December 16, 2014

Travel: An Affordable and Stylish Hotel in NYC

At the rooftop 'Cloud Bar' at citizenM hotel. See bottom of post for outfit details.
Hope you’re all having a great holiday season! This is my favorite time of year, especially in New York City. Between the festive decorations, beautifully lit Christmas trees, pop-up gift markets, amazing store window displays and extra events, it’s an amazing time to be in and experience the city. If you don’t live nearby and wanted a more affordable hotel for your overnight stay in the city, there are options. One in particular is citizenM Hotel in Times Square. Have you heard of it or stayed there in another city? Relatively new to NYC, this hotel is a great option if you wanted an affordable hotel that is still stylish, but without all the frills that normally jack up the hotel fees.

I was first introduced to citizenM in October when I was invited to a cocktail mixology masterclass that was held at their rooftop ‘Cloud Bar’. After the event they gave us a tour of the hotel and I have to admit I was surprised by their unconventional yet very practical format. All the rooms are the same (no suites, etc.) with features such as a king-size bed, free wi-fi and free movies. The hotel is designed to feel like a home, so the lobby is set up like a living room with a “kitchen” where food is available 24 hours a day the way it may be in your own kitchen. Their mission: ‘to create affordable luxury for the people’. This hotel is not for everyone as the rooms are quite small and sparse for American expectations. But if your trip is short, you’re on a budget, or you’re just intrigued by the ‘living room’ concept; this is the perfect hotel for you. In the heart of the city, it is convenient, clean and provides the basic necessities for an overnight stay.

View from the rooftop bar:
 Delicious bites at the Cocktail Mixology event:
Adri of Adri's Wrld learning to mix some new drinks and Rhea of Sew Stylish Rhea waiting with me to taste them! The drink on the right is an Irish Whiskey. This drink is hot (perfect for winter), incredibly yummy and my favorite of the night!!

Outfit details:
Sandro blazer (similar here), Maje top (similar here), 7 for All Mankind jeans, Via Spiga shoes, Kendra Scott bracelet



December 12, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - $25 and Under

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Holiday gifting should never break your budget. Above are some great gifts to give and receive for $25 and under!

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TGIF!

December 11, 2014

Gifts on Sale

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NET-A-PORTER is one of my favorite online sites to shop for clothing and accessories, and they're having a sale! An amazing website of fashion-forward and luxurious pieces, they have discounted a select group of products up to 50% off with free shipping and returns in the US. Above are my top picks from the sale.

For product detail: crystal necklace, laptop case, beaded tassel necklace, menswear-inspired coat, cotton-blend scarf, peacoat, gold-plated fringe necklace, fringed bag, chain headpiece

Great as gifts, they also make great gifts for yourself!

Some other sites I love that are having a sale now:
- Amazon
- Madewell
- J. Crew
- Nordstrom


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December 10, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - For the Kids


I'm always amazed by the variety of toy options out there, especially compared to when I was a kid. I can go to a toy store like FAO Schwarz in Manhattan and spend hours there even without my own kids with me! Guess I'm a kid at heart, because I have to admit I find the toy choices fascinating but also overwhelming! If you have any kids to shop for, see below (and click to purchase) for some of my favorite toy gifts for kids. Especially love the old school toys like the record player and 'Simon' memory game, the realistic snowballs, the landmark and archaeology light board kit, and the instant camera (might get this one for myself!).







Still not sure what to get the kid in your life? Check out the numerous options at Amazon. Even better, check out their Green Monday Deals and take advantage of some sales!


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See my other Holiday Gift Guides here:
For the Hostess
Beauty Gifts
For Her (and the Fashionista)


December 8, 2014

Love That Look, Now Get it!


A cold winter can be very frustrating from a fashion perspective. You put together a très chic look, throw on your warmer coat, and then it’s over. Your outfit is now your coat. Sure, you have cute shoes on or carry a gorgeous bag, but really, your outfit is mostly your coat. That is why I love the look shown above on Hanneli Mustaparta. A photographer, blogger, stylist and former model, Hanneli makes her coat the focal point of her look while the rest of the outfit is stylistically simple and chic, and complements (love the blue!) the coat's bright neon green shade. Also love that she's wearing neon in winter which is an unexpected and refreshing burst of color when the days are short and a bit more dreary. 

Love the look too? Get a similar one here:
coat- J. Crew
cable knit sweater- Vince
pants- J. Crew
shoes- Timberland

And of course you need a bag. Colorful and fun, this one by Alexander McQueen brings together the colors of the outfit. It's smaller size makes it less overwhelming and more subtle.


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photo credit: image 1 via streetpeeper.com

December 6, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - For Her

Shopping the 'For Her' gifting category is one that I love. Basically, I look for things that I would be thrilled to receive, then I determine my specific gift selections based on what I know about the recipient. Above are some of my gift ideas that I would love to receive as well as to give. See below for my gift guide specifically for 'the fashionista' in your life. With the overwhelming abundance of product choices out there, hopefully this gift guide will help you complete your holiday shopping before it's too late!

from top L to R:

1. embroidered chiffon robe - would probably not buy this for myself, but would love to receive as a gift...

2. face and body sonic cleansing system - a luxurious and gentle way to clean and exfoliate your skin

3. glass water bottle - This one's brilliant since I hate the aftertaste from plastic and metal water bottles, and cute packaging too!

4. headphone wired ear muffs - practical, enough said

5. nail polish set - color options can be endless...

6. phone charger - practical and stylish, especially for the girl/woman on the go

7. 360º studs - so chic

8. pajama set - cozy and stylish

9. pendant necklace  - an elegant gift any woman would love

10. jewelry organizer - a must for the frequent traveller

11. luxurious robe - a cozy indulgence

12. v-neck necklace - a delicate necklace that's fashion-forward and chic

13. boxed mini candle set - luxurious gift that isn't personal

14. fitness and sleep tracker wristband - for the health/fitness aware gadget lover

15. Benefit Cosmetics beauty best sellers - a festive gift set including my all-time favorite mascara and products for that supermodel glow

16. leather gloves - for a traditional and practical gift


and specifically for the fashionista...

from top L to R:
1. muse candle2. greeting card set3. book- How to be Parisian Wherever You Are...4. headphones5. teddy robe6. Missoni candle7. statement necklace8. metallic pouch9. gold statement cuff10. pom-pom hat11. crystal embellished ear cuff12. Isabel Marant silver ear cuffs (on sale!)13. bluetooth camera shutter release14. straightening and styling iron15. Stila gift set16. coffee table book


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See my other Gift Guides here:
For the Hostess
Beauty Gifts

December 2, 2014

Sorel & Lucky Magazine Event

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Until last year, I got through several winters without having real winter boots. I had short booties from Aquatalia which just came up to my ankle that I wore when it was icy. For the occasional heavy snowstorm or messy slush, I wore my Hunter boots. Kind of slippery and cold, but I made it work! Then the crazy polar vortex arrived last winter, and what did I do? You guessed it, I still tried to get through the winter with my short booties and rain boots. Ridiculous. By the end of January with fashion week and some blizzards coming up, I was determined (and desperate) to get real boots. But not just any boots. I wanted to find ones that I'd be happy to wear, and that had enough style to work with my outfits. So of course I was drawn to Sorel boots. Rugged and chic, I was obsessed. Unfortunately, the ones I wanted were sold out, but this taught me to take my own advice. Get them at the beginning of the season! Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I was invited to the Sorel & Lucky Magazine event at Sorel's pop-up shop at 345 West 14th St. in NYC. An evening of shopping, drinks and music, it was a fun and perfect opportunity to try on Sorel's different boot styles and get prepared for the snow (in advance this time!).

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The incredibly cute and chic (yes, you can be both!) Rachel Martino (in second photo above) of rachmartino.com was there as a host of the event and to share her Lucky picks. She was wearing the MEDINA II™ (bootie with gold metal heel shown in the first pic of the collage above) which I loved. The metal heel is reason alone to buy those booties, but I'm not sure I'd be able to do too much walking with that heel...

