Experiencing PVD Fest 2017 in Style

Last Saturday, I had the amazing opportunity to share my experience of the PVD Festival on The Dean Hotel's Instagram, along with talented creatives. 

The photos (below) were taken by my best friend and photographer Brittanny Taylor, in The Dean Hotel's lot, where locals and visitors got to enjoy sounds of music, art installations by Kelly C. Knapp, pop-up shops by local sellers and designers such as Wanderluxe, and most importantly food + drinks stations! 

To celebrate the festivities, I wore this gorgeous kimono from The Vault Collective RI, over a pair of white jeans from Calico and a black bodysuit, with earrings from Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

I wanted my look to feel vibrant and cool without losing the comfort factor and this look did that and so much more. It added sweet movement to my very tight/skinny jeans, and not only did I end up walking a lot that day, I also danced all night long. 

Our City of Providence is such a gem! It was a true privilege to take part in the experience through the Dean Hotel's platform. Without wanting to rush time or anything, I am really looking forward to PVD Fest 2018 and to meeting old and new friends, neighbors and strangers who all make this gigantic event extra special. 

You may check out the PVD Fest FB page here to view more photos by Brittanny Taylor. 

Five Ways to Style A Bomber Jacket

My newest Youtube video featured the floral bomber jacket from the Who What Wear Collection, and jewelry from Above/Below

Video production by Brittanny Taylor

Style Stop with Maison DNA - Interview Recap

Jesse Stuckey and Beth Loomis are the brains behind Maison DNA, a vintage boutique located in Newport. Last month they welcomed me into their treasure-filled world and answered a few questions for our Style Stop FB live Interview. 

Watch the video here or read our recap below!

What surprises people the most when they visit the shop for the first time? 

What surprises people most upon visiting the shop for the first time is our unique atmosphere. Our historic building, eclectic decor and curated clothing collection all work seamlessly together to make for a magical shopping experience. First time visitors and regulars alike love that everything in our store has its own personality, energy and story. From the clothes, to the decor, right down to our price tags, everything we do and carry has a sense of intention, purpose, uniqueness and fun attached to it.

How do you decide that an item is worthy to grace the racks of Maison DNA? 

The process for deciding whether or not to carry a specific item on our racks starts with the surprisingly simple question of "Do we love it?" It may seem unorthodox but instead of carrying inventory that we think people will like, or based on trend, we purposefully do the opposite. Instead, our philosophy is to carry product that inspires and excites us first and foremost. Then, if almost by magic, this energy is subconsciously picked up by our customers and in turn they become inspired and excited by what we carry.

On a side note, I feel like this process is based on intuition or instinct which also inadvertently leads us to picking specific styles or fashions a few weeks or months before they become a trend on the runway.

Once we give the initial OK to an item, but before bringing it "home", we meticulously check for quality, condition, craftsmanship and overall visual impact. 99% of the time, even the tiniest flaw on a piece is a deal breaker and although we loved the piece initially, it does not make the cut and we leave it behind. Such strict guidelines not only allow us to deliver a product of value and quality to our customers but allows us to take pride in what we do.

Where do you source pieces from?

After being in the vintage fashion industry for almost 20 years, we are fortunate to have made invaluable contacts in the business. For the first time, without giving all the magic away, we can say that our inventory comes from professional buyers who have inside access to collections from certain New England "homes" that otherwise the public does not have access to.

The most flattering comment you have ever received...

That'd be from a well dressed gentlemen from Milan visiting Newport for the Summer who told us that Maison DNA would be a big hit where he lives.

To stay connected with Maison DNA, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.  And on your next visit to Newport, be sure to stop by their boutique located at 64 Spring Street!

She So Stylish: Lindsey Catarino, Fitness & Lifestyle Coach

When people ask me how I came to know and work with Lindsey, my reply is "...through the power of Instagram!" 

It was around the summer of 2015 when photographer Olivia Gird and I met for the first time at one of my favorite spots, Wildflour off of Hope Street, to learn about each other's work. She and I found out we were both located in New England while commenting on a Hilary Rushford's social media post, and started DMing each other. A few months later, there we were, drinking iced tea and chatting up potential collaborations. 

Fast forward a year later. When Lindsey Catarino uprooted her life and businesses to Newport last summer, she knew she was going to need an on-site team to assist with her branding project and photoshoots. She did some research and found Olivia Gird on Instagram (hahstags people! They matter), liked her work and decided to connect with her. Long story short...a few months later Olivia Gird and I had teamed up and were planning for Lindsey's branding shoot.

Below are a few of my favorite shots, and scroll down a bit more for my mini-interview with Lindsey herself, who shares her thoughts on style, self-care and wellness! 

Do you have an elevator pitch? 

You know I've been to a lot of conventions that say I need one. When people ask me what I do, I often say "I help women become their best self". For me, fitness is not about a size or a weight, but a feeling inside of you that says you feel fabulous. The women I serve tend to be a little lost with how to go about getting their life and body on track and that is where I come in and give them the support, plan, and accountability they deserve.

Why was it important to you to have your website reflect your recent move to New England?

I've found that my website is like the calling card of my brand. While I was living in Nashville, I adopted a lot of the local style which many think is "cowboy" but it's actually very hipster or rocker. I knew this would not really work with a seaport, Newport like style. So it was time to make the transition both personally and professionally.

When is the launch of the new website?

We are in the final stages of re-launching the fitness page in February. My coaching page will be next which should be out this Spring. Lots of exciting things in the works.

Let's talk style...What does it mean to you and your brand?

I struggled with finding my personal style again when I hit my 30s. I was watching my own self image struggle as I was gaining weight and starting to show signs of aging from my stressful accounting job. I started to wear what was comfortable, convenient, and bland. My week days were the same couple of black, navy, and tweed suits and my weekends were jeans, sweaters/tshirts/sweatshirts, and flat shoes. I felt really drab. 

For me, fitness had to come first. When I started to see my body change, I wanted a bit more from my style. Still, I don't think anyone would have called me a fashionista. The big transition for me was getting divorce. I remember standing in the Nordstroms dressing room (a place I had never shopped before!) saying "I just don't want to FEEL like I'm old and worn out". I found my first personal stylist that day and she was like my fairy godmother! Within a few weeks, I was dating a very handsome man 10 years younger than me and I was a lot more confident - inside and out. 

Now, I am someone that feels my personal style is my business brand. I once had a mentor say "If your customer doesn't want to be like you, they won't buy from you". I think she was absolutely right and I remember that when I want to run out of the house in my old sweats and I turn around and put something a bit more polished on.

What is the one thing from your closet you can't live without?

I have a pair of Jimmy Choo suede booties that I would probably knife fight someone if they tried to steal LOL. They go with everything. I get compliments on them every time I wear them. I can seriously put them on with jeans and a white tshirt or a sexy dress and they work just as well. They are fantastic for travel because they are comfortable, fashionable, and work with half of my packed bag.

Advice for those of us who have fitness + wellness goals in mind in 2017?

First, I would start with nutrition. Many women come to me and say they have no time to work out, you can still make a huge different in your body fixing what you are putting into it first. Your motivation will come as you see the scale start to drop, I promise! Focus on eating whole foods - lean meat, veggies, fruit - and avoid starches, dairy and sugars at all cost. Eat healthy fats for energy - avocado, olive oil, ghee, and unsweetened coconut. Make sure you are taking a vitamin or ideally a supplement, my favorites are Shakeology, Vitamin D, and a Probiotic. When you do add back fitness, don't over do it. My best transformations (like losing 20 pounds and 20 inches in 60 days!) came from working out 15-30 minutes a day, not long overdrawn sessions at the gym. You have to find a workout that is productive for your body type which is usually best to ask a coach for some advice. As always, I am happy to give my free advice to anyone that reaches out to me.

Share your favorite thing to do in Newport so far...

I feel like Newport is for strolling. I absolutely love leaving my car at home and exploring on foot. When the weather is temperate, I adore the Cliff Walk. I've met a lot of very sweet new friends here and getting out and enjoying the restaurants and sites has been wonderful. I'm looking forward to my first Spring and Summer, I have my sites on finally learning to sail. 
 

Photoshoot Credits

Photography: Olivia Gird

Hair + Makeup: MAW Beauty

Retail partners: 

Domaine Designs

Feminine Fancies

 Shoppe Pioneer

Zuzu's Petals

 

She So Stylish Feature: Romina Ramos Doing Meaningful Work Abroad In Style

There are many, many women out there doing important work in various places of the world, and most of the time they're out of the spotlight because 1. They prefer to remain free of outside validation of their purpose and their life choices, and 2. Capturing every second of their lives on social media (to show how amazing their lives are) isn't simply their thing. The fact that they alone know it to be true is the only authenticity they want/need.  

These women are freelancers, advocates, ambassadors...they are underground leaders making environmental impact one healthy turtle at a time, and are doing all of that while creating their own narratives. I mean...how inspirational, right! 

