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Doggy Couture

18 Feb


In Minnesota when the thermostat reaches over 40, we all jump for joy over the sudden wealth of warmth bestowed on us. Anything but 20 below walks to class could make us happy in the Midwest.

Here in Italy, they all bundle up in parkas, heavy-duty scarves and mittens and hats. They look like they are ready to walk out their front door and into a Minnesotan blizzard. In reality, most days hover around 45-50 degrees here in Roma, which means either I am a freak of nature for thinking that is pleasant weather, or these Romans need to grow a backbone.

Since they so strongly believe that 45 degrees is “freezing”, they like to make sure their dogs are happy and comfortable in these cold winter days by bundling their tiny pups up in sweaters and vests. It is honestly the cutest thing I have ever seen.  When growing up in rural Wisconsin, our family always had dogs and those suckers had to run around outside knee deep in snow without any sweaters or vests. Not even booties!

The Roman dogs have it good, you guys.


Barcelona Beach Swag

30 Jan

By Kara Harms

Barcelona: Where California meets old Europe.

BCN is incredibly hip with trendy skater styles mimicking those found on the West Coast while set to a backdrop of gothic buildings and Picasso art. The large amount of boardwalk strips along the coast allow the young folks to long board all over the city, a refreshing change from all the scooters here in Rome. With the beach on the edge of the city, the locals like to lounge on the sand, surf and long board during the day while wandering La Rambla (the main strip) at night to shop and bar hop.

Because Minneapolis is so very far away from anything close to a beach and, according to Twitter, is currently covered in ice, I wanted to do a post on the beach trends in Barcelona to warm you guys up a bit.


This girl was rocking the comfy-chic look with her bulky flower pattern jacket, skinny jeans, no shoes, a black scarf and a side sling bag. Not to mention a cute boyfriend is always a good accessory to have.


I was so intrigued by this woman’s lace headband, which in my opinion pulls the whole look together. I also enjoyed her knee-high stockings and boots and her studded shirt collar. The best part of her outfit, though, is her leopard print jacket-Rwar!


I saw this girl across the beach and just had to snap a pic of her bold outfit. Take note of her skater shoes, printed leggings, bright blue shirt, headband, hot pink sunglasses and a ponytail braid.


This girl is the definition of BCN style. You can’t see it in this photo, but she has her long board laying the sand. Her bold yellow-orange hat was definitely noticeable and matched her blue-green headphones perfectly. Never has anyone made listening to music look so stylish.

For more photos of BCN, feel free to check out my personal blog: https://karaharms.jux.com/

“Hawt” Trends in Roma

21 Jan

By Kara Harms

Today I ventured down to Via Delcorso, which is a magical street in central Rome consisting of blocks upon blocks of clothing stores, including the ever-favorite Zara and H&M.

While gazing into shop windows and looking through racks, I noticed a few commend trends that appear to be “hot” right now. (Wait, can I use “hawt”? I feel like it fits my fashiony  writer persona much better.)

These are “Hawt” trends in Roma right now.

Spikey Shoes

Look out, these shoes can be dangerous! These edgy designs are all the rage on the shelves right now, maybe since they can be used for shoes and self-defense.

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Is teal the new black? I’m not sure who determines these things, but I am calling it right now. Dresses, shoes, shirts, skirts…everything is teal!

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Bold Statement Necklaces

Big, chunky necklaces of every style are very “hawt” right now and are in every store.

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