Reporting from Milan Fashion Week, aka We’re Not in Kansas Anymore!

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What it do, homeskillet? Are you ready for a few days of gelato-fueled fun!?


Remember how I spent most of Monday stuck in San Francisco working out the kinks with my passport? Well, tomorrow morning my cameras and I are off to Italy to cover Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan Fashion Week show.

I’ll be knee-deep in makeup backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011 show on Sunday, digging up deets on the runway looks and bringing you insider beauty tips from the incomparable Pat McGrath (she collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana on their makeup and brush collection).


Before and after the show, camera batteries willing, I’ll try to capture as many interesting Italian makeup and beauty brands as possible and share them here on the blog.

I wonder how many miles of walking it takes to burn off four days of gelato…

You ready to visit the land where Nutella was born? Let’s do this! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. amy says:

    Buona Sera Karen, lucky girl gets to go to Italia. Buona Fortuna and have lots of fun for us.
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  2. Jen says:

    Oh my God, I’m so jealous! Have fun! (I would say something in Italian, because I’ve studied it for 3 years, but I can’t remember any of it. For shame.)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen,

      No worries, I’m the same way with French! I can only say random things like “Hurry up, we’re gonna miss the bus!” and “I want a ham sandwich.”

  3. Manuela says:

    Buon viaggio Karen! πŸ™‚
    Hope you like Italy and….. you have to try the Nutella ice-cream flavour, it’s the best ever!! πŸ˜‰


  4. Ithfifi says:

    Wowsa, amazing! I hope you have a fantastic time!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Ithfifi,

      The trip should be fun! Have you ever been to Italy?

      • Ithfifi says:

        I’m sad to say I havn’t, I’d never pass the chance up if it was offered to me! :c BUT, I assisted some makeup artists in London on london fashion week back in… 2008? and 2009(I did a course with AOFM who are sponsered by MAC, benefit etc and take alot of doing with LFK) Wow was it that long ago? It was FANFABULATASTIC! I really hope you enjoy your time backstage, enjoy the vibe and hecticness that is runway!! πŸ˜€ Ps, got one spare ticket for me? πŸ˜›
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  5. gio says:

    That’s amazing! I hope you have a wonderful time.
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  6. Mariachiara says:

    Whaaaaat??? You’re coming here, in my city (very close to mine)?!?! Watch out for famous italian make up brands, like KIKO,MADINA, pupa, deborah, and of course the higher ones that you can find at Rinascente! oooh how would I like to meet you!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mariachiara,

      AWESOME! I can’t wait to check those brands out!

      Are there any places you can recommend to go makeup shopping? I’d love to hear about your favorite spots.

      • Mariachiara says:

        as many told you, KIKO are a little bit everywhere in milan, and Madina in Via Meravigli, about the higher end brands, I don’t raccomend you to buy it here because you will end up spending a LOT more than in the US, both for the higher prices and the exchange rate $/Γ’β€šΒ¬!!!!! Just check out Collistar and pupa in places like Sephora or Limoni!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah,

      It should be a fun trip! Are you familiar with any Italian beauty brands? If you are I’d love to hear about them.

      Hope you’re having a lovely Friday!

  7. Giulia says:

    Enjoy Milan! It’s a wonderful city, I could never live anywhere else!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Giulia,

      I’m really excited to visit your city. Do you have any good insider tips for me? I want to do some sightseeing while I’m there, but I only have a day to pack it all in. If you have any must see places to see/shop/eat I’d love to hear about them!

      Happy Friday!

  8. Fieran says:

    That’s great news Karen – good luck and have a good time. I haven’t been to Milan – only Venice and I have to say the little bit of Italy that I saw then is gorgeous. If you like not-so-healthy food (no such thing as junk food! :)) Barilla the company famous for its pasta has a range of biscuits that are not very sweet, but really delicious with a mug of tea.

