Summer Shopping In Firenze

The weather has heated up, and everywhere women are in their summer dresses and sandals. Coming originally from Seattle, this thrills me, as Seattle weather does not warm up well into July. Had lunch atop the Rinascente last weekend with a friend. What a view! The food was just okay, and the sparrows kept landing on our plates and stealing food though…

Having the shopping tour business now, I feel completely justified in spending most of my free time browsing through the shops. Have restrained myself in making purchases, however. Well, that might be a little strong…couldn’t pass up this boucle jacket from a newer Italian designer, at a really good price!

And then, of course, there was the darling green sheath dress with a square neck and patch pockets that matched perfectly! Shoes? Needed some cream suede wedges to complete the outfit. Fortunately, I had bought some the week before! And yes, the outfit is just fabulous…

It was too warm to wear the jacket for my shopping tour yesterday, but I did wear the dress and shoes. I lasted about an hour on the cobblestones in the heels before I pulled out my comfy flat sandals (I always carry a spare pair in my bag!) My client yesterday was a charming man from Manhattan who needed some help find appropriate stores here and a bit of help with selections. He bought a gorgeous gold charm bracelet for a friend, and several bottles of wine that can’t be found anywhere but here. There are only 1.000 bottles produced each year, and 800 of the bottles are grabbed right away by a man in Japan.

Last week, I had several families who bought beautiful leather jackets, shoes and bags. A couple from Texas found just what they wanted in ceramics, gold and shoes. A good time was had by all, especially me! What a dream job: getting paid to take people shopping and making them happy!


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