The Luxe life in Lagos

It don’t mean a thing if I ain’t got that bling ✨ ⁣⁣

Nothing takes an outfit from drab to fab quite like jewelry and accessories. And as we celebrate the re-opening of our world after Covid-19 lockdowns, we can once again have fun with fashion by curating unique looks for social gatherings and returning to the office. I certainly plan on making up for lost time! ⁣

Working alongside LAGOS has always been a dream of mine, which is why I am so exceptionally proud to share our new partnership. LAGOS jewelry is the embodiment of superior artistry, unparalleled style and timeless elegance. Internationally recognized for their representation of bold femininity, every piece of LAGOS jewelry is a perfect blend of sophistication and edge. All of the exquisite pieces are highly textured, which is one of the features that differentiates LAGOS jewelry from other brands.

Gold Beaded X Ring, Signature Caviar Silver Front-Back Earrings, Caviar Spark Diamond Circle Necklace, Signature Caviar Beaded Bracelet, 18K Rose Gold and Stainless Steel Watch Bracelet, 12mm Rose Gold Caviar Bracelet, 6mm Rose Gold Caviar Bracelet

Caviar, the signature design of LAGOS, refers to the luminous beading present on each piece of LAGOS jewelry. Using meticulous technique, highly-skilled artisans work with precision and keen attention to detail as they perform hundreds of steps required to create the signature beaded Caviar detailing on each of the LAGOS pieces. The superior craftsmanship is truly awe-inspiring. ⁣⁣

A few months ago I received a smart watch, and while I love the convenience of wrist-wear technology, the flimsy rubber watch band didn’t jive well with the rest of my wardrobe. I knew there had to be a better option and made it my mission to track down a polished and elegant alternative to the unfashionable rubber band.

From the moment I laid eyes on the LAGOS Smart Caviar collection (featuring this stunning 18k rose gold and stainless steel watch bracelet), I’ve been patiently waiting for the perfect moment to share all the details with my fellow fashionistas. Never could I have envisioned a better blend of fashion and practicality. And how exciting that you can now wear your smart watch just as you would wear any piece of jewelry or luxury watch!

I was instantly drawn to the Smart Caviar Rose watch bracelet. The mixing of different metals in the two-tone style is absolutely mesmerizing, and the versatility in easily pairing it with other jewelry makes it a smart investment piece. The LAGOS Smart caviar watch bracelet is truly next-level chic when layered with a stack of bracelets, and is the perfect example of how one piece of jewelry can be a day-to-day staple that effortlessly transitions to evening and red carpet glam. ⁣

Not a fan of the two-tone style? The Smart Caviar watch bracelet is also available in stainless steel, sterling silver, ceramic.

Black Friday Cheat Sheet

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Black Friday: the day when people trample others for deep discounts mere hours after giving thanks for everything they already have. And for those of you itching to deplete your bank accounts even before you consume your colossal plate of food, you’re in luck, as Black Friday sales no longer begin on Friday, but rather on Thanksgiving or even before!! Black Friday is an enigma in the truest form. In a real life manifestation of The Hunger Games, people emerge from their turkey-induced comas and all common decency is abandoned as they compete for price-slashed luxury goods. Unless armed with helmets and shoulder pads, battling hoards of overzealous retailers is a dangerous sport not meant for the faint of heart.

The first and most critical rule for Black Friday shopping – STAY HOME.  There, I said it. With few exceptions, shoppers extraordinaire can access the same deals online as in stores. This year, stay in your pajamas, grab some spiced cider, and get those fingers ready to furiously type in your credit card numbers.

Below is my ultimate Black Friday Cheat sheet – You’re welcome!

& Other Stories is offering 20% off everything through 11/24.

7 For All Mankind is offering 40% off sitewide through 11/27.

Alternative Apparel is offering 30% off sitewide through 11/25. Use code THANKS30.

Aritzia is offering 50% off select fall/winter styles through 11/26.

ARO  is offering 30% off sitewide with code THANKYOU from 11/22 to 11/26.

ASOS will give you 20% off with code HELLO20 and free shipping worldwide. is offering 30% off sitewide with code THIRTYOFF through 11/27.

Barnes & Noble has a bunch of deals going on: Get 50% off the best young adult books of 2018, toys and games for BOGO 50% off, and 50% off Moleskine items, plus more all through 11/25.

Baublebar is offering 30% off through 11/24.

Benefit Cosmetics is offering 25% off everything plus free shipping with code BENEBINGE through 11/24.

Betsey Johnson is offering 35% off sitewide through 11/25.

Blank NYC will give you 30% off sidewide with code BLACKFRIDAY from 11/23-11/25.

Bloomingdales is offering 15% off $100+, 20% off $250+, or 25% off $400+ on items labeled “buy more save more” through 11/24.

Boohoo will give you 60% off fashion and accessories with free returns!

Charlotte Russe is offering Select Sweaters for $15 through 11/22 at 3am EST. And get Long Denim, Boxed Shoes, and Outerwear items for $20 from now through 11/25 at 3am EST.

Chinese Laundry is offering 30% off sitewide excluding best seller items — use code HOLIDAY.

Club Monaco has the following offer: Spend to Get 25% off $150 30% off $250 35% off $400 on purchase with code: CMBLACKFRIDAY18. Valid 11/21-11/24.

Coach is offering 50% off select bestselling handbags starting today and lasting until they’re sold out! And get 30% off select styles with promo code THANKS18 through 11/27.

Cole Haan is offering 50% off select boots, bags, and outerwear plus 30% off everything else through 11/24.

Converse is offering 20% off clearance styles through 11/22.

Dear Frances is offering 25% off sitewide through 11/27 with code BF25.

DKNY is offering 30% off your purchase with code YESPLEASE through 11/28.

Dormify will give you 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 through 11/25.

Dorothy Perkins is offering up to 50% off select lines through 11/22.

Draper James is offering 25% off sitewide with code GATHERROUND through 11/26.

e.l.f. Cosmetics has the following offer: Get a $25 value holiday gift when you spend $25 from 11/19 to 11/26 on

Eloquii is offering 50% off a $75+ purchase with code EARLY.

Etsy is having a Cyber Sales Event with items for 10-60% off through 11/26! Click here to visit the sale.

Express is offering 50% off absolutely everything through 11/24 at 2:59am ET.

Fashion Nova is offering 25% off select styles!

Frances Valentine is offering 30% off orders of $200 or more with code FVGIFTS30; Excludes Kate bags and preorder items.

Gap has the following offer: Black Friday! 50% off Everything! No exclusions! Use code BLKFRIDAY at Restrictions apply. Ends 11/24. And get an extra 10% off everything with code TREAT through 11/24.

Garage is offering 40% off all orders from now through 11/26 at 7am EST!

Genuine People is offering 30% off sitewide through 11/26 with code TAKE30.

Giorgio Armani Beauty has the following offer going on: Enjoy 20% off all Giorgio Armani Beauty products. Receive complimentary shipping when you spend $75+. Receive a complimentary full sized lipstick with any order of $125+. In addition, receive a makeup palette with any order of $200+. Use Code ARMANI20. Valid 11/18-11/28.

Gorjana has the following offer: From November 22-24, spend $100 and get $20 off; spend $150 and get $50 off; spend $250 and get $100 off.

J.Crew is offering 40% off select styles through 11/22 with code TOGETHER.

Keds is offering 30% off full priced items and 20% off sale items through 11/27.

Kurt Lyle is offering 25% off sitewide with code ART25.

Lands’ End is offering 50% off full price styles plus free shipping on $50+.

L.K. Bennett is offering 30% off $250+ with code HAPPY30.

Lancome is offering 20% off and free shipping on any order through 11/27! Use code FRIENDS.

Levi’s is offering 40% off all items plus special daily offers through 11/26.

LOFT is offering 50% off your purchase with code THANKS starting at 5pm and lasting until 11/22 at 11:59pm.

Lord & Taylor is offering an extra $25 off your purchase of $200+ with code BONUSthrough 11/25. And they have an extra 40% off newly reduced prices through 11/25.

Lulu’s is offering 25% off sitewide plus free US shipping — use code BF25 through 11/24.

Lululemon is having a big sale with markdowns starting at just $9!

Luv AJ is offering 40% off sitewide for multiple days with code BLACKFRIDAY.

Macy’s is offering 20% off Black Friday Sale items and free shipping on $49 with code BLKFRI through 11/24. Their deals include 40% off Anastasia Glow Kits (through 11/28), 5 pairs of womens boots for $100 (through 11/24), 60% off petite coats (through 11/24), and the UD Naked Smokey Eyeshadow Palette for $25 (through 11/26)!

Maje is offering up to 30% off plus an additional 25% off through 11/25.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is launching an exclusive Black Friday collection! Also, get a Mini Velvet Noir, mini Highliner in Blacquer, and mini Lip Crème in Slow Burn + makeup pochette with orders over $75 through 11/24.

Mavi Jeans  is offering 30% off site-wide through 11/26.

M. Gemi is offering 25% off your entire order through 11/26.

Modcloth will give you 30% off $100, 40% off $200, and more! Plus there are tons of items on sale across the site. All valid through 11/25.

Nasty Gal is offering 60% off sitewide!

Net-A-Porter is offering up to 50% off sitewide all week.

Nicole Miller is offering 25% off site-wide from 11/23-11/25.

Nike is offering 20% off select styles with code THANKS, plus free shipping!

Nordstrom is offering up to 60% off select items through 11/26!

Nordstrom Rack is launching major new deals every single day this week with prices up to 70% off so check the site daily to save!

Old Navy  is offering 50% off your entire purchase through 11/23.

