What’s A Girl To Wear To The Market In Arezzo?

Every Saturday and Sunday in the Tuscan town of Arezzo the streets and piazzas become one of the most intriguing markets you will ever have the good fortune to visit.


 (I so wanted the Red Lady lamp, but couldn’t figure out how on earth to get her home??)

Largely about furniture and housewears, exquisite laces and linens, 

the Arezzo market is not to be missed if you’re in Tuscany on a weekend.

If for nothing else, you’ll see treasures long hidden in the attics of the giant old Tuscan homes. 

Just touching some of the pieces you’ll feel the history of generations flow through your fingers. 

Its magic.

Its also Italy.

This means a girl can’t show up dressed as if for the Camden or Portobello markets in London, or the Rose Bowl market in Pasadena. There’s a whole different dress code here, and its nothing short of fabulous.

Armed with my camera, I stalked the fashionistas meandering through the stalls, just to show you how killer cool and glam they really are.

Fashion statements aren’t necessarily about the current trends, 

but more of how a girl carries herself and presents herself to the world, 

with her own personal flair and elan.

Before we see the outfits, its important to check out the terrain. 


Its all uphill and downhill, on flagstones, cobbles and pavers,

uneven, textured, and at  times steep.


No flat, smooth asphalt for these divas to strut their sensational stuff…

So what does the fab-u-taliana wear?


 Soft gray ostrich cowboy boots, dove gray half leg leggings, white and gray layered tanks and T’s, 

trench length denim coat, Louis bag, great hair, and “the world is mine” attitude.


Do you love it??? Check out her cool shoes! Prada bag, stylish parka, pedicure.


super chic family! Even the bambini are decked out!


This lady had it going on! I loved her red jacket. The gloves were the perfect finishing touch.

Notice the hairdo – nicely cut and colored.

These Italiana’s don’t miss a single gorgeous detail.

Slim, belted, co-ordinated.


 another peep at the family


 I just loved this lady! We saw her everywhere, all morning. 

Looking like a million dollars, working those shoes!!

She still looked like perfection at the of market end too, not just first thing in the morning.



I loved her coat too. 

She had magnificent glasses on as well, but I couldn’t get a clean shot without blowing my tourista cover.

God knows I tried…


 Channeling Marcello Mastroianni.

Even the dudes looked cool.


What would you do with that fish thing?

I loved the cabinet behind it.


 Prada Prada Prada.

Endless Prada. Fabulous for Sunday morning.


 Stylin mama.

Isn’t she just chic??

Looks like a northerner…


Burberry! A break in the Prada/Louis action – quite refreshing.

Check out how totally put together this couple is.

Age provides no barrier, gives no demarcation.

They’re all just damn fab.



Skinny jeans worn with heels, a trench, fab hair, and accessorized with a cyclist.

Think he’s wearing a cod piece?


 I love those nude heels!!

Check out the height and cut of them!

She’s damn fabulous, and she knows it.

Its part of the air she breathes.

Although I do consider myself to be an Olympic high heeler,

even I couldn’t cut it around the market all morning, up and down the hills in these.

No way.

And these are her Sunday morning market shoes?? I need a new goal…


Sexy girl heels.

Are you seeing how high they are??? 
Remember the terrain (see above)

And sexy Italiana that she is, she saunters and glides with ease,

as if she were wearing flats.

Can’t you feel her gait through this picture?

Its as if she were born wearing them.

I just loved her!


 I just had to get you a close up on the height.

She is my hero(ine)

The pants were very cool too.


 She eats!

Italian girls don’t do the lettuce leaf, black coffee and manic hours of aerobics with a 5 mile run routine.

They eat. 


And are so present in their lives, and in the pleasure of life.

They are sensational.


 And what did we wear? 

Pictured here in the piazza with the lovely Michelle, jewelry designer at Divinity Jewelry,

in jeans and boots, a turquoise trench and a beige pashmina, 

and the ever present aviators 🙂

Ciao ciao tutti!!


Too Fabulous To Hide!!

Look at these fabulous new cosmetic bags from Stephanie Johnson!!

Do you just LOVE???

This is the Madrid Collection, now available in nude. I am obsessed.

Stephanie has made a playful nod to the romance and drama of Spanish Flamenco with nylon rosettes in a delicate buff. A gold zipper with a metallic gold tab zipper pull, and a charmingly romantic coral nylon liner make these bags super luxe as well as super gorgeous.

