An Interview with the Founder of Idalia Baudo Jewelry

I am so thrilled to introduce you to one of my favorite jewelry brands, Idalia Baudo Jewelry. Each stunning piece in the collection is handmade in Tuscany, and has unique design patterns and textures of woven couture silver and gold mesh. Pieces are crafted from sterling silver, gold vermeil and rose gold. Best of all, each exquisite statement piece is affordable, with prices ranging from $80-$400. Each is so lightweight, feminine, and so soft to the touch.

Each signature design embodies contemporary chic with an edge of sexy and daring, ideal for wearing out to dinner, the theater, out with the girls, or that special event. The beautiful gift wrap even rivals that of world-renowned jewelry stores that line 5th and Madison Avenues. Below, read my exclusive interview with the Founder, Idalia Baudo. We discuss how the brand was founded, the inspiration behind her unique craftsmanship, and about her experience at Jill Zarin’s Lux Lunch.

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An Interview with Markus Bender of Nordic Beach

It is a pleasure to introduce my readers to Nordic Beach, a company based in Southern California that has created a cozy, super-soft wrap jacket that can be worn year round. Their jackets currently come in three colors: Fluffy Gray, Fluffy Black, and Fluffy Frappe. These are perfect to wear everywhere: shopping, sporting events, yoga, work, a ski trip, the mountains, or anywhere you want to be comfy and cozy!

I love my Nordic Beach jacket so much! I will be wearing mine to the Hamptons International Film Festival this autumn, out to the park with my children, to the beach, and out shopping. The jacket is especially ideal for postpartum moms. When my son is born, the jacket will help protect him from the wind and the elements as I will be ‘wearing him’ as I am out and about.

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An Interview with Stephanie McTigue of CoFi Leathers

I discovered CoFi Leathers just before I attended Jill Zarin’s 5th Annual Lux Luncheon in Southampton this summer. This refined and affordable genuine leather company, based out of Denver, sells an extensive collection of beautiful and unique clutches, cross-body bags, totes, wristlets, boots, shoes, and more. The name CoFi was created based off of the names of Founder Stephanie McTigue’s sons: “Co”lson and “Fi”nn. Each product created is named after family members or good friends.

To help launch the business and set the standards for impeccable quality, McTigue’s father, Clive, is a leather consultant and has been in the leather business for over 45 years. ‘He actively shares his extensive knowledge of leather manufacturing and product construction with McTigue to ensure that the CoFi brand not only represents style and individuality, but also upholds the highest quality.’ That notion became apparent to me right away as I was introduced to the company. I am in love with their chic and stylish collection that promotes a sense of individuality and confidence. For example, I own the Mollie Cross-Body Convertible Clutch in Rose Gold White and have received dozens of compliments ever since I started using it on a regular basis in July.

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Ja-Vie Stylish Jelly Flats Review and A Giveaway

When I was a graduate student, commuting through and working in Manhattan, I unfortunately destroyed several pairs of flats while trudging through the city streets in all sorts of weather conditions, rain, sleet and snow. I could never predict the weather and always failed to wear my waterproof boots on the correct days. However, walking about the city in rubber boots and carrying a change of shoes was also quite difficult as I had my work and school materials with me at all times. Five years after I graduated and moved permanently to the East End, I was introduced to the most comfortable and stylish flats that are so ideal for travel, work, and leisure.

I discovered Ja-Vie’s stylish jelly flats at this year’s OCRFA Super Saturday, held in Watermill in July. Their booth was packed with customers and while I was visiting, I was able to find two styles that I loved. This was Ja-Vie’s second OCRFA Super Saturday. “We love the idea of helping the OCRFA and spreading the word about our shoes. We donated over 200 pairs!” says Ja-Vie Owner Kyra Kelly. “We will be back next year as well. It is an amazing event!”

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Specialty Food Friday: Fischer & Wieser

As a nod to National Peach Month, I am honored to introduce my readers to Fischer & Wieser. I discovered the company at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show and was instantly blown away with the taste and top-notch quality of each of their sauces, jellies, salsas, preserves, and so much more. The packaging itself is so refined, making each of their products so ideal for gift giving year round.

The award-winning company, which is based in Fredericksburg, Texas, has been in business for almost fifty years. It all began when a little roadside peach stand named Das Peach Haus opened its doors for the first time on June 21, 1969. Since that day, the doors have never closed, only a new name was put on the sign: Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. The company started with jams and jellies made from local, Texas Hill Country fruit.

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