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Caftan Crazy

Through the magic of Pinterest, I discovered this fabulous brand that makes amazing dresses, tunics, and caftans. Two New York is a small collection of chic and effortless pieces. They are made from hand-loomed cotton saris and textiles, and are hand-made in their Brooklyn studio. And the designer, Monica Patel-Cohn has a very impressive resume. She has worked with Simon Doonan (the wizard behind all beauty at Barney’s New York) and in Milan at Prada. She so understands that women want to be chic and comfy whether they are at the beach or trying to beat the heat.

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Seema Sari Tunic $270
I love the color and the length.

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Camilla Tunic $260
This is perfect for the beach or a night on the town.

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Saira Caftan $310
Gauzy and gorgeous-love it!

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Isha Dress $286
Oh my goodness, I would live in this dress all summer long.

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Kerala Dress $260
This would be my go-to event dress during the summer months. Simple but oh-so-chic.

For more offerings and information, please visit Two New York

I am going crazy for caftans right now, but it’s really hard to find ones that don’t look like pajamas and aren’t super expensive. I’ve also found some vintage offerings on Etsy and Ebay, and even some original patterns from the 70’s (too bad I can’t sew).

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Rachel Pally “Gwyneth” Caftan Maxi $295
Still expensive but a true caftan.
Available at Neiman Marcus

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Michael Stars “Eve” Caftan $117.30
This is a modern caftan and would rock at the clubs.
Available at Bloomingdale’s

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Victoria’s Secret Caftan Dress $59.50
Same dress, different colors. This is my favorite and it’s affordable. Great for lounging, errands, or lunch with the girls.
Available at Victoria’s Secret

And here are some inspiring pictures that I “pinned” and have me dreaming of lazing my summer in a caftan.

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FABULOUS!!

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Toys Of Christmas Past

I took a wonderful walk down memory lane today through the magic of eBay. eBay is an amazing thing. Every time my sister, my husband, or I think of something from our childhood, we plug it into ebay and there it is. Things you never thought you’d see again are suddenly available to you. The items I’m going to share today are beloved items from my childhood Christmases. Many of you won’t remember them (I’m old), but hopefully some of you will and it will bring you back to a very special time.

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Velvet Doll circa 1970’s. I loved this doll! You could twist a knob on her back and her hair would grow. My all-time favorite toy. My sister actually bought me one for Christmas a few years ago.

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Fisher Price Mary doll. I had this when I was very young. I tied her arm to a well so we could play “tug of war” and it pulled her arm off. My mom had to sew it back on.

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Blythe doll. I never had this one, but I always loved them. Their big eyes and fashionable clothes were a real draw.

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Growing Up Skipper barbie doll. Oh, I remember how I had to have her! You would twist her arm and her boobies would grow (I am not making this up). It didn’t stay on the market very long, but I did get mine!

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Madame Alexander dolls (Little Women collection shown). My Dad’s sisters each had a collection and we always wanted to play with them. Finally we got our own. They were very special dolls…

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“Cranberry Christmas” by Wende and Harry Devlin. My absolute favorite book as a kid. The story and pictures were so awesome. This one I actually found on Amazon

There is something very comforting about knowing these childhood treasures are still out there. It makes my childhood feel more real. As an adult, you tend to lose the “magic” that existed as children. Seeing these toys just brings it all back…

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Birkin My Love

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Oh, the Hermes Birkin Bag…so beautiful, so well crafted, so unattainable. This is the bag that can run into the tens of thousands and is rumored to have a 5 year waiting list, yet I wonder how many of those people know why the Birkin came to be. Call it a meeting of chance. A young Jane Birkin found herself sitting next to Monsieur Dumas of Hermes on a plane. He found her agenda to be a mess and offered to add pockets to it. She then said what he should do is make a bag smaller than a suitcase but large enough to throw a lot of stuff into. And voila-the Birkin Bag was born!

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Young Jane Birkin in the 70’s. She carried her things in a picnic basket until her run in with Dumas.

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Modern day Jane with her doggie and her Birkin

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Jane’s actual Birkin

Today, this bag has an almost cult-like following. In his book, “Bringing Home the Birkin”, Michael Tonello chronicles his journey as an eBay luxury reseller of all things Hermes. It is a fabulous read for anyone obsessed with the brand or shopping in general. It is amazing the lengths people will go to to get their hands on this legendary bag.

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Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello $19.99
available at Amazon

Celebrities are also in the love with the bag (maybe because their the only ones who can afford the real deal). Victoria Beckham is rarely photographed without one.

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Victoria Beckham with one of her many Birkins.

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Nicole Richie’s bag is almost bigger than she is.

If you’re one of the “regular” people who love the bag but not the price tag, I found two very cute styles at Aldo. Some may say they are knock offs or replicas, but I say they’re a tribute to the magnificent Hermes.

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Stellfox Bag $55

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Teem Bag $55
both available at Aldo

I also found adorable reusable bags that pay homage to the mighty Birkin.

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Thursday-Friday Totes $20+
available on eBay

Do be very wary of websites selling Birkins. Many claim that they are real, but no real Birkin will sell for $200. When in doubt, pass on it. Meanwhile, I’ll be dreaming of the day I am able to obtain the wonderfully magical Birkin…

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