If you have been following me for some time, you know that last year I took 6 months off and one of the things I did during that time is take a road trip through Italy. First stop was Venice and you can read more about it in this post as well as here.
Third stop on the trip (yes I know I skipped the second, but we’ll return to it another day) was Milan. Since I was a little girl, Milan was a place I really wanted to visit. I had such high expectations; partially due to it being one of fashion capitals, partially due to the beautiful Duomo of Milano, and because it was on my bucket list since I was a kid. I don’t quite know why, it just always was.
Well, needless to say Duomo di Milano is absolutely stunning and a must see when visiting this big city. Walking the roof of the cathedral will leave you breathless. Just imagining how many man hours were spent making this marvel of a structure. Pictures just partly demonstrate its beauty.
Right next to it is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which has many high end stores and restaurants but tourists mostly stop in to take pictures, hehehe.
Though the city is beautiful and great for shopping for all budgets, it does not get the highest rating of all the places I visited in Italy. Make sure to get away from the cathedral and explore other parts of Milan. I recommend visiting part of the city called Little Venice. It’s great to shop vintage stores or unique little boutiques. And when you get tired, grab a drink on one of many patios by the canal.
I loved (as usual) getting lost in the streets of Milan between the cathedral and the Little Venice, away from usual tourist attractions. Streets were still filled with people but mostly locals, and an occasional tourist.
We planned to stay longer but ended up staying only 2 days. I felt it was enough time to visit everything I wanted to see. The weather was not the best either while we were there. It was very foggy and chill until about 3pm at which time sun would come out for a few hours. Being that it was already October and fall, days were much shorter so evenings were getting cooler as well.
Today, I’m sharing outfits I wore on both of those days.
First is a midy dress from H&M. I bought it couple of sizes bigger just because I preferred a looser look to it. The shoulders still fit me perfectly, so it didn’t look big on me. It was great with leather jacket and cinched in at the waist with the waist bag. But I will share another look with the same dress but without a belt, in one of later posts. Stay tuned.
Second outfit was simple mom jeans (second day in Milan was much cooler) worn with this shirt from Bershka I had bought just a day earlier. What I love about the shirt is that it has buttons on the side which you can open or leave buttoned as you need. When unbuttoned, it makes it easier to do a semi tuck, like I’m wearing here. The material is soft cotton and falls wonderfully on the body. This is especially important for us bigger chested girls, right? I loved mixing the red stripes with pink coat. Who ever said pink and red don’t go well together is VERY wrong!
Hope you enjoy the pictures and the outfits. Let me know which one you like better.
Here’s another winter (cold spring) outfit I wanted to share with you. It was shot back in December while I was still in Belgrade, Serbia. It is still relevant now considering how cold March has been it seems everywhere. Well, at least North America and Europe.
It’s a monochromatic outfit I rocked for a day of exploring the city of Belgrade. I love this city. I lived here for several years before moving to Canada, and one of the must do things for me (or anyone visiting it) is to walk around fortress of Kalemegdan. It’s a peaceful and fun walk. It’s a go to place for locals, especially on weekends. You can stop by to visit the beautiful church of Saint Petka. I snapped a few pictures of it but my pictures don’t give it justice. It’s a small but beautiful church nestled in Kalemegdan fortress on the side facing Danube and Sava rivers. Just google the church and you will see how beautiful it is.
There are also several bars and patios around the fortress where you can take a break to have a coffee or a beer and hang with locals. Or just walk the tree lined walkways around the fortress and have a picnic in the park.
Though the fortress dates back to byzantine times, it is still very much alive today. It is an integral part of this city and its people.
For the rest of the day we visited museum of Nikola Tesla which is another must do when visiting Belgrade. If you’re not familiar with this genius man, make sure to read up on him and stop to visit the museum to pay respect to this great mind.
For late lunch (or early dinner) we headed to restaurant Villa Maska. To be honest, we didn’t go there for the food primarily (though the food is good), but rather so I can take a picture with this fun, photogenic, cool & cute grass covered car. The tourist in me just couldn’t pass up on this opportunity.
For this gloomy and somewhat cool December day, I donned on my new fur coat, patent H&M pants and (because 2 full suitcases of my own clothing just isn’t enough) my husband’s black hoodie.
Hello darlings, here I am again after a 3 month absence. If you follow me on my Instagram account, you know I have a good excuse. I’m 4 months pregnant and just got over my first trimester. Those of you who have been pregnant know how tiring the first trimester can be. On top of that, I’m expecting twins, two girls!!!! So I guess I can say I was double tired hehehehe.
I still owe you more outfits & posts from Italy and Serbia from last fall, but before I go back to that, let me share a few outfits which are more appropriate for the current winter/spring weather. I shot both this outfit and the one I will share with you in the next post during my first month of pregnancy before the exhaustion kicked in, but I never got to post them on the blog.
Today is all about this teddy red coat. The brand is Koton and it was only $80. It is really soft and cozy and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it, especially from old ladies hheheh. I’m also loving these burgundy OTK boots mixed with mustard yellow sweatshirt dress. This has been my go to outfit during my first trimester, the only item of clothing I was comfortable in during the first trimester.
First Outfit: Jeans Topshop, jacket Mango, sandals YSL, bag unknown
Second outfit: Sweater Chloe, skirt & sweatshirt H&M, boots Aldo, bag unknown
Today I share more pictures of the beautiful Venice, Italy and on top of that, two outfits. These outfits I wore first and last day of our trip in Italy. Can you tell how much the weather has changed between when we first arrived in Venice in October and one month later, when we stoped for one more day in this city, before heading home to Belgrade?
First outfit is total denim outfit, also known as Canadian Tuxedo. I paired it with very comfy YSL sandals I had gotten as a gift from my cousin (they were actually a gift for her but were too small for her, so I was the lucky girl who ended up with them!). It was a beautiful and warm autumn day, so this outfit was just fitting.
On the last day in Italy and our last day in Venice, it was much cooler. I didn’t have a coat with me so I opted for a layered outfit. I wore my old H&M skirt with a new H&M sweatshirt, and threw on my new (old) Chloe sweater to keep warm. Done!
Who else has added Venice to their travel bucket list?
When we decided to embark on a road trip through Italy, we had no specific plan. We picked locations we wanted to see but had no limit on how long we’d stay in each place. That’s the fun of travelling in a camper. You stay as long or as short as you want. We also visited a few places we hadn’t even heard about or planned to visit. I highly recommend not using highways when travelling through Italy. Not just Italy, any country. When you choose highways, you can’t get surprised on your trip. You will only go from point A to point B without any chance of stumbling upon a village or a medieval town you hadn’t originally planned to visit. Yes, the drive may be longer (at times, but not always) but you will get to see the country, not just the cities. Explore! Enjoy!
Our first stop was beautiful Venice. It’s only 7 hours from Belgrade or hours from Rovinj, which was our previous stop. We arrived at night, so we waited till the next morning to visit this majestic city. It’s definitely unlike any other place you will visit. I’ve heard before one day is more then enough to visit this gorgeous city but I will highly disagree. If your plan is to rush through it just to take a few pictures, then maybe a day is enough (though you will be exhausted as it still covers a large area). But if your plan is to really explore the city and get lost in the streets, enjoy a meal or two, experience Venice at sunrise, take a boat ride on the big canal or take a gondola ride through smaller canals (which I highly recommend, despite your opinion that this is too touristy), then you will need at least 3 days. I assume the city is too crammed with tourists in the summer. We were there in October and it was still packed, so I am glad we didn’t come in the summer. It was still warm enough but not hot. Though it was busy, you didn’t have to bump into people as you walked, which happens in the summer months, in full season.
And if you’re wondering if you can wear heels when visiting Venice, the answer is Yes! There are no unwalkable cobble stones, so you won’t twist y our ankle if you wear heels. This is the outfit I wore on my second day in Venice. It was a foggy morning and I was a little chilly in this outfit, but couple of hour later, sun came out and I was worn again.
After my trip to Greece, I spent some time in Serbia and Bosnia visiting family and friends. Before heading to Italy, I stopped by Rovinj (Rovigno), Croatia to spend some time with my cousin and her family who call this town their second home.
You may know Rovinj from Instagram and one of it’s cutest streets and a store. Just search Rovinj on Instagram or just google Rovinj famous street, and that will be the first picture to appear.
