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A SERIES OF THINGS TO GET YOU CLOSER TO HAVING THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI
At our house it's officially Christmakkah Season (Christmas & Hanukkah)!!!
Here is how to mash it all together (with a little bump essentials too)
1_ 3-D MATERNITY SHIRT - for Christmas. I love playing around the bump by accentuating it with accessories. Making the ornament 3-D is pretty amusing to me.
- When I first moved to NYC my mom bought be a tiny fiber optic tree for my tiny NYC apt. Even tho I now have a much bigger apt, 11 years later, I still love my little fiber optic tree! The best part is that it only takes 2 steps to set up. A) Get it off the shelf in my closet B) Insert the tree into the stand and plug in! DONE!
- When I first moved to NYC my mom got me a tiny fiber optic tree for my tiny NYC apartment. 11 years later I have a much bigger apartment but still love my simple, small tree. I can set it up in minutes and the glow of the fiber optic lights is still fun to watch in the dark. I have a feeling when the bump FINALLY arrives, s/he will like it too.
- We discovered this menorah at a candle shop in Woodstock and could not stop thinking of it. Finally Ari found one closer to home on Avenue J. The white porcelain camels are so chic. Camels are also part of the nativity scene, so it's a perfect Christmakkah menorah
friend, Jill Broduer, makes these really hot pouches in leather. They are custom made so you can have your personal mark or initials monogrammed on it. Recently she made this one with a Star of David which would make a really cool Hanukkah gift.
A SERIES OF THINGS TO GET YOU CLOSER TO HAVING THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI
1_ NESTING is certainly what I'm doing at 33 weeks pregnant. The maternal instincts have kicked in and I'm making a cozy, comfortable place for the baby to be. In Brooklyn, even tho it's a little roomier than Manhattan, savy space saving skills are still required. I have searched all over for furniture from antiques to crate & barrel, but Ikea still rules when it comes to space saving furniture. The
shoe cabinet actually looks nice/ grown up and is perfect for some quick storage by the doorway for things like winter accessories as we head out with our winter baby.
needs to move to the top of your moving watching list, pronto. If you did not see it in theaters this past summer, Autumn is even more apropos. I don't want to spoil the plot but I fell in love with John Turturro after watching this. It's the kind of movie you wish would never end.
3_ MATERNITY COATS =
is what I discovered this week. As I head into the home stretch with an already big and still growing bump I had to figure out how to face the elements, stylishly. I used to not like capes so much because I thought they made me look pregnant. But when you are pregnant - they look really cute over the bump!
is rocking my world right now. I wake up singing it. Maybe it's because so many people reference babies moving in your stomach to aliens. In some ways it is very "alien", but more than that it truly is one of the sweetest feelings in the entire world. In any case, David Bowie rules.
doesn't have to be so baby. I love this item from Pottery Barn Kids (and I didn't know I liked stuff from Pottery barn ?!?!) I love the open design for items pretty enough to display along with drawer space. Great Concept.
A SERIES OF THINGS TO GET YOU CLOSER TO HAVING THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI
is so cool. As you know, I lived in my Rachel Comey Comrad Shoeties all summer and now excited to see what she is doing in the bag arena. It stays in line with her "offbeat charm".
by Stephen Chow is a cult classic must to add to your list of great films. It was playing at
over the weekend so I had a date with my baby's daddy to see it since he loves Kung Fu and I love anything Chinese. You know it's good when you walk out and see everyone mimicking the kung fu moves from the movie - us included. My move was the "Lion Roar". Now you have to watch it to find out :)
3_ EMBELLISHED SWEATSHIRTS are even better than plain sweatshirts! Thank god for this trending staple. It's so comfy, warm and fits bumps. Then you have designer brands like
which make this "CutAway Shoulder Embellished Sweatshirt". It's one of my favorite things right now.
is another cult classic that will never get old. I cleaned out the house all weekend or what some call "nesting". The White Album was part of the cleaning soundtrack so it's on my mind. It's also special to me because there is one song with the baby's possible name (if it's a girl) Any guesses???
