Monday, December 31, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012



The lucky winners will each win a $10 gift certificate to shop ! Again thank you to all the participants. On the behalf of FLOURISH BROOKLYN & I we wish you all a stylish holiday and a dazzling New Year! 

Friday, November 30, 2012


Illustration by Karl Lagerfeld

Time to cook up bipartisanship, fiscal stability, leadership, job creation and a greater social consciousness 
Mr. President!

At this point CUBA is looking pretty good right now ~ 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

RACK CITY: Living Luxe on a Buck

Mon petites, there is nothing like NYC during the fall leading into the holiday season. From non-stop fêtes, must-see shows and the endless shopping it's a hectic time; especially when you are fabulous & (in the interim) broke. For a dame like me who has to count her coins and spend it wisely it's all about THE DEAL ; so I too can get to enjoy life like all those opulent mortals jet setting all over the world (we are all entitled to a marvelous life - don't forget that!).  With my social calendar filled with three (yes 3!) weddings - (one being a destination wedding), date nights, bff-quality time  and hosting out of towners a dame has to find local hot spots that are wallet-friendly, uber fun and still leaves me a budget to work on this fall/holiday season wardrobe! For some this may seem like an epic voyage to the land of 'Broke' but trust me when I tell you : One can truly and most importantly live effortlessly luxe on a buck in New York City! 
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 A friend took this snap shot of me as we walked the bridge this past spring. 


For my friends and I it can be a challenge to get together on a regular basis (like myself most of mes amis are stylists so we are constantly traveling) so when there is a moment for us to connect and revel in each other's company we make it a point to do so. For us, we have a ritual of walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and then go for a ride at the beautiful Jane's Carousel. The walk over the bridge is our moment to reflect, discuss (and most likely Gossip!) and just relish in this beautiful city of ours. By the time we get our little kid fix on the Carousel (which is absolutely breathtaking) we usually grab some pizza at Grimaldi's then go walk it off! Moments like these cost next to nothing and the memories are priceless. 

LPB Hautespots: 
Hauteness Factor: 
  • The Brooklyn Bridge is iconic - if you are ever in NYC you must walk over it. A walk over the bridge soothes the soul (at least it does for me!)
  • Jane's Carousel is beyond beautiful, the carousel ride which is encased in a glass cube (it looks like a giant jewelry box - very fairytale esque) brings out the kid in all of us. A perfect spot to bring a friend, lover or your niece or nephew it's an experience to be treasured by all. Not to mention the killer views of the city it's a great spot to have an impromptu photoshoot for all your adoring facebook, instagram and twitter followers. 
  • Grimaldi's Pizzeria is also an iconic place to taste what NYC food is all about - the pizza is so legendary most people consider it a worthwhile experience, some even plan their trips to the city just to get a pie from Grimaldi's (just remember they don't sell slices and cash only!) 
Haute Pockets (Expenditures)
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Hookah anyone? 


Mon petites, dinner and a movie does not cut it for me! When I go on date nights I need there to be a nonstop synergy between my he and I! Honey I am out to have fun and marry the night (marriage to him is a whole other post -- trust me!) With that being said - on date nights there’s no doubt that when the hip set swing through the city (that set being he and I - kids), we sometimes find our way to KARMA LOUNGE, where we indulge in some Hookah, cocktails and playful banter. After a rough week this dame likes to let her  hair down  and enjoy a fun night out and when at KARMA only good things come to you! 


Hauteness Factor: The cozy East Village venue is perfect for the late night naughtness that will probably get you in trouble (the good kind) - the made to order Hookah's are great and the atmosphere is isn't pretenious you might even book another date while you are out on your date (it has happen!). 

Haute Pockets (Expenditures): Cocktails start at $7 & Hookahs start at $16


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Once upon a time there was this à la mode dame who walked the Earth. She had some family in from out of town and wanted to show them a good time on a wallet friendly budget - luckly for her she had some amazing friends who had tickets to the JayZ concert at the newly opened Barclays Center. Mon Petites, that dame was me - and that night was a blast for both myself and my cousins who got to see HOV for free! While for some Brooklynites the venue has stirred up mix feelings but I don't see anything wrong with it - now I can take in a show and be home in fifteen minutes flat! Go Brooklyn!!! 

LPB Hautespot:  Barclays Center 

Hauteness Factor: Whether you are taking in the Brooklyn Nets, JayZ or Barbra Streisand - Barclays is the venue! Cool factor is that you can dine either before or after your main attraction at the in-house 40/40 (thanks JiggaMan!). 

Haute Pockets (Expenditures): Ticket Prices Varies. 


