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When in Rome…Go Shopping!

I’ve been on vacation in Rome and Paris and I’ve not blogged in two solid weeks. It felt strange but necessary. My daughter and I were blessed to be able to go on a European adventure. I’m finally a legitimate Flying Blonde! I have lots to tell about our journey, but since I’m dipping my feet back into the blogging pond for the first time in two weeks and I’m still recovering from miles (and miles and miles) of rigorous walking and a million steps (I’m barely exaggerating!), I thought my first piece post vacation should be a fun one.

I like shopping. I’m not afraid to admit it. It’s always fun and refreshing to buy something new, even if it’s an inexpensive lip gloss. But when you are literally shopping in a new world, it’s downright exhilarating.  We discovered that shopping in Rome is amazing. We were like children running around from one adorable shop to another.

To be able to shop amidst such treasured ancient history is an added blessing. We literally shopped for souvenirs mere feet from the Trevi Fountain.

There were fashions and makeup that were different than what we’re used to, especially the clothing. We concluded that Italians have the best fashion sense and that we must return on a yearly basis to do school shopping. (Girls can dream!)

For fun, I wanted to share some of our finds. I like to see what others purchase, the cool and different things they discover, so I thought you might like that as well. This is not a means of bragging or showing off. That’s definitely never my style.

But these items, they are my style so let me share the goodies with you.

First, the scarves…they were beautiful! I think we bought five and I justified it because we could share them, I reasoned.


They had different shirts than I’m used to seeing. Lacy shirts seemed quite popular and it was easy to see why. They were beautiful. The Italian silk was quite a lovely departure from what we’ve worn in the past. My daughter purchased this adorable dress with gray pearls and a cloth belt.  We bought some baubles, leather bracelets for my son, and my daughter sweetly gave me a pretty blue glass necklace and purple crystal bracelet. The cosmetics were different as well and the prices were much better than you’d think! Thankfully, I think we may be able to order refills of our cosmetic choices online. You know the pain of finding that perfect lip gloss or foundation that works so well for you and not being able to replenish it!


I saved one of the best details for last…shoes and purses. Shoes are of course a very different size system in Europe. Instead of your size 7s or 9s, they have 39, 49, and some numbers in between. This we gleaned when shoe shopping and trying to use our best Italian words to figure it out. Success allowed me to purchase a cute pair of flats, something very en vogue in Paris (oo la la!) for ten euros (which is roughly $11) so that’s a bargain no matter where you are. Purses weren’t cheap. They were fine Italian leather and made right there in Italy. This was a rare treat and we splurged a bit in that area. After all, how often are we going to be in Rome? It’s okay to spend a little more to get a quality piece that you’ll be able to use for a long time to come. Buying a purse was our treat to ourselves. We worked hard to be able to go on this adventure and it was a lovely moment with my daughter to see her be able to make her own special purchase.


This trip wasn’t about the shopping, of course. The shopping was a fun and adventurous perk to the many gorgeous sites we visited and learned about. And really, the most important part of this trip was that I spent it with my daughter. We took our first plane rides together. We traveled abroad for the first time together. We got our first stamps on our passports together. We will forever have this special bonding time of adventure and I hope I impressed upon her the importance of adventure and believing in your dreams. They can come true. They will come true.  Rome was very smooth. We felt at home and it was an easy fit. We fell in love with the people and the city and it had almost nothing to do with the shopping.



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  • Reply Clare Speer February 24, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Love this and love your “accessories” – and I pinned some of them on Pinterest! I was in Rome many, many years ago when my husband was still in the Navy – what I saw of Rome and Italy was beautiful! Great post!

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 24, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thank you, Clare, for reading and pinning. 🙂 It was an amazing trip. I was sick for the first part of it so I didn’t get to see as much of Paris as I wanted to. I’m so glad God rallied me and gave me strength for the trip into Rome. Our hotel was about a two-minute walk from the Vatican. It’s such a gorgeous place, rich with history.

  • Reply Jennie Goutet February 24, 2015 at 9:41 am

    This post just fills my heart with happiness because you got to ENJOY yourselves!!! 🙂 I have one of those first scarves in a pretty green colour that I got in a market here in France. Scarves are much more of a European thing, I think. I love every purchase you made. SO proud of you for going! 🙂
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 24, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Jennie, you were instrumental in me being able to enjoy the rest of the trip. I learned some lessons about God and myself and it was a great journey, physically and spiritually! I am blessed to have been in two such amazing cities! Eiffel Tower on Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  • Reply aimee fauci February 24, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Those scarves are very beautiful. The colors just pop!

  • Reply Vicky February 24, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I love shopping anywhere, but Europe is definitely an awesome place for shoppers! I haven’t been to Italy yet, but it’s high on my bucket list, and purses/bags are my weakness. Your post and amazing finds is making me want to book a flight right now! lol Looks & sounds like you had a great trip! Found you through the Blog Love and look forward to reading more of your blog!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com February 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Hi Vicky! Thanks for coming over. I’ll be over to visit your blog as well. I appreciate the support. 🙂 This trip was my first time flying, EVER. Can you believe it? It was amazing. Paris had lovely shopping too, but because I was so jet-lagged, I wasn’t able to do much. My daughter did find some perfume that’s made and sold only in Paris which is very cool. Rome had such beautiful things and I can’t buy their amazing makeup in the States yet. Had I known that, I’d have purchased much more. It’s GOOD stuff and wasn’t expensive!

  • Reply Jeannie Pallett February 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Melanie, it sounds like you had a wonderful adventure with your daughter, with lasting memories for both Mom and Daughter. Your shopping finds look gorgeous but as you said, the time with your daughter was the most precious. May the Lord continue to bless you with adventures with your girl.
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  • Reply Karen February 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! I have had Rome on my bucket list since teaching my homeschooled kids a semester of Ancient Rome. Plus sharing it with your daughter is an added bonus!
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com March 2, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Karen, it was truly beautiful. Paris and Rome were on both our bucket lists and it was a treat to visit them together. We miss Rome the most!

  • Reply KC February 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Those scarves are beautiful! As are the purses and the shoes and ok everything is really nice! I too love shopping 🙂 I am not sure why it isn’t an Olympic sport yet?
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    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com March 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      KC, an Olympic sport…fun! It was a lot of fun discovering their different fashions and cosmetics. They sure have excellent style!

  • Reply debbie richardson February 25, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    First of all, I love the name of your blog….fantastic! I’m not a big shopper….don’t care for it unless it is in a thrift store or outdoor market or flea market type thing….but I do want to go to Italy….Ciao!

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com March 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Debbie, thank you for commenting! I’m glad you like the name. I thought long and hard for just the right catchy name before I launched my blog. When you go to Italy, enjoy! It’s beautiful!

  • Reply Walter Kahler February 26, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Experiencing new things is always refreshing. I’m glad you had the time to spend with your daughter and do fun things together. Being able to enjoy an experience in another country is a sign of God’s peace in any situation. Thanks Melanie for sharing.

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com March 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Walter, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. God was surely with us on this trip!

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