Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bella Bella Capri!

I've been dreaming of Capri.

That mysterious, sun drenched island nestled in the Mediterranean; with the scent of lemon blossoms carried on the ocean breeze.

Isn't amazing how scents and memories are so completely intertwined? 

My most favorite Ft. Bragg shop owner, Sheila Struckmeyer of Bella Mia, has been nominated by Martha Stewart for the American Made contest; a contest that "supports the local, and celebrates the handmade."

Her delicious creation Fiore, is a classic perfume reminiscent of old Hollywood starlets. I adore it. And with one of my last orders, the ever gracious Sheila, included a bar of her delectable Capri soap, in honor of my visit to Italy. 

How awesome is that??!!

 The scent immediately brought me back to the sun-drenched cliffs of Capri.

Unbelievably beautiful, Capri is a contrast in refined glamour and untamed scenery. While walking along a stunning cliffside path on my visit, I could imagine myself a character in a Mary Stewart novel. Voices from This Rough Magic and The Moonspinners seemed to float on the air. 

Husband and I stayed at an idyllic boutique hotel, the Excelsior Parco. Our room had the most breathtaking views, a fabulous terrace, and a private Jacuzzi for two! The staff were amazing. Helpful in every possible way; we were even upgraded for free! 

It was romantic and lovely, and I felt like a movie star of the 60's! Husband even purchased me sandals from the historic Canfora sandal shop; makers of the famous Capri sandal. The very same shop that catered to Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy Onassis! It was wonderful!

All too soon our halcyon visit was over. *sigh*

But whenever I feel a longing for that jewel of the Mediterranean, I draw a bath and breath in the scent of Capri a la' Bella Mia

***Thank you Sheila! And congratulations on your nomination!!!***

P.S. Voting begins August 26!!


  1. Aw! You take the cutest pics, CoriLynn!! ♥

  2. How dreamily romantic! I love that you're still posting stories from your wonderful trip. It's so true, there are some scents that are phenomenally powerful in terms of their ability to whisk you right back to a precise moment enjoyed long (or not so long, as the case may be) ago. I love when that happens (assuming the memory is a good one!), it's almost like you're able to travel through time.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. I'm glad you are still happy reading about my trip! I never posted about Venice or Positano either, because I did not want to inundate everyone with my memories!
      Scent is extremely fascinating to me. It is exactly like time travel!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn