My Life is in the Toilet!

Friday I was on my way to the Tuscan countryside to a friend’s home, so of course allowed plenty of time to get a cab to the train station. No taxi available! Italian cell phone out of minutes! Tick tock….Luckily for me one of the women who works in my apartment building helped me get my bag and Chia to the bus stop, then sprinted to buy me a bus ticket!

It was a gorgeous weekend with lounging outside overlooking the valley in Castelvecchio, eating way too much yummy Italian local food and living la dolce vita. Right up until the moment I dropped my IPhone into the toilet. MY WHOLE LIFE IN THE TOILET!!! No way to call my 92 year old mother, no internet, no camera, no Italian dictionary….

Phone has been packed in a zip lock with rice for exactly 33 1/2 hours now. Must wait until 48 hours have passed to see if it is salvaged. I am going crazy without it!

So I consoled myself with a trip to the goldsmith today. rose and white gold with pearls Love the detail of the rose and white gold with the pearls in this necklace.

Flower earrings My client today ordered the mother of pearl earrings and I am considering the black diamond pave necklace.
Flower Pendent

Must distract myself until I can see if the IPhone still works! If not, thankfully there is a new Apple store here in Florence, and I have the insurance on it. Might need the new necklace to help me overcome the trauma though!

Chia Is In Jail!!!

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Well, not exactly IN jail….Chia is photographed in front of a cell door in Le Murate, which is across the street from our apartment. It started out as a monastery in 1424, and then became a prison for about 100 years. Now it is a compound of restaurants and apartments.

I am so excited about the new bags Fabio has made! They are small to medium size laser cut in fabulous colors.Laser bag smallLaser bag mediumLaser bag largeLaser bag large with python longer shoulder strap
I have never seen bags like these. So detailed, so dainty, so different!

And if that weren’t enough, the goldsmith has been dangling goodies in front of me this week…
Nymph rose gold bracelet

Triangles bracelet

amethyst and rose gold bracelet I have decided upon a pair of Australian pearl earrings in gray wih a little diamond accent. I really, really NEEDED these! Pearl and diamond studs

I just love shopping here in Florence. I am doing quite a bit of “remote” shopping for my clients now too. Shoes are risky since they can be difficult to fit, but the handbags and jewelry are not!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Etruscan earring hanging
My oldest and dearest friend was here in Florence this week, so of course we went shopping EVERY day! Scarves, handbags, fashion and jewelry dominated our shopping adventures. The earrings she purchased are a dangling version of my Etruscan earrings. She opted for a combination of white and rose gold with a diamond in the centerEtruscan earrings with diamond. They are lovely, and what a good price! A nice Mother’s Day gift from her husband.

While we were designing the earrings, we asked to see the stone Nudo Ringoptions for this ring:

The one in the photo is mine, and I had one made for each of my daughters. One in rose gold with the frosted pink stone, and one in yellow gold with the blue stone. The stones are cut like a mushroom and inserted, so there are no prongs on the ring. A slice of mother of pearl is under the stone, and this gives a very interesting depth and sheen to it.You can even wear two or three of the rings together because they stack! Nudo ring colors size 9mm

The weather here is perfect with sun and cool breezes. Think I will plan a little trip to Vicenza to view the jewelry museum there! I might come back with more ideas for new pieces to add to my collection…..

Awesome Assisi Weekend

Chia and I spent a beatiful weekend in Assisi, which is such a charming town. Maren and Chia Assisi
We went with my dear friend, Katherine, as she wanted to go to mass at the church of St. Francis. Would have been a perfect weekend except we arrived late Saturday afternoon, and all the shops were closed Sunday and Monday morning! Still lusting after a darling small oil carafe I saw in a shop window. Might have to go back to buy it….

We have returned to Florence and taking 3 groups shopping this week. Today I picked up my 34th wedding anniversary gift from the goldsmith. From my husband via the goldsmith that is!my new bracelet I just love it!

I covet this woven hobo bag made by Fabio. He is still making a few bags with the leftover materials from his son’s factory. You can see by the goofy smile on my face how much I love this bag! A former shopping client just bought it, so it is going to San Francisco right now. Fingers crossed that Fabio will make a similar bag for me! The weaving on the bag is perfect and the leather so soft. I have seen the identical bag in a high end designer store for over three times the price!!!Hobo woven bag

Spectacular Tuscan Countryside

Just back from a really beautiful long weekend at the Tuscan country home of a friend. The weather was perfect, and Chia was delighted.chia castelvecchio

Little waterfalls, walks to town for cappuccino and dinners al fresco overlooking the valley of Castelvecchio. maren and chia waterfallvistaLa dolce vita veramente!

This week I have shopping tours, and everyone is eager to see the woven handbags that Fabio has made. Exactly like a well known brand (he worked for them years ago) and at a fraction of the price! I have my eye on the tan one….but he has made mustard, deep chocolate brown and black as well.

And Ricardo has a whole new collection of scarves for spring/summer! Such gorgeous colors- will take some photos this week to show you all!

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