Saturday, June 28, 2008

Italy Anyone?

When you think of a perfect Italian honeymoon, do you think of strolling the maze of walkways in Venice, the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the bucolic Tuscan wine region, the Spanish Steps in Rome, or the amazing coastline of the Amalfi coast? Ok, I am bragging a little - my husband and I did all that and more on our honeymoon in Italy. Although the entire trip and every stop was memorable, one hotel made a lasting impression.

The Hotel San Pietro, in the beautiful small town of Positano on the Amalfi coast, was simply stunning. The hidden location, built into the rocky cliffs above the Mediterranean, and the airy, relaxing vibe make it a must-stay for anyone looking for the quintessential Italian vacation experience. You know you've arrived when you see the tiny San Pietro Chapel, which sits atop of the cliff and after which the Hotel is named.

When you enter the elevator at the top off the cliffs for the first time, you cannot imagine what will open up before your eyes as the door opens in the lobby. The light filled space with views of the ocean and the floral covered walls is all it will take to make you a believer. It's as if you have arrived at a private villa. You will half expect to see Sophia Loren sipping a Campari and soda on the terrace - and you just might, since the San Pietro is a favorite in celebrity circles.

Hotel San Pietro

Fun Shoes For The Little One

We've had these Naturino shoes in red, navy, green, pink and orange over the past few years. Our three year old loves them and so do I for easy on and off, and just downright cuteness. They are easily washable too. European fit and style paired with down to earth prices at our favorite local show store Gumshoe - naturally!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Angels in Heaven - Helen Ficalora jewelry

I first spotted Helen Ficalora's artistry on my friend Gina who has great taste - she wore a simple gold chain with delicate little charms with a plain white t-shirt. Adorable. The Linda Mancuso Award charm was a pleasant surprise as I checked out Helen's website. Part of the proceeds for this charm go to breast cancer initiatives and Linda Mancuso was a wonderful gal. There are also rings, earrings, charms with yoga people and beautiful angels. Put on your wings and take flight.

Helen Ficalora

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The L-Word

Everyday I embrace the "L-word." Not because I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, but because I love to wear anything from Lululemon. This Canadian-based activewear store has everything I want and one thing I need - the "Be Still" pant. Loose fitting but not nerdy, low waisted but not belly-bearing - it is the best comfy, everyday/workout pant I've tried. Try it yourself- and be still your heart.

Tip: Consider ordering one size down

Be Still Pant

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hanalite Brown Canu Wedge by Calleen Cordero

So I'm strolling down Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, and while passing by the Margaret O'Leary store (yeah right, I spent my entire afternoon there), I see a fabulous pair of shoes and I had to have them.

I put them on hold, dropped a hint to my husband, and what do ya know, they show up on my birthday!

Calleen Cordero

Basic T-Shirts By Alternative Apparel

I hate to admit it, but once in awhile I go lowbrow and pick up a few basic tees from Cheapestees. I buy the Alternative Apparel tees and they are cheap, cheap, cheap - but the real thing and I love 'em!

Alternative Apparel

Monday, June 23, 2008

J. Crew Bubble Necklace

Saw it at a party this weekend - one stylish gal in the room with a simple black shirt and white jeans. It's a J. Crew item and I've already purchased it for my mother's birthday in the hopes I can wear it more than she will.

Bubble Necklace at J. Crew

"Little Leona" at Leona Edmiston

What can I say, I love this Australian designer for all the right reasons. My husband hates it for 1 good reason. Fabulous frocks, shoes, handbags and more delicious accessories for women and I love the new collection for little girls - "Little Leona" will make your little one even more adorable!

Leona Edmiston