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.

King Congdon: Luxurious Home In The Heart of Providence, Rhode Island

I had the opportunity to collaborate with business BFFs, Patsy Culp (Event Stylist), and Brittanny Taylor (photographer) on a lifestyle photoshoot inside a gorgeous home, located in the heart of Providence.

Named King Congdon (as identified by its geotag...I mean the house is worth $2.8 million), the house will make you feel it should! The breathtaking view of Providence can be seen from the living room to the master bedroom to the in-ground pool, leading down to the steep backyard area. A modern fairy-tale-induced experience from a house de luxe that is audaciously, and yet secretly nesting right on one of the hills of our Creative Capital.

Credits:  Brittanny Taylor Photography | Hair:  Jeannine Calia | Makeup: Sydney Tessaglia | Set Stylist: Patsy Culp | Wardrobe Stylist: Olivia Rodrigues | Retail partners: Feminine Fancies, Lumiere Boutique | Designer partner: Kent Stetson


Planning and working on photoshoots are a fun aspect of my business...actually better than fun ...ecstatic aspect of my work! They require a lot of attention, patience, a ton of energy, and most of all great detailed, and organizational skills, above all the passion and creative expertise. And I love it!

They always begin with a vision, and slowly unfold, taking various forms (some anticipated, and others not so anticipated) and the result feels magical! It takes the fusion of different talents and great team chemistry to create magic, and every time it happens I am fulfilled and humbled to have been a part of it. 

Outfit Details

Photo #1:  (in the hallway): She/"Queen Congdon" is wearing a knit sweater from Feminine Fancies over black denim for the laid-back look. 

Photo #3 (in the backyard): She is wearing a fitted button-down shirt tucked in a floral hi-lo puffy skirt from Feminine Fancies with SJP pumps for the formal look. The gold earrings and bracelet are from Feminine Fancies.

Photo #7 (by the pool): She is wearing a two piece-set and feather sandals from Lumiere Boutique; the white clutch is from Kent Stetson (view it here).

Photo #10 (terrace with the guitar): She is wearing a black and white off-shoulder dress and beaded bracelets from Feminine Fancies. 

Photo #14 (stairway): For cocktail hour, Queen Congdon is wearing a sheer black blouse tucked under a pair of structured culottes (both from Lumiere Boutique), accessorized with a Kent Stetson handbag (view it here) and black pumps. 


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 all (le sigh).

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

Signed ~ Olivia R

Photography: Brittanny Taylor

On Our Spring Upgrade Watch List

Are you excited as we are about the upcoming season transition? GAAAH! We can't help it! Just staring at our spring upgrade watch list below is making us feel so many warm feelings. 

Consider this list NOT a must-have, but a must-try! We recognize that while the jean jacket is a classic and timeless piece, the wrap skirt or the mule sandals fall more into the trendy category. But each of these items could be worn in various ways! 

The key is to first start with a piece/outfit from your current wardrobe that has always worked well and complement it with your newly added spring garment or accessory. When it comes to trends, the safe approach is to keep it minimal - one trend per outfit preferably. 

A small addition (or two) will turn your current wardrobe from bleh to UPGRADED. You got this! 

~ The ORS team

Denim Jacket:  Madewell   Knotted Wrap Skirt:  Zara   Scalloped Silk Cami:  J. Crew   Rounded Frame Mirrored Glasses:  Le Specs   Bomber Jacket:  Zara   Floral Satchel:  Fiorelli   Tassel Drop Earrings:  Baublebar   White Sneakers:  Puma   Asymmetrical Orb Choker:  Baublebar   Mule Heels:  Calvin Klein

Denim Jacket: Madewell

Knotted Wrap Skirt: Zara

Scalloped Silk Cami: J. Crew

Rounded Frame Mirrored Glasses: Le Specs

Bomber Jacket: Zara

Floral Satchel: Fiorelli

Tassel Drop Earrings: Baublebar

White Sneakers: Puma

Asymmetrical Orb Choker: Baublebar

Mule Heels: Calvin Klein

Next on the blog >>> How to wear items from our watch list! Stay tuned!

3 Ways to Style The Shoulder Drop Top

The off-the-shoulder blouse, also called shoulder drop or dropped shoulder top, is a big trend this summer. We have seen different variations of them not only in tops but dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits; from casual to more glam'ed up styles, and we can't help it but adore its light and romantic boho flair.

There are bountiful options when it comes to styling the shoulder drop top. We've selected a few of our favorites combinations to take you from antique hunting to wine tasting! 

Peasant Blouse:   Topshop  |  Flared Jeans:   7 For All Mankind  |  Pendant Necklace:   Express  |  Bucket Bag:   Liz Claiborne  |  Clog Sandals:   FREEBIRD by Steven

Peasant Blouse: Topshop | Flared Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Pendant Necklace: Express | Bucket Bag: Liz Claiborne | Clog Sandals: FREEBIRD by Steven

Top:   River Island  |  Textured Pencil   Skirt:   H&M  |  Toggle Short Necklace:   Tory Burch  |  Crossbody Bag:   Vince Camuto |   Block Heel Sandal:   Vince

Top: River Island | Textured Pencil Skirt: H&M | Toggle Short Necklace: Tory Burch | Crossbody Bag: Vince Camuto | Block Heel Sandal: Vince

Top:   Zara |   High Waisted Shorts:     Topshop  |  Choker Necklace:   OBEY |   Mini Handbag:   Lulu's   | Gladiator Sandal:   RAYE

Top: Zara | High Waisted Shorts: Topshop | Choker Necklace: OBEY | Mini Handbag: Lulu's | Gladiator Sandal: RAYE

With the shoulder drop top, there is one culprit: keeping the straight-across neckline to stay in place with any arm movement. We love this short video via Refinery 29 that demonstrates an easy trick to get the sleeves to stay put! 

Have a fab weekend!