It’s All in the Bag

Pre-children and occasionally on date nights I carry a cute, teeny tiny clutch. Most of the time however, I am risking spinal injury with a ridiculously large, heavy bag which holds an even more ridiculous amount of cr*p!
Might as well make it a cute big bag, not that the amount of “stuff” is going to change.

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Imagine the level of happiness on the richter scale when I stumbled onto a new handbag designer, who delivers gorgeousness without the price being scary. orYany is the name, delivering scrumpdiliciousness in a handbag is his game!
I bought mine at ScoopNYC but have also seen the collection at Bloomingdales, and of course on the web.

or Yany is quite the genius in design, look at all the pockets on the outside, and compartments, openings and zippers on the inside. This bag is a busy woman’s BFF!

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So I’ve loaded up my or Yany bag, am heading out to the gym (another perk of the big bag is it’s multi-purpose capability), rocking my Essie nails and ready to take on the day!

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Ding Dong

White, gloriously wide, linen bell-bottoms! Hudson Jeans thanks for being so darn clever!
I have been in search mode for a great pair of white jeans, didn’t want skinny white jeans, didn’t want ripped or distressed, wasn’t really sure what I wanted. Happily the search is over, with a fun twist.

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The secret to successful bell-bottoms is to NOT get them hemmed too short – yes, this is the voice of experience. Chopped the bell right off my J Brand bell-bottoms last fall!

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The other secret to happy bell-bottom wearing is a great pair of wedges.

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And finally, when wearing bell-bottoms., feel free to occasionally act like a ding-dong! ūüėČ

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Smash, Crash, Turtle?!

Construction crew arrived very early this morning (deck project in the backyard). Then the phone, cable & Internet went down (still down – I am posting on my cel phone, pulled over on a side road where I can pick up a strong signal!).
Then the foreman called me outside to show me what was under the deck….

I’m just a city girl, trapped in the burbs, eternally on a search for a great outfit…I’m really not built to deal with turtles!!!!! 20120529-133337.jpg

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Finance & Fashion Friday!

Bonjiorno Venedi!

Giorgio Armani announced a 45% increase in annual sales for 2011. ¬†Not only is that an amazing increase for a year’s sales, it is also quite impressive that Giorgio felt like sharing that information…it is a privately held company so he could have kept that fabulous news all to himself. ¬†(I would choose to brag about the good news too, especially right about now in Italy!)

China (again)…Ralph Lauren Corporation¬†(stock symbol RL) has announced there will be 60 stores opening in the next three years. ¬†Sixty! ¬†Personally I am rethinking the potential payback of the Rosetta Stone Mandarin cds I just bought….

Speaking of the Lifshitz Family, (I just love the Lauren’s real surname!!!), Ralph’s gorgeous wife, Ricky Lauren, just released quite the delicious coffee table book, “The Hamptons: Family, Food and History”¬†and launched the book at a soiree held at the Ralph Lauren Manhattan flagship store. ¬†Cannot wait to get my mitts on a copy of that luscious read, just in time for summer!

The reverse commuter is tired today, stayed up too late watching an awesome CNBC ¬†biography on Mickey Drexler, former CEO of The Gap, current CEO of J. Crew. ¬† AMAZING WATCH!!!!!!! ¬†He owns 7 homes (most oceanfront mansions) but started off in a ¬†one room walk-up and very humble beginnings. ¬†Still meets with the “borough boys” – men that he grew up with and know him better than anyone else (except his college sweetheart wife). ¬†Mickey is inspirational on the professional and personal fronts, refreshing! ¬†Plus he loves the color yellow – thinks it is an attention grabber (happens to be my youngest’s fave color).


Mickey is sending J. Crew over to China too….just saying (ŤĮī in Mandarin).

Hot Pants?

First words out of my two year old this morning “Mommy, why are you wearing Fireman pants?”
Never mind that I am wearing a skirt, not pants. And certainly not Fireman pants!

Never mind it is a Mui Mui skirt – color blocked and with a patent leather strip.

And let’s not loose sight of the fact that firemen don’t run around in wedges either.

Maybe I should’ve lost the hat?

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Plaid Mad

The closet cleaning (phase I) had an unexpected side effect. Editing down the pieces made the favorites pop out and demand to be worn!
It re-affirms a stand by rule of fashion, try to buy the good stuff. Fads come and go, and for that H&M and Zara and Target are the go to shops. The true investment pieces are expensive, classic and worth every single penny.

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Sloblette’s Dirty Little Secret

I wore something the other day that made me feel uncomfortable and a little off. ¬†Quite simply it just wasn’t me. ¬†Ever been there? ¬†It wasn’t totally yucky, just not right. Well, it inspired me to clean out my VERY scary closet. ¬†I cannot believe I am about to expose my mess! ¬† ew……………….. After looking at these pictures I realize that this is not going to be a simple one or two hour operation. ¬†Nope, this is going to be the BIG DADDY of Spring Cleanings. ¬†One great incentive is the BIG DADDY of shopping trips that will clearly be needed after this mega-cleanse! Rather proud of my initial foray into the abyss known as my closet. ¬†Especially considering I tackled the dreaded sweater wall! ¬†For pete’s sake girl, fold the dang sweaters! ¬†I never realized I was such a sloblette! Look at the basket I filled. ¬†Sweaters, jackets, jeans, all from great quality designers such as Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Armani AX, Yigal Azrouel, Burberry etc, now going to one of my chosen charities. ¬†Not only does the closet look neater, there are people in need who will get gently loved clothes. ¬†A definite Win Win! Here is the big ol’ pile spread out all over the floor, just before it got bagged and picked up by the charity. ¬†And I have already scheduled another pick up in a week! Stay tuned to the next chapter in Sloblette’s Dirty Little Secret…

Greedy!

After a few dedicated hours shopping on Saturday, (thanks for coming with me awesome, handsome husband), the cut off shorts dilemma has been solved!  PHEW!

I tried on a bunch of different pairs (Seven for All Mankind, AG, etc…) and the winner was…..

Rag and Bone.  The Mila Short was the one I bought, and it was exactly what I was looking for Рwashed out denim and a relaxed cut.  Sort of sits on the hip, very comfortable and easy to match with a plain white t-shirt.   Great Summer Uniform!

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Cut-offs can be particularly challenging…although Daisy Duke rocked them best, there is ¬†really no need for me to go too short! ¬†A rear-view review was key in the change room!

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20120520-212349.jpgWhy the title “GREEDY” ¬†you ask?

Because I also bought a white pair of AGs, because I couldn’t leave Scoop NYC empty handed!