A Fashionable Bit Of Italy In Vero Beach

They say that home is where the heart is. But what if your heart is torn between two equally captivating places that lie more than 8,000 miles apart? With the help of a wonderful business partner named Ann Marie Lloyd Shiff, a few good friends and some serendipitous circumstances, Stephanie Gore has brought a little bit of the Italy that she cherishes right here to her equally beloved city of Vero Beach.

Time & Time Again

We tend to think of our current calendar as an artifact that has been with us forever. But that is not the case at all. Over the centuries, starting as far back as 4000 B.C., the ancient Egyptians were using a solar calendar with 12 months of 30 days each for a 360-day calendar. They were way ahead of the ancient Greeks and Romans who were using a lunar calendar with only 10 months and a total of 264 days. January and February didn’t exist and the year started in March. Julius Caesar asked an Egyptian astronomer to devise a better calendar. The result was the Julian calendar with 12 months of 30 or 31 days and the outlier February. But the calendar still wasn’t quite right, so Italian doctor, astronomer and philosopher Luigi Lilio created the Gregorian calendar, the basis of today’s calendar.

Homage To Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn’s movie costumes are currently on display at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, inspiring jewelry in this month’s fashion section.

A Celebration of Citrus Style

Indian River citrus began in 1807, and rapidly became the most important agricultural product in our area. While our local fruit, especially grapefruit, is popular in many countries, our leading importer is Japan – Indian River grapefruit accounts for over 95 percent of all of the Florida fruit shipped there.

A Fashion King Heads South

A press release from J. McLaughlin, a retailer of stylish clothing for women and men, sums up the stores’ appeal thusly: “Based in New York, J. McLaughlin has made homes in 40 chic locales nationwide, serving up classic clothes with an original twist.… It’s the Hamptons with a sense of humor, New Canaan with nerve, Palm Beach with passion and Charlotte with charm.”

One Perfect Day

Imagine one whole day to yourself at the luxurious Vero Beach Hotel & Spa – what would you do? The oceanfront pool is a perfect spot for relaxing in the sun, enjoying a favorite cocktail (brought by a cabana valet, of course). A stroll on the beach is a must!. In the evening, an extraordinary dinner awaits at Cobalt, the resort’s chef-inspired restaurant and lounge. Then sleep like royalty in one of the 113 spacious and elegantly appointed guestrooms. What could be better? Everything you need can be found right here in Vero Beach.