Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov 21

Evening friends! It is 10pm here in good ol’ Milan, and I am babysitting! So I figured, what does one do when stuck alone in the apartment? Blog obviously. I had this great idea to be like “hey guys, I am going to upload a new blog every Wednesday” but then I thought to myself, why am I limiting myself to one day? Who knows when creativity is going to hit you! Maybe creativity is having a day off on Wednesday…anyway you get my point. I hope you don’t mind the sporadic posts, but I am afraid I just can’t commit be limited to one day a week.

So I believe we are on to number three in things to do in Milan!
Shopping obviously, but be prepared to break the bank! A few of the spots that I [window] shop at are Via Torino and Corso Buenos Aires. They are both SEMI decently priced, it’s still expensive (for us au pairs anyway). Corso Buenos Aires (metro stop Porta Venezia) has more then one H&M, Zara, Nike, Puma, Footlocker, OVS, and many more. Lots of shops that I haven’t heard of, smaller Italian chains I am sure, but you can find some pretty sweet deals down there if you are willing to spend a while there and check out  each shop. Via Torino is right next to the Duomo, and has a lot of the same stores as Buenos Aires, and some more slightly more expensive stores. But if you are on vacation and having money to blow, then go for it, knock your overpriced Italian socks off. If you are looking to blow a lot of money, head to the Duomo, and all around there you will find lots of stores that sell fancier products. Such as Prada, Loui Vuitton, Gucci, and some more that I have never heard of, but still nice to look around and pretend that you can afford it. (even though I am sure that the sales people know as soon as you walk in if you can afford it or not).
I know that there are more places to shop at, all of them seem to be in the general vicinity of the Duomo, but we don’t head there much, window shopping is only fun for so long.

Now for my expert fashion advice!
Gentlemen, scarves are totally in. Not just the hipster rag around your neck, but like, a real scarf. In some cases I have seen, the bigger the better! Apparently there are specific ways to wear your scarf, I however am not privy to this type of information, but I think the picture below explains pretty well:

Please note that wearing a  scarf like the Jonas dude (he is a Jonas right?) is NOT COOL. You might as well tie ribbon around your neck and call it a scarf. It looks ridiculous. Jake and Brad are pulling of the scarf look quite well though. From what I can tell from my powerful observations, you have to wear the scarf as if you don’t care what it looks like, as if you didn’t spend an hour trying to perfect the “just thrown on look”.

On a more serious note, my friend Elin and I have decided to train for a half marathon! With the Christmas break coming up, she is returning to Sweden for a week, and I am in England for a month, so training begins in January. We plan on running in May. We run quite three days a week right now. We have gone from lazy smucks to 5k runners in a month, so I think we are doing okay! But if anyone reads this and happens to have run a marathon, or is in training, or has any type of advice, our ears are open!
This is Elin and I:

we are: friends, au pairs, broke, avid runners. 

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