5_ SUEDE SNEAKERS from
are one of my new favorite shoes this season. The designer sneaker trend is right up there with the sweatshirt trend -- BRING IT ON!
|C'est Fou inside of Zara|
|C'est Fou and his stylist on Fifth Avenue|
Smart, Zany, & Inviting
As I stepped into Söpö, there was so much to look at, and I wanted to look at it all. This is the kind of boutique that beckons your attention and your gift giving spirit. There are so many items you want for yourself and if not for yourself, then you know someone you would want to give it to.
The item that got me into the store was a very unique accessory that they carry by artist: Ellen Macomber. It's a screen printed silk scarf with a New Orleans road map. It's the perfect mix of kitsch and class and a truly tasteful souvenir from NOLA.
Taken by surprise, SÖPÖ has great gifts for the boys too. For instance, they carry a very dapper selection of bow ties and pocket squares for the true Southern Gentleman. Oh, and this iconic New Orleans Map print can also be found on a bow tie, pocket square and neck tie as well.
|Pocket Squares by Fox & Brie|
|Pocket Squares with NOLA map|
Anyone that has visited the city of New Orleans knows that it's slightly off-kilter (and that is what makes it wonderful). The appreciation for the unconventional is alive and well at SÖPÖ where porcelain crawfish and alligators at the bottom of a coffee cup show the easy going, joking manner of this city's inhabitants.
|Sunglasses and a place to rest them|
|Glass Art by Ellen Macomber|
|Pop Safari Art|
|Class art by Ellen Macomber|
handbags, jewelry, baby clothes & toys, and everything else on the 1st floor that you were not aware you had to have, the 2nd floor is like your dream walk-in closet. The women that own & operate Söpö, Robin & Britta, truly know what they are doing when selecting the apparel for SOPO. There is attire you not only want to celebrate in, but really live in. It would be hard to not walk away with at least one new piece for your wardrobe since everything in here is so inviting.
|The Dressing Room|
|Porter Lyons Mineral Earrings|
These earrings need no story to enhance their desirability but I was even more hooked when I learned designer, Ashley Porter, made these of a Louisiana Mineral. Cheers to the Local movement.
|Hansel from Basil Bobby Socks|
Umm Cute Socks... We all know how I feel about Sweet Socks and Wedge Sandals - In LOVE.
|more Jewelry by Porter Lyons|
|My Favorite dress by Eve Gravel|
This Boutique in New Orleans' Mid City Neighborhood is an instant favorite rather you are a tourist or a local. Söpö truly offers one of the finer shopping experiences in New Orleans. If you can't make it to NOLA, check out their website.
While Shopping in New Orleans, Louisiana a few weeks ago I found my new favorite Vintage Boutique - Lili. It is extremely well merchandised (which means the buyer has amazing taste), and it does not smell vintage (she has all items cleaned and repaired). I found some serious Cocktail dresses and dresses that make me want to get married again!
Lili Vintage Boutique
Unique, Discerningly Tasteful, Southern Pretty
|This is the Veil|
take my word for it....
Like most museum goers and fashion faithful, I've been counting down the days to the opening of "Punk: Chaos to Couture" at the Met. Boys in eyeliner, Hard Spiky Hair, Leather Everything, Safety pins, Studs, the Clash - oh the Punk culture has given us so much. I certainly have a soft spot for all things punk but prefer less grime on my person. Hence, this is how a girly girl does punk (tho, I am known for not liking to wash my hair often enough...)
The perfectly pink backdrop was provided by the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Emily showed up in her signature mint jeans. She has always loved this color, and now it's the hottest color for Spring 13 especially next to pink. For me, I threw on my favorite Silver Lame party dress, some cool black leggings, sweatshirt and leather jacket.
I like black and pink together :) That's what makes it Pretty Punk
Thankfully joining Jenée Sais Quoi, is our very own shopping Guru, Jille B. You need to shop from something in particular, ask Jille B. You need a present for someone, ask Jille B.
