MFW: A Quick Trip to Milan

Being the random person I am, I booked a quick trip to Milan for a few days and I’ve just recently come back! One of my girlfriends was studying out there for a month so it seemed like the best opportunity to get away and have a little break! I’ve also really been trying to come out of my comfort zone so travelling alone to a city I’d never been to seemed  fitting. Milan is beautiful and I always describe it as an experience. I’m from London and it’s similar in many ways but for many reasons, I’d prefer to live in Milan!

Day 1:

My flight arrived at about 9:30pm to Milan Malpensa Airport and with no time to spare, I had to find my way to the hotel. I was lost. I had to get the train but at that time everyone had gone home so the ticket desk was closed and I had to work out the self-service machine. I’d managed to get a ticket which I couldn’t actually understand and my next challenge was finding the train! Everyone is really friendly, even if they don’t speak English all that well, they’ll do their best to help. Almost an hour later and with the help of an Italian lady, a ticket inspector and Google Maps, I’d met up with my friend!

I had about an hour to get ready (impossible!) because we were heading out to Roberto Cavalli’s club which aesthetically, was probably the best club I’d ever been to! Firstly, the club is outside! It’s kind of awkward to get to as you have to walk through this downhill mini forest thing but once you get there it’s amazing! You can see how much thought and effort was put into designing it and I love that! Secondly, and this is something I think UK clubs should introduce, you pay the entry fee which gives you a ticket to any free drink of your choice from the bar, how good is that?

Day 2:

Time to actually see Milan! Luckily I had my friend and the new friends I’d made out there to show me the way to the town centre. They went off to college and I was left to explore the beautiful streets of Milan. I found a cute little restaurant for some lunch then headed towards the Duomo (Duomo Di Milano) which is a huge, beautiful and historical cathedral – you can’t miss it. From there I walked around loads, did some sightseeing and shopping, and yes ladies – they have Sephora! I met up with the girls a few hours later for a quick coffee break and we went to the Marchesi 1824 which is an amazing coffee/pastry shop owned by Prada. They do the best pastries, cakes and tarts I’ve ever tasted. I had a pure hot chocolate which is exactly that, finest chocolate melted and poured into a cup with flavoured whipped cream and a honey croissant that tasted like a piece of heaven.

 

In the evening we went to Armani for drinks and dinner which was my fav place to dine! It was such a nice vibe, really yummy food and just all around a really nice place to be. For dinner I had Gnocchi with Octopus and Pornstar Martini’s all night! We were ready to head out and hoping to get into the Armani club but with private events all over the city for the upcoming fashion week, we ended up back at Roberto Cavalli which was pretty cool as they had a Vogue themed night!

 

Day 3:

My last full day! I was absolutely exhausted by this point because I’m not used to so many late nights in a row. Usually tucked up in bed by 10:30 lmao. My friends left early for college so I stayed in bed until about 1 o’clock and went to meet the girls because we decided it would be the day we all toured the city together! We tried to climb the Duomo but the queue was ridiculous so we ended up in a little museum of nothing. Seriously, we had no idea what the museum was about and there really wasn’t anything to see so we left and went to the Prada museum instead. I paid €10 to walk around and look at half hung pictures of what I don’t actually know! I love art and I’m down for abstract things but I really couldn’t get my head around what I’d just paid my money to see. I wouldn’t even call it a museum, it looked like a life sized scrap book honestly. Apparently we wasn’t even in the real Prada museum, there was a bigger site in south Milan and we could use the ticket we just paid for to get into it, so off we went!

 

Hopped on the Metro (their underground train) and once again, shocked and taken back by where we were. If you’re from London then you probably know the banter about South London being quite a rough area and a no-go zone. Clearly that seems to be the case for most large cities because South Milan was far from the glamorous side I’ve been staying in the past few days. We were all saying “how can the Prada museum be here??”. Low and behold there it was, “Fondazione Prada” which looked like an old prison. We all agreed but apparently it used to be a distillery (not convinced). At this point we’re all excited because this looks more like what we were expecting the first time round. We got our new tickets, a map of this huge prison-like building, quick info about what we’d be seeing including the cinema room, the haunted house and a number of exhibitions. Sounds great? Eh eh. Disappointed once again as it turns out that Fondazione Prada is an exhibition centre for contemporary art and culture and we just so happened to be there at the time of the Italian TV exhibition from the 70’s. There really isn’t much to say about it so I’ll leave you with these pictures..

 

We left there straight away and headed home to chill; bought a few bottles of wine and ordered in some Chinese. In the evening we went to the Dolce & Gabanna bar for drinks which was surprisingly quiet so back to Armani! The entire evening was spent with the amazing girls I’d met in Milan, having drinks and laughs before getting ready to leave at 4am for my 7am flight!

 

Flights:

Flights to Milan are seriously cheap! I was actually really shocked when I saw just how cheap they were. I used Sky Scanner to book mine and ended up flying with Ryanair. If you book at least a week in advance, your bound to find super cheap flights – when I was looking the cheapest was £48 return! Me being me, I booked my flight two days before I flew out and paid about £100. It’s about a 2 hour flight, perfect for a little nap! Also, if you’re going to be in central Milano, it’s best to fly to Linate airport as it’s closer.

Weather: 

Considering I went mid-september, the weather was lovely! Pretty similar to London’s but much warmer and they seem to consistently have more sunny days. Pack as if you’re not actually leaving London lmao. When it’s sunny you could get away with wearing shorts but at the same time, you might want a little hoodie too.

Travel: 

  • Uber: Yes! they have Uber out there just as they do in most cities. It’s not necessarily any cheaper to get an Uber out there than it is in London but they only have Uber Exec which means you’re most probably gonna be picked up in some kind of Mercedes-Benz, BMW or even a Bentley.
  • Trams & Buses: I didn’t get on either but they seem pretty easy to navigate around. If in doubt, ask anyone!
  • Metro: The metro is a huge underground world lmao. I absolutely struggled with the trains from day one but everyone else seemed to get the hang of it better than I did. The trains are relatively cheap and once you know where you’re going, it’s not that hard to get there. It really is big down there though. There’s also an express train to the airports which is just like getting on the Gatwick Express. It’s really easy to use and came in handy when my transfer cancelled on me last min!

All in all, Milan is a beautiful city that I plan on going back to one day. Being in Milan in the lead up to fashion week was an experience, I wish I could have stayed longer but I really do encourage anyone to put it on your list of places to visit!

Elisekirsten.xo

 

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Croatia: Fresh Island Festival

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I am far from a festival girl and in fact this is the first festival I’ve actually been to and it’s abroad! I’d never really heard of Fresh Island Fest, nor was I even familiar with Croatia until a few friends of mine who’d went last year encouraged my girls and I to go. “Why not?” so we went online and bought our tickets for the festival. Let me point out this was easily the most unorganised trip we’ve ever booked yet we had no worries whatsoever. We booked our tickets early this year, we booked our flights roughly a month before the trip and our accommodation like the week before.

I wish I could add more picture content but in the nature of this little break away, I was a mess and unorganised! On arrival I was way too excited, for the duration of the break I was drunk and far too absorbed into the environment and leaving I was a state lmao. I don’t know why I thought I could write a decent post about it, I didn’t drink anywhere near my limit but I cannot remember majority of my trip lmao. Regardless, I’ll do my best to piece it all together!

Day one:

We arrived at Split airport which was one of the furthest airports from Pag so we had a two hour transfer to our accommodation. Of course just our luck, the Air BnB we booked was a scam! Through no fault of our own or Air BnB’s, we were walking the cobbled streets of Croatia not having a clue where we actually were or where we were going. This is the day I learnt just how relaxed I am on holiday because the thought of being homeless in a foreign country where we knew nothing and no one did not stress me one bit. I knew everything would work out and it did, the company found us a new apartment, gave us refunds, compensation etc. By the time we got there it was time to get ready and head out to see Young Thug!

Day Two:

Woke up: hanging. Time to get ready and leave because we needed food ASAP and it was DJ Jazzy Jeff’s pool party this afternoon. We found food then linked up with our other friends who’d rented a car and peds and headed to the pool party which was LIT. Can I just state that we were late to everything this entire holiday but it really didn’t matter because apart from the acts, you weren’t missing much. After the pool party, it was time for food and heading back to the apartments to get ready. I don’t even know who was performing this night because we all completely missed it. It was about 3am when someone said “shall we leave now” so we did! The party was still going and it was the best time! There was such a big group of us which made it even better. Being honest I don’t remember most of what happened this entire day, at one point I took a nap before we went out and I don’t even remember taking the nap. My short term memory went into shutdown lmao.

Day Three:

Our last day! During the day we had Tim Westwood’s pool party and in the evening, performing was Sean Paul and Rae Sremmurd. The pool party was PACKED, it was so different from yesterday’s. During the day’s you could also go on boat parties and I don’t think any were running on the last day so practically the whole of the festival was crammed into this one pool party, fun nevertheless! Until the very end where a group got into a fight and let me tell you, those security guards don’t play! Me and my friend were literally in between the edge of the fight and the edge of the pool trying to move away from the madness then suddenly there was this gas and people were dispersing. The security guards had let off what seemed to be tear gas so people couldn’t see or breathe and then started spraying people with pepper spray. People who weren’t even involved in the fight were effected because security were just relentless, they didn’t care, they just wanted us OUT. Thankfully none of my friends got hurt, we were defo shaken up but nothing some food wouldn’t fix!

In the evening it was time to head to the clubs where of course we’d missed the performances again, I caught Sean Paul saying bye and walking off stage and that was it lmao. This was definitely the drunkest we’d all been and once again, a blur to me! We somehow ended up having our own table which was great although I didn’t recognise half the people on it but it was a good time! A few of us left early at like 5am to head back to the apartment to get ready for our 6am transferYep… from the club back to the apartment, took a nap (more like passed out) woken up for last min packing, transfer wasn’t on time but it managed to find us anyway, 2 hour journey to the airport and got on our flight with no sleep, still ridiculously drunk, and not remembering or understanding what just happened!

I had the time of my life. 

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Day out: Tower Bridge!

As of lately, my levels of spontaneity and impulsiveness have been rocketing! Everyday, I find myself in the most random places or doing really spontaneous things, always something out of my ‘norm’. My typical day would be along the lines of; waking up, catching up on my typically favourite crappy shows, get ready for work, blog around those hours, come home and watch more crappy tv; eat, sleep and repeat. Now, I wouldn’t dare try to plan a day because I just have no clue where life will take me and I absolutely love it!

I’ve been on this high from life lately, solely doing things I love with cool people! On this one day, I was supposed to be going to work but because of an incident on the trains I couldn’t get in (count these small blessings!). I now had all this free time on my hands and somehow, a friend and I ended up roaming around London as we do!

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We headed to tower bridge with no real aims or plans but simply, a nice day out to enjoy each others company. The weather wasn’t great, it was windy and quite cold and it rained a bit but sometimes these are the best of our days; where you don’t let the weather or anything else stop you! I’m so grateful to know the people I do, the type of friends who are down for anything; big or small! We spent hours just simply watching the world go by, laughing and joking!

If you’re the type of person, like me, who finds beauty in simplicity then I’d recommend taking yourself out of your norm every now and then and spending a day as such! We all have responsibilities, there’s always something to be taken care of and money to be made but don’t forget to make time for YOU.

elisekirsten xo.