Opening Ceremony is offering an additional 20% off sale items with code OCBLACK20 from 11/23-11/25. 

Poppy Lissiman is offering 25% off site-wide (excluding pre-order items) from 11/23-11/26 with code BFCM.

Prive’ Revaux is offering 25% off all orders of $50+ with code Prive18 through 11/26.

Puma is offering 30% off select styles with code PUMAFRIDAY through 11/25.

Rag & Bone is offering 25% off sitewide plus free shipping through 11/26.

Reformation is offering 30% off sitewide through 11/26.

Saks Fifth Avenue is offering up to $200 off your purchase with code SAVENOW on 11/21 only! They’re also offering up to $150 off a Women’s Denim purchase with code DENIM2018 through 11/25. They also have the following deal: Black Friday Exclusive! Earn a $75 Gift Card with your $150 purchase. Use code THANKFUL. Valid 11/23-11/24.

Saks Off Fifth is offering 50% off all coats, men’s and women’s cashmere, boots, designer jeans, hats, and gloves and scarves, all through 11/26. Designer sunglasses buy 1, get 1 50% off; 50% off Women’s boots; 50% off cold weather accessories including hats, gloves & scarves, all through 11/26.

Sam Edelman is offering 30% off select styles online and in stores with code SAMSGIVING2018.

Sandro is offering up to 30% off plus an additional 25% off from 11/22-11/25.

Scotch & Soda is offering an additional 25% off sale merchandise through 11/24.

Sephora has select items for 50% off with different items on sale each day until 11/26.

Shopbop is offering 25% off full-price items and 75% off sale items from now through 11/25 — use code MORE18.

Splendid is offering 30% off sitewide through 11/25.

Stila has the following offer: 30% OFF Site-Wide and Free Shipping No Minimum starting Thanksgiving Day thru 11/24! Use Code: 30BFSALE at checkout.

Sweaty Betty is offering 30% off site-wide from 11/22-11/26.

The Outnet is offering up to 85% off plus additional discounts with code BLACKFRIDAYon 11/23.

Toms is offering 30% off everything, and free shipping when you spend $60, all through 11/27.

Topshop is offering up to 50% off select items from now through 11/26 plus free shipping on all orders!

Torrid is offering 40% off full price and 50% off clearance for Torrid Insider credit card holders — use code SHOPFIRST.

Under Armour is offering 30% off all fleece and select shoes, plus free shipping!

Urban Outfitters is offering buy one, get one 50% off entire site through 11/23.

Vera Bradley is offering 30% off your entire purchase including already reduced items through 11/27. They also have their Exclusive Bright Tote for $44 through 11/27. And all items ship for free!

Walgreens is offering an extra $10 off $60 with code CELEBRATE10 through 11/21. Also, fragrance, cosmetics and personal care gift sets are BOGO 50% off through 11/24.

A New Twist on the Trench

As we schlep along through the remaining weeks of sub-zero temperatures and continue to painstakingly safeguard ourselves against the flu, it seems inconceivable that brighter days lay ahead. But back away from the hand sanitizer for just one moment and take solace in knowing that soon we will basking in the delight of warmer temperatures. As retailers begin to reveal their magnificent Spring collections, it can be tempting to embark on a bona fide shopping frenzy. Out with the old and in with the new, right? Not exactly. This Spring is all about updated classics. Rather than splurging on here-today, gone-tomorrow trends, the most seasoned fashionistas are foraging for timeless pieces with contemporary updates.

One of the best investments for this Spring is undoubtedly the always-in-vogue trench coat. Never has there been another garment so universally embraced and undeniably chic. Although the military-inspired trend is synonymous with rainy weather dressing, its sleek silhouette, classic aesthetic and neutral palette create a runway-ready look perfect for the transitional seasons of Spring and Fall. The trench coat is such a bold fashion statement on its own that it’s even inconsequential what ensemble you’re wearing underneath.

This season, the traditional khaki trench is getting major luxe updates that have fashion enthusiasts everywhere swooning. Ruffle detailing, jeweled buttons, cropped lengths, and unexpected necklines are just some of what we’ve seen on the Spring 2018 runways. Below I’ve linked my comprehensive directory of trench coats that will instantly catapult you to it-girl status.

MASTER Graphic21. Diane Von Furstenberg Belted Trench | 2. Karl Lagerfeld Ruffle-Trim Trench Coat | 3. Marissa Webb Ellen Off the Shoulder Trench Coat | 4. Mackage Estela Belted Trench Coat w/ Contrast Zippers | 5. Joseph Aquila oversized-pocket belted trench coat | 6. Joie Gila Button-Front Belted Trench Coat | 7. RED Valentino Double Breasted Cotton Cape Trench Coat | 8. MOSCHINO COUTURE Overcoats | 9. Rebecca Taylor Cotton-Faille Belted Trench Coat | 10. Adam Lippes embellished button trench coat | 11. Citizens of Humanity Sleeveless Trench | 12. Burberry Eastheath Laminated Check Trench Coat | 13. alice + olivia Candace Off Shoulder Trench Coat | 14. Alexander McQueen Double-Breasted Cotton Short Trench Coat | 15. Banana Republic Water-Resistant Tie-Sleeve Trench

