NYC Gifts from Fab.com – Make the City Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and for the procrastinators like myself, the dreary weather forecast is not boding well for our last-minute gifting. Though I’m sure that stores will be open in the city that never sleeps. City schools are open today, which pretty much dictates that NYC will be business as usual.

But, in a city of convenience it is all the more tempting to stay warm and cozy as the snow inches pile up. It’s looking very possible that cards will be homemade, and IOUs might be issued (in the form of printed online shopping confirmations, of course).

Fab.com has your back though. With fast shipping options, maybe your gift will make it to your Valentine by the end of the weekend (or sooner?). And with their adorable selection of NYC-centric gifts (swoon), I’m considering making myself my second Valentine. I’m super forgiving for late presents, especially of the NYC persuasion.

Here are some great gift ideas for your NYC lovers:

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Cityscape Umbrella

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New York City Steel Cut Map by Cut Maps

I Love NY More Than Ever Print by  Milton Glaser

I Love NY More Than Ever Print by Milton Glaser

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New York Magazine by Milton Glaser

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New York Coaster Set by Common Rebels

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New York JFK Tee by Pilot & Captain

I’m personally loving the umbrella and the steel cut map, for all of my Valentines out there. Stay warm and happy shopping!

Monday Motivation: Transitioning Back to Reality

It’s Monday! This is likely one of the most difficult Mondays of the year, as we get over the long Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend. Our bellies full and our wallets empty, it’s time to get back to work, and back to the daily grind.

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Image via Pinterest

I personally have thrown routine out the window lately, and after a long-weekend vacation in Montreal followed by the long holiday weekend, I am ready to reintroduce things like the gym, smoothies, and a normal sleep schedule back into my life.

Here are some links from around the web that are helping motivate me – from jumping back on the treadmill to getting the ball rolling on my holiday shopping:

healthy oatmeal smoothie

Image via marthastewart.com

  • I had this healthy smoothie for breakfast this morning. Did you know that yogurt plus oatmeal equals a complete protein? Mine was a little too thick, but still oh so good.
  • Looking for creative ways to finish up those turkey day leftovers? The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond has you covered with some inspiring leftover turkey recipes 
  • Self magazine always has my back when I’m feeling less than motivated at the gym. I think they read my mind when they pinned these 10 boredom-busting treadmill workouts on Pinterest yesterday
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Image via skinnytaste.com

  • And JUST in time for the holidays, Gina Homolka of skinnytaste.com has a recipe for Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars that I must try. These were my favorite holiday treat back when I worked at Starbucks, many eons ago

In conclusion, this Cyber Monday I am keeping the coffee flowing, and I have my gym bag packed and ready for tonight. I am motivated! How about you?

Warby Parker’s New Collection: 1922

A little over two months ago, I wrote how my desire for Warby Parker eyeglasses was pushing me to finally go back to the eye doctor and update my prescription. Boyfriend and I had a nice little shopping-in-SoHo Sunday, so I finally made it into Warby Parker to try on some specs. After trying on everything in the store, I landed on the Zagg in Tennessee Whiskey.

I am so excited about these glasses that I wish I needed them for day-to-day things, and not just going to the movies or driving a car (which I do about once a month).

I don’t necessarily consider myself a glasses kind of girl, but I was in love with almost every single style I tried on at Warby Parker. I am sad that I didn’t get to sample the new  1922 Collection, out today in both optical and sunglasses styles for all frames.

Perhaps I would have landed on the Duke

duke-optical-gold-angle Or maybe the Joplin…

Warby Parker Joplin

…Or  even the sunnies version of the Porter.Warby Parker Porter

They certainly have something for everyone, and as the dark-rimmed square frames become more and more mainstream, I can see the interwar glam styles of the 1922 Collection making their way to a hipster near you. I’m definitely considering diversifying my own sunglasses collection with one of these pairs.

What do you think, would you wear the 1922 Collection?

Kate Spade Saturday is Here

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You can finally shop Kate Spade Saturday

Today I was going to air my frustrations with Kate Spade for stringing us along since October, awaiting the launch of their new lifestyle brand Kate Spade Saturday. I woke up today, looked at my iPhone before my eyes were even fully open (tell me you do this too), and to my excitement, the brand has finally launched. I am absolutely loving the half-circle bag in natural and anything in signature zig zag.

What do you think of Kate Spade Saturday? Happy shopping!

Event Alert: Shop Discounts in SoHo Tonight

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A thoughtful friend just sent me a link to a lovely little shopping spree, scheduled for tonight. RSVP to shop the night away in NYC, with names like Kate Spade, Theory, DVF, and C. Wonder (just to name a few) offering 25 percent discounts on full-priced items.

Happy shopping!


Kimberlee of I have A Degree In This! shares her holiday wish list

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Good morning! I am still on vacation in San Diego (cuddling with Onyx as I type), so Kimberlee of I Have A Degree In This! is here to show you what she’s yearning for this holiday season. After you’re done reading her fab guest post, click on over to her blog for more on fashion and beauty!


