Posts Tagged summer
I bet you are wonder if I wrote Porsche wrong – but I assure you I am talking about the E. Porselli ballet flats, handcrafted right here in Italy. Same luxury feel, same wonderful comfort, same sporty look . . . but a whole lot easier on the credit card!
We have 6 new col0rs online – and we would like some feed back -
Did we choose the right colors in these Porselli Ballet Flats for SS 2013?
but we have to say that it really kicks *$&?*
It’s easy to say what we like about this designer leather handbag, to start off it has to be the color! Basically this color will move from winter to spring to summer and back to winter all without batting an eyelid. Using the Campomaggi bags distinctive trademark of a washed leather look, Caterina Lucchi takes it one step further by adding color. And when we say color – we mean a deep rich color. This season they have been dipping their bags into orange (be it intense, washed-out or a variation of) – and you know what? It works!
Another feature that we really love about these bags – besides the multitude of pockets and carry methods? It’s the way that the Caterina Lucchi design team plays with texture. Just look at how the L3232MU shows not one … not even two but four different leathers mixing together. There is a laser cut net leather, then a laser cut daisy pattern, an embossed python print and “normal” vachetta leather. All four mix together bringing movement to a style that could actually be considered – plain (?, I think we can say that, the flap over rectangular tote bag with three inner compartments is not anything new on the market) – however when you mix the leather textures, add the signature Caterina Lucchi tassel, and antique varnished hardware – well now you are starting to talk designer level.
If we really had to pinpoint something that we would change? Well, we could comment on the fact that every single bag is different – and since what you see is NOT always what you get . . . you need to be prepared for the diversities that come with this particular brand. Since the washed leather effect is done manually (and not by some technological robot paintbrush) there will always be differences in the color – the intensity of the color and the application of the color.
But not only that, Caterina Lucchi is infamous for changing the style – without warning. You might see the bag online with an antique finished chainlink cross body strap – but when it arrives it actually has an all leather cross body strap. Be sure to ask for details about the bag if these things are important, the Pierotucci Customer service team will give you exact details on the bag that is actually be shipped to you – just ask!
Yet on the other hand, this is exactly one of the reasons that we love Caterina Lucchi Italian leather handbags – it’s almost like owning a one of a kind bag.
I’d say we are all working hard to get the last of the bags cut and assembled before we all head out to the beach for a few weeks of well earned relax and vacation! Marco is following up on the prep work that Betta started for the FORTUNATA Italian leather handbags. All the odd sized pieces of leather that are being used for the Fortunata Tote bag are gathered together and then Marco cuts the pattern pieces according to the detailed planning sheet. He needs to be sure to have had his cup of expresso – because he needs to be wide awake, since the colors can change for every bag he needs to be continuously counting out the pattern pieces and making sure that the colors are all homogeneous when working with a limited amount of Italian leather.
And we got the washed Italian leather bags to prove it!
Out of the five new models that have been added to the Pierotucci Campomaggi Collection, there is one of them that would definitely stand out in a crowd ladies. This versatile clutch bag has an adjustable / removeable shoulder strap that can be shorten to three different lengths – without a buckle. Marco Campomaggi was ingenious with this clip that makes up part of the design of the bag yet is functional as well.
But the pièce de résistance would be the decoractive semi polished stone securely embedded to on the front flap. The texture and contour of the stone compliment the rugged washed leather, yet seem to soften it and give it just the right amount of a woman’s touch.
Not too large and heavy, like many of the Campomaggi bags, this cross body clutch will be just enough to carry the essentials while travelling, going out at night or even a casual event. There is a secure magnetic snap closure plus a top zip so even if you are the adventurous or active type, you won’t have to worry about losing your “stuff” along the way.
Give us some feed back, what do you think of our newest addition?
It is springtime in Tuscany and all you need is a drop of sun and the roses are in bloom everywhere! It almost seems that roses are as proficuo as weeds in some areas. It is in my nature to be generally super curious and I will find myself asking tons of questions when I find a reliable source and then I tuck these pieces of info into my brain. I found most of my American friends and family, when they come to visit, indulge me and listen to these stories and facts – many of them are probably wondering how it is I can remember all of these curiousities but I had the hardest time remembering how to do algerbra or spell anything with more than two vowels in it. And I am about to share with you one of these interesting little facts.
As it turns out both Tuscan vineyards and I share a common like : Roses. Anyone who has visited Tuscany might have noticed that at the beginning of each row in the vineyards there can occassionally be found a rose bush. This is especially true for the older vineyards – like those located around my house. Some might have thought that is was a gesture of beauty, but I can assure you that the Tuscan farmer has no time for adding a bit of beauty when it comes to something as serious as his veggie garden or vineyard.
When I first started gardening in Tuscany, planted flowers all a long my fence. I was continuously under the scrutiny of my neighbors – the older they were the more curious as to what the American girl was up too. Bruno, as old as they get and with a face that never cracked a smile, shook his head and gave me a look bordering on disgust he said: ”boh, fiori?” Of course, don’t they look good?. ”boh (a Tuscan way of saying I don’t know) non si può mangiare fiori” – you can’t eat those flowers so, I was just wasting my time.
