TracyChambers Vintage

Brunching With Florals

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The weekend is soon approaching and what better way to spend your weekend than brunching with your girls. Everyone knows the best part of brunching is the cocktails and with spring in the air and thoughts of flowers blooming I thought I would share with you some of my favorite floral frocks and cocktails...enjoy responsibly:-)

Edible Flower Prosecco: Edible Flowers, Prosecco, Simple Syrup of your choice - via The Natural Wedding Company

Edible Flower Prosecco: Edible Flowers, Prosecco, Simple Syrup of your choice - via The Natural Wedding Company

Elderflower: St. Germain, Vodka, Sugar (for glass rim), Elderflower for garnish - via Honest Cooking

Elderflower: St. Germain, Vodka, Sugar (for glass rim), Elderflower for garnish - via Honest Cooking

Wild Hibiscus Prosecco: Wild Hibiscus Flower, Hibiscus Syrup, Prosecco via Bellalimento

Wild Hibiscus Prosecco: Wild Hibiscus Flower, Hibiscus Syrup, Prosecco via Bellalimento

My Morning Ritual For Happy

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I HATE the winter!!!!! My body hates the winter, my spirit hates the winter, my soul hates the winter and living in NYC makes it worse with the dirt, grime and dirty snow that lasts until spring. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the Winter Blues is a form of depression that can begin as early as late fall and can last for months.  Sometimes it can be extremely hard to get out of bed in the morning especially when it's still dark outside so I make sure I start my day with a bit of happy.  Following are a few tips to help get your day off to a bright start whether you have the winter blues or just need a quick morning pick me up.

Before I let my feet touch the floor I make sure to stretch my body gently. This gets my blood flowing and gets rid of any tension that may lurk from the night before. I do a series of moves that include lying flat with my arms and legs extended; over my head with arms clasped as demonstrated in the photo; I make sure I stretch my neck and slowly move my head around; I stretch my sides ; then I finish up with getting on my knees in child pose to stretch my back.  Image via Pinterest

Before I let my feet touch the floor I make sure to stretch my body gently. This gets my blood flowing and gets rid of any tension that may lurk from the night before. I do a series of moves that include lying flat with my arms and legs extended; over my head with arms clasped as demonstrated in the photo; I make sure I stretch my neck and slowly move my head around; I stretch my sides ; then I finish up with getting on my knees in child pose to stretch my back.  Image via Pinterest

After stretching in bed I hit the floor for "morning mind." Since it is dark when I rise I always light a candle and sit quiet for a few minutes to collect my morning thoughts and give thanks. Photo via Pinterest.

After stretching in bed I hit the floor for "morning mind." Since it is dark when I rise I always light a candle and sit quiet for a few minutes to collect my morning thoughts and give thanks. Photo via Pinterest.

Now it's time for hydrotherapy and when I am really down and have been in the doldrums for a few days my first line of defense is hitting the shower with a Skin Buttr scrub, the strawberry coconut is my favorite and I also have it in travel size so I can take it with me on the go. The scent takes me to instant happy and lifts my mood, not to mention how soft it makes my skin feel.

Now it's time for hydrotherapy and when I am really down and have been in the doldrums for a few days my first line of defense is hitting the shower with a Skin Buttr scrub, the strawberry coconut is my favorite and I also have it in travel size so I can take it with me on the go. The scent takes me to instant happy and lifts my mood, not to mention how soft it makes my skin feel.

I know that lavender is supposed to bring calm and most people use it at the end of the day, but I love the fragrance of this Jason body wash and it perks me up....ahhhh...aroma therapy!

I know that lavender is supposed to bring calm and most people use it at the end of the day, but I love the fragrance of this Jason body wash and it perks me up....ahhhh...aroma therapy!

When I want to feel decadent I start with Arianna. I discovered Arianna by stumbling on one of their locations in the west village a few years ago and have been hooked since then. After using this scrub in the shower I follow up with the lavender lotion and smell lovely all day long.

When I want to feel decadent I start with Arianna. I discovered Arianna by stumbling on one of their locations in the west village a few years ago and have been hooked since then. After using this scrub in the shower I follow up with the lavender lotion and smell lovely all day long.

Good old Trader Joes! You can't go wrong with this fatty triple milled soap Green Tea soap. The scent is light and clean and helps clear the clutter in my mind.

Good old Trader Joes! You can't go wrong with this fatty triple milled soap Green Tea soap. The scent is light and clean and helps clear the clutter in my mind.

Metallic Leather...I Need Some In My Life!

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I don't wear a lot of leather but these metallic pieces make me want to invest in some soon. These will bring anyone's closet all the way up!

Gucci...the holy grail! My goodness, this metallic leather pleated rainbow skirt is above and beyond! Photo via Net-A-Porter.

Gucci...the holy grail! My goodness, this metallic leather pleated rainbow skirt is above and beyond! Photo via Net-A-Porter.

While not completely metallic, the silver cloud in this bag by Anya Hindmarch is just enough to get me going. Photo via Net-A-Porter.

While not completely metallic, the silver cloud in this bag by Anya Hindmarch is just enough to get me going. Photo via Net-A-Porter.

I love this motorcycle jacket from Zara. You could wear this for three seasons out of the year.

I love this motorcycle jacket from Zara. You could wear this for three seasons out of the year.

What a way to sparkle while making that grocery store run! This mirror tote from Kara will level up any casual outfit. Photo via Net-A-Porter.

What a way to sparkle while making that grocery store run! This mirror tote from Kara will level up any casual outfit. Photo via Net-A-Porter.

Sophia Webster cutout metallic leather sandals.

Sophia Webster cutout metallic leather sandals.

Johanna Ortiz kills it with this ruffled leather wrap skirt. Photo via Net-A-Porter.

Johanna Ortiz kills it with this ruffled leather wrap skirt. Photo via Net-A-Porter.

Givenchy...there are no words for this jacket...stunning! Photo via Net-A-Porter.

Givenchy...there are no words for this jacket...stunning! Photo via Net-A-Porter.

These Jimmy Choo Max Metallic Sandals made me gasp! There is no more to say...the end! Drops the mic!

These Jimmy Choo Max Metallic Sandals made me gasp! There is no more to say...the end! Drops the mic!

Freezing But Fabulous Winter Coat Roundup

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When temperatures plummet there is no need to stash your style. Here is my roundup of some of the flyest coats to keep you cozy this winter. 

So this was the coat that prompted this blog post in the first place! Gucci perfection...such a fancy and classy lady!

So this was the coat that prompted this blog post in the first place! Gucci perfection...such a fancy and classy lady!

Alice+Olivia Iris coat...so sexy and fancy

Alice+Olivia Iris coat...so sexy and fancy

How fun is this Missoni coat...heads would turn...heads would turn!

How fun is this Missoni coat...heads would turn...heads would turn!

Simple and classic...I love the nod to the 1940s in the collar. 

Simple and classic...I love the nod to the 1940s in the collar. 

This Saks Pots beauty will keep you snug.

This Saks Pots beauty will keep you snug.

Carl Kapp's pleated side coat is on my fashion bucket list!

Carl Kapp's pleated side coat is on my fashion bucket list!

Be still my heart! This Gucci Symbol Instarsia mink coat is a show stopper!

Be still my heart! This Gucci Symbol Instarsia mink coat is a show stopper!

Michelle Obama's Classic Timeless Style

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When planning on this blog post I thought to myself this would be an easy one. Just research FLOTUS fashion and report on my absolute faves. However, as the research began I didn't realize how I had not payed really close attention to the first lady. I mean I see her on television and in print just like anyone else, but I never tracked her every fashion move. Man was I wrong. It took quite a while to decide on which looks are my favorites because she has several moments. I mean with this woman there are far more hits than misses. Her stylist, Meredith Koop, has kept her current but classy and accentuates her curves just enough without being too sexy...classic timeless style is what she embodies. Just my kind of gal! Enjoy this roundup of SOME of my favorite Michelle Obama style sightings.

Where it all began! I was floored when I saw her in this Isabel Toledo ensemble during the first inauguration.

Where it all began! I was floored when I saw her in this Isabel Toledo ensemble during the first inauguration.

Her second inauguration look was just as classic. Her Thom Brown coat and dress looked amazing with these Reed Krakoff boots

Her second inauguration look was just as classic. Her Thom Brown coat and dress looked amazing with these Reed Krakoff boots

Her first inauguration in Jason Wu. I thought this gown was magic..so light an airy!

Her first inauguration in Jason Wu. I thought this gown was magic..so light an airy!

For inauguration number two she brought the fire in Jason Wu.

For inauguration number two she brought the fire in Jason Wu.

Stunning in this cobolt blue Peter Soronen gown. The silver accents are everything!

Stunning in this cobolt blue Peter Soronen gown. The silver accents are everything!

Give me emerald off the shoulders! I love this look...very understated but powerful. This Marchesa gown is beautiful on her.

Give me emerald off the shoulders! I love this look...very understated but powerful. This Marchesa gown is beautiful on her.

I had to give both views of this magnificence...dang. She wins all of the awards in this Versace Atelier gown.

I had to give both views of this magnificence...dang. She wins all of the awards in this Versace Atelier gown.

In Naeem Khan art deco gown at the Oscars in 2013...perfection.

In Naeem Khan art deco gown at the Oscars in 2013...perfection.

So this is the first time I am seeing this picture...where have I been? She is not playing...it is not a game for her in this Derek Lam wool dress with leather and suede patchwork. 

So this is the first time I am seeing this picture...where have I been? She is not playing...it is not a game for her in this Derek Lam wool dress with leather and suede patchwork. 

Here she is showing up at the Kids Choice Awards giving Malia and Sacha a run for their money. She looks amazing in this Wes Gordon ensemble.

Here she is showing up at the Kids Choice Awards giving Malia and Sacha a run for their money. She looks amazing in this Wes Gordon ensemble.

Ponytail just swinging in the air! The red piping on this Tory Burch dress and the piping on the Fendi sandals are both killing me softly. It's the little details that make me swoon. Did you peep the blue nails?

Ponytail just swinging in the air! The red piping on this Tory Burch dress and the piping on the Fendi sandals are both killing me softly. It's the little details that make me swoon. Did you peep the blue nails?

Graphic and bold in Diane Von Furstenburg. You can't get more classic than this!

Graphic and bold in Diane Von Furstenburg. You can't get more classic than this!

Azzedine Alaia and those arms!!

Azzedine Alaia and those arms!!

Azzedine Alaia again...what an LBD!

Azzedine Alaia again...what an LBD!

Giving me classic first lady in Michael Kors

Giving me classic first lady in Michael Kors

Golden Globes 2017

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What better way to kick off my new year of blog posts than with the ladies of the Golden Globes!  As usual last night's red carpet was stunning for most. Here are my picks from the evening.

Old Hollywood Glamour perfection!!!! Blake Lively in this Atelier Versace gown is giving me old hollywood glam. This would be my personal pick for the red carpet!

Old Hollywood Glamour perfection!!!! Blake Lively in this Atelier Versace gown is giving me old hollywood glam. This would be my personal pick for the red carpet!

Issa Rae might be my favorite of the night.  All covered up in Christian Siriano but sexy as heck! She is giving me gown! (getty image)

Issa Rae might be my favorite of the night.  All covered up in Christian Siriano but sexy as heck! She is giving me gown! (getty image)

Natalie Portman in Prada is giving me 1960s award show glamour. I could see Jackie Kennedy gracing the carpet in this dress. Look at her game face...she is not playing! (getty image)

Natalie Portman in Prada is giving me 1960s award show glamour. I could see Jackie Kennedy gracing the carpet in this dress. Look at her game face...she is not playing! (getty image)

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab...love the embellished details on this dress. That deep V is giving me sex and the skirt is giving me class. What a perfect combination! (getty image)

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab...love the embellished details on this dress. That deep V is giving me sex and the skirt is giving me class. What a perfect combination! (getty image)

And the award for the baddest **tch goes to...Evan Rachel Wood!  This custom Altuzarra tux is giving me all kinds of life and dopeness!  She wins it all for me! Giving me Janelle Monae realness! (getty image)

And the award for the baddest **tch goes to...Evan Rachel Wood!  This custom Altuzarra tux is giving me all kinds of life and dopeness!  She wins it all for me! Giving me Janelle Monae realness! (getty image)

Jessica Chastain in this dreamy Prada number...again...the embellishements to die for! (getty image)

Jessica Chastain in this dreamy Prada number...again...the embellishements to die for! (getty image)

Ms. Tracee in Zuhair Murad Couture...she can do no wrong! (@traceeellisross via instagram image)

Ms. Tracee in Zuhair Murad Couture...she can do no wrong! (@traceeellisross via instagram image)

Zoe Saldana in Gucci...I am loving the soft layers of shades of pink! (getty image)

Zoe Saldana in Gucci...I am loving the soft layers of shades of pink! (getty image)

Thandie Newton in Monse...that fire at the hem...love it! (getty image)

Thandie Newton in Monse...that fire at the hem...love it! (getty image)

Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton...stunning! (getty image)

Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton...stunning! (getty image)

Mama Naomi holding court in Atelier Versace...the detail in this gown is remarkable!