My Christmas Wish List
Hi there! So happy to guest post for Christina while she travels the world. I’m Kimberlee of I Have A Degree In This! and I thought I’d share what’s on my wish list this holiday season (take note Santa!). Most of these items are aspirational (i.e. could never afford) which is why it’s more of a wish list.
  • I’m a nail polish addict so I could always use more nail polishes. These Dream Boxes are such a cute idea that you can pick 3 polishes of your choice or chose a mystery box. I think this is a great gift to give!
  • My compact digital camera broke so I’m in need of a new digital camera. I need to step up my game and invest in a DSLR camera. I’m doing my research trying to find the best deal for what I need.
  • A big trend I love right now are wedge sneakers. These sneakers are so badass and my style! I love anything studded or with spikes. I’m hoping to unwrap these this holiday.
  • I adore J.Crew’s cafe capri pants… they come in cute prints. I could get anything from J.Crew and be happy. These are a bit pricey so perhaps I can snag them on sale after the holiday.
  • Yes, the one that supposedly smells like blood and semen. It actually smells really good (I don’t know what that says about me… lol). It’s the type of perfume I like, floral top notes and very light and sweet. I picked up some samples from Sephora but hopefully will get a full size bottle under the Christmas tree.
What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

Sample Sales: Don’t put your wallet away yet!

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Hi loves! I am still in San Diego, so Jordanna of The Fashionisette is dropping by to give you an update on some awesome holiday sales. After you get the sale scoop, hop on over to her blog to see what else is going on, or follow her on twitter for daily updates!


I am thrilled to be guest posting on Christina Does today! If you were shopping this past holiday weekend, I hope you all got everything off of your list. For those that weren’t able to partake or missed out, there are still some pretty fabulous sales going. Don’t you just love the holidays?

Looking for clothes, shoes, or accessories? Check out these sample sales!

Be&D: Up to 70% off handbags, footwear, and belts!

Gucci’s sale is starting today. You can get 50% off women and men’s clothing and accessories. (here is the link to shop: http://private.gucci.com/us/)

Helmut Lang sample sale starts December 2nd. All sizes tees, knits, dresses, outerwear, blazers, pants, and more will be sold. For more information on this upcoming sale, check out: http://www.clothingline.com/sales/current/

Botkier: enjoy 40%-75% off! Prices start $75 for wallets, $100 for handbags, and $100 for boots. Event ends today (9am-7pm). Location: 525 Broadway (at Spring St), 5th floor, New York, NY 10012.

 ECHO: get an assortment of women’s, men’s, and kids’ accessories and handbags for up to 60 percent off.

The event began yesterday, and runs through December 1.
Event times: Thu-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm
Location: 75 Oxford Dr.
Moonachie, NJ 07074

Lafayette 148: grab designer pieces starting at 75% off retail. Petite and plus-sizes available.

Event ends today, and is open 9am-6pm.
Location: 148 Lafayette St
(btwn. Howard & Grand)
New York, NY 10013

Looking to decorate your home? Check out these sales!

This is an exclusive Christofle sample sale. Up to 70% off select flatware, hollowware, jewelry, and more.

Event begins: December 6
Event ends: December 9
Times: Thu 8am-7pm; Fr & Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-3pm
Location: 225 5th Ave.
(Btwn 26th & 27th St)
New York, NY 10010

NEST: stock up on luxurious fragrances and personal care items pricing up to 75% below retail.

Event begins: December 4
Event ends: December 6
Times: Tue 9:30am-8pm; Wed 9:30am-7pm; Thu 9:30am-6pm
Location: 601 W.26th St.
(btwn. 11th & 12th Ave.)
(No. 1500)
New York, NY 10001

Happy shopping!

Today is Small Business Saturday

American Express has deemed today dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Show your support for the mom & pop shops and restaurants by getting out today to shop.

American Express is offering a $25 statement credit for $25 spent at one of their qualifying small businesses. You can see a list of your local qualifying businesses here.

Happy shopping!

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market and Other NYC Holiday Shopping

Sing with me, “It’s the most wonderful timmmeee, of the yeeaarr…”

Yesterday I shot down to Williamsburg for some best friend time at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market. My normal plan of attack for such events is to collect business cards of the shops I like and check out their websites or Etsy shops later. This is mostly because I hate carrying cash, so I was excited to see many vendors using Square to accept credit cards this year.  I, of course, still collected cards. Here are some of my favorite vendors from the event:

  • Gneiss Spice: Magnetic spice racks. Absolutely in love with these.
  • YardSale Press: Creative prints for your home.
  • T-WE: Amazing loose tea from San Francisco. I’m sipping some Madame Morocco right now.
  • A.HEIRLOOM: State-shaped wooden cutting boards. Can you imagine serving up hunks of cheese on a Wisconsin-shaped board? Love.
  • Georgia Varidakis Jewelry: Very unique pieces, I really want it all.
  • Jamie Lau Designs: Jamie said she sources her fabrics from Japan – the dresses are amazing, and she offers custom work.
  • Docksmith: Driftwood iPhone dock, anyone?

Unfortunately, the Renegade Craft Fair was this past weekend only, but you can find a full list of vendors on their website.

If you didn’t make it out, fret not – here are other NYC holiday markets you can check out:

Bust Holiday Craftacular
When:
December 1-2
Where: 82Mercer, 82 Mercer St, between Broome and Spring Streets

Union Square Holiday Market
When:
Starting today through December 24
Where: Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South

Artists & Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
When:
November 25 through December 9
Where: Artists & Fleas 70 North 7th St, between Wythe and Kent Streets

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market
When:
Starts today through December 31
Where: Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St 

Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market
When:
November 24 through December 23
Where: One Hanson Place, 1 Hanson Pl, at Ashland Pl

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
When:
November 28 through December 24
Where: Columbus Circle Central Park South, at Central Park West

Grand Central Holiday Fair
When:
Now through December 24
Where: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
When:
November 28 through January 6
Where: The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park Bryant Park, 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Astoria Market Holiday Markets
When:
December 1 through December 23
Where: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave, between 29th and 31st Streets, Astoria

For more details on any of these markets you can visit Time Out New York.