STYLE GURU BIO: Stephanie Mimi Eng

Good morning from Burano, an island of Venice famous for brightly colored houses and lace-making! My name is Stephanie and I am currently studying Art History and Photography abroad in Italy.¬†As such, my column for the summer will be FASHION FROM ABROAD and later, upon my return to Boston, I’ll switch to writing ALL IN THE DETAILS.

After 10 days in Rome, I am spending the next five weeks in Venice, and it has already been a life-changing experience, with divine gelato, crazy-rich history, perfectly designed store windows and of course, some debauchery with new friends. Venice has already captivated my heart with its inexplicable beauty and its rich historical narrative. I’ll definitely be adding some historical-cultural background to my posts since I’m surrounded by it, but I promise to make it as interesting as possible.

I took packing for this trip it as an exercise in minimalism. However, as was expected, European ladies really know how to throw together an outfit, and my closet envy had me on the streets shopping within 48 hours of my arrival. I was in dire need of velvet slippers (check out the Savoy); don’t judge me. The quality of clothing here is superb, so I was ecstatic that my guy friend needed some dress shirts. It gave me the opportunity to drool over the perfectly tailored suits I saw in every shop window without looking like a complete weirdo.

Venice has been an incredibly diverse, cosmopolitan city since the 12th century due to its prime location for oceanic trade. Everything here has a story behind it, and it can get overwhelming to try and take it in all at once. I’m glad I get to capture street style specifically, because it captures the international quality of the people who cycle through, tourists and locals alike.

If you’re obsessed with Italy and would like to live vicariously through me, chronicles of my travels will be published on my blog at some point, and you can check out my photography page of the Northeastern Tumblr dedicated to this trip. Although honestly, it could end up just being tons of gelato pictures.

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