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Your Quiet Style Statement: VINCE
“It’s kind of a noisy moment that we’re in. Whenever there’s a lot of loudness on one side of the industry, there’s a space that opens up on the opposite side.”
Caroline Belhumer, SVP, creative director, VINCEThat’s truer than ever. The intersection of streetwear and high fashion has created an ecosystem in which the most over-the-top designs demand attention. What Belhumer and her team at Vince want to do is change the way we approach things.
“Vince is not really a company that’s about trend or loudness; it’s really about the quality of the product,” says Caroline Belhumer, Vince creative director.Season after season, we see chic silk slip dresses and midi skirts in dreamy colors, cashmere sweaters with the perfect oversized cuts, languid trousers with Issey Miyake-esque pleats, plenty of the toe-emphasizing sandals (all the cool girls wear these days), and an overarching theme of minimalism meets preppy.Vince is always classically cool. And quiet."How do you make people understand what you're trying to say and make it more engaging, not just another clothing brand? You have to be able to have some kind of vision of the storytelling, the uniqueness of the brand," Belhumer explains. "I looked at Vince and I was like, well, it's created in L.A. It's a luxurious California brand. And when I looked at the other contemporary brands in our landscape, nobody else had that story to tell. They were very urban-centric, very New York-centric. But the roots of this brand being in California actually really kind of reflect the way of dressing and the way the clothes looked. It was a natural fit, but it wasn't really being talked about." (fashionista.com)
Quiet luxury is a concept that has been simmering away for a few years. Low-key and understated, it is the kind of luxury that is whispered by those in the know, by those who understand that indulgence doesn't necessarily lie in a high price tag and a flashy logo. (inlondonmagazine.com)
"While jazzy, razzle-dazzle designs may steal the show, there is respite, too, as some of the quietest, most considered designs are also the most covetable. Even the most ardent of sun-lovers understands the cool bliss of a shaded room on a scorching day, and sartorially speaking, that sense of blessed relief comes from minimal and modern clothing.
Above: Oyun Studio Special Order Trunk Show August 4
Stylish and timeless...describe the aesthetic. "Integrity” is another word that comes to mind. It’s unsurprising that this way of dressing has infiltrated the modern woman’s wardrobe. Prioritizing comfort and ease without sacrificing style exudes a sense of confidence, control and calm authority that can’t be achieved when trussed up in a skirt suit." (independent.co.uk)
I couldn't have said it better myself!
"WE BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF BALANCE"
Donna Lane Day Spa & Sorella Apothecary
Michelle Yow, founder of Donna Lane Day Spa, is the skin care voice we trust. When she discovered Sorella Apothecary a few years ago, we were on board. Since then, it's our problem solving, skin-enhancing, glow-inducing go-to.
Michelle aligns with Sorella's philosophy in many ways. Sorella is a professional skin care line that balances the best of both science and nature. They combine natural, old-world philosophies with a dose of modern day science to create products that bring balance back to the skin. We think you'll value the personalized care Michelle and her team offer each devoted client, and with Sorella, you'll begin to see a big difference in your skin.
Above, Trish's personal line-up of Sorella products from Donna Lane.TIP:Summer Skin Do's and Dont's from Sorella:
Life/Art Balance: Jewelry Designer Heather BenjaminHeather Benjamin jewelry designs are inspired by rituals, symbols and stories.At the heart of Heather's creations is a sense that engagement with the natural world connects us to beauty at its purest level. And that this connection fosters the kind of understanding and compassion so deeply needed for our planet and all its beings to survive and thrive.Brought together with recycled silver and gold, jaspers, chalcedonys and agates are the stones that tell her stories.
"My pulse still quickens as I discover new ingredients. I revel in the distinct and diverse orbital patterns of Jasper from coastal Madagascar. My heart is pulled on a journey through the meandering topographic-patterned, sliced-banded agates formed out of Volcanic rock, pressure and time. It’s the unpredictable and powerfully soulful process of storytelling. I fall in love again and again.My mission with my company, and with all of my creative work/life, is in this way so much more than adornment; it’s a way to connect: to ourselves, to each other, and to the world around us."
LINE Cashmere Blend T's
Reason to obsess. Right now. It's our newest collection at PATRICIA and it's perfectly suited to rectangular-shaped meetings (Zoom, ya'll), relaxed home vibes or a bit dressier with this season's stacks of leather strung pearls, gold charms and chains. It just works. And it works hard. T-shirts and light knits are individually dyed for a unique richness of color.
EAT: The Best Of Local Right Now
Eggplant Hummus Wraps With Smoky Tomato Confit, from Viktoriastable.com (pictured above)
Eggplants, cherry tomatoes and a bumper crop of peaches arrived on our doorstep this week and we went roasting mad! We experimented with some new recipes to share with you now. The organic feel of our HAAND serving pieces underscored the rich colors of the food and kept the farm-to-table mood intact. Add our linen napkins from LinenCasa and the table is set! Please pass the Rose...
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches, allrecipes.com (above) NOTE: we salted and peppered our peaches after sprinkling with olive oil and before wrapping in prosciutto - seemed to really boost the flavor.
Beautifully simple, as always!
Katrina Denza | Author. Glamour Girl. Kind Soul.It's hard to describe what it is about Katrina...her kind quiet way, the ability to look oh-so glamorous at all times, the fact that she knows what she loves and doesn't hold back? There are so many things we love about her and so happy to call her part of our #tribe.I am inspired and love all the women we feature on our journal. As always, we ask these women a few of our favorite questions.Read on for some fun insight into this Women We Love.
