Valentine gifts to capture her heart (or his) at home or away

Whether you stay home or travel somewhere this Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to celebrate in style. Shopping for a gift? Drench your Valentine in luxury with these sophisticated suggestions. To shop these products and for more of my style picks, visit LoveMichelleStyle.com and follow me on Instagram @michellecappelligordon.

Creative Clay Executive Director Kim Dohrman (left) with Hal & Willi.

Mask Appeal: Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky cover up in style

Now that face coverings have become so central to our health, we might as well wear them in style. In that regard there are few couples with a stronger mask game than Hal Freedman and Willi Rudowsky. A stylish pair no matter what the occasion, they’re longtime supporters of the local arts scene, particularly theater […]

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Living Colours: A sampling of the best in Black design

In this showcase of Black-owned brands and designers from around the world, two of the brightest lights are locally based. The tailored yet feminine ensemble in white is by Audrey Pat McGhee (click here to visit her website) and the alluring earth-toned dress is by Elizabeth Carson Racker (click here to visit her website), both […]

B is for Beauty: Caring for heads and hands with a whole lotta heart

This year’s A to Z Issue celebrates people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition will be out in mid-July, but we’re teasing the content throughout the next several weeks, one letter at a time.  Carrollwood’s Salon Inga […]

The author with her new nails.

Braving the Nail Salon: One step toward normalcy

For any woman who is used to getting her nails done bi-weekly or once a month, having the nail salons shut down due to COVID-19 was devastating.  Granted, not being able to get my hair cut and colored after months was hard, too, but I’ve had my gel nails for 30 years. When all my […]

A box of treats from Sugarwish.com.

Shiny Packages: These gift boxes and package deals will brighten up your holidays

We’ve told you about the beauties of Bern’s Black Box, the treasure chest full of fine wines and whiskeys you can purchase from Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits. If you like that, how about boxes full of candy and popcorn, specially delivered? Or a variation on the box o’ wine, this one with a racy […]

A "grand" display of purses at Àpropos.

Saying Goodbye to Àpropos, a Tampa fashion landmark

In the July/August issue of duPont REGISTRY Tampa Bay, we showcased the “A to Z Ultimate Luxury Lifestyle List,” and under “S for Style” we included (on my recommendation) Àpropos Women’s Clothing Boutique in Tampa. Àpropos has been one of my favorite stores for over 20 years, so I was heartbroken to receive a postcard […]

W is for Watches: The best of times

A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List is duPont Registry Tampa Bay‘s annual compendium of the best our region has to offer. Each year we choose a different set of categories and then select businesses that are top-of-the-line in each category. This year: Art to Zinfandel (and everything luxurious in between). A fine timepiece is at once a […]

S is for Style: The best boutiques on both sides of the bay

A to Z: The Ultimate Luxury Lifestyles List is duPont Registry Tampa Bay‘s annual compendium of the best our region has to offer. Each year we choose a different set of categories and then select businesses that are top-of-the-line in each category. This year: Art to Zinfandel (and everything luxurious in between). For women’s fashions, the 600 Block of […]

Photo courtesy The Optic Shop.

A to Z List 2019: E is for Eyes

The eyes have it! Well, actually the expression is “The ayes have it!” but these three eyewear emporia do indeed have it. Shopping for eyeglasses at The Optic Shop is an eye-opener; in both South Tampa and Downtown St. Pete, the selection is wide and the proprietors are unfailingly helpful, perceptive and patient (even if […]