“I splurge on holidays, and the rest of the time I save,” says DiDonato. No diva-like impulse buying of glamorous frocks? “I had a busy season a while ago in Milan, and picked up a few extra fees,” she says. “So I decided to be a diva for a change. I’ve never paid more than about $40 for a handbag, so I thought I’d treat myself to something fashionable in Milan.”
DiDonato went to the Dior shop, and found a gorgeous purse. “When the assistant told me it was 2,600 euros ($3,647), I froze. ‘I could send someone to college for that,’ I gasped. I just couldn’t buy it.”
She hoots with laughter, “Honey, I am so from Kansas!”
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.