Ten Days of You - Day Five

Honestly, I have no idea how someone (who's as much of a music addict as I am) is supposed to narrow it down to just two songs. Here's Day Five of the '10 Days of You' Challenge.

Two Songs:

This song played as my girls -- and then I -- walked down the aisle at my wedding. I can't hear it now without getting a little choked up. It was such a beautiful and special day, and this has pretty much become our song.

And this song played as my husband and I walked back up the aisle right after we were pronounced 'husband & wife' ... so it's definitely a favorite of mine.

40 percent off blouses at LOFT

Today's the last day to take 40% off all full-priced blouses at LOFT -- both in stores and online, no code needed.

I scooped up this one.

(Image courtesy of LOFT)

Buy two, get one at Gap

Through Monday, purchase any 2 regular-priced items at Gap (in stores only), and get a 3rd item free.

Butterfly belt

I kinda want this dress ... if only for the vintage-y looking butterfly belt that comes with it.

(Image courtesy of mark. by Avon)

90s boots

The 90s child in me swoons when I see these ... totally inappropriate for work, but come to mama.

(Image courtesy of DSW)

Ten Days of You - Day Four

Big: Are you the last person in New York still taking out library books?
Carrie: I love the smell ... [pressing her nose to the pages and breathing in]
Big: [leaning over and sniffing the book] Ohhh - that's an oldie.

- Sex and the City

Here's Day Four of the '10 Days of You' Challenge.

Four Books:

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
This book was what started my love affair with Sophie Kinsella ... this series in particular is really addictive, because you just can't help but root for main character Rebecca Bloomwood. All of Kinsella's books suck you in.

2. Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews
I also love everything by Mary Kay Andrews -- most of her stories are set in Savannah, Georgia and are absolutely dripping with southern charm, and it starts with this one.

3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
I read this cover to cover in four days right when I first started working full-time in PR ... and it honestly helped me get through being an assistant. I would laugh raucously out loud on the train because I could totally relate to Andy's plight.

4. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot's books are so flirty, fun and mindless ... they're just a great retreat from everyday life. All of her adult novels are great, but this one is one of my favorites.

Madewell fall lookbook

The Madewell fall lookbook is out ... I love the way they layer.

Turquoise and coral

This slideshow from Ladies' Home Journal of turquoise and coral jewelry is totally on point ...

(Image courtesy of LHJ)

10 Days of You - Day Three

I'm writing you to catch you up on places I've been

And you have this letter - you probably got excited, but there's nothing else inside it
Didn't have a camera by my side this time
Hoping I would see the world through both my eyes
Maybe I will tell you all about it when I'm in the mood to lose my way with words

-John Mayer, 3x5

Here's Day Three of the '10 Days of You' Challenge.

Six Places:

1. The Panorama of the City of New York - Queens Museum, New York City
This might just be my favorite spot in all of NYC. If you live in the city and have never been to The Panorama, shame on you! It is essentially a miniature version of the five boroughs. It was built in 1964 for the World's Fair, and has almost 900,000 individual structures. They even show you the city at night. My favorite part as a child was always the little tiny planes taking off & landing (with some help from fishing wire of course) at miniature versions of LGA and JFK.

(Image courtesy of Queens Museum)

2. The St. Julien - Boulder, Colorado
The St. Julien is one of the most amazing and luxurious hotels I have ever stayed in. Everything from the linens on the bed, to the shower, to Jill's, the in-house restaurant ... they really know how to relax you. Oh and there's a spa there, too. A great night's sleep.

(Image courtesy of the St. Julien)

3. Goshen, New York
I was born in Queens, but in many ways I also consider Goshen to be my hometown. I went to junior high and high school there and lived there for 10 years before college and moving back into the city. It is such a beautiful and picturesque town ... makes you feel like you're back in a different era when you walk around in the village.

(Image courtesy of dougtone on Flickr)

4. El Convento - San Juan, Puerto Rico
El Convento is seriously one of the coolest spots in all of San Juan ... it was a convent in the 1400s and is now a luxury hotel and restaurant. It's right in the middle of the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan. Lunch in its courtyard, especially the frozen cocktails, is delicious.