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 A sceen from the JayZ concert at the newly opened Barclays Center


Exclusivity is a hard thing to come by in the age of the fast fashion, social media and the such—which makes the opening of the White Plains, NY’s soon-to-be cultish new  NORDSTROM RACK particularly thrilling. In fact, the designer-discount wonderland is something to be celebrated by the legions of Luxe on a Buck New Yorkers like myself! For those in the know the - NORDSTROM RACK has quickly became one of that city’s most celebrated designer hunt destinations—stocking everthing from unisex premium denim, designer shoes, the latest in fashion for men, women and children no to mention must have accessories, on-site alterations (genius feature! GENIUS) and mobile check-out devices. While living on a tight budget has it's drawbacks (like public transporation) finds like NORDSTROM RACK make maintaining a luxe life on a buck look good! 

LPB Hautespot: Nordstrom Rack

Hauteness Factor: Designer items on sale everyday - all day - 24/7! Do we really need to discuss this?

Haute Pockets (Expenditures): Prices varies but work well with any budget - big or small!

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On October 18th NORDSTROM RACK White Plains will open it's doors. To commemorate the occasion 20 golden hangers will be hidden throughout the new Nordstrom Rack at City Center. Customers who find the golden hangers can redeem them for $100 to spend inside the new store. (One hanger per customer). Be sure to follow NORDSTROM RACK on Twitter @WhiteP_Rack between 7-9 a.m. on opening morning to find clues. 

Wait there's even more..... 

Race Through the Rack is a sweepstakes held before Nordstrom Rack store openings. Customers can enter a drawing to win a 90-second, $2,000 shopping spree. The winner’s name is drawn and announced at 8:30 a.m. before the store opens at 9 a.m. (Must be present to win). Complimentary breakfast and entertainment will be included (YUM!).

The first 1,000 customers who make a purchase at the new Nordstrom Rack at City Center will receive a complimentary Nordstrom Rack tote as a gift.
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Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom, Inc. offering on-trend clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores as well as items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack. The store offers significant savings on great brands with most at 30-70% off. 

For more information visit

Find Nordstrom Rack on Facebook at and follow the @WhiteP_Rack to learn about merchandise arrivals, promotions and events.

So mon petite, there you have it - when it comes to staying on budget while living a luxe on a buck lifestyle anything is possible as long as you remember to be genuinely appreciative of everything that comes your way and share all your buck saving tips with friends! 

Compensation was provided by Nordstrom Rack via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom Rack.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It's delightful, It's delicious, It's de-yümmy!

 Mon Petites, I don't know about you but when I indulge in some absolutely delectable fares I can not help myself and start singing the legendary Cole Porter tunes. Now loves, I am a snack fanatiqué and when I heard that Müller yogurts are now stateside I broke out in a melody that would of made Mr. Porter proud (my singing is another matter but I digress).  Müller  yogurts are my absolute fave when I am overseas working in the City of Lights (by day I am a fashion stylist) - the taste, texture and waistline friendliness is so addicting that I can have my Müller   and eat it too! 

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When it comes to anything yogurt for me it's about taste and texture - I can forgo those watery or chalk-like yogurts that are so tart you would think you are sucking on lemons. With Müller , the probiotic goodness is truly at it's best - the texture is creamy, the taste is literally intoxicating and the caloric intake will not make fitting in those Isabel Marant leather pants all the more possible! 

Clockwise From Left: Müller™ Greek Corner,  Müller™ Corner, and Müller™ FrütUp
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 With Müller  yogurts your palate will experience a beautiful marriage of flavorful deliciousness that is  nutritious, and completely guilt-free - these snacks helps support a healthy immune system and may help regulate digestion too (score!).  From the Müller Greek Corner , Müller Corner & the perfect 'on-the-go' meal Müller FrütUp  is sure to be the must-have snack (mon petites it's wallet friendly too!). 

Now available at a grocery store near you indulge in the de-yümmy offerings from Müller
  • Müller Corner and Müller Greek Corner offer a new way to enjoy yogurt in an exclusive two-chamber with add-ins you can flip, stir or dip. Varieties include Strawberry, Blueberry, Crunchy Granola, Crispy Crunch, Choco Balls and Choco Flakes. The Greek-style varieties include Caramelized Almonds, Strawberry, Blackberry &; Raspberry, and Honeyed Apricot. 
  • Müller FrütUp has creamy low-fat yogurt on the bottom with a vibrant layer of fruit mousse on top. Müller FrütUp is a new yogurt experience that you can scoop or swirl to your delight. With a delicious fruit mousse on the top of yogurt, there is nothing like it. Müller FrütUp varieties include Peach Passion Fruit, Splendid Strawberry, Blueberry Bliss, Radiant Raspberry, Luscious Lemon and Very Cherry.

