Buying an evening gown, or any dress, for that matter, for a very special occasion, pains me, because I end up spending a fortune on a look I’ll only wear once, that then, retires to my closet. I hate to be wasteful, so thankfully Armarium, founded by Trisha Gregory and Alexandra Lind Rose, is a company that allows me to wear beautiful, current collections for a night, for a fraction of the price, to be returned the following day. Trisha has had relationships with all of the top designers, as she has worked in the industry for years, and has curated the best selection of designer pieces for her showroom. This summer, she spread her wings to the east end and has opened her first pop-up shop in Southampton, located at 28C Jobs Lane to make it accessible for all of us attending the numerous events and parties in the Hamptons.Read More
A new store has hit the town of Sag Harbor, with its magical old-world aesthetic, and vintage finds. Love Shack Fancy, a women’s wear brand founded by one of my best friends, Rebecca Hessel Cohen, has opened up shop, and everyone has taken notice. She has brought her signature floral, shabby chic style to the beach, and mixed it with an eclectic assortment of accessories, including handmade dolls, beach totes, pillows, throws, and vintage clothing. Rebecca, a former stylist, knows how to put a look together better than anyone I know, and her store is the ultimate proof of that talent. I’ve watched her build this brand from scratch, and seeing her dream come to fruition with the opening of this beautiful shop has made me so proud. If you haven’t already been, it is a must-see while in the Hamptons. Her dresses reflect the laid back, boho vibes of Sag Harbor, so this shack is truly in it’s element.
WEBSITE: http://loveshackfancy.com ADDRESS: 17 Main Street in Sag Harbor, New York.Read More
Sag Harbor is probably my favorite town in the Hamptons because it still has all of its original bones, and it’s located on the water. We have been spending even more time there recently because my girls love to watch the boats and grab an ice cream, and I love its new great addition, goop MRKT, located across from the marina.
goop Sag Harbor opened Memorial Day Weekend and has since become my one-stop-shop for all my natural beauty needs, with everything from Tata Harper and Rahua, to Organic Pharmacy and Dr Sturm. I basically do not need to go any place else for products.
They also sell some of my favorite dress designers for minis, like Lindsey Berns, and have amazing beach pieces for me, like the black Marysia jumper, that you can see in the photos above!
The goop Sag Harbor space is stocked with some the best selection of home decor pieces, particularly their tablescape items, like the napkins and glassware.
You can also find a selection of Hamptons-specific handbags from Prada, a summer-inspired fashion closet from Saks, and goop's own line of apparel, G. Label.
The store is open daily from 10am - 6pm until September 3. You can find it at 4 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY.
Jen Tran, founder of jewelry line, Millie & Noah http://millieandnoah.com, named after her children, contacted me around Mother’s Day. She was so lovely and kind when she connected with me on Instagram, I immediately knew I would adore her. Jen isn’t only sweet, but overwhelmingly generous and inspiring. I really admire women who have passion and take true pride in what they create, and Jen’s jewelry is a labor of love. Jen asked that she connect with my daughters to make an extra special, custom ring for me to present on Mother’s Day. Each of my girls was to design a band, working closely with her from start to finish, so they understand the process of a real craftsman. She sent them art kits with instructions, and even documented the process in a beautiful scrapbook for me, outlining my girl’s hard work and design. As a special surprise for my daughters, Jen made each of them a necklace with miniature versions of my ring to wear and remember what they made for their Mama! It’s the most special gift I’ve ever received, and such an incredible hands-on learning experience for my children.Read More
We all know I have an affinity for vintage. I am obsessed with puffed sleeves, intricate laces, and gold lame! What’s really special about vintage finds is that they are done with a craftsmanship we rarely see in current times. I love knowing that when I wear my vintage dresses, I won’t have to worry about seeing someone else in the same outfit. There is also something whimsical and important about statement pieces, and the best ones can be found at Happy Isles Salon. This incredibly well-curated shop, is about the experience. You go and select from a wide assortment of dresses, jewels and accessories and play the best dress-up imaginable. It’s like being a kid in a candy store, for a vintage lover like myself. You leave the salon with a complete look, head to toe, with pieces that will never go out of style.Read More
When I heard the story behind this jewelry collection, I was moved! Romy, the founder and designer, had lost her Dad, and wanted to give her Mother something special, signifying her Father, to hold close to her heart. She designed a gold necklace with his signature on it, and her company was born. It doesn’t get more personalized and unique than this gift, as everyone’s handwriting is quite different, and also holds so much of a person's character. For Mother’s Day, my girls wrote out the words “Gaga,” “Mama,” “Sister, Sister,” and “BFF.” We are now taking orders online to customize necklaces with these phrases as a collaboration with Sincerely (in your children’s handwriting) and we cannot wait to see them on everyone! To order your own custom necklace, visit this link. Use code MAMATATA at checkout to received 10% off your order.Read More
