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Thank You Greenwich -- Moving West

Thank You Greenwich -- Moving West

Dear Perfect Friends:
It all began with an idea -- to bring some of my favorite things from around the world together in one place -- food, fashion, gifts, events, fun and most of all, community.  I wanted to share all of the amazing things I love from my long career working in PR, luxury goods, travel and food marketing with my Greenwich friends.  After five wonderful years in Greenwich, we have made the difficult decision to make the West Coast our headquarters and close our Greenwich store and Cafe 47.  As many of you know I moved with my family to California two years ago this month and when we left we had no idea what the future would hold for us.

Throughout the past two years, we have faced many challenges like many businesses tackling each one with an amazing team of professionals in our Cafe 47 and retail store.  However, I could never have imagined trying to manage our business in Greenwich during a global pandemic from 3000 miles away and being unable to visit our store and staff for long periods of time.  In that time, we realized just how precious our time is and that we now need to be based on the West Coast.  We have many exciting developments ahead for our company that we know you will love including building our online business, new private label products, trunk shows and more.  We will continue to work with our Greenwich area clientele through private styling, online shopping and seasonal trunk shows that we hope you will love.  

Closing our Greenwich location was not an easy decision.  We are so grateful for all of the incredible support of our friends, clients, fellow business owners, charity partners and more, who held us up and have given us a lifetime of memories.  Our building at 47 Arch Street has been so much more to us than a building but a true labor of love, a home where we gathered for celebrations, events, amazing food, Rose All Day, fashion, literature and on and on.  The clients who became friends, the staff who became our family is more than I could have ever hoped for.   We hope you enjoy the selection of photos in this email.

Our company, designers and energy will not change, we see this as a new adventure, an opportunity to grow our business and expand in the West where it will be easier for me to manage and create.    I am traveling back to Paris for the first time in two years in September to attend shows and find new treasures.  I hope you will continue to stay with us as clients online or will visit us in California at our two wonderful stores in Tiburon and Napa Valley.   Tiffany Mezzone, who has been with me since the beginning will remain with the company working on personal styling, buying and marketing and my dear friend Trisha Dalton will continue as our bookkeeper and colleague..  Our final day of service for Cafe 47 will likely be in the next two to three weeks and the store will close on or around August 15th as we pack up and move any unsold merchandise West.   I hope you will come by for a meal and to say good luck to our wonderful staff.  We will be of course having a Moving West sale for any items we will not be taking with us to our California stores and announce details tomorrow.

I will be in the Greenwich store today and tomorrow afternoon if you would like to stop by and say hello.   Finally, I know you will join me in thanking my incredible team both past and present for their dedication, service and friendship.  Thank you again to our clients and friends for all of your wonderful support, it has been our pleasure to work with you.  We hope you will continue to support us as we embark on our next chapter. 
Enjoy the rest of your summer. 

As always -- cheers -- lisa lori 

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Fall Trends -- Fashion in the Time of a Pademic

Fall Trends -- Fashion in the Time of a Pademic

Fall 2020 -- who knew!  When we bought our Fall Fashion collections we could have never imagined we would be buying clothing to sell to clients living through a pandemic.  How do you dress during a time like this?  Every day in either of our stores, clients come in and look at our clothes and often wonder out loud, where am I going, do I really need any clothes?  And the answer I most often give may certainly surprise you.  I tell people " Of course not, nobody really needs anything." 

Why would I say this?  What I mean is, we don't really need any new things but shopping has never really been all that serious.  Shopping now is actually a hopeful, happy and even optimistic act.  Shopping can give us is a little bit of normalcy, shopping for a new outfit has always made people happy, I see both men and women put on a new jacket, dress or shoes and smile at themselves -- it is made to give you pleasure.  So what is different now?  Moods are heavy, the time is serious and so now, more than ever, shopping really feels like a treat.  A new top just might be that ray of sunshine at a time where we are not sure what is happening, a cozy sweater the perfect item to layer with for eating outside, a new set of boots will give you a little pep in your step or pretty earrings that will encourage you to put your make up on and smile at your reflection once again.  I get it, living in your athleisure sweats seems so comfortable, but if you do it for long enough it can also change your whole demeanor simply because it can make you feel like one day is the same as the other.  The whole reason we change our clothes, our style and looks is to show our personality for different days and occasions.  We dress up or down depending upon our activities -- all of this affects our moods.  Of course, I'm not a psychologist but here are a few things I have done to cheer myself up, support other local businesses and get that pep back in my step.  

