Lifestyle

Photography by ChiChi Ubiña

When it comes to having time to shop and shop well, preschool moms may be short on time, but not on fashion. The key to making it fun, social and smart is to make the night count and so it did.

In early March, a group of stylish preschool mothers joined forces for an evening of fashion at the Carlisle Showroom to benefit the bottom-line at schools they care about. It was an evening of personalized wardrobing, a professional photo shoot, champagne and active shopping with 25% of all purchases going to benefit the school of each mother's choice.

Tia Mahaffy Susan Yonce
Ginge Cabrera Beth Taylor

Tia Mahaffy represented Greenwich Country Day School, plus Round Hill Nursery School along with Ginge Cabrera; Susan Yonce, Elisabeth Taylor and Susan Sleeper represented Greenwich Country Day School; Mimi Moulton represented Putnam Indian Field School. All arrived with an energy level that only a modern day group of Charlie's Angels could rival.

To set the stage, a little pampering took place. After all, every masterpiece needs a well-prepared canvas and so the ladies stopped in at Kimara Ahnert’s Makeup and Skincare Studio, on Greenwich Avenue, where Elisa DiBisceglie and Melissa Strazza applied their makeup. The ladies enjoyed some of the latest trends in make-up from the collection including Jet Mascara, Mint Cupid Lip gloss and Cashmere eye shadow.

Chi Chi Ubiña was ready for action as he set up a photo studio within the Carlisle Showroom to capture the best looks of the night.

Each of the women enjoyed their own spacious dressing room complete with a Carlisle wardrobe stylist helping them select clothing that worked with their personality and lifestyle and that guarantees each of them a spirited spring.

Based on the shopping that evening – here’s what is on the must-have list for Spring:
Carlisle’s vibrant Chartreuse jacket paired with the Florentine dress
Carlisle’s Absinthe power suit
Carlisle’s City jacket
Carlisle’s silk Rebel jacket
Carlisle’s Kiss glove leather red jacket paired with Carlisle’s Marina stripped knit
Per Se's Royal dress
Per Se's Ditto dress (the designer's favorite item this season)
Per Se’s Kaleidoscope top
Per Se’s Sahara glove-leather jacket
Per Se’s glamorous metallic Stone jacket
Per Se’s Honeynut dress

Here is what a few of the women had to say about their personal style and what they plan to be wearing from the Carlisle and Per Se collections this season:

Carlisle City jacket, Carlisle Shale pants

Susan Sleeper

How would you describe your personal style?

Classic with a touch of whimsy.

What is your favorite look from the Carlisle/Per Se collections for spring?

I love all of the shift dresses this season. Carlisle does such a great job with the cut of the clothing and high-end details.

When would you wear this and how will you accessorize the look and make it your own?

I would pair the shift dress with a pop of color in a cardigan or fun clutch. Maybe, even a great gold cuff bracelet.

Per Se Kaleidoscope blouse, Per Se Dewy jacket, Carlisle Miami skirt

Ginge Cabrera

How would you describe your personal style?

Classic.

What is your favorite look from the Carlisle/Per Se collections for spring?

I love the Kaleidoscope top from the Per Se Collection, paired with the crisp white skirt and fun blue jacket. It is a fresh splash of color, much needed after a dreary winter.

When would you wear this and how will you accessorize the look and make it your own?

With different shoes and jewelry this look can be dressed up for a casual spring cocktail party or down for a lunch outside at L'Escale with some friends. I purchased this top (Kaleidoscope) already along with several other items right at my fitting! I like to have some advice and input when I am trying on clothes. That is what I love about the Carlisle/Per Se experience. You get such amazing personal service in a very calm, completely un-crowded environment.

Carlisle Chartreuse jacket, Carlisle Florentine dress

Elisabeth Taylor

How would you describe your personal style?

Traditional, elegant, with lots of beige. For years, my style icons have been the late Carolyn Bessette and Gwyeth Paltrow.

What is your favorite look from the Carlisle/Per Se collections for Spring?

I love the Chartreuse dress from Carlisle with the matching jacket. It reminds me of the fabulous Nina Ricci dress from a few years back.

When would you wear this and how will you accessorize the look and make it your own?

This is something I could wear to a daytime wedding, a luncheon in the city or a benefit in Palm Beach. I would wear gold earrings and a thick gold and diamond bracelet and of course...fantastic shoes!

Per Se Ditto dress

Tia Mahaffy

How would you describe your personal style?

Mommy Chic

What is your favorite look from the Carlisle/Per Se collections for Spring?

All the camel and black color combinations.

When would you wear this and how will you accessorize the look and make it your own?

I plan on accessorizing with a black patent belt and shoes for evening and black sandals for daytime.

Carlisle Rebel jacket, Per Se Caviar knit top, Per Se Dexter pant

Susan Yonce

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual chic or bohemian chic.

What is your favorite look from the Carlisle/Per Se collections for Spring?

I liked the retro pants and polka dot jacket I wore. I accessorize with lots of fabulous jewelry and fabulous shoes like Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Louboutin heels.

Carlisle Glider jacket (exclusive showroom piece), Per Se Coconut pants

Mimi Moulton

How would you describe your personal style?

Casual but definitely an accessories girl. I love my shoes and bags.

What is your favorite look from the Carlisle/Per Se collections for Spring?

The Carlisle Glider jacket.

How would you wear this and accessorize the look to make it your own?

I would wear it with jeans or khaki Bermuda shorts, my large chunky wooden chain necklace and I definitely would pair it with my YSL platform sandals.

Stop by the Carlisle Showroom or enjoy shopping online with Carlisle for the first time!

283 Greenwich Avenue
2nd Floor
Greenwich, CT 06830
203.422.2464
www.carlisleboutique.com/greenwich