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…
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: [...]
This hair salon in White Plains will change the way you care for your curly hair.
If you haven’t heard of Devachan Salon in White Pains, you probably don’t have curly hair. But if you’re a curly top (like myself) and haven’t heard of Devachan, sit down – your life is about to change.
Lorraine Massey (author of Curly Girl: the Handbook) and Denis DaSilva, co-owner of Devachan Salon, can teach you how to love your curls. The highly trained professionals at Devachan Salon will cut, color, style and show you how to care for your hair. People have been known to cry at the salon when they see their hair in all their curly glory. And not only does the salon have a cult like following, the products are also considered miracle workers.
Here are the Devachan principals. Get your garbage can ready. [...]
Eyebrow shaping wiz Sabria Celaj is now making house calls in Westchester.
When my husband and I first left the city a few years ago, I would always get asked “What do you miss the most about manhattan life?” My answer would always be the same: Vita at The Lancome Boutique on Columbus. Having been challenged (or blessed, depending on how you look at it) with thick eyebrows, she helped to brighten my whole face with her skilled and somewhat magical use of a tweezer.
Since saying goodbye to Vita, I have admittedly just been settling for a quick wax at whatever local nail salon I happen to be near when I know that I cannot be seen in public for one more second without some eyebrow grooming. But boy do I miss feeling that extra lift when my brows were shaped to perfection!
So I was super excited when one of our readers emailed us a few weeks ago about one of the county’s hidden beauty experts. [...]
I get antsy for spring fashion this time of year!
It’s the time of year when I start to notice all the wonderful spring lines displayed in store fronts and perky, warm looks in the glossy fashion ads. (It’s also when I start to loathe my winter wardrobe and all that includes.) The Gap is pushing their new line of “Skimmers” and I’m completely sold by this adorable image.
Look at those happy, beautiful people. All they need is a bright pair of good-fitting jeans and a white t-shirt to look chic. [...]
The pros at Julius Michael Scarsdale fill us in on the hot hair trends of 2013.
Last week, the New York Times reported that the “Haircut of the Year” has already emerged, and it’s known as the “Chop” (named so by Vogue.) Also know as the “Karlie” for model Karlie Kloss, it’s a just-above-the-shoulders style with light layers in front and bangs.
Karlie Kloss looks insanely chic and beautiful in this haircut, but she is a super model after all. The style appears to be no-fuss and easy, so we asked Julius Michael of high-end Julius Michael Scarsdale if he’s been getting requests and if this is a style that would work for us everyday moms.
“I just got a call today from one of our A-List celebrity clients requesting a shoulder length ‘chop’ so this trend is definitely catching on,” remarked Michael. “The trend is for shorter and fuller hair. Long, really straight hair has been in for so long and people are tired of it.” [...]
Which is the better 'burb?
We’ve got hiking along the Hudson. Brooklyn’s got Prospect Park. We’ve got picture-perfect walkable villages. They’ve got neighborhoods teeming with restaurants and nightlife. We’ve got yards and pools. They’ve got vespas and fedoras. So where is the better place to raise kids?
On a recent stop into Larchmont’s The Voracious Reader, owner Francine Lucidon told me how many families she’d recently met who have moved to Westchester from Brooklyn. “I can see why,” she said, going on to describe the artistic spirit and indie shops that line Larchmont’s main drag. (The influx has been great for business, she says, since so many of these Brooklyn transplants see the value in her oh-so-lovely children’s bookshop.)
If it’s true that Brooklynites are heading to our neighborhoods, it’s easy to see why: While Brooklyn may be home to many of the city’s best restaurants (very jealous of that!), Westchester is actually the better place to raise kids. Listen up, Brooklyn friends. After this, you may want to consider leaving Stroller City forever. [...]
When the temps drop, pair unexpected basics for a chic wintry look.
During my nightly Pinterest perusal, I came across this adorable image of blogger Maegan Tintari of ….love Maegan. She is super stylish and this wintry outfit of hers is the perfect mix of boho ecletic meets playful preppy meets clean classic.
She lists info on what she’s wearing but naturally, it’s mostly vintage/European/impossible to get items. Here are a few ideas to recreate the look (or at least the feel) of what Megan is rocking – you probably have most of these in your closet! [...]
Two Westchester moms are dressing celebrities.
As if celebrities need free stuff. They can afford everything. But no matter how much money you have, getting a bag of goodies is always a treat. When Golden Globe host Tina Fey, actress Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway walk the red carpet tonight, they’re going to find a treat in their Golden Globes goody bag: A city ruffle shawl and furry paws fingerless gloves by local designers (and moms) AprilMarin.
April Bukofser (left) and Marin Milio met as students in a marketing class at Pace University. They toyed with the idea of having their own business, and when they graduated, they settled on women’s custom clothing. Their line, AprilMarin, is inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, two women who they say relied on timeless style. “We believe in investing in classic clothing pieces and using shawls, wraps, scarves and other accessories to add trends to your style,” says April, who lives with her daughters Dylan, 5, and Brooklyn, 2, in Pound Ridge; Milio lives in White Plains. “In our line, we like to add contemporary twists, like ruffle sleeves or a Peter Pan collar.” Their bestselling item is the City Ruffle Shawl, which has twice been featured on The Today Show, and is one of the items in the Golden Globes gift bag. [...]
Here are some of our favorite stories from the year.
We launched Wee Westchester in May, and we’ve published some goodies over the last several months (if we don’t say so ourselves). Just in case you missed these posts, here are links to some of our faves. And don’t forget to subscribe to our daily feed of stories — see the “subscribe” button on the right side of this page.
Where to eat out with kids? Here are some ideas.
Truck in Bedford has a great selection of farm-to-table and kid-friendly enchiladas, burritos and tacos. Two burger spots rank heavenly and are plenty happy to seat kids: Chappaqua’s Le Jardin de Roi and Armonk Burgers and Shakes.
Believe it or not: Chic eats spot Restaurant North, also in Armonk, encourages parents to bring kids to brunch. Don’t forget to hit up the Cookery’s Dough Nation Pizza Truck in the spring when it starts rounding outdoor farmers markets again. Moderne Barn may not be super kid-friendly, but their chef loves to cook gnocchi for kids; here’s his recipe. This may be the craziest post I did: Yes, I took my 2-year-old out for high tea. We like taking our kids to tea at Chocolations too. [...]