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Lady Project is about showcasing the amazing women who make up our powerful network and our bi-annual gift guides are an incredible way to do that. With the Lady Project tribe growing every day and chapters sprouting up everywhere– like did you know we launched in Dallas, TX and have even more chapters launching this summer?! It’s amazing what can happen when women team up to make something awesome! You’ll find some fantastic features from our members who came together to collaborate and create something special for this edition of the Summer Gift Guide. This edition is packed with members who went above and beyond, and it truly show! Features on how to grab your tribe and create a fresh DIT (yes, DIT) dreamcatcher, how to pack the perfect suitcase for any summer getaway, where to have the best summer in Rhode Island and so much more.

The gift guide has fun and creative curated gifts for your next wedding gift, baby shower, graduation, housewarming gift, and much much more– every person on your gift list this summer is covered! With summer comes endless memories. So ladies– it’s time to break out the barbeque, mix up some tasty cocktails and make this a summer to remember! Thank you all for making my job amazing & allowing me to create for such a wonderful, talented and hardworking group of women.

Here’s to the best summer ever!

Sarah

SARAH DILLONAIRE Creative Director, The Lady Project


Table of Contents Special thank you— to all of the amazing members and businesses that helped contribute and sponsor to create this year’s Summer Gift Guide and make it truly phenomenal!

SUMMER GUIDE FEATURES

04 — Contributor Showcase

08 — DIT Dreamcatcher

13 — The Barter Cocktail

14 — Smooth for Summer

18 — Packing the Perfect Suitcase

20 — Inexpensive Family Summer Fun

22 — Classic Mojitos

24 — Business Spotlight, BLD Lady Project: Geek Spirits

28 — How to Effortless Host a Backyard BBQ

34 — Lady Friends: Intentional Friendship

36 — Rhode Island: Summer Off the Beaten Path

38 — Bohemian Chic Dinner Party

48 — Summer in the City

THEMED GUIDES

70 — Beauty & Care

72 — Jewelry

74 — Better Yourself

76 — Gifts for $25-$50


Contributor Showcase Special thank you— to all of the amazing members and businesses that helped contribute and sponsor to create this year’s Summer Gift Guide and make it truly phenomenal!

calico

shopcalico.com BROOKE CADETT

CALICO

B.CADETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographer, DIT Dreamcatcher

Wardrobe Sponsor, Bohemian Chic Dinner Party

WAXING THE CITY

LAKAY CORNELL

MARIANNA CLARK

THE CORNELL AGENCY

Writer, Smooth for Summer

Writer, Lady Friends: Intentional Friendship


PATSY CULP CELEBRATION COACH EVENT S TYLIS T & STRATEGIS T KRISTIN COSTA

PATSY CULP & CELEBRATE

Inexpensive Family Summer Fun

PATSY@ANDCELEBRATE.COM

FOR WOME N ENTREPRENE URS

@ANDCELEBRATE

@ANDCELEBRATE

Set Stylist, Bohemian Chic Dinner Party & Summer in the City

WWW.ANDCELEBRATE.COM

DYLAN GALLAGHER

DIANE MEDEIROS

DYLAN CROSSLEY PHOTO

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIA

Photographer, Classic Mojitos & Business Spotlight: Geek Spirits

Photographer, How to Effortlessly Host a Backyard BBQ

BRIANNA MOON

KAITLYN ROBERTS

AMERICANA DARLINGS

EASY ENTERTAINING INC

Jewelry Sponsor, Bohemain Chic Dinner Party

Writer, How to Effortlessly Host a Backyard BBQ

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OLIVIA RODRIGUES

SHOPPE PIONEER

OLIVIA RODRIGUES, WARDROBE STYLIST & PERSONAL SHOPPER

Wardrobe Sponsor, Summer in the City Wardrobe Stylist, Bohemian Chic Dinner Party & Summer in the City

AMY STAMP

BRITTANNY TAYLOR

CRAFTIVATE

BRITTANNY TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Writer, DIT Dreamcatcher

Photographer, Bohemian Chic Dinner Party & Summer in the City

GABRIELLA VALLADARES

VELVET REVOLUTION

BY GABRIELLA

Wardrobe Sponsor, Bohemian Chic Dinner Party

Writer & Photographer, The Barter Cocktail


BRITTANNY TAYLOR PVD | NYC | BOS

FASHION & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY BLOGGER & SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTING WWW.BRITTANNYTAYLOR.COM BRITTANNY@BRITTANNYTAYLOR.COM @BRITTANNY

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DIT (DO-IT-TOGETHER)

Dreamcatcher

TUTORIAL BY AMY STAMP PHOTOGRAPHY BY BROOKE CADETT


I’M GOING TO INTRODUCE YOU TO A SIMPLE YET OVERLOOKED CONCEPT IN TODAY’S WORLD OF DO-IT-YOURSELF FAME, SOCIAL MEDIA MAVENS, AND INDIVIDUALIST BRANDING–

DIT (DO-IT-TOGETHER) I love that more people are steppingout of their comfort zones and attempting to DIY. However, as we all learn, not every DIY attempt results in a finished product. Wouldn’t it be helpful to be able to seek guidance on your DIY adventure? Maybe a friend to laugh along with you during glue gun malfunctions? What’s really exciting to me is the prospect of crafting together. I launched Craftivate in the spring of 2015 to provide fellow DIY-ers with memorable and stress-free, social crafting experiences. My DIT philosophy is the very foundation for Craftivate. The idea is that collaborating and working together fosters a more creative and nurturing environment for the maker. Craftivate provides opportunities to get together, make beautiful things, build friendships, and promote community. One of the reasons that I love The Lady Project is that it consists of women who work together to lift each other up. It fosters growth and community through mutual

support and understanding. The Lady Project is not a community driven by competition, but one fueled by collaboration and encouragement.

tribe. Presenting crafts in new, innovative, and social ways will help people step out of their comfort zone and grow creatively while creating and feeding the soul. I invite you to join my Craftivate tribe Today’s independent woman is with this whimsical how to: seemingly valued and respected for her accomplishments as HOW TO MAKE A a “one-woman show”. “One-der CRAFTY DREAM Woman”- the woman who can do it CATCHER all by herself with no help, no rest, no cookies, no wine, no support We each hold in our hands the network, no relationship troubles, power to create more than we and no cares in the world. But I can imagine. Embrace that wonder if this inevitably makes power & start dreaming big ! “One-der Woman” feel less than? To me, the idea of the individual SUPPLIES: being able to DIY life alone is nonYour Tribe sense. I believe “one-der woman” 12” metal embroidery hoop is a myth and that the propagation Doily of this myth is unhealthy. To realThin embroidery string or yarn ly “do” life, you need community. Scraps of fabric / lace / quilting You need a support system, guidFeathers ance, encouragement and a place Beads to fall. We need people. We need a Ribbon tribe. Scissors My goal is to “do” life and help build a community for crafters, makers, and artists to learn new things, share skills, and find their

Hot glue gun Hot glue sticks

CONTINUE FOR INSTRUCTIONS >>


1. Get together with your tribe for some quality DIT time. 2. Choose fabric to wrap your embroidery hoop and secure end to hoop with a dab of hot glue. 3. Wrap fabric around hoop adding new pieces when needed and securing with dabs of hot glue.

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4. Attach thin embroidery string or yarn to edge of covered hoop with a small knot. 5. Gradually weave string around hoop in a repetitive pattern until only enough room for the doily is left. 6. Thread string through hole on the edge of the doily and then continue pattern. Alternate between doily and original weaving pattern until the entire doily perimeter is secured to the web. 7. Choose fabric pieces, ribbon, feathers, etc. to use as the streamers for your dream catcher. Fold pieces in half and loop the bottom through the hoop and top fold of each piece, forming a simple knot to secure each piece to the hoop.

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8. Place additional embellishments on the streamers, such as beads and feathers, to add detail. 9. Tie a small piece of string to the top of your hoop for hanging.

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10. Hang your gorgeous dream catcher, give yourself a pat on the back, pour yourself a glass of wine, relax and bask in the glorious accomplishment of making your very own dream catcher.


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“GO BOLDLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS.” -HENRY DAVID THOREAU BUT NOT WITHOUT YOUR TRIBE IN TOW! HERE’S TO LIVING A SASSY, CRAFTY, HAPPY LIFE!

– AMY


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The Barter The Barter: A quirky summer cocktail

with just the right amount of spunk and flavor. Mix up this cocktail during your next summer soirÊe, it’s sure to impress (not that you need to). Make your own with the recipe below!

FOR THE DRINK:

2 oz. Gin 1 oz. St-Germain Club soda 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 small beet Apricot, beet, and thyme for garnish MAKE YOUR BEET SYRUP:

Combine sugar and water over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add beet and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove beets and set aside. MIX YOUR DRINK:

Add gin, beet syrup, and St-Germain to a glass and stir. Fill glass with ice cubes. Top off with club soda. Garnish with sliced apricot, cubed beet,and fresh thyme.


Smooth for the Summer YOUR WAXING GUIDE MARIANNA CLARK


Summer is the perfect time for stepping out, enjoying the

weather, and enjoying all those pieces of your wardrobe that winter forgot. A breezy summer dress can bring a world of confidence but with more skin out it’s time to think about smooth! There’s nothing worse than having to shave every other day or stepping out and a breeze of cold air causing those little hairs to stand up. Here’s where your secret to smooth comes in - waxing! WHY WAXING? Waxing lasts longer than shaving and you avoid razor burn. You can get about 2 weeks of hair free living after a wax! With consistency of waxing your hair can start to grow back in slower and finer. Spending less time getting ready and more time enjoying your summer? That’s a total win!

client. When it comes to the more sensitive areas, like the bikini, comfort is key!

PREPPING FOR YOUR WAX A couple of days before going in for your wax you should exfoliate. This will yield better and smoother results! There are different options for how to exfoliate in order to suit different lifestyles. A PICKING A STUDIO body scrub is usually everyone’s It is important to find somewhere first choice. A quick and easy way that specializes in the craft of to exfoliate is with a bath pouf or waxing. When you’re new to wax- glove. Getting in a routine of exfoing, or have more sensitive skin, liating 2-3 times a week will help finding your right fit in a salon is keep that smooth look and healthy especially important! At Waxing glow that we all want, especially The City the waxes are special- in summer! Before getting waxed ly formulated to ensure comfort you want to make sure that your and a positive experience for the hair is long enough. Hair should

be about the length of a grain of rice, which is typically 2 growth post shaving. WAXING AFTERCARE So now you’re waxed, smooth, and ready to show off - let’s talk after care! Of course, you probably can’t wait to bask in that sun, but protecting your skin is important! Since waxing is a form of exfoliation, you’ll want to stay out of the sun for a day and make sure you’re always wearing sunscreen when you are in the sun. A few days after your wax you’ll want to exfoliate with your scrub or bath pouf. A key to a smooth summer is moisturizing. Keeping skin replenished with moisture will help you look a feel healthier.

TIME FOR YOUR SMOOTHEST SUMMER YET!


RIGHT ABOUT NOW YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING AN INCREASED SENSE OF ADVENTURE ONSET BY SUNSHINE...

Hello, Summertime!

For many, summer is synonymous with vacation; and the last thing you want getting in the way of your wanderlust is a bursting-at-the-seams suitcase. Have you ever stressed out at the skycap trying to redistribute the weight of 12 pairs of wedge sandals before boarding a flight? Or had to ice your shoulder after a long day of too many tote bags? Whether you are embarking on a trip to the beach, or an international escapade, here are some tips to help you revamp your packing style.

MAKE A “MUST-HAVE” LIST. Determine which items you can’t live without - including things you use on a daily basis, and items that would be difficult to replace while away from home. What are some standard “must-haves”? Your cell phone, charger, important travel docs, cash, prescription medications, and a toothbrush. WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA? You’ve probably checked the weather forecast for your destination, but what about the event calendar? A quick visit to your location’s tourism website can spark ideas of what’s happening during your stay. If “just-in-case” is your name and overpacking is your game - this step is crucial in determining whether a cocktail dress or sturdy pair of walking shoes is a better use of space. KNOW WHEN TO DOUBLE UP. Once you’ve nailed down an itinerary, you can better identify the items you’ll need multiples of. It’s best to have backups for

items you can’t launder during your trip - think workout gear and swimsuits. Lightweight, oversized scarves are a great way to accessorize, or even camouflage an outfit that ends up wrinkled after a long day on a plane, train, or bus. ALWAYS LEAVE ROOM FOR SOUVENIRS! Think of it like the tiny house movement, but for packing. Worrying about what to bring, or what might get lost or left behind will only get in the way of your experiences. Maybe you’ll feel a little bit less prepared, but maybe it will add to the excitement.

Bon Voyage!


KRISTEN COSTA


With kids on summer vacation and so many days to fill, there are many opportunities for inexpensive family activities during the season. Even if you don’t have children, these activities will guarantee loads of laughs and bring out your inner child without hurting your wallet. Whether you’re near the coast or the mountains, exploring your area’s natural resources is one of the cheapest summer activities.

BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN are great for all ages. Get creativeTOWN. Check out your local make “medals” from cardboard, green spaces and state parks. have your own torch lighting at your backyard fire pit, and other In some states, like Rhode Island, festive fun. certain town beaches are free or discounted to town residents, so BERRY PICKING IS ALWAYS A check with local authorities to FAVORITE. Depending on where find out how to get a beach pass. you live, berries bloom in the summer making berry picking a great Most local and state parks are free afternoon adventure. Afterwards, and permit picnics - pack up some head home and make fresh strawgoodies, pile on the sunscreen, berry shortcake or blueberry panand enjoy time outside. cakes with your loved ones. GO OUT + FIND INEXPENSIVE OUTDOOR TOYS. Stop by the dollar store or Target to grab inexpensive outdoor toys like a Frisbee or kite to make it an afternoon family and friends can enjoy. If you want to stay close to home, nothing beats a great water balloon fight on a hot summer day. With a hose and inexpensive water balloons or water guns (another dollar store buy), you can have hours of fun while beating the heat.

CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY FOR RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES. Of course, summer comes with its fair share of rainy days. Check in with your local public library for family programs or check out some new books. After board games or arts and crafts at home, there are low-cost options to get kids of all ages out of the house too. Many national bowling chains offer free bowling for kids during the summer. Quick tip: there often is a charge for shoe rental and an adult to accompaBACKYARD OLYMPICS. The ny children during game. You can Summer Olympics are happen- check out if there is a location ing this summer in Rio, making near you at kidsbowlfree.com. it a great time to host your own backyard Olympics. Race relays, Whatever your summer plans inring toss, or hula hooping com- volve, remember it doesn’t have to petitions are just a few ideas that cost you much to have fun.


Classic Mojito WITH GEEK SPIRITS

RECIPE BY SHERIAL STARR PHOTOGRAPHY BY DYLAN CROSSLEY


Mojitos

are one of my favorite summer cocktails because they are so versatile. Use cucumbers, fresh berries, fresh herbs from your garden or farmer’s market. Mix and match flavors and ingredients for a refreshing cocktail. Some of my favorite combinations are strawberry and basil, blackberry and sage, and cucumber and mint.

- SHERIAL

CLASSIC MOJITO INGREDIENTS: 1.5 oz Geek Spirits Silver Rum or your favorite white rum 1 oz simple syrup (equal amounts of sugar and water, heated until sugar is dissolved & cooled to room temperature) 0.5 oz lime juice Generous portion of fresh fruit Small handful of fresh herb leaves Sparkling water METHOD: Place fruit, herbs and lime juice in a shaker. Muddle the ingredients together with the back of a spoon or muddler. Add in the simple syrup and rum. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top off glass with sparkling water. Garnish with a fruit and/or herb sprigs.

Cheers!


Business Spotlight

WITH SHERIAL STARR OF GEEK SPIRITS BOULDER, CO

GEEKSPIRITSDISTILLERY.COM

TEA OR COFFEE? Coffee before 11am. Tea in the afternoon and evening. FAVORITE CITY? San Francisco, CA STYLE ICON? My style icon is my baby sister Carol Holloway. She can throw together a Target bargain with a Neiman Marcus splurge and make it all look fabulous. I consult with her for everything from what to wear to how to decorate the distillery. BLOOM OF CHOICE? Peonies FAVORITE SEASON? Spring. I love all the flowers in bloom. MOST PRIZED POSSESSION: My family. They encourage, love and believe in me. I would not be where I am today without them. ON WEEKENDS I... am working in the tasting room at the distillery. I do make a special effort to enjoy the mornings and get outside for a quick hike, bike ride to farmer’s market or enjoy my coffee on the patio.

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SPOTLIGHT QUESTIONS WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS SO FAR? Our spirits recently won several medals in the Denver International Spirits competition against hundreds of similar spirits based on type and price point. This is a very prestigious award that has brought national recognition to our brand. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A LADY PROJECT MEMBER? My favorite thing about being a Lady Project member is learning, networking and laughing with other like minded women. The camaraderie and support is wonderful. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN YOUR INDUSTRY? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT/HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DEAL WITH IT? We are very delighted that Geek Spirits has been very well received. As we continue to expand in other regions in the United States, we have been challenged to make sure that we are positioned to meet our explosive growth with the quality and customer service that our company and spirits are known for. IS YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED WITH ANY LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS? I think it is very important to give back to your community. My personal motto– which I have also adopted at Geek Spirits is “Learn. Earn. Return.” Geek Spirits has supported a variety of non-profits from parents struggling with addictions, improving children’s literacy, giving feedback to tech startup companies and awarding prizes for best website design by software students at the local university.


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HOW TO

Effortlessly Host A BACKYARD BBQ

RECIPES BY EASY ENTERTAINING PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIANE MEDEIROS


It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and what better way to rejoice in the freedom of Summer than getting your friends and loved ones together & hosting a quintessential backyard BBQ! While hosting friends can seem intimidating to most, we’re here to calm your nerves and offer you some professional tips to entertain with ease. USE YOUR RESOURCES Entertaining friends, family, and anyone in between doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a variety of dishes for your guests to enjoy. It’s completely acceptable (and recommended) to enlist the help of your favorite neighborhood caterer in the process (hint, hint). When hosting, prepare food you’re comfortable making and order the things that seem to take the most time. There are often options for a cold pickup or delivery when catering which makes it even easier to pretend you pulled the whole soiree off by yourself. PREPARE THINGS AHEAD OF TIME Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you should be running around preparing things while all the fun is happening. We are firm believers in “makeahead” friendly recipes. Preparing things a day or two in advance,

and putting the finishing touches on the day of will lower your stress level and give you the opportunity to actually enjoy the company of your guests. KEEP IT SIMPLE Your friends are coming over to enjoy your company, socialize, kick back, and relax so don’t feel the need to go crazy creating this beautifully elegant tablescape. Remember, we’re BBQ-ing and more importantly, relaxing! One of our favorite ways to display (and serve) food is family style with what we call a “brown paper” runner. This set-up allows guests to serve themselves from larger platters adorned with your mouthwatering spread while relaying what’s on each dish at the same time. The brown paper setup is something you can write on to outline the dishes being served! Not only does this label your food, but it creates a cute set-up as well. UTILIZE WHAT YOU’VE GOT You don’t have to spend a bunch of time and money organizing and purchasing extra details to dressup your table; use what you have on hand. Bunched herbs, sliced or whole fruits and vegetables, and even smaller household plants can make beautiful, natural accents to your display while keeping your budget in tact. CONTINUE FOR RECIPES >>


BASIC BBQ SAUCE INGREDIENTS 2 C. ketchup 1 C. water 1/2 C. apple cider vinegar 5 T. light brown sugar 5 T. sugar 1/2 T. black pepper 1/2 T. onion powder 1/2 T. ground mustard 1 T. lemon juice 1 T. Worcestershire sauce METHOD 1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. 2. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer. 3. Cook uncovered for 1 hour, stirring frequently to avoid burning *THIS RECIPE CAN BE MADE UP TO 1 WEEK IN ADVANCE*


SWEET CORN + FETA SALAD INGREDIENTS 4 ears of fresh Summer corn 1/2 medium sized onion, finely diced 1/2 C. feta cheese 1 C. arugula 1 lemon, zested and juiced 1/4-1/3 C. cold pressed olive oil 1 T. freshly chopped parsley 1 T. freshly chopped green onion salt and pepper to taste METHOD 1. Roast or grill your ears of corn and let cool. 2. Meanwhile, chop your herbs and onions. Combine in a bowl with feta. 3. Once corn has cooled, slice kernels off the cob and add to herb, onion, and feta mixture. 4. Toss with arugula, lemon juice and zest, and olive oil. 5. Season to taste, adding additional lemon juice if necessary. *THIS RECIPE CAN BE MADE UP TO 1 DAY IN ADVANCE*


QUINOA CAPRESE INGREDIENTS 1 C. quinoa, uncooked 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1 pint baby mozzarella balls, halved 1/2 C. basil, finely sliced 1/2 C. cold pressed olive oil salt and pepper to taste balsamic reduction, optional METHOD 1. Combine quinoa with 2 C. water or stock. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, until water is absorbed and quinoa “bursts�. 2. Once quinoa is cooked, cool it. 3. Meanwhile, halve tomatoes and mozzarella, and slice basil. 4. Toss together with the cooled quinoa and olive oil. 5. Season to taste and drizzle with balsamic reduction if desired. *THIS RECIPE CAN BE MADE UP TO 1 DAY IN ADVANCE*


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Lady Friends

INTENTIONAL FRIENDSHIP LAKAY CORNELL


I WAS AT A SUMMER PARTY. I heard the most beautiful laugh across the room. I introduced myself. We talked, eventually exchanging numbers. I waited as long as I could the next day before writing an email– which I crafted 4 or 5 times before sending– suggesting lunch. Was it a mirage, or was the connection really as strong as I remembered? The connection was there! We talked. We laughed. We made plans to do important things. A few days later, we drank wine and shared our biggest dreams. By fall, we were talking on a daily basis, and we had introduced our families. We threw the most amazing holiday party that connected all of our friends. On January 1, we moved in together.

This is not the story of the night I met my soulmate. Except, that it is. It’s the story of how I met Jenny, one of my dearest friends and my first collaboration partner. The nervousness, the excitement, the vulnerability it took to reach out to her is a common thread in many of my strongest relationships. Like more traditional romantic relationships, they have sometimes led to heartache, disappointment, and self-doubt. Thankfully, they have also resulted in true joy, belly laughs, and a shoulder to cry on. In high school and college, we become friends with the girls we are around the most. During those years, most of us are open, vulnerable, and changing constantly. Those relationships were perfect JENNY & LAKAY

and intense and comforting. As adults, we still crave friendship, but our focus is elsewhere. However, we can (and should) still seek out and form amazing friendships. Especially if we are willing to do the work and be intentional about it. These tips will help you find your soulmate this summer. GO IN ALONE. Attend events in your area. Notice the women around you. Who talks about the same things you do? Who is dressed the way you are? Who keeps popping up at similar events? FRIEND-DATE. When a lady catches your eye, or you’ve run into her a number of times, ask for her contact info then follow up. Meet for lunch or cocktails.

WIDEN THE CIRCLE. Invite some of your new friends over for wine or meet at a fun restaurant. The next month, everyone brings someone new. You’ll soon find yourself surrounded by beautiful women you couldn’t have met otherwise. Sometimes the best way to create friendships is to start small and expand outward. If making plans far in the future seems scary, invite a new friend to take a walk later in the week. Friendship doesn’t just happen; friendship is the process of attracting just the right ladies, inviting them into your circle, and opening yourself up to the possibility of a new tribe.


Rhode Island

SUMMER OFF THE BEATEN PATH KRISTEN ZOSA PULEO


Growing up in Rhode Island meant spending

as much time as possible on the beach every summer. When I purchased a home, I moved to South County because I always dreamed of being close to the beach. Rhode Island is wonderful in any season, but summer is where it’s at. Here are some of my favorite places to spend the summer in the greatest little state.

- KRISTEN OUTSIDE ADVENTURES JOHN H. CHAFEE NATURE PRESERVE, SAUNDERSTOWN

This really is a year-round treasure, and one of my favorite places to cool off in the summer. Miles of hiking trails weave throughout the preserve and the straight path from the parking lot leads you to a rocky, shell-filled beach with beautiful views of the Jamestown and Newport Bridges. Leashed dogs are welcome, so bring those fur babies along! BONUS: And bring your binocu-

lars to spot the Harbor Seals that spend their winter offshore from September through April.

FORT WETHERILL STATE PARK, JAMESTOWN

With a history that dates back to the Revolutionary War, nature has taken its course on the fort, and so have some very talented graffiti artists. Short trails weave their way through the site, offering gorgeous views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. BONUS: Relive your favorite scenes from Moonrise Kingdom at Fort Wetherill. The iconic cove located here is one of the many RI locations seen in the movie. Or just bring water shoes, a kayak and/or snorkeling equipment for exploring.

MOHEGAN BLUFFS, BLOCK ISLAND

Get on the Block Island Ferry and go. There are over 100 steps leading down to the beach after a short hike through the woods, but the views all the way down are unbeatable.

HUNGRY YET? CRAZY BURGER, NARRAGANSETT

Aptly named for their delicious burgers, Crazy Burger also serves up a mean breakfast until 4:00 p.m. daily. BONUS: There’s a playground

next door, so if you have young ones in tow on a busy day, order your food to go and dine al fresco. DOUBLE BONUS: The B.Y.O.B.B.A.M policy (Bring Your Own Booze By All Means). SEASONS AT OCEAN HOUSE, WESTERLY

If there is one thing you do to treat yourself this summer, make a reservation to dine at Ocean House. Yes, it’s a Forbes Five-Star restaurant (read: $$$$), but it’s worth it. Add in the gorgeous ocean views and you’ve got yourself a wonderful evening. MR. LEMON, PROVIDENCE

Del’s is delicious, but I must declare my allegiance to Mr. Lemon. I don’t know what magic is employed in the making of a Mr. Lemon frozen lemonade, but it is like no other - smooth, sweet, and refreshing! If you can’t decide on a flavor, go for the Tutti Frutti.


Bohemian Chic DINNER PARTY

WRITTEN BY PATSY CULP PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRITTANNY TAYLOR MAKEUP BY SYDNEY TESSAGLIA WARDROBE STYLING OLIVIA RODRIGUES

MODELS: (Clockwise) Jackelyn Dacanay, Katie Kleyla, Bethany Everett, Pearl Farquharson, Brianna Moon and Cait Roberts


HOW TO THROW A SUNSHINE-Y PARTY, EVEN WHEN THE SUN’S NOT SHINING Ahh, don’t you love the sweet smell of summertime? In New England, we look forward to those long summer days and warm summer nights. The season brings with it, an invitation to spend ample time outdoors, enjoy fresh food from the garden, and relish in summertime celebrations with friends. Even when the weather doesn’t work in our favor, it’s important to remember that we have the power to make our own sunshine. Here are some tips to keep the party going no matter what the weather: CHOOSE A THEME, LIKE BOHEMIAN CHIC! Declaring a party theme is a surefire way to add more cheer to any gathering. And, it gives your guests permission to get creative with fashion. It’s not often that many of us indulge in extra special accessories like large brimmed hats, suede vests, and fringe skirts, as pictured above. Choose a theme that strikes your fancy and encourage your guests to “go all out” to win a prize for “best dressed.” USE BRIGHT COLORS IN THE DÉCOR Bring the sunshine in. Choose a bright colored table runner and fabric napkins to create an instant burst of happy, especially when skies are gray and the weather keeps you in from celebrating outside. Consider using colorful tableware, if you have some on hand, and for additional color on the table, place a bowl of granny smith apples, or fresh citrus. Bright yellows, oranges, and greens scream “summer, summer, summertime.”

DINE WITH WINE Invite your guests to bring one of their favorite summertime dishes to share with the crowd. Before you dig in, ask each guest to describe their contribution and why they love it so much. Does it trigger a memory from summers gone by? Perhaps it reminds them of a loved one who has passed. This will help people feel more connected to each other and get them excited about trying the variety of food at the table. And, don’t forget the wine! Any dining experience can be elevated with a glass (or two) of the sweet stuff. CELEBRATE FELLOWSHIP Beat the rainy day blues by asking your guests to share their favorite “caught in the rain” moments. This is sure to keep the conversation going. Sharing a meal and stories with a common theme brings people together and deepens connections – something we all need and desire. Before you know it, people will be laughing and reminiscing about an otherwise gray day.

We would also like to give special thanks to LP Members; Jenny Faw for opening her beautiful home, and Easy Entertaining for keeping the photoshoot team well nourished.


BRIANNA: White Tie Front V-Neck with Ruffled Bottom Shirt, Queen of Hearts & Modern Love $80; Black High Waisted Cuffed Shorts, Queen of Hearts $52; Real Leather Braided Choker (also available in Vegan Leatherette), Designer by Brianna Moon $45. PEARL: Red V-Neck Floral Romper, Calico $70; Real Leather Tubed Arrowhead Necklace (also available in Vegan Leatherette), Designer Brianna Moon $50; Shoes, model's own; Earrings, stylist's own. BETHANY: Off the Shoulder Acid Wash Dress with Bell Sleeves, Calico $50; Turquoise & Silver Necklace with Arrow Charms; Seedbead Squash Bloosom Necklace, Designer Brianna Moon $15; Shoes, model's own.


JACKELYN: Brown & Navy Printed Strapless Dress, Shoppe Pioneer $68; Brown Suede Hat, Calico $30; Silver Cuff Bracelet, Shoppe Pioneer $34; Shoes, model's own.


KATIE: Turquoise Suede Kimono with Fringe and Cutouts, Feminine Fancies $175; Blue Multi Colored Maxi Dress, Feminine Fancies $100; Gold Drop Earrings with Beads, Shoes, model's own. CAIT: Asymmetrical Arrow Heart Tank, Calico $25; Black High Waist Pants, Queen of Hearts, $56; Black Suede Hat, Calico $30; Foral 3/4 Sleeve Kimono with Fringe, Queen of Hearts & Modern Love $68; Silver Earrings, Shoppe Pioneer $28; Semiprecious Real Leather Fringe (also available in Vegan Leatherette), Designer Brianna Moon $60; Shoes, model's own.


MODELS: (Left to right) Hadley Clark, Athena Desai, Brandie Leach, Lauren Silveira


PHOTOGRAPHY, BRITTANNY TAYLOR WARDROBE STYLING, OLIVIA RODRIGUEZ SET STYLING, PATSY CULP


HADLEY (FRONT LEFT CHAIR): Wrap Denim Dress, $58, Velvet Revolution; Stone Art Deco Necklace, $28; Sandals, stylist’s own. LAUREN (FRONT RIGHT CHAIR): Floral Blouse, $48, Velvet Revolution; Level 99 Blue Linen Pants, $108, Shoppe Pioneer; Boho Bead Stone Necklace, $38, Velvet Revolution; Stacked Beaded Bracelets, $48, Shoppe Pioneer; model’ shoes.


ATHENA (FRONT LEFT CHAIR): Floral Dress, Stacked Bead Bracelets, $48, Shoppe Pioneer; Necklace, stylist’s own; model’s own shoes. BRANDIE (FRONT RIGHT CHAIR): Cold Shoulder Poncho Top, $58, Velvet Revolution; Earrings, $44, Shoppe Pioneer; Stacked Silver Bracelets, $35, Velvet Revolution; model’s own jeans & shoes.