(Image courtesy of El Convento)

5. Uncommon Objects - Austin, Texas
I was only able to spend about an hour in this store a couple of years ago, but I have longed to go back ever since. Imagine a giant store expertly filled with aisles and aisles all of the coolest vintage and antique pieces you've ever seen ... that's Uncommon Objects. I'm going back this fall and I cannot wait.

(Image courtesy of Krrb Blog)

6. Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
I had a really incredible vacation in Cabo several years ago, and the Fiesta Americana resort there was really stunning. The food was so fresh and delicious, the accommodations were really luxe, and there is nothing like a Mexico sunrise. Best vacation I've ever had.

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

7. Pippin - New York City
I know I've mentioned Pippin on here before ... it might just be one of my favorite stores in NYC. I collect vintage costume jewelry, so this place is pretty much the mothership. Browsing their drawers and drawers of vintage pieces just makes me happy.

(Image courtesy of sotheavy on Flickr)

8. Horsefeathers - Tarrytown, New York
Horsefeathers is a great little spot in Westchester County, just blocks off of the Hudson River. It has really dark, heavy wood, shelves of old books, murals of writers on the walls, candlelight, and amazing gastropub fare served on tin plates.

(Image courtesy of Horsefeathers)

A total Kate dress

This turquoise dress has a definite Kate Middleton feel to it, don't you think?

(Image courtesy of Asos)

Striped cardigan

It's a little big out of my price comfort zone for a sweater, but damn I love this striped cardigan from Bloomie's. I love the length and the room pockets, and the fact that it is so easily dressed up. It is a cashmere blend though, so the price makes sense.

(Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's)

10 Days of You - Day Two

Can "I'm afraid of talking about my fears on here" actually count as one of my eight fears? Here's Day Two of the '10 Days of You' Challenge.

Eight Fears:

1. Driving a car.
I don't have my driver's license. I don't even have a learner's permit. I am absolutely terrified to death of driving. The one time I tried to learn to drive, my palms immediately got sweaty and I had a near panic attack behind the wheel. I feel like I probably wouldn't be the best person to be out on the roads.

2. Sink holes.
Sounds like a crazy and irrational fear to have when you live in a city like New York, but I once had to get down into a 40 ft. sink hole during a training session on a work trip to Florida. Et voila ... another panic attack.

3. Thunderstorms.
Absolutely hate them ... there is honestly nothing good I could say about 'em. When I was younger, I was stuck home alone during a really bad thunderstorm, and lightning struck a neighbor's tree which then crashed through their roof into their living room. I retreated to the basement with my Pound Puppy, and mind you I was like 13. The hairs on the back of my neck still stand on end when I think about it.

4. Bedbugs.
I think this is a pretty legit fear living in New York City. Ugh ... just no thank you. Nasty.

5. Pain.
I know that women have a much higher threshold for pain, but I do fear that I will never be able to find a permanent solution for my arthritis pain, and that I'll always suffer from it.

6. Being alone.
Things are about to get heavy here for a moment ... I do worry sometimes that if I never have children, we'll be alone with no one to help us when we're really old. Is that a strange fear?

7. My parents getting old.
I listen to "Stop This Train" by John Mayer and I just can't even deal ... makes me too upset.

8. Losing touch with my friends.
In the wise words of Baz Luhrmann, "Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get the more you need the people you knew when you were young."

30 percent off at Old Navy

Today's the last day to take 30% off new arrivals at Old Navy when you shop (online only) and enter code ONNEW30 at checkout.

10 Days of You - Day One

Here goes nothing ... Day One of the '10 Days of You' Challenge.

Ten Secrets:

1. I bit my nails obsessively as a teenager.
I am really quite disgusted when I think about it now...I used to bite them until they bled, and my nails always looked terrible. Just a self conscious thing I guess. And the biting left them way too short for polish. Thankfully I have long since grown out of that bad habit.

2. I was bald until I was two.
My mom had to pierce my ears at 8 months of age because she was tired of everyone saying, "what a beautiful boy." And now I have unbelievably thick hair. Go figure.

3. I wasn't single when I met - and began to fall for - my now husband.
If it's taught me anything, it's that you have absolutely no control of when & where you're going to meet someone. It can't be helped, and it's completely out of your control ... so just go with it.