She is "The Guru of Shopping"
So I put her to the test and asked her for some Mother's Day present ideas. She covers the gamut from designer shoes to spending time together. It takes a thoughtful person to be a good shopper. (oh and good taste helps)
In Jille B's own words, here is how she landed on these gifts for showing your mom "she is a badass".
...the anklet because I'm a sucker for dainty jewelry. It's so sweet, what's not to like. Plus, the price is good. You could buy two, one for mom and one for you :) It comes in gold and silver. It's nice to have choices. Also, I am in LOVE with Sydney Evans (micro pave and sweet script!) but not a lover of the price for gifts. I was happy to see her SHY by Sydney Evans line. It keeps her designs but without the price. I loved the detail of the solitaire bezel diamond off set. Something for personalization: I thought the Charlotte Olympia zodiac smoking slipper was great. The silhouette is on trend and the enamel zodiac jewelry amazing!
Every mom loves yummy treats and flowers, nothing says it more than the best cupcakes ever from Georgetown and the most amazing colorful bouquet.
Lastly, spend time with mom - a lovely bike ride with a basket full of flower, perhaps.
Showing off your best asset (the bump) when you are expecting, can be a challenge for many reasons. Hence, even though I do not have personal experience in this area, today's post is for all of the questions I have received wondering how to still look put together when one's body morphs into a new silhouette.
I consulted a few ladies who have been through the process and did some on the ground research with my friend Ali, who is expecting, at one of her favorite hip Maternity Boutiques in Brooklyn, Bump.
|Wow!! A Maternity Romper - Now that is Stylish. This is from the brand Fragile|
This was our favorite dress. A witty stork print & fun summer look from Maternal America. It's fitting for a casual work day and nice for weekend get-togethers.We also realized color blocking & belts are key to showing off your lovely new shape and avoid looking HUGE.
Here is the (skinny) on what to purchase during these precious months and how to wear it.
Go Inexpensive: These pieces are not classic pieces that will stick around in your wardrobe for long, so the bulk of this new look should not cost so much. Unless you have tons of money to throw around (and if you do, you really should not spend it all on yourself).
These retailers we all know have cute inexpensive maternity lines: Target by Liz Lange, the Gap & Old Navy
Stretch your budget & you pants: with Bellaband (from bump) It will turn your fav jeans and pants into maternity jeans.
Items that make you feel special: While the basics are great, from above mentioned stores, now and then you will need a finer item for a special occasion or just to have fun shopping at a boutique again! Bump carries all of the chic labels in Maternity wear: Ripe Limited, Maternity America, Fragile & Michael Stars, just to name a few. The pictures really say the rest.
The Statement Necklace: The outfits do not need to be overly complicated. Words of wisdom from Ali: Pants, A tank, A cardigan and.... A Statement Necklace. Now this is where you can spend you money too since it will last longer than a pregnancy. It also is a great focal point. Remember that - FOCAL POINTS.
|These are called Chew Beads - They are "mommy chic & baby Safe. Available at Bump|
|I love this 20's inspired Great Gatsby Dress|
|Somehow I imagine this is what pregnancy is going to be like..... when that time comes.|
Any Advice? What did/do do you love to wear when expecting? Leave a comment to share with everyone - secrets revealed.
...a look back...
As a little girl coming across this traditional notion that the 1st wedding anniversary gift be PAPER - I was so puzzled - Who wants paper??? How is paper romantic???
Here I am still trying to figure this out. So far this is what a quick internet search reveals:
When in Portland it is imperative that one goes shopping to take advantage of No Sales Tax!!! Thankfully there are plenty of cool things to choose from.
Leanna NYC - WELL CURATED, UNIQUE, AFFORDABLE
If my suitcase was not so small I would have walked out with much more.
