While I was out running errands in the neighborhood today, the thought, ‘Only in Italy,’ passed through my mind several times. First, I had to take a pair of sandals to the cobbler to get re-soled. In Rome, you’ll find a calzolaio, or shoemaker/shoe repair shop, in every neighborhood–and sometimes more than one–while back home in Virginia, we were lucky to have one cobbler in the entire county. After I took care of my shoes, I stopped by the alterations shop to drop off my husband’s suit jacket for some replacement buttons. The man working there walked to the door and pointed me in the direction of a store across the street where I needed to purchase the buttons before bringing them back to be sewed on. Lo and behold, I made the short walk over to find a place specializing in ribbons, thread, zippers, buttons…anything you need for sewing. I made my purchase, walked back across the street, and handed the jacket and buttons to the alterations person–good to go! I know this is an everyday occurrence for most Romans, but the experience is totally new to me, and I just love all of the specialty shops here and how they work together to provide services to the community.
I like to get a little dressed up for dinner dates with my husband on the weekend, and one of my favorite combinations is a blazer, jeans, and heels, and since this kimono-style jacket (last worn here and here) has a bold pattern, I kept the rest of my look pretty simple. I love the dark floral print because it’s easy to create a polished date-night look simply by adding some more black with a chic bag and statement heels.
- Jacket (H&M)
- Camisole (J. Crew Factory)
- Denim (7FAM)
- Heels (Vince Camuto–no longer available; similar here and here)
- Bag (Chanel)
- Lip (Chanel ‘La Romanesque’)