Monday, February 7, 2011

La Stagista Eterna!

Belle Ragazze,
How are you?  Recovered from your elevator scare, Flora?  I am back in Paris after my first business trip to Milan!  What a whirlwind of a trip!  I had visions of being able to (finally!) see the Last Supper, of shopping at 10 Corso Como, of dinners in Milan's chicest restaurants... but no!  Breakfast at 7:30, administrative work and scheduling at 8:30 and appointments starting at 9:30!   My boss definitely made sure to cram as much business as possible into this "business trip"!  argh!  Ginny (the other assistant) and I were so exhausted each night (8:30 on average!) that we would eat in the hotel restaurant before dragging our tired asses upstairs to our shared hotel suite.  Our delightful waiter, Giovanni, loved having us around but we were so disappointed to have missed Milan!  I saw the città from the backseat of a taxi!

That said, the trip was a fashion lover's dream.  I have been to Milan twice before and always found it to be a rather ugly, uninteresting city.  Well, I take it back.  Fashion is what Milan does best so seeing it from a strictly fashion point of view allows the city to come alive!  Rochas, Missoni, Pucci, Etro, Cavalli!  I finally saw what Milan is all about... the capital of Italian fashion!  Bellissima!

On our second to last day, we spent the entire day at Roberto Cavalli.  The sales woman, Daniela, was a complete psychopath!  Within 5 minutes she let us know that this was not going to be a pleasant experience (for Ginny anyway)!  Ginny and I arrived at the impressive showroom at 9:30 and introduced ourselves to Daniela.  Her response?  "Nice to meet you, Ophelia.  What a beautiful name!" and to Ginny:  "That's an ugly name!" haha!  Luckily G has a great sense of humor and she countered with "From now on I'll introduce myself before Ophelia!" ha!  What a joke!  That set the tone for a lot of giggling from our side and a lot of grumbling from the big boss!

After 5 hectic days in Milan, I rushed back to Paris to celebrate my birthday with mon père and le boyfriend.  February is off to a crazy start, girls!

Bisous xx Ophelia

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