My 2017 Fall Trend Favorites

Can you feel Fall in the air? 

Are you as excited as we are about Fall style? 

Eh, maybe you are, maybe you aren't. I don't blame you. It's not an easy task letting go of warm weather and longer days. I am a real nostalgic when it comes to summer - always have been. 

But what if, rather than focusing on what we are losing, we focused on all the new memories we are about to create, moments we are about to experience, and things we are about to gain with the new season?

To me, a new season brings its own set of trends and tendencies, so I like to open myself wide for new inspiration and new work to come and sweep me off my feet. I also know that it's time to make the last months of the year count. 

Giving new life to last year's coats/jackets/boots and adding new seasonal items to my wardrobe is my way of embracing the new season with purpose, intention and fierceness. It's also my way of inviting all the awesome things the Universe has in store for me. When I feel great, I act on my goals more easily and more decisively. 

I invite you to find inspiration in places you've never looked before. Be creative. Be thoughtful. Let your intuition + feelings be your driver. Seek those feel-good moments + experiences that entice your inner being to be greater than what you tell yourself. Give your authentic-self the opportunity to inspire + be inspired.

With that said, here are the trends of Fall 2017 I am looking forward to the most!

1. 70s Plaid { J. Crew }  2. Wide Belts { Topshop } 3. Fiery Red { Farrow } 4. Statement Earrings { SHASHI } 5. Fishnet { Topshop } 6. Mid-length Skirts { Farrow } 7. Everything Velvet { Alice + Olivia } 8. Chocolate Brown { MAC in Film Noir } 9. Victorian Collar Shirts { Citizens of Humanity } 10. Vintage Florals { Farrow } 11. Sleek Backpacks { Skagen } 12. Sock Boots { Topshop } 13. Vintage Fur { Miss Selfridge} 

1. 70s Plaid { J. Crew } 
2. Wide Belts { Topshop }
3. Fiery Red { Farrow }
4. Statement Earrings { SHASHI }
5. Fishnet { Topshop }
6. Mid-length Skirts { Farrow }
7. Everything Velvet { Alice + Olivia }
8. Chocolate Brown { MAC in Film Noir }
9. Victorian Collar Shirts { Citizens of Humanity }
10. Vintage Florals { Farrow }
11. Sleek Backpacks { Skagen }
12. Sock Boots { Topshop }
13. Vintage Fur { Miss Selfridge

Summer Sales to Shop Now

Right now is a magical time. And by magical time – I mean this is the perfect time to shop your favorite styles and start squirreling away for the fall season. 

With that said, I mean it when I say – do not fall into the temptation of the beautiful Fall collections you’re about to see drop. Have you seen Zara’s yet?! If you haven’t, stay awaaaayyy. Gah. My team and I took a peek…uh…for inspiration of course (gulp) and I can tell you that the vibrant autumn colors, the shapes, the dresses, the boots are bound to make you melt – not of heat – but of envy. Which can quickly turn into “Hell! I’m just gonna buy it!”.... and then you see the waiting lists, oy.

I tell you – it’s madness out there and you don’t have to participate in it…yet. Hear me out.
 
Summer sales are happening pretty much everywhere (I’m sure your inbox is being bombarded right now as we speak which can be quite overwhelming), so my shopping advice is simple:
 
Look for items that you can wear for the rest of the summer and that will easily transition into the fall season. For instance, if you see a dress or a jumpsuit that fancies your little heart, can you envision it with boots and a cool leather jacket/blazer, or could you wear it over a button-down blouse or a light turtleneck sweater. And if your wallet allows it, stock up on closet essentials like plain tees, shirts and jeans.  
 
Also a lot of these online shops still have a sales section for last year’s inventory – as a matter of fact, that category may just be final sales because they are looking to rid off these items. 

Never let the Outerwear/Knitwear/Boots sale sections go unbrowsed…it’s a gold mine! Just make sure you feel good about the sizing and that you do love what you’re buying and actually plan to wear it, because final sale is…well…final. 
 
So I thought we’d give you a head start - Check out the links to these amazing sales below and start building that Fall wardrobe with intention, darling!

