Simply Elegant

Belle of the Barn

The season of giving is in full swing, but don’t overlook one of the most important gift recipients – you. We all deserve to treat ourselves once in a while, and if you’re looking for a little fabric fix, satin is indeed a treat. And, no, it’s not just for pajamas.

Usually a summer trend, silks and satins are holding fast into the winter months. With a variety of weights from duchess to charmeuse, it’s more versatile than you’d expect. You can easily elevate a casual outfit to elegant status by adding a sleek satin piece – think silky blouse paired with a pencil skirt, jeans with satin pumps, or even layering a summery dress over pants.

Better yet, look to this luxe textile for your upcoming holiday festivities. Don’t be afraid of bold color choices, though black is always a welcome staple. No matter the color, satin will always make you feel like a million bucks. Now there’s a gift worth getting. Cheers!

Nina Bays Cournoyer

14-karat gold cylinder cuff RING ($890), pleated tie-front SKIRT ($285), velvet gold CAMI ($215), all available at Oliver

(Below, left) Rachel Allan GOWN ($279) and Jim Ball EARRINGS ($28); both available at Camille’s of Wilmington

(Above, right) Metallic velvet TOP ($375) and velvet gold CAMI ($215), both available at Oliver


MODEL: Kathryn Keefer (UC Models)

HAIR: Brandy Alexander (Groove Jet Salon Co.)

MAKEUP: Chelsea Lile (Alice Lawson Salon + Spa)

STYLE ASSISTANTS: Tyler Moore & Gabriella Vitagliano

LOCATION: White Feather Farm available for photography rentals by appointment only (

WARDROBE: Oliver, 1055 Military Cutoff Road; and Camille’s of Wilmington, 7134 Market Street


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