All Roads Lead to Animal Print

First of all, this post would be infinitely more enjoyable with Dean Martin’s ‘Italian Love Songs’ playing in the background.

You see, I am madly getting ready to leave for Rome on Saturday. ROMA! Sophie and I are taking another mother-daughter spring break vacation and we literally cannot wait. But somewhere along the way, in the planning and anticipation for this big trip, I may have confused my regular ole economy Delta flight with a Sci-Fi Time Machine because I seem to think I am traveling back to the 1950’s and 1960’s era of Rome.

I have been near-obsessed with googling retro images of celebrities in Rome. Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren….and of course, Liz & Dick. Rome was the midcentury playground for the all the most glamorous people. As I pour through these nostalgic photos of a bygone world, one fashion trend from the era seems to jump out: Animal Print.


Fabulous Elizabeth Taylor

Sophia Loren

Equally Fabulous Sophia Loren

Daniela Rocca

Daniela Rocca

Gina Lollobrigidia

Gina Lollobrigidia


more Gina

08/28/1932: During the Olympic Games in Rome, Princess GRACE of MONACO, visiting her brother Jack B. KELLY who was a member of the U.S canoeing team, walked beside him in the Olympic Village. Le 28 août 1960 à Rome, lors des Jeux Olympiques, la princesse GRACE de MONACO venue rendre visite à son frère Jack B. KELLY, marche à ses côtés dans le Village Olympique. Celui-ci est membre de l'équipe américaine de canoë.

Grace Kelly


more Sophia

From 'The Talented Mr Ripely'

From ‘The Talented Mr Ripely’. I think this scene was actually in Venice but I couldn’t resist.


and….more Sophia


Liz & Dick filming ‘Cleopatra’ in Rome


even Richard Burton dons a spot of leopard when in Rome


only Sophia Loren could rock the leopard print coat and a fur

In a fairly harmless but mildly ridiculous way, I seem to have been subconsciously influenced by these photos as I purchased a few items for my own trip to Rome. Whoops. Maybe I overdid it?


In my mind I think I am going to look like Liz and Sophia, but in reality I am probably going to look more like Edina from an episode of “Absolutely Fabulous”.

ab fab

No matter, we can easily turn this into a drinking game. Beginning next Sunday, every time you see a social media picture of me wearing something animal print in Rome, take a drink. To stay thematic, why not make it a Negroni Cocktail, Spritz, Limoncello, Grappa, or glass of Prosecco. We’ll see how sober everyone is when I return home at the end of the trip.

If you prefer to remain more temperate and simply want some sneak peeks of our week in Roma, I’ll be posting pics of pasta pasta pasta, baroque paintings, stunning architecture, fountains, obelisks, and lots ancient things that are mind-blowingly still around. Feel free to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat:

Instagram User Name: flyfishchick


Snapchat User Name: theflyfishchick (I am new to snapchat. we’ll see how this goes)

christine on snapchat

And now, I have a heap of errands to run and countless things to do before Saturday so I must say, Ciao! Ciao!

(and perhaps Grrrrrrr……)

market wallpapers

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