Mom Friends – A Fashion-based Anthropological Study

From the moment a woman finds out she’s expecting, she begins to search for women nearby who by sheer coincidence or twist of fate will also soon be welcoming a baby. Together, pregnant women can commiserate over the physical hardships and hormonal outbursts that may complicate even the most uneventful pregnancies and share in the excitement of picking out diaper bags, creating their baby registries, and putting the finishing touches on baby’s nursery. Nobody understands both the joys and struggles of raising tiny humans quite like other moms. But acquiring a posse of like-minded moms isn’t quite as easy as some may think. In fact, at times it may seem virtually impossible to find women who share the same values, sense of humor and a similar approach to parenting. In efforts to accrue an inner-circle of mom friends, women everywhere must gracefully navigate through a series of frequently awkward encounters and social obligations that most closely resemble traditional “dating.” Hi, I’m Melissa – your classic “two-under-two” mom whose hobbies include cooking meals that end up on the floor, counting to three and battling chronic sleep deprivation.

Motherhood is a magical, life-altering journey, but let’s be honest – the first few years resemble a science experiment on how long the human body can function with severe sleep deprivation. We emerge from our homes even on cloudy days wearing dark sunglasses to disguise our tired eyes in order to peruse the racks at Bloomingdales in a catatonic haze while our newborn snoozes nearby in a stroller bassinette. Even a 40% off sale at the 4th floor shoe salon fails to generate any excitation. You would have never passed up $195 Prada flats in your pre-baby world, but suddenly even designer footwear leaves you feeling uninspired. “How could I have ever let this happen?” you ask yourself as you steal a glimpse of yourself in the mirror – fatigued, disheveled, and ghastly – a mere shell of your former self.  “Oh wait, is that a grey hair?” Suddenly you realize you’ve gone from Bombshell to “Mom-shell” in only a matter of 9 months and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The stressors of new motherhood can feel insurmountable, and without the support of peer moms, these feelings can vanquish even the most well-prepared, level-headed moms. Having a few close mom friends will aid in preserving your sanity and finding some solitude even in your most agitated moments. That’s right – I’m talking to you, mom cowering behind a locked bathroom door, texting your mom squad with rapid-fire speed while hiding from your tantruming toddler.

It’s true what they say, you know – the best accessories a girl can have are her closest friends. While a beautiful handbag or new pair of Louboutins will certainly put some spring in your step, nothing is more valuable than the camaraderie of other women enjoined on a parallel journey. The mutual appreciation for nap time and adult beverages often lay the bedrock upon which deeper and endearing relationships are cultivated. But it’s a mom-eat-mom world out there. The overwhelming pressure to maintain connections can leave some moms feeling painfully isolated whereas others are bonded by their shared joys and struggles. All friendships are unique in their synergy, but there are recognizable motifs and themes that emerge in such relationships as we observe specific personality traits and tendencies. In New York City, the fashion capital and potpourri of artistic influence and overly-fierce attitude, it seems apropos that we would discuss handbags that most closely represent distinctive archetypes of mom-friends we encounter along our journey.

The Hermes Birkin

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These mom friends are rare in nature and true enigmas, much like the handbag from which their name is derived. The Hermès Birkin is indisputably the most highly sought after bag on the planet and obtaining one is no small feat. Even if you’re able to plop down a minimum of $10k for this uber-exclusive status symbol, much mystery surrounds the clandestine endeavor of acquiring the Holy Grail of handbags. Similarly, the Hermes Birkin mom is enigmatic in her own right. While working full time, she frequents the gym every day, always appears well-dressed with a fresh blowout and flawless makeup, and through secretive machinations manages to spend quality time with the kids every day. At get-togethers, her kids are the consummate playmates – perpetually mild-mannered and eager to share their toys, even while your kids are more interested in base-jumping off furniture and competing to flush household artifacts down the toilet. A cross between Martha Stewart-on-steroids and a Stepford wife, the Birkin mom has the patience of a saint and remains calm even in the midst of abject pandemonium. Her baby books are impeccably crafted and her home always smells like freshly baked cookies. When in need of sage advice, this is the friend to meet for coffee – somehow she will find the time! “How does she pull it off?” you ask yourself, awestruck every time you’re in her presence.  Being in her aura may cause you to feel inadequate, but just keep reminding yourself that she’s merely extra-terrestrial.

The Canal Street Counterfeit 


These mom friends are quite perhaps the most dangerous of them all. Much like a Canal Street Handbag, these women can exude an air of authenticity, but upon closer inspection prove to be nothing but disingenuous. You will frequently observe these mature women cowering behind their Bugaboo strollers and lattes while flashing a phony smile at their peers, whom they will most certainly be badmouthing later that evening. The Canal Street Counterfeit Mom friends represent the epitome of opportunistic, sociopathic exploitation of “friends” and can blindside even the most discriminating moms. Perhaps you’ve offered to watch her kids while she runs an errand, loaned her your favorite LBD, helped her plan her baby’s birthday party or even hand-delivered 40 Carrots froyo when she was sick.  Whereas a true friend recognizes unsolicited kindness and reciprocates when able, the Canal Street Counterfeit is nowhere to be found in your time of need, but will predictably resurface if only to siphon more favors from you. If you fail to recognize the warning signs, you may be surprised when the Canal Street Counterfeit ultimately decides she has no further need for you and permanently discards you with no warning. Consider it a blessing!

The Signature Jacquard Coach Shoulder Bag


Renowned for their classic all-American designs, Coach is universally recognized for their supple leather and not-so-discreet signature jacquard handbags. But let’s not mince words – carrying a Coach handbag is akin to driving 55mph on the highway – conservative, perhaps even overly cautious. Much like their namesake, the Coach Bag mom friends are usually a safe, reliable choice. While there may not be much evidence of mommy chemistry at your get-togethers, the play dates are drama-free and child-focused, and the minimal effort required on your part enhances her coolness factor tenfold. This mutually beneficial friendship is quite similar to a friends-with-benefits arrangement in the sense that neither party has much interest in pursuing a deeper relationship. Because you may have little else in common other than the ages of your children, these friendships are often geographically determined and are predicated on a mutual receptivity to last-minute play-dates.

The Louis Vuitton Neverfull


The Louis Vuitton “Neverfull” exemplifies a pragmatic and straightforward approach to life. Ideal for women with a grab-and-go lifestyle, the tote’s design promotes easy packing of personal items and facilitates the effortless location of articles inside.  Filled to capacity with Chedder Bunnies, diapers, and hand sanitizer, the Louis Vuitton “Neverfull” is a multipurpose tote seemingly designed for the no-fuss mom and all of her essentials.  Similarly, the LV Neverfull mom friends are practical, down-to-earth and tell it like it is. Unwilling to sugar-coat even the ugliest truths, they can always be called upon for an honest, unfiltered opinion. Their ability to find humor within the daily pandemonium of parenting reminds us not to sweat the small stuff and her candid, unvarnished observations of child rearing are a refreshing departure from the Pinterest-perfect mom. Feeling guilty about how much television your toddler watches or the dirty little secret that your three-year-old exists on a diet of pizza and chicken fingers? This keeping-it-real mom will see your mommy struggles and raise you a teething story, never failing to put things into perspective.

Judith Leiber Couture Clutch Bag

Judith Leiber

If boasting about our children was an Olympic sport, these mom friends would undeniably “bring home the gold” time and time again. Much like one of Judith Leiber’s crystallized kaleidoscopic creations, these women excel at unabashedly soliciting attention to themselves and their offspring. Though blissfully unaware, these moms usually earn themselves an unenviable reputation for bombarding others with saccharine broadcasts about their child’s brilliant accomplishments. Your two-year old can recite the alphabet backwards? While hopping on one foot? Bravo! While there’s nothing inherently wrong with being proud of your child, incessantly over-sharing of your child’s accomplishments is perceived as tactless overkill and should be reserved only for phone calls with Grandma – know your audience. Spending time with these mom friends can feel like a laborious task requiring infinite patience.  Most moms react to gratuitous gloating in the same tiresome manner – you know, that artificial smile, once reserved exclusively for peak moments when your toddler regales you with a complex synopsis of the Paw Patrol characters and their respective super powers.  Although you may wish to restrict time spent with such repeat offenders, it’s important to remember that the intense focus on their children’s achievements may represent an unconscious attempt to reconcile their own unresolved emotional conflicts.

The Vintage Chanel Clutch

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These moms have kids slightly older than yours and have transitioned into the next stage of motherhood, but their friendship is equally valuable. Just as a vintage handbag’s sophistication tells a unique story, more experienced mothers are your most trusted purveyors of child-rearing advice. Let’s be honest – the responsibilities of parenthood can be experienced as daunting and downright intimidating, especially for new first-time moms. Whether it’s clipping a newborn’s itty-bitty fingernails, introducing solid foods, or potty training, resist the impulse to panic. Instead, call upon these been-there-done-that veterans. Calmness is contagious and their unflappable, laid-back presence will chillax your inner neuroses, guide you through harrowing “first times,” and dish out protected tidbits such as elite “mommy and me” classes, superior preschools and nearby child-friendly restaurants. The wealth of knowledge bestowed upon you from more experienced moms will empower you to navigate the most challenging mommy moments with brimming confidence.

