Return to Florence

Phoenix rising pendant in making.

I am all excited to be returning to Florence this week. Italy no longer requires Covid testing to enter, which makes the trip much easier!

I will be coordinating with the goldsmith to make some beautiful jewelry for my clients.

Giglio necklace in making.

I can’t wait to have the local pizza, prosecco and pasta. Chia, who will be 16 in May, will accompany me, of course!

But Tibby must stay home!

I am looking forward to many shopping tours this spring, but especially the week long birthday celebration for my best friend. She and five others will join me shopping, touring Chianti and dining at my favorite restaurants. We will be doing our best to stimulate the Florentine economy!

What i am shopping for now!

With the holidays behind us, and the days getting longer, I am looking forward to daffodils and spring! Taking advantage of the after holiday sales too!

I am really liking the Wit and Wisdom Ab -Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut jeans. Nice amount of stretch, and no muffin top! They are not on sale, but at $78, I think they are a good deal.

The real steal is at Macy’s! Sheets in Last Act that have been $320.00 on sale for $47.96. Kensington Garden stripe sheets that feel like a dream! They come in quite a few pastel colors. I like the stripe because I always know which way to put them on the bed. I am a newcomer to the 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton, and I will never go back to the 500 again.

Chia is still doing well as she approaches her 16th birthday! I am spoiling her, of course, and count every day with her as a blessing. Love the lighted collar I bought for her to use when we walk after dark. It is available on for $12.99 and is fully adjustable. LaRoo Led Dog Collar Light -Dog Lights for Night Walking USB Rechargeable.

I have been working with the goldsmith for some clients this winter. I have so much fun doing this! Chunky gold stacking rings with emerald and sapphire, an Etruscan pendant and some fabulous diamond hoop earrings.

Wishing all of you a Happier New Year!

And on to the christmas holiday!

It has been a busy couple of weeks for me here in Seattle. I am packing and shipping the Tesori Italiani gifts, meeting with a couple local clients, and finishing the 12 gift boxes for my accountant’s holiday office party.

This has been a very fun project, and the artisans in Florence and thrilled to have some business. I plan to offer this service next year also. Clients can give me a budget, the number of boxes required, and I will do the shopping, packing and shipping for them. Easy holiday gift giving!

Every street in Florence is decorated with white lights. Each street a different design: stars, snowflakes, candy canes, etc. So festive! The entire front of the Rinascente department store is covered with white lights too.

I purchased a few extra items of the Tesori Italiani collection, and have them available for you in time for Christmas. Check the catalog at:

Now, on to putting up the Christmas lights!

Tesori italiani gifts are coming!

Thank you to all of you who placed orders for the curated Italian gifts! I am still waiting for one more box of items from Florence to arrive here in Seattle. I am hoping to get all of your orders shipped before Thanksgiving. The delivery services have been very slow, and I want to make sure you receive everything in time for Christmas delivery.

I did order a few extras of the items, so if you missed the deadline to order, I may still be able to deliver to you! I have some soap, note pads, note cards, leather pouches, key chains, tea towels and wristlets available. Check the catalog at:

Cotton tea towel in olive pattern.

Woven leather key rings.

Wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! Chia is resting up for the big day.

Last minute shopping

Leaving Florence next week, but back in March!

Via dei Neri

The weather has been outstanding here this November! It started to rain today, and Chia and I will be leaving Tuesday to go back to rainy Seattle.

I’ve done a bit of last minute shopping and found this lovely silk jacket in a tuxedo style at Ricardo’s shop. I think it would look great with leggings, boots and a turtleneck sweater. It has a matching sash and comes in several colors. If you want to order scarves from Ricardo, you can see the new collection at If you put maren2021 in the discount code, you will receive 10% off and free shipping over 150 euro.

I love, love , love my large Fope stretchy bracelet, which was an early Christmas gift from my husband! It is 40% less here in Italy where it is made.

Your personal shopper in Florence, Italy