Mama Naomi holding court in Atelier Versace...the detail in this gown is remarkable!

Denim On My Mind

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Once again I am on the hunt for the perfect jeans for the holiday season. Denim is super versatile and can be worn with strappy sandals and a statement necklace for the swanky soiree or over the knee boots for the casual get together. Following is a bit of inspiration and some denim tips for your collection.

Rihanna keeping it classic and timeless. Photo via Blackandkillingit

Rihanna keeping it classic and timeless. Photo via Blackandkillingit

Julia Sarr-Jamois keeping it classic and casual. Photo via Vogue.com

Julia Sarr-Jamois keeping it classic and casual. Photo via Vogue.com

Denim classic with a splash of color.

Denim classic with a splash of color.

 

  • It's hard enough finding jeans that fit, so when you find a pair you love, buy two: one to hem and wear with flats, the other to wear with heels.
  • Give your jeans at least four wears before washing to help them mold to your body.
  • Washing jeans before hemming helps to ensure the perfect length.
  • Lastly, to avoid your color to fade, do not put your jeans in the dryer.

Well that's all I've got! Do you have any tips to share?

Fall Style Inspiration

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Ahhhh Fall! My absolute favorite season of the year...leaves changing colors and falling from the trees...that certain crispness in the air!  Fashion is at an all time high. Everyone wants to upgrade their wardrobe and start shopping for rich warm tones.  Well whether you are in the market for some new pieces to add to your current closet or just want a remix of the wonderful pieces you already love...here is a little style inspiration to get you going.

Sweater-TracyChambers Vintage; Leggings-H&M; Boots-Vince Camuto; Bag-Marlow Goods 

Sweater-TracyChambers Vintage; Leggings-H&M; Boots-Vince Camuto; Bag-Marlow Goods 

Jacket-Gap(vintage); Dress-H&M; Booties-Zara; Bag-Marlow Goods

Jacket-Gap(vintage); Dress-H&M; Booties-Zara; Bag-Marlow Goods

Sweater-TracyChambers Vintage; Dress-Vintage; Boots-Vintage; Bag-Marlow Goods

Sweater-TracyChambers Vintage; Dress-Vintage; Boots-Vintage; Bag-Marlow Goods

Coat-H&M; Shirt-Forever21 Mens; Skirt-Vintage; Necklace-TracyChambersVintage; Bag-Marlow Goods

Coat-H&M; Shirt-Forever21 Mens; Skirt-Vintage; Necklace-TracyChambersVintage; Bag-Marlow Goods

Scarf-TracyChamber Vintage; Poncho-TracyChambers Vintage; Pants-H&M; Bag-Marlow Goods; Boots-Gerard Darel

Scarf-TracyChamber Vintage; Poncho-TracyChambers Vintage; Pants-H&M; Bag-Marlow Goods; Boots-Gerard Darel

Taking Care Of Your Knits

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Fall has arrived and I cannot tell you how I am enjoying the crisp air! I always look forward to this time of year to take my family on a leaf peeping trip up the Hudson while staying cozy in a sweater or a poncho of some kind.  My knits take care of me when the weather turns brisk so I make sure to take care of them. Here are some of my best practices for keeping my knits like new from season to season. 

For starters I NEVER mix my sweaters in a regular wash load. My knits always get special attention as with most of my wash loads. It may be a bit more time consuming to wash this way, but it is worth it in the long run because it keeps my sweaters in top shape.

