Milan Fashion Week

Doing exchange in Milan means one thing… MILAN FASHION WEEK!!! *Cue tweens me at JBiebs concert screams*

But seriously, I prepared for this moment ever since I submitted my application for exchange  #EagerBeaver. I even bought my outfit months in advance and just took off the tags yesterday #FashionOlymmpics?. The only thing that didn’t go according to plan was my 6 pack that never showed up #OhWell #MaybeNextYear.

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lugged this cape around for months just to wear for one day #lisalogic

I was traveling in the beginning of fashion week so I wasn’t able to catch Gigi, Aimee Song, and the other bloggers on site (I know, I had one job) but we came right in time for the last day 😀 #thankgod #MyOutfitWouldGoToWaste. Thankfully, Monisha also just got back from traveling and needed to check out MFW as well so we headed over to the Duomo right before class.

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So how did we get in??? #FAQ

Long story short we showed up armed so they pretty much had to let us in.

Just kidding, but the real story’s pretty anticlimactic.

Basically we walked to the entrance and there were guards up at the front. We saw one girl walk up to security and said, “my name should be on that list” – which it was, and she got inside. I felt pretty discouraged but another group of girls looked like they were talking to the guards and he didn’t pull out any type of list, so we decided to give it a try. We simply asked, “can we head inside?” He looks at his partner, and turned to us and said yes. Once we got to entrance #2, Monisha and I kept saying to each other, “act cool, act cool… gotta pretend like we belong”. Later, a woman approached us and asked if we were press, bloggers, students, or whatever (okay she didn’t say whatever but she might as well have because who are we to be there?). We answered “students abroad” but she heard “from a blog” so she encouragingly led us to our seats. I mean technically this is going on a blog… 😉

Moral of the story: Lie??? or accidentally lie???

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We were able to catch the last show of the entire week – Daizy Shely’s Fall/Winter 2017-2018 collection.

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I wanted to vlog my entire experience but I didn’t gather enough clips so here’s a gif I learned how to make just for this blog post LOL:

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and this one:

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The last walk

The entire show is exactly the way you dreamed it would be: The venue was grand with classic European architecture. There’s also classical music in the background before the show commences with photographers and press everywhere, especially towards the end of the catwalk:

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The show itself was not very long but there was a lot to take in. There were a lot of details on each of the outfits so it was almost overwhelming as my first time trying to take in everything: the venue, the models, the music, etc. What was almost as amazing to watch was the audience. The entire audience was extremely dressed up, sunglasses in their faces, clutches in hand, and speaking a bunch of different languages.

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When the show was over, everyone took the opportunity to take pictures in the venue. INCLUDING US OF COURSE 😀

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Angle #1

We were really lucky and found someone that took photos for us in all different kinds of angles. This is the type of people we need to surround ourselves with :’) #MakesMeTear #Grateful

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Angle #2. This guy rocks.

Maybe next time we’ll get an invite and not have to accidentally lie our way through??? LOL #OneCanDream

PS. For people thinking of sneaking in: make sure you dress the part, you never know what’s going to happen! They’re also more inclined to let you in if you look like you’re part of it!

Love,
Lisa

AGO First Thursdays

It was the first Thursday of the month… YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS 😛 just kidding this is probably the last time I’m going this summer. This time, Kristina and I went with my roomies Rachel & Helen! 😀

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Art Gallery of Ontario
idk why this picture is blurry 😦

There was also a promo going on by ABSOLUT right outside the AGO so we took some pictures with these pretty unicorns 😛

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Art Gallery of Ontario

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I LOVE this thing!!!!

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario

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right before they yelled at us to get off the ledge. WHATEVER MAN, YOLO, carpe diem, seize the day, that kinda thing.

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Ontario

Love,
Lisa
& my beautiful friends Helen, Kristina, and Rachel (that Oxford comma doe)
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AGO First Thursdays

Ever since Karen told me about AGO’s First Thursdays last summer I’ve always wanted to go (okay I lied I  never went with her but I forget why #SORRYKARENiloveyou #butseriously #loveyou). I finally went this week with Kristina since we’re all grown up and all… #notreally.

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me: can we get a full body shot
random dude: of course!!!!!!!

… …. …. omg look at our feet it looks so amazing!!!!!

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“what am i looking at..”
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classic floor staring picture (@josh @alex this one’s for you two)

Art Gallery of Ontario - AGO
Art Gallery of Ontario - AGO

Art Gallery of Ontario - AGO

WHAT I LEARNED AND WILL PROBABLY KEEP IN MIND FOR NEXT TIME…

1. SHOW UP EARLY

Since I started moving into my apartment right after work, by the time we got to the museum it was around 9:30-10? Not the best time to show up and appreciate art because there was so much we could have seen (and eat) but so little time. So for next time… prob gonna show up at like 1pm #jk #startsat7

2. TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ACTIVITIES 

There was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (is that enough Os for you) much going on that I didn’t know what to do with my ADHD self. We were walking back and forth like let’s do this WAIT NO LET’S DO THAT NO WAIT NO WAIT FA;LSDKFJA;LSDKGJOWAEIJ;ADKFJ; let’s just go home. But seriously there was a live band, painting activities, FOOD #mostimportant, drinks, and of course, art. Moral of the story is show up early so you can do everything the museum has to offer and do not bring kids because it’s a 19+ event so why would you do that anyway.

3. Do not press “uber pool”

Okay this has nothing to do with the museum but I accidentally pressed “uberpool” (who knew that was a thing?!?!) so we ended up having to wait for some random dude for five minutes even though he never showed up #ihatehumans. Just a warning for all you people who didn’t know about Uberpool to not use that option if you are in a rush like we were.

Overall… I loved this museum. I feel like mainly because there were no kids running and screaming so it was almost like a free yoga session. But really, I was at the Ontario Science Museum the other day and there were so many kids running and screaming with parents yelling “STOP RUNNING. STOP SCREAMING. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE” that I’m forever scarred from having kids. ANYWAY back on topic, this was definitely a great experience and I definitely recommend trying it if you are ever in Toronto during the first Thursday of the month!

Love,
Lisa … AND KRISTINA!! 🙂

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Long Time No Celebs

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Finally had the chance to go to Celebs (aka Celebrities Night Club – but that’s way to long to say in a casual conversation) on Tuesday #Yay. Actually, the truth is, it’s not that I finally “had the chance” (seeing that I always have Wednesdays off) but it’s more like “I finally had the guts to go back to Celebs”. The last time I was there, Victor was visiting from Toronto and … yeah that’s about all I can tell you because I don’t remember a thing #DamnitLisa.

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Remember that night? #BecauseIDont

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