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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Not So Basic Basics by Kidpik

My three kids were born and bred in NYC. We might have moved over the bridge to suburbia, but they are still City kids at heart. My littles are all about color and comfort - and like their momma, they love a good deal. We reviewed a Kidpik Subscription Box a little while back but today I want to talk about Kidpik Basics. The girls picked out a few pieces for back to school that we wanted to share with you. We're so excited to announce that we will be giving away a Kidpik Subscription Box on my Instagram - I'll link it here as soon as the post is live! And scroll down for an exclusive Kidpik coupon code just for my followers!

This past Sunday, we headed downtown to explore the Lower East Side to check out some of the walls we've admired on Instagram. And when we got down there we found ALL of those walls painted over. NYC street art is constantly being done and redone so you gotta act fast if you want to shoot. So we improvised and wandered around in search of colorful backdrops to showcase our Kidpik style.

Kidpik Basics come in sizes 4-14 in a rainbow of colors and silhouettes - which is just how we like it! My girls have a modest dress-code for school so they wanted to stock up on their favorite pencil skirts. Kidpik is brought to you by the same people as RUUM (loved their stuff!) and some of the items even came with RUUM tags.

To get an idea of fit, Ella is 52" and 56 lbs. and wearing a 7/8 on bottom and 10/12 on top. Ava is 48" and 48 lbs. and wearing a 7/8 on top and 5/6 on bottom. My girls (especially Ella) are VERY particular with fit. My skinny minnies are long and lean and we sometimes have a hard time finding clothing to fit their slender frames.

These pencil skirts fit like a dream and range in price from $3.75-7.50. And FYI the 7/8 measures 19" long and the 5/6 measures 17.25" long. They're not too thin, not too thick, nice and stretchy, and don't ride up too much when your wiggly kids move around.

As for tops, other than the tie dye which has a more slender fit, we probably could have sized down for the looser designs. Most of the arms fit wider so we had to push them up. They're also on the thinner side but still super cozy and not see through. The body of the 3/4 sleeve top was nice a fitted but the sleeves are a little looser than we'd like. If you do size down, just be aware that some of the designs are cropped and you may be need to layer with a tank top for full coverage. These tops ranged in price from $7.50-$17.50, and many styles offer deals if you purchase two. Kidpik also offers a deals of the week where the featured item is discounted. Right now they have the cutest booties on promo for just $19.99! And their sale section is pretty epic!

The girls were also super excited about their new lightening metallic sneakers. They are so chic and comfortable - Ella actually wore hers to Fashion Week (seen here) this year. She lasted all day on her feet without any complaints. They come in several colors too! Ella is wearing a 4 in shoes right now and Ava is in a 2, but these styles ran a little big for us so we sized down to a 3 and 1 respectively.

Biker shorts are always hard to find for some reason - and Kidpik has some on sale right now for just $2.75! My girls like to do cartwheels and handstands wherever they go so we always have some on under our skirts. You seriously can't beat that price!

It was pretty warm out so the girls started to lose it after a couple hours in the sun, so I took them to byChloe on Bleeker to chow down. I ordered them some treats but they just couldn't wait. By the time the real food came out we were all so hungry that we didn't bother taking pics. Ella always gets the Avocado toast and Ava went crazy for their cauliflower soup. And the fries with beet ketchup are always a big hit.

Everything featured here is now currently available on the Kidpik Basics website. The girls did add a few of their own accessories to show how easily these basics can be mixed in to their own wardrobes.

Bonus - get FREE shipping on a $25 purchase with code LEHOARDER (from September 18th to October 2nd, US only). Have you tried Kidpik? If you haven't, now is the time!

Thank you to Kidpik for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely our own. 

Happy shopping! Feel free to ask me any fit/sizing questions. Always happy to help another momma get her deal on!

Michelle, Ella & Ava

Friday, September 15, 2017

Goodbye Summer?

I picked up this adorable tie dye beach cover-up at Burlington for about $15 and lived in it all summer-long! I initially planned on styling it with my Sophia Webster Lacey sandals (seen here) but decided to switch it up. Plus I love the pop of color from my Chiara wings. I struggled with what bag to wear until I looked in the back of my closet and found my $50 Rebecca Minkoff (sample sale!) bucket bag that I haven't worn all season. Added my penny Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses and I was good to go! I'm a little sad to have to say goodbye to caftan season. Luckily the warm weather is allowing me to hold on for a few more weeks.

From head to toe:
  • Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana, Nordstrom Rack, $0.01!
  • Caftan: Burlington, $14.99 (Yes I have two, see the other one here)
  • Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, sample sale, $50
  • Shoes: Sophia Webster, Nordstrom Rack, $107 (RV $575)

If I did this look again I'd probably add a few accessories but as always I put it on as I ran out the door to a L'occitane event by their Flatiron store (thank you to Christine, Madame Ostrich for the invite!) and I didn't want to be late. Honestly, there are so many bold colors that it didn't even need the extras.

You can shop my style here:

Until you shoot in the middle of a busy street, you can't really consider yourself a NYC blogger. We had a few close calls but managed to walk away unscathed.

Thank you to the adorable Belle @littlefashionstylist for risking your life and taking this round of photos. It was just our one-year friendaversary - we met at a Fashion Week party last fall. I actually shared a little more about it on my Insta this week (here). As most of you know, it's pretty hard to make new friends as an adult, and so rare to meet genuine souls who are kindred spirits. She's as colorful and kookie as me, despite our 18 year age difference.

Good news! Sample sale season is picking up! This week is Rent the Runway - I would suggest going these last days for deep discounts. Some years they slash prices in the last hours but last time they marked down in the morning (of the last day) so you had to get there early for the best selection of the leftovers. As always, look closely for damages. Charlotte Olympia is next week and I've got my fingers crossed for $100 kitty flats again! There are a ton of sales going on and popping up - for a complete listing I would check sale sites like Chicmi who IMO has the most comprehensive listings in town.

Rent the Runway
September 15-17
Fri 10-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5
260 Fifth Avenue

Charlotte Olympia
September 19-20
Tues 11-7, Weds 8:30-7*
The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E 45th St, Vanderbilt Suite
* last year they pretty much ran out of goods after the first day. Hopefully it will be better stocked this time. 

This week I had an incident at the La Perla sample sale that I ranted about on my Insta stories and a few people have asked what happened. First I wanted to say that the sale was not run by La Perla or I would have tagged them or contacted them directly. So often people come in and buy out lots of goods from designers and run a sample sale. Some are more professional than others.

I was sent an email inviting me to help promote the sale - they sent a price list with promises of $20 panties and $30 shoes so Belle and I ran over to the preview post fashion show this week. When we arrived it was pretty chaotic and organizers were quickly restocking. I was disappointed that prices were higher than listed in the email and shoes had not yet arrived. At the sale the posted price list indicated that nothing topped $100 - yet for several pieces we were told $150-300. We found a cute belt and were quoted $40, $50 and $100 for that item by different people - even though the email said accessories would be $15. After getting frustrated with their pricing games, Belle took a pair of panties to the front - and the credit card machine was down. I pulled out $25 (because Belle rarely has cash LOL) and then were told they were $40. And that was the final straw. We walked out and were then accosted by an older organizer as we were picking up our bags from coat check - and he asked me why we didn't buy anything. I said that the prices kept changing and it was totally unprofessional. Then he asked to look in my bag. WHAT? So I opened my small Jimmy Choo crossbody that I had worn inside the sale to show him there was nothing there. He then asked to see my checked tote - so I said it was in the coat check for the sale. I held that up for him too. In retrospect, Belle thinks he assumed we stole stuff because we didn't buy anything. It was insane. Totally disrespectful and unprofessional. I told him "that's not how you run a sale" and we left. Worst. Sale. Ever.

So that's why I never shared the details of that sale with you. I try to only share sales with the best deals - or at least those run by people with integrity. No designer bag for even a penny is worth the mistreatment we were subjected to. Over the years I've walked away from several situations asking myself what had just happened, but this was by far the worst. So if you want cheap La Perla, just head to Century 21 and you can find some cute stuff for pretty much the same pricing and keep your self respect and dignity in tact.

On a happy note, I had a really great fashion week. I had my first assigned front row seat ever which was pretty epic for me. I'm so lucky to be doing what I love with people I love - and thank you to all for your support and encouragement. Just a few years ago I turned 40 and decided there was more to life than just being a mommy. I went back to my fashion roots and found my voice again. And every day it just gets better.

Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rock Center Style

Happy New York Fashion Week everyone! As always I've saved everything till pretty much the last minute and I'm still ironing out my calendar for the week. I've been online ordering up a storm but sadly 90% of my purchases haven't quite worked out. Looks like I'm gonna be raiding my closet and possibly hitting Zara one more time for a fashion Hail Mary. I typically wear my good stuff as I find it - and have nothing saved for NYFW. So be prepared to see several of my pieces and looks on repeat - like this $15 Club Monaco shirtdress, $50 Paul Andrew Lucite heels and $5 Eddie Borgo bracelet. All three of these pieces were 90% off NYC sample sale scores from this year.

Belle gave me the heads up that they were installing these murals by Rockefeller Center so we had to pop by for some pics. We met up the day I highlighted my hair (for free!) at Bumble and Bumble. I'm a hair model and have had my hair done for free for years - you can read more about my experiences (and how to become a hair model) in previous posts here, here and here. I stupidly had my dress balled up in my bag instead of hanging it up, ergo all the wrinkles. Oops.

But let's get back to my bargains. From head to toe:
  • Sunglasses: Rosegal, C/O - currently on sale for $5.80!!
  • Earrings: Mimilore Official, C/O (RV $175)
  • Bracelet: Eddie Borgo, sample sale, $5 - read about my first Eddie Borgo SS experience here.
  • Dress: Club Monaco, sample sale, $15
  • Bag: Alexander Wang mini Rockie, sample sale, $175 (RV $650)
  • Shoes: Paul Andrew Blossom sandal, sample sale, $50 (RV $1,195) - Check out a previous PA SS haul here.

You can shop my look here:

Thank you to the super cute Belle, @littlefashionstylist for this round of pics. She's seriously the cutest and I don't know what I'd do without her.

So my week is all about shows and parties and nothing on my radar shopping wise. You can give your wallets a break this week :) What's your favorite part of Fashion Week?

If you see me out and about during NYFW please be sure to say hello!



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ombre Walls and Too Much Pink?

How much pink is too much pink? In my opinion, there's no such thing. Gimmie all the pink! My latest pink obsession started with this Johnny Was cover-up that I picked up at TJ Maxx for $70. I was on a caftan hunt and was hoping for cute ones for about 20 bucks and of course I had to stop in the designer department and spot this pink perfection. Belle and I have been hunting down colorful walls so we headed to Brooklyn to shoot this amazing ombre one. I'm not sure why we haven't headed to DUMBO before - it's gorgeous over there!

It was love at first sight for this dress. The cut is insanely flattering because it's cut a little longer and narrower than most caftans. I hate when they are super short and boxy and turn you into a square. Once I tried it on I felt a whole lot better about the price - plus it was selling online at Neiman Marcus for way more. Plus with cost per wear this summer - it came out to pennies a day LOL.

Because of the cut-outs (and the fact that it's a sheer-ish beach cover-up) I added my new favorite Victoria's Secret slip. It's knee length and bias cut - so good. I haven't shopped VS in years but I needed a slip for my new Teri Jon dress that I wore for my niece's wedding seen here. It came with a nude slip and I really wanted a black one. I tore through dozens of stores until I found it. It was $50 (though I used a $50 Visa giftcard that I won) but if it ever goes on sale I'll grab more.

