ITALIAN FASHION - PAIGE ALLISON COLLAB

Dec 9, 2015

This week I had the privilege of collaborating with Paige Allison.

Paige lives in Portland, Oregon and studies Fashion Merchandising in Central Washington. Her style is inspired by the bohemian thrifted style from Portland and also a mix of grunge and hipster from her weekend travels to Seattle. 

CASUAL MENS SWEATER

Dec 2, 2015


I spent the last week sight seeing and traveling around Italy with my sister Stephanie who came to visit me. It was so great to have her here. I was so excited to show her everything I love about Firenze. For this outfit I aimed for something comfortable, but also chic. I wore my men's Guiness sweater that I got from my travels in Ireland and paired it with leggings for comfort. My booties are great because they go with everything and dress up my look. I wore my glasses and hair messy for an effortless vibe and my favorite oversized grey coat for warmth.

PARIS FASHION

Nov 18, 2015


I've been consumed by the Italian fashion and constantly getting inspired by the fashion on the streets of Florence. I love the look of minimalistic and structured layering so when I found this grey coat form Zara, I had to have it. 

Paris, France

Nov 10, 2015


About two weeks ago I had a week off from school in Italy, so naturally I spent it traveling and seeing as much of Europe as I could. Starting with Paris, I then traveled to Amsterdam, London, and ending in Ireland. It was a fun-packed week of traveling, sight-seeing, and even experiencing a couple bumps in the road (Including losing my phone in Amsterdam). By far it was one of the most amazing weeks of my life.


STATEMENT SKIRT

Oct 20, 2015

Being in Italy has inspired me to try new styles and different fashion trends. The street style here is flourishing with new and innovative looks that inspire me every time I walk out of my apartment. Everyone here appreciates personal style, even the men. The unique personal style is a refreshing perspective compared to the over-worn trends and style traps Americans tend to follow. Italy has been constantly inspiring me in design, style, and art. I'm excited to use my skills that I learn here and apply them back at home.


Milan, Italy - Fashion Week

Oct 6, 2015

It's been a long time dream of mine to go to fashion week. Living in Florence finally gave me the chance to experience it first-hand. Since during the week I have classes and have been traveling as much as I can on the weekends, I only had one day to spend in Milan. Although I didn't have a ticket into any of the shows, I did my best to work my magic at the security. I might have not gotten to see any of the designers' work first-hand, but I still had a memorable experience nonetheless. Standing outside the Dolce & Gabanna show I witnessed amazing street style fashion. It was such a surreal atmosphere to be apart of knowing everyone there was as eager and in love with fashion as I was. After the show let out I sneaked in quick selfie pics with some of the models and got the chance to see up-close and personal Vogue Fashion Editor Anna Wintor.

Florence, Italy - Week One

Sep 9, 2015


For those of you who didn't know, I'm in Italy! I will be studying abroad in Florence for the next four months while I'm studying fashion at Lorenzo de Medici. I'm excited to finally start living out my traveling dreams and share with everyone my experiences. You can find all my future travel posts in the tab labeled “Travel” in the bar above.

Week one was eventful. After the 10 hour long plane ride here and after settling in, my seven roommates and I ventured off into the streets of Firenze. On my first night in Italy I ate pizza and it was amazing -mostly because I was starving and jet lagged.


Most of my first week I spent exploring Florence and attending orientation sessions at school. Everywhere I go there is something new to see and almost always something going on. I live within walking distance of the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Ponte Vecchio… to name a few. Not to mention the fashion. My wallet cries walking by Valentino, Gucci, Prada, and the many other designer stores I see everyday.


One of the first nights in Florence my school invited all the students to a dinner. Not knowing what to expect other than free food, I was thoroughly surprised when we arrived at the location. Located at the Borghese Palace Art Hotel, the school set up a three course meal and wine for all the students. I felt like royalty walking through each room decanted with chandeliers and painted angels on the ceilings; Almost like a fairytale. To say the least, it was an amazing experience.



One of the coolest things we did was go to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo where we saw all of Florence. There was a lot of stairs and hiking, but the view was beyond worth it. Belissimo!


The culture here is a lot different than in America. Unlike our culture where people are always on the go, Italy has a relaxed layback lifestyle. Sitting at a restaurant in Italy I realized how nice it was to take in the moment and unwind.  I’m so used to being rushed through dinner and being presented with the check in the hopes of opening your table up to a new customer. Here, we can sip our wine for hours and have to ask our waiters for the check when we are done.