I use a very mild detergent for my knits. If it so happens that I have run out of my cleaner of choice, which is usually Woolite, I use just a drop (no more than a tablespoon) of a regular detergent or in the past when my kids were little I would use a bit of baby shampoo. I have used a specialty wash for sweaters in the past and I really enjoyed the outcome because of the lovely smell, but it was not totally necessary.  I do however, from time to time, treat myself to a special wash solution when I am feeling fancy:-)

Washing in cold water is really the key to keeping your sweaters and knits in top shape as well as washing them in the gentle cycle.  For the most part, I wash my expensive, fancy sweaters, i.e cashmere, wool, pure cotton, or vintage by hand. I never wring them but squeeze the water out and lay them flat to dry on a drying rack in my tub. For sweaters that are not so delicate, I sometimes fold them over the tub or shower rod, but never hang them on a hanger to dry. 

Nowadays most sweaters are made of acrylic and manmade fibers and are machine washable but I still wash them separately and with care which means cold water and gentle cycle mostly on an express timeframe.  Even though these pieces are not as expensive or rare, I still make sure I treat them with care because I want to get the most use out of them and they are cute! Nothing is worse than jacking up that cute cheap sweater that you loved to wear all of the time because you didn't take time to care for it! Hey I love a fast fashion piece just as much as anyone else and sometimes it's those garments that need more care than others.

I hope this post helps guide you in caring for your knits this season and those to come. There are many more practices out there and I would like to hear from you.  Please share some of your best tips and practices in the comments below.  Happy sweater weather!

Back to School Chicken Soup

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It's back to school time for many families with school aged children and sending them back to school might mean sore throats and sniffles.  This is the time of year when I make sure my kids  are extra diligent about washing their hands, drinking lots of water and I pull out my soup pot.  Home made chicken soup has always helped me manage the cold/flu season and cut down on illness in my home.  Here is the simple recipe I use for my pot of "magic."

Onion, garlic, chicken on the bone, seasonings, kale or spinach, lemon, pasta, water

Onion, garlic, chicken on the bone, seasonings, kale or spinach, lemon, pasta, water

Sautee onion and garlic in pot.  Add roast chicken leftovers, 6-8 cups of water, seasonings, fresh kale/spinach.  Cook for about 5 minutes on medium.  Squeeze fresh lemon and cook on medium/low for 15 minutes.  Add pasta, I prefer angel hair, and cook for additional 10-15 minutes.  Add additional water and seasonings to taste.  Enjoy and stay healthy!

Bodysuits

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I sing the body electric and celebrate the tuck never undone! I have been obsessed with bodysuits lately primarily due to the shifting of my body weight and what that does to a smooth tuck while wearing the perfect denim or perfect pencil skirt. I cannot stand fumbling with my shirt throughout the day to make sure it does not rise up out of my jeans or fussing with my clothes every time I rise up from my seat...that's just annoying! So I have revisited the almighty bodysuit in the pursuit of fuss free clean lines and there is no turning back! Here are a few of my favorites found on the web...enjoy!

 

A classic from American Apparel

A classic from American Apparel

Pretty peplum from Forever21

Pretty peplum from Forever21

See through and lace from Forever21

See through and lace from Forever21

Pretty in pink from Zara

Pretty in pink from Zara

Off the shoulder from American Apparel

Off the shoulder from American Apparel

The cold shoulder from Top Shop

The cold shoulder from Top Shop

Double V from American Apparel

Double V from American Apparel

Drape neck from Top Shop

Drape neck from Top Shop

Fun and flirty from Forever21

Fun and flirty from Forever21

Summer 2016 Style Recap

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Although the summer is far from over, when August hits I feel like a summer style recap is in order. Here are some of my favorites from this past season...enjoy!

Vintage Hawaiian floral mumu and vintage Nina sandals

Vintage Hawaiian floral mumu and vintage Nina sandals

Vintage wide leg jumpsuit...80's style.

Vintage wide leg jumpsuit...80's style.

Vintage floral day dress.

Vintage floral day dress.