The pouch was also a TJ Maxx score but at $12.99 it was a no-brainer. With all the color going on I decided to wear with my favorite black and white Sophia Webster Lacey heels that I scored at the sample sale for $95. I'm starting to wear them down so they are getting a little unbalanced. It's gonna really hurt when I  have to retire them.

From head to toe:
  • Sunglasses: Posey bifocal sun reader, Readers.com, C/O (RV $17.95)
  • Earrings: AV Max, sample sale, $4 (RV $55)
  • Caftan: Johnny Was, TJ Maxx, $70 (RV $279) - I'm wearing an XS so they run big
  • Slip: Victoria's Secret satin midi slip, $50 - I'm wearing a M
  • Bracelet: AV Max, sample sale, $10
  • Bag: TJ Maxx, $12.99
  • Shoes: Sophia Webster Lacey heels, sample sale, $95 - read about that epic sale here.

You can shop my style here:

After Belle shot me, I snapped a few of her as well :) I actually typically shoot her first because I like to test the lighting and see if the shot will work for me. I really need to go back to shoot the blue part of the wall with a different look. I just liked how my pink dress popped against the yellow and orange. I'm learning that where you shoot is almost as important as what you shoot. I love the contrast of a beach-y look in a more urban setting. And color is always good. A lot of the walls I find are pretty busy so I can't always shoot them because my looks tend to be pretty busy too.

I've taken a mini break from sample sales but not much is going on anyway. With Fashion Week around the bend I need to take a breather to start setting up my schedule. Kids have about a week left before they start school so I'm also scrambling to pick up all the odds and ends we are missing from their school supply list. Seriously, why do my kids need 20 glue sticks each? Good grief.

The Zara clearance sale is pretty much over and I didn't really get much this year. TJ Maxx and Marshalls have been yellow stickering for a couple weeks but I didn't find the designer steals like my $99 Rockrunners that I scored last year. I did find a slightly beat up Rag and Bone straw hat for $5 and a bunch of kid things for $0.50-$3. I popped in my Century in NJ but never made it to the downtown location. From my intel it was better downtown, as it always is, but I miss the days of 90% off when you could take home a huge bag of designer stuff for less than $100.

My only sample sale pick for the week is the Clothingline blowout. Can be a hit or miss but you usually walk always with something. If you go, get there early and watch out for the hoarders - they can get pretty aggressive.

Clothingline Blowout Sale
September 6, 11-7
261 West 36th Street, 2nd Fl

Also heads up, Clear the Rack at Nordstrom Rack starts tomorrow and runs September 1-5. I peeked in this week but didn't really see anything I need to go back for, even with the extra 25% off. But you never know so I'll probably pop in...

There is still one more day left for my Tory Burch bag, Apple watch and Kate Spade sunglasses giveaway - click here and scroll down to enter!

Good luck and happy shopping!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Capri Blue and Me

Anyone else have a love affair with candles? Color me happy when I'm surrounded by sweet scents in beautiful packaging. Capri Blue candles are the perfect mix of fashion and fragrance and I'm excited to share with you my love story.

Thank you to Capri Blue for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

I got my first apartment in Manhattan when I was 23 - and after growing up in a household of nine (yep, I'm one of seven kids) I was thrilled to finally have my own space. My queen sized white metal framed bed and my air conditioner were my first two purchases, and then I went on to fill my studio with lots of girlie bits a pieces like picture frames, flowers and candles. Yes, I am a secret girlie girl. I wouldn't say it looked like a unicorn threw up in my place, it was more like English countryside with florals and lots of feminine details. And it was all mine. For five years I spent weekends with my BFF adding inexpensive Swedish furniture and knick knacks to my perfect little apartment.

And then I got married. My husband had an apartment in Queens but I just couldn't leave the City. Eventually I convinced him to move into my place and little by little all my pink and girlie started to disappear. When we started to have kids, little by little, we replaced tables and futons with cribs and toys. And all my pretty picture frames and candles were boxed up and stored away.

