March 31st, 2016

Talking To: Emerging Jewelry Designer Lizzie Fortunato


Confession: I’m so enamored with the emerging brand Lizzie Fortunato.

Seriously. It makes me so happy. The ahead-of-the-curve designs are feminine yet cheeky, created with unexpected materials. Not to mention, the unmistakably modern brand was founded by two impossibly clever women who happen to be twins–Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato. Lizzie, who heads up creative, often draws on historical, artistic and architectural references, making her fashion-forward jewelry feel well-traveled. But more than that, my growing collection feels like old friends who always bring a smile to my face. //Click Here for More




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March 23rd, 2016

Sarasota’s Charlotte Perret Publishes Book About Parisian Carnivals


As a Francophile, I’m in awe (and maybe a teensy bit jealous) of the life of Sarasota’s own Charlotte Perret, who lived for nearly 20 years in the City of Light, where she raised her family as she studied French lit at the Sorbonne (swoon!) and taught English to French business execs.  While there, family members of Parisian carnival folk befriended Perret, brought her into their guarded world, and not only shared their street fair stories, but also their historical vintage memorabilia dating from the 1880s-1950s–some never before seen or published.

Enter At Their Doorstep, a first-hand glimpse into the exciting itinerant lives of generations of carnival families who brought massive street fairs to Paris, sometimes for weeks at a time–and often with the latest 20th-century industrial inventions like the automobile, electric lighting and cinema. //Read More Here

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March 8th, 2016

Meet Edie Parker Designer/Founder Brett Heyman


One of my pet peeves is that Sarasota’s fashion scene is often woefully underestimated–which somehow implies this city is not so jet-set. Well, let me plead otherwise.

To begin, I was introduced to the ever chic Edie Parker brand by the lovely Crystal Lahners at Sarasota Magazine’s Best Of soirée in 2014; she was embracing a fab anniversary gift from her hubby. It was what I now consider the classic Edie Parker clutch, a pearlescent acrylic box with the word Happy in scripted gold glitter. Then she popped the kiss-lock to expose the interior mirror. Uh! Are you kidding me?! So old-school Hollywood to have a mirror installed in your bag. To say I was obsessed is an understatement. //Click Here for More

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