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Oh No, I Lost My Mojo!

I thought I’d lost, or at least seriously misplaced, my Sample Sale Mojo. Now anyone who knew me back in the days when I was practicing law, knew that I knew how to find out about the most selective sample sales.  Not only did I find out about them, I knew exactly how early to arrive for a choice spot on line to be one of first in the door!  I knew when new merchandise was going to be put out, I mean RackedNY had nothing on me.  Ask my friend Adrienne, she still remembers the Jimmy Choo sale we went to years ago where we pretended to be magazine editors and shopped to our hearts’ contents the day before the sale opened to the masses.

Well, one of my alltime favorite designers started doing sample sales last year.  I’ve been out of town for the past two sales, but when I got the notice about their Summer sale I noted it in my calendar. I got up at 6:53 on the appointed morning (I am NOT a morning person, but my husband can attest to the fact that I will get up at the crack of dawn and function normally for a sample sale).  No, I did not leave my house then.  Mistake No. 1.  I got dressed, checked my email, ate a little something and then I left at 7:30 to be online by 8 am.  Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the sale and the line was literally, I KID YOU NOT, a full city East-West block and half of a city North-South block.  Shocked does not fully capture my emotional state.  I was in disbelief.  Really?  For a sample sale? The people at the front of the line (let’s say the first 100) must have arrived around 4:30 am.  As I walked towards the end of the line and passed the sea of people who would be waiting in front of me I couldn’t get over how young they all looked.

I arrived at the end of the line – yes, my spot was around the corner in the middle of the North-South block.  I stood there for 5 minutes and then walked right past the horde I’d just passed and got myself back on the subway to go home.  As I walked back by these youngsters anxiously waiting to spend their hard earned dollars on half-priced merchandise, it dawned on me that I am truly Une Femme d’Un Certain Age. My husband was shocked that I was back so quickly; he hadn’t even left to go to the office yet.

I sat down at the computer to start my day and then I got a text from Adrienne (aforementioned Jimmy Choo sale partner-in-crime).  She works near where the sale was being held.  I’d sent her a text telling her that I was leaving because the line was too long. Her text said that the line wasn’t long at all.  Seemed odd to me, but she too is [ahem, was] a Sample Sale Maven.  So, an hour and a half later, I got back on the train to get on line yet again.  Mistake No. 2. I don’t know what line Adrienne saw, but the people who had been directly in front of me when I stood in line were still in line and still had at least a 2 hour wait.   I just kept on walking this time.

Now, I know this seems a little crazy . . . But, you have to understand I LOVE this designer and while I’ve been fortunate enough to own a few of his pieces at full price, the idea of things being a fraction of that cost was totally alluring to me. Not enough to stand in a line for hours in the rain mind you.  So, I did what any self respecting former Sample Sale Maven would do in a situation like this.  I waited until the sale was no longer front and center on all the blogs and daily magazines.  I waited until folks had moved on to the next best thing.  And then, I went. No line, no craziness on the selling floor, friendly shoppers in the dressing room and yes, GREAT prices. Was it worth it?  Definitely.  Will I venture out again for another sale?  Not likely.  Once was enough. But, I got my mojo back.

My Favorite Things 2011

Is it just me or is time flying? When I was little, it seemed like it took forever for December to get here and now its hard to believe that December 2010 was twelve months ago.  Where did the time go?  Well, hopefully your time in 2011 was spent well and with loved ones as much as possible.  As we bid adieu to another year, here’s a peak at some of my recurring obsessions in 2011.

  1. My MRS lowball glass.  It’s the gold leaf, the lips and of course a good splash of bourbon that makes this one of my handsdown favorites.  Plus, they make great wedding gifts!
  2. PINTERST.  I’m a little obsessed with Pinterest.  Need a 15 minute sanity break? Pinterest.  Talking on the phone and multi-tasking? Pinterest. Looking for great images? Pinterest. Creating a wish list? Pinterst. Need I go on.
  3. Yves Saint Laurent. There’s just something about YSL’s Tribute Pumps that I can’t get enough of.  No, they’re not for every day, but they are just the right combo of sexy+sophisticated when you need ‘em.
  4. Fonts!  I’ve always been a sucker for cool fonts . . . and now effie’s paper gives me license to pursue fonts to my heart’s content.
  5. A Game of Thrones.  I LOVED the first 2 books and the HBO series and spent much of 2011 reading them, watching them and talking about them.  Seriously, if you haven’t read them and you’re of age, give George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece a go.
  6. Warby Parker. I’m a bit smitten with my glasses from Warby Parker. I’ve got the Beckett’s in black matte.  Even on my worst day, they make me look hipL&cool.
  7. Colorful Interiors.  I think this past-time grew out of #2 above.  There are some really beautiful homes out there.  I love my home, but I also love being a voyer into the homes of others and their decor choices.
  8. Hipstamatic!!! Learned about this gem from my husband, the app guru.  If you have an iPhone (see #9 below) you gotta check this out.  It makes digital photography look like analog pictures from back in the day – lenses, film stock and photo frames. My camera app of choice. It’s free (ok, like $1.99) & Droid users, I think they’ve created an app for you too.
  9. My iPhone.  Love the iPhone.  Not so in love with Siri and the email search function (miss my Blackberry’s capabilities here dearly), but I do feel a part of the apple generation now that I have the coveted iPhone. Not free, but worth every penny so far.
  10. The YSL Easy Bag.  Yes, YSL is on here 2x.  What can I say, they know what they’re doing over there in France.  The Easy Bag is hands-down, my all-time favorite purse.  It’s great for travel, lady who lunch lunches and all the things in between.
And yes, I’m still addicted to my iPad, I think that one just goes without saying!  So, these are the things that have made a difference for me in 2011 – some needed (uh, Warby Parker) and some just for fun (Hipstamatic).  What about you – what are some of the things you started using or acquired in 2011 that now you can’t live without? Honestly, whether you can live with or without things is neither here nor there … I’m excited for 2012 and all that it holds in-store!  I wish you good health, prosperity and much joy in 2012.
Stylishly yours,
Kalyn

 

New Year’s Resolutions?

If you’re like most of us, you’re spending the last few days of the year you’re thinking back on all you’ve accomplished (yeah!!!) and all you did not (no one’s perfect, right?) in 2011.  As I head into the new year, I’ve decided to approach my New Year’s resolutions a little differently for 2012.  Instead of listing out a bunch of things I’d really like to do or that I’d really like to do better, I’m going to focus on my umbrella resolution. If I’m successful with my umbrella resolution, it will have a trickle down effect and make an impact all of the other things I like to be able to do in 2012.  My resolution for 2012 is to commit to being more ORGANIZED.  My watchword for 2012 is ORGANIZATION.  I resolve to be more ORGANIZED.  If I am able to become more ORGANIZED:  

  • I will be on time for appointments (because I won’t be surrying around trying to finish something up before I head out the door), 
  • I will make it to the gym 3x a week (because I won’t be behind and won’t feel guilty about choosing exercise over work), 
  • I will consume a healthier diet (because I will make it to the grocery store with a list), etc.  

Do you see where I’m going here?  Anyway, what about you – what is your New Year’s resolution?

 

Save The Ta-Tas

October is breast cancer awareness month. I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.  But, what I do want to impart is that breast cancer will, if it hasn’t already, touch all of our lives. Whether it affects you personally or you know survivors, women battling breast cancer or of those who have succumbed to it, this disease is pervasive and knows no bounds. This week in the news we learned of E! tv’s Guiliana Rancic’s unexpected bout with breast cancer; I applaud her courage for revealing something so private. This week she is the public face of the private reality of many many women.  Look to your left and then look to your right, most likely one of the women right beside you is dealing with breast cancer in one way shape or form – it might be her own battle, her mother’s, sister’s, aunt’s or friend’s. Early detection is key. Self-exams and mammograms are our armor. Encourage your friends and family members to do monthly self-exams, to schedule routine mammograms and to talk about their experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. I challenge you to tell 10 friends and ask them to tell 10 friends to tell 10 friends today. Your encouragement could help to save someone’s life. Knowledge is power.

