Event: #GGDMilano25

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I came home last night, and I was very happy with what I'm doing in my life. I felt full of joy, satisfied even. Why? Because when you meet wonderful people, that are really passionate in what they do, and it just so happens that they're in your same field, you cannot skip the fact that it's a wonderful kind of job!

Me and my friend Alessia (read her blog also if you're italian, she's fab) went to the 25th Girl Geek Dinner Milano, basically a gathering of lovely ladies who, like us, enjoy all things tech-y and geek-y. This could be Para-para-paradise, quoting the very own words of Mr. Chris Martin. Find all info on the event, and more soon to come, here.

Here's how it works, briefly: there's a group of wonderful female hard workers, who find supporters for every night. These are usually brands, in the personification of other women, giving interesting speeches about their products to let y'all know what's up and coming. Plus, you get gadgets and there's a prize draw at the end. Should I carry on?

Yesterday's theme for the social thing was 'Geek at Work'. Now that, and the speakers for the night, had me immediately keen on participating. We had the pleasure to meet Giuliana Giacummo (Microsoft Office), Emma Page (Evernote), Elisa Cortello (Hootsuite) and last but not least Hedwyg van Groenendaal (Prezi).

I enjoyed a little drink and a chat, met an old friend from Uni, laughed my lungs out, listened, tweeted like a crazy person, took pictures. Emma's speech was the one who really captured me. Evernote is a tool I always wanted to use, but never fully understood. Now it's all clear, and I predict some serious elephant addiction coming my way! Overall, all of the presentations were great, short but full of meaning, and they all gave us super useful tips for our everyday activities, at work but also at home. Did you know that in the new version of Word (2013), you can treat a document like it's a blog post and then send it directly to publishing? Call me what you want, I sure didn't. But that's something that would save me a lot of useless transport of documents. A minute here, another minute there, I could go shopping or something instead!

Cutting to the chase, I came home with 1 year of Microsoft Office Home Premium in an 8GB drive, 2 months HootSuite Pro + HootSuite University and a HootKit, 3 months Evernote Premium and a t-shirt, plus a pair of crazy white sunglasses from Prezi. But most of all, I came home with the reassurance that there's a lot of wonderful ladies out there who, like me, really love all this, whatever you wanna call it. I'm proud to be a Geek. Capital G. Are you?

App Discovery #3: Vyclone

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I am still here, I promise. Cutting the chit-chat right away, we'll have time for that later, and off we go.
This week's App Discovery features something we got to know during lessons at the Master, Video Design, to be more specific.

Vyclone is an app, that lets you take videos. Boring, right? We couldn't be any more wrong, possibly. Vyclone is the first app that lets you crowdsource videos. And how is that possible? Easy peasy.
Look at this.
Yes, it is filming genius. It's having different angles and perspectives. It's seeing something from your friend's eyes, thus letting all of the emotions of the moment shine through. I think it has great potential. And so thinks Miscrosoft, who partnered up with the folks at Vyclone to bring social video to life. They experimented with is at SxSW (I'll be there next year, may it be the last thing I do). 

Anyway, here's a little something to show you what you might achieve:

Pretty good, eh? Jason Mraz asked fans to film this video for him using Vyclone. I can't wait to test it out, I bet it will be very nice to experiment with at parties or concerts with friends. What do you think? Will we all Vyclone together? Toodles.

Random #1 a.k.a. Awesome News etc.

Monday, March 11, 2013

I might as well have opened another 33 digital accounts. This is hard. Harder than I originally thought for sure. Especially since I started writing for my friend Laura too. Check out my posts for The Old Now here. I write about beauty (reviews, events, and so forth) and fashion, occasionally.

Meanwhile, I juggle in between my new job and my master. I'm having a hard time. There's positive notes too, don't worry. Tonight, for example, I'm going to a concert. It's Beach House, at Magazzini Generali here in Milan. In case you didn't know them, here you go. Totally recommended.

In other news, & Other Stories it's coming to Milan and they opened their online store last week. Awesomeness on a stick. I wish I had loads of money to spend on there, because the collection looks beautiful and really up my street. In case you're interested, here's my selected favourites:

Shirt Dress
Ribcage Ring

Leather Shoulder Bag

Flat Leather Sandals
Punk Bouquet Body Soufflé
I think the packaging of beauty products is so pretty, but then again I always get sucked in by pretty minimal packaging (see: Aesop Beauty, pure dream). Take the time to check out everything and write down your favorites, If you're like me and want to touch before you buy, let's wait for the store to open and be shopping buddies all together! 
What would you choose? Toodles!

Elections and Superheroes

Monday, February 25, 2013

These days I'm a little M.I.A. again. I'm working for the elections, meaning I'm a secretary in this little hole of a town I call home. Up to now it's been all ok and calm, but there's time to vote only until 3 pm. After that, we begin operations to assess votes, and that's a pretty hard job, trust me. It means opening all the voting forms and registering every single different expression of what we call democracy. Overall, it's a really interesting experience, I would suggest you to try if you have the possibility, to understand how the system really works, and feel more responsible towards the way you approach voting in general. 

While we're waiting to find out what's next for Italy (keep your fingers crossed, pretty please), here's a little something for you. Sorry for my overseas friends, but this is in Italian only, and it's a video some friends made. What if politicians were superheroes? And what about the Pope? Well, if you're curious, check this out. It's funny, I promise. Enjoy it!

App Discovery #2: Uber

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ok, I know it looks like I suck at this. I apologize, truth actually is I have a life outside the internet, you nerds. Kidding, I have really been busy though, with work and loads of other stories. Like fashion week, for example. More on that later. Now I want to introduce my latest app discovery, and this will blow ya mind, let me tell you.

Did you ever wish you had a private driver? I know I have. Especially since I live in Milan, where traffic is hell and public transport a nightmare. That being said, and me being almost broke, well it's never been that easy. Until now. Welcome Uber! I went to an event on Tuesday at Talent Garden Milan (Digital in the Round: an Eye on China) and got approached by Elena, Uber's uber-nice - pun intended - italian community manager, who offered to give me and my friends a promo code to try out this service, developed via iPhone app.

How it works: you insert your credit card details and set up your profile. Then, whenever you need, you set a pick up point. The app tells you how much you'll have to wait for the driver, but that's not even it! You'll see a photo of your private driver, his name and rating, plus the car model and plate number (they're all black cars, not recognizable otherwise). 

My experience with this service was simply flawless. I had the kindest driver pick me up from where I was and bring me to the station. He opened the doors for me, carried my luggage. D r e a m y. I know I'll never get a regular cab again. This is just too good a service to miss. Uber now runs in Milan until Midnight on Mon-Tue-Wed and up to 4 am on weekends, but they're trying to expand it even further.

And now a little suprise: with my promo code k9epu you can get a discount on your first Uber ride! If you try this service, let me know your thoughts. We can share driver, I'm not jealous!

General NY Fashion Week Awesomeness

Monday, February 11, 2013

The key to the success of this fashion week is one, and it's not what you think: the blizzard! Milan today looks a lot more like the North Pole, and it made me think of the bizarre weather that hit NYFW just a couple of days ago.

Since I'm very much into fashion, I decided to introduce more girly topics to this blog too. Well I hope you enjoy. Here's a roundup of the best things I saw coming our way from overseas. 

Jason Wu. Trough the eyes of NylonTv (love the magazine!). Other than being a buzzed show for The Neon Pants Lady - read the story, it's awesome - it was really worth it. Love the white pleated skirts, so happy I already own one from Zara. I'm not really a fan of ostrich feathers, but on a couple of outfits they don't look as bad as I thought they would. Overall an 8/10.

Prabal Gurung (Image via The Dolls Factory). Military to the max, austere, the color palette is perfect. Want want want. There's not much more to say about it, is there? I also checked out the collection in collab with Target (available at target.com), but didn't like it much, to be honest. Too much fluo, too many prints. But 9/10 for the runway show.

Rag&Bone (Image via ManRepeller). The dead seafoam leather jacket+skirt is simply a dream. Loved the color palette for the collection, the game of long/short pieces and the different materials (except satin, can't stand it). 8.5/10.

Rebecca Minkoff. Wearable. That pretty much sums it up, and it's no detail, comparing it to the usual fashion week vibe. Awesome accessories from her as always. My favourite look was the striped suit with the graphic tee. 10/10. And now I kind of regret the fact that I could have one, but didn't buy it last week. So fashion-forward-freak. 

Do you enjoy discovering the latest from Fashion Weeks around the globe? Any favorites? I wanna hear! Milan's just around the corner!

JulesBox: Goodnight Song #2

Sunday, February 10, 2013

M. Ward - Chinese Translation (2009)

Happy Chinese New Year!
It's the Year of the Snake!

Must Watch TV Shows of the moment

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I'm still debating whether it was a good idea to write this blog in English. But I think I'll debate with myself a little longer, unless you care giving an opinion on the matter.

Now let's get to the good stuff, a.k.a. things you should know, unless you've been living under a rock.

Image via Mashable
First off, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and hereby declare that I looooove Girls, at the moment. It's fun. It's fresh. It's witty. The only thing I'm not so keen on, right now, is seeing Lena Dunham's boobs every single episode. We get it Lena, you're not aftaid to show off your body, well good for you and for our self-esteem. Thank you, message registered.

Image via Google
Moving on to another show, got to love my New Girl! Now that I have less time to waste, I really like this kind of shorter shows. If I lose an episode, it's less of a pain to watch two in a row. The funny tales of Zooey Deschanel and her flatmates are so entertaining, it's impossible not to like this. Plus, I relate quite well with her character Jess Day, cause - you know - I'm kind of weird like that. Thanks for releasing my inner dork, Zooey!

