Eleven Pieces That Will Add Sparkle to Your Closet

I am going to get straight to the point of this post - I am someone who does not like to hold off until Christmas and New Year's Eve to wear my fun, sparkly clothes. Actually let me dig deeper; I don't let holidays dictate what I wear and when I can wear it. Never. Ever.  

We are currently in the season of everything bright, sequin, metallic and gold, and I love it so much! It is my favorite time of the year. But I also find it equally fun and inspiring to incorporate any sort of sparkle into my looks at any given time. And with winter slowly creeping in, the wardrobe rotation can turn monotonous pretty fast. 

The pieces selected below know how to make a statement very well, all on their own.  You could dress them up or dress them down; and because these items have a particular timeless appeal, you most likely won't be bored with any one of them. 

Cheers to great style all year long!

~ Olivia

New York & Company

Eloquii

What do you think? Leave me a comment if you would like to see more similar posts about pieces that will spice up your winter wardrobe - or if you have styling/shopping questions!

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

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.

Celebrating Mother's Day

My sisters and I adore our mother! We are each other's support system; and couldn't imagine our lives without her. She is a wonderful grand-mother; and because of her motherly love and fierce dedication, my business gets to thrive as well. 

Joyeuse Fête des Mères! Happy Mother's Day, Mom! We love you!

Thanks to my darling friend, photographer Brittanny Taylor, for capturing our essence and closeness! When we're together, it's always a party filled with laughter, and never without playful sibling rivalry. 

Photography: Brittanny Taylor

Spring & Closet Transition

It's not warm yet in New England (as I write this, it is currently about 67 degrees with a high wind warning), but nevertheless it's not too early to start dressing like it's spring in my book. Although I have not put away my winter wardrobe yet (secretly counting the days until I can officially do so), what I've done is getting my lighter, more colorful pieces out and mixing them with my wintery pieces.

And it is small changes like that that will do wonder for the mind and spirit! I like to think that my current wardrobe is in a transition period, and I want to feel joyful about it all the time. 

Turtlenecks are appropriate to transition with into spring and then fall, because they can be paired with pretty much everything - with jeans, trousers, skirts, under a dress, over a dress. I mean...endless possibilities. Of course not all turtlenecks are the same, so the pairing will depend on the turtleneck style. 

Both top and bottom are from Zara; the culottes were part of ZARA winter sale back in February. These sandals with turtoise heels are about 4 years old; there were part of a limited collection from H&M. They are my go-to tan sandals every year and I am hoping not to have to retire them soon because they have been there every step of the way (from blogging days to first-time mom to business launch). Not being melodramatic...at all (le sigh).

Speaking of motherhood, I was joined by a guest who forever has my heart. 

Signed ~ Olivia R

Photography: Brittanny Taylor

What to Wear to a Fourth of July Cookout

My experience with going to a family outdoor party with my family has taught me a few things:

1. To pack one or two set (s) of clothes, shoes, and wipes because there will be a LOT of spilling happening with our toddler. We also like to pack a few extra balls and toys that E. can play with, just in case. 

2. To keep 1 or 2 beach chair (s) and an outdoor blanket in the trunk of my car. Often the party hosts will advise guests to do so, or sometimes they simply run out of chairs. My philosophy regardless is that it is summer after all and who knows when spontaneity will strike for a last minute visit to the beach or park with the family.

3. As vegetarians, our eating lifestyle is mostly comprised of seafood, veggies, fruits, and dairy. Therefore we have to assume the grill will be populated with everything meat except vegan burgers, so we prep our own little grill box. It consists of large portabella mushroom (to be grilled) or avocados to serve as delicious toppings for our WF veggie patties, with slices of tomatoes and lettuce. Sometimes when we feel creative, we'll prep a few veggie shish kabobs as a side dish. Everything to make our time as enjoyable as possible! 

4. You knew this was coming…and it's putting the chic back into comfortable and laid-back! With the fourth of July theme-infused selections below, we are opting for basics with a fun denim mix. How amazing is the denim playsuit!

5. Most importantly to remember to splash on some SPF sunscreen for protection and pack a kid-friendly mosquito repellent before you and your family head out! 

Happy Independence Day! 