Shopping groceries is an experience in itself. You won’t find giant shopping carts at the grocery store here because people don’t buy their food in bulk. Food is a lot fresher and trips to the grocery store are frequent. There isn’t an Italian supermarket like Walmart that is open 24/7. Grocery stores are small and people only buy what they can carry home. I learned this the hard way on my first visit to the local Conad. Carrying all my groceries up the four flights of stairs to our apartment was less than fun, but definitely a great workout.

This week I start classes and will share more soon!

Follow my Instagram feed @jacquirosew for everyday photos of my travels.

Until next time.

Ciao!

Boho Fall

Sep 7, 2015



The fall season is just around the corner and I'm already excited to bring out all of my layers. Taking my boho inspiration from the summer, I am transitioning my look for the upcoming fall weather with booties and a t-shirt knot. My Free People pants are a great casual way to make that seasonal transition. I paired the pin-striped pants with a basic white t-shrit that I tied in a knot for a simple effortless boho fix. Other summer trends like printed pants, culottes, and palazzo pants can also be used to attain this pant look. My favorite summer black fedora is a great transitioning accessory because it can be worn throughout all the seasons. I completed the look with a fringe metal necklace and a dark lip for a casual fall boho look perfect for the upcoming cooler months.

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Floral Romper

Sep 3, 2015




Rompers have become one of my favorite trends this summer because they are so easy and versatile. They can be casual, dressed-up, longer lengths, plain or even floral printed like mine. Continuing off of my inspiration of 70s style, I chose this American Eagle romper because of it's floral pattern and tie-waist. While I am in Italy and will most likely not experiencing the fall weather, I liked this romper because it was cute for summer, but the floral print is great for transitioning into the fall. Rompers are also a great go-to for when you have no outfit inspiration. They're any easy-cute fix like a dress, but without the worry of your skirt flying up. Shop this romper and more like it at AEO.

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Stay tuned to my blog where I'll be sharing my recent experiences in Florence, Italy.

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70s Flare

Aug 25, 2015



For this outfit I'm wearing head-to-toe American Eagle Outfitters. AEO's hippie vibes and casual wear are great for transitioning summer looks into fall. Since the 70s flare jeans are making a huge comeback, I had to give it a try when I saw this pair in their store. I liked this particular pair because they're casual with rips and discoloration for an easy-going hippie summer look. The jeans will also be great for transitioning into fall by adding layers of knits and scarves.

Style Tip:
When wearing flare jeans pair them with a chunky shoe that barely shows through the hem. This will make the wearer look taller and skinnier and also shows off the flare in the pant.

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Vintage Bandana

Aug 18, 2015



Lately I have been really inspired by past fashion trends. As the saying goes, "Everything comes back in style..." - My wardrobe is a testament to it. For this outfit I channeled my inner Madonna with some of my mothers old items from the 80's (Thanks, Mom). I wore her now vintage Victoria's Secret lace trimmed silk cami with little beaded pearls and paisley motif bandana to create this outfit. Still keeping it simple, I tucked the tank into high-waisted jeans and paired them with black ankle-strap heels.

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Scarves have become a huge fashion trend in the past 5 years. Not only are they great for cold weather, but work as a statement or accessory. More recently, bandanas have made a huge comeback. Their super casual vibe and effortless look makes it a very attainable and easy trend to try. They can be worn by folded and worn around the neck like a necklace or in your hair as a headband. It's also cute tied around a low bun for a more girly fun look.

I like the style of this outfit because it is simple, sophisticated, and on-trend. Little changes to an everyday outfit like adding a heel, bandana, or bold lip can transform a look while creating personal style.

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Casual Cool

Aug 10, 2015



My everyday summer style consists of basics paired with my Birkenstocks. It's easy going and simple for a casual cool look. The top I wore for this outfit was an old short sleeve button-up that use to be my mothers. Keeping only the first couple of buttons clasped, I pulled each side of the flaps to opposite sides and tucked it into my high-waisted shorts. By making a new neckline, the style of the top looks completely different while also being able to show off a little lace from my bralette. To complete the look I wore a redish purple hue lip for a pop of color. Summer outfits like this are my go-to because they are easy-going, but also show off my style. 

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