Perché le scarpe marroni? (Why brown shoes?)
This is what we kept asking when we first arrived in Rome. Everywhere we looked we saw elegantly dressed Italian men with impeccable taste wearing brown shoes. Coming from New York, where every well-dressed male is wearing black, we were taken aback by what we saw.
We were also astounded to see beautiful palm trees dotted around the city. I had always thought of palm trees as being in sunny climes such as Los Angeles or Key West – not Rome.
The hotel where we stayed was near the Piazza di Spagna or Spanish Steps. We found ourselves climbing up and down this rough terrain many times. At the bottom of the steps a sign says, “The English poet, John Keats, died here.” And every day my husband, Peter, would mutter, “Of course he died. The steps killed him.”
The shops by our hotel on the Via Condotti were fabulous – and closed. Every time we passed it seemed that everything was locked up tight. I never did get their hours straight.
We visited in May and the weather was just right. But we were told that August is brutally hot. So how does one move from one spot to another without melting?
Rent a scooter? No, no and no. The traffic in Rome is terrifying and unless you have a death wish, don’t do this. We actually stood on a street corner one night for 10 minutes and watched the chaotic traffic in action.
Here are a few pointers for August in Rome:
MAY WE SUGGEST…
Our elegant black tops are perfect for trips to faraway lands. We offer a choice of a V-shaped and a scoop neck version that’s just right for travel. A great choice when the plane’s air conditioning is on high.
Or, dress up these tops with sparkly earrings and a simple gold chain for a pre-dinner drink at the top of the fabled Hotel Eden with its view of The Seven Hills of Rome.
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When we saw Crazy, Rich Asians, the smash romantic comedy of 2018, we all agreed that one of the standout performers in the movie was Awkwafina (Nora Lum) – she was a definite scene-stealer. By the way, where are the sequels? The latest rumor is that filming will start with two movie sequels filmed back-to-back in 2020. Don’t bet the rent money. But never mind, when they do come out I’m sure they’ll knock our socks off.
I have a subscription to Air & Space, which is a bimonthly magazine that was first published in 1986 and comes from the Smithsonian. It’s especially relevant this year because this is the 50th Anniversary (1969-2019) of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s first words – as he stepped down onto the soil of Luna were, “One small step for man, one giant step for mankind,” as the whole world watched.
Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not a morning person. This means that every day I get up, fire up the computer for emails, stagger into the kitchen to make a blistering hot, strong 20 oz. mug of coffee and finally, click on New York’s Channel One to check on the weather and/or news while sinking into the sofa and trying to wake up. Ergo: I hate mornings or as Moss Hart once famously said, “Nothing happens before noon, that doesn’t happen after.”
We use Italian lingerie sizing for our bodywear and items tend to run small.
Because of the body-hugging nature of the fabric and our body conscious fit most women prefer to wear our layering tops as under-layers. If you are inclined to wear them on their own we suggest you size up. Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
Relaxed fit. Wear alone or over any of our layering tees or camisoles.
Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
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