favorite things

I haven’t posted in what seems a really long time. Sometimes I find that life moves so quickly that before I know it, a couple weeks have passed and I can’t remember what kept me so busy. It’s been like that. We’ve been running this way and that and haven’t had much of a chance to slow down. Most memorably over the last week or so, I got my 40th birthday present (albeit a little early)- a new bike. I have a major race in a few weeks, and my husband was sweet enough to not only buy me my dream bike, but also to get it for me early enough so I could race on it. I also had a beyond fun road trip with some dear college friends to Baltimore, where we met up with a group of our friends from college. It was incredibly fun. So fun, in fact, that I’m still tired from it. This girl is getting old. Another great thing that happened is that my last post was featured on West Elm’s design blog, Front and Main! I was so incredibly honored and excited to see that. It really and truly made my day when I saw that yesterday. It was (and still is) a fantastic feeling to have someone share your work. You can see the post here: http://blog.westelm.com/2013/08/18/lets-get-moving-brooklyn-plates-more/

Today, I felt like sharing a few more favorite things of mine. Most of these things are newly placed on my radar, and for good reason. Here they are:

Could this possibly be the coolest candle ever? I think so. It’s the Muse D’Or by Jonathan Adler- a floral candle in a beautiful porcelain gold vessel. At $78, it might be more than you would normally spend on a candle, but personally, I think the best part is using the vessel after the candle is gone. It wold look great with flowers, pencils, keys…just about anything. I love it. It’s from Waiting on Martha, which has become one of my favorite shops and blogs. Great place for all things home/entertaining related. http://www.shopwaitingonmartha.com/

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This is Anastasia brow gel, and I don’t leave home without it. Brows can really change a face. They can make you look like a mess-or they can make you look amazing. One little swipe of this stuff will tame and shape you brows, and it will stay all day. I’ve tried a few different gels, and this one is by far my favorite. It’s $30 and you can buy it here: http://www.sephora.com/

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I literally ordered these candle holders today; I got the CB2 catalog in the mail and as soon as I saw them, I knew they had to be mine. CB2 is a place that I love to go to for really affordable home decor. The prices are definitely husband-approved;  the set of three is $19.99. (whaaaaaat?) I bought gray taper candles to go in them, which gave them a kind of moody feel. Great for fall. I found them here: http://www.cb2.com/

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Today, I was turned onto a site called Wunway, and I found the sweetest little hair clips and accessories for little girls that I have ever seen. When my daughter saw this one, her face lit up. If you have a little girl, you really must take a look; everything is so charming and whimsical. This particular one is their crown clip and it’s $22. http://www.wunway.com/

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Ok, so I’m not a fan of taxidermy. It freaks the hell out of me. (Dead animals as decor? I don’t get it.)  But this (faux) deer head, for some reason, I’m obsessed with. I’ve had it as one of my “favorite items” on Etsy for the longest time, and if I had enough wall space for it, I would order it. I visit the shop from time to time to make sure they’re still being made, because when we move to a bigger place, this will be one of the first things I buy. It’s so cool, and it’s a great conversation piece.  And don’t get me stared on the glitter antlers. It’s $119.99 and can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107367343/gift-ideas-for-him-her-couples-white?ref=col_view

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I definitely have a thing for skulls. Especially when they’re on a pretty little box like this. You can never have enough little trinket boxes. I want this one for my coffee table. For $29.99 it can be on yours, too. Find here: http://www.zgallerie.com/

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This beauty is from Zara’s fall line. I’m head over heels for the gold hardware on this bag. This would be such a great everyday bag, and it’s big enough for juice boxes and extra Spiderman underwear. Bonus. Available at http://www.zara.com/us/

I am in a full-on macaron obsessed mode. It’s funny, because there’s so much hype about these tiny little pastries, and for the longest time, I didn’t get it. The first time I had one, I was baffled. It was fine, but didn’t blow my hair back. I thought they were just for snobby rich people. (Think Blair Waldorf.)  Then I tried another one a little while back. And then I got it. It was heavenly. Since then, I pick them up whenever I can. They haven’t all been divine, as like everything, some places make better ones, but they haven’t exactly sucked, either. And I can always count on Trader Joe’s for a fix. They are cheap and surprisingly good. But there is one place that I have yet to go to-and that’s Laduree. These dessert shops are all over the world, mostly in France, and I am lucky enough to have one close by on the upper east side of NYC. They are a bit pricey here, but I am hoping to receive one of these lovely little pink boxes for my birthday in a couple months. (Ok, honey? PINK box, please. Love you.) http://www.laduree.com

Now that the season is winding down and my husband and I are caught up on Breaking Bad, I plan on writing more. Not just here, but I’ve had some things swirling in my head for years that I’ve got to get on paper. (Or computer.) I’ll share if it becomes anything.

