Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Little Shopping in Florence

Being in Italy I couldn't resist shopping a little on the side. Being the home country to designers like Dolce&Gabbana, Valentino, Parada, Gucci, and more how can you not go into their shops and maybe splurge a little. 

I can safely admit that I am a shoppoholic and saying no to a super cute pair of shoes is a tad bit impossible, but I fell in love with shopping in Florence in a whole new way.

Their outdoor markets are incredible! We were just 2 blocks away from a silk, leather, and scarf market! You could wake up and hear the hustling and bustling of all the vendors setting up their booths just as the sun was rising. During the day you could hear all the excitement and yelling on the streets, and lets not forget the haggling! 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Malo Factory Sneak Peak!

Not as well known in the US as in Europe, Malo is one one the best cashmere brands out there today. Sold in Barneys NYC and Louis Boston in America Malo cashmere is rather exclusive. The Cashmere goods are made 100% in Italy.

I lucked out on my trip to Italy and got a private tour of their factory store as well as a discount at their outlet shop!

On the tour we got to take a look at the upcoming designs for the next seasons. See a couple of the designers at work and take a look at sample fabrics and colors that will be trending in the upcoming seasons. 

If you think this is exciting it gets even better! How often do you get to see not only the ideas for the new products, what inspires them, samples of the new products, but even the process of how the goods are made?! Well let me tell you after the seeing the entire process of how the cashmere sweaters are made from making the threads to ironing the finished sweater I gained a new respect and appreciation for the brand.

How incredible is this entire process? I wish we still had more factories like this that really cared about the makings of their products and every detailed step in between!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lounging in Lake Como!

How stunning and magical is this place?! This was one of the most spectacular places I have seen thus far. Celebs such as George Clooney have homes in this town and its no wonder that they do. It is so peaceful and beautiful here.

We arrived early in the morning just as the fog was lifting off the lake. The town had many hills and charming homes as well as a magnificent mansion where the Star Wars movies were filmed and James Bond Casino Royale. 

The mansion was so spectacular it was 3 different homes that were attached with secret passageways that were even attached to a chapel. The previous owner was an explorer and designed the home to have the best views of the lake from all directions. This mansion can even be rented out for weddings! Definitely keeping that in mind.

After exploring the town and taking a boat ride on the lake we enjoyed a lovely little lunch right on the water! Enjoying some caprice salad and mushroom risotto and ponoit noir.