I of course picked up some typical tacky tourist goodies to bring back for friends. Each time I go on a trip anywhere I bring back a mini monument for DW. I think she's got a little collection growing of all the typical monuments, brought back by family and friends. I also picked up some kitchen products and a painting for friends' birthdays.
I was determined to find an " I heart Roma" bag. I kept an eye out as we past every store or kiosk, with no luck. Finally on our last day, I spotted the bag I wanted. I have a couple traditions each time I travel to foreign countries, and one of them is picking up a small canvas tote bag from a museum, city, or store. I have one from an amazing used book store in Krakow, and this bag will make an excellent addition to the collection. I bring them with me to the market, reminding me of my travels with every grocery trip.
Each city also had its own scarf with its signature points of interest depicted. I've been using this one from Venice to keep my summer wicker tote closed.
I was also determined to find a pair of the beautifully colored sueded loafers I had seen on so many well-dressed Italians. As much as I swooned over the Tod's loafers, I couldn't afford to pay over 300 euros, but I was lucky enough to find a pair of bright blue ballet flats and bright red driving moccasins for only 45 euros each.
I wasn't really looking for a new summer dress, but when I saw this dress in the Max & Co window, I just had to have it! Given the sail boats, beach scenes, over-sized collar, and a-line wrap silhouette, it was a perfect summer dress. It's difficult to tell on the hanger, but it has a bubble skirt and a deep v. I decided it will be perfect for graduation next week. As much as I may want to wear something a little more traditional, considering that I will be graduating with Fine Arts and Art History students who have been known to wear tutus to class, I decided to go for something a little more fun.
And my absolute favorite Italian souvenir:
My monogrammed leather and canvas bag from My Style Bags in Florence! As soon as I saw it in the shop window I fell in love. The last thing I need is another monogrammed tote, but because it's a cross between a traditional canvas tote and an Hermes Birkin, I think it's the perfect polished bag to add to my budding professional wardrobe. It's a piece I hope to have forever.
What are some of your most cherished items that you've picked up on your travels?