Monday, May 31, 2010
Where: Twitter! Hashtag: #totsyparty - Please make sure you're following @AudreyMcClellan @MomTrends @MyTotsy
What: A twitter party is a fast and fun virtual party, using twitter as the platform. They are a wonderful way for people to connect and discuss a topic of choice, in our case - products for the BEACH!
The sales we will be discussing... Mom's Sunglasses, Supergoop, Mama Om, mfs Eyewear, Kettler, iPlay, Zoochini, Sophie Catalou, SIGG, Haiden Surf, Melissa and Doug, Marsupium, Truly Me, Steiff!
Please join us for all the FUN!! We have giveaways and lots of topics to discuss and chat about!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Here are some of my faves:
I personally love, love, love the extra storage this bench comes with. It's so needed in my home. After awhile, it's nice to have a piece that "disguises" the toys!
There are not enough words to describe the cuteness factor on this one! If the little lady in your life loves princess ANYTHING... this is the rocker for her!
If you have more than one child... this is a great item to add into your household. With my 4 sons... this is PERFECT for us. It's so cute to have a little table for the kids. They can draw, do arts & crafts and eat there.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We have had so much fun growing Totsy over the last 9 months... it's been incredible to see the amount of subscribers grow... the amount of sales increase and the amazing feedback from our customers.
We are happy to announce that we are growing bigger and better. We are in the process of updating our Tosty.com site - making it more user-friendly, exciting and engaging for you. I promise - you will absolutely love it! We have some great new features that are just crazy-cool!
I wanted to quickly thank all of you who have been keeping in touch with us about your orders. We've had some questions about the shipping process lately and I wanted to let you know that we're in the process of getting all the tweaks out. In the meantime, I wanted to be able to pass along our support email and phone, so if you have any additional questions - you can absolutely get in touch with us.
If you prefer the phone:
I also wanted to pass along the information that a manual email will be sent with tracking info when shipment leaves the warehouse. This is 2 or 3 business weeks after you have ordered and paid.
And... as always, please don't be shy reaching out to me. I love Totsy.com, and I am willing to help you out and answer any questions. Even the question - "What should I order!?" :) We have some amazing, amazing sales coming up next week for our monthly theme sale - as well as a Twitter PARTY!! So exciting!!
Our main goal is to bring fabulous products into your home at amazing prices... we care about you and we want you to be happy with your Totsy.com experience. As a mom of 4 little boys, I understand how important it is to love what you're purchasing because this time in our life as moms means something so special.
Thank you all for being such wonderful Totsy fans and customers!!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
With all this exciting baby news... I've been getting asked some "fashionable" questions. I have to say, I love it! There are some incredible products out there for expectant moms, it's so much fun to be able to check them out and spread the word.
One topic of conversation lately has been - DIAPER BAGS.
Honestly... I remember when I was pregnant with William, all I wanted was the coolest, most fashion-forward, chic diaper bag around. I ended up with a Kate Spade one... but I have to be honest, it wasn't big enough for all the stuff I needed (or wanted) to tote around.
The question became - where can I find a diaper bag that will also be 100% as functional as it is stylish?
Fast forward 5 1/2 years...
Here are my TOP 5 Fashionable and Functional Diaper Bags:
1. Momma Couture - They have an array of fashionable and functional diaper bags. My personal, personal favorite is the Satchel. The Satchel looks like a handbag... it's gorgeous! But... it's the room inside that every mom will love. Not to mention there's insulated pockets for bottles and sippys!
2. OiOi - Their combination of fashion and function is fabulous. I absolutely love this rocker chic - Studded Black Faux Leather Hobo.
3. timi & leslie - Their diaper bags are classic, chic and sophisticated all at the same time. You almost can't believe there's a ton of room available! My favorite is their quilted nylon, Camilla.
4. Liz Lange - If anyone knows how to combine chic style with function, it's Liz Lange. She's the expert at this... and I adore her! My absolute favorite of Liz Lange's is the Marlena Pebble Collection. It's absolutely stunning! I kind of like to call it the Birken Diaper Bag. ;)
5. Storksak - Every woman needs the essential black bag... here's your bag that doubles as both! It's fashionable, classy and the hardware on it is gorgeous!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
These are Totsy Ed Hardy Picks:
And while you're shopping... look at these adorable Ed Hardy Athletic Sets and Tees!
Monday, May 24, 2010
We still need to fix the room up... but they are super excited to all be together! This is the first time they've all been in the same room together, and they cannot wait!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
What about for little girls? Every little lady should have a sun hat. I was in Nordstrom yesterday and saw some of the most gorgeous sun hats for little girls. So - of course, I started scouring the internet for some gorgeous options...
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
When I heard this news, I got goosebumps. This is such wonderful news for the Travolta family!
According to People Magazine, Kelly Preston is expecting a baby! After experiencing the worst tragedy a parent can face, the death of their son Jett in January 2009, there is finally some happy news for them... they will be expanding their family. My heart and prayers go out to them for a healthy and easy pregnancy!
"It's impossible to keep a secret ... especially one as wonderful as this," they say in a statement. "We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family. Love, John, Kelly and Ella"
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Isn't that super cute? I absolutely fell in love with the uniqueness.
The best part was the instructions:
Frost the cupcakes yellow, green, blue, and red and arrange them on a large platter or cake cardboard.
Tape a length of ribbon to the bottom of each cupcake.
Tie all the ribbons together and curl the ends as shown.
- It can't get much easier than this. Another reason I loved this idea is because it can work with any birthday theme you have. I know so many mothers worry about matching the cake with the theme... we had a Batman/Indiana Jones party this past September and I just couldn't find anything that worked for both! This would have been perfect!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat
Nomie Baby Car Seat Cover
Maclaren Techno XLR Stroller Travel
Momma Couture Playdate Diaper Bag
Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changer
aden + anais Muslin Wraps
Beco Baby Carrier
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light
Friday, May 14, 2010
This question comes up all the time. It's an important one because there definitely are dress styles that do flatter every kind of figure... it's a beautiful thing.
Here are 4 of my recommendations when looking for dresses that flatter any and every body shape:
An A-Line dress tapers out from the waist to the hem. It's called an "A-Line" dress because the silhouette reveals the edges of a capital A.
A Belted dress works because it actually makes you look slender (ahh... love this!).
I'm talked about the beauty of Sheath dresses before... they are such an essential to have in your closet! Just make sure you find a Sheath dress that fits your body perfectly. Make sure it's not too loose!
Many people don't think this is true, but it is! The Slip dress does look good on every figure, as long as it fits well.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
QVC has customized jeans right now. No more hunting. No more trying on a gazillion pairs. You can personalize your own pair of Denim & Co.® by Personify jeans. The best part is that they're... $59.50 (plus $6 shipping). But think about that, you can customize the perfect pair of jeans for yourself for $60. For a someone like me... all 5 feet of me, this is heaven. Even "short" sizes are too long for me.
I'm loving this...
First you choose your color and fabric.
You choose a Fit - Classic or Relaxed.
You choose a Rise.
You choose Button or Fly.
You choose your Back Pocket Style.
You choose your Leg Style.
And then you fill in all your personal information (you know, the info you don't want anyone to really know!)
Then you add in more information about your measurements. It's that easy. It's pretty specific, too... even asking about your body shape, etc.
I love this idea... women's bodies change so much after they have babies, it's nice to have options like this out there. And with the price, it can't be beat.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
When did you fall in love with fashion? You obviously have such a passion for it.
I was always fasincated with clothing. I grew up near Allentown, PA in the 1970's, my mom wore big costume jewelry. I remember my 1st day of kindergarten I wore a plaid leisure suit. Clothing was fabulous back then. I always loved looking good in clothing. When I moved to NYC, I started working for Ralph Lauren... one thing led to another. I definitely have a passion for it. Most of my training was on the job training, I started as an assistant and then to another assistant and you just work your way up and are able to meet people.
Actually, that's funny... my first job out of college was as Donna Karan's personal assistant!
Mine was as Ralph's brother's assistant!
Carson, what fashion advice would you give to moms?
I talk about moms and fashion on Look Good Naked. Moms need to dress and feel good about themselves. Moms are so busy with full-time jobs and taking care of their families that there isn't a lot of free time. Mom is the last person to take care of herself. My advice would be to still indulge yourself and make sure you have time for you. You still deserve to be sassy, sexy and cool. You need YOU time. My best fashion advice would be to take care of your clothes. Get a good Clorox Bleach for your whites. Build a wardrobe of classics that will work well with different looks. Don't save old clothing. Every woman wants to get back to their pre-baby body, your body has changed! Don't mourn for your old body, you're a new women and you have this new baby. Get rid of the old stuff that doesn't fit! Streamline your closets! Get rid of the unnecessary clutter.
What are some "must-haves" for Moms? What tops your list?
Your "Can't go wrong with" items...
Little Black Dress. If you're not into wearing a black dress, get a red one... a blue.. just make sure you have that little dress that can go anywhere.
White Blouse. This is classic to have.
Great pair of Jeans. Get a pair of jeans that work with your body. There are so many places to buy a great pair of jeans and at different price points. LEE, JCrew. Not Your Daughter's Jeans. once you find that perfect pair, buy a couple!
Blazer. Find a fitted blazer in either black or navy, you can wear it anywhere.
Cardigans. You can layer a cardi over a tank, a tee... add some color to your outfit with a bright cardi. These are great to have on-hand.
And then... with these key pieces you can, what I like to call, salt and pepper them with trends. Every season add a couple of trends to your wardrobe. Bright cardigans in violet, green, turquoise or yellow. Dress with accessories - the statement necklace, costume jewelry. You can find these items at super inexpensive prices, but they really add to your basics.
What are some GREAT trends right now for moms?
Right now we're seeing a lot of printed silk tops and tops with embellishments.
And what colors should we be aiming for this summer?
Spring/Summer right now it's still all about the PURPLES! It's been the #1 trend color. This season try softer lilacs. Yellows, greens, turquoise... these are definitely trendy this season. You know, coral is a HUGE color. It's really like a 1960's palette.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
So what are the trends for kids? For girls: florals, denim, color, stripes, nautical and ruffles! For boys: preppy styles, polos, belts, cargo shorts, classic looks. Plus - all the looks were for under $40 and got all the merchandise at my local T.J.Maxx and Marshalls.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I have a huge fan of L'Amour Sandals... they have the most gorgeous, fun and beautifully made sandals for girls and boys. The quality is amazing, which is one of the number #1 reasons why I love them! It's important to know when you purchase footwear (and anything!) that it's going to last. My boys certainly get a lot of use out of their footwear, so I need to make sure the sandals will last. Boys and girls don't like to stay still - they're on-the-go!
Our L'Amour Sandals sale is a HUGE HIT! I have my favorite pairs for Girls and Boys.
Girls - Since I don't have daughters, I got to pick sandals for my nieces! I had some fun with color for them!I just adore these Espadrilles for Girls!I love the delicate Daisy look on these flip flops!
Boys - This was easy for me! These sandals are perfection for dressing up an outfit throughout the summer, too!
Classic Brown Sandals... can't beat these!The Velcro is super-easy for my little boys to take on and off!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
By Erin Pagel 1. Branson, Missouri
This town is known for it's family friendly attitude. From live music shows to family fun centers to theme parks from the past, Branson, Missouri is the ultimate family getaway. The Branson strip is the family-friendly version of the Las Vegas strip with hundreds of theaters including renowned violinist Shoji Tabuchi, comedian Yakov Smirnoff (who boasts he's so funny you'll laugh your yak off), family act, made famous on America's Got Talent, the Duttons and Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede dinner and show. Don't forget Branson's family theme park and landmark, Silver Dollar City. The park, which takes visitors 100 years in the past, features 20 thrilling rides and attractions in addition to 40 shows and hundreds of shops selling old-fashion Ozarks craftsmanship.
2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
With awe-inspiring vistas for the adults and thrills of a suspension bridge, skycoaster and incline railway for the kids, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Colorado Springs is a destination for the entire family. Rock climbing adventures and hiking and biking trails abound for the family looking for an active getaway and for those looking to simply relax, Colorado Springs offers pristine fishing spots, ornamented golf courses and one-of-a kind shopping centers.
3. Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Area, TN
For the family seeking adventure, Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge is the premier destination. From white-water rafting on the Pigeon and Nantahala Rivers to monster truck rides to horseback exploration in the glorious Smoky Mountains to wild twists and turns at two amusement parks, Gatlinburg never disappoints thrill-seekers. When it's time for a breather, Gatlinburg offers a myriad of family-oriented shows, museums and restaurants.
4. Washington D.C.
Our nation's capital is a popular destination for families who desire an educational adventure. From monuments to museums to movie tours, Washington DC has much to offer. Give your children a chance to see where bills become laws and where history is made. DC isn't all learning however. Enjoy unique dinner shows and exciting schooner rides. Washington DC is a vacation you won't soon forget.
5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sit back, relax and absorb the rays on Myrtle Beach's sandy shores. Play a few rounds of golf at one of the 120 courses in the area. Take in a music show or treat yourself to an exciting dinner show. If you're up for a low-key vacation, Myrtle Beach is the destination for you. The kids and adults will love spending days on the beach and nights enthralled in family-fun entertainment.
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphians know how to get, how to get to Sesame Street. At the only theme park dedicated to the lovable inhabitants of one of America's favorite streets, Sesame Place, children and adults can play and laugh alongside their favorite Sesame Street characters. After fun with numbers and letters, you can hop aboard a double decker bus to tour the city or Ride the Ducks--an amphibious vehicle which allows you to see the city from both land and water!
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
Ready for a snowy adventure? Take the family to Salt Lake City for extreme winter fun. Located in a triangle of top skiing destinations (Park City, Snowbird and Salt Lake City), the experienced and inexperienced alike will be able to enjoy the slopes. And, what better way to bond than over hot chocolate after a tiring day in the mountains?
8. San Diego, California
While warm weather and gorgeous beaches could sell San Diego alone, the city also has several famous attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Legoland and SeaWorld. Perfect as a winter getaway or as a summer vacation, San Diego has plenty of variety and is close enough to Mexico to take a leap over the border for some cultural fun and learning!
9. Snowbird, Utah
Take the family for a winter sporting adventure. Take skiing lessons together as a family and then hit the bunny slopes as you try to remember everything you've just learned. Relax together after a long day and plan to do it all again the next! While the name itself suggests a winter haven, Snowbird is just as much fun in the summertime. The Alpine Slide and the ZipRider are two of the attractions that make summertime Snowbird so much fun and not at all for the faint of heart.
10. Virginia Beach, Virgina
Experience this charming oceanside city by walking the bustling boardwalk, taking a day cruise or just by relaxing in the sand. There is plenty to do to keep everyone busy from the Air and Space Center to excellent shopping to Mystery Dinner theater. Virginia Beach is also only a hop, skip and a jump away from historic Williamsburg so together these make the ideal family vacation full of learning and relaxation.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
In the meantime (before she leaves!)... I have asked her to tell us all about her upcoming trip to Europe... !
I embark on my exciting trip on May 25th from JFK airport. I will be flying AirFrance to Paris for a layover before heading to London. (Not a bad layover if I say so myself) Once in London I will be taking a tour of the city via a bus. I am so excited to explore the city and learn as much as I possibly can...while taking lots and lots of picture. I will be in London for 7 days. During my time I will have the fabulous opportunity to see a play- the sequel to Phantom of the Opera: "Love Never Dies." Along with shopping and sightseeing I will have tea at Harrods and also be given presetnations from top fashion companies:
Arcadia owners of Top Shop / Top Man
House of Fraser
Marks & Spencer
Liberty of London
June 2nd I will take the Eurostar to Paris and stay there for another 7 day! I will tour the beautiful city by a bus tour - I am so excited to see the Eiffel Tower!! Is there anything more enchanting? I have arranged to take a night cruise down the river and get the chance to see the Eiffel Tower being lite in the night sky! How romantic...if only my boyfriend were coming. But I'll have my best friend, look out Lauren! While in Paris I must see a ballet...(not sure which one yet), do some serious shopping and receive more presentations from exquisite companies in Paris:
I will then fly to Pisa and take a bus to Florence. On our way we will pass the Leaning Tower of Pisa before arriving in Florence on June 9th. I will be spending the longest time in Florence so that I can attend a famous Trade Show, Pitti that will be going on while I am in Italy. I have so many fun activities planned for Florence! My first day, like all the other cities I will take a bus tour and then of course...eat pizza! I will visit a glove factory to see how Italian leather gloves are made, then take a class on how to make my own pair (I don't get to keep them) On June 11th I am taking a cooking class and on Saturday I plan to go horse backriding (wish my luck) then end my ride with a wine tasting (I'll need it) I cannot wait to shop the San Lorenzo Market...I heard it's one of the best! I will also visit as many museums as I can handle while getting some more fantasic presentations from department stores and designers:
Salavatore FerragamoAngela CaputiRoberto Capucci
Pitti Uomo: Trade Show that organizes some of the world’s most important fashion events: international quality clothing and textile fairs, communication happenings and cultural and research initiatives for the fashion system and fashion as the aesthetic expression and global evolution of taste.
