Tag Archives: Italy

SANTA MARIA DEL FIORE

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Just looking back at these photos make me sigh. I have approximately 2 hours until I have to head to the airport…yet again, for work. Traveling is indeed tiresome (I can barely open my eyes at the moment), but it is equally just as much a fuel for me. Some places just take your breath away, and it’s worth that really long walk or train ride or hours stuck on an airplane. I don’t think I’ve seen anything as beautiful as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Just a short walk from the city’s most luxurious shopping district. My Firenze diaries really don’t ever seem to end now do they? I keep rediscovering lost, unpublished moments. It was a rainy afternoon on the Ponte Vecchio, but even with the grey skies, the city was golden. Glistening with it’s raindrops. It was our last day in the city, and I felt the city was weeping with us. I didn’t want to leave this magical place. There’s something very romantic about a walk in the rain in an unknown city and disappearing into the nearest cafe. I’ll remember every street corner and every face we’ve come in contact with, but never it’s name.

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// Muubaa shearling coat, Band of Gypsies top, White + Warren travel wrap, VEDA pants, Ax + Apple necklace //

WELCOME TO MY CRIB

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Well, my dream crib. It was a chilly morning at Villa Cora, and I wanted nothing more than to sit on that balcony with a cup of hot tea. There’s something about a pink house I just adore. Faded from the Italian sun with a lush courtyard to boot. When I wasn’t slipping into my favorite cocktail dresses for our nights out with the Luisaviaroma team, you’d find me in this pair of kickass jeans. So high waisted they go far beyond my belly button, with a zipper and hook that reminds me of the Limited Too flares I sported back in elementary school (except those had a leopard stripe down the side. Yikes). Jane Birkin is the reason any girl has flattering jeans nowadays.

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// See by Chloe top, Finders Keepers jeans, For Love & Lemons knit cardigan, Vintage belt, Opening Ceremony boots //

VILLA CORA | Florence

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The Hotel Villa Cora is indeed one of my favorite places to stay in Florence, Italy. My bright yellow room was quirky, bold, and so incredibly chic! There was so much character. I never wanted to hop out of that gigantic bed. Even my bathroom and tub was a beautiful hue of mustard yellow! Now I just want everything in this happy, eclectic shade. Our stay felt a lot like a movie. It easily could make for a Wes Anderson film set. Everything was symmetrical. Everything came in pairs. The lamps, the end tables, the chairs. Everything centered and perfectly placed. It’s funny how I notice my surroundings. I picture everything as a photograph. But I guess that’s a good thing when it comes to my field of work. Plush pillows. Luxe curtains. Morning breakfasts overlooking the steaming outdoor pool lined with Roman statues. This is one place where you will feel just like a queen. The best thing about traveling is enjoying the hotel. Then comes the food. Then comes the fashion. Florence made me want to cuddle up in a beret, scarf, and my hotel slippers. Dylana filmed this little short story at the lovely, Hotel Villa Cora. And what a pleasant stay it was.

See more of my little films on my Youtube.

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TASTE THE RAINBOW #FIRENZE4EVER

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I’m excited to share our final series from our Luisaviaroma #Firenze4Ever shoot in Florence, Italia! When I saw Dylana in this beautiful metallic Missoni number, I once again bounced off her vibes. Color and vibrancy. Just like our personalities. Anything that looks like it could be a Skittles campaign, count us in! I spotted this Antonio Berardi silk twin set, and decided on dressing down our luxurious looks with some “dance till you drop” sneakers. Completely unexpected, but we convinced our stylist that it just works. From the drained jacuzzi, we had the absolute best view of Florence. The clouds peeking in just before a good rain. We had E Online Latino and the Luisviaroma team on set with us to document a little super hero hot tub action in some of our best clothes.

photographed by Sara Mautone

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on Dylana:

MISSONI dress (from Luisaviaroma)

Guiseppe Zanotti sneakers

on me:

Antonio Berardi silk top and skirt

Guiseppe Zanotti sneakers

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