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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year's Day in NYC

I decided that in 2017 I was going to make an effort to shop my closet. I have a lot of beautiful things that often sit for years until I wear them. Part of the reason is that my size goes up and down, and part of it is that I just have a lot of stuff. My family was already in the car waiting for me when I threw this ensemble together. My inspiration usually stems from a single piece - in this case my $1,895 Vera Wang wool coat that I scored at the sample sale for $100.


A bunch of these pieces are actually sample sale scores and were taken out for the first time. I've been on the fence about this Tamara Mellon grommeted bag for a while but it was just what this outfit needed. Looking this outfit over, it's probably a little less fun than I'd like. Next time (if I have more than 5 minutes to get dressed LOL) I'd probably wear a higher heel or a shorter dress (as the proportions feel off for me) and add a few more accessories. I guess you can say that this is how I do basic.

From head to toe:
  • Hat: H&M, sale rack, $1
  • Sunglasses: Moschino, Century 21, free with $60 rewards (RV $295)
  • Jacket: Vera Wang Collection, sample sale, $100 (RV $1,895)
  • Sweater: J Crew Cashmere, thrift store, $8
  • Dress: Tobi midi dress, gifted (it's paper thin but a good layer)
  • Gloves: Carolina Amato, sample sale, $15
  • Bag: Tamara Mellon Speed Date, sample sale, $250 (RV $2,195)
  • Boots: Rebecca Minkoff Sari, sample sale, $25 (RV $495)





In case you missed it - note the different color chains on the gloves. Sometime you get a great deal at a sample sale because of a tiny flaw. I honestly didn't notice it until the designer pointed it out but one chain is silver and the other is gunmetal. All I know is there are super warm, cashmere lined leather gloves - and I needed something for the times I didn't want to wear my favorite gold studded leather gloves (seen here).





Just wanted to add that this is what my hair looks like when I roll out of bed. I didn't have time to put in beach waves so I just used a little dry shampoo (Right now I'm using Suave from Target - I like it better than some fancy ones I've tried) and ran out the door.




Linking up my look for you to shop here:





Thank you to my 11 year old son Keva who was this round's photographer. Kids are amazing photographers because they don't get embarrassed easily, take direction, and are willing to lie down on a City street to help you get the shot (or at least mine do). I'm a lucky momma. I've already started to put together a post on photography tips - for the blogger who doesn't use a professional photographer. While someday I aspire to having someone follow me around and take gorgeous shots of me - for now all I have are my kids and some basic editing skills.

Every New Year's Day for the past several years, I've headed to the American Girl Store with the kids and their matching dolls to meet their new girl of the year. They always have activities and freebies so if you're a mom on a budget this is the day to visit that otherwise really expensive store. I wouldn't say I've never spent a penny in the store but most of our 50+ AG dolls and accessories have been thrifted. Ava brought her doll Saige with her and wore the matching dress that we found in the thrift store for $5. Most of my kids clothing is thrifted - thou her boots were just a penny at Nordstrom Rack :)

I just got her these super cute purple glasses at Zenni for less than $40 on Black Friday when they had 20% off the site. I've always been a Zenni fan - they have glasses starting at just $6.95 plus $4.95 shipping. I often place an order for my several family members to take advantage of the flat rate shipping LOL. Ava has a strong prescription but with insurance I still have to pay $50 OOP - these were cheaper and are better quality then the ones she just got from Target. I still have to share my new oversized green glasses with you - so fun!






The kids have a pasttime of sitting on top of the car while waiting for me to shoot. Ava is usually the first one on the car.




Ella has been sick for the past couple weeks and will hopefully go back to school tomorrow. This was shot right before she started to stay home  - you can already see in her face that something was off. Nothing is more difficult than taking pics of a sick kid, but Ella is a pro at this point and she pushed thru to get a few snaps. I should mention that Ella had a sleepover the night before and I forgot to bring her matching doll dress when I picked her up. Oops.

Ella is wearing a leather bomber jacket that is easily 30+ years old. It was given to my brothers as a hand me down a bajillion years ago - and my aunt who gave it to them had it handed to her before that. Classic and quality seriously last forever. She stole my furry fingerless Carolina Amato gloves and my new favorite Be Mine NYC hat, and is wearing Justice jeans and her favorite Nina Kids Carmyn boots (which are now on sale at Nordstrom).

