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…

Spring in Tuscan Countryside


Chia and I were lucky enough to have our friends invite us to their country home outside of Florence in the hills of Tuscany. It was perfect weather, and Chia is exhausted from running free all weekend.
We went to Lucca to see the garden show there. There were also a few fruit/vegetable stands and handmade brooms, baskets and art for the garden. So this week’s shopping adventure netted me a little piece of art!

New Handbags!

Although I agree with this statement, I would have to add HANDBAGS!

Fabio has been busy this winter and made a few new bags. As usual, the hardware is heaven and the colors fabulous. And as usual, I want them all…. This woven bag is a medium size, and it converts to a tote as well. It is a warm chocolate brown, and Fabio has a couple other colors too. Burgundy quilted calfskin with rose red ostrich trim and a longer shoulder strap included. A work of art! Camel leather with python trim in a tote bag! How will I ever decide???

Spring styles are all over Florence, and I am seeing lots of color. Melon and pink combined with navy and gray, and lots of neutral shades too. Pants are coming in wide legs with cuffs and the ultra light weight cashmeres are positively yummy. I have just begun my shopping tours, and eager to check out the new shoes and gold jewelry too!

Back in Florence for the Spring

Chia and I have just returned to Florence for the spring after a long trip. Jet lag is starting to ease and had a nice shopping tour on Friday with a couple from San Francisco.


The displays of red shoes all over the city are to commemorate violence against women. This one is at the Mercato Sant’Ambrogio.

Looking forward to lots of shopping this spring! The weather is beautiful here, and I am itching to cast off the boots and buy some new sandals…

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy