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Verdigris Debuts Spring Fashions


February 24, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Thursday evening, Charlottesville Wine & Country joined a packed house at Old Metropolitan Hall in Downtown Charlottesville to see the latest spring trends at Verdigris Clothier’s celebration of fashion, women and the boutique’s grand re-opening.

Owner, Mazi Ochayon, (seen below at right with Elizabeth Irvin, Executive Director of the Women’s Initiative at left) hosted a fabulous fashion show featuring their chic Joseph Ribkoff and Stone Rose lines while guests enjoyed sparkling wine and music. Joseph Ribkoff’s spring collection featured beautiful bright floral patterns and black statement dresses and tops, while Stone Rose showcased dapper pastel and patterned shirts. The event benefited the Women’s Initiative, a local nonprofit that works to empower women by providing them with effective counseling, social support and education.

Following the fashion show, guests were invited to visit the stunningly refurbished Verdigris boutique next door, browse spring lines and enjoy hors d’oeuvres from local Brasserie Saison, C & O Restaurant and Hamilton’s at First Main. Guests mingled while discussing their favorite trends from the evening and trying on new looks for the season.

The event showcased the spirit of Charlottesville, bringing together professionals and community members in support of a local business and a wonderful cause. You can visit Verdigris at their elegant Downtown boutique or online to find spring pieces and be sure to check our CHO•ho Style section this spring for more of the latest fashion trends and must-haves.

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Local Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas


February 9, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Here are a few local ideas we love. Purchase them for your loved one or use them as hints to help your significant other find the perfect present.

Artisanal Jewelry: Unique, hand-crafted pieces, like this stunning red diamond ring from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry, are sure to be timeless and treasured gifts.

A Valentine’s Day Look: For the woman who likes to dress up, this is an excellent gift idea before an evening on the town—surprise her with a new chic dress, like this beautiful one from Verdigris.

Personalized Floral Arrangements: While this may seem like a classic gift idea, talented floral designers, like those at Tourterelle Floral Design, can help you pick and/or design a spectacular arrangement that is sure to take your love’s breath away.

A Spa Day: Guarantee your loved one the time to relax with this thoughtful gift idea. Consider one of our stunning local oases, like The Mill House Spa by Neroli at The Inn at Willow Grove or the Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center.

Artisanal Chocolates: Gone are the days of guessing which chocolates in your heart-shaped box will taste good when you order artisan, hand-crafted chocolates, like these from Charlottesville’s Kilwins.

Be sure to also check out our CHO•ho Style section in the most recent issue for more gift ideas!

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

 

CHO•ho Style: Last-Minute Gift Guide


December 20, 2017 | Ivy Publications

With all of the amazing stores in Charlottesville, it is easy to find something for everyone on your list this season. Here are some of our favorite CHO•ho Style items for the home, for her or for him to help make your search a little easier! You may even find something for yourself.


For the Home:

  1. Six-in-One Spirit Chest in Antiqued Wood with Brass Hardware from The Shop at Monticello | $165
  2. Antique English Mahogany Muffin Stand from Melrose Antiques | $595
  3. Artisan-Made Wine Bottle Opener by Grandpa Gene from Horton Vineyards | $52
  4. Hand Crafted 9″ Saute from Blanc Creatives | $210
  5. Curry and Company La Malaquita Chandelier from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery | $4,994
  6. Artisanal 7″ Stainless Santoku with Cholla Cactus in Resin from Monolith Studio | $500 & 8″ Damascus Chef’s Knife with Koa Handle from Monolith Studio | $700
  7. Découpage Garden Lacquer Tray in Black from Caspari | $120
  8. Jefferson’s Monticello Obelisk Clock from The Shop at Monticello | $1,791


For Her:

  1. John Hardy Legends Naga Three Row Bracelet in Pearl and White Moonstone from Finks Jewelers | $1,695
  2. Leather Rachel Tote with Pouch by Fossil from Short Pump Town Center | $198
  3. Handcrafted Whiskey Soy Candle from Lux Aromatics | $34 & Handcrafted Beer-Infused Soap from Lux Aromatics | $12
  4. “The Vineyard” Hat with “The Traveler” Scarf from the Wine & Country Collection | $65
  5. Harriet & Vee by Thierry Drapanis Necklace from Pour La Maison | $218
  6. Three-Quarter-Length Princess Jacket by Joseph Ribkoff from Verdigris Clothier | $358


For Him:

  1. Stone Rose Crew Neck Sweater from Verdigris Clothier | $199
  2. Dubarry Kerry Men’s Leather Ankle Boots from Country Club Prep Charlottesville | $399
  3. Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch of Quartz in Stainless Steel Case with Silver Dial and Leather Strap from Schwarzschild, Keller & George Jeweler | $795
  4. Locally-Made Navy Blue & White Wide Grosgrain Braces with Leather Tabs from Barron’s Hunter | $100
  5. Artisanal Large Hoof Pick Belt from Wiley Brothers | $185

Be sure to check out our CHO•ho Style section in each book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more of our favorite local finds!


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Dazzle Friends & Family This Holiday Season


December 15, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Whether you are shopping for someone on your holiday list or are looking for the perfect look for upcoming holiday parties and events, the right jewelry is a must. We collaborated with Schwarzschild Keller & George to share some stunning pieces we are loving this season:

LAGOS Bracelets & Rings: We love the intricate detail in each masterpiece from the LAGOS “Caviar” collections. These pieces are sure to stand out from your attire.

Hearts on Fire Diamond Rings and Bracelets: These dazzling diamond pieces (below: top left and bottom) look amazing when stacked with other bracelets and rings, and can add the perfect touch of glamour to any look.

Roberto Coin and Marco Bicego White Gold Bracelets: The chic Roberto Coin bangle bracelet with 0.50 carats of diamonds and the Marco Bicego “Masai” hand-engraved bracelet with 0.21 carats of diamonds (below: top right) help create a classic and effortless holiday ensemble.

Marco Bicego Yellow Gold Necklace: The perfect finishing touch to your casual outfit, the Marco Bicego 18K yellow-gold hand-engraved “Jaipur Resort” necklace has rose cut cushion mother of pearl.

For more jewelry, or to find these pieces, visit Schwarzschild Keller & George. Be sure to also check out the CHO•ho style section of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more fashion.

Photos courtesy of Schwarzschild Keller & George

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Give the Gift of Montpelier


December 7, 2017 | Ivy Publications

When the holiday season begins, we are always looking for great local gifts for all the loved ones on our shopping list. Historical sites and homes like James Madison’s Montpelier are great places to look for items that showcase and exemplify our rich and unique area. Here are some of our favorites from the Montpelier Shop.

For the Kitchen

  • Assorted Mugs from Montpelier: $6.99–$12.99
  • Half-pound of Montpelier Coffee, Roasted and Blended by Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters: $8.99

  • Virginia-made Jams, Jellies, Preserves and Marmalade: $5.99–$8.99
  • “Taste of Country Cooking” by Edna Lewis from Orange County, Virginia: $24.99 for Hardcover Edition

  • Hand-blown Glass Items from Blenko Glass Company: $45–$105

For the Closet

  • Limited-edition Silk Scarves by Nina J. Design Studios: $40–$55

For the Living Room

  • Assorted Seasonal Snow Globes by Cool Snow Globes: $50–$54

Photos courtesy of James Madison’s Montpelier

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Charlottesville Wine & Country Launches New Love Tote!


November 14, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Here at Charlottesville Wine & Country, we believe that Charlottesville Loves, not hates. That is why, in light of recent events on our beloved Downtown Mall, we urge you to visit the locally-owned businesses on the Mall who have struggled financially in the wake of these events.

We will be donating 100% of net proceeds from the sale of our “Charlottesville Loves” bags to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, established by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Please support this and other local efforts and campaigns to not only move our community forward, but most importantly, help our Downtown Mall thrive.

You can find the “Charlottesville Loves” bag locally at the following locations:

  • Darling Boutique
  • Finch
  • Lynne Goldman Elements
  • UFab Interiors
  • Verdigris

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Rare Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit at VMFA Embraces Local Artisan


July 7, 2017 | Ivy Publications

In 1966, French clothing designer Yves Saint Laurent designed Le Smoking—the first tuxedo suit for women—a move so bold for the time that most restaurants did not allow women to wear the tuxedo suits, or any pants for that matter, when dining in their establishments. Le Smoking was just one of the designer’s memorable legacies. Saint Laurent’s influence on the industry is still seen today as his ingenuity lives on in modern fashion. In a rare opportunity, lovers of fashion can view Yves Saint Laurent’s most groundbreaking work on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) until August 27th.

Yves Saint Laurent preparing his first collection with Victoire Doutreleau, December 1961. © Pierre Boulat/Association Pierre and Alexandra Boulat. Photo: Pierre Boulat

The exhibit, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, features 100 examples of the designer’s garments and accessories, some of which have never been seen before. The VMFA is the only venue on the East Coast to house the exhibit, which has been organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent in Paris.

Exhibition Interiors by David Stover © VMFA

Yves Saint Laurent’s legacy is visible throughout the exhibit, starting from his first design as a teenager, including his work that challenged gender norms in the ’60s, and culminating with a runway of the icon’s most spectacular evening gowns sorted by color.

Exhibition Interior by David Stover © VMFA

Local Charlottesville artisan, Liz Hanson created jewelry pieces honoring Yves Saint Laurent’s distinctive style for the exhibition’s gift shop. An artist who strives for “depth and simplicity” in her work, Liz Hanson created a beautiful and bold jewelry line that echoes one of the dresses on display from Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Collection, an homage to the work of Piet Mondrian, featured what Mondrian called “The Trinity”—primary colors red, blue and yellow—and geometric shapes. Hanson created bangles, cuffs and chandelier earrings using those primary colors and the geometric shapes that were distinctive of Mondrian’s work and Saint Laurent’s following collection. In addition, she used hand-cut ovals to create necklaces featuring the primary colors that would add a softer element to her line.

Metalsmith Liz Hanson’s jewelry displayed at the VMFA and jewelry in her Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian inspired collection.

Another feature of the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition is the inclusion of sketches and notes that offer insight to the fashion designer’s creative process. On a wall display are color swatches from 40 years of pioneer work in the fashion industry.

Left Photo: Exhibition Interior by David Stover © VMFA; Right Photo: SOIR Spring-Summer 1971 haute couture collection board, Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Mixed media on thick grid paper pinned with fabric swatches. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris.

Yves Saint Laurent officially retired in 2002 with his final runway show, just six years before his passing at the age of 71. His character and legacy live on today in the many designers he has inspired.

Once you have completed walking through the exhibition, be sure to browse the gift shop’s carefully selected items that speak to the exhibition and show the many ways in which Yves Saint Laurent’s style and work is still influencing new works today, including Liz Hanson‘s jewelry.

Yves Saint Laurent surrounded by Laetitia Casta, Catherine Deneuve and his models, all wearing tuxedos, at the end of his 40-year retrospective fashion show. Centre Pompidou, Paris, January 22, 2002. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Photo: Guy Marineau.

 

Lead Photo: Exhibition Interior by David Stover © VMFA

All exhibition photos and captions courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Metalsmith Liz Hanson Jewelry photos courtesy of Liz Hanson

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts with Keller & George


May 9, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Are you still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Browse this chic selection from Keller & George highlighting the beautifully designed LAGOS jewelry. Founded in 1977 by Steven Lagos, LAGOS is inspired by the elegant, virtuous, passionate woman.

Classic pendants (below, top left) make for a timeless and fashionable gift idea. Or, consider a beloved White Caviar piece, like the bracelet, ring and earrings below (bottom left). Featuring the stunning caviar beading, a signature design of LAGOS, Caviar jewelry is bold and iconic.

Consider a stylish bracelet stack (below, top right). Mix and match some of the lovely LAGOS collections, like the Maya, Diamond or White Caviar styles for a unique look. For an eye-catching gift, browse the Caviar Spark collection for jewelry that fuses the classic diamond with the Caviar style (below, bottom right).

The diverse and unique patterns of the LAGOS collection at Keller & George ensure that you can find the perfect style for the mother(s) in your life, even yourself! The collection can be browsed online or in person at Keller & George’s Millmont Street location.

Photos courtesy of Keller & George


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Fink’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Gift Guide


May 5, 2017 | Ivy Publications

With Mother’s Day approaching, we partnered with Fink’s Jewelers to create a special gift guide perfect for a mother in your life, or for your own wish list! This guide showcases some of the stunning collections at Fink’s Jewelers, like Roberto Coin jewelry (below). From timeless jewelry to trendy or even environmentally friendly gifts, we think you will find something you love in the Fink’s Jewelers Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

The ASHOKA® Diamond Halo Stud Earrings (above), are a radiant and lavish gift. The diamonds, cut by the master cutters at William Goldberg, are held to the highest standards, creating a unique and unparalleled diamond. | $13,250

The Roberto Coin Diamond Princess Flower Mini Pendant Necklace (below, left) is an elegant piece, sure to be as timeless as the mother who wears it. Perfect for the feminine woman, this necklace beautifully exemplifies the Roberto Coin collection (above) as it fuses the classic diamond with a romantic flower pattern. | $1,400

The John Hardy Bamboo Sterling Silver Bib Necklace (below, right) is a trendy statement piece for the fashionable woman. Additionally, the purchase of this item plants six bamboo seedlings. | $995

The Mikimoto Akoya Pearl Necklace is a posh classic. The stunning 7x6mm pearls on this necklace are from Japan’s Akoya oysters. | $1,850

The Roberto Coin Designer Gold Curved Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings (below, left) make for a lovely staple in any woman’s wardrobe. Crafted from 18 karat Gold, these earrings exude classic style. | $500

The Ippolita Classico Sterling Silver Hammered Jet Set Earrings (below, right) are for the modern woman. The chic and trendy style of these earrings make them fun for any occasion. | $295

However you choose to treat the mother in your life, or if you are the mother being honored on May 14, we wish you a lovely day celebrating all the amazing things that mothers do! You can find more jewelry on the Fink’s Jewelers website or in store at their Barracks Road Shopping Center location. Visit Fink’s Jewelers on Pinterest to create your own gift guide. You can also check out the CHO•ho section of our latest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for other fashionable ideas!

Photos courtesy of Fink’s Jewelers


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

 

W&C Launches New Collection at Garden Week


April 24, 2017 | Ivy Publications

It was an exciting Sunday, April 23, at the Historic Garden Week tours in Charlottesville and Albemarle, as Charlottesville Wine & Country Living launched some of our new products from our exclusive Wine & Country (W&C) Collection to rave reviews.

Our little pop-up shop of local artisan crafted pieces, including wine & cheese items, luxury bath products, jewelry and more, all blended perfectly. The collection also included our exclusive hat scarves, W&C wine & market bags and locally crafted picnic linens made from beautiful fabrics from France as well as from charming made-in-Virginia ginghams.

The new W&C Collection will soon include our complete Countryside Fetes Collection and more over the next few months. From steeplechases, polo matches and art exhibits to music festivals, vineyard tastings and farm-to-table events, we are so excited to embrace the season in Wine & Country style. We had such a wonderful time debuting our collection this weekend and cannot wait to see you at the next event.

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.