Day 1 – Teal Fashion Week

It was 1 year ago when I started radiation treatment for Endo-ovarian cancer at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I also started an awareness campaign 25 Days 25 Looks to show women that cancer diagnosis and treatment does not mean give up.
This year, to support World Ovarian Cancer Day (May 8) I’ve joined forces with the Ovarian Blitzers Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer Team to raise funds all week during TEAL FASHION WEEK.

Please help me reach my goal of $1200 so more women can overcome ovarian cancer. Donate here today.
Wear teal on May 8th or any day and tag your photo #tealfashionweek.

I’ve put together a capsule collection of some great teal looks for the week.

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The Italy Series

I’m leaving for Italy in a couple of days for vacation. I am so thankful to so many people that I can make this trip. I feel blessed that my health is better than ever and I’ve resumed my life after treatment for Endometrial Ovarian Cancer.

My 25 Days 25 Looks initiative is well behind me but I remember fondly the people I met at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the excellent care I received. I’ll be back there after my trip for follow-up visits with my healthcare team and I will of course dress to impress in fabulous fall looks.

Italy 2017

First stop is visiting family in Friuli. Friuli is located in the north-east part of Italy and it is a beautiful region of mountains, sea and history. I’ll be staying and traveling with my cousin Elena. We will be heading way down south to Puglia. The heel of Italy. I’m looking forward to sun, heat, sea and exploring the towns of the Salento. Also enjoying Negro Amaro which is the region’s wine.

I’m not planning to blog but you can experience my adventures on instagram:

@modacarta – for Italy looks, shopping and trends.

@latonizzo – for scenery, food and la dolcevita.

The doll is also ready to go!

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PRE-ITALIA

Trip preparation can always be daunting. Going overseas for an extended stay is really challenging. How much should I bring? Will it be hot, cold? How many pairs of shoes will I need.

SCHEDULING

I planned my trip to Italy when peak tourist season is winding down but it’s still summer weather. I did not want to worry about bring clothes for 2 seasons but then again shopping for clothes in Milan is not a hardship;) I also had to plan around my host’s availability.

WARDROBE

Neutral and versatile are my key words when packing for a trip.To beat the heat I have dresses and culottes. Jeans and a hoodie are good ideas for the plane because it gets cold on a long haul flight. Comfortable sandals and sneakers for exploring. Thin layers that can come off and on as needed.

PACKING

I have fallen in love with packing cubes. They hold a ton and keep everything organized within the suitcase. They also make unpacking really easy. I did upgrade my ticket to allow for a second checked bag. More for way back…

CARRYING

Must haves for me are a lightweight cross-body bag and a backpack. This Coach bag is great for everyday and has lots of pockets to keep me organized. The Herschel backpack will hold my camera, water, guide book and any other essentials while touring around.

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RESEARCH

I have had to prep for 2 different portions of this trip.

  1. Milan Shopping
  2. Extended stay in Sicily

I wanted to experience outlet shopping – Italian Style and my cousins and I are deciding whether to go to Arese which is just outside Milan or Foxtown in Switzerland. We will also be going to Milan to visit Fondazione Prada which is a modern art museum funded by Prada. We will ofcourse also go shopping in Milan.

My cousin Elena and I will be flying to Sicily for a week. I’ve been reading up on the history of the island and I’m really looking forward to seeing Siracusa and Agrigento with its’ Valli dei Templi. For all this site seeing I have had to do a thorough cleaning and prep of my camera. Although my SLR is a few years old it takes amazing photos. Be sure to follow me on instagram @latonizzo and @modacarta. I’ll be using both accounts.

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modacarta DOLL

I could not possibly leave without the star of this blog. I have created a fun, versatile wardrobe for her and I’m looking forward to shooting her in la bella Italia!

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Arrivederci! a Presto!

 

Event Planning

This year modacarta has been invited to the Queen’s Plate horse race. The Queen’s Plate is part of the Canadian Triple Crown and is the oldest horse in North America to run consecutively.

An event like this is all about the hats. I decided to challenge myself and make a fascinator. A fascinator is a little hat that gets clipped to the hair and is highly decorative. It’s popular at the Kentucky Derby and Melbourne Cup. At Royal Ascot the dress code was changed in 2012 making it mandatory for female racegoers to wear hats – not fascinators. My full DIY journey was on Instagram and still viewable on my profile @modacarta.

 Research

I started doing some research online and found some great ideas as well as some patterns to use for the form. The original pattern I downloaded was too big for my head so I trimmed it down until it fit perfectly.

Design

Corrugate worked best for the base. Some blogs suggested plastic yogurt containers but it was hard to work with and the decorative paper didn’t adhere well.

fas_decorThe best part was decorating the hat. I’m not a milliner and I don’t have a sewing machine so fabric was out. I purchased flowers, feathers, pearls, paillettes and toile because I wasn’t sure how much I would need. It was around this time that my friends asked me to make fascinators for them for the race. YIKES! Time to get working.

My friends send me their outfit colours so I could start designing. I sent them flat representations for them to approve. That stage went really smoothly and I was able to design something unique for all three of them.

Next post – see the finished hats on the lovely horse-racing ladies!