The Chanel 2.55 Classic Flap bag

Chanel 2.55

The Chanel 2.55 is arguably the most iconic and most photographed ladies fashion accessory of all time. With a price increase of approximately 30% annually, it can be assumed that this handbag is a better investment than the stock market or even gold. Similarly to this exquisitely crafted bag, befriending a Chanel 2.55 mom friend constitutes a smart investment worthy of both your time and energy. These are the ladies with whom you would lunch even on days when your kids are with a babysitter. In the whirlwind of hectic, day-to-day parenting, it’s a true testament to your friendship that you choose to spend your child-free hours together rather than waist-deep in a bubble bath while soaking up precious moments of silence at home. The Chanel 2.55 mom always makes you a priority and somehow finds a way to carve out some time from her jam-packed schedule for a mani/pedi date and gossip sesh. Genuinely interested in whatever you have on your mind, these are the friends that enable you to feel seen, heard and validated. As such, these moms are your most trusted confidantes. They rejoice in your triumphs and hoist you back up during life’s most difficult moments. Mom friendships come and go, but these women are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Together, you co-navigate through all of life’s peaks and valleys and share your most personal and private struggles and pains.

Black Friday Cheat Sheet

You have waited all year for this day and it has finally arrived. Your stomach churns with both excitement and apprehension as you depart your home and venture off to an unknown fate.  Black Friday: the day when people trample others for deep discounts mere hours after giving thanks for what they already have. Black Friday is an enigma in the truest form. It’s the one day of the year that integrates some of the most celebrated American pastimes – camping, shopping, and wrestling. In a real life manifestation of The Hunger Games, all common decency is abandoned as people cross swords for price-slashed luxury goods. Unless armed with helmets and shoulder pads, battling hoards of overzealous retailers is wrought with perils.

The first and most critical rule for Black Friday shopping – STAY HOME.  There, I said it. With few exceptions, shoppers extraordinaire can access the same deals online as in stores. This year, stay in your pajamas, grab some spiced cider, and bask in the warm glow of your computer screen. Below is my ultimate Black Friday Cheat sheet because it’s an “add to cart” kind of day!

Moda Operandi – Take an extra 30% off sale styles with code 30EXTRA.  Valid through 11/27.

Nike – Take an extra 25% off sale styles with code EPIC25. Valid through 11/28

Shopbop – Take up to 75% off sale items and 30% off full-priced styles with code MORE17. Valid through 11/27

Saks – Get up to 60% off at the Thanksgiving sale. Valid through 11/24

Rebecca Minkoff – Take 25% off all purchases over $100 with code BLACK25. Valid through 11/28

Kate Spade – Take 30% off all purchases with code GIVEJOY. Valid through November 211/26

Macy’s – Take 20% off with code HURRY. Valid through 11/25

LUISAVIAROMA – Take 20% off with code BFSUS17. Valid through 11/29

Intermix – Take 40% off select full-priced styles. Valid only 11/23

J. Crew – Take 40% off everything. Valid through 11/26

Topshop – Get up to 50% off plus free shipping. Valid through 11/27

Asos – Take 20% off everything with code WIN20. Valid through 11/28

Madewell – Take 25% off everything with code DONTSTRESS. Valid through 11/26

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG – Take 20% off site-wide with code THANKS20. Valid through 11/27

Farfetch – Take 50% off. Valid 11/23 for a limited time.

DKNY – Take 20% off your purchase + an additional 30% off sale with code BLACK. Valid through 11/25

Sam Edelman –  Take 30% off Sitewide with code SAMSGIVING. Valid through 11/25

Urban Outfitters – Buy one, get one 50% off. Valid through 11/24

TOMMY HILFIGER – Take 40% off site-wide + extra 20% off $150+ with code THATSALE. Valid through 11/28

Boohoo – Take 50% off everything. Valid 11/22 only

Tory Burch – Take 30% off $250+ with code THANKS. Valid through 11/27


Polished in Plaid

When summer comes to a close and the first brisk gusts of wind swirl through the towering New York City skyscrapers, we wrap ourselves in fleece blankets, sip spiced cider by the fireplace and delight in the splendor of the upcoming holiday season. At this time of year, fashion enthusiasts often become inspired by nature’s vibrant autumn palette.  Along with Jewel-toned cashmere and pumpkin hued embellishments, we commonly gravitate towards brightly colored plaid accessories. While the festive grid-like design is most often seen on flannel pajamas, plush throw blankets and other festive home décor, this season we’re really seeing plaid rule the runway like never before. New York City’s most fashionable are stepping out with swoon-worthy tartan-themed accessories and chic plaid footwear that will have NYC women sashaying all throughout autumn and winter. From sky high boots to chic flats, everyone can partake in this here-to-stay trend. Below are my most highly coveted plaid shoes of the season.

Chiara Ferragni Pointy Toe Flat – Nordstrom Rack

Chiara Ferragni

This Chiara Ferragni Italian-made loafer is a classic shoe with an air of luxe eccentricity. The playful twist on a traditional fabric and sleek silhouette is both unexpected and masterfully executed. Thanks to the remarkably impressive acquisitions of Nordstrom Rack, these $420 flats can be yours for only $289. Sold!

