Friday evening I was invited to go to Fabio’s son’s factory to see some new handbags that he has made. I was so excited and not disappointed! A unique selection of gorgeous bags that had my head spinning! It was a long weekend so the factory was closed, and Fabio gave me the real inside tour: racks of leather leftovers, jackets being made for some BIG designers and of course, his little corner of the factory with his work table. This is just one section of leather pieces out of about 12!
There are several other unique handbags too, but I am holding them for clients who asked for particular bags!
Meanwhile, back at the goldsmith, I am having a necklace made in shades of green with rose gold to go with my green earrings.
Love the combination of the gold pieces with the colored stones in a long necklace. Think it will be perfect and not too, “matchy, matchy.”
I will be returning to Seattle for July and August, but am taking requests for remote shopping itineraries. Seems that I can’t stop shopping even when I am not here in Florence!
Beautiful weekend with friends in Castelvecchio, hilltop town in Tuscany and in small Ligurian town. Lunch on the beach!
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Have had several former shopping clients ask if I can shop for them remotely, and the answer is an enthusiastic YES! Handbags and jewelry, certainly, but shoes only if you have purchased shoes here previously. So much fun!!!
Friday I was on my way to the Tuscan countryside to a friend’s home, so of course allowed plenty of time to get a cab to the train station. No taxi available! Italian cell phone out of minutes! Tick tock….Luckily for me one of the women who works in my apartment building helped me get my bag and Chia to the bus stop, then sprinted to buy me a bus ticket!
It was a gorgeous weekend with lounging outside overlooking the valley in Castelvecchio, eating way too much yummy Italian local food and living la dolce vita. Right up until the moment I dropped my IPhone into the toilet. MY WHOLE LIFE IN THE TOILET!!! No way to call my 92 year old mother, no internet, no camera, no Italian dictionary….
Phone has been packed in a zip lock with rice for exactly 33 1/2 hours now. Must wait until 48 hours have passed to see if it is salvaged. I am going crazy without it!
So I consoled myself with a trip to the goldsmith today. Love the detail of the rose and white gold with the pearls in this necklace.
My client today ordered the mother of pearl earrings and I am considering the black diamond pave necklace.
Must distract myself until I can see if the IPhone still works! If not, thankfully there is a new Apple store here in Florence, and I have the insurance on it. Might need the new necklace to help me overcome the trauma though!
My oldest and dearest friend was here in Florence this week, so of course we went shopping EVERY day! Scarves, handbags, fashion and jewelry dominated our shopping adventures. The earrings she purchased are a dangling version of my Etruscan earrings. She opted for a combination of white and rose gold with a diamond in the center. They are lovely, and what a good price! A nice Mother’s Day gift from her husband.
While we were designing the earrings, we asked to see the stone options for this ring:
The one in the photo is mine, and I had one made for each of my daughters. One in rose gold with the frosted pink stone, and one in yellow gold with the blue stone. The stones are cut like a mushroom and inserted, so there are no prongs on the ring. A slice of mother of pearl is under the stone, and this gives a very interesting depth and sheen to it.You can even wear two or three of the rings together because they stack!
The weather here is perfect with sun and cool breezes. Think I will plan a little trip to Vicenza to view the jewelry museum there! I might come back with more ideas for new pieces to add to my collection…..
Beautiful, sleek and comfortable booties in soft suede with a 2″ heel.
If you prefer something brighter, how about these suede boots in so many bright colors, as well as neutrals. Or metallic slip on sneakers!
I think these sandals in a blush pink are in my future….