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Summertime and the SHOPPING is easy!

My husband and I try to get back to the states at least once a year for about a month to see friends and family.  We house swap with this lovely couple that have family on our island and they're from our hometown (Kansas City) so it works out well for both of us.  While I'm back, one of my imperat ...
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Island Girl beauty

I love this picture of my beautiful friend, Diana.  She looks so elegant and cool in her Island Contessa wear https://www.islandcontessa.com/.  But if you look closely, what you'll also see is her bare feet (the only way to go on the beach) and her minimal makeup.  You see, we island ladies, keep ...
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The scents of the islands

There are MANY wonderful things about living on an island but I confess one of my favorites is the lush smell of island flowers.  My mother's favorite flower was the gardenia and how surprised (and pleased) was I to find out it was a common flower here in the tropics.  The new candles we've added ...
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Normally, I use this blog to talk to you about the latest additions to the Island Contessa line or new places you can shop for our brand; but today I want to do something a bit different (although I certainly won't be mad if you buy something  here! :)).  Today I want to give a shout out to all wo ...
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Art and Creating and the Perfect Tunic

This white tunic (the Gwyneth) has consistently been one of my most popular items.  We've tweaked here and there but for the most part, it has had the same general feel.  When I create a piece, I am often inspired, as most designers are, by what is around them; by other creations; by other artists ...
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Spring has sprung!

For most of you, Spring is just springing.  For those of us who are lucky enough to be able to lay on a beach and have this view; well Spring is just the continuation of our beautiful views!  As you begin to come out of hibernation and start thinking about Spring and Summer clothes, I wanted to sh ...
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Fashion February and a Good Cause

Last year, my friend, Joyia and I started something a conversation in a yoga class about wanting to do something new on St. Croix.  With her jewelry and my clothing designs; we invited clients, volunteers and staff of the Women's Coalition to participate in our first ever fashion show.  It was the ...
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Valentine’s Day and the Color Red

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and like many of you I will be spending it with the one I love and I will be appropriately attired in this lovely frock.  The Rosaleen is truly one of my favorites in this collection and in this deep coral it is flattering to so many women, no matter the skin tone or siz ...
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Fantasy fashion and helping you choose!

One of the things I promised my friends and customers when we started the online version of Island Contessa was that, it wouldn't just be a selling website, but it would be like shopping in your girlfriend's closet. You know, pulling out tops and skirts and jewelry and shoes; matching this with that ...
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Sea glass.  It's not something everyone knows about.  In fact, I have educated many a visitor to our little island about what it is and why it is so precious.  Sea glass is a product of man's waste turned beautiful by the sea.  Heineken bottles, Budweiser, Red Stripe, wine bottles, so many, unf ...
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