I've been in suburbia for about 5 years now and despite my husband's aversion to my pretties, little by little, I've been adding flowers here, candles there - and infusing my home with pieces of me. So when Capri Blue approached me to collaborate, I'm sure you can guess my answer was an overwhelming yes. You've probably spotted their gorgeous products when browsing in Anthropology - every time I'm there I can't help but stop to smell them all. Their line includes beautifully scented (and packaged) candles, lotions, soaps, diffusers and room sprays. I recently scoured their website and put together the perfect candle combo of pinks and girlie-ness that I just had to share.

Candles pictured clockwise from top; Citrus & Violet Haze Gilded Faceted Jar, Volcano Pink Signature Jar, Modern Mint Watercolor Signature Jar, Citrus & Violet again and Paris Watercolor Signature Jar.

When we get overnight visitors, my poor son often loses his room. And yes, that's my old bed frame LOL. I pull out all the boy in his room and replace his sports themed bedding with more neutral florals, and create little girlie nooks. My parents are currently visiting from out of the country so once again Akiva has been ousted. In an effort to make it smell a little less boy I added a few flowers and a few of my favorite Capri Blue scents. Ella has since decided she wants his new and improved room and I keep catching her trying to take over the space.

Candles always take me to my happy place. I'd have to say that hands down, the tropical fruit and sugared citrus scent of Volcano is my favorite. And of course, they had me at hot pink.

Do you have a Capri Blue favorite? What kinds of scents do you look for when shopping for candles? And the real question is, do you shop by packaging or scent? I confess I do a little of both.


PS Check out my previous post for my weekly NYC sample sale picks and an amazing GIVEAWAY!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Goals & a Giveaway!

This summer, Belle and I have been on a mission to explore the colorful walls of NYC. We recently headed down to the Lower East Side to checkout the new(ish) Kelsey Montague floral wings mural - and spotted this colorful wall right next to it and couldn't resist. Head to toe, my bargainista look cost less than $50 OOP (I'm on a roll!) and as always I'm happy to break it down. I'm also so excited to announce an amazing Tory Burch, Apple, and Kate Spade giveaway for you - scroll down for more deets!

Head to toe:
  • Sunglasses: Janurary bifocal sun reader, Readers.com, C/O (RV $16.95)
  • Dress: Burlington, $14.99 (Yes I have two, see the other one here)
  • Bag: Larone Artisans C/O*
  • Bracelet: Eddie Borgo, sample sale, $5 (RV $350)
  • Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Thredup, $17 (after coupon codes and gifted credit)

*Just wanted to mention that Larone Artisans will be launching their site on August 20th - use code LEHOARDER for 30% off their beautiful handmade bags.

You can shop my style here:

Belle was super cute and casual in her tee and vintage skirt so I had to shoot her too.

The problem with these wings is the location. Cars can park right in front - and it was garbage day so we had to move mounds of garbage out of the way. Plus thanks to my 40m lens, I had to stand in the middle of traffic to try to get the full wall. Several times we ran for our lives trying to get the shot. FYI, we popped by post-sample sale in the afternoon. If you're gonna go, try for very early morning so there is less traffic and possibly better natural light.

If you're just getting started blogging (or you like to edit your own pictures) find a blogger BFF who is willing to stand in traffic with you to get the perfect shot. Thanks Belle!

In addition to my NYC sample sale picks from last week (seen here - where I also shared my $0.01 Chloe sandals!) I'm adding Club Clio for 90% K-beauty products (I need some new cushions...) and the Shoebox clearance sale, where everything will be $149 or less! So my new picks for the week are as follows:

Sachin & Babi
August 14-16, 9-6
132 West 36th St, 9th Fl

Club Clio K-Beauty Warehouse Sale
August 16-31, 10-6
11 W 14th St

Mahna Mahna Showroom
August 22-25, 11-6
134 Spring St, #304

The Shoe Box
August 22-27
T-Th 10-8, F-Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5
260 Fifth Avenue

Last but not least, it's giveaway time! I've teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers for you to win a Tory Burch bag, Apple Watch, and Kate Spade Sunglasses! Head to the Rafflecopter gadget below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy shopping and good luck!


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