Nordstrom Comes to Manhattan

What: Nordstrom, my favorite department store, is one step closer to moving to in Manhattan. The Lowdown: This from WWD: Nordstrom Inc. has signed a nonbinding letter of intent on the former Drake Hotel, bringing the Seattle-based retailer a step closer to securing a Manhattan location, according to real estate sources. What I say: For […]

Holiday Company: Hosting on a Budget

Whenever overnight guests come to stay at my house, I am tempted to go overboard, cooking and cleaning and making things look just right, but sometimes the budget just doesn’t allow me to purchase those 500 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. So here are some budget-friendly ideas for making those holiday guests feel at home.

Trend Alert: Faux Gems

What: Big faux-gem jewelry and embellishments on everything from handbags to footwear to skirts and tops. What the fashion heads say: This, from Ellen Tien on the New York Times Style page: “As the weather becomes duller, retailers are turning up the sparkle and shine. Thinking bigger than mere sequins or beads, designers are putting […]

Topshop: Not Just In Manhattan?

Topshop is officially opening shop in SOHO (in New York City), but plans are underway for several more US stores. According to WWD, Topshop is looking at opening at least 2 more stores in Manhattan, as well as stores in Las Vegas, Boston and Miami. Interestingly, and much like it’s chief US competitor H&M, Los […]

Gap Project Red Goes Designer

What: Gap’s Project Red enlisted fashion insider Kate Grand to gather a stable of top designers like Proenza Schouler, Pierre Hardy to design one off pieces for the Project Red collection. Half of the profits from the sale of the garments will go to programs that provide anti-retroviral drugs for women and children affected by […]

The Look for Less: Ceiling Medallions

Ceiling medallions are a versatile way to add architectural interest to your home.  They’re easy to install, and can give your home stellar visual appeal. Hang a collection of them on your wall as wall art, or use them to frame your light fixture. One way to buy them is from an architectural salvage store […]

Website Review: Mainstream Green

What: The Budget Ecoist takes a look at the online TV show, Mainstream Green The Lowdown: Mainstream Green is an online TV show that teaches viewers how to green their homes. Learn how to make more earth-friendly choices when working on your insulation, explore incentives offered to homeowners by making green choices, and much more.  […]

Really, Really, Cheap Holiday Gifts: Malaria No More

Give the Gift of Life What:$10 ($13.20 for traditional cards) Holiday Gift Cards that provide nets that protects up to 3 people from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Who to Give it To: Budding philanthropists, people who literally have everything, teens needing a bit of a reality check Buy it: @ Malaria No More