Thursday, November 15, 2012

Antia -Gianna, Cognac

Ciao a tutti!
Some years ago, my family studies teacher said something quite profound; in a seemingly ordinary class, he said, "Everyone you meet will remind you of someone you already know."  These words have stuck with me for over 20 years,  and in that time I have met some amazing people and have forged very strong connections to people who have I felt I had known for years, although I only knew them for hours.
My shoes have taken me to some incredible places, and as far away as I am from home, the new places I go somehow remind me of places I have already been; even a city girl like myself, born and raised in a busy metropolis, can become nostalgic at a farm, reminiscing of milking sheep at L'Antica Tenuta Malerba, picking wild asparagus at Azienda Agricola Infantino, strawberry picking in the summer as a child, apple picking in the fall or drinking apple cider in the  farm's general store as we sought refuge from the cold Canadian winter, I have some fantastic memories of being on a farm, and today I created another.

My shoes took me to Ottawa Farms, a family owned and operated establishment for over a century.  And as I watched the joy unfold in my own children as they navigated the corn maze, and the sheer delight they experienced as they discovered (and subsequently fired) the corn cannon, I was taken back to the carefree days as of my own youth as I ran through an apple orchard with my cousin while our parents sat, talked and laughed with the proprietors.

The friendly and genuinely welcoming atmosphere we encountered, made all of us feel at home.  And as the sun set on our extraordinary evening at the farm, and the children pleaded for one last turn thorough the corn maze, we bid adieu to our gracious hosts and promised we would return in the spring for their annual Strawberry Festival.

Baci a tutti!

Stella Notte

Day 279:
Thursday November 15th 2012
Designer: Antia
Style: Gianna
Color: Cognac
Heel: 4 inches (10.16 cm)
Platform: 0.875 inches (2.22 cm)
Material: Calf Leather Upper, leather lining and leather wrapped wedge. Cutout detail on vamp with top contrast stitching and dual buckle detail

Would you like to know how I rated these shoes? Check out my Tumblr page!

Beautiful in any color; click here to see these beauties in Black!

How I Styled It?
On such a warm day, you know sandals were a must; but with temps sure to drop quickly after sunset, I had to strategically dress, cool enough for the late afternoon (in the mid-70's), and warm enough for the early evening (low 60's).
The skirt I bought at Ross Dress for Less, and the short sleeved turtleneck is Say What? The jacket and belt are both from Old Navy and the back I got from the vendor's market in Pisa, Italy.


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