How To Pack For A Seaside Escape To Italy

Jun 28

There’s no better time of year for a sojourn to Italy than the summertime, and the country’s breathtaking seaside towns are one of my favorite places to visit. Packing a wardrobe to match the natural beauty surrounding me is a must. If you’re planning a trip this summer, here’s a jumpstart for your destination ideas and packing list!


The beauty of the Amalfi Coast is legendary, sprinkled with stunning seaside towns and a dramatic coastline of plunging cliffs.

What to pack?



Isabel Marant and LoveShackFancy ruffled mini skirts are pretty and playful and easy to pair with Golden Goose Sneakers for the day or the Aquazzura platform for the evening.


A natural paradise of vineyards and olive trees, with villas sprinkled throughout the rolling hills, Lake Como is shimmering with beauty. Stay at Villa d’Este overlooking the lake.

What to pack?

For simple elegance, globetrotter Ulla Johnson who is ever-inspired by her love for global style, makes some of my favorite dresses and sweaters. You can wear the dresses day or night and throw on a sweater in the evening for an extra layer.

The Jerome Dreyfuss chain and leather shoulder strap bag is a classic, effortless style.


Experience the serenity of the coastline. This cliff-side village has awe-inspiring views, charming cafes and sweet little boutiques.

What to pack?

One of the best staples you can pack is Nilli Lotan buttoned down shirts, perfect for the city, but a sophisticated, casual piece for a coastal vacation.

Zimmerman bathing suits and cover-ups for beach days and poolside dates, add a bit of glamour on the water.

Gigi Clozeau’s delicate necklaces can stay on day and night, with your swimsuit to your dresses. Sometimes I’ll just wear one, but I love layering them, too.

I really like the special detail on this hand-woven basket bag and it makes a really nice bag for the beach, lunch, and shopping.

Explore the villages, beaches and hop on boats in these comfy shoes from Jeanne Vouland. Love this natural color with whites.

Tata Harper: Natural Skincare Pioneer

Jun 21

One of my favorite natural skincare lines is Tata Harper Skincare – I love using her Aromatherapy Collection as perfumes and knowing where it comes from makes it even more special. Tata Harper is smart, warm and so easy to be around – and her passion for creating something truly natural in a world that desperately needed it, is a gift to every woman who uses her skincare. Named “Queen of the green skincare movement’ by Forbes, Harper is incredibly down-to-earth while she brings her mission to life every day in the world of beauty.

Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, Harper grew up in a family of women who loved beauty and making their own skincare out of natural ingredients like turmeric, oats and honey. Harper now lives and works on a 1,200 acre farm in Vermont.

After her stepfather was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2005, this prompted Harper to look further into what we are putting on our skin and realizing we had to do better, she was set on a mission to make her own. There were slim offerings on the market, even when labels said natural and weren’t really natural. And she’s serious about natural – meaning her natural formulas are a 100% synthetic free. Thus began a four-year journey with a team of eight chemists, herbalists and biologists to skincare that didn’t compromise when it came to results, feel, texture, and smell.

Pleasantly surprised, Harper discovered that natural products can be even more effective than synthetics since they are biocompatible with your skin. Harper formulates, batches, fills and ships all products from her organic farm in the Champlain Valley.

I love Harper’s philosophy because she makes it simple – reminding us to read the ingredient list on products, and rather than doing it all at once, to make small changes, starting with our daily products. Each one of her pretty green glass bottles are the epitome of natural luxury skincare.

If you would like to learn more about what Tata Harper is up to and how to integrate natural beauty into your life, check out Harper’s Beauty Classes around the country.