Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Get Ready Italy, Starbucks Can’t Be Far Behind

(Garance and her “to go espresso” in Florence)

I was more than a little surprised during my last trip to Italy to see espresso “to go”.

The French fell to Starbucks a few years ago and they have never looked back. I have always heard the excuse that Italian coffee culture is so strong that they would never offer coffee “to go” but these new shops are the beginning of the end for that dream.

The flip side of the debate is that coffee is different from espresso, just like linguine is different from spaghetti. I would think the two could coexist.

UPDATE- already in the comments, people are commenting that one should sit and casually enjoy a coffee. However, in Italy, no one sits to have an espresso, they stand at the bar. I think people are confusing the French coffee experience with the reality of Italian coffee culture.

This is a great little cafe down the street from the hotel we stay at in Milan.

They are trying to offer a slice of American coffee culture to Italians but without serving actual American coffee. It’s a fun idea but the tiny espresso cups only last about one city block before it’s empty.

So, how do we feel about Starbucks in Italy?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Augustus Hotel, Forte dei Marmi, Italy

If you are ever in Italy during the Summer you’ve got to try the Augustus Hotel in Forte di Marmi. As beautiful as this place looks, it smells even better.





Tuesday, August 24, 2010

On the Street….Boho Couple, Florence

I love couples that dresses in the same spirit. It seems to show a bond or a personal secret they have together.

Monday, August 23, 2010

On the Street….Italian Bling, Florence

Friday, August 20, 2010

Summer in the City, NYC

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Steps Towards Fall!!

Finally, a belted cardigan that is cozy but still slim and chic.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Knit Proportion, Florence

I’ve talked alot about the proper amount of shirtcuff to show with a suit.

Well, I think there’s a similar proportion to consider with the relation of a shirtcuff to a knit.

I’m using the above image as a good standard.

ps. note how much better this gentleman looks with a fitted knit. Oversized knits aren’t hiding anything.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On the Street….Full with Flair, Paris

Summer in New York is full of young women in long print dresses. Too often though the dresses are bland, overly basic and usually carrying a cheap looking print. Sometimes they seem like the modern version of the thoughtless housedress.

I think it is so fresh to see a long dress done with a little flair. The fullness of this young lady’s dress doesn’t dwarf her size but does create a beautifully dramatic silhouette when she walks.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Polo with a Suit, Florence

Polo with a suit?

That’s tricky.

Too often it comes off as Master Champ. I think the real key is to wear polo as sleek as the suit.

The next critical question would then be, collar in or out?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

On the Street….Viale Piave, Milano