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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Last week we introduced you to the newly opened Hudson Yards and provided lots of basic, down-to-earth information. CLICK HERE for a fantastic video of the grand opening ceremony (sound on/full screen). This week we’re going to focus on the shops and restaurants you will find as well as “The Vessel” (New York’s answer to the Eiffel Tower) and “The Shed” (a performance and exhibition space that expands and contracts).
No matter where you are in the world today, it seems one cannot escape politics. As I do not want this post to be an oxymoron, my goal is to keep it on topic - politics in fashion?. It was not that long ago, I cancelled one of my previously beloved fashion magazines (and as you read this, it wasn't American Vogue). Without thinking twice, I cited the reason being that I was a subscriber to this magazine because it used to be about fashion, now it was about fashion and politics.
On April 15, 2019 a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Since I had seen this magnificent structure in my early twenties I found this horrific news very upsetting. I was grateful that we had scheduled an outing to the recently opened Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan. It was a welcome distraction because this creation of a “brand new neighborhood” was overwhelming. I have 10 pages of typed research notes that I plan to break down into bite-sized points to give you a quick overview of this astounding venture.
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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