Diamonds and Brunch with Blythe Harris and Mary Alice Stephenson

by Sydney Sadick

This weekend, Stella & Dot cofounder Blythe Harris and Glam4Good founder Mary Alice Stephenson hosted an intimate Hamptons brunch to celebrate the launch of COVET by Stella & Dot, the social retail company’s first foray into fine jewelry and luxury handbags and wallets. The company creates opportunities for women by making their jewelry and accessories lines available online and through in-home trunk shows hosted by one of Stella & Dot’s network of 50,000-plus stylists. “We’ve been doing fashion jewelry since Stella & Dot was created, and with the trend towards delicates we wanted to create something that was the layer you’d never take off,” said Harris. The product? Necklaces that feature a range of symbols like strength, intension, adventure, and faith—as well as initials—that come in black and white diamonds. “It’s meant for you to build a personal meaning.”

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The get-together featured a poolside sit-down brunch at Harris’ home with light summer bites—chilled corn soup, a veggie frittata with mixed greens, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert—and offered wallet customization with a monogram station. As far as what Blythe’s pal Mary Alice has been up to this summer? “My summer’s been incredible! I’ve been traveling across the country for Glam4Good and just got back from the DNC. We have some very exciting initiatives at Glam4Good coming up in the fall,” said Stephenson. Her organization is an “empowerment platform that creates and celebrates inspiring stories of transformation that ignite positive social change through style,” according to its website. “We’re heading to Colombia to work in a shelter for girls and we just got back from Detroit where we worked with 100 kids with life-threatening illnesses to get them ready for their prom,” Stephenson continued. “People always need help and support, and fashion has such a beautiful power to do that.”

It felt only natural for Stephenson to co-host the afternoon. Not only are Stephenson and Harris friends, but Stella & Dot has contributed to Stephenson’s efforts by donating jewelry and accessories to her organization. “Jewelry for me adds soul to style; there’s a healing power to it,” Stephenson said. “When women react to jewelry, it makes them feel good!”

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