    P/s – Gelato eaten far from home don’t really count in calories. Besides, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do when she’s faced with so much temptation – give in and worry about it later πŸ˜‰

  9. Paris B says:

    I just got back from Rome and I’ve never been to Milan! You’re going to have so much fun and do so much walking but do not ever miss out on Italian food and try their local Nutella (not called Nutella but its the same thing). Much much better! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait for your report.
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  10. Vonvon says:

    OMG!!! You are going to Italy! Have fun!! Looking forward to your stories from Milan!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Vonvon,

      Thanks! I’ll have all my techie stuff so I’ll be sure to update lots from the road. πŸ™‚

      How are you doing? Got any fun plans for the weekend?

  11. Sonja says:

    Have a GREAT time dear!!!!!

    Ah, and do try that Nutella gelato, it is freaking amazing!!!

  12. Liza says:

    KAREN! This is amazing! I’m so excited for you — I can’t wait to hear about it!!

  13. bisbee says:

    How very exciting! Have a wonderful time!

  14. OMG!!! This is such an amazing opportunity and I’m so excited for you! (and secretly wish I was your buddy you can bring along to share the prize…like on America’s Next Top Model….)
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  15. Amber says:

    How fun! Looking forward to your dispatches!

    Safe trip!
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  16. Michelle says:

    What an exciting opportunity!! I’ve never been to Italy, but would love to go one day! Can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I’ll try to take lots of pictures so it’ll feel like we are all there together. πŸ™‚

      How’s your Friday going? Are you having a good one so far? I hope so!

  17. Nina says:

    This is a fun read, thank you! πŸ™‚

  18. Scientific Housewife says:

    You are so lucky! Have fun πŸ™‚

  19. Kim says:

    Shrieking with joy for you!!!! You’re going to have a blast! Travel safely and enjoy your time in Italy. I’ve never been to Milan, but I love Rome. This is so exciting! Just promise that you’ll come back. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I promise. What would Tabs do without his crazy human to dote on him?

      How’s your Friday going so far? Got any plans for the weekend?

      • Kim says:

        I’m very late getting back to you but I’ve been catching up on the weekend posts and you were such a trouper with the schedule! I’ll bet Tabs was so psyched to see you. I just hope he’s not like one of our gals who shows her excitement (and anger and boredom) by puking up hairballs!

  20. meibaola says:

    Wow you are coming to Italy! Benvenuta!!! ^_^ If you want to appease your conscience on the matter of gelato calories, do what I do: pick fruit flavours! They don’t contain eggs and milk = way less calories ;-P Enjoy!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meibaola,

      Maybe I’ll alternate between chocolate and fruit! πŸ™‚

      Do you know Milan very well? If you have a list of fun things to do I’d love to hear them.

  21. Jaime says:

    Oh my goodness – I hope you have a wonderful time! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  22. kelly says:

    WOW I’m SO excited for you! I can’t wait to hear all about it, have a fabulous trip!

    Hmm, wonder if Italian cat food tastes different? πŸ˜€
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  23. Midori says:

    Fantastico! I was in Italy for a month this summer (studying Italian… but do I remember any? No… just the amazing experience lol). Never got to see Milan though i wanted to. Please take lots of pictures!!! And enjoy a cappuccino for me πŸ™‚

  24. Wonderful! I’m so happy for you!! You’ll have a great time, don’t work too hard and enjoy it! Looking forward to your amazing pictures
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  25. Tessa says:

    When I was in Italy, I ate nutella ice cream! You gotta try it!
    And I wasn’t aware of it yet, but Kiko, which is sold in Italy seems to be a pretty good brand.

  26. Tracy says:

    Have a fantastico time! Don’t work too hard! You deserve a holiday filled with gelato!

  27. Jenna says:

    I’m so happy for you! I hope you have an amazing time! Looking forward to all the pics!


  28. Deb says:

    That’s amazing! I can’t wait to see pictures!
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  29. Stef says:

    OMG Karen – that’s amazing! What a score. Hanging with Pat, Italian fashion AND gelato?! Life is good, eh?

  30. Trude says:

    That’s so exciting!! Congrats lady, I can’t think of a better person for the job! πŸ™‚
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    i am soooo insanely jealous of you right now!
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  32. Trisha says:

    Awesome! Oh man, I’m so jealous.
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  33. leo says:

    Hi Karen,
    coming to Milan?! Great! Try Grom’s gelato, it’s one of the best and there are a few shops around the city. Other good gelaterie are Marghera and Baravalle (in the Navigli area).
    As for Makeup: Kiko, in piazza Cordusio, and Madina, with shops in via Meravigli and via Marghera, and all the “upper class” brands at Rinascente and Coin department stores.
    For dinner: absolutely try risotto alla milanese (with saffron) and cotoletta (breaded veal meat).

    And should you need a guide, drop me an e-mail!! πŸ˜‰
    ciao e benvenuta!!

  34. leo says:

    oops, mistake (I was still thinking about ice cream!!) Madina stores are in via Meravigli and via Pontaccio!!
    another GREAT gelateria is “Il Massimo del Gelato”, but I’m afraid it’s a bit out of your area (it is via Castelvetro, shoud you be around!!). they have 8 different kinds of chocolate ice-cream!! πŸ˜›

  35. Mary says:

    Pat McGrath?? Pat McGrath?

    I die!

  36. Rae says:

    Oh my gosh, how exciting!! Have fun; we can’t wait to see the photos and get all the juicy details from our fave blogger πŸ˜‰
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  37. veronica says:

    Lucky!!!! i went to Italy, 2 summers ago and yes the gelato is definitely worth the vacation weight gain, you are going to want to try them all. the hazelnut tastes like cold nutella πŸ˜‰

  38. Vesna says:

    Ciao bellezza! (or in English – hi beautiful πŸ™‚ )

    This means we’ll be really close! I don’t think we’ll ever be this close again πŸ˜€ I live right next to Italy, in Croatia. I really hope you’ll enjoy your time there. πŸ™‚

    And looking forward to lots of photos! πŸ™‚

  39. Alex (Shineypink) says:

    OMG! Have fun! Be safe! You deserve this! If you happen to run into Karl Lagerfeld before he heads to France pass along my email haha πŸ™‚

  40. luv2smilexo says:

    the other day i had nutella flavored gelato. you must try it! amazing! Buona vacanza!
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  41. knownever says:

    So exciting. Milan is awesome…just watch out for the trams!
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  42. May says:

    Fabulous news! You’ve really made it to the top with your site!! Wow, Italian Fashion Week, I wonder where you’ll be with this in another 5 years!!

    Really looking forward to your posts. Are you going alone or is your husband coming with you?

    Longtime reader but infrequent commentor,


  43. Debbie says:

    What a dream, Italy AND makeup?! I hope you have a good trip, Can’t wait to see the coverage!

  44. mkdallas says:

    How much FUN!!!! OMG, what a lucky girl you are! Have a fabulous time, take lots of pics and try not to drink too much wine! That really will be the most exciting trip; please give the rest of us living vicariously through you this week as many details as you can, ‘k?

  45. Daya says:

    Italy is a dream trip for me one day! Have a WONDERFUL time..will be looking forward to your posts πŸ™‚

  46. Anastasia says:

    Love Milano… have a great time!! I’m going to relive my visit there vicariously though you πŸ™‚

  47. DiBonD says:

    Have a fabulous journey, Karen! It’s my favorite town in Europe! Hope I can see it one day.

  48. Tatiana says:

    OMG Karen! Have a SUPER fun trip! Be sure to bring us back some Nutella πŸ˜‰ Imagine how cheap it must be over there :O! I’d ask you for gelato too, but since it would melt, I’ll ask for lots of backstage makeup pics and a video interview with Pat from the D&G show! πŸ˜€

  49. Christina says:

    That’s amazing news! Hope you’ve landed okay and are already enjoying all that Milan has to offer! And remember, calories are nonexistent when you’re not in the US!
    Can’t wait to hear all the new looks and hot hot hot tips from Pat!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Megan says:

    That’s so great! How lucky are you! Have fun – I wish I had that opportunity! πŸ™‚

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