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Travel Guide: Milan

We’re walkin’ like in a dolce vita…

Paris was tight, but this time we got it right. Let’s get twisted like a big pot of fusilli and do this Italian thing. After you check in on Deb, please cook a massive pot of ragu, crank some home-made pasta, and bump the amazing playlist from Master of None, Season 2. Arrivederci!

 Work. Sashay, shantay.

This is what DWJstyle calls, “no-doubt, the most impressive and unforgettable shopping destination in the fashion capitals.” The Galleria, featuring the original Prada store, is the gateway to Corso Vittorio Emmanuel which features high-end boutiques and cafes. With countless stores filled with apparel and accessories, international and local brands abound.

Curiouser and curiouser.

A Dolce and Gabbana display showcasing the release of a new season never ceases to amaze. This Queen of Hearts-inspired story is a testament to themes being their strongest suit. With elaborate ornamentation and delicious patterns, Deb attests there is, indeed, beauty in “more is more.” As Lewis Carroll said, “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” If there’s a war against reality, then I’m pretty sure D&G is winning.

Jellicle cats.

Gucci is back at it again in the world of high-end, Milanese fashion. Pattern mixing and whimsy are taking this Italian brand to new heights. But, seriously, look at those little kitty-cuties in coats. The knock-off Gucci loafer is killing the footwear-game right now, and it’s purrfectly fine with us. *Sorry, that was pretty bad. But, I had to!

Y’all ain’t funky like us.

If there’s anyone who knows how to rock out on a table-scaping project, it’s Deborah Waterman Johns. Funky Table is the place to find eccentric and irresistible tabletop accouterments. Run by two sisters, this is a totally unique place where international cultures and decor dwell in harmony.

You’re a 10.

Throw back to Travel Guide: Milan 2k17. Deb’s feeling like the one again in Corso Como 10, her favorite gallery meets restaurant, meets gallery, meets hotel, meets gift and bookstore. This dynamic concept store continues to inspire and evolves with a cafe dining al fresco and a converted garage is the host of this “under-one-roof” star.

Give me the formuoli.

Deb’s made her semi-annual stop at A Santa Lucia for spaghetti aglio e olio (good old, olive oil and garlic). Just as I don’t mince words, these guys don’t mince garlic. They chop it, and I like that.

No such thing as bad pizza.

But, Princi’s focaccia pizza is really, really good. At SCOUT, we like to consider ourselves pizza connoisseurs. So, if Deb says it’s the best, then I believe her. Sidebar: their website is breathtaking with, like, a feature-length film of baking bread and National Geographic-level imagery of produce.

Ooh, heaven is a place on earth.

The former convent converted veranda at the Four Seasons Hotel is just the place to get away from it all at the city’s center. The service is impeccable, the food is special, and the al fresco dining on a warm day is the closest you’ll get to heaven (before officially going there, of course. You sweet little angel).

Wild n’ wonderful.

For those who love unique home furnishings and accessories, head to the iconic, Fornasetti, for Milanese classics. The lower level of the stylish and whimsical gallery houses their vintage pieces. We can't be friends anymore if you don't check out their site. It's absurd, captivating, unique, and magical, and I NEED this Greek Mythos-inspired circular carpet for my apartment on the immediate. *Cough, cough, Deb...Please!

Pale in comparison.

Milan’s balancing their fondness for darks with soft and femme pastels. Designers like Max Mara, Amina Rubinacci, Banner, Mui Mui, and Prada are dipping into pretty shades of pale ranging from baby pink and peach to ice blue and lemon. Yum.

Perks of being a wallflower.

Milan fashion is loving flowers, and I’m loving that they’re loving them. I’ll now unironically quote Miranda Priestly: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” From couture children’s wear to frothy, designer looks for adults, Milan’s take on flower-girl dressing is in full bloom.


No one is holding back in Milan, and, for lack of better words, it’s “giving me life.” Chic and timeless coexist with avant-garde while a single tear falls from my eye. These queens are taking monochromatic higher by punctuating looks with meaningful accessories and show-stopping pieces. Head-to-toe style is important in Milan, people!

Backpacks forever.

This is a great city for backpacks. From designer to novelty, functional to streamlined, backpacks are a forever staple of a walking and biking town.

Imitation: the sincerest form of flattery.

This is also a...daschund loving town! Great minds, Milan. Great minds.

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