Emilio Pucci gown (on sale here; other pieces in this same print on sale as well! midi dress, mini dress)

Judith Leiber clutch (older; similar options here and here)

Kenneth Jay Lane earrings (here)

Jimmy Choo shoes (similar here and here)


Palazzo Colonna in Rome, Italy for a private dinner and opera and ballet performance.

Originating in the 14th century, Palazzo Colonna is regarded as being the most beautiful private palace in Italy. It is one of the oldest palaces in Rome, which is saying a lot consider the vast amount of history contained within Rome.

The palace was the seat of Pope Martin V Colonna from 1420 until 1431. Here, he masterminded the rebirth of the city of Rome after the period of papal exile to Avignon. Since then, the palace has remained in the Colonna family. In fact, part of the palace continues to be used as a private residence. Over the centuries, the family has continued to expand and embellish this amazing place. The older wing of the complex, known as the apartment of Princess Isabelle, is adorned by a magnificent collection of paintings, very reminiscent of the halls of Versailles.

As for the main ball room, when I turned the corner to enter the room, I was left breathless. Quite simply, the hall is the most beautifully stunning room in which I’ve ever stepped. It is hard to grasp the scale here, but for reference, the room is roughly the size of an American football field. To see that much space so richly decorated with Baroque opulence was remarkable. Quite a grandiose setting!

As an aside, you might also recall Palazzo Colonna as being the setting for the final scene of the classic film Roman Holiday, starring film legends Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.


What does one wear to a dream setting like this?

First, as you may have noticed, I enjoy wearing designers from the various countries I visit. With this being my first time to visit Italy, I was enthralled by the idea of donning some of my favorite iconic Italian designers on this trip – Valentino, Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana… So many greats founded in this wonderful country!

Then, when I read on the itinerary about this fairytale setting for the closing evening event, I knew immediately what I was wearing. What represents the glamor and rich opulence of Italian fashion more than an Emilio Pucci gown? The elegant silhouette, the striking back, the colors, the pattern… I knew this was the one. With this being such an exquisite piece, I kept my accessories very simple.

What a night it was! I will never forget it. Truly, a dreamy ending to my Roman holiday.



  1. Lili says:


    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, sweet Lili! 🙂

  2. Carolyn says:

    so gorgeous and decadent! you looked just as luxurious to match!


    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thanks so much, Carolyn! So nice of you to say.

  3. M says:

    Absolutely beautiful place. Love the gown

    Made in Mauve

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, M! 🙂

  4. Emily says:

    Sounds like a fairy tale! I adore Italy – we did Rome, Florence and Venice in 2009 and it was a perfect trip. No place like Italy! I can’t wait to go back

    1. Carrie says:

      It totally was a fairly tale! We did Tuscany and Rome this time, but I have plans to do Florence and Milan in 2015! 🙂

  5. Lauren Mills says:

    What an amazing experience! Love the cutout back!

    xo Lauren

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Lauren! It truly was a magical night.

  6. Monica says:

    Wow! Such a beautiful experience and you look AMAZING!!!!!!!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thank you so much, Monica!!! It was truly a night to remember.

  7. These photos are absolutely great, you’re so beautiful in this dress!

    1. Carrie says:

      So nice of you to say! Thank you so much.

  8. Erica says:

    You look absolutely stunning! This dress is everything!!! I love how you kept your hair and accessories simple and really allowed the dress do the talking. This dress is quite a statement piece, but you aren’t over powered by it at all. It really allowed your beauty to shine! One of my favorite dresses I’ve ever seen a real person (not a model on a runway) wear! Beyond!!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Wow!!! What a high compliment. Thanks so much, Erica. It was fun to go to a local Roman beauty shop and let them do my hair and make-up as they saw fit to go with the dress. Good memories. 🙂

  9. Cemile says:

    Hollywood Glamour!!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah, thank you so much, Cemile! 🙂

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