Kimono dress from TracyChambers Vintage and Rebeca Taylor suede heels

Kimono dress from TracyChambers Vintage and Rebeca Taylor suede heels

H&M dress, Aldo suede sandals, vintage bag

H&M dress, Aldo suede sandals, vintage bag

Cynthia Vincent strapless dress, Dolce Vita sandals, Le Sport Sac tote bag

Cynthia Vincent strapless dress, Dolce Vita sandals, Le Sport Sac tote bag

Skirt from TracyChambers Vintage, sandals H&M, vintage bag

Skirt from TracyChambers Vintage, sandals H&M, vintage bag

Fringe kimono jacket from Forever21, Le Sport Sac tote, Bernardo suede ballet flats

Fringe kimono jacket from Forever21, Le Sport Sac tote, Bernardo suede ballet flats

#StayHome - Backyard Dinnertime: Burgers, Fresh Mango Lemonade and a Very Vintage Treat

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Post Mother's Day is my favorite time of the year...the weather finally breaks, I can begin planting, and best of all, it is when I move the dining outdoors.  There is nothing like preparing and taking a meal with my kids after school on these balmy days. The following is the first of my dining series entitled #StayHome. When the weather hits 70° you can best believe I am in my backyard kicking back and enjoying time with my family.  I hope you enjoy these quick "recipes" and ideas for your #StayHome dining and entertaining.

Ground beef, cheese(s), onion, seasonings of your choice, barbecue sauce or ketchup, and a hit of olive oil are what make my burgers sing!  Play around with different ingredients until you find your sweet spot.  I use the same mixture with ground turkey as well.

Ground beef, cheese(s), onion, seasonings of your choice, barbecue sauce or ketchup, and a hit of olive oil are what make my burgers sing!  Play around with different ingredients until you find your sweet spot.  I use the same mixture with ground turkey as well.

The makings of fresh mango lemonade. This little chef insisted on organic white sugar because the turbinado sugar makes the lemonade brown and "who wants to drink brown lemonade?"

The makings of fresh mango lemonade. This little chef insisted on organic white sugar because the turbinado sugar makes the lemonade brown and "who wants to drink brown lemonade?"

Muddling fresh mango for the lemonade. She is serious with her Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Jacket and all. 

Muddling fresh mango for the lemonade. She is serious with her Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Jacket and all. 

Grated fresh mango makes the flavor burst...yum!

Grated fresh mango makes the flavor burst...yum!

On to grilling those burgers. Charcoals should be completely gray and glowing for the best results. 

On to grilling those burgers. Charcoals should be completely gray and glowing for the best results. 

I like my burgers fat and juicy.  Never pat them flat in order to retain the most juice and flavor. I learned this the long and hard way:-)

I like my burgers fat and juicy.  Never pat them flat in order to retain the most juice and flavor. I learned this the long and hard way:-)

Just add something raw...greens and sweet peppers for today, some extras for fun...chips, and carmelized onions to top off that burger. Flowers and printed paper plates make for the perfect casual outdoor dinner setting.  Bon Appetit!

Just add something raw...greens and sweet peppers for today, some extras for fun...chips, and carmelized onions to top off that burger. Flowers and printed paper plates make for the perfect casual outdoor dinner setting.  Bon Appetit!

Now for the good stuff! S'mores from the grill.  Graham crackers, marshmallows, Hershey's chocolate.

Now for the good stuff! S'mores from the grill.  Graham crackers, marshmallows, Hershey's chocolate.

Oooozing goodness...can you see the crumbs?

Oooozing goodness...can you see the crumbs?

Gooey goodness!

Gooey goodness!

In The Trenches

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Well it feels like winter is back. So what do you do if you have put your winter coat in storage and refuse to drag it back out? You go and get a fabulous trench which is great for layering and makes you feel like spring really is in the air.  Following is a round up of my favorite trench coats on the market today.  Just a touch of color, a touch of pattern, and you can't go wrong with the classic Burberry.

Come through Spring!

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This mild weather is definitely making me a believer in groundhog day! With the sun shining and temps in the 40s-50s I have felt like blogging more. Enjoy my fave pics of the week...it's all in the details.

My very favorite vintage coat.  The detail is in the color...canary yellow makes this bird sing! Zara floral pants, Tommy Hilfiger pony tassel loafers.

My very favorite vintage coat.  The detail is in the color...canary yellow makes this bird sing! Zara floral pants, Tommy Hilfiger pony tassel loafers.

Zara tunic dress, chloe bag, Zara booties found here.

Zara tunic dress, chloe bag, Zara booties found here.

Style is all about the details...beads and embroidery.

Style is all about the details...beads and embroidery.

