The freedom and ability to look your best all the time shouldn't stop for sports. Such is the belief of Allison Dorst, founder of Pinks and Greens, who took matters into her own hands after discovering it was nearly impossible to find fashionable golf clothes for women. The clothing retailer carries over 100 brands for golf, tennis, and fitness, all of which marry fashion and function. The for-women-by-women brand specifically caters to active ladies, carrying clothing suited for everything from tennis to Pilates—so women can look good while playing or exercising.
Diamond Designs inspirits limbs by providing high-quality watches, rings, and other dazzling body ornaments for both men and women. Garnish wrists with a Wenger Black Battalion Diver watch ($225), which comes equipped with water-resistant coating and the ability to fast-forward through Thursdays. Akoya black-cultured-pearl earrings ($75.26) lend lobes timeless class, and a sterling silver fleur-de-lis ring ($60.10) encircles hand branches with odorless alternatives to Funyun finger-wear. Consult the guidance of Diamond Designs' platoon of keen-eyed professionals to ensure a knowledgeable purchase, or employ the pinpoint precision of gemologists to restore broken bling. Battery installments resuscitate lagging watches ($10–$15), allowing wearers to experience time in real time and shiny bands get in shape during ring sizing sessions ($30–$40).
The Hartford Advocate named Consignment Originals the Third-Best Consignment Store of 2010. While there aren't many online reviews for the Rocky Hill and Orange locations, five Insider Pagers give the Cheshire location a four-star average:
Customers may walk into Top Hat & Tails as mere men, wearing jeans that sag off the waistline or scuff against the floor. But they leave as gentlemen, sporting fine men’s clothing and formalwear tailored to a T. Co-owners Brian Berry and Horace Kinard—who has been haberdashering for 20 years—take measurements onsite and alter in-house to drape dapper gents in fine suits, ties, tuxes, custom shirts, and shoes. A seasonally rotating catalog of styles from Calvin Klein, Joseph Abboud, and Oscar de la Renta elevates the elegance of invitees to weddings, dances, or black-tie balls. As Berry told Maplewood Patch last year, “We’ve had everything from Sweet Sixteens to every other formal event you can think of,” including musicians from the Philharmonic, who presumably came in to replace their glockenspiel's torn cummerbund.
Lecia Bianca established The Secret Lounge to help clients style themselves and be comfortable with their look and stock home closets with stylish jewelry. An interior designer, Lecia Bianca has a natural visual vocabulary, and teaching style classes and curating a collection of boutique wares helps her share this passion with others, including fashionable celeb clients such as Lauren Hill and Diana Ross. Nominated for Best of Essex awards in four categories, The Secret Lounge is the destination for the fashion forward no matter what their style. Clients call ahead to set up their personal shopping appointment or class, and when they arrive they are greeted with a gilded, chandelier-lit lounge. The Secret Lounge's dramatic, luxury-oriented decor also makes it a favorite destination for private events.
For more than 30 years, Treasures Unlimited Jewelers has enhanced engagements, anniversaries, and other special occasions with fine jewelry, which its jewelers also repair and appraise. Newlyweds-to-be can discover the perfect wedding ring lurking in the shop's diverse selection of authentic diamonds, sapphires, and rubies occupying a variety of price ranges. The bauble emporium's experienced jewelers resurrect defunct watches with battery replacements ($8–$60 depending on model) and carefully appraise antique heirlooms or pilfered pirate gold ($75+). Customers can receive free advice and opinions on custom designs, and the staff also offers ring adjustments and sizings for jewelry formerly worn by Andre the Giant ($25+).