Milan, Day II with Bottega Veneta

Betty & Matthieu, cutest couple in the world

Travel Buddy Carrie

All motorheads head to Brian’s Black Perfecto

Thank goodness for web-based interactive mock-up application for duckie-brains like mine.

DIY Shredded Jeans

Dotted Dress, mummy’s old. Tropical Blazer, Maarten van der Horst for Topshop. Bag, Bottega Veneta Initials. Nude heels, Zara. Watch, Sekonda. Gold Bracelet, Jessica Barensfeld Hammered Initials Bangle via Vestiare Collective

It’s fascinating, this human obsession to scribble names into things we own… come to think of it, it’s not actually even about marking things we own, because how many toilet cubicles would you own then? I’d own about three tree barks (along with ♥ three clueless crushes of the era – unfulfilled, naturally) and desks in all the schools growing up. No, it’s really like an inside joke, isn’t it, and a guessing-game for the woman sitting across you in the bus – just like the fact that not many know that my ‘B1G B008S’ licence-plate is actually a plea for larger chesticles instead of an identifier. (what healthy outlook on life?) Anyhow, I’m sorry there isn’t more of Milan in this post, day 2 was spent with Bottega Veneta - fondling the intrecciato bags and fussing with the initials to go with it. What I adore about Bottega Veneta is is their Less is More belief when it comes to branding, especially in this Initials project – just you and the bag. Unless of course you have my kind of priorities and choose BBE (Biggest Boobs EVER) to be your chosen initials or RW for you insane Ron Weasley fans. One little thing that bothered me was the typography of the letters and I believe the world would be better if they allowed different font choices… or not. Typography sadly doesn’t solve world hunger. Regarding the ‘IS’ on my bag, my usual initials would read PSY, but ‘psy’ also happens to mean ‘dog’ in Polish and I’ve had enough of racist jokes growing up so… I figured ‘IS’ can mark the first of post-marriage name scribbling!

Thank you to Ykone and Bottega Veneta for a wonderful trip.

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  1. i love your outfit! great prints and bag too!

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    how lucky!

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  2. gorgeous bags!
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  3. Dominika

    I adore your photos! So amazing

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  4. Love the polkadot dress + floral blazer, that whole outfit looks so serene paired with your new Bottega :) love the fact that you chose white too!

    xx
    Ami
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  5. Wonderful photos!)

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  6. love this soooooo much! Well done again!!!!

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  7. Love the bag! So elegant

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  8. The bag is stunning!

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  9. I liked more the other blog settings.

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    Thanks for your feedback, in that case please access the blog through http://www.parkandcube.com/blog/, it’s basically the same thing.

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  10. What does the «i» stand for? I love your choice of handbag and lettering. I also adore the new website design, it looks so clean and simple.

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    Thank you so so much, really means a lot. the ‘I’ is for my new surname after marriage – Idzikowska!

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    @Shini, What a mouthful! Although, I’m especially impressed by your ability to balance a bottle of nail polish on your knee… tricky, tricky.

    ~F

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    @Shini, I’m so happy you answered, you’ve made my day! I’ve been lusting after your webdesigning skills since I first came across your website. It’s exactly the type of thing I would love to know how to do hehe

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  11. Dan

    CR=Cristiano Ronaldo?

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    JK = Just Kidding?

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  12. Such inspiration Xx

    Stephanie in Style

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  13. wow. amazing. I am jealous I must say. it is fantastic

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  14. Sounds like you had such a heavenly trip! The mixture of prints in your look is just absolute perfection.

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  15. Love your bag! And I love those jeans too.

    xx.

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  16. Woiawwwww that outfit is so beautiful Shini!

    i love the printed jacket on you and the bag is the perfect accessory <3

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  17. Love this post :) that polka dot dress is divine!

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    x

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  18. so lovely! you’re so lucky!

    nataliya
    sewniice.blogspot.com

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  19. Beautiful, immediate and bright pictures

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  20. i love that picture of you painting your nails. i want those ripped jeans!
    The visit looks like it was a great time! I love monogrammed things. they’re more personal and unique. I like how the script font looks the best! They should try that!

    M.

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  21. your maxi dress is so stunning! love the polka dots on it!
    xoxo

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  22. you look amazing, love your jeans!

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  23. Im in love with the white bag!!

    xoxo
    LesleyKim

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  24. Love the minimalist design combined with the personnalised aspect.
    Material Fixations

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  25. I love that blazer on you! I’m obsessed with Hawaiian print.

    xxx

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  26. That is beyond amazing! Your blazer and you! Not a big fan of the bags but the initial thing is so wacko! (in a good way)
    Love the way you DIYed the Jeans. shredded to perfection!

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  27. thanks :)

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  28. awesome
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    x

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  29. Seraphina

    I love love love your hair. Stunning blog post as always!

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  30. Love your jeans!

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    xx

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  31. lovely soft romantic look!

    Bises,
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  32. Oh god….!!
    The fifth pic, the one you applying nail polish, looks so dangerous…..

