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!

Summer: Seattle vs. Florence

Weather report from Florence today: 99 degrees. Seattle weather: 70 degrees. As much as I love Florence, I do not love Florence at 99 degrees…..

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The shopping here in Seattle, isn’t nearly as much fun as Florence, but Chia enjoys the fountain at University Village.

Just before I left Florence, Fabio appeared with this lovely pink python bag.Pink python bag
It is a great medium sized bag and he made the straps long enough to go over the shoulder!

m'ama non m'ama rings

These dainty rings have been getting lots of attention recently. The goldsmith has several made already, and is in the process of making more with different stones. They can be worn alone, or stacked with two or three. I love my emerald ring. I took a ring my mother gave me and had it remade into this:emerald ring Patting myself on the back for good recycling!

Grazie Mille a Tutti!

The spring shopping season is coming to a close, and I am looking back at the years of fun shopping I have done here. Chia and I have met so many wonderful people, many who have become friends. Even though we spend as little as 2 hours together, some clients feel like friends right away!

This was the case with a charming couple from Australia.Kinsley Chia was instantly jumping up into Kingsley’s lap. She is such a good judge of character! Sadly, we have lost Kingsley recently, and our hearts go out to his lovely, devoted wife and family. He was truly a gentleman and will be missed by many.

I want to express my thanks to all of you 100’s of shoppers who have given me the opportunity to share the wares of Florence with you. Life is short, so wear cute shoes and travel!

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy