May 16th, 2014

Simple Luxury: Sarasota Designer Courtney Adams’ Tocco Lusso Clothing Line

tocco lusso, luxury basics, cotton luxeI discovered the Tucco Lusso line when I spotted my very good friend Frances Broussard in a maxi dress called The Convertible. Honestly, I mistook it for a Helmut Lang, which many of you know I’m obsessed with. I was instantly taken with the ultra luxe fabric and the flawless draping.

Of course, I had to know more. Where did this girl come from? Did she study at Parsons School of Design? Tocco Lusso designer and founder Courtney Adams grew up on her family’s ranch just outside of a small town of 1,100 residents in Oklahoma. There she was gifted a Janome sewing machine, not long before moving to Sarasota five years ago. With that, she discovered her talented for fashion design, an unbelievably impressive self-taught learner. Courtney jokes, “My textbooks have been a lifetime subscription to Vogue!”

Knowing this makes her impeccable collection all the more astonishing. Courtney has done everything exactly right from her choice of fabrics to her modern aesthetic and she’s somehow perfected one shape for all. I’d liken it to how a Diane von Fürstenberg wrap dress can accommodate varying body types. It’s a line of upscale comfortable basics that are more like elegant essentials. If that’s your thing then you’re gonna fall for Tocco Lusso in a major way…//Click Here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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May 5th, 2014

True Yoga with Yogini Elena de Lalla

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Elena de Lalla is one of the most sought after yoga instructors in Sarasota because of her empowering and transformational approach to yoga. She has earned a reputation as a yogini who is mindful of aligning her actions with her words and beliefs.

If you consider going to Elena’s class for a workout, she’ll tell you herself to skip it and go to the gym. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no easy physical session but Elena’s goal is to guide you through a deeper connection to the Self (she’ll remind you of the capital “S” in class) through a dynamic flow of asana, pranayama, and meditation. Eclectic energy work together with teachings from Bhakti, Atma Yoga, Tantra, and Shamanism are at the core of her classes, which are open to all student levels.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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March 25th, 2014

Get into the Swim of Things with Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama Women's Swim Spring 2014

There’s something about a swimsuit purchase that intimates even the most stylish, so you’re not alone when you dread this annual and inevitable shopping excursion. It’s torturous for all, which oftentimes can lead to very public mistakes.

And, we’ve all seen the makeover shows with tips on how to choose for our body type – but really wouldn’t it be fabulous to have your own bathing suit Fairy Godmother to Bippity Boppity Bo you through the gauntlet of choices?

Well, get your cell phone out because this Thursday, March 27 Lissette Marquez, Fit Specialist & National Sales Account Manager, will be on hand to serve as your own personal stylist for a Sip & Swim at Tommy Bahama from 11a to 5p. Click Here for more details at SarasotaMagazine.com

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March 24th, 2014

Upcoming Trunk Show with Jewelry Designer Gogo Ferguson

Gogo-Seaweed-Necklace-AlpacaA native of Cumberland Island, Georgia, Gogo Ferguson draws inspiration from the idyllic beauty that surrounds her there. Found items, from shells to bones to seaweed, become her designs cast in precious metals. From there, they go on to be treasured pieces owned by collectors such as Isabella Rossellini, Penelope Ann Miller, Wes Anderson, Nicole Miller and Maria Sharapova. Gogo even had the distinct privilege to design the wedding rings of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Carolyn.

If you’re not traveling to Cumberland Island any time soon, you’ll have the chance to meet Gogo and experience her jewelry in person, here in Sarasota. Click here for the finer details at Sarasota Magazine.com

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February 27th, 2014

Interview with Fashion Designer Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouel interview, Yigal Azrouel Q&A, Yigal Azrouel fashion designerYigal Azrouël’s eponymous label was launched in 1998. Sixteen years later this Israeli born designer, of French-Moroccan descent, has made a name for himself by understanding how to dress a woman with his signature fluid, feminine draping. He designs for a strong, modern woman, and he seamlessly marries a minimal edgy silhouette with subtle sexy architectural elements.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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February 20th, 2014

What I Wear to Work: Cheryl Lasris Gordon

What I Wear to Work: Cheryl Lasris Gordon

I spotted the stylish Cheryl Lasris Gordon while dining alfresco at State Street Eating House. She was so incredibly well-put together that I struck up a conversation and handed her my card for this blog.

What I admire most about the style of this highly successful attorney and partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick is her easygoing aesthetic that’s so smartly styled, especially in a business where a matching suit is de rigueur. Cheryl pairs on-trend yet classic pieces, like her YSL patent Tribute pumps, fabulous Peter Pilotto scarf and gorgeous jewels by Ippolita. So chic! // Click here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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January 29th, 2014

Designer Interview: Jemma Wynne Jewelry

Jemma Wynne jewelry, jemma wynne designs, jemma wynne bangles, jemma wynne bracelets, jemma wynne necklaces, jemma wynne interview, jemma wynne Q&AI’ll be the first to admit that my no fail, lazy-girl styling trick is to reach for my fave accessories: High impact, low effort. Case and point, the duality of the Jemma Wynne collection – the pieces are made to mix and layer perfectly, yet are powerful enough to be worn alone; whether you gravitate toward their ever-evolving lines from season to season or if you prefer something special like a one-of-a-kind piece. I especially love how they define their design aesthetic as the “cashmere hoodie of jewelry for women…rich but comfortable.”  You get exactly who the brand designs for – the modern femme.  //Click here for my interview with Jemma Wynne and more about the upcoming trunk show at June Simmons @ The Met…..

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