She's been sleeping in braids recently - it gives her these fun, crazy waves. So cute, right?






I'm still a little sick too but at least I'm semi-functional. My husband got us tickets to Florida for the kids winter break next week so at least we have some sun and fun to look forward to.

On the sample sale front, nothing too exciting to report. I hope you guys went to Rachel Zoe this week like I suggested. They had $40 gowns - and some of those retail for $500-1,000 easy. Junk Food has a sale today and tomorrow with $5 tees but I personally have not been there to vouch for it. Ivy Kirzhner also has a sale with shoes for $50-120 this weekend which is good but not amazing. I also heard that Bergdorf Goodman will have an extra 20% off their sale merchandise starting Friday (thru the weekend) so if you're in the City, it's worth checking out.

JUNK FOOD
January 11-12, W 1-5 Th 11-5
525 Seventh Avenue (38-39 Streets) Suite 308

IVY KIRZHNER 
January 13-16, F-Sat 11-8 Sun 12-6 M 11-8
750 Greenwich Street

Happy shopping! If anyone has any suggestions for activities near Ft. Lauderdale I'd love to hear them - kid or shopping related :)

XO
Michelle

PS Last call to enter my Rebecca Minkoff Insta giveaway - I'm choosing a winner this weekend! Enter here!











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  1. Hello dear!!!
    It's a great idea, to clean our cloests. I'm like you so many clothes and don't have place more where put them :)lol. The VERA wANG coat is absolutely structurated and timeless.
    Love see your girls in the pictures.Many kisses for all you.
    xx
    Eva
    www.themermidfashion.com

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    1. Thanks Eva! Instead of cleaning mine, I'm just gonna try to wear everything LOL.

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  2. FYI - the Junk Food sale is being held by the brand rep for Mens and Womens so they only had one tiny box for kids. If people are looking for kids stuff, no reason to go.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up - I hate when they only have one kids box at these things. Ugh.

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  3. I don't know where to begin really! You ARE the master of sales and like your blog states, you could never buy retail! I'm amazed at the finds you make and somewhat envy you for that, haha.
    Second of all you have adorable children. First of all a son who takes pictures like a pro (woah am I envious about that!) and then your daughter who is also a little fashionista showing all the girls her age stuff they can wear! I'm truly inspired by your family and love your posts!
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://www.thomasfalkenstedt.com/

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    1. LOL thanks Thomas. I'm really one lucky momma :)

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  4. Aw this is so amazing! Thanks for sharing with us the sales and all your beautiful photos! I would love to get myself a longline jacket like yours. Go girl!
    http://www.cecelam.com/2017/01/look-ahead.html

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  5. Love the accessories! You've been rocking the winter wear!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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    1. Thanks Shira! I love winter - not the weather - just my gear LOL

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  6. how do you find when it is a sample sale? I really want some designer stuff, but feel always sad to spend a big amount of money.

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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    1. Just google them! They tend to be only in larger cities/fashion capitals - or at least the better ones are :)

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  7. OMG your 11 year old son takes your photos? How amazing is that! I'm always so jealous of all your beautiful finds at such great prices. I really need to do some research on local sample sales!

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

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    1. Yep - either my 9 year old or 11 year old - but my teenage nephew has taken a few pics too. I bring my camera and hand it off to whoever will take it LOL. As for sample sales - just start google-ing!

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  8. The patches on your beanie looks too cute and definitely make this outfit look more fun! I really need to start shopping more at sample sales to save money on splurging on designer stuff. How do get information about these sales ahead of time?

    www.atsunamatsui.com

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    1. Thanks - can you believe it was $1?! Sample sales are the way to go - there are several websites that list them but at this point I get a lot of emails right to my inbox. But I always share my NYC picks for the week here :)

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  9. I do not even know where to begin. First of all, I hope Ella is much better and back in school by now. She is a living doll and this is actually the first year me and Angelina ( my 11 year old ) did not visit AG on NYD for the doll of the year ! I love your happy face hat and I shop my closet regularly. I also want to tell you I am waiting for the post about photo tips - for my husband, daughter and son ;)

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    1. Thanks - she finally went back! We almost didn't go too but the girls decided they HAD to go so until they stop asking...