Closet Clean Up

I have moved twice in the last year (ugh before and during the pandemic!) but the good news is it forced me to really go through my closet and purge myself of clothes for both myself and my children that we no longer wear or my kids have outgrown.  I couldn't believe how many items I have kept for years.  I donated a lot of items to local charities in Greenwich, friends who have small children or cherished fashion pieces to my staff but I also listed some items on Poshmark which is super easy to use and allows you to negotiate with buyers.  If you have shoes or bags you have barely worn, this is a great option.  It makes me happy that these items find a new home and great to get some money back.  Cleaning out your things always feels good.  For furniture and home goods, I highly recommend the Local Vault in Greenwich or the Home Consignment Center in San Rafael.  I also donated items to the Greenwich Hospital Thrift Shop.  Many families are in need of furniture and again, I am so happy that items I love are finding a new home -- it is the most sustainable, good thing you can do for the planet.  If you need help with the clean out -- there are several local stylists who can help you sort through all of your items for donating and even update some of your older items to keep wearing. 


Marc Blazer by Vanessa Bruno $595

It's All About Layering

In California, we love to talk about layering because we enjoy warm days in the fall but as the sun goes down, there is a chill in the air and the sweaters and light coats come out.  Now that outdoor dining is so popular and eating outside with friends, layering is more popular than ever.  I hosted a few friends on my deck this week for a small get together and everyone was sure to bring a couple of layers of sweaters and coats as the temperature fell.  As fate would have it, we bought very little cocktail party pieces this year for our store and lots of beautiful sweaters and coats.  Beautiful, luxurious prints, cozy oversized coats and sweaters that are exactly right for the time.  Ponchos and shawls all perfect for chilly fall nights.  



Dark Green and Orange Silk Shawl by Barbieri $155

Now I've Cleaned Out My Closet, What or Why Should I Buy Anything New?

Shopping isn't deep so stop feeling guilty about it.  You can shop for any reason you want but shopping for fashion at it's essence should be fun.  Pick a new blouse that if you wear will lighten your mood, make you feel good and gives you pleasure.  I mean it.  It's that simple.  Accessorize -- scarves, earrings, bracelets -- wear your personality, we are outside more than ever, walking the neighborhood, strolling the Avenue or Main Street -- a little pop of color will make you smile more, I promise.  Outerwear & Shoes -- heels are out and comfort is in but you also can't ignore the amazing deals on shoes going on for heels -- if that's what you love go for it, you may never see these discounts again!  For comfort, sneakers, boots, flats -- so many options and so much fun.

Finally, we really appreciate everyone who shops to support small business of course every little bit helps.  We all want happy clients who enjoy our merchandise but please, please don't guilt shop.  I don't want you to buy things you won't use -- I want you to love each and every item.  Maybe I'm being silly but clothes really do make my mood and I think if you find yourself in a rut -- the Covid Blues I call it, change up your look and see if it helps you.  It won't solve the pandemic, but it may just make you forget it for a few minutes.

Take care, lisa lori 

ps.  we have a great outwear offer right now -- 15% OFF men's & women's until November 2nd -- use code CURATORS15 online or stop by either of our stores.  Cheers --





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Sunday Thoughts -- March 22, 2020

Sunday Thoughts -- March 22, 2020

A good samaritan and client in our Greenwich community called and ordered 40 meals for First Responders from a different restaurant each day last week to help the restaurants and our First Responders.  Anyone can do this with a group of friends in their community.  

We are closed today Sunday, March 22 and open again tomorrow.

What a week.  Hope you are well and sheltering at home.  I am writing you from my home in Belvedere, California where I have been sheltering with my family for just under a week.  We are allowed to go out and exercise, walk our dog and get our groceries but careful to keep our distance at all times so we are really ok.  It is so important we all follow the guidelines for the collective health of our communities.  At The Perfect Provenance, we are taking the safety of our employees and clients very seriously and taking every precaution.  We have a very small staff working in our Cafe 47 -- 2 people -- for Take Out & Delivery and our managers Victoria & Tiffany alternating to take orders and fill online shopping.  Everyone is wearing masks and gloves and because we are in a home -- they are separated at all times.  Although things are very difficult right now, I do believe the country is mobilizing and will turn a corner in the next week.  We must all do our part in keeping each other safe.  Please see below for our new Cafe 47 Hours & Updated Take Out Menu.

