Getaway: Nevis


Photo from Four Seasons Nevis West Indies.

Tucked away in the northern part of the West Indies, Nevis (pronounced “nay-vis”), is a quick water-taxi ride from St. Kitts. At just thirty six square miles in size, it’s quite a small island, but perhaps the best place to disappear for a few days.

The ferry from St. Kitts will drop you in Nevis’ tiny capital, Charlestown. Part of the appeal for travelers is that the Nevisians have been able to keep the island off the radar. The beautiful, quiet beaches are one of the main attractions: a favorite is Pinney’s Beach. There’s horseback riding at the Equestrian Centre, climbing Nevis Peak (the volcano at the center of the island) or wandering around the Botanical Gardens.

Nevis also has a unique tie to U.S. history, as the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. Lin Miranda Manuel spent time in Nevis to get inspiration for the Broadway hit Hamilton. To get your own fix of history, visit the Alexander Hamilton House.

Weather-wise, temps hover around 80 degrees year-round, but keep in mind that July to November is the island’s rainiest season.

For those headed to Nevis this summer, the Culturama Festival begins on July 21 and runs through August 2. Culturama celebrates the local Nevisian traditional customs and hopes to spread awareness of the island’s cultural heritage. Carnival is the biggest yearly event on the neighboring island of St. Kitts, starting in mid-December.

The favored hotels to stay, according to TripAdvisor, include the Nisbet Plantation Club, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis and the Montpelier Plantation. If it so happens you’re looking to buy, a billionaire car magnate also recently put his home, the Seagrape, up for sale for a cool $7.2 million. Perks? Automatic citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Abscond away!

Jackie O and One Famous Pair of Sandals: A History


Photo from The Buggy Blog. 

“I want to live my life, not record it.”

Jackie Kennedy Onassis. What an icon. The eldest daughter of a Wall Street stock broker and socialite, a teacher described her as “a darling child, the prettiest little girl, very clever, very artistic, and full of the devil.” Jackie started as an inquiring photographer for the Washington Times-Herald before meeting then-Congressman John Kennedy. The rest is Camelot history. The embodiment of style many of her classic looks look just as fresh today.

The sandals she made famous seem almost like fashion folklore.  Read More

What’s the 2016 Color of the Year? It Depends on Who You Ask

Color-of-the-Year-2016-Rose-Quartz-Serenity-PinterestIn a quick Google search for the 2016 color of the year, I saw conflicting reports. It’s white, no it’s alabaster — wait no it’s rose quartz AND serenity.

Puzzling to say the least, but of course it depends on your source. With the publicity behind Pantone’s color of the year in recent years (marsala in 2015 and radiant orchid in 2014), other companies are also gaining exposure for choosing their own color to define the upcoming year. Read More

New Year’s Eve Whimsy — What to Wear to Ring in 2016

I’m a sucker for a great party dress. New Year’s Eve is one of the most fun times of the year to dress for, because why not be a little whimsical? Sequins, feathers and luxe fabrics are all totally approved to bring in the new year. And perfect for meeting Ryan Atwood at the top of the Four Seasons Newport, seconds before midnight. Let’s be real — nothing can compare to when you roll the dice and swear your love for me…

Birds of a Feather

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Left to Right: Elizabeth and James – Dania DressHoss Intropia – Feathered Mini Dress and Milly – Blair Feather Dress

Sparks Will Fly


Left to Right: Parker – Elijah Sequin DressBCBGeneration – V-Neck A-Line Dress and La Maison – Sequin Cap Sleeve Dress

Gorgeously Wrapped
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Left to Right: Bec&Bridge – Jacques DressDonna Mizani – Knot Front Midi Dress and Nasty Gal – Hells Bells Crepe Dress