Below are some of my other top Sorel picks:

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from top L to R: 'Joan of Arctic' boot, 'Joan of Arctic' bootie, 'Tofino' boot, 'Conquest Carly' boot

Of course, you can always go 'old school' and get the classic Sorel shown in the first image. Love them all and looking forward to a toasty warm winter!

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December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale Faves

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Here are just a few of my clothing faves of the Cyber Monday sales from my list here (applicable promo codes in post). It was almost impossible to pick so few, but I chose these because they are all great fashion-forward pieces that will look chic regardless of the current trends. Wear them with a high-low mix, or dress up and dress them down. So versatile, and even more amazing at these sale prices! Click on the links below for details.

from top, L to R: classic dress shirt, leather jacket (a gorgeous color and 60%off!), sequin side-striped shirt (classic yet party-ready), black silk top (so flattering), lace dress, pink asymmetrical silk top, shearling collar jacket (to wear forever), skinnies, draped wrap coat


Below are some accessories I'm loving from the sales. These would all be great gifts as well!
from top, L to Rsatchel, collar necklace, 360º studs, teardrop frost necklace, tote, headphones with matching earrings

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Happy Monday!

Cyber Monday Sales - My List & Promo Codes

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Below are some of my fave Cyber Monday sales as well some Black Friday sales that extend through Dec.1-

AG Adriano Goldschmied // Cyber Monday additional 20% off select styles
DATE: 12.01
CODE: AGCYBER20

Alice + Olivia // 25% off sitewide + free shipping
DATE: 11.26-12.01

All Saints (US) // 20% off all styles
DATE: 11.28-12.01
CODE: THANKS

Amazon // Cyber Monday Deals Week
Across a wide range of product categories, this sale will be updated periodically throughout the day for the whole week, so check back often!
DATE: 12.1...

ASOS (US) // Cyber Monday  30% off
DATE: 11.30 (8pm EST) – 12.02 (3am EST)
CODE: ILOVEMONDAYS

Banana Republic (US) // Cyber Monday 40% off
DATE: 12.1

BaubleBar // Cyber Monday 20% off
DATE: 11.30 (6 EST) – 12.02 (11:59pm EST)
CODE: CYBER20

Bloomingdales // Cyber Monday 25% off a selection of regular and sale price items
DATE: 11.30-12.01

Club Monaco // Cyber Monday check ClubMonaco.com for their biggest sale of the year

Current Elliott // Black Friday 25% off sitewide
DATE: 11.26-12.01
CODE: THANKS

Equipment // 25% off sitewide
DATE: 11.26-12.01
CODE: THANKS

J. Crew // Cyber Monday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum
DATE: 12.01
CODE: MONDAY

Joie // 25% off sitewide
DATE: 11.26-12.01
CODE: THANKS

L.K. Bennett // Cyber Monday 30% off sitewide + free shipping
DATE: 12.01
CODE: AW14

Nordstrom // up to 40% off select products

Parker // Cyber Monday  30% off any order
DATE: 12.01
CODE: HOLIDAZE30

Piperlime // Cyber Monday 30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns,
DATE: 11.30-12.01
CODE: CYBERSALE

Shopbop // Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000
DATE: 11.25-12.01
CODE: GOBIG14

Topshop (US) // 30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items
DATE: 11.27-12.01

Urban Outfitters // Cyber Monday take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150
DATE: 12.01

West Elm // Buy more, save more — up to 25% off
DATE: 11.26-12.01
CODE: SUPERSALE
// Decorative Boxes 20% off
DATE: 11.26-12.08


note: Some exclusions may apply. Check individual site for more details.


Happy Shopping! Happy Monday!!!

November 29, 2014

Love these on sale now...



Fortunately, many of the Black Friday sales are continuing through the weekend. So if you missed out, there's still time! See my last post (here) for some sale detail and corresponding dates. Above are some pieces still on sale that I love. Intended to look for gifts, but looks like these are all 'my list' items...