Here are just a few thoughts --

Over the past week, I have spoken to several friends who are also small business owners and we have shared our experiences and ideas for survival in this challenging time.  Here is what I am proposing:
 --- support one small business locally this week if you are able by buying a gift card $25 or more; every dollar helps; post the card on social media to help spread the word
-- share good news on social media; panic is contagious; the calmer we are the quicker we can act to solve the problems that we face
-- share information about jobs that are available; people will be reinventing themselves in the short term; Linkedin is listing new jobs being done from home
-- order take out or flowers for a nursing home or hospital; call ahead to make sure they allow delivery; florists are really suffering right now, we could all use some beauty in our lives -- in Greenwich I love Green of Greenwich; in Marin -- Mill Valley Flowers.  Tell them we sent you!

Finally, be kind to the grocery store employees -- panic is causing people to lose their minds and their manners.  They are working overtime.  We can do this. Thank you for all your support thus far, we had placed many orders for Spring merchandise that continues to arrive daily and is getting put on our website, you can check or call us if you are looking for something in particular.  There are great deals everywhere online.  We are offering Click & Shop delivery in Greenwich or Curbside.

My very best to you and your families. Lisa Lori


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Smile Greenwich Announces Grammy Nominee Deborah Cox to Perform

Smile Greenwich Announces Grammy Nominee Deborah Cox to Perform

We are thrilled to announce that Grammy Nominee & R & B Superstar Deborah Cox will be the featured entertainment at Smile Greenwich November 16 at the Belle Haven Club.  This is the 10th anniversary of our Smile Greenwich event and we are hoping to raise more than $300,000 to help children around the world receive a life changing smile surgery.  For tickets, to donate and more information, please visit  I hope you will join us!  Lisa Lori 


Here is a clip of Deborah performing some of her hits & Whitney Houston's classics .  Enjoy!  Lisa Lori

About Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. The Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum R & B/Pop recording artist and actress recently blew the roof off theatres as she starred in the Rachel Maron role originally played by Whitney Houston in the new musical “The Bodyguard”. She made her Broadway debut in the leading role in Elton John and Time Rice’s musical “Aida”, receiving rave reviews. In 2013, she yet again demonstrated her wide range through her emotional portrayal of Lucy in the revival of hit Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde”. In 2016 Deborah starred as the legendary Josephine Baker in the original musical “Josephine” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Since beginning her career as a background singer for Celine Dion, Deborah has recorded six award winning and critically acclaimed albums and has written for and been recorded on numerous soundtracks. As with Whitney Houston, Deborah’s first recording contract was with Clive Davis at Arista Records and that self-titled debut album went platinum, earning her an American Music Award nomination. She later collaborated with Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Whitney’s greatest hits CD.

From her second CD. One Wish, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” – which held the record for the longest running #1 R & B single. After 14 weeks at the top of the charts, Deborah earned a Billboard Music Award nomination for R & B Single of the Year, an NAACP Image Award nomination, A Soul Train Award, A Lady of Soul Award and 3 Juno Awards including a Best Female Vocalist Juno nomination. She was nominated for a World Music Award in 2010 for the song Leave The World Behind.

The Canadian born star has an impressive list of #1 Billboard hit records, including thirteen #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Deborah has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to the LGBT community. In January 2015, she received the Out Music Pillar Award. In 2014, she received the California State Senate Award and in 2007, she received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and Equality. The Harvey Milk Foundation at the 2015 Diversity Honors honored her for her efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community. On June 12, 2016, she was given the Liberty Bell and Proclamation in Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney to proclaim June 12 as LGBTQ Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Day.

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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? 
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?
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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Operation Smile Bogota, Colombia Trip Interview with Rafa de la Sierra

Operation Smile Bogota, Colombia Trip Interview with Rafa de la Sierra

Lexi de la Sierra in Bogota Today's blog post features an interview with Rafa de la Sierra who went to Bogota last month with his daughter Lexi and his mother. The de la Sierra's have been our friends for many years and have supported all of our efforts with Operation Smile since we first began our journey supporting t...

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New Exhibit Launch on February 6

New Exhibit Launch on February 6

The Perfect Provenance, an art inspired, luxury lifestyle store & café located at 47 Arch Street in Greenwich, will unveil its newest exhibition on February 6, 2017 at a special evening event at the store. The new exhibition, entitled Relax, Refresh Restart, will celebrate health, happiness and mindfulness with a new menu created by Chef Arik Bensimon, new art work including photography by Roberto Dutesco as well new merchandise & sustainable fashion specifically curated for the exhibit.

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