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Friday 27 November 2015

The LK Bennett / Boyarde bag we've been coveting

I went to an LK. Bennet breakfast recently and got given one of the most beautiful presents ever in the form of a little cross body bag personalised with my own initials painted on by hand by amazing artist Boyarde. It was a really gorgeous and unique present, but sadly for the readers a one off that is not available in store.  

You can however buy the little bag on line, it comes in four colours and I've actually noticed on the LK. Bennet homepage that you can enter a competition to win one bag personalised with your own initials, so I thought I would flag it today in case you want to enter. All you have to do is follow instructions here. Good luck!

Mariel Grey Saffiano Crossbody Bag £145 L.K. Bennet


 Or you could always personalise yours with an


WIT Florence Tip: Pasticceria Gelateria Badiani

Going for 'un gelato' has always played a big part in my family's life - summer and winter. Greta shares this passion and every time we come back to Florence we go for an ice cream, even in the blistering November winds! I have a favourite spot in town where you can enjoy an ice cream sitting by one of the Arno bridges (Gelateria Ponte alla Carraia), but the best ice cream in terms of quality and prestige is a little bit off the beaten track and you have to make the trip to a not so central area of town to enjoy it.

Gelateria Pasticceria Badiani makes some of best ice cream you will ever taste and also 'invented' a flavour that has become a Florentine speciality. It's called 'Buontalenti' and it's essentially an ice cream version of chantilly cream (vanilla and whipped cream with a little taste of mascarpone), it's just delicious and goes really well with their fruit ice creams or more creamy ones. Being a 'Pasticceria" (bakery) they also make excellent cakes, home made ice creams and ice cream stuffed Panetton's - all in really chic branded packaging, so if you ever must bring something for a dinner or party this is the place to get your goodies.

Vl. dei Mille 20/R
Tel +39 055 578682

Thursday 26 November 2015

WIT Florence Tip: Luisa Via Roma

If you are looking to do some seriously high end shopping, the Luisa Via Roma is the shop to head to. It's situated bang in the city centre just off Piazza del Duomo and it presents a quirkier, non-conventional buy like Valentino's Rockstuds in all the the boldest colours imaginable (some of which you simply wouldn't find on Net-a-Porter or Matches) and pieces that are directly off the catwalk. If you want something statement and a little bit on the fun side, this is the shop to head to.

The shop floor in itself is like a candy shop and the decor each season takes inspiration from the current there of the world famous bloggers event that happens every January and July. This year is was all titled "Over the Rainbow" and the shop is still decorated with Mini Ponies, plastic clouds and huge rainbows on the ceiling. It's a super fun shop to explore!

I went in with the intention of taking some pics for you and browsing only but it didn't quite turn out that way... I was drawn to a huge collection of Saint Laurent bags and clutches (the lipstick one is so so cute and has just been added to my Christmas wish list), Manolo Blahnik shoes (in store exclusive) and extensive Isabel Marant Etoile collection, but also some more classic pieces like Equipment shirts and Stella McCartney jeans. Obviously you can shop on line world wide, but if you happen in Florence do pay a visit to the store because it's really a bit different from everywhere else.

Here are some if the things I took into the changing room with me...

7 - Saint Laurent clutch £845
5 - Saint Laurent bag £1325
6 - Valentino Rockstuds £815
4 - Isabel Marant Etoile jumper £290
3 - Stella McCartney jeans £225
1 - Equipment heart print shirt £251
2 - Isabel Marant Etoile shirling boots £375
I may have splashed out on these Isabel Marant boots... not one of my most glamorous buys, but  boy are they warm and comfy and thinking of the winter ahead I needed a pair of practical shoes! I'm pretty sure they will be a WIT mama Friday favourite.

Isabel Marant Etoile shirling boots £375

Luisa Via Roma
Via Roma 19/21r

Wednesday 25 November 2015

WIT Florence Travel Tip: All' Antico Vinaio

I became coeliac with pregnancy but I remember vividly what a great sandwich tastes like and if you ever come to Florence you must make time for one of the best sandwiches in the world from All'Antico Vinaio

Vegetarians look away because this is the place to stuff your schiacciata (Florentine for focaccia) with sbriciolona (a type of salami), finocchiona (another type of salami with anise seeds), prosciutto and salame Toscano topped with all sort of grilled vegetables, mozzarella, pecorino and sauces such as truffle cream and sun dried tomatoes spread. I mean, a vegetarian could have a great sandwich here too.... but you would sort of be missing out.

Don't expect anything fancy from the experience - the sandwich shops are two simple shops off Piazza della Signoria: one where you can sit down and one where you can only to take-away. You will probably end up sitting by the Uffizzi Gallery or by the Arno overlooking Ponte Vecchio to enjoy your sandwich - which are both not bad at all eating spots. Be prepared to cue at pretty much any time of the day, but these run pretty quickly and ultimately are so worth it!

