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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February 26th, 2016

Alberta Ferretti Opens Up About Her Decades-Long Career and Style Secrets


Italian designer and visionary Alberta Ferretti has always been a touchstone for romantic evening wear for the confident, approacable, modern woman. For decades, she’s been driven to create timeless designs with the guiding principle that the woman wears the dress, not the other way around. When you hear just a few names from the miles-long client list, you’ll know it’s true: Helen Mirren, Princess Madelein of Sweden, Naomi Campbell, Imogen Poots, Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Richie and Kate Beckinsale. //Click Here for More

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February 19th, 2016

Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal Talks New Store in Tampa


It’s safe to say that since its inception in 2010, Warby Parker has established itself as the no-brainer destination for stylish specs that don’t feel basic and don’t break the budget. This is especially good timing, since you’ve undoubtedly witnessed how a solid pair of rims have become the go-to trend from hipsters to celebs to the dapper among us. Not to mention they’re a hyper-modern way to refresh your look if you’ve gotten into a fashion rut.

So good news: as of 9 a.m. this Saturday, February 20, you’ll be able to pop into Warby Parker’s swank new showroom in the Oxford Exchange’s bookstore in Tampa to check out its collections in person. And be sure to stop by the candy bar for some of the brand’s favorite treats–either to eat there or munch on the drive home. Click Here for More

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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 

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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! // Read more here

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