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EM ESSENTIALS

Because I’m a sharer of resources and a giver of information, here’s my current list of what I just can’t live without. This is not a paid endorsement. It’s just me and my obsessions, for you. 1. The Best ToteI’m a mother, a business owner, and a New York City dweller. In other words, I am always ALWAYS schlepping. Hence this tote from L. L. Bean, which is sheer perfection. It wears well, washes in the machine, and looks best emblazoned with a big monogram in orange, hot pink, or silver. Plus it’s camo, which to me is a classic....

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I Colored My World

One day my husband joked that my wardrobe spanned the color spectrum from navy to black, which he quickly revised when he realized that the navy pieces in my closet were, in fact, actually black. “I take it back,” he said. “It’s the spectrum of black to black.” Hilarious. I am, after all, a former fashion editor and wearing black is, like, a job requirement. But I’m also a New York City dweller, and, well, that’s what we do. But over the years I have accumulated lots of colorful clothing, it’s just that I don’t wear them as much as...

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The Jewelry Experiment

I’m a life-long jewelry whore and anyone who knows me knows this to be true. I live by the adage that more is more, and instead of getting dressed and taking one item off (which Coco Chanel famously recommended), I believe you get dressed and put (at least) one more thing ON. The category of too much? Puh-lease. I think there’s strength in numbers—piling on a dozen silver bangle bracelets makes more of a style statement than, say, wearing one of them. Ditto for a cascade of chain necklaces, or multiple ropes of pearls, or a suite of Native American...

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One Dress and a Bag of Jewelry

I love to travel, but I hate luggage. I don’t like carrying it, I don’t like the idea of the airline losing it and I don’t like the time suck of keeping track of all of it. The more I traveled, the more I learned how to travel light, and at this point packing is a sport. Some would say Olympic level. It’s like a style puzzle to pull the fewest pieces of clothing that will yield the highest number of outfit options. My own, twisted packing algorithm that changes depending on the type of trip I’m taking, time of...

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