Sunday, October 17, 2010


Since it's the season for witches, ghosts, and goblins, how about a real horror story Mummsy style?

–60 million plastic bottles end up in American landfills daily.
–Bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
–It took 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
–38 billion water bottles are discarded into landfills every year.
–Producing the bottles for American consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation.

Scared enough already?
Well check out the Hydros water bottle.

The Hydros Bottle provides a reusable, filtered water bottle and is 7 times faster than traditional water pitcher filters.
It's BPA free and manufactured and assembled in America.
It's sleek, easy on the eyes, and easy to walk around with. (Kind of like the Jon Hamm of water bottles.)
And if all the above isn't enough to convince you, each bottle purchased helps provide 2000 gallons of safe drinking water to people in need.

And one last reason to get the Hydros water bottle, it's just the right thing to do.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

There's no sugarcoating this.

I have a guest room in my house with a fairly large closet. This closet is full of my coats. I have fall coats and winter coats, spring coats and “holy shit! it's 15 outside with a windchill of 10 below” coats.
I have an amazing Italian wool coat that I bought for $50 at a boutique's “going out of business” sale. This coat should be a winter coat. However it is a size smaller than I usually wear and thus, I cannot button it, beautiful rhinestone buttons be damned.
But hey, for $50 bucks it makes a gorgeous coat that I can wear walking jauntily down Boul Mich, my coat swinging open on a beautiful fall day.

Yeah I know, I need an intervention.
But until that happens, here are some great casual coats I found for under $350.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sisterhood of the effortless pants

 Quick- what do Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger, and Madonna have in common?
Well ask most women their opinion of any of the above and you'll hear words like beautiful, stylish, stunning, fashion icons, etc.
Ask a man, correction- a straight man, and you'll probably hear vastly different answers.
You don't need John Gray to tell you men and women can think differently about beauty.
Women see SJP's style, her gorgeous eyes, her long curls, and we adore her look. Jennifer and Renee exude fitness and classic style, and Madonna is ever the fashion trendsetter.
Let's face it, women dress for other women. If we were to dress how men would want then we might all be walking around like Coco:

I mean this dress just looks painful.

Back in my twenties I too thought the tighter the jeans, the lower the neckline, the shorter the hem, was what sexy was all about. But with age, hopefully, comes some style maturity.
You learn to wear the clothes, not have the clothes wear you. You learn that wearing an outfit that you can move freely in is so much more attractive than hobbling along in 6 inch stilettos with skintight jeans. You learn that when you're constantly sucking your tummy in because the dress is so tight and you no longer feel your feet because the shoes are so high, that maybe this is too much of a price to pay to look sexy for some man. 
And you realize that wearing more can be so much more beautiful than wearing less.

And this brings us to my new favorite pair of pants.

These are made from the softest merino wool that is so comfortable yet keeps in the warmth. Two front pockets and a bootcut hem keep in the style. Wear them during the day with a long sleeve tee or a turtleneck to do errands, switch to black ballet flats and a wraparound top or cashmere cardi and you're good to go at night.
You'll love the versatility, comfort, and effortless style of these beautiful pants.
And that, my fashionistas, is what dressing sexy is all about.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dress casually chic for fall? No sweat!

We're going into the second week of September and the high in Chicago today was 70 degrees. Labor Day is in the rearview mirror and Target and Home Goods are already Halloweened out. It's dark by eight and all of the above can only mean one thing, my favorite time of the year has arrived.
How I love autumn in Chicago!
And how I love the sweatshirt dress, the perfect option for this time of year.
It's comfortable for running around during the day and stylish enough for the last waning weeks of cocktails al fresco.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Project Runway, runway, runway, runway, I will follow

I am an admitted reality TV junkie.
You would think with 3 year old twins running havoc in the house that I would spend the few precious quiet, childfree hours away from them doing something productive, or at the least, watching something intelligent.
But you would be wrong.
Real Housewives (all of them), American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Dancing with the Stars, Amazing Race- they're all on my DVR.
And then there's the one I love and wait for every new season with bated breath, Project Runway.
Heidi, Michael, Nina, designers, egos, bitching, tears, Mood, Fashion Week, bad clothes, beautiful clothes, and of course, Tim Gunn.
Is there another more endearing man on television than Mr Gunn?
I watch every season and almost never fail to get swept up in the drama, disappointments, and triumphs.
When Rami Kashou competed on Season 4, I felt as if I had a personal stake in the outcome. You see, I had ordered his designs in the past for my boutique and felt the rest of the world was going to see the talent I had spotted first.
Of course Christian Siriano won Season 4, and rightly so.
I looked on in amazement at Christian's designs week after week, such visionary masterpieces even Victoria Beckham declared she would wear anything he designed.

And then like last year's Versace, (thank you Dina Manzo) something happened to my show.
Season 5 was such a snooze I actually missed half the episodes.
Season 6 winner: Irina, nuff said. Not only was she not very likeable, on any other season she would have been a runner-up at best.
This was also the first season the show broadcast on Lifetime, and the first time it filmed in LA.
If the producers had any worries about viewers following the show from Bravo to Lifetime, well they did not do themselves any favors by moving the show from NY to LA.
Season 7 brought the producers back to their senses and brought the show back to New York.
Seth Aaron was the winner, who cared?

But now there is Season 8 and 4 million viewers (a ratings record) can't be wrong.
On the heels of the Aug.26th episode, one many are calling the best ever, this season is soaring along with the ratings.
You want a villain, well you got two in Gretchen and Ivy.
How about some eye candy in Christopher, momma hen with Peach, little gizmo-like creature Mondo, hapless Michael C, and Casaaaaaaanooohvaaaaa!
Oh it's gonna be hard to beat the verbal smackdown my beloved Tim Gunn gave to Gretchen in the Aug. 26th show, (who knew he had it in him?) but I can't wait to see what the rest of this season's episodes brings us.
Project Runway Season 8, you've brought the fierce back to fashion.

Have Gunn, will travel.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Gonna dress you up in my line, all over, all over

Madonna and Lola have designed a new junior collection, "Material Girl" that will hit 200 Macy's stores on Aug 3rd.

Madonna is following in the stylish footsteps of her great friend Stella McCartney, who last year debuted her line of children's clothing at Gap Kids stores. 

Madonna and Lourdes' new collection is described as a mix of soft and tough, ie: combat boots paired with a tutu dress, cabbage roses with black and white stripes, at pricepoints ranging from $12-$40.
All this is good news for this mommy as I found McCartney's collection to be priced out of the range for the average parent.
Will Madonna and child's collection be as big a hit as McCartney's?
After all, it's rumored that grown women such as France's First Lady aka rockstar girlfriend aka supermodel/singer Carla Bruni was buying some of the larger items from McCartney's Gap collection to wear herself!
We'll have to wait for next month to find out.
One thing is for sure, like her style icon momma, Lola has a great fashion aesthetic that's all her own.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Oh but ain't that America for you and me

Happy Birthday USA!

 "We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon."
  Franklin D. Roosevelt

Friday, July 2, 2010

Making lemonade out of lemons, with apologies to Kelly Bensimon

It's been a while since I've posted my faithful fashionistas, and I apologize.
I suppose I could tell you of what is going on and why I haven't felt up to blogging. But this is a fashion blog, not a “feel sorry for myself and throw a pity party” blog.
So let's just leave it at I've been lax and I will try not to take so long between posts again.
One thing I will divulge, I've been feeling a bit unnerved lately. Even more than my usual Type A self feels on a regular basis.
If you recall, back in January I planned to take up yoga again,

Karma chameleon

So this latest bout of anxiety pushed me to take up Bikram yoga, and I am hooked, line and sinker.
This is the type of yoga geared towards stressed out ruminators such as moi:
105 degree yoga studio to sweat out all the toxins, CHECK!
Same 26 poses done every class allowing a perfectionist like myself the ability to master each pose over time, CHECK!
Perfect opportunity to purchase all kinds of cute yoga outfits, CHECKMATE!

When I saw my instructor Elizabeth wearing these yoga pants, I knew I had to have them.

Unfortunately, this is the Boogie crop by Lululemon and is only available in black and only online.

Undeterred, I visited my local Lululemon store and found the Gather and Crow crop.

Talk about unlocking my inner bliss! These crop pants are so soft yet they smooth and hug my body perfectly. The slit in the back allows for ventilation which becomes oh so important when you are sweating off gallons during a 90 minute class. I felt a little closer to enlightenment just trying them on. They come in basic black, charcoal, and black with various colored waistbands.
I love them and think you will too.

And finally, I had a fellow student in my class this morning that made me think of the old line about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers:

“Ginger Rodgers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels

You see this student was Muslim and she did the entire 90 minute class in 105 degree heat covered from her head scarf to her long pants.
This girl was a true Chakra rock star.
If I can achieve just a portion of the mindfulness over matter that she clearly had, then maybe I will finally be on my path to a less bumpy state of mind. Namaste.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Aruba, Jamaica, oooh I wanna take ya..........

There once was a mom who did love
those bikinis that fit like a glove
But the birth of her twins
Put her belly in a spin
So the tank is what she wore most of.

Put Kokomo on the Ipod, make yourself a Skinny Girl Margarita, and dive in to the great sales going on right now on swimwear.































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