Home for the Holidays

nudo-ringearringsJust landed in Seattle for the holidays, but still busy with gold jewelry for clients! About to send off several Nudo rings and a Nudo pendant too. The photo is my Nudo ring and earrings. Here are just a few more available stones for the Nudo pieces. nudo-colors

And since I am sure that my daughters never take the time to read my blog, I won’t ruin the surprise Christmas gift I helped design for them… etruscan-pendant The pendant is just like my Etruscan earrings, which can be made with a little diamond or other stone in the center, or made dangling.etruscan-earring-dangle-with-diamond
Christmas decorations abound in Florence already! I will post some photos next week when I have recovered from jet lag!

Planning Ahead for Christmas

The days are getting shorter, and it is definitely boot weather here in Florence. May have to rent an additional apartment if I buy even one more pair of boots!

Jewelry is much easier…..and with Christmas approaching, I am going to ask the goldsmith to make a few pieces for my spoiled daughters! They just love the Nudo rings I got them last year. IMG_0166Nudo RingIMG_3773
I am considering the matching earrings. Love the design of the Nudo jewelry. With no prongs visible, and with a slice of mother of pearl under the stone, the pieces take on a beautiful shimmer.

I have my eye on something in this case for my own Christmas gift……gold
If any of you want something sparkly in your Christmas stocking, let me know as it takes the goldsmiths some weeks to make the pieces.

Capri Vacation

Absolutely everything you have heard about Capri is true! A magical place, full of tourists for a good reason. And the secret is to stay in Anaacapri, which is the town up the mountain. Chair lift to Monte Solano, boat tour around the island to the various grottos, Villa San Michele all just fabulous. blue-grottodamore

From Capri it is just a short ferry ride to Ischia and the thermal pools. A huge park on the beach with 20+ thermal pools. Incredible! I may have to put together a special tour for the south of Italy! Shopping for linen in Positano, jewelry on Capri…..

Back in Florence, fall has arrived. Cooler weather makes me happy as I can wear boots again! Planning ahead for Christmas, I am having a few things made at the goldsmith for clients, and for my daughters too. positano
Just can’t wipe the smile off my face from the incredible trip to Capri, Ischia and Positano….

Very Special Ceramics

I think that one of the, “must see” shops in Florence is Limbo, where the beautiful ceramic work of Anastazija Pampaloni can be found.
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This week one of my shoppers was from my hometown, Seattle! We had so much fun shopping for sunglasses, small leather goods and shoes.david-2 He was not sure he wanted a leather jacket until he tried this one on….fit like it was made for him. davidThink he will be the best dressed man in Seattle!

With fall upon us, everyone is clamouring for leather jackets and boots made here in Italy. My own boot collection will be getting a new edition! These suede and patent leather booties are so comfortable too. Might have to get these gray booties as well….So many temptations here shopping in Florence!Black suede and patent bootiesGray suede booties

Countdown to Florence!

Just back from a few days in San Francisco to see the Italian Consulate and enjoy some great restaurants. Chia liked the heart in San Francisco, as well as the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf. She was welcomed into all of the restaurants there, just like Florence!chia san francisco

Fabio just produced a few more handbags before he left on vacation. Florence residents often take off the whole month of August since it is so hot. It is in the 90’s and very humid. Chia and I are happier here in Seattle with cool breezes and temps in the 70’s. Here are a few of the new bags.pink python totetaupe and chocolate bagpeach python small bag

Can’t wait to see all the new boots and leather jackets for fall when Chia and I return to Florence at the end of the month!

Non-buyers Remorse…..

Of course when I am back in Seattle, I think about all of the lovely things I should have purchased while I was in Florence! Non-buyers remorse for me….I regret not buying a pair of the blush pink sandals. Blush sandal I somehow convinced myself that owning a black pair and a pair of white with multi colored flowers would suffice.black sandalssandal 1 Silly me!

I am loving the gray woven hobo bag that I got from Fabulous Fabio (as I now call him).

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And I also love the gray pearl earrings and the Nudo earrings from the goldsmith.
IMG_3773IMG_4013 I had debated white versus gray pearls, but am very happy I selected the gray. I have been wearing them lots! I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the green stone and gold, long necklace that was not ready before I left. Seeing the beautiful London blue topaz Nudo ring my daughter’s friend asked me to get for her, makes me want one of those too!IMG_0166

I’m all set to return to Florence for the fall shopping season, so if you want me to do some remote shopping for you, just let me know. Or better yet, come and shop with me in Florence!

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy