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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Harvest Festival Photo-Op

It was rainy Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-Off, but that didn't stop the Pickwick's team from gadding about beneath the awning. The talented and lovely Kathleen Cavalaro of Bird and Bough Marketing swung by and caught some shots of Harvest Fest Pickwickians having a touch of fun! Thank you, Kathleen!

Admiral Candybuttons rocking the leiderhosen
Thistle doing her best impression of a Borgia

Adelaide and Thistle war over one of our fox-head canes
(ideal for tapping through the foggy byways of London)
Magnificent, malevolent, Adelaide (Maleficent) Dreadful
Sage Theodora looks as if she may be up to no good
Cauldrons behind her and cloaked in mystery as she is...

As a mention, don't forget about the amazing Pickwick's Psychic Parlor coming up! Spaces are limited!! Pick up your ticket at the shop, call us at (603) 427 - 8671 or drop Thistle a line at!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Autumn Leaves

I am an unashamed autumn geek. I love the arrival of pumpkin spice everything, I revel in the annual battle between cracked window and heaping blankets, and I watch the leaves turn with a keenly monitoring eye. September means a gentle return to more grounded rhythms. October calls for dark nights and high spirits (of all kinds, certainly). November always comes on padded feet, shushing through the mellow sweet-rot of the leaves and instigating the gradual process of our coming together. Oh, yes. I love this season with all of my heart.

Goldenrod Socks - $10 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Stolen Riches Dress Laces - $18 at Pickwick's Mercantile

Autumn, while perhaps better suited to introspection than Summer, is far too early to throw one's self willingly into the more austere measures of action and dress that Winter often requires. There is still a bit of whimsy left to the year. Embrace it! Embrace tall socks and leiderhosen reminiscent details! Embrace flights of fancy! Embrace train tracks rambling off to nowhere and acknowledge the little glories that are found in details.

I have always thought that tall socks looked better on petite girls, that I was borrowing a look that wasn't really mine when I went for anything that erred on the side of twee or even delicate. As the years go by, I find myself caring less and less about perceptions of who wears what and more interested in the look that I'm feeling at the moment. Anyway, nobody bosses me around during my favorite season. Not even me. So out came the goldenrod socks, usually reserved for floor-sweeping Pickwick's dresses, and out came the blue shoelaces and elfin oxfords.

Golden Age & Love Spell Eye Soot - $23 at Lady Pickwick's
Berry Lipstick - $22 at Lady Pickwick's

Luckily for everyone, I will not be offering eyeshadow lessons, but I must say that the Rituel de Fille eye soot made me feel like I knew what I was doing. They're so beautifully pigmented that you can actually see what you're working with before you've already caused a cosmetic disaster. I blended Golden Age (a smoky gold) with Love Spell (a luminescent copper) to go for a no muss, few layers, neutral lid. Browns tend to work well with blues, but all of the shades we have in the shop are so beautiful that I had difficulty choosing. Ultimately I went with something to suit the detailing on the dress and the gold band on the hat. As for a lip, I chose Lipstick Queen's Sinner Collection "Berry". Autumn is what I will call the "Food and Drink Season" when it comes to lip colors- berries, wines, russet, and rust tones. Neutral and infallibly mature, these shades can help balance the sugar-sweet aspect of an outfit like this.

Janessa Leone Hats- $150 - $200 at Lady Pickwick's

Hats are on their way back in (thank you, American Horror Story and Mad Men), which is great news, especially when some of them look like this. The Janessa Leone hats are 100% wool, made in America, and an unassuming bit of Americana chic that complements all sorts of preferences. I love the gold band detailing on this particular piece (my own, from Pickwick's). It sets it apart without making the hat a focal point. There is a seamlessness to the design that translates to any outfit.
Braid Detail Dress - $52 at Lady Pickwick's

I cannot sing the praises of dresses with pockets enough. Even with nothing in them, they lend a certain air of practicality and readiness. I could start walking down these mystery tracks and just keep tramping. Who knows what will come out of the Mary Poppin's infinite pockets to help me on my way?

I hope that you are preparing for Halloween and the coming chill in earnest. We certainly are. As a matter of a fact, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page, as we are releasing information and the open invitation to our Psychic Parlor event this very morning! Behold:

Tickets will be available at Pickwick's Mercantile starting today! Reserve your spots quickly, though, as they will move swiftly indeed.

In the meantime, please go do some leaf peeping and may this song run through your head as you go!


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apothecary Guru Review of "Harry's" Truman Shave Set

This kit (+ coupon for four free blades)
available at Pickwick's Mercantile for $22
Image from Fast Company
Pickwick's Perfumery Guru

Using a Harry’s razor is like using a paint brush to shave your face. The grip folds into your hand perfectly, and only the lightest amount of pressure is needed to achieve a perfectly close shave. The cartridge head is angled to make short, painless work of navigating the tricky curves around the neck, and even managing those awkward spots under the nose.

The shaving cream is thick, rich and loaded with good stuff like coconut oil. Your face should be baby smooth and hydrated for the entire day after a single use. Just remember to rinse the blade well as you shave.

So guys – forget the drive to the drugstore and try the Harry’s line. You can order more cartridges online at They will be delivered to your doorstep as part of their subscription plan, based on your individual shaving needs (i.e. everyday smooth, sometimes smooth, and Viking bearded warrior style.)  

Fabulous Allen and Gerritsen interview
with Jeff Raider, Harry's co-founder

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fashion's Night Out

Last Thursday, the city gave off one final light and laughter filled bloom as the summer season drew to a close. The businesses of downtown came together and each presented their fiercest and finest for the fourth annual Portsmouth's Fashion's Night Out! From Flower Kiosk to Puttin' on the Glitz and Club Boutique/City Shoes to the double-threat neighbors of Concetta's Closet and Hazel, so many businesses stepped out and represented, flocks of lovely models pounding the pavement from five to eight and the runway at the Hilton Garden Inn from nine to ten. There were custom cocktails, fabulous music, a tap-snap booth for the delighted passerby and, of course, no shortage of fabulous outfits.

Sorry, the only pieces in my outfit that are for sale are the gorgeous bracelet ($75) and over-sized locket ($110), made in Paris. Still, someone had to bring the Pickwick's black and white stripe!

These crinolines are such a fail-safe knockout that we featured them twice. I call this gorgeous petite duo "Sister Light, Sister Dark". Adelaide, the graveyard lovely on the left, is wearing a Vollers corset ($110 at Lady Pickwick's), made in America crinoline ($64 at Lady Pickwick's), Fortuneteller lipstick ($24 at Lady Pickwick's) and a handmade gravestone t-shirt made by Kittery artist Andy Ritzo, with a shading of a stone from Portsmouth's famed Point of Graves. The darling Ariel to her right is channeling a young Carrie Bradshaw with her youthful Jean Queen lip ($20 at Lady Pickwick's), pink crinoline, chambray shirt, and multicolor white boned fan.

Gigi brought the street style sweetness in a kimono inspired dress (currently 30% off at Lady), kitty-cat wedge heels which you may remember from THIS blog post, a Brigitte Bardot approved silk hairband ($28 at Lady), and lacey peach earrings ($18 at Lady).

 We had so much fun mingling with all of the beautiful models from other shops, such graceful and sweet ladies, and lairds in the case of Celtic's Crossing tartan swathed congregation!

Flower Kiosk's gorgeous handmade "living" dresses
Lady Luck Burlesque representing for Puttin' on the Glitz
Bonny lairds
Rick Dumont Photography (Shop Portsmouth facebook)

From the Concetta's Closet facebook page

A big thank you to all of the participating stores and fabulous photographers, to Shop Portsmouth and the Chamber and to every sweet face that jumped in to join our parade of chic! Happy Autumn- I'm glad we've greeted it in style. If you'd like to read further, Seacoast Online did a great article covering the event!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Best of Northshore Magazine Soiree

Northshore Magazine is an excellent publication that brings attention to the best places to dine, things to do, and places to shop on Boston's hopping North Shore. They use beautiful photography and excellent articles to spotlight deserving businesses and events, which are so essential to the cultural flavor of New England as a whole. While the magazine is a year round pursuit, there is a best issue to get the top flavor for the North Shore. For the "Best of Northshore Magazine" annual edition, the people are allowed to vote for the top businesses in the region and when the votes are in, the results are gathered and celebrated in the July issue. The excitement doesn't stop there, though. In August, Northshore Magazine hosted a fabulous evening of dining, dancing, and general good fun, catered by the winners of the food categories (Lexie's of Newburyport, but from Portsmouth originally! Represent!) at the Misselwood Estate in Beverly, MA.

