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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Couture for a Cause NY 2015 - Why I Went and What I Wore.

Last night I attended Couture for a Cause NY, a Jewish non-profit co-founded by the Insta-famous Esther Silber-Berg. This year's event benefited Sharsheret, a national non-profit organization supporting breast cancer. Sharsheret (which is Hebrew for chain, "symbolizing the connections we make among women, families, and communities facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.") was founded by Rochelle Shoretz, who happens to be my SIL's sister. Rochelle (or Rochie as we knew her) passed this past spring after fighting cancer for 14 years, since she was just 28 years old.

In honor of Rochie and breast cancer awareness month I shared this photo of her pretty pink Blahniks that I inherited. In addition to her many talents she had a killer sense of style.

In order to attend this event, it meant a hour long drive to Long Island. As long as I in the area I checked out the new Century 21 that just opened in Green Acres Mall. It's a big beautiful store but the merchandise wasn't any different than things I've seen at their other locations.

The event featured raffles, an award ceremony and a fashion show. One of the honorees was Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano. The show featured several of his designs (as well as Pink Label and Zoe Ltd.) which stole the show IMO. I didn't have the best of seats so I'm not gonna waste your time with crappy runway shots.

Pictured below are Ellen Kleinhaus and Elana Silber of Sharsheret and Sara Tenenbaum (Rochelle's sister) in the center.

After the show you know I had to snag a pic with Christian. I was alone when I found him so I had to ask strangers to shoot me with my camera but nobody seemed to know how to use it. It was on automatic so all they had to do was press the stupid button. He was a really good sport as he posed with me at least 3 times until someone finally figured it out.

But let's get down to business. I know you want to hear all about my bargainista look.

Head to toe:
  • Earrings: Dannijo, sample sale, $25 (retail $345)
  • Lipstick: Isabel Toledo for MAC in Victoriana, free with Nordstrom notes
  • Dress: Tamara Mellon leather halter dress, sample sale, $100 (retail $1,495!)
  • Shirt: H&M, $6
  • Jacket: Elizabeth and James Garcia fur, sample sale, $100 (retail $1,195 - thought it was more for some reason)
  • Bracelet: Dannijo, sample sale, $25 (retail $395)
  • Bag: Charlotte Olympia lips, sample sale, $115 (retail $545)
  • Shoes: Charlotte Olympia Agent Provocateur Bellatrix, sample sale, $150 (retail $895)

So basically my $5000 look was a little over $500. Not bad. The only thing I paid retail for was the H&M top LOL.

I just wanted to add that my hair of late has been a happy accident. My regular Sultra curling wand broke (I guess I dropped it one too many times LOL) so I used my backup Sultra and I'm so glad I did. This one is cone shaped and it gives you that wavy (less curly) cool-girl hair.

I never even considered anything but blonde but after seeing this picture it's something to think about. Between the lighting and the backdrop it took on a red hue that looks pretty good.

Because I forgot to wear anything pink, my friend Jen of Jen K Designs lent me her gorgeous rose gold bracelet and ring. Yes, they're real and they are fabulous :)

For more information about Sharsheret head to their website,



  1. First I just wanted to say how sorry I am about your friend's passing, cancer sucks and takes our loved ones away from us way to soon. 14 years she was a warrior.

    Second, you met him?!! He's amazing, love his work.

    And of course lastly.....YOU LOOK FREAKING AMAZING! You rock it girl! I loved your outfit!

    1. Thank you. Cancer does suck. And yes, it was pretty cool. He was much quieter than than I expected but I imagine being surrounded by a billion Long Island Jewish girls can be pretty overwhelming.

      Thank you - I'm 35 lbs. heavier than I'd like to be (my wedding weight) but I right now that's who I am and I believe in dressing your best no matter your weight. I really didn't want to wear black but once I realized I could wear my new fur with my leather dress it all came together. And it's really all about those Charlotte Olympia lips :)

    2. I know exactly how you feel, I am also around a good 20-25 pounds heavier than my wedding weight (14 years ago and minus 1 child and a few failed pregnancies along the way) and I feel that fashion should make you feel amazing no matter what you weight is. It's supposed to be fun and flattering.

      I love what you wore before as well, just because we might feel heavier or we are a bit older doesn't mean we should shy away from fun prints! You are an amazing mom who manages to look fabulous, juggle all your kids, goes shopping (for work of course...wink wink) and on top of all keep us entertained wtih your fab blog. What is there not to love! So bring out your amazing prints, gorgeous shoes and bags because it's so much fun to see all the looks and finds!

    3. Thank you for the kind words. It's so hard for me to put myself out there but I like to share my struggles so others know they are not alone.

      As long as you guys keep reading, I'm gonna keep sharing :)

  2. I really love that you went to/posted about this event. My aunt was in 9 years of remission for breast cancer, and last month found out it came back. She is going to have a double mastectomy soon, and it's really hard on her. This one hits close to home!!

    That is so cool that you got to meet Christian!! I used to watch PR religiously, and his season was one of my favorites. You look stunning! I am in love with that E&J fur....major score!!!

    1. Thank you Morgan. I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope she has a speedy and safe recovery.

      It was really nice to meet Christian. He's so tiny in person. I actually still watch PR but these days I mostly fast forward to the runway show and judging. I actually went to Elizabeth and James for fur and I totally scored. Can't wait to share my other EJ finds :)

  3. You look amazing as is! Love your outfit! And I love how you paired the purse lips with a red lip to add that little pop of color! Keep up the amazing work, and all of this for such a great cause! Thanks for posting

    1. Thank you! I probably should have worn something pink but I that bag totally made the outfit :)

  4. Gorgeous! I'm loving that leaf-y ring :)


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