I’m no travel expert on paper, but with over thirty trips (and counting) to Italy for both work and leisure, I can honestly say I’ve done it all (well, almost all) on the beaten track so it’s no wonder why friends and family seek my advice on where to stay, how to get around, where to eat and what to do. To answer all these questions, I’ve compiled a concise guide based on my own experiences in bella Italia so that you can fly off to live la dolce vita with confidence. 

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The day before the official nationwide lockdown began, a pair of simple leather sandals were delivered to my door. I was relieved that they fit perfectly, but my toes were way too exposed and since this classic pair just didn't suit me, I either had to schedule the return as soon as possible or give them away to someone whose feet looked a lot prettier in them. Then I had a lightbulb moment: modifying these sandals with handmade flowers to hide my toes would be a challenging and creative DIY project. The final is result is dramatic and quite eccentric - I must admit - and the edges could have been cleaner, but would I actually wear them? Hell, YES!!! 

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Generally, I'm super impressed with the way my jacket turned out. It's truly the only one of its kind out there! The theme that I intended is so delicately expressed on the front, but when I turn around, it ought to inspire a "WOW!!!" The most rewarding part? By spending just a few hours sprucing up this classic biker, I know for certain that I'll get much more use out of it for years to come, and that's what I call "making fast fashion slow" in practice.

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Having returned from the beautiful island of Bali several week ago, I can say with complete honesty that I didn't shop much, but the items I did purchase are top-quality classic pieces that ought to withstand faddy fast-fashion trends. My prized purchase? A gorgeous silk sarong by Quarzia, which goes from 'over swimsuit' modesty scarf in western mindsets to a designer one-piece wonder that can transform in various innovative ways, to be repeated countless times as day wear.

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Donate your preloved dress or sponsor a pre-owned dress from our collection of occasion wear. Last year, we made several generous donations of dresses to schools where underprivileged girls risked missing their farewell dinner simply because they had nothing glamorous to wear, and couldn’t afford to splurge on nice-to-haves. In fact, we were told about a number of cases in which students resorted to attending their prom while donning their school uniform because it was the smartest clothing they owned!!

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Out with the 'old', and in with a 'new' YOU. We're well into the new year, and already the general mood and energy feels different... positive and stable. Numerologically speaking, 2020 (which breaks down into 11:11) is sure to bring with it both union and manifestation of all the hard work and effort that we've invested our energy into. Exciting!!! But to harness this new energy as shiny prospects in our material world, it would make perfect sense to clear out any stagnant remnants that no longer serve us and our personal growth. Have you noticed how certain garments remind you of people, places and times in your life when you either felt great or not your best self at all? 

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