Organized & Healthy 2014, Pam’s Picks in BELLA NYC

I’m very excited to announce my new role as contributing columnist for BELLA NYC Magazine. I’ll be sharing my monthly must-haves in Pam’s Picks. First up: six products to help you stick to your health and organizational resolutions for 2014.
(L) Bella NYC’s January/February 2014 Cover with Aviva Drescher;
(R) Bella’s newest style contributor Pamela Pekerman
Pam’s Picks debut in BELLA NYC Magazine
Featured brands in Pam’s Picks for BELLA NYC Magazine:
 
Bestowed.com – monthly nutritionist-in-a-box package, curated by renounced nutritionist and author Heather Bauer
Perrin Paris’ Jet Set Clutch – there’s no better organizer for your bag, plus it’s ready to slip out and make you look chic for an unexpected night out after work
IT Cosmetics’ YSBB Your Skin BUt Better CC Cream – the best cover up I’ve ever owned and my quick fix every morning even when the only people who see me are the baby and the mail man
Pinch Provisions’ Skinny Minimergency Kit – everything you could possibly need is something needs to be fixed, plucked, ticked, etc. 
Clarisonic’s Pedi Foot Transformation System – because your stiletto feet need a pampering break, and mama can’t always get to the spa
Rochelle Behrens’ Icon Shirt – finally a shirt that doesn’t pucker around the lady friends, thanks to a patented dual-button technology 
 
Check out the March/April issue for dazzling accessories from inspirational women who decided to make a change in their lives in order to pursue their inner passion for design. 

Lux Labor & Delivery Bag Essentials, Live from The Couch WLNY

Returning back to The Couch and shooting style segments, felt like the first day of school, today. In case you missed it, here’s today’s segment on Lux Labor Bag Essentials … because even when you’re huffing and puffing you can do it in style! Remember ladies, Never Surrender and Always Be Your Best You.

During Delivery
·         Jolie, bedazzled headband – keep your main in beautifully coiffed check
·         IT Cosmetics, Buy Buy Under Eye, Lip/Cheek Stain, Hello Lashes, – put it on, on the way to the hospital and believe you me, even if you are in labor for 24 hours (eekks!) your makeup will not give you away
·        BG Birthing Gown – because why should you be stuck with a boring hospital gown? (Disclaimer – I didn’t wash mine in time, so, alas, my gown waits for its debut with baby #2 … no I have no announcements, yet.)
·         Pinch Provisions, Labor & Delivery Kit from a stop watch to a back massager, this little kit has a lot of goodies for your partner (yes, put them to work!!) to help ease your stress
·         Jurlique, Rose Water Mist – instead of moist towelettes, you deserve to be mystified. Ask your hubby to spray you between pushes!
·         Noodle & Boo, Room Spray – create some ambiance with a light scent to sooth your senses and your nerves. Ah, another task for the husband.  
After Delivery
·         Only Hearts, robe – for those long walks down the hospital corridors  
·         Naturopathica, Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum and PlantStem Cell Serum – get into the habit of pampering your face with a quick 2 minute mommy spa moment each night. These products have helped me combat puffiness, dark circles and wrangle wrinkles caused by, well, just being a new mom! Let the hubby know you need this time if he wants you to maintain your pretty face and happy attitude.  
·        Belly Wrap – tighten that tummy asap. Wear it day and night for two months and you’ll see results. I’m STILL wearing mine around the house.
·         Noodle & Boo,  Afterglow Gel – tighten that skin even more
·         Mustela, Stretch marks Intensive Action –this brand saved my body from stretch marks. I’m almost completely stretch mark free! Again this needs to be part of your nightlight 5 minute spa routine. You must find time for yourself, and it starts from day one in the hospital*.
·         If nursing – nursing bra, nursing pads and nipple cream
·         GOGO by Therafirm, gradient compression leggings – helps with leg swelling, which happened to me after giving birth … wear them in the hospital as a preventative measure)
·         Hair Iron – pictures galore. Need I say more?
Reality check: you won’t find time to do all of your beauty routine, every day, but you must try. Skipping pampering/beauty time can be an exception, not the norm. Again, make sure your partner knows how important it is for your happiness and thus the happiness of your union and your family, for you to have zen moments in order to be your stylish, glowing self!
And for Dad  
·         Clothing: 3 Pack of Hanes t-shirts and track suit doubles as pjs; undies; socks
·         basic toiletries – toothpaste/brush, deodorant; etc.
·         Healthy, nonperishable snacks from Bestowed.com handpicked monthly by nutritionist Heather Bauer … get dad and mom on the right track and makes it easy. Easy is the magic word these days
·         Magazines/book
·         Camera
·         Smart phone charger
·         iPad for Skyping with family/friends
 

Gwyneth Paltrow Fashion for Less & Me on The Radio

Being eight and a half months pregnant has naturally cut me off from most of my work – not that I mind! But, G-d bless radio. It’s the only media outlet, aside from this blog, which I can contribute to without leaving my home.

This morning, I taped a spring trends segment for the Jim and Kim Morning Show on 102.7NY, which will air tomorrow, April 2nd, at 6:40am. The focus is Gwyneth Paltrow’s recently released Spring Edit list, her must-haves for the season. The list, or rather the near $500,000 value, caused quite a ruckus in the fashion media world. Here are my two cents:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Spring Edit “Maxi at Home”
1)   Like Vogue, Elle Décor and and watching the Oscar’s Red Carpet , these looks are meant to inspire. That being said, several Goop.com (that’s the name of Paltrow’s site) readers can actually afford the items the actress recommends. Don’t hate.
2)   But, here’s why you’ll hear me say on 102.7NY that Paltrow is “delusional”:
If you’re listing options, not just giving looks of inspiration, it would be nice to offer at least one option under $100. 
Everyone deserves to look beautiful, feel fabulous and, as I like to say, Never Surrender. Thus, I’ve taking several of Paltrow’s must-haves and found similar styles, without sacrificing quality.  
Affordable alternatives to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Spring 2013 Must-haves
Skirt – $59.99, MANGO
Top – $12.97, Century 21
Necklace – $25, Jeweliq
Flats – $44.95, DSW

Celeb Pregnancy Style for Less, LIVE from The Couch WLNY

Pregnant celebrities look amazing on the Red Carpet, and even when they run their errands. Don’t think of them as the exception, when their “never surrender” attitude can be the norm. Watch my LIVE from The Couch segment (originally aired January 25, 2013) for tips on how to look sexy, spend less and feel fabulous while carrying precious cargo.

Kate Middleton – Kate has a regal, lady-like style. As her pregnancy progresses, she will likely opt for shift dresses that hint at the belly, flowy blouses and draping. 
Kate’s Day Look
TIP: before you go shopping for maternity wear, shop your closet for blouses, flowy cardigans, a form fitting cotton or nylon skirt with stretch
White tie-front blouse, ideeli.com $24.99
Tank top, Century 21 $8
Pencil skirt, Century 21 $15
Formal Affair
TIP: look like someone who knows she deserves to be loved on!
Red dress, ideeli.com $149.99
Jessica Simpson – She’s the casual, more bohemian in the bunch. Her first purchase was likely a kaftan and maternity jeans.
Jessica’s day look
TIP: At home, don’t be slouchy in oversized sweats. Comfy and sexy can unite in one outfit.
Paisley charmeuse, N Natori $54
Jessica’s going out look
TIP: there are items that are worth jumping into the maternity section for, especially great jeans. 
Always Skinny Jeans, GAP $79
Striped sweater, Liz Lange for TARGET Maternity $29
Kim Kardashian – Kim is known for her sultry style and it’s a good thing for baby daddy Kanye West that she’s likely not going to adjust her sizzle factor just because she’s expecting.
Kim’s day look  
TIP: You deserve to be sexy while you’re pregnant, it will make you feel good AND keep your man aroused.  Look for fabrics that hug comfortably like cotton or polyester blend.
Leopard Print Top, Karen Kane $54
Faux Fur Vest, Century 21 $40
Pleather Jeggings, HATCH Collection $148
Kim’s evening look
TIP: many of us get pimples on chest, belly or the back… look for dresses that flaunt your new lady friends while also helping you hide those pesky pimples.
Long-sleeve hunter green dress, ideeli.com $149.99

Faux Fur Gift Guide w/ Style Expert Pamela Pekerman, FOX Good Day Philly

In honor of Faux Fur Day, I headed to the FOX Philadelphia studios to share some furry gift ideas. This has to be one of the funniest segments I’ve even done. Oh, and the baby bump got air time – again! This gal is a camera lover, and she’s not even fully cooked. 

Enjoy the clip and have a fur-abulous day. Be Fake! Celebrate Faux Fur Day.

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