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Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Good Vibes, Inauguration Day Style – FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

The day has come, Friday! Oh, and it’s Inauguration Day, as if you didn’t know that little fact.

Regardless of whom you voted for, we should all use today to inaugurate good vibes. As moms, we have the power – the greatest power – to keep America great. Moms have the power to raise kind, competent, cultured and considerate young men and women, who will populate our planet with good vibes and compassionate decisions.

So, my Friday 5 Finds are all about positive affirmations, worthy leaders to emulate and all-over goodness. Enjoy.

GOOD VIBES JEWELRY

Wear your love around your neck, with Capsul Jewelry‘s Block Necklace. I have one with the intials of everyone in my family, but you can also use their fun emojis and hashtags to create your own good-vibes bling.

GOOD VIBES STYLE

Spiritual Gangster‘s Good Vibes Only V-Neck Pullover says it all in a fun, collegiate top. I wish they made mini versions, for my daughter. The fabric feels super lush. Check out my Instagram for photos, as I wear the shirt, today.

GOOD VIBES IN BED

Because we can always use a little extra sexiness, to up our good vibes game. Gooseberry Intimates Be Mine Bra Longline & Tanga is just what you need on a Friday …. or Tuesday … night. Abs no included – total bummer.

GOOD VIBES WITH FAMILY

Spread the fun and positivity during family gathering. Personalogy Family Fun Card Game is a great way to get everyone – from both sides of the family – talking, laughing and learning new things about one another.

GOOD VIBES READ

If you want to get schooled on what it means to go make it in America, not to mention plenty of womanly wisdom, read My Own Words, by the one-and-only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 


Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

FRIDAY 5 FINDS: Hygge Life Essentials for Cozy Weekends, January 5, 2017

Hey Mamas,

It’s my first Friday Five Finds of 2017, with a hygge twist!

Check out what’s keeping me sane and stylish, this week. I wasn’t really looking for a theme, but every find has a hygge vibe (that’s Danish for “cozy” aka celebrating the everyday moments).

Hygge Finds by Pamela Pekerman

1. Insta Print

If you’re like me, you have thousands of photos of your kids – waaaay more than your parents have of you! But, your parents, and mine, actually printed photos. Ya, they took the time to print photos and make albums.

Prynt let’s you print instantly. Simply attach the device to your iPhone and snap a photo. A tiny, built-in printer produces a hard-copy photo, and the Prynt app records a video to go with the image. The Prynt case photo can be scanned with your phone’s QR technology to bring the image to life on your screen via that video.

Don’t even ask meabout that last line means. I took it from their website. I know it’s a cool feature. I still haven’t used that bit. But, I have made my grandmother very happy, by giving her photos right on the spot. #GranmasLovePrints 

2. Sweeter Sweaters

J Jill makes some of the best sweaters and pullovers. When I can’t think in the morning, I grab a cream or white knit, pair with a skinny jean, some diamond-stud earrings and wide-rim sunglasses, and I’m done. NO SWEATPANTS TO DAYCARE. Repeat as needed!!

For mamas who still aren’t familiar with J.Jill, I urge you to check them out online, or a store near you. The photos don’t do most of the sweaters justice. You have to feel, try and style your way. Head over to Instagram for my insta stories, to see which sweater I’m wearing, today #KeepingWarm

3. Ending Mealtime Madness

N+B is a hip brand that focuses on “toys for cooler parents” – gotta love that slogan! This Meal Wheel is great not only for promoting family conversation, but, it makes a game out of eating. Playtime meets mealtime meets sanity! #Winning

4. Chicer, Cleaner Candles

Lucid Candle always looks great, never melts, is super safe (no sparks, no soot) and has a natural fragrance. The candle shell is made of a polymer that never burns down, and you simple remove the top fiberglass wick, pour in lucid liquid paraffin, and enjoy. Click here to see how they work.

Candles are hygge approved. And this fuss-free option, is a Friday-night essential. #AllKidsToBe #WereAdulting

5. Speak-to-Me Stones

I found Eye of the Sea, a fabulous new-to-me, jewelry brand, last year, at an Accessories Council showcase. With my new love for gemstones and spiritual jewelry, I was hooked on the simple, yet, elegant bracelets.

I’ve been rocking the brand’s Rose Quarts (self love) bracelet, but for 2017 I’m adding amethyst (stone of spiritual healing and growth) and maybe peridot (color of the year and stone of relationships). Give it a try. If nothing else, you have a nice piece of jewelry. #GettingStoned

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman

momBOSS Interview: Rosena Sammi Jewelry Designer, Who’s Sari Now Founder

There’s plenty of negativity in the world, which is dramatized ten-fold by our media. But, I’m often struck by the immense selflessness and global consciousness I encounter from the fabulous females in my life. As a member of the media I want to shed more light on the goodness in this world, especially if it’s a kick-ass, do-gooder mom like Rosena Sammi. See how this lawyer-turned-jewelry-designer is making sure we dazzle in her accessories, paying-it-forward via her charity collaborations, all while being a momBOSS to two adorable girls.

