January 22nd, 2016

Give Your Brows an Upgrade with Sleek Brows


Great brows can do more for the face than a bold red lip. And, like it or not, they are in fact a fashion statement that changes with the times–think Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy or Brooke Sheilds.  These days you don’t leave home without well-defined brows, even if it’s to the gym. This look goes from work to weekend and back.

Not handy with one of those defining pencils or bummed with your thinning brows? Get this–the latest innovation in beauty is 3D brow building by Sleek Brows, built on your natural shape for thicker, fuller, waterproof brows that last for weeks.//Click Here for More@SarasotaMagazine.com 

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January 7th, 2016

Sarasota’s Wrapt With Love Offers Wearable, Personalized Keepsakes


The coolest surprise arrived for my birthday in December–a super sweet, completely touching scarf imprinted with a repeating pattern of my four-legged children: Lucy, Carlos, Bodhi Monroe and Rocco, who left this world last year (and, to further melt my heart, he had little angel wings). The heartfelt thoughtfulness….was…well…I was choked up to say the very least.

A meaningful and personal gift. Fantastic, right?  Well, Renee Phinney and Jenn Smith-Stutler have hit on something big, and I’ve been dying to share the details of their company Wrapt with Love.  In this fun interview, the dynamic duo tell us all about the wraps, and the unlimited ideas for personalization of the.best.gift.EVER! // Read more here @SarasotaMagazine.com

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December 18th, 2015

Bra-Fitting Tips from Luxury Lingerie Line Simone Pérèle

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Here’s the truth: For the longest time I considered shopping for unmentionables a chore. All those pretty little things were for other girls. And as for getting sized for a bra, well, someone told me in my twenties what size I was, so….

Enter Molly Schechter, who watched me tugging at my bra (ugh–yes, others saw this happening!) one night and suggested I visit Cheryl Burke at Sea Cup and Up for a proper sizing. (And if you know Molly, you know that was more like powerful direction with a punch of insistence–but either way, I got the message.) And thanks to both of them I now love my unmentionables drawer, which is lined with the divine French designs of Simone Pérèle.//Click here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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November 23rd, 2015

Need a Little Zen? Get to know Buddha Mama….

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To connect with a meaningful Zen talisman is to find a forever piece you’ll turn to throughout your life for comfort and for joyful memories. A name you should know is Buddha Mama–it’s a range of thoughtfully handmade jewelry, crafted with an eye for Eastern intricacies rooted in Buddhist philosophy, for the woman with Bohemian sensibilities.  The result is a divine collection of sure-to-be-heirloom pieces like auspicious mandalas, dharma wheels, Buddha pendants, intricate bracelets and one-of-a-kind creations.

Interested? You can find your match at the upcoming Buddha Mama trunk show at June Simmons Jewelry at The Met on December 3-4.

But before you go, take a moment to get to know Nancy Badía, the dynamic founder and creative designer behind the collection.//Click here for the Q&A @SarasotaMagazine.com


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October 21st, 2015

An Interview with Celebrity Bridal Designer Reem Acra

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Reem Acra is the very essence of ultra-luxe glamour, impeccable elegance and modernity. She innately taps into what a style-setting girl wants and when she wants it, whether prêt-à-porter or bridal.  And for the bride, it goes without saying that it is paramount to look and feel not only alluring but somewhat ethereal.

Enter a Reem Acra wedding gown.

Marked by a romantic, regal aesthetic, sharp silhouette and flawless construction, Acra is as much a designer as a dream maker.

And brides to be: you can find your perfect dress this week at Blush Bridal in downtown Sarasota, when owners Nicole Mei and Fondren Watts host a by-appointment-only Reem Acra trunk show October 23 and 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., where you can swoon over 35 dreamy gowns. And if you make your purchase during the show (prices range from $4,500-$9,000), you’ll have a 10% discount at the ready, with champagne and treats to make your experience just a little sweeter. Call (941) 316-1615 or email brides@blushsarasota.com.

But, before you go–the lovely Reem Acra herself granted an interview,with a preview of her newest collection that you simply don’t want to miss.//Click Here for the Reem Acra interview @SarasotaMagazine.com

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October 19th, 2015

Glasses Purveyor Edward Beiner on the Latest Eyewear Trends

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If you know the name Edward Beiner, then you’re familiar with an indomitable brand that has a reputation as a leading eyewear designer, purveyor and retailer of exceptional collections of eyewear, like Persol, Tag Heuer, Oliver Peoples, Gucci, Chanel, Cartier and Céline, to name just a few.

Beyond that, stroll into Sarasota’s Edward Beiner boutique at The Mall at UTC and you’ll experience an unmatched level of knowledge from specialists who are technically informed and trend-savvy. And–can you believe it?–their excitement for the product is infectious.

Then there’s the gentleman behind the eponymous label–a man with an uncompromising commitment to design quality and service. An optician first, Edward Beiner not only values the fashion of eyewear but the functionality as well. Innately an avid style scout, he’s a trend forecaster, a proponent of emerging designers and he’s set the standard for a successful business.

But that’s what I know–let’s hear from Beiner himself about what makes him passionate about eyewear, the must-know brands and his favorite eyewear trend of all time…//Click Here for the Edward Beiner Q&A @SarasotaMagazine.com

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October 5th, 2015

A Fashion Editor’s Latest Obsession: Clé de Peau Beaute


Never thought of myself a makeup junkie, but the lux gloss is out of the tube (so to speak). I’m more than addicted; I’m enamored with Clé de Peau Beaute, thanks to my friend Shoko Kubota, knower of all things chic.

For one thing, I love that it’s a Japanese company–a culture known for their commitment to the nature and science of beauty. Then they teamed their history with modern French refinement.

Secondly, the product line–from innovative skincare to intense color–has endless allure. To describe it as luxurious, lustrous and illuminating is…not enough. The texture is rich. You must try them out to get the feel.

Clé de Peau’s palate for fall is fiercely on trend, with a color-rich collection of light-reflecting eye quads, dewy shades of enriched lip luminizers and serums that will make you believe in serums again. And wait till you see the Collection Bal Masqué, inspired by the seductive hues of Venice. Have I used the word divine yet?

Perhaps I’m obsessed. So, with that admission, I’m happy to whisper a few of my faves–like the lip and eye brightening serums and the jewel-toned eye colors that are so smooth they can be applied with your fingertip. Yes, your fingertip. Not to forget the award-winning concealer–it’s the favorite of all beauty and fashion editors, not just this one.

Got your attention? Click here for more from a Clé de Peau insider, Maree Lavo, vice president of education.

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