Neutrals: The Pale Shades of Spring

Shop Neutrals for Spring

 We’re especially loving light pale colors such as blush, peach, nude, beige and silver. They are easy to wear if you think of them as an alternative to your winter black or brown. Neutral shoes look great with denim, pastel colors, shades of khaki, grey and camel as well as white.

Check out neutrals from:

COCLICO

FIORENTINI + BAKER

GIDIGIO

KUPURI

MOMA

OFFICINE

P. MONJO

shop all Spring Neutrals >

WTWW: Officine Creative “Chabrol” Ankle Boot

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. 

 

 

WHa to Wear Wednesday - Officine Creative Chabrol
Officine Creative Chabrol

 

The weather is so unpredictable these days, right? Pouring rain one day and sunny enough not to wear a jacket the next. This is when the perfect ankle boot comes in handy. Light enough for milder days and warm enough to wear when the weather seems more like winter than spring. We like this grey boot from Officine Creative because of its versatility. We love it when our shoes can work for multiple looks!

1. Wear them with a long flowy dress or skirt and a jean jacket.

or

2. Wear them with boyfriend jeans and a sweatshirt.

or

3. Wear them with sleek black trousers and a spring coat.

So what do you think? Which look do you like?

Have a great rest of the week! ~ team re-souL

Mondays, Maggie Muses: A Visit to Nonostante Marras

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, away from the city center, away from the Brera, the Duomo, and the hustle and bustle of a typical downtown corridor lies a magical and wondrous place. Antonio Marras has created a place full of old world charm and whimsy. It is called Nonostante Marras. Translated as “despite Marras”, this shop is where Antonio showcases his RTW clothing line. But the experience is so much more than shopping a typical designer boutique.

entrance antonio marras

nonostante marras exterior

 

Its humble entry leads you to an open courtyard filled with plants and if you wander for a little bit you will see Snow White and the seven dwarfs standing guard. Glance past the old factory windows, and you get excited at the thought to see what lies inside.

nonostante marras

nonostante marras

nonostante marras

“Picture a house without walls, but trees.
Sofas, rugs, pillows, walls full of drawings, paintings and books everywhere. Voices, noises and laughter. A place where one reads, paints, listen’s to music, draws, photographs, writes while rummaging through clothes and drinking coffee.
So close, yet so far away from town. You enter a gate and you walk into someone’ universe. Nonostante Marras, an open space in which to meet, converse and exchange ideas. An exhibition space where people, art, books, clothes and accessories speak the same language….” Antonio Marras

nonostante marras chandeliers

nonostante marras book tower

You enter into a large room that has giant chandeliers made of petticoats and bicycle rims hanging from the tall ceilings. The shop has large old windows which let light into its space. A tower of drawers in the center holds books, magazines and newspapers. Vintage suitcases, ceramics, photographs, and accessories can be found and meticulously displayed throughout the boutique. A chaotic yet harmonious accumulation of things that have been abandoned, lost and forgotten come to life in a whimsical way to create a playful and  a time worn environment.

 

During the month of February, art by local artist Paolo Ventura was featured. His art and photography based on the old and nostalgic was a seamless fit. (More about Paolo Ventura in a future post)

I always like to seek and find independent designers and boutiques. I leave inspired and ready to try something new in our own shop. So, if you happen to be in Milan, go visit Nonostante Marras. You will not be disappointed!

 

NONOSTANTEMARRAS
via Cola di Rienzo 8
20144 Milano, ITALY
tel +39 0276280991

Open Tues. – Sat. 10-7

Spring Trend 2015 – Pale Neutrals

Hello everybody! Today we are talking about neutrals. I know, we covered this fashion color trend before in the past, but this season pale neutrals seem to be more important in ready-to-wear fashion than ever before. We like shades of sand, wheat and pearl gray.

Spring and Summer are all about light pale colors such as blush, peach, nude, beige and silver. They are easy to wear if you think of them as an alternative to your winter black or brown. Neutral shoes look great with denim, pastel colors, shades of khaki and camel as well as white.

Spring Color- Wheat - F+B Tenny

 

 images: wheat -unknown / feathers – Bianca Snow / street look – nymag,com / fiorentini + baker “tenny” - resoul.com

spring neutrals - pearl - Gidigio- g020014-smoking-moc

 

images: jumpsuit – jcrew.com / quartz mirror – study o portable / koi fish – unknown / gidigio smoking-moc – resoul.com

 

 

spring neutrals - sand- moma- 45503-sandal

images: sea coral – unknown / seashells – via flickr by Maria / model image – zara.com / moma sandals – resoul.com

 

 

So what do you think? Ready to give pale neutrals a try this season?
Thank you for stopping by and have a great week! ~ team resouL

a mini travel guide to the navigli, milan

Alzaia Naviglio Grande

I just recently returned from my bi-yearly buying trip to Milan. I stay in what I like to think is a non-Milan neighborhood called the Navigli. When most people think of Milan, they think of chic shopping on Via Monte Napoleone, gazing the glass tiles of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II or touring the majestic and iconic Duomo. Don’t get me wrong, I like to do these things too. But I am most at home in the Navigli district. And though it’s mostly known for its late night activities. I like to experience it in the late afternoons and early evenings before the crowds of twenty-somethings take over the neighborhood bars.

Being a small business owner myself, I like to support small local businesses, whether I am Seattle or in another city. The Navigli is a neighborhood of hard working small establishments that are offering independent goods and experiences. Here is a very small guide on what to see, drink and eat while visiting this burrow of Milan.The easiest way to get there is to take Milan’s “Metropolitana” subway. Take the green line towards Abbiategrasso/Assago and get off at Porta Genova.

Map of Navigli

Start off your visit with a late lunch or an afternoon coffee at one of the many cafes along the Naviglio Grande. I particularly like to have lunch at L’Altro Luca e Andrea. A small cafe with delicious homemade pasta. Weather permitting, sit outside where you can watch the locals sipping their espressos or taking afternoon strolls.

When you finish lunch, walk along the Naviglio Grande. Ripa di Porta Ticinese and Alzaia Naviglio Grande are the two main roads in the Navigli. Pop into the bookstores, vintage furniture and clothing shops that flank both sides of the canal.

 

If you happen to be there during the flea market, you have hit the jackpot! Both sides of the canal are filled with over 400 vendors selling their antique and vintage collections. A must see occurrence that happens every last Sunday of the month.

The adjoining streets to the Naviglio Grande have some fun little independent designer shops and boutiques too. Along Via Corsico, a new discovery for me was a small little gallery shop called Brandstorming. This little shop features local artists who use found objects and recycled materials to create unique jewelry and gifts.

If you have room in your suitcase, check out and do not miss La Vineria on Via Casale. A wine distillery that makes and bottles there own wine blends. They also bottle olive oil which is my favorite thing to bring home. No room in your suitcases? You can still buy a bottle of wine and drink it in front of the shop. Feel like having a little treat? The Gelateria Orso Bianco up and across the street has wonderful organic frozen treats.

Walk around the corner back towards the subway station and you’ll find a main street called Via Vigevano. Here is where I found two new places that I had never ventured into before. Garden K and Taglio.

First a little bit about Garden K. This is a women’s clothing and accessories boutique with a taste between retrò and eastern, both in furnishing and in the choice of clothes for sale. Eunji Koo and Jim Christopher Nedd stock this little gem with an eclectic mix of modern independent designers and the boutique itself feels welcoming and warm. I really didn’t want to leave.

Alright, all this walking and shopping for the past couple of hours has probably made you hungry, right? On the other side of the street is a coffee bar/salumi/food emporium/restaurant called Taglio. If you truly want a warm casual environment and a fabulous meal, go here! The kitchen works magic from locally grown and seasonal ingredients and the wait staff is helpful and friendly. The wine selection by the glass is the best in the city. Do not skip desert or the coffee. Everything is made in-house and it is so good, that I may have to eat here every night the next time I’m in town just so I can try every dish.

 

Not into having a 3-course meal or feeling just a little peckish? Well, you are in luck because Milan is the city of happy hour fare and the Navigli district has some of the best. Walk back towards Alzaia Naviglio Grande and head over one of the walking bridges to the other side of the canal. Walk straight to the Mag Cafe on Ripa di Porta Ticinese. One of my favorite watering holes for inventive cocktails and a yummy charcuterie plate. Is the Mag bar too packed? Go next door to Pigato for equally delicious food and drinks. You might not even need dinner after this stop.

 

So, if you ever have the opportunity to go to Milan, go visit the Navigli district. You will have a far better Italian city experience away from the tourist traps of the Duomo. Go escape the crowds and live the “dolce vita ” of the Milanese for one afternoon. Saluti!

 Thank you as always for stopping by our little blog. Have a great rest of the week! xo ~ Maggie