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Rosena Sammi. Photo Credit: Allaire Bartel

Pamela Pekerman: What gave you the courage to leave your profession as a lawyer and launch a jewelry business?
Rosena Sammi: I wish I knew, I would employ that courage and confidence more often! But, I think it had something to do with being in New York. This city makes you feel like anything is possible.

Pamela:  At what point did you feel fully confident in your decision to go into jewelry?
Rosena: I don’t think I ever felt 100% fully confident because it’s a journey, and each season presents you with new challenges. Having said that, after having children I truly appreciated the benefits of being my own boss and the flexibility that comes with that. I’ve been able to enjoy motherhood a lot more because of it.

Whos Sari Now Rosena Sammi

Head over to my Instagram page to see how I style these Rosena Sammi bangles, made from upcycled saris. #WhosSariNow

 

Pamela: At what point into your business did you become a mom?
Rosena: I became a mom about four years into the business. It drastically changed my ability to escape to India and spend months creating a collection, but it improved my efficiency tremendously.Rosena Sammi Chail RingRosena Sammi necklace

Pamela: What tips do you recommend for the mom who’s trying to find her passion and live her true path?
Rosena: Don’t be afraid of what other people think. It’s good to get out of your comfort zone and take risks.

Pamela: How has motherhood changed your perspective on work?
Rosena: My perspective on what’s important in life became a great deal clearer, literally overnight. I find I don’t sweat the small stuff and I’m able to focus on things that matter.

Pamela: What does a typical morning look like for you?
Rosena: I’m early to rise, which helps because the morning is when I speak with India and deal with the production side of my business. Some days I’m able to fit in a quick workout before my girls are up at 6:30am, and our morning routine begins. It’s a lot of girl talk over the breakfast table and then off to school and pre-school. After that, I head to the office to see what the day holds. I’m fortunate enough to have an office in the city and a home office in Westchester, so I do my best to split my week between the two so I get the best of both worlds. I’m busy running my business, but I am also able to be the “Class Mom” for my daughter’s Kindergarten class.

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Pamela: Class Mom and Mom Boss, talk about a real #mamager! What tools/services/people help you manage it all?
Rosena: My husband, despite his very busy work and travel schedule, is definitely a true partner in the home so he deserves my first shout out. Secondly, I couldn’t live without services like Fresh Direct and Amazon (not to mention Net a Porter!). And, it does take a village, so after school help, house keeping and my team (in office and virtual) are all important.

Pamela: You are very passionate about philanthropy, particularly the plight of women around the world. How has motherhood impacted your philanthropy choices?
Rosena: Motherhood and especially having two daughters encouraged my focus on the inequity in the world for women. The fact that in so many cultures we are second-class citizens is disheartening, and I’m trying to do something about that in my small way.

Rosena Sammi family

Pamela: How did you come up with the concept for Who’s Sari Now?
Rosena: I wanted to design something that was more “green” than my typical collection. After much research and experimentation, I hit upon using upcycled sari fabrics and the result is Who’s Sari Now?. I was also looking to give back to the community, after years in the business I realized that helping people was more important to me than jumping on the next trend. I was fortunate enough to meet the founder of Apne Aap, Ruchira Gupta. Her organization rescues women and children from sex trafficking in India, and provides them with a job and education. It was the perfect match. 20-25% of proceeds from sales goes towards educating these young children, and I employ many of the women in making the collection. Changing lives in this way has been so rewarding.

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Actress Olivia Wilde wearing Rosena Sammi, Who’s Sari Now bangles

Pamela: Leading by example, especially as a mom, is key. How do you teach your children the value of good will, and helping those in need?
Rosena: They love to learn and help me with Who’s Sari Now?. The tags feature a little Indian girl from Apne Aap, so it feels very close to home. We made mini-tote bags for a multi cultural festival at my eldest daughter’s elementary school and they helped me give them out.

Pamela: What has been your biggest professional success, thus far?
Rosena: The firsts always feel good. When my jewelry was first in Vogue, when I created an exclusive collection for Neiman Marcus, those are things I will always remember.

Rosena Sammi Necklace Ribbon Nilgiri Whos Sari Now

Rosena Sammi Necklace Ribbon Nilgiri from the Whos Sari Now charity collection

Pamela: What’s next for Rosena Sammi?
Rosena: More exploration of enterprise development with women’s collectives. It definitely feels good to do good.

Pamela: How do you find time for YOU in your busy life aka Meaningful Me Moments?
Rosena: It’s a constant challenge, but I’ve gotten better at it! I take a weekly French class at Alliance Francais, this is one thing that allows me quite literally to escape to a different world.

