Ladies Lunch...Litchfield Style

Posted on July 09, 2013

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When one hears of a ladies’ lunch, images come to mind of fashionably dressed ladies of leisure whiling away the mid-day hours chattering around an elegantly set table in a stuffy restaurant. R. Derwin Ladies Store organized a small ladies lunch with Cathy Oneglia and her daughters, Christina Oneglia Rossi and Jessica Travelstead, at the West Street Grill, our next door neighbor here in Litchfield. These three women and the WSG give lie to that image. They are emblematic of Litchfield’s vitality and of R. Derwin’s classic and chic clothes that cut across generations.

Well known in town for their role in the construction company O&G, Cathy, Christina and Jessica lead busy lives. Mothers of young children, both Christina and Jessica also work hard at their jobs, Christina at O&G in its Small Projects Group, and Jessica as a real estate agent for The Matthews Group.

We waited a long time for these wonderful women to find a couple of hours to share with us. It was well worth the wait. It is hard to imagine that we could find better models for our clothes, or a better setting. The West Street Grill offers inspired cuisine in an atmosphere that is fun, comfortable and upbeat, a perfect backdrop for the very different outfits the ladies are wearing.

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Pictured above are some Cathy, Christina and Jessica's favorite lunch options: Chopped Kale Salad, Gulf Shrimp & Calamari Ceviche, Peasant Bread (a house classic) and the famous W.S.G Tomato Salad.

Cathy is the epitome of European sportwear chic in a Colombo italian cashmere and silk blazer in yellow, Amina Rubinacci white cotton ankle trousers, an R. Derwin blue and white cotton Bengal striped shirt, and an Audrey Talbot blue paisley linen scarf. This outfit is at once classic, tailored, and crisp…a perfect, flattering combination for her.

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Christina’s outfit is youthfully elegant presenting a wonderful counterpoint to the hard hat, work boot style attire she wears on the job. She’s wearing a Cacharel long sleeve cream colored dress in a butterfly print of orange and teal; a bit of whimsy in a subtle, soft, flowy fabric. Her accessories include an id bracelet in orange croc by W. Kleinberg, an Il Bisonte green leather clutch, and an orange cashmere wrap by Begg of Scotland.

Jessica went for an edgier look in an italian cognac leather moto jacket by Gimos, Adriano Goldschmied Stilt jeans in poppy-red sateen, an R. Derwin blue cotton shirt, a Johnston’s extra fine Scottish merino wool plaid scarf, and an Italian brown leather studded hobo. Spot on fashion for an urban or stylish country look.

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 See you soon at The West Street Grill...and don't forget to drop in next door at Derwin's too.

All photography provided by Michael Wilson.

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