La Dolce Vita
Here we are in the midst of summer and it’s hard not to daydream about lying on a beach, cruising on a boat or exploring an unknown foreign city with a gelato in hand...
Recently, my daydreaming has been centered around Italy, especially after returning from a trip to Milan, followed by another short visit to Portofino.
As most of you know, Milan is the capital of fashion and served as the perfect back-drop for this story with its charming cobblestone streets and tucked away secret gardens. Following this and, as a first timer in Portofino, I was blown away by the colors, the architecture and, how could I resist, the pasta!
It all brings to mind the 1960s movie by Fellini, "La Dolce Vita,” and how Italian culture seems to encompass this feeling of “the good life” so perfectly. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by constant beauty, rich history, a beautiful language and amazing food (yup, back to the pasta!).
Since it’s not every day that we can jaunt over to Italy, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite things coming from either Italian brands or having to do with Italy so we can collectively daydream and bring the spirit of “La Dolce Vita" into our lives, even from your own backyard.
Happy summer! Elisabeth Xx
SHOP LA DOLCE VITA
In the summer, the less make-up, the better. After a touch of concealer, my top products are bronzer to give a sun-kissed glow and a moisturizing red lipstick to let your lips do the talking. I’ve been wearing Armani cosmetics for years for its lightweight feeling and I love the sleek black packaging.
Designed in NYC but handmade in Italy, these Illesteva sunglasses, aptly named “Roma” look both vintage and modern at the same time. The light colored champagne frames are ideal for hot and languid summer days.
As the son of the founders of Bottega Veneta, Corto brings inherently good taste to everything he designs. This gold, black and white clutch works perfectly with my summer wardrobe yet will also transition seamlessly into the Fall.
As a huge fan of Ermanno Scervino’s feminine and sophisticated style, I was thrilled to hear that the sale was on when I popped into his store in Milan recently. I scooped up a few great pieces, including this red and white floral silk midi dress which is perfect for sultry summer nights near or abroad.
Born into the Fendi family but quickly making a distinct and differentiated for herself, Delfina Delettrez’s jewelry has a surreal and unexpected quirky flair (such as the ring above) which sets her designs apart from her Italian jewelry counterparts.
I love a good pop of red in most outfits and shoes are my #1 accessory to do the trick. These Aquazzura fringed sandals are chic enough to wear by day and sexy enough to wear by night.
With their deep Italian heritage, Fornasetti sets the standard for living La Dolce Vita. Everything they design is colorful, whimsical and downright fun. Cheers to that!
A modern take on the traditional “Furlane” gondolier slippers from Venice, Vibi Venezia's loafers are just starting to make waves of their own with 1,000 fabric choices and undisputed comfort, thanks to brand founders and sisters Viola and Vera Arrivabene.
IN THE SPIRIT OF CAPRI
This gorgeous Assouline coffee table book by Pamela Fiori does exactly what it says by bringing the spirit and sophistication of Capri, one of the world’s most legendary islands, directly into your own home.
Known for consistent quality in all that they do, this Bottega Veneta weekend tote is the perfect size for your summer getaway, no check-in required.
I’m digging the look of this deep V zigzag one-piece paired with a maxi skirt and flat sandals for a day of exploring seaside cities along the Amalfi Coast. It also works perfectly for high-diving without losing your bikini top. ;-)
Photograpy by Manuel Bifari