From Paris with Love: Review of the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2017 Collection

At last, we’re in spring and I know that you share my enthusiasm.
To celebrate the beginning of the season, I headed to Paris — city of light, love and haute couture. I just got back.

While there, I took in Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2017 Collection, which was previewed in the Tomorrow Ltd. showroom in the heart of the city. 

If you love velvet, you’ll certainly appreciate this New York designer’s collection. Purses, accessories and simply adorable flats made from this beautiful fabric. Velvet is a hot trend that won’t go away for some time. I particularly love velvet mules.

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I adore the designer’s wide selection of jeweled guitar straps to customize handbags. Very. Clever. Idea. Chic suddenly becomes practical in that you may have one bag and simply change the straps to match outfits. This is particularly useful for travel. All you have to put in your suitcase is ONE bag and few different straps for different looks.

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You can also accessorize your bag with a Power Puff Pompon D’Alimentation, which has a USB and iPhone cord designed into it. You can give your phone a charging boost wherever you are.  Perfect accessory for every city fashionista! It certainly saved me in Paris, given my constant use of social media, Google Map and Uber ride applications. I highly recommend to to visit Rebecca Minkoff’s website for more gadgets and tech accessories. 


In signing off, I’d like to reiterate that the Minkoff collection is exquisite. It’s romantic, yet it has an edgy vibe. I think every woman can find something exciting that fits her personal style and taste from the new line. What do you think of it?

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NYFW Fall / Winter 2017 : Diversity, Futurism, Modern Romance and More…

 
 
Hi everyone!
It’s finally getting warm here, in New York City! It’s been a tough month for me, as I’ve been trying to recover from bad cold, while balancing my job and freelance work.
Lately, I’ve been also debating whether I should change the name of this web page and focus on writing reviews about fine jewelry (the industry in which I work) or start anew with a photography blog focusing on fashion and design.
That said, attending the ready-to-wear fall/ winter 2017 New York Fashion Week and appreciating the diversity of amazing emerging designers, inspired me to return to this blog. Also, I find myself coming back because of the community I have here with all of you. I’m so grateful to my followers for supporting me on my journey. Without you, everything would be meaningless.
So, here are the highlights from fashion week that I’d like to share with you: 
Hakan Akkaya was on point this season. Predominantly consisting of black, his collection questions freedom and celebrates sexual, racial and gender equality. hakan_akkaya_nyfw_fall_2017_all_black
The aesthetics of Mémère’s premiere collection by Sarah Julia LeBlanc satisfy the exquisite taste of any romantic fashionista. Featuring thousands of white roses scattered throughout the presentation space and ethereal-looking models, the collection was inspired by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. 

 

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Photo Credit: Dan Lecca

A dreamy vibe and feminine looks were also predominant at Lan Yu’s runway show.  She is one of Asia’s most influential designers. The opulence of fabrics and soft mint hues of the collection were particularly striking. Please, check out my next blog post for details. Lan Yu Fall 2017

Berenik, founded by a Swiss designer and painter, featured 50 diverse artists performing contemporary dance, which reflected its overall diverse nature and the freedom of dance improvisation. The blend of Scandinavian aesthetics, classics, athletic fashion and contemporary streetwear incorporated into the design make the collection accessible for women of any age and sizes. 

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Denibi, a fashion house based in Barcelona, presented a striking collection featuring futuristic minimalism and African heritage. Denibi symbolizes a utopia for creatives. A place is created where individuals are able to push themselves to the fullest of their artistic ability with like minds and limitless possibilities.Denibi Barcelona Fall Winter 2017 NYFW

Spring Summer 2017 Men’s Fashion Week: Nick Graham, Kenneth Ning and More!

I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying your summer vacation breaks to the fullest. I am a bit late with New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17, due to my crazy, unpredictable schedule. Yet, better late than never!

I’ve always been attracted to certain men’s jewelry and accessories and once in a while I like to borrow from the men’s section. I think a strong masculine piece such as a structural blazer, men’s briefcase or men’s watch can add an effortless edginess, chic, and conservatism to the overall feminine look.

So, here are my favorite moments from New York Fashion Week: Men’s SS17.

1. I’ve loved Nick Graham’s innovative approach to creating a fashion show. The dazzling event allowed attendees to dive into the glamorous, prerevolutionary 1950s world of Cuba. Its world-class cabaret and club, Tropicana, was especially highlighted. Nick Graham Cuban Theme Summer Spring 2017

The use of a striking visual presentation versus a traditional runway show was intriguing. It provided bloggers and editors with more time to analyze details, so they could create better content, while fully enjoying the 1950s Havana vibes. One of my favorite looks: effortlessly chic rolled pants, camo scarf, and retro sunglasses.

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2.  I also found the Artistix and Andy Hilfiger “Equality” line to be quite inspirational. In particular, I liked the abstract prints by Artistix founder Greg Polisseni. I’d like to see more of these elements and prints incorporated in women’s clothes.

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3. Designed in New York and handmade in London, Passavant and Lee briefcases have such a sleek and modern look, combined with traditional craftsmanship. Functionality and timeless style are the key of this brand. I’d certainly recommend checking their website for product details.

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4. Refreshing hues of navy and red and unexpected tropical prints in Parke and Ronen collection were a breath of fresh air during the men’s fashion week events. I also found checkered shirts tied around the waistline a la the ‘90s quite exciting and worth stealing.

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5. Also, I loved Kenneth Ning’s innovative designs and military chic inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 British-American war film, “Full Metal Jacket.” The contrast between models’ emotionless faces and the rebellious deconstruction of designers’ garments was particularly striking. Three words would describe Kenneth Ning’s Men’s SS17 collection: edgy, innovative and effortless.

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Hakobu Brand Designer Miho Suenaga Browne on Japanese Design, Work and More

I discovered Suenaga Browne’s stylish handbags online and I knew I had to talk to her. This was a great opportunity. I’ve always admired the natural simplicity and philosophy of Japanese aesthetics. I find this particular designer’s fusion of traditional Japanese and Western cultures quite interesting.

Here is what she revealed about herself and her work:

Tell me more about the function of your products.

The name “Hakobu” comes from the Japanese word “hakobu” or “to carry.” I chose that name because I wanted to make products that people could easily carry with them whenever they left the house. I want people to look and feel stylish with products that are well-designed and easy to use during their daily routines or when they go somewhere special.

Hakobu designs bring together elements from Tokyo, Japan, where I grew up, as well as elements from the US. Combining these elements, I focus on creating unique designs that have a friendly, familiar feel to them. I create designs that are sophisticated and Japanese in their simplicity. And I think one of the true charms of Hakobu is that all of our products are handmade and unique. Each is made only once. That allows our customers the joy of having a one-of-a-kind item, something truly personal they can add to their look.

Describe your creative process.

My creative process for Hakobu involves several steps.

hakobuFirst, in order to design a sewing pattern for a product, I do research and gather lots of information. Hakobu designs involve adding American and European elements to Japanese elements, as well as adding contemporary elements to traditional elements. I therefore spend time researching Japanese and Western traditions and fashions, both online and on paper, to bring those four areas together.

For example, my Azuma bag is a contemporary approach to a way of carrying goods that was used in the Edo period in Japan. And my Hakobu bag is a contemporary approach to kinchaku drawstring bags that were used for personal items also during the Edo period; this I have made into a true handbag. Both meant designing original patterns. And I have altered both types of bags to make them contemporary and easier to use. I have added magnetic snaps, changed sizes and combined Japanese and Western fabrics.

Most Hakobu products are based on traditional Japanese items, while the fabric patterns combine both Japanese and Western elements.

When I select fabrics, I look for different characteristics. When selecting Japanese fabrics, I look for those that are reminiscent of traditional designs and those that convey a sense of the four seasons and Japanese culture. When selecting Western fabrics, I look for things that inspire me, things that remind me of American television shows I watched as a kid, movies, European art and places I have visited.

Bringing Japanese, Western, traditional and contemporary elements together, ideas tend to come to me when looking at fabrics. With the shapes decided, I go from there and create each Hakobu product. This is something that is intuitive and therefore hard to describe… but in the end, Hakobu products represent my personal experiences.

Have you ever danced in the rain?

I have not, though I have been dancing since I was a student! I used to do cheerleading, and I have also learned hula. 

The question reminds me of the film “Singing in the Rain.” Dancing so smoothly and singing “I am dancing and singing in the rain….” I really like that scene.

What is your perfect breakfast?

I love the breakfasts you get at Japanese hot spring ryokan (hotels). Rice, grilled fish, miso soup, seaweed, and Japanese omelets. This is a traditional breakfast in Japan that is so simple and so good.

But honestly, usually I do not have time, so my breakfast is often just coffee and toast.

What question do you hate to answer?

I tend to be rather straightforward, and rarely am I embarrassed or feel the need to hide anything, so no question really bothers me. I don’t like attacking, negative questions, though.

In general, Japanese people are said to be quiet and shy. But personally, I do not think that’s quite accurate. I think that Japanese people tend to say their opinions when appropriate, but also resist being self-assertive when it is not appropriate.

The film you can watch over and over again…

“Roman Holiday.” I feel really drawn to Audrey Hepburn’s character (Princess Ann), who is so beautiful, yet playful and unpretentious. This character embodies the kind of women I admire.

As this is an old romantic comedy, this movie does not have the sexual elements of contemporary movies. This, together with the beautiful streets of Rome, the fashions and expressions of characters, and how it is filmed makes for a beautiful movie. Watching it puts me in a really good mood. I will never get tired of it.

The best piece of career advice someone has given to you is…

That would be “You should open your own store.” My husband, who did something similar with his own artwork, encouraged me to start.

Starting the Hakobu brand was a big decision and required a lot of energy. I had plenty of questions early on: “what kinds of things do people like?;” “how can I explain my products simply so people understand?” etc. I had doubts, too: “Will people buy this?” When I opened Hakobu, it took time before the first product sold, and I felt quite a lot of frustration. But my husband encouraged me to look at it long-term — “make good products and people will come.” And my family and friends have always been there, supporting and cheering me on. I have made it this far because of them.

Having started this brand, it has connected me with websites like this one, with people on social media and has allowed me to see things and meet people I never knew before. I am really glad I decided to take that first step and start.

I want to thank Lena for this opportunity. Truly, thank you!

Currently, the designer resides in Tokyo and continues to develop her brand. If you’d like to learn more about Hakobu and its creations, visit www.hakobubrand.com 

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Let Nature Be Your Guide: Celebrating Spring with Bare Minerals in Soho, New York

Spring in New York City invigorates me. But I know wherever you are in the world, you are appreciating this season of renewal.

Ready to update your makeup bag for spring? I thought so!
Last weekend, I was invited to a fun event at the Bare Minerals Shade Shop in Soho. I learned a lot about the brand, new products and spring beauty tips from makeup experts. It was also a great opportunity to network with other bloggers, enjoy the beats by  DJ Trav and ultimately relax after a long day.

One of the products I’d particularly like to mention is 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow. It was part of the Bare Essentials makeup bag giveaway and I absolutely fell in love with it. Containing full skin-loving ingredients, this almost virtually undetectable, light-textured cream has SPF protection and can be also used as a fantastic primer. The results are a long-lasting, fresh and natural look.

Here’s to spring and wonderful new products, fashion enthusiasts!

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I Want To Be a Part of It — New York

Bright, exciting, intense, vibrant, sensible. New York City at its best.

I moved here almost four months ago. I made a good decision. Leaving a comfort zone for a more intense environment has made me content. The intensity, and the electrifying infusion of culture and art, make this a unique city.

I’ve moved a few times since I arrived. Finally, I have found an apartment that I love. I have a gigantic office table, and a large rack with countless hangers― something I have missed.

While moving around, I met Americans from various regions, as well international residents. Prior to moving to New York, I knew people with a strong connection to this city, but they elsewhere for various reasons. I interviewed many of them and I want to share their impressions of the city.

“My first three years living in New York city was like running a marathon. It’s an extremely competitive place where everyone follows his or her dreams. Everyone is  running, everyone pushes himself or herself. You don’t want to be behind.” a beauty consultant and filmmaker from California.

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Brooklyn Bridge

“Sometimes it’s a challenge to make people to participate in a questionnaire. But I don’t take the rejections personally. I am a New Yorker.”interviewer from 1,000 Fortune company in Manhattan.

“You either can end up on the top of Manhattan’s roofs or in the bottom of the city. You have to be very careful”a taxi driver from Middle East.

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High Line, NYC

“The first months can be extremely challenging in New York. Hang in there and don’t go back.” Entrepreneur at a meet-up for professionals.

 “I would never live in New York. My trips here are solely for business purposes. It’s extremely intense here.”a woman-entrepreneur in her 40s, buyer from Trinidad.

“I’ve been in NYC now for just more than a year and I was placed here for work. Initially, I lived between NYC and London. I gave up my friends and London lifestyle to be here and had a hard time of it to start with. It can be an intimidating city, but people are very friendly. Finding affordable housing was tough and while here I changed jobs so my work stopped paying for my rent, which was a massive shock to find it myself with no credit! My new job sorted out my visa and I decided I would stay here for good. No matter how tough it is out here I love it and I have been here for more than six years now. The art/music/food/people/diversity – everything makes it kind of magical. There is always a party somewhere and everyone’s invited. I am constantly falling back in love with the city and hope I keep doing it for as long as I live here. “entrepreneur, advertising industry.

“I think there is no other place like New York. It’s challenging and can be cruel, stinky and disgusting at times but it’s also extremely powerful, fascinating and beautiful. There is special energy in the city that compensates for annoying train rides and tourists. And I hate winters here.”photographer, former programmer.

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“New York is all about movement. You pay a premium for space in every capacity. And although there are millions around you are more alone than in any other city.” – vice president of real estate company, Miami

What was your experience of living in New York? Have you ever thought about moving to this city?

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Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull.
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Columbus Circle, Central Park

 

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Culture Melds

Every country, as every individual, has its unique personality. Every culture has flaws and fascinating attributes we can learn and adopt.

I was always sort of a sponge. I absorbed these values quickly. Of course, they were positive values, the type that make you search deep within yourself, question, grow and develop as a person. It became a habit that comes with the experience of traveling and living abroad. You are becoming like water— flexible and adaptable.

When I lived in Italy, the most important thing I learned was to stay in the moment. In the United States, one is forced to think about tomorrow. Sometimes, you simply forget to live. Working hard to accomplish your dreams is important.

Still, 30 years from now, you want to say: “My life was so interesting. Yes, I went through ups and downs, but all those events made me that beautiful and strong person I am today. ”

We must learn to enjoy the present. When did you last spend time with your friends? When was the last time you tried doing something new?

When I studied in Italy, I met many interesting people. Suddenly, my world burst forth with color. I started to appreciate the quality of food, the quality of communication, the quality of family relationships. I wore bold, rich colors like Italian girls.

Interestingly, the Italian’s love for these colors are rooted in the images of the Harlequin, a comic servant character from the Italian Commedia dell’arte and its descendant, the Harlequinade.

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The Harlequin represents the lively, younger generation of the Commedia. In the minor intrigues he is associated with, he has a satirical voice. Clever, but somewhat buffoonish, he is known for the bright diamond lozenges he wears.

And because of a 16th century clown, I was inspired to incorporate bright, bold colors to my wardrobe.

I’m on my way to Festa Italiana to celebrate Italy and her culture, and especially, her fashion. By the way, what are your thoughts on wearing bright colors?

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“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Exploring Italy: Summer Courses At Marangoni, Milan

Have you ever lived in another country for at least two months?

I have lived in the United States for almost nine years, and I miss the fresh experience of visiting a country, exploring new customs and cultures, meeting new people.

About a year ago I enrolled in the Istituto Marangoni in Milan.

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I have to say, it was one of the best experience in my life. Not only did I learn a lot about the culture, but also I had the incredible opportunity to meet interesting people. Students came from Israel, Venezuela, Korea, Peru, Brazil, Greece, Japan, Argentina, the United Sates and a few other countries. They came from different professional backgrounds. There were models, designers, photographers, sales professionals and many others. Despite all of our differences, we shared one thing — love and passion for the fashion and apparel industry.

