A Smalltown Girl

I don’t like writing about myself much, but today I’m making an exception to the rule because something really special has happened to me. I’m a smalltown girl and, unlike Jimmy Sommerville, I’ve never left the place where I live to find fortune somewhere else. I’ve been working and studying hard all my life, and I can assure you it’s not easy being a fixed-term contract high-school teacher in Italy nowadays, especially if you are married, with a little daughter, in your thirties: you have to overcome difficult situations all the time, and you still hope to land a contract the following school year.

Despite all this, something amazing has arrived to cheer me up and to boost my self-esteem: I’ve been chosen as a contributor for the brand-new Vogue Italia site, and you may understand the importance of this to me. I’m a smalltown girl, who lives in a place where all the things you like are not available, who is out of any vaguely exciting social life (hey, but I’ve got a gorgeous multiplex nearby!), who is far from being fashionable or trendy or whatever (I’m still stuck between the 70s and the 90s, help!). But I’ve learnt dreams can sometimes come true, thanks to hard work and stubborness. I’ve been criticised a lot when I quit my blog in Italian and started this one in English, but I think that was a change for good: isn’t it extremely flattering when something you have written in Italian AND in English all by yourself is published on such an important site? It surely is for me.

In the sidebar I’ve added a space which I’ll keep updated with all my articles on Vogue Italia. Please let me know your opinions!

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  1. Congratulazioni! Non ti ho mai scritto prima ma ti leggo sempre e da sempre ho trovato eccezionali il tuo gusto per i dettagli della moda e la tua padronanza dell’inglese. Te lo meriti.

  2. I like when you tell about yourself actually :)
    It’s not so important to live in the “right place” but to be able to capture the zeitgeist!

    1. Yes, I think it’s fundamental the ability to capture (or try to) the zeitgeist, but I also think living in a city makes things easier. I am referring to shops (the one and only H&M shop nearby has opened just a couple of months ago, for example) or to cinemas (in the multiplex nearby they will screen “A Single Man” one night only, for example). I know I could never ever live in a city, because I want B to grow up in contact with nature. I’d like her to appreciate the beautiful mountains and hills surrounding the place where we live, to know country traditions and farm animals and so on. I realize sometimes I strongly feel the need to be in a city, to see some chaos, to breathe some smog, but I rarely do it.

      1. Well, I live in a small city renowned for its university and hospital and should be lively in many aspects, yet we have only 3 cinemas in town, the nearest multiplex is 30 minutes away, “A Single Man” isn’t shown anywhere [Coliiiin!!] and we have no H&M (or Promod or Zara) – only Upim, but that’s not so exciting – or expensive boutiques for those with old money. Changes are very very slow… Pavia is infamous for its narrow-mindedness! I like it, it’s pretty and there’s some green (I live near a lovely natural park) but I wished it offered more.

    2. If Pavia is famous for its narrow-mindedness, maybe you can have a glimpse of what it’s like here. Oh, well, in some ways here it is different, because the area where I live is very rich (or used to), so there are many expensive shops for those who can afford shopping there. Just think Dyptique perfumes and candles are sold in two shops in my area (Bassano and Montebelluna), and the same can be said for Balenciaga bags or other luxury brands.
      Ok, culture comes always second (hence the small number of theatres or cinemas), which is a pity…

      1. No, here it’s the same – I told you there *are* expensive shops for people with old money (maybe it wasn’t clear). Lawyers, doctors, professors and their wives, sons, daughters and whoever inherits their jobs and/or privileges… I had my first glimpse of this situation at high school, in my class many were “children of…” and treated differently by teachers. Ah, castes.

      2. @Raffy: Ops, sorry, I didn’t get it! Yes, here the situation is more or less the same, but I wouldn’t speak of “old” money, because the area where I live is famous for its self-made businessmen.

  3. ti seguo da sempre e commento raramente ma stavolta ti faccio di cuore i miei complimenti… sei preparata e scrivi in modo molto piacevole ed interessante, te lo meriti proprio!!!!!!

  4. Sono molto felice per te, ma sapevo che prima o poi sarebbe successo, era solo questione di tempo. La qualità, come quella del tuo blog, costa ma alla fine ripaga sempre.

  5. Aspettavo questo tipo di annuncio da parte tua con certezza.
    Ora mi aspetto di vederti seduta a fianco a Tavi con gli occhi puntati sul catwalk!.

    A.

    1. Ahhahhahahah, non penso succederà mai ;D Perchè qualcuno vorrebbe volermi invitare alle sfilate? Non sono una ragazza alla moda e non scrivo quasi mai degli ultimi trend. Potendo, però, un paio di consigli alla Tavi su come mantenere i capelli di un blu decenti glieli darei volentieri (essendoci passata diversi anni fa).

  6. Lo sapevo, lo sapevo !! Chi meglio di Te !!

    Sono davvero felice perchè lo meriti
    le qualità e lo stile non possono passare inosservate
    per di più visto che non sono declinate con autocompiacimento e non danno quel risultato fasullo di tante addette al settore
    per me sei davvero una Glamorous Superqueen.
    Baci soprattutto a MissB
    Barbara

    1. Barbara, hai scritto uno dei complimenti più belli che mi siano mai state rivolti, davvero :)
      Il significato di essere “veri”, in questa Italia un po’ così, è ormai stato snaturato (quante volte lo ripetono tronisti/troniste/partecipanti a reality show/politicanti e compagnia cantante? “Io sono vero”, “Io sono come appaio in tv”…quando in realtà di vero c’è solo la voglia di apparire o, peggio, la disonestà), ma nel mio caso è proprio vero che “what you see is what you get”.
      Non ho tempo o voglia di autocompiacermi (di che, poi?), quindi esprimo direttamente le mie idee, nella maniera più sincera possibile. Fa molto piacere sapere che questo è apprezzato. Grazie!

  7. Complimenti! Ti leggo sempre, non commento quasi mai, ma non potevono non congratularmi con te!
    Ho sempre apprezzato molto il tuo punto di vista unico e al di là dei trend del momento. E anche la passione per i particolari.

    Il tuo blog è unico, lontano anni luce dai soliti blog tutti identici uno all’altro, che rincorrono solo le ultime mode!
    Bravissima!

    1. Grazie mille! Effettivamente l’obiettivo è quello di non seguire i trend del momento, ma di dare una visione personale su quello che mi interessa.

  8. Ciao Super!
    Confesso che non ti leggo da tanto tempo…in effetti leggerti in inglese per me è parecchio complicato!!:(
    Ho capito che ti è successa una cosa bella(collaboratrice di Vouge?:)e quindi…TANTI AUGURI!!!
    Adesso sono di nuovo sul web dopo la chiusura su splinder, anche se con un’altra veste… Mi piacerebbe se potessi dare un’occhiata al mio blog – ancora è un pò poverello però- in qualità di esperta di moda… magari puoi darmi un parere o lanciarmi qualche insulto!:)
    Un abbraccio, ancora auguri e un saluto alla piccola B.
    Valentina

  9. anch’io una delle tue lettrici che rimangono perlopiù silenti, ma questa volta i complimenti *devo* farteli, ti sei meritata questa collaborazione grazie a tutta la tua preparazione, alla passione e alla ricerca che traspare da ogni tuo pezzo. Brava :)

  10. somehow, even in this country, meritocracy is still alive and it’s struggling with us, thumbs up for you Super!!

    1. I’ve always strongly believed in meritocratic systems, but not in Italy, because we all know everything (more or less) is ruled by nepotism. But sometimes nice things happen even if you’re not the son/daughter/niece/mistress of someone famous…Maybe because you can appear more beautiful in pictures thanks to Photoshop, you can copy your oh-so-original style from someone else (Lady GaGa docet), but you can’t fake being good at writing. Hey, this doesn’t mean I’m SO good, but I certainly know the basic rules of Italian grammar, which most Italians don’t know or don’t care about.

  11. congratulations dear!!!! I am so glad to hear that a REAL blogger gets recognized for her work (not just some teenager who publishes 126474937 pictures a day of the same outfit)!

    you most certainly deserve it!
    x

    1. Thanks a lot for your kind words :)

      It’s rewarding just the idea that so many people can read what I write. I don’t care of sitting in front row at fashion shows or being interviewed by journalists, because that is not the point of what I’ve always wanted to achieve. My words – not my hair, my body or my clothes – do all the talking.

  12. Congratulations! It has been a pleasure to read your blog…I especially like the articles on Lily, Chanel Jade, and Judith Lieber. Have an exciting year with Italian Vogue. All the best!

    1. Thanks!!!
      Since the beginning of my adventure at Vogue.it, I’ve been writing all the time about amazing personalities, I’m so happy I’ve been given this opportunity.

  13. …Now listen: this does not sound at all unexpected to me – I told you from the beginning this new blog would lead you somewhere. So now rejoice, celebrate, JUMP! You are the right person in the right place: a true fashion lover who describes her passion to less enlightened minds. My compliments, dear!

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