We spent wonderful 3 days in this town. Did you know there are two official languages in Rovinj? Croatian and Italian. Rovinj used to be part of Italy and it belonged to Venice. There are still many Italians living there. Small town with wonderful narrow streets, coffee shops by the sea and restaurants with amazing food. When we were visiting, there was a festival of prosciutto near Rovinj and we had to attend. This region of Croatia is known for some of the best prosciutto. We ate too much, drank too much and had loads & loads of fun.
While streets of Belgrade are covered in snow and I snuggle on a couch, I reminisce of this past summer travels. I have quite a lot of pictures to share still, so for today, here are a few more from Korfu island, Greece. It may be too cold for today’s outfit, but if you are in the southern hemisphere or heading down to warmer climates, it may be of more interest to you. Simple light summer dress with lace detail and slides with ruffles. Nothing else. It’s the details that make the outfit, right?
If on the other hand you’re staying home for the holidays and not heading anywhere warm, then maybe just enjoy the pictures of this beautiful island, and plan your next vacation destination.
Dress H&M, hat unknown, woven bag vintage Value Village, heels unknown (similar here on AliExpress)
Who, or I should say what, influences you the most on picking the next location spot? It used to be travel agencies or movies. Nowadays it’s the social media; to be specific images we see on Instagram. We tend to pick those places that are most photogenic rather then thinking which ones will bring us the most pleasure and better experiences.
Yes, it may be cool, at least for that instant when you post a beautiful picture on your Instagram feed, to share a beautiful view from one of Santorini balconies. But before you spend your hard-earned money on one of those expensive (and beautiful) villas, which may prevent you from being able to afford next year’s vacation, you might want to consider some alternatives.
One of the places that may not be on top of the list for places to visit in Greece (especially for those of us living in North America), is beautiful island of Corfu. Most of the travel suggestions and Instagram posts tell us to visit either Mykonos or Santorini, but Corfu will surpass your expectations.
My cousin suggested I visit Corfu and as it was not on top of my travel list either, I had no expectations. Sometimes, no expectations is a good thing right? So what happened when my guard was down? I fell in love with this town and this island. Instead of planned 4 days we ended up staying 9.
You go to Mykonos and Santorini and will spend most time with other tourists and taking pictures of all those photogenic locations. There is beauty in that as well, I fully understand. Unless you’re lucky to know a local like I do, you will hardly get a feel for Greek culture. If you choose to go to Corfu on the other hand, you will find beautiful city of Corfu, beautiful nature, amazing views, hidden beaches, and most importantly you will find an explorer in you and experience Greek culture. The most beautiful beaches, views, hiking trails and villages and towns are found in the norther part of the island. Make sure to rent a car and hop from one beach or village to another. When you get to La Grotta beach and bar you will find yourself speechless. Check out some images here and let me know what you think. Swimming amongst steep cliffs and in warm yet rough water, will leave you refreshed and happy. Enjoy watching (I say crazy) locals jump off the cliff or even beach balcony. If you stop to visit Angelocastro near village of Krini (and you must to get some spectacular views which I will share in the next post), make sure to stop and have a meal at the restaurant at the bottom of the castle. Prices are very low yet quality of food is high and portions are big. Everything on the menu is yummy but I highly recommend you try the chicken liver & bacon souvlaki.
As for Corfu city, it will not disappoint. It is quite different then many other Greek cities. This city and island in general, has sentimental value for all Serbians stemming from the WWI, and being that I am Serbian and have lived there half of my life, it is one of those locations I had to visit at some point in my life. I am happy that was now.
City is walkable so you can explore it in it’s entirety (I refer to the old town). Make sure you wear comfy shoes as this town is built on a hilly terrain, which gives it even more charm. You will find influence of Italian architecture as Corfu city was under Italian rule for a brief period of time. You will be charmed by it’s beautiful, narrow and sometimes steep streets (just make sure you don’t just stay on the main ones), great food, live music, beautiful castles and so much more. There are no (good) beaches in town which is the only “negative”, but try and spend couple of days in town then go visit the rest of the island. You will thank me later.
So before you book your next trip to Greece and choose Santorini or Mykonos, you may want to consider the alternatives; and Corfu is an alternative that will not disappoint.
I hope you also get to enjoy this on-a-budget outfit, which in total cost me less then $100 (CAD).
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