Hot Summer Days

Pink Florentine Chapel scarf

Here in Florence, the use of the large square silk scarf continues in the hot summer months. With air conditioning in various places, sometimes the scarf is used for warmth. Other times, it can be used as a coverup at the beach. I found mine very useful last week when I went to Cinque Terre again! I try to pack very lightly, and the big scarf is perfect for lots of occasions.

I Love Shoes blue scarf

I have just gotten permission to put Ricardo’s beautiful new scarves in my online store! These scarves are unique patterns, which have been patented. You won’t find these scarves anywhere else! Coming soon to the online store. You can view the video Ricardo and I made at: My new online store is at: I am offering a nice discount on jewelry and handbags for all of my former shopping clients, too!

Ricardo Shows How to Tie the Classic Florentine Silk Scarf

So many of you have requested instructions on how to tie the beautiful silk scarves we see here in Florence! You can see our video by typing in Chia, Ricardo and I made the video, in which he demonstrates 8 different ways to use the large Florentine square.

You can even order scarves from Ricardo now online. Go to the “store” tab on my website and you will find scarves very soon!
blue scarf detailpink scarf

Success! florence-shop-4-it online store is up and running!

So many of my shopping clients have requested an online shopping site of my design that I have made one! I have a website now where handbags and Florentine jewelry can be purchased. I am putting one of a kind handbags from Fabio, the elderly leather craftsman here in Tuscany, as well as unique pieces of jewelry from the goldsmith. Many of the pieces of jewelry are designed by me with his help. This jewelry will be made to your exact specifications, so if you have design ideas, let me know and we will make it happen!

Having a terrible time getting photos to upload to this blog, so sadly have none to show you today! You can see my new online store at

Any of you who have shopped with me here in Florence, please email for special discounted prices!

Christmas Shopping in May!

scarves and glovesSome lovely clients this week wanted to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. What a fabulous idea to find things here in Florence that they couldn’t find at home! It was such fun to select the beautiful Florentine silk scarves and gloves to match. These are sure to bring smiles during the holidays!

Breaking news here is that I am opening an online store! So many of my former shopping clients have requested that I make handbags and jewelry available to them, that I am forging ahead with this new project. In a little over my head with all of the computer jargon, etc. but plugging away at it. As they say in Italian, “piano, piano (slowly, slowly).” I will let you all know when it is up and running!

painting of bottles

Obsessed with Color…

Given we wear so much black, navy, camel, etc., I have become obsessed with color for accessories. Brightly colored handbags, shoes, scarves and even intricate jewelry which I have never worn before. Since I don’t wear heels here in Italy because of the cobblestones, I love these suede smoking slippers that come in an unbelievable number of colors:

suede slippers

This is just a small sample!

My scarf wardrobe has grown by leaps and bounds. I installed a curtain rod in my closet, and have all the scarves draped across it. This way I can easily see my choices.
my scarves

And the handbag of the week is a green python. I checked the price of a similar sized bag, and discovered that Fabio’s price is Fabulous!

green pitone His attention to details, like a python cell holder inside the bag make his work even more special. Am keeping my fingers crossed that he will continue to make his one of a kind bags!

The next few weeks are very busy with shoppers- Australians, Brits, Canadians and Americans too. Taking a little time to go to Venice, as I want to investigate Murano glass factories. IMG_4047 Chia will have fun seeing her gondolier friends again too!

Cinque Terre Weekend

CTAfter a wonderful dinner at Zeb in San Niccolo, I packed a few things for Chia and myself, and we headed out to the Cinque Terre for the weekend.

It was a beautiful, sunny weekend with people lying on the beach and swimming in the ocean.easter

We hiked from Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza- whew! Don’t know how people hike to all five towns…I opted for a glass of wine at the beach side bar in Monterosso.chia beach side

We left Cinque Terre during a downpour, and returned to Florence to take a couple shopping Sunday evening. Men’s suede loafers in sooooo many colors!

men's suede

And Fabio’s handbags are very popular! This one is all python at a bargain price- big enough for a laptop too.

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