A Ride On The Carrousel At The Bristol Renaissance Faire Through Google Glass

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It Feels Like Autumn!…


Ipad Case : Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Shine  Shoes: Hussein Chalayan

Ipad Case : Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Shine
Shoes: Hussein Chalayan

Jacket: Derek Lam for DesigNation Chambray Jacket At Kohl's

Jacket: Derek Lam for DesigNation Chambray Jacket For Kohl’s

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Back To Black Or Discovering A Romantic Jem In A Stylish Beerline Area…

On a sunny day for a walk through stylish Beerline neighborhood…   I’ve discovered a romantic hidden jem with breathtaking views of city landmarks…

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Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana

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Bocce Ball

Traditional Italian Game: Bocce Ball

Italian Summer Festival


Traditional Italian Costume: I am in love with her flower band!

Traditional Italian Costume: I am in love with her flower band!


Traditional Italian Costumes

Italian Summer Festival In Milwaukee: Chocolate Lasagna

Chocolate Lasagna


Venice In Milwaukee

Italian Summer Festival

Festa Italiana

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.


Bristol Renaissance Fair

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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Interview With Erin Heatherton: How this Angel Earned her Wings

I arrived to my interview with Victoria Secret Angel Erin Heatherton early. As always, the journalists, photographers and other media representatives mingled. I focused on the products around me, and met new, interesting people.

Fans know the basics about Erin Heatherton. The model, 24, was discovered while vacationing in Miami. This young girl from Skokie who attended Jewish day school became an overnight, international sensation, and briefly dated Leonardo DiCaprio.

I marveled at how Erin looks even better in real life. She seems charmingly vulnerable until you actually talk to her. Behind the angelic, feminine face, I felt the tremendous strength of a person who loves her career and is simply passionate about life.

This is what we talked about:


Where do you like to travel? Which country do you return to and why?

France. It’s a very mysterious country. It makes you want to understand their history, their people, their language. Walking down the quiet, winding streets there makes me feel like there are so many things untapped there.

What did you dream about when you were a kid?

To become a model.

Other than becoming a model?

When I was growing up, every night, when going to bed, I was thinking of a house in my neighborhood. It was a rich area with a golf course. I was imagining what it looked like inside. Quite often, I was envisioning how my place would look like. I was always into interior design. Now, I am renovating my apartment, and I realize that all those things I was thinking about are coming true.

What personality traits are essential to becoming a successful model?

There are so many beautiful women out there. When you work as a model, you realize that there are many women more beautiful than you are…. All my successful model friends are very different personality-wise, but they are all have some traits in common —  they are secure about who they are  and confident. Surrounding, external factors don’t affect their confidence. Their confidence comes from within. They are strong. It takes lots of strength to work in the fashion industry, which is full of rejection. There are certain moments when you question yourself: “Do I feel pretty today?”  But you have to feel pretty no matter what. That comes with experience. When you feel great about yourself it shows on the camera. Being a model requires a tremendous amount of strength.

Are there any particular designers you stay loyal to?

I love Michael Kors, Isabel Marant, and Celine. There are so many designers out there, so my preferences always changing.

So, you think that the style doesn’t need to be permanent?

No-ooo. Absolutely not. It should be permanent at the same place; it doesn’t have to be the same in different places. It can be always be changing. As long as it is honest. If I go to France, I always like to be dressed as a little French girl, but I have all those skirts and dresses I don’t wear anymore. My taste is always changing.

Are you following a particular diet to stay in a great shape?

I’ve learned the lesson that the less I focus on diet and the less I stress about it, the better I look. I eat when I am hungry. I like to try different things. I just eat in moderation and listen to my body. When its full, I just don’t keep eating. And I just have fun. When I am happy, my body always look better.

"U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour" Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

“U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour”
Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

Erin Heatherton: Victoria’s Secret U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour In Milwaukee, WI

Today, I had a great opportunity to interview Erin Heatherton, one of  Victoria Secret’s Angels.  She is traveling to Milwaukee for an in-store appearance at Mayfair Mall as part of the first-ever Victoria’s Secret U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour. Out of 20 cities across the United States, Milwaukee was chosen by the fans as the number one city for the summer tour! The other cities include Seattle with Candice Swanepoel and Orlando with Lindsay Ellingson.

As one of the new faces of Victoria’s Secret and native of Skokie, Ill, Erin worked for famous designers and brands such as Versace, John Galliano, Custo Barcelona, Michael Kors, D&G, Diane von Fürstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.

She’ll be on hand to take photos at Mayfair Mall from 5 to 7 p.m. Don’t forget to enjoy giveaways, complimentary beach-sexy hair styling, summer makeovers, and a live DJ.

I have to say, that Erin Heatherton has qualities beyond just beauty.  She is intelligent, charming and full of life! For more photos and details about her perspectives on fashion, modeling industry, and traveling, click here. For tips to select the perfect swimming suit, click here.

"U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour"  Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

“U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour”
Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

"U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour"  Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

“U.S. of Angels Summer Swim Tour”
Credit: Daniel Boczarski /Getty Images

Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

Summers, particularly in Milwaukee, can be extremely hot and humid. Growing up in dry Western Siberia, I can barely tolerate mugginess. You might think that hot weather sounds nice, but I like the words starting with “c”—  cool, calm and comfy.

I pull this off in a Milwaukee summer by wearing linen.

I confess that there was a time I avoided linen, because I preferred practical and wrinkle-free clothes.  I always believed that wrinkles created a bad impression.

My Italy travels changed my mind. I saw that wrinkled linen looks quite chic, modern and effortless.

I like to wear this Alexander Wang (T Alexander Wang collection) cape during summer festivals and weekend trips to Lake Michigan beaches. It is made of a blend of linen and tencel.  I discovered that the latter is another natural fabric, which is extremely soft. As linen, it keeps the skin dry. It’s particularly wonderful for sensitive skin.  I’ve also discovered that tencel is resistant to wrinkles; therefore, the  blend with linen produces a less wrinkled, and a slightly thicker fabric, which feels very nice.

If you are still scared of wearing a linen garment, here is my advice:

1. Instead of choosing 100% linen garments, go for fabric blends. Make sure that that the other component is made from a natural fiber, as well, or the magic benefits of linen will be significantly lessened.  Look for silk, cotton, tencel, or ramie.

2. Choose monotone fabrics with an emphasis on design. Linen garments that feature a loose fit and haute design look best.

3. Linen garments look best when combined with clothes made of natural fibers, such as cotton, silk, wool, etc. Although denim is rarely made of 100% natural fibers lately, it will go well with a linen garment, as well.

4. Give preference to accessories made from genuine leather, natural fibers and natural materials.

5. Avoid pairing loose linen garments with another loose piece. For instance, if you wear linen harem pants, don’t wear them with baggy T-shirt, otherwise you’ll end up having a loose, trampy look. Not good at all.  Instead, pair them with a  cropped top or slightly tight T-shirt.  Counterbalance loose garments by showing off the best features of your body.

For more info about Alexander Wang, and my perspective on designer click here.

Do you like to wear linen? What is your opinion on the wrinkled look?

Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

 Linen Cape By T Alexander Wang