I Got It From My Mama

January 27th, 2015

zac posen dress

 {Zac Posen dress on sale here, Prada calf hair leopard pumps on sale here, Eternity band c/o Anjolee, Mia Jewels evil eye ring, Fendi cuff)

Zac Posen dress

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zac posen dress

Mia Jewels

This red-hot dress. My mama bought this Zac Posen stunner for me on her last trip to Washington, D.C. It’s fierce and the fit is beyond (meaning it hides my odious post-children belly pudge which is a seemingly impossible feat).

But back to my mother. We all know heaven holds a special place for moms because they are entrusted with the most difficult and often times most thankless job on the planet. As for my Womb Warrior, in particular, she’s provided me with countless selfless acts (such as driving my ass all the way to Kendall for John Casablanca acting classes…um, embarrassing), favors (like that time she baked a Greek feast for 31 college friends) and advice (from parenting two children to dealing with crappy bosses to simple items like how many garlic cloves are needed for stuffed peppers).

Most importantly, though, I’m thankful my mother wasn’t a Tiger Mom. She encouraged coloring outside the lines. She never once hounded me about my C-riddled report cards. She encouraged swinging on our swing set for hours when most other kids were pounding their heads deciphering their math homework equations. She gave me the freedom to choose a career in journalism (Read: veritable poverty). She was able to sniff out the evil boyfriends much like a basset hound on a wild chase. She taught me how to Greek dance in a loop with finesse and moxie. Above all, she fed my soul copious amounts of confidence. The latter being the greatest gift anyone can relinquish onto another in my humble opinion.

And sure, she always made sure my hair was perfectly coiffed with Crayola-colored ribbons. And that my smocked dresses were ironed to crisp perfection. She instilled the belief that dressing elegantly is the key to a stellar first impression. All these attributes contribute to this blog, clearly.

So thank you, mama, for all these wondrous lessons. You are my inspiration and the reason I am the zany creature I am today. And, yes, your stuffed peppers alway trump mine. Why? Because they’re made with your unconditional love.

 

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Get Gorgeous with Dolce&Gabbana Beauty

January 26th, 2015

 Dolce&Gabbana Beauty

My obsession with novel beauty products is right up there with Nutella, True Tori reruns and scented candles. So when this bounty of  Dolce&Gabbana Beauty goodness rolled in, I was all over it like my 5-year-old son on Play-Doh, obviously. Their Spring/Summer collection is beyond (I’m loving the Lift foundation & Primer!). And for those of you in Miami — you’re in luck — because Dolce&Gabbana Beauty is planning an event with Dolce&Gabbana National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch at Saks Bal Harbour Shops this weekend.

Each appointment with Christian is complimentary with a purchase — and D&G will happen to offer a gift with a $150 purchase. Also of note? There is no $150 minimum to secure an appointment. Sweet! Other makeup artists will also be on site doing complimentary appointments as well. Below, you can find additional details on the get-glam gathering:

CHRISTIAN MCCULLOCH AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, BAL HARBOUR

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

 

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Sweet Little Things

January 24th, 2015

Eliana & Mathias Salmon

{Eliana and Mathias Salmon}

One of the greatest gifts blogging has brought me is the ability to help others. Here and there, I’m asked to chair and host philanthropic events and the sensation of helping my local community is beyond. Like, better than the delectable sensation of biting into a creamy Cadbury egg (and we all know how much I love low-brow CVS pharmacy-bought candy). 

Pictured here are two family friends, Eliana and Mathias Salmon. I attended Eliana’s bat mitzvah in beautiful Israel years ago and, today, I am floored by how she’s grown into such a beautiful, driven, lovely, caring and bright young woman. Her younger brother, Mathias, is equally charming — sweet, soft spoken, athletic and always wearing a smile — and has lived with Type 1 diabetes for as long as I’ve known him as a youth. Personally, I can relate to the Salmons because my bother-in-law Esteban also happens have Type 1 diabetes and it’s caused countless scares and sleepless nights for our family. 

Recently, Eliana reached out for me to share her philanthropic endeavor alongside her brother, Sweet Siblings, I was all like, “Duh, of course! You two are inspiration for those with Type 1!” In short, the crux of Sweet Siblings is to help people in the community which were recently diagnosed with diabetes and how to adjust to the new lifestyle by sharing tips and hints that we’ve gathered over the years of living with diabetes.

With this said, if you know someone living with Type 1 diabetes, be sure to check out their honorable collective here

So sweet indeed.

 

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Time Out, Miami: OMEGA Watches Opens in Design District

January 22nd, 2015

Omega watch

{OMEGA Seamaster watch c/o OMEGA Design District, Anine Bing moto jacket and dress, Jimmy Choo boots, Chanel large boy bag, Zara necklace, Céline sunnies, Bulgari serpenti ring}

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Omega watches

R. Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye

Omega watches

Time out, Miami: OMEGA Watches opens in the Design District this week. Located near the chi chi chi Palm Court (where the pièce de résistance is R. Buckminster Fuller‘s Fly’s Eye sculpture) the boutique is brimming with OMEGA’s latest timepieces. The look and feel of the freshly minted shop? The design concept has been conceived around the themes of sun, water, earth and time. Brilliant lighting illuminating the products in the show window representing the sun’s energetic light rays are the finishing touch. 

The husband and I are watch collectors ourselves and are thrilled to have this boutique open up near our home. My favorite from timepiece from the collection? The Seamaster style photographed here because I’m feeling its use of mixed metals and chic black bezel. Watch out for this new shop, kids!

Today’s conversation brought to you by OMEGA watches. All opinions are my own, naturally

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A Love Letter to Helmut Lang

January 18th, 2015

Helmut Lang

{Helmut Lang dress, Valentino heels, Liv Tru clutchIllesteva sunnies}

Helmut Lang dress

{Helmut Lang dress, Schutz sandals, Jennifer Haley bag, Illesteva sunnies}

Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang

Dear Helmut Lang,

Your use of drapery is bar none.

Your breathable jersey fabric offers a welcome reprieve from the blistery sun.

Your dresses hug me in all the right places.

And whenever I wear one of your pieces, they light up people’s faces.

I wore your resort collection throughout my entire trip to Argentina.

What other word rhymes with “Argentina”?

While this is the most ratchet admission of love ever written…

It’s imperative you know I adore you and remain unequivocally smitten.

 

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