TracyChambers Vintage

Gooood Eatin' Outfits

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So I loooove to eat like many of you and while I am not a glutton, I am not at all shy about putting in work on any given holiday that centers around food. However, sometimes I go a little overboard and get the tummy stretch. You know what I am talking about, the tummy stretch that makes you look slightly pregnant and definitely overstuffed.  Well I have rounded up a few of my favorite looks that will help you make it through turkey day with a little room to breathe. Enjoy your holiday!

Black on black is always the best line of defense.

Black on black is always the best line of defense.

This white shirt dress is my favorite go to when I need a little room to breathe.

This white shirt dress is my favorite go to when I need a little room to breathe.

My very favorite Keep It Easy dress never fails me.

My very favorite Keep It Easy dress never fails me.

A tunic dress over leggings gives great stretch but if you are not careful the stretch stays around way longer than you anticipated. I wear leggings with caution and very rarely these days.

A tunic dress over leggings gives great stretch but if you are not careful the stretch stays around way longer than you anticipated. I wear leggings with caution and very rarely these days.

If all else fails just wrap it up with a colorful blanket scarf and bon appetite!

If all else fails just wrap it up with a colorful blanket scarf and bon appetite!

Hot Toddies To Warm Your Body

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So the fall chill finally settled in and my throat began to get a bit scratchy but instead of reaching for an over-the- counter remedy I reached for some tea with honey and lemon with a twist. That twist is whiskey and I am talking about a hot toddy which has long been a cure for the common cold.  The hot toddy is a natural remedy for those nasty cold symptoms and it will help you rest better which is extremely important for fighting any bug. 

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I opt for the no frills easy breezy version of toddy preparation which is to place a tea bag in a mug (I prefer lemon ginger tea), pour hot water and steep for 2-3 minutes. Remove the tea bag, add honey and stir. Next pour in a dash or two of whiskey, rum OR brandy; add some lemon, stir and enjoy. If I want to be fancy I will add a stick of cinnamon which is an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce cold symptoms.  

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Another way to prepare a toddy involves heating your mug with hot water while the tea is brewing separately. Once the hot water heats the mug, dump the water and coat the bottom with honey; add the liquor and squeeze lemon juice. Once the tea is steeped pour it over the honey, lemon and liquor mixture and stir. Oooh...fancy! 

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However you decide to prepare your toddy make sure you sip slow to savor every bit of it - enjoy!

Bossing Up: The 9-5 Edition

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There comes a time in a girl's life when she needs to step it up a notch and look like the boss she wants to be. Here are a few looks to give you inspiration if you need to up your game at work.

Denim and velvet and work? Yup! Texture on texture is the perfect way to make a statement and this right here lets them know you are not playing. 

Denim and velvet and work? Yup! Texture on texture is the perfect way to make a statement and this right here lets them know you are not playing. 

I love the twist on this classic look. The gold thread makes it pop while the lines remain classic. 

I love the twist on this classic look. The gold thread makes it pop while the lines remain classic. 

This look will take you from meetings to after work drinks or the holiday party.

This look will take you from meetings to after work drinks or the holiday party.

Going for that Creative Director title? This look is fun and more relaxed but pulled together. 

Going for that Creative Director title? This look is fun and more relaxed but pulled together. 

How To Wear Vintage Now

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Yes I am a vintage girl but too much of a good thing doesn't always work out. I prefer to mix vintage pieces with my current wardrobe for maximum style. Adding a vintage piece is the sure fire way to stand out in the world of fast fashion. Don't get me wrong I liiiiive for a good H&M collaboration but I need that something extra in order to avoid looking like a fashion clone. Here are a few ways to add that something extra to your contemporary mix. Enjoy.

The structure of this vintage blazer gives these ultra relaxed Zara camo pants that buttoned up look for a casual Friday at the office...well at someone's office:-)

The structure of this vintage blazer gives these ultra relaxed Zara camo pants that buttoned up look for a casual Friday at the office...well at someone's office:-)

My favorite statement sweater! Nothing beats a Coogi classic! Just add some thigh highs and colorful scarf to make sure you won't look like a carbon copy.

My favorite statement sweater! Nothing beats a Coogi classic! Just add some thigh highs and colorful scarf to make sure you won't look like a carbon copy.