4. I am unbelievably lazy.
Exercise to me is a complete bore ... and chore ... I wish I didn't feel this way, but I do. I seriously need to get in shape and get into a habit of managing my arthritis.

5. I was diagnosed with arthritis before the age of 30.
Which is why #4 is so unacceptable. I need to move my buns in order to keep the pain at bay.

6. I pretend shop.
I go online, fill my virtual shopping cart with tons of items, and then let my cursor hover over the words "submit order" before chickening out. It's retail roulette.

7. I still get homesick, but my parents' house no longer feels like home.
Does that make any sense?

8. I became a little depressed after my wedding.
Suddenly I felt like I had nothing to do ... before the wedding, there was all of this chatter, and planning, and obsessing over details. I still miss buying bridal magazines. I have to resist the urge to put my veil on when I'm in my apartment. Even my mom has called me just to say how much she misses talking about wedding stuff.

9. I wish I could wear heels.
See #5. I'm desperately trying to acclimate myself to wearing them, but haven't had much luck so far.

10. I wish I could have lived through the 1960s.
If only for the clothes and music.

Happy Birthday . . .

Happy Birthday to my mom Esther & my sister Elena, who share a birthday today.

I couldn't have asked for two better ladies to have in my life ... love you both!

(Image courtesy of Geoff Tischman Photography)

Feeling so Gilty

Today I did a bad, bad thing.

I placed a big old order on Gilt.com ... but only because they shocked me and released a bunch of items from the Mad Men / Banana Republic Collection a couple of weeks early!

I purchased this

And this

(All images courtesy of NYMag.com)

I can't wait to see the rest of the collection in person next month!

Coming soon . . . 10 Days of You Challenge

I have seen a bunch of bloggers doing this lately (especially my friend over at Pretty Rambles), and figured I'd give it a whirl ... so stay tuned for these over the next 10 days!

35 percent off at Banana Republic

In yesterday's muggy, overcast and drab weather I completely missed the boat on this sale ... I must be slipping in my old age. Well, even though I missed 40% off (yesterday only, darn it) at Banana, there's still time for discounts to be had --

Today only, they'll take 35% off your order. Tomorrow, that discount drops to just 30% off. This sale is online only when you use code BRSUMMER at checkout. So move your buns.

Speaking of not missing out on things, I think I might need this new green lace dress.

(Image courtesy of Banana Republic)

Cranberry and cap sleeves

I think I might have to have this new dress from Talbots ... the cranberry hue, the cap sleeves, the flattering silhouette ... I'm in love.

(Image courtesy of Talbots)

Congratulations . . .

... to all of the same sex couples getting LEGALLY married in my home city of New York today. I am so incredibly happy for you!

And if you haven't already, take the pledge on Freedom to Marry. I did.

I can hardly wait . . .

... for the end of this heat wave.

... for The Bachelorette finale.

... for Coach's 70th Anniversary Collection to be released.

... for a fancy dinner on my birthday.

... for the end of summer.

... for that first night when you feel the seasons changing, and you have to grab a blanket out of your closet.

... for my first wedding anniversary with my husband.

... for a trip to Chicago this fall to visit with one of my dearest friends.

... for tights and boots weather.

... for dark nail polish weather.

... for an end to this unshakeable feeling of restlessness that I'm experiencing as of late.

40 percent off at Banana Republic

Today's the last day to take 40% off these select summer styles at Banana Republic ... online only, prices as marked.

50 percent off at Old Navy

This morning only -- and only in stores from 8 a.m. - 12 noon -- all knit dresses at Old Navy are 50% off.

Sale is on sale at J. Crew

Through Tuesday, take an extra 40% off all final sale items at J. Crew when you shop (online only) and enter code LOVEIT at checkout.

60s lace

I really love this new dress from H&M ... it's so very 60s. I don't usually gravitate toward white dresses, but I could totally see wearing this one with black tights and black booties.

(Image courtesy of H&M)

My next watch . . .

... might just be a rose gold one like this.

(Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's)

Poetic cereal

I completely agree ...

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

30 percent off at Old Navy

Today's the last day you can take 30% off your OldNavy.com order with code ONBIG30 at checkout.

My Thursday night . . .

