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29 November, 2010

Fur, more Fur, and then Fur fun!!

When we are in London and Milan, it is the chillest day in our trip.... it is about 46 degree F.  When we were back in SF yesterday evening, we certainly feel much warmer. ^^

It is great to be HOME!! My friend said that the "home-sick" feeling would last us about 4 to 5 months until we want another VACATION to be away from home. lol. That's so true!!

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Wilfred cami, Marni shearling coat, Fox fur vest, HM high waist skinny pants, J Crew military belt, Brown/beige leg-warmer wore as "arm-warmer", Chanel 10A brown tweed/fur tall boots, Chanel 10A Rouge/Orange reissue 226.

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I am going to put up our Christmas tree this weekend!!
Where is your Christmas tree?
Rachel

27 November, 2010

Last Day in Milan, Duomo + Fashion, What else?!!

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The grand front view of Duomo!
The 3rd largest church in the world next to Vatican and the one in Spain.

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Euro 0.8 a candle. We did three!!


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Mosaic widow paved w/ stories about Catholic.


kids love climbing stairs since they are very young.... since they are only 8 months old for my 3 children. This is our last stop in Milan and in Italy that by no means, all of us climb to the top of the roof. Considering the Duomo we climbed in Firenze, this is easy cheesy, a piece of cake! ^^
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More steps to the top 


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The roof level 
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Copper-plated Saint Maria statue on top


After seeing the landmark in Milan, thus the fashion!! ^O^ Strolling down those high fashion shops, I found this cute chocolate/candy store, "Conti Confetteria" which is perfect for souvenirs,or  favors for my gals back home!!


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On me: Missoni 10' collar, M Missoni sweater w/ ruffle front, Valentino For Gap Jacket n' cargo pants, Boss gray scarf, Chanel 10A Marron tote, Ethic shearling-lined boots


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Chocolate heels/purses. 


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Perfect wedding favors....anyone? ^O^


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For favors, you can choose your own colored ribbon!


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Those are the ones I picked for my gals!! ^^


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If you are wondering how crazy that people love "GAP" or "Valentino For GAP" in Milan, here is the proof... lol. 
I find it is amused to see that the guard has to regulate people to wait in line and go shopping in GAP store. 
I wonder do we Americans ever so crazy about GAP? 


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One of my favorite brands "Sonia Rykiel"!


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Sonia Rykiel: Pony, shearling, suede clog boots. 


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Are you looking for perfect Taupe bag? Here, Sonia Rykiel!


This is the ONE...a huge doctor framed bag in Taupe/Dark brown. (Euro 1800) There are tiny Swarovski crystal and embossed Sonia Rykiel!


The same size in cameral brown in the back ground is Euro 790. Both can be carried across the body!


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The back view!


You know I wouldn't miss Chanel boutique in Milan. I have couple more friends' requests of classic flaps and here is my aka their last hope! lol 

Chanel boutique in Milan has more Classic style in stock compared to its boutique in Firenze, such as beige w/ silver chain caviar classic, reissue 226, 227 matte black in silver/gold HW, maxi in gold/silver HW,  ...AND... HERE...

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2011 Cruise collection Borsa Classica Con Patta mini Noir flap w/ gold HW. Euro 1450
(They also have coral red/Rouge in stock.)


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The last request for my gal....Chanel 11' Cruise pearl brooch in both dark silver and light gold!!!


We are going back to San Francisco tomorrow...... See you in December!! ^O^
xoxo Rachel 

26 November, 2010

Milano - Valentino for GAP!!

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DH wants to drive all the way to Milan but I insisted that we stick w/ our original plan --- EuroStar all the way and it takes less than 2 hours.

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Here is a whole look w/ Missoni black collar!

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Are you ready for this Christmas yet?

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DH said that I am doing free advertising for Chanel... lol. 

Thanks to Ceci, my friend from Canada, who tells me this exciting collision of Valentino For GAP!! I also stopped by HM in Milan to check out Lanvin for HM collection. I saw they still have some leopard heels and dresses available in the store. 

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VALENTINO For GAP 

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Jacket Euro 149; Cargo pants Euro 139 (or so)

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I seldom try out a whole outfit look (Jacket + cargo pants) but I kind of liking this whole military green ruffle all over urban chic. 

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Yes, shorts again!! My signature look in Italy! ^^ 
There is always history in Italy and there is always fashion involved in Milan! We are in front of Duomo which is the 3rd largest church in the world! 

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Now I am going to zzzz...z..z...

We almost finished our Europe trip...
Rachel

Day 5(last day) in Firenze.... a visit to Venezia!!

I barely keep up our travel speed w/ my journal n' blogging at the same time in between cities in Italy.... and I barely have the strength to keep my eyelid open as I am typing right now. lol  But memory is the freshest and will be kept the longest if I "capture" them at this very moment, thus, I stayed up!! 


Today we drive ourselves to Venezia and again, it is quite a challenge. As you see, trucks, tunnels, fogs especially on the way when we entered Bologna. Apple I-pad is the best navigator but we have to download the map first and let it cached to be able to navigate us later on when we need it!!!

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The same way to Milano and to Venezia.... until it splits!

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We probably past 10 tunnels on our way to Venezia.

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The fog and trucks are very persistent all the way till we passed Bologna!

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 Finally ~ yeah~ after we drive through this big "river??", yet another totally different vibe of city in Italy--Venezia!


Venezia: A city w/o cars driving through between the alley, a city limits its air pollution to the minimum, and a city that I have never been to until today!


DH and I were talking about how different this Italy trip to us compared to our Paris trip in 2008. By then, we have our parents' help and we stayed 9 days in Pairs only in the apartment in St. German. That was quite a relaxed vacation for 7 of us. This London and Italy trip, however, is more like an adventure and quite an amazing experience for my 3 kids too. 
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The only transportation goes into Venezia and in between its alley is by boat and gondolas.  


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Ponte di Rialto


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My new Chanel gigantic tote and pearl brooch 10/11'.


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DH bought a down vest from GAS - an Italy brand, made in Italy (not their jeans though).


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Even me likes pigeon feeding... 
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Campanile 


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Basilica di San Marco 

Today we are taking EuroStar to Milano, where everyone can enjoy a palpable sense of fashion. Before we head down for our breakfast buffet in Westin Excelsior, I took last picture outside our hotel room to capture this very moment!! We don't know when will we be back but surely I always can mesmerize all the places through our photos.
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Doesn't this back drop looks like a painting to you!!?

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I think my Chanel cruise 2011 brooch is a perfect match w/ my TOPSHOP beaded shorts!



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On me, RL camel turtleneck, Topshop beaded shorts, black tights, GAP vintage 05' felt hat, Ethic moss/taupe leather w/ shearling boots, Chanel 10A marron tote (not show), Chanel 11' cruise pearls, floral applique brooch.



Gotta run again~~

See you in Milano!!
xoxo Rachel 

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