On-the-Air: "FOX & Friends"

On a very busy news day, I had a great time talking dorm decor tips with co-host Abby Huntsman this morning on "FOX & Friends."

The unseasonably cool weather was perfect for taking over the FOX News plaza in midtown Manhattan and setting up a dorm room with all of the latest trends!

Here is a link to the segment on the FOX News website, along with links to many of the items shown.  Later this week, I'll share an extensive look at how friends at my client Bed Bath & Beyond built this gorgeous set!

* Photos from FOX News.

Watch Me Sunday on "FOX & Friends"

If you're up early this Sunday, please tune in for my segment on "FOX & Friends."  Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and watch us take over the FOX News plaza in midtown Manhattan with all of the latest gear for college dorm rooms.  

I am scheduled to be on the show between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET (that's 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. CT), but that time can always shift due to breaking news.  If you don't see me right way, please stick around for a bit - or just set your DVR.

If you want to get a extensive look behind-the-scenes of the show, please follow along on my Instagram stories.

See you in the morning!

The Perfect Red

Is there any beauty product more difficult to find than the perfect shade of red lipstick or nail polish?  There are a gazillion shades of each, and it seems like you have to try half of them to find the right color.

After years of trying new colors at the nail salon, a few months ago I finally came upon the perfect red.

Not surprisingly, for this New Yorker, it is called Big Apple Red - from O.P.I.  It is the middle polish on the top shelf in the pic below, and the shade I am wearing in this TV segment.  It is now my go-to (please O.P.I. - do not discontinue this color).  If red isn't your cup of tea, or you want to mix things up a bit for summer, their new California Dreaming collection has bright colors with whimsical names such as This Is Not Whine Country, Santa Monica Pier Pressure, Malibu Beach Peach, Excuse Me Big Sur, and more.

A great red lip gloss, which I especially love for TV, is this Renee shade (in the center of the photo below) from Rockin Beauty.  The colors and shine are gorgeous, but what also makes these glosses unique is that the wand and tube come with a built-in LED light and mirror, so you can do quick touch-ups anywhere!  How cool is that?  You can check them out in the segment clip below. 

Finally, a fabulous new skin care line I am sharing for nyakio this month is a prestige line at an affordable price. What I love about the collection is that you can customize your own regimen from the 16-piece line, based on your own skin type and needs.  Nyakio is designed to hydrate, rejuvenate, smooth, and provide anti-aging benefits, and many of the items - like the soothing chamomile sleep mask that doubles as an overnight moisturizer - will multi-task for you!  Also, since my facial skin is fairly sensitive, I really like gentle products like this that work, and are free from ingredients such as sulfates, phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde and petrolatum.  You can find nyakio exclusively at Ulta's stores or on their website.

Happy New (School) Year!

When I was in school, I was a total school supply nerd, always looking for fun, colorful notebooks and supplies.  I'm still a big fan of school supplies, only now I call them "office supplies" and use them to stock my desk and travel bag. Since I'm also currently working on a master's degree, that gives me an excuse to pick up a few cute notebooks. 

So, I am excited to once again team up with Office Depot and Office Max to show some of the cutest new supplies for back-to-school!  While Trapper Keepers in primary colors were about the fanciest thing you could find when I was in junior high, the choices are so much better now.  Even more, kids can customize them and bling them out with cute stickers, pom poms, charms, tassels, and more!

From colorful backpacks like this High Sierra Loop Flower Daze to packs from Speck and other popular brands, they have all of the styles kids love - and high-quality brands that score high on parents' shopping lists.

I don't know about you, but I'm thinking a few of these pencil cases would make fabulous makeup bags.

Here are a few of my favorites!

Home Sweet Dorm

Midsummer always puts me in a back-to-school mindset.  Cute new school supplies hit the shelves, and I get to work with Bed Bath & Beyond to decorate dorm rooms for TV shows and share tips on organizing a stylish and functional space.  

This year, I'm more in the college state of mind than usual, since I am in the midst of doing a master's degree program online.  While I don't have a dorm room to decorate, gearing up for these shows always inspires me to do a bit of redecorating and organizing in our little Manhattan apartment.

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Whether you are planning that first dorm or apartment, or you're a junior or senior who wants to change things up a bit from previous years, here are a few tips:

Do your homework.  It is exciting to shop for the dorm or new apartment, but if you're living in student housing, check the school's website to get the floor plan, what is furnished, and - importantly - the list of things prohibited in student housing.  Checking in with your roommate to plan who will bring what can also save time and money.  

Sleep tight.  That dorm bed has probably been around awhile, so you'll want to layer linens to make it cozy and comfy.  A memory foam mattress topper will give you a comfy and supportive foundation, and a mattress protector that completely encases the mattress is great for people with allergies.  Top it all off with a comforter set or bed-in-a-bag that expresses your personal style and sets the tone for the overall room decor.

Multi-task.  Space is limited, so bring things that can do double- or triple-duty for you.  If your bed can be lofted, these bed lifts create tons of extra storage space underneath - and the extra power and USB outlets on them come in handy with all of the gadgets that have to be charged. Storage cubes provide storage and decorative accents, and also serve as seating or footstools.  Desk and floor lamps with USB outlets provide needed light and charging space, and over-the-door or hanging closet organizers can corral everything from shoes and sweaters to school supplies and snacks.

Travel light.  When I headed to college for my freshman year, there was barely room for me in my parent's van after we packed in all of my stuff.  I wish I could have had a program like Bed Bath & Beyond's "Pack & Hold" program. You do your shopping at a store close to home, but they then package everything for you to pick up at the store closest to college!  No packing, shipping, or schlepping.  

Get expert advice.  Bed Bath & Beyond is offering free in-store events in July, where you can shop with an expert, learn how to organize your room, and get access to special offers.  Check the this schedule to find an event near you.

Happy shopping!