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 (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: It looks like a great idea, and I will let you if I like it! You can look at it here:

Summer Means Sandals!

I have been lusting after these rose gold sandals with a little heel and really good quality crystals. Think that they will look great with everything from black jeans to summer dresses. They are similar to my black sandals and my multi colored ones, but they have a heel! I love rose gold! I must have!

Around every corner here in Florence, there is something fun to see. Chia and I have been spending time walking through the city, enjoying the sights and checking out some new shops. I found one that has handmade Italian accessories: scarves, hats and little bags! Of course I had to buy a hat and a scarf! Needed them for upcoming vacation in Cinque Terre, where I will undoubtedly be seen wearing some fabulous rose gold sandals….

And The Travel Bag Winner Is……

After much consideration, and looking at tons of bags, I have a winner for my summer travel handbag! The thing is that when I travel, I want to have a nice looking handbag to carry sometimes, and other times I want a bag to take on tour or hiking. Finally found the solution to taking 2 bags with me!

This good looking leather bag converts from handbag to backpack! It is way nicer than my dopey old backpack, and much softer too. Comes in taupe, brown, camel and black with a price of 265 euro.

Chia and I are preparing for a few days at the beach in Cinque Terre mid-June. Will definitely take my new bag, and lots of sunscreen…

Ok, Ok, I Am Writing More Blogs with Bags!

I have been having so much fun traveling this spring that there have been complaints of not enough handbags on the blog….So here you go! While shopping for handbags for 3 former clients, I ran across these that are so much fun. There are tons of colors not in the photo, and the bag is lightweight and convertible. They are made from nubuck leather and pressed to take on the texture. The price including shipping is 210 euro.

The bag is big enough for a laptop, and fits over the shoulder. I think I need one for my upcoming trip to the beach! Will just have to make up my mind which color I want…

Rainy Sunday in Florence

Just back from playing tourist in Rome, where it was sunny and beautiful. Rainy here in Florence, but still warm at least.

The Colosseum and Roman Forum tour was great! Not so much the Vatican tour…..WAY to many people, even though we booked a tour and skipped the line.

Back here in Florence I have been shopping for handbags, and really like this one. It is very soft leather, not too big and reversible as well as converting to a tote. Four bags in one with a little zippered bag inside. Comes in lots of color combinations. This one is black lambskin, reversing to camel antelope leather.
Price including shipping is only 250 euro! I think it is a steal.

Some new gloves appeared this week also. Some trimmed with fur and gorgeous!
Makes me want to skip summer and jump right into glove wearing weather!

Florence Botanic Gardens

After last year’s accidental fall into the lily pond, I decided it best to leave Chia at home when I visited the Giardino Semplice here in Florence. She had a nice long walk in the morning, so wasn’t too upset to be left behind.

It was a glorious sunny day and I had the gardens practically to myself. Easter Monday is a holiday here, and I expected a crowd,so was pleasantly surprised.

The roses and azaleas are in full bloom and so beautiful. Lots of plants I didn’t recognize too.

I have decided that I will offer to escort clients to the various gardens around Florence upon request. If I have time away from shopping that is! Couldn’t resist popping into one of my favorite shops on my way back from the gardens. Love this watermelon colored cashmere! It is being paired with gray and with navy. Of course, the shopkeepers all wanted to know where Chia was…

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy