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A CITY GUIDE TO MILAN: STYLE AND CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE IN EUROPE’S LEADING FASHION CAPITAL

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MILAN

Photo Nadia Rashid
The Milanese public Tram in Central Milan

Not forgetting AC and Inter Milan Football Clubs for all you avid sports fans out there. For those intrigued about discovering Milan, if you like Paris then you came to the right place for sought after luxury designer shopping and high end restaurants take your fancy

Ciao Milano.

The city’s historical landmarks the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral testify to centuries of art and culture including Leonardo da vinci’s mural ‘the last supper’ housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent pays homage to the grandeur of Italian Renaissance.

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN MILAN

NYX HOTEL MILAN

This stylish new concept and contemporary hotel in the heart of Milan’s city centre is every fashionista’s dream as it’s very close to all the main attractions and just a stone’s throw away from the shopping Mecca of via Corso Buenos Aires and Central Station area of Eateries, bars and bustling nightlife.  Metro station access Republica, Centrale and Porto Venezia are all within walking distance from the hotel.

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THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE

DUOMO DI MILANO CATHEDRAL

The historic Landmark Duomo di Milano is one of Milan’s most treasured gems being the most grandest Cathedrals in the world that you will ever encounter with its Gothic architecture is quite impressive in all it’s all awe and beauty. I really do think it’s worth visiting and you can gain access to the inside of the building by buying a ticket pass for a couple of hours at a price of 3-4 Euro’s. Tickets can be purchased by the issuing tourist ticket office nearby which is not alot as you get to admire the art work of the cathedrals stained glass windows and visit the Crypt in the lower levels of the building. Separate passes for lift access to the roof is also available at a extra cost too for great views over the city.

Top image: Stain Glassed Window. This image Rooftop of Milan’s Cathedral

 

 

 

PORTO GENOVA

Just imagine the streets aligned with an array of your favourite restaurants and bars to cater to all cuisines both local and international taste this would be where it’s at. It’s like a mini Amsterdam situated along the canal as you watch the day go by. But just remember restaurants close at 3pm and re-open at 7pm to bear this in mind compared to what you’re used to elsewhere in the world. But you must try The Apitervo bars and restaurants who offer a complimentary drink and a food buffet offered at various places along the canal and rather enjoyed taking a stroll along the canal and worth exploring day or night.

 

MILAN FASHION WEEK
Arriving in Milan for Men’s Fashion Week over the summer I just did not know what to expect as it was my first hand experience of visiting the city while doing a bit of sightseeing in between the shows. Already I just knew there was so much I wanted to see and experience during the next few days before returning home to London. Just out of curiosity I was so keen to compare how the Italian’s do fashion week over here in Milan compared to us Brit’s in London. It really took me by surprise how good it actually turned out – no words. Camera Moda the equivalent of the British Fashion Council organise the bi-annual Fashion Week Schedule which require accreditation for both Press and Photographer’s if you happen to get approval is a great way to take in shows and atmosphere during the duration of Milan Fashion Week. But, if you’re not one of the lucky few who can secure an invitation you can still hang around outside the shows and do some street style spotting of fashion influencers on the scene and participate as a blog photographer.
Photo Joey de Cordero
Edith Marcel Spring Summer 2020 Menswear / Womenswear Show at Camera Moda #MFW

 

 

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA

The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies. My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’  as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan.

Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts

 

GELATO ICECREAM

In Italy there are so much choice when it comes to desert especially the selection of Gelato Icecream you can find in various icecream palours dotted around the city such as this place I found ‘Vechi’. The mango sorbet and strawberry with a bit of chocolate was the best way to cool off during a hot summers day in the city while sight seeing in Milan.

APEROL SPRITZ

The signature drink when you come to Italy had to be my favorite always the Aperol Spritz that really reminds of summer and it’s so refreshing with its blend of Aperol liqueur, Prosecco and Soda Water combination is my go to drink during Milan Fashion Week.

 

 

DESIGNER FASHION LABELS & SHOPPING

 

GALLERIA EMANUELE VITTORIO II
The Galleria Emanuele Vittorio II is Milan’s premiere shopping destination that houses all under one roof the world’s most exclusive designer label boutiques from Prada, GUCCI to Chanel and more. Inside this elegant four storey arcade you’ll find high end restaurants if you want to experience authentic Italian cuisine and luxury cafes to unwind after an afternoon of shopping. It’s also a short stroll just outside of the Duomo di Milano piazza which connects  with Teatro alla Scala if you want to admire and catch a glimpse of Milanese renaissance in all its splendor.

