MY 2016

 

Raging til Dawn in Vegas NYE 2015

This is it.  I got this.

2015 was awesome…I called it ūüėČ I got to travel to 5 countries within a 10-month span. ¬†Wow, is that really true? ¬†Yea, it is..5 countries. ¬†Damn. ¬†Awesome.

I can honestly say that after 2015, I won’t be dealing with nonsense. ¬†I’m too grateful for my life. ¬†I owe it to myself to make this new year, “My Year”. ¬†God bless ūüėć

XOXO Mimi

Full of Life

We went on a wonderful bike tour in Sri Lanka and we were fortunate enough to visit one of the oldest Buddhist temple on the island.  So much history, culture and beauty.  So full of life and blessings!

Sylvano (Miami, FL) 

   
    
    
 Sylvano Italian restaurant in Miami, Florida 

I found this amazing Italian restaurant near our hotel in Miami. Seriously…the food was so damn good!!  The truffle ravioli was to die for! 

If you’re in Miami and craving Italian food with great flavors, try Sylvano’s ūüėČ you won’t be disappointed! 

Mackerel for Breakfast

  
Best. Breakfast. Ever.

Best part about staying at the Hilton in Dubrovnik, Croatia..?  Their complimentary breakfast buffet!

I ate this both mornings ūüôā Fresh lox with cream cheese and red onions on top of a warm, fresh French roll…and the mackerel on top made it ridiculously delicious.  Seriously, get the f**k outta here! 

Damn, I miss that mackerel…that’s money! 

Holiness

  

My brother and his wife went to Europe for their honeymoon.  They started off in Paris and ended their trip in Rome.  On Wednesdays, the Pope comes out to greet the people in St. Peter’s Square….and does an extra meet-and-greet with newlyweds.  

Yup, that’s my brother and his wife.  Meeting the Pope.  That’s just absolutely amazing.  My brother and his wife are devout Catholics and they’re just so humble and generous.  I truly believe God divinely favored them for being so faithful and allowed them to meet with Pope Francis so he may bless their marriage.  God truly is so good.

Miracles and blessings happen every day.  Remember to always be grateful. 

Le Little Paris

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LE LITTLE PARIS

Cute little boutique hotel in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. They booked us in the biggest room…sweet! The other rooms at this place were super small – just enough room for one queen size bed. Our room was practically like the VIP suite. SWEET!!

They have a little boutique store next to the lobby. Nothing too special but there were some adorable items to look at. They have a nice patio in the front so it was nice to eat breakfast outside.

The room came with a complimentary breakfast, nothing too fancy but quite fulfilling. Overall, our stay was nice and pleasant ūüôā It would be a great place to stay for couples ‚̧

Buddha Says

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I loved visiting Sri Lanka. It is an exotic, cultural country…so tranquil.

Buddhism is their main religion and one cannot help but admire and appreciate their spirituality.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

– Quotes by Buddha

Since Polimoda

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It’s been almost 5 years since I left Firenze. And I miss it every single day. Since graduating from Polimoda, our reunions have taken us all over the world. We’ve had 3 weddings and now a new engagement and our first baby!

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Miss you girls… Ci vediamo presto! Bacio XOXO

Only in Vegas

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This one time, I went to a club in Las Vegas…and guess who was there? Lil Jon. Yeah…the real Lil Jon. He was the guest DJ of the night! And to be honest, he did a damn good job! I was able to get to the front and the only thing separating us were his turn tables. If I could’ve, I would’ve been all over him. There’s nothing sexier than a man with endless talents! YEAH!

Poggio Imperiale for Polimoda

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR POLIMODA STUDENTS
Finding accommodations for Polimoda may not be so easy because you might have some doubts about deciding on a place before seeing it in person.  That was my issue.  I knew I wanted to get a place that was close to the school as well as the main city center and I planned on not paying more than 600 euros a month for rent.  Luckily for me, I found Poggio Imperiale.
POGGIO IMPERIALE (Photo by tripadvisor.com)
I suggest that you stay here for at least 2-4 weeks and try to look for rooms and roommates once you arrive in Florence.¬† It might cost you a little but it’ll totally be worth it, at least for the first month.¬† In order to apply for your Student Visa for Italy, you’ll need Proof of Accommodations and Clara will be able to assist you on this…so yea, it’s definitely worth it!¬† Poggio Imperiale is right next to Porta Roma so it’s pretty close to the city (Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, etc)¬† If you stay for a minimum of 3 months, you can rent the apartment at a cheaper rate (that’s what I did…I lived here for the first 3 months in Florence with a roommate.)
FINDING A ROOMMATE
I asked Irene (Admissions at Polimoda)¬†to assist me on finding a roomate.¬† She was very helpful and gave me a few people to contact and I¬†eventually ended up agreeing on rooming with a classmate even before meeting her.¬† Okay, here’s the¬†thing, as much as it’s important to see the actual¬†apartment before locking it down…you should really meet your roommate¬†first¬†before committing to anything!¬† Remember, you’re¬†going to be attending an INTERNATIONAL¬†fashion institute¬†so there will be people from all over the world and you may not “click” with all of them, including your own roommate.¬†¬†Lastly, here’s another tip, GET YOUR OWN ROOM…you can live with roommates but don’t share rooms unless you¬†absolutely have to!!¬† Chances are, you’re going to need your own “space“.
Good luck finding accommodations in Firenze!!
XOXO Mimi

Polimoda – Florence, Itay

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Ciao Bella!! Come stai?

Want to study at Polimoda?? VA BENE!



Yes, it is true…The Mimi Amore is a proud alumni of Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing.¬† FMM 2009!

I completed my BA in Fashion Design from Cal State Los Angeles in 2008.¬† Right after graduation, I decided to pursue my masters degree in Fashion Merchandising.¬† I really didn’t enjoy sewing or making patterns so I wanted to get my masters in Fashion Merchandising so I can have a career in fashion business. Then I thought, “Wait, I should study my masters in EUROPE!” ¬†Of course!!¬†


So I started researching for schools in cities like Paris,¬†Milan, London and then I found Polimoda in Florence, Italy.¬† I¬†liked the fact that Polimoda was affiliated with FIT in New York.¬† As an¬†American, this has been a huge advantage and benefit for me.¬† When I tell people I studied my Masters at Polimoda, they have no idea what kind of school it is.¬† Then I add that it is the sister school to FIT in New York¬†and everyone seems to “get it”¬†and they’ll perceive Polimoda as a prestigious fashion institute.¬†¬†


I joined the FASHION MERCHANDISING & MANAGEMENT (FMM) Masters Program at Polimoda in the summer of 2009.¬† I can’t even tell you how excited I was to be attending this school!¬† I went on my “Eurotrip” in Summer 2006 and was fortunate enough to visit Florence and I totally¬†fell in love with the city!¬† Firenze was absolutely amazing so to be living¬†there was definitely a dream come true!!

The application process for Polimoda was super easy. Just go online to their website (http://www.polimoda.com/) and click on the HOW TO APPLY link….or just click here.¬† After you apply online, you should get an application package from Polimoda.¬† You have to answer an entrance exam question and then finish with a phone interview with the program director.¬† Mind you, I¬†got my phone call at 3am in Los Angeles (that’s 12pm noon in Florence) so just be ready and prepared!¬† Honestly, the application process¬†wasn’t hard at all but¬†getting¬†a¬†Student Visa for Italy was a totally different story!
Thanks for reading my Polimoda review…hope it helps!!¬†¬†¬†

XOXO
Mimi

Dearest Gandhi

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Our tour guide, Grand Travel Planner, took us to Birla Bhavan (also known as Gandhi Smriti) during our Delhi city tour.

By far, this was my favorite museum in India! And, trust me, we went to a lot of museums all over the huge country! Walking along the path where Gandhi took his last steps, was by far one of the most memorable moments of my life. It was like walking amongst the greatest of greatest. You definitely have to visit this place if you’re ever in Delhi…trust.

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