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September 27, 2013

Vermont Jewelry Artist Stacy Hopkins in International Exhibition

So many goings-on with Vermont artists, so little time to note them. I've been stockpiling news and announcements all week and now it's time to let them fly. Here's the first one.

Bronze-Odontolabis-Femoralis-pin-with-Citrine-Stacy Hopkins-AmusingoldWhite River Junction jeweler and Scavenger Gallery owner Stacy Hopkins was one of five designers chosen by Amusingold to show her work (pictured right) during the recent Milan Fashion Week., "the independent jewellery spy," has a series called the Jewelry House, in conjunction with Italian Vogue Jewelry. Hopkins' bronze and citrine work can be seen on it currently — about which the site has this to say: Dalla biologia alla gioielleria contemporanea. La vita animale in versione metal.

Right on. Hopkins' nature-inspired work can also be seen at her gallery, as well as in a house exhibit she'll share with fellow Upper Valley artists Ria Blass and Jenny Lynn Hall this Sunday, September 29, in Lyme, N.H. For more info about that, contact Hopkins at the gallery, 295-0808.



May 24, 2013

7 Questions for Janna Zittrer of Montréal Shopping Tours

IMG_1483What Vermonter has not gone to Montréal in hopes of clothes shopping, and then didn't have a clue where to start? OK, me. But I'm willing to bet plenty of others could use some help, too.

Janna Zittrer offers exactly that. The 29-year-old lifestyle journalist launched Montréal Shopping Tours just over a year ago. The "shopper-in-chief" is a native of the city and bilingual, though raised anglophone. Her passion for fashion came early in life when, she says, "my lack of artistic ability inspired me to convey my creativity through my clothes."

But it was in journalism school that she discovered she could combine her love of writing and fashion. Since then, Zittrer has written for numerous print and online publications, has appeared on "ET Canada" as a fashion expert, and has been a trend presenter at stores such as Banana Republic.

With her knowledge of and connections at boutiques in Montréal, Zittrer hit upon the idea of helping others "shop like a fashion editor." Since April 2012, she's been leading customized shopping expeditions, for approximately four hours each and a maximum of six clients at a time. She fine-tunes the trips according to themes such as active wear or special-occasion outfits. Her clients span ages from twenties through sixties.

Zittrer discussed dressing and age, body image, shopping with guys, and who's the most fashionable: Vermonters or Quebecers. Read on.

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