 

CORSO BUENOS AIRES

The Corso Buenos Aires the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street you’ll find everything from high street brands, independent small boutiques to designer labels and shop till your heart’s content if you wish. Compared to the shopping streets of London it’s less overcrowded and a bit more laid back so you can shop with ease.

 

VIA MONTENAPOLEONE MILAN’S DESIGNER SHOPPING STREET

When you come to Milan I highly recommend checking out the Montenapoleone District for its luxury fashion boutiques serving the well heeled and discerning clientele. If you’re after the latest styles from the international catwalks you will find it here from big name luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, Missoni, Versace and many more. This neighborhood is rich in history showcasing fine craftsmanship based on tradition to luxury fashion where money talks in this town.  Once a upon a time the street was home to aristocrats and the choice of wealthy families who resided here to open ateliers, boutiques and jewelers.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Milan has two Airports Malpensa and Linate that serve both Europe as well as connecting International destinations worldwide. The airport with the closest proximity to the City is Linate which is 20 mins a Taxi to the city center and Malpensa 45 mins drive away.

From the U.K Milan is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes from London Gatwick Airport with EasyJet and cost approximately £ 89 return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on EasyJet for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

I really recommend booking the extra add-ons when booking your flight through EasyJet such as extra leg room and speedy boarding as it makes all the difference so you can travel with ease and not need to worry about being in held up so you spend less time at the Airport.

Airport Transfer’s from Linate into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 – 30 Euro’s or there’s the option of using an UBER which is available in Milan too if you prefer using this service is present in many countries worldwide.

 

 

For more information and booking inquiries on Flights to Milan Linate or Malpensa please visit EasyJet Airline

 

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Disclosure: #AD I would like to Thank EasyJet.com for sponsoring my Travel during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and making this trip possible. All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. EasyJet

WHAT I WORE: CASUAL AIRPORT STYLE TRAVEL OUTFITS

It’s almost time for that airport run again on my return to London just in time for Fashion Week. I had a much needed long weekend away visiting family and looking forward to get back to the bustle of city life in the middle of London Fashion Week. As you do when packing on return from vacation I find sometimes there is little time and you need to put something on that’s practical and versatile which does not restrict movement while on the go. Also, not forgetting that comfort should be a taken into consideration at all times.

Basic casual separates are often my go to as a first port of call when deciding what to pack in my weekend bag. This would be absolute must as you need to start thinking about how to form various different options for interchangeable outfit combinations that work for every day use such as short or long haul travels. We are coming towards the end of February which means I’m most certainly looking forward to spring and thinking about updating my wardrobe staples come the new season when it start’s to warm up again!

 

Credits: Sunglasses from a selection; Marc by Marc Jacobs, T-shirt; Topman London, Jeans; Forever 21 Men, Shoe’s; H & M

Photography: Nadia Rashid

‘STYLE IN THE SKY’ IN-FLIGHT VIP STYLIST SERVICE ABOARD PRIVATE JET CHARTER CONNECT JETS

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FASHION FOR THE JET SET

Recently I joined Milda Chellingsworth, Founder of Styling For You and Gabriella Somerville, Founder of Connect Jets for the evening, to present Style In The Sky and discover the latest trends in private jets and fashion also highlighted STYLE! in Aviation throughout history. I have always aspired to travel more and fashion has always inspired me to do just that whether it’s flying abroad to attend Paris Fashion Week for the shows you would be very surprised to find out that both have a strong connection to one another.

From the avant garde futurisitc air steward outfits of the nineteen sixties to the glamour of Virgin Atlantic air hostesses to this present day style itself represents aspiration that has played an integral role of pioneering fashion in aviation which began with Italian Fashion House Emilio Pucci.

Connect Jets is a bespoke and Award Winning Private Jet charter company with Piaggio Aerospace as it’s UK Agent founded by CEO Gabriella Somerville a former Air-hostess as one of Richard Branson’s original Virgin Atlantic Air Cabin Crew hostesses during the 80’s and currently a Virgin Start Up Mentor in Business Entrepreneurship / Aviation Consultant.

During a private launch event at the Devonshire Club London which I was kindly invited to attend celebrating Connect Jet’s new luxury lifestyle concept ‘Style in The Sky’. It certainly grabbed my attention to find out more about this new service exclusive to Connect Jet’s clientele.

The idea was behind it was suggested by a Fashion Stylist who had roster of international clients worldwide who could not commit to being one place at a time. It’s rather a very clever idea indeed which came from the Stylist Milda Chelingsworth who suggested why don’t her client’s just meet her on the plane and ‘ Style in the Sky’ was born in partnership with Connect Jets appealed to me so very chic.

 

Credits: Sleeveless Argyle Sweater; Tommy Hilfiger, Oxford button down Shirt; Polo Ralph Lauren; Chino Trousers; United Colours of Benetton, Shoes; H & M, Suitcase Accessories; Globe-Trotter

 

Photography:  Diana Anastasia

 

WHERE TO TAKE AWE-INSPIRING INSTAGRAM PHOTO’S IN LUXURY LONDON HOTELS

When it comes to taking the best photo’s for your instagram feed to share on social media it’s always great when you capture those insta worthy moments to create engaging content

I often find that when I travel to a new city I feel inspired to take photographs during my travels whether it’s a short weekend break to something more long haul on my journeys. The fascination with hotel interiors often gets me excited when I arrive at a new destination to take in my surroundings and a bit of culture too.

Every city is different in it’s own unique way and London is no exception known for its cosmopolitan style as one of the world’s most stylish city’s. When it comes to luxury Hotels I feel so privileged to have London within easy reach on my door stop to explore and discover unique experiences I encounter.

If you love experiencing luxury hotels as much as I do then you will be very enthusiastic to showcase the best that London has to offer whether it’s a day visit or an overnight it’s all about making sure you’re stay is a memorable one.

Here are two of my favourite Hotel’s to visit while I’m in town such as The Rosewood Hotel in Holborn and The Ned in the City of London. Both times I visited each hotel it has been to pop in for a social visit for Sunday lunch, Birthday Celebrations or Evening Drinks as these hotels have a great atmosphere to entertain and relax in wonderful surroundings. The Ned London has quite an Art Deco feel on the ground floor with a selection of restaurants, bars and live jazz band playing on the ground floor and not bad either for a former converted Bank Vault.

If you’re looking for a home away from home feel then be sure to check out The Rosewood Hotel as it’s very much like living an Alice in Wonderland fantasy – but at the same time where East meets West. You can certainly find your inner zen here to relax in their variety of restaurants and bars in style as I did during London Fashion Week.

 

THE ROSEWOOD

The Hotel Lobby at The Rosewood London

 

 

THE NED LONDON

The Restaurants on the ground floor – The Ned London

All Photo’s – Nadia Rashid

 

To find out more about The Rosewood Hotel and The Ned you can follow their social media on @rosewoodlondon @thenedlondon and visit their websites below

 

www.rosewoodhotels.com

 

www.thened.com/

 

 

Disclaimer: In any case as always, all opinions will be my own

THE LONDON LAUNCH OF HORIZN STUDIOS POP-UP STORE SOHO

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INTRODUCING THE INNOVATIVE BERLIN BRAND PIONEERING THE LATEST SMART DIGITAL LUXURY LUGGAGE FOR A NEW GENERATION

As a keen traveler myself I just love the thrill and excitement of jetting off somewhere new come summer time and the last minute trips in between. Deciding on what to take on a trip abroad is quite the challenge but essentially important as selecting the ideal luggage that is stylish but practical.

I managed to pop down to the London Launch of Horizn Studios temporary Soho store yesterday evening to feel inspired by their latest exclusive range of suitcases. Who knows I might be lucky enough to own one of these travel bags for my next upcoming trip for the foreseeable future. Wanderlust goals ha ha to always travel in style where ever I go.

Yesterday evenings party celebrated the launch of two exciting collaborations, the first with Arvida Bystrom, who had her latest exhibition available to preview at the venue. Also, exclusive artwork produced by DJ Seth Troxler DJ / Producer on display, along with his 99 t-shirts produced to raise money for Cook for Syria.

The music DJ Sets from Chelsea Layland, Cici Cavanagh and Overly Gassed helped contribute to a great party atmosphere which was a full house that continued into the late hours of the evening.