Every year, on Mother’s Day, for as long as I can remember, my mother wanted a robe! She was in love with silk robes, and wore them every evening after a long day of work. I remember when we were little, Tata and I used to shop at all of the lingerie stores in our neighborhood searching for the perfect one, back when brick & mortar was still the primary mode for shopping! Now, it’s a lot easier, and the woman who does it best is Helena Quinn! Her robes are like works of art, something to feel great in at home, or even wear out with jeans during the day. Her prints are very special, and now she does custom monogramming, as well. Her “Mama” robes really spoke to me, when I saw them online, and it was the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my Mama, and we also added one to our cart for Tata!Read More
I am constantly on the run when in NYC, whether I am going to school drop-offs and pickups, getting to the gym, or racing to shoot features. I’m always looking for a big bag to store all of my various outfits for the day, one that is not only practical, but also attractive. STATE bags came out with a brilliant collection of backpacks and fanny packs, lined with the map of New York (so I’ll never get lost) that are so chic and functional, I wanted the entire line! My favorite piece by far is the floral backpack, because I am yearning for those spring blooms to pop up in this city and wearing it just makes me happy. They also carry some higher-end leather backpacks that I’m crazy about, so make sure to look for those as well.Read More
FEM : website: www.fembyfem.com; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
We all know that great diaper bags are few and far between. However, Nuria De La Fuente has changed the game, in her newest collection of totes, clutches and flap bags. FEM bags are the most functional and chic bags you can buy, made by mothers who understand the need to look great while staying well organized. The clutch also serves as a changing pad for babies, which couldn’t be more brilliant! The flap bag is compartmentalized and comes in beautiful neutral tones, all hand crafted in Italy, and made at a price that is reasonable. Even if you’re not a mom, you probably want one of these to go to the gym or the office. The simplistic design and great sturdy materials and hardware make these bags high in demand. Looking forward to seeing them around the city on your strollers!Read More
MONROW: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Website: https://www.monrow.com/
When I think of L.A., this company is at the forefront of my mind. Monrow, the super chic, comfortable, simple, leisurewear line, was hatched by Michelle Wenke and Megan George in L.A. and their aesthetic is very in sync with the lifestyle and environment around them. Their clothing is my go-to for when I’m on the road with my girls, and want to be comfortable, yet look put-together and cohesive. Their sweatpants and sweaters are tailored, not frumpy, and actually allow you to feel attractive in your mommy gear! They’ve recently launched Monrow Mini, Monrow Men, and Monrow Classics, expanding their brand organically to appease all of their customers. I love twinning with my girls in their patterned hoodies and sweatpants. I was really inspired by Michelle and all of her hard work to create a brand from the ground up while being a mom. Not only does she have Monrow, but she recently founded Tribe West, a beautiful collection of baby mats/yoga mats in a variety of prints and colors. With all of the unattractive, bright, baby mats out there, these are majorly refreshing!Read More
Describe yourself in 3 words..
Eternal Optimist, Colorful Explosion, Dance Party
How has your daughter influenced your career?
My daughter, Sunday, has completely redefined my view of success. As a fashion stylist and fashion blogger, I used to be so hard on myself for any single day that went by where I didn't work or bill hours-- but now I look at this career I created for myself as the biggest blessing of all. I get to live the life I dreamed of as a successful working mother, AND as a mother who gets countless hours of bonding time during the week with my baby when I'm not on a job. I feel complete.
Where do you like to shop for your daughter?
True to my personal style, I fill Sunday's closet with unique pieces from travels abroad, like African wax print harem pants from South Africa and woven rompers from Mexico. Cat & Jack by Target is my everyday go-to, and for special occasions, I love Rock Your Baby, The Ice Cream Castles, and Stella McCartney Kids.
How do you carve out time for yourself and how do you like to spend this time?
I try to book a few hours a week where I'm not working and not with my baby. Those hours are basically planned to the minute...jumping from pilates to the nail salon to a boutique with not a second to spare!! And I recently realized the power of ordering an in-home masseuse on a weeknight after Sunday goes to bed. Major plus!
How has having a baby influenced your style?
I'm a separates girl-- primarily skirts and tops, so having a baby threw my style for a curve ball. All those music classes and gym classes where we sit cross-legged on the floor left me grabbing for harem pants and midi skirts instead of the minis I was always used to. I also shop for more cottons and washable fabrics now, since Sunday has sticky snack fingers at all times!