Necklace: BaubleBar

Basic white tee: Uniqlo

Denim Shorts: Madewell

Gladiators: Aldo

American Flag Scarf: Forever 21

Aviators: Tory Burch

Striped Tee: Theory

Denim Skirt: J. Crew

Romper: Topshop

Jersey Dress: H&M

Leather Sandals: H&M

Collar Necklace: White House Black Market

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Sneakers: Converse

Fringe Bag: Steve Madden

 

Client Spotlight

Danielle Thompson

Real Estate Agent

What prompted the desire to secure service?

I had been introduced to you (Olivia) through the Lady Project and I was looking for updated professional pictures. I felt that I didn't want to spend all this money on photos and then not look the way that I would want to present myself. Shopping is also quite overwhelming to me when you need something specific. It was wonderful for someone to know what works for your body and to know the stores and know what to get what you need.

What does style mean in your every day life?

Style for me is an extension of your personality. Although I am not a super "trendy" person I like people to get to know me through what I am wearing. It sometimes means me in work out clothes because I love to be active OR my own version of business casual.

How has your style evolved?

Oh my goodness, we may not even have enough room on your blog for this question. I struggled with dressing for work/professionally for years because I hated business casual. I felt comfortable on both extreme spectrums of super casual and really dressy but not in the middle. I would buy the outfits because I thought that was what I was supposed to wear and I always felt uncomfortable and awkward. Now I have learned to wear what makes me feel comfortable and how to express myself. I have learned that I would rather buyer fewer things that have better quality, than many things that are less expensive.  I also learned that you can plan out your wardrobe and that there really are different clothes that look different on different body types. I think that this didn't seem to make sense to me for a long time. although it may seem obvious to others.

What do you love most about you, your career, and your life?

I love that I am  genuine and honest. Most people tell me that they appreciate that about me and I feel that I have this wonderful opportunity to connect with people on a deeper level. What I love most about my career is being able to help people everyday. I get to help educate and get to move people forward in their lives whatever that may look like. Maybe they are downsizing and need to sell their home because their kids left for college, maybe they are buying a home for the first time, maybe they are moving for a new job or a have a new baby.

It is a very personal thing that I get to be a part of. From the business aspect, every transaction is different and I get to problem solve every day and help people reach their goals. I love going down to DC to lobby for issues that may affect homeownership. In fact I am going to DC next week! It has taken me awhile but I finally love my hourglass shape. I remember my grandmother always telling me that when I get older I will love it. She was right!

Gosh, I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people in personal and professional life. It makes you feel like you can do anything!

Do you have a style icon? If yes, who and why?

I would say right now Kate Middleton. I love her clean contemporary style. Very timeless. I like the timeless look.

Photography by Brittanny Taylor Photography

Client Spotlight

Hannah Tighe

What prompted the desire to secure a styling session? 

"It was a gift from my mother, which she gave to me as I start a new chapter in my life. She wanted me to start with a look that reflects the woman I am becoming and my newly found confidence. I was so excited to receive the gift! I had a good prior sense of what I like to wear and what looks good on body but I really needed help putting outfits together that will allow me to look like a put together, stylish young professional."

What does style mean in your every day life?

"I feel my style is how I represent myself and how I want to be remembered."

How is your style evolving as a college student?

"Prior to my session with Olivia, I could pull outfits together but I was never really concerned as to whether the colors fit the season or whether things fit the way they are supposed to. Within the past year or so, I have been working on being less concerned as to what everybody else is wearing and more focused on what will look good on my body. Olivia was really helpful in that respect as well as helping me piece together outfits that will work well together. I would say my style as a college student has started to focus more on looking and feeling put together and professional."

What do you love most about you and where you are in your life? 

"As a young woman you begin to appreciate your shape and size. I am learning to love myself the way I am and dress in a manor that reflects who I am physically and represents my personality. I am half way through college and about to make some major changes in my life ((I'll be moving to New York this fall to pursue my studies). Being able to carry myself confidently and fashionably into that change is what I hope to be able to do!"

Do you have a style icon? If yes, who and why?

"My style icons are Lauren Conrad and Blake Lively. They always look confident and comfortable. Their styles reflect their personalities and I admire that about them and am trying to become a similar type of person."

How do you feel about your new closet additions?

"I absolutely love my new pieces and can't wait to start incorporating them into my every day outfits. I have to say what I love most about them would be that I can mix and match to create several outfits. They also allow me to feel comfortable and very confident!"

Photography: Brittanny Taylor