One of the first’s London skyscrapers the Senate House Library was designed by Charles Holden in 1931, now Grade II listed Senate House is a striking art deco skyscraper.

Home to administrative offices, it also houses a magnificent central library and grand hall and modernist industrial features. Tomorrow will be showing Storm Center (1956)

Here’s the link: http://www.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/exhibitions-and-events/events/film-night-storm-center-1956

Wandering in a Museum

I recently visited the new area of the Tate. Here, some pictures I’ve taken.

Tate modern. Photo by Roman in London

 

Tate Modern installation. Photo by Roman in London

Go to an exhibition:

if you are into fashion you can’t miss the Vulgar at the Barbican

Dates: 13 October 2016 – 5 February 2017

 

Go outdoor in one of London beautiful parks

 

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Blues night at the best blues bar in London: Ain’t nothing but..

 

Blues
Photo credit : http://www.aintnothinbut.co.uk/gallery                                                                    Location: 20 Kingly Street, Soho, London – W1B 5PZ

Hope you’ve found some inspiration.. 🙂

 

 

 

36 Hours in Bilbao

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Bilbao, in the heart of the Basque Country in Northern Spain, has become more and more famous through the years with the opening of the Guggenheim in 1977. Aside from its notorious titanium-clad museum, Bilbao is also well renown for its fine gastronomy. Food is, apparently, a religion in the Basque Country. Art & Food, do we need anything else?

We stayed at the NH hoteles a hop away from the centre, a very convenient and a short walk and we were able to reach the top attractions within a maximun of 30 minutes walk.

 

 

 

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This is Frank Gehry’s masterpiece.  Stunning from the outside but also houses some of the finest art in Spain. The entrance is guarded by a Puppy made of flowers, a creation of the American artist Keff Koons which has become practically, the mascot of the City.

 

Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

The interior of the Guggenheim is just as amazing as the exterior, where the contours are made of fish like titanium scales.

 

Richard Serra’s ‘The Matter of Time’ Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

Richard Serra’s ‘The Matter of Time’ is made from 1,000 tons of weathered steel and is designed for visitors to move around and through each piece.

 

Photo by Roman in London

Coming from London we were delighted to find a ‘warmish’ almost spring couple of days of sun.

 

Guggenheim. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

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The food is amazing, many places to eat and Micheline’s starred restaurants but no tapas here, Pintxos instead. Fine, delicate but epic in taste. I’ve tried the classic montadillo con jamon serrano and queso, chorizo and tortilla as I’m a creature of habit..but there’s a lot more that tempted my palate so I’ve basically spent most of the 36 hours bar crawling between pintxos cafe’, a ritual known as a txikiteo which involves lots of pintxos with your kuadrilla (group of friends) and xakoli, the local white or rosé wine.

 

A bar at Plaza Nueva. Pintxos. Photo by Roman in London

 

Street art. Photo by Roman in London

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

Once, an industrial City, now it’s 19th Century facades have been renovated and give colours and add prettiness to the City. The Gran Via is a mix of old and new and there are lots of green areas.

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

 

 

Bilbao architecture. Photo by Roman in London

 

Bilbao at night from Mount Arxanda. Photo by Roman in London

As a conclusion of the trip I recommend taking the Funicular to Mount Arxanda as the view is breathtakingly beautiful. From Bilbao to the middle of nature.

10 Best Pizzerie in London

  1. Bravi Ragazzi, Streatham

 

A combination of very moist toppings and light dough, that’s what makes Neapolitan Pizza legendary! Rustic and small place but very friendly and cosy. Recommended the trek south.

Location: 2A Sunnyhill Road Streatham London SW16 2UH

Contact: 2087694966 www.braviragazzi.co.uk 

2. Santa Maria, Chelsea

 

Beautiful San Rocco, our pizza with Burrata pugliese, repost from @cristinamehe

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This Neapolitan-style pizzeria has recently been under refurbishment, now featuring a new pizza oven hand-built with biscotto di Sorrento clay brics which is capable of withstanding the high temperatures typical of this type of pizza making.

Location:15 Saint Mary’s Road Ealing, London, W5 5RA

Contact: 02085791462, www.santamariapizzeria.com

3. Pizza Pilgrims

 

NEW SPECIAL! The “Mac-kale-ie Culkin”. Kale, smoked anchovies, chilli, garlic & mozz. KINDA healthy… VERY delicious!! 👊🏻🍕

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This is the story of two brothers returning from a trip to Italy with a Piaggio Van and the idea of making a business out of Neapolitan Pizza. Needless to say, they bloody succeeded it! I absolutely love it.

Location:11 Dean Street Soho, W1D 3RP

Contact: 02072878964, www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk 

4. Franco Manca

 

Rapid and friendly service at a decent price. What else? Ah! Neapolitan-style pizza, with a slow-rise sourdough crust.

