Jennifer Fisher knot choker  (here)

Giambattista Valli leopard jacquard dress (on sale here; coat in the same print on sale here; budget friendly dress options here, here, and here)

Judith Leiber clutch (similar here)

Dannijo cuff (similar here and here)

Christian Louboutin shoes (similar here, on sale here, on sale here, and on sale here)

Deborah Lippmann stormy weather nail polish (here)


The National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Italy



This day was all about art and architecture. During the day, we learned about Leonardo Da Vinci, visited Galleria Borghese, and toured the Capitoline Museum, which I absolutely loved.

After spending a full day immersed in the Roman world of art and architecture, we ended the day with this sophisticated finale at the National Gallery of Modern Art. The museum had been reserved exclusively for our group’s evening event. And it couldn’t have been more magnificent. Now, my American mind first had to adjust its definition of “modern”. We in the United States have a relatively narrow window of what we consider modern. Here in Italy, the gallery included the finest pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. With more than 4,400 paintings and sculptures, over 13,000 drawings, and prints, and several special exhibitions, the museum offered something for everyone. It is the largest collection of modern art in Italy.

When I considered what to wear, I primarily considered the location. As I’ve mentioned before, when I travel, I do love to wear pieces made by designers in that country. However, on this occasion I veered away from that. I focused more on the modern aspect of the setting and chose this Giambattista Valli dress from Moda Operandi. I loved its modern silhouette and the black and silver jacquard pattern and texture. The look ended up coordinating quite well with the broken mirror floor exhibit at the entrance to the museum. That certainly was a fun coincidence.


  1. whitney says:

    What a gorgeous event, and an even more gorgeous dress! Love how you styled it.

    1. Carrie says:

      Many thanks, Whitney! 🙂

  2. Jane says:

    I love this gorgeous dress on you Carrie! And the silver heels are simply perfect!!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much, Jane! Hugs –

    2. sheri says:

      Love the photos, art and clothing!

      Carrie, when you travel, is it difficult to pack such beautiful clothing? Do you just pack the dress in your suitcase or are you travelling with a trunk of sorts? I can only imagine what a dress like that would end up looking like if I pack it crammed into the suitcase I share with my husband 🙂

      Also, are you using an i-Phone for the photos in the gallery and dinner or were using a DSLR?

    3. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Sheri! Great questions.

      I was actually thinking of doing a post on how I pack. Even for overseas trips, I often try to use just a carry on! Crazy, I know.

      And yes, actually, some of these photos are just iPhone photos. Others are borrowed from friends who took photos. Sadly, my DSLR had been broken by this time in the trip! A waiter knocked it off the table. Ugh.

      Thanks again!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Love this look! You’re gorgeous!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah that is so sweet. Thanks so much, V! 🙂

  4. Pam says:

    What a beautiful event and gorgeous dress! I loved how you styled the dress with the choker and those christian louboutin pumps!

    Have a great weekend!

    xx Pam


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Pam!

  5. Valentina says:

    Love this dress, you look so classy.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much, Valentina!

  6. Sarah says:

    Ah! I love Giambattista Valli. This trip looks like you’re having too much fun!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah!

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