So mon petites ,when you are in the mood for a de-yümmy snack that will appease your sweet tooth and will not compromise your haute body Night & Day  Müller  is the one...  
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To learn about the delightful, delicious and truly de-yümmy 
Müller  products check out mullerquaker.comLike  Müller  on Facebook & Follow Müller  on Twitter too!

Müller™ provided me with product for sampling. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flourish With Style This Fall!

Entering the FLOURISH ACCESSORIES boutique in NYC's Dekalb Market is like stepping into a magical, life-size jewel box, where you are instantly transfixed with the bevy of beautiful  trinkets to indugle in from hauter then haute handbags, home decor and one of a kind jewelry. The Creative Director, Sharrell Williams who  is also a Celebrity Stylist, Jewerlry, and Interior Designer, (talk about quadruple threat!) recently unveiled her fall must have  finds on her online boutique, which houses her exotic treasures. Bold prints, vibrant, rich jewel tones and the ultimate classic pieces are what you will find when shopping at Flourish Accessories

 A true lover of beauty and alluring style, Williams strives to provide each of her customers with a personalize experience where she can assist them Flourish with each find. And mon petites it gets even better! Flourish Accessories has teamed up with yours truly to gift 5 uber lucky LPB readers with gift certifcates so you too can Flourish this fall with style!  

So you have until October 12th to tweet, like & pin your way to some hauter then haute style! 

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Win The Stella McCartney Falabella Tote With Tessabit &

To celebrate Fashion Week farfetch is doing a  bag giveaway!  The uber haute website  teamed up with Italian boutique partner Tessabit to give away the latest Stella McCartney Falabella Tote to one lucky fan!

To enter simply share the competition & follow the instructions below: 

1. Share the competition by blogging / pinning / tweeting / tumbling / mentioning or posting on Facebook with the hashtag #farfetchgiveaway and including a link to this page ( within your post.

2. Once you’ve tumbled, pinned &  tweeted simply add your details HERE & make sure to include the link to your own post or mention.

One lucky winner will be picked at 2pm GMT on Monday 5th October so get sharing now! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Young, Fabulous & Broke: Living 5x the Luxe on a Buck!

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Mon petites, can I share  a secret with you? I have an inescapable desire for all things luxe however my bank account tells another story! So to be responsible and save for the fab life I will surely live one day I have accepted the fact for the time being I am young, fabulous, & broke. Like millions of other haute dames and gents in my same situation; I am living my life the best way possible while being as resourceful as can be. Meaning mon petites,  opening a High Yield Free Checking account like the those offered at Capital One Bank which provides 5x the interest rate than the national average (Ka-Ching!$!). I am a firm believer that no deed should go unrewarded so I splurged (reasonably) at 5 of the hautest wallet friendly places in town and kind enough to share it all with you! 

Champagne dreams on a tap water budget. 
As some of you might know my day job (I'm a fashion stylist) has afforded me some luxuries that I would not be privy to otherwise and I appreciate each and every opportunity! One luxury that I love to indulge in is going to various designer showrooms (like Dolce and Gabanna's pictured above) estates, and the over the top sets then go home a re-create it on a little to nothing budget. How do I transform my Brooklyn abode to a Kelly Wearstler esque palace of my dreams? By scoring the hautest finds at the World Famous Bobby's Department! Bobby's located in Flatbush,Brooklyn -  is the mecca for finding uber chic finds that are so wallet friendly you will be amazed (Homegoods got nothing on Bobby's...NOTHING!) even better it has a second location right across the street that sells clothes too - score! 

YFB Haute Spot: Bobby's Department Store
Cheap Thrill: Home Decor, Linens, Clothing and Beauty Products - literally everything under the Sun!
Location: 1601 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Saving money! I'll drink to that! 
Ok kids, after a long week of schlepping, saving coins and styling lives I need to unwind- my friends and I head over to the Painted Pot an adorable art studio where you can paint various ceramics (I adore painting plates and jewelry boxes - great gifting items!), mosaics and the pièce de résistance? You can bring your own bottle- sip, chat and paint to your heart's content. 

YFB Haute SpotPainted Pot
Cheap Thrill: Paint, Mold Pottery and Create Mosaic masterpieces - 
Location: 339 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Who needs a 'speedy' when you can have a one of a kind without the hefty price tag?
For New Yorkers especially Brooklynites the summer of 2012 was all about Dekalb Market - a ultra hip compound located in Downtown Brooklyn that offered a variety of shops (made from salvaged shipping containers I might add - COOL!) from farmer's markets, to one of a kind finds like the tres chic FLOURISH ACCESSORIES. The shop's Creative Director - Sharrell Williams, celebrity stylist, interior, home decor and accessories designer is a girl on a budget's dream come true! Her insane knowledge of trends and access to the best of the best from jewelry to home furnishing is truly mind-blowing as is the high-fashion bargains that can't be found anywhere else. Added bonus you can bring FLOURISH to you and your girlfriends and host an majorly haute bash where the host (i.e. YOU) scores goodies! What's not to love?

