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A lifestyle blog by Allison Arbuthnot on The Whole 9

Allison was raised on the vine in Sonoma, California, and believes that life is too short to drink bad wine, count calories, or second-guess your destiny. She now lives in Los Angeles where she practices many things, the two most important being contentment and tricks for opening a wine bottle without a wine key.

Bellezza

Castello di Gabbiano Bellezza, Mercatale Val di Pesa, Tuscany, Italy 2006

Somewhere on the top of a rolling golden hillside in the Mercatale Val di Pesa district of Tuscany sits a young girl, dark cinnamon curls falling over darker cinnamon eyes, renegade red highlights glinting rebelliously off the crown of her chestnut head in the high afternoon sun. Her olive skin is a shade darker than that of her schoolmates, legs both tanned from the sun and dusty from the earth. Her deep carmine dress was made with care and of good linen, but it didn’t fit her quite right; it hung a limp and loose on her thin frame. She would grow into it in time, her mother told her, but she knew that even as she matured and grew taller and rounder, her bones would always be narrow. She would never have the structure of the classic Italian women in her village.

The year was 2006, and it was late summer in Tuscany as young Bellezza pushed up from her perch on the hill and meandered down towards the creek and past tangles of raspberry bushes, over-ripe fruit scattered on the dry soil beneath her feet, and began make her way back to her home at Castello di Gabbiano. She was happy with who she was, she mused as she cut through a vineyard, row upon row of black Sangiovese grapes brushing against her outstretched hands on either side—even if she wasn’t the traditional ideal, she knew light-bodied girls with cherry lips and cinnamon eyes still had their place at the table in Tuscany.

Cheers.

  1. Amazing imagery!! Where did you find this?

  2. The feminine freedom on the North shore of the Mediterranean is not the available on the South shore. That’s why humans expanded from Africa, women seeking to be free.

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