Far too lovely to be kept indoors, I am actually using mine as evening bags!

The smaller Ava bag is just big enough to fit your cell phone, money, breath mints and hot fuchsia lipstick. It will fit in your handbag, but for a night out why bother? It looks so delicious on its own!!

The larger Greta bag is the perfect size to fit everything a girl needs to get super glam.

Either use it to hold all your makeup items, or, use it as a super sexy clutch for evening!
Both bags are a simple zip around clutch style, without compartments.

Stephanie Johnson Madrid Collection in Glamour Magazine

Also available in super hot pink (also obsessed!) the Madrid bags have caught the eye of beauty editors all over.

Stephanie Johnson Madrid Collection in Teen Vogue

Find these bags (and many more) at www.StephanieJohnson.com

Thanksgiving Travel Makeup Bag

With the busiest travel days of the year ahead of us this week, I thought it might be fun to look at the key items you need to have in your makeup bag to get you through airport drama-rama, so you can arrive at your destination looking fresh faced and gorgeous!

1.) skyn ICELAND Antioxidant Calming Serum

This one of a kind, light as air serum is a powerful new weapon in the fight against stress induced aging. And lets face it – Thanksgiving air travel is about as stressful as it gets!! I use this product in my professional makeup kit when I need a supersonic rescue remedy for stressed skin. When traveling it does the double duty of protecting your skin with it’s potent antioxidants, and restoring vitality and moisture so you look luminously gorgeous!

2.) skyn ICELAND Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels

Also a key item in my pro makeup kit, these  mini eye masks are a girl’s best friend when traveling, getting ready for a big night out, or recovering from one! When you’re feeling run down, exhausted or frazzled the skin under your eyes is the first place to show it. These cooling gel patches instantly soothe, intensively moisturize, firm and tone the under eye area, increasing blood flow and reducing puffiness. A 10 minute love connection with Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels will leave you looking vibrant and fabulous.

3.) h.wood.beauty lip balm

h.wood.beauty Lip Teas are an all natural, all organic line of tea infused lip balms. The ingredient list is super short, super luxe, super lovely just all good ingredients that leave your lips super soft and super moisturized. (can you tell how much I love them??) They come in six delicious flavors. I wear them every day and every night and never travel without at least a couple of flavors. They make a great stocking stuffer too!

4.) Makeup Forever Rock Forever Aqua Eyes Limited Edition

Another perfect stocking stuffer, this little set is also an ideal travel companion. Dazzling shades of gold, copper, silver, dark gray and matte black go waterproof right after you smudge and smoke them into the lash line, so no matter how long the airport delays are you can still arrive with dramatically sensational eyes.

5.) Nars The Multiple in Malibu

The greatest multi-tasker ever, this one product is cheek color, eye color and lip color all in one. Malibu is a universally flattering shade that brings even the most travel-worn complexion to life.

6.) DiorShow Iconic Mascara

This extra hold formula is ideal for the traveler as it holds its curl up to 24 hours. Inspired by the tailoring technique of cutting fabric on the bias to create maximum curve, the brush is an oblique cut with soft silicone bristles that spiral out from the stem to lift, curl and separate each lash.
A favorite backstage at runway shows Iconic lets you flaunt your inner diva with massive lashes, while you wait at the lost luggage counter.

7.) Marc Jacobs Perfume To Go

A girl’s gotta smell divine, even after an extended day of airport fun. Avoid hassles over packing fluids by slipping a slim perfume roller into your makeup bag.

And speaking of makeup bags, my absolute favorite cosmetic bags of all time are from the beautiful
Stephanie Johnson line. These bags are both beautiful and functional, and are loved by celebrities and fashion editors alike. They have the added benefit of being really well built and well structured, so they can withstand the rigors of extreme travel as well as extreme handbag workouts!
How fabulous is the new Bollywood Collection??

The slightly showier twin sister of their best-selling Mumbai collection , brilliant gold stars twinkle against a backdrop of ornate silver and gold metallic faux suede, highlighted by circular bursts of flirtatious hot pink. Dazzling gold crackle trim, gold tab zipper pulls and lush chocolate nylon liner add to a look that is equal parts exotic and chic. 

Stephanie Johnson travel bags and cosmetic bags make perfect holiday gifts! See website for store locations.

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