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.

Scenes from Florence

What is more handsome than the Carabinieri? The Carabinieri on horseback! The carabinieri are a special branch of the army (numbering around 113,000), with similar functions to the police, particularly concerning criminal investigation. They deal with national and serious crime, including organised crime, and are Italy’s most efficient and professional police force (and the best-funded).

Scooters everywhere….

And here are my new favorite earrings:
These are mother of pearl and gold. They can also be made in all gold, or with diamonds. I love these because they are so simple I can combine them with lots of different necklaces.

Chia turned 13 last week and is still happily shopping all over Florence with me.

Fabulous florentine food

A new cooking school/catering business/event venue has opened a few doors from my apartment. I met the owners and had a little sample of their yummy aperitivo. They can take you on market tours followed by cooking classes designed for you in groups of two to forty in their beautiful kitchens. If you would rather not cook, meals can be prepared and served at the tables in front of the kitchen. This is a great location for business dinners, anniversary parties, or any type of gathering.

So many great restaurants here in Florence! Everything from modern cuisine to tradional, and pizza, of course. Chia and I are trying various pizza places to determine our favorite. Happily all the walking we do keeps the pizza pounds off!

Springtime in chianti

With sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60’s, I decided to book a half day trip to Chianti with a driver I have been introduced to. My friend, Anita, and I took Chia with us and started our tour in Greve.

There is a famous macelleria (butcher’s shop) in Greve, where we bought some prosciutto and cheese. The stuffed wild boar in front scared Chia! We drove on to a very small village with beautiful vistas, and then to a winery for lunch and wine tasting. Back in Florence, we have been doing lots of jewelry shopping with clients. Friday Chia and I have been invited to a dinner at the cooking school nearby. Looking forward to their handmade ravioli!

Spring preview

I am very excited to see these new bags Fabio has made! Green is a favorite of mine, and this spring green is big. The bag pictured above has python trim and handle and is made of gorgeous leather. All of these bags have a longer shoulder strap included.

As much as I love the green bag, I already have one, but I do need a new black bag and think I have just found it!

Chia and I will be returning to Florence mid March, and can’t wait to see all the new shoes, jewelry, scarves….

Gorgeous Garnets

Garnet symbolism is rich and varied. Cultures all over the world have prized this gemstone for its beautiful colors and durability. The traditional January birthstone has also inspired many legends and popular associations with love, friendship, light, and vitality. A perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

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