Skin

Italian women have perfected the art of revealing the right amount of skin, just enough to be both alluring and elegant. It’s not as much a question of how much skin you reveal – though surface area certainly plays a part – as how and what you reveal. Knowing the tradition your style trend comes…

Heels heels heels

Italian women do love their heels. They wear them to the store, to the park, on their motorinos, and to work, undaunted, across cobblestone. Luckily, the ballet-flat trend appears to be holding strong, even in Italy, so we can get a free pass as we pack for a weekend getaway. I think the foldable flat…

Traveling lite

Packing the right clothing is essential to being able to travel lite. Italians can make fashion statements out of the simplest of clothes – a plain t-shirt and some elegant silver jewelry or a scarf. I’m taking my cue from them in suggesting key garments to pack for a summer weekend getaway, or if you’ve…

Taking the bridge

  To kick off our summer posts, let’s talk travel. Years of budget mini-breaks in Italy have taught me what you need, and what you don’t need, to pack for a fun weekend getaway.First, though, some advice. Travel wherever you like, with whomever you please, but I’d be remiss – if we’re wanting to be truly…

Washing your hair come si deve

Isn’t it great you can save time and make your hair look better? Buying SLS-free shampoo means buying shampoo less often, and washing your hair once a week frees up a ton of time in the morning. It also is a blessing for any hair type, length, or texture. Only if you do it properly,…

Italians don’t have closets

They have armoires – floor to ceiling, maximizing every inch of space. The key to healthy clothes-closet organization is il cambio di stagione, changing seasons. Winter clothes need to hibernate in summer and vice versa. I recommend a dedicated space in your storage closet, preferably in a freestanding closet. Keep clothes protected from sunlight and dust, but don’t…

Let’s Talk Fridges

Refrigerators in America are cavernous. Like store a side of beef-big. When my little sister laid eyes on my modest fridge in Italy, she promptly informed me that her friend had a bigger one in her dorm room for snacks. And that was before I moved to a more rustic home with a fridge that could…

Dolce Vita begins

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