The long classes began at 8:30 a.m. and finished nine hours later. Still, the time passed like the speed of light. I think even a person who is indifferent to fashion would find these classes extremely interesting because they incorporate diverse topics like worldwide history, music, cinematography, economy and even politics. All of these subjects affect trends and it is essential to know about them in order to analyze current trends and be able to apply this knowledge when forecasting upcoming trends. As an entrepreneur who sells vintage apparel that is primarily representative of top European brands, I found these classes to be invaluable. Not only have I mastered brand awareness, but learned many insights into the luxury industry, thanks to the incredible local Italian instructors who were very patient about my extreme curiosity.

Here are a few things that I gleaned from my studying experience in Italy:

  • Instead of renting a hotel rooms with your friend/partner book a room with a local family. You will have an invaluable cultural learning experience. In addition, a great host will help you to get around the city and provide many tips and insights into local customs and sights. I like to use airbnb.com, which provides host review/feedback, along with detailed information about the place.
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Place I’ve booked through airbnb.com

  • Instead of hanging out with tourists, meet locals. Look for events attended by expats by registering at Internations.org. If you don’t know the local language, you might want to check the LinkedIn events and see if people from your native country are living and working around the city. It’s a great opportunity for networking and learning from their experiences of working/studying abroad.

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  • Forget about tourist excursions, which remind me of a flock of sheep following the tour-guide with a flag. Instead, explore the city on your own or with local people. Don’t be afraid to get lost and meet new people, even if you don’t speak the local language. Overcome your fear. Look at your experience as a learning opportunity and a challenge. There is nothing more satisfying than learning to be comfortable in unknown places.
  • It’s much more affordable buy a local phone than to use international plan rates when staying for a substantial time abroad. If you decide to use an international plan and own a smartphone, be careful how you use your data. Watching YouTube videos and surfing the social network sites is extremely expensive. You might end up with a bill for more than  $1,000. It’s a hard lesson to learn.
  • Don’t trust people who offer to take your picture, especially in a tourist zone. They may simply steal your camera or ask too high price for your “photo-shoot session”.
  • When it comes to dining, the service is much better outside the tourist areas. The waiters and owners are nicer and more polite, and the food itself is much more affordable and not of a lesser quality.
  • Don’t rely on the availability of wireless cafes/restaurants. Unlike the United States, in Italy free Wi-Fi is not readily available. This is another reason to book a room through airbnb.com. Find a room/apartment with Wi-Fi availability.
  • Watch out for cheap, designer-looking clothes, which are labeled “Made In Italy.”  They are usually made in factories owned by Chinese immigrants and are not of the same quality as traditional “made in Italy” products.
  • If you have a chance to be in Bologna, try local Bolognese lasagna, the best lasagna I’ve ever had!

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  • If you have an opportunity to visit a small town or village in Italy, go for it! I had an incredible experience being at Morbegno, a beautiful village on Vatellina Mountains. Not only I’ve learned a lot about wine during the local wine festival there, but also acquired a broader perspective on Italian customs and traditional Italian food.

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What is your experience of living abroad?

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Вам приходилось жить за границей, по крайней мере в течении двух месяцев?
В Соединенных Штатах я живу почти девять лет; должна признаться, время от времени я скучаю по ощущениям начальной стадии проживания в новой стране, с её новыми обычаями и укладами.

Около года назад я поступила в Миланский институт, Марангони. Должна сказать, это был один из лучших опытов в моей жизни. Я не только узнала многое нового об итальянской культуре, но у меня также была невероятная возможность познакомиться с интересными людьми. Студенты приехали из Израиля, Кореи, Перу, Бразилии, Греции, Японии, Аргентины, Соединенных Штатов и некоторых других стран.  Это были в основном девушки разных профессий, включая моделей, дизайнеров, фотографов, специалистов по продажам и многих других видов деятельности. Несмотря на все наши различия, мы разделяли общее – интерес и страсть к индустрии моды.

