When Rose Carpenter was a corporate attorney, she was a master at wheeling and dealing. Now retired for a number of years, Carpenter, 58, has simply sharpened those skills in another arena - shopping. "I rarely, rarely, rarely pay full price for anything. ... I just got a Costco deal on my Range Rover. I got 5 percent off because I showed them my Costco card," says the Baltimore native who now makes her home in Palm Beach, Fla. Carpenter loves to hunt down designer deals in particular, as she did for the sea-colored Missoni frock she wore to Pride After Dark, which raised money for the educational programs and goodwill missions of the Pride of Baltimore, where Carpenter serves as a board member. HER STYLE: "Classic, with a little funky." HER ENSEMBLE: Turquoise and green knit Missoni one-shoulder dress from theoutnet.com; large baroque pearl Y-necklace she helped design from Kaufmann de Suisse in Palm Beach - "I liked the large, unusual shape [of the pearls]. But I'm too small to wear a solid necklace of pearls this size." Pearl earrings she bought at a charity auction in Palm Beach; stacked John Hardy and other bangles collected over the years; black crocodile patent leather Nancy Gonzalez baguette evening bag; black Manolo Blahnik over-the-knee boots ("I wore them so I wouldn't have to wear tights"); and Michele watch with pale blue crocodile strap from Neiman Marcus. HER PASSION FOR PEARLS: "I've been into pearls for the last year or so. They're gorgeous. They're natural. They have a luster. And they're unique. Even with cultured pearls, they're never exactly the same." HER HUNTING GROUNDS: "Now, it's mostly Internet. I'll go to the Sawgrass Mills outlets in Florida; Neiman's and Saks outlets, they're a little better than they are up here. Then there's what I call my Gucci T.J. Maxx in Palm Beach Gardens, where they carry designers." If you are planning a fundraising party you would like considered for Scene & Heard coverage, email email@example.com.
Karen Jackson, for The Baltimore Sun