Last December I had a wonderful time working with one of these smart + driven women, Romina, as her personal shopper + stylist. If you're a frequent visitor of my blog, you may have noticed that sharing my client's stories is one of my favorite things to do. And this one is definitely worth reading...

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your work with turtles and the organization?

I work with endangered leatherback sea turtles in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. This year marks my third season with the project team at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. I patrol a beautiful beach from evening to sunrise to collect scientific data from nesting female turtles. The work is intensive and fun if you like wildlife and aesthetic views. 

Q: What prompted your desire to work abroad? 

Since middle school, I've had an obsession with maps. My favorite class was geography and I told myself that I would discover other countries one day, because I wanted to see how different cultures live day by day. Being American and growing up in a Cabo-Verdean household, I'm naturally drawn to the island life, natural foods, sleepy towns, and beaches.

Q: When you came to me, you were very intentional and decisive about where your personal style was going, can you talk about your style evolution and why this was important to you?

In St. Croix, I travel and work outdoors so a lot of my clothes are basic jeans, shorts and tees with a few nice pieces for outings. Because I'm active, I look younger than my actual age. I was particular about upgrading my wardrobe because I wanted to learn how to dress for my age and body type. There's a different response you get from people when you are and look 26 as opposed to when you look 18. I'm at a time in my life where I'm building on my ideas and networking, so investing in a fresh, new wardrobe seemed right. 

The right outfit for me has to say outgoing and authentic because I'm very grounded to my roots. I'm surrounded by tropical plants, fruit trees, farm animals, and the ocean, very similar to Cabo-Verde (where my family is from). I realized that's where I'm the most happy. For my style evolution, I wanted to play with ocean and desert colors because I'm very attracted to those environments where I live and work in. It's amazing how adding a few essentials such as dressy pants, cute blouses, simple and elegant dresses and jumpsuits can really transform how you feel and carry yourself. 

When I returned to the U.S. for the holidays, I had a budget in mind and knew I needed to stock up on basics and invest in pieces to last me all year long. It made sense to work with you because 1. I needed styling expertise, and 2. My one-week stay was going to be limiting and it was crucial for me to spend most of this precious time with my Rhode Island family, rather than in stores.

Q: What do you like about your wardrobe now? 

It's speaks feminine and maturity! 

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in StCroix on your off time? Your favorite food?

My favorite thing to do in St. Croix is to snorkel with my GoPro Hero4. My favorite food on the island are mangoes. I live on a lush property surrounded by the best mango trees in the west side of the island. 

Q. Do you have any advice for the nomad life seeker out there on where to begin? How to make the leap?

Always be kind to yourself and to others in all situations. Being kind and respectful pays off (especially if you are traveling). You learn to appreciate more and you will receive more. I made the leap when I quit my job, applied abroad again, and traveled on a tight budget for 8 months before I returned to St. Croix. I didn't know where I was headed, but that was okay for me because I felt confident, and I attracted this life that I am living now.  I've gone through so many challenges that I know myself a lot better now and I love that. Be fearless or else you will limit yourself.

Style Stop with Loren Hope - Interview Recap

Before Designer Loren Barham and I were introduced during the Bloggers' RI jewelry tours last spring, I was a fan of her jewelry company Loren Hope and had been watching from afar. What had instantly drawn me to her work was her vibrant 2016 Spring/Summer collection, which had been beautifully styled and photographed in Hawaii.

Each of LH designs makes a statement without intimidating or being pretentious, and because of these characteristics, they are versatile and can be worn for all sorts of occasions, from casual brunch with the in-laws to cocktail hour with the girlfriends. 

Credits: Loren Hope

Credits: Loren Hope

Credits: Loren Hope

Credits: Loren Hope

Truly, I found it impossible not to fall in love with Loren Barham's designs, including how her love story with jewelry began and how it is influencing her business approach. 

From letting her creativity go wild as a child by reassembling old baubles in her grandmother's thrift shop, to her strong desire to reignite Providence's long forgotten title of "Jewelry Capital of the World", it is clear that Loren Barham is on to something precious. Parts used for Loren Hope's luxury level costume jewelry originate 100% from local partnerships. Truly - it does not get any better than this, especially for the Shop Small Shop Local, fashion-inclined fans - like me. 

When asked about her inspiration behind a collection and where it comes from, Loren Barham said to have always been drawn to nature, art, and architecture from the art deco period. 

