Tuesday Web Candy

Super cute holiday gifts that give backStripes & Sequins

Christine knows the way to wow your holiday party guests…custom cocktailsCourt & Hudson

Pantone announced the color of the year: Emerald green!InStyle

Pizza Hut perfume. Really? – Beauty Blogging Junkie

Don’t be fooled…Tammy Taylor (oh you know her as the mom from Friday Night Lights) has NEVER worn extensions. So cute for her – People StyleWatch

So Boy Meets World is coming back (as Boy Meets GIRL) and Danielle Fishel dishes on her beauty must-havesAllure

The cutest DIY sequin ornamentGlitter N Glue

18 things you’ll ONLY see in New York City…and I love every one of them – Buzzfeed

I’m loving this DIY animal bookendNatalMe

The lazy girl’s (e.g. ME) detox planRefinery29

Life Lessons From Long Island…

I spent the last few days in New York with my family, hence the lack of posts.  I found out on Tuesday night that my mom had a heart attack and, of course, immediately flew home.  Thankfully, she’s going to be ok; she had three stents inserted into her artery (to keep it open) and the doctors say that as long as she takes her blood thinner meds and NEVER smokes again, she will be alright.  I’ve never been a fan of cigarettes…you can ask my friends and they’ll tell you how I’ve shamed them for smoking and even helped a few quit!  But when my 58-year-old mother (e.g. “waaaay too young for this shit,” as her doctor put it) had a brush with death, I couldn’t help but freak out.

Once I found out that my mom was going to be ok, I got a little nostalgic and took a drive over to my old college, Hofstra University.  My four years at Hofstra were honestly some of the best years of my life and I had a really hard time letting go of it all in the year or two after I graduated.  Walking around campus was a pretty surreal experience; seeing the class of 2016 (yes, seriously, 2016) move into their new dorms…they look SO YOUNG and so excited.  I felt genuine excitement for them and, of course, a slight twinge of jealousy.  It was then that I realized that as much as I’d like to go back, I’ve learned so much since that time and I wouldn’t change any of the experiences that I’ve had then AND since then, bad or good, for anything in the world.  My memories from college are just that…AMAZING MEMORIES.  Sitting in front of my freshman year dorm, Estabrook Hall (photo above), I thought about all of the fun (and not so fun) times I had and I had an instant smile on my face.

The above photo is the path back to Estabrook from the Student Center.  As I walked towards the split, there was a group of girls who chose the middle path.  I immediately thought: oh, they will learn that while the middle path is “prettier” the path to the right is the more direct route…and boy, will they appreciate that as soon as the temperature drops down to 40 degrees.  It was a random thought but one that made me happy…and also symbolic of the choices that we make in life and how they affect everything in your future.  Here’s to making good life decisions and choices, like not smoking or doing things that will harm you in your future.  Let me mother’s mistake be a lesson to all of us.  Life is precious, and way too short to be unhappy.

Free Rides at New York Fashion Week!

If you’re going to New York Fashion Week this year, you should totally take advantage of the free rides from U by Kotex!  Alas, I am NOT going…and honestly, I’m pretty happy about it.  I’ve been traveling way too much and I’m looking forward to relaxing.  Also, I just found out that I’m going to be attending the Grammys (and the after party) so stay tuned for photos.

Boots, I Need Them Now

I spent this past weekend in New York for a mix of work and family fun and I have to say, I was really into the fall weather.  I pretty much forgot what seasons feel like since moving to LA and I really took pleasure in taking my nephew to the park while wearing tall boots and a blazer with a scarf.  So cozy.  One of my favorite shoe sites, Sole Society, is having a fab boots sale that you should definitely check out – all the boots are cute and, most importantly, affordable.  What are you wearing this fall?  I’m loving glitter mixed with autumn colors (left).

L.A.M.B Spring 2012 RTW

We all know that my love for Gwen Stefani runs deep which is why it should be no surprise how much I looooved her L.A.M.B Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection that debuted in NYC a few days ago.  Here are my top picks below and you can see the full collection here.

NARS SILVER ODYSSEY: A Limited-Edition Collection Doing Unlimited Good

I’ve been pretty much ignoring Fashion’s Night Out this year, just like every year, but when I saw this news, it totally caught my attention.  NARS created the limited-edition Silvery Odyssey collection featuring Via Crispi Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner (a fave!) and Space Odyssey Nail Polish.  The metallic silvery colors are celebrated in the campaign image, taken from the archives of famed photographer, Guy Bourdin (another fave).  Bourdin is one of the most significant fashion photographers of the 20th century and also a personal favorite of Francois Nars himself.

On Thursday, September 8th (Fashion’s Night Out), NARS will post Bourdin’s arresting image on their Facebook wall and encourage fans to “Like” the image and on Twitter, NARS followers can tweet their support using the hash tag #SilverOdyssey.

For all who participate, NARS will make a donation to the New York City AIDS Fund, the official charity of Fashion’s Night Out in New York.



Barneys New York Partners with Lady Gaga to create GAGA’S WORKSHOP!

News flash – two of my favorite things, Lady Gaga and Barneys New York, have teamed up to create Barneys 2011 Holiday campaign, GAGA’S WORKSHOP!  The unique collaboration with Lady Gaga will bring  together the talent of several artists including Eli Sudbrack and Lady Gaga’s own Fashion Director, Nicola Formichetti.  For the first time ever, Barneys will convert an entire floor of its Madison Avenue flagship into a dedicated space for the holiday initiative, starting in mid-November.

What I’m super interested in will be the selection of small gift items that Gaga designed along with Nicola Formichetti where 25% of sales will be donated to a charity of Gaga’s choice – what a great holiday gift.  I seriously can’t wait to check this out when I go back to New York for Christmas this year.