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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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?
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.
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!
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."
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!
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!
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!
My love and obsession for the 70s runs deep...just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend is some inspiration for "hotpants" and gladiator lace ups...enjoy:-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am excited to announce my newest venture, Tea at TracyChambers Vintage! What a great way to introduce this new chapter than with a Tea Salon series celebrating and empowering women for Women's History Month, where at TracyChambers Vintage is Women's Empowerment Month! This is also the start of my grant season where I offer a woman, preferably a stay-at-home mom, a microgrant to make her business dreams a reality. Stay tuned for more info and for more great events at TracyChambers Vintage.
Oooh la la...swing on!
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.
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!