Baubles, Blisters and Bags….



Here it is! The watermelon tourmaline I bought at the Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show last winter, made into a pendant by the Florentine goldsmith. It is rose gold, which I love with the pink color in the stone. The design is one that we did together, using a vintage leaf pattern the goldsmith’s father had made years ago. Just a few tiny diamonds and a chain with some carved rondelles. I LOVE it!!!

One thing I certainly do not love is blisters….Having been a ballet dancer for years, blisters are not unknown to me. Dancing en pointe is one thing, but getting blisters while shopping is an entirely different matter. With the warm humid weather here in Florence, my feet take a beating. I have tried every kind of half sock, ped, footies, etc. known to mankind, and have finally found something that doesn’t fall off or bunch up. It is a special little sock, kind of like the “ouch pouch” dancers put in their pointe shoes. This is a thin toe cap sock that fastens around the heel with a stretchy clear elastic. It stays put, and protects the toes from blisters! You can purchase them online at SHEEC – SlingBack – Cotton Hidden No-Show Socks. Or my preferred are from
PedaBella Slingback Liners (item #40381).
IMG_2373 I have not been showing Fabio’s remaining handbags to anyone until I decide which one I want for myself! I think it will be this one. It is large with a full zip top, and a very soft handle that fits on my shoulder. Love the two tones and it will be great for travel! But then this bag calls to me as well: marrone mix media It is a combination of python and leather, which is lovely. It is smaller bag with a cross body strap. Then my eye keeps going to the wine colored bag! Such a fabulous color and unique style-the photo makes it look more red than it is. It would look great with black, gray, white, navy…..Help!IMG_2371

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