Polimoda Review Q & A


First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has read my blog and reached out to me about Polimoda in Florence, Italy. Also, I’m sorry I didn’t get to reply back in time to each person who has left me a comment on other sites (Blogspot, TripAdvisor, LinkedIn).

I did, however, get a chance to chat with @aleenadaredia on Instagram and wanted to share our lil Q & A about Polimoda. Hope this helps to all future students ❤️

P.S. Aleena seems to be doing very well in Florence 😉

Home with Habibi

Habibi came all the way from the UAE to spend the holidays with me!  I’ve traveled the world with her – Italy, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Spain, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Croatia, Slovenia – and now she’s at home with me!  YAY!

Let the fun begin! 

Stay Married


During the last Sunday mass of 2013, the priest asked all married couples to stand up and renew their wedding vows. That’s how important the sacrament of marriage is. We need to nurture this type of union. We, as Catholics, have a responsibility to always stand by our married couples and give them the strength to stay united to each other.

Lady Gaga Speaks Truth


I like Lady Gaga. She’s so talented and I bet she’s just this amazing human being.

I saw this post by Gaga on Facebook and thought it was pretty true. There’s just so many haters out there….they act so mean and hate on others mainly because of their judgements opinions. Instead of enjoying their lives, they spend their days talking sh*t like they have the right to. You don’t like Lady Gaga…then don’t listen to her music. You dislike the Kardashians…then don’t watch their show. You want to hate…then try to be nice or not be anything at all.

I guess the reason why I created “The Mimi Amore” is because I want to be me without having to expose ME. I can be Mimi and if you like it…awesome, if you don’t…please don’t waste your time on Mimi, she’s not worth it 😉

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” – Blessed Mother Teresa

Only in Vegas


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

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.)
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!!

Polimoda – Florence, Itay


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!!   


Dearest Gandhi



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.

Check out more awesome photos here

Laguna Beach, California


The best part of being a Californian – Breathtaking sunsets at Laguna Beach.

I went to Laguna Beach for a friend’s baby shower. Awesome weather, as always. I have to admit, Californians are damn lucky! We had a BBQ and spent the day laying out and taking dips in the Pacific. There’s nothing more amazing than this!