It seems like the holiday season is starting earlier than ever this year, and I am all for it! I've been decorating, putting up my little tree, listening to Christmas music, and watching Hallmark movies waaaay before Thanksgiving for years now! I welcome everyone who is just now realizing how joyful it is! In a year that has thrown, um...well, a lot, at us I think we've all just decided we "need a little Christmas right this very minute". Of course, you can't talk about festive fun without mentioning shopping! Or at least, I can't. However, in the midst of a pandemic, the black Friday shopping, hustle and bustle, and overall in-person merriment has pivoted to online. I've made no apologies for my extreme love of shopping. And I do mean extreme! It's what I turn to when I'm happy, sad, bored, inspired, and basically every emotion in between. So while I'm pretty bummed I can't spend every waking hour over the next few weeks visiting stores in person (my favorite!), I will absolutely make the best of the season in any way I can. That's why this Sunday I am hosting a facebook live event with my friend, Eliza, to share some of our favorite Beautycounter products for the season! Pre-Covid, we would host an event like this in-person with cocktails, spa products, and laughter. Well, we can still do that, just in a different way. Bring your own cup of cheer, and chill on your couch, while we bring the gift inspo right to your living room! In many ways this is probably even better than what we're used to! You can don your comfiest loungewear, or wear a ball gown- whatever makes you happy! And you'll be able to instantly shop! See something you want? All you have to do is say it, and we'll take care of placing the order for you. But, most importantly, it's a chance to connect a little while staying safely in our own spaces. Buy that one perfect gift, buy some self care for yourself, or buy nothing at all. We don't care, we just want to have some fun and get into the spirits! Oops, sorry, I mean, spirit- but hey, it's 2020, anything goes.
Holding & wearing: Golden Hour All-In-One Palette. One of several items we'll be highlighting!
Paris, New York, London, Milan...Providence? Ten years ago you may not have thought so, but now, Providence is decidedly on the fashion map thanks to StyleWeek. Inspired by those aforementioned fashion capitals, StyleWeek is a professional production that focuses on the business of fashion, as well as promoting art and design. Founded in 2009 by Rosanna Ortiz, this fashion week has become New England's premiere fashion event, showcasing nearly 200 designers over the years from the U.S. and beyond. Yes, all that in lil' Rhody. Glamorous as it is (& it IS!), this is much more than just a fun party. StyleWeek was created to serve as an incubator for designers, while generating an economic spark in Rhode Island. As StyleWeek progressed, it came to include working with local schools for its design competition, "SEED", where students create wearable art. It's in that sentiment that StyleWeek celebrated a decade this year. What was supposed to be an elaborate affair, was scaled back to comply with CDC guidance for the pandemic, but the heart of StyleWeek was still felt. An intimate, invite-only, outdoor runway show was held, featuring local elementary school students and their out-of-the-box designs. It was only fitting that the evening culminated with an avant garde show from acclaimed handbag designer, Kent Stetson, who has been a part of StyleWeek since the beginning.
The fashion world is evolving, now more than ever, but StyleWeek continues to evolve and push the limits, to adapt to the current climate. As I've said before I'm no fashion expert, I'm a fan. I feel very fortunate to have, quite literally, a front row seat to an event that not only celebrates art and culture, but simultaneously boosts the local economy. Here's to you, StyleWeek, and the next decade ahead!
Photos Courtesy: Myke Yeager Photography