Cheap Thrill: Hard to find accessories, handbags and home decor! Host FLOURISH ACCESSORIES parties and be rewarded with free swag! 

The dapper ambiance at Dressler in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Now mon petites, just because I'm living la vida budget does  not mean I eat off the dollar menu (that stuff will kill you!) - every now and then I like to put on my 6inch heels (more on that later) and hit the town. My favorite Luxe on a Buck place is DRESSLER, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - the cozy New American restaurant has such an alluring atmosphere you will lose track of the time and just revel in delight. The food and cocktails are delish and everything is seasonal and locally grown - you get to indulge without sacrificing your budget (your waistline is a whole other matter)! 
DAYBOAT SCALLOPS with  Maple Celery Root Puree, Salsify, Wild Mushrooms, Sunchokes, Pancetta & White Truffle Oil - YUM!

YFB Haute Spot: Dressler
Cheap Thrill: Nosh on the appetizers (like the out of this world Scallops, above) and indulge in the desserts - the food, atmosphere and service is the ultimate delight for the senses! 
Location: 339 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Mon petites, don't judge me - a girl knows how to shop.... at clearance sales! 
Darlings don't believe the hype! All women (and some men) are created equal  when it comes to strutting your stuff in a fabulous pair of 7' Christian Louboutin's! For novices or those who fear the dreaded HEEL walking and looking good can seem impossible. In comes LEGWORK, the genius workshop and workout DVD specifically designed to be done in high heels will instantly increase your sex kitten factor, grace, and confidence when in heels. You will learn proper posture techniques, warm ups and overall knowledge on how to be completely functional in a pair of haute heels. You can attend the workshop in person (or via webcam) and transform yourself from a tiptoeing maiden to a full-fledged haute heeled Glamazon. It's an investment in yourself - surely the return is worth it's weight in gold! 

Cheap Thrill: Gain confidence and priceless knowledge on how to walk and function while in high heels! 
Location: Stepping Out Studios 37 West 26th Street, 
NY NY 10010

So mon petites, there you have it! As I save for my future filled with wonderment and delight I still get to live a joie de vivre that's 5x as luxe without spending too much bucks! And with it comes to bucks with High Yield Free Checking from Capital One Bank, you can earn Interest 5X the national average, guaranteed for a year, and have access to free ATMs anywhere. Learn More about HYFC and where you can open in NYC. Click here to Learn More.

With all these savings mon petites you can have your cake and eat it too! 
Compensation was provided by Capital One via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Capital One.

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Peach Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

A Peach Tree Grows In Brooklyn
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     In life there are some occurrences that are both a delight and bewilderment - case in point the picture above. I live in NYC on an (most of the time) idyllic street in Brooklyn - but like any big city people love to litter especially on my front lawn. Long story short, unbeknownst to me (or my landscaper) a litter fairy tossed a peach pit onto my lawn and abracadabra two years later I have peaches! Now this has been both a blessing and a curse (I caught the mail courier 'snatching' a few peaches) I have to say it has just intensified my commitment to eating fresh, clean and healthy. 

 Since this is the first season that the peaches have fully bloomed and are currently ripening (YUM!);  I am concocting peach-tastic menus featuring  Strawberry-Peach Preserves from culinary Goddess Sarabeth Levine , a mean jerk shrimp + peach + arugula salad and endless peach smoothies! While the tree itself was not planned it is truly appreciated and has inspired me to convert my backyard into a full-fledged petite farm (I am moving the tree back there as well). With the my new farm (I brought the seeds people!) I am now seriously considering splurging on the new GE French Door Refrigerator to ensure that when my légumes start to sprout I will be able to store it without the worry of spoiling (like Ben & Justin's wild Freshpedtion - just without the alligators). With ultra-filtered water from the first ever hands-free dispenser, and micro-climate controls powered by TwinChill technology, the new GE French Door Refrigerator is engineered to push the limits of fresh.  And fresh I will be with all my decadent treats stored in my new refrigerator. While I detest the litter fairies who roam my neighborhood vandalizing the streets I must admit this time it was actually in my favor! 

 So by next year I will not only be a haute body girl (thanks to all the clean eating) I will be fully equipped with storage just in time for harvest... and Marva the mail courier won't be swapping my goods! 
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by GE via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of GE.