What is your best advice for a new mama?
Don't compare yourself or your baby to anyone else. I had actually never held a baby before my own-- so you could imagine how little I knew about anything. Over the course of a few months, everything started to make perfect sense. I'm really happy and confident about the mom I was always meant to be.
What is your most memorable family vacation?
Family vacations have certainly taken a turn since Sunday was born! There's a lot less fabulous European getaways, and a lot more long weekends at kid-friendly resorts. I can honestly say these new baby-friendly trips are the most fun of all. Recently my husband, Sunday, labradoodle named Homer, and I spent a long weekend at Terranea Resort in Southern California. We kept Sunday up past her bedtime every night and had a blast!
Favorite family weekend activity?
Family Date Night... every Friday night at 5:30pm. There's a lot of laughs, a lot of mess, and lots of wine for mama and daddy!
Top 3 favorite designers?
This is impossibly tough. Today it's Gucci, R13, and Chanel.
What is your favorite part of your job as a stylist?
I love seeing my commercials on television. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into costuming global commercial campaigns-- all for those glorious 30 seconds of screen time that half the country fast forwards through anyway! Sigh.
What lessons or values do you hope to impart to your daughter?
I hope to teach Sunday about the power of a confident, independent woman. It's something that both my mother, and my first boss and mentor, Diane von Furstenberg, taught me. I live my life by that strength.
RESERVOIR: 8820 Washington Boulevard #102, LA, Ph. (323) 300-5309
My entire L.A. wardrobe came from my favorite store in Culver City, Reservoir. If you missed some of my L.A. posts, I highly recommend checking out all of the looks. I was lucky enough to borrow pieces for my shoots, and I only wished I could keep the whole wardrobe. The owners Alissa Jacob and Aliza Neidich, two native New Yorkers, took their chic looks to the west side and it has been a big success. They carry so many contemporary designers we love like Shop Redone, Zimmermann, Ellery, and Hellessy. However, what’s even more unique is their curation of magnificent, eye-popping jewelry. It’s easy to get stuck in Reservoir all day, between the clothing, accessories, gadgets, and home goods, so carve out some time! The new store is located in Platform, the awesome indoor/outdoor shopping mall. You can go take the kids for ice cream, grab a bite to eat, and stop into Reservoir to shop, so it’s fun for the entire family, and serves as a great weekend activity.Read More
POPPY STORE: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Of all the stores in LA, this one is by far my favorite! Poppy store is my first stop every time I come to town. Filled with the most well-curated selection of children’s clothing and accessories, and located in the cutest little corner of Brentwood Country Mart, owner Jenny Belushi nailed it! They carry various designers at all price points, and have the sweetest selection of boys clothing which is hard to come by. This store is a clear labor of love. Jenny was always inspired by dressing her own little angels, and wanted to create a space where families could share her passion. My girls always look forward to my arrival back from L.A., with Poppy bags in tow, as they too, appreciate the exceptional mini styling by Jenny Belushi.
PATBO: website: https://patbo.com/
When searching for the perfect looks to pack for vacation, I had a one-stop-shop at PatBo, a Brazilian designer who recently launched her collection in the U.S. I’m a sucker for a plunging neckline, and PatBo clearly agrees that this deep V is flattering and sexy on most women. Her resort line is filled with fun prints, scandalous cut outs, and breathable fabrics, that make it the ultimate vacation gear. However, if you are a snow bunny and off to colder climates, she offers the most magnificent hand-beaded gowns to reign in the New Year. I’m excited to see what’s to come as Patricia Bonaldi continues to provide access to her beautiful pieces!
EMILY AND ASHLEY: ph: 212.327.2765, email: Ashley@emilyandashley.com
I’ve known this sister duo for over a decade, and they have been creating beautiful pieces of jewelry since way back then! While everything they make is very special and unique, my favorite items are the vintage charm necklaces and bracelets because they are so meaningful. They search all of the flea markets and vintage shows for special charms to have a selection that will be eclectic enough to meet everyone’s purposes. I happened to really enjoy the process of reflecting on my life, and finding symbols for family, friends and feelings that are representative of who I am. Emily and Ashley took my list of symbols and found each one to create the most incredible charm necklace that sparks so many wonderful memories. I am so in love with my necklace, that I am hosting a holiday party for them today so that my family and friends can also make them for the holidays. These pieces also make the best gifts, for both children and adults!Read More
JEMMA WYNNE: Website: , Ph. (212) 980-8500, Email: email@example.com, Instagram: @jemmawynne
My favorite pick of this beautiful jewelry line is their diamond bracelet, which is available in a variety of sizes and colors. They are very light, and you hardly realize you are wearing them. They are the contemporary version of the “tennis bracelet,” but are adjustable in size and you can choose any stone meaningful to you. The best friends behind the brand have quite an eye, and when I visited their showroom I fell in love with everything else they’ve designed. I ogled over their bracelets for little girls. What special, beautiful, unique pieces for holidays or a big birthday. They were very dainty and understated. The Jemma Wynne girls are now launching their pieces to Bergdorf Goodman, so go check out their incredible selection just in time for the holiday season.Read More
Describe yourself in 3 words...
