Street Style, Italian Style

I recently celebrated my twenty year anniversary with my husband with a trip to Italy. I haven’t taken a trip with my husband alone for more than a long weekend since our children were born. We had talked and talked about it, but whenever we had an opportunity to take a vacation we wanted the boys to experience it with us. This year we finally decided it was important to take some time for ourselves.

Having not gone on vacation to Europe in more than a decade, I really wasn’t sure what to pack. I did some reading and called Elizabeth at the Hive for her input. It seemed that Italian women do dress well pretty much all the time. I would have to up my fashion game if I wanted to fit in. Jeans were okay, as were sneakers, as long as they were fashionable ones. Flats and loafers and a blazer or smart jacket could also pull a look together.

As you may know, I am a high heels girl as a rule. I would have to buy a few things to walk the streets, museums, and churches across Rome and Florence. I found these loafers at the Shoe Hive and these silver sneakers, which I was surprised to find were a fashion staple in Italy.

Who knew? Probably everybody but me, but I do not claim to be a fashionista. I know high heels and handbags, but other than that…totally hopeless. I read Stylebook regularly to learn what’s in fashion!

The street style in Italy was pretty simple and amazingly uniform. Jeans, flats or sneakers, and a stylish top. Colors were usually subdued. Blues, black, white, and metallic were everywhere. If there was bright color it generally came in the form of a handbag or lip color. Makeup as a rule highlighted one feature. Big bold eyes and light lip or bold lip and just mascara. One constant? The facial makeup was flawless.

I snapped a couple photos of women on the street who seemed to epitomize the look.

I came away from the trip dedicated to making an effort to look more pulled together, even when running to the grocery store. After all, I was in Italy for ten days and saw only a handful of women in yoga pants…and I don’t think they were Italian. 😉


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

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1 Comment

  1. Jacky Sher Raker says:

    Wow – twenty years! Looks as if you had an amazing trip – where to go in another twenty?

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