Sunday, 30 March 2014

Psoriasis, Fashion & Food in Milan


Those of you who are regular readers of this blog may have wondered what happened to my Wednesday Wish last week.  Well *flicks hair*, I was in Milan darlings!  Now, just how fabulous does that sound?!

I was very honoured to be asked by Novartis Pharmaceuticals to travel to Milan so that they could interview me about my experiences with psoriasis.  This interview was recorded and will be used at medical conferences/seminars etc. as an example of patient experience.  It included such questions as;

‘How long did it take before your psoriasis was diagnosed correctly?’
Answer: The first time I went to my GP

‘What would be your primary piece of advice for other patients?’
Answer: Find the right dermatologist.

‘What would be your primary piece of advice for health professionals? 
Answer: Listen to your patient, spend time with your patient and explain the options available.

I should point out that these are very abridged versions of my actual answers.  As someone who will happily talk to the wall if there’s nobody else around, I was most amused when at the end of the interview, the cameraman (English was not his first language) beamed and said “You are very good at talking”.

But … clearly the main question for this 24 trip was what should I wear?  I have no idea how long this video will be in circulation so it was important to wear something fairly classic.  No point in wearing a bling statement necklace that in ten years’ time would scream 2014.   Equally, it was important that I should practice what I preach … so despite my current clear scalp (happy skip), a dark jacket was out of the question.  Time to go shopping!

And this was what I bought …

 

The truly great advantage of this jacket was that despite being folded in a case for an entire day, lugged on and off two flights (via Frankfurt.  Dear. God.  I hate flying!) it was completely wrinkle free when I reached my destination. I teamed it with my cream Tesco shell top, my all-time favourite jeans, which are dark grey and my beloved Mary Portas for Clarks peep toe boots.  I left the bling behind and opted for my Tiffany Key chain.  All very subtle.
 


Very Serious Expression ... it's not easy taking selfies, I'll have you know!
 
Then once the interview was over, I found myself with six hours to spare, so I changed the boots for flats, swopped the blazer for a leather jacket, threw on a scarf and off I went to do a little sightseeing.


I am not one who likes wandering around cathedrals … but the Duomo was seriously spectacular


I wait one year to visit this shop … and then visit two in the space of a few weeks!


Not just your average mall …


When in Italy …


And just why he was selling fake Burberry in an Italian city is beyond me!


And have I mentioned the food?  Mamma Mia, these Italians can eat!  Novartis very kindly took me to dinner on the night before the interview, where the wine flowed, the conversation was most entertaining and the courses just seemed never-ending.  Below is the starter, the pasta course and then the main course.  I was genuinely too full and tired to even bother taking pictures of dessert or coffee. I pretty much rolled back to the hotel!
 



I am hoping that Novartis will be kind enough to send me a copy of the video.  If so I will post it here at a later stage.  However, given how ‘good at talking’ I am, I fear there may be quite a bit of editing required before it’s ready for viewing!

No exotic travels planned for this week, so I’ll be back on Wednesday with my usual wish. 
 
 

21 comments:

  1. How fabulous did that sound, and all for a great cause too! The outfits were perfect too! xx

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  2. Sounds like you had a fabulous time darrhling!
    What an experience, so pleased to see you in the outfits, the cream jacket looked amazing

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    1. It really was ab fab sweetie! Glad you like the jacket - serious bargain at the price!

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  3. What an amazing trip Helen & I'm loving your new jacket, just gorgeous.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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  4. How utterly fantastic. I love your' change of use options, you are so well organised. I think you looked classic and fitted your' brief perfectly. And you are quite right, that is one fabulous mall. H xx

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    1. Thank you ... I was pleased that for once I managed to pack exactly what I needed. And the weather was good too, which definitely helped.

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  5. So envious of your fantastic trip....all in a great cause and it sounds like a lovely mix of 'psoriasis business' and pleasure!! Love the bit about the camera man saying you are good at talking lol ;0) That little Mango number was a great purchase....you have styled it to perfection with the grey skinnies and peep toe boots! Looking great in your shopping outfit too! xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Yep, I was very amused by the cameraman. I'm not sure I even paused for breath in parts!! Glad you approve of the outfits

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  6. Milan looks fabulous and love your Mango jacket Helen:)
    ~Anne

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  7. Amazing trip Helen, what an honour to be invited and to such a beautiful city xx

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    1. It really was an honour. I was thrilled to be asked.

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  8. Well it's amazing where psoriasis can take you isn't it? All the way to Milan you lucky girl!

    I have to say, you pitched your outfit perfectly minus bling necklace - how forward thinking indeed - liking it, liking it.

    But guess what I like most - your hair flicking at the start. I can so picture you doing that Missus!

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    1. Ok, so there may have been quite a bit of hair flicking going on when I was nonchalantly telling pals that I had to 'pop across to Milan' last week!!!! And you're right ... it is amazing where this blog has taken me. Psoriasis isn't all bad after all!

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  9. Oh I love that white jacket on you! Its so hard to take the selfies isn't it, I get in all sorts of lip curling expressions

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  10. Check you out Helen! Milan! Beautiful city. Love your outfit, it was perfect. Did you treat yourself to anything whilst you were there?x

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  11. Fantastic Helen, loved reading this. And you look fabulous x

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  12. Oh wow - loved this post....the city looks amazing and so did you...great outfit. That jacket looks way better on you than it does on the model. Glad you had a good time - did you buy anything - that's the question?? Ax

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    1. Oh no - using my husband's computer today...lol....it's Avril really...not my husband stalking you :)

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