Sunday Stories

A cold, rainy Saturday was the perfect time to read this classic for the first time.  I also watched the brilliant, stylish Kenneth Branagh movie on my flight home on Friday night.  Loved both the book and movie!


“The Americans” final season coming next month.  Will miss it when it wraps, but that agree six seasons is about as long as even the best series can go.

A new rule of New York City real estate: “When the designer pups arrive, rising home prices may not be far behind.”

Having started my business after age 35, some good food for thought here.

Baking these this weekend.

Now that I reflexively write in APA style for graduate work, I am firmly in the “pro” camp on the Oxford comma

More than once, I have refrained from buying a handbag or other item because it has a logo on it.  Your thoughts?

Have a lovely week!

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.

On-the-Air: Chicago

I had a great time this morning appearing on Chicago's "You & Me" show! 

For this segment, I partnered with several companies to share gift ideas to pamper Mom and make her feel her best for Mother's Day.  You can check out the full clip below.

20 Percent Off Everything at Coldwater Creek!

If you peek inside my closet, you will see more dresses than just about any other item (except for cashmere sweaters, but that is a whole other conversation).

I also wear clothes until I wear them out.  Since I have a tiny New York City closet, I am pretty disciplined about only buying clothes that I love - and I try to take care of them so they last as long as possible.

This dress, which I call my "engagement dress" - I bought 12 or 13 years ago.  Happily, I was wearing it when Scott proposed on Central Park's Bow Bridge almost exactly 10 years ago!  I still wear it at least once a week for four months each year, so if you do those "cost-per-wear" calculations, this was a pretty good deal.

Another dress from the same time frame, which I also still wear frequently when the weather is hot.

And another favorite from last year.

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I found all of these dresses, along with more than half a dozen others hanging in that tiny Manhattan closet, at Coldwater Creek.  (You may recall that they closed their stores several years ago, but are still going strong online and with their catalogs!).  Since I tend to reach for their dresses over and over - for everyday and for TV - I am super-excited to partner with them to show some of this year's newest styles on several TV shows!

In addition to dresses for work or special occasions, they also have lots of great basics, ranging from jeans and tees to the fabulous accessories you see below (love that necklace!) to the "Party of Two" dress I am wearing here (you can see the full dress, and all of the available colors, here). 

Here are a few more of their cute spring and summer styles.  Like many of their other items, most of these come in misses, petites, and women's plus sizes!

To make it easy to refresh your closet for spring, Coldwater Creek is offering 20 percent off your entire order through May 5!  Here is what you do:

  1. Go to Coldwater Creek and load up your shopping cart.
  2. Enter the code "living20" at checkout.
  3. Sit back and wait for your order to arrive.
  4. Look fabulous!

If you're so inclined, please let me know what you get (I'm picking up another Party of Two dress in a different color). Happy shopping!


Mother's Day Gift Guide

When it comes to Mother's Day gifts, I'm all about things that are practical.  Things that Mom can actually use, rather than things that, as my dad would say, "have to be dusted."

That's why I am excited to partner with several companies share fun gift ideas on my Mother's Day TV tour!   

Spring is a great time to help Mom refresh her wardrobe.  In addition to beautiful pieces for work and special occasions, Coldwater Creek also has great basics like this 3/4-Sleeve Easy Care Shirt and Cotton Luxe Ankle Pants. The shirts come in more than a dozen vibrant colors and prints, and - bonus - require little or no ironing!

Even better, to make it easy for you to stock up, Coldwater Creek is offering 20 percent off your entire order through May 5!  To get your savings, just enter the code "living20" at checkout.

For handstamped necklaces, bracelets, and rings that can be customized especially for her, check out these beautiful pieces from The Vintage Pearl.  (Photos courtesy of The Vintage Pearl).

Moms love getting their nails done, but who has time for frequent trips to the nail salon?  This Pro45 Train Case from Red Carpet Manicure keeps everything she needs to do a gel manicure at home in one stylish place. (Photo courtesy of Red Carpet Manicure).

You never go wrong with food and drink as well!  For a brunch so easy that even the kids can make it, Sweet Earth Natural Foods makes yummy, wholesome convenience foods like savory breakfast burritos or a savory Meatless Sausage, Egg and Gouda breakfast sandwich.  You can even add a few slices of their Benevolent Bacon, which is made with a plant-based protein and smothered with a yummy smoked, hickory-sage sauce.  (Photos courtesy of Sweet Earth Foods). 

For a zesty beverage with a Mother's Day brunch, Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Beer is a light, refreshing drink that pairs beautifully with eggs Benedict, French toast, steak and eggs, and other brunch favorites.  In addition to regular cans and bottles, it now comes in a this stylish slim can that is easy to pack for a Mother's Day picnic. (Photo courtesy of Schöfferhofer).

To help Mom get her coffee fix every day, Keurig Green Mountain is offering great deals on their gift bundles until May 14.  The K55 Bundle (shown at left) includes this standard K55 brewer (the Rhubarb Red color will look fabulous on the kitchen counter!), along with a rose quartz ceramic travel mug, a variety pack of Green Mountain Coffee, and the My K-Cup filter that lets you brew your own coffee in the machine.  At only $114.99 through May 14 at it is more than $50 off the regular price.  If you want give her a brewer that has the versatility of using K-Cup, Vue, K-Mug, and K-Carafe pods, the K475 bundle is the way to go (love the Antique Red color!).  It also includes the rose quartz mug, variety pack of coffee, and the my K-Cup filter.  At only $139.99, the K475 bundle is more than $55 off its regular price.  (Photos courtesy of Keurig Green Mountain).

Happy shopping!