Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Rompers… How Old Is Too Old?

Lover Eternity Romper, $649 at Shopbop.com

Lover Eternity Romper, $649 at Shopbop.com

Maybe it’s the kid in me, but I’ve never been a big proponent of  those popular “How To Dress Your Age” magazine articles – too authoritative and limiting for my youthful taste. Having recently hit the big 4-0, I’m happily breaking “the rules” by donning mini skirts, bikinis (even after having twins) and dare I say, hot pants (better call the fashion police!) Full disclosure: I do have slight traces of cellulite and those dreaded spider veins. But… I do my best to keep it together with daily workouts and a heathy Mediterranean diet, save those early morning spoonfulls of Nutella. Given that gravity will eventually take its toll, I prefer to celebrate the skin I’m in today, rather than dwell on that dreadful birth certificate. Which reminds me, I’ll be celebrating yet another birthday in just 3 weeks! But I digress… (more…)

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Spring Handbag Round-Up: Celine, Jerome Dreyfuss or Charlotte Ronson?

Celine Trapeze in Python Light Blush

Celine Trapeze in Python Light Blush

Now that spring has officially sprung, it dawned on me that I desperately need to update my look with a new handbag. Given that I live adjacent to Zoë – the most luxurious designer boutique in Dumbo, it takes serious willpower not to succumb to the temptations of Céline – French purveyors of the ridiculously stunning and outlandishly priced “It Bag” coveted by celebs and fashion influencers alike. (more…)

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Spring Fling Part Deux: White Out

Yigal Azrouel Python Moto Jacket

Yigal Azrouel Python Moto Jacket

The one benefit of recurring insomnia is that I have plenty of time to troll my favorite e-boutiques, including Ssense, Intermix and Net-a-Porter. During last night’s 5-hour bout, I managed to find several spring must-haves that made my heart race.

Single Sole Pump

I’ve been searching for the perfect white pump for the past several weeks and finally found my sole mate: this simple yet futuristic pair by McQ Alexander McQueen. What sold me on these beauties are the standout details, including the slashed heel collar (unbelievably edgy), pencil-thin patent heel and walkable ( at least in my world) 3.9″ height. Plus, they’ll work equally well with all of the pastel and neon-hued pieces I recently purchased from Aritzia. Available at Ssense.com (more…)

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Spring Fling

Given that most of us don’t have the luxury of time on our side, I thought I’d do you all a favor and highlight some of the standout spring ’13 pieces I recently spotted at some of my favorite NYC stomping grounds.

Spring has spring at Aritzia!

Spring has spring at Aritzia!

Part One: Aritzia

I keep my wardrobe fresh and fabulous thanks to regular visits at this Canadian-based shopping shrine. While somewhat new to the New York retail scene, Aritzia has been my go-to spot for innovative, on-trend and affordable staples for the past two decades (yup… I’m that old.) Most of their private label brands (T. Babaton and Wilfred are my favorites) are available in size XXS and 00 – a godsend if you happen to have a petite frame like me and want to avoid time consuming trips to the tailor. Thanks to weekly sojourns at the SoHo location (they also have a massive Fifth Avenue location), the friendly staff know me by name and treat me like royalty (hello, Tina!). Plus, the sales people aren’t pushy and happen to be honest – a rarity in retail. Without further adieu, my current house label favorites: (more…)

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Barbados Boondoggle

La Vida Loca - Hilton Barbados Resort

La Vida Loca – Hilton Barbados Resort

Aside from bingeing on shoes and dark chocolate, the next best thing for curing the winter blues is immersing yourself in the sun. So when my hubby recently informed me he was heading on a 4-day business trip to Barbados, which conveniently coincided with Valentine’s Day, I decided to tag along.  (more…)

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