It was definitely great to see up close two exciting projects Horizn have been working on with Arvida Bytstrom and DJ Seth Troxler. There is a huge market out there where fashion brands are no longer standalone products but part of our lives that helps improve our lifestyle for the better.

For instance, observing this suitcase it can charge your phone and cleverly built in GPS tracker so you need not worry again if you loose any luggage whilst traveling. Luckily it has not happened to me just yet, but I’m sure none of you are willing to take your chances.

Here’s what I found out about the product and what’s so great about it! apart from the one click removable smart charger.

There’s even a case especially designed for DJ’s where you can store your vinyl and anything else that you need for a trip which is the first of it’s kind that I have come across recently. This has to be my favorite suitcase of them all as Horizn Studioes introduces their exclusive Premiere Line Collection range designed in collaboration with International DJ Seth Troxler – The Pro Model ST DJ case. It has all the smart functionality cleverly integrated within . Created for the Jet Setter on the go! it will take you from the plane to the club from digital to vinyl which Retails at £399

Other unique features for suitcases included laundry bags for dirty clothes and a compartment to store footwear keeping your items clean and fresh during transit. It’s ideal and a genius way to travel smarter in the future with all the extras thrown in. Suitcases such as this being advanced in digital technology do not come cheap but it’s worth the investment long term and I would definitely consider a purchase.

For More Information on The Horizn Studios Brand please visit their website and Follow the Brand for updates on Social Media. Prices of the suitcases start from £269 and vary according to size, model and distinct features

www.horizn-studios.co.uk @horiznstudios

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Disclaimer: A special thank you to Horizn Studios for inviting me to their Launch Party. In any case, as always, all opinions will be my own.

 

 

A CITY GUIDE TO SHORT BREAKS IN PARIS: HOW TO ENJOY THE CITY OF LIGHTS WITH STYLE

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PARIS

 

Hey guys I’ve just returned from a recent trip to Paris for Haute Couture Fashion Week and can’t wait to share with you what I got up to while I was in town for the shows. It was my first ever haute couture catwalk show in Paris and season with Fashion House Atelier Rani Zakhem who showcased his latest Autumn Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture Collection. Let me take you on a chic tour of the city and the best bits that Paris has to offer as there is lots to see and do. But time permitting wise I could only make the most of the time I had available in between the shows which were my main intentions for coming to Paris for Fashion Week at the same time do some sightseeing. Getting around Paris is easy on foot via the Metro but being Fashion Week I would much prefer to use UBER France who kindly contributed towards my short trip in Paris to ensure my journey ran smoothly getting me to the Airport and the shows at Fashion Week.

HOTELS IN PARIS IDEAL FOR SHORT STAYS & BUSINESS TRIPS

 

MECURE HOTEL GARD DE LYON  

 

During Fashion Week in Paris location is crucial as you need to be able to get around as easy as possible especially if you’re new to the city. A central location in Paris works best and is close to all the main attractions and within easy reach of the Eurostar at Gard Du Nord station via the TVG overground train that runs from central Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport takes just under an hour.

The Mecure Hotel Gard de Lyon is a great hotel that is very welcoming with it’s friendly staff and the rooms are very clean and cosy too with modern contemporary interiors including the separate wash room / bathroom. Security at the hotel is imperative to ensure the safety of its staying guest such as swipe entry card system for the main hotel entrance after hours. Most importantly all bloggers need Wifi with fast internet access so we can stay updated on social media and share our amazing experiences of our travels with you.

 

 

THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE

 

MUSSEE DU LOUVRE

 

The Louvre Museum has to be one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris and the perfect Instagram selfie opportunity to take some holiday snaps for my readers. Just like Somerset House in London as you enter the grounds of the Louvre you go through an archway to see beautiful grounds, breathtaking scenery and the Louvre within walking distance. During a hot summers day it’s a very good idea to cool off by the Louvre Fountain and take in the atmosphere and amazing architecture. There are some interesting buildings nearby and footpaths where you can also catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.

  Photo Credit: Nadia Rashid

HAUTE COUTURE PARIS FASHION WEEK

When people think of Paris they imagine a city that is very Stylish with lots of culture and has a reputation for high luxury fashion that competes with other fashion capitals of the world London, New York and Milan. If you’re lucky to get an invite to any of the Couture shows don’t miss out the opportunity to see the latest international trends dominating the Parisian Catwalks is very special indeed.