Wine or Beer? Wine.
Who do you admire most? The women who’ve suffered unimaginable adversity, tragedy or injustice and face each day with hope and faith and determination to make their lives and the world better.
Favorite quote? “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” ~Ernest Hemingway
What is your favorite piece of clothing at the moment? A bright green dress because I’ve always been told I can’t wear green and doing so feels like a rebellion. Plus, it has ruffles. Of all time? A yellow sundress I wore when I was five. It had butterflies appliqued all over it.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I think I’m nearly there: a woman who doesn’t care what other people think of her.
3 items always in your bag? Phone, pen, lipstick.
Your biggest phobia: heights
What would you never wear? That eighties polka-dot jumpsuit that made me look like I was part of a circus act. Never again.
Horoscopes: Yes, but only with tongue-in-cheek. (Leo)
Guilty pleasure? I don’t feel guilty about pleasure.
If you had a superpower what would it be? To facilitate meeting the basic needs of every person on the planet.
Best compliment you’ve ever received? “I fell in love with you because of the kind of mother you are.”
What is your spirit animal? Bear
Want to know more?
Katrina Denza is an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine and chairs the Writers-in-Residence program for the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Her short stories can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, New Delta Review; The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, wigleaf,and Gargoyle #57, among others. In 2011, she was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Amelia Kirkland | Friend, Health Enthusiast & Foodie
I can't remember how I met Amelia or how long ago...but let just say it's been a very long time. I love her enthusiasm for everything she takes on. From doing Ironman's, to searching out the best healthy food in every place she visits or finding the best craft beer a place has to offer. In Amelia's professional life, she is the assistant director of the laboratory at First Health of the Carolinas. In her off time she can be found at our favorite pilates studio, Mind Your Body, or cooking up some wicked healthy foods from local farmers markets. Amelia's style is classic with a twist. She loves and wears our designers so well. We caught up with her and asked a few of our favorite questions...read on to find out a little more about one of our favorite women...
Wine or Beer? Either, depending on food
Who do you admire most? Probably my husband. He’s true blue.
Favorite quote? The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.
What is your favorite piece of clothing at the moment? Of all time? Currently, Laura Siegel top from Patricia! Of all time, Emerson Fry black column dress also from Patricia.
Coffee order? Black…hot
What do you want to be when you grow up? A Pilates and yoga instructor with a ‘clean eating’ restaurant….or a UPS driver
3 items always in your bag? Random receipts, lipstick, a pen
Your biggest phobia? Not measuring up
What would you never wear? Can’t think of anything
Favorite cocktail? Bloody Mary
Guilty pleasure? Jimmy Choos
If you had a superpower what would it be? To think nice things about everyone I encounter
Best compliment you’ve ever received? I admire you
What is your spirit animal? I don’t have a spirit animal; I have a spirit car; it’s a Honda Civic. It’s cute but not flashy, reliable, sporty and efficient.
Check out Amelia on Instagram @kirkaw0829 be warned...you will be inspired, hungry and want to snuggle with her sweet dog!
top photo: @rachelgarrisonphotography
Welcome to the first of our series on Women We Love. Women that we admire and inspire us.
Brittanee Lee Taylor | Creator
Brittanee is the creator and owner of BeEu, a botanical skin care company. Small batch, pure & simple ingredients - something we can really get behind. We love the way it makes our skin feel so soft and glowing. When not working on her line of skin care she can be found managing our favorite salon, Exhale...a Salon, creating beautiful chalkboard art and culitvating flowers & veggies in her home garden. Brittanee's complete line is available in store and online at PATRICIA as well as at Exhale...a Salon.
We caught up with her this July to ask her a few of our favorite questions...
Wine or Beer?
—Wine - who doesn’t love a glass of antioxidants?
Who do you admire most?
—My mother - She honestly has the energy and stamina and willpower of a superhuman.
—We have done so much, with so little, for so long...that now we can do anything with nothing, forever.
What is your favorite piece of clothing at the moment?
—Currently obsessed with floral wrap dresses
Of all time?
—A pair of Levi’s I bought in 2001 that have been worn to pieces. Both knees have worn holes, and the crotch finally busted - but these are by far are my favorites - they have been all over the world and to this day fit like a dream.
—Iced Americano with Carmel sauce and a splash of coconut or almond milk. My daily routine is grinding whole beans from Cactus Creek and a simple pour over, black. Looove my coffee.
Any advice you can give to others about starting your own business?
—Keep doing what you love, and remember it doesn’t happen overnight; take your time and trust your gut.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
—Happy. Preferably surrounded by my future dog pack, and living by wildflowers and a big herb and vegetable garden with my P.IC. / love of my life, Jemie
3 items always in your bag?
—A pilot pen, lipgloss, and a silk scarf
What would you never wear?
—Ski boots. I have never been able to adapt to the ski boot, and it is by far the most uncomfortable thing I can think to wear.
—Lulu’s Margarita - The Gazebo on Nantucket (I was a bartender for 4 summer seasons there, and that was my favorite to make, you’ve got to get the lime and agave juuust right.) Delicious!
What is your spirit animal?
Best compliment you’ve ever received?
—A retired chiropractor who was a regular at the pool I was a lifeguard at in college once told me he could see auras. Obviously I asked him the color of mine, he asked, “do you know what pastels do to other colors? When a pastel color is next to a color, it brings out the vibrancy of that color, enhancing it, making it bright.
You have pastel yellows, greens, and blues...”
Basically, he told me that I bring out the best in others. It was a random, but stuck with me, a compliment that I'll probably remember for life!