Jeffrey Campbell “Lilith” Boot – Nordstrom

Jeffrey Campbell Lilith block heel boot

Leave it to avantgarde shoe designer, Jeffrey Campbell, to put the perfect feminine spin on the traditional combat boot. Punk meets plaid in this edgy patchwork boot that screams rocker-chic! Jewel-toned plaid swatches and silver-tone studded accents present a striking contrast to the thick lug sole and chunky block heel.

Jeffrey Campbell “Siren” Bootie – Nordstrom

jeffrey campbell siren

The “Siren” booties are made from strechy neoprine upper and instantly mold around your feet like a sock. For my friends who often complain about finding comfortable boots – you’re welcome. These are also available in 4 other color variations, including solid black and camouflage.

Karl Lagerfeld “Nara” Plaid Ballet Flats – Lord & Taylor

Karl Lagerfeld Nara jeweled flat

Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong! An homage to Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi flat, the “Nara” ballerina’s classic silhouette is both sophisticated and timeless.  Adorned with an opulent jeweled embellishment, this shoe can transform skinny jeans and a sweater into quite an elegant ensemble.

Mr & Mrs Italy Plaid Mule – LuisaViaRoma

Mr and Mrs Smith 

Move over Gucci “Princetown” mules, there’s a new fur-lined slipper in town. Mr & Mrs Italy, most well-known for their luxurious outerwear (and incorrect usage of punctuation), is the mastermind behind these decadent plaid mules. Crafted from virgin wool (taken from a lamb’s first very first shearing) and lined with mink fur, these slippers are fit for royalty.  Regal gold chain embellishment and dramatic pointed toe set this slide apart from others of its kind.

Tommy Hilfiger “Tonny” Plaid High Top Boots – Lord & Taylor

Tommy Hilfiger Tonny

These boots by Tommy Hilfiger are far from your ordinary hiking boots. For ladies looking to experiment with fashion trends without fully committing, this practical boot is the answer to your prayers. Crafted from cozy flannel plaid and lined with faux shearling, these boots will be sure to keep your tootsies warm all winter long.

Sorel “Major” Moto Boots – Saks Fifth Avenue

Sorel Major Leather & Suede Moto Boots

Sorel is most well-known for their expertly-crafted and waterproof cold weather footwear, but this season their design team has really upped and ante with their “Major” boot.  Fashion meets function, the biker-inspired boots lined with red/black plaid add instant style cred to any look and are insulated enough to wear throughout this winter’s deep freeze. With rugged leather upper, these boots will power through the slush on city streets this winter and beyond.


Crazy for Camouflage

Crazy for Camouflage

While camouflage was once synonymous with military personnel or those with an outdoorsy lifestyle, it’s virtually impossible to walk more than a few city blocks without spotting someone draped in the highly recognizable pattern.  A form of visual deception, “camo” was once used to blend into one’s surroundings, but ironically has cemented its place in mainstream fashion as an eye-catching style standout. The runways of Valentino, Balmain, Versace, and more are abounding with flashes of camouflage, a true indicator that the trend has major staying power. But why as a society are we so head-over-heels for this military-inspired print? Could camo be the new black?

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Pants: Design Lab   Top: H&M    Shoes: Christian Louboutin (sold-out) – similar here  Sunglasses: Fendi

Many women remain unaware that wearing camouflage is not merely a bold statement; it also has practical applications. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wear white or pastel around my kids for more than 25 seconds without being splattered with peanut butter or doused with ketchup. Ever wear white pants to a pizza party with 15 toddlers? I didn’t think so. And as much as I adore light colored garments, I have a severe aversion to spending time in my laundry room. I would much rather be playing with my kids than battling a Sharpie stain with Oxyclean. The designs used to outfit our nation’s bravest are more than capable of withstanding a shrapnel of diaper blowouts, spit-up, and slingshot purées, which is why as mom of an infant and toddler, the camouflage pieces in my wardrobe are my most essential commodities. Even after several hours playing in the grass or chasing after my son on the playground, my camouflaged garments remain neat and unblemished.


Above all else, what I love most about camouflage is its versatility.  The classic print is gender-neutral and can be worn by people of all ages. The design’s subdued hues seamlessly cascade into each other creating the iconic patterns that are easily paired with both neutrals and pops of color. And while sweat pants and activewear made from the popular print are most traditional, skinny jeans and tailored blazer in a camouflage print are ultra-chic wardrobe additions. In fact, I wouldn’t be shocked if we see military-inspired looks on the red carpet this award season.

Although we most often see camo in earthy greens and browns, some of my most favorite pieces are those that incorporate vibrant colors.  Take a peek at my favorite pieces below.

Sanctuary War Is Over Jacket – $159

Santuary War Is Over Jacket

Sam. Camo Freedom Vest – $294


Studded Camouflage Tote Bag – $1360 (marked down from $3395!!!)

