Antiques in Arezzo

Beautiful weekend in Arezzo for the antiques show. The whole center of town is closed to traffic, and filled with booths of antiques of all descriptions. Chia and I spent two days perusing the goods, and selected this hand mirror. IMG_3678

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Shopping here in Florence is great as usual, and Fabio has just made a few more bags! These bags are small python and anaconda- gorgeous! He said that he has a couple more new bags in green and pink, but he doesn’t want to show me just yet….anaconda bag

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The weather here is a perfect 75 degrees and the sun is shining. Chia and I are out walking and checking out all the new shoes, jackets, handbags and of course jewelry! So many beautiful temptations….

Easter in Florence

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Easter is a huge celebration here in Catholic Italy. Not only Easter Sunday, but Easter Monday as well! Sadly for me, the jetlag has been horrific this time. Was in kind of bad shape to travel after sinus surgery and two bouts of the flu, but determined to come back to Florence!

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Under sunny Florentine skies, I am feeling better already. Chia is so excited to see all of her friends here.

Ricardo has agreed to make another video showing us how to wear the smaller size silk scarves, and the stoles. I love this scarf so much I have it in pink, peach and blue!IMG_3589My oldest and dearest friend”s daughter is having her bachelorette party here in Florence, and everyone will be wearing one of these!

Anticipating a very exciting spring here in Florence. Will post all the latest bags, jewelry and clothing asap.

Countdown to Florence!

Busy here in Seattle getting everything organized for my absence. I have been going through my travel sundries, and come upon about a million travel size shampoos, lotions, etc. from various hotels….

This year, I am gathering all of the sample size “free gifts with purchase”, and the hotel things, and taking them to the local women’s shelter. I encourage all of you to do the same. Many of these women leave abusive situations with only the clothes they are wearing. Little comforts like some nice lotion mean a lot to them. So join me in a spring cleaning and help a worthy cause too!

Not only am I getting busy with spring shopping clients, I am booking many people for next fall! I have had quite a few 2nd time shoppers, and this fallDebbie and Malcolm
my first time 4th shoppers are coming again! In the photo you see last year’s purchases: an Italian blazer and shoes on Malcolm, and short boots and a bag on Deb. This year, we will be looking for something extra special to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Hope to see lots of you again this year in Florence!

Happy New Year!

chia park Been frosty cold here in Seattle, but love the sunshine! Chia has to wear her warm coat when it is this cold. Even though she doesn’t like the coat, she really likes her long walks. Keeps both of us in shape for shopping tours in Florence.

Gearing up for the new shopping year, and all excited about seeing the new fashions, shoes, jewelry, handbags and leather jackets. I just spoke with Fabio, and begged him to make me a bag like this in gray nappa lamb. The Bottega Veneta one is $2,300 and I know he will do the same exact bag for SO much less….If you click on it, you can see the one he just made. b.v. bag

One of my darling clients this fall has sent me a photo of her silver florin necklace. So pretty!silver florin necklace A lovely silver start to the New Year!

Five Golden Rings

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No French hens or partridges, but five gold rings as Christmas gifts! The rings above were designed for a couple who wanted to update their wedding rings. Others received Pomellato and Buccellati rings. An original design for a client with a beautiful aquamarine, too. emerald ring3 ringsaquamarine ring

Although not gold, here is the ring that I received for Christmas from one of my daughters!key ring

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