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Mary Jane Pumps
Although my favorite season is summer (and that won’t change ever) there is a time period during the winter that is simply perfect and this is Christmas time. Despite the cold, you want to go out, meet your friends after work and catch up on news over a punsch (my favourite is the one with the orange flavour) or a Glühwein. Apart from the outdoor activities, my home decoration is turning more Christmassy and friends come to visit and bake some Christmas cookies with me. Cinnamon smell is all over my place.
This year I had many guests from Greece. The photos of this blog post were taken at the lobby of their hotel. I used to pick them up from their hotel everyday and then off to visit the Christmas markets. Christmas markets in Vienna occupy all the most breathtaking squares and offer you the best of the holidays: joyful atmosphere, delicious treats and hot drinks. My Greek guests absolutely loved being there.
This is the time of the year when even the city dresses up for the occasion. So should we, right? What isn’t always easy to achieve in winter is an outfit that is both chic and comfortable at the same time. This holiday season Fragiacomo provided me with a pair of black patent leather Mary Jane pumps from the #EdgyRomance capsule collection. Boots are not the only way to go during the cold months. A comfy pair of pumps with a embroidered floral strap on the front can upgrade your wardrobe and bring a little bit of glitz and glam to your everyday outfit. As for me, whether it was an elegant dinner or just a visit to a Christmas market in Vienna, the Mary Jane pumps accompanied me in various occasions during the festive season and gave the whole ensemble a more playful finishing touch.
This is the last blog post for 2018, my friends. Can you believe it? One more year is over! Was it good for you? I hope so. For me this past year was the best yet because despite the workload and the stress, I get to do what I love. I hope you’ve also had a wonderful time this season and you’re ready to welcome 2019!
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Imagine yourself wearing a white summer dress, matched with a pair of silver floral pointed ballerinas. Then imagine strolling through the narrow cobblestone alleys and tiny Cycladic streets that are veiled in bougainvillea flowers. With that scenery, who can resist posing in front of the whitewashed houses to capture the best holiday picture?
My color choices for this summer are Inspired by the Cycladic architecture and the Mediterranean culture. The colors are white and black with silver details and gold tones. Most of the outfits that I packed in my luggage are based on these color palette. I want my outfits to be minimalistic, simple and elegant, and I want to match them with the architecture and interior design of our boutique hotel, as well as with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Greek islands.
If you also plan to escape Vienna and fly South to the seaside, this outfit could also be an inspiration for you. Match a white dress, short or long, with a comfortable pair of Fragiacomo ballerinas and have fun walking down the narrow cobblestone alleys of the island. It’s a simple yet stylish choice for any summer outfit! You can find Fragiacomo shoes in Vienna in Fisher’s Focus boutique (Bauernmakt 2) or online.
Oh, summer – you are by far the most joyful time of the year! Whatever your plans are for this summer, treat yourself to a flawless pedicure and a pair of flat pointed ballerinas for everyday elegance. Don’t forget to get a special presale 40% discount with the code PRESALES40 in the Fragiacomo online store.
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I wanted to go the Vienna Opera Ball this year but I didn’t dare to think that it could actually happen. In fact, when I received the invitation from Swarovski, I couldn’t believe my own eyes. I had to check my mobile twice to convince myself that my wish did come true.
Not only was I happy for me to attend the Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski, but I was also happy for my Instagram friends and readers. I knew that they would love to see my photos from the the Opera Ball on my social media channels. How do I know this? I have this impression from back in 2016 when I attended the Vienna Opera Ball for the very first time.
In the first part, we have photos that were shot at The Guesthouse Hotel, where I had my makeup and hair done by a professional team of hair dressers and makeup artists.
As you can tell from the photos, I love product photography. When I have beautiful products in front of me, I feel the need to photograph them. I can spend hours doing so, playing with the light and with different compositions. In this case, my beautiful products were my jewelry pieces from Swarovski and the cutest little bag from Dolce & Gabbana. I chose to wear them for this special night.
In the second part, we have two shots from the gala dinner. The dinner took place at the Sacher hotel. The blog post ends with photos that are shot in the Opera House, one day before the ball, during the official final rehearsal.
It was quite challenging to cover photographically all those amazing happenings that occured one after the other: the rehearsal on Wednesday, the preparation before the ball, the gala dinner, the Opera Ball on Thursday 8th of February.
But believe me, if I have the chance again, I would do the same thing all over. It made me feel alive, honored, and blessed to have been given this opportunity to attend the Vienna Opera Ball with Swarovski, and to have been chosen by the Dolce & Gabbana family in Milano to wear this dreamy evening gown. Grazie tante!
Each detail was so perfectly organized by the people involved. Everything from the correspondence I had with the person who was behind the entire organization, to the fitting at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique in the first district, to taking photos with the girls on the red carpet, to the moment I was dancing Quadrille together with Michaela from Elastyle.
I was very lucky to have advance access to the Opera House, in order to take my photos before they let people in!
The funniest thing about that night was when I discovered the disco room in the basement of the opera! I’ve been to the Vienna Opera House many times before. I didn’t know that a room in the basement could ever be transformed into such a fun disco dance hall.
There is always something new to discover in Vienna…
Nothing but A BIG THANK YOU to the SWAROVSKI famliy for having me as one of their guests!
Locations: The Guesthouse Hotel, Hotel Sacher, Vienna State Opera
Photos of me in the Opera House: Franco Federici
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