Category: Travel

NewsFirst-Hand Account From MILAN!

So, guys, here is news fresh from our fashion fabulous reporter Megan Jones in Milan, Italy! This week, Megan tells us how and why you should go go go study abroad at the first chance you get!

Thanks for the introduction Siobhan!

As mentioned, I’m living in Milan this year on an exchange. For anyone interested in studying abroad/exchanging, I have only one tip:

GO, and don’t turn back.

This has been an experience of a lifetime so far — nothing that you could experience on a vacation or backpacking trip. So just do it! (Oh, and FYI, there are plenty of opportunities for extra scholarships to go! The Gilman International Scholarship is one.)

The school I attend in Milan is NABA; it’s completely different from Pratt, and other schools in the U.S., for that matter. You just have to be optimistic and take everything as it comes. The way the Europeans approach design is totally different! I’m glad I have the opportunity to experience both.

Pratt is an AMAZING school; it is very serious about deadlines, and the amount and quality of student work is unbelievable. NABA, on the other hand, focuses on developing their students’ creative processes … a lot of thinking and not as many assignments, but the time spent on projects is hardly less.

What should you expect when arriving in Milan?

Well, if you ask, most Italians think Milan is not their best city. They prefer Rome or Florence. For me, Milan is the perfect balance of the Italian culture and a busy industrial city, and don’t forget the great FASHION (which Rome lacks in comparison … to me, it’s too touristy). Milan’s nightlife is also great — the Milanese know how to party.

What you should be warned about:

Some think it is not all that clean, but who looks down? Just look at the people passing you by; it’s more interesting! Milan also has tons of graffiti. Some are just bad scribbles, but on the flip side, there is a lot of really cool street art that is worth looking out for.

The siesta time: Virtually everything (that is not close to the Domo) is closed for lunch time. This can be an inconvenience and a hard adjustment, coming from the land of 24-hour drugstores. And for the Americans — the exchange rate will get you!


Hope you enjoy the random street art I spotted today!

Reporting from Milan,
MJ

NewsA Voice from Abroad: MEGAN JONES

And now presenting MEGAN JONES, our new voice from abroad on all topics concerning fashion, traveling, and living life to the fullest! Megan studies fashion design at Pratt Institute, but is currently on exchange at Nuova Accademica di Belli Arti, in Milan, Italy. Megan admits that she “has become addicted to traveling and loves experiencing new cultures.”

I met Megan during my last year at Pratt. At that time, Megan had already interned for Flip Dress (she is just now a junior!), an evening dress company and Marianne Novobatzky, a courtier in NYC. She had also worked as an assistant to the Fashion Department at Pratt Institute.

At the time, Megan was interested in studying abroad and wanted to hear first-hand accounts of what it was like. I would tell her tales from my Milan experience while I worked on my senior collection in the studio. Soon enough, she had gotten accepted to go abroad and now, well, she already speaks eats and breathes Italian!

We are going to be hearing from Megan as much and as often as she wants to reveal her style, fashion, and traveling finds with us! So stay tuned and keep posted on our blog to see what our new Lulus.com traveling fashionista finds for us!

ArtUTOPIA found in Malmö, Sweden

Galleries and exhibitions are my favorite pastime. When I travel, I try to hook up with as many art openings as possible, and I have been known to spend an entire day at a single museum.

Anyway, I have been thinking about Sweden a lot lately … a possible trip is in sight … and as I have been searching through the many links and sites of up and coming Swedish artists I found the Loyal Gallery.

Now located in Malmö, Sweden, the Loyal Gallery is a group of people committed to serving up an ongoing stream of the newest of the new artists in the coolest of ways. They throw parties and gallery exhibitions that include everything from panoramic art sculptures, oil paintings, photographs, costumes, etc. This group of artists and art lovers has also created the Loyal Magazine for updates and articles.

Here are paintings from a few of the artists that I really enjoyed checking out! There is a trend toward a neon outlook on violent or manual everyday tasks… its as if children were painting or as if a child got ahold of an oil painting and added the brilliant hues to their satisfaction…..

All in all, I find the Woop Dee Doo parties that the Loyal Gallery hosts the most exciting. They seem to have everything from hula hooper, plays, and bands playing wildly colorfully music to vegetable eating contests! This group of young adults and artists seem to have gone against tradition by creating an upbeat atmosphere around the art scene instead of the famously dark, arts scene.

GeneralTurks and Caicos: Your Beach Haven Getaway

Need a little R and R? If you missed out on a summer vacation, check out Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean paradise that will steal your breath away. Take a dip in crystaline blue waters, explore an island of iguanas, and relish exquisite beach bars and restaurants. We’ll tell you how to budget, where to go, and, of course, what to wear!

When my girlfriends said let’s plan a trip, I said yes. When they said Providenciales, I wondered who won the lotto or lost her mind. Named “best beach” by Conde Nast and World Travel Awards, “Provo” boasts stunning white sands and lavish resorts. Sarah, the ever savvy deal seeker, steered us towards a vacation package that included airfare and four nights by the beach for $520. One look at the water and a bikini in winter couldn’t sound better.

Where To Stay: The Comfort Suites, Providenciales. Understated and clean, this economical treasure is right across the road from beautiful Grace Bay. More opulent hotels include Coral Gardens, Emerald Shore Estates, and Grace Bay Suites but if you’re opting for a deal, this simple find will have you next to the water without the cost.

Where To Eat: Hang out at Jimmy’s Dive Bar for great food, including conch fritters and cold, local beer. Stick around and you’re sure to meet Jimmy, a native New Yorker who sought a change of pace and serves one mean sandwich. If you’re looking for fine dining, dinner at Hemingway’s will sate your palette and offer a memorable beachfront view. Located in the Sands at Grace Bay, a luxury resort, Heminway’s has live music Tuesdays and Thursdays and delicious food.

What To Do: Take classes at the Comfort Suites’ pool and get scuba ceritified or try your hand at the Casablanco Casino for a fun night out. No visit is complete without a sailing and snorkeling trip through Sail Provo. Not only do you relax on the water but your trip includes a stop at Iguana Island where curious critters await.

What To Wear: As always, LuLu*s has your back (and front). Stroll the island in the beautiful Lavender Fields Tunic [sold out!], a breezy top perfect for warm days or choose an edgier look with the Obsidian Tunic [sold out!], a raw burnout with attitude. Need to accessorize? Just grab the Bahama Mama Clutch [sold out!] and throw on some spunky bangles and you’ll be one Caribbean cutie!

FashionFashionista Flight: Are You a Jetsetter or Flying Standby?

Flying can be a hassle—the shuttle, checking luggage, lines, security, sterile airports, not to mention the aches and pains of sharing personal space with strangers for an extended period of time. But just because your space is cramped doesn’t mean your style should be. LuLu*s knows what it takes to keep you comfy and fashionable so that your look isn’t turbulent even if your nerves are.  

An oversized handbag is your travel agent to success, storing all a woman’s necessities, including cash, water, sunglasses for tired eyes, and the chap stick that makes everything better. Combine a pair of roomy boyfriend jeans with a favorite top or snuggle into our Kick Back Knickers [sold out!] and a sporty tank and you’ll be ready to cruise.

Just add that extra sweater for good measure and don’t forget the flats! It’s all about the shoes ladies, so choose from some favorites such as the Delicious Upgrade Black Faux Suede Bejeweled Ballet Flat [sold out!] or the Soda Mist Tobacco Faux Suede Pointed Toe Flat [sold out!] and make this runway one smooth ride.