Friday, December 6, 2019

Fashion has always been like candy to my soul, and never more so than this week. I was getting over the flu, my phone died, my kitty almost died…and then a family friend called to see if I might be interested in a beautiful wardrobe that had belonged to her very elegant mother-in-law. I spent the day in Marina del Rey going through two closets full of glorious midcentury dresses, gowns, sweaters and coats that had been curated by a personal shopper {the equivalent of today’s power stylist} at Bullock’s Wilshire back in the day. The garments are in impeccable shape and each comes with a matching headband{!}. Most improbable of all, everything fits me.

My photos don’t do justice to the many amazing pieces – Vera blouses, Irene suits, Bill Blass dresses, Halston shirt dresses, Givenchy separates and so much more. I love the colorful palette that this lady gravitated to, tempered by the most powdery pastels that are on trend with every single hue in this season’s Burberry line up. To think this was just her Marina del Rey wardrobe…

And so the week ends on a sweet note and I hope yours does too!

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Marieken Hoefnagel October 12, 2019 at 01:09

Must have been a great city to live for a while. I was lucky to have visited one time for a day, and one time for a long weekend. I think it would be such a cool experience to stay longer and get to know the city better. I spent a month in Salamanca for a Spanish language course and a weekend in Madrid for ‘desert’. Loved both cities. I bet you would love the museums in Madrid!

The BUTT’RY and BOOK’RY October 12, 2019 at 06:22

This is travel post that SPEAKS ROMANCE in every way; music, pictures thoughts, and romance!! How lovely are these memories!!
Thank you for a lovely time!!

Many Blessings, Linnie

(and Michelangelo is a favorite
of mine too 😀 )

Enara Girl October 12, 2019 at 07:03

It looks great, I have never been there. xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages October 12, 2019 at 07:21

WOW.WOW…, your music and personal story (HOW ROMANTIC) has made this tour with your most enjoyable! YOU HAVE LIVED THIS DREAM, and I suspect, you still do, every day. What would we do without art, romance and love? I don’t even want to go there. I want to stay HERE, with you.

Jade October 12, 2019 at 10:07

What a magical post, dear Mary Jo…………it´s so romantic and full of beauty! I love the Tuscany – what a joy for me to visit it today with you! Thank you so much for all your inspiration and for your lovely comment (it makes me so happy)! Have a wonderful weekend,

with love, Jade

Mary Hone October 12, 2019 at 12:12

Oh how wonderfully romantic. What a special place. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed every moment.

Luisa María Benito October 12, 2019 at 18:37

Thanks to Anita today I can enjoy your pictures and this fantastic Link Party!.
I love your pictures, and I’m enjoying your photos and Those places thanks to you!

I wish you a great weekend.
Today I am Happy to have met you, I hope you visit me
personally selected products

Catherine Robinson October 13, 2019 at 02:23

Such a beautiful story,…only in Italy…your post is beautiful…I’ve so enjoyed the trip and thank you for popping by it was lovely to hear from you.
Happy Weekend! xx

Martina October 13, 2019 at 03:12

Firenze is really amazing – i’ve been there twice and so enjoyed coming there a third time with YOU! All the art, history and atmosphere is really worth coming there again and again! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, made me happy!

Kizzy Von Doll.. October 13, 2019 at 04:19

Such a sweet story and memory!! I loved it. I went there many years ago. Am glad you have that happy memory to think back on :)) Happy weekend doll xx

nélinha October 13, 2019 at 05:02

what a beautiful story and what a wonderful way to share it.merci beaucoup de ta gentille visite, Thanks to Anita I meet very nice person….
Bisous français

Pamela RG October 13, 2019 at 09:12

Florence is one of my favourite cities in Europe. It is less crowded than Rome. We used to just walk all over the City to discover its art and hidden treasures. The shopping and food there are fantastic. Your memories of the City are so sweet. Go back again.

irma October 13, 2019 at 11:23

Romantic memories of youth in an artistic town…

Marcela Gmd October 13, 2019 at 13:37

I love Firenze!!! a place full of art and beauty!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Christine D. October 13, 2019 at 15:25

what a beautiful story and what a wonderful way to share it. i was so enraptured. and that pocket watch, what an amazing momento, it’s just gorgeous.

Mary Hone October 13, 2019 at 17:29

Oh how wonderfully romantic. What a special place. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed every moment.

cat eyes & skinny jeans said… October 13, 2019 at 18:24

What brilliant images. The dinner parties sound simply magical!

Denise October 13, 2019 at 18:38

🙂 What a dream.To be 20 and in love with a city and a Man that belongs to that city.I am half Italian,I know the passion of the Italians.A beautiful post that brought Me back to My own youth.Thank You for stopping by and leading Me back to this dream of Mine.Blessings Denise

Alicia Mackin October 13, 2019 at 21:50

Gosh what a wonderful experience. Can’t say I ever had an experience like this. But so glad you had sucn a memorable experience like this, everyone should. I do hope to travel abroad again one of these days and would love to live abroad too.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Marcia Pilar October 14, 2019 at 06:17

Pleasure to meet yo. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Your post is a dream of mine, to one day actually live in Italy. What a wonderful experience you lived. Thank you for sharing it with us.
LOVE the music, and I look forward to continuing to visit.
Much love!

The French Hutch October 14, 2019 at 08:27

this story is so romantic it gives me chills! Oh how I agree, to ditch classes to stand in front of art in Florence would be a no brainer. You were one lucky girl, and a very lovely one I see in the photo. Just like you, I hope to return here some day. I could never get enough of Florence…………
I so enjoyed your story, thanks for sharing it.

speedyrabbit October 14, 2019 at 08:35

Beautiful memories you have of such a wonderful place,xx Rachel and Speedy

Botanic Bleu October 14, 2019 at 08:36

What a romantic story set in a romantic city! Any regrets? Thank you for taking us along on such a personal experience.

katie October 14, 2019 at 10:09

holy smokes….i’m outside on my porch, sipping my coffee, and have truly been transported….hands down my most favorite posts of yours EVER!!!!

Classiq October 14, 2019 at 11:13

An American in Firenze…what a beautiful story! We spent a few days there during our Italian honey moon and I fell for the architecture and that amazing light in the evening sun. Rome has a more special place in my heart though. I’m eternally in love with it.

Rhonda October 14, 2019 at 15:58

Tuscany and it’s rolling hills are so romantic. I adore cypress trees and have 3 baby trees growing right now in our yard.

Lovely post!

Draffin Bears October 14, 2019 at 16:25

I enjoyed visiting your blog and reading the lovely story of back when you were 20 and seeing the gorgeous photographs.
What a wonderful experience you had in Firenze and can see why it is dear to your heart.
Travel really does broaden your horizon with rich history, art and culture.
Many thanks for visiting my blog.
Happy weekend

Constance October 14, 2019 at 20:02

That is stunning! Sexy, magnificent, delectable, awe inspiring! Tuscany and florence are not to be missed! Am definitely going to add these marvelous places to my bucket list thanks to your post!

Suz October 15, 2019 at 00:26

What a compelling and beautiful story to accompany your gorgeous images. You left me wanting to hear more and of course wanting to visit Firenze.

Rowena October 15, 2019 at 00:36

Thanks for sharing this beautiful virtual journey! I really enjoyed reading about your experience in Firenze! Happy weekend!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering October 15, 2019 at 03:40

Oh wow…what a beautiful post about one of my favorite places in the world! Thank you for giving me a lovely virtual escape! xoxo

Sandy at You May Be Wandering October 15, 2019 at 05:21

Oh wow…what a beautiful post about one of my favorite places in the world! Thank you for giving me a lovely virtual escape! xoxo

Emily Tang October 15, 2019 at 07:05

I always wanted to visit Europe

Stacey October 15, 2019 at 08:07

Awww, this post was heartwarming! I could relate to your sentiments about your time in Firenze. Our time living in Italy totally changed our lives and we vowed to retire there. The people, culture , food, really just the essence of Italia speak to my soul. Thanks for sharing! xx

Palomasea October 15, 2019 at 08:32

What a delicious experience you had, , in many ways! SO special.
Truly a dream come true.
Thank you for generously sharing your memories…
Florence was magical in every way when I visited. Thank you for bringing me back there today.
Isn’t Anita a beautiful soul…bringing all of us from the world over, together like this?!
– Irina

Mary Hone October 15, 2019 at 18:48

Oh how wonderfully romantic. What a special place. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed every moment.

Mary Hone October 15, 2019 at 18:56

Oh how wonderfully romantic. What a special place. Thanks for the tour, I enjoyed every moment.

Angelsdoor October 15, 2019 at 22:43

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet note.
I did come by yesterday and left a comment, I guess it did not go through…
I absolutely love your post!
What beautiful photos and memories you have.. Thank you so much for sharing.
p.s. Love the music!

subham rai October 15, 2019 at 23:12

Looks like an amazing place & Would you like to follow each other
on GFC, Google+ & Bloglovin? Lemme know!
& keep in touch!


Couture Carrie October 16, 2019 at 00:23

Amazing post, darling!
I love Florence, too 🙂

I lived in Salamanca for a semester in college, and that was pretty epic as well.


La Contessa October 16, 2019 at 01:48

What an enchanting story……….NOW off you go to see MY STORY!LOved this POST!What are you making with leather…….I shall SUBSCRIBE to your blog!!
A PRESTO BELLA……………another who did marry the Italian!

FASHION TALES October 16, 2019 at 03:46

Sounds like a very memorable experience it was for you . I love all of these photos, especially the dinner table gathering … is that a photo that you took? It’s gorgeous!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family October 16, 2019 at 09:30

Your beautiful story and it’s images transported me to Firenze and back to my youth!

I was in Florence attending Summer classes when I was 17. We ditched class as well. I can still smell grandness of Florence.

Thank you sharing your heart.

Karena Albert October 16, 2019 at 11:14

thank you so much for this wondrous adventure. Anita has brought us all together to enjoy each others dreams and memories!

The Arts by Karena
Europe: Simply Irresistible!

Linda P October 16, 2019 at 11:30

Lovely photos and visions of a dreamy place I yearn to visit. Thank you taking me along this fabulous tour. How wonderful to be able to experience this. We will someday soon. Romance, beauty, fabulous food and great architecture. Coming over from Anita’s CCC.

Alexis Grace of North On Harper October 16, 2019 at 11:47

Wow. What a beautiful post. I’ve been to Florence, but your post transported me there better than my own memory does! Absolutely enchanting! Thank you for sharing!

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