The Chainsmokers in Milan

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     Last weekend, I hopped on a train to Milan to catch the Chainsmokers in concert (I still can't believe that happened!!). Amidst the craziness that has come with midterms, breaking out my awkward dad-like dance moves was the perfect stress relief. Although my friends and I had heard that they weren't very good live in terms of vocals, the Chainsmokers proved all negative critiques wrong. In addition to playing all of their new, popular songs, they mixed in some awesome remixes of the Lion King, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Kanye West, among numerous others. I also really enjoyed their opener, The Him, who remixed some really awesome songs by Martin Garrix and Smallpools, which aren't so mainstream. The venue, Fabrique Milano, also added to the close-knit atmosphere of the concert-- if it had been at a stadium of sorts, it probably wouldn't have been as great of an experience. I am so beyond excited to see The Lumineers next month at the same venue! 

I feel so sorry for neglecting this space as of late. I'm not sure I've been this busy/stressed/lost in general in a while. This coming Monday, though, we set out on academic travel with our classes! My business class is going around Switzerland for two weeks with visits to various enterprises and the United Nations, and then I am going to Paris with a couple of friends. I am looking forward to being back in France with baguettes and macaroons at my fingertips. Yesss. How're you all doing? I'll probably be back with photos from my travels very soon! Talk to you all soon. xoxo Isabelle 

Train Hopping Around Switzerland

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      This past weekend, my friends and I set out on an adventure through the Swiss Alps. We originally had an intended destination, but due to our poor navigation and time management, we scratched our plan and just explored like true pioneers. After a few hours spent admiring the ins and outs of the mountains from the windows of the trains, we discovered the mountainous area of Andermatt, Switzerland. I had only previously heard of Andermatt in terms of it being a popular ski resort, but we were able to see it outside of ski season (although, we did spot some snow!!) It was my friend Dani's 19th birthday, so we naturally took heaps of photos and had a relatively low key day. Once we returned from our day-trip, we cooked pasta and suspect brownies to continue the celebration. While I mostly gave words of encouragement and danced along to the Frank Sinatra we were playing, I can't help but say how delicious the meal was, especially after a long day of traveling. Yay for being domestic!! 

     Somehow, someway, midterms are next week and I'm not really sure how to feel about it. A part of me wants to be relaxed and pretend that my exams will be fairly easy, and the rest of me knows that I need to prepare a substantial amount. To top it off, it is highly likely that I have bronchitis (aka the reason I slept for 11 hours last night...11 HOURS!!) That's where I'm at in terms of health and stress. How're you all doing? xoxo Isabelle  

Milan Fashion Week & EFX USA

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      Last weekend, my friends and I took a more or less spontaneous day trip to Milan during Milan Fashion Week. We didn't have too many expectations for the day, but we were certainly hopeful that we would stumble upon Gigi Hadid, among other celebrities. After hopping on the earliest train, with cappuccinos in hand, we asked that our taxi driver take us to the fashion week festivities. By a stroke of luck, there was a show starting in 15 minutes right by the Duomo. Naturally, we lingered around that area, until girls donning berets, oversized sunglasses, and heels began looming the premises. Aside from the models and socialites, there was an influx of photographers, who were awaiting photo opportunities in the area. When these two models pictured above came out of the show, I interjected myself between the paparazzi and snapped some shots because why not? Once everyone continued onto the next show, we made our way through the shops and eventually hit a café to complete our tiring but exciting fashion filled day. Concerning Gigi Hadid, we did not actually see her, but we were in the same vicinity/zip-code/country as basically we met her. If you ever get the chance to be in a city during fashion week, even if you can't attend a show because #peasantstatus, please do! It was an experience that I'll never forget. 

My friend Stew who is in my business class recently connected me with the company EFX USA, which boasts jewelry, clothing, and insoles with holographic performance technology. I chose the "Leather Band Charm Bracelet"  because it is one of the more stylish options that encompasses the holographic technology. If you want to learn more about this company, click here for more information! Midterms are fast approaching, and my schedule only seems to be filling up with papers and studying, but I will talk to all of you very soon (hopefully I won't be ill & stressed as ever then, haha). I'm off to get coffee #2 of the day! xoxo Isabelle
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