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We’ve been shopping Shop Cathy B for a wee while now. We’ve witnessed its evolution from a small collection of cool items from Ibiza and the cutest accessories from all over – to a really cute small store in Woodbury – to an even cuter, and bigger store in Woodbury, right next to The Marketplace. Yep, we declare this a destination boutique. Grab your gal pals, have a lovely salad and cocktail at The Marketplace, then wander right next door for some awesome shopping. Our kind of afternoon!

Despite being in the final throes of launching our new site, we made sure we had time to see at least one show during #NYFW! It’s our Super Bowl and Oscars all rolled into one, and we always love our NYC fashionista trips!

Colour, by South African media personality, Nandi Madida has created a ready to wear label that celebrates the colorful world we live in. The South African clothing brand inspires diversity through the aesthetic of its magical suits, which make a woman feel powerful, bold, and confident. Inspired by the power suit, Colour celebrates all women.

That’s what the invite said, and after some gentle stalking of Nandi’s Instagram (1.2M followers!), we were sold, and we wanted to see her first NYFW fashion show!

What gets us to leave our house when it’s a whopping eight degrees outside? Jewelry, that’s what. Mic Urban of Michael Urban Jewelry specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces made with rare stones and also creates limited edition collections twice a year. Inspired by his unique life between Connecticut and Puerto Rico, we can tell you right here in the first paragraph that you need to check it out!

Keep scrolling to hear Mic’s fascinating story, his process, and his philosophy. Most importantly, see what you might want to add to your own jewelry collection. 😍

Boardman Bridge
JED sweater
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Tree hugging

It wouldn’t be fall and “sweater weather” for us without a JED shoot. We’ve been fans of JED, a luxury lifestyle brand, since our first feature on them in 2016, “1 sweater 3 ways”.

Continuing the JED love-fest, we stopped by the NYC showroom last spring to meet designer Jed Krascella and check out the upcoming fall collection. Predictably, we each spotted a sweater that we couldn’t continue living without, and had to add to our collection! Some people collect art, we collect JED! You’ll see why once you visit their site…

We have been on a shopping high all day! We’re a little afraid of how much joy shoe shopping brings us, but we’re not going to question it too deeply. I think we all know that “finding the perfect shoe” rush. Well, we just experienced it times 7, yes SEVEN pairs of new shoes between us. Lora – 4 (and one bracelet), Bev – 3. When we came across Lily (Old Greenwich) in Instagram-land, we really struck shoe-gold.  

Ladies! Enough already…stop feeling uncomfortable in your bra! We visited Lace Affaire, a specialty boutique in Wilton that still practices the dying art of properly fitting customers with the correct size bra (yes, it’s complimentary!). And yep, we were in the 90% of women who are wearing the wrong size! Wearing the right bra is a game changer!

We know it’s bad to covet, so let’s just say we really, really desired a Grey New York Grey New England bag for a very long time (#bag-goals). Once again, it was the classic story of Instagram discovery. How did we ever find things to love before Insta??

When we learned that the company was based out of Washington Depot, we felt like we hit shop-local gold. Then, to find out (after some gentle stalking) that the creative director is Simon Kneen (who has an impressive 30-year fashion career, including a period as creative director of Banana Republic) well, that just called for us to pop over for coffee and chats.

R. Derwin Clothiers Men’s and Ladies stores are back together again ❤ Yay!

R. Derwin has been a mainstay on pretty West Street, looking on to the Litchfield green, since the 80s. The two departments, men’s (upstairs) and women’s (downstairs) started together under one roof at 43 West Street and eventually gained in size and needed to move a few doors away from each other. Throw in a few more moves after that, all on West Street, until we reach today when the two stores are back together again. Awww. We went along to the grand opening to see the Ladies store in its shiny new digs…right next door to those lovely Men!

Ahh, New York Fashion Week. What’s more fun than a train ride to the city? Watching fabulous shows and presentations where we just drool and daydream about owning just one piece from each collection is! Here’s a recap of some of our fun at NYFW this season…

As we said last week, Dobson Pools made the perfect backdrop for the fashion feature of our dreams! With stunning pools, fabulous sunglasses, Natori clothing, and cans of rosé being delivered to us by floating flamingos, there was nothing more we could wish for! Too many pics for last week’s post, so here’s a bonus, “just look at the pictures” feature. A feature we’ll look back at in the winter months ahead and sigh. Farewell, summer… 😢

In collaboration with…

Julie Jacques and Dobson Pools

Hair: Byrde + the b, Washington

Clothing: Natori

Sunglasses: Pared – seriously, you need to check out their website. Aussie brand of sunglass coolness!

Flamingo handler and photog assistant: Riley Cotton


Pics: Lora Karam and Riley Cotton / Words: Bev