It’s October.

We’re been back in Milan which turns out to be the last leg of our Italian journey. It’s sad to think that our long overdue two week trip is winding down. We’re not even home yet and we’re already talking about our next visit. Today is actually our last day before catching a Lufthansa flight […]

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19 Years (Diciannove Anni)

Today as we continue our travels through Italy, Mr. B and I will be celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary in Bologna, Italy. (How time flies!). We had a destination wedding long before it ever became popular and before settling on Seattle as the location, we actually considered Italy. At the time, the process of getting […]

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Reviving Charm Goes to Italy 

Buon Giorno! I am very happy to announce that Mr. B and I are hopping on a jet plane and flying off to Italy today. I am over the moon excited because we have a deep love affair with Italy. It must have something to do with the fact that it’s in our DNA. We will […]

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What’s Taking Place this Weekend at Villa Erba?

This would be a great weekend to be in Italy. Actually, any weekend would be a great weekend in Italy! My love for Italy and my fascination with cool cars makes me want to jump on a jet plane this very moment to attend the  Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an event taking place on the grounds of […]

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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

For more than 6o years this Italian convent, located in the Tuscany region of Italy, remained vacant. The convent was designed by Antonio da Sagallo the Younger, who was also the creator of the Palazzo Farnese and Villa Madama in Rome. Holly Lueders and Venetia Sacret Young, a mother and daughter duo, purchased the former convent […]

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SUMMER FASHION BY EMPORIO SIRENUSE

My previous post highlighted the legendary Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano, Italy. In case you missed it, Le Sirenuse was once the summer home of the Sersale family who converted it into a beautiful seaside hotel in 1951. The family has expanded their operations by opening their own boutiques and creating the fashion brand Emporio Sirenuse that includes […]

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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM

Confession: one of my personal quirks is that I can never leave a vacation, no matter how quick it may be, without buying a souvenir of some sort. I’m not talking the touristy travel mug or refrigerator magnet type of souvenirs. I’m talking stylish jewelry or trinkets to grace our home, for example. It is a […]

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HAPPY FRIDAY

Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.   I took this picture while traveling along Lake Como, Italy in 2004. Little did I know that over the years, many trips later and after thousands of pictures taken (just of Italy alone!) that this single photograph would become one of my absolute […]

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING: J.K. PLACE MALIBU

I will admit to being an Italophile, someone who favors Italian art, style and culture. I have also been a long time admirer of the beautifully designed J.K. Place chain of luxury boutique hotels in Italy. Last month when I learned that J.K. Malibu was going to establish itself for one week only I knew […]

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