Yes dear readers, another trip to Italy for only one reason: to show you the fashion in Turin… Right.. I knew you were not going to believe that haha. Of course the main reason is seeing Dan, whom I met through her blog The Pretty Cute. And she discovered my blog at the same time. We both have an extreme love for Max Mara and its sub brands, so a visit to Dan, means a visit to the outlet of Max Mara. Which is in Turin.
Visiting this outlet is such a pleasure. We both enjoy it very much and I just go wild there. I save up for it. Yes I do, don’t start laughing. I really did. Because, as soon as I enter that building I am like a kid in a toy shop, going berserk. Daniela dragged me away after 4 hours, kicking and screaming “but I haven’t seen everything!!! I have not finished yet!!” She showed no mercy.
Photo above: after Dan picked me up from the airport we went for a drink in one of her favourite places. In the shade. Of course Dan is in a dress and I am in trousers. Typical.
I will show you some pictures I took of the Max Mara outlet. Just to let you understand why I go berserk. Everything in this place is at least 1/3rd or 1/4th of the original price.
Below: part of the shoe and boots department
Below: dresses, coats, bags, gloves.
Below: more coats and bags. Plus cardigans and tops.
There is a lot more, but you get my point. We went to the outlet the second day I was there. In the morning, we took Grillo, Dan’s dog, to her mum and dad, who were “dog sitting”. I expected to go to her parent’s house, but no, they were having breakfast in a new restaurant / bookstore / bar etc. So we met them there. Now this is something so different to the Dutch. Dutch people have breakfast at home (apart from a few yuppies. Are they still called yuppies? Anyway, you know what I mean). Dutch people are infamous for their stinginess, not spending a penny more than they have to. And of course the weather isn’t as nice as in Italy. Therefore: why eat outdoors? But mainly it is a mentality. Whether that mentality has anything to do with the climate I don’t know. I loved her parents for going out for breakfast. Mum all dressed up in a beautiful dress. This is what Italy is for me: elegance, joi de vivre, talent to enjoy. Oh.. and design/creativity. Also very Italian to me.
Below: not only did her parents look terrific, they were also endearing and very kind to me. Love that dress of mum. Wouldn’t have minded it myself.
Below: and I wouldn’t have minded this dress either. Daniela just outside the Max Mara outlet. Armani shopper in her hands.
Below: again I was wearing trousers with flat shoes. The same ballerinas I wore to Apeldoorn.
Below: the top is a gift from another blogger friend, dear Melanie (Bag and a beret). She gave it to me last year when we had the blogger meet up in Vancouver. Because I had commented on her blog I loved it so much. It is a vintage top by the fabulous 70ies designer: Bob Mackie.
As I said, Dan dragged me from the outlet to go into Turin. We could leave my bags (…) with purchases at the shop to pick them up later. I focussed on dresses as I have more than enough trousers with tops. I needed dresses and found 4. Last year I bought 4 skirts which I could hardly wear because of my sprained ankle. (What that has got to do with skirts? High heels necessicity! (You know me by now… no heels, no skirts.)
Below: some pictures of the beauty of Turin. Really, this town is better than Milan.
Below: oops, turned round and photographed Daniela, photographing the same. She is better in shooting with a creative edge. I just shoot point-blank.
Below: time for cappuccino in a galleria.
Below: where we spotted this girl in a fabulous jumpsuit. Of course we saw more fashion in Turin. However I was always too late. Fighting with my camera. If you want to see how Turin women dress, you have to make do with last year’s Turin Street Style post.
Below: second cappuccino we drank in this restaurant in another galleria. So nice.
Below: while I was wrestling with my camera, Dan did some social media things…
Below: one last building and you will get to see the rest of our weekend together next week.
If you want to see our previous get-togethers in Turin and Amsterdam, here are the links: Turin visit September 2014 and Turin visit November 2015. And here are the posts when Daniela visited me in The Netherlands: Amsterdam, July 17, 2014 plus Amsterdam and Haarlem August 3, 2014.
PS Linking up with Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday, showing women over 40 interested in fashion.
PS2 Also linking up with Not dressed as Lamb, showing 12 awesome examples of fashionable women in: I will wear what I like.