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

J. Crew fall preview

I am seriously longing for fall, and these new arrivals from J. Crew are not helping any. The "feels like" temperature in NYC right at this moment is 107 degrees.

And I would rather be wearing this.

(Image courtesy of J. Crew)

More new studs

PS -- I also picked up these new earrings ... a trio! These are from PeachTreeLane on Etsy ... I love the yellow ones, they're so cheerful. And the pic doesn't do the bottom pair justice. They're a great mossy green.

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

New studs

Well, I've finally made some purchases on the new earrings front ... I got these 2 pairs from NansGlam on Etsy ... love them!

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

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Ready for fall

Right now, all full-priced items at LOFT -- especially those in their fall preview collection -- are 25% off, both in stores and online. This discount is only available for a limited time, no code needed.

I don't know about you, but I am seriously ready for fall.

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30 percent off at Gap

Today's the last day to take 30% off at Gap when you shop (online only) and enter code GAP30 at checkout.

Personally I love this flattering-on-everyone wrap dress in a breathable denim chambray.

(Image courtesy of Gap)

Mod skirt

God I love the rusty orange color and exposed side zipper on this new skirt from Ann Taylor ... it's so very mod.

(Image courtesy of Ann Taylor)

20 percent off at Madewell

Now through Friday, take 20% off tees and tanks at Madewell when you shop (online only). Prices as marked.

Charmed I'm sure

Do you remember these from the 80s? My sister and I definitely had these charm bracelets ... and to think, they were probably made from crazy toxic plastic.

Extra 40 percent off Gap sale

Today only, online only, take an extra 40% off all sale items at the Gap. Just enter code GAP40 at checkout.

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NYCR Picks from the June and July 2011 Magazines

Finally ... some down time where I could veg out and catch up on my favorite magazines. I am still catching up on June and July!

From Lucky:

Yellow is such an unexpected shade for sunglasses ... which is perhaps why I like these.

(Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

The tie waist on these shorts add just a little bit of dressy.

(Image courtesy of Old Navy)

I really love the color -- and the schoolboy satchel look -- of this crossbody purse.

(Image courtesy of Shock Boutique)

This sorbet-ish hue of these cropped pants is probably a little too daring for me, but they are really cute. And this style pant is really comfy and versatile, as I can attest to.

(Image courtesy of J. Crew)

As a girl who loves flat sandals, I like these because even though they're flat, they're still embellished and visually interesting ... i.e. they don't look like old lady sandals.

(Image courtesy of Zappos)

These are exactly the kind of earrings I've been looking for lately. Love the green, too.

(Image courtesy of Julie Collection)

From People StyleWatch:

Late summer is the perfect time for light, gauzy scarves like this one.

(Image courtesy of Old Navy)

I think it must be the navy combined with the brown leather detailing, but this bag looks so much more posh than its price tag.

(Image courtesy of Ame & Lulu)

I'm not really an expert on these locales, but this seems like the perfect Hamptons / Shore / Cape dress.

(Image courtesy of JCPenney)

Coral and gold together is so great ... this necklace just screams summer.

(Image courtesy of Gorjana)

The grecian feel of this maxi dress is perfect ... and the jersey knit material is even better.

(Image courtesy of Max Studio)

I am a big fan of ikat, and this blouse has a definitely ikat feel to it. Love the colors too.

(Image courtesy of Amour Vert)

From Glamour:

I think my next watch might have to be a green one ... just like this.

(Image courtesy of Endless)

Love, love, love these cat eye sunglasses ... the price tag isn't bad either.

(Image courtesy of Fred Flare)

To quote That Thing You Do!, this necklace makes me "chartreuse with envy."

(Image courtesy of Life Mix)

From Real Simple:

These earrings look like they're straight out of a vintage jewelry box.

(Image courtesy of Yochi NY)

This is quite possibly the cutest soap set packaging I've ever seen.

(Image courtesy of Izola)

This pot eyeshadow looks like it's the perfect metallic-y green.

(Image courtesy of Tarte)

This dress is so cute ... I love the green (can you tell green is a favorite color of mine?!) and it's a very easy silhouette for most body types.

(Image courtesy of Boden)

OPI's "Done Out in Deco" has been one of my favorite lavender shades ... but this one by Essie is a close second.

(Image courtesy of Essie)