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday weekend! Just a little something to get you in the right mind-set for the work week.

Silly Is, As Silly Does

You probably live under a rock if you are not familiar with the silly bandz craze that has rocked the nation’s teen, tween, elementary and pre-school sets. There are even silly bandz shaped like the Kardashians (yes, those girls have monetized just about everything they possibly can . . .).  Not to worry, the jewelry designer for Lulu Frost, Lisa Salazar, and her sister Dr. Jen Salazar and Jen’s husband, Dr. Marc Lemchen, orthodontists (thought those tidbits pictured above looked familiar didn’t ‘cha?) are the brains behind braced-lets or silly bandz for adults as they’re more commonly known.  They’re kind of fun in a Summer-y, kitch-y kind of way don’t you think?  I first learned about braced-lets yesterday when I was having a drink with my friend Kathleen of katflower catching up, comparing notes on blogging, our businesses and the like when I noticed her bracedlet. Our conversation stopped mid-flow when I noticed her bracedlet and had to immediately inquire about it. Being the fashionista that she is she was rockin’ it well, but couldn’t tell me much more about it then she got it at as swag at some swanky event.  Well that’s not fair, she knew they were referred to as silly bandz for adults. I was intrigued.  What say you?  Would you wear a bracedlet?

[image courtesy of bracedlets]

STYLishly Flip!

I swear I don’t own stock in Apple!  But, boy I sure wish I did.  For those of you who have iPads, listen up. For those of you who love reading magazines, iPad or not, Flipboard may be for you.  Flipboard is one of the coolest apps I’ve come across – it aggregates content based on your interests, reading habits and web links from your social circle (i.e., FaceBook and Twitter) and displays them in a slick, magazine-like layout on your iPad. You literally drag your finger across your iPad as if you’re flipping the page of a magazine et volia! Within seconds of uploading the app, you’re breezing through your favorite magazines, blogs (of course you’d upload Possess Your STYLE, yes that’s a shameless plug!) and newspapers.  Not to mention the fact that it makes it easy to feed your FaceBook addiction by presenting FaceBook in such an original way that you may chuck your computer aside.  The guru’s behind Flipboard, Mike McCue and Evan Doll, use technology to present breathtaking photos and an amazing use of white space that’s literally taken the digital world by storm in the short year Flipboard has been around.

Lots of magazines have jumped onboard, I betcha JCrew will be one of the first clothing companies to put it’s catalogue on Flipboard.

I’ve flipped for Flipboard – it’s stylishly hip to be stylishly flip!

[photo courtesy of Flipboard]

Live Sparkly!

HAPPY HAPPY Friday!  Just close your eyes, click your heels and your weekend will be on its way. A little bit of sparkle will surely make even the dullest chore or errand magical – have a wonderful two-day holiday!

Stylishly yours,

Kalyn

Ladies Who Lunch!

I’m having a bit of fun this week.  My four year old niece Jada is here visiting  . . . We’ve been doing all sorts of stuff things she got here on Saturday – the museum, the zoo, the post office (yes, she’s a letter-writer too), and the library just to name a few. We’re having a Ladies Who Lunch day today!  Decked out in our finery we will be galivanting up and down 5th Avenue enjoying ourselves at a very posh restaurant for lunch (one of her requirements for her visit was to eat at a fancy restaurant) and having tea at that store loved by all American Girls. Chin-chin my lovlies — See you on the other side of the hump!


[photo courtesy of Kate Spade]

So Fresh & So Clean!

I survived the 3-Day BluePrint Cleanse!

Do I feel lighter? Yes, actually I do.  Was it worth it? Probably.  Would I do it again? Too soon to tell.  So what exactly is the BluePrint Cleanse and why did I do it? According to the website, the BluePrint Cleanse is “a user-friendly system of cleansing set up to be practical for all nutritional lifestyles, from the most austere of raw food acolytes to the burger-and-red-wine crowd looking to periodically offset the damages of their indulgence.” Right, let’s back up.  What exactly is a cleanse? You’ve heard of the Master Cleanse that folks like Beyonce have done, but what is it really?

According to wiseGeek, “[a] cleanse is a health regimen designed to remove toxins from the body. Some cleanses target the entire body, while other focus on specific organs such as the liver, kidneys, or skin. In most cases, a cleanse requires a temporary radical change of diet, although some cleanses are designed to help people transition to a healthier diet. Many proponents of natural health engage in regular body cleanses to improve their health and treat underlying medical issues. Cleanses are also used as a weight loss tool in some communities, while others engage in body cleanses as a spiritual activity.”

How It All Started

My friend Karla and her husband do a cleanse per quarter.  I know, some people just put us all to shame! We hung out with them this past Spring a few days after they’d completed their 2Q cleanse. They were happy, glowing and singing the virtues of the experience.  Did I mention, they do the BPC for 2 weeks!  Yes, two whole weeks with nothing but fruit  and vegetable juices . . . We were intrigued.  It’s been a wonderful year; we’ve eaten a lot of fantastic meals and have indulged in one too many cocktails. Plus, we were on our way to Italy where we knew we’d be eating lots and lots of really really good food that’s not necessairly really really good for you.  We expressed interest.  Joked that maybe we should do a cleanse when we get back from Italy. Lo and behold a few weeks later, our dear friends sent us a few BPC gift certificates.  We thanked them and went merrily to Italy where we ate and ate and ate some more. (I’m not even mentioning the amount of vino consumed on that trip!).

Upon our return, we decided to do the BPC.  I wanted to do the 1-Day cleanse to try it out.  My husband, TC, said if we’re going to do it, we should just do it.  So, we decided to up the ante and do the 3-Day cleanse. How to find 3 whole days with no travel or dinner plans to interrupt this tight juice regimen? Good question! Oh, and did I forget to mention that you have to prepare for about 4 days beforehand? Yup, the lovely ladies at BPC send you an email telling to it’s 4 days to BPC-Day and you should start to cut back on all the bad things you love — you know caffeine, sugar, meat and really try to maintain a raw diet consisting of fruits and vegetables.  Seriously??!? Come on.  Originally, we were going to do the cleanse over Fourth of July weekend and then better offers and common sense prevailed. From there, we took our gluttonus selves on to South Carolina where we did our best to eat our way through Charleston, Seabrook and Kiawah Islands.   Stomachs bulging and clothes not fitting quite right, we decided BPC was on and poppin’ in August.

The 4-Day prep beforehand?  We didn’t do so well. A good friend was visiting from LA and of course we had to go out to a really nice dinner to catch up!  And then the night before BPC-Day we had dinner plans with friends we truly enjoy, but rarely get to see.  We I tried to be good. I ate vegetarian that night and only had 1.5 cocktails and maybe a glass of wine (of course alcohol prior to the detox is a big NO-NO).  Well, I got violently ill and had to be spirited away from the restaurant. So, for the BPC start date was pushed back a day.

The Cleanse

My dear husband, while feeling a little wobbly, started the cleanse the next am.  He was chipper. “Juice number 1 is good!” he said.  I was up under the bed from a bad bout of food poisoning, so I smiled wanly and off he went to work with his BPC thermal pouch and Juices 2, 3 and 4.  Home he came grouchy, hungry and generally just out of sorts. I was vertical again (just barely) and was gingerly eating a salad.  He drank Juice number 5 and while it staved off the hunger, it wasn’t a satisfactory Friday night dinner.  One of his underlings told him he should’ve done the cleanse during the week so that he could keep his mind off of food while working. But we were following the guidelines on the BPC website which recommends that you do your first cleanse over a weekend.

I woke up feeling much better on Saturday, so I started the BPC that morning.  Juice number 1 was pretty good – it’s green, flavorful.  Not a latte and a bagel good, but I survived.  By Juice number 3 I didn’t care how good they were, I was HUNGRY!  I drank my juices like clockwork every 2 hours on Day 1. Suffice it to say, I was a HOT MESS on Day 1.  I don’t think it had so much to do with BPC as much as it had to do that I had not properly prepared (I basically had no food 2 days beforehand – violently ill on Thursday, remember?). Had to miss a dear friend’s dance performance and another friend’s karaoke birthday party Saturday night (I’m a ham, I love a good round of karaoke); I just took my pitiful hungry self to bed.  Sunday was better, I wasn’t as hungry but I was hungry.  I had visions of enchiladas, hamburgers and french fries dancing in my head! By Monday, I was just ready for the cleanse to be over. Especially since TC had finished on Sunday night.  I did workout on Monday and while I probably expelled more toxins than I ever have while working out, it was a good workout.  I didn’t feel weak from lack of sustenance. However, midnight couldn’t get here fast enough for me.

Post-Mortem?

I’m glad I did it.  I wanted to cheat, we were standing in the grocery store holding low sodium vegetable stock Sunday evening (BPC allows you to eat a few things if you absolutely must) but I felt like a wuss so I left it right on the shelf and went home and drank my good but unsatisfying juice.

I now know what everyone’s been raving about.  I honestly do feel lighter and I think I lost a few pounds which is never a bad thing for UFDCA. Just as you “ease” into the cleanse, you “ease” out of it. First day off of BCP, fruits.  Second day, veggies.  Third day, slowly add in those things you know you should do in moderation – caffeine, meat, spices, etc.  Interestingly, I wasn’t interested in eating all the foods I’d been craving once the cleanse was over.  Rather the opposite, the cleanse has inspired me to keep my cleaned out system somewhat clean.  Caffine was rotated back in immediately, but I have taken things slow and I’ve really been trying to think about what I eat and why.  I’ve been using a calorie counter, LoseIt, which forces me to pay attention to my daily caloric intake and keep myself honest.

So, what say you?  Would you do a 3-day cleanse?

What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day

Whew! It’s been a doozy.  Today’s been one for the record books . . . I know we all have these days – they build character, right? Suffice it to say that as I went through the craziness that made up August 9, 2011 for me all I could think about is the title to Pearl Cleage’s book, What Looks LIke Crazy On an Ordinary Day. No, my crazy wasn’t the same crazy as in Cleage’s book but that didn’t keep the title from coming to me again and again.  So, what’s one to do? Be gracious under pressure and keep it moving is my motto! What do you do when you have one of those What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day days?

[illustration by Hennie Haworth, A-1]

Vain & Vapid

The past 6 months have been absolutely fabulous, but they’ve gone by in a complete blur.  There have been amazing highs and along with those highs some pretty low lows.  Life’s all about the peaks and valleys – the dark times help make the good all the brighter.  Pretty deep, huh?  Ok, well now on to to the vanity.  As I’ve been moving at the speed of light through the past 180 days, my closet has been in an absolute shambles. During this time period, we’ve gone through a season change and I’ve been on more planes than I can count on two hands.  Through it all, Style Maven though I purport to be, I’ve been living in a clothing chaos.  So, this past weekend when on Saturday, July 29th, I experienced what seemed like my first real languid day of Summer, I got myself organized.  And then I took things a step further.  A comsumate list maker, I began to mix and match my outfits in a notebook in Evernote. I created categories and delineated them by notes – Day, Ladies Who Lunch, Evening, Weekend, Travel. Then in each note, I listed my Summer outfits and variations on each theme. Vain? Yes.  Vapid? Probably. Helpful? Most definitely!  A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do . . .

[photo courtesy of Vanity Fair]