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The Importance of Staycations

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Vacations are awesome. There’s truly nothing better than exploring a new place or relaxing on the beach for a week. However, the hard truth is that we can’t always afford to or have time to go on vacation. That’s where the staycation comes in. A staycation is basically a vacation from everyday life without the time and the hassle of actually traveling somewhere else. When you think about it a staycation is the best of both worlds as it provides all the relaxation of a vacation without the stress that comes with actually getting there.

My Staycation

Going on a staycation can be as easy as hosting a BBQ in your backyard or going on a long hike at a nearby trail. When you live in a big city like New York you often find yourself staying in the same neighborhood and going to the same places time and time again. So I like to use my staycation time to get out of my neighborhood and borough and discover new parts of the city. During the summer, I like to visit The Rockaways in Queens or go all the way uptown to The Cloisters. There are some awesome beaches in The Rockaways. I still can’t believe that you can take the subway there. It’s almost like being on the Jersey Shore rather than New York City. There’s even a genuine Venezuelan arepa bar right on the beach.

The Outfit

My casual chic staycation outfit consists of a V-neck Coffee Days Graphic Tee from Express, White Skinny Jeans, My signature Rebecca Minkoff Love Cross Body Bag and
Fuchsia Ankle Strap Single Sole High Heels from Ami Club Wear. I topped this summer weekend look off with my Betsey Johnson Octogoing Out Today Tortoise Sunglasses which as some of the most unique sunnies I’ve ever owned. I’m also sporting Naughty Nautical Nail Polish by Essie which is one of my favorite summer colors.

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Rad in Plaid

The streets of New York are paved in fashion and during the colder months, bright plaid shirts are a style staple. I love red plaid button ups because they’re perfect for both fall and the holidays.

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In honor of my favorite “chill in the air” trend, I headed downtown in my Express Women’s Red and Black Check Plaid Oversized ShirtWomen’s Ponte Knit Five-pocket Pants and Black Faux Suede and Fur Vest. I paired them with a comfy chic pair of Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Izadora Boots and my prize Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody that I picked up at a sample sale.

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How to Navigate a Sample Sale

Last weekend I spontaneously hit up a Rebecca Minkoff sample sale and got this beautiful Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Exclusive Love with Gunmetal bag for a steal.  While it normally retails for $295, I only paid $75! Here’s what I learned while navigating through this very fabulous sample sale.

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Believe it or not, this was one of my first sample sales. I usually avoid them due to my lack of funds (a girl has to pay rent). However, when my friend Joel told me about it on our way out of pilates, I couldn’t resist taking a peak. I got an amazing new bag and learned a ton about sample sale strategy.

Know when to go

The best times to go to a sample sale are on the first day and the last day. The first day has the best selection while the last day has the lowest prices. I personally prefer to go on the last day because it’s really the only day where these high end items are affordable. Plus you’ll watch the prices go down before your eyes as they keep lowering them throughout the day. If you go on any day that isn’t the first or the last day, you’ll get neither the lowest prices nor the best selection of products so shoot for prime times.

Stay focused

When you walk into a sample sale, it’s easy for your mind to go all over the place. Between all the people running around frantically and the tables piled high with designer deals, it’s hard to focus on finding the best deals for you. Just take a deep breath and focus on going through one table or rack at a time. Don’t move on to the next until you’re done going through the first rack. That way you get a good look at everything.

Only buy if you’re in love

One of the biggest mistakes people make at sample sales is buying things just because. If you love the brand, it’s tempting to buy designer items just because they’re cheap or discounted. I mean who wouldn’t want a Marc Jacobs bag for $50? However, if you wouldn’t pay full price for it, you shouldn’t buy it on sale either because you’re never going to use it. There’s nothing wrong with leaving a sample sale empty handed. So don’t settle for anything less than true love.

Accept defeat

Chances are there’s going to be a moment where someone else snags an item that you’re absolutely head over heels for. Accept the loss and move on. You can’t beat yourself up over your first love.

Go at it alone

While you may have gone to the sample sale with friends, there’s no need to remain attached at the hip while searching for deals. You’ll never be able to concentrate if you’re chatting. Separate and talk about your finds over coffee after.

There’s always sample sales coming up in NYC. Find more upcoming sales here.

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Style Coalition Announces Nominees for the 6th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards

Fashion20_Awards_invite_VIP_2015When it comes to fashion, there’s nothing more exciting than the latest innovation or more on trend than the ever evolving world of social media. This week Style Coalition will be hosting the 6th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards honoring the best digital campaigns, platforms, social media strategies and innovations in the fashion industry. Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors lead with the most nominations, followed by DKNY and Rebecca Minkoff. This year the founders of BaubleBar are being honored with the annual Visionary Award, legendary designer Sam Edelman will be delivering the keynote and I’ll be there to see it all.

The 2015 Nominees Are:

Best Twitter:

Dior | DKNY | DVF | Marc Jacobs | Victoria’s Secret

Best Facebook:

Burberry | Coach | Converse | H&M | Michael Kors

Best Instagram:

ChanelChristian Louboutin | GAPMarc JacobsOpening Ceremony

Best Pinterest:

Free People | JCrew | Kate SpadeMichael KorsNordstrom

Best E-commerce:

ASOSFarfetch | Free PeopleNasty GalNET-A-PORTER

Best Online Campaign:

Aerie “Real” | DKNY “Cara4DKNY” | French Connection #CantHelpMySelfie | Marc Jacobs “Cast Me Marc” | Tiffany & Co. “Will You”

Best Online Video:

CHANEL – Gabrielle Chanel “Inside CHANEL” | Kate Spade – “Waiting Game” | Nicole Miller A/W 14 | rag & bone Men’s F/W 15 feat. Baryshnikov and Lil Buck | Under Armour “I Will What I Want”

Best Digital Philanthropy:

DressemberKate Spade “On Purpose” | Kenneth Cole “Look Good, For Good” | Michael Kors “WatchHungerStop” | Ralph Lauren “Pink Pony Fund”

Best Interactive Retail:

Bloomingdales Holiday | Burberry x PrintempsCalvin Klein x Macy’sNIKE FuelStation | Rebecca Minkoff

Best Wearable Tech:

Intel X Opening CeremonyMotorola Moto 360Rebecca Minkoff x Case-Mate | RinglyTory Burch for Fitbit

Best Startup:

Cosmic CartLe Tote | SpringTrue & CoTwice

Top Innovator:

DKNYKate SpadeMarc JacobsMichael KorsRebecca Minkoff

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April Fooled By Rebecca Minkoff


I’m a bit naïve and incredibly gullible. So when someone tells me that “Gullible” is written on the ceiling, I usually look up.  Perhaps, always being a wide-eyed innocent will keep me young longer and better than botox.  This morning, Glamour Magazine and Rebecca Minkoff announced over social media that the fashion designer would be joining the cast of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City with a Glamour exclusive.  Having forgotten to check that the date was April 1st, I totally believed it!  I event tweeted a congratulations which a soon retracted with the following tweet:


A part of me thinks that I never should have fallen for this.  It’s kind embarrassing.  I mean, what am I going to believe next? That Tory Burch is joining the cast of Jersey Shore?  Or that Taylor Swift is MTV’s next Teen Mom?  But, in the end, I don’t feel that bad about being fooled because I know I wasn’t the only pure of heart fashionista who fell for this epic April Fool’s joke.  Happy April Fool’s Day Socialites!

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