Занятия начинались в 8:30 утра и длились около девять часов. Тем не менее, время пролетало незаметно.  Я думаю, что даже человеку, который равнодушен к моде, эти классы бы показались чрезвычайно увлекательными, т.к. они включают множество разнообразных тем: мировую историю, музыку, кинематографию, экономику и даже политику.  Все эти сферы, как правило, влияют на тенденции моды, и знание их просто необходимо для того чтобы уметь анализировать текущие тенденции а также уметь применять эти знания при прогнозировании будущих трендов. Как предпринимателю, который занимается и-коммерцией в сфере моды, эти классы сыграли не маловажную роль в моей деятельности. Благодаря местным итальянским инструкторам, которые были невероятно терпеливы к моему чрезвычайному любопытству, я не только освоила известные бренды, но также глубже познала специфику индустрии моды.  

Итак, я хотела бы поделиться несколькими советами,  почерпнутыми из моего опыта пребывания в Италии:

  • Вместо аренды гостиничных номеров с вашим другом / партнером забронируйте комнату или квартиру через airbnb.com.  Таким образом, вы не только почувствуюте особенности жизненного уклада в стране, но и вполне вероятно хост квартиры  поможет вам в перемещении по  городу или предоставит множество советов по поводу местных достопримечательностей.  Немаловажно учитывать тот факт, что airbnb обеспечивает характеристику владельца квартиры наряду с подробной информацией о месте проживания.
  • Вместо того, чтобы болтаться с туристами, стремитесь познакомиться с местными жителями.  Сходите на мероприятия экспатов, зарегистрировавшись на Internations.org. Если вы не знаете местного языка, вы можете проверить LinkedIn мероприятия и посмотреть, присутствуют ли экспаты из России.  Это отличная возможность познакомиться с интересными людьми и просто узнать большее о стране.
  • Забудьте о традиционных туристических экскурсиях, которые напоминают мне стадо овец, следующего за гидом с флажком.  Вместо этого, исследуйте город самостоятельно или с кем-нибудь из местных друзей.  Не бойтесь заблудиться и познакомиться с новыми людьми, даже если вы не говорите на местном языке. Пользуйтесь возможностью преодолеть свои страхи.  Посмотрите на свой опыт, как на вызов.  Ведь это весьма удовлетворяющий опыт – научиться чувстовать себя комфортно в самой неизвестной обстановке.
  • Гораздо более экономично купить местный телефон чем использовать международные тарифы, в особенности если вы проживаете значительно длительное время за границей.  Если вы решите использовать международный план и у вас смартфон, будьте осторожны при использовании интернета.  Просмотр YouTube видео и серфинг в социальных сетях вам обойдется сногшибательно дорого.
  • Не доверяйте людям, которые предлагают вам сделать снимок вашим фотоаппаратом, особенно в туристической зоне.  Вполне возможно “фотограф” либо незаметно исчезнет оставив вас с пустыми руками или попросит слишком немыслимую цену за “фотосессию”.
  • Отдайте предпочтение ресторанчикам вне туристической зоне. Очень часто обслуживание в них намного лучшего качества: официанты и владельцы ресторанов более вежливые, да и итальянские спагетти более изысканнее и обойдутся вам гораздо дешевле.
  • Не полагайтесь на наличие интернет-кафе / ресторанов на каждом шагу.  В отличие от США, в Италии бесплатный Wi-Fi не так доступен.  Это еще один повод чтобы забронировать номер через airbnb.com. Забронируйте комнату / квартиру с Wi-Fi.
  • Будьте осторожны при покупке одежды которая по дизайну напоминает высоких дизайнеров, с маркой “Сделано в Италии”.  Они обычно делаются на заводах принадлежащих китайским иммигрантам и абсолютно иного качества, нежели традиционная “сделано в Италии” одежда.
  • Если у Вас есть шанс быть в Болонье, попробуйте местную Болоньезе лазанья – это самая наивкуснейшая  лазанья, которую я когда-либо попробовала в своей жизни!
  • Если у вас есть возможность посетить  какой-нибудь небольшой городок в Италии, дерзайте.  У меня был прекрастный опыт в Morbegno, красивый маленький городок на горах Vatellina.  Я не только узнала многое о вине и принципах виноделия во время местного фестиваля вина, но и в целом, Morbegno позволило мне расширить кругозор в области итальянских обычаев и традиционной итальянской кухни.

А каков ваш опыт жизни за границей?