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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Milan

I have just been over to visit a new potential visit in Milan. I know it sounds oh so glam, I am not complaining, I enjoy my job, it certainly has it's perks, but it is not as glamorous as it sounds. The early mornings, the late nights and having to be nice to people all the time. This was probably the last trip that Ian and I will do together (I will divulge on another post), but let's just say circumstances are changing. So it was nice spending our last trip in one of my favourite countries, Italy.
Italians are just amazing. They have such a zest for life. They have such big personalities and they are just larger than life. They are everything that us Brits aren't.
Our appointment was in central Milan, so we got there early, had lunch and took in the crazy city.
I can't say I like Milan. It is not as it is portrayed. It is dirty, busy and very industrial, but during my very brief visits I have always noticed that the shopping looks amazing! If you have money this is the place to be! The place is crammed with wealthy Asians socking up on the latest LV bags. Crocodile skin Italians lavishly dripping in gold and furs. Literally ANYTHING goes here and I love that.
My outfit was a little more modest.

What I wore



I kept it quite simple, but I think pretty smart. I wore a Mango cream jacket with leather elbow patches, over a grey patterned high waisted dress from Benetton. Benetton has seriously disappeared in the UK, why? I just adore it simple elegant classics at high street prices. I wore black, knee high leather boots that I bought a couple of years ago from Boden. I have literally worn these to death and seriously need to think about investing in a different pair, but boot buying (along with jeans) have to be one of my least favourite expenditures. I always struggle finding ones to flatter my dumpy legs and fat calves. So when I find a pair I like I tend to wear them to death. I accessorised with a pretty pastel pink scarf that was handed down to me by my mum and my Follie Follie bag that Ian bought me earlier this year.


Awkward tourist pose



Cheesy selfie


I was not allowed in here:-( ...


...nor here...

LOL, we don't take a good selfie

Had to include this

ciao ciao

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Has social media taken over our lives?

During my recent visit to Italy I really noticed the importance of the mobile phone to the average Italian. I walked through the centre of Milan and almost no body was talking to each other. Everyone had their ear attached to a phone or speaking through some hands free device in order to avoid in the inconvenience of actually holding the small portable device! Thousands of busy Italians with a loud buzz of chit chat. Who are they talking to? Each other?
It was said that when mobile phones first came out the Italians had the highest number per person, many with numerous handsets. It has become a major fashion accessory. 


I am not one to talk, I generally do have my phone/ipad etc, but I do like social interaction too. As a sales person, I guess I would struggle if I didn't! On a more serious note social media/social devices are contributing to a rise in Social Anxiety Disorder. This is a phobia that generally starts at a young age, it is an intense fear of social interactions/situations. As most children nowadays have a mobile phone and are exposed to social media, are we setting a generation up for a major social problems? On a larger scale , this anxiety disorder can often lead to depression and drugs.




I took this photo whist sat in a restaurant in Italy. It really caught my attention as Italians are famous for their Latin passionate personalities. They are renowned for being the best lovers in the world, so to see a couple in "love" totally ignoring each other and instead scrolling through Facebook kind of summed up everything I have been saying. Why go out to a nice restaurant with your partner to spend the evening tagging yourself, Tweeting or texting? much cheaper to stay at home and do it! 

So put your device down, go and have a walk or EVEN a real conversation face to face with someone. The break will do you good.
 
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