Of course, Pickwick's had to bring some garden party style to the event and I was all dolled up in Lady Pickwick's goodness.

Besame Red Velvet: $20 at Pickwick's Mercantile

I wore my favorite lipstick- Besame's Velvet Red, so that I could eat everything in sight without having to worry about a touch-up and my favorite Pickwick's jewelry line in my ears. Made in Paris, these earrings are only $48 and come in a range of shapes, colors, sizes, and styles- all more lovely than the last. It was hard to choose, but one must always consider the eyes, I suppose!

Innouitoosh: $130 at Lady Pickwick's
Yestadt Millinery: 30% off at Lady Pickwick's
Hats are coming back, slowly but surely, and I intend to be part of that style revolution. The Innouitoosh wool scarf made both a lovely shawl, with its horse and carriage print spread out, and an effective belt for a dress designed to drape goddess style. I love the colors of this particular one, they are perfect for fall and winter, bunched at the throat with a brown coat, or complimenting a chambray shirt in September. 

There were cupcakes, sliders, lobster rolls, a candy bar, and a showing from the boogie-inducing Felix Brown Band. The energy was high and the room was full of beautiful people out in their best attire, coming together to celebrate over the bounty of great culture and business in the North Shore. Even when the rain began to fall, the energy remained high and the drops caught the matrices of amber light that wove through the bramble and thicket lining the event.

Boci (Made in Italy) Dress: $130 at Lady Pickwick's
We Dream in Colour Glass Bracelet: $150 at Pickwick's Mercantile
Deco Inspired Rose Gold Necklace: $28 at Pickwick's Mercantile

Over-all it was a lovely evening. I certainly indulged in my share of sweets and was exposed to so many wonderful businesses that I may not have otherwise known of. I'm so grateful that we neighbor on such an energetic and fabulous region, with so much to offer in every arena and I'm grateful that Northshore Magazine brings attention to it. And not for nothing, it was nice to dress up in a real summer outfit for perhaps one final time for the season. I hope you're all stretching your sunny prints and bare legs. It will be time to cover them up soon enough. Thank you, Northshore Magazine for giving me the opportunity to do the same!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School Lip Color

It's back to school and even though my schedule doesn't hark to the bell any longer, typing those words still feels me with that same strange mix of dread and excitement. We hung out with Nyita, who is gearing up to head back to school, just like many of you. She picked out four Lipstick Queen lip shades, one to suit any kind of personality going back into the fray.

The Every Girl: Jean Queen
Jean Queen - $20
This is the most flexible shade I've ever seen- a neutral rosy tone that complements the natural pallet of your lip and looks gorgeous with nearly every skin-tone. This is just enough color and gloss for your friends to ask what you're wearing and it lives up to its name, Jean Queen. You can wear this on dress-down days without fear.

The Class-Act: Saint Berry
Saint in Berry - $22
 We couldn't help but throw in the shawl; it added to the effect. But in all seriousness, I can't rave enough about this shade. It has a little bit more personality than the ever-classic "Wine", but we chose the Saint collection of "Berry" so you can still decide how much of a statement you want to make. Using these pigments is all about layering, so you decide- do you want a stain or a more matte effect? This is also such a classic, grown-up shade that it will do just as well in the classroom as it will in the admissions office.

By-the-Horns: Sinner Fire Red

Sinner in Fire Red - $22

 This lip speaks for itself. An orange-tone red, this has all of the verve and flavor that you do, and can maybe lend you some on days when you're down. There's nothing like dark jeans, a plain t-shirt, and some silky cosmetic fire to combat the blues. Own your senior year (or freshman, or sophomore, or junior) and be fearless. Don't be nervous. Red lipstick doesn't wear you. You wear red lipstick.

Natural Born Stunner: Sinner Nude
Sinner in Nude - $22
A nude lip will never go out of style and is an absolute staple for a natural makeup routine. Understated and flattering, this is all situations appropriate and will highlight your best features.


Change is in the air. I write this with the windows open, airing out this room as much as possible, as I know the days are approaching for them to close for months at a time. We are having a glorious conclusion to this season, so enjoy it all- from sticky heat to flannel-lined nights- and have a spectacular start to the school year!


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