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.
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!
Fortunately, 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!
Tastefully Starting the Palm Beach New Year
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.
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
Stands by his Stubbs
Capri’s Blue Campanella, an iconic bell brings good hues
By Christian Sims
This winter the Holiday Blues take on a whole new meaning. A symbol for peace, the color blue has the power to transform and put the mind at ease. It also has the power to take us far away. Whether it be the blue waters, skies or grotto, something about the vivid tone has us dreaming of the Isle of Capri.
Born out of Capri is Chantecler. Known for their timeless elegance, Chantecler is renown for their treasured Campanella charms. Featured above is the iconic Chantecler Campanella. The Campanelle’s rich history began with a legend that says its beautiful chime grants wishes to all who hear it. Ever since, it’s been a precious jewel for all who visit the island and a lovely creative influence for Chantecler. The 18K gold charm and sapphire Campanella charm was my favorite Holiday Blue pick!
The Campanella became a must-have jewel for all the international Divas and princesses who chose the Blue Island a their perfect getaway. International travelers who get to Capri and, like everyone, fall in love with it still treasure this small token of happiness. Crafted in precious stones pavé settings, in gold and diamonds, in hard and semi-precious stones, the Campanelle are small goldsmith’s masterpieces to be worn and collected, for a new look every day. These iconic treasures are symbolic and represent peace and joy to all who hear their pleasing ring.
For those who appreciate the meaning behind Chantecler pieces, but looking to spend under $1500, Hamilton offers one of a kind Chantecler pieces, such as the Anima 70 Turquoise Bracelet, a delicate accent designed to celebrate the brand’s iconic colors and namesake.
Give the gift of joy and peace with a Chantecler gift, a favorite of Palm Beachers Whether it’s earrings, charms, bracelets or pendants, their iconic pieces and colorful hues radiate the same unique beauty that have so many flocking to Capri’s gorgeous landscape. Your gift is sure to grace its wearer with feelings of light, happiness and good favor this holiday season. A piece of Capri is available for everyone, regardless of your budget. View Photos of last year’s Chantecler Luncheon at Sant Ambroeus
Contact Kyle Meredith or Sarah Mlostek at 561.659.6788
215 Worth Avenue
Chimes Happy Holiday Blues
at Hamilton Jewelers
Cynthia Rowley, My Preferred Last Minute Go To For One-Stop Shopping
By Brandy Guthrie
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.
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!
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?
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
Tis the Season for… Stone Crabs of Course!
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Christmas Day or bring in the New Year than digging in to one or two of Meat Market’s colossal stone crabs! I’ve been eyeing their perfectly cracked over the charts-sized claws since October, and now with the excuse of the Holidays, I will claw myself to 2019!
Meat Market Holiday Happy Hours
Meat Market daily Happy Hours from 4-8 PM will continue to run through the Holiday. So if you’re not enjoying Christmas Eve or New Years at Meat Market, pop by on your way to your final destination and enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut, a Belvedere Martini and choose from an assortment of the Chef’s favorite bar bites at Happy Hour prices.
Meat Market New Year for the New York State of Mind
For those of us opting to ring in the New Year in the warmth but nostalgic for New York, Meat Market will host a New York-themed party with a champagne toast at Midnight. Dinner menu will be a la carte. Dj in the lounge!
Meat Market Palm Beach, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach
New York State of Mind New Years
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.