Hotel Esmerelda


Jane Birkin, Dog, and and the eponymous Hermes Birkin Bag outside of the Hotel Esmerelda


Sicily

Lately I've been really missing Sicily. My mom was born there, and I used to go every year, and its been over 2 so far...! Plus, I talked to my cousin Melinda over there on MSN for an hour the other days, and she reminded me of the beautiful summers I used to have with her and the whole gang of gorgeous, suntanned, inherently stylish-to-the-bone paesani.

I'm posting some photos of how beautiful, dramatic, sensuous and mysterious Sicilian women are!


Ice Cream and a Moped...quintessentially Sicilian. From stockfood.com


A Veiled Sicilian Actress from a National Geographic Spread on Sicily. I still see this magazine turn up in various rooms around our house, even though its over a decade old by now.

 Also from NatGeo. What I love about this photo is that even though she is hardly in this photo, the woman is one of the main players in this scene, and although your eye is directed towards the old gentleman, you are still very much aware of the woman walking through the door, and you can tell that the old man is too. Well played, National Geographic.


From Michael Robert's book, Shot in Sicily, in collaboration with Vanity Fair.

From Swedish artist Stina Persson's collection of paintings of Sicilian Women


 Madonna in Dolce and Gabanna's 2010 Ad Campaign for the Miss Sicily Bag, below



Monica Belluci for Dolce and Gabanna Sicily


Maria Grazia Cucinotti


Monica Belluci in Malena, a movie where she plays a sexy, tortured single woman in a fox-den of lusty Sicilian and their jealous wives.



Sicilian Actress/Model Margareth Made


Valeria Solarino at the Hotel Timeo in Palermo, photo from NYTimes

Adriano Giannini and Solarino on Mazzaro Beach in Taormina


At Villa Mon Repos

And of course, some everyday Sicilians -

My cousin Melinda and her mom Nunziella

My cousins Melinda, Melania, and Me!

My mom and Melinda on Vulcano, one of the Aeolian Islands.

Thats all for now, I'm longing for Sicily even more than when I started? Even though I wasn't born there, I feel so Sicilian, it's overpowering!! Do you guys have a place like that, somewhere special that you know you belong to? Share plz!

Cheers,
Renata

Bend It Like Vogue Turkiye

Guys...sorry I've been legit MIA, I arrived in Turkey a week ago, and I've been busy sleeping...eating...cooking...and bothering people who otherwise have stuff to do. The weddings coming up soon, and I've been trying on the dresses and tasting wedding cakes, but everything is under control thanks to my dude and his lovely parents who made all the arrangements!!

Anyway, I was in the supermarkey this morning and spotted the new Vogue Turkiye with Victoria B on the cover. Check it --










Pretty classic VB, with long hair and a slightly softer face, but lovely as ever!!

The photo shoot has the feel of a paparazzi-fueled glimpse into the glitterati-life of the rich and famous, which isn't a new concept by any means, especially not for Victoria Beckham, but again, lovely. Just not eart-shattering or groundbreaking, oui?

I didn't bring that many clothes here, so not many outfit posts, but Ill try my best to post more often. Hope everyone is doing really well!

Cheers,
Renata

Ladies Who Lunch

Love this dress from the HM Garden Collection. Best $20 I ever spent. Its a little short, and a lot see-through, so I have to wear a slip under it, which is wonderfully old fashioned. But its such a gorgeous, delicate color, and I love to throw in some contrast with a wide brown belt and wooden sandals.





Dress - HM
Belt - F21
Shoes - Circa Joan and David
Ring - Scorpiondisco - Buffalo horn and Silver

Cheers,
Renata

Summertime

Here are some images from my all-time favorite euro-trash summer song -- Stereo Love by Edward Maya. SUCH a great song, and really makes me want to be on the Mediterranean sea with my significant other...which I will be soon!!



Stereo Love - Edward Maya ft. Vika Jigulina

Yeah for a wife-beater, undies and rain boots!!!




Hope you're all having a great, SUMMERY summer!!

Cheers,
Renata

Wedding Dress Preview

Here's my wedding dress!! ONE of them...Ozgur's mom is graciously making me not one, not two, but THREE dresses to wear in various stages of our nuptials, but my mom bought me this one, and I'm sure an occasion to wear it will present itself. We planned to have an engagement/commitment ceremony in Turkey, a legal marriage here in America, and at least a couple big parties here and there.

So, here it is!





Dress, Tadashi Shoji

It's a wonderful dress, fun, flirty, summery, and not too serious and bridezilla-y. I did want to wear an Indian-themed wedding outfit, but since I don't really know exact details of the wedding, I can't plan that much into it...I did some research, Indian wedding sari's are complex and there are a lot of components that go with it...I think I will stay true to my original idea by incorporating some Indian jewelry though.

Anyway, here it is, Im super excited!!

Cheers,
Renata

Sugar and Spice and Lace

Here's a sneak peek at some of the beautiful, ultra-feminine, pastel, sheer, breezy and lacy tops I have been buying lately. I bought the most recent one from a thrift shop here in Philly, and when I went to go hang it up I realized it looked a lot like 2 I already had. Well, at least Im consistent.

In other news, Im into thrifting as of like...5 minutes ago. Everything in the stores just feels and looks so cheaply made these days...so why bother? And with thrift clothes, theres less of a risk of running into someone with the same exact thing, which has happened to me with every single one of my HM items. There's a whole world of thrift out there to discover, and its somewhat green, too!! And hey, all the other bloggers are doing it.

Well, without further ado -

Arden B., Thrifted, BCBG. Stay tuned for an outfit post!!

Cheers,
Renata

I Covet my Neighbor's LipStick

All I ask for is....Chanel Rouge Allure Super #167. CANNOT find it anywhere!!! It was SUPER (no pun intended...FML) limited edition, and I want it soooooo badlyyyy! I tried to buy the floor sample the other day and was shunned. Help!!!


Anyone know where/how I can get this?!

Cheers,
Renata

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