Image via The Following Tumblr
Third option is actually a newbie, which is getting a lot of advertising at the moment in Italy. For the first time, we're seeing this in time with the US on national tv, original language with subtitles and all (well, hallelujah!). It's The Following. I have to admit I haven't started this yet, but expectations are pretty high on this little fella. Will it be able to replace my Dexter?
Do you watch any of these shows? Do you have any others must I should give a try? Do tell me!

Planning a trip: the guide and the map

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Traveling is everything. It's exploring, discovering, having always new ideas and new dreams. It's one of the things that makes life, at least my life, worth living. Next destination is: Amsterdam. I'll be flying in the first days of March to go see Patrick Watson's concert with my beau. It was his gift for my birthday. Sweet.

I've been to Amsterdam once before, but it was kind of a hit and run. I didn't get to see anything, so it makes perfect sense to plan our weekend in advance, to ensure we get the most out of this little holiday.
I went ahead and made a cheeky little purchase: my favorite guide, a Lonely Planet.

I really enjoy reading these, they are really well written and the authors are often locals or people from english speaking countries who've been living overseas for a long time. Essentially, they're cosmopolitan guides, which is why I honestly like them. The only thing I don't get about this Amsterdam one, is why they suggest loads of Italian restaurants in the city. I. Don't. Get. It. I like to eat local, so I'm adding things to my MustSee/MustDo List thanks to MavenSay.

Speaking of Must See, there's a really nice initiative from KLM I'd like to share. It's called Your Must See Map (made by friends) and it's a really nice online app. Go check it out by clicking here. All you need to do is indicate your destination - there's quite a number of them available - give a name to the map and invite your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email to share some tips on it, so you know what you shouldn't miss. Genius, right?

Best thing actually is, KLM is giving away 20.000 printed custom maps, you can order yours right after you finish collecting tips. They print it, and you receive it within three weeks. The number of available maps is now around 18.000, so we're all still on time to get ours before we fly.

I'm getting one for our Amsterdam trip and I named it Amsterdamned. I know, I'm weird. Whatever. Please do share your tips with me, I'm trying to have it shipped in time to fully enjoy our weekend. Until then, happy traveling to everyone.

App Discovery #1: MavenSay

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm an app-maniac. Seriously. I download pretty much everything possible. I want to share one of the latest discoveries. This is MavenSay. And this is the story of Fred, the Honey Maven.

Basically all you need to do is set up your profile, and share your favorite things. As the developers say, this app makes it very easy to always know what's good around you. You can follow your friends and influencers, and add to the general goodness of it all. The best thing here is that it helps you kick start your very own personal guide to wherever you live. Or wherever you travel to. Sometimes I find that people writing guides don't really get my taste, while using MavenSay I can actually choose whose tips I want to follow. 

Did you download it yet? Well, you should. And you should follow me, like, immediately.
Here's a little hint of what you'll find on my profile. For now.

In other news, I'm going to U Barba again tonight, and I think you'll see an in depth review of the restaurant pretty soon on here. If you have any suggestions of places I should try in Milan, drop them in "les comments". Cheers.

JulesBox: Goodnight Song #1

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Patrick Watson - Into Giants (2012)

13 Resolutions

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's been a year. From when I first bought this domain and decided I wanted to blog. 12 months and something. 372 days, to be precise. And up until now, I had not posted a single word. My friend Anja would have killed me if she could. Softly, but still. Since the world didn't end in December, that gives me a second chance, right? Right. So, to kick this blog off in style, I decided to share my resolutions for this year, my 23rd. I have never been one to mumble about these things very much, so some might be a little obvious. Please bear with me, I just started, I deserve a little comprehension and encouragement I guess. Let's begin then, set the sails and leave the safe harbor.

From me, to me, for a year full of wonder:

1. Find the time and money to travel more.

2. Take photos, good ones, with an actual camera.

3. Discover more art, there's always so much out there that you don't know about.

4. Read more, be curious. Use that brain of yours!

5. Watch more movies, not silly ones though.

6. Find out about new, amazing music and sing your lungs out.

7. Blog! We all have a story to tell, and this is the easiest way to do it.

8. Build a Milan city guide. If anything, this shall give this blog a purpose.

9. Spend less money, in more clever ways.

10. Keep on track with an organic beauty routine, natural equals good when it comes to your skin.

11. Cook more often, lovely healthy food.

12. Enjoy the company of your friends and all the awesome people in your life.

13. Cherish every moment, here and now is what really counts.

I know this last one sounds cheesy, but sometimes I get so wrapped up making plans, I forget what's good in my life. What's keeping me here, making me who I am today.

Well, I guess that's it. I hope it wasn't too long a post, I got a little carried away.
What about you two readers of mine? Do you have any resolutions? Please, share!

Until next time, which hopefully will be very soon. I intend to keep up with the good work.

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