Shorts aren't just for days at the park any more....
Tailored shorts are all the rage this spring. Ranging in fabrics from leather to embellished silk to lace, shorts have been revolutionized and are now totally appropriate for date nights out. The key to getting it right is the length — not too short but not too long — to show off the right amount of leg. Add to that the golden rule of balance. When wearing this season’s mid-thigh shorts, don’t go skimpy on top too. Paired with a tank and blazer, linen sweater or my go-to, a denim shirt, shorts can be a chic, sophisticated look with flats or wedges.
Here are a few of my top pics this spring. These are not your mama’s shorts…
The thrill of the hunt and bargain prices!
The momma of all tag sales, The Brimfield Antique Show, is May 14 to 19 and although Sturbridge, Massachusetts isn’t that far from here, I sadly won’t be making the trip. (Wee Westchester’s Brooke Foster goes every year!)
However, Westchester has a few big tag sales, over the next few weeks. So, mark your calendars and bring cash!
Annual Tag Sale to Benefit the Hudson Chorale
When: May 17 & 18, 9am – 4pm. Early birds may shop from 8am – 9am for $10. Rain or shine.
Where: 107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville (corner of Manville Road & Route 117).
What: Come find treasures in a variety of categories, like antiques, collectibles, jewelry, small appliances, housewares, CDs, DVDs, books, toys, sports equipment, gently used clothing and accessories, decorative art. [...]
Find this cool summer trend at local stores.
Beading, vibrant hues, tribal prints, carefree shapes — One of the hottest trends of the moment could be described in one word. Boho. Actually, two words: Luxe Boho. We’re seeing this global-influenced style all over the pages of magazines like the May Harper’s Bazaar, and blogged about by the best style blogs (Check out the story at Elements of Style). So we shopped this cool summer style locally. Thanks to all the amazing Westchester shops, here is our shopping list…
Jene Luciani, Westchester mom and renowned bra expert, will find you the perfect fit.
Can anyone remember when they bought their first training bra? For me, it was a rainy Memorial Day when I was 12. My cousin took me to Bloomingdale’s and I can recall being on top of the world when we left the store, a white cotton snap-front in hand. As grown women, especially after having children, our relationship with our boobs may be a little more complicated. And let’s face it, buying a bra as an adult is way more challenging than it was in our Sweet Valley High/Babysitter’s Club adolesence.
So we’d like you to meet style expert and author of The Bra Book Jené Luciani, although you may already know her from her regular appearances on shows like Today, Access Hollywood, and Dr. Oz. We asked her to give her best bra buying advice (what size is right for me? How many bras should I own?), as well as the most legit local shops for where to buy them. Here’s what she has to say: [...]
Delight, inspire and impress with gifts we hand-picked from our favorite stores.
We scoured our favorite local stores and found some surprises for the woman in your life no matter what her pleasure. Here’s a thought: Instead of asking her what she wants for Mother’s Day, surprise her. She’ll be so touched that you picked it out yourself. And if your wife is anything like us, she would be thrilled to received any of the below gifts. Another plus? You’re shopping local.
When you join a CSA, you support local farmers -- and share in summer's bounty.
There’s nothing better than a summer tomato. Or freshly-picked baby lettuces. I’ve been known to nibble an ear of white corn raw, especially if it came from a local farm stand.
So I’ve been looking to buy shares in an upstate CSA, or a community supported agriculture farm share program, like the one offered by Stoneledge Farm (shown above). Here’s how most CSAs work: You pay a farmer a flat fee at the beginning of the growing season, and in return, the farmer will deliver freshly picked fruits and veggies to you weekly. In essence, you’re buying a share of the farm’s harvest. In June, you might get pints of sweet strawberries and bunches of fragrant garlic scapes. In August comes a box of so many zucchinis, you’ll be making zucchini fritters, zucchini breads, zucchini salads and just about any other zucchini-inspired recipe you come across for days. [...]
Nutritionist Jessica Fishman Levinson shares tips for a well-stocked, healthy kitchen
Everyone wants to eat better these days, especially with the summer right around the corner. But following a diet and serving healthy meals every night can be a real challenge when you’re shuttling kids to and from school, running errands, and trying to keep up a well-maintained home. And if you work outside the home, it can be even more difficult to keep your pantry and fridge fully stocked with nutritious foods!
Until now. We asked New Rochelle mother of 15-month-old twins, Jessica Fishman Levinson, to give us a cheat sheet for stocking a wholesome pantry. What should you load up on when it comes to healthy meal prep — and what should you toss?
Whipped Avocado Body Butter for Babes. Yes, please.
I love the simplicity of the ingredients in Daisy Natural Skincare‘s products: coconut oil, honey, mango butter, shea butter, safflower oil. They sound like the ingredients to a delicious, healthy cookie. Natural elements are at the heart of Daisy Natural Skincare. Their products are free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors and are not tested on animals. Some are vegan and fragrance free.
Best of all, they’re local. Daisy Natural Skincare was founded by White Plains entrepreneur Jean Marie Pizzariella. (Get your Daisy Skincare Products at 15% off. Code is after the jump!)
I’ve been on a hunt for natural products that will help my daughter’s sensitive skin. Her skin used to be so dry her teacher took me aside to tell me! I decided to give up on what we had been using (which left her face greasy) and switch to all natural, fragrance free products. Daisy Natural products were appealing since the prices are similar to the drugstore products I was already using. [...]
No more excuses - it's time to get in shape!
The Nap Time Workout by Wee Westchester and Athleta
is a 45-minute core exercise program designed for us busy moms to do at home while our kids (hopefully) nap. Demonstrated at our first-ever, highly-attended event at Athleta Scarsdale on March 12, the Nap Time Workout is a strength-building, energy-inducing exercise regimen. All you need are your sneakers, an exercise mat, and your favorite Athleta Gear. Special thanks to Cheryl Blenk
, Certified Personal Trainer and Athleta’s Sponsored Athlete, for specially designing the Nap Time workout.
The Nap Time Workout by Wee Westchester and Athleta
Spend approximately 5-10 minutes warming up with low level plyometric exercises
Jumping jacks: 1 minute
Plank position mountain climbers : 30 seconds
Scissor jumps: 1 minute
Plank position jump side to side :30 seconds
Side to side jumps: 1 minute
Plank position open close :30 seconds
Toe taps: 1 minute [...]
A maple sugaring party, St. Patrick's Day Parades and 3 farmers markets.
Spring is in the air. Yes, even if there’s also a little snow! The first official day of spring is less than 2 weeks away (March 20) and this weekend is full of early spring activities. Our favorite picks for the weekend include St. Patrick’s Day Parades and 3 indoor farmers markets. Visit our full calendar for more family friendly events including a few more St. Patrick’s Day Parades!
The Mamaroneck Indoor Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9am – 1pm. We checked it out for the first time last weekend and came away with treats for the whole weekend. The market is located in the beautiful St. Thomas Episcopal Church and offers around a dozen stands from local farms and businesses. And check out the church thrift store in the basement for great deals on used books. My daughter picked up a Peter Pan book for 25 cents! 168 West Boston Post, Mamaroneck, NY. [...]