It’s a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World

October 29th, 2014

clover canyon dress

{Dress by Clover Canyon, Heels by Zara (old), Clutch by Jimmy Choo, Earrings by Mia Jewels}

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Celtic plaid and black lace? I FRIGGIN’ DIE FOR THIS DRESS. It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to makeout (tongue and all) with a fancy dress but when I spotted this Clover Canyon gem online, I had to have it because it has “The Wordy Girl” written all over it in Papyrus font (because Times New Roman is too basic for this chick).

Dress aside, I experienced a highly transformative weekend and attended the Oprah Winfrey Live The Life You Want Weekend. And while so many people gave me shit for going, well, I learned and grew so much — and cried an estimated 3,745 times. Which begs the question: Why on God’s green earth did I wear mascara to the whole affair? Fail.

The crux of the weekend was — in Oprah’s words — “To fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling and summon the courage to live it.” A spate of “life trailblazers” such as Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell and IyanlaVanzant spoke on tapping into your inner awesomeness. I learned the importance of listening to the voices in my heart, how to meditate, how to deflect negativity, how to channel positivity and so much more. I left feeling empowered, curious, overwhelmed and ready to take on the world!

Can you hear me, Universe?

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Blogging 101 Online Course on Nov. 12

October 28th, 2014


Words can’t express how the world of blogging has changed my life is so many ways — from receiving gratis soft porn in the mail (for reals!) to a Today Show appearance to a Sirius XM interview — it’s been surreal. Blogging aside, I’m really passionate about sharing my enthusiasm with you via my Blogging 101 Workshop.

In fact, if you’ve been itching to launch your own blog — for personal or business reasons, Nikki Novo and I are teaching our wildly popular workshop, Blogging 101, live and online on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Yes, all you have to do is log in via the web from the comfort of your home. Class costs $35. The 411? Our online course will teach you everything you need to know to start your own blog. We’ll cover:

• Perfecting your vision
•  Purchasing your domain and hosting
•  Installing WordPress
•  Creating content
• Building your readership
• How to monetize your blog
•  Increase your blog’s SEO

To purchase your lesson, go here.

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Chain Gang Glam

October 23rd, 2014


{Denim romper c/o Kore Boutique, Messenger bag by Tory Burch, Chanel ballet flats, Earrings by Mia Jewels, Fedora c/o Target, Bracelet by The Bazaar Project, Vintage Chanel necklace}

Mari Tettamanti


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kore boutique miami

I totally dig this look because it boasts a decidedly on-trend prison worker vibe AND THAT’S A GOOD THANG. Like, if Anna Wintour were relinquished to some quality time in the Big House, should would probably be given special treatment (because that’s how Anna rolls!) in the form of a stone-washed denim onesie like this gem. Because let’s face it, Anna wouldn’t be caught dead in head-to-toe electric orange. She’s allergic to such a fashion faux pas. She’d rather drink bleach or gargle glass shards than wear a prison uniform. Right? RIGHT?


I’m beginning to think all the meaningless television I watch is rotting my brain. Or making me insane. Which are basically the same thing. For example, I was sucked into some “Brazilian Butt Lift” infomercial wormhole last night at 12 a.m. and found myself on the floor, propped up on all fours, profusely panting as I raised my left leg in a concerted effort to banish all cellulite form my left butt check (which oddly inhabits more dimples). WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT? One would think cellulite were  an equal opportunist. Bastard.

Anyhoo, I’m a sucker for rompers so this one from locally loved Kore Boutique is unequivocally adorable. Paired with Chanel accessories, Anna would approve.

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Bang! Bang! Bangs!

October 21st, 2014

Today felt utterly blasé. So what does one do as result of being bored to tears? Cut bangs! I so kid. The last time (and final time) I rocked bangs was when I was pregnant with my son (I blame my bipolar hormones) and I cursed my husband (for approximately 8 months) for sperminating me to begin with because they looked cute for 10 hot minutes and then I was over them. Between styling them and always feeling hot (I swear, bangs make one physically feel 30 degrees warmer) — I was vehemently pissed at my poor life decision. 


Anyhoo, back to being bored today. I had a few minutes to kill before picking up the kiddos so I popped into Gables Beauty Supply which is always a guaranteed good time — kinda like visiting your crazy Aunt Peg after she’s imbibed one too many Long Island iced teas. Uh huh.

I snooped around a bit and filled up my basket with the usual suspects — tingling face masks with the promise of erasing 7 years (7 years!) off my mug, Mistral soaps, zit creams, Essie polishes, more zit creams and other questionable knickknacks. And then — poof! — I stumbled upon the magical hair extension aisle and spotted clip-in bangs.


obviously bought a pair by Hair Do in a chestnut brown hue for $27. The toupée-like piece is super easy to put in compliments of 3 dummy-proof clasps. The end result? Instant bangs without the commitment. Or histrionic fits.  And I beat those boredom blues. A total twofer in my book.

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Nerd Alert: I asked Russell Simmons for a Selfie

October 19th, 2014

Russell Simmons

{Russell Simmons and I (in a Market top and culottes and Anine Bing moto jacket)}

My job as a journalist affords me the luxury of meeting all kinds of celebrities — which is spectacular and endlessly entertaining. Christian Louboutin once complimented me on my shoes (which were Manolo Blahnik — embarrassing!), Pamela Anderson imparted some vegan knowledge on me when leading a vegan lifestyle was relatively unknown at the time, Carolina Herrera waxed poetic on the importance of a crisp, white shirt, Oscar de La Renta encouraged me to garden more often, and Donna Karan tells me I need travel to Bali and Haiti asap because both are life-changing destinations. Duly noted, Cool Kids.

Oddly enough, I only get nervous around the famous peeps I feel like I “know.” And by “know,” I’m talking about the celebrities I voraciously watch on TV and stalk follow on social media. After years of following certain stars, I’ve forged faux relationships with them like a complete sociopath. These celebrities include: Nacho Figueras (my lawd, the things I’d do to that Argentine fox!), Rihanna (she’s the very definition of a “good time” — wink, wink), Madonna (every child of the ’80s is obsessed) and a few more. Russell Simmons is on that select list, too, because he’s a business mogul, the godfather of Hip Hop, my fave personality on Run’s House and his self-authored inspirational quotes on Twitter and Instagram are beyond. Bible, he’s the hip-hop buddha

This being said, I was bloody nervous to interview Uncle Rush at the Van Cleef & Arpels event at Bal Harbour Shops last Friday night because we’re imaginary BFFs, obvi. He was hosting the French maison‘s Perlée Coulers launch event alongside Allison and Chip Brady which benefitted his charity, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Russell and I discussed his infatuation with yoga and meditation (he practices every day), his diet (vegan only), his go-to Miami restaurant (Soho Beach House) and how Miami is amongst his top three fave cities in the U.S. (NYC and LA are the others). 

He’s extremely present, gregarious and wise and we wrapped up our discussion with a — you guessed — selfie. And in typical Russell form, he imparted this knowledge on me: “Give… until they can’t live without you.”

You got that right.

Thanks, Allison Weiss Brady, for snapping this picture

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