Thursday, February 25, 2010
It is almost like the difference between New York and LA. In northern Italy, people are super chic wearing mostly blacks and grays. As I walk down the street here, I see some of the most fashionable people I've seen in my life. They look like an "after" of a before and after make-over or perhaps like someone who stepped off a fashion shoot, but it is a toned down almost hard-edged look. I have actually always prefered this look so it worked out perfectly that we ended up here. Not sure if I would blend as well in Rome because southern Italy is a totally different story. Even in January, this was obvious. The southern Italians are just as fashionable but it is a completely different type of fashion. Colors are everywhere, combined with tans, big jewelry and lots of glitz.
We are packing for Barcellona. . . stay tuned for what they are wearing in Spain!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So when I do find a bargain, I get pretty excited. The best deal I've found so far is in the town of Nove about an hour and a half drive from our house. It is the town that manufactures ceramics for all the big names in America.
I bought this beautiful platter for 17 Euros. The cake stand was less than 25. The platter is almost as big as my arm. You couldn't find any platter of this size for this price even at TJ Maxx.
Are you swooning yet?
Look where it is from.
You might want to sit down.
did you get that?
These are not discontinued items. The platter is currently selling at tiffany.com for $115. Tiffany pieces are not the only great deal. There are entire stores full of Williams Somona, Lenox and many more. Don't you love a bargain?
Check out a Nove store at http://www.laceramicavbc.com/ceramics-shop.htm
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Fresco in our entryway. It is a totally different style and I think it must be older than the bedroom. It is more similar to 16th and 17th century frescoes I have seen but I don't know for sure.
We still can't believe we get to live here for a few years.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
The area around the base has also been Americanized. The other night we ate at an American style Chinese buffet. The concept of "all you can eat" is definitely not an Italian one. My little multicultural 5 year old had a lot of questions about where we were eating. . ."are we still in Italy?", "But this is a Chinese restaurant?", "Is the waiter Chinese?" We couldn't figure out why he was so concerned but when he was satisfied with our answers, he began speaking to the waiter in Chinese. Evidently, they are learning about China at school this week.
So now I've had my little bit of America, I'm stocked up on things from the American grocery store that I can't get in Italy (cheddar cheese, sour cream, goldfish crackers) and I am more than ready to get back "home".
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
It is, however, a gorgeous entry. With the exception of adding elecricity to the chandeliers, I don't think it has changed much in 500 years.
So I really don't mind pausing to use my nine keys.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
My favorite quote is especially perfect on a quiet day like today. I found it on a blog I love, La Dolce Vita, http://paloma81.blogspot.com/ and even have it on our computer screen so I read it every day.
Friday, February 5, 2010
There are some greats finds though. Today I bought a perfect Italian black scarf that will work now and into spring. Also found a gorgeous wrap belt in the softest butter leather. This one is a gift. I already have one and wear it all the time. Are people wearing these in the States? They are about 9 feet long and wrap around and around then tie in the front. Super cute even with just a black turtleneck.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
My original 3 stems. I love to put them in wine bottles and set them on these oddly placed shelves in one of our halls.
And the "on second thought. . ." centerpiece. I love the simple elegant look of just lilies.