Gem of the Week

India Hicks!

Check out my favorite ambassador at India Hicks…Ellen McCue! Take a look at some of my favorite items or click here to window shop for yourself!

The Spiderlily Parfum stops people in their tracks!
The Carmen Clutch is the CLUTCH of all clutches. With removable tassels that come in many colors, this bag will complete practically any outfit! The leather is beyond soft too!
Black Hibiscus Candle is the perfect hostess gift

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Millie Rae’s

Home and Fashion GO TO!

Take a look at some of their great pieces for the home!

Millie Rae’s is located in Westport, Connecticut and owned by Cheryl Sugel

What is it??

For the home… a neutral palette with accents in sea colors, sometimes with glimmer and sheen.  Millie Rae’s can both furnish your home and accessorize it.

For the girl… Explore our sumptuously stocked and always updated “jewelry bar” featuring modern to vintage jewelry, from casual to urban rocker, from delicate layers to bold statements.  Browse our growing fashion collection of easy, fun and fashionable clothing that take her from errands to a night out on the town.

For the garden… iconic stone accessories that are both decorative and functional to complement any outdoor space, from the most grand to the most intimate.  Our store entrance features matching urns planted in the style of my own garden, and I always have great vessels in all sizes for your container plants.

*Excerpt from Millie Rae’s website

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MilkCraft brings Fairfield, CT farm to cone ice cream!

Opening day was May 9th, and my favorite go-to website for all the best eats around, CT Bites, already went in and tried it out…

Watch CT Bites video of MILKCRAFT turn cream into ice cream with the help of a little liquid nitrogen!

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Snappy Gator


What is it?  Snappy Gator is your go-to shop offering an exciting collection of clothing, accessories, and gifts.

Looking for a little sparkle? Snappy Gator has what you’re looking for in 14-carat gold, sterling, and enamel jewelry as well.

Owner Ann Rerat has doubled the fashion fun with two shops in Fairfield and Wilton, Connecticut—both with SG’s signature wainscoting, bleached white antique pine floors, light airy space, aqua walls, and Vespa in the window!

Not from Connecticut but like what you see? Be sure to check the trunk show page often to find out where Ann will be bringing her pop up shops country-wide, or drop her a line and she’ll ship an outfit straight to your door. At Snappy Gator, finding the perfect outfit is a snap!

Check out THEIR blog for fashion and merchandise updates!

Mention The Lifestyle Lender at checkout and get a special gift!

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Fairfield LashBrow Center


What is it?  Lashes and more lashes! Lash extensions are perfect for an event or going on a vacation. Bye, bye mascara!

Specialties include eyelash extensions and brow beautification services. Gisele Tyler, owner/founder of Fairfield LashBrow Center, has spent years honing her craft, developing her own unique method of applying eyelash extensions. Her technique is seamless and precise to achieve individually tailored lash designs.

Pro Tip: I highly recommend Gisele, she is extremely experienced with lash application and great at what she does.

Tell them the Lifestyle lender sent you!

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What is it? groove is a one-stop shop for boys, girls, teens, babies and young-at-heart adults, offering the latest selection of on-trend clothes and accessories from popular brands, with new must-haves arriving daily.

groove also offers a wide range of gifts, including fun games, toys, pillows and treats for every kid, big or small, on everyone’s holiday and birthday list. groove also offers in-store style appointments, custom camp gear and birthday goodie bags.

I know that I will find exactly what I need at groove…great gifts, incredible service and they gift wrap!

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What is it? A new, amazing “Vietnamese done easy” restaurant located in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport.

Matt Storch and his partners from the fabulous Match (Jason Wonjnarowski & Susan McConnell), which is nestled into Washington Street in Sono, have teamed up again to bring a fresh and easy, new aged spin on a traditional meal. 

Check out CT Bites article on Nom-eez here.

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Check out some of their brands!

This New Canaan Store carries the Best of the Best in athletic and lounge wear… Pieces to wear to Joyride, or for a day of shopping or even to a fabulous meal!

THE STORY BEHIND JADE ACTIVE: A stay-at-home mom, Maxine Berg, had a vision for a viable, happy business. Before children, she was a litigation and real estate attorney, however, she had an idea that she thought could make work and that fit her life with a family of three children. When Maxine researched and surveyed, she concluded that there was a niche in the the world of retail for her concept: provide one stop shopping for busy fashionable women who lead active lifestyles. Maxine found that more and more women wanted high quality fitness wear and versatile lifestyle pieces to take them from the gym to their meeting, to lunch, to school pickup and beyond. And Jade was born!

Jade carries the latest performance fabrics, styles, and fits for all of your exercise needs from yoga to spin to tennis to running. Working out is about feeling good inside and out and we all know that when you look good, you feel good. All of their  lines are chosen to help you feel your best while you’re doing what you love to do. What sets Jade apart from other fitness boutiques is, in addition to our top of the line fitness wear, they carry an expansive collection of  jackets, cardigans, wraps, sumptuous long sleeve tees, cashmere wraps and even dresses. Jade has everything you need to take you from your morning workout and carry you in style into your busy day. The customer service is unbeatable and gift certificates and special orders are available.

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Pearl Restaurant & Bar


What is it? Just a delicious new restaurant right on the sound in Westport, CT! Stunning atmosphere, sleek and clean interior details and wonderful wait staff. All around a lovely place to brunch or dine!

The menu features tapas style apps, a wide variety of cold bar items, individual pizzas, pasta, seafood and steak dishes! Not to mention their dessert menu is something to definitely write home about… There’s dessert waffles and gelato!

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Bungalow Clothing


What is it? Personal styling made easy! Fill out a style profile and a stylist will fill your online wardrobe for you. They send you everything you want to try on, you keep what you like, send back the rest!

The perfect try before you buy scenario for the busy working woman or the just as busy bad ass mother! Ships right to your house!

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