Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

It is funny how you rarely know the exact moment when something begins, but we always know when something has ended. Reflecting on life we have already experienced always brings nostalgia and possibly regret, wishing it had played out differently. It's predictable. How safe it is to examine what's already happened instead of dreaming about the future.

I choose not to regret. I try to banish worry from my life. Both acts are complete head games and a waste of time. For me, reflection on the past is a way to understand how to break a cycle, learn a lesson, relive an amazing feeling, and especially to feel gratitude for the continually incredible life that I lead.

Tonight is one of those markers in time. The end, the beginning, and a significant celebration so pronounced it is easy to recall our activities on the same date in years past. Happy New Year! May your reflection be enlightening, your dreams for 2014 be inspiring, and your evening be full of laughs (and maybe bubbles)!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tis the Season

First let me thank all of my friends, family, and patrons for making this a great holiday season. I appreciate your support immensely, in all ways.
And if I have not sent you a proper thank you note, please accept my apologies. If you have not heard, I had a mishap that has sent me back for the next few months making it nearly impossible to do anything that involves my right hand...including writing.
Looking on the bright side, I am thankful for my three working limbs and my friends for making this as painless as possible. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Trunk Show at Rē - December 12 & 13

Heidi Brueggeman (jewelry), Fjall (cashmere), and Ellen Rohlfing (art)
...and of course all of the gorgeous pieces on hand at Re!
Thursday & Friday, December 12 & 13
11 am - 6 pm

Working away for this week's Trunk Show Event at Re in North Kingstown
The Fjall knitwear is actually INSANE cashmere in uber hip silhouettes.  Seriously the most gorgeous collection of sweaters I have ever coveted. 
And my friend Ellen Rohlfing, a Philadelphia transplanted to Newport last year who is a wonderful and whimsical artist.  She will be featuring her super cute whale and crab collage art for the event.  Perfect gifts at a great price point! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Trunk Show Countdown

Heidi Brueggeman (formerly of Sugar) Trunk Show
Tuesday, Dec. 3rd
5:00 - 7:30
Located at the North Sails Sales Office on the 4th Floor at the IRYS Campus on Thames Street in Newport
Refreshments and BIG discounts!

Necklaces waiting for new homes...
Only a few days left before the event... If you know me at all you know I will be working up until the very end and spazzing out just a hair about this or that.  Although I must say my eyes will not let me work 12+ hours in a row like I did years ago.  Should I not admit that in a public forum?  I am too tired to edit! 

Vintage Eisenberg Jewelry

...currently in the office working on a Sunday morning for my Trunk Show this Tuesday night in Newport (see previous post for details or email me heidibrueggeman@gmail.com).  At this very moment I am assembling pieces of vintage salesman's samples from Eisenberg that are over 70 years old.  The special thing about these pieces is that they were never made into jewelry and they are one of a kind.  They have bright sometimes asymmetrical colors and the metal patina is perfect! 

Vintage salesman's samples from Eisenberg ranging from the 1930-50s made into necklaces and earrings using vintage chain or silk.  Prices range from $70-400.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tuesday's Trunk Show!

I am working feverishly on fun new designs and some traditional pieces from my last decade of work...!  If you are interested in attending the event, please send me an email at heidibrueggeman@gmail.com - and if you cannot make it please email me and you can have a private appointment with me! 

Heidi Brueggeman Trunk Show
Tuesday, December 3rd
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Located at the North Sails office on the 4th Floor at the IYRS buildings on Thames Street in Newport.
Refreshments will be served...and there are MAJOR discounts!!!

(L to R) Pyrite and Vintage Chain Necklace, $200; Green Onyx and Turquoise Earrings, $110; Long Carnelian and Turquoise Necklace with Howlite Charms (can be doubled!), $220.  (SORRY ALL PIECES SHOWN ARE SOLD)

Thursday, November 28, 2013


The truth is that I've never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving. My BFF and I eventually referred to it as "the brown holiday".

My indifference wasn't about familial logistics, it was about the food. Well, that's not entirely true. My grandfather made the best mashed potatoes in the entire world, and I have been seeking their equal since age 12.