Pamela: Quick, you only have 2 minutes to prep and pamper your face. What are your top makeup/skin products?
Rosena: UltraLuxe MoisturiserGuerlain Terracotta Bronzing PowderBobbi Brown Luxe Lip in Retro Red

Currently reading In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Currently drinking Hendricks and Tonic with a cucumber garnish

I hope my kids think mom is a good role model.

Motherhood is a challenge, but with the very best rewards.

The best advice my mom ever gave me was that I am capable of achieving anything if I work really hard.

Friday Five Finds: Brite Retail Therapy on Cold Winter Days, for Mom, Kids & Home

We made it!!

It might have taken some wine, but we did it!

Happy Friday.

I hope you enjoy this week’s installment of Friday Five Finds. It’s retail therapy that will brighten up your wardrobe, your office and get those kids smiling for spring.

Oh, did you notice I made the title switch from “baby” to “kids”? Eeek. It’s official. I don’t have babies. I have toddlers.

Time flies. Enjoy your munchkins at every step and turn of the road.

Friday Five Finds

1. Sugarfina “Pucker Up” Peach Bellini $7 – Yummy, all-natural gummies filled with a peachy flavour, then dusted in sweet & sour sugar, equals a spring-time party in my mouth.

2. Deepa Gurnanci Tegan Bracelet $185 – Colors, tassels, medallions oh my. I love the playfulness of this cuff and the easy snap on closure I can manage even if both my kids are jumping on me while I get dressed in the morning. #BusyMomStyleSalvation

FYI Tune in to PIX11 Morning News this coming Monday at approximately 8:45am, to see me wearing this cuff. I’ll be talking about my 5 Grab-and-Wear Fashion Essentials for busy commuters and moms. You won’t want to miss it!

3. H&M Lace Circle Skirt $69.99 – Spring-time here I come. Until the winds calm down, I’ll be pairing this burnt-orange skirt with my favorite new Skinny Shirt (omg it doesn’t ride up the back!!) and Joie booties.

4. Sazparillas Hair Clip ETSY find alert!! $5.89 – Fun prints for my princess’s curly, lovable hair.

5. Mapleton Drive Small Acrylic Vessel w/ Pink Agate and Acrylic Notepad Tray w/ Pink Agate $42 and $60 – I love the look of acrylic in home and office design. My pencils and paper are able to get a stylish makeover.

 

Gifts that Give Back – Easter Seals and ElyseRyan Jewelry

Every holiday season, I’m pitched countless “gifts that give back” ideas. Often times, I’m guilted into mentioning the item somewhere on social media and/or buying it and never actually gifting said item to anyone. That’s not the case with Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets, which I discovered, last week, at the Accessories Council’s Holiday 2014 Top Picks.

Created by nationally-recognized jewelry designer Elise Rosenstock through her brand ElyseRyan, the slim, charm bangles are crafted by high school students and young adults with disabilities via Easter Seals’ School-to-Life Program. Students learn the skill of jewelry making under the tutelage of Elise and her team, who provide direction, feedback and a salary. This is a game changer and confidence builder for these amazing kids.

A second level of giving back was built into the program when the students decided they too wanted to help a cause, and collectively decided to support United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

If you’re keeping track, here’s the goody-gum-drops run down: bracelets cost $35, students in the Easter Seals’ School-to-Life Program make a salary, and $10 is donated to United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets are expandable for larger wrists and squeezable for tiny wrists, like mine. The larger charm has a purse to represent women and the power of the purse to achieve change in communities around the world, while the smaller charm has a heart engraved with ‘GIVE BACK’. Bracelets are available in gold, rose gold, silver hematite, and two-tone. I purchased rose gold and hematite bracelets, and stylishly share the story behind my well accessorized look.

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Showing off my Easter Seals Gives Back bracelets on Accessories Council’s mani cam

Accessories Council Holiday 2014 Top Picks

Posing with new accessory finds at Accessories Council’s Holiday 2014 Top Picks

Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets

Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets

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Dark, Vampy Jewelry Fall/Holiday 2014

From the runways of Lanvin to Saint Laurent, black, moody fashion was a key direction for fall/winter 2014. As your holiday calendar begins to fill up, don’t forget to splurge on a little jewelry to capture this moody and sexy trend. Look for black diamonds, hematite, black lace detailing, dark crystals and black pearls.

For inspiration, check out the latest my latest Bella Baubles feature in BELLA NYC Magazine, with eternal heart throb Rob Lowe, on the cover.

Dark Jewelry Trend, Holiday 2014

BELLA NYC, November 2014, Bella Baubles: Dark Jewelry Trend

La Lune by La Mer Collections, Neptune Gunmetal Watch with Black Diamonds, $2,800

Suzanna Dai, St Petersburg Earrings, $140

NIC+ZOE, Cotton Necklace with Beading, $128

Nakamol, Cadance Wrap Bracelet, $48

Kendra Scott, Rayne Necklace, $80

LAGOS, Empress Collection Hematite Doublet & Dia Clip Earrings, $3,500

Miriam Haskell, After Midnight Jet Black Glass Pearls and