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If I had to pinpoint it, I’d say my love of vintage things started with a bag. Oh, not just any bag but a vintage Gucci doctor bag with blue and red striping.

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To be honest, I probably first saw this bag worn by Carrie Bradshaw and teenage me thought, “I must have this.” But I thought about and researched it for a long time before finally making my purchase.

I loved wearing this bag around town. But then as time went on, for some reason, it got banished to the back of my closet. And I kind of forgot about it for a while (two kids will do that to ya!)

But then I rediscovered it last summer and I’m so happy I did. It brings back a lot of memories of my early years in NYC – college, first job, first apartment, etc. It was also my first foray into buying vintage items, and I haven’t looked back! Maybe one day my daughter will take an interest and want to borrow my bag, and then I can tell her of its past (and in turn, mine). That’s the beauty of vintage – what goes around, comes back around – and then some.

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You Say Faux, I Say Fab

Welcome (back)! After some thought, and a little (lot) of help from the Husband, I have decided to revamp this blog a bit. One of the things I love is vintage fashion. Before having kids, i.e., when I had more time, I would browse through vintage stores in NYC checking out all of the one-of-a-kinds finds.

I still like to do it when I can, which is not nearly enough. But hey, priorities! I’m going to feature some fab vintage pieces each week, some from my own collection and many on my wish list.  I’ll also be writing about the other things I love including design and general lifestyle subjects. Leave me a comment to let me know which are some of your favorite pieces. I hope you enjoy what you see!

My first spotlight is on this emerald green jacket with black faux fur trim. Faux fur is having a major fashion moment these days. And for good reason – it’s stylish, sustainable and cruelty-free. I found this beauty about 3 years ago at Screaming Mimi’s, when it was still located down on Lafayette Street. Once I tried it on, I knew I had to have it.

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Screaming Mimi’s original location in NoHo

I love how it stands out amongst the sea of black and grey coats out there (of which I own a few). It’s timeless and classic while having a bit of a modern edge. Of course, these days I mainly wear it to school drop-off, but who says moms can’t be stylish too?

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Beauty Buzzing

  
I know I’ve done a round-up like this before, but I wanted to share some of my favorite beauty items I just can’t live without! Taking good care of your skin is so important, especially in the winter, and many of these items are crucial for me and my dry, sensitive skin! So without further ado, here are just a few of my faves. Feel free to share yours too – I always love hearing about new beauty reccos!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

This has been a must-have of mine since college. I have very sensitive skin and the winter cold just makes it so dry. This lightweight, fragrance-free formulation is gentle enough for my skin yet powerful enough to quench it. I love this stuff!

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

Another college fav! I keep one in my bag, at home and always have an extra just in case. The balm is light, smooth and not at all sticky. It moisturizes and works great worn under gloss or just by itself.

The Body Shop Elderflower Eye Gel
Let’s face it – sometimes we get bags under our eyes. This gel contains elderflower which helps cool the eye area as well as diminish the bags. Super helpful as a very busy, sleep-deprived mom!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender
I have incredibly thick, coarse hair and am always looking for that perfect smoothing cream. I think I may have found it. I use a small amount of this on damp hair before blowing straight and it makes my hair feel smooth, sleek and manageable.

Benefit Boiing 
A creamy concealer is key (see – undereye bags)! Sometimes there are dark circles to accompany the bags. This goes on with a quick swipe and hides all – no one has to know!

Smith and Cult Lip Gloss in Now Kith
My new go-to gloss! I love this rosy neutral that glides on easily and is the perfect glossy shade. 

Chic Winter Style

We are officially in the thick of a cold, cold winter. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be fashionable while we’re trying to keep warm, right? Here are some of my picks for staying cozy without giving up style.

J. Crew Chateau Parka




OK, so it seems everyone and their mother has this coat, but there’s a good reason – it’s a great coat! Not only is it cute, but it also keeps you warm without the bulk. And I for one am so sick of those black puffy coats anyway! It comes in a ton of color options too. One word of advice – go one size down from your usual size as it’s quite roomy.

Infinity Scarf


  
Another ubiquitous trend but a necessity. A colorful scarf can make a neutral coat pop! I pair my gray coat with a blue/orange knitted scarf and receive so many compliments – another boost to the system during the cold winter months!

Boots



Finally, we all need a stylish and warm pair of boots. And while I am guilty of wearing that pair, there are so many other good choices out there.
How do you keep your sense of style in the cold?

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Looking Ahead

  
2016 was a very good year – it was the year we had a son, became a family of four and actually survived to tell the tale! We even took a week-long vacation which was great. I had some fears about handling two kids but so far they’ve all been pretty unfounded!
I’m really looking forward to the new year – watching my kids learn new things each day is so exciting. But of course, I’m also looking forward to making strides for myself too. This year I would like to focus more on wellness through eating right, exercising, clearing my mind daily and also coming up with a better skincare routine.

I know it’s easier to say these things than to actually do them but I am really going to make a conscious effort this year because if not now, when? Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017. Hoping the new year brings you joy and peace. Just remember while you’re doing so much for others, to take a little time to do something special for yourself too.

 

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Game Changer: Sunday Sauce

Growing up in an Italian household, a pot of meatballs and sauce simmering on the stovetop was an almost weekly occurrence. Meatballs cooked directly in the tomato sauce are insanely delicious and super tender, but having to babysit and constantly stir the pot for 4 hours can be quite time consuming.

So when I saw this Skinny Taste recipe for meatballs and sauce made in the crockpot, I knew I had to try it. My own version has a few slight modifications to fit our tastes, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised on how it all turned out. Even my parents loved it and that’s saying a lot! I’ll definitely continue making the old-school stovetop version, but this crockpot one is great for when you just want to “set it and forget it” (with a few quick stirs along the way). Serve over your favorite pasta with a salad and some crusty bread. Enjoy!


Crockpot Sunday Sauce

For the sauce:
2 cans crushed tomatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 small onion finely chopped

Crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning to taste

Pinch of sugar (to offset acidity of tomatoes)

For the meatballs:
1.5-2 lbs ground turkey or beef

1/2 cup plain Panko breadcrumbs

1-2 cloves crushed garlic

1 egg

Italian seasoning to taste

Sauté onion and garlic in oil until browned – about 5 minutes


Add onion mixture and tomatoes into pot


Add seasonings and stir well

Mix together meat, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg and seasonings


Form golf ball-sized meatballs and gently place in sauce


Cover and cook on high for one hour
Turn down to low and cook 4-5 hours stirring occasionally


Serve with your favorite pasta
Makes 4-6 servings

Back to School

If you’re anything like me, back-to-school time makes you a bit giddy. It’s not because the kids are going back to school (well, maybe a little) but it’s the feeling that you can have a fresh start, an organizational overhaul and get back into a routine.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve LOVED having the husband home all summer – it’s been a ton of fun. But I’m also looking forward to getting back into the swing of preschool, dance class, play dates and the like. And on a personal level, I’m looking forward to doing more writing work and organizing myself better.

Here are some of my must-have items for creating a personal office space that’s both functional and a little bit fancy. Sound familiar? 😉

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Pineapple pencil holder, Moleskine notebooks, File folders, Wall calendar, Coffee mug, Desk lamp, Storage boxes, Sticky notes

What are some of your back-to-school must-haves?