Thursday, May 9, 2024

Mother's Day Accessories Gift Guide 2024


Looking for a gift for Mother's Day? Here's my accessories gift guide picks for umbrellas, handbags and jewelry. 

Shed Rain is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. I've always wanted to try one of their umbrellas and now that I have no other one will do! They have so many different umbrella options from compact ones to larger umbrellas for those days when it's non-stop rain.

My favorite from Shed Rain is the Artist Series Studio Proba Reverse Close Stick Umbrella with a vibrant design. The two-layer canopy is made of 100% recycled polyester from  plastic water bottles. The unique reverse closing keeps water inside the umbrella and away from you when you close your umbrella. Also has UPF 50+ sun protection and a rubber coated hands-free handle.

Hammitt LA is known for their super soft, buttery leather handbags and reinforced gold rivets and hardware detail. The bags also include exterior and interior pockets for your cell phone and credit cards. They come in a number of styles including crossbody, clutch, satchel, shoulder and tote bags.

Sattaché is a covertible bag for on-the-go shoe storage, oerfect for when you need to carry a change of shoes for commuter or vacation travel. It can be worn as a crossbody, over your tote, backpack or handheld and comes with a canvas strap, metal chain and extra drawstring bag for larger shoes. It is also eco-friendly and durable, made of water-resistant recycled materials and PETA approved vegan leather. 

When not used as a shoe bag, it's also great to carry your water bottle or compact umbrella. I commute every day to work in the city, so this bag will come in handy when I have to switch into heels at the office or before going to events after work. I can also see myself using this when I have to carry my heels with me to a red carpet event, or when I want to do a photo shoot during my travels and need to change from walking shoes into heels. I love how it stylishly looks like a classy handbag and not a shoe bag.

Dolce Vita has several different styles this spring, from pearl and wooden beaded bags to pleated faux leather and raffia clutches. I love Dolce Vita bags as they are fashionable accessories to add to your bag collection.

Brosway Italia bracelets, rings and necklaces are perfect for layering and also include a selection of earrings. Brosway also has a Fancy Collection, in a wide selection of sterling silver in hues of pink, purple, green, blue and more.

Oni Jewelry is known for their interlockable chains and Versawear tech charms to be worn multiple ways as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even eyewear chains. Oni's pieces are made of high quality 925 sterling silver and plated with 14k gold. 

Sunglasses are always a great way to complete a look, including Donna Karan, Anne Klein and Draper James from Marchon Eyewear. Choose from classic aviator styles to ones with black or print frames.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Sugar Factory Times Square

This was my first time having dinner at Sugar Factory Times Square and it did not disappoint! Located at 694 8th Avenue, Sugar Factory just launched their Valentine's Day menu, filled with creative signature cocktails and seasonal delights. Whether you are planning a Galentine's Day get together or a dinner date, you'll enjoy the Valentine's decor and ambiance for a fun night out. 

Since I love bubbly drinks, Love Bubbles was the perfect cocktail for me - a mix of Tasha Rose and coconut rum, with vibrant notes of fresh strawberries and pina colada, topped with a pink cotton candy cloud. In addition to cocktails, Sugar Factory has decadent shakes and hot chocolate to share. 

The menu has a great combination of sweet and savory dishes, and the generous portions make them easily shareable. The presentation of the food is so cute, instagrammable and on point for Valentine's Day, with food appearing in pink or red. I loved the Romantic Waffle, with red velvet Belgian Waffle baked with white chocolate chips, topped with strawberry ice cream, with pieces of red velvet cake, drizzled with cream cheese glazed.

If you love sweet dishes, then I'd recommend the Hot Honey and Pepperoni Flatbread with mozzarella and fresh basil. If you have a craving for fried food, then I recommend getting the Be Mine Valentine's Sampler, with cajun dusted tenders, mozarella sticks, sweetheart mac pops, and onion rings. The mozarella sticks and the onion rings were my favorite from the sampler platter.  

I'm a dessert lover, so I couldn't leave without getting the Heart Tower of Sweets, including dark chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, brownie bites, chocolate covered pretzel sticks and chocolate candies. 

If you've never eaten at Sugar Factory, this is the best time to go and experience this special menu, available through Valentine's Day.

 - Kim Weling