I think my issue with the holiday is the ridiculously early time that dinner is served. Were we afraid of snow in the darkness leading us back home through the woods and over the river? I'm not sure why we need to starve ourselves all day and then eat at 3 o'clock.

Regardless of my confusion about Thanksgiving's modern day quirks, as an adult I appreciate the reason for the holiday. Preferably I would live my life like this daily, this will be my goal for the coming year (and beyond!). I have oodles of people and animals, circumstances, talents, nature, and life to be thankful for - more than will fit into one afternoon or blog post. I hope you find yourselves of the same heart and mind today and everyday.

True happiness comes from living a life of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fur for the Brrrr

Oh fur...where for art thou?  I love some fur at this time of the year.  It's really one of the main statements that gets me through these short and windy days.  Faux or real, shearling or mink, vest, coat, snood or muffs...sign me up. 

Here are a few of my favorite street style fur statements. 

Classic fur style with aviators, gray sweater, and cute hat. 

Gypset fur combo.  Love the over the top luxe gold chain on the hat. 

You can never have too many layers.  And if you think you do, justify it by adding one more on purpose: a fur or fluff of some proportion. 

Olivia Palermo getting sassy with one of her favorite fur pieces. It's a faux vest with knitted arms.  Cozy. 

Same fur, different day.  Love the colorful scarf. 

OP in another lovely fur, but for evening.  It's hard to tell if these are real or faux.  The faux are so nicely made these days.

Yes, another Olivia.  But I could not resist since this one has TOGGLES.  I LOVE a vest that buttons. 

There's something that seems not quite cozy with a bare arm and a fur, but I do love the way it looks.  Style need not make sense, it only needs to feel good to the wearer. 
P.S. The patch pockets in a different color are wonderful.

Cozy fur loop. 

Ok, buckles on fur now trumps buttons and toggles.  This is perfection, and it is long and has patch pockets.  I can't.  Uber luxe with the bare leg/arm and sandal.  Go Rosie (or go Rosie's stylist?). 

This insane blue vest/jacket really takes these LA looking layers to another level.

Good texture and proportions.  Great clog, too. 

Need I say more? 

These chubby luxe vests make me want one too.  Personally I have no shortage of fur vests, so I cannot justify anything unless one were to fall in my lap... It's been known to happen.

Taking an eye break from fur fashion overload.  Don't forget to toss a few sheepskins on your indoor and outdoor furniture this season.  I may have been in Ikea in the past trying to figure out how to fasten these skins into a garment.  I would cover my house in these if I could.  Sheepskin Cottage. 

She is just too excellent.  This is what I wanted to wear circa forever, I just couldn't articulate it until now.  Marant boots, asymmetrical tissue thin black shearling, skinny leathery leggings... perfection en noir. 

Texture + print = stunning.  I cannot get over how much I love a fur vest.  It could be my favorite garment of all time.  Although I do love a tall boot...

She is refusing to give up the fur for Spring.  And I like it.  Who cares what people think?  Someone liked it as much as she did to capture this moment and outfit in time. 

Zebra Love

My love for zebras is not a secret.  I have blogged seemingly endlessly about these geniuses on my other site, The Sugarbuzz.  I recently collected a few zebra-related photos that I wanted to share...

JAR zebra brooch, currently on exhibit with the JAR retrospective at The Met until March 9, 2014. 
P.S. a diamond harness? yes. 

If I could be her...
Striped turban (zebra inspired in my book) + chic neutral silk caftan (dying!) + giant necklace that could be a jeweled platter on a wire (perfection). 

Zebra hide...it's not just for floors anymore. 

Zebra hide trench coat.  1970s, obviously.  Sadly I lost the link on who should get the credit for this, but I have a feeling it's Yves or Christian... Bravo.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Trunk Show Today at Rē in North Kingstown

Heidi at Rē is lovely enough to host a Heidi Brueggeman trunk show today - if you're in the area stop by for discounts on gemstone and vintage jewelry as well as designer cashmere by Fjall at wholesale!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Snow Belt