DESIGNER SHOPPING

RUE FAUBOURG SAINT HONORE 

For those of us who love to shop our favourite designer labels you can find all the big names of International Fashion House from Dior, Chanel to Gucci if you happen to take a stroll in this exclusive shopping area of Paris. It looks very charming and pretty and night.

 

RUE DES FRANCS BOURGEOIS

In Paris you are so spoilt for choice when I comes to leading brands as well as smaller brands and local boutiques can be found in this street is a shopping mecca for fashionistas to shop and drop all day long then take a break by finding somewhere to have a spot of lunch nearby is within easy reach of restaurant in the Saint Paul area.

 

ROOFTOP BARS WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF PARIS

LE ROOFTOP BAR – THE PENINSULA PARIS

 Photo: Nadia Rashid

Before coming to Paris I already planned on making a visit to The Peninsula Hotel in Paris which is a luxury hotel within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe. Le Rooftop bar is perched on the 6th floor of the hotel with panoramic views over Paris and the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It has to be one of my favourite hotels in town because the view of the Eifel Tower is rather breathtaking from the hotels roof terrace equip with separate restaurant and bar. The hotel staff were very polite and attentive during my late afternoon drinks as I enjoyed my cool glass of Tattinger Champagne with views overlooking Paris. It’s very grand here but I feel so much at home with it being in the middle of Haute Couture Fashion Week and is the place to be scene. Definitely check it out next time you’re in town and who knows I could be staying here next time.

Photo: Nadia Rashid

 

THE BUDDHA BAR PARIS

The Buddha Bar Paris brand is widely recognised for its cool ambience and stylish playlist catering to the fashionista crowd and International Jet-set clientele. It’s a very relaxing place to have drinks in into the late evenings and dinner too downstairs in the restaurant. This restaurant serves a selection of Pan European Asian Cuisine and I recommend that you make a reservation as it can get very busy but the atmosphere is such a great vibe and all you would expect from a luxury restaurant and bar. The decor interior is very tranquil and gives you that feeling of transporting you to South East Asia and founded by the same owner of Barfly Bar Paris.

 

 

 

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

MIZNON PARIS

If you’re near Saint Paul in Paris you need to check out Miznon an Israeli restaurant specialising in grilled cuisines which is the best pita I have ever tasted. Everything is prepared with amazing fresh ingredients and full of flavours such as the house style Kebab garnished with red onions, beef meat, mint leaves and assorted vegetables. This restaurant is located in a Jewish quarter of Paris but we also discovered the upmarket boutiques some French and International fashion brands can be found only a stone’s throw away within walking distance.

 

LA VOLTIGEUR

As it happens if you take a stroll through the streets of Paris there are so many restaurants and cafe’s to try and you are so spoilt for choice. Sometimes it’s best not to plan where to eat and just find somewhere which is how I came across La Voltigeur. This restaurant is situated in the Stylish shopping area of Rue Des Francs Paris also in the Saint Paul Area and is the perfect place for a spot of lunch as you do some designer shopping. They have very yummy treats here such as cakes and my favourite dish Croque Monsieur which is a famous cheese and ham toasted French sandwich that comes with a delicious side salad dressing.

 

EAST MAMMA

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian food you will find exceptional food and friendly service at East Mamma Restaurant  and is very popular on the Parisian Scene with the locals too. East Mamma is part of the Big Mamma Restaurant group and serves the most exquisite dishes from Fresh Pasta, Pizza, Salads to sumptuous Deserts. During my dinner I decided to try their Pizza Napoletana Red Hot Burrata which comes with a spicy tomatoes sauce, hot sausage and topped with plenty of Mozzarella cheese for texture.  If you like pasta I would highly recommend the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina served with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. All portions of food served is a very large size suitable for 2 people to share which is very filling.

 

Paris will always have a special place in my heart and would like to immerse myself in the language and culture next time I visit again for Fashion Week.  They call Paris the City of Lights for a reason so come visit this wonderful intriguing city and experience it for yourself.

Disclaimer: A special thank you to UBER for partnering with me during this trip and contributing towards my travel journeys in Paris. In any case, as always, all opinions will be my own.