La Dolce Italia

by cecylia on August 13, 2012

Ciao bella! I was super blessed to not have to work this weekend! If you follow me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram (@cecyliadotcom) you probably know that I attended a bestie’s wedding (more on that in the next post) and the long awaited Italian Lifetyle Event, La Dolce Italia! Over the weekend, the Royal Exhibition Building was transformed into a ‘Little Italy‘, where fashion parades, car displays, cooking classes, wine tastings, fencing shows, art exhibits, pizza competitions and even more was showcased. Evidently, it exceeded my expectations on so many levels, so without further ado, there are some of my favourite momentos from La Dolce Italia.

你们好!上个周末我很蒙福参加了我好朋友的婚礼(请等下一片博客:) 和独一无二的意大利展览会 ‘甜蜜的意大利’.有可能你们在我的FacebookTwitter或 Instagram (@cecyliadotcom) 上已经看到了一些照片。墨尔本的皇家展览馆变成了一个‘小意大利’,那里有意大利著名的食物,葡萄酒,艺术展览,音乐表演,服装演示,车子,击剑,烹厨班等等都由宾客们来品尝,体验。我就不多说了,接着是我最难忘的一些‘意大利’记忆。

The best artist on show is Italian born architect-turned-photographer Howtan Re, who is a master of compilation. This installation is titled ‘Hell and Paradise‘, each letter is composed of modern waste products. What a creative way to recycle!

最精彩的艺术是意大利摄影师(他原是建筑师)Howtan Re用废物制作的字母。它们的含义是让观众更注意到回收的重要性。

Watching chefs create fariry-tale decorations from just sugar and heat blew me away. I was also bewildered to witness ginormous Nutella tubs (and people buying them!), so much so I adopted the same surprised look as the saccharine caterpillar…separated at birth?


Buon appetite! Of course the absolute highlight of La Dolce Italia for us was the Truffle Bar. I believe it was my very first ‘diamond of the kitchen” experience! Essentially truffles are fungi that share symbiotic relationships with tree roots. The delicacy bears an uncanny resemblance to brain matter and an aromatic affinity to boar pheromone, hence it is renowned for its incredible smell and apparently aphrodisiac effects. Some visitors may have been disappointed as the original truffle bar menu was cancelled at the last minute due to logistical problems, but we still enjoyed ourselves immensely. We were told by the experts that the aroma and flavour of the truffle is more important than its shape or size. How true that is also, I thought, of people!


Thank you La Dolce Italia for such a marvellous festival. I cannot wait to attend again next year!


Where: La Dolce Italia at Royal Exhibition Centre

Wear: Vintage dress (similar one here), necklace, clutch, paisley scarf from Madam Virtue, Repetto booties

And I leave you with my first ever phone video, of the longest pizza spin! You can tell it’s my first because I forgot to tilt the phone…


jessica konstantinos August 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

wow this looks like so much fun! great photos too.


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cecylia August 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

Love your blog too Steven! Thank you so much for introducing it to me!

claire August 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

Great post!


Ali Hval August 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

Oh gosh, how cool is all of this?! It looks like it was so much fun. Food art is just so interesting. :)

Also, that scarf with those tights = winning combo! <3

cecylia August 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

yes indeed, edible art is the best!

Borka August 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Looks like you had a blast Cecilia! Thank you for stopping by my blog… you rock! Have an amazing week!

cecylia August 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

you’re too kind, thank you Borka!!

Xixia August 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Wah…this looks like such fun! All those jars of Nutella…!! I think I drooled when I saw that. XD
And oh goodness, your dog is so cute!

♥ x i x i a

cecylia August 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

thank you! He may have fit into that huge tub of Nutella!

Augusta Tina August 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Simply gorgeous and love your outfit. you are just amazing:) you can also visit my blog if you like it then we can follow each other?

Paris August 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Love your outfit! The dress, scarf, clutch, tights, and shoes look amazing together!


cecylia August 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

thank you! They all don’t quite match but they were all really comfortable :)

Fashion Readings August 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

This looks like it was a wonderful event! :)

Fashion Readings

cecylia August 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

it is!! Highly recommend it! But then again, anything Italian is awesome!

Mica August 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Looks like such a fun event! You look great, I love the scarf and the knit dress :)

The guy in the video is so talented, wow!

cecylia August 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I’m a huge fan of knit dresses- they are so easy ad comfortable to wear!

Meet Me On The Streets August 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Love this outfit CeeCee! So cute and funkayyy x

cecylia August 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

lol I literally rolled out of bed into it! Thank you!

Bonnie August 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Your outfit is adorable! I love the splash of color.
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cecylia August 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

thank you :) Going for gold, as they say :D

stylemailbox August 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

love these photos and your outfit. you look great!
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Berty Morales August 14, 2012 at 3:23 am

What a great event and amazing photos. I love your outfit and that oversized sweater sure will be perfect for me for this coming fall..LOL. I wish I could have one of those big jars of Nutella. I grew up with it and as of today I still enjoy it. It is my “peanut butter” ;) xoxoxoxox

cecylia August 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

lol I love sweater dresses- so comfortable :) Aww I love Nutella too and it is my peanut butter too!!!!

Pipa August 14, 2012 at 3:25 am

Amazing post!!!!


Kate August 14, 2012 at 5:03 am
Sarah August 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Great pictures, looks super fun! Thanks for your lovely comment hun xx

cecylia August 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

pleasure! it was awesome!

The Dainty Dolls House August 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

You look super, love that scarf, it goes perfectly with the dress, gives it a umph!! Thank you so much for the sweet comment, I really appreciate it, brightened my day!! Hope you are doing well & enjoying your week :) xx

cecylia August 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

thank you! Pleasure sweetie, the scarf was just to break up the dress a bit :D

Christel&Hanna August 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

awesome post! your outfit was so classy and elegant, we love it!


Adly Velasco August 15, 2012 at 2:05 am

Looks like a great event! Love the vespas lined up and wow at those huge nutella bottles. Amazing picture with the levitating wine bottle.

P.S. I love your blog layout btw!

cecylia August 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

thank you! The Vespas are so pretty in their bright colours!

Stephanie August 15, 2012 at 6:56 am

Wow, these pictures are so fun! I love that knit dress on you :)

cecylia August 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

cheers Stephanie- it’s so comfortable!

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