5. Santore’, Farringdon

 

Just to keep a light stomach before the Christmas food marathon 👍🏻💪🏻 #pizza #foodie #london #exmouthmarket #farringdon #italianfood

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I define the atmosphere of this place truly Italian: it’s noisy and crowded and gives me that feel at home vibe. Amazing pizza and good service make this place a remarkable restaurant for pizza lovers.

Location Exmouth Market

6. Rosso Pomodoro

International chain of pizzerie, it’s also one of my favourite spot. It never disappoints me.

Location: 10 Jamestown Road Camden, London, NW1 7BY

7. Homeslice

 

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Supersized thin light crust wood-fired pizza, served or by the whole or by the slice.

Location: 13 Neal’s Yard Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

8. Princi, Soho

 

@princi_london @pizza looks pretty damn close to perfect. 📷: @massimousaiphotography #EEEEEATS #InfatuationLondon

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Classy atmosphere but always quite crowded and difficult to find a spot.

location: Princi
135 Wardour Street
W1F 0UT

9. Pizza East Portobello

 

Let it snow, Portobello💙❄️

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Beautiful interior decor and from the Soho House Group this is the other branch of Pizza East which is based in Shoreditch instead.

Location: 310 Portobello Road
London
W10 5TA

 

10. Sartori, Covent Garden

 

Sartori, London – UK

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Amongst thousands of touristy place this restaurant truly stands up. Wood-fired oven, you can find both individual or metre long pizza. Fresh and quality toppings.

Location: 15-18 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JE
02078366308

 

 

The Nose Review at the Royal Opera

Recently I went to the Opera and watched a comic-grotesque musical by Shostakovich called “The Nose”.

Shostakovich was in his 20s when began writing the Nose, it was his debut at the Opera.

As absurd as it may sound has truly kept me entertained throughout the whole act.

It narrates the story of a civil servant – Kovalov –  who wakes up discovering that his nose was missing and the desperate hunt to find it that follow suit.

The Opera director is the Australian Barry Kosky, and  plays the satirical short story written by Nikolai Gogol, a Ukrainian born- Russian dramatist, novelist and short story writer.

Even though Kosky has asserted that the story is about fear, paranoia and loss it was very hard for me not to laugh at each and every joke.

Perhaps that could be due to my peculiar taste for dark humour or just because it was just very hard not to. Truly recommended.

A day out in Richmond Park

Richmond is a village that is tucked away from the London mess and definitely a pleasant break to take into consideration when in need of some peace of mind.

It sits at the very end of the District Line and nearby the river, I aim to take a wander through the vast Park hoping to spot at least one of the famous wild deer. And here they are, beautiful and better than I imagined. Apparently, a total of 630 Red and Fallow Deer roam freely in the park since 1529.

The park is a National Natural Reserve, home to an exotic plantation and a Georgian Mansion (Pembroke Lodge) from which you can spot an amazing view of the River Thames.

 

Photo credit Roman in London 2017
Photo credit Roman in London 2017

Deer spotting is definitely only one of the things you can do when in Richmond and I’m well aware there’s a lot more to uncover… Perhaps another time!

 

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Oslo: a perfect winter break

 

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View from the Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London

 

If you are looking for some ideas on where to get to for a short winter break, don’t look any further as I have some advice for you. Oslo, in fact, is a perfect place for a winter getaway.

Although is very well known for being quite expensive (and yes, I can confirm that it is) you can still manage to avoid spending a fortune. I spent a total of £75 for both plane tickets (Ryanair) and accommodation (Airbnb). However, I did spend roughly the same amount for breakfast grocery shopping at the local supermarket…

When I got there last January though, the atmosphere was absolutely magical and definitely worth it. The City was covered by a sheet of white snow that made me feel cosy and festive even though the Christmas season was over.

Street arts, culture, and a picturesque landscape make Oslo a unique place to visit. Easily explorable by foot, a good start is to visit the Fjord on the waterfront, where the Opera House is located. The Opera House is the home of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet and it is a truly amazing structure made of granite, marble, and ice and it resembles two blocks of ice.

 

 

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Snøhetta’s landmark. Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London#

 

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Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London

 

 

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Opera House. Photo credit Roman in London

 

For a cultural day, you can start by comparing modern and traditional Norwegian art and architecture, visiting the newly reopened Kunstnernes Hus, an artist-run space. Then walk down the hill to the Norwegian National Gallery  to see the work of Edvard Munch where The Scream is on display.

 

 

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National Gallery. Photo by Roman in London

 

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The Scream, Edward Munch. Photo by Roman in London

 

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What to pack for your summer holiday

packing list
by Roman in London

Whatever your plans are for this summer, it’s always good to be wardrobe ready for every occasion. This is my list of staple items for this summer 2016.

1.The hat is from LOTUS FOEDORA By Janessa Leone

2. The swimwear is from bikini.com

3. The watch is Larsson and Jenkins

4. The dress is from TOPSHOP

5. Adidas Stan Smith

6. Zara Multicolor Pompom Embellished Leather Sandals

7. Trousers from Finery London

Hope you like it!