All work and no play makes for a dull girl.  So with a trunk stuffed to the gills with luggage and my best friend by my side, we hit the road yesterday, off to Martha’s Vineyard for a bit of R&R.

Never having been to the Island before I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I knew it was the idyllic summer playground for many well-heeled New Englanders.  Not but a few hours into our holiday we came across Demi-Monde.  Oh what a treat.

Located in Vineyard Haven, dressmaker Chrysal Parrot operates a chic and comfortable boutique.  An immaculate black silk blouse displayed in the storefront captured my undivided attention. I had a chance to speak with Chrysal about her antique turned new again design esthetic.  She uses vintage garments, which have seen better days but still retain their charm, as a jumping off point to style a more modern version – not replicas, but inspired contemporary sisters.

Chrysal Parrot Demi-Monde

The blouse that stole my heart.

As a fan of all things frilly, I fell completely in love.  And as if the design itself wasn’t enough, Chrysal’s work also solves for a serious pain point I have with most of today’s workplace shirts – perfect fit.  I always have to buy my shirts at least one, if not two, sizes larger simply to get a good fit in the shoulder.  This usually means I have to take shirts in a good 2 inches at the sides to compensate.  Or worst yet, buy my normal size and risk not being able to lift my arms up enough to safely reach the steering wheel while driving.  But not with this amazing work of art!  She proudly pulled on a stunning velvet jacket and demonstrated in a wild display of a perfect backstroke how the cut ensures a free range of motion.

Chrysal's vintage inspired fashion designsIf my pocketbook’s voice doesn’t over power me, I am sure to head back before I leave.  Catering to the vacation crowd, Chrysal is clearly no stranger to custom orders for post-holiday shipping.

If a touch of vintage isn’t your taste, do still be sure to stop by Demi-Monde.  Chrysal also crafts the most charming sundresses on Martha’s Vineyard.

Sweet Dreams, Sheri