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From Italy with love

Currently on a roadtrip that started with a 24h boat trip from Greece to Ancona.
First stop: Florence.
Highlights & tips:
The trip is long and the boats are no cruise ships, so be well prepared.
Florence, as you well know, is a small jewel, a live museum throughout its extent.
Don’t miss the green, red and white italian marble facade and the duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore.
The Uffizi Gallery, that hosts treasures of the Renaissance, like Botticelli’ s Birth of Venus and Spring.
Try a negroni or a glass of prosecco at the veranda of Hotel Lugarno by the river, right before sunset.
Late dinner at Osteria dell’Olio, excellent wines and Tuscan plates.
Fine stationery and smart gifts at Parione.
One of the best Bisteca Fiorentina is that at Trattoria 4 Leoni that my Florence based friend Haritini recommended, as well as the ravioli stuffed with pear cream and cheese.
Not to be missed: La Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria di Novella, a post about this 16th century perfume legend is on the way.

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Lavender

And this is the most beautiful dress I have ever slipped in. Not really a dress, since it’s a three piece miracle made of silk crepe in an icy lavender color, consisting of a maxi skirt, a top and a pvc belt.
By glorious Roksanda Ilincic.
Sling backs by Jil Sander. British country flowers by Zerdes flower shop.
Photos taken at Grecotel Pallas Athena by Mirella Alexou.
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The new tradition

Greek tradition offers unlimited inspiration to designers and
I can always use a loading dose of it every time a heatwave arrives in town.

From left: Greek Tsarouhi pendant by Katerina Ioannidis against mom’s needlecraft. Cotton pouches by Zeus + Dione (from your beach bag straight to a night out). The new Tepareo collection of excellent quality cotton pareos.
Semi-permanent framboise nail color and impecable manicure by Nyxi-Nyxi Nails Academy.
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