a day in florence with connie wong of moderne press

{Editor’s Note: While I’m off strolling down cobblestone streets, mainlining croissants and gelato, I’ve asked a few of my most stylish globetrotting friends to share what they’d be doing – and of course, what they’d be wearing – on a dream day abroad.}

Besides being the powerhouse mastermind behind Moderne Press, a boutique PR firm that reps some of my all-time favorite brands, Connie Wong is my very first friend from the world of blogging, way way back from my days at The Daily Obsession! As you’d expect with stylish clients like Alexis Russell JewelryRabLabs and HorneConnie is impossibly well-dressed every time I see her – think J.Crew meets Kate Spade, with a little something under-the-radar thrown in for good measure. Also, she just got back from a honeymoon in Florence, so she’s the perfect person to give you a serious case of Italian wanderlust. Pack your bags!


What to Wear:

Ahh Florence! What a gorgeous city! The weather in Florence is already happily warm, so I’d pick a gorgeous bright dress like this one from Madewell, which can transition from day to night. I’d add a great denim or utility jacket for day, since you’ll need to cover your arms and knees if you plan to visit any churches. Next, my trusty (and more importantly, super comfortable) Sam Edelman booties (which both Becki and I own) or classic Bensimon sneakers. At night, I’d switch them out for a great pair of metallic Loeffler Randall flats or sandals, depending on the weather (no heels for cobblestone streets, please!)

To finish, I’d layer on my two favorite necklaces from Alexis Russell – the Pavé Diamond & Turquoise Horn necklace and my Save the Date necklace, which has my wedding date stamped on it. A good crossbody, like this Proenza Schouler PS11 (on my wishlist), is great since it’s hands-free (just watch those pickpockets!). Lastly, it’s always good to have a lightweight scarf, in case it gets chilly; I love these silk versions from Far & Wide Collective.


What to Do:

Since I’m not much of a breakfast person, I’d grab a cappuccino and head straight to the Uffizi (to avoid the lines, reserve your ticket in advance), because you can’t miss seeing some art while you’re in Florence! On the way, if the line isn’t too crazy by the Duomo, I’d duck in quickly to check it out. After the Uffizi, I’d grab one of the delicious and incredibly affordable sandwiches at I due Fratellini, and treat myself gelato at nearby Grom afterward. (Gelato is a must at every opportunity!)

After lunch, I’d stroll over across the Arno to hunt for treasures in boutiques, particularly handmade leather sandals, and also stop by the smaller Roberta Firenze boutique for their simple, yet beautiful leather totes. After all that shopping, I think I deserve another treat – so more gelato at my favorite gelateria, Santa Trinita. Then it’s time to head back, by crossing over the iconic Ponte Vecchio. I’d try to go to the Museo Ferragamo before stopping by my hotel to change for dinner at Trattoria Sostanza. A lazy after-dinner stroll wandering the streets, slowly making my way over to my last stop, La Terrazza Bar (for a nightcap & the gorgeous view of the city), is the perfect ending!

Grazia, Connie!! xox

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