But not all flower are a waste of time, for example fried fiori di zucca (fried zucchini flowers – need I say more?) and roses. Yes, back on the topic at hand. Apparently roses were traditionally planted at the end of the rows in vineyards because they are delicate – more so than the vines. In this way, if the flowers or the bushes started to show signs of bugs or diease the farmer would be alerted before the problem could attach the vineyards. The rose bush above is one of my favorites, nestled underneath a olive tree pushes out blooms from May to November non stop – and not scrawny blossoms but long stem red roses!
Not all roses are found in or around the vineyards, like this silver plated Nomination bracelet with a rose motif, this one can be found on line at Pierotucci.com And let’s just say that the younger generation of Italians are just as fond of planting flowers and roses as they are of planting tomatoes and zucchini plants.
This bush with is spectacular yellow and pink blossoms stands taller than me! I love the idea of it protecting all of these vineyards. Of course today – it is more for show than utility because there are lots of other ways to keep an eye on the health of a vineyard. However, I love it that some farmers still go out of their way to protect these reminants of cultural history.
This pole actually has two different kinds of roses – one is what I would call a wild rose – that the white one crawling up high. Then there is the romantic white and pink rose – similar to this pink gold rose and silver bracelet from the ROSES collection from Nomination.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures I took of the vineyard and roses surrounding my home in Tuscany.
March comes in like a lamb but goes out like a lion, April brings on cold showers and May is straddling winter temps and summer sunshine all the while puffing pollen and other sneeze causing things in the air. There is no rule of thumb on how to dress in mid season except maybe …. make it flexible. Last week in Tuscany everyone was working on a “cambia di armadio” which may sound rather intimidating but it actually just means switching their winter wardrobe for their summer attire. And for some people this can be quite a daunting task (my colleague at work takes a week off just to get it right – but then she uses her spare bedroom as a walk-in closet.) For others this could mean just making sure the wool sweaters get some lavender perfumed slips to keep the moths away.
The trick to the transition is always leave something warm to cover those unexpected temp drops from tropical to Siberia. Last week I was cutting the lawn in shorts and a halter top and this week its been so chilly I have had to sleep in my pile PJs to keep warm! One just wants to scream where is the logic here!! So the obvious choice here is the leather jacket addition which works well in all temps and provides a distinctive fashion statement. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Sometimes its the color or texture of the leather that makes a statement, like this distressed leather Jacket from Michael Kors. Reminds me of the Campomaggi look: rustic and sophisticated all at the same time.I am always a little bit nervous about wearing a suede leather jacket – however you can not deny that when it is smooth and soft, its a pure delight to run your hand over a suede leather jacket.
Probably the easiest look to get away with is a cropped leather jacket – like the collarless version above in beige nappa leather with contrasting tobacco trim or the classic all black designer leather jacket for women with a dual collar.
The fresh colors of summer mixed with the intoxicating smell of leather – what a sweet mix and match! I adore the distressed leather look on this cropped style genuine leather jacket with decorative snap collar. It has a fitted cut to it that works with bright colors like this sunshine yellow pants. I wanted to keep the florals in the game plan, since they are so hot this year and with that I added a Campo dei Fiori bag – just big enough for the essentials. I can so see myself climbing on board my sweeties Vespa and feel the warm breeze of summer as we dodge the tourists along the streets of Florence. Anyone want to meet up for drinks at the Uffizi tonight, on the roof top terrace?
£22 - houseoffraser.co.uk
£102 - farfetch.com
$79 - toms.com
€66 - pierotucci.com
€77 - pierotucci.com
€63 - pierotucci.com
$44 - barneys.com
$28 - shuuemura-usa.com
$105 - saksfifthavenue.com
€345 - pierotucci.com
A special thanks to Kateo from Polyvore, who used one of our Bracialini Italian Designer Handbags in her set See through Summer. We love the way she mixed the soft beach-y colors with whimsical touches of green all of which are nicely accented with sparks of color complimenting her use of this fanciful summer handbag from Braccialini in Italy.
$50 - topshop.com
£7.99 - hm.com
£9.99 - hm.com
$168 - simplysoles.com
€115 - pierotucci.com
$95 - calypsostbarth.com
$35 - oasis-stores.com
$180 - shoplesnouvelles.com
£23 - mango.com
$18 - macys.com
$16 - swell.com
$40 - dwr.com
$380 - realpalmtrees.com
What are you wishing for ? Wishing for a replay on those summer days? Wishing you were back at the beach – footloose and fancy free? Wishing you were watching your kids laughing at the waves?
75 - julesb.co.uk
€120 - pierotucci.com
$35 - mommycouturedesigns.com
40 CAD - gravitypope.com
$15 - oldnavy.gap.com
$24 - tradingphrases.com