My favorite kind of Tuesday indulgence in #yourflorence, parmigiana di melanzane and a proper catch up with the lovely @tessakiros at the always reliable no-frills Sergio Gozzi. Not pictured were my perfectly cooked peperonata. Tomorrow I’m off to Sicily — Catania first and based near Scicli for @italymagazine’s annual team meeting. Any tips for this area?
Like a little corner of Paris in #YourFlorence, Dolci e Dolcezze and its elegant mint green interiors has long been a favorite place for a treat yourself pick-me-up moment ie: coffee break with the loveliest pastries you’ve ever seen. Ps: Don’t miss the their fabulous selection of fruit and chocolate tarts.
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. This weekend was a surprise in every single sense of the word and I’m very grateful to @engineerbydayinflorence and our awesome friends for making this one unforgettable birthday. 😘 Also.. @borgoivicelli we may just leave #yourflorence and move right in!
Today I’m 35 🎉
A birthday I wasn’t looking forward to celebrating, not because I’m getting older (in italy it is easy to always feel young, another reason I love this country) but because I assumed we would have other reasons to celebrate.
I’m well aware that Instagram is for the pretty things. The beautiful landscapes, the big smiles and enviable lifestyles.. but I believe there’s nothing wrong with acknowledging the good and the bad that makes up our REAL lives, the parts that at times contain less of a rosy filter. Also because I know it personally helps when you feel like the only person on the planet dealing with real life problems •••
My husband losing his mother, us losing our baby boy at five months a little over two months ago; things that change you as a person and how you look at the world.
Life at the moment is still trying to get though the daily routine that encompasses a normal life, just trying to figuring out ‘what’s next.’ One thing I’ve realized during this time is that grief is a funny thing. It hits you at the most bizarre moments.. like when you’re waiting for the bus, buying apples at the supermarket or simply walking to your next meeting. Some days you feel infinitely more positive about the future ready to tackle the world, others are a struggle to get even the most mundane.. deadlines done. It’s just getting used to a new normal.. and that’s ok •••
That being said, there has been laughter, returned smiles and good times during this less than stellar time for us.
Thanks to our awesome friends and family both near and far, they have lifted our spirits more than they can ever imagine. That to me is something really worth feeling grateful for today •••
The beauty of people showing you the meaning of what it is to be truly there for somebody. It’s a reminder to me that when in doubt assume that people need you more than they might admit. A reminder to reach out, be present and care TODAY. Grazie a tutto voi, you know who you are. 😘
There is nothing more precious than the 24 hours after you’ve gotten your hair done... hence the need to take that new “do” on a spin around town before humidity hits! Grazie Mille di cuore to the talented team at @wavefirenze for making me feel like a million bucks every single time! #yourflorence#fridayfeeling
As much as I adore eating and drinking I’m always in favor when a new artisan opens up shop in #yourflorence instead of solely bars and restaurants. @frauleman’s shop on Via della Chiesa is barely bigger than a breath but what it contains is the work of a passionate young artisan whose leather accessories are perfectly functional for city life. Love love love the box purse, Santo Spirito tote and soft wallets. Ps: she can personalize all items and adjust bags/wallets to your liking with a quick turnaround. I’m a fan 😍
The more “ugly” the tomato, the more delicious it is. I don’t need much these summer days but a bunch of tomatoes, a little salt and a generous drizzle of good EVOO 😍. How do you eat your summer pomodori? #yourflorence
Flashback to July 4th in the beautiful ‘borgo’ that is the home of @julskitchen with friends for a meal of freshly baked schiacciata, the most delicious gazpacho I’ve ever tried and a myriad of veggies. I might have to reconsider life in the city 😍 #girlintuscany
Have you ever seen these beloved wine portals “buchette del vino” embedded within the walls of Florentine palazzi around the city? Here is where wine was once sold to the public from countryside estates looking to sell their extra stock to the public. Nowadays they serve more as relics of the past, simply part of the urban fabric of #YourFlorence, otherwise turned into mail slots or doorbell/intercom systems but I did see one open adjacent to a new restaurant/cafe @babaefirenze that makes me think how cool it would be to have this tradition revived! Nico certainly approves 🍷