La Dolce Vita!


Lingua Franca "ciao bella" sweater in Italy

The Italians know what living well means and OMG have I missed toasting with them in the flesh! I was lucky enough to travel to Italy over Memorial Day weekend, and well, it didn't suck! A quick trip sans kids for the opening of our friend Marie-Louise's Il Pellicano Hotel (yes, the one that Slim Aarons devoted a whole book to) was the most glamorous way to welcome what feels like post-Covid life. Did I mention it was also my ten year wedding anniversary? I couldn't resist stitching an Italian Collection, because I suspect some of you may also be inspired by this incredible country. I hope you enjoy my "what to wear" guide below - inspired by my trip!

xo Rachelle 

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What to wear...


It felt so glamorous to fly overnight to Europe! I opted for comfort, but paired my look with our Yes Blazer on top so I felt sophisticated upon arrival. Good thing too! I got interviewed on all the national news shows in Italy upon arrival lol. (We were one of the first tourist flights allowed into the country and the Italians were so happy to welcome us!).

suggested clothes for flight
Photo of Lauren Bacall flying Rome to London in 1959, Getty Images. Clockwise from top right: Antonello Tedde bag; Nike Waffle Racer 2x's; fiction set in Italy to get in the mood; LF silk cashmere top; LF cashmere pants; LF YES Blazer in Flax.
Rachelle Hruska greeted post-flight
Being greeted upon arrival in Rome by morning news outlets excited to welcome American tourists for the first time.


Il Pellicano's beachside game is as strong as they come. Here's what I wore while blissfully relaxing in the Mediterranean sun.

suggested outfit for lounging
Photo via Il Pellicano. Clockwise from top right: Oseree Saint Tropez Straw Hat and bikini found on Issimo; Birkenstock Raffia Il Pellicano shoes; LF cotton YES button down shirt; Hotel Il Pellicano tote bag.
Pellicano beachside


My favorite time of day! Cocktails with the Italians became a whole night affair with music, dancing and of course the freshest food and drinks on the Mediterranean.

suggested outfit for cocktail hour!
Vintage photo from Il Pellicano by Slim Aarons. Clockwise from top right: LF "la dolce vita" cashmere sweater; ISSIMO X Alberto Biani Leopard Trousers; Ferragamo's summer wedge on Issimno, Lisa Eisner necklace, Rianna + Nina dress robe.
pictures from cocktail hour


If you're lucky enough to get picked up on the famous dock at Il Pellicano for a day spent on the waters of the Med, you should come prepared and look the part!

suggested outfit for boat outing
Vintage photo from Il Pellicano by Slim Aarons. Clockwise from top right: LF silk cashmere tank and skirt; Ferragamo swing moccasins; Iacobella Circe Vienna Tote; ISSIMO X L.G.R sunglasses; ISSIMO X Carolina Bucci Blueissimo Bracelet all found on
ciao bella sweater on the water


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