Enjoy the week.

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lusting for fall…for less

So I know that we still have planty of summer left. Weeks, in fact.  I can’t stand when I see Halloween merchandise in stores when I’m still hanging at the beach. And don’t get me started on how ridiculously early Christmas stuff comes out. But I will say, that right about now, I start to get excited for fall. I’m not trying to rush things; I’m hanging onto every last summer minute, but I can’t help it. Fall lines have started to show up, and it’s hard not to get excited about all the wonderful things to come. There are always a few things that I’m coveting for a new season, and this upcoming one is no different. As usual, many of the things I lust after are unobtainable for me. Boo. So I included more reasonable options that are totally do-able. Here are a few things I’m loving.

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This leather jacket by Annie Bing has had me drooling for quite some time. But at $999, I’m more likely to grow a third arm than be able to buy it. It’s just not happening. What I love about it is that it’s a little rock and roll, and a little lady like. The shoulder quilting is the perfect detail. And I can only imagine how buttery soft it is. Le sigh. Head over here to check it out: (and check out the rest of her line-it’s amazing) http://www.aninebing.com/

However, there are some reasonable options out there. Here’s my favorite:

Oh hey, awesome Topshop jacket that looks just like the awesome Annie Bing. Ok, so it’s faux, but the design is fantastic. Buckles? Check. Zippers? Check. Quilting? Check. And for $85, it’s within reach for average gals like me. Available here: http://us.topshop.com

Awhile back, I was seeing these great d’orsay flats everywhere. Every fashion blogger I follow had them, and I instantly wanted them. Here’s what they were wearing:

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These flats are from Jenni Kayne. I’ve been a fan of hers for quite some time, and I would love to get my hands on these. They come in many different colors and materials, and each one is beautiful. However…..this particular pair is $595. Not gonna happen. My husband would lose it. But if you’re a lucky gal, you can find them here:http://www.shopbop.com/

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Zara to the rescue! Whenever I want a trendy item but don’t want to shell out the cash, I go to Zara. And they never disappoint. These d’orsay flats are PERFECT. And they’re $35.90. !! I tried them on in the store, and they’re just what I’ve been looking for. These will be my go-to shoe for fall. I think this shoe will be huge for fall. You heard it here first. (ok, not really….) Find them at: http://www.zara.com/us/

This last lust/less duo may be the biggest one. Like ever. I am big fan of bags. I am, after all, a female. And when the Pashli came out, I joined millions of women around the world who shed some tears because we knew we’d never have it. (you think I’d be use to that feeling by now…) Here’s the 3.1 Philip Lim beauty:

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Isn’t she a beauty? At $895, however, well, just, no. I have one “it” bag that I carry as much as humanly possible (it’s a DVF) and I’m pretty sure that’s my allotment. And I’ll probably be buried with it. But what I love about this bag is that it’s beautifully made, is versatile, and is a classic. I’ve picked it up a few times in the store and checked myself out in the mirror carrying it. And I might or might not have uttered “Daaaaamn I look good with this…” Find here: http://www.shopbop.com/

Now hold onto your hats, here, because it’s Pashlis for everyone!!!!!

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So this little nugget is a preview for the 3.1 Philip Lim for Target line. And do you see what’s front and center? It’s a mini Pashli. Guess how much. Go ahead. It’s $34.99. The problem is, unless you’re prepared to slap/bite/punch a few ladies to get your hands on it, this pic is probably the closest you’ll get. Unless you go to ebay the day after the collection launches and are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars. (That drives me crazy) I think I just might be willing to go to such measures. Don’t judge me, but I think I’m asking my sitter to come over on September 15 for a few hours so I can camp out and hopefully come home with one of these little gems. Did I mention it’s $34.99? Meet me at Target in September. I’ll be the one pulling someone’s hair. Don’t judge. Or get in my way.

3.1 Philip Lim for Target photo courtesy of http://fashionista.com/.

Please give me strength…

This time of year is really tough for me. There are end of season sales going on everywhere I look, and I lack the strength to resist. Every day my inbox is overflowing with sale notices. I even lack the strength to unsubscribe from those. What am I to do? Every year my husband gives me that look when the credit card statement comes in- and I truly am sorry. But I can’t seem to stop myself. I try, I really do. And there are certain sales that I just cannot resist. They’re just too good. I picked up a couple tops from JCrew and Madewell (two of my favs) that were so cheap, they were practically giving them away. I would have been a fool not to buy them. (When you get emails from JCrew and Madewell that say 40% off final sale items, you take a look. I’m no fool.) And now, two other places are having sales that are off. the. hook. Hello, Zara and Shopbop. (I can hear every man that follows this blog rolling their eyes and leaving this page now-except for my husband, who wants to know what I spent.) Nearly everything at Zara is on serious sale, both online and in-store, and I have browsed both. It’s insane how good it is. And Shopbop is offering an additional 25% off their sale items until tomorrow. I’ve already taken advantage of both. I picked up a pair of sneakers from Zara that I’ve been drooling over for months for $29.99 (normally $130). They’re pony hair leopard sneakers with spikes. Because what girl doesn’t need those in her closet? And I picked up a cute cover up/dress from Shopbop for $20. (was normally $75 and has since sold out.) But that hasn’t stopped me from continuously stopping by both places. I was in Zara tonight, and just actually left the Shopbop site. And with that, I just thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things that are out there right now.

Here are my Zara picks:

printed trouser with side stripe 29.99

I love me a funky trouser. This is the printed trouser with side stripe. $29.99

boho linen skirt 19.99

I really wish this fugly sweater wasn’t covering up this skirt, because it really is gorg. And would have come home with me tonight if they had sizes bigger than a 2. It’s the linen boho skirt and it’s $19.99.

leather effect horts 19.99

Leather effect shorts. $19.99. Bam.

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These are my new loves and I got ’em for $29.99. Buy them so we can be twinsies.

And now over to Shopbop:

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Free People Lacy Day Tank | SHOPBOP

Isn’t this the sweetest little summer tank? It would look so cute over a bandeau or bikini top. Love. $54.60 (And remember, if you buy today or tomorrow, take an additional 25% off.)

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Tory Burch Multi Straw Tote | SHOPBOP

I do believe Tory Burch has perfected the beach tote. This one is $185.30.

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Young Fabulous & Broke June Drizzle Stripe Maxi Dress | SHOPBOP

I really love Young Fabulous & Broke-their pieces are so cool and casual.  This maxi dress is just perfect. $117.00

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Young Fabulous & Broke Montauk Maxi Dress | SHOPBOP

Another YF&B maxi. This one also comes in black. $165.60

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Rachel Pally Preetma Maxi Dress | SHOPBOP

Rachel Pally is a go-to for beautiful, easy and timeless pieces. Her dresses flow so beautifully. One of my favorite dresses that I own is by her and I reach for it time and time again. You’re bound to love anything RP you buy, and with this sale, now is a good time to do so. This beautiful one is $93.60.

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ONE by Marna Ro Shirred Waist Dress with Leather Bodice | SHOPBOP

I have to tell you, I really, really want this dress. I am so in love with the leather bodice. (and anything leather, really) This dress would get serious, serious rotation in my closet. $171.50

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Diane von Furstenberg Lips iPhone 5 Case | SHOPBOP

How cute is this case? I’m a HUGE DVF fan, and a huge fan of her lips print that was everywhere the past couple seasons. It will look really great on your phone, too. $24.00

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Dolce Vita Valentina Lace Dress | SHOPBOP

I think I love lace just as much as I love leather. This little white number is so, so sweet. And we all need a LWD in our closet. $137.50

Seriously, I could go on and on here. There are so many beautiful things to choose from. I just can’t stop looking. I think  may need some help.

Buy above items here: http://www.shopbop.com/  Additional 25% off until 11:59 tomorrow with promo code SALE25. And here: http://www.zara.com/us

Happy shopping!

the drop off

If you are anything like me, your mornings with kids are nuts. Rarely does a day ever go smoothly. Usually, someone has overslept, my son has a major diaper situation as soon as we’re ready to walk out the door, a potty trip goes awry (usually requiring an outfit change), I spill coffee all down my shirt (if I’m lucky enough to get a cup), my son can’t find his shoe/sock/blanket/Lightning McQueen/sippy cup…… Whatever can go wrong, always does. So a bit of planning is required. I’ve found that laying out everyone’s clothes the night before, including my own, saves me a ton of time in the morning. But what is also does is guarantee that I won’t spend the day in sweatpants and a baseball cap. When I do that, I feel  like it sets the tone for the day-and that day inevitably turns out to be crap. Kinda the same way I feel if I don’t make my bed. If I start the morning off right (a relative term, I realize), the day seems to go right. I feel put together. And it doesn’t take much-a cute tee and jeans with some great flats will do it. Between that and a made bed, I can conquer all the crap my day has to offer. You will always take the time to make sure your kids are taken care of before you leave the house and that they look presentable. It only takes a few extra minutes to do the same for yourself. Here are a few simple and easy pieces to make your morning drop off a little more presentable.

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Madewell dress / Forever 21 / Forever 21 / Madewell / Gap t shirt / J.Crew j crew jeans / Zara patching jeans / Jack Purcell sneaker / Madewell shoes / Zara mini tote / Madewell messenger bag / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew sunglasses
Here’s hoping all your Monday mornings go smoothly.

Favorite things

I thought I’d give my favorite things post another go. The list just keeps getting longer and longer and quite honestly I think I could do this post every day and not repeat an item. (Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing?) Not to mention I find this one really fun to do. Today’s favorite things are all over the map, but I had to start with shoes:

These lovely numbers from Zara combine two of my favorite things: sneakers and leopard. I’ve put together so many outfits around them-in my head. The only problem with them? I don’t own them yet.

Mast Brothers Chocolate has quickly become one of my very favorite things of all. The company was founded by two brothers who have a deep passion for chocolate-and it truly shows. They have a factory/tasting room in Brooklyn, but you can also buy the bars online from them or a number of other retailers. I was lucky enough to find them at my local Whole Foods. With flavors like Vanilla and Smoke, Serrano Chili, Black Truffle, Sea Salt and their special Brooklyn Blend, their bars are like no other. My personal flavor is the Coffee. It’s crazy good. The texture is a bit different, however-a bit grainy-which I actually like, but my husband doesn’t. More for me. And the packaging it comes in is the prettiest I’ve ever seen-it’s almost too pretty to open. Almost.

Meet my jewelry staple. It’s the Three Spikes necklace from Alimonada. Alimonada is another Brooklyn-based business that has become my favorite go-to source for really cool and really inexpensive jewelry. I love every piece they make, but this necklace is my fav. It really goes with everything and makes everything just a little bit cooler. Oh and did I mention it’s only $26.90?

I’ve been wanting some major art over my bedside table but couldn’t find the right piece-until I came across this. It’s a fashion illustration called “Cricket” by Leigh Viner. (I’ve mentioned her before. She’s incredible.) I want to super-size this for a major effect and I’m really excited to get on it. I’ll share when it’s purchased and hanging.

One of my favorite times of day is after the kids have gone to bed and my husband and I get to cuddle up on the couch and watch all the DVR’d shows that we haven’t been able to watch because all we’ve been watching is Dinosaur Train and Peppa Pig. (Who I’m not opposed to-she’s actually quite polite unlike that ahole Sponge Bob.) And we always cuddle under a blanket. In the colder months, that blanket is a heavy faux fur one-it’s so soft and divine. In the warmer months, I switch it out for a lighter one that I got at West Elm. I had it monogrammed, which really made it ours. West Elm has such great pillows and throws, and they go on sale all the time. Go get your cuddle on.

I love me some Kiehl’s. Do they make anything that isn’t awesome? My daughter’s skin is super sensitive and she gets these really dry and itchy patches on her butt and face (yes, butt and face) and though it’s not quite eczema, it’s not pretty. I’ve tried a bunch of different lotions, but this is my favorite. It’s rich but also light and just perfect.

Can someone please explain to me how little boys can have such stinky feet? I mean, seriously? After a long day, my 2 1/2 year old son’s feet smell like a steak that’s been sitting out in the sun for a week. I don’t get it! So in the summer months, I try to air out his feet as much as possible. Last summer I discovered Natives. If a Croc and a Chuck Taylor had a baby, it would be this. It has the anti-stink holes of the Crocs and the cuteness of a Converse sneaker. Adorable. Now my little guy’s feet can be dealt with without a gas mask. Best. Shoe. Ever.

If I didn’t have regular trips to the salon, I would start to look a bit like Helen Mirren. I’ve had a few gray hairs since my late 20s, but after 2 kids, it’s not just a few-it’s a shit load. I find that my blonde highlights mask them a bit and buy me a bit more time in between visits. But I swim quite a bit, and chlorine is deadly for highlights, so I need to protect them. I use Kerastasse Aqua Seal every time before I get in the pool (or beach or anywhere I’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun). It protects from UV and chlorine and it has kept my hair from going full-on green ‘fro. At $40 a bottle, it’s pricey, but you know what’s more pricey? Having to go back to the salon for all new highlights.

Ah, springtime. When your nasty toes that have been cooped up in thick socks and boots all winter long are finally let out. When you can get out your sandals, peep-toes and flip flops…but you better not until you’ve had those things properly cleaned up. (In the winter months I’m more a DIY pedicure kinda gal-I refuse to get a professional pedi and either a: put my shoes back on and wreck it or b: wear flip flops in 20 degree weather. No thanks.) Essie’s Watermelon has been one of my favorite spring/summer colors for awhile now. It’s not too much of a departure my my beloved red and it’s just the right amount of pink. I just put in on my toes last night and I promise to get it professionally done before I break out my sandals.

