Everything from Paper to Precious Gems!


The handmade paper here in Florence is beautiful. I suggest it as a nice little gift to bring back home. I always get a stack of the notepads and paper to give as hostess gifts with a bottle of wine. A big plus for travelers as it is easy to pack!

chunky braceletnecklace

The 7 ladies from Houston, who were shopping with me, fell in love with the chunky 18k gold jewelry- good prices and stunning workmanship!

Have old jewelry that you don’t wear, or don’t like? Look at what the goldsmith made recycling some gold and diamonds supplied by a darling shopper from Austin. The people at the workshop are calling it, “La Croce del Papa,” which means the Pope’s Cross. This is an absolute show stopper!!!
la croce

Happy Mother’s Day!

This is a photo of my first Mother’s Day! I celebrated this Mother’s Day shopping here in Florence with a mother and daughter.

It has been an extremely busy couple of weeks, with shopping clients every day, and sometimes two shopping tours per day. Chia is happily trotting along with us, and especially likes the Florentine paper store.Signum

I am loving the colors this spring. Midnight blue leather jackets, green handbags and gloves…..one client just had a pair of custom boots made in navy blue suede and leather- gorgeous! And just look at all the color possibilities! suede colors Think I need a pair of these boots! Well, I do have the camel suede and leather boots, but thinking of a fall color now. Just cannot decide!

Lovely Leather!

purple reversible

The leather coats and jackets here in Florence just keep getting more fun! The colors are fabulous, and so lightweight! This is a gorgeous purple reversible coat- perfect for travel as it can be dressed up or down. Here is another one in a soft red/mauve that reverses to camel.red reversible Green is my favorite color!
green bag and fur I bought a cactus green shearling last fall, but wasn’t sure I would wear it much in the Seattle winter. I wore it ALL the time and love it! I also have this cream leather jacket that I wear with a big turtleneck in winter, and over dresses and with pants in the spring/summer.
cream jacket
My husband would look great in this dark navy leather coat!Men's navy jacket
So many beautiful jackets for men. I really like a nice leather jacket for my husband because he can wear whatever he likes (usually jeans), put the leather jacket on and we are both happy….Umberto

But wait! Look at these….red jacketblack jacket zippedlaser cut coatsuede with flowers

New Handbags, Part 2

In the next couple of weeks, I have 23 ladies coming to shop who want special handbags! We do love our handbags, don’t we? So here are photos of the rest of the new bags I got from Fabio. Each is unique and gorgeous!Black cavallino and python bagApricot:pink python tote with braided handlePurple python bagBrown soft woven bagTaupe leather with brown python bagCamel woven bagBrown woven tote

I am so excited about these handbags! Fabio does it again!!!

Busy and Beautiful Primavera

chia castelvecchio

Chia and I have been so busy, traveling to the Tuscan countryside, to Ravenna, getting more handbags from Fabio and taking people shopping here in Florence. The weeks to come will be even busier!

Here are a couple of the new bags Fabio has given me to show my shopping clients.IMG_2372IMG_2373IMG_2374 I have a dozen of them, but several have been spoken for already! Each is unique and I am having trouble deciding which one I want to keep for myselfIMG_2371IMG_2370

Will post photos of the other bags as soon as I catch my breath! And I must remember to take photos of the new leather jackets and spring scarves….

Easter in Florence

chia easter tree

Easter is huge here in Florence! The decorations have been up for weeks, and Chia likes the Easter egg trees in Mercato Centrale.

We were going to see the festivities in Piazza del Duomo, but the crowds are a bit too much for a small dog! And even though she only weighs 8.5 pounds, she gets heavy for me to carry.

On Easter Sunday every year, Florence celebrates the religious holiday in a very special way. The Scoppio del Carro, or the “Explosion of the Cart”, dates back over 350 years. An elaborate wagon built in 1622 and standing two to three stories high is pulled by a pair of oxen decorated in garlands through the streets of Florence to the square between the Baptistry and Cathedral.

The Cart, properly rigged with a suitable arsenal of fireworks, then awaits in front of the cathedral. From the cathedral’s altar, at around 11 am, when the “Gloria” is sung inside the church, the Archbishop uses the fire to light a dove–shaped rocket (called the “Colombina” and symbolizing the Holy Spirit) and this in turns flies out down a wire to the outside of the church and collides with the Cart in the square, setting off a spectacular firework display to the cheers of all, the Explosion of the Cart ensues! If the complex ritual proceeds smoothly and all of the fireworks go off, good luck is ensured for a good harvest for this year as well as for the city and its citizens – so we hope for a wonderful explosion of the cart every Easter!
And YES! I am wearing my Easter earrings, designed by the goldsmith last year.

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy