Cat Lady. Alchemist. Eighth house double Gemini. Scorpio rising. Sometimes I wear Shalimar to bed.

I grew up between Rome and New York City, and I continue to split the year between these two beautiful, electric places. My mom had been encouraging me for a while to start a blog, so one day, I finally followed her suggestion.

Allegory of Vanity is a blog about style, lifestyle, and other inspirational miscellany. My blog is not about me, but about what I like as I try to capture mercurial inspiration, moments in time, and live and learn "sprezzatura."

al·le·go·ry. noun \ˈa-lə-ˌgȯr-ē\. a story, poem, or picture in which characters or events in a literary, visual, or musical art form represent or symbolize ideas and concepts.

sprez·za·tu·ra. foreign term \sprāt-tsä-ˈtü-rä\. 1: studied nonchalance : perfect conduct or performance of something (as an artistic endeavor) without apparent effort 2: an Italian word originating from Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier.

Vanitas vanitatum dixit Ecclesiastes omnia vanitas. (Ecclesiastes 12:8)