MOMMMA LOVES… mommy and me beauty – cosmetics to enjoy with your little ladies

I have a boy. A beautiful boy that I love beyond words, comprehension or reason.  If I ever have another baby it will also be a boy.  We joke that my husband has yy chromosomes because he is one of 5 boys and all the boys have boys.  I love my little boy so much that I don’t mind that I’ll never get to shop on the pink side of the store (for one of my own anyway), I’ll never get to pass on all my fabulous shoes and bags, and I’ll never get to do all the fun beauty activities that my friends enjoy with their little girls.  None of the  manicures, make up training and skin care lessons I enjoyed with my mother.  I mean, Max does like to play with my makeup… And by play I mean try to eat, smash and grab. That’s okay, I can live vicariously through all of you moms out there with little ladies.  You guys can have all the fun and experiment with pink hair, sparkle polish and glitter under the guise of entertaining your daughters…  This isn’t big girl beauty – its more Katy Perry beauty – but its fun, fabulous and will build the most amazing memories for you and your little one.  So, I share with you the mommy and me beauty cosmetics that you can enjoy with your gorgeous girls.

hair chalk

Hair Chalk $25 – How fabulous is this! Fun, non permanent color for hair!

philosophy bubble bath beauty bar

Philosophy shower gel and bubble bath $18


anna sui nail polish

Anna Sui minnie mouse nail polish $16

strawberry shampoo kitson

Ice Cream Heads strawberry shampoo $12

sephora collection

Sephora collection makeup pallette $49.50
*** 130 different colors – perfect to glam you up for a night out or a playdate with you lovely lady.

hair extentions in colors

Hair Do Pop Strips $10 – easy to snap in hair extensions in various colors

ncla sparkle polish

NCLA sparkle polish $16

makeup forever diamond powder

Makeup Forever diamond powder glitter $25 (comes in various colors – you will find glitter everywhere forever)

cupcake lipgloss kitson

Toysmith pink cupcake lipgloss $4.95

nail polish pen beauty

LAQA & CO nail polish pen $14

hair feather kit

Shany 100pc hair feather kit $20

violent eyes glitter eye tattoos

Violent Eyes glitter eye tattoos $9.99

hairbands kitson

Cupcakes and Cartwheels 60 hair bands $8.95

makeup forever strass

Makeup Forever strass $21 (these are rhinestone appliqué that can be applied anywhere on the face for a bedazzling effect)

chalkboard manicure set

Ciate chalkboard nails $25 **comes with matte chalkboard polish, chalk pens to draw and top coat

blow monkey nail dryer

Blow Monkey nail dryer $10

caboodles makeup case

Caboodles makeup case $21.29 **remember this from when we were kids! Its new and improved!

fake tattoos

Tattley tattoo set $15

kotur make your own clutch

Kotur design your own clutch $595 *** now it may seem insane to spend this money on something you have to design yourself – but what a cute idea for the craft lovers our there!

MOMMA KNOWS… cool furniture your kids will love

You may not be a rockstar, but your kids think you are.  Well, until they hit the teenage years and then even if you are a rockstar, you’re simply the most embarrassing people ever.  During my internet browsing I’ve come across some insanely cool furniture to solidify your rockstar status.  Part James Bond, part princess castle – a great talking point that’s both functional furnishing and make believe paradise.  For some time we’ve had a miniature, yet full functioning motorcycle propped up against the wall in the living room, (see above), unquestionably a magnet for kids, it’s also dangerous and worrisome… So, with a little work, I turned it into an accent table, which still looks wonderful and very cool. The kids still love it, but most importantly, can’t get to it!!  Anyway, in time for the holidays, here is insanely cool furniture that your kids will absolutely LOVE (You for).

cool bookshelf

Modern Sole Bookshelf $8350

mushroom ottoman fancy

Nimbl Designs mushroom ottomans $1075

Phone booth cabinet

Phone booth cabinet $234


Ing lounge chair $1210

Hidden bookcase door

Hidden Bookcase door $4400

pink acapulco chair

Pink Acapulco chair $410

nautical lamp

Restoration Hardware nautical lamp $425

lamborghini desk

Lamborghini desk $1500

studio du monde sofa/sleeper

Studio du Monde sofa/sleeper $284.99

cool dining table

Tchesassi Vilato dining table $6513

pink cool bench

Thebes Banquette by Haute House $6850

aquarium side table

Aqua End aquarium side table

pottery barn rope lamp

Pottery Barn lamp $300

blackhawk coffee table

Restoration Harware blackhawk coffee table $1195

up chair

Up Chair $165.90

MOMMA KNOWS… gift guide for men in your life

Holiday time means time to figure out what everyone on your list wants but doesn’t know it yet.  It’s a daunting task, especially for the men in our lives who tend to buy what they want, the very moment they discover it.  So, I’ve compiled a gift guide for men that will not disappoint!  Whether your man is a gamer, gadget head, sports fanatic, do it yourself-et or a renaissance there’s something here for everyone – from stocking stuffers to fantasy gifts and everything in between. Let’s face it, our guys are somewhat neglected from our shopping list for most of the year, so let’s make up for that here and now…

anki drive

Anki Drive cars/track/app $199.95
*** my husband is going NUTS over this technology – ultimate gamer/gadget gift

MLB team toasters

MLB team toasters $26.77

iphone case pocket knife

Iphone case pocket knife $100

pacman arcade machine fancy

Pacman arcade machine $3500

shiatsu foot massage

Brookstone foot massager $229.99

Banksy laptop decal

Banksy print laptop decal $7

mens pj warmers

Pajama warmer $50

tom tom sports watch

Tom Tom multi sport watch $249.99

iphone 5c

Iphone 5C $99-$199 (array of colors)

pocket projector

Brookstone pocket projector $199

garage vacuum

Garage vacuum $220

Rayban aviators fold up

Rayban fold up aviators $199

basketball hoop

Basketball hoop $169.99

iphone wallet fancy

Iphone wallet $40


Edge Star kegerator $479

Mulberry briefcase

Mulberry briefcase $1350

jambox apple

Jawbone jambox $299.95

cashmere hoody neiman marcus

Neiman Marcus cashmere hoody $279 and cashmere sweatpants $199

nfl snack helmut

NFL Snack helmut $49.79

remote control helicopter

Remote control in door helicopter (set of 2) $100

3d printer

3D systems 3D printer $2999
***that’s right – a 3D printer!! make you’re own anything with this crazy gadget!

 LED slippers

LED slippers $40
pioneer DJ system

Pioneer wireless DJ system $899

Sandro men's hooded peacoat

Sandro hooded peacoat

iphone case:wallet

Iphone wallet & case that looks like a book

iphone wallet case that looks like a book

MOMMA NEEDS… cardigans – oversized for me, sweet and cozy for the little one.

When the air gets crisp and the days short, there’s nothing I love more than to throw on oversized cardigans. I’m not talking Santa Claus size, I’m talking longer and a little roomy – a boyfriend or grampa cardi but slimmer and more feminine.  It’s equal parts comfy cozy as it is effortlessly chic.  Fantastic for running around on errands, going out for an intimate dinner as well as cuddling up with your little one on the couch, these cardigans are not too sweet and not at all frumpy. They are the ultimate in cardigans.  For our little ones who need extra layers in the colder weather – there is nothing cuter than a little cardigan. Be it chunky knit, fair isles printed, autumnal themed or just sweet and adorned – it keeps our boys and girls warm while looking insanely cute.  Here are some of my top picks…

First for us:

maje oversized cardigan

Maje cardigan $515

donna karan cashmere cardigan

Donna Karan cardigan $1995

zara cardigan

Zara cardigan $79.90

oversized cardigan

New Look cardigan $32.02

elizabeth and james cardigan

Elizabeth and James cardigan $395

zara wide striped cardigan

Zara cardigan $59.90

Chinti and Parker cardigan net

Chinti and Parker cardigan $430

h&M long cardigan

H&M cardigan $34.95

wildfox cardigan

Wildfox cardigan $532.16

rick owens cardigan net

Rick Owens cardigan $2035

splendid cardigan

Splendid cardigan $90

h&m cardigan

H&M cardigan $24.95

zara wrap cardigan

Zara wrap cardigan $59.90


Asos cardigan $44.50

zara leopard cardigan

Zara cardigan$79.90

Vero Moda cardigan

Vero Moda cardigan $80.09

blanket cardigan

Asos cardigan $64.07

waterfall cardigan

Asos waterfall cardigan $49.83

for our little ones…

ralph lauren kids cardigan

Ralph Lauren cardigan $55.60

baby gap cardigan

Gap peplum cardigan $29.95 (comes in other colors)

kitestrings boys cardi bloomies

Kitestrongs cardigan $42

zara boys chunky knit cardigan

Zara cardigan $49.90

h&m girls cardigan

H&M cardigan $24.95

ralph laurnen girls cardigan

Ralph Lauren cardigan $28.68

chunky cardigan

Gap cardigan $39.95

boys cardigan with elbow patch

H&M cardigan $24.95

Zara star cardigan

Zara cardigan $29.90

baby cardigan

Old Navy cardigan $14.50

baby cardigan

Old Navy cardigan $14.50

jcrew boys cardigan

J Crew cardigan $128

cashmere baby cardigan

J Crew cashmere cardigan $145

peek cardgians

Peek cardigan $27.79

nordstroms baby cardigan

Nordstroms baby cardigan $38

3 pommes cardigan

3 Pommes cardigan $39.20

hooded cardigan

Old Navy cardigan $22.94

ralph lauren boys cardigan

Ralph Lauren cardigan $44.31

jcrew bejeweled cardigan

J Crew cardigan $78

baby cardigan

Zara cardigan $45.90

MOMMA TIP… thanksgiving leftovers soup

Happy Thanksgiving week!  I know we are all about to disperse to our various families and friends for the Holiday, but I wanted to share my favorite recipe for thanksgiving leftovers…  It’s actually my mom’s (where all the best recipes tend to come from) and its VERY easy and super yummy!

Take your turkey carcass (plus any leftover wings, legs etc) and put into a very large pot.  Add water and/or chicken stock, (Don’t overdo the stock at first, in case the other bits and pieces you add are salty enough – you can always add more stock nearer the end according to taste), and bring the pot to boil and let it simmer.  Alternatively, you can do all this in your crockpot and just leave over night.  When the meat is falling off the bone, remove the carcass, bones and skin, (be careful to remove any smaller bones). Strip the carcass of any remaining meat, returning meat to the pot. Add leftover veggies, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, onion, squash etc. and continue to cook nice and slow.  Simmer on until it meets your taste and you have an amazing soup that you can continue to enjoy or freeze into batches for future meals!

Farberware stockpot casa

Farberware 16oz stockpot $79.95

Hamilton Beach crockpot

Hamilton Beach crockpot $56.29

MATERNITY MONDAY… non maternity clothes to wear through pregnancy & beyond

When my husband and I decided to start trying to have a baby, I stopped buying clothes.  I stopped buying clothes because I kept thinking, well, I’m going to be pregnant – what’s the point of buying anything since I won’t be able to wear it?  Well, it took ten months to get pregnant, then of course nine months of pregnancy before the nine (ahem, 12) months to get my pre-pregnancy body back. That’s almost three years without buying the very clothes I was coveting and when I could finally wear my old clothes again they were pretty much obsolete.  What I did manage to find during this time were some NON maternity clothes that could see me through my pregnancy due to stretch and cut.   I continued to wear them post pregnancy, when my body wasn’t back yet and still today, now that I’m back to my former shape! I’m not talking the Kim Kardashian approach to maternity – there’s not need to go high fashion and look, dare I say, a bit tragic….  I’m saying classic, yet comfortable..  The key is looking for fabric with stretch (anything jersey is generally perfect), ruched on the sides, empire waists, tops that are longer and fuller and don’t be afraid to wear a (formerly) mini dress with leggings underneath.  It can be endlessly frustrating spending money on clothes you can only wear for a few months, then not again until (maybe) the next one… So, I wanted to share with you some non maternity clothes to wear through pregnancy and beyond, things I myself bought and still wear now!

victoria's secret maxi dress

Victoria’s Secret maxi dress $98

clu dress

Clu dress $190

american apparel high wasted leggings

American Apparel high waisted leggings $30

helmut lang jersey top

Helmut Lang top $295

vince top

Vince top $206.50

rachel pally strapless dress

Rachel Pally dress $251

wildfox sweater

Wildfox sweater $320.36

victoria's secret maxi dress

Vitoria’s Secret dress $59.50

helmut lang top saks

Helmut Lang tops $140

splendid maxi skirt

Splendid skirt $88

james perse ruched dress

James Perse dress $165

Helmut lang cowl neck top

Helmut Lang top $115

rachel pally long dress

Rachel Pally dress $242

MOMMA NEEDS… Fab fashion under 100 dollars

Happy weekend before Thanksgiving!  Today I am grateful for all the amazing fashion under $100 that I get to share with you.  With all the gift giving we have ahead of us, budgeting what we spend on ourselves is more important than ever – but that doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style!  Here are just a few of the amazing finds I’ve seen this week…

dress under $100

Topshop dress $92

necklace under $100

H&M necklace $34.95

accessories under $100

Forever 21 scarf $9.80

jacket under $100

Zara jacket $89.90

fashion under $100

Zara top $69.90

jacket under $100

H&M jacket $69.95

tuxedo pant under $100

H&M tuxedo pants $59.95

fashion under $100

H&M skirt $49.95

fashion under $100

H&M blouse $39.95

dress under $100

TFNC dress $71.19

pants under $100

Asos peg pants $39.16

fashion under $100

Pull & Bear sweater $55.38

fashion under $100

H&M knit leggings $29.95

accessories under $100

Topshop metal cuff $25

lbd under $100

Zara dress $59.90

bag under $100

Zara bag $99.90

lbd under $100

Asos dress $74.75

shoes under $100

Zara shoes $49.90

accessories under $100

H&M belt $17.95

shoes under $100

River Island shoes $80.09

fashion under $100

Zara pencil skirt $49.90

dress under $100

H&M dress $59.95

necklace under $100

Asos coin necklace $44.50

River Island cross body bag

River Island bag $35.60

burgundy jeans topshop

Topshop jeans $76

MOMMA PLEASE??? cashmere for babies – j crew’s amazing luxe baby knits!

That’s right, I said it, cashmere for babies. Its CRAZY – they grow out of it SO quickly, they spit up on it, poop on it, basically destroy it – but it is SO insanely cute that I had to share these with you.  J crew only recently started designing for babies and, WOW do they know what cute is.  Here are a couple of the amazing cashmere items for our little ones that make me want to break my, no cashmere ’til you’re older, rule.  For the baby who has everything, the J Crew cashmere collection…

cashmere baby sweater jcrew

J Crew sweater $145

cashmere striped sweater jcrew

J Crew sweater $145

jcrew cashmere baby je t'aime

J Crew sweater $145

The dude cashmere sweater j crew

J Crew sweater $145

cashmere one piece jcrew heart

J Crew one piece $178

cashmere onepiece skull halo

J Crew one piece $178

cashmere baby leggings j crew

J Crew leggings $98

cashmere blanket j crew

J Crew baby blanket $198

MOMMA NEEDS… metallic accessories for the holiday season and beyond!

Gold, silver, bronze and fabulous! Metallic accessories are a huge trend in every market and a fantastic investment for not only the holiday seasons but beyond!  Yes, metallic bags and shoes are great for cocktail parties and formal events but a lot of these gold and silver accessories can be dressed down for the office, dinner with friends or date night.  Truth be told, some of these bags and shoes can be worn casually in the day even for a quick trip to the supermarket! They never go out of style because these metallic hues will always be the necessary neutral for all formal attire so you’ll get plenty of life out of them!  Here are some of my top pics:

Sergio Rossi metallic wedges

Sergio Rossi wedges $1195

metallic shoes

Asos shoes $56.06

alexander mcqueen metallic bag

Alexander Mcqueen bag $1895

marc by marc metallic bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs bag $220

sophia webster shoe bootie metallic saks

Sophia Webster shoe-bootie $695

aldo metallic shoes

Aldo shoes $100

botkier bronze bag

Botkier bag $295

kotur clutch intermix

Kotur clutch $650

ballet flats with metallic toe zara

Zara ballet flats $69.90

zara wedge sneaker metallic

Zara wedge sneakers $89.90

milly crossbody metallic bag

Milly bag $225

metallic clutch

H&M clutch $24.95

zara metallic ankle boot

Zara boot $99.90

giuseppe bootie shop

Giuseppe Zanottie shoe bootie $1450

metallic bag

Oasis metallic bag $37.38

aldo metallic clutch

Aldo clutch $34.98

metallic shoes

H&M shoes $39.95

Metallic shoes

Topshop heels $170

Sophie hulme brass clutch

Sophie Hulme clutch $430

Diane Von Furstenburg clutch

Diane Von Furstenburg clutch $265

Gianvito Rossi embellished slingbacks

Gianvito Rossi shoes $1610

jimmy choo metallic heels

Jimmy Choo heels $750


metallic clutch

Zara clutch $79.90

stella mccartney metallic bag

Stella McCartney bag $1765

manolo blahnik metallic shoes

Manolo Blahnik shoes $725

metallic sandal

Asos shoes $74.75

jimmy choo metallic clutch

Jimmy Choo clutch $995

metallic bag

New Look bag $23.12

Metallic shoe

Zara shoe $99.90

charlotte olympia metallic shoes

Charlotte Olympia heels $895

metallic ankle boots

Kurt Geiger boots $231.37


Annabel Ingall tote $465