I first saw the73 Vogue Style Questions tag on Quibbles And Scribbles; it was inspired by the 73 Vogue Questions videos on Vogue’s YouTube channel and what follows is the blog version:
1.) WHAT IS YOUR USUAL STARBUCKS ORDER?
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino.
2.) WHAT DOES YOUR WORKSTATION LOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW?
My workstation usually varies but the one I use the most is a dining table in my living room, which I generally keep very neat because I think it helps me to focus on work.
3.) ALL-TIME FAVORITE FOOD?
4.) FAVORITE AUTHOR?
There are so many I like but Donna Tartt is the first one that comes to mind.
5.) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OPEN RELATIONSHIPS?
I don’t have a definite opinion about it but I think it probably would be okay if both parties are comfortable with it. The most important thing is trust and mutual respect, which often tend to fail even in relationships that are supposed to be exclusive. So I would say it depends but I believe it’s not for me anyway.
6.) FAVORITE VIDEO GAME?
I don’t play video games at the moment but I used to love The Sims, the Harry Potter ones, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (although I was probably still too young to play the latter). However, my favorite one was the RollerCoaster Tycoon video game series, an amazing park simulation game.
7.) GUILTY PLEASURE TREAT?
8.) FAVORITE FILM?
It is impossible to name just one favorite film but I definitely have a preferred movie for every genre; I have seen thousands of films over the years thanks to my cinephile grandfather and his video library but the one I loved the most is Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) because I saw it when I was 14 years old and I really enjoy old Hollywood classics.
9.) FAVORITE BOOK?
The same goes for books because I am an avid reader and I like to read across multiple genres. However, I think my absolute favorite is Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.
10.) TWITTER OR INSTAGRAM?
11.) DESKTOP OR LAPTOP?
12.) BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
You cannot win if you do not play.
13.) WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I am managing several projects at the same time; research work for this website, fashion consulting for some brands… I am also about to start a specialization course with the MoMa.
14.) FAVORITE COLOR?
15.) DID YOU GET GOOD GRADES AT SCHOOL?
Yes, especially in language and literary subjects. Initially I didn’t like science subjects very much, but in my high school years I would get very good results in those subjects as well.
16.) DREAM JOB?
My dream job has changed over the years but probably a full time photographer or film producer. I also really love the fashion publishing world so a related profession would be good too.
17.) PLAYED ANY SPORTS?
I really didn’t like sports when I was a kid (especially volleyball, which I still don’t enjoy), but I played soccer for a while and took up modern dance in my primary school years. Nowadays I mainly work out a few times per week and I also enjoy playing tennis from time to time.
18.) DO YOU HAVE A DEGREE?
I don’t have a college degree; I have been working since I was 20 but I have a series of online college certifications (in finance, economics and computer coding). I also hold a Fashion Business specialization with New York’s Parsons School of Design – The New School.
20.) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF BLOG POST TO DO?
It varies but I really enjoy writing travel articles and reviewing museum exhibitions or cultural events I have attended.
21.) WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO COLLECT?
I am a big collector and have collected plenty of books and DVDs over the years (but also other items, like nail polishes from OPI!). I really enjoy collecting magazines and would like to collect old issues of Interview Magazine.
22.) DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Organized, reliable and enthusiastic.
23.) IF YOU WERE A RAPPER WHAT WOULD YOUR RAPPER NAME BE?
Jungle Alex (ok, I got help from a rapper name generator because I was clueless!).
24.) WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU DMED?
My friend Virginia.
25.) WHAT’S ON THE TOP OF YOUR WISHLIST RIGHT NOW?
A camel coat.
26.) HOGWARTS HOUSE?
27.) HOW MANY TATTOOS DO YOU HAVE?
28.) WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR THIS YEAR?
29.) WHAT’S THE BEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED TO YOU THIS MONTH?
Attending the Richard Avedon retrospective in Milan. Also, seeing the three historical casts of Michelangelo’s Pietà at Palazzo Reale has been incredibly emotional.
30.) WHAT’S THE BEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED TO YOU TODAY?
My friend Petra’s New Year wishes on Flickr; she sent me a beautiful message that was also very moving.
31.) WHAT’S THE BEST THING EVER?
32.) FAVORITE SEASON?
I enjoy the mid-seasons, I really love spring and fall, with a slight preference for fall because I really like the weeks around Halloween and the pre-Christmas atmosphere.
33.) FAVORITE HOLIDAY?
I’m torn between Halloween and Christmas. I just love the holiday season.
34.) WHAT FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST?
A mix between Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Cher Horowitz from Clueless.
35.) DO YOU LIKE SURPRISES?
Yes, since I was a kid.
36.) WHAT’S THE BIGGEST SURPRISE YOU EVER GOT?
When my cousin chose to take me to Paris to a family house for summer vacation; she told me about it a couple of weeks prior, when I was still studying in New York, so it was an unexpected trip that turned out to be a wonderful experience.
37.) WHAT’S A SURPRISE THAT’S MADE YOU CRY?
A thank-you note from a friend who wrote me sweet and comforting words. I have always enjoyed receiving and sending postcards and letters written on paper because it is a habit I have always had with my friends since we were children. Nowadays it happens less because technology has taken over but a few years ago a friend of mine wrote letters to some friends (including me) on her birthday and it is always very emotional to read words of friendship and appreciation.
38.) WHAT’S THE BEST SURPRISE YOU’VE EVER GIVEN ANYONE?
Once I brought a high school friend with me on holiday to the French Riviera, where I used to go every year with my parents when I was a kid; she had never been to France before and was very excited about it!
39.) DO YOU LIKE MUFFINS?
I love muffins!
40.) DO YOU COOK OFTEN?
Not really because I always feel a bit insecure about cooking but I like to try new dessert recipes.
41.) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT?
Lemon cake. But also a Calabrian Christmas dessert called “turdilli”.
42.) IS THERE A DESSERT YOU DON’T LIKE?
I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce.
43.) CAKE OR PIE?
44.) WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE FOOD?
I don’t eat every type of tomato and I don’t like meat sauce dishes.
45.) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CONDIMENT?
I usually don’t like condiments that much, but mayonnaise is good.
46.) IT’S 4 AM ON A SATURDAY NIGHT, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?
47.) IF YOU COULD TEACH A COLLEGE CLASS, WHAT WOULD IT BE CALLED?
The Psychology of Fashion.
48.) BEST ANIMATED FILM?
Disney’s The Aristocats.
49.) WHAT HAS A GUY DONE OR SAID TO IMPRESS YOU?
I have many male friends who know what respect means, so probably small favors like driving me to the airport, listening to my issues or generally being supportive. It is not impressing people that matters but genuine time spent together. However, you always have to be careful that certain men don’t use the method of impressing with an ulterior motive so you need to learn to recognize people’s honesty and their true intentions with you.
50.) THE BEST THING TO DO ON A FIRST DATE?
A walk in the park if in the city, otherwise by the sea. It is also nice to visit a museum together.
51.) THE WORST THING TO DO ON A FIRST DATE?
Going to places that are too noisy and crowded where you can’t talk.
52.) WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST PICK-UP LINE A GUY CAN USE ON A GIRL?
“I must be in a museum, because you truly are a work of art.” So cheesy!
53.) BEST COMIC BOOK CHARACTER?
Harley Quinn from DC Comics.
54.) WHAT ARE THREE THINGS THAT ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR HANDBAG?
Wallet, smartphone and a pack of chewing gums.
55.) FAVORITE DRINK?
56.) IF YOU COULD PLAY A HISTORICAL CHARACTER WHO WOULD YOU BE?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Notorious RBG).
57.) KITTENS OR PUPPIES?
I am going to steal Jennifer Lawrence’s answer to this question when she took Stephen Colbert’s Questionnaire and had to choose between cats and dogs: “I couldn’t choose between God’s babies!”
58.) FAVORITE SUSHI ROLL?
59.) WHAT KIND OF LIPSTICK DO YOU USE?
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine.
60.) WHAT KIND OF FOUNDATION DO YOU USE?
Max Factor FaceFinity Compact.
61.) BLOW-DRY OR AIR-DRY?
Blow-dry in the wintertime and air-dry in the summertime. But I always use a hair-straightener brush.
62.) WHO IS YOUR FASHION ICON?
I just love Audrey Hepburn’s timeless style.
63.) FAVORITE DISNEY CHARACTER?
Marie from The Aristocats.
64.) WHAT ARE YOU DOING TOMORROW?
Working and hopefully a bit of reading.
65.) MOVIE YOU LAUGHED THE HARDEST THROUGH?
The Home Alone movies are hilarious! I also laughed a lot watching a 2002 Italian comedy titled The Legend of Al, John and Jack.
66.) A MOVIE THAT MADE YOU CRY?
67.) IF YOU COULD SING A DUET WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
68.) IF YOUR LIFE WAS A SONG WHAT WOULD THE TITLE BE?
It’s My Life (the No Doubt cover).
69.) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?
Tough question. The animal kingdom is so beautiful… Maybe dolphins?
70.) FAVORITE ILLUSTRATOR?
71.) THE PERSON YOU WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH?
72.) WHAT’S THE COUNTRY YOU WISH TO VISIT?
73.) BEST WAY TO DECOMPRESS?
Reading a good book, watching a good movie and spending time with my dogs.
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