This vintage dress is one of my favorites and is on constant rotation. I am a proud repeat offender! I added this contemporary classic sweater with some vintage boots and a sturdy leather bag from Marlow Goods.

This vintage dress is one of my favorites and is on constant rotation. I am a proud repeat offender! I added this contemporary classic sweater with some vintage boots and a sturdy leather bag from Marlow Goods.

Copy of Keeping Your Knits In Top Shape

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It's that time of year again...temps falling...the air is crisp and we begin to pile on the layers, especially a cozy sweater or poncho of some kind.  In order to keep my knits fresh I adhere to some basics. Here are some of my best practices for keeping my knits like new throughout the 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!

Tie A Velvet Ribbon...

Personal Style, fall fashion, fall styleHelen NurseComment

I am always looking for ways to add a kick to the pieces already in my closet and in order to do so I like to add ribbon as an accent. I usually go for a satin or grosgrain ribbon but this season I am adding velvet ribbon to my arsenal. It is a super easy and affordable way to switch up any look.  I just make sure to cut the ribbon on a bias to give it a "finished" look when I am lazy. However, I advise stitching the edges for extended use.  Enjoy the inspiration.

Ooooh yummm! Taste the colors of the rainbow. A great way to add color and texture!

Ooooh yummm! Taste the colors of the rainbow. A great way to add color and texture!

This shirt/tunic was cute by itself but with the ribbon it takes on another life.

This shirt/tunic was cute by itself but with the ribbon it takes on another life.

This dress came with a white ribbon...I added black ribbon to bring it into the fall and winter.

This dress came with a white ribbon...I added black ribbon to bring it into the fall and winter.

This ribbon as a belt is a great way to get just the right color you need as an accent.

This ribbon as a belt is a great way to get just the right color you need as an accent.

This men's shirt gets an extra kick with ribbon as a tie.

This men's shirt gets an extra kick with ribbon as a tie.

1970s Fall Fashion inspiration

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Yes fall is late coming but I assure it will be here. With fall fashion on my mind I can't help but think of a few of my influences from movies past. Here is some inspiration from a few of my favorites. Some of the images are a bit blurry so bear with me.

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. The coat and boots scream fall...how classic!

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. The coat and boots scream fall...how classic!

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. This is one of my favorite outfits from the film. Those rolled up jeans with the perfect fall boot and chunky sweater is what fall fashion is made of.

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. This is one of my favorite outfits from the film. Those rolled up jeans with the perfect fall boot and chunky sweater is what fall fashion is made of.

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. My favorite fall color...I always look forward to adding burgundy hues to my wardrobe every September and this sweater is perfect.

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. My favorite fall color...I always look forward to adding burgundy hues to my wardrobe every September and this sweater is perfect.

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. Tracy Chambers does no wrong with this fur vest over her blouse with huge neck scarf...bawse!

Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers in Mahogany. Tracy Chambers does no wrong with this fur vest over her blouse with huge neck scarf...bawse!

Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Let the fall layering begin...classic tweed/wool blazer, sweater, shirt and scarf.

Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. Let the fall layering begin...classic tweed/wool blazer, sweater, shirt and scarf.

Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. The plaid shirt over the turtle neck is perfect layering with rolled up denim and boots.

Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. The plaid shirt over the turtle neck is perfect layering with rolled up denim and boots.

Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. I love how she paired the same turtle neck with a summer dress for a perfect fall transition.

Diane Keeton in Annie Hall. I love how she paired the same turtle neck with a summer dress for a perfect fall transition.

Marsha Mason in The Goodbye Girl. Simple and classic belted blazer with denim.

Marsha Mason in The Goodbye Girl. Simple and classic belted blazer with denim.

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. That sweater is everything paired with the scarf and beret or tam. 

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. That sweater is everything paired with the scarf and beret or tam. 

Leaf Peeping

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Ahhhhh fall...crisp air...changing leaves...falling leaves...everything pumpkin! I am super excited when fall hits because it means that it is time for my annual leaf peeping trip! Yes label me corny with a capital K but there is nothing like a long drive up the Hudson with your favorite music playing and witnessing the glory of God. Talk about self care! This is just one of the ways I slow it down and let myself unwind and unravel. If you like the changing of the season from summer to fall as much as I do I hope you get to experience it this year. Following is a map of peak leaf peeping times nationwide and a few places to visit...enjoy!

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Central Park, New York City

Central Park, New York City

Wilmington, VT (photo via Back Road Ramblers)

Wilmington, VT (photo via Back Road Ramblers)

Natchez, Mississippi (photo via Country Living)

Natchez, Mississippi (photo via Country Living)

Woodstock, VT (photo via Country Living)

Woodstock, VT (photo via Country Living)

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (photo via Country Living)

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (photo via Country Living)

Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge Georgia (photo via Roots Rated)

Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge Georgia (photo via Roots Rated)

The Ozarks, Missouri (photo via Yahoo)

The Ozarks, Missouri (photo via Yahoo)

South Mountains State Park, Asheville, NC (photo via RomanticAsheville.com)

South Mountains State Park, Asheville, NC (photo via RomanticAsheville.com)

Fall 2017 Bootie Report

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Every girl needs a great bootie in her arsenal when fall hits. I am always on the hunt for a pair that are cute, comfy and classic that way I can wear them for many seasons. Buying classics are a great way to make your clothing and shoe investment dollars stretch because they will always be in style and you can add a trend or two each season. While there are many many styles to choose from these are just a few that caught my eye...enjoy!

Keeping Your Knits In Top Shape

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It's that time of year again...temps falling...the air is crisp and we begin to pile on the layers, especially a cozy sweater or poncho of some kind.  In order to keep my knits fresh I adhere to some basics. Here are some of my best practices for keeping my knits like new throughout the 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!

NYFW Pop Up with TracyChambers Vintage and Meow and Barks Boutique

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What a great day! You know your event was successful if even you had a great time. All of the beautiful people showed up and there was nothing but love in the air.  Marlo Hampton came out and shared her style journey with us, Creme of Nature blessed attendees with the most generous treats to keep your hair tight and Essence Magazine made sure that everyone went home with a copy of the latest issue with my favorite funny girl Niecy Nash gracing the cover.  A special thank you to Gerard Lynneil who captured the day with his amazing eye and thanks to everyone who made it out and for those who couldn't make it...see you next time.

Beautiful people!

Beautiful people!

Marlo Hampton giving major color in her Harvé Bernard vintage silk blazer from TracyChambers Vintage.

Marlo Hampton giving major color in her Harvé Bernard vintage silk blazer from TracyChambers Vintage.

The Co-Owners of Joli Beauty Bar

The Co-Owners of Joli Beauty Bar

All the ladies in the place with style and grace.

All the ladies in the place with style and grace.

All of the goodies to keep your hair right especially during NYFW!

All of the goodies to keep your hair right especially during NYFW!

We did it! Hostesses with the mostesses...yours truly and Traci Evans from Meow and Barks Boutique.

We did it! Hostesses with the mostesses...yours truly and Traci Evans from Meow and Barks Boutique.

Summer Dresses and Jeans...Fall Transitioning

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The changing of the season is not quite here but will roll in before you know it! Summer dresses will be stashed away soon to make way for cozy knits...but not just yet. I like to hold on to summer a little bit longer.  Check out some style inspiration to keep those summer pieces in rotation as the summer season begins to wind down.

Pairing white jeans and this navy summer dress is a great way to transition both pieces especially for those who are skeptical to wear white after labor day.

Pairing white jeans and this navy summer dress is a great way to transition both pieces especially for those who are skeptical to wear white after labor day.

I love this gauzy polka dot maxi and cigarette denim.  Photo via Walk In Wonderland

I love this gauzy polka dot maxi and cigarette denim.  Photo via Walk In Wonderland

What perfection! This bright March11 dress and silver mules going into fall...yesssss! Photo via Elleuk

What perfection! This bright March11 dress and silver mules going into fall...yesssss! Photo via Elleuk

This summer frock looks like it witnessed many brunches and summer soirees. Now to bringing it into fall with pencil denim and strappy sandals gives it more mileage. Photo via Glamradar

This summer frock looks like it witnessed many brunches and summer soirees. Now to bringing it into fall with pencil denim and strappy sandals gives it more mileage. Photo via Glamradar

I love the pops of black in this combo! Photo via Pinterest

I love the pops of black in this combo! Photo via Pinterest

I love a summer caftan especially as a beach cover up. The addition of jeans and sneaks makes for the perfect transition look.   Photo via Emfashionfiles.com

I love a summer caftan especially as a beach cover up. The addition of jeans and sneaks makes for the perfect transition look.   Photo via Emfashionfiles.com

The bright color of this full sleeve baby doll dress pairs so well with the animal print pumps which brings this right into fall. Photo via Glamradar

The bright color of this full sleeve baby doll dress pairs so well with the animal print pumps which brings this right into fall. Photo via Glamradar

Tipsday Tuesday

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When traveling with family, a group of friends or with one other person, I like to avoid the "which towel is mine" confusion by placing a safety pin or a colorful paperclip on the corner of my towel. While traveling with my kids this is an argument saver because no one wants to mistakenly share a towel with a "stinky boy." I carry colorful paperclips with me and simply stick them in the corners of the towel and remove when it's time to leave. #thankmelater

Keep Your Florals and Colors Bright for Spring

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Spring is in the air and florals and colors are everywhere! Here are some tips keep colors bright during this season.

  • First, sort your clothes with like colors. Do not mix bright reds and oranges with denim or with any darker shades. Try and keep brights together and if there are enough of one color, wash them separated as such.
  • Turn your clothes inside out to help prevent further fading. 
  • Use a color safe detergent but the trick is not to overdo it and use too much.  Use a bit less detergent than required because too much detergent can fade color.
  • Use cold water for your brights to avoid fading, and it is energy efficient.
  • Wash clothes on the short wash cycle. For one, it saves time and you can get more loads done. Two, the less time in the water, the less your colors will fade.
  • If you're feeling fancy and think about it, add vinegar to the rinse cycle. Again, not too much, less than a cup will do the trick.
  • Lastly, "line dry" or hang dry your  clothes. Putting your brights in the dryer can make them fade so either place them on hangers to hang on the shower rod or place them on a pop up drying rack. I bought pop up racks for everyone in my house so we can "line dry" or dry flat when needed.
What a lovely laundry space...wish it were mine, but it's not. I bought pop up racks from Target for everyone in my house so we can "line dry" or dry flat when needed

What a lovely laundry space...wish it were mine, but it's not. I bought pop up racks from Target for everyone in my house so we can "line dry" or dry flat when needed

I hope these tips help you keep your closet full of color this spring and keep your colors happy!

Underneath It All

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Finally the weather is breaking and we are looking forward to shedding layers and wearing lighter colors and fabrics including sheers. With all of those amazing outfits in your closet and shopping cart what do you wear underneath? Well don't worry I have rounded up a few of my favorite items you need for those light fabrics. Don't get caught in the sun wearing that sheer gauzy pleated skirt blowing in the wind without your basics. The right undergarment is the foundation of your spring/summer wardrobe. Ladies let's get this right!

I am a lover of dresses for the spring and summer and a great slip is always necessary. This slip from Target is pretty and comfy and doesn't ride up like some will.

I am a lover of dresses for the spring and summer and a great slip is always necessary. This slip from Target is pretty and comfy and doesn't ride up like some will.

This one piece from Her Room is great for strapless or thin straps.

This one piece from Her Room is great for strapless or thin straps.

These shaping shorts from H&M are my go to for those sheer skirts that blow in the wind and they come in a two pack...yay!

These shaping shorts from H&M are my go to for those sheer skirts that blow in the wind and they come in a two pack...yay!

A major fan of Nubian Skin which can also be found at Nordstrom for those who need to touch the product before ordering. 

A major fan of Nubian Skin which can also be found at Nordstrom for those who need to touch the product before ordering. 

I fell in love with this piece when I bought it a few months ago. This can be worn underneath or alone...date night out or in! Scored this one at H&M.

I fell in love with this piece when I bought it a few months ago. This can be worn underneath or alone...date night out or in! Scored this one at H&M.

Happy prancing ladies!  I can't wait to see all of the florals and flowing fabrics that this season brings. 

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.

I hope some of these tips help you get your day started a little better.  Happy top of the morning to you and have a great day!

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