Buon Giorno, Italia

This was my horoscope on Friday (yes, I read my horoscope and only believe it when it’s good, like this one):

Did somebody say vacation?! It looks like you are more than ready, Michelle, because you can barely keep your head in the here and now. A friend may talk your ear off and get your juices really flowing. Try to settle down, though, and get through a minimum of your chores or tasks. Later you can spend the time dreaming about the soft white beaches or white mountain peaks that await you.

In my case, it’s not soft white beaches or white mountain peaks that await me. This weekend, I’m heading for the rolling hills in Tuscany and following that up with three days and nights in Rome. I’ll spend five days in Tuscany at an Exclusive Resorts estate home with a small media crew from Toronto. On our uber-relaxed schedule: optional day trips to Siena and Florence, cruising around on Vespas, a winery tour, a pizza-making class and lots of lounging.

After that, I’ll jump on a train en route to Rome, where I’ll spend the May long weekend exploring. I’ll be staying at a couple of amazing boutique hotels, courtesy of this awesome booking site, and plan to eat, drink, shop and be merry.

After the trip, I’ll write about my Italian adventures for both the Calgary Herald and our blog, of course. Please stay tuned. Till then, I’ll leave you with a few new things I picked up for my trip. This fedora from Aritzia — mine is a darker straw with a black band — will be worn poolside, and while exploring the cities. I wasn’t sure about it until another girl in the change room told me she bought it a few years ago and it’s her most prized hat for travel. She wears it onto the plane and throws it into the overhead compartment, to avoid squashing it in her suitcase. That will be my strategy next weekend.

Talula Pelham Hat from Aritzia

All winter, I wore a long-sleeve t-shirt to bed. For Italy, I wanted something lighter and cuter. I found the perfect thing at Holt Renfrew: a Daniel Buchler tank top and slouchy sweater cover-up. So cute and sexy and soft. Soft soft soft. I will be in heaven. Unfortunately, I can’t find the set online, but the shape of it resembles this Daniel Buchler tank:

Daniel Buchler sleepwear

My last purchase was a new bright coral maxi dress from Guess by Marciano, which I had hemmed so I can wear it with flat sandals. It hangs perfectly, is simple in the front and has some spice in the back:

Guess Malibu Cutout Maxi

Hooray for vacation. I can’t wait.

One last thing. Remember when I mentioned I’d be interviewing Michael Achenbaum, the Gansevoort hotelier? I had a great chat with him and the Q&A is running this Thursday on AskMen.com.  I hope you enjoy it.

~Michelle

Photos via here, here and here, respectively.