Bags, Fashion, ShoppingThe Alice.D Milano Tote

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The perfect tote shouldn’t be an It bag, it should be an it-can-be-used-anywhere-anytime bag. It doesn’t need to make a statement or scream “Look at me!”, but it does need to make you look good, even if you’re schlepping around your entire office in there. And since I’m quite the schlepper, I spent the entire summer searching for the right bag that would still allow me to feel chic doing it.

I debated the usual suspects: the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (too matronly), the Céline Cabas (too marked up), the Mansur Gavriel tote (too stiff), and the Longchamp Le Pliage (too many 13 year old girls using them as schoolbags on the Upper East Side). I checked out the new wave of “luxury start-up” fashion brands: Everlane (too practical looking) and Cuyana (too business-casual). And then I browsed all the pages of search results for “tote” on BergdorfGoodman.com and other Internet shopping destinations and still came up empty handed.

For a bag that’s supposedly so simple, it was anything but simple to find. The problem is, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi factor to the perfect tote, and it’s difficult to describe and even more difficult to achieve.  The leather has to be just the right mix of structure and slouchiness to look effortless instead of serious or sloppy. And the proportions of the top, bottom, and sides have to meet some magical mathematical formula so it looks youthful, stylish and fresh.

I had almost given up the search and given in to carrying whatever canvas bag was in my closet, when I stumbled upon this Alice.D creation. The width and height looked just about right and it didn’t scrimp on functionality even though it was clearly focused minimalist design. It comes with two different strap options so you can alternate between holding it on your arm and shoulders and features a large interior pocket for safekeeping wallet and keys. And best of all, design and function came at a price that was pretty palatable: under $500.

Alice.D Leather Tote in Beige / Black

Mom & KidsTop Baby Obsessions

Belly-Blanket-ChicEver since we found out that we have sweet potato number 2 on the way, I’ve been re-infected with a case of baby fever. This time around, I like to think I’m a bit wiser and choosy in terms of not buying everything that catches my whim. Combining research and personal experience, I’ve put together my must-have list in prep for the new munchkin!

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Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

 

One of our favorite sample sales of the year is for Bonpoint, the chic French childrenswear line. It’s a popular one, so get there early and leave the stroller at home. Bon chance!

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CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

FALL WINTER COLLECTION

BABY, GIRL AND BOY . FROM NEWBORN TO PRETEEN

ITEMS UP TO 60% OFF

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2014 FROM 9AM TO 7PM

THURSDAY OCTOBER 23RD 2014 FROM 9AM TO 3PM

THE METROPOLITAN PAVILLON

123 WEST 18TH STREET NYC – 5TH FLOOR BETWEEN 6TH AND 7TH AVENUE

AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA & MASTERCARD – NO CASH OR CHECKS

ALL SALES ARE FINAL – NO EXCHANGES – NO RETURNS

STROLLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES

WWW.BONPOINT.COM

 

Accessories, JewelryObsession of the Moment: Blaine Bowen Jewelry Raya Cuff

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Accessories, JewelryUnder African Skies

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We’re big fans of the jewelry line, The 2 Bandits, here, and are so excited to see their new Holiday 2014 collection, Under African Skies. Shot by Lyall Coburn and featuring model Jessica Buchanan, the 70’s-inspired Holiday 2014 lookbook combines the brand’s signature bohemian charm with modern edge. Check it out and shop the collection today!

GeneralEntice and Ignite Me

Zoya IgniteZoya Entice

Ahhh, Zoya.  I always love their new collections.  It just makes me happy when a package from them arrives in the mail.  And their latest fall shades keep that trend alive by making me even more excited for colder nights, cozy sweaters, big, warm bowls of soup and pumpkin spice lattes.  (So many pumpkin spice lattes…)  They have two new collections, Entice and Ignite, each of which offers six new shades that you’re bound to fall in love with.  Here’s the polishes you’ll be coveting this time around:  READ MORE

Mom & KidsStokke Trailz

MAIN-PRODUCT_StokkeTrailz_04Although I’m a city girl at heart and would likely excuse myself from taking the kids camping (but wouldn’t miss Madeline for the world), I can totally appreciate all-terrain gear! The innovative Trailz Stroller from my beloved Stokke brand is at the top of my obsession list. The philosophy behind Stokke strollers is that the seat position is elevated to encourage eye contact and connection between parent and child (such a lovely concept to carry through childhood!). If I’ve learned a thing or two about strollers since they’ve become an extra appendage for me, is that suspension and taking tight corners are indispensable without sacrificing the comfort and safety of my little passenger. At the top of the list for the new Stokke Trailz is superior maneuverability for easy steering, and advanced tire suspension for a smooth ride (and comfy for mom’s hands and arms!), no matter if on rocky land or broken pavement.

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Bath & Body, BeautySo Smooth, Olivina

Olivina

Have you heard of Olivina? This Napa Valley-based beauty company is inspired by the ingredients that surrounds them and handcrafts their products in the USA. I’ve been much more mindful of the ingredients of products that I’m putting on my body, and love that these vegetable-based products are thoughtfully formulated free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum and SLS. Even better, they’re packaged in PET plastic (the gold standard in recyclable containers!). READ MORE

Accessories, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: LilahV Jewelry Tiny Arrow Studs

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Beauty, NailsAu Natural

Zoya Naturel Deux

This is the time of year when, as much as I love summer nail polish shades, I start to get sick of them and get ready to put on winter colors again.  I don’t know what it is, but I just feel like they look better on me.  Especially creams.  They’re my jam (…is what I would call them if anyone still used that phrase!)  So of course I was super excited about Zoya’s new fall collection, Natural Deux (2).  It has exactly the kinds of shades I’ve been craving and can’t wait to put on.  Here’s what you’ll find in the collection:

  • Spencer – A full-coverage, rich camel cream
  • Chanelle – A full coverage, toasted almond cream
  • Emilia – A full-coverage, dark chocolate cream
  • Marnie – A full coverage, deep warm plum cream
  • Aubrey – A full-coverage, medium mauve cream
  • Madeline – A full-coverage, muted rose cream

I love that these are all full-coverage – two coats is all you need of these (and some you could definitely get by on one).  Spencer and Chanelle are my favorites – they’re basic neutrals, but just look so great on.  You could wear them to work or for a night out and it would look equally as good.  (I love polishes that are versatile like that.  You don’t have to worry that you’re ever wearing the wrong thing).  I also really like Marnie.  I’m not usually a plum girl, but this one just looks gorgeous on.  The entire collection is just really wearable – definitely one to covet for when the weather gets a little cooler.  (Or now!)

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