Valentino Studded Camouflage Tote Bag

Design Lab Grunge Camo Pants – $59

Design Lab Grunge Camo Pants

Rag & Bone Sinclair Crew Cashmere Sweater – $395

Rag and Bone

Lottie Camouflage-print Stretch Sports Bra – $85

Lotie bra Net a porter

Splendid Woodbury Camo Pant – $128

Splendid Woodbury Camo Pant

Embroidered Denim – The Look For Less


This summer I’ve been swimming in a sea of embroidered denim cut-offs and delicately stitched separates.  First seen on the runways of Gucci, Valentino, and more, this here-to-stay trend has trickled down from department stores to fast-fashion retailers, like Zara and H&M and even faster-fashion online shops like Asos and Topshop. Stitched with beautiful floral, animal or tribal motifs, there are embroidered pieces that appeal to women of all ages and tastes. And with colder temperatures only a few weeks away, I’ve already started composing my Fall wishlist, which is unsurprisingly abundant in embellished denim. What better way to stay cozy in the chilly Fall temps than bundling up in one of this season’s hottest embroidered denim jackets?

Gucci – Studded Embroidered Denim Blazer – Mid denim

Take this jacket, for example. Perhaps it’s the effortlessly cool silhouette or the embroidered birds on the lapels, but I was instantly drawn to this blue Gucci stone-washed denim jacket. Uptown chic meets Downtown edge, this piece is truly one-of-a-kind. But with its jaw-dropping gold-tone metal studs, this jacket also comes with a hefty price tag of almost $5,000. So what’s a girl to do?

While I’ve certainly been known to splurge on big ticket items, there are so many similar stand-out styles in a more affordable price range. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite embroidered denim jackets, all of which are under $300. As it turns out, it is possible to look fabulous without going broke! Get a head start on Fall by shopping these looks.

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Giddy for Gingham

When we think of gingham, we often conjure up images of the iconic red and white checkered table clothes so commonly associated with summer barbeques.  But while gingham may be the quintessential summer fabric, its scope far exceeds summertime table linens. A refreshing departure from traditional florals, gingham has re-emerged this season in bold new hues and show-stopping silhouettes. In fact, the classic print was showcased on the runways of some of the hottest designers, including Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra, Victoria Beckham and Diane Von Furstenberg.

Top: Bloomingdales  Jeans: Gap   Shoes: Marc Fisher  Watch: Rolex  Sunglasses:  Prada  Bracelet: Aurélie Bidermann

What I love most about gingham is its versatility.  I chose to pair this cold-shoulder top in black/white gingham print with white denim and a platform wedge, but it can just as easily be worn with denim cutoffs for a more casual look or a chic pencil skirt and pump for a more sophisticated ensemble.


The unique silhouette differentiates this top from many others of its kind and adds dramatic flair to an otherwise classic print. I just love how the fabric drapes, creating the most perfect billowy sleeves.


Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a bargain and this shirt is no exception. Marked down to only $20 at Bloomingdales, it will be gone before you can say “Bloomingdeals”!


Some other gingham tops on my summer wishlist:

Left to right (top): Caroline ConstasViva AvivaMLM Label  (bottom): MillyThe Lady & The SailorScripted



The One-piece Wonder

Romper, jumpsuit, playsuit – call it what you will, but this one-piece wonder is perhaps the most highly sought-after clothing item for summer.  Not only are rompers extremely on trend this season, but they’re the ultimate wardrobe MVP’s.  Here’s why:

Time Management

If you’re anything like me, you spend way too much time experimenting with different combinations of wardrobe separates before ultimately choosing an ensemble. The introduction of the romper into your summer wardrobe eliminates hours of tirelessly matching tops with bottoms to compose the perfect outfit. Rompers are fun, flirty and take all of the time and guess work out of looking effortlessly chic.

Romper: Bloomingdales    Sunglasses: Prada    Espadrilles: Zara (sold out) – Similar here   Bracelets: Hermes


Easily dressed up or down with the creative use of shoes and accessories, rompers are one of the most versatile pieces in my closet this summer. A romper paired with a classic blazer and pumps can easily be transformed from office-chic to high-class happy hour with the addition of a chunky heel and bold jewelry.




Most often constructed from lightweight material such as linen or delicate gauzy fabrics, rompers are synonymous with comfort. Just ask any baby – they spend a greater part of their first year in this clothing of convenience.



Packing is such a daunting task, especially for this fashion-obsessed mother of 2 who wants to look fabulous even far away from home. This summer our family will be taking several trips, which under normal circumstances would require hours of packing (and unpacking) for both myself and my kiddos. There is no better way to ease the burden of packing than pulling a few rompers from my closet and some corresponding neutral accessories. Voila!


Other striped rompers I am loving this summer:


Shop these looks from left to right:   BloomingdalesRevolveNordstromBloomingdales