      Get a good camera and start training them too! My husband hates it but the kids are great sports!

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  10. I wish you live in toronto so you can be my guide where to buy clothes and sheos. you always get the best deal on everything. you're so awesome! and how cute are the kids!!!

    x
    thenewgirl.me

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    1. Thanks so much - I hear Canada just doesn't have the same deals as the US but I know some girls who thrift and do pretty well by you.

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  11. At least you got to experience some coldness for New Year's. It was so hot here, it was nearly miserable. Your kids are so adorable :)

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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  12. Your girls must be very good photographers then! you're photos are always very professional-looking! Can't believe you scored that coat fro $100 and got those cute glasses for your daughter for only 40! nice buys :)
    www.samanthamariko.com

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    1. Thanks - the coat was one of my better deals from last year. I think so much of photography is in the editing and setting up the shot which I'm getting pretty good at but my kids really have a knack for it too :)

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  13. Wow, I love this coat and the open shoulders on them. The studded bag is perfect with this edgy look and beanie. What a fun time you had. I have two girls as well and they love the American Girl store. Your kids are amazing photographers and you are so blessed. I hope everyone is healthy now and all recovered! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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    1. Me too - when I saw it I knew I needed it - it looks so luxe. Everyone is better now - thanks so much!

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  14. You are the queen of finding the best deals lady because I can't believe you scored the Vera Wang coat for $100!!! I need to start doing the same and shop my own closet because it's starting to get out of control and rediscovering pieces you love is always so much fun because you know you probably won't see five other girls on the street wearing the same thing!

    Helen xx
    https://ch1k.com/new-zealand-with-princess-cruises

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    1. Thanks - I love not wearing what everyone else is wearing - or at least putting my personal twist on a basic. But yeas - you probably have some hidden gems in there!

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  15. Girl you just get all the deals don't you. I'm obsessed with that coat. Love your outfit too!

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  16. I adore your outfit and you got those items for a steal for sure! Can't believe that you actually got that hat at a dollar ~ I'm taking my hats off you for sure ;)


    xx Aldora Muses
    http://www.AldoraMuses.com | http://BeautyBedazzled.blogspot.com

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  17. Hey Love:)
    That Coat and Bag my Fav:) So Classy and Chic:)
    Really Love How You Styled:)
    Lovely Photos as Always:) Happy Weekend:)
    Love Karina

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  18. Great styling dear! I'm a big lover of studs and I'm loving that bag so much!! beautiful pictures and beautiful family you have!! :)))

    Xx, Gina

    www.artsyrunway.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I love studs and grommets too :)

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  19. Your coat is absolutely fabulous! I love that cutout detail. Your girls are so adorable! And, well done to Keva for taking such awesome shots!

    xo, Jo
    www.cutandchic.com

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  20. That bag is so cool!!! The grommets are actually a fun detail, it's a little unexpected. You know? I like that. What a deal on that coat! Wear it more!!
    xx Jenelle
    www.inspiringwit.com

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    1. I know - I really should wear it more often...I just have so much LOL. Thanks!

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  21. Looks like you had a fun day. I think the outfit is very well put together given that you had very little time to get dressed. Love the details on your gloves and I think they go with the handbag. The kids look so cute and look like they enjoyed themselves!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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  22. Your kids are the cutest! They're gonna be pro photographers in no time! I love how you feature them in your blogs. AG dolls can be expensive, but you'll find a way to thrift them somehow. I believe in you!!

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    1. Aww thanks! LOL we have almost 75 AG dolls - mostly thrifted :)

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  23. Love your look and your kids are amazing ! And your son is a very good photographer !
    So awesome !
    xoxo
    Liza
    Liza Corner | Instagram | Facebook

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  24. I cannot believe the bargains you've been finding, especially that coat! I need to learn all your tricks for looking amazing on a budget. Your girls are adorable and so stylish like their mama. Ava is a dream in her matching doll dress and Ella is rocking that amazing jacket.

