50 Shades of Pink

Fall has definitely come here to Florence with chilly mornings and evenings, but still sunny. Everything seems to be pink in the courtyard of my apartment.

Was recently on a remote shopping expedition for a client searching for ceramics they wish they had purchased when they were here. They didn’t remember the name of the shop, or the address, but I did find it! Saw this lovely window display in the area.

I seem to be obsessed with pink! It is a great color to brighten up the dreary winter days. As an accessory with black, navy, gray especially.

With only 12 days left here in Florence before I return to Seattle for the winter, I am on the hunt for a pink cashmere pashmina and something fun to wear for the holidays ahead!

Sensational Sicily!

Just back from a trip to Anacapri and Sicily. What an adventure- beautiful hotels, Air B&B’s, trains, ferries (including an overnight ferry), car rental and a flight….

Of course everyone wants to know WHAT DID YOU SHOP FOR?
Found these scarves in a little shop in Anacapri. The pattern is the gates of Capri and as you can see, I bought several! They also had large canvas tote bags in this pattern and all sorts of little bags. Wish I had gotten some of those too! Bought a linen shirt in a fabulous shade of jade green, a cream cashmere poncho and scents from a very old profumeria called Carthusia. I am not usually a fan of room scents, but the Mediterraneo per casa changed my mind.

The overnight ferry from Naples to Catania, Sicily was interesting. Great little cabins and Chia was permitted also. Once in Sicily, I bought table and kitchen linens of beautiful quality. I even found pink linens for my table in Seattle!

Taormina was my favorite and we had drinks at Wunderbar where Liz Taylor and Richard Burton used to hang out. Had to try the cocktail that Liz always ordered, and it was yummy!

Am considering putting together a little shopping tour group next spring. Florence, Anacapri, Taormina…..anyone interested?

Think Pink

Seeing lots of fun colors here for fall. Green and blue together, plus the usual basics. And pink for fall? YES. It looks great with gray, navy, and black.

Adding a pink handbag to fall/winter outfits is perfect. Or how about pink suede shoes?

Rose gold is my personal preference, but all three colors of gold together look great!

Off to look at costume jewelry this afternoon for my new client in Australia who buys wholesale for boutiques there. Fun for Chia and me!

Fall in Florence

Beautiful fall weather here in Florence, where boots reign and leather jackets call to me! I am considering a bottle green leather jacket in the lightweight antelope reversible leather.

The Nudo ring continues to be popular with shopping clients. It is so simple, but so different!
I am partial to green, but the London blue topaz is gorgeous in a ring like this, or earrings or pendant.
Love the woven hobo I bought in gray last spring. Navy blue is available now and I am so temped! Either that or the reversible and convertible bag, which comes in tons of different color combinations. Had one specially made for a client with black leather and red antelope that was fabulous….

I arrived here with just a carry on, but am thinking I may need to buy a suitcase for the return trip!

Planning Ahead

Even though it is just August, I am already doing some Christmas planning. Back in the day when I was performing in the Nutcracker, we worked 7 days a week starting in October. Taught me to do my holiday shopping before Halloween!

I think that these necklaces with diamonds would make great gifts for my daughters. Rose, white or yellow gold in a letter, or maybe a disk with an initial? Perhaps a florin?
These are something they could wear every day.

I will be returning to Florence next week for the fall. Can’t wait to see the new boots and booties! I love my suede and leather boots in navy and the same pair in camel. So much fun to have boots in a color other than black!

Packing and Re-Packing

I love to travel, but the packing makes me crazy! Through the years I have had some success in reducing my luggage. I limit myself to all black and white clothing, and only 2 pairs of shoes: athletic and dressy. I wear on the plane/train boots and my warm coat in the winter and driving mocs and light jacket in the summer. I have some nifty clear plastic zipper bags from Ebags.com (Flight 001 Clear Bag Trio – EXCLUSIVE $28.99 20% Off This Item! Use Code: RECESS). One for my electronics and one for cosmetics. These are always filled and ready to go. Ditto for the hanging sundries bag with sunscreen, medicine, etc.

A couple weeks ago, I spent some time in Monterosso al Mare, one of the five towns in Cinque Terre. Days at the beach, evenings walking along the promenade, and yummy seafood!

Will be in Seattle for the summer, where it is cool and sunny! Chia and I enjoy sitting on our deck overlooking Portage Bay, and planning what to pack to take back to Florence for the fall shopping season.

Just bought a new packing shelf system from this site: https://www.risegear.com It looks like a great idea, and I will let you if I like it! You can look at it here: https://www.risegear.com/products/riser-shelving-insert

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