EVERYTHING ESPLANADE

May 21, 2018

In a world of mass production and market saturation, finding a diamond in the rough is, well, like finding a diamond in the rough! But just within the walls of the Esplanade shopping center, you will discover a gem of a jewelry boutique. Rarity and purity are two promised qualities you will encounter in the jewelry display cabinets of Irene Lummertz.

In the commercial rush to introduce the shiniest thing to the market, novelty is sold as beauty. The market prioritizes manufacturing a kind of beauty rather than discovering beauty itself. Not so for Irene Lummertz. Each of her pieces are truly organic, ne...

May 14, 2018

“The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.”

These words were spoken by a man who understood what luxury branding really offers. 

The longevity of luxury brands is evidence to the fact that things of quality have no fear of time. How do they protect themselves from the fad of fashion? By offering a way of life, rather than merely a product. Luxury brands elevate themselves by giving someone the opportunity to become their best self. A lifestyle of luxury is exactly what Neiman Marcus embodied for Texas ra...

May 7, 2018

It is only fitting that Gucci, one of the world’s most esteemed fashion houses, was born in the city of Florence.  As you may know, Florence is the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship where the greatest craftsmen, Michelangelo, himself was born! 

Working as a young hotel employee first in Paris then in London, Guccio Gucci was privy to handling leather goods of the finest quality as he serviced the urbane guests of the late 19th century. Similar to Michelangelo, the young Florentine was propelled to create beauty himself. As there can never be too much of a good thing, Gucci returned home to Florence...

April 30, 2018

In 1928, Manhattan’s flagship store, Saks Fifth Avenue, set sail to open its first home away from home on Worth Avenue. Originally located at 300 Worth Avenue, there was once a time in Palm Beach history that the store was only accessible for a small six week period. (Can you imagine?!) 

Ninety years ago it was a seasonal affair that dressed the island’s soirees, cocktail hours, polo matches and rendezvous on the beach! Once the temperature rose and the snowbirds left the sunny calm of Worth Avenue for the city bustle of Fifth Avenue, the store closed its doors. In the 70s, however, a familiar house of...

April 23, 2018

Who would have thought that a fighter pilot in the Italian Air Force during World War I personally acquainted with the likes of Mussolini would be the creator of a fashion line so coveted that even Barbie couldn’t have a wardrobe void of his creation? 

Even if you are not particularly interested in fashion, you have probably noticed the popularity of colorful, abstract prints on the runways and on the streets! Many people may think of this kaleidoscope of pattern and color as a retro ode to the 60s and 70s, a time when Yves Saint Laurent’s pret-a-porter (ready-to-wear) collection shifted the fashion foc...

April 16, 2018

I love stories. It’s so funny looking back at childhood classics as an adult and realizing the life lessons infused in them all. While the magical fairytales of old may have elements of truth, I especially appreciate the true stories behind real life legends. While walking the Esplanade, I always feel amongst so many legends. So, I’d like to share one of my favorite Cinderella stories with you that live on Worth Avenue, and it happens to be about Louis Vuitton, one of my favorite designers. 

Who would have thought that a 13 year old orphan from a working-class French family was destined to be the creato...

April 2, 2018

We all know the outside reflects what’s on the inside, dolls. If what’s on the inside is pretty and fabulous then that makes the outside shine even more. Well, I think this is a universal concept, perfectly applicable to a woman’s handbag! 

I am so in love with a birthday present I recently purchased…The best way to ensure you love your birthday present? Treat yourself! This Nude Blush Saint Laurent Monogram Matelasse bag has been by my side since the day I turned 32 last month. It’s the perfect bag to tote all of my must-haves! 

Today I’m sharing a list of some of my must-have items you will always...

March 26, 2018

Esplanade: Stepping Out In Style: The Shoe Guide   

This Spring, let’s elevate your fashion to new heights — heel heights, that is! The runways have been full of fabulous footwear this season and I can’t wait to shop them all at my next visit to the Esplanade!

Admittedly though, browsing through the most recent runway shows is comparable to strolling through the Tower of London. Bedazzled shoes as ornate as the crown jewels are perhaps best left on the runway than the streets. (These Dolce & Gabanna (insert link) Mary Jane Pumps I saw at Saks Fifth Avenue come to mind!)

In that same stride, though, w...

March 20, 2018

I like to feel and look my best always, but especially when traveling. Unfortunately, time spent up in the air presents a direct challenge to this simple preference of mine. 

First impressions matter! Typically, I book a flight to either meet with a client, visit with a friend whom I haven’t seen in a while or vacation with my husband. Somehow my contoured cheeks and rouged lips, perfectly applied prior to boarding, disappear. Upon deplaning my face has lost any sort of glow and instead appears dull, sometimes even with an unwelcome blemish or two.

Determined to rise above, I’ve ascended to discover what...

March 12, 2018

Fun places and hotels can be easy to find when you’re traveling. What’s not as common is finding a place that transports you to another time, casting you as one of the characters in its setting. But that’s JUST how I felt when I was fortunate to be able to stay at The Chesterfield Palm Beach Hotel.

The hotel was originally named The Lido-Venice, which answers why I felt like I was actually somewhere in Italy. Built in 1926, The Chesterfield still possesses that old-world charm and luxury that only the roaring 20s could have produced. I always say the difference between moderate and luxury is in the deta...

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