Friday, April 3, 2015

Chic of the Week: Tiffany & Co. Introduces the CT60 Watch Collection


You can learn a lot in a “New York Minute” and that’s precisely what I did Wednesday evening at Tiffany & Co. I was at the luxury jeweler for a private viewing of their new CT60 watch collection. I can appreciate that famous phrase, coined by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany so long ago, because it emanates speed, efficiency and punctuality – qualities that make the world go round and help our society move minute to minute.   

Perched at the corner of Newbury and Arlington (former home of Chanel for those of you who live and play in Boston's Back Bay), this boutique-like shop is the retailer's fourth location in Massachusetts. I entered a private lounge tucked behind twin pocket doors and was greeted with a glass of chilled-to-perfection Veuve Clicquot. Champagne at Tiffany! I could get used to this, I thought. Very used to this. Then there were a bevy of hugs and kisses exchanged with my friends Christine of Rules for the Modern Girl and Shauna of Like So Pretty.

Tiffany & Co.’s publicity team made us feel right at home. Their storytelling about the birth of the “New York Minute” and Tiffany’s quest for marking time by installing one of New York’s first public clocks, took me back to 1853. As an avid daydreamer, a well versed tale (like this one) easily paints a picture of a time and place well before my years. It’s clear that Tiffany could easily be crowned the Father Time of the nineteenth century.

Making its public debut yesterday, the CT60 watches pay homage to Tiffany’s legacy. The design was inspired by a timepiece the legendary innovator gave Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. Functioning seamlessly for both men and woman, these modern-day time-keepers include a chronograph in stainless steel with self-winding mechanical movement, blue soleil finishing and silver poudré numerals.

The collection starts at a mere $4,250 with the pièce de résistance, a brilliant 18-karat rose gold Calendar watch, topping things off at a cool $19,000 – a drop in the bucket for the well-heeled individual. With only 60 of these stunning Calendar watches produced worldwide, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re already sold out, my friends. But, not to fret because there are many other pieces in the CT60 collection and they’re not in limited supply. Try a few on for size this weekend at any Tiffany & Co. location worldwide including those in Massachusetts: Newbury Street, Copley Place, Chestnut Hill and Natick.

Tiffany CT60 Calendar watch in 18k rose gold, 40 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial on a black alligator strap // $19,000

Tiffany CT60 Chronograph in 18k rose gold, 42 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial on a black alligator strap // $15,000

Tiffany CT60 3-Hand in stainless steel with round-cut brilliant diamonds, 34 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial // $8,750

Tiffany CT60 Chronograph in stainless steel, 42 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a white soleil dial on a black alligator strap // $6,750

Tiffany CT60 3-Hand in stainless steel, 34 mm, self-winding mechanical movement with a blue soleil dial // $4,250

Watch out!
Rue Le Chat, Rules for the Modern Girl, and Like So Pretty

Monday, March 9, 2015

Big Sister Boston Draws Big Names and Even Bigger Bucks

Big Sister, Jessica Burday and Little Sister, Syleena

Boston tastemakers took to the catwalk last week to help raise some serious coin for the Big Sister Association of GreaterBoston. The mentoring organization partnered with Boston Common magazine, Bloomingdale’s and a host of notables for their 5th annual Make a Statement Fashion Show at the Revere Hotel. 

Delectable canapés and flutes of Whispering Angel rosé circled a sold-out crowd of more than 350 that included State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, clothing designer Michael De Paulo; social butterfly Abby Cushman; and style bloggers Kimberly Gioioso and Jessica Hennessy of The Haute Mamas.

Boston Ballet dancers opened the evening and were followed by a welcome from Deborah Re, CEO of Big Sister Boston. Models sported designer pieces curated locally by Bloomingdale’s in Chestnut Hill and Crane & Lion, a fitness apparel brand. In addition to members of the Big Sister community strutting under the spotlight, the star-studded stage welcomed former U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff; posh pair Tonya and Ben Mezrich; baseball babes Jason and Catherine Varitek; Boston Common’s Lisa Pierpont; and Bianca de la Garza. 

Dining Playbook's Jenny Johnson commanded emcee duties alongside Gary Tanguay of Comcast SportsNet. The duo kept the crowd under control as a slew of sought-after prizes went up for bid. On the auction block: an African safari, two tickets to see piano man, Billy Joel at Fenway Park this summer and (my personal favorite) a chichi dinner party for a dozen friends courtesy of the Catered Affair – I’d like a seat at that table. If you scored this mouthwatering swag, call me. 

The fashion fête raked in more than $140,000 and proceeds will help “Little Sisters” achieve their full potential by fostering positive mentor relationships with “Big Sisters.” If you missed the event, it’s never too late to lend your support here.

Boston Ballet

Bianca de la Garza

Lisa Pierpont

Gail Huff and Scott Brown




 
Tonya and Ben Mezrich

Catherine and Jason Varitek
  
Jessica Diaz // Ms. Fit for Society
 

Kimberly Gioioso, Jessica Hennessy and Rue Le Chat

Photos // Yuri Vaysgant

Monday, March 2, 2015

Claire Underwood's House of Style


In honor of the season three release of House of Cards a mere 72 hours ago, I'm talking all things Claire today. I've been mesmerized with the minimal-chic-power dressing of Robin Wright since her Netflix debut as Mrs. Frank Underwood in 2013. I just can't get enough of the well-tailored, Washington, D.C. wardrobe she so elegantly sports in seasons one and two. A consumer of clean lines and architecturally-sound pieces, the pixie-haired goddess rocks a shift dress and man-tailored shirt like nobody's business.  