If you prefer to sit down and have a more "fine dining" experinece, you can grab a table at the less busy Osteria next door - no sandwiches served here but you can enjoy primi (risotto, pasta, soups...) secondi (meet and vegetables) or the phenomenal taglieri (boards) which you can get in all sizes and variations with a side of foccaccia and a glass of red wine. You can book here at any time and it's a great spot for both lunch and dinner.

All' Antico Vinaio 
Via Dei Neri 74 R, 50100 - Firenze 
Tel. 0552382723 

Tuesday 24 November 2015

WIT Florence Travel Tip: Officina Santa Maria Novella

I've never been one for 'souvernirs' but if you ever happen to be in Florence this is a place that you: a) want to visit as a historical site b) take away beauty and home products for both you and friends/family as chic/acceptable souvenirs. Especially around Christmas, gifting something in the beautifully wrapped Santa Marai Novella retro packaging is always a little bit special. I always stock up on hand soaps, bath salts and scented candles (the men's range is fab too).

Officina Santa Maria Novella is a Florentine institution. First founded in 1221 in Florence by the Dominican Friars who started making herbal remedies and potions to use in the monastery. Their reputation became world renowned and the pharmacy, sponsored by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, opened to the public in 1612. 

Many of Santa Maria Novella’s products have become a part of history: the world famous pot-pourri is still hand crafted in large terra cotta vats using local essences and plants as has been the tradition since the 1200’s. The first “Eau de Cologne” has been attributed to the pharmacy’s creation in the 1500’s of Catherine de Medeci’s “Water of the Queen.” She used the citrus and bergamot scented water constantly and gave it to all of her closest friends during her reign as the Queen of France.

The Almond Paste is an excellent rich cream made from almond butter. The Rose Water can be used on the face for washing and removing make-up or for scenting linens. The Milky Soaps, scented with Santa Maria Novella’s own fragrances are made with whole milk to protect and soften delicate skin.

And of course the Santa Maria Novella fragrances themselves; classic scents like Honeysuckle, Rose and Iris, exotics such as Patchouli, Marescialla and Calycanthus, and, romantics like Jasmine, Violet and Lily of the Valley.

The original "Officina" is in Florence, but Santa Maria Novella has shops all around the world that you can locate via their website and, from the US, shop online. Yet the Florence experience is unique so make sure you come and visit the store next time you are in town!

 Officina del Profumo Santa Maria Novella
 Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Firenze
Tel +39 055 216276

Monday 23 November 2015

WIT Florence Travel Tip: directions to The Outlets

I'm in Florence all week to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, so instead of the daily outfit pics I thought I would post one Florence travel tip per day from eating out to shopping and sightseeing. I often get asked what are my favourite spots, the ones I like to hit every time I come back so log on in the next five days to see what they are.

First on my list are, of course, The Outlets. I go back (almost) every time I come back and often bring back something fabulous like a pair of shoes, an accessory or dress. You can get to the outlets with handy shuttles from the city center's train station (Santa Maria Novella) or, if you have a car you can drive there yourself. Weather you are planning a trip to Florence or thinking about it for the future, ear mark this page with directions on all of my shopping mecca's and how to get there.

(roughly 35min from Florence)

LOOK OUT FOR: Stella and Stella Kids, Marni, Burberry, Balenciaga, Sain Laurent and the newly opened Prada and Miu Miu wing
  • From Florence take the highway (autostrada) in direction ROME
  • Take the exit at INCISA REGGELLO
  • Follow signs to PONTASSIEVE/LECCIO
  • A lot of windy country roads later...
  • Look out for signs to "The Mall" to the left at a roundabout 

DIRECTIONS to The Dolce and Gabbana
(roughly 35min from Florence)
 LOOK OUT FOR: Dolce man, women and kids 

  • From Florence take the highway (autostrada) in direction ROME
  • Take the exit at INCISA REGGELLO
  • Follow the same road you would for The Mall (above) but take a left at the roundoubout signposted for "Dolce Gabbana outlet'

DIRECTIONS to Prada outlets 
(roughly 25min from Florence)

LOOK OUT FOR: Prada and Miu Miu for both men and women
  • From Florence take the highway (autostrada) in direction ROME
  • Take the exit at VALDARNO
  • Follow signs to MONTEVARCHI
  • Then follow signs to AREZZO 
  • Then look out for signs to "Space Outlet" to the left

Friday 20 November 2015

4 of the best black Capes


I've been wearing my Stella cape so much (literally every day) that I've sort of become obsessed with it and wondered why on earth it took me so long to finally own one. I thought I would wear it mainly in the evening, as it's such a chic and elegant cover up but I actually find myself reaching out for it for every day meetings and over jeans at the weekend. The problem of how to hold your bag is a bit annoying (it really only works with a  clutch), but I love that fact that it doesn't cling and feels like a warm hug. I know there are lots of colours and prints to choose from, but I like a simple go-with anything black.

