If we had to pick some of our favorite style icons, Sophia Loren would most certainly be on that list. She’s an accomplished actress with an incredible sense of fashion. She’s always been such an elegant and classy woman, and we love looking to her for style inspiration.

So, below you’ll find some of our favorite shots of Sophia Loren alongside our favorite bags and jewelry. From The Pride and the Passion to Houseboat, and many many in between, we’re a huge fan, and we always have been. Here’s to Sophia Loren – then and now.

from top to bottom:

Chanel black double flap / Goyard black with brown trim / 18k yellow gold basket weave dome ring / Chanel braid earringsValentino rock stud tote / Louis Vuitton St. Jacques PM EPI Blue / Cartier yellow gold 18k Love bracelet / Louis Vuitton Speedy / Louis Vuitton monogram babylone / Chanel quilted chain shoulder bag

 

Sophia Loren images borrowed from (from top to bottom): bloglovin’, Conde Nast Traveler, Loren-Sophia.tumblr.com, Pinterest (unknown), Pinterest (unknown), The Telegraph, Today Show, Pinterest (unknown), We Heart It, xo Jane

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We stayed at Hotel Berchielli, which, for us, was a perfect location with an amazing view of the river. We found that almost everything in Florence was walking distance.  Their outdoor courtyard was one of the most picturesque for photos.

I highly recommend going for the champagne sabor at St. Regis Hotel. Bella had her first experience with a sabor.

We experienced the most enchanting visit with Aquazzura co-founder Edgardo Osorio. Born in Colombia and raised between Miami and London, Edgardo personifies his brand with his drop-dead looks, warm personality and passion for modern design. He is truly a modern day craftsman of glamorous footwear.

The Aquazzura headquarters and flagship store are situated in the historical Palazzo Corsini, on the picturesque banks of the Arno River, in the heart of Florence and in the proximity of the best shoemakers and craftspeople in the world.

Edgardo gave us a tour of his amazing design and operations headquarters. Rob, Bella and I joined him for an enchanting lunch in his personal home. The design of his home was as exceptional as the design of his shoes. It is a perfect mix of antique and modern furniture.  To say we were enchanted was an understatement.

After an afternoon of shopping, we enjoyed an amazing dinner at the family run, lovely Pandemonio restaurant. Ask to be seated in the back room. They are known for their meats, but we loved the fish. And we had a beautiful meeting with Momma herself.

We often book with Viator. I booked the 3 hour walking tour for kids that was less than desirable. Bella had fun meeting a friend, but in general, we aren’t tour people. But I would highly recommend the photo session with Eva. She has an amazing eye for photography and was open to taking strong direction or to lead the way. I loved her pleasant demeanor and her photography was so wonderful. We will more than likely use one of her images for our Christmas card photo.

 

Photo of Edgardo’s home via W Magazine

 

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Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and as always, it did not disappoint! The runways were full of gorgeous clothing, as were the streets. Really, we enjoy checking out the street style just as much as the shows. And this year we had three of Houston’s most fashionable donning bags from Vintage Contessa, and doing so in serious style. So, keep on scrolling for a little recap from New York Fashion Week.

Ashley Seippel of Ashley Nicole Style

On Ashley : Black Chanel (coming soon in showroom and online; shop similar styles here and here) / Red Chanel double flap / Chanel tweed double flap / Coral Chanel (coming soon in showroom and online; shop similar style here)

Follow Ashley on Instagram (@ashleynstyle)

Chiara Casiraghi of Casiraghi Style

On Chiara : Chanel PVC single flap shoulder bag / Chanel pin (coming soon in showroom and online; shop similar style here) / Louis Vuitton fanny pack – belt (coming soon in showroom and online; shop similar style here) / Chanel metallic burgundy bag

Follow Chiara on Instagram (@casiraghistyle)

Margret Rojas of Style the Girl

On Margret : White Chanel bag (coming soon in showroom and online; shop similar style here) / Chanel double flap

Follow Margret on Instagram (@stylethegirl)

 

Photos c/o Ashley Nicole Style, Casiraghi Style, Style the Girl

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Earlier this summer, our family and some friends went to Atlantis in The Bahamas for a vacation, and we had a blast. It was equal parts relaxing and fun.

It’s a great destination for families, but wouldn’t recommend going as just a couple. It’s very big; over 4000 rooms on site!

Where to Stay

We stayed at The Reef. We were told the accommodations are large suites with bigger cushions on the lounge chairs at the pool and on the beach. We preferred staying at the beach to the pool. The beach was less crowded and the water was the most amazing color of blue. We arrived at the beach around 10:30 and could find umbrella/covered lounge chairs most days.

As a note, you don’t need to rent a cabana. We had one booked and realized it wasn’t a cabana necessary destination.

The cruise ship’s guests arrive at the Water Park at approximately 10am and leave around 4pm, so the afternoons are the best time to go to the water slide.

The drinks at the beach and pool were excessively expensive. Friends had warned us, but it was silly money. We went to a liquor store off site to buy vodka.

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