For a mom, the best gift on Mother’s Day is the love of her children. But since she hopefully already has that, the next best thing is a Chanel Classic Flap bag (in JUMBO)! In honor of the May 8th holiday, we’ve partnered up with Designer Vault to give away just that – a blue Caviar leather Jumbo in excellent condition (estimated retail value: $5,500). I have my fingers crossed that you’ll win, but if you don’t, you’ll want a back-up present; e-commerce luxury consignment boutique Designer Vault has everything from Chanel bags to jewelry to shoes, all of which are sure to delight the finest lady in your life. Besides, if you do win, you’ll get to keep the gift you bought her (or if you’re a really great son or daughter, she’ll have the most memorable Mother’s Day ever!).
It might sound crazy, but you can go on a long weekend trip with everything comfortably packed in a small 22” carryon and still look perfectly cute every day – with only 10 things. Packing smart is different from packing light. You can pack light by wearing the same things every day and looking like you badly need a shower as a result. But packing smart means looking amazing at every single moment and making it seem like you have your entire wardrobe with you.
The summer is so fun! You get to spend time outside with your kids, and that’s even more fun when you introduce water. But yikes, with that comes the stress of keeping them safe. It takes all of the excitement away when you’re made to feel that you need an extra set of eyes on your tots around any type of water source. And if you plan on getting on a boat, forget about it; my anxiety levels goes to 11, and I’m on high alert the entire time. The day usually ends with me wondering why my neck and shoulders are in agonizing pain. Were all of my muscles in a vice grip along with my nerves? That’s no way to spend the summer.
When it comes to toothbrushes, there hasn’t been much innovation over time, and some may ask, why should there be? I’ve been using my Sonicare for about 13 years, and I haven’t had a cavity since. What I have had because of it is gum recession, and here’s why. When you use a toothbrush like the Sonicare, you’re supposed to let the brush do all the work, meaning you should just be placing it on your teeth – not placing it and moving it back and forth like you would a manual toothbrush. I know this! I have known this for years! In fact, I’ve even had part of my gums replaced, and yet I still can’t stop the back and forth motion. My dentist says it’s a common problem amongst stressed out New Yorkers. She calls it “aggressive brushing.” In any case, while I can’t overstate my love for Sonicare, I was curious to try something new; so I bought the Issa Toothbrush from Foreo, which promises to not damage gums.
Who needs to strategically pile on the layers when your new clothes can do it for you? This isn’t just a trend for the festivals, although I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of it at Coachella, thanks to Kendall Jenner’s outfit at the MTV Movie Awards. Switching it up is good for the soul, so even if you’re scoffing at this now, you’ll eat your words in six months when you find that your camisole just feels so wrong hidden behind your dress. I mean, who would do that?
You might be reading this in the pouring rain or freezing cold, wondering whether this weather is cause for loading up on vitamin D (if you’re anything like me, you haven’t spent any real time in the sun in months!!). Not only is the vitamin essential for bone strength and overall immunity, but it’s key for skin health (a deficiency is associated with acne). It’s estimated that 1 billion people worldwide have a vitamin D deficiency. But like so many other things, the misinformation out there is mind-boggling. How much of this vitamin do we actually need? Where do we get it from? And how can we know if we’re lacking? I turned to Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, CLT, RYT, and a nutritionist at HUM (a brand that makes a curated selection of vitamins and supplements), to fill us all in.