During late June and early July I embarked on a week and a half journey through Italy. My adventure began on the north west coast in the quiet beach town of Forte Dei Marmi. Nestled between the tip of the Alps and Versilia coast, I can see why this little gem of a town is known as the Hamptons of Italy. Luxury stores line the quaint streets where fashionable people shop, bike and dine on delicious fare. Their golden tans and natural grooming seemed to make the simplest of outfits oh, so chic.
I’ve listed below some recommendations for visiting Forte Dei Marmi. To get a great deal on flights with the lowest options available I used Booking Buddy! Click Here to check them out for your next trip!
Forte Dei Marmi
What to pack: This is a laid back seaside city where casual is cool. Keep in mind this is a luxurious kind of casual. Sun dresses, swim wear, casual beach attire, wedges and fashionable sneakers or booties with your dresses is a must.
Where to stay: On the higher end, The Grand Hotel Imperial is a 5 star, newly constructed luxury hotel with an amazing spa, pool for lounging, free bikes on property for exploring the city and impeccable service. For a budget friendly option there is the Hotel Goya, a 4 star hotel located in the city center. This hotel is very clean with friendly service however there is no pool or spa. It’s key to pay attention to the star ratings in Italy. The hotels are all well kept and clean however bathroom/shower size and amenities vary grately.
Where To Eat: Bistrot is a beachside restaurant with a Michelin Star rating. Obviously seafood is the number one thing to eat here. The sashimi is a must but I have to say the steak here is one of the best I have ever tasted. Coming from a Texas girl that is a bold statement! For a quick bite in town try the ravioli branzino and an aperol spritz at La Milanese.
What to see and do: Minerva Beach Resort is so relaxing and the views are to die for. You can rent cabanas on the beach, with afternoon treats of cold fruit slices to cool you off. Rent Bikes for the day to explore the town.
What I learned: Less is more sometimes when it comes to your beauty routine. Being a Texas girl big hair and perfect makeup are taught at birth. The simplicity of natural hair and makeup made the people in Forte Dei Marmi seem so chic.
After a few days relaxing in my little slice of heaven, it was time to head south, for some fun in Capri! Check back soon for the second half of my Italian Summer with adventures in Capri…
Today I have a flash back Friday, that will give you a glimpse, into your fashionable future. Here is the ‘skinny’… Seventies fashion is in full effect for Fall 2015. Block heels, Mary Janes and groovy detailing were all the rage at the Nicholas Kirkwood Press Preview. ‘Can you dig?’
FashionBillie Bit: Keep those sexy over-the-knee boots, they are still trending for Fall 2015.
An excited client recently reached out to me with a very common dilemma. She had been gifted a beautiful Hermès scarf but had no idea how to wear it. The scarf conundrum is one many face. How does one wear this beautiful accessory without looking like their grandmother?
1. Bag It
Wrap the scarf around the handles of your favorite purse or tie at the base of the handles for added flair. Click Here
2. Mix It: High-Low
Wear your scarf (high) with a casual white t-shirt and distressed jeans (low). Click Here
3. Sport It
Accessorize a sporty outfit with a delicate scarf to give a youthful feel. (See above)
4. Knot it
A trendy necklace is only a few knots away. Click Here
5. Wear It
If your scarf is large enough you can wear it as a top or dress itself! Click Here
Dress, Flora + Mia- Click Here
I have found the best nail place and manicurist IN THE WORLD!!!! Paint Box caught my attention because of their really creative nail art. They have really trendy yet sophisticated options, no flowers and palm trees here. If you live in New York or are even here on vacation, you have to try them out.
My manicurist Elissa gave me the perfect Rhi, Rhi inspired pointy cat like claws. If you get your nails did on the reg, you feel my pain, as to how hard it is to get someone who can do this right. In fact, she shaped them so perfectly, I skipped the cracked gold overlay nail art and left them with the base coat only. Funny enough it’s called “I need a tan”, which I do. These are my real nails btw.
FashionBillie Bit: Make your appointment a few days ahead of time. They do book up.
