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#OOTD -- Sexy Summer Day to Night Accessories

#OOTD -- Sexy Summer Day to Night Accessories

Looking for the perfect #ootd  to go from day to night?  These are our favorite accessories that look chic from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.  Cheers to summer! 

 

1. Le Petit Panier by Perrin Paris - $1,230 

 The perfect clutch for the summer or a vacation getaway. The raphia clutch is lined with lambskin detailing in either black, white, or canne.

 

2. Sterling Silver Rivage XXL Cuff by Christofle - $1,100

The Sterling silver XXL Cuff Bracelet expands the Rivage collection. The oblique and curved lines suggest the look of ocean waves.

These Robert Clergerie shoes pair perfect with any outfit! They are open toed slip ons that are extremely comfortable but also very trendy. They are lined with leather, and also have a leather sole. 
Made with all natural organic ingredients, this moisturizing lip balm contains resveratrol and has an SPF of 15 to protect your lips.
Ann Demeulemeester is a fashion house established in 1985 and based in Antwerp, Belgium. Renowned for a poetic balance of shadow and light, the collections for women and men evoke a serene and romantic universe nuanced with a rock spirit. Masculine and feminine elements are woven throughout each collection, as signature silhouettes fuse languid tailoring in noble fabrics with sensual asymmetries and the twist of sheer and opaque textiles. 
Our rhodium silverplated key chain expands the Duo Complice collection. Thanks to its bi-material elements and associating the red twisted leather with the rhodium silverplate, it’s an elegant gift that’s ideal for any occasion.

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Easy Breezy Summer Travel

Easy Breezy Summer Travel

Cabas Grand Cuivre by Vanessa Bruno $240 (above)

 

Weekender Navy Bag by Billy Belt $120 (below)

Whether your packing for a quick weekend getaway or a summer sojourn, we've got the perfect summer essentials to make your packing easy so you can concentrate on having fun!  

 

1. Daily Noir Flats (Black) by Bagllerina - $72.50

The Bagllerina is the essential shoe for your wardrobe. Fold them in their leather pouch, slip them into your bag or wear them on the plane, easy slip on and off.  Super easy, easy French girl chic.  

2. Le Mini Jet Set in Black or Caramel by Perrin Paris - $235.20 ON SALE

The perfect way to organize all your travel docs (passport, credit cards etc) in one place all while traveling in style from Perrin Paris. The perfect size for traveling. It can hold all of your traveling essentials while also helping you look put together and ready for the trip ahead of you. Available in black or caramel.

3. To Go Journal Set by Garance Dore - $15.00

Create memories, jot down your thoughts on life or keep a list of your favorite restaurants.The Perfect To Go Journal for Fashionable Women for Notes; Musings, Sketching. Created in partnership with French illustrator, author, and photographer Garance Doré.

4. Aviator Classic Cards by Bicycle - $7.00

Classically designed by Dan & Dave, the AVIATOR Heritage Edition Playing Cards are a timeless tribute to the iconic brand. Within the vintage tuck-case, each card features Hughes's racer, high above the earth -- boldly exploring all places unknown. So grab a pack, strap in, and come fly with us.  Always entertaining, card games on trips are always a guarantee for fun, conversation and competition!

5. Bamboo Avalon Earbuds by LSTN - $50.00

The Avalon by LSTN: Real bamboo wood housing and 8mm drivers provide a sound far beyond their price point, while the rubber cable and sweat-resistant coating allow use anywhere, anytime. These are perfect for traveling because it can not only help you relax on the plane, but they can also help you jam out on the beach, taking a run or just chilling out on vaca.  But wait, the best part is LSTN was started to change lives through the power of music. Every purchase helps someone hear through Starkey Hearing Foundation.  Perfection

6. The Kennedy Toiletry Bag By Brouk & Co  $30.00

The Kennedy toiletry bag that feels worthy of your clean up gear. Made from durable canvas materials with interior lining, each bag flattens for easy storage and holds all of the toiletries you'll need for your time away.

7.. Cabas Grand Cuivre Raffia Bag by Vanessa Bruno - $340.00

This raffia shopper from Vanessa Bruno is handmade in France making every item unique. The braided design has lurex details in feminine pink for a subtle glamour touch. Large enough to carry all your essentials for the day of traveling ahead!  Perfect for looking travel chic on the plane, running around the French Riviera or hanging on in the mountains.  

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5 Perfect Beach Reads for Guys & Gals

5 Perfect Beach Reads for Guys & Gals

There is nothing better than sticking your nose in a book while listening to the sounds of crashing waves beside you. Grab one of these best sellers and throw it in your oversized bag because we are going to the beach! 

 

A revealing new portrait of Robert F. Kennedy that gets closer to the man than any book before, by bestselling author Chris Matthews, an esteemed Kennedy expert and anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball.

  2. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult  - $16.00

Lone Wolf is a New York Times Bestselling novel by American author Jodi Picoult. The book centers around a man returning to his childhood home after a terrible accident.

  3. The Choice: Embrace The Possible by Edith Eva Eger - $27.00

A powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds. 

  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway  - $18.00

The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving and wise.

  5. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain - $16.00

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

 

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Bi-color Raffia Bag by Hatattack - $105.00

This bag is the perfect summer bag to pair with a light dress or even white jeans and cute top. It has a nice pop of color with the blue, but can also be used as a subtle accessory. 

- Mesh Wedge Flip Flop by Ipanema - $32.00

The Mesh Flip Flop in white features silver weave-effect straps and a pearly iridescent finish, with the essential extra height of a platform footbed.

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5 Perfect Gifts For Dad

5 Perfect Gifts For Dad

Looking for the #perfect #fathersdaygift? Look no further! We have some of the sweetest and best gifts for dad that are sure to put a smile on his face. Use code #superdad and get 15% OFF the perfect gift. #smilemore

 1. Black Corsair Radio by Crosley - $175.00

The Corsair Radio from Crosley will have you feeling like you're waking up in a classic muscle car. This radio has a sleek retro design with build in AM/FM radio, CD player, and a bluetooth receiver for connecting to all your favorite devices.

 

 

 2. The Ultimate Book of Dad Jokes by Gordon Hideaki Nagai - $12.98

An incredible collection of of funny, cheesy jokes for dad to tell the kids while also slightly embarrassing them. Amazing for unforgettable laughs with the whole family!

 

3. Graphik Wine Carafe by Christofle - $505.00

The beauty of a mouth-blown and fully hand cut design is the signature of this contemporary collection which will enhance your dining experience and make for one happy dad. 

 

4. For You: My Life Memoir by Rip Gerber - $29.99

For You is the perfect book to pass along dad's memories, moments, thoughts, wisdom, and crazy life journeys. This is the perfect gift for sharing all of life's moments that families can cherish forever. 

 

5.Kokomo Hammock by Yellow Leaf - $199.00 

Click on the picture below to see both colors that we carry. 

A fun and different gift to give to dad for those lazy Sundays laying in the sun. These hammocks are not only fashionable, but they gift dad the comfort he wants and totally deserves after a long fathers day brunch.  

 

 

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The Spring/Summer Trend You Will Love

The Spring/Summer Trend You Will Love

From Milan to New York City, this season --  the biggest trend is to be comfortable, casual, and chic by pairing your favorite dress or skirt with the perfect sneaker.  From day to to night, sneakers have come a long way in the last few years and it's all for the better.  Bedazzled, satin, terry -- there is a style and color for all tastes.  Make your #ootd #next level with our extensive collection of #kicks.  Check out both our men's & women's styles here.
Here are 5 Perfect Sneaker Pairings:.

 

Ibrao Cotton Veil Dress by Vanessa Bruno with Pasket Sneaker by Robert Clergerie  

 

Volant Dress by Max & Moi with Suede Grey Beaded Sneaker by Allesandro Dell'Acqua

Lace Dress by Alice & Trixie with Camden 5 Metallic Sequin Sneaker by Tretorn

 

Silk Isaure Dress by Vanessa Bruno with White Sneaker by Vanessa Bruno

 

Short Plaza Dress by BA&SH with Marine Satin Sneaker by SeaVees

 

Cartier Black Floral Skirt by Pauline B with Eve Blush Espadrille Sneakers by Tretorn

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Meet Silvia Baldini -- Chopped Champion

Meet Silvia Baldini -- Chopped Champion

1)  Tell us about where you grew up in Italy and how it has influenced your cooking
I was born and raised in Turin, Italy; a town where the bond to your own family is as strong as the one for beautiful food and good wines. I always say I grew up under my mother’s kitchen table playing with snippet of pasta and leftover dough. I learned to appreciate wholesome cooking and to respect ingredients from the start.
We cooked all the times and we never wasted anything. I have been around the world and back. I trained with the best chef and worked in very impressive and famous kitchen but my italian upbringing and the traditions I learned as a child have lingered with me and they influence my cooking to these days. 
2) You have had an interesting career path, when did you come to America and what did you do before you became a Chef?
I moved to California when I was 17 because my father took a job in Los Angeles. It was a bold move at the time. My father, a widow and 3 children in tow. It opened my horizons. I chose an art school and I graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I then moved to New York to work in advertising. Following a distinguished and award-winning career as an art director on Madison Avenue, When I met my lovely Bolognese husband, he encouraged me to follow my passions and soI pursued culinary training at ICC in NYC and Cordon Bleu in London. I worked at Michelin-star kitchens in Europe including the Ritz Carlton in London, and Ottolenghi. Then I moved back here in CT. 
 3)  How did it feel to win Chopped Champion, what was the most amazing result of victory?
Winning Chopped was really fun and certainly a great accomplishment. I now have been back three times and I also was just featured in Bobby Flay. However, what I really cherish is the look of joy and pride my kids had when I told them I won. It takes a lot to impress children and pre-tens but I think I did it.
4) How long have you lived in CT and where are favorite spots for food shopping?
I have now been in CT for 8 years and I absolutely love it. There is no other place I would raise my family or build my business. It’s such a vibrant and beautiful place. The food scene is growing and interesting. There are a lot of talented chefs with new and solid ideas that are making CT more and more a food forward destination. I think It’s better than Brooklyn. More real. We need real these days.
I shop a lot at farmers market. Nothing better than buying directly from the source! And I love the food Chef Duane and Lisa are creating here at the Perfect Provenance. They have a vision and a point of view.
5) What does wholesome Italian cooking mean to you?  What can people expect to learn in your class?
Italian cooking means wholesome, real, good ingredients, no gimmicks. I think well executed Italian food is clean, natural but packed with big flavors that come from the beauty of the produce and the simple techniques. 
Italian food is instinctive not contrived. I love teaching because it gives me a chance to share my vision and to freely talk about and demonstrate how to achieve powerful simple and nourishing dishes.
During my classes I talk about how to get organized, prep and how to create vibrant and flavorful dishes using the best, unprocessed, seasonal ingredients and explore quick and simple meals that combine on Italian and seasonal cooking principles. 

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March Madness at TPP

March Madness at TPP

MARCH MADNESS IS HERE!  
GO PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (MY ALMA)!
Enjoy Three Great Ways to Win This Weekend
#1 Spend $250 or more and earn DOUBLE points in our Perfect Loyalty Program -- email us if you are not a member at info@theperfectprovenance.com and we can sign you up!
#2 Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to our charity partner Kids in Crisis -- bring in a new or gently used item to our store and receive 20% off anything in store!!  (yes!)
#3 Buy 1 pair of women's or men's sneakers and get a second pair of the opposite sex and get for 50% OFF -- USE code #marchmadness at check out.

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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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