Red Handed

Shopping BagsI love my husband. I love him for reasons far too numerous to even attempt to list. One of the many things that I love about him is that he notices things…when I get my hair done, when I try a new lip color, when I am wearing something new. Interestingly enough, this thing that I love about him is also the thing that drives me crazy about him. He notices things…like when I am wearing something new. Every. Blessed. Time. I suppose that it goes without saying that this endearing little quality of his gets me in trouble on a fairly regular basis, because if I am wearing something new, I bought something new. Again.

I have often wondered if I would prefer a completely oblivious mate, and therefore shopping without immediate repercussions, but have settled on no…the trade off is worth it. Until this week, that is. This week, his skills escalated to a level that I didn’t believe possible. Imagine, if you will…we are in bed, reading, chatting, catching up after a long day. Suddenly, he looks up…”Do you smell that?” he asks. “Smell What?” I reply. “It smells like new shoes” he concludes, and looks straight at me.

I have been caught red handed. The beautiful new Jeffrey Campbell Boots that arrived this afternoon and were immediately stashed in the back of my closet have been sniffed out. It is official…my husband can now smell when I go shopping. Awesome.

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Mama and Mini: Colored Pants

Women's Colored PantsKids Colored Pants
Sadly, the Summer season has officially come to a close, but happily, one of its most vibrant trends has carried into this one…with a twist. The brightly colored pants that found themselves all over the runways and the well-styled over the past several months have evolved into muted jewel tones, perfect for Fall. Accompanied by basic, understated pieces, they offer a beautiful punch of color, and keep your look current yet classic.

Some of my favorites for Mama and her Minis:

For Mama: 1. The Skinny Low Rise Corduroy Jean, Current/Elliott 2. Stretch-Corduroy Skinny Jeans, Rag & Bone 3. Avedon Low-Rise Corduroy Skinny Jeans, Citizens of Humanity 4. Superscript Cords, Pilcro 5. High-Waist Bette Cords, J Brand 5. Pepper Pant, Theory

For Mini: 1. Girl’s Bootcut Cords, Old Navy 2. Stretch Vintage Bootcut Cord, J. Crew 3. Five-Pocket Corduroy Pants, Gap 4. Boy’s Five-Pocket Cords, Old Navy 5. Boy’s Skinny Jeans, Old Navy 6. Boy’s Straight Fit Corduroy Pant, J. Crew

Personal Shopper

Zara Fall 2011Zara Kids Fall 2011
I was first formally (or informally) introduced to ZARA many moons ago while visiting my sister who was studying in the South of France. It was a shopping experience like nothing I had ever witnessed before…women literally stripping down to their birthday suits instead of having to wait in the lines for the dressing rooms that serpentined the store. It was at that moment that I took a mental note…clearly, there must be something good going on here.

Years later, I still think of ZARA for fashionable yet reasonably priced pieces for Mama and (as I recently discovered) for her Mini as well. And though you won’t find me stripping down in the storefront, (this is best for everyone, I promise) you will still find me dropping in on the rare occasion that I am able to do my shopping in store instead of via the internet. Which brings me to my point…and it’s a good one. Starting today, ZARA is now available for purchase online.

Woohoo!!! Happy Shopping…and keep your pants on!!

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