Diving in Head First
Hello world! What a glorious day. Why glorious, you ask? I’ve decided to declare my love of Missoni to Ms. Margherita Maccapani Missoni herself. Why not let her know how much I idolize Missoni’s work as a fashion house? Who doesn’t like a little praise? With style, Ciao!
One word, ladies. Catsuit. Need I say more? Animal print is so fabulous it speaks for itself. So here’s a little fun factoid about it instead. The 1930s Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, sworn enemy of Coco Chanel (shocking, I know), is the woman responsible for making animal print all the rage it is today. And wait. There’s more. She’s also responsible for making hot pink a hot color....
Tickle Me in Zig Zags and Stripes at an Affordable...
Since entering the world of Target, I’ve done my research. Obviously they’re a major retailer, but I didn’t totally understand the hugeness of all this. Cuz it’s huge! They’ve done some unbelievable lines with other designer greats like Alexander McQueen, Richard Chai, Thakoon, Rodarte and Jean Paul Gaultier. Drop a name and they’ve probably done a partnership with...
To all style-obsessed: It’s come to my attention Missoni is partnering with Target. INSANE! (So glad I have access to the inside scoop.) They’re designing a fashion line AND home line with them. Soooo cool. I mean, just thinking of the possibilities could make my porcelain head crack. Fabulousness is going to reach a whole new level. You wait, and remember it was this doll who told...
Check Your Hat
Yes, another hat. I can’t help myself. Could you if an adorable straw hat complimenting a peach dress and white sneakers breezed by your waistline? Now that’s some serious style on the sporty chic move. With style, Ciao!
Spoken Like No Other
“Family is as important as zig-zags or stripes.” – Margherita Maccapani Missoni. I like her even more. This doll agrees with the importance of keeping your head screwed on right. With style, Ciao!
Check Me In
OMG. Brace yourselves again. Missoni designs hotels and has a home line. Yep, you heard me right. Right now they’ve got hotels in Edinburgh and Kuwait. I mean… OMG. An entire building constructed from the best of the best in style. It’s built to feel like a home with the restaurant (kitchen) in the center like a real Italian house. Every piece of furniture, switch, button, decorative pillow,...
Can You Over Pattern?
Here’s a question for those of you on the style frontlines. How much is too much? Stripes, checks, polka dots… this fashion forward doll is all for mixing and matching, but where do you draw the line between eye-catching and dizzying? Channel your inner Missoni. Or my inner Mom. With style, Ciao! What a perfect image by © Orin Zebest
Hold Onto Your Hat
Let’s be honest fashionistas, we’re always on the run to be fabulous somewhere fabulous. But nothing is ever so urgent you can’t stop for a moment and share your glamour with a fellow style lover like yourself. Just the other day this amazing girl stopped mid-dash to show me her uber cool 70s-style black felt hat. She was even so nice as to ask me if I wanted to try it on… though we both knew it...
Just a Book? I Think Not
Call it my fashion bible, style lovers. Mom got it for me. Have you seen the books on Missoni? Have you read about the fabulous Margherita Maccapani Missoni? Everything comes alive - the vivid striped patterns of skirts, the zigzags of scarfs and the bikinis? Hello. Every doll should be that dolled up poolside. Talk about turning some heads. Giacomo comes to mind… Ok. I’m back. And I’m hooked more...
I Have Nothing to Wear
Not really, but that’s how I feel sometimes when I see my mother in full fabulous mode. I mean… can you say hottie? Explains why boys always wanted to come over to hang out at my house. This is a woman who looks elegant when she rolls out of bed, so when she dresses for an evening out, it is an experience you don’t want to miss. I wish I had a frame that fit like that in clothes, or even fit in...
Pardon Me, Do You Know How to Hat?
The hat in all its incarnation is one of those accessories that can make or break an outfit. You know what I’m talking about. It’s a statement that requires confidence and robust personality. The hat doesn’t speak for you, it enhances you, compliments you and most definitely never, ever upstages you. Whether it’s a Bohemian 1970’s black felt hat with a wide brim or a classic pork-pie style or...
Color Me in Sunsets and Knits
Call me sentimental, but there’s nothing like a gorgeous sunset over the fields in Varese. The blazing rusty oranges and pinks immediately remind me of a Missoni bikini I saw in a magazine recently. Yep even a sunset can be fashionable. A-MA-ZING. Mom would sooooo approve. Maybe somewhere in this beautiful horizon lies some Missoni for this doll…. Sunsets are for dreaming. With style, Ciao!
For my mom and dad that is. And my dad pulled out all the stops. And by all the stops I mean he put on a proper suit, tie and pocket swatch. He even called me in for my opinion. Soooooooo cute. He one hundred percent gets an A for effort… but the tie didn’t match. Instead of bumming him out, I suggested the skinny tie under the guise that it was Mom’s favorite. I said she’d dig it if he wore it....
It’s official, we’ve got color-blocking fever here in Varese. Today, as I stood in the garden procrastinating before going back to my shelf life, I noticed beyond the many rows of shrubbery a girl in the distance wearing a vibrant yellow dress, blue shoes and a red bag while standing against a bright red wall. So fabulous my glass eyes started to fog up. With style, Ciao!
Coffee. Seriously People
I may be a cutting-edge, style-obsessed doll, but without my coffee I might as well be sleeping. With style, Ciao!
Missoni. Tell Me More
After our visit with Grandma, I couldn’t wait to get my hinged hands on some Missoni history. I already knew Missoni is from right here in Varese, but I didn’t know they’ve been here since 1953! Tai and Rosita Missoni started designing their awesome zigzags, stripes, geometric and abstract floral patterned knits in their home only to blow up on the fashion scene in 1967. That’s the famed year...
Bold. Yes. That’s why it’s called a style statement. We’re not afraid to colorfully go where others won’t. Like this girl I spotted yesterday in a violet-blue dress accented with a mint green purse. I had one of those ah-ha moments when I wished I had thought of that. But alas, a doll with a porcelain head can only process so much at once. With style, Ciao!
Three Generations of Awesome
Hello Grandma. Hello Milan. Hello fashion. Hello heaven. There’s nothing quite like a luxurious weekend with the two most fabulous women: Mom and Grandma. Seriously, there is nothing more awesome than spending the weekend with Mom and Grandma reliving the fantastic stories from growing up in Milan, topped with gossiping about all the people and things that acted as mom’s style icons. When we...
The Chocolate Croissant
Sometimes French pastries confuse me. Is it a breakfast item or a sweet late morning delight? Or a dessert? Or is it anything you want it to be? Buttery chocolate decadence you leave me perplexed, yet wanting more. Such a tease! Is anyone else feeling me on this? With style, Ciao Yummy pic by ©sanfranannie