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Mothers Day Gift Ideas for the Fashionista: Target Edition

Mothers Day is approaching and if you are like my mother and I, you love Target! Here are some of my top picks for gifts from Target. Trendy yet classic these are perfect for any mom and her closet. Let me know what you love! I want EVERYTHING! Perhaps you’ll buy one for you and one for your mother! There is nothing wrong with that, style has no age.  Affiliate links are included within this post.

 

 

 

Striped Strappy Dress – Universal Thread-$27.99- Perfect for morning brunch!

Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Windowpane Dress – K by Kersh-$49.99- Great for the mom whose a business woman.

Who What Wear Women’s Sandra Striped Wrap Heeled Pumps – Black $37.99- These will easily become her go-to’s for the spring.

Eden Heeled Ankle Strap Sandals by Who What Wear $37.99- Elegant and subtle for the weddings she has to attend this spring.

Who What Wear Coco Grograin Kitten Heeled Mules $37.99- Moms who love a great vintage inspired trend will love these!

Women’s Jolie Ankle Strap – Who What Wear Black $34.99.  I tried these on and wish they had them in my size!!! The trend setting momma will be all over these.

Women’s Plus Size Long Ruffle Sleeve Pullover Top – Who What Wear $29.99- Feminine and classic all in one, pair it with different cami’s!

Women’s Sophia Crossbody Bag – Who What Wear-$34.99- A classic style in classic colors!

Cesca Medium Satchel With Stitching Detailing $39.99- Classic colors, trendy details.

Double Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag – A New Day Bone $29.99- Trendy, but this will always come back into style thanks to its simplicity.

I’ll have another Target based Mothers Day Gift Guide soon. Happy Shopping!

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Hilton Short Hills Travel and Lifestyle Event with TravelingMom

Hilton Short Hills

Getting away for the summer is always a treat. Whether it’s a month long vacation or a weekend, it’s great to find hotels that accommodate your every need.  The Hilton Short Hills, in Short Hills, NJ does this and more. I was invited to experience and learn about what this hotel has to offer by TravelingMom and She Buys Cars. The day was full of relaxation and travel education. With an ideal location close to NYC and across from Short Hills Mall there is plenty to see and do. The hotel offers shuttle service to the mall and has an on site rental car service. However there is no shortage of relaxing activities for adults to enjoy right in the Hilton Short Hills. While the whole family is bound to have fun as well.

Hilton Short Hills

Short Hills Hilton Lobby

 

If your looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from the everyday hustle and bustle step into the Hilton’s spa. The Eforea Spa’s soothing atmosphere is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as it did me. With thirteen treatment rooms you’ll find something to relax and rejuvenate you. Whether you’re getting ready for a big event hosted at the hotel or simply want a mani or pedi, the salon is sure to take care of you. You and your spouse can  receive hair cuts, styling and waxing services. Looking forward to a massage instead? The Hilton Short Hills offers both single and couple massages. A private room ensures that you are at your most relaxed. Mommies to be can also enjoy prenatal massages and services.  After the massage make your way into the “Transition Room” to relax, drink and eat a healthy snack.

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If the gym is more your sanctuary look no further than their fitness center. Enjoy a class of Pilates or sweat it out in their state of the art gym. If you’re in the mood for a high intensity sport take a swing in their tennis court. Group lessons, cardio tennis and evening socials are available to guests. You can rent on site racquets if you’ve left yours at home. Not a tennis pro? The Hilton Short Hills offers private and hitting lessons to spruce up your skills. After a great work out and a shower why not take a dip in one of the hotels pools. The indoor pool’s relaxing and cool ambience is perfect for a lap. While the connected hot tub is perfect for warm relaxation. Their outdoor pool is great for sunbathing and swimming as well.

Hilton Short Hills

 

Conduct business meetings and summits in one of the hotels seven meeting suites. Plan your wedding or sweet 15/ 16 in the grand ballroom. The more intimate Pavilion with large windows is perfect for a small wedding. The Pavilion’s soft cascading white drapes add the perfect romantic and enchanted feel. The TravelingMom Travel and Lifestyle event was held in this relaxing room. Brands Ann Taylor, The Walking Company and Henri Bendal showcased there newest products here while a makeup artist was also on hand for refreshing touch up’s. These brands are just a few that can be found conveniently at the Short Hills Mall across from the hotel.

Hilton Short Hills

Ann Taylor

Hilton Short Hills

Hilton Short Hills

The Walking Company

Hilton Short Hills

Hilton Short Hills

Henri Bendel

 

 

We enjoyed a cooking demonstration of Scallop Avocado Toast with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce by the hotel’s Chef Richard Kennedy. I was excited to try this dish as I am a sea food enthusiast and it did not disappoint. A delicious salad previous to the seafood dish and an array of mini desserts completed this delectable meal. Chef Kennedy and the culinary team at the Hilton offer a live cooking and tasting series for guests. The delicious food prepared by Chef Kennedy is sustainably soured from local NJ farmers, a point in my book! Check out Chef Kennedy’s  Youtube Channel for great recipes.

Hilton Short Hills

Hilton Short Hills

Chef Richard Kennedy

Hilton Short Hills

Scallop Avocado Toast

 

Hilton Short Hills

 

As always the creators of She Buys Cars, Kim Orlando and Scotty Reiss were full of travel tips and tricks. Here are some of the tips I learned and plan to add them to my future trip planning.

  • The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is one of the best travel cards to have.
  • Feel free to call the hotel your staying in ahead of time for price matches and specials.
  • And check out apps like LuggageFree, Jet Setter, and Get My Boat for easier travel and planning.

Current trends in travel include:

  • Brewery hopping
  • Bleisure (Business and leisure in one trip)
  • Food tourism
  • Big weekend getaways
  • Responsible travel (economically, environmentally)

I so enjoyed my day at the Hilton Short Hills and plan to return. With a great location, extensive accommodations and services the Hilton Short Hills has plenty to offer. Have you ever been? I’m sure you’ll want to visit now!

T.S.

 

 

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NYC Christmas Market’s Part Two

Christmas Cards in NYC

Christmas may be over but are you really ready for it to be over? No me neither! I’m not ready for all the Christmas decorations to be put away. I don’t want the Christmas markets to disappear. Here a few more great companies I discovered while walking around the NYC Christmas markets.

Verrier Handcrafted at Union Square & Grand Central Station Holiday Fair

Cards with a fashionable NYC touch these unique cards are sure to be memorable for any occasion. Created by a mother-daughter duo Ashleigh and Jude Verrier twelve years ago.  Thoughtful cards are glamorized with glitter, paint and embellishments all developed by Ashleigh. Produced by artisans the brand creates all their cards in a Union Square studio. Verrier Handcrafted can be found in stores around the globe including Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods of London, Isetan in Tokyo and their boutique in Union Square and Christmas popups. These cities and more from around the globe are also themes for their vibrant cards. Cards named “a bad day in new york city is still better than a good day anywhere else”, ” Paris is always a good idea” and ” Take me to Venice” pay homage to iconic cities around the world.

Christmas Cards in NYC

Verrier Handcrafted

 

Verrier Cards

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These miniature art pieces are a great way to  celebrate  every kind of occasion like weddings and birthdays with cards “eat, drink, be married” and ” wishing you a fabulously chic birthday”. While simple affirmation cards are a great way to get a feeling across with cards like “more issues than Vogue” or “yes you can can”.  Kids can also recieve or give cards embellished with colorful animals and ice cream cones. Phone cases, notepads, prints and boxed sets can also be found with painted beautiful colors and embellishments.  I found these at the Union Square Christmas Market and the Grand Central Holiday Fair. Cards are $9.00 each,see more of Verrier’s cards here.

Christmas Markets NYC

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NYC Christmas markets

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Julie Nolan at Union Square

Julie Nolan Jewelry based in Massachusetts has been making jewelry since the age of six. After nine months at New York’s Studio Jewelers a trade school in Jewelry making she created Julie Nolan Jewelry. Her first collection was showcased in the Catbird Boutique in Brooklyn and Anthropoligie stores. The resources for her jewelry are unusually man-made, organic, discarded or natural materials sourced in the USA. Julie’s jewelry is also made through unique processes like ancient cold forging that gives pieces a textured look.

Jewlery at NYC Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Gifts found at an nyc Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

The process of lost wax casted jewelry includes a duplicate piece of metal jewelry made from a wax sculpture. This unique process like that of cold forging is an ancient technique dating back to West African sculptors in the 1400’s. The Zodiac collection  is made through the process of making dents into gold and silver using constellations found in the turn of the century Swiss calendar. Julie’s husband and a  team of four other artisans help with the production of the jewelry. Prices starting at $26.00 are comparable for 14 carat rings while unique mobile’s for crib’s made of driftwood and brass are $500.00. Find out more about Julie Nolan here.

Jewelry found at an NYC Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Jewlery found at a NYC Christmas Market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Cup of Curiosity at The 5th Avenue Shopping Court

Cup of Curiosity is a jewelry line that I found intriguing. Beautiful feminine pieces  in their Myra collection could be found as well as unique ones in their Rune Collection. The Myra collection consist of  four sub-divisions. The Eternity line is minimalistic consisting of simple gold, rose gold and silver jewelry. Their Mystere collection is inspired by the Middle East and the spiritual symbol, the evil eye. The Soulful Allure group includes circular pieces inspired by ancient silver and gold coins. While the Eye of M. Y.R.R.A  assortment are statement pieces with gold, sapphires and diamonds resembling the evil eye. Myra

Jewlery found at an NYC christmas market

Myrra Collection

Jelwery found at and NYC Christmas Market

Myrra Jewelry

Found at and NYC Christmas Market

Myrra Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rune collection is inspired by the Scandinavian Runes, also known as the alphabet throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Britain in the 100 B.C.E.- 1600 C.E. time period. Runes were known to be used in magic and only by the higher archery of the time. Their rune collection of necklaces, bracelets and rings all have a symbolic meaning dating back to this society and belief. Their Alchemy ring is believed to have healing powers, while their ANSUZ charm is symbolic for knowledge, communication and inspiration. Meanings of wealth, generosity, creativity and many more have their own charm throughout the collection. The Ether line of the Rune collection consisting of silver and delicate gems symbolizes the fifth element known in philosophy as sky and spirit. Cup of Curiosity

Jewlery Collection at NYC Christmas Market

Nordic Rune Collection

 

Jewlery found at an NYC Christmas Market

Cup of Curiosity Rune Collection

I really enjoyed finding all these great companies and unique pieces in the Christmas markets around the City. The holiday season has passed way to quickly in my opinion! Let me know how your Christmas was. What markets, sights and sounds were your favorite?

T.S.