It's been a while since I've been through a proper winter (sans palm trees). As the temperatures drop and the sun sets a few hours after it has risen, I have been scurrying like a squirrel to get winter gear in order. Seeing "ice melt" and window scrapers set out for sale reminds me that the possibility for an epic whitewash is inevitable. Do I need to buy a scraper?
The last winter I endured was in Brooklyn. Even though everything one does in NYC involves being outside and walking in the elements for a longer period of time than suburban dwellers, I thought it was easier to live through snow there. I didn't mind piling on six layers and grippy boots to shuffle four blocks to the store. It was simpler than cleaning off my car and waiting for it to warm up. Parallel parking over poorly cleared snow banks on narrow streets in Brooklyn is another story.
I feel as if I endured a lifetime of winter battles that would carry anyone through the nostalgia of missing a White Christmas. I grew up in the great tundra of Northeastern Ohio. From late October until nearly April we endured ridiculous mounds of perfect snow. There was no point to the colossal quantities of lake effect snow we would get in an afternoon. No skiing hills in sight, and too much snow to clear a bumpy leaf-ridden pond puddle for ice skating. I am not a fan of winter sports. But I do have the gear to look cozy and cute while shivering six layers deep.
I find myself again in the great northeast. Fortunately not NE Ohio where The Snowbelt is not a chic looking Nanook of the North strip of deerskin with an antler buckle. I am situated back on a little island protected by the temperate waters of the Atlantic. It gets cold here, and foggy, and rains, and will snow...don't get me wrong. I still have to gather warm fashion nuts for my layering needs. But when the temperatures dip down and start with a 3...38, 32, lower to 26...I kind of wish for snow. It's cozy and romantic, it makes everything quiet and pure. It reminds me that even though my tan is fading faster than the sunset, there is still beauty in what may seem uncomfortable. I just need to be prepared and have my layers ready to protect me until I can molt again in the embrace of the summer sun. Without the cold we cannot truly appreciate the fleeting perfection of summer.

Chilly 1946 Fashion Shoot.  Love Winter White...

Gorgeous.  And about the quantity of snow we would receive in Ohio on a January afternoon...

Contemplative path = serenity now

I love love love it when the snow sticks to the trees.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Costumes for Everyday

I'm perplexed about what to wear today/tonight. I'm not going to annual raging Halloween parties like I used to...no one is throwing any! How times change. I'm not terribly upset about it. I prefer to get my costume on at theme parties, there's less pressure to have a cheeky intellect-provoking set of glittered cardboard cutouts defying gravity while wearing matching go-go boots... Give me a 70s throwback shindig any weekend of the year.
That said, I spend more time on my daily gear. Combinations of texture and accessories excite me far more than donning ears and a tail at the end of October. Taylor Thomasi Hill (shown below) is a favored subject of street style photographers at fashion weeks around the northern hemisphere. Her looks are easy to use as inspiration and apply to my Thursday morning.
Happy Halloween. It doesn't mean you have to be someone else today, you can experiment with a different version of yourself.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Happy (almost) Halloween! It's also "mischief night" in Newport tonight. I don't know how serious that is down here in the Nickel, but my whip is tucked in for safety. I'm really looking for a chocolate high tomorrow night without having to put forth an excessive costume effort. I think there are some ears and tiaras lying around here somewhere...

Richard Scarry, thanks to DMK xoxo

Sunday, October 6, 2013


I adore this rainy Sunday morning...a chance to avoid the stare of the early autumn sunshine in favor of some putzing around with candles going with the flick of magazine pages.
Isn't this photo divine? Give me your cozy spotted paw. Ahhh. It's brilliant.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Best Intentions...October

I always have the best laid plans at the beginning of a month..."I need to blog everyday!". The fact is that time whisks me away like whitewater in a rainstorm. Before I know it another season has passed and I'm treading water again.

I've had a great summer. With each season, layers of life peel away. I've been happy to relive some of my favorite days with fresh eyes. The perspective that lessons provide can be the most poignant moments. The days are shorter and the mornings are certainly much cooler, but I look forward to the next round of season. Happy October!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Trunk Shows with Summer Color

Long time no post!
This week I am happy to have a trunk show at a private home in Newport. Thursday, July 25th. If you're interested in attending please send me an email at heidibrueggeman@gmail.com.
Next week I will be participating in the White Elephant Trunk Show on Nantucket. More details to follow - but please don't hesitate to email me!