Loren Hope has been featured in ELLE, Vogue, InStyle, Real Simple, The Zoe Report, Glitter Guide, Lucky Magazine, Southern Living, Redbook, Refinery 29...the list goes on.  To add one achievement on top of another, LH's biggest highlight in 2016 was their new partnership with giant retailer Nordstrom, which now carries their pieces both in stores and online. 

I invite you to watch our full interview to get better acquainted with this North-Carolinian-turned-Rhode-Islander designer, who is making waves in our little state and beyond!  Pieces featured in the video can be found below.

Aya Lariat in Crystal

Aya Lariat in Crystal

Style Stops with OR are FB live video series, where we interview designers and shop owners in their studios/boutiques, showcase their work and their designs, and get to talk style and their most coveted pieces. Follow our Style Stops on Facebook!

 

 

She So Stylish: Patsy Culp, Founder & Experience Designer of And Celebrate

A few weeks ago I wrote a mini-post, a.k.a long caption, on my Instagram feed to accompany a photo of friend and client, Patsy Culp, and it read...

"One of my favorite times to work with clients is when they're in the middle of a branding/re-branding phase. There is excitement;  positive emotions are running high {They have nailed down their color palettes for their website and marketing with the graphic designer...Everything is in motion etc}. Often all of that preliminary work leads clients to ask themselves an even greater, deeper question: "How does my personal style represent my business brand and new direction?" Which makes total sense, right! Because authenticity, alignment, and cohesiveness do matter across all the various parts of this phase. What's even more fun is clients generally have a pretty good idea of what they are leaving behind, and are fully ready to refine the role of best brand ambassador for their business. I mean...that is who they are at the end of the day. It is a transformative phase and I get to play a teeny tiny role in making sure that the vision materializes as a whole. Projects such as this one with friend + client Patsy Culp, and @brittanny made me feel excited about @andcelebrate's next chapter. This shot is one of my favorites from our photoshoot back in August. It conveys how I want to wake up and feel every morning, and every day...Laughing and celebrating like Ms. Patsy Culp."

And I meant every word, especially the last sentence!  This entrepreneur talks the talk and walks the walk. Her business And Celebrate helps entrepreneurs create meaning and impact through extraordinary event experiences. Patsy also encourages daily celebrations of family + friends, big milestones, as well as small accomplishments (such as devoting time for self-care/wellness or hobby)! And because i've known Patsy for a few years now, i can tell you that the latter is always the hardest thing to recognize and celebrate, because it forces me to be in the present, and not only to be okay with the Now, but celebrate what Now is currently offering.

I mean...What a gem of an entrepreneur, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with her on her personal style and be part of her re-branding process. 

And Celebrate's website re-launch will happen very soon...In the meantime, check out some of my favorite pictures from Patsy's photoshoot with photographer Brittanny Taylor.

How to Nail Your Next Professional Headshot

When Business Coach, Personal Stylist, and Creator of the popular “How to Double Your Instagram Following” webinar, Hilary Rushford complimented me on my IG profile pic for its hard-to-miss pops of color (seen below), I knew I had found my formula.

{This shot was taken outside against a bright wall, which provided the perfect setting and the most appropriate backdrop color for my yellow mustard jacket, given that spring had just begun.} 

As a stylist and an entrepreneur, I want to make a powerful first impression, and it’s essential for my business and my brand that my professional headshot reflects my individual creativity and expertise in the art of styling.  Therefore the traditional approach to professional headshots doesn’t work for me because of the industry I am in. 

I also understand that not everyone is a fashion blogger, and generally, most professional headshots happen inside a studio or a small booth.  So fear not! You too can find your formula.  Here's a list of things you can do to ensure that your new headshots reflect the professional rockstar that you are.

Focus on what has always worked well for you

Your professional headshot is your opportunity to stand out and simply be you. Please do not tone it down.  That being said, it’s also wise not to try something extremely new or trendy.

Yes, it’s essential that you look professional. And yes, you want your LinkedIn profile to look flawless and be an attention-grabber to potential clients/employers, absolutely – two more very good reasons why it’s important to let your personal style radiate.

  • If you’ve always loved how red, or purple, or prints look on you – why the hell not! Do it by pairing your bold piece with a neutral color piece for good balance.
  • If statement necklaces make your heart go boom – yes, yes, yes! (Always keep in mind that balance is your friend; meaning one statement piece at a time will go a long way). 
  • Are you a vintage curator? You have an amazing pair of funky glasses that showcase your authentic personality? Darling, go for it.
  • Or … Are black, white, and grey practically your wardrobe mantra? Opting for a sleek, minimalist outfit works fine too! Perhaps you can add your favorite watch for added elegance and/or apply a soft pop of color on the lips.

Really the key is to focus on details, and not necessarily big items.  Also, remember that your top half will be the main focus because … well, your gorgeous face is what the photographer is looking to capture!

However, just because the camera focus is on your top half doesn’t mean that bottom half will get zero attention.

Your entire look should be cohesive from your hair to your shoes, because 1.) Your bottom piece or some part of it will most likely get captured at some point during close-ups, so you want to make sure it is a piece that complements the overall vibe you’re going for. 2.) Your photographer might have props on hand for full shots.

Let’s imagine for instance that you are wearing a blazer over a tunic blouse, and opted for black leggings and very comfortable pair of flats you like to wear everywhere. During your session, the photographer pulls a high chair for you to sit down (as props often help expand the options for poses and shots), so you sitting on the high chair could add elements of elegance, fierceness, and approachability. Unfortunately the leggings and super, extra comfy shoes you wore do just the opposite and might even appear a little too laid back.

Seriously … You want to love these photos and feel great when you upload them into your social media profiles, and feature them on your About page.  So give it your all and play big!

Selfie yourself up to find your unique angle(s)

Selfies have sort of gotten a bad rep, but if it weren’t for selfies, I wouldn’t have realized that the way my hair was parted would determine the angle to position myself in for a good shot. Although most of my work as a wardrobe stylist happens behind the camera, as a blogger, the lens gets turned back on me many times. And because the goddesses didn’t bless me with Kate Moss’ heavenly symmetrical face, I practiced within the (thankfully) private walls of my home quite a few times … shamelessly.

Here’s my rationale: if I am going to pay for professional photos, it matters to me that I learn my unique angles and beautiful imperfections. That way the latter will get minimum to zero camera attention.  

I can tell you that once you’ve practiced how to position your face, and which direction to move your chin towards, your posture and stand will be more assertive and will emanate an air of confidence. You won’t have to worry about how you look or all the crazy, self-doubt things we constantly tell ourselves about our bodies.

Inquire about the backdrop and color options with the photographer beforehand

This step won’t hurt your PH preparation at all. In fact you will get a better idea knowing exactly what your outfits are up against.  For example, a stark white backdrop can backfire when you show up wearing an off-white top or a pretty little white dress. Blending in is certainly not what we’re going for.

Finding out those details is certainly easier if you’ve secured the service directly with the photographer and the shoot is happening in their studio.  However, if you are going to a conference and there will be a booth for attendees to have their professional headshots taken, you may simply email them and inquire about that.

You never know; your questions might not be something they thought of, and if they want their conference guests to have an amazing experience, they might share that info including a few great tips on “How to nail your professional headshot at (Insert Name) Conference” in a mass email weeks before the big event. 

What to avoid ( because they tend to conceal or downplay rather than enhance the look) :

  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Jean Jackets/cargo jackets { Better alternative: fitted blazer, cardigan }
  • Turtlenecks
  • Low necklines
  • Oversized sweaters
  • Tank tops
  • Neon and pastel colors can distract or look harsh
  • Clothes that appear wrinkled

And one final thought and this one’s the most important … Remember to relax and have fun! 

Photography credit: Brittanny Taylor 

On Our Watch List: Who What Wear for Target

I can shamelessly say that 99.99 percent of my suitcase for my upcoming trip to California consist of pieces from the Who What Wear summer collection for Target.  And this dress is one of them. 

To say that I just like chic + classy + comfortable clothes will be an understatement. Oh nooo...I love and crave those 3 C's all the time. And Who What Wear delivered them to me on a silver rack...at super reasonable prices. In addition to this dress and this divine color block straw hat, I purchased a few pair of shorts and a black peplum top.

Their Fall collection has already hit Target stores and it will give you fall fever (and it's not even September yet!). Whether you're a professional looking for a few staple items to upgrade that office wardrobe for fall, or the creative type in search of a cool and trendy piece, I have no doubt you'll find something that caters to your closet needs. 

As for me, I will be in summer mode until I return to the East Coast. Therefore...Cali, here I come!

Touring Rhode Island Jewelry Landscape

A few months ago I joined my friends Brittanny Taylor of Brittanny Taylor Photography, Patsy Culp of AndCelebrate, and other bloggers to meet and talk with jewelry designers working right here in the state of Rhode Island.

The #RIJewels tour was part of an initiative led by Visit Rhode Island to connect influencers and bloggers to industry leaders and experts to broaden the visibility and exposure of the talent within our little state.

The tour kicked off with a coffee + pastries breakfast meet & greet with three designers: Meghan Devinat of Duo & Duet, Loren Barham of Loren Hope, and Nicole Romano of Nicole Romano. 

Duo & Duet

Duo & Duet was born out of a couple's mutual passion for designing and creating. Made from ultrasuede (which is often described as an artificial substitute for suede leather), their pieces are delicate and whimsical, and push the traditional belief of what accessorizing means in this day and age, particularly for the ready-to-wear art lover and/or fashion aficionado! 

I, for one, appreciate thoughtfully-made accessories because i know the quality will be up to par. Amidst all the pretty shapes and ruffles, my eyes were set on the red wing-shaped earrings (below), and I couldn't help myself but visualize pairing them with a LWD. How ever you choose to wear your Duo & Duet item, my advice would be to let it be the statement piece it is meant to be by opting for a minimalist outfit. If you'd rather stick to your glitzy side, commit to making your Duo & Duet piece proud by going in 100% from head to toe!

Loren Hope

Aaaah the joy of finally meeting in person Loren Barham, Founder and Designer of Loren Hope! Her business is one of Rhode Island hidden gems from my perspective. I adore the way she injects visual flavor and vibrancy into her pieces --- I mean... see for yourself

There is a piece for every taste, and every style. If you prefer your necklaces to have that WOW factor, opt for something like the one below. Or...

You may select a more subtle piece like the Eden Y Necklace or one of her popular Sarra cuffs (as seen below). 

Nicole Romano

Recently I was at a partner shop, pulling pieces for a client's upcoming branding photoshoot. As I was making my jewelry selections and placing the earrings, bracelets, and necklaces on the counter, the boutique owner began to log the items on a sheet of paper.  Then she turned to me and said: "All great selections! You know all of these are from designer Nicole Romano, right?" And my reply: "Ha! I had not idea but I am not surprised at all! I love her stuff so it's natural attraction."

Nicole Romano's pieces are not conversation starters; they are conversation dominators. They are bold and fierce, and one thing's for sure...they are not for the timid-don't-want-to-be-noticed type. I dream of wearing these pieces with a sweet body-con dress and a killer leather jacket. That's how much of an impact they've made on me. 

Kiel James Patrick Factory

I remember the collective "OOOOHHH" and "AAAAHHH" from the tour group as we entered the offices of Kiel James Patrick (also known as KJP). If you are familiar with the brand, the nautical ambiance and feel of the interior design will then come as no surprise! The New England ocean-inspired vibes are strong and yet feel breezy...relaxed even. As a lover of RI waters myself, I am in awe at the commitment, passion, and thoughtfulness that the company and brand exude.

Our group's conversation with KJP and his team was intimate. He spoke genuinely and openly about how it all began; the influence of social media in terms of global connections; and shared moving anecdotes. His fiancée, Sarah Vickers of the popular blog, Classy Girls Wear Pearls, also made an appearance as she was wrapping up an interview in the next room. It was nearly impossible to leave the factory without feeling inspired! 

Jessica Ricci Jewelry

I have told myself that in my next life, I will be a jewelry designer and travel to beautiful places all around the world, in search of gorgeous, unique stones and beads, just like Designer Jessica Ricci. Seriously. 

Every piece made by Jessica Ricci has a story. And it's personal and meaningful; and you will find yourself connecting to those human emotions. I, for one, could relate to the free-spirit element reflected in her pieces as I am in constant search for experiences that bring personal fulfillment, cater to my desire of creative freedom, and nurture my love for cultures. Jessica Ricci's pieces are inspired by her travels to various corners of the world - such as Mumbai, Nepal, Paris. Just the thought of me walking into a bazaar in one of those places make my stylish heart melt. I am not kidding - I will melt! 

Definitely check out her pieces, and when you do pick out a little treasure for you, know that you will have my stylist approval - 100 percent! 

Providence Jewelry Museum

The Providence Jewelry Museum was our last stop and brought everything full circle. I appreciated this visit immensely because it provided historical context to the jewelry industry in Rhode Island, and emphasized the crucial role it played in past years (and still plays now).

The good news is anyone can tour the museum. The staff is welcoming and encourages everyone to call and inquire about scheduling a visit. It is certainly a great way to get to know a part of Rhode Island history - you will not be disappointed

And then there was...the goodie bag with pieces from Kiel James Patrick and Lemon & Line

As always, thank you for visiting our blog! 

~Olivia