Holiday Shopping at Rockefeller Center

Holiday Shopping at Rockefeller Center

family at rockefeller centerWhat is the first thought that comes to mind when you think about the holidays and Rockefeller Center? Tree lighting and the ice rink, possibly? How about all the amazing shops at 30 Rock? I decided to take my family on an early walk through some of the shops at Rockefeller Center, including the newly re-opened FAO Schwarz (which I am so over the moon about!) to share a few of my favorites on my holiday gift guide list this season.

VICTORINOX at Rockefeller Center

Victorinox at Rockefeller Center

First stop, Victorinox. My husband loves Swiss Army knives, and so we decided to check out the store. I happen to love their luggage collection as my son owns one just for himself.

Victorinox - swiss army knife

From sport knives to luggage to watches, Victorinox is a well-known brand particularly for their namesake which translates to “stainless steel”. I love that you can also have their Swiss army knives personalized right in the shop!

Victorinox - Kitchen Knives at Rockefeller Center

Victorinox - luggage at Rockefeller Center

T2 TEA at Rockefeller Center

Next, we were off to T2 Tea,  a brand I didn’t know much about but upon entering immediately fell in love with their tea concept and getting to sample some of their teas.

T2 at Rockefeller Center

My son’s adventurous palette had him trying the tea too (T2!). One of our favorites that makes the perfect gift for a tea-lover is their Storybook Tea Loose Tea series, which comes in a beautifully packaged storybook. In store, they added soy milk and honey which made it such a creamy blend of goodness, we had to have another taste.

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A few other great ideas from T2 Tea? A one of a kind limited edition tea cup set. With only 700 made, the beautifully detailed floral & patterned set would make anyone enjoy their tea in elegance. For those who love a surprise everyday, the Book of Secrets Advent Calendar has tea samplings, to find a new flavor or two, which would make the perfect gift to find out the next favorite tea to love.

tea cup set - Rockefeller Center

SUGARFINA at Rockefeller Center

Now who can resist candy? Sugarfina is the perfect candy brand that makes little candies so if you eat a few you don’t feel so guilty. Plus, who can resist the store’s unbelievable Instagram-worthy candy wall?

Sugarfina at Rockefeller Center

Candy is one of those things you would never re-gift, am I right? These are some of my faves, especially one for the fellas. The Corona gift set comes so nicely packaged, you would never think you are gifting a beer concept set. For the ladies or even a group of girlfriends, the Rose All Day Bento Box is so pretty to gift. But for those who love all kinds of candy, I think my favorite is the Bento Box from Sugarfina where you can choose from a variety of flavors to put into the picture perfect box.

Sugarfina at Rockefeller Center

Sugarfina at Rockefeller Center

And who would resist the perfect Champagne gummy bear candy as a stocking stuffer, right?

Sugarfina at Rockefeller Center

FAO SCHWARZ at Rockefeller Center

Christmas can’t be Christmas without some of the most special toys; and even better from one of the most special toy stores in the world. FAO Schwarz is BACK…and right in front of the iconic Rockefeller Center tree! While the entire store is a dream and I would buy it all if I could, here are some of my favorites that caught my eye and make great gifts for little ones that you may not find anywhere else.

The classic FAO Schwarz teddy bear and all the iconic large stuffed animals remind me of my own youth when I wanted a larger than life zoo filled with giraffes and bears in my own home.

The hand painted decor and details put into the interactive areas all over the new store make it the perfect reason to visit alone. Plus, if you’re like me you can’t resist looking at the Barbie’s. They have so many beautiful limited edition Barbie’s perfect for a collector or  the little girl in your family.

FAO Schwarz at Rockefeller Center

I can’t wait to go back and see my son enjoy the race car making area where he’ll be able to build his own. His excitement for all the toys that let him build and create couldn’t be contained! If you know a child who loves to build structures, the Meccano set makes a great gift!

FAO Schwarz at Rockefeller Center

FAO Schwarz at Rockefeller Center

There is nothing more iconic than the large floor piano! Of course, we couldn’t resist trying it out and had a blast doing so. Who remembers the movie BIG with Tom Hanks?

FAO Schwarz at Rockefeller Center

So if you find yourself in New York, make it a point to stroll through some of my favorites and enjoy the holiday scenery at Rockefeller Center and create memories with those you love.

Have you been to Rockefeller Center during the holidays or wish to? What are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Holiday shopping!

 

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What to Wear to Yoga Class

What to Wear to Yoga Class

As the year begins in full force, vision boards are being created and everyone is focused on their resolutions most likely about how to get more workouts in 2018. This past year I really wanted to get myself back into my favorite hot yoga class that really changed the way I felt after giving birth to my daughter. Hot yoga cleared my mind, made me sweat out any stress and anxiety, and really had my body craving only the good things to eat like fruits and veggies. I still have a long way to go to make it a regular part of my life, but 2018 is my year! I’m going to make it a part of my life again.

what to wear to yoga

When it came time to plan my yoga outfits, one thing I’ve always said about working out (see what I mean here) is that I enjoy deciding what to wear for my workouts. It mentally helps me feel good about having comfortable and stylish workout clothing when I have to face the mirror during those 90 minute yoga sessions. After all, who doesn’t enjoy some stylish and comfy workout clothes to motivate you to get to the gym? I’m a big fan of waistband leggings because they sit high on the waist and lengthen my petite legs. They also don’t pull down when I’m bending over in some yoga move requiring me to focus on pulling up my pants rather than the downward dog! Ha!

When I found this purple cotton tank top at Target for under $8, I was sold! I had to get them in every color. They are perfect for everything from working out to summer days to a pop of color under a blazer for work.

what to wear to yoga

So grab yourself a pair of comfy cotton leggings and tank top, a colorful water bottle, an inspiring towel, yoga mat and stylish kicks for the walk to the studio, a pretty set of stacked bracelets (because why not!) and you’re set to go!

what to wear to yoga

And after being all geared up for a great yoga session, go all in and then treat yourself to a healthy brunch afterwards with your favorite gals!

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

what to wear to yoga

Thank you so much for stopping by & reading! What is your favorite type of yoga? Let me know in the comments! I’d love some inspiration this weekend!

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Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

2017 was definitely the year I started using more beauty products and trying out different brands to find the best in skincare and beauty for my skin. Earlier this year, I was invited to experience a “facial skin reading” at Esthetica MD in Englewood, NJ and I was surprised to learn so much about my skin that I had not previously known.

2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As someone who always thought a breakout here and there meant I had oily skin, I was shocked to learn I actually had combo to dry skin, my skin damage was not severe but only topical (meaning it was reversible), and that the texture of my skin was at 95% out of 100% which I was happy to hear!

2017 best skincare

The “face chart” created from the machine was able to show all the areas that needed attention the most. It was painless procedure (I just had to rest my chin on the machine), and I learned so much that lead me to find the best of beauty for the best of this year! 

2017 bset skincare

Some of my skincare staples has been the Calendula Toner from Kiehls  having used it for over 15 years now. But newer brands that I’ve fallen in love with for my combo/dry skin have been Too Cool for School, Tatcha, SKII, Boscia, Pixi and Caudalie! I’ve become a big believer in using face masks so I switch between Dr. Jart’s brightening mask and Too Cool For School’s egg mask (which is perfect for winter!). 

2017 best skincare

I keep my makeup relatively simple, although my routine seems intense to some mostly because I really work on prepping my skin before I put on some concealer, setting powder, blush, eyebrow gel, mascara, lipgloss, setting mist (my favorites are from Pixi and NYX), and I’m out the door! But when I find a really good eyeshadow brand, I invest in it! Tarte and Natasha Denona have been two of my favorites to use this year because of their pigmented colors and easy blending, which makes this novice happy to use them! 

2017 bset skincare

2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As you think about entering the colder days of the early 2018 winter, consider how your routine is different from the summer months. With less moisture in the air, finding a balance of products that work for your skin during the various seasons will make a world of difference to how your skin cares for itself. You’ll be happy you did! 

What are some of your favorites skincare products? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to try out some new brands and products. Thank you so much for reading! I plan on sharing more about my skincare and beauty routines on Youtube! If that is something you’d love to see, subscribe here!

Featured // Top Row (L to R): Pink & Blue Co. Necklace | Natasha Denona Palatte | Farsali Face Oil | Dose of Colors Highlighter | Sugar Fix by BaubleBar Necklace & Earrings (all under $30) | Bottom Row (L to R): Caudalie Eye Cream | Tatcha Gold Lipbalm  | Ouai Rose Body Oil | Lano Lip ointment | Boscia Facial Tonic 

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! // Giveaway – Day 1

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! // Giveaway – Day 1

It’s here! Last year, our weeklong giveaway of gifts was a big hit, so we decided to do it again! I couldn’t be happier to share these giveaways with you as I intentionally planned which brands I wanted to work with and some products that I am thrilled to give away on my own! Are you ready? Some of the giveaways will last 24 hours and some will last 48 hours! If you want a friendly and fashionable reminder sign up for This Season’ Gold newsletter, and you’ll be the first to know what giveaway is coming up next plus some extra special insights in the months to come!

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For Day 1, I have partnered with CStudio Home, a subsidiary of The Company Store, to giveaway a $300 gift card to use on their site for one winner!  I have had the honor of enjoying their luxurious bedding this past year, and I undoubtedly wanted them to be the first big giveaway to kick off the most wonderful time of the year!

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giveaway

giveaway

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They have the softest bedding around! I am the first to say that if I could just lay in bed all day and do my work from there, I would. However, I always fall asleep under these cozy covers! I can’t wait to hear how much you love their bedding too! Good luck! 

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How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account.

2) This giveaway will run from December 18th at 12:30pm and end by December 19th 11:59pm. Yes, more time means more chances!

3) The one winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) The one winner will get receive a gift card worth $300 to use online at cstudiohome.com.

5) If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner will be chosen at random.

6) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

7) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway sponsored by CStudio Home who will be delivering the gift card to our winner. 

8) Prize will be mailed to winner upon receipt of delivery name and address.

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This Season’s Gold // 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This Season’s Gold // 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays everyone! I am excited to return with my second annual Holiday Gift Guide for this season! I have literally spent this entire year learning about so many new products and brands that  I could not wait to share with you, and I know they will make the perfect gift for that special someone in your life (even if it’s just for you!). I am big believer in gifting experiences to be honest, but there’s always something to find for that special someone who you know would appreciate a very special thing! So as I did last year, I’ve specialized my gift guide to get you direct access to the best of the season for those you love!

Enjoy shopping! 

Click below to visit each uniquely curated list! Happy Shopping!

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Thank you for reading! And starting this week, a special announcement plus the return of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Giveaways! See here to learn more!

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Rested // Comfy & Cozy with CStudio Home

Rested // Comfy & Cozy with CStudio Home

Hello everyone! I am happy to be back! Let’s just say that the start of 2017 began much slower and stranger than expected. I think with so much happening around us in the world right now, I needed to step back a bit, put things into perspective and get a bit more focused for the sake of moving forward full force. So here I am, rested, recharged and ready more than ever to take on 2017 and make it a great year! Thank you for coming along for the ride!

comfy & cozy bedding

Earlier this January, I hosted an event with CStudio Home, whose parent company is The Company Store, that does not only offer fresh and modern bedding design, but happens to be a great place to find those perfect little details for your home. It was CStudio Home’s first pop-up shop in New Jersey, and I was happy to host the event and share some of my favorite bedding from their shop. Even though we’ve haven’t had a considerably cold winter yet in the New York City area, nothing beats a comfy & cozy blanket and soft bedding to make those cooler nights warmer. 

comfy & cozy bedding

comfy & cozy bedding

When I received my Strie blanket, I wanted nothing more than to stay in it all day – that is how comfortable and how soft the blanket feels. I just had to get another one (in this gorgeous teal color)  as I left the event, because my son had been sneaking to our bed in the middle of the night just to cuddle with us under the blanket. And even though their pop-up shop has closed for the season, you can still find them online. I’ve already got these pillowsthis comforter, and these pillow covers in Geo Denim Blue in my online cart because I couldn’t get enough of them in store! 

comfy & cozy

comfy & cozy bedding

It was such a pleasure to host so many wonderful people who stopped by to support the event and This Season’s Gold with fun giveaways and a hot chocolate bar to keep everyone feeling cozy. When I started TSG, I never thought I would be hosting these wonderful events with such great brands. But the events have become such a gift to me because I get to meet so many of you and hear your own stories about you, which is what matters to me most. I hope you get to stop by often as I plan to share more wonderful events and collaborations with brands that I love! I can’t wait to tell you! 

comfy & comzy

comfy & cozy

comfy & cozy bedding

Some other favorite finds this month that have kept me comfy & cozy has been oversized sweaters, my new favorite over-the-knee boots (50% off on sale!) and this special edition Daniel Wellington watch (15% off with code SEASONSGOLD). I’ve been loving warm brown’s quite a bit lately in my wardrobe, but as with the season’s, I’m sure that is bound to change as we move through the year.

comfy & cozy bedding

comfy & cozy bedding

Shop the Feature // Ann Taylor sweater (60% off sale!) | Stuart Weitzman boots (50% off on sale!) | Daniel Wellington watch (15% off entire purchase w/ code ‘SEASONSGOLD’) | Daniel Wellington rose gold cuff | Vajze earrings | Essie Nail polish

Thank you so much for reading and returning to This Season’s Gold. Many of you personally reached out to me to make sure I was okay and when I would return to sharing here. I promise I didn’t go far. I just wanted to be recharged for all the great content and fun coming your way! 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

A Very Merry // Holidays in Red Lace

A Very Merry // Holidays in Red Lace

Happy Holidays! From our family to yours, we wish you a wonderful time with your loved ones! Thank you so much for entering all of our giveaways this past week! We hope you enjoyed them as much as I did in creating them to thank you for all the love and support you have given us this past year! And while we are not signing off for 2016 quite yet, I want to wish you a wonderful and amazing entry into the New Year!

This holiday, I am embracing red lace for Christmas, and this dress is everything a holiday dress should be! Red lace, peek-a-boo sheer top, and most importantly, a fun girly twirl factor! And even if you like to keep it more casual for the holidays, cozy at home with the family, I can see myself wearing this again for a night out on Valentine’s Day! (I know, not yet!)

red lace

red lace

red lace

Shop the Feature // Maggy London Sophi dress| Joie heels | Coat (old, similar here)| Gorjana Earrings

With much love and sincere gratitude! Happy Holidays!  Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.