I don't know about you, but I find February to be the longest shortest month. This is about the time where I long for some spring temps, but in New York, Mother Nature rarely delivers. It's so hard to muster the effort to "try" in February. You are so tired of your sweaters, your boots are looking worse for the wear and all you want to do is buy blouses and sandals. How do you pull off looking chic in the final stretch of winter? The good news is that everything winter is on sale, like super sale! If you are in the market for a brand new coat, pull the trigger, it will make this last month of bitterness a little happier, especially if you score a great deal. If you are not looking to spend on a coat, try picking up a new scarf or hat, berets are making a huge comeback this season. Finally, the key to looking chic and staying warm is layers. Layer on the sweater, scarf and coat, and like I did in the bottom photo, even layer your coats.
Do you have a different winter and summer skincare routine? I can't stand how dry my skin is right now, even my little's little buns are rough. These are my staples getting me through the dry season.
COLD SPRING APOTHECARY LOTION - During spring and summer I love to lather on the Argan oil post shower, but when it's dry, lotion is my go-to, this natural, delicious smelling lotion from a local shop.
MAPLE HOLISTICS ARGAN SHAMPOO - This shampoo has six of the most effective oils for hair and scalp health, so good for my winter hair. For every bottle sold, Maple Holistics donates $1 to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Click here to order your free samples.
L'OCCITANE IMMORTELLE DIVINE CREME - as with my lotion, in warmer months I reach for face oil, but during dry skin season, I like something with a little more moisture power, I am obsessed with how my face feels after applying this creme, so soft and smooth, but not oily at all.
BURT'S BEES' MEDICATED LIP BALM - I have to admit, I am a lip-balm-a-holic. I have this Burt's Bees' balm on Amazon Prime subscription, I now have a tube in every room of the house, one in my bag, one in my car, and one at the office, I am prepared for dry lips at any given moment.
Have you guys heard of the The Wing? I am obsessed with everything about this place! It's a women-only co-working/social club space. The Wing came at the perfect time for the amazing wave of women's empowerment we are surfing, because this club has expanded to three New York locations, two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and they just opened a location in Washington D.C.
The space is probably what any girly girl on Instagram and Pinterest's home might look like if there were no boys around. The photos in this post are all of the original, Gramercy Park location. Designed by Hilary Koyfman with Chiara de Rege of CdR & Co, they tapped a dream team of female collaborators to create custom pieces for the space. An entire wall of bookshelves stocked exclusively with female authors inspires members and a full calendar of events posted by the elevator (girls’ poker night, anyone?) creates connection to put ideas into action. Even the Internet password, set in acrylic frames on various low brass tables, relays the message: LadiesFirst.
This is what my dream office looks like!
photos via: Domino
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I have been loving these simple platform sofas for a while, I was even planning to attempt to make a version (since been put on the back burner). The juxtaposition of the hard, wood frame with the comfy cozy cushions is both modern and relaxed. This sofa is the equivalent of the effortless cool girl.
As I work on being a happier, better wife, business woman, friend, blogger in 2018, I made a todo list to challenge me, push me, broaden my horizons and an encourage a bit of fun. I already checked the last item off my list! Cheers to checking off 17 more!
What are your goals for 2018?
When you love planning kid parties, but you HATE planning character themed kids birthdays, what do you do? My little has requested a Trolls themed third birthday. Upon his request, I only cringed a little, because I knew there was so much other magic in that movie I could pull without pasting Princess Poppy everywhere. I am planning to play up the rainbows, magic plants, flowers and bugs, and incorporating actual Trolls sporadically throughout the decor. This technique can easily be translated to other parties as well, if your little wants a Superhero Party, consider playing up the city skyline, or a Minnie Mouse party, polka-dots could be the dominating element. What do you think? Do you head to Party City and buy up the section, or do you like to take a character theme to another level?
This is it, my scary age, the number my younger self would think about and cringe. But here I am, coming off a rough year and ready to own this number. Cause age ain't nothin' but a number, amiright? And if 34 is all the same as 24, why can't I rock a micro mini and thigh-high boots? I fell in love with this Reformation dress and snagged it in a Black Friday sale. They seriously have the most flattering frocks! And this jacket! I can't believe I've never photographed this jacket before! One of my all-time best flea market finds. Back when my Saturday ritual involved popping over to Chelsea to the Antiques Garage Flea Market (RIP), I saw it hanging just at the top of the ramp, asked the vendor the price and couldn't have run to the ATM fast enough. Still a staple of my dress-up wardrobe all these years later! Cheers to conquering my scary age! May 34 be as fabulous as the outfit I choose to celebrate it in!