Scarves Are Flying Out of the Store!

square scarves

The large classic Florentine scarves are a big hit with the unique patented prints, and fabulous colors.


The oblong stole style scarves are beautiful as well.

Since I have been doing the shopping tours in Florence, I have come to really appreciate the way the Italian women dress. Each outfit has accessories: a scarf, sunglasses, handbag and jewelry. The Italians tend to have fewer pieces of clothing than we do in the States, but with more complete outfits. I find myself concentrating on an ensemble rather than just collecting pieces of clothing and accessories randomly. And now, each outfit is incomplete without a beautiful scarf!

french blue floral

Aqua geometric floral

purple paisley

I have been researching scarves here in the States, and cannot find anything close to the Florentine silk scarves for even twice the price. I am finding that the scarves here are bulky and expensive….except for the scarves that are a fortune! So give me some feedback, please! Would you like to see more scarves in the online store? I can’t seem to have enough of them….

Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

maren on ponte vecchio

Nearly everyone I have taken shopping in Florence has asked me how I got into doing shopping tours. The spring of 2009 I mustered all my courage, and planned a two month stay in Florence. I had never travelled alone, never lived in an apartment alone, did not speak a word of Italian and didn’t know a soul in town. I was scared, but excited too. I enrolled in Italian language school, and spent my afternoons wandering the town and shopping, of course!

I fell in love with Florence, and just had to keep coming back. My best friend came to visit me in 2011, and suggested that I start a little business taking tourists shopping since I knew all the best stores. I could tell everyone that I had to come to Florence for WORK! Shopping is never work for me, however…

Now my friends all want me to bring back treasures from Florence, so this summer I brought large Florentine silk scarves. Am hosting an aperitivo next Sunday to show how to fold the scarves, and to let everyone fall in love with them! And if you can’t make it to my house next Sunday, you can see some of the scarves on the website.

Summer Sizzle in Seattle.

Back here in Seattle for a few months, avoiding the heat in Florence only to find it hotter here! Less humid certainly, but very warm for July in Seattle.

I succumbed to the lure of these gorgeous sandals in Florence, thinking that I wouldn’t wear them too much in Seattle, but wrong! They do NOT have too much bling for the Pacific Northwest. Even better, they are comfortable, and I usually don’t wear such a flat sandal.
sandal 1

I have been wearing these here with white pants, dresses in blue, pink, white and green, jeans, etc. and loving them! The detail, which is so Italian, makes these sandals real standouts. They come in so many styles and colors, too. Might have to get another pair when I get back to Florence.
sandal 2

On the downside, I have come down with a bug, and have been lying in bed for a few days. But the view from my bedroom entertains me with a parade of boats.
And Chia is concerned that I don’t feel good, so stays by my side every moment.

chia 1

Scarves, Scarves, Scarves!

A longtime favorite of the Florentine ladies, the large silk scarf is my favorite now too! It can be used so many ways, as Ricardo shows in the video we made. Just posted photos of some of the patented patterns that Ricardo’s shop has started making. You can see them in the photo gallery tab on my home page. yellow:orange shoes scarvesGorgeous! Will post more next week.

Fashion Help for the Average Man…

Here is the thing….most men have no idea how much more attractive they would be with minimal fashion effort! A pair of beautifully made Italian suede loafers, with a well tailored white shirt and a pair of jeans or khaki pants are comfortable for them and pleasing to us! Add an Italian leather jacket and you can take that man anywhere proudly! men's shoesblue suede shoes

The Carabinieri are a perfect example of, “clothes make the man.” The Armani designed uniforms they wear make even the most average men handsome! So let’s help our men by throwing out the sweat pants, ill fitting shirts, logo tee shirts and ugly shoes…Embrace the Italian style.

And if your man refuses to change his look, a new piece of beautiful jewelry will definitely put a smile on your face! Leaf Earringsanello cuore 006silk link bracelet

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy