Obsessed with Color…

Given we wear so much black, navy, camel, etc., I have become obsessed with color for accessories. Brightly colored handbags, shoes, scarves and even intricate jewelry which I have never worn before. Since I don’t wear heels here in Italy because of the cobblestones, I love these suede smoking slippers that come in an unbelievable number of colors:

suede slippers

This is just a small sample!

My scarf wardrobe has grown by leaps and bounds. I installed a curtain rod in my closet, and have all the scarves draped across it. This way I can easily see my choices.
my scarves

And the handbag of the week is a green python. I checked the price of a similar sized bag, and discovered that Fabio’s price is Fabulous!

green pitone His attention to details, like a python cell holder inside the bag make his work even more special. Am keeping my fingers crossed that he will continue to make his one of a kind bags!

The next few weeks are very busy with shoppers- Australians, Brits, Canadians and Americans too. Taking a little time to go to Venice, as I want to investigate Murano glass factories. IMG_4047 Chia will have fun seeing her gondolier friends again too!

Cinque Terre Weekend

CTAfter a wonderful dinner at Zeb in San Niccolo, I packed a few things for Chia and myself, and we headed out to the Cinque Terre for the weekend.

It was a beautiful, sunny weekend with people lying on the beach and swimming in the ocean.easter

We hiked from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza- whew! Don’t know how people hike to all five towns…I opted for a glass of wine at the beach side bar in Monterosso.chia beach side

We left Cinque Terre during a downpour, and returned to Florence to take a couple shopping Sunday evening. Men’s suede loafers in sooooo many colors!

men's suede

And Fabio’s handbags are very popular! This one is all python at a bargain price- big enough for a laptop too.

pitone rosso

Buona Pasqua!

An outstandingly beautiful day here in Tuscany for Easter! Had brunch with a friend at a small ristorante Oltrarno in the garden. I wore my new pendant that the goldsmith and I designed, which I just love! The pearl is actually pink, but looks white in the photo, and is made with rose gold.
pendant

Here is a photo of the earrings that the goldsmith also made for me. The green stones are apetite with little pink sapphires around. The detailing in the gold is gorgeous!

earrings
Was a very busy week with five shopping groups, mostly Australians. We found some beautiful leather jackets as well as gold jewelry and scarves. The only problem with taking all these people shopping is that I see so many things that I want for myself. I don’t allow myself to shop when I am with clients though!

Sunday is for Shopping!

maren:chia

Chia and I had the day off from school and clients, so we did what we like the most: shopping for ourselves! We saw lots of handbags, but none as beautiful as the ones Fabio makes! This week’s photo is of a chocolate brown medium size bag of python and leather in an interesting combination.
marrone mix media

Yesterday we hiked uphill Oltrarno with birds singing and warm sunshine. Built up quite an appetite! Chicken cacciatore for dinner with a great glass of Brunello wine.

Fabulous Handmade Bags from Fabio

black cavallino

Every time I call Fabio, I am afraid that he will no longer be making handbags. He is quite elderly and one of a dying breed of leather craftsmen. His one of a kind handmade bags are simply works of art with the best hardware, materials and attention to detail. The bag above is black cavallino with python trim. It even has a python cell phone pocket inside!

rosso con pitone

This sweet, smaller red leather bag has python trim as well. I love the details on the front of the bag.

chia

Chia remains the most spoiled and most famous dog here in Florence. When I awoke this morning, I was greeted with her face right next to mine! We are looking forward to all the shopping tours in the coming weeks. Lots of new shoes, jewelry and leather this spring- temptations everywhere!

Spring Has Arrived in Florence!

David

Yesterday Chia and I walked along the river in such nice, warm sunshine. Although I pass by this statue of David often (this is a replica- real one is inside the Accademia), I couldn’t resist taking a photo in the spring light.

And we are about to celebrate Chia’s 8th birthday! She was such a cute little puppy when we brought her home at 6 weeks.
baby chia She remains the most famous dog in Florence, doing her tricks for the tourists and locals alike.

This week my friend and I took a great cooking class here in town. As I waited to meet her, I found this gorgeous dress in the Valentino window. Incredible detail and so different! And so expensive! Fun to look though.
valentino dress

In the cooking class made tortellini from scratch, stuffed with artichoke/cheese puree and topped with fresh tomato/basil sauce. So yummy and so much work!abbey and maren cooking
ravioli

This evening I will be going outside of Florence to visit an elderly leather craftsman. His one of a kind, handmade bags are works of art, and I hope to bring at least a dozen back to Florence with me to show my clients. I am sure that I will keep one for myself as well….. Will post photos next week!

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