When I started my blog, I never dreamed I would ever be in a position to be taken abroad for business trips. I still think of Copper Garden as a way of me expressing myself through words and pictures for whoever wishes to read. However about two weeks ago, I was approached by Huawei and asked if I would like to attend their Smart Watch launch and the Vogue China 10th Anniversary party (which was the official closing party of Milan fashion week). Initially, I panicked as I’ve never been to another country without my family or boyfriend but the opportunity was far too good to pass.
Monday 28th September, Brogan and I headed to Gatwick airport in the early hours to set off on our mini adventure. We boarded the plane in an excited daze and landed in Milan quicker than expected with high hopes for the few hours we would be there. Initially, we headed for breakfast at Ristorante Skyline before getting ready for the conference and party in the evening. Admittedly, I had a couple of coffee’s because being awake since 3am can take its toll but I was determined to power through and enjoy every minute!
The conference was really interesting, we learnt more about the designer collaboration for the limited edition watch design and heard from Angelica Chung – the editor of Vogue China. The space was beautiful, almost like being suspended in a glass box overlooking the Cathederal. Luckily, the evening event was just around the corner in the Royal Palace of Milan, with a long red carpet taking us into the traditional and elaborate space. I’ve never been into such a gorgeous building and I’m a complete sucker for architecture. It was very well decorated with huge displays and lots of industry professionals chatting away over glasses of wine. I did, of course, get pictures with Karlie Kloss, Sean O’Pry and Mario Testino but who wouldn’t!?
Tuesday we had a relaxing morning, popping into Sephora for a browse and picking up a couple of items and having a small continental breakfast with a much needed coffee. My vlog does give much more insight into the trip, but I thought I would share some pictures with you and a little written explanation! Thank you to H+K, Huawei and Vogue China for allowing me to have my first business trip and allowing me to have a crazy 48 hours in Milan. I will be doing a few more posts reviewing different parts of the trip over time but this one just couldn’t wait.