Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Where to spend a long summer weekend for a change? 

I decided to visit Orta lake 
( North West of Italy, less than a couple of hours by car from where I live )

I had never been there...

...and so I booked a room

In the lovely city of Orta ( of course! )

Then I had to choose what to wear there.
( difficult task when you don't want to carry a heavy  luggage! )

Mistaking the outfit  means feeling uncomfortable for the whole staying 
and having no alternative.

The most important part of the luggage (for a lady) regards the shoes...
Because the wrong choice can ruin the journey! 

At home I had  thought that a pair of platform sandals would have gone OK: not too high, very soft leather, 
nice with my long, cream-coloured skirt ( Liviana Conti  )

The place was charming!

( stay tuned if you want to know about my sandals...)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The choice

In a hot afternoon at home I enriched a pair of earrings I had, adding a small bell.

Now I can wear them either with or without it. 
Big choice! 

With this puzzle in mind, I was enjoying the ( very ) quiet living  in Airole, the village where my second home is.
 Even if when I am there I miss my beloved city of Turin, love wasting time and leave my mind go free

( please note my end-of-the-season purchase : the knitted skirt has a peculiar net print )

 In the village, the time goes by slowly and big news are not frequent, but this year  there is something different.
look at my back: you can see a cafe', don't you? 

It's in the main square of the village:  there I have a  nice view over the church, 
there is fresh wind coming from the halley and the owner is a very friendly person. 
Always ready to give a helping hand.
So far so good...

But in the same  ( tiny ) square they recently opened a second cafe': nice view over the fountain,  more comfortable chairs, very friendly owner here too.

You know, in a very small place all  commercial activities need to be supported 

...Morning coffee here, afternoon cappuccino there,
luckily both cafes have a wifi connection!

To be honest I have to precise that neither here nor there it works properly  !!!
( OK...I am on holidays )

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

My coffa bag

 I probably have already told you about my Sicilian origins.
As a consequence, sooner or later it had to happen that I desired a coffa.
I chose my favourite one on the Internet and very quickly got it at home! 

Do you know what a coffa is? 
Well, in origin it  was a natural fiber bag hand-knitted and made from palm leaves

In past times they used coffa bags on the traditional Sicilian cart to carry hay for the mule  
( offspring of a donkey and a horse )

Nowadays it is a luxury item richly decorated and embroidered .

One of the most famous brands is Tizzini, which makes gorgeous masterpieces 
with great care of every single detail ( and extraordinarily high prices!  )

Also duo Dolce & Gabbana paid  tribute to   Sicilian origins with a set of beautiful straw coffa bags

My coffa is made by an artisan of Catania and is covered with blue velvet both inside and out.
The artisan sewed three Caltagirone ceramics on the front part.
The bigger one reproduces the face of a Saracen man. 
( the Saracen pirates sacked  Sicilian cities )

Isn't it a beauty??? And it perfectly matches to the village where I spend my sunny afternoon...

No photos of me today, but I can tell you that I am feeling  a real ... Sicilian lady!!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


The same day when I bought my red skirt ( I shared it two posts ago), a blouse in the same colour went home with me : this is going to be my red summer!!

The blouse has a funny shape which allows to style  the piece differently :

With a  knot at the middle  front 

Two knots on the two sides

Or just a one side knot ...

Not a big difference anyway.
Plus, honesty I have to admit that I  usually wear the blouse with no knots at all. 
It's funny, but  when you are at the shop, details seem to be an extra reason for purchasing!

 I also added  red accessories to my outfit : lucky red crowns
( no, I don't believe in   combinations between objects and what happens in real life . Do you? )

The other bracelet has a  coin with a religious symbol ( found in a flea market ) tied up in a bow to a bangle .
 Finally I wore my floral ring ( both already worn in many recent posts )

I matched my bracelets to a church with two big statues of saints  ...  (Yes,  I really did!! )
very often  the photos of the surroundings that I include in my posts are related  to what I am talking about ( Sometimes in a very hidden way)

Do you have a favourite colour this summer? 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Three good reasons

Hi! I am some days late with the post, but I have at least three good reasons for that! 

First, I enjoyed some days in the tiny village not far away from the coast
  where I often go when I need rest 

To be precise, when I say rest ... I mean silence, quiet living and doing really nothing!
As you can guess from the photos...this is the right place for that!!

The second reason for my late posting is that ... when I go there I take only necessary stuff! 

A few jewels,very few accessories, very simple clothes. I have nothing which makes a post interesting! 

And finally, here comes the third reason : the salt water of the nearby sea,sun and the heat,
 the  ( pleasant) laziness of my days there...have ( bad ) effects on my look! 

In a word, it took me time get some good photos! 

But holidays are holidays, right??   :-)
I only wonder ...
Am I the only one who  prefer spending summer, torrid days away from the crazy world ??

Monday, 5 June 2017

Woman in red

It had to happen sooner or later: last week I decided that red was not so bad after all...
( nothing against the colour,  but I haven't  been wearing it often in my life)

So, why not give it an ( exaggerate ) try??

Not an ordinary red skirt,  but a long, wide, asymmetric one which surely doesn't go unnoticed! 

Big flowers as earrings in a pale shade of yellow
( recently bought )

L'Autre Chose 
And neutral colour low heel sandals.

It was a hot morning in the city 

and I was looking for some corner in the  shade ...

Which didn't turned out to be a good idea for having good quality photos...

Do you happen to wear an extraordinarily exaggerate piece of clothing now and then?