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  33. I’m officially in love with your magical photography.
    teach meeee !! :D
    love that bag and blazer girl. you just look more and more lovely each time and so does your blog. more and more professional.
    ps. that girl with the milk braids. I think I’ve seen her in one of your posts once. what’s her name?

    xx
    Catherine.

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  34. I am loving your outfit!

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  35. Rachel K.

    Bahaha, I balance my nail polish like that too. What’s that gorgeous vampy navy blue color someone else is wearing?

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  36. I have been reading your blog for awhile now. I was hoping to know more about your photography (i.e. camera, lens, etc.)

    I really adore your style and photographs!

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  37. Wow, I didn’t think I’d see those shredded jeans again! Only you could wear ones like them and still look polished

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  38. Amazing photos! Love it!

    xx
    biskvittka.blogspot.com

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  39. That is some VERY impressive nail polish balancing-on-knee act there!

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    Oooo I feel like I deserve a medal or something ;)

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  40. I love these photos, so simple and pretty.

    My mam always put my name in everything I owned, but I love having just a simple two or three letters on the outside of the beautiful bags and purses.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Lou
    http://www.thekeypieces.co.uk

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  41. That’s start with how great your jacket is and then we can move onto the bag. Your jacket is stunning! and now the bag, The bag is lovely, is that suede lining? I also have noticed an increase in monograming lately, like people just like claiming things as their own. At least if anyone of them are married and were to get a divorced, we would know what items belong to whom and there would be less hassle. So monograming save lives?

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  42. i love this combination, big compliment! have a nice day..

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  43. stunning photos! can’t get enough with the outfit, the bag, the details and the like :)

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  44. Dear Shini, your posts are amazing, and I love the way you write and snap pictures

    But I have to admit the new design is abit confusing and hard to handle.

    Just wanted to tell you that..xx

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  45. ayy_ayy

    can we customize the initials?
    and i think i can’t initialized my name. too weird.

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  46. Having things emossed onto a bag or getting something engraved just makes it all that more exciting, can definitely relate! I love your pictures, gorgeous! xx

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  47. I don’t think I’m allowed to read your blog anymore, the object-photo-food jealousy it induces is almost unbearable.

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  48. Shini,

    Really love your blog and love the new design! You have mad graphics skills!

    I was wondering with your diverse background, having lived in 3 very different places, what kind of accent do you have when you speak? I’ve also lived in 3 different places/continents so I’m curious : )

    best,
    ml

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    Awesome question! I like to believe I have a very American accent, because my first and last school was the American School of Warsaw – but a slightly ‘light’ version? What accent do you have? Which countries have you lived in :D? x

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    @Shini,

    Thanks for the response! You have an interesting background. I’m sure it wasn’t always easy being the ‘other’. I was touched by your comment about your initials.

    I was born in Hong Kong, raised in San Francisco (only speaking Cantonese in the house) and lived in Paris. I am now back in San Francisco. I would say I have an American accent too, although sometimes the Cantonese accent sneaks in when I’m tired or angry..haha.

    I check your blog daily for your wonderful pics and wry writing : )

    Cheers!
    ml

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  49. Great styling! I recently bought a blazer just like the one above from bleuclothing.com. Amazing fit and design.

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  50. Love your tropical printed blazer!

    Kaye Awatin
    http://thestyleflux.blogspot.com

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  51. My thoughts exactly on Bottega Veneta! The marketing is simple, no fuss, just like their designs: it’s all about the richness of the leather, the intrecciato weaving, and the clean lines. Makes for a timeless bag and I love that!
    Thank you for including a pic of the Duomo, I miss it sometimes. It’s always so luminous :) Please tell me you stuffed yourself silly with gelato.

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    Oh my, I wish!! It was actually quite cold when we went so no gelato, but I’d go back JUST for some. x

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    @Shini, oh me too. You’re my kind of person. The man friend is Milanese and we OFTEN talk about Milan food spots and restaurants and how we miss them. Sigh. :)

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  52. Matthieu and i have the same sweater, the opening ceremony kertmit sweater! my favorite

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  53. Love the outfit of the first picture!

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  54. Love that dress..amazing!!

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    xx

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  56. I love how similar yours and Carries bags are! There is something about initials that make things extra special!

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  57. so nice – IS means ice cream in danish :)

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  58. ahhh! Really really love the all of the pictures in this post, specially the outfit post! Love the polkadot dress, the shoes and how you tight the belt! very inspiring and uh i really like your hair! so pretty! :)

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  59. Love your site and your photography is gorgeous. Would you mind if I use the top image from this post to create a colourlover palette to post on my blog? I absolutely love the colour palette in that one in particular. Just beautiful. The soft pink, creams, green, black and a tiny spot of crimson… so, so pretty!

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  61. Alex

    What colour/ brand are you painting your nails with? I can’t tell from the bottle shape! I love it!

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  62. Oooh …now I want yellow nails!

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