This is Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. You know how French women have that certain something, that ‘je ne sais quoi”? (Also known as how the hell do you eat nothing but cheese and bread and not weigh a thousand pounds?) Well, this book tells you to how to get it too. It gives the style tips of the oh-so-chic French women and is such an enjoyable read. It also tells  you all the great must visit spots in Paris-shops, restaurants, museums, nail salons…everything. This sits on my night stand and I never tire of it. Because I’m prepping for my trip to Paris. (ok not really….)

That’s a wrap. I hope you liked a thing or two (or ten), and I hope you all have really wonderful weekends.

Kickin it

I remember the outfit like it was yesterday. It was 6th grade. Ethel K. Fyle Elementary. Stonewashed jeans. Neon sweatshirt. White lace fingerless gloves. Black rubber bracelets half way up to my elbow. Studded belt. And white Nike high-top sneakers. I remember putting that (God-awful) outfit together and thinking it was not complete without the Nikes. They were so cool and I loved loved loved them. (and Cyndi Lauper.) But since then, my love for sneakers had all but gone away. I still wore them, of course, to go to the gym. But that was about it. That is, until now. Or, I should say, until I saw these:

Sincerely, Jules.

Sincerely, Jules.

A fashion-y sneaker? Too good to be true! Those beautiful wedge sneakers are by Isabel Marant. Those babies reignited my love for sneakers, both wedge and non-wedge. However, with a price tag of nearly $600, preschool payments and dance school tuition, Isabel would not be coming home with me. Alas, other designers started making similar-and less expensive-styles for all of us drooling onto our laptops. Not only that, they made sneakers cool again-for girls! For the guys, sneakers have always been a staple in their wardrobe and there’s always been many stylish options, but for us gals, they were confined mostly to the gym. Now that’s all changed. With all of these cool new options out there, your gym shoes can just be that. GYM shoes. Leave ’em there and try out one of these pairs of cool kicks instead.

In my search for sneakers that would remind me of my beloved Marants, I came across (and bought) these:

Pretty close, right? I normally shy away from anything that’s too close to the original for fear of wearing something that looks like a knock-off, but in this case I didn’t care. And at $149 (and I had a coupon at the time), it’s much easier to swallow. Let me tell you, I wear these ALL THE TIME. Love to the hundredth degree. Now that I had my new kicks, I wanted more. Like these:

 

These Nikes are on my wish list for sure. They’re high tops, but they are also feminine, sweet and funky. I’m thinking denim cut- offs, cute tee and a fedora. I feel like I’ve come full circle to 6th grade again. Minus the braces and the get up like I walked off the set of Madonna’s Lucky Star video.

 

Lusting after these as well. The colors are kinda major, no?

 

And for those of you who think you can’t live without your stilettos-now you can have both.

 

How sweet are these floral numbers? These Keds (remember having the white ones with the blue tag at the back?) are from a collaboration done with Madewell. They’re actually in my online Madewell shopping bag. (along with a few other things). The check-out button is calling me…….

My love for sneakers doesn’t end with high tops; I’ve also rediscovered an old favorite. If you’re not familiar with Supergas, they’re great. They started off as being a cheap pair of shoes that were meant for average, ordinary people in Italy. Which is the reason for it’s tagline – People’s shoe of Italy. But then it became popular, and evolved to become a famous brand internationally. They’re well-made, comfy and cute. I actually found out about them while searching for sneakers for my daughter, which brings me to the kids!! Kids have not been left out of the sneaker trend. Cool and funky pairs for the little ones have been popping up all over the place. Both my tots are rocking their cool kicks and they both love them. Here’s a few of my favorites:

 

These were the ones my daughter had. She’s since grown out of them. I plan on buying her another pair when she grows out of her Chuck Taylors. She really loved these and so did I.

I mean, do I really have to say anything about these? I’m getting out my credit card as we speak. Don’t tell my husband.

These scream for my daughter. They’re so her. I’m just loving that the little girls finally have cool sneakers-just like their mommies.

I kid you not, I had these in my hand at Zara the other day-and then my husband walked in. He’s such a shopping buzz kill. Needless to say, these are beyond and your daughter probably wants you to buy her these.

And for the boys…I give you these. My son isn’t big enough for these yet, but rest assured, when he is, he’ll be wearing these.

For your little stud in the making.

Color blocked high tops. Yup.

So there it is. I may have come a long way since Ethel K. Fyle, but apparently I’m still wearing the same shoes.