So, I choose carefully: An eye catching, ochre colored, calf length, swish skirt was my perfect find.
|Siman Tu's Storefront on Lexington Ave.|
|As seen on Gossip Girl - one of many looks - from Raw Denim website|
|Me with Siman in his gallery wearing the Chandelier Earings|
|A stunning Jade necklace with Swaroski elements by Siman|
|These earrings are so much fun|
|They definitely say Party|
|On Verve website : Click here to find|
|Standing near some of the more traditional Bridal wear|
Planning a wedding from New York is a huge privilege, if you enjoy shopping. With all of the options this metropolis has to offer in the way of bridal boutiques, jewelry shops, shoes, a plethora of artists ready to make custom couture anything, a girl/or boy never has to settle.
|My Google map of shopping trip|
Yesterday was devoted whole heartedly to shopping for bridal jewels !!!!!!!!
As mentioned before in A WEDDING COLOR STORY, the color Jade was incorporated because I wanted to wear Jade jewelry. The bright green color is stunning with a white dress and the gem holds special powers that I want surrounding me on that day.
Since Dana is doing some wedding research of her own and she is my partner in crime, we had a date to meet in the morning on the Upper East Side where we would meander our way down to the Lower Ease Side.
Attached is a map of our Shopping Journey with Descriptions of each place. I hope this makes the next bride's shopping pursuit a little easier.
|Jennifer Miller Jewelry on the Upper East Side : jennifer miller jewelry website|
|Simon Tu's on Upper East Side : Simon Tu website|
|Pilgrim in Lower east Side|
|Wendy Mink in the Lower East Side|
|Wendy MInk: Wendy Mink Website|
Most stylists/ editors recommend mixing up a look with high end and low end like throwing in a bit of vintage or H&M (mass market retailer with fashionable, inexpensive clothing and accessories) with your Bergdorf (luxury department store with designer goods).
But what about Chanel head to toe - or head to toe nail?
The sight of monogrammed towels, shirt collars, Lands End fleece pullovers... has an air of sophistication and pedigree as it denotes distinction and quality.
|My Dad's Shirt circa 1984 and now My shirt, since we share initials|
|Rhinestone Rings - My Own from Brooklyn 4 Play in Park Slope|
|Studio Manhattan Vintage at Bryant Park Holiday Shops - Looking Glass Necklace w/ Initial|
Initials are uniquely our own, even if some are shared, since there are only 26 letters in the alphabet. In the new age of globalism where everything is starting to look the same, we still crave being distinct and special. I think the rise in monogramming and wearing of initials is an Anti-Globalism movement to distinguish ourselves and our products.
Bryan Park Holiday Market,
Studio Manhattan Vintage: Booth # G10
was one of the most "unique" namely because it was full of initials!
See images here of different ways to adorn your self with your very own letters. You can even where the letters of someone you love.
|Studio Manhattan Vintage - Initial Charm Bracelets|
|Studio Manhattan Vintage - Charm Initials: Rhinestones set in antique Brass|
|Monogramming at J.Crew|
If what you have been waiting for is a Henri Bendels with cheaper prices and below 14th
Street... Then it IS!
|From outside on Spring street - People everywhere|
Once inside, I headed to handbags on the right. All of the basics were covered, as well as and the trends of fall 2011: color blocking & hair calf. Girls already carrying Longchamp nylon totes, were eyeing the nylon totes with prominent Gold C plaques.
|C.Wonder Handbags - Nylon Tote Featured|
|Housewares in the back left of store|
The Jewelry collection is extensive and has many fun, Quirky pieces too featuring little animals and lots of charms.
|The Monogramming Center|
|Front Window dressing|
633 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Find the MadMan or MadWoman (or Halston, or Yves Saint Laurent or Givenchy) within here. This vintage store is certainly a gem; not to be confused with a trift store where everything is $20 or less. Though, the prices are extremely thrifty considering the handpicked, mint condition, scrutinized merchandise from which to choose.
The styles range from Betty Draper-esqe attire fit for a lawn party to caftans for the modern Gypset heading to a drum circle. The men’s collection is perfectly hip with out being “too retro”. The accessories and nighties are the icing on the cake.
The dress I have pictured here eagerly awaits a spring party, a lawn party perhaps. It is a novelty Hot Air Balloon Print in shades of lavender and olive. Just thinking about it on a dreary Monday was enough to make me smile.
1 Of A Kind Vintage is as wonderful as your most Nostalgic memory without the attic smell.