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Meet Maria Turkel: Wardrobe Stylist

Meet Maria Turkel: Wardrobe Stylist

As part of our current exhibition, we are spotlighting our exhibit partners for Sustainable, Upcycle, Perfect.  This week we are shining a spotlight on The Local Vault & Wardrobe Stylist Maria Turkel who we will be featuring at our upcoming event on March 28 -- for tickets click here.  To contact Maria, you can visit here website here.  

Maria Turkel is an entrepreneur with years of experience building connections and support between herself, her clients and local businesses. In 2007, she founded Maria Turkel Wardrobe Styling which has served clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-up CEOs to local philanthropists to teens who are just starting to define their personal style. Maria’s goal is to help her clients feel confident and authentic in their everyday lives through their wardrobe choices by editing and cleaning their closets, taking them shopping, building outfits head-to-toe and creating LookBooks that serve as tools to make getting dressed each day easy and efficient. Previously, Maria built a successful career in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. She is a former Wardrobe Supervisor on numerous shows including the iconic series, Friends. As a personal stylist, she has a vibrant email newsletter subscriber base and an engaged social media community. Her focus has always been to build deep, reciprocal relationships whether in Hollywood or Fairfield County.

Job: Personal Wardrobe Stylist
Hometown: Pittsburgh PA—Go Steelers/Pens/Bucs!!
Home Right Now: Riverside CT
Family: My amazing husband, Brad, and our delicious children, Lucie (20), Noah (18) and Sela (15)
Favorite Charities: Neighbor to Neighbor, CT Against Gun Violence and Greenwich Alliance for Education.

 

 1. When did you know you wanted to be a stylist?

I’ve loved clothing and the psychology behind why each of us chooses to wear what we do for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a part of me—appreciating that clothing is an art form we can wear, that we can use it to say something interesting about who we are deep inside, and that we can change the message as we go along each day.  It’s always been integral to who I am—documented by some pretty 'special’ outfits I created starting at the age of 3 when my mother gave up arguing with me about what I should wear.
2. If you could invite any two designers for dinner (dead or alive) who would they be?
Edith Head and Debra McGuire.  I chose costumer designers because I feel that the images we (collectively) have seen on screen have influenced exactly how we wear the beautiful pieces that are created by fashion designers. I’d love to hear Edith’s process especially in an era dictated almost entirely by men’s opinions (male studio heads, producers, directors, etc) and to spend time with Debra because I love her and miss working with her! She is so extremely talented and has contributed immensely to the everyday iconography of style.  Plus I think Debra and Edith would have an amazing conversation together and I’d learn so much from just listening to them.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring stylists today?
Get your foundational training—whether it’s fine arts, art history, fashion design, designing for TV/film/print—if you are thoroughly trained, you can work in any aspect of the field. 
4. Who are your (heroes) in real life?
People who quietly do good things
5.What is your greatest extravagance? 
Naps
6. Tell me about what you’re wearing & what is your go to outfit?
Personally, I don’t have go-to outfits (see number 11 below). Having said that, I help many clients create go-to outfits that work for them and their unique set of current circumstances.
For the launch of the #sustainable #upcycle #perfect exhibit, I wore my vintage cowgirl shirt to support the idea of a sustainable closet. If you have pieces you love, take care of them and wear them over and over. My shirt is in great shape even though it’s 18 years old (!!). Though I wear it infrequently, each time I do, I feel so confident and strong in it. I paired it with a turtleneck for the first time ever because I love that turtlenecks+blouses are having a moment.  Wearing my beloved cowboy boots would have been too expected, so instead, I chose black biker boots and cropped raw-hem blue jeans to give the top a bit of an edge.  I finished the whole look with my silver ‘birdie on a branch’ earrings.  For this outfit, it was go big and go bold with every element, but by keeping the color palette narrow and dark, the final product was not overwhelming or gaudy. 
7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
In my perfect world…
8.What’s the quality you most like in a human?
Kindness
9. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My relationships with my husband and 3 children
10. What is your motto? 
Every day is different
11. If you could name one goal for your business or career what would it be? 
My goal as a personal wardrobe stylist: Taking care of other women and helping them to recognize and express all of their unique and beautiful qualities

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Meet The Local Vault

Meet The Local Vault

 

At The Perfect Provenance, we love working with other local companies on initiatives that support each other.  As as small business, it is wonderful for us to meet new clients and share our goods and services.  I met the two co-founders of The Local Vault when I sold the furniture of my PR business and moved from Old Greenwich to Greenwich.  I encourage you to check out their beautiful site and either use them to sell your items or pick up something new! 

We are very excited to be partnering with The Local Vault on a curated collection of our furniture, art and home decor and celebrate the launch of #Sustainable #Upcycle #Perfect.  You will find amazing deals on beautiful items and 5% of all of the sales will benefit Kids in Crisis -- check out the collection here.  We will be hosting a event with them on March 28th at 9:30 a.m. and Stylist Maria Turkel to help you refresh your home and closet.  You can rsvp at info@theperfectprovenance.com.

Meet Co-Founders Patricia Espinosa & Betsy Perry:

Patricia Espinosa

Position: Co-Founder of The Local Vault

Hometown: Hillsborough, Ca  (Bay Area)

Home Right Now: Riverside, CT

Family:Husband, 2 boys and 1 daughter

Favorite Charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Betsy Perry

Position: Co-Founder

Hometown: Bronxville, NY

Home Right Now: Riverside, CT

Family: 3 boys, 2 dogs, 1 husband

Favorite Charities: Save the Children, EmsWay and Cycle for Survival- Betsy

1. When did you know you wanted to  launch The Local Vault

Like most great ideas, The Local Vault was born out of necessity. Frustrated by the limited options to sell our used home decor, we realized that no one was really servicing the individual seller. It’s hard to believe that was 6 years ago!

2. Tell us what you have in common?

We are both very hard workers, have a passion for home decor and we both really like wine! - Betsy

We are both passionate about our company, have boys who are  juniors at GHS, and are madly in love with Blue (Besty’s dog) 

 3. If you could invite any two designers for dinner (dead or alive) who would they be?

Bradley Cooper! Oh wait he isn’t a designer...yet..;) - Betsy

4. What advice do you have for female entrepreneurs today?

First and foremost, make sure you have a good idea! And if you do, don’t let the negative noise stop you.  It’s important to learn from your mistakes and be willing to make changes along the way. 

Do not doubt yourself.  If you were able to be out of the workforce to raise children that does not mean you have not been working.  Your were the head of HR, Operations and Customer Service. Often times dealing with fairly unreasonable human beings- Betsy

5. Who are your (heroes) in real life?

I am inspired by creative people and those who want to help make the world a better place. 

People like Coco Chanel,  Bono and Marlo Thomas, just to name a few...

6. What is your greatest extravagance? 

My Peloton bike - Betsy

Weekly manicures and fresh cut flowers

7. Tell us about your favorite #ootd outfit of the day?

Pair of great jeans, cashmere sweater and boots (this is my normal office attire as well though).  Betsy

8. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

No worries! - Betsy

9. What’s the quality you most like in a human?

Honesty and the ability to laugh at oneself - Betsy

Kindness

10. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Hands down, my kids.

Besides my children, I would say this company - Betsy

11. What is your motto? 

Why not have a big life? Emily Dickinson -  Betsy

I always tell my kids, “Work hard,  play hard.” For me that just means  it’s equally important to work hard and enjoy life. 

12.  What are your hopes for the future of The Local Vault?

Big plans for the future….Betsy

We want to encourage sustainable living by sourcing and selling home decor locally. That’s why we want to build a national company with local implementation.

About TLV:

We provide a unique opportunity for shoppers to gain access to exclusive brands, to-the-trade only pieces, bespoke furniture, unique and fabulous vintage and antique finds, all conveniently available for sale online. Our team of curators personally vet each and every piece so that you can shop with confidence knowing that each product has received our stamp of approval. Think of it as shopping with your (design savvy) best friend :) 

 

 

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#Sustainable #Upcycle #Perfect Exhibit Launch

#Sustainable #Upcycle #Perfect Exhibit Launch

 
The Perfect Provenance Launches Sustainable-Upcycle-Perfect
 
Greenwich Fashion, Culinary, and Design Partners Team Up to Bring Sustainable-Upcycling-Perfect with Events to Benefit Kids in Crisis Organization.

NEW YORK, NY, March 1, 2019 – Luxury lifestyle store and café, The Perfect Provenance announces its latest exhibit, Sustainable-Upcycling-Perfect, focusing on promoting sustainable living and upcycling. In partnership with fellow Greenwich, CT partners, The Local Vault and Stylist Maria Turkel, Sue Bodson of Emboss, LLC and Chef Silvia Baldini, The Perfect Provenance will host a series of events and initiatives to benefit Kids in Crisis, a crisis counseling and temporary emergency shelter and prevention program for CT children and families.

To launch Sustainable-Upcycling-Perfect, The Perfect Provenance is inviting clients to participate in its game and clothing drive throughout the month of March. Shoppers will be encouraged to donate new or gently used children's clothing, women's clothing, or children’s games to benefit the Kids In Crisis organization. Clients can bring in up to 5 new or gently used items to The Perfect Provenance or Zaniac Greenwich and The Perfect Provenance will donate an additional $1 for each item to Kids in Crisis. Additionally, clients will also be able to donate to Kids In Crisis with their purchase at the register or online. Finally, The Perfect Provenance will also donate 5% of from The Perfect Provenance Collection on The Local Vault sales to Kids In Crisis.

Upcoming Sustainable-Upcycling-Perfect events are as follows:

*Sustainable & Upcycling Fashion & Home with Stylist Maria Turkel & The Local Vault (Thursday, March 28, 2019) – Hosted by Sue Bodson of Emboss, LLC, guests will learn how to de-clutter and reinvent their closets with Stylist Maria Turkel and how to best value furniture and antiques with tips from The Local Vault team.

* Simple Power-Meals and Wholesome Cooking with Silvia Baldini (Wednesday, April 10, 2019) – Join Chopped Champion and Co-Founder of The Secret Ingredient Girls, Silvia Baldini at the chef’s table to invigorate your meals on this 6 part course. Boost your kitchen skills and gain an instant repertoire of wholesome, fresh and delicious back to basics meals that are perfect for family and weekend meals.

“Having sustainable fashion has been part of our concept since the very beginning,” said Lisa Lori, Founder and Curator, The Perfect Provenance. “I’m excited to teach our neighbors, friends and family how to find ways to add value to their personal items and how items they no longer use can be repurposed and treasured by others.”

The Perfect Provenance will highlight a variety of repurposed, reclaimed or eco-friendly items in its in-store exhibit including using recycled paper for Café 47 menus and introducing composting to its clientele.

 For the latest updates on Sustainable Upcycling Perfect, follow @ThePerfectProvenance on Instagram and Facebook, and by visiting www.theperfectprovenance.com.

About The Perfect Provenance – 47 Arch Street, Greenwich

The Perfect Provenance is an art-inspired, luxury lifestyle store and café founded by Lisa Lori in a renovated and restored 1912 Victorian style home. The Perfect Provenance, which means -- a place of origin, seeks to find, curate and exhibit, artisan products from around the world and exhibits throughout the year. The exhibitions inspire the entire retail and culinary experience, including art, home, fragrance, and men’s & women’s fashion. The shop also includes Café 47, an award-winning cafe is led by Chef Duane Shand.

About The Local Vault

The Local Vault is a new kind of marketplace for new and pre-owned luxury home furnishings and decor. They provide a unique opportunity for shoppers to gain access to exclusive brands, to-the-trade only pieces, bespoke furniture, unique and fabulous vintage and antique finds, all conveniently available for sale online. The Local Vault’s teams of curators personally vet each and every piece so that consumers can shop with confidence knowing that each product has received their stamp of approval.

About Stylist Maria Turkel

Maria is an entrepreneur with years of experience building connections and support between herself, her clients and local businesses. In 2007, she founded Maria Turkel Wardrobe Styling which has served clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-up CEOs to local philanthropists to teens who are just starting to define their personal style. Maria’s goal is to help her clients feel confident and authentic in their everyday lives through their wardrobe choices by editing and cleaning their closets, taking them shopping, building outfits head-to-toe and creating LookBooks that serve as tools to make getting dressed each day easy and efficient. Previously, Maria built a successful career in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. She is a former Wardrobe Supervisor on dozens of shows including the iconic series, Friends. As a personal stylist, she has a vibrant email newsletter subscriber base and an engaged social media community. Her focus has always been to build deep, reciprocal relationships whether in Hollywood or Fairfield County.

About Chef Silvia Baldini

Chef, Chopped Champion on Food Network, founder of the creative food group Strawberry and Sage in Connecticut, Silvia’s work and recipes have been mentioned and published among various publications including Food and Wine, Bon Appetit,Saveur and more. She has shared her expertise on CNN, ABC and The Dr. Oz Show. Silvia is also the co-owner and founder of The Secret Ingredient Girls.

About Kids In Crisis

Located in Cos Cob, Connecticut Kids In Crisis provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community education programs for children of all ages and families facing crisis. Crisis can include domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, economic difficulties, and other critical challenges. The Kids In Crisis Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day with trained Crisis Counselors, and provides free, confidential phone and face-to-face intervention, counseling, and referrals. Since its founding in 1978, Kids In Crisis has provided vital 24-hour services to more than 148,000 children and teens, and their families. Providers, educators, community members, and family members are encouraged to call the 24-hour helpline: 203-661-1911 for support.

About Zaniac Greenwich – 644 West Putnam Ave, Suite 201, Greenwich

Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Math. For kids in grades K-8. Zaniac is the go-to after school and summer camp STEAM-enrichment center for parents who want to give their children an academic edge and 21st century skills for a better future. Kids experience STEM exploration and discover how much fun learning can be in Zaniac’s high-tech environment filled with friends.

About Emboss LLC

Emboss LLC is dedicated to helping nonprofits and organizations turn connections into event and fundraising partnerships and making an impression in the community that they serve. The founder of Emboss LLC is local volunteer expert Sue Moretti Bodson, a Greenwich native who has more than 20 years of fundraising and community activism experience. Sue’s passion for this town has helped her play a leading role in several organizations, including The Junior League of Greenwich, the Greenwich PTA Council and local PTAs, the Greenwich Alliance for Education and most recently, Greenwich Education Group.

 

 

 

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Ten More Perfect Valentine's Day Gifts!

Are you still looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart?  We have so many options, check them out.  If are you looking for something special and need help, just call us and we will find the perfect gift.  Happy Gifting! 
Here are 10 of our top picks:

 

Clubmaster Classic By Briston-$380.00

Open Heart Chocolate By BE Chocolat-$45.00

Polaroid Camera & Film Option-$115.00

Film-$19.00

 

Petronius Men's Tie- $160.00

Blush Bottle Service Set-$250.00

"Hold On" Plate-$27.00

Hartford Steel Bangle By Caliber-$215.00

 

Vintage Flower Boxers By Hartford-$50.00

"Barbara" Earrings- Circle of Life Collection-$1,950.00

 

Fur Black Bag By Twinset-$590.00

 

 

 

 

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We're So Fancy -- Perfect Provenance in Manhattan and Beyond!

We're So Fancy -- Perfect Provenance in Manhattan and Beyond!

The Perfect Provenance is thrilled to announce that our great fashion, gifts, jewelry and home decor are now available on Fancy.com.  Fancy is a cool marketplace that you can shop, earn points or just have fun pinning items for inspiration -- the coolest part?  The items are inspirational and available, you can find just about anything on Fancy.com.  We invite you to join, follow us and find new shops and merchants from around the world. We can't wait for you to check it out!  Download the app, shop online or visit us in Manhattan at their flagship location.  Details below.

Our merch is now available in Manhattan

Not only are our products now available online for a global audience but we have a selection of our carefully curated products and designers in NYC at Fancy's flagship location at 57 Bond Street, one of the best shopping locations in NYC  If you are in Manhattan shopping, you can now stop in & buy perfect products from The Perfect Provenance.  Stop in, tag us on social media and check out the collection.  We have a curated collection of men's and women's shoes, coats & fashion, jewelry from the Caliber Collection, our signature candles and so much more.  

 

Fancy is a social photo sharing webstore and mobile app created by Joseph Einhorn. The New York-based e-commerce site allows users to engage in socially oriented shopping through picture feeds and sharing. Users can purchase products that they see directly from the website.

Email us or call us for more information at 203-900-1131 or info@theperfectprovenance.com.  Cheers -- Lisa 

 

 

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Five Great Valentine's Gifts For Him and Her

Five Great Valentine's Gifts For Him and Her

Looking for the #perfect #sweetheart gift for Valentine's Day?  Shop with us and find just what you're looking for at The Perfect Provenance for him and her! #redhotromance
Five Great Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

Reflex Mink Coat By Max & Moi- $3,810.00          

 

Rossini Cami By Max & Moi- $190.00

   

 

Barbara Earrings By Circle of Life- $1,950.00 

 

 

Women Candle By Baobob- $190.00

Velvet Angel Bag By Elena Ghisellini- $820.00

Five Great Valentine's Day Gifts for Him

 

Blue Chrome Candle by Keith Haring- $60.00

Clubmaster Watch By Briston- $380.00

Be Extraordinary, The Spirit of Bentley Book By Assouline-$205.00

The Original By Eight & Bob-$185.00 

 

Uni Silverplatted Cufflink By Christofle- $40.00

We are happy to help with any of your gifting needs!

Call us at (203) 900-1133

xoxo,

TPP

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PLEASE VOTE -- BEST OF THE GOLD COAST CONNECTICUT 2019

PLEASE VOTE -- BEST OF THE GOLD COAST CONNECTICUT 2019

In 2017, we were so proud to win Best New Restaurant from Greenwich Magazine, if you love us, we would love to have your vote for either our Cafe 47 or The Perfect Provenance.  You can vote for us in multiple categories including Creative Menu, Designer Boutique, Women's Fashion, Men's Fashion, Best Service and American & French.  Vote Here 

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Dreaming of a Saint Barths Vacation?

Dreaming of a Saint Barths Vacation?

Are you dreaming about a beautiful St. Barts beach vacation? 
Many of our clients have asked me where to stay in St. Barts & when is the best time to go.  I work with a wonderful villa & concierge agency -- St. Barths Properties.  They can help you plan your vacation from start to finish.  As a special offer to our Curator's Club members, they will offer a FREE  Suzuki Jimmy Car Rental  (except Thanksgiving week & Christmas week) with every weekly villa rental when you tell them you are a client of The Perfect Provenance in Greenwich. 
We love Saint Barths at The Perfect Provenance and have a variety of great designs from the island.  You can check them out here I Love Saint Barths
Below is contact information for booking and information.  Cheers -- Lisa Lori

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Perfect Teacher Gifts

Perfect Teacher Gifts

Looking for the perfect teacher gift?  We have so many choices it's hard to pick just 5 but here's a quick look at some great options.  Please call us if you need help selecting the perfect gift, we love finding special items to make people happy.  Have a great week.  

Beautiful Stationery, Books, Poly Envelopes, Posters and More by Dale Chihuly -- From $10.95

Internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly is known the world over for his gorgeous glass sculptures that show a beautiful contrast of light and color.  Why not give your favorite academic a journal for notes, thoughts or whatever moves them perfect for everyday scribbling.  Chihuly Pure Imagination Journals -- $10.95 -- available in three colors.

Fir Goodness Sake -- Candles & Diffusers -- From $15

Warm and woodsy, I created a line of signature scents including a perfect winter scent -- Fir Goodness Scent that is an homage to the mountains that surrounded me growing up in Northern California.  There is nothing quite like the smell of the sequoias and crisp fresh air.  Additional scents from our store -- Prosperite and Sunshine Limone but we carry a full collection of home fragrance at a variety of price points.  Fir Goodness Sake-- $55

Unique Holiday Ornaments -- From $7

You get a car -- no you get a car! Well, maybe you can't afford to give everyone a car but you can give a holiday ornament that will put a smile on anyone's face.  Check out our beautiful collection including one featuring Oprah and her signature shout out.  Oprah Ornament -- $20

 

 

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5 Must Have Gifts for Her

It's time to get serious about your holiday gifts and at The Perfect Provenance, we love helping our clients find unique items that we are sure your friends and family will adore.  Here are 5 gift ideas for her that we are sure she will love!  Call us or stop in for more ideas, tis the season to give happiness!  

Rectangle Wine Glass Earrings by Yount Street Glass -- $28

  • Light and eye-catching and hand crafted from Napa Valley wine bottles, these earrings are cut from the body of the bottle. Usually we cut the glass so it is about 1 inch long, but you can request longer or shorter pieces of glass.  Available in eye catching blue or green glass.  

Eclipse S Touch Bag in Powdre by Elena Ghisellini -- $740

  • Internationally acclaimed designer Elena Ghisellini brings together unparalleled Florentine and Italian craftsmanship in her iconic designs. The collection at her eponymous brand features exquisite Elena Ghisellini handbags made of soft, high-quality leather.

Large highball style glass featuring ornate Moroccan inspired details.
Azure glass with gold decal.

 

 


Rosa Long Mink Coat in Khaki by Max & Moi

Max & Moi is an esteemed French label dating back to 1925. Over 90 years, it has become renowned for its decadent collections of Max & Moi clothing, specializing in such luxurious materials as fur, leather, cashmere and other wools. An expert knowledge of craftsmanship and an unbridled passion for luxury underpins each strikingly modern collection of Max & Moi clothing. From elegant fur gilets to leather jackets and simple knitted sweaters, each piece is designed to elevate the modern woman’s wardrobe.

 

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