Mommy. Creative. Determined.
What was your main source of inspiration for Alice and Olivia?
The quest for the perfectly fitted pant! That was back in 2002. The mission and my design sensibility has evolved since then, but I still love an amazing bold color or printed pant!
How do you balance your business and family life?
As any working mother does, the best I can, with amazing help from my parents and caregivers, and with as much humor as possible!
How do you carve out time for yourself and how do you like to spend this time?
I do an hour of ashtanga yoga every morning. It is really important for me to take that time for myself. And it has to be in the morning----either at 5:00 am before the girls wake up or at 7:45 after they go to school…. After 9:00 am I am all business!
Where do you like to shop for your daughters?
I make a lot of their clothing, but in NYC I love my friend Sari’s new store EVERAFTER and on my block is an adorable store called My Little Sunshine. I also love European lines like the tulle dresses from Luna Luna and more retro children’s clothing like Velveteen’s dresses and smocked dresses from Luli and Me and annafie dresses back to doc marten boots or high top sneakers.
What is your favorite family weekend activity around New York?
My girls are really into gymnastics right now! But we also love just going to the parks near our house in Tribeca, stopping at the ice cream truck or the new ring ding bar, shopping, and just hanging with friends. We also love doing dinners with friends at our house on Friday nights….
What is your most memorable family vacation?
We take a trip to Hawaii every December. It has become a great family tradition. And every July we spend a month at our family home in Malibu. It is also such an incredible time spent with west coast friends and family….
What is your best advice for a new mama?
Your happiness is important to your baby’s happiness! Don’t forget to take time for yourself!
What values do you hope to instill in your girls?
Kindness, truthfulness, and the idea that hard work is good for you!
DANNIJO: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: , Ph. (212) 971-7070
The sister act known as Dannijo is at it again! They have been making fun jewels together since they were kids, and now they added their newest passion to the equation. They have always enjoyed vintage shows with one another, collecting fun t-shirts, accessories and pretty little frocks. Now, they have created a business out of it, combining their own accessories with their favorite styles of the past to create a beautiful head-to-toe look that screams chic! What’s really special about their experience is getting to go to their showroom and selecting your items, so that they assist you in curating the look you are trying to achieve. This beautiful sister team are empowering girls everywhere. They naturally complement one another, so putting their keen fashion eyes together makes for the perfect shopping experience.Read More
There is no one more chic than my pal, Olivia Palermo! Since we were kids, everything she wore was iconic. The way she always pieces high and low items together is genius. Whether she's belting it, layering it, or keeping it classic, she manages to work a wardrobe better than anyone in the room. Her talent in styling is admired by most, so it's of no surprise that Banana Republic took note, and together they decided to collaborate on a collection that launched this Fall. I used to shop at Banana Republic when I was younger, but have not been in years until this partnership was established. The pieces fit so well, the quality of the fabric is stellar, and the line is overall so reflective of Olivia's personal taste. Truthfully, I wanted the entire line. Luckily, they were kind enough to give me a few pieces to share with all of you! Run, don't walk, to be sure you don't miss out on this brilliant team effort.Read More
THE STRIPED SAILOR: website: https://www.thestripedsailor.com/
I was introduced to The Striped Sailor shoe line this summer in the Hamptons, and have lived in mine ever since! For the longest time, I would buy flats and just step on the backs of them because I constantly got blisters from all of the city walking. Finally, designer Daniella Gotlib, read my mind and saved the day, making backless espadrilles, in an assortment of beautiful colors and fabrics. I wear them to the gym, to go to drop off at school, and when I'm running around all day at meetings and shoots. My feet used to get so beat up, and my only option were Birkenstocks, but now I can be comfortable and still super chic. These are the ultimate Mama purchase, and they are well priced to boot! I'm looking forward to seeing the new spring collection of espadrilles and other goodies The Striped Sailor has in the pipeline.Read More