1. Striped Apron Dress: Thomas Mason for J. Crew 2. Pom Pom Hem Straight Leg Jeans: Topshop 3. Satin Mules: Sam Edelman 4. Zipped Biker Jacket: Mango 5. Infinity Crystal Earrings: Anthropologie 6. Knot Tie Slinky Midi Dress: Topshop 7. Ruffle Jumpsuit: Need Supply Also check out these other amazing sales going on now:  Need Supply - up to 70% off Loft - Extra 50% off sale items Zara - Starting at 50% off Anthropologie - Extra 40% off sale items J. Crew - Extra 40% off sale items ; 50% off final sale items Ann Taylor - Semi Annual Sale;  up to 70% off Mango - from 50 - 70% off everything Topshop - 50% off Aldo Shoes - 50% off shoes and hand bags GAP - up to 50% off everything

1. Striped Apron Dress: Thomas Mason for J. Crew
2. Pom Pom Hem Straight Leg Jeans: Topshop
3. Satin Mules: Sam Edelman
4. Zipped Biker Jacket: Mango
5. Infinity Crystal Earrings: Anthropologie
6. Knot Tie Slinky Midi Dress: Topshop
7. Ruffle Jumpsuit: Need Supply

Also check out these other amazing sales going on now: 

Need Supply - up to 70% off
Loft - Extra 50% off sale items
Zara - Starting at 50% off
Anthropologie - Extra 40% off sale items
J. Crew - Extra 40% off sale items ; 50% off final sale items
Ann Taylor - Semi Annual Sale;  up to 70% off
Mango - from 50 - 70% off everything
Topshop - 50% off
Aldo Shoes - 50% off shoes and hand bags
GAP - up to 50% off everything

Fashion Shoot in Middletown, RI

LOCATION: Newport Aviation 

TEAM: Photography: Peoneemoull Pech | Model: Hailey Carlson | Hair Stylist: Tara Siani | MUA: Joanna Vongphoumy | Wardrobe Stylist: Olivia Rodrigues, Assistant: Ashley Holmes

Brands details are below! 

Look # 1: Button-down Shirt by CK Bradley, available at Dorothy Williams RI | Pants by La Marque, available at Dorothy Williams RI | Handbag by Daniella Lehavi, available at Dorothy Williams RI, Earrings + sunglasses from Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

Look #2: Silk Dress by Elizabeth and James, available at Dorothy Williams | Faux Fur Jacket, available at Maison DNA | Earrings by Loren Hope, available at Loren Hope.

Look #3: Sweater Dress by Frame, available at Dorothy Williams RI | Vintage Belt from Neiman Marcus | Earrings + sunglasses from Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

Look #4: Dress available at Maison DNA | Earrings available at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

The Lady Project 2017 Summer Gift Guide

The Lady Project 2017 Summer Gift Guide is out and I am happy to be able to finally share photos from the editorial photoshoot. 

The Lady Project is an economic development non profit and membership organization that connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things through membership, events and community engagement. The organization publishes an online gift guide twice a year, that features a wide variety of products and articles submitted by its very own members. 

This is my fourth year contributing to the guide as the editorial stylist; working alongside photographer and LP staff member Brittanny Taylor

Credits for this photoshoot go to Brittanny Taylor (Photography), Simony Resende (Hair and Makeup), Anthropologie Rhode Island (retail partner), and our models, Mia Rose Andreoli, Stephanie Gonzalez, Catherine Kwolek and Colleen Rossignol.

My Summer Essentials Pt. 1

It's hard to believe it's finally warm and sunny. I was almost afraid that spring showers were going to turn into summer showers and then fall weather in August...oh God no! 

I am one to unapologetically self-describe as "tropical at heart". I love sunny/ breezy/ warm/ hot days - even if it means that I have to carry 11 deodorants, 5 facial mists, 1000 blotting papers in my handbag. 

The occasional makeup melting doesn't bother me so much - it's the wet armpits that can be quite the style conundrum. Other than that, I am the happiest of souls in the summer.

To celebrate summertime, I poured my heart into bringing you our most stylish, most lively Summer Essentials Pt.1. 

Let it be your inspiration for all your enjoyable outdoorsy plans, whether it's lounging by the pool, or having lunch al fresco, or traveling to Greece...or all of the above! 

Cheers, 

~ Olivia

Coconuts Swimsuit: Express Rectangle Necklace: Jessica Ricci Slides: Charlotte Stone Drop Earrings: Anthropologie  Flamingo Clutch: Kent Stetson Sandals: Bernardo Cat Eye Sunglasses: Derek Lam Straw Visor: Athleta Hoop Earrings: Ann Taylor Halter Swimsuit: Mikoh

Coconuts Swimsuit: Express
Rectangle Necklace: Jessica Ricci
Slides: Charlotte Stone
Drop Earrings: Anthropologie 
Flamingo Clutch: Kent Stetson
Sandals: Bernardo
Cat Eye Sunglasses: Derek Lam
Straw Visor: Athleta
Hoop Earrings: Ann Taylor
Halter Swimsuit: Mikoh

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.