Give Local: Home for The Holidays

We always encourage our readers to shop local! Sure, you can get it at the mall, but do you really want to go there? One of our favorites is the Two Oh Three, a small business launched by brother and sister team, Tory and Roscoe Brown. They started with a tee-shirt and have expanded into home goods that make great gifts for local friends, teachers, and associates! Check out a few of their holiday offerings! 203_10_back_large

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Click on any of the photos or click HERE to shop the Two Oh Three!

Shop Small! Pequot’s New Pop Up Market

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This holiday season 94% of shoppers will buy gifts on Amazon and 43% say they will do most of their shopping on the site. Yes, it’s super convenient to click and have all your gifts delivered directly to your doorstep, but consider the impact on our local businesses that rely on locals to remain in business. In the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing local businesses and reminding you to “shop small, shop local” for the holidays when you can!

We are excited to announce a new pop-up shopping experience to downtown Southport called Pop on Pequot. Located at 411 Pequot Avenue, it will be this season’s go to place for holiday shopping. The shop opened on on Saturday, November 19, the marketplace features unique and exciting gifts and accessories from five local vendors and appeal to a variety of shoppers.
Participating in Pop on Pequot:

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Lattice House offers new and classic pieces for the home and garden; including elegant barware and accessories for men, and items for horse, dog and sailing enthusiasts.

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VSB Jewels features classic, fine jewelry for the women on your shopping list. India Hicks exclusive collection, inspired by her British heritage and love of island life, includes well-crafted gifts, accessories and beauty products.

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Neelah Cashmere brings Nepal to Southport with her exquisite cashmere throws and sweaters.

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Pop on Pequot will also include blooming plants and bouquets individually arranged with care by Flowers by Marna.

Many of the items in Pop on Pequot are one of a kind and sourced from around the world. The inventory is constantly changing so the customer never knows what they will discover upon their arrival.

POP will be open Wednesday through Sunday until December 23. Directly across from the Southport Post Office, there is also ample parking.

A Peek Into Saks 10022-SHOE Boutique

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Last week Saks in Greenwich unveiled its stand-alone shoe boutique,10022-SHOE, with a fundraiser to support Sole Sisters/Greenwich United Way. As we are admittedly obsessed with gorgeous shoes, we were thrilled to be invited to the opening and were delighted to find the boutique offers an incredible array of top designers including, Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and many more. Check out a few of the selections from the luxuriously designed boutique below!

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Saks 10022-SHOE is located at the Saks Shops at Greenwich, 20 East Elm Street, Greenwich.

Fleece With Flair From Dudley Stephens

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Stylish, flattering, on-trend…not words one would normally associate with fleece – unless it’s tops and jackets from Connecticut-based Dudley Stephens. Of course, it would take two women from Fairfield County to know how to do fleece with flair. Dudley Stephens co-founders Lauren Stephens and Katherine McGrath grew up in Darien, built careers in New York, and then returned to FC to raise their families. And that’s where chic and cozy collide…and Dudley Stephens was formed. Read on to about this amazing new company and their cool-but-cozy line of fleece outerwear, tops, and dresses!

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Fairfieldista: Your background is in fashion PR and your sister’s is in entertainment marketing and luxury travel – what was the inspiration for a line of fleece clothing?

Lauren: We came up with the idea for Dudley Stephens while on my parents boat in Rowayton a few summers ago. It is typically cold out on Long Island Sound even during the summer when we are on the boat, especially in the evenings! We were tired of wearing these fleece jackets that were ill fitting and in colors we didn’t like. Hence, we thought – let’s make stylish fleece clothing!! And here we are. I paved the way for us by quitting my fashion job and started everything from scratch. We first started with making samples – multiple rounds – to get the perfect fit for each style.

My sister helps with our website and overall company logistics. Her background in travel and marketing gave her experience in understanding a customer experience, creating efficiencies for both the customer and ourselves and tracking our performance. With my fashion background, my strengths tend to be in fashion production, design, PR, and marketing. Our personal strengths and weaknesses also mesh well – and we love hanging out together, so that helps too of course. My mom, Bonnie, helps us at our shows, with design and production. My mom has an amazing eye for design and we go back and forth about small fitting details constantly.

Fairfieldista: Why did you want to create a fashion-forward fleece line?

Lauren: After growing up wearing this fabric and appreciating it’s warmth and durability, launching our company has been a nostalgic venture for us. Our goal has always been to create stylish fleece clothing unlike any fleece clothing or jackets out there. We want our clothes to be stylish, to fit extremely well, and most of all make you feel good when you are wearing them. We also wanted to start this company because we love these pieces so much, and want to wear them also. We LIVE in them!! All three of us wear them everyday once the weather breaks in the Fall. We would never sell anything we wouldn’t wear.

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Fairfieldista: I love that your fabric is made from recycled materials and all your apparel is made in Brooklyn! Why was that important to the brand?

Lauren: We are big believers in USA manufacturing, in supporting our local economy and keeping jobs in the US so that our communities benefit from our hard work and investments. We found a local factory and a way to make our clothes at affordable prices so that we do not have to charge too much for our pieces. And since we knew that fleece fabric can be made using recycled material, it only made sense to seek out recycled fleece fabric.

Fairfieldista: Did you grow up in Fairfield County? Where? What made you want to return?

Lauren: Yes! We grew up in Darien. We loved growing up there, so much so that my sister now lives there with her husband and two boys. I just moved to Greenwich with my husband Graham and son George. I lived in the city for thirteen years and loved it, but once I had George it felt like it was time to go back and be closer to home. My parents live in Rowayton and my husband’s parents live in Greenwich…we have help a short drive away whenever we need it.

Fairfieldista: Are your products available at retail locally?

Lauren: For now we are available on our website www.dudley-stephens.com, but we are open to meeting with local boutiques or stores that might be interested in carrying Dudley Stephens.

 

Fairfieldista: Why do you believe your line will appeal to women in Fairfield Country?

Lauren: I think that living in Connecticut provides a certain laid back lifestyle in terms of fashion that I love…however, people do dress very well in Fairfield County, even simply going to a barre or yoga class. We wanted to provide women with clothes that were comfortable, can be worn everyday, and that can be dressed up for lunch with friends or for the office, or worn over your workout clothes to go to the gym. We think that we succeeded in this, and can’t wait to continue reaching more women who will love our #dsgoods.

Visit Dudley Stephens website to see the cool, cozy line! dudley-stephens.com

Benefit to Celebrate Saks 10022 Shoe Store in Greenwich

 

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We’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of 10022-SHOE, Saks stand-alone boutique solely dedicated to the most coveted names in footwear! The store, which is scheduled to open on September 20, will feature shoes from everyone from Altuzarra to Valentino and showcase new designers as well. In honor of the opening, Saks partnered with the Greenwich United Way women’s initiative, Sole Sisters, to give back to the local community.

On the eve of the official opening, Saks Fifth Avenue Chief Merchant Tracy Margolies, ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers, and Aquazzura Founder and Creative Director Edgardo Osorio will host a meet-and-greet and cocktail reception to reveal Saks’ new shoe haven. Saks is contributing 100 percent of ticket sales to the October 19 events and 10 percent of proceeds from the store’s sales from October 19 to October 23 (for a maximum donation of $10,000) to the Sole Sisters initiative.

The VIP meet-and-greet with Margolies, Myers and Osorio begins at 6:30 PM, followed by a cocktail reception at 7 PM. Tickets to the VIP meet-and-greet can be purchased for $500, while cocktail reception tickets are $300. For more information or to secure a ticket for either event, please visit GreenwichUnitedWay.org/10022Shoe/.

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5 Candles That Smell Like Autumn

Beyond pumpkin spice, autumn evokes an abundance of scents: bonfires, leaves, wood, leather, and crisp, cool days. Here are 5 candles that conjure up the feeling of fall.

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Not only does this candle smell like two favorite seasonal spices — its wooden wick also crackles like a fireplace to keep you feeling cozy. Available here.

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Autumn feels like a warm cup of coffee in your hands as you’re tucked under a blanket on the couch. Keep that atmosphere strong past your daily cup o’ Joe with this comforting scent. Available here.

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For those nights when a bonfire just isn’t feasible, this candle brings the crackling fire and open air right to you. Available at Diptyque in Westport.

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The deep, musky scent of tobacco is elevated just enough by a hint of patchouli. Available here.

bgc24ae_muThis exquisite scent is a beautiful blend of freshly grated nutmeg and coriander with touches of ginger and crushed cardamom combined with base notes of creamy sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla bean. Available at Blue Mercury in Westport.

Do you have a favorite fall candle? Let us know about it in the comments!

Re-Booted!

Last week, a friend asked me, “When do you stop wearing sandals? October? Is there a rule for that?” My answer, “You stop wearing sandals when you start thinking about boots!” And this week, as the temperatures are a little cooler, I’ve been thinking about boots…a lot! And I hope you have too, because we have some sleek, sexy, and oh-so-stylish boots and booties from celebrity fave Matt Bernson’s Westport boutique.

So cute, and the wedge heel is incredibly comfortable – love the chic gray with wooden heel!

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Sporty and fun! Great for running errands, yet still looks supremely cool.

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These suede knee high boots can be dressed up or down. Pull on with a flowy dress for a luxe boho look or wear with skinnies and a chunky sweater.

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The perfect summer to fall transition shoe! Love the peep toe and tassel detail!

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Sleek booties can go anywhere! The oversize snakeskin print is an eye-catching detail.

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SO rock and roll! The cutouts are on point and very sexy!

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Stop by Matt Bernson’s boutique located at 136 Main Street in Westport to see these and other  fall shoes and boots.

 

Cool Fall Looks for Kids at the Darien Sport Shop

It may still feel like summer, but fall will be here before you know it! Keep your little ones looking sharp for school with a wardrobe update from Darien Sport Shop. Did you know that they stock the hottest brands for boys and girls? Check out their fall trend report below and stop by to see the full selection of on-trend fashions for kids.

Some trend highlights of the back to school season include:

Emoji Accessories –  Emojis and bright colors still rank high with kids. Choose a brightly colored backpack from The North Face, or an adorably patterned backpack or duffel from Iscream! You’ll also find more accessories such as lunch totes, pen and pencil holders and even scented pillows. Girls also love accessories in faux fur, infinity scarves, and initial jewelry to personalize their style.

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The Graphic Tee – Girls love to showcase their personality in an adorable graphic tee. Paired with denim or leggings, they can be layered throughout the season. These tees from Chaser will make a statement in the classroom for sure!
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Denim – Girls’ denim this Fall season steps it up a notch in new colors, styles and washes. You’ll find a style and fit for every body type and the perfect pair of jeans for every girl. Choose the newest looks from DL1961, Hudson, Tractor, and Joe’s. Chambray shirts mixed with different denim washes make a statement, and the classic denim jacket is the must-have piece of the season for every girl!

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Boys’ Active Wear – For boys, the trend is active wear for everyday style. Boys love looks from Nike, The North Face and Under Armour that they can pair together, look cool and go from school to practice any day. The new tech active wear offers comfort, style and support on and off the field. Bright colors give a pop of personality when paired under their favorite hoodie too!
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Boys Layered Looks – On dress up days, a great transitional piece is the ¼ zip pullover. They are perfect for heading off to school on a cool morning layered over a button-down or tee. This look from johnnie-O will transition your boys from summer into the upcoming season!

Tech Gadgets – You’ve got to stay on top of the latest gadgets from wireless headphones from Aftershokz, to the fashionable Pearl makeup mirror charger, to the must have Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro – listen to your favorite tunes while doing your homework or on your way to class. It’s a wireless speaker, flashlight, strobe light, camp light and also a power bank. For outdoor sports, be sure to stay fashionably hydrated all day with a S’well water bottle!

Follow us on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter at #dariensportshop and our blog at darien.blogspot.com.

Fall Fashion Redesigned at Lord & Taylor

lt-1-2cba3736You may have noticed that Lord & Taylor in Stamford was getting a makeover! The newly redesigned store will have a more intuitive flow, new finishes, upgraded services, and lots of innovative new brands – exactly the inspiration you needed to update your wardrobe for fall!

In honor of the re-opening, Lord & Taylor will offer a series of in-store events starting Saturday, September 17. From 12-5 pm, Lord & Taylor will host a “Back to Campus Fashion Event” highlighting the fall season’s latst styles for fashion savvy young adults who wish to head back to school with a fresh new look. Event highlights include a fashion presentation, makeovers, and enter-to-win opportunities.

Other upcoming events include:

Saturday, September 24 – Cosmetic Trends Presentation 11 am & 2 pm

Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 – Charity Day Benefitting American Cancer Society

Wednesday, October 19 – Paint the Town Pink Fashion Show Benefitting Stamford Health, 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 19 – Shop Smart, Do Good Charity Day benefitting local non-profit organizations

 

 

7 Necklaces You Can Totally Wear On The Beach

When it’s crazy hot outside, the less you have on, the happier you feel…and that goes for jewelry too. A heavy statement necklace just doesn’t look right with cutoffs and a tank top! Here are five gorgeous neclaces (some from local designers!) that will take you from beach to barbeque! 

Genevieve Lau Buenos Aires Stick Necklace
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Lera Jewels Mini Sapphire Oval

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Nyla Star Samantha Silver DBY

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Visible Interest Moon Bezel Necklace

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Mitchells Rose Gold Pave Diamond Triangle

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Monica Rich Kosann Rose Gold Petite Anna Locket

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Faye Kim Designs Baguette Diamond Bezel Necklace

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