So the last newsletter I sent was titled “Just Got Back from Italy” and how I was looking forward to Loudoun’s food and wine festival Epicurience Virginia… I had every intention of sending more pics from Ischia along with a how-to video on eggplant parmesan the way my Zia Giovanna makes it… I was going to send pictures of all the fabulous vintage furniture I set up in the Epicurience VIP lounge and the video on how to carve a whole pig…
I’ve since helped style some of the most beautiful photo shoots and weddings yet!!
And at Villa Smith, we’ve given our little country bathroom a face lift. More pics later.
We have gorgeous inventory at Bella Villa coming in daily! And new dealers with seriously awesome looks upstairs, whose stuff has already been selling!!
I have great garden pictures with tasty and easy food suggestions. And there’s stuff you need to know about awesome local events! For instance, ALDIE HARVEST FESTIVAL is NEXT SATURDAY!! WHAT??
Somehow the days and weeks keep passing, and yesterday…. yesterday I turned 40. FORTY. Really??? WHERE has the time gone?
I spent the morning of my 40th birthday doing what I love most, decorating with one of my dear friends who helped me for hours until we finally took a quick break at 4pm for another love – bread, decadent cheese and wine! We didn’t even stop to take a selfie!
And then… for the first time ever, little Gianni, Siena, Rocco and Carlo came to visit!!! They’re here in Virginia!!! They all poured out of the van and literally ran up to me and hugged me one by one and then all together hollering Happy Birthday!!! at the top of their lungs. Even little 2 1/2 yr old Carlo. I just loved every single second of it!! PLUS my Mom and Dad are here too! And my brother Giancarlo and his beautiful wife Tina (the kids’ parents), and my middle brother Paolo too!!! Yesterday’s hugs were some of the best I ever had. Almost everyone in my immediate family is here in Virginia, for me, on my 40th birthday.
Am missing my little brother Marco and Paolo’s fiance Gina so we’ll have to do sushi on my next trip to Cali. Sushi fixes everything.
So I’ve just been busy, and this is why I haven’t been sending newsletters. I didn’t even take pictures yesterday (with my own camera anyway). I just wanted to live it. I just wanted to answer every curious question, and teach them all, and show them all, everything about our life here in Virginia, and all at once which is how they ask questions!!
Forty gets here pretty fast. And I didn’t want to miss any of it!!
Oh. One more thing. The shop will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, October 11th because we’re celebrating my being 40, and my precious nephew, Gianni who turns 10 tomorrow, and I don’t want to miss a single thing about that either.
Since the folks at Bella Villa are like family to me too, the shop will be closed.
See you next Saturday, October 18th at the Aldie Harvest Festival!!!