November 8th, 2014

An Interview with Anthropologie Customer Styling Director Christina Frederick

Anthropologie stylingYou’ve heard that the chic shop that is Anthropologie has opened its doors at The Mall at University Town Center. I could linger here forever–everything’s aesthetically pleasing and texturally interesting.

I have it in my mind that every person behind the scenes at Anthro must be one of those enviable creatives who can put various prints and genres together in a form that exudes laid back cool from tabletop to a stack of bracelets. It’s a store replete with clever finds and everything, everything is styled just right and just before it’s overdone.

So, I decided to track down Christina Frederick, Anthropologie’s customer styling director, to get some insight into the brand–like how to stack those bracelets, must-have fall trends and how to go from desk to dinner.//Click Here for More

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November 3rd, 2014

An Interview with Designer Rebecca Taylor

rebecca-taylor-boutique-cropIf you haven’t heard the name Rebecca Taylor, then take note, because she has one of the hottest, on-the-rise brands in the fashion industry. Since the launch of her eponymous line in 1996, Rebecca Taylor has become a multimillion dollar brand and style house, comprised of of ultra-chic looks that are definitively feminine with just a hint of edge. It’s a line for the modern woman with a fresh and distinct sense of style. Case in point: Her clothes have been seen on discerning It Girls like Alexa Chung, Rashida Jones and Kate Middleton.

BTW, Rebecca will be making a couple appearances in Sarasota…click here for more

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October 29th, 2014

Wardrobe Stylist Lissa Murphy on How to Organize Your Closet

LIssaStyle has always been a major part of Lissa Murphy’s life, from her school years–when she developed a knack for finding vintage treasures at church and estate sales–to her time as an on-set wardrobe stylist and a personal stylist in California.

After she moved to Sarasota, Murphy opened Jane Boutique on First Street. Now Murphy’s business has evolved into Jane Styling, a personal styling and wardrobe consulting business.

In this fun Q&A, we talk about tidying up that pesky closet and what it’s like to work with a stylist.//Click Here for More

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October 23rd, 2014

Q&A with Designer Rebecca Minkoff

RM_Headshot_Feb.-2013_by-Danielle-KosannThe-New-Potato Rebecca Minkoff, a California cool-girl, was  transplanted to NYC to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Well, as it does for most of us, the city left its mark, and in 2001 Minkoff officially launched herself into the fashion biz with her take on the iconic “I Love New York” T-shirt. Then things really hit when she launched her signature purse–the Morning After bag.

Since then, Minkoff’s eponymous label has branched out into footwear, apparel, accessories and, of course, handbags–she’s got it all including the trend-setter and celebrity following.//Click Here for More

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October 22nd, 2014

Fashion Icon Betsey Johnson to Appear at Mall at University Town Center

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 4.29.02 PMBetsey Johnson is one of the world’s favorite and most exuberant fashion icons. For 50 years (!) now Betsey has painted the town pink with her one-of-a-kind vision, boundless energy and ultra-creative force. She’s made up her own rules along the way while expanding her eponymous clothing line to include bedding, activewear, kids’, shoes, bags, intimates, accessories…and on…and on…

I caught up with Johnson for a quick Q&A before she somersaults into Dillard’s at The Mall at University Town Center this Saturday, October 25th, from 2–-3:30 p.m.//Click Here for the Q&A and more details…

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October 9th, 2014

Fashion Designer Nicole Miller

nicole_miller2If you’re a follower of fashion you know the name Nicole Miller. I know hers is a name that’s thrown about, but she truly is an icon in American fashion. And what you may not know–which will explain a lot when it comes to her chicly feminine, eclectic aesthetic–is that she’s part French, the daughter of a Parisian-born mother (sigh).

Wanna meet her? Nicole will be at Dillard’s at University Town Center on Thursday, October 16 from from 1-3 p.m. for the store’s Grand Opening Celebration. In honor of the opening she’ll be showing a fashion retrospective exhibit, with a preview of her fall 2014 Artelier Collection.  Pop in to say hello and find out what’s hot to update your wardrobe for the Sarasota social season from the woman herself.

But first, a fun Q&A that may serve as some talking points when you catch up with Nicole next week…//Click Here for More

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October 3rd, 2014

An Interview with Saks Fifth Avenue President Marigay McKee

Marigay McKee

It’s no doubt you’ve heard that Saks Fifth Avenue is on the cusp of opening a modern, 80,000-square-foot store on October 16 at the Mall at University Town Center, with general manager Joel Ellzey at the helm. But what’s interesting is that it’s the first Saks opening in more than nine years.

Marking this fashionably auspicious day will be a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. with the new president of Saks Fifth Avenue, Marigay McKee. The Londoner and former chief merchant of Harrods has been tasked with reinventing the iconic American brand, and chic changes are already afoot. I caught up with Marigay to get to know fashion’s new It Girl, who’s more than just a pretty face – she’s climbed 17,000 feet to Mount Everest’s base camp; is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French and she’s taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. J’adore her! //Click Here for More


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