5 Must-Haves for Fashionable Florence, Italy

5 Must-Haves for Fashionable Florence, Italy

Travel Essentials

I did a little shopping before going to fashionable Florence Italy to update my look – just a few things I thought would travel well: some trendy jeans, clean walking shoes, some tailored cotton shirts, a light weight Michael Kors jacket that squished down into a carrying bag should the weather turn, which came in soooo handy! After all, I couldn’t go to the “Cradle of the Renaissance” looking disheveled. I targeted “neat” because on most occasions, I’m more of a functional, practically-dressed girl. Fashion was really never my thing.
MIchael Kors Navy Chevron Quilted Packable

Tommy Hilfiger Women's Floreda Sneaker

Beautiful Italian Women

When I got to Florence, there was something about the Italian women that truly inspired me. Many of them were so beautiful! I watched in awe as they passed me by, sunglasses glinting in the sun, tossing their shiny dark hair, smelling good, with big leather bags slung over their shoulders, and leather boots clacking on the city’s ancient cobblestone. What was it about them?

After a while, I noticed it wasn’t that the women’s physical characteristics were so striking (although I did envy their high cheekbones, big dark eyes, and olive skin); It was that they held themselves with such an air of confidence. What is it they say? “Confidence is the sexiest attribute a woman can have.” I saw it for myself in Florence. It’s 100% true.

5 Quintessential Fashion Accessories Inspired by Fashionable Florence, Italy

Now, you can’t buy confidence. But I suppose it didn’t hurt that they were sporting beautiful pashmina scarves and jewelry from the shoppes at Ponte Vecchio. Shopping in Florence was so tempting even I could not help but pick up a few must-haves as gifts from fashionable Florence. I narrowed it down to five quintessential fashion accessories one must bring (or take home) from Florence. I was ready for the transformation.

1.    Pashmina Scarf

You can find gorgeous pashmina scarves inexpensively at street vendors in and around the Piazza de Santa Croce, a famous and bussling square in Florence. Soft and colorful with intricately woven patterns, they can be worn looped around your neck or gracefully draped over your shoulders like a shawl. Everyone wears scarves, even the guys wrap them smartly around their necks.

Nine Seven Genuine Leather Women's Pointed Toe Chunky Heel Side Zip Handmade Trendy Designed Ankle Boots

2.    Leather Boots

You’ll find stylish, soft leather ankle boots in many of the store windows. You will be even more surprised at their affordability. A comfortable low heel makes a great finish to jeans while still looking classy — and you can’t beat the Italian leather. Regrettably, I didn’t splurge on the leather boots while in Florence. (What was I thinking?!)  Knock-off boots were the first thing I bought when I returned home.

Steve Madden Women's Twill and Plaid Reversible Ruana3.    A Stylish Wrap

There is something so artistic about wrapping yourself in a fine poncho wrap and tossing one side assymetrically over your shoulder. There were many beautiful, woven styles in natural fibers, it was hard to choose which to take home. Again, the prices were so affordable! I settled on a black plaid that makes a tasteful statement at work or play to complete an outfit or serve at outerwear. I get compliments whenever I wear it, and It’s one of my prized possessions from Florence.

4.   A Leather Purse

The rich smell of leather will likely draw you into more than one leather shop in Florence. Fine stitching, classic styling, and super soft leather makes it hard to leave the shops without taking a genuine leather purse with you. I expected to pay a lot more for the quality of the bag I bought on

Michelangelo Assisi - Woman Shoulder Bag Azalea

Via dell’Oriuolo. It’s big enough and so well-made that I even use it to carry my laptop and paper notebooks on short trips. No regrets.

 

 

5.  Sunglasses

What woman’s mystique isn’t improved by a pair of great sunglasses! Whether you chose something Sophia Lauren might wear, or some cool Gucci aviators, no look is complete without them. I negotiated a Newbee Fashion-"Berrysweet" - Oversized High Fashion Sunglasses for Women with Rhinestones Blingbling UV Protectiongood price on some cheap sunglasses (10 Euro!) with a little bling on each side and wear them year round. Even when it’s not sunny, they are still my go to hair accessory.

To feel truly transformed by fashionable Florence, I discovered you must embrace fashion. As I pull my wrap asymmetrically around me, zip up my boots, toss my big bag over my shoulder and throw on my dark sunglasses for mystique…There I am, finally: Perfectly confident and ready to take on the world.

Breakfast in Positano, Italy

Breakfast in Positano, Italy

An Assortment of Goodness

Delicious Breakfast Choices

As I fill my dish with an assortment of delectables from the complimentary breakfast spread at Hotel Villa Gabrisa in Positano, Italy, it’s hard to choose what to take and what to leave behind. It all looks so good!
Cut fruit, fresh mozzarella balls, slivers of ricotta pie, prosciutto, and bright clementines picked fresh from the trees outside. Even the glossy prunes, which I don’t normally eat, are delicious here. They are fresh, tender, mild, and sweet, with no weird “what is that?” preservative flavor. Not a hint of rubbery.

If only it were fig season, but no such luck in this off-season of February. Those odd-looking fig trees are everywhere; also olive, lemon, orange, all in living color and contrast to our aging grocery store produce in the states. 
Breakfast would be incomplete without a slow frothy cappuccino — or two — served in bright hand-painted cups.

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Anticipating the Day Ahead

Today I bring my breakfast back to my room on the third floor, comfortably overlooking the Amalfi Coast from my balcony. Diffused light fills the air, as does the sound of aqua waves lapping the beach below, poised along the Gulf of Salerno and filled by the warm Tyrrhenian Sea.

I’m told the sand is black and sugar fine but have yet to bare my feet in it. The sun tries to burn through a morning fog, warm and moist, surrounding the steep cove. I am hopeful she will succeed, if only per una momento.

 

Exploring Positano

Housekeeping clamors in the room next door, reminding me I’ve lingered too long at my keyboard this morning.

With camera-in-hand, I will climb up and down what’s sure to be a thousand steps of Positano for the amazing scenes of the Amalfi Coast.

You can walk back and forth on the road for miles as it slowly winds up the cliffs of Positano, or find la scala (stairs) which cut through the mountainous tiers at a dizzying incline to reach the cliff top residences and shops quickly. Going down to the beach is waaaay easier.

Ultimately, as I sling my trusty camera across my neck like a purse, I know the best images will be those forever impressed upon my memories.

All photographs were taken by Jackie Gately with a Canon EOS Rebel or iPhone 7 Plus camera for exclusive use by Enjoy Travel Life (c) 2018.