Weather you decide to splash out or try out this trend on a budget, here are four lovely styles worth WIT's seal of approval  for most budgets. 

Joseph double-faced wool and cashmere-blend cape £945

Mango wool-blend cape £59.99

Stella McCartney wool cape £965 

REDValentino Wool-blend twill cape £595

Wednesday 18 November 2015

The chicest FESTIVE jumper


In Italy we don't really have the concept of a 'Christmas jumper' so I remember when I first moved here I didn't really get it. To this day I still don't own one but every year I invest in a cosy jumper that will serve as the perfect cosy, chic number that stylishly says festive!


This year I've chosen this Elizabeth and James cream feather-trimmed sweater and I'm starting to wear it early as I head to Italy at the weekend to go back to Florence and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. I will be wearing it with my Joseph leather leggings, black courts and a fun box clutch (this one from M&S at £35 is my latest find!). For Christmas eve I might wear it with big earrings and a maxi skirt but for every other Christmas do up to then it will be just as perfect with jeans, a coat of red lipstick and heels.

Elizabeth and James Feather-trimmed cotton-blend sweater £395 exclusively at Net-a-Porter

Monday 16 November 2015

Shop my Net-a-Porter shoot

For those of you that remember, I had a fabulous shoot day with Net-a-Porter back in September and the feature is now live. Throughout the day I Instagrammed a few shots, from my house and some from my swanky location van, all of this as we drove around London to shoot in the various locations that are part of my life.

From my Instagram @WITblog
Previously to the shoot I got to choose from Net-a-Porter all the things I wanted to wear (no, sadly I didn't get to keep any of them...) and on the day I was like a kid in a candy shops surrounded by all my favourite things in the world!

I wore so many beautiful things, virtually all of which I wanted to buy. Especially the By Malene coatigan (looks so smart on and such a useful thing to own in between seasons) and this Alice and Olivia metallic pleated skirt... I promise you I could find a million ways to wear it day or night!

So today I thought I would bring all of the items I wore at our fingertips... it's been so tempting to look at them all over agin I will let you guess which one has made it into my shopping basket!

Joseph Oversized cashmere sweater £495

Chloé Leather knee boots £865

Chloé Drew small leather and suede shoulder bag £1,100

By Malene Birger Fulana belted wool and mohair-blend coat £370

Carven Wool-blend trench coat £870

Gucci Printed silk-georgette mini dress £1,640

Chloé The Marcie mini textured-leather shoulder bag £435

Dolce & Gabbana Embellished cashmere sweater £1,350

Alice + Olivia Katz pleated metallic silk-blend maxi skirt £660

Gianvito Rossi 100 suede pumps £445 

See the full feature here:

Monday 9 November 2015

Best red lipstick of all time

I know I've done a few of these posts before but I still constantly get asked about the shade of lipstick I'm wearing and there is a new entry in my new favourites so today I thought I would give you a little update on my lipstick tray.

(as seen on me clockwise from the left)

Lipstick: MAC Lipstick Matte
Shade: Lady Danger
Price: £15.50
Consistency: matte and I promise you it won't come off for a whole day! l highlight cracked lips.
Why I love it: it's probably my favourite lipstick of all time and the only one I have ever finished and had to re-buy. It's the most durable lipstick I own - I suggest moisturising your lips the night before as otherwise it will highlight cracked lips.


Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour
Shade: Atomic Orange
Price: £25 
Consistency: creamy and moisturising (I like to blot it with a tissue once I applied it to take out a bit of sheen)
Why I love it: the name says it all, it's a super bright yet very wearable shade of orange. Perfect in the summer but also in winter with white knitwear and soft greys.


Lipstick: NARS Velvet Matte Lip
Shade: Red Square
Price: £19
Consistency: Matte but soft
Why I love it: I discovered this shade after Jenna Lyons revealed it to be her favourite shade of orange and I am now addicted to it too. It's a really good red-orange shade and I love the pencil applicator that gives me precise application all the time.


Lipstick: HOURGLASS Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
Shade: Icon
Price: £23
Consistency: Goes on liquid and shiny but dries super matte almost like a stain
Why I love it: It's the absolute perfect berry lip, I love it in the winter and also you apply it once and never have to worry about it again for the rest of the day, even when drinking and eating.


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