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

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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


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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

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

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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

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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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September 29th, 2015

Get to Know Banana Moon Swimwear with Creative Director: Justine Flachaire



Family owned Banana Moon swimwear has grown to more than 60 boutiques throughout Europe and the Caribbean since its inception in 1984, with the only U.S. location right here in Sarasota, at The Mall at University Town Center.  The fun and flirty style of swimwear and sunwear is no doubt inspired by their headquarters in Monaco and its access to the phenomenal fabrics of  France, Spain and Italy–which, by the way, are highly chlorine resistant and quick-dry, with SPF protection.

I got to know Banana Moon’s creative director and designer Justine Flachaire.  In this fun interview, she shares how to care for swimsuits, as well as the must-have style of the moment. Click Here for More

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August 25th, 2015

An Interview with Iconic Fashion Designer Zang Toi


The House of Toi was established more than 25 year ago by Zang Toi–and since then, not only has the dynamic, Malaysian-born designer created glamour for the feminine form, he’s also made a name for himself dressing the likes of notables, icons and royalty like Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett, Patti LaBelle, Melinda Gates and Saudi princess Haifa Bandar Al Saud.

Cool thing–Zang and company (meaning runway show) will be in Tampa for an event called CITY on September 19. Tickets are still available and can be had by clicking Or make an appointment with Sarasota’s Saks Fifth Avenue (941-364-5311) for one of its ultra-exclusive appointments to meet and work with Zang himself while his trunk show is in store. He’ll be there September 20 and 21 from 12-3 p.m.

Zang was generous enough to catch up with me amidst all the pre-Fashion Week craziness — here’s a quick Q&A to get to know the man, find out what it was like to dress Elizabeth Taylor (!) and learn about the theme for the CITY runway…//Click Here for More

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