Sunday, 28 August 2016

Ciao Milano!

Way back in March I went to Milan to see my favourite ballet Don Quixote at La Scala Milan. I have always wanted to visit that theatre, so I was thrilled to actually get hold of some tickets to see DonQ! My latest favourite holiday activity is cooking so I was thrilled to find a cookery class with the wonderful Cook In Milano.  Milan is quite an industrial city - not as scenic as perhaps Venice or Paris but I liked it - so much so I returned in July for another ballet - Swan Lake.
La Scala Milan


Hmm not impressed by the safety rail 
blocking my view!


The lovely chandelier in the auditorium.


The lead dancers Angelo Greco (Basilio) 
and Vittoria Valerio (Kitri)


The curtain call after Don Quixote.


In the Piazza del Duomo one of the buildings 
had this lovely ballerina adorning the exterior!


















The main square in Milan - Piazza del Duomo - is home to the famous Duomo Cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.
The amazing facade of the Duomo at night.


The beautiful interior of
the Duomo Cathedral.






I loved the inlaid marble floors.


Floral patterns in the marble floors.
One of the altars.




The Duomo has very ornate stained 
glass windows.


The Duomo doors were interesting too!
The traditional style headgear worn by the 
army guards outside the Duomo.



The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is an imposing huge building housing high end shops and lots of restaurants.

The Galleria complex.


The central glass dome in the Galleria.
  
Another boulevard in the Galleria.


Trams are one of the main modes 
of transport in Milan.


This very grand hound 
was sitting in the Piazza, 
so regal!
























A lovely piazza and fountain on the way to the 
main Piazza del Duomo, 

which you can see in the background.
One of the water outlets 
on the fountain.

It being Spring the camellias were in bloom 
in huge pots outside many buildings.
A memorial column and garden
on the way back to my hotel.

The gardens were full of lovely 
flowers - daisies and tulips 
being some of the flowers.  
They were very pretty.




The Church Campanile outside 
my window.  Thankfully the bells 
stopped ringing after 7pm!

























Of course Milan being in Italy was certainly not short of foodie experiences whether restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops/cafes, markets or cookery classes....More next time!

Friday, 24 June 2016

The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen paid a visit to Liverpool last Wednesday 22 June 2016 - I went to see her and Prince Philip. The Queen looked gorgeous in peachy pink and wore her beautiful Pearl Trefoil Brooch.  I could not have wished for the Queen to wear a nicer colour! It was great and I got some nice photos - a day to remember!
The Queen and Duke arrive at the station

A couple of hours later they appeared on the Town Hall Balcony.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Les Canyons Etoiles Bandana

So following on from the intro to the new bandana which you can see here I have done some photos of ways to wear it:-
A simple bias fold here secured with moyenne 
scarf ring and sliding both ends through the ring

Here I have done a slip knot using the 
moyenne scarf ring - that's securing one end 
of the scarf through the ring and then pulling 
the other loose end through the loop of the 

scarf rather than the ring itself.


Here I have made a half bow knot - as per the 
slip knot above, but fold the loose end 
in half and pull through the loop to make a 
bow, fan out to make a bow shape.  
This is one of my favourite ways to wear a 
scarf and very easy to do.
Here I tied a Half Ascot Knot and slid the scarf to the 
side - you can wear it to the side or centrally as 
shown below.

For this look I made a bias fold then put the scarf 
around the neck and brought the ends to 
meet in the front and secured them with a petite 
scarf ring - it is snug but warm, especially if you 
have a sore throat - they say silk is supposed to help cure it!

A simple cowboy look - fold scarf to make a 
triangle and tie at the back or use a scarf 
ring to secure.

Same again but shorter - I secured this 
one with a scarf ring and pulled the 
ends further through to shorten the look.
As above only I pulled the scarf round to the side - 
using a scarf ring for this loo allows the scarf to 
sit a bit flatter round the back/sides.

This was just a triangle secured at the front with my 
moyenne scarf ring for an easy to wear look.

Here I used the bias fold again, slipped a 
nice scarf ring on to the front and tied the 
scarf with a knot at the back - of course this 
would look much better over a polo neck 
rather than my open neck shirt but you 
get the idea!
































































































































































Bias fold knotted in the middle and secured
with a knot tied at the back.

Here I made a butterfly knot from the bias folded scarf 
using a scarf ring which give s a nice puffy bow look.









































I think you can see that with a bandana you can pretty much choose the same knots and bows as you do for 70cm or 90cm - just play around with it and see what you com up with!  Have fun playing!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Something Blue

It's been a while since I posted anything scarf related so here is a little something I picked up in Paris in 2014 I think.  I got it at FSH and remember that I was annoyed because they put it in THE WRONG BOX, I really hate that when Hermes do that especially at FSH, as they of all shops should have the correct box!!!!!  Ahem Ok on with the reveal...

That offending WRONG box!
Any guesses?
Something small and navy blue...
Ta-da!  It's a new Bandana...

Les Canyons Etoiles

I like the little shooting stars which fill the middle of the design.

The bandana is designed by Pierre Marie - I have a few
of his designs and like them very much.

Here you can see the canyons that surround the
edge of the banada.
Next time I will post photos of how you can wear this scarf.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Royal Fun in the Snow!

The Cambridge family shared some super cute photos from their short break to Courchevel in the French Alps.  I am very jealous as I love the snow but we don't get much, if any where I live!

Daddy's Girl Charlotte - I think she looks 
very like the Queen when she was little!


William and Kate took the chance for a spot of horseplay too!