BRANDIE: Black Perennial Wrap Print Dress, $108, Shoppe Pioneer; Vintage Chain Choker w/ Quartz Crystal, $58, Velvet Revolution; model’s own shoes. LAUREN: Hi-Low Boho Dress, $88, Velvet Revolution; Long Green Crystal Bead Necklace, $18, Velvet Revolution; Stacked Beaded Necklace, $, Shoppe Pioneer; model’s own shoes.


ATHENA: Strapless Black & White Dress, $55, Velvet Revolution; Silver Statement Necklace, $58, Shoppe Pioneer; Ring, $25, Velvet Revolution; model’s own shoes. HADLEY: White Floral Dress, $55, Velvet Revolution; Handmade Crystal Long Necklace, $48, Velvet Revolution; Ring, $28, Velvet Revolution; earrings & metallic sandals, stylist’s own.


GIFT GUIDE


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1. KARMACEUTICLES AHA BHA EXFOLIATNG CLEANSER FROM 1AM BEAUTY $20 / 2. FLASHPOINT BURN CREAM FROM INFINITY APOTHECARY $9 / 3. OH SHIT! KIT FROM INFINITY APOTHECARY $26 / 4. JADE PILLOW RELAXATION SPRAY FROM INFINITY APOTHECARY $12 / 5. DIRTY LITTLE SECRET DETOXIFYING MASK FROM INFINITY APOTHECARY $16 / 6. POSY SUGAR & SALT SCRUB FROM CURIOUS NATURE APOTHECARY $28 / 7. WAXING THE CITY GIFT CARD FROM WAXING THE CITY NORTH STATION $20 / 8. 90 MINUTE MASSAGE GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM SILLIMAN MASSAGE & BODYWORK $105 /


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1. "HARPER" STRETCH BRACELET BY THE ART OF FATE $78 / 2. BRONZE & STERLING SAGE LEAF EARRINGS BY DAVINE JEWELRY $77 / 3. COLOMBIAN BEADED BRACELET FROM LOLLY BE HEALING/PACHAMAMAS DAUGHTERS $30 / 4. TULIP SPARKLE SURLY NECKLACE WITH SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS & RHINESTONE CHAIN BY SURLY $48 / 5. ISEULT QUARTZ CRYSTAL CROWN BY LEMBAS $138 / 6. DERYN PENDANT NECKLACE BY LEMBAS $68 / 7. BOW NECKLACE BY A DIFFERENT KIND OF FINE $60 / 8. LIVE AND LOVE LEATHER WRAP BRACELET FROM BBA BRACELETS $30


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1. VIRTUAL ROOM DESIGN BY FOUND PROVIDENCE $79 / 2. MY FAB FASHION STYLE FILE BY THE CREATIVE COOKIE $110 / 2. SIGNED COPY OF EIGHTYSIXED BY EMILYBELDEN.COM $10 / 4. INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTATION - 90 MINUTE SESSION BY BRICK + BEAM STUDIO $125 / 5. TRAVEL, FASHION & HOME STYLIST BY A BIT LOVELY $125 / 6. WOMEN'S RETREAT (REDISCOVERING YOUR INNER & OUTER BEAUTY) BY HALF FULL $475 / 7. GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR ZENCARE THERAPY SESSION BY ZENCARE $100 / 8. ICY CREAMY HEALTHY SWEET BY CHRISTINECHITNIS.COM $22 /


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1. HEY HONEY {FRESH CREAM, HONEY, NEROLI} 10 OZ SOY CANDLE BY RAYNE HOME DECOR $22 / 2. COLORING THE UNIVERSE: THE INSIDERS LOOK AT MAKING SPECTACULAR IMAGES OF SPACE BY KIMBERLY ARCAND $44 / 3. BLOOMING TEA PRINT BY DESIGN BY KERI $25 / 4. WATERMELON ECO FLOWY TANK FROM CINDER AND SALT $36 / 5. FLORAL SCARF BY CABI $49 / 6. SWADDLE SET BY MOMMA LOVE $35 / 7. GOODNIGHT AZATHOTH BY CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ ILLUSTRATION $20 / 8. NAUTI-GIRL WOMEN'S TSHIRT BY SIMPLY CHICKIE $50 / 9. ART PRINT BY GIRAFFES AND ROBOTS $30 / 10. SUGAR MAMMA CARAMELS $8 /



Lady Project Summer Gift Guide 2016