Check out all of the cool styles at Paint Box- Click Here
I’m a huge fan of jumpers and rompers, anyway I can get out of the door quickly and looked polished is ideal. My colorful tuxedo jumpsuit today, is a complete outfit in one. Simply add the right shoes, jewelry and go! The snakeskin print has hits of blue throughout, so I added my cobalt pumps to make the subtle hues pop.
Cafe Habana- Yummiest Street Corn in NYC
Jumpers are also very transitional which is great for me running around the city. This is my look today during my commute.
Emma Jumpsuit, Flora + Mia – Click Here
FashionBillie Bit: Flora + Mia has tons of great looks online. Need a little help? Their showroom in Katy, Texas offers personal styling.
Photo Cred, Tami Eiserer
New Year, New Booty!! If you are like me and love working out or maybe just trying to stick to those New Year’s resolutions, then I have a treat for you. Two words… Class Pass.
I am one of those odd birds that loves working out but I also get bored very easily so love variety. I’m not talking legs one day, chest the next. Think fun workouts like Krav Maga, aerial yoga, going for a hike or maybe something simple like Pilates. Anything that keeps my body moving and has me looking forward to slipping into summer swimmies.
Class Pass does all of this and more by getting you into best fitness studios in Houston each month. Added bonus…They are already in New York, LA and the Bay, lol. Located in several cities across the U.S. Class Pass allows you to work out anywhere!
For my first Class Pass today I tried Rock Body Pilates. This is a reformer machine class, so low impact with maximum burn! LOVE
Click on my link below to skip the wait and join Class Pass right away!!
Class Pass- Click Here
Tomorrow night two of my favorite things come together, Fashion and Charity!! I’ll be joining Elaine Turner and The Young Friends of CanCare for their Winter Style Social. Come sip and shop while I let you in on winter styling secrets. EYEBAR Houston will be there as well, making sure you have that perfect holiday pout with Holiday makeup tips.
Did I mention 20% of the proceeds will benefit CanCare, Inc.? That means you can get the great outfit I styled below and help Fight Cancer With HOPE!! See you tomorrow!
The word “miracle” is often used to characterize any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, or simply a “wonderful” occurrence.
This dress from Tres Chic Boutique, my CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop companion, is just that, a “wonderful” occurrence!
Standing in my dressing room I overheard a woman exclaiming, “This dress is a miracle! I haven’t felt this beautiful in ages!” I of course popped my head out of the dressing room and asked for one in every color. To my surprise this “miracle” dress was just what I was looking for as well. The fabric is forgiving, yet sexy, while the top asymmetrical overlay gives it a modern vibe.
So what makes this dress so miraculous? The woman and I had totally different body types and a age difference of about fifteen years, yet this dress was perfect on both of us! Talk about Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants!
Don’t believe me? Try the “miracle” dress for yourself this weekend at Tres Chic Boutique during the CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop.
CultureMap Holiday Pop Up Shop, Tickets- Click Here
(use code: fashionbillie to shop with me)
This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Trina Turk, at the preview brunch for her Grand Opening in Houston. Her designs are perfect for us Texas girls, bright and full of stylish patterns. I love the way so many of her pieces can go from work to play with simple additions. Today, I have a sneak peek for you and a invite to the boutique Grand Opening tonight!! Did I mention Trina Turk will be there? Enjoy!
I’m kind of obsessing over this Torn by Ronny Kobo plaid dress right now. Plaid has been a big trend for a while now. This dress gives us a ultra-femme, flattering feel to the usual men’s plaid button down shirt. I’ve styled it two ways today.
For my first look, I styled a night on the town, by adding some sassy purple caged stilettos and yellow jeweled clutch. For my second look, I took a note from the Chanel Fall/Winter 2014 show and gave the dress a street style look with a pair of leopard calf hair high-tops. As a woman who runs around in sky high heels all day, I’m loving the growing acceptance of flats/trainers being fashionable. Good enough for Karl, good enough for me:)
Abir London Plaid Dress, Torn by Ronny Kobo- Carrie Ann Boutique (in store only)
Abir London Plaid Dress, Torn by Ronny Kobo, Online, ShopBop- Click Here