Fope Jewelry, My New Love

Fope is an Italian jewelry designer that makes the most incredible stretchy gold bracelets without using any elastic! It is a secret how they do this, but the result is nothing short of incredible. I have been lusting after one of these bracelets, and I just bought one. Being soft and stretchy, these bracelets are very comfortable to wear when working on the computer, and they don’t catch on anything.

I had a lovely lady shopping with me this weekend who bought the Fope necklace for a pendant she had. She also bought two bracelets, one in white gold and one in rose gold.

The weather here is crisp and sunny in the mornings, and warm in the afternoons. My daughter, her friend and I went to San Gimignano and then to a beautiful wine tasting lunch nearby.

I have people ask me frequently where to stay in Florence, and I recommend my apartment complex, Palazzo Virginio. They have only 22 units, which can accommodate a single person up to groups of 8. They are rented by the day, the week, or the month. If you stay here, we can have aperitivo in the courtyard in front of my apartment. Palazzo Virginio is located about 7 minutes walking from Piazza Santa Croce. The units are very quiet since they are off the street and very reasonably priced. Check out www.palazzovirginio.com Hope to see you here soon!

Fabulous Fall in Florence

The weather here in Florence is perfect with cool breezes and sunny skies. I love fall and am all excited about the new boots! My daughter, Brynn, is visiting and her first day here, she bought gorgeous short boots and blue suede mocs. Like mother, like daughter- we love to shop!

Aperitivo rooftop at the Rinascente with a beautiful view of the Duomo at sunset. Panna cotta for dessert after a great dinner.

Brynn fell in love with these Balextra bags, but I told her to wait and see what our handbag artisan has made recently at much more reasonable prices!

The shopping will continue tomorrow with handbags and gold jewelry. So many temptations here in Florence!

Fall in Florence

The temperatures have dropped, and there is a crispness in the morning air. Fall is here which means BOOTS will be worn soon. The booties will come first.

I really like the new chunkier heels and the new color, Bordeaux. The dark navy blue suede appeals to me also.

Of course new boots will make me want to have a new handbag also! I’m thinking Bordeaux- something classic.

This rose colored coat paired with brown is a new combination for fall. Think that this color looks great on everyone.

The mercato is filled with beautiful fall vegetables and fruits.

I have been browsing through the flea market also. One never knows what treasure lies there!

A New Kind of Shopping Tour

Through the years I have had requests for a food and wine tour of the local mercato. Just did my first one, and it was lots of fun!

I met my client at her hotel, and took her on the little electric bus across town to the Mercato Sant’Ambrogio. This is similar to the Mercato Centrale, but smaller and with fewer tourists. We bought bufala mozarella cheese, prosciutto and tomatoes and had a coffee. A beautiful piece of foccacia bread and some biscotti were added to our goods, then off to the vino sfuso shop to fill an empty bottle with local wine. A fine bottle of sparkling white wine for 6 euro!

We walked back to my place, and had prosciutto and pecorino cheese with the wine and followed it with a nice Caprese salad. Vin santo with biscotti for dessert, and then we were off for a wine and olive oil tasting.
I just had to stop in to look at some shoes and handbags on the way home… I love pink!

Chianti Adventures

My best friend came to spend last week with me, so I planned lots of outings for us. We went to the Corsini Gardens Artigianato & Palazzo. A beautiful garden with shopping from local artisans.

Doesn’t get better than that!

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The next day, we hired a car and driver to take us to Greve in Chianti. It has a very famous place Macelleria Falorni, where we made a fast purchase of prosciutto and cheese. Then we went to a darling linens shop and bought some tea towels to bring home as gifts, and a clothing shop with all white pieces.

There are hundreds of vineyards that do wine tastings in Tuscany and Chianti. We opted for one where we could have a five course lunch along with the wine.

Then we were off to tour a silversmith’s factory. Of course our favorite part was the showroom where we bought beautiful candle sticks, and jewelry. Fabulous prices too!

Because so many of the artisans have their workshops outside of Florence, I am thinking about having an artisan aperitivo here at my apartment. Would include the silversmith’s wares, ceramics and maybe handbags from Fabio. Sort of a Tupperware party meets Tuscan artisan work. Think it would be a really fun!

Crazy About Caprese

I have been obsessed with Caprese salad lately! The tomatoes from Sicily have arrived in Florence and are the best I have ever eaten.

The salad on the right is from a restaurant, but my homemade one was just as good.

Last week was a really fun time shopping for jewelry. Sapphire rings are so beautiful.

A big hit with my shopping clients is the Fope jewelry. Many of the pieces are stretchy and all are flexible. They are so comfortable to wear, and are perfect for every day. Some are with diamonds, some without, but all are gorgeous. Here in Florence the price is about 30% less than in the USA.

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