PG - Blogging My City #4
It was hard to choose from the variety of emblematic places Porto has to offer, but taking into account it was recently listed in an international ranking of “Streets to Visit”, I had to go with the charismatic Ribeira.
This eclectic area, bathed by the Douro River, is one of the most iconic places you can visit during your stay. Overlooking the (Porto) wine cellars on the other side, while portraying a unique view of two of the most renowned bridges that cross the city, it’s definitely a sight to behold. Its beauty is only surpassed by the overall atmosphere that permeates the space, with locals and tourists turning the street into an unmatched multicultural, bohemian rendezvous. From the scattered market stands, to the groups of people sitting by the riverside and the constant flow of sightseeing and traditional boats sailing the river, it’s hard not to be dazzled.
It’s nice to remember that although shorts play a crucial role during the season, Summery attires don’t necessarily need to be sloppy or overly relaxed. Simplicity can still look good in a pair of cuffed, tailored shorts, sitting perfectly above the knee, when matched with a classic white tee and double breasted knit blazer. It’s just right to exude a balanced and polished ensemble that will make you look good on (almost) any casual occasion.
Details: double breasted knitted blazer, white crew neck tee, striped cuffed shorts, suede boat shoes and canvas holdall by Purificacion Garcia.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Ami Basket Woven Derby Shoes
SS14 Inspiration by Journal Standard
100% Capri @ Bal Harbour
A few days ago I got a chance to visit the luxurious, exquisitely curated Bal Harbour in Miami. Simply put, this shopping Mecca carries one of the most outstanding selection of luxury stores and restaurants I’ve seen to date, set to establish a paramount standard of uniqueness. Within the array of refined labels such as Kiton, Canali, Cucinelli or Loro Piana, there was one in particular that caught my attention: 100% Capri.
Created by Antonino Aiello, the label turns its focus towards one of the most ancient and noble fabrics - linen. Drawing inspiration from the colors, designs and lifestyle of the homonymous Italian island, the label presents a superb collection of breathable, fitted garments perfectly complemented by shoes and accessories. As an unconditional fan of linen, I was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and airy, comfortable feel of each garment, which transpire high-end quality and attention to detail.
Unstructured blazers exude a trademark nonchalance with beautiful draping, trousers and shorts have just the right proportions and what to say about the shirts? Outstanding masterpieces such as the tuxedo shirt, or the removable spread collar shirt embellished with small linen diamonds on the front, are truly unique. Featuring light shades such as white, beige and khaki, the color accents are mostly given by the wide range of accessories including suede loafers and slippers, braided belts, scarfs, pocket squares and of course, the outstanding panama hats.
To top it off, the space created by Giachi Architettura e Design is in itself amazing, materializing the collection’s universe and feel through a modern, sophisticated style conveyed by a neutral color palette and use of wooden and leather details throughout. Like the collection, it feels lightweight and appealing while featuring an outstanding use of light, flowers and water to portray a natural ambience. Looking forward to visiting their Firenze store during next Pitti!
Ph: Beyond Fabric
Pierce Brosnan for Hackett SS14
PG - Blogging My City #3
What better place to get lost and wander for hours than Porto’s Botanical Garden? Materializing an “Alice in Wonderland” universe, this massive garden features some of the most amazing sights the city has to offer, all while putting you in close contact with nature. The idyllic space is perfect to clear your mind from the drudgery of everyday life, allowing you to get in touch with your thoughts, relax, meditate or even work in a unique environment.
Lush areas filled with bushes and trees alternate with floral mazes and barren land thriving with cacti and amazing greenhouses. All in all, this garden is a one-of-a-kind experience that ultimately feels intoxicating and makes you want to come back for more, be it for its serenity or the uncanny feeling of realizing just how insignificant we are when gazing at some of the majestic trees that populate the space.
Picking up one of my favourite pieces of the season, a timeless suede bomber jacket, this look is one I can see myself wearing over and over. The sheer versatility of the jacket allows endless variations of the portrayed ensemble, exchanging the shirt and v-neck for a simple fitted tee, or the worn-out blue jeans by a white counterpart or chinos. The vibrant orange adds extra flare and Summery vibe, contrasting with the inner chambray lining on the jacket and picking on the orange highlights on the boat shoes.
Details: suede bomber jacket, white oxford shirt, orange v-neck sweater and suede boat shoes by Purificacion Garcia.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira