Jul 7, 2015

JJ Caprices heads to Italy


This week the JJ Caprices Summer Travel Series heads to Italy! The adorable Jasmine from Questa Dolce Vita offers up her tips for first-time visitors and shares what not to miss and what you should pack. She also talks about getting arrested and why you should savor the experience of visiting a new city for the first time. Read the full interview here.


Cheers to summer travel adventures!


Jul 1, 2015

#LocalLove: 4th of July fashion inspiration


Hey friends! Just a little 4th of July fashion inspo to kick off the holiday week.  Have fun and shop local!

Happy 4th!

Pictured above: 
1. Glittersweet Huckleberry Tote in Red
2. Blue beaded earrings by DUBLOS available JJ Caprices
3. Glittersweet Dew Drop Sling Tote in Red
4. BEV√ČE Continental Convertible Clutch in Cayenne

Jun 29, 2015

Glittersweet joins Seattle Made




Known for their colorful vinyl handbags, Glittersweet has officially joined Seattle Made, a Seattle Good Business Network initiative to support urban manufacturers and craft producers in the city. Keeping production close to home has always been a top priority for Glittersweet owner Laura Silverstein and in addition to reducing lead times it also helps manage quality control. “The first bags we made were produced in my basement,” says Laura, “Now that the line has grown and sales continue to increase, local manufacturing resources have become vital for the business.” 

With sales growing 46% in the first quarter alone, having access to local production facilities was critical for Glittersweet's inventory replenishment. Add to that the impending launch of a new style that will make its debut at the Fashion First Runway Show in September, Glittersweet anticipates a very productive year in 2015. Joining Seattle Made has allowed the company to align with other local businesses who are working to preserve domestic production and sustain urban manufacturing. Other noteworthy fashion brands in the collective include Blackbird, Fioravanti, Freeman, and Kavu. 


“Entrepreneurial urban manufacturers like Glittersweet contribute to Seattle’s economic diversity and our cultural vibrancy. These businesses are key to growing living-wage jobs and their creativity are what help keep Seattle Seattle,” says Seattle Good Business Network Co-Director Erin Nelson, “Our goal is to do everything we can to make sure businesses like Laura’s can afford to stay and thrive in Seattle.” 

#ShopLocal for Glittersweet products online at www.glittersweet.com or at:
Phinney Books 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103   
Terry Ave. Saturday Market 225 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (Sat. 10am-3pm)
The Handmade Showroom located at Pacific Place on Level 3


Jun 25, 2015

Save the Date for the 12th Annual Fashion First Runway Show


Long before there was even a line-up of fall fashion events to attend in Seattle, Fashion First was providing a stylish platform for local brands and businesses to showcase the season's must-have trends. The 12th annual show sponsored by The Shane Co. and Skinceuticals will take place on Sept. 18th at the Showbox Sodo and feature Seattle's best boutiques including Canopy Blue, La Ree, Intermix, David Lawrence and more. 


Just in time for the start of the Seahawks season, this year's theme is "12th Year, 12th Man". Fans who want to make a style statement and show off their Seattle Colors can shop on-site from the locally produced assortment of Glittersweet bags, which are perfect for game day. This year's event will benefit the Inspire Youth Project and The Crescent Moon Foundation. Tickets start at $50 for general admission and range up to $500 for VIP's. Learn more about the longest running independent fashion show in Seattle here: http://fashionfirstseattle.com/

Major shout-out to Executive Producer Joan Kelly for her long-standing support of the Seattle fashion scene. You've come a long way since the first event in 2004 at the Bada Lounge in Belltown when the Fire Marshall tried to shut us down because we were over capacity. I have absolutely loved seeing the growth and evolution of Fashion First. 

See you on the runway!

Jun 23, 2015

Personal appearance by Tali Edut of The AstroTwins this Sat. at Calypso St. Barth


Celeb astrologer Tali Edut of The AstroTwins will be at the University Village Calypso St. Barth store on Saturday, June 27th doing seasonal horoscopes from 2-4pm. Come sip champagne, meet Tali, see what's in your stars this summer and, of course, shop. Event guests will receive 20% off their purchases, making it a great time to shop the seasonal arrivals. http://astrostyle.com/

May 13, 2015

Stylish Getaway Guide: Downtown Seattle

Those of us lucky enough to call Seattle home know we've got a good thing going on. There's plenty of fresh air, lots of open spaces, amazing places to eat, great local boutiques, a thriving art scene and so many incredible places to experience there's hardly time to see and do it all. Here's our style guide to the best summer staycation in the city. 


Since a staycation in the city means you won't have to pay for airfare, splurge on your accomodations instead and book a room at Four Seasons. You'll be in the lap of luxury as you overlook the Puget Sound and take in sweeping views of the waterfront. In addition to the spa which serves as a "sanctuary in the city", guests staying at the hotel this summer will also enjoy Ethan Stowell's latest restaurant concept, Goldfinch Tavern, scheduled to open in June. 

The Seattle Art Museum is a great place to visit while on a staycation in the city and is conveniently located across the street from the hotel. Now through May 17th check out masterworks of American Indian Art at the Indigenous Beauty exhibit. 



The Pike Place Market is great for those wanting a culture fix in the city. Plus, in addition to stocking up on seasonal fruit and fresh vegetables, visitors can shop nearby boutiques and shops including Zebra Club (1901 First Ave), Maggie's Shoes (1927 First Ave), The Powder Room (1528 First Ave), Fini (86 Pine St.), The Finerie (1215 First Ave) and Bella Umbrella (1535 First Ave).

The Seattle Center is always a fun day in the city. Take a trip up to the Observation deck and look out over the city on a sunny day. While on site, check out the Chihuly Garden & Glass, sit by the fountain and read a book, pop in to the Science Center, or visit the Star Wars exhibit at EMP.

 
You really can't go wrong with the restaurant scene in downtown Seattle so it will really come down to what you're in the mood for. For those that want to stay close to home, check out Goldfinch Tavern (in the hotel) scheduled to open in June. Or, a quick walk across the street will take you to the Seattle Art Museum TASTE restaurant where you can grab a glass of wine and sample local cheeses, indulge in polenta fries with pepper aioli or snack on the ling cod ceviche.

Photo Credit: Purple Cafe & Wine Bar

My absolute favorite restaurant downtown is Purple Cafe & Wine Bar, partially for the ambiance, but mostly for the food. At Purple you'll find gorgonzola dates, Maine lobster mac and cheese, steak frites and of course, an endless wine list to wash it all down. Other best bets include Palomino, RN74, Lola, Dahlia Lounge, Umi Sake House and Il Fornaio. For brunch, don't miss the Icon Grill (1933 Fifth Ave) for fresh seasonal fritters, fried chicken and biscuits, or one of the signature breakfast hashes. 


For shopping in the city, Pacific Place is a good place to start. Located at 600 Pine street, you'll find Barney's New York,  BCBG Max Azria, J. Crew, Michael Kors, 8telier, Ann Taylor and a sky bridge to Nordstrom. Nearby there's also a Zara, H&M, All Saints and American Apparel. For those that want to explore the local boutique scene, downtown is home to several gems including Mario's (1513 Sixth Ave), Butch Blum (1332 Sixth Ave), Baby & Co. (1936 First Ave), Karan Dannenberg Clothier (2232 First Ave) and Ian (1913 Second Ave).

I hate packing hair products when I travel which is why I rely on nearby salons to help keep my hair in check. For girls who love a good wash and blow dry, you've got several options downtown including locally-owned Swink Style Bar located at 611 Stewart Street, or Sassoon salon, located at 1405 Fifth Avenue. Both are great options! Services at Swink Style Bar starts at $40 and Sassoon starts at $45. This is a great service to schedule post-spa when your hair is a mess and you'd rather not deal with it before a night on the town. 


Now, speaking of spas... The Spa at Four Seasons is a great place to relax and unwind in the city. I did a staycation + spa day there earlier this year and it was pure bliss. In addition to great massages and skin care services like anti-aging facials, the spa also offers great body treatments including detoxifying mud wraps and Northwest body scrubs. 

Zara is heading to Bellevue


Guess what Seattle fashion fans? Zara is heading to The Bellevue Collection! Taking over a portion of the former JC Penney location, the new store will feature merchandise for men, women and children. The new store opening is part of Zara's initiative to open additional stores in 2015 including locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Las Vegas. Zara joins fellow fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo in announcing a new store opening planned for later this fall at The Bellevue Collection. Stay tuned for official store opening dates and events!

Glamour & Giving event to benefit St. Jude


Fashion and philanthropy will come together for a great cause on Thursday, June 4th at the St. Jude Glamour & Giving event in Bellevue. Hosted by Desiree Hartsock of ABC's The Bachelorette (Season 9) and husband Chris Siegfried, the evening will bring out the biggest names in fashion as they come together at Neiman Marcus to support a worthy cause. The event will include a runway show, live and silent auction, private shopping for guests, hors d'oeuvres by John Howie Steakhouse and an opportunity to meet local St. Jude patients and families. One of the biggest silent auction items available at the event is a trip to New York Fashion Week in September, complete with access to exclusive fashion week parties and more. Local brands and businesses including Paychi Guh, JJ Caprices and Glittersweet have also donated items to the silent auction in an effort to help raise funds for St. Jude. Tickets are on sale now and start at $100 for general admission. All event proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

What: St. Jude Glamour & Giving Seattle

When: Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Where: Neiman Marcus Bellevue (The Shops at the Bravern) 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA

Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Tickets: $100 for General Admission | $150 for VIP available via St. Jude



May 12, 2015

This weekend: MamaCon heads to Lynnwood


Calling all the mamas in the city! MamaCon is coming soon and ticket sales end tonight at midnight. The event kicks off with a free Friday night book launch of "I STILL just want to pee alone" penned by mommy bloggers Rebecca Gallagher (Frugalista Blog), Beth Caldwell (The Cult of Perfect Motherhood), Tracy DeBlois (Orange & Silver) and Michelle Back (Mommy Back Talk). The fun continues on Saturday with a full line-up of festivities including inspirational speakers, a marketplace and mini spa, workshops and more. Jennifer Jedda of JJCaprices.com will be on-site showcasing her global jewelry and accessories at the MamaCon marketplace, so stop by to shop and say hello if you plan on attending. (You'll also find jewelry from JJ Caprices on keynote speaker Arlene Pellicane and mama blogger Rebecca Gallagher). The day concludes with a MamaCon dance party that runs from 7:30-11pm. Tickets start at $97 but the Friday night book launch event is free. Guests of the Friday night event will get a special sneak peak of the MamaCon marketplace and get first dips at shopping the selection. Buy your ticket now and join the celebration of motherhood!

What: MamaCon 2015
When: May 15th and 16th
Where: Embassy Suites - Lynnwood, WA
Tickets: Starting at $97 via MamaCon.net

May 6, 2015

Seattle Shopping Guide: Queen Anne

The Queen Anne neighborhood shopping guide is here!

Queen Anne is one of my favorite neighborhoods of all time. Never mind that I live and work here on the hill, that in itself makes me only slightly partial, but it's the amazing business owners that work hard to curate the best mix of products in order to create a unique shopping experience on the hill that I absolutely love. Seattleites are lucky to have so many independent boutiques to shop from and we know how important it is to shop local in order to help these businesses thrive. Whether you're a native, or just visiting the Emerald City on a quick trip, we hope you enjoy this round-up of Queen Anne boutiques to check out on your next shopping adventure.


Queen Anne Dispatch
2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
www.queenannedispatch.com
Queen Anne Dispatch has been a staple on the hill since it was founded in 1987 by Jan Paolini. The shop is now run by Jan's daughters, Tara and Sabrina and continues to stock a great mix of merchandise including apparel, accessories, jewelry, gifts, toys and more from brands like French Connection, Kelsi Dagger, Butter London, Hanky Panky and Vince Camuto. They even gift wrap, pack and ship, making any gift giving occasion a breeze. The staff is well-versed on product knowledge and always eager to help you find what you need. 



Three Birds Home 
2107 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
www.threebirdshome.com
Three Birds Home has quickly become one of the best places on the hill to find decorative home accents and gifts including dishes, table linens, candles, soaps, picture frames, wall art and more. Owner Robin Johnson shops markets in New York, San Fran and LA to fill her store with the perfect mix of products that combine innovative designs with inspirational colors. You'll find this little shop nestled next to Umbrella Tree and Key Bank on Queen Anne Avenue. Be on the look out for side walk sales in the summer time. 



Meadow
1959 6th Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98118
www.meadowseattle.com
Tucked along sixth avenue west on Queen Anne, Meadow boutique carries apparel, accessories, shoes and home decor at prices that won't break the bank. (We're talking dresses under $30 and kitchen items like blank recipe cards as low as $6.) Owner Shelley Hall regularly stocks local favorites including Sweet Petula Soaps, Woo + Co. Candles, Leah Pastrama jewelry and more. This boutique may be off the beaten path, but it's certainly worth the adventure and there's plenty of free street parking nearby. 



Once Upon a Time 
1622 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98004
www.onceuponatimetoys.net
If you're expecting a new arrival this summer, or know someone who is, don't miss Once Upon a Time on Queen Anne hill. This boutique has been a recipient of the Red Tricycle "Most Awesome Baby Boutique" award and carries everything you can possibly imagine for babies and kids including toys, strollers, cloth diapers + accessories, books, clothing, shoes, keepsakes and more. Once Upon a Time even stocks a huge selection of European toys from Moulin Roty, Sevi, Haba, Kathe Kruse, and Holztiger. 


Stuhlbergs
1801 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
www.stuhlbergs.com
Located at the top of Queen Anne, Stuhlberg's has been one the city's favorite independently-owned home accessory stores since 2002. Owner and co-founder Megan Stuhlberg works along side her mother Ann to carefully select the best assortment of products to perfectly curate your home from brands like Jonathan Adler, Juliska, Simon Pearce, Votivo and more. At Stuhlbergs you'll find great gifts like soaps and candles for the home, toys, books and stuffed animals for kids and everything in between. This is a must-visit boutique on Queen Anne! 


Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103 Seattle, WA 98109
www.bellafioremedspa.com
Although this isn't technically a boutique you can certainly shop here for beauty products when you visit Queen Anne. Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa stocks several local lines including Gallipot Skin Care which is handcrafted using all-natural, anti-aging ingredients.


Queen Anne Books
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
www.qabookco.com
There's something magical about wandering into a neighborhood book store and escaping into a world of literary insight and adventure. Queen Anne Books has great books for kids, travelers, culinary enthusiasts and even has a small fashion section. You'll frequently find local authors doing book signings in the store so be sure to check the website for a current line-up of events.


Peridot
532 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
www.peridotboutique.wordpress.com
Stay tuned fashion friends because this stylish boutique is moving on up to the top of the hill! Currently located on lower Queen Anne across the street from the Uptown Cinema, Peridot will soon have a new home at the top of the hill near the Starbucks. The move-in is scheduled for late-July/early August. We can't wait! This adorable boutique stocks budget-friendly women's fashion from a variety of brands. 

May 4, 2015

Fashion Calendar: Queen Anne Dispatch F&F sale

The Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family sale is back!

I love this neighborhood boutique on Queen Anne and I think you will too! If you haven't had the chance to check out this little gem, now is the time, because during the Friends & Family event you'll save 20% on all the brands you love including Cosabella, Mavi, Butter London, Kensie, Kersch, Volupsa, Compendium, Olivine Atelier, Subtle Luxury and more! Come celebrate this amazing Seattle boutique, meet owners (and sisters) Tara and Sabrina, snack on light bites, enjoy sweet sips and kick the weekend off right!

Dr. Christine Schaffner of Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa will be on-site doing complimentary B12 shots from 6-7pm to give guests a quick boost of energy as they kick off the weekend. Limited qty. available. First come, first serve. Get there early!

What: Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family event

When: Friday, May 15th, 2015

Where: Queen Anne Dispatch 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Time: The party is from 6-10pm but the discount is valid all day long, so get ready to shop!

Why: Because shopping local is the best way to protect the neighborhood shops you love. Oh, and also because DJ Mullet will be there. We know you love a good mullet.


Apr 21, 2015

Rock the Detox


Do crave sugar? Do you have a glass of wine with dinner every night? Is it time for a detox?

Join skin care expert Kari Gran, Dr. Christine Schaffner of Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa, nutrition expert Heather Christo and Pure Barre's Sami Sweeney as they share their insight on how to create a healthy lifestyle through beauty and wellness. The Rock the Detox event on April 30th will also include a panel discussion, small bites + clean cocktails, free B-12 shots from Bella Fiore, and a fitness demo by Pure Barre. This is a complimentary event but space is limited so RSVP no later than April 24th if you plan to attend. If you've been thinking about doing a "spring clean" on your lifestyle this is the event for you. Guests will have fun while learning how to achieve a healthy lifestyle and walk away with tools and strategies on how to make it happen. See you there!

What: Rock the Detox

When: Thursday, April 30th from 5:45-9pm

Where: Distillery Lofts (South Lake Union) 1735 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA

RSVP: springclean@duopr.com

Apr 16, 2015

Gray magazine presents "The Sorrento Sessions"


Gray magazine recently kicked off The Sorrento Sessions, a five-part series of panel discussions featuring talented designers and creative thinkers in the Northwest. The first sold-out session took place on April 9th and featured architect George Suyama, Bellevue Arts Museum curator Jennifer Navva Milliken, and furniture designer Brent Comber among others. In partnership with the Interior Design Show West, The Sorrento Sessions encourage creative conversations for trade and design enthusiasts. The next event, "Remix Culture & Cross-Disciplinary Design" is taking place on May 5th and will include a panel discussion highlighting bright design stars in the region who will share their experience crossing into unexpected design territories and shed light on why this practice will soon become the new standard.

What: The Sorrento Sessions "Remix Culture & Cross-Disciplinary Design"

When: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 from 6-8pm

Where: Sorrento Hotel 900 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

Tickets: $10 via EventBrite


Apr 14, 2015

Calling all #WomenthatDo


I'm excited to share that Seattle-based BEVEE bags recently highlighted me as part of their #WomenthatDo campaign that features inspiring women who are working, thriving and giving back to their communities. Sasha Muir, founder of BEVEE, designed the collection with working women in mind, knowing that a functional, convertible clutch was the perfect compliment to a fast-paced lifestyle. The BEVEE bags moves with women throughout their day allowing them to convert the bag from a clutch to a crossbody in a click. Other women who have been profiled include Katrina Koo of The Demure Muse and Joanna Lord of Porch.com. I'm thrilled to be part of a stylish and engaging conversation that encourages #WomenthatDo to keep moving, shaking and making things happen. In the post you'll find my favorite tips for being productive, a few tweetables to share, the advice I would have given to my younger self and of course, my favorite BEVEE bag from the collection. >> Read the full story on BEVEE.com 

Apr 12, 2015

JJ Caprices to host Global Style Trunk Show at Hotel Max


Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th and now is the time to start thinking about the perfect gift. Fortunately for you, Jennifer Jedda of JJCaprices.com has curated a gorgeous assortment of global jewelry that is just right for the occasion. Her latest buying trip took her to Paris, Rome, Scotland, Sicily and Turkey, and she's hand-selected incredible pieces just for this event. Come meet Jen is person, check out her new arrivals, see pics from her travels and get a jump start on your Mother's Day shopping. 



What:
JJ Caprices Global Style Trunk Show

When:
Saturday, April 25th 2015 from 4-6pm

Where: 
Hotel Max 620 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101

Why: 
Because you have wanderlust and shopping the curated selection of jewelry from around the globe is the only thing that will hold you over until your next trip. 

Good to Know:
Happy Hour pricing from Miller's Guild will be available for event guests from 4-5pm


Apr 8, 2015

Elizabeth Roberts featured in Lucky Shops

Local love is the best kind

Local line Elizabeth Roberts is getting some major love this week. One of the floral anorak coats from her line was featured in a Lucky Shops story titled "23 Killer Rain Coats you'll actually want to wear". The jacket was also featured by Hollywood style blogger and stylist Elshane of Elshane's World. The blonde beauty wore the Elizabeth Roberts coat during a spring style shoot for her site. 
To learn more about the line or shop for a spring coat of your own, visit Elizabeth Roberts online at www.elizabethroberts.us 



Apr 6, 2015

Wear Wednesdays to feature Seattle designer Brian Cuddy


Join the W Seattle for the monthly Wear Wednesdays style series this Wed. 4/8 featuring Seattle designer Brian Cuddy. Known for his colorful graphic prints, Brian is a former Design Director from Nordstrom and his namesake line was showcased at Bellevue's Independent Designer Runway Show last fall. Guests will enjoy happy hour pricing throughout the event from TRACE Bar and 20% of all proceeds from food and beverage will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality. Bring a friend and come enjoy this stylish night out on the town.


What: Wear Wednesdays at the W featuring Brian Cuddy

When: Wednesday, 4/8 from 5-7pm

Where: W Seattle 1112 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Why: Because you love fashion and revel at the chance to mix and mingle with fashion colleagues and friends.

Cost: This is a complimentary event.


For a live stream of event photos and updates follow @WSeattle on Instagram!

Apr 3, 2015

5 spring trends and where to buy them locally


Spring is officially here and now is the time to stock up on seasonal must-haves from Seattle's best designers and boutiques. Here's a look at our top 5 favorites for the season. 


// Pretty Pastels //
Sorbet-inspired colors are "in" for spring '15 as seen on the runway at shows like Alice + Olivia and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Soft pinks, purples and pistachino colors are an easy way to incorporate delicate pastels into your wardrobe. If the thought of wearing full pastels is intimidating, opt for a pastel colored bag instead, like the Continental Clutch from Seattle-based BEVEEshown above.

// Perfectly Perf //
This season I'm smitted by anything and everything perforated. This trend started out in the athleisure space and has quickly taken over just about every fashion category you can imagine including bags, skirts, tops, dresses and even outerwear. Keep it simple with a pair of easy flats by Seattle-based Dolce Vita (pictured above) available locally at Moorea Seal. Pair these with jeans for a laid-back spring look.


// The New Bohemian //
Versatile and easy to wear, the new crop of boho-inspired dresses for spring are an absolute must for your seasonal shopping list. Available in crisp cottons, soft silks and even lace, the boho dress is the perfect way to step out in style this spring. Shown above, the Avril dress from Tryb, available locally at ZebraClub.com


// Ornate Accessories // 
If there's one thing you splurge on this season it should be your accessories, especially if you decide to go back to the basics with your wardrobe. Ornate, embellished accessories are IN for spring '15 making it a great time to have fun with global-inspired statement jewelry, like the Turkish necklace shown above, available locally at JJCaprices.com.

// Effortless Outerwear // 
Easy pieces that can instantly pull together an entire look are essential for spring. I love this organic cotton "Tarapaulin" jacket from Seattle-based Prairie Underground. With an asymmetrical zip detail this jacket is light-weight and pairs perfectly with dresses or pants. 


Mar 31, 2015

Stylish Getaway Guide: NYC


New York is a city filled with wonder and possibility which is why it's such an incredible place to visit and find inspiration. After just returning from a power-packed, four-day, girls getaway to the big city I'm still feeling the buzz. Here are my top picks on the best places in NYC to stay, spa, sip and shop.


The Belvedere has quickly become one of my favorite places to stay in the city. Located in midtown near the Theater District, The Belvedere is clean, centrally located and perhaps most importantly, bed-bug free. The rooms are a good size by NYC standards and the bathrooms feature luxurious marble flooring. This hotel is within walking distance of Times Square and close to numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and markets. www.belvederehotelnyc.com

The highlight of the trip was definitely our visit to Bliss 57 Spa. Let's just say there's a reason this spa has a cult following. I splurged on the signature "FatGirlSlim" toning treatment which consists of dry brushing followed by a trouble-spot-targeting seaweed mask, a heated wrap, a waist-targeting rubdown with "The Love Handler" followed by a generous application of the infamous Bliss "Fat Girl Slim" firming cream. The 75-minute treatment was amazing and I definitely noticed a difference in my skin tone and texture after the service. I can't wait for my next spa day! www.blissworld.com

For those that crave local and organic food, don't miss Blue Dog Kitchen. It's now on our "must-list" next time we visit the city and just talking about it makes us hungry all over again. Located in midtown, this cafe + juice bar has a fun, cozy atmosphere and serves fresh food that is beautifully plated. Start off with a fresh-pressed juice (made on their Norwalk Juice press) before your meal. I had the "Knight in Armor" juice which consists of apple, lemon, double ginger and cayenne. It had a kick and I loved every sip! For brunch, try the breakfast sandwich on a croissant with egg whites, turkey bacon and avocado. www.bluedognyc.com


As I write this I'm now on day #5 of my Dry Bar blow-out and I promise it looks just as good as it did on day one. Whenever I'm in NYC I take full advantage of Dry Bar because it's quick, easy and convenient. I have really long, thick hair and not having to worry about washing or styling my while I travel is well worth the $40 price tag. Dry Bar offers several styling options to choose from and has experience with all hair types. Style tip: To make your blow out last as long as possible try the Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo.  www.thedrybar.com

We left midtown and spent an entire afternoon shopping in Soho and it was well worth the trek. In Soho you'll find Zara, Uniqlo, Topshop, Mango, Bloomingdale's and many other places to experience a little retail therapy. Soho is crowded and the fitting room lines are long, so plan accordingly. If you need a pick-me-up while shopping, stop by the IT'SUGAR store for a sweet treat. 

If you're heading uptown, shopping on fifth avenue is another safe bet. You'll find Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co., Moncler and more. Keep going until you hit Central Park so that you can take a breather with a quick cappuccino in the park. 





Easy walking shoes with a square heel for a maximum comfort while strolling the city


Multi-tasking makeup: Benefit's Lollitint works as a lip and cheek stain, saving valuable space in your cosmetics bag


A convertible clutch that easily transforms from day to night 
Pictured above: BEVEE Continental Clutch


An easy leather jacket that goes with everything and pulls together an entire look
Pictured above: Leather Moto Jacket from Topshop