I will make my return to NYC late on June 21st and bring you all my detailed travel stories along with pictures for you all to see....stay tuned til then!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
After packing for all of your kids... your husband (maybe) and getting the house in condition for you to be away for a few days (or many!), it's time to pack for YOU.
What's important to take and what isn't?
I've become the master at packing... with 4 boys, I need to make sure I have the least amount of items as possible, but items that still wear well and travel easily.
Great Duffle Bag - You need a wonderful bag/suitcase/duffle to fit your items. I have the most perfect beige duffle bag that I use all the time for trips, it's the right size and it's easy to pop over my shoulder.
Shoes - Sneakers, flip flops and one pair of "dress" sandals or shoes. This was you have the sneakers to walk and chase the kids in... flips to flop around in and a nice pair for evening.
Little Black Dress - Find a beautiful tank dress that you can wear to the beach, or dress up for dinner out. This is so essential for summer travel.
Tees - Find cotton tees that you can wear throughout your vacation. Make sure they're comfortable!
Tanks - Same as above!
Capris - I love to bring one pair of capris that can be worn casual or dressy. Truly it all comes down to the shoes of choice with it.
Shorts - You need shorts for the summer! Casual shorts are the only way to go!
I suggest going CRAZY with the accessories! Necklaces... scarves... bracelets... they're the easiest things to pack and can change the look of an outfit in a second!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I had the pleasure to chat with their founder, Kim Orlando. Kim is amazing woman... and her passion for travel and helping other moms just shines throughout her site.
I asked Kim to tell me her top favorite Family Destinations. I LOVED her answers!
Hermosa Beach, CA - During volleyball tournament season (late July / early August). There are free concerts, great volleyball and surf watching at the beach. We ride our bikes on the Path, boogie board and walk around Pier Avenue for fun. New York City - There is something to love for kids of every age and parents too. Our favorites: street vendor hot dogs, Chocolate by the Bald Guy, biking the West side bike path, Toys R Us in Times Square, shows at the New Victory Theater. Chicago - You get a beach, a city, festivals and loads of free things to do in one place.
Monday, May 3, 2010
We've got some incredible sales to go along with our travel theme throughout the week.... swimwear, playwear, travel gear, sandals and travel essentials for baby! We can't wait for tonight!!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Here are some of my favorite BECCA Celebrity Looks... (my logic is, if we know what they're using... we're that much closer to that "perfect look!") wink, wink...
For a warm, striking look, try Reese Witherspoons favorites:
Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
Crème Blush in Amaryllis
Stick Foundation in Sherbet
Luminous Skin Colour in Nude
Glossy Lip Tint in Frappe
Get peepers that pop like Kelly Ripa with:
Eye Colour Powder in Brocade
Obtain that dramatic look with Thandie Newtons must-haves:
Ultimate Mascara in Black
Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz
Crème Blush in Geranium and Frangipani
Stick Foundation and Compact Concealer in Cappuccino
Enhance naturally beautiful skin with Naomi Watts go-to products:
Crème Blush in Amaryllis
Luminous Skin Colour in Nude
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