Claire has offered us a promenade of high-end, form-fitting staples and left many suffering from serious closet envy. Her monochromatic mile of black, navy and grey in the likes of Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, Theory and Burberry has left me salivating. And if you haven't yet begged for a glass of Champagne to quell your thirst, then this may not be the fashion show for you.

Neutral tones aside, the one pop of color that has
continually appeared on-screen in past seasons has come in the form of red bottoms. Just thinking about the suede Louboutin boots Claire sported in season two makes me weak in the knees. Remember the episode where she had a mini-cry sesh on her staircase (looming over the endless souls she'd stepped on to get to the top)? Then, with the blink of an eye, she hoisted herself onto her scarlet soles (see what I did there?) and walked away as if all was well in the world. Icy indeed, but that's classic Claire. It's easy to hate her, but I'm sure we'd all love to live in her closet. 

Can you just imagine her carrying a crimson Céline calfskin tote?! The accessories don't run that wild this season, but expect to see an off-the-shoulder pale blue-lilac suit for the presidential portrait (a gorgeous piece) and a burgundy suit in a key Air Force One scene. I'm welcoming this wardrobe refresh because there are times when you just need to make a statement. But then again, this is Claire Underwood we're talking about and no statement (bold or otherwise) is necessary when you're the First Lady of the United States…or playing one on TV for that matter.

With Wright's personal stylist, Kemal Harris, at the helm as Claire's costume designer, we can expect inspiration from the late Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Carolyn Bassette-Kennedy. This D.C. dame's famed black dresses and Louboutins have taken a backseat as a new First Lady look is revealed. In a recent interview with Today.com, Harris said this about the new look

I wanted Claire to have the chance to be vulnerable and feminine without losing her true self. Her character has been fighting her way to the top for the past two seasons, looking focused and streamlined in her protective armor of strict, sharp tailoring. I softened the collars of her blouses, added kick-pleats to the pencil skirts, opted for softer sleeves on jackets and used quite a few full skirt options. Colors include pale lilac, deep green, burgundy, raspberry and lots of blue. I made a concerted effort to avoid black in her wardrobe.

What do you think of Claire Underwood's style? Love it? Hate it? Tell me!






images via Glamour.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pantone Color of the Year :: Marsala


Meet Marsala! This rich and romantic hue is Pantone's Color of the Year and its intensity runs deep within my wedding flowers. According to Pantone, the earthy red wine color enriches the mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. My floral color palette is actually a combination of Marsala and Radiant Orchid, a color known for creativity and imagination, and Pantone's pick in 2014.

Marsala is massive and by that I mean it can range from a vibrant cranberry to a smoky burgundy. The color embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated aura, Pantone explained in a press release. "This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, design, home furnishings and interiors."

Designed by the creative professionals at Stoneblossom, my flowers were a true testament to my vision. Well, "our" vision to be exact. I can't leave Mr. Chat out in the cold. We longed for an old-world opulence blended with a modern-day romance and we captured this aura by way of royal tones such as gold, magenta, ruby and emerald. This was a look and feel Sherry Scott, event manager and designer at the Rhode Island-based florist, forged against the already-lush and well-manicured landscape at The Chanler at CliffWalk.

One of the most precious items I carried on my wedding day was my bouquet. Also known as the Polly bouquet, the custom-made creation carried (and still does since I've had it professionally preserved) a tremendous amount of history and sentiment that it's difficult to know where to begin with its enchanting story.

If you ask me, the Polly bouquet is a work of art and way more beautiful than I had initially envisioned. It was crafted of the finest O'hara garden roses, amnesia roses, dahlias, ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. The finishing touch, and what actually gives the arrangement its name, is its emerald toned tail feathers. Never heard the name Polly mentioned on the blog before? Well, he's a parrot. One day, 30 years ago, my father brought him home from Panama and that tale, my friends, is for my autobiography…or another blog post. 

Today, Polly lives with a new family. I mean a girl (or parrot for that matter) could not ask for more wonderful parents than the couple who adopted Polly nearly two years ago. Polly had been shedding his tail feathers since he arrived at his new home (something very natural that he also did when I was growing up). Coincidentally, his parents had been saving the feathers (in a parrot jar no less) for no particular reason. As a matter of fact, the couple joked with their friends about what they should do with the mounting collection. Last summer, I called Polly's parents to inquire about the possibility of incorporating some of his feathers into my bouquet (if in fact he'd shed any) and the rest is history. 

My bouquet's stem was wrapped in silk champagne remnants from my wedding gown and dressed with solid gold buttons from my father's U.S. Army coat. As a tribute to my late father's memory and the bird he loved so very much (I love Polly too), I incorporated this intimacy as a way to keep them both close to my heart. Here's a look at more stunning pieces designed for us on our special day.








Matron of Honor bouquet :: amnesia roses, dahlias,
lace flowers and seeded eucalyptus


Centerpieces :: antique local hydrangeas, South American hydrangeas,
chocolate Queen Anne's lace, amnesia roses, dahlias, sea oats,
cymbidium orchids, steel berries, ranunculus, astilbes & seeded eucalyptus