Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year from Savannah, GA ! My Savannah Shopping and Food Favorites !

Feliz Ano Nuevo to you and your families!!

My family and I are going to ring in the New Year with close friends in beautiful Savannah Georgia this evening. Of course retail therapy is a part of any visit to a new place ( actually my second time) so here are some of my favorites.

Savannah Bee Company - A must stop for any visitor to the area. Head to the tasting bar and sample different flavors of honey available in multiple size options for your trip home. My favorites are the Wildflower and Sourwood. We left with the Savannah Bee company soap in Mint Julep - smells heavenly!  Mint Julep, the Beeswax Lip Balm in Mint Julep or Shimmer Beeswax Liptint. We also bought Wildflower honey and you must have a Wildflower Honeycomb.....Raw Honeycomb from Rocky Mountain Idaho The raw honeycomb offers wonderful options for entertaining or just for the family. Have guests cut their own samples of the honeycomb along with apple slices and smoked gouda cheese. Store in the pantry at home and bring it out for a special treat.  Simply delicious!
Savannah is also online and they ship.
Location - Flagship
104 West Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Savannah Bee Company

Nourish - Natural Bath Products
All natural bath and beauty products, many of which are Shea Butter based. Favorites are the bath " fizzies" for my daughter, the glycerine soaps such as Georgia Peach Glycerine Sopas and Eucalyptus Mint  and the Lavender Hydrating Mist  or Hibiscus Hydrating Mist  for face and body. If you are in Melbourne Florida visit the sister store Indian River Soap. Hibiscus Hibiscus Soy Wax Candles  which has a beautiful scent is a part of their product line, not many beauty brands include Hibiscus as a part of their product offerings.
Location - 202 W Broughton St
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The Salt Table - Sample different types of salt from all over the world. This magical little shop has slabs of their tasty and flavorful pink Himalayan Salt for tasting and purchasing. They also stock many different brands and salts and spices from all over the world. The super helpful staff will help with selections during your visit to the store. They also ship from Savannah.
Location - 51 Barnard Street, Savannah GA 31401

Gryphon Tea Room -
The old pharmacy is now owned and run by the Scad student organization. You can sample different types of teas, coffees, desserts and salads. A must visit while in Savannah.
Location- 337 Bull Street, Savannah GA

River Street Sweets
People drop into this Savannah Georgia Institution ( since 1973) for the famous pralines, I stopped in so my daughter could watch the staff make the delicious salt water taffy which comes in over 25 flavors, including peach of course, grape, peppermint and maple. The sugared fruit slices in grape and lemon lime are delicious. Patrons huddle around the fudge counter to sample flavors such as maple and peanut butter and chocolate swirl.   You could spend at least one hour in this store and leave with a serious sugar rush.
13 East River Street, Savannah GA 31401
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 The Paris Market and Brocante
Loose Lavender Tocca Fragrance French Furniture and Antiques are among the delightful treasuresWine Sphere Chandelier found in this supersized emporium on the famous Broughton street. You can also find wonderful French toys and books for kids Toys.
Location- 36 West Broughton Street, Savannah GA 31401

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Palm Avenue- A Lily Pulitzer lifestyle
For fans this store stocks Lily, Trina and Milly for women and kids and home furnishings. An amazing walk through Lily land. Whimsical and enchanting for sure.
Location- Abercorn Walk- Shopping Center
5525 Abercorn Walk, Savannah GA 31405

The Public Kitchen and Bar 
Have supper and dinner indoors or out at this gem on Liberty St. Super cocktails, must call for reservations.

Location- 1 West LIberty St -912-200-4045

Telfair Museum and Jepson Center
Artzeum for Kids 
An amazing series of museums ( oldest public art museum in the southeast since 1880s)  along with a kids interactive center within the Jepson. The current exhibits include the Uffizi Gallery from Florence which includes a magnificent Titan and a divine Madonna and Child from Botticelli.
Three museums
Telfair/Jepson Center an ultra modern building and the Owens- Thomas House.
Location-  124 Abercorn Street - York off of Oglethorpe Square

Soho South Cafe 
Art gallery and wonderful food blend together in this behemoth location, with one of a kind tables and chairs. Try the quiche!!
Location - 12 w Liberty St, 912-233- 1633

Nadeau with Soul
Unique pieces mostly in wood, wonderful place to browse and ship home. Locations around the south.
Location- 5525 Abercorn St ( Shopping Center)
Savannah, GA 912-355-5944
Furniture with a Soul

Bryd Cookie Company
MY favorites
Scotch Oatmeal, Red Velvet and Georgia Peach, yum!
Location - 6700 Waters Ave, Savannah GA 912-355-1716

Bon Voyage from Savannah!
Happy New Year!!!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Feliz Navidad! A Christmas Cocktail!

Merry Christmas from Us to You. We hope that you have a wonderful holiday with all of your family and friends. Please find the cocktail recipe below which will most certainly add warmth to your celebration. We had some of this last evening, it was wonderful.  The mix of cinnamon, apple and sparkling cider makes this a quintessential Christmas tipple.  Enjoy! See you in the New Year!!

Christmas Cocktail 

Serves 2

1 oz Absolut Orient Apple
1 oz Plum Wine (chilled)
1 ox Cinnamon Schnapps
Add 2 oz of Sparkling Cider

Place in a cocktail shaker with Ice, pour and enjoy!

Merry Christmas !!!! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Puerto Rico - My Favorites

La Concha Hotel and Resort, Candado PR 

Puerto Rico is one of my favorite places to visit for work or play. They can boast about some of the best beaches and food in the Caribbean.   This past Thanksgiving was my fourth time on the island.  I know you will have your favorites, these are my picks.



La Concha Resort, San Juan  - Best hotel for family with four pools and endless beaches.
El Convento, Old San Juan - Old World charm ( former convent). Private and exclusive.
Sheraton - Old San Juan

Beaches outside of San Juan - Luquillo Beach, Cerro Gordo and Ponce

Must See for Kids  - El Yunque Rainforest


Novus ShoesNovus Shoes - Some of most stunning summer sandals anywhere in the world.
Plaza las Americas - The Largest mall on the island with 300 plus stores and restaurants.
La Favorita shoes - Plaza Las Americas
Chiquitin shoes for kids Chiquitin
Passion for cakes Passion Cakes- Since 2000- Try the Red Velvet and all the chocolates....
CH by Carolina Herrera - First time on the island.

Best Place for Running- Candado Strip - up to 10 miles along the famous strip.

Beautiful People - Lobby of the La Concha Resort, Candado PR

Salsa - Candela,  Old San Juan and El San Juan Resort and Casino unforgetable experience.

Luxury - Gucci, Ferragamo, Vuitton - Candado, PR

Wish List  - Visit Vieques

Fashion Takeaway - Local fashionistas set off fashion sparks with their stunning daytime combinations of the LD and the JS,  jeweled sandals and dress combinations. The sandals always had jeweled accents and dresses were knee length or above, both solids and prints. Regardless of cut, flared, a line, fitted, or high waisted these women always looked tres chic. I came back with my go to list of summer must haves for 2013.

here are few suggestions similar to and based on the sandal and dress styles I saw in Puerto Rico ( some may be shown with boots, just imagine jeweled sandals). Just in time for Resort! Have fun!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Treats ! Holidays treats from Armani, Prospector Co, Alice Waters, Garance Dore, Taki Watches, Williams Sonoma, Stella and Dot and much more! Picks of the Year

My Holiday Gift and Treat list is below. I decided that this was the year for personal pampering so the list includes great gifts for you, your friends and family. They are guaranteed to make your holidays bright.
Happy Holidays Everyone!

Reusable Mug with Studded Trim - Hot! 

Superbalm Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Black Honey 
Black honey is a great color on every skin tone and this balm helps to maintain lips in glossy, remarkable condition! A Must have! One of my best of the year

This cuff has to be seen on a wrist, on of  my picks of the year. This company has some of the most dazzling bridge priced jewelry on the market. 

This is going to be shared because the Mach 3 is the go to razor for men and women everywhere! 
A travel case, love it! 

Nordstrom Beauty Award Winner for 2012
Best of the Year for Fashionmom
Match your color and run home to put this on. This spectacular foundation is light, luminous and makes you look plain gorgeous. And the best part? You only need a pea size drop to get full coverage. At $59, it is worth every single penny, I swear.  Flawless. This is a serious foundation folks. 

Recipes and reading for young children by the famous Chef Alice Waters. Buy it for the illustrations alone, your kids will be enthralled for hours. 


The most heavenly tasting cookies on the market today and so easy to whip up at home. 
Ages 5 and up 
Your kids will get lost in this wonderful classic series first published in 1960. Everything has been updated to today's world and the illustrations are perfect. Get lost with your children in the world of travel writing, you will not regret it. 

Very Striking, delicate too. 

The European secret is ours now. One of the most superior lip balms on the market. Get it for winter lips today. 
Also Look for Nivea brand in your local pharmacy. 

An Amazing Illustrator , Fashion Photographer and Blogger, her prints are stunning and beautiful enough for any room in your home. One of the best blogs on the web.

Finally something just for him! :) 
I love clean scents on my husband, this is one of my favorites. 

Also available at fine supermarkets or online at Beecher's. This Mac and Cheese dish has been an Oprah favorite for a long time. You must try the Mariachi flavor, you will think you have died and gone to heaven. 

I cannot complete a holiday list without watches, this colorway is my favorite and this watch is one of my best of this year. The Carlton watch at just $30 is just awesome. Flick those wrists! . 

This line of children's shoes is worn by Spanish boys and girls for school all over Spain and Europe. The quality is excellent. They are also super stylish in that.... European kind of way. 

LL Bean Zip Top Bag 
I get compliments on the plane, on the street,  everywhere, where ever,  when I am toting my medium mono bag. And I don't know how they did it, but this thing fits so much stuff and still looks classy all day long!

Jenn Ski Alphabet Print
Fabulous for a child's bedroom and the best gift for new parents too.

I could not do a Holiday list without Mascara - This  mascara DOES NOT clump, which is half the battle, you need two coats but the results are stunning.

Can you find it series for kids
Lots of fun for parents too!

Tommy Jeans
Best Classic Fit Jeans ?  Tommy. Best Bootcut Jeans? Tommy
Best skinny Jeans for average and curvy women? Tommy
I have spoken to many women who wear nothing else but Tommy Hilfiger Jeans.
Try the Classic, Modern or Curvy fit and say goodbye to B cleavage forever !:)
Superb fit for all shapes.  Exclusive at and Macy's Stores or online.

Pineapple Kona Pop Herbal Tea (loose)  Pineapple
and Blueberry Kona Pop Tea (loose) Blueberry
Blend and Brew equal parts Hot, add Rock Sugar or Brown sugar crystals
Cool down and store in a pitcher in the refrigerator. Also great for kids, it is caffeine free.

No words needed!

Favorite New Product Line of the Year - Prospector Co- Wares with Purpose


Beard Oil

The name and the packaging alone is enough to buy this fantastic product for your boyfriend, husband, dad or best friend. Girls can use them too!
At Prospector Co  -
One of my favorite sites for browsing, the packaging, the product names. The products are named after historical figures, all natural and hand crafted.  Check out Miss Annie Jones Shaving Oil Pugilist Rag Soak  ,  Brummell Shave CremeGabardine and Cavern Moss Flame .  Add them to "Your Sack" at checkout, brilliant !

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Target, Neiman, Tori, Carolina, DVF, Tracey Reese,Jason Wu, Proenza Schouler - What an Xmas collaboration!

Died and gone to Heaven!! Mark the Calenders!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

FashionMom: Down Vests - Our Picks from The North Face, The Ga...

FashionMom: Down Vests - Our Picks from The North Face, The Ga...: Living in Atlanta means about  90 percent of winter gear consists of cashmere sweaters, light jackets and vests, lots of vests.  Vests are ...

Down Vests - Our Picks from The North Face, The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Land's End and more

Living in Atlanta means about  90 percent of winter gear consists of cashmere sweaters, light jackets and vests, lots of vests.  Vests are my go to item all winter. There are many options available this year, more than in past seasons. The new options are on trend, fashionable and fun to wear. I already have about 6 vests and I have seen about 3 more I would love to add to my winter wardrobe this year.
But first...the basics

Best Place to go for fantastic basic vests at the best prices! - Land's End

Land's End - Best Vests, excellent prices. 

You should always have

Winter White

and then to spice things up my other color picks are

Orange ( dark, not Halloween orange)
Fuschia ( not red )
Green - Apple  or Forest

this year there are  many on trend colors I plan to add to my wardrobe. The prices are reasonable and  they do keep you warm, see below......

Land's End - $64.00 

Eddie Bauer Vest- $119.99

The North Face - Aconcagua Jacket in Kodiak Blue ( my fav) - $99.00
Worth every penny, warm and toasty is all I can say.....

LLBean Thinsulate Vest - $59.00- As seen in O Magazine 2009

 The Gap- Wool Vest another great option. $88.00

Banana Republic - For our fly girls $125.00

I hope you like these picks, the prices are outstanding. 

Happy Shopping! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Leopard and Camo - Land's End and LLBean

New York is where I go to get my fashion fix and style inspiration but I when went to New York City this past week I received lots of compliments from New Yorkers on two items I wore very often during my visit. They are....

There are many versions out in the stores, but this one is a quality shoe and the fit is impeccable. 

and seriously I would love to have the Vivian Studded too , but the budget......

  • The  Hunter Camoflauge Tote from LLBean 
hunter-s-tote-bag-zip-top - I have this bag in the medium size ( a bit small, would love a large) with monograms.Got a million compliments. It is LLBean but it is modern, modern and modern right now. 
I am actually getting compliments back in Atlanta too!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Anatomy of a trip to New York City - Laduree, Levi's, Baggus and Milk Bar ...
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I returned from a business trip to New York City yesterday and as I unpacked I realized that I was able to capture the essence of the city and the world with some of the items I purchased ( so typical of a trip to NYC) . I am so excited with my purchases, here is a quick recap of what I bought, in no particular order.

Happy Shopping! My apologies for the pictures, I hope to have a new camera very soon!

Levi's - Boyfriend Skinny    - close on the lower leg, slightly baggy on top, slight slouch as seen from Haider Ackerman - Look 5 Spring 2013.  Must be tried on for proper size and fit Macy's H Square NYC , I tried three sizes before settling on the 27, but I think the 28 would slouch some more so.......  If you cannot find them in stores buy a couple of pairs Levi's Selvedge Boyfriend Skinny Jeans - Resin Rinse try them at home, get the right fit and return the ones which do not work.

Laduree  - The best macarons in the world I requested delivery to my hotel and they arrived before I left my hotel to go to the airport. Rose is my favorite flavor. Deliveries only in New York City NY Link - Madison Ave. Their customer service is impeccable.

Nine West Black Suede booties - I have not been able to find these on line to attach a link.  They may have been exclusive to the new  Macy's Herald World's Largest Shoe Floor Square Shoe Floor New Shoe Floor Image - Macy's Herald Square in NYC ( I am feeling lucky now). These are similar Nine West Booties in gray.

Milk Bar Cookies - I had make a special trip to the east side to get some of the best cookies in NYC They also deliver within NYC, but we stopped and ate at first ( try the Ginger Scallion Noodles ). At Milk Bar try to Compost Cookie, The Cornflake Cookie and the Birthday Cake truffle. The Compost cookie is otherwordly.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara - Just hitting stores now, this Macy's In stores or On line , this is truly high impact. Tons of lashes and lots of glam, love it!

Joe Fresh ( the company which brought us the venerable Club Monoco) Pleather A Line Skirt in Burgundy -  ( color trending forward) - Joe Fresh has a mammoth store on 5th ave in NYC and I was giddy for a 30 minutes before I settled down and bought two items including this skirt in Burgundy. I will be wearing this fab classic foreverJoe Fresh Skirt- Black online but Forest and Burgundy in stores. ( no weight gain please!). At $39.00 well worth it! Wear with black booties and a turtleneck this year, next year....the following year... Store Locator - NYC only

H & M - Jeweled Collar available at H and M locations Freshen up and dress up a black or white tee and jeans. Perfect!  About 25 dollars.


just before boarding the plane at La Guardia.  They have revamped the retail stores near to the boarding area, dangerous is the only word I can use to describe the new stores.

Baggu - I was always to lazy to get these on line but there they were staring at me in the travel store so....I love these colors, these were my picks!  Baggu bags are super light and they are perfect for holding toiletries, books ( depending on size), pens, pencils, chargers and anything else. They are made with super durable ripstop nylon and best part is that they are machine washable! . The address for a store is NY

242 Wythe Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11249
(800) 605-0759
Delfonics - Delfonics is a Japanese designer stationary company which started back in 1987 with a date book and they have been at it ever since. Their products are very hard to locate outside of the US and now they are at La Guardia airport!  The streamlined pens now come in beautiful pop colors and you can also purchase them online by the purveyors of all things cool, why J Crew of course!  Delfonic Pens at J Crew!  . I knew that my daughter would ask me if I brought anything back for Dad so this was the perfect gift!

The Brooklyn Bag by Maptote - The Maptote Story . My daughter needed a bag for her music lessons and this was a bag - We have family in Brooklyn and souvenir rolled into one. Made with 100% cotton, cut and sewn in Brooklyn NY! Love it!

Think I spent enough? :)

Happy Shopping!

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