snake charmer

Stefanel cardigan, cashmere sweater, unknown vintage snake belt, McQ skirt, 
Emilio Cavallini tights, Cole Haan pumps, Marni bag

Wearing python print tights is taking a snake print pretty literally: i.e. freaking my man out just a little bit (he hates snakes), but I think they're actually really flattering in a leg-slimming way. Paired with a vintage snake belt and a harem-hem skirt and we're ready to go. Even the sunshine cooperated to warm up the feel of the look.

Photos by Emiliano Sune 


emerald rodarte

Rodarte knit, Comme des Garcons for H&M blouse, Maison Martin Margiela pants, 
Bruno Magli boots, Marni bag, Marni glasses

Last week brought the best deal I've ever found at an outlet: this incredible Rodarte sweater. It is completely hand knit using many subtle colours and tiny sequins in the emerald and light blue colours. 

Photos by Emiliano Sune


rain dance

Braccialino umbrella, Alberta Ferretti coat, Club Monaco gloves, 
Stefanel tights, Moschino rain boots

We've had a bit of this type of weather lately... not ideal for photographing as Milan seems cast in a dreary grey filter. This was taken on our way back from brunch at a tex-mex restaurant near our place.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


paint it black

photographer: Alan Worsfold.
hair, makeup, styling: Kristina Haugen

This is a photo story/shoot I styled back in Canada just before moving to Milan. Alan Worsfold and I have collaborated before and wanted to do a quick shoot inspired by Lara Stone (my fav model) and Luisa Bianchin (fav ginger model), specifically this editorial from L'Officiel Brazil "Black Fire". We took it pretty literally for some of the images, I was lucky enough to randomly have clothing pieces that were very similar, and other images are an extension of where the story naturally wanted to go. We shot these looks in a record 2-3 hours which is pretty amazing considering it's a team of two doing what usually takes a team of multiples to accomplish. The focus in this series is clearly the hair against the shades and textures of black.

The hair: it got even longer than this before I chopped it off in a long bob nearly 9 months ago, to save the extension for future donation. I'm now growing it out again but it's a process. To keep hair healthy, it's best to avoid heat styling. I'm low maintenance (read lazy) with day-to-day hair anyway so that's convenient. I also invest in Fekkai Glossing conditioner (and shampoo when funds allow). Another completely worthwhile investment is a Mason Pearson (boar B1 or combination BN1) hairbrush. I found mine on ebay for less than half the retail cost and they are reported to last for at least 20 years, so cost-per-use comes out pretty justifiably. This hairbrush is really a magic wand for instant shine and lasting hair health.


20's flapper knits

Love Moschino dress, brushed silver calla-lily necklace handmade by an artist
in Milan, Moschino hat, Alberta Ferretti coat, Pure cashmere scarf,
Blumarine gloves, Calzedonia over-knee socks, Geox boots, Serapian bag

Interpreting the 20's flapper trend with daytime knits offers a more subtle result; one that is decidedly less "costume-y" than a beautiful drop-waist beaded/fringe evening dress usually associated with the era.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


weekend neutral

vintage Versace coat, Missoni knit, Calvin Klein Collection top, 
Pure cashmere scarf, Joe's jeans, Cole Haan pumps, 
Blumarine gloves, Serapian bag

I'm kind of at a loss for what to write about this outfit as it's pretty simple. The jeans are one of my preferred denim labels and seem to fit my shape better than J Brand. As for dressing denim up, I find that adding a pussy-bow top - regardless of textile composition - takes things into more elegant territory.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


3 M's to live by

Malo cashmere sweater coat, Moschino bow belt, 
Marni bag and tights, Cole Haan pumps

Like the old days of Sesame Street would dictate, this outfit is brought to you by the letter 'M' (and the colour aqua!). That and the three starring brands that begin with the letter also happen to be Italian... but of course. The moment I saw these tights it was colour-love even though they are admittedly wild, and the fact that they pick up the same colour in the knit coat is just plain lucky.

On a side note, I'm selling a smaller size (Italian 40) in the Malo coat on ebay if anyone is looking to wrap up in a cashmere dream.

Photos by Emiliano Sune



unknown vintage faux fur coat from Italy, Diesel dress, cashmere cardigan, 
Stefanel tights, Bruno Magli boots, 
Club Monaco cashmere fingerless gloves, Regina bag

We took a little day trip to visit Bergamo city for the first time this past weekend. Even though it's just over an hour away from Milan, we had never visited this darling Medieval hilltop city. It really is a charming place and, just like all Italian towns and cities, has a very specific identity and feeling. The old part of the city is only accessible by funicular and/or bus so it's a notably peaceful walking-town once you're there.

Photos by Emiliano Sune


the narciso fit

Narciso Rodriguez dress, Breil necklace, Pollini leather jacket, 
Geox boots, Marni bag

It's an unusual feeling when in January it is warm enough to take off your jacket for a few minutes in order to photograph the amazing achievement of fit and construction that is this dress. There are seams and intricate paneling in places I would have never thought of and then suddenly on the body it all makes sense. I have a few Narciso Rodriguez items in my closet and each is as dynamite in this regard as this dress. The fabric is a heavy silk that feels like a wool, and is warm like a wool.

Photos by Emiliano Sune