The visit to the Corsini Gardens Arts Fair started out with difficulty, as I got lost after the bus dropped me off….but it was worth the hour of wandering around after I found it!
Couldn’t resist the green velvet Venetian slippers, and have been wearing them around the house all the time.
These are the real deal, not the Chinese made fakes. They also come in canvas and brocades.
My other purchase was a kitchen towel made by autistic children to raise money for their foundation. Since I had already bought several in Taormina, I held back and got just one! The children were asked to design the towels using pictures and words that described the pictures: “Sour”, “Good Scent” and “Yellow” to go with the lemons on this towel. Of course now I wish I had purchased a dozen to take to the States as gifts!
I have been remiss in giving my men shoppers some attention! On my recent trip to Rome, I was doing some people watching during the evening passeggiata. I love seeing how the Italians dress! I noticed a dapper older man wearing navy chinos, a crisp navy button down shirt, and RED sneakers. These were beautiful leather sneakers, and they made his conservative outfit look fun.
So, men, think about some red shoes to wear with navy or black. It is all the rage here in Italy.
Just back from a glorious 10 day trip to Rome and Sicily! Any of you considering a trip there must include Taormina, Castelmola and Noto.
Great linen shop in Taormina called Sugar and Spice where I bought beautiful linen kitchen towels, pink napkins and table runner.
This shop is on the main street in Taormina and a must for anyone who loves beautiful linens.
In Noto, I bought a typical Moorish ceramic head and a juicer. The art of Maiolica pottery was brought to Sicily by the Arabics who taught Sicilian how to create these wonderful objects, now real peieces of art. I chose a small head to use as a pencil holder, or maybe a planter.
Chia was greeted by her friends at Hotel Lancelot in Rome, where we have stayed often.
As much as we like the Lancelot, we found another hotel we loved- Teichnersuite! Only 3 rooms right on a small piazza where the Pomellato jewelry shop is. I checked out the new pieces and am considering a moonstone Nudo ring with diamonds. Of course I will have the goldsmith make it for me instead of paying the Pomellato price!
The Noto hotel we stayed in was fabulous: Embrace Sicily Guest House. 6 rooms and a bargain at 110 a night. Beautifully decorated with a rooftop deck and small pool. Highly recommend it!
Had such a great time that I may have to do tours to Sicily now!
This ring has been extremely popular with my shopping clients, and since posting it last week, I have had lots of requests for further information. Here are some photos of the various stones used in the ring, and a photo of two of them stacked on my hand. The same style can be made into earrings or a pendant.
I have the ring on the left in rose gold with emeralds, and the Nudo ring/earrings on the right in presolite. I also have the earrings in diamonds, which are spectacular!
My daughters have smokey rose quartz with rose gold, and blue topaz with yellow gold.
My “handbag of the week,” pick is this lovely light blue bag with python trim. Perfect blue for spring and summer. It is one of a kind from Fabio. I may need to rent an additional apartment to accommodate my ever growing handbag collection…