Over Memorial Day Weekend, we celebrated a very exciting day, MM's 30th birthday! We flew to Tuscany with a few family and friends to relax, explore the beautiful landscape, and of course snap a few photos in our new Summer styles.
A particularly celebratory day was spent at Villa San Michele , a Belmond hotel property set high in the hills of Fiesole, outside of Florence. The property was originally built during the early Renaissance as a monastery, and has since been turned into a fabulous hotel. I highly recommend spending at least an afternoon at this hospitable property.
We took many photos throughout our time on the property with Huji, an MM approved photography app that gives photos a dreamy, irreverent quality. You may recognize from many of our instagram mystories.
Villa San Michele was originally a monastery - the arrival lobby is the original beautiful chapel.
They had the most unusual orchids on display at the alter, and an incredible scent diffused through the whole space. The concierge let us know that is made in Florence and called Acqua de Fiesole. It's available to purchase over the phone by contacting the hotel, and they are very accomodating (I have some en route to New York). If you're a fan of the Diptyque scent Baies, I would highly recommend purchasing this scent - it's like Baies' exotic European cousin who breezed into town and stole the show.
We enjoyed drinks on the garden lawn in the afternoon, overlooking the valley in which Florence is built. The view was incredible.
A beautiful sight to behold - the gracious staff at the hotel mixing up a birthday martini - presentation is everything at Villa San Michele.
A peek down a pea gravel path, lined with potted lemon trees, which led to the main building, where we had dinner on the Loggia once the sun went down.
It was a wonderful week celebrating a new decade and the promise of summer ahead! And with all this celebrating, we're going to need a lot of dresses..