Travel and Wear Cute Shoes

My mother’s sage advice to me was that while I was still young enough, I should travel and wear cute shoes. My mother passed a few weeks ago at age 99, and I am living up to her advice re: travel and shoes.

Chia and I returned to Florence last week for the fall. At age 112 in dog years, she is still going strong! She doesn’t join me for shopping tours any longer, however. It is better for her to stay at home on the sofa in the air conditioning.

Persimmons growing in a little piazza.

The weather here is still in the low 90’s, but will be cooling off later this week. It will be perfect shopping weather for the tours I have lined up.

Right now, these gorgeous 18k gold earrings with small diamonds are being made for one of my clients. They are simple enough to wear every day, but such a special design.

A Serious Piece of Incredible Jewelry

Just before I left Florence for the summer, a new piece of diamond and 18k gold jewelry was introduced to me. I was so excited! It was incredibly gorgeous and a really clever design. It comes in several different styles from all diamonds to a pattern in diamonds.

If you have a special anniversary, birthday, or just deserve an extraordinary piece of jewelry, consider these rings.

It is super hot in Florence these days, so Chia and I are particularly happy to be home in Seattle for the summer. She has a new short haircut, and we both are resting up for the fall shopping season in Florence.

Sweden and Norway Trip

My grandparents were all from Sweden and Norway, and I finally travelled there. It was a welcome respite from the extraordinary heat in Florence this June!

Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo and Bergen were the cities we visited. The food was fantastic and the shopping interesting. I was forced to do quite a bit of shopping since my luggage went missing!

Love this linen suit with a tee and tennis shoes.

We visited the Vasa Museum in Stockholm to see the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. It is 4 stories tall! We ate traditional Swedish cardamom buns and smorgas in the museum restaurant.

From Stockholm we took the train to Gothenburg, where my grandmother was born. We were blessed with sunny cool weather and took a boat tour around the city.

Chia in her stroller at the Stockholm train station.

From Gothenburg, we took a 3 hour train ride to Oslo, and after a few days there, a 7 hour train ride to Bergen. It was very picturesque with snowy mountains and fjords. We splurged on a compartment, which was really comfortable!

The highlight of the trip was a boat tour through the fjords in Bergen. Midway we pulled into a cove with sheer rock on both sides and waterfalls. As we went right up to one of the waterfalls, the loudspeaker played, “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” It was very dramatic!

Breakfast in Bergen was fabulous! Two rooms of food with everything imaginable, including three kinds of pickled herring, smoked salmon, eggs cooked three ways, sausage, fish cakes, bacon, pastries and more.

Chia and I will spend the summer in Seattle, where the weather is sunny and cool. Back to Florence at the end of August for the fall shopping season!

Vacation to Viareggio

With the temperatures in the mid and upper 90’s, I decided to take Chia to the beach at Viareggio. She attracts lots of attention in her new stroller!

Viareggio is only about an hour and 20 minute train ride from Florence. We stayed at a beautiful seaside hotel. The Palace Hotel overlooking the beach- highly recommended.

Back to Florence we went after three days at Viareggio. It is unusually hot this year. I take Chia out in the early morning before it gets too warm. We see so many dogs here!

I have had lots of requests for jeweley shopping, and the Fope bracelets are a huge hit. The price here is about 30-40% less than in the States. I have a couple and love them. They are stretchy, but contain no elastic. It is a secret method used to make the 18k gold stretch so it rolls onto the wrist. They have come out with a version for men now too.

I also love the Marco Bicego jewelry. These dainty bracelets are on my wish list to stack with my Fope!

Scenes from Saturday in Florence

Saturdays are always lively here in Florence. The Sant’Ambrogio Mercato especially since it is closed on Sundays, and the locals want to buy groceries for the weekend.

It has been in the mid 80″s here, but supposed to be mid 70’s next week. Chia and I took advantage of the beautiful day to have lunch on the rooftop of the Rinascente. What a view!

Symmetrical scooter sighting on our way back to the apartment.

Symmetrical scooter sighting.

Tomorrow, Chia and I will go to Viareggio for a little beach time. Only an hour and twenty minutes from Florence, this is a very easy trip by train. Later this week, more shopping tours!

What We are Shopping For This Week

Busy shopping season here in Florence with lots of tourists. I had a darling young couple from Dallas shopping for shoes, handbags and gold jewelry. I love the earrings that she picked out!

Chia turns 16 this month, and I have purchased a dog stroller for her. She didn’t like it at first, but has gotten used to it and loves getting out more.

While we were on our evening passeggiata, we found this artwork at the Mercato dei Pulci (flea market). I had to have it!

Shopping with four ladies from the States, I saw this gorgeous ostrich and antelope cross body bag in navy. It is very narrow, and has three inside compartments. It is currently on my wish list!

I have so much fun taking people shopping here, but am tempted at every turn with unique and beautiful pieces!

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy