Fabulous Fall in Florence


Although the weather is still very mild and sunny, the fall vegetables are making an appearance in the markets. And fall makes me think of mainly one thing: BOOTS!

boots I love all of the new short boots, which the Italian women wear with dresses, leggings and pants.

And what goes best with boots? Cashmere of course! There are gorgeous sweaters here in yummy shades that will make even the gray Seattle winter better. The pashminas and the silk cashmere scarves will help too. Some sparkly gold Florentine jewelry will as well! bracelet

Is There Ever Enough Jewelry?

This week we have been shopping for jewelry nearly every day. The biggest problem I have with this is that I want everything I see! juliakaren

Chia and I made some nice new friends, but Chia thinks jewelry shopping is a big yawn….
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I am trying to decide upon a ring to purchase for my husband to give me! Here are some options:
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So much easier for me to help other people select pieces than to select one for myself. And Chia is absolutely no help with this!

A Visit to Verona

chia at aurora

Chia and I spent the better part of this week in Verona at the Hotel Aurora. Great hotel, charming little city and a very relaxing time. We needed a little break after 22 fun shopping tours in September.

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Verona is Juliet’s balcony, which is very small.balcony

There seem to be balconies everywhere in Verona! balcony 4
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Back in Florence, we have had a string of Australian shoppers, who were all delightful. Jewelry was foremost on the shopping lists.
Beautiful blue drop earrings for one shopper, and a gorgeous green ring for another! The ring can be made using any one of these stones:
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I grabbed the pink one to have made into a ring of rose gold for my daughter for Christmas!

September Is Flying By!

Chia and I have been very busy taking shoppers out these last few weeks. Chia is certainly looking very chic in the scarf that Ricardo gave her!

chia in scarf

We have been shopping for jewelry, leather jackets, handbags and shoes. Of course, everyone is in love with Chia! And we have been given the “Chia discount” at many stores….

Saturday we were shoe shopping when the sky turned as dark as night and a huge storm with high winds and hail began. Something unbelievable!
You can view the video at: http://youtu.be/YxU9GiuUARE

Going to take some time off to go to Verona soon. Should be fun to see the town that inspired Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and more. And yes, Chia will be wearing her scarf in Verona!

Lovely Luncheon at Palazzo Antellesi

Taking a break from shopping tours today, and had such a nice lunch with the Contessa at her gorgeous palazzo. Here is a photo of the living room.


Chia is always included in the invitations to the palazzo, and she was a perfect little guest, sitting beside my chair quietly while we ate. Guests from Washington D.C. who were visiting, and an American/Italian couple who live here made for lively conversation.fedy and maren

The shopping prize of the week is a beautiful necklace designed by the goldsmith for an equally beautiful mother of three. The three rings, each with a different sized diamond, represent her three children!


This is an especially busy week, with shoppers from Australia, New Zealand, the States, Malaysia, Canada, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. We will be shopping for handbags, leather jackets, shoes/boots and jewelry.

Fall Fashion is Here, but Summer Weather Persists!

Still mid-80’s here and rather humid! The fall fashion is everywhere to be seen, but just to warm to wear any of it yet. I am longing for boots and sweaters! The color for fall seems to be gray. Gray with mauve, pale blue, royal blue and burgundy. I am thinking about gray suede boots and/or smoking slippers
suede slippers

The large Florentine silk scarf I envision for me has an artist’s rendition of the Corsini Palace chapel. Pink Florentine Chapel scarf
Just the right colors to complement the gray skinny jeans I bought! Think I will put the scarf, jeans and smoking slippers with a white tee shirt and my Chanel style tweed jacket. When it finally gets colder, the gray suede boots and a turtleneck sweater!

Fall is a busy shopping time here for Chia and me. We have 11 tours in the next 9 days! Then we will take a week off and go somewhere we have never been. Am thinking about Verona….

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy