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Tortoiseshell: A Timeless Trend

From bags to shoes to glasses, tortoise shell is seemingly everywhere, and I’m not complaining. Especially after finally finding its way into my personal jewelry collection! I recently popped into one of my favorite shops, Sequin, on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach and couldn’t resist these faux tortoise shell earrings. Not only are they made to look like the coveted tortoise shell, they also have coral colored gems which accentuate the tortoise shell design. What girl doesn’t want to mimic Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, who sported the timeless black and brown spots on a variety of their accessories, right? And the best part—they are super lightweight so they can be worn comfortably all day long!

A rule of thumb for seamless inclusion into your wardrobe: simply consider tortoise shell a neutral. A maximalist neutral that will be sure to catch everyone’s eye!

Finding Your Own Sunshine with Vivre Couture

Hand painted artwork worthy of a gallery exhibition? Lusciously tropical garments guaranteed to turn heads at any of life’s premier moments? Yes, please! Vivre Couture, a partnership between designer Kristen Alyce and artists from around the world, fuses the highest quality elements of art, design, and construction into their hyper-inspired line of wearables. Their line, which includes apparel for men and women as well as accessories including handbags, bow ties, luggage tags, shoes, cardholders, and belts represents the best of the Palm Beach experience and happens to be my latest obsession. vivre couture

What sets Vivre Couture and their “wall to wardrobe” concept apart is this team’s unmatched commitment to advance the meeting of fine art and couture fashion. Each item is carefully crafted with fine canvas and linen, then hand painted with thick bodied acrylic paints. Gowns and cocktail attire are created with in-home custom fittings and require between 24-80 hours of hands-on attention to include  designer, seamstress, and artist. Take a look for yourself at https://vivrecouture.com.

PapiChulo Tacos, bringing flavor to Jupiter

To me, the best food is the freshest with the fewest ingredients. Simple enough, right? This brings me to everyone’s favorite Tuesday night fare–the taco. Everyone is sure to have an opinion on where to find the best of this deceptively simple dish. This is where I return to my “freshest and fewest” philosophy. To be sure, there are plenty of taco spots that I happily visit to satisfy my cravings, but there can be only one spot I call the best!

Papichulo Tacos Palm BeachFortunately, I have found my personal El Dorado, courtesy of the cozy and authentic PapiChulo Tacos. Recently opened, and nestled near the Jupiter Lighthouse, the eatery attracted me with its creative cocktails and menu promising authentic Mexican-style street food. Homemade tortillas? Check. Mexican Shrimp Ceviche? Of course. Housemade Sangria? Yes, please!

And yes, I had the perfectly prepared street corn smothered gloriously in chipotle mayo, along with the quesadilla stuffed with cheese straight from Oaxaca. So many salivating choices on my path to the main event. For my first visit, I tried Carne Asada, Pollo, and Repollitos (crispy brussel sprouts with secret sauce and queso frecso, YUM!). Each was to die for in their own unique way, but I’m wondering what it would take to get a bottle of the chimichurri sauce! Hands down, dare I say, best tacos I have had in Palm Beach County. I plan on returning ASAP to taste what I could not manage to order before being rolled out. Get a peek at their menu and specials here: https://www.papichulotacos.com/menu. Tell them Brandy sent you!

 

Stubbs and Wootton keeps up the Merry Pace

By Maribel Alvarez

So for us avid Stubbs collectors, this is the one pair we have to add to our collection.  A no-brainer!  You don’t have to don an ugly red sweater to show you are in on the Christmas spirit, slip on these Holiday Stubbs and keep your merry spirit chic!

As far as I can remember, last minute shopping always became a problem for me. Trying to find the personal gift with so little time.  But then my daughter would remind me “Go Stubbs!” I found I would save myself a last minute anxiety attack by asking the question “Is there anyone on my list who wouldn’t LOVE a pair of Stubbs to add to their collection?”  If so, I haven’t met that person yet…

A Family Affair 

I adopted Stubbs as the treat I would offer myself for years to come. My family followed suit.   My children grew up respecting the brand so much the palm tree needlework embroidery became my daughter’s choice for her groom and wedding party at her St. Barth’s wedding; the velvet slippers were my son’s choice for his black tie ensemble and my late boyfriend joined all the men in my family requesting ‘a new pair of Stubbs’ every holiday.

Personalized Gifting

The beauty about this ever so chic timeless gift is you don’t have to special order a ‘theme’.  The perfect theme is probably there, but if you do want to customize, you can do that too!

 

 

The Holiday Slippers are a no-brainer for the partying friend.

Call 561.655.6857 for personal assistance

or visit

https://stubbsandwootton.com

Cynthia Rowley, My Preferred Last Minute Go To For One-Stop Shopping

By Brandy Billinghurst

No matter how prepared I think I may be when it comes to my holiday shopping, there’s always that one gift or two that I somehow missed or forgot. I know I can count on Cynthia Rowley at The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach to find the perfect gifts immediately and more importantly, quickly. Let’s face it, time is of the essence, especially at this time of the year!

Take a look at my top 3 favorite CR last minute gifts here:

For the Hostess with the Mostest:

Everyone loves receiving candles, and they can be gifted any time of year. I like to stock-up during the Holiday’s and this year, a new scent caught my attention at Cynthia Rowley. This candle was created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Apotheke and it smells just as lovely as it looks with its amber rising fragrance. What’s even better is you don’t have to know your recipient’s astrological sign because it represents every symbol of the Zodiac.

  ZODIAC CANDLE $48.00

For the Beach Lover Who Loves to Match Her Little One:

I am always a complete sucker for gifting a matching pair of mother and daughter outfits because you aren’t just giving a delightful keepsake present, you’re giving an heirloom gift that’s set to conjure plenty of warm holiday mother, daughter memories. They can pair this with some espadrille neoprene water shoes and to the beach they will splish and splash, all with style!

PEACH COMBO COLORBLOCK WETSUIT $265.00

For The Chic Booze Connoisseur:

Necessity is the mother of invention…

This year, my perfect go-to party accessory to give and to wear myself isn’t a sparkly clutch or a pair of satin high heels, it’s this baby. Why not buy a mini-bottle of your friend’s favorite nip of choice to accompany it, wrap them both up, and instantly banish the boringness from the gajillion Christmas fiestas on their dance card in December?

GOLD FLASK BANGLE $365.00

And that’s a wrap on this year’s gift guide! (You didn’t expect me to not make that pun, did you?) Happy Holidays!

Call Dawn at (561) 517-0576 for personal assistance

or visit https://cynthiarowley.com

 

A globally-sourced collection curated by Lourdes de Guardiola

Lourdes de Guardiola’s gypsy roots resulting from her equestrian jetset lifestyle have found a home this season at the Esplanade. Located on the second floor above Gucci, Lourdes has transformed a blank canvas, creating a haven for linen from Bali, Swimwear from Brazil, jewelry from Argentina, perfect beach hats from Ecuador and handmade leather bags made in America. “While traveling the world as a professional show jumper, I have been able to cultivate relationships with global designers.  I’ve found inspiration within their cultures and have been able to create this space based upon these experiences” says Lourdes de Guardiola.

A private trunk show for Alvin Valley, took place before Milou’s official opening.  In spite of it being under the radar, the success led to a permanent representation for the King of Pants at Milou.  Lourdes will be hosting more events throughout the season.  She has her pulse on the new upcoming designers from South America  looking to make their mark in the Palm Beach market.

Lourdes also intends to utilize the newly revamped Esplanade at 150 Worth, hosting a runway fashion show later on in the season.  

Be sure to visit miloupalmbeach.com to sign up for newsletters, events, and promotions.  With Lourdes’ constant craving for change, there won’t be a party you should miss this season.

Milou will be celebrating it’s official Grand Opening with a cocktail celebration November 20th.  All are welcome from 5-9 on Tuesday to kick off the holiday weekend.

Brioni takes on the ultimate sartorial challenge- Michelangelo’s David

This season, the Brioni Master Tailors demonstrate the boundless possibilities of the Bespoke service by taking on the ultimate sartorial challenge – to perfectly craft a suit for an iconic silhouette with stately dimensions

Long recognized as the “menswear of choice” for the iconic and powerful

Brioni’s VIP Tailor is available to make a nip and tuck to your personal Brioni collection.

Professional athletes, celebrities, leaders, entrepreneurs chose the brand that sets meticulous standards for its craft. The height of men’s sartorial excellence, a Brioni Bespoke item is built on unparalleled craftsmanship and exclusive fabrics.

The BRIONI Method

Every suit is the result of the Brioni method. This process, unique to the company, requires 220 steps and more than 22 hours of effective workmanship, and all while under the supervision of tailoring experts. Each suit comes to life due to absolute precision, as well as upwards of 6000 handmade hidden stitches. Subsequently, the Brioni suit caresses the body lightly and molds the figure.

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The Bespoke fabric selection offers over 800 variations of wool, light cashmere, silk, and a light Super 200s wool. In addition, their full-range variety also counts for lapel shape, buttons, lining, shirt collar, and cuff.

Any Brioni store accommodates your choice – be it of model or cut, fabric or fit. Furthermore, you can complete your look in the privacy and comfort of the VIP room to exemplify your sense of style.

Brioni Bespoke

“The World of Bespoke” Worth Avenue Salon, October 4th-6th

To Schedule an Appointment

Brioni’s Bespoke Events book early and orchestrate their appointments accordingly. As a result, each take approximately one hour to 90 minutes.

For information on the Palm Beach Bespoke Event, please contact Thomas Esparza at 561.650.0030.

Email Thomas to schedule an appointment to suit your calendar, as well as your style.

Eighty percent of Spring Collection up to 50% off at Sandro and Maje on Worth Avenue

Local fashionistas will be delighted to learn Worth Avenue’s Sandro and Maje announced they will continue to slash prices on their stylish Spring collections beginning June 13th.   Eighty percent of their inventory will be on sale.   From minimalist looks  to ruffles and lace, these two French fashion-forward sister boutiques offer a beautiful selection for both the edgy and the classic dresser.  The varied collection includes flirty summer Maxis, romantic evening dresses, trendy culottes and classic palazzos.

 DRESS EVENT Sip and Shop June 15th from 12-6 PM

On Friday, gather your friends and kick-off your weekend at Sandro and Maje.  Both stores will be offering champagne and sweets during a sip and shop from 12-6 pm

About Sandro and Maje

Sandro and Maje are the brainchild of two creative sisters, Evelyn and Judith.  Sandro features a more classical, timeless line Sandro of clothing and Maje features more flirty and edgy designs.  Both lines range from daywear to evening, crafted with an eye for detail and the finest fabrics such as silk and French lace. The two brands are well-known for silhouettes with a formal feminine but oh so Parisian casual edge!  Local loyals count on Marcella Teper and Demetrius Mickens to keep them up to speed on new arrivals and timely sales.

Framing the entrance to Worth Avenue’s charming Via Encantada, the two boutiques are located at 247 and 249 Worth Avenue respectively.  For more information, contact Marcella Teper or Demetrius Mickens at 561 650 0371

BRIONI Bespoke — an exclusive service dedicated to creating your personalized wardrobe

Fall often brings a return to Classic Looks. Perhaps it’s time to look in your closet and review your wardrobe. Brioni invites you to discover the world of Brioni Bespoke, which offers exclusivity in a unique garment, entirely modeled and handcrafted in Italy to meet your exacting requirements.

Long recognized as the “menswear of choice” for the polished and powerful

Brioni’s Master Tailor is available to make a nip and tuck to your personal Brioni collection. One of their stylists will bring new energy to your collection, and with a personal consultation, as the boutique’s professional staff specializes in refreshing your accessories or providing a differential cut to your wardrobe.

Because of this, professional athletes, celebrities, and industry leaders alike know the brand that set meticulous standards for its craft. The height of men’s sartorial excellence, a Brioni Bespoke item is built on unparalleled craftsmanship and exclusive fabrics.

The longstanding bond that links Brioni to the film industry and iconic Hollywood stars begins in the years of La Dolce Vita.

The BRIONI Method

Every suit is the result of the Brioni method. This process, unique to the company, requires 220 steps and more than 22 hours of effective workmanship, and all while under the supervision of tailoring experts. Each suit comes to life due to absolute precision, as well as upwards of 6000 handmade hidden stitches.

Subsequently, the Brioni suit caresses the body lightly and molds the figure.

The Bespoke fabric selection offers over 800 variations of wool, light cashmere, silk, and a light Super 200s wool. In addition, their full-range variety also counts for lapel shape, buttons, lining, shirt collar, and cuff.

Any Brioni store accommodates your choice – be it of model or cut, fabric or fit. Furthermore, you can complete your look in the privacy and comfort of the VIP room to exemplify your sense of style.

Master Tailor at Worth Avenue Salon, October 5-7th

To Schedule an Appointment

Brioni’s Bespoke Events book early and orchestrate their appointments accordingly. As a result, each take approximately one hour to 90 minutes.

For information on the Palm Beach Bespoke Event, please contact Thomas Esparza at 561.650.0030. 

Email Thomas to schedule an appointment to suit your calendar, as well as your style.

 

Dress Shirts for men who dream BIG and live BOLD

After years of being underwhelmed by drab colors and patterns in the men’s department, Wyatt Koch embarked on a journey to liven up wardrobes with his bold, colorful button down shirts for men. Wyatt Ingraham‘s recent launch party took place at EmKo in West Palm Beach.  Guests were wowed by a high energy fashion show, wild costumed characters and racks of Wyatt Ingraham’s electrifying designs.

The crowd erupted when Wyatt, donning a vibrant yellow blazer and his own colorful shamrock button down, gave an energetic champagne toast after the runway show, describing the inspiration behind his designs and thanking a number of people for their all of their help and support. Wyatt and his team are thrilled to now have their shirts available online. Click here to shop and show your support.

Click below for a taste of Wyatt Ingraham’s BOLD designs

 

Click here to View Collection and Shop

 

 

 

Armory Art Center prepares for Purple Reign Event on January 26th

The world of popular culture was rocked in 2016 with the unexpected loss of several major Rock Icons.  Nowhere was the loss of the artist Prince Rogers Nelson known better simply as Prince felt more deeply than in his hometown of Minneapolis.  In a nod to the trendsetting aspects of Prince’s multi-decade career, and out of respect for Prince’s indomitable style, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine joined forces with the Minneapolis Art Institute to create a Fashion Designer tribute based on Prince’s musical hits. 

Billed as a Special Kiss to Prince, the 2016 Fashionopolis Event featured runway designs inspired by the one-or-a-kind hit maker, Prince, who was known as an Icon of fashion, style, music and creativity.  Eight fashion designers, from Minneapolis to Manhattan to Amsterdam, including “fan favorite” from television’s Project Runway, Christopher Straub, created ensembles to celebrate the Pop Life of the enigmatic superstar who’s pioneering style was flamboyant, sexy, and always impossibly cool.

Winner of seven Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, Prince was one of the best-selling musicians of all-time.  Hits included Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, Kiss, and When Doves Cry.

The Armory Art Center will feature the highly regarded Pop-Up exhibit at their much anticipated Purple Reign event on January 26th.  Click here to register for the event

New 2017 Collection exclusive to Worth Avenue 

120% Lino recently celebrated the opening of its fifth boutique in South Florida, but the only fashionistas lucky enough to get first dibs on the new 2017 Collection, are those who visit the Worth Avenue store!  

Forecasting a Season of stylistic pursuit, an un-coded message that declares a passion for contemporary and timeless chic looks, look to 120% Lino for broderie anglaise and macramé, silk/linen blends, glitter printing, frosted jersey and fabric prints in a super fashionable Italian luxury style collection.

Understated Palm Beach Perfection

Understated Palm Beach Perfection

Italy’s foremost fashion brand, 120% Lino offers an understated elegant style; the perfect fit for people who love sophistication and natural elegance either in the city, or during travel, every season of the year.  Direct from Italy, their recent highly sought after Cruise Collection was inspired by the late Seventies and early Eighties with an elegant, relaxed vision re-imagined for current fashions utilizing enduring styling. lino-orange-dress

 

 

 

DRESS UP YOUR UNDERSTATED LUXURY LOOK

120% Lino knows how to dress up your understated luxury look. Allow us to assist you in selecting from beautiful handbags, scarves, hats, statement jewelry and shoes to complete your look. We are working with the best Italian designers who are making their accessories exclusively for 120% Lino.

Click here to view 2017 Spring/Summer Collection