How Failing to Plan Led to Spontaneous Bliss

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I don't know what happened this year!  I am usually on it as soon as school starts, but with two of my three kids switching schools this year and helping them through the transition, the ball was dropped. I failed to plan our winter escape. With sour faces and teenage attitudes facing me, I had to think quick and thanks to the internets we landed at Minerals Resort and Spa in Vernon, NJ.

As a Native New Yorker I guess this resort area was not on my radar because I never thought of escaping the cold by going further into the cold. I usually need body heat, sun and sand to make a vacation...not any more! This quick getaway was just what me and my crew needed.  

Minerals Resort and Spa is part of a resort community under the Crystal Springs Resort umbrella.  Located in the Northwest New Jersey mountains this resort community is just an hour and a half away from NYC which makes for the perfect, easy on the gas tank, quick trip.  I have to admit I was a bit nervous about this excursion because I knew that every other family in the NYC area with kids out of school for President's Week had the same idea as me so I had braced myself for the worst.  I was ready for the overcrowding and long lines, but was pleasantly surprised that even during a busy week, we moved about comfortably throughout the property and didn't have to fight for pool space which made the kiddies love me!

Overall, this particular resort is great for active families due to its sports offerings. The skiing, personal training, fitness classes, indoor tennis, racquetball, basketball and kids' programs keep the sports enthusiast happy; while the lay around the pool, lounge and luxuriate set can spa all day! I left the property totally relaxed and rejuvenated and my kids were equally satisfied.  Needless to say, I am booking my return soon.    

Ahhh...great mountain view...my mind needed a break from the busy of the city!

Ahhh...great mountain view...my mind needed a break from the busy of the city!


Perfect landing spot...an oversized comfy, cozy chair gave me a big hug. 

Perfect landing spot...an oversized comfy, cozy chair gave me a big hug. 

Waterfalls are so much fun.

Waterfalls are so much fun.

I needed body heat. The hot tubs, steam room and sauna made me one happy mommy!

I needed body heat. The hot tubs, steam room and sauna made me one happy mommy!

Suede. Fringe. Swing.

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Oooh la la...swing on!

Burberry Prorsum - Image from 8020Fashionsblog.com

Burberry Prorsum - Image from 8020Fashionsblog.com

Image from FashionGum.com

Image from FashionGum.com

Burberry Prorsum - Image from Andyourbirdcansing.com

Burberry Prorsum - Image from Andyourbirdcansing.com

Image from Vogue.com

Image from Vogue.com

Valentino Coat -  image from Streetpeeper.com

Valentino Coat -  image from Streetpeeper.com

The One "Hot" Item Every Fashionista Should Have - A Garment Steamer

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For me a new year means a new wardrobe and I am constantly working on keeping my pieces fresh.  I have always used a steamer for my business as well as my personal wardrobe, and wanted to share some reasons for why you should become friends with a steamer.

Using a garment steamer can be less cumbersome as an ironing board.  I hate the bulkiness and weight of an ironing board and it makes so much noise in the wee hours of the morning when either me or my husband are up really early getting dressed.

There are also less mishaps with scorching fabric.  I often get distracted with the kids and either let the iron get too hot or leave it on a garment too long.  I can't count how many magnificent pieces I have ruined this way...ugh!  A steamer is also great for steaming pleats and those hard to reach places like under the arm.  

Garment steamers are not just for eliminating wrinkles but great for steam cleaning and keeping garments fresh. Steam sanitizes and helps kill dust mites and even bed bugs.  It deodorizes by penetrating the fabric but is gentle at the same time without the use of chemicals.  For lovers of vintage, most importantly it helps removes those unfavorable odors.  Not to mention what a money saver it is eliminating some trips to the dry cleaners.

When using a garment steamer I steam my garments from the bottom up because steam rises and working in this direction helps steam the garment quicker.  Some prefer to steam from top to bottom but either way it gets the job done.  One bit of caution is to try and avoid sequins, buttons and certain kinds of trim because the heat from the steam can cause them to melt.  I use the Conair Fabric Steamer which can be found at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond for about $65.  Happy steaming and #StayFreshMyFriends.

The Conair Garment Steamer 

The Conair Garment Steamer 

Baby It's Cold Outside!

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Jack Frost finally showed up in NYC and is kicking my butt! Here are some of my favorite looks for keeping warm and toasty while looking absolutely fabulous...enjoy!

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