Love is in the air 
Everywhere I look around 
Love is in the air 
Every sight and every sound 

And I don’t know if I’m being foolish 
Don’t know if I’m being wise 
But it’s something that I must believe in 
And it’s there when I look in your eyes 

Mandorli

 

I bought this outfit while Milan was still a freezing place to be. I still get weirded out by our habits, buying cachemire in summer and cotton outfits in winter, but it also gives me something to look forward to fashion-wise!
So I waited. And waited. And waited some more, for the sun to come out and for all those flowers to bloom on me.
Boy, they did! Ladies and gentleman, I give to you one of my favorite spots in Milan – the Sempione Park!

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Yes, you are seeing right, and no, it is not a photoshoot prop. I genuinely go around the city with my bicycle. It’s an old-ish Rossignoli, a historical brand in Milan with the cutest shop that’s been there for decades, and it’s my fourth bike. When I first came to Milan in 2001, my husband surprised me upon arrival with a similar one, but in red, with a flaming bow on top of it. I was surprised and touched, yet the love wasn’t to last long, because that one has been stolen few months later. I remember crying like a child, it was that dear to me! Since then I have bought only Rossignoli in red, or more recently pale pink.
You can often see many Milan ladies wearing vertiginously high heels and riding bicycles. The reason for this is the dimensions of the city and the commodity of not having to wait for a taxi or a tram – not to mention not having to walk when your feet hurt. 🙂 Little tricks go a long way! As for the car, I categorically refuse to use mine in the city: Milan’s streets are narrow and parking is a mess. I’d much rather have a driver do all the hard work, while I’m busy trying not to break an ankle on our cobblestone streets.

There is something poetic in a bicycle. I always have in mind photographs from the 60-s, when women use to dress very femininely but that didn’t stop the from doing anything, including riding a bike. Yet today I always get the same question: “Seriously, you ride that in heels? Do you have a death wish?”
Yet I find it romantic, getting to work or appointments wearing a full circle skirt on my 2 wheels. I use to be more extreme, and not even rain could stop me, but these days I only take it when I know it’s sunny; it just gives me a better vibe, and generally puts a smile on my face while feeling the breeze. How could I possibly be angry or annoyed with anything after that?

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Also, as you can see, I can carry my shopping around without much effort 😀

The outfit is by Dolce & Gabbana, but let me take a moment to adore the shoes: they are by Gianvito Rossi, 10 cm high and as comfortable and soft as a pair of loafers. I confess a growing passion for this brand, capable of making insanely sexy shoes but also understanding that real, working women actually walk around wearing them 😀 So Mr Rossi, thank you so much for making my fashion life easier!

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One of my essentials for summer days: a Chanel GST in creamy white. There is nothing that this bag can’t fit, it can be worn both on the shoulder and in hand, and looks good on any daily outfit. I never wear it in the evening, though, because I prefer less bulk with more elaborate dresses.

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Another essential that I never thought I would want to wear again: Chanel J12 in white ceramic. In 2011, I had an accident that left me with a broken wrist that somehow never went back to feeling the same again, and I couldn’t stand the thought of wearing a watch. Yet a dear SA at Chanel managed to convince me I would not feel the weight of a J12, and she was right. If I had any advices for an investment piece other than a Rolex, this would be it: the white ceramic is impossible to ruin or scratch and a couple of years later mine is still as good as it was when I bought it.

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I have a thing for unusual belts. They can make or break an outfit, highlight the waist, and generally I like making feminine dresses a bit less girly with a, let’s say, studded belt – or in this case, I added some sugar with silicone flowers from Burberry.

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This park is near my home and I drive through it almost every day. You meet people jogging, families, teenagers sunbathing, tourists enjoying the view of the nearby Castello Sforzesco (the Sforza Castle). It’s almost Milan’s answer to Central Park, although admittedly much, much, MUCH smaller. This city is permanently busy and its inhabitants work like crazy, so every once in a while I just like to stop, get off the bike and enjoy the green, the sunshine and people passing by!
So, it is finally spring in Milan, and I am falling in love with my boyfriend city all over again.

And you, are you in love?

XO 😀

 

4 Comments on Love is in the air

  1. Cashmerelibrarian
    May 26, 2014 at 3:27 am (3 years ago)

    This is awesome. I now commute too far to go by bike, but I used to wear my Manolos and Chanel heels on my way to work, on my bicycle. You actually don’t see that too much in the US. 🙂

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    • ladyviolante
      May 26, 2014 at 8:12 am (3 years ago)

      Hello cashmere loving librarian 😀
      I couldn’t imagine living in this city without my bicycle. seriously. I am guessing in the US it gets difficult in bigger cities, and more dangerous too.
      Riding with heels is actually much easier than people think, am I right? 😀

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  2. tskottmyhre
    June 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Hello,

    You look so pretty on the bike in that beautiful dress! I think it is something so magical with going around on a bicycle and it is such a perfect way to get around! I don’t have a problem biking in high heels, and it such a beautiful sight when you see a pretty lady dressed up and in heels on the bicycle. I think there are far more dangerous things you can do than to bike in heels! The bike is so beautiful and so girly, I love it!

    Also so much fun to learn a little more about you, I had no idea you were married and I can imagine your husband is the sweetest guy and I’m sure the two of you make such a beautiful couple going out!

    Much love,

    Tarand

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    • ladyviolante
      June 11, 2014 at 6:33 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Tarand!

      Thank God for that bike! It is the easiest and the quickest way to get around in Milan, which is a very plain city so no extra effort needed.
      Yes, I am married 😉 and yes, my husband is a sweet man, I admit! As for going out, I am much more of a fan of it, while he likes quiet evenings with me. Opposites attract 😉

      Love your way,

      Sandra

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