    Love, Liz
    stylewich.com

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    1. Thank you Liz! After a while you develop an eye for the deals :)

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  25. This look is so fab! Such an amazing deal on that coat! It's a gorgeous winter piece, and I love how the grometted bag and the embroidered beanie really add a playful touch! Perfect look.

    xx freshfizzle

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  26. This whole look is so gorgeous and styled so uniquely. I really love that you shopped for most of the pieces at sample sales. The prices are unbelievable :). I really wish they had more sample sales in Singapore, I always end up over spending. My favourite piece is your stunning coat. Your daughters are looking so pretty, love their outfits too. And I was so excited to hear that your son took your photos, he's excellent. My son is only 5 but he chases me with the DSLR to take photographs, hope he can take some outfit shots for me too one day.

    xxx

    Sarah

    http://sarahatiq.com/

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  27. Ur 11 year old Daughter took those pictures!?! Wow I am impressed! She must have an eye for details and already showing so much talent in that!! The tradition of kids wearing the same dress as dolls is so adorable!
    Kisses from Singapore,
    Everest

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  28. ohh wow I adore this post! you look so amazing. Your girls are adorable and so stylish. Can't believe that your hat is so cheap! great job dear. thanks for sharing! Kisses

    www.vanedresscode.com

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  29. All hail the sample sale queen! You are seriously the queen of amazing deals. I can't believe that beautiful coat was only $100! That Tamara Mellon bag looks very similar to an Alaia bag of mine, but at a fraction of the cost. Thanks for sharing such great money-saving tips as well! And of course, your children look amazing too. That vintage leather jacket is just fab on Ella!!

    xo Soo | www.BrownEyedToast.com

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    1. Great Outfit and lovely photos!

      -Racquel
      www.Purposely-You.com

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  31. You are the master of finding sales! I wish we lived in the same city. Thanks for sharing with us! xx

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  32. Hi sweetie,
    Wow you're so blessed with beautiful and kind children. May you guys continue to always be so close together and have a wonderful year ahead. Also, I must say you get the best deals ever ;)
    Much love
    xx Hadasah

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  33. That bag is everything! it's so COOL! totally rocking it with that rocking star coat! I love the cold shoulder open cuts!!! Obsessed with those two items!

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/tom-ford-lips-boys/

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  34. The booties and the bag. OMG how do you find all this stuff?!

    http://aloveaffairblog.com

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  35. That's a such cool idea to shop your own closet! I wish I could do it too! lOl

    On a serious note, this coat is such a score!! Congrats!! It looks so luxurious!! I love how you styled it with those red and silver accessories!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

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  36. This coat is so damn cool! I loved the whole look!
    You really know how to style clothes!

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  37. Oh my, all of these pictures are amazing, seems like you really enjoy it and had a good time, can't wait to visit NYC ♥

    www.heresometimes.com

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  38. Hope everyone is feeling better now and enjoying your vacation! I realized I didn't come over to comment here since I get your e-mail :) Your kids are the best photographers, adore this look with your hat! It's been just okay for after-Xmas sales, a few goodies here and there but not a huge amount at any store, except maybe Target home / furniture deals.

    Tracy
    www.TracysNotebookofStyle.com

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  39. Girl...you are the queen of sales. I don't know how you manage to find all those trendy pieces at such great prices! Should teach me your secret! x

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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  40. Sample sales sound great. That coat and boots are steal for that price. You are so good at finding them . Of course the outfit you put together looks great
    xo
    Anju

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  41. I love all of your post and I am always so taken back by the deals you find! If you ever need a shopping partner, I'm your girl! Also, how awesome is it that your little took these shots? Hope everyone gets to feeling better and that you enjoy your trip to Florida! BTW I love that bag! It's so visually interesting!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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  42. Your girls are darling. I was a huge fan of American Girl growing up ! Such a great tradition. And I love your idea of shopping your own closet. I def need to do that more often.
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

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  43. Okay so I think I need to move New York! You are the sample sale queen and I love a good deal! That coat is absolutely gorgeous! It is a steal for $100. Thank you for this post and sharing! Xo

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  44. You have the most adorable children on the face of the earth. Seriously could Ava get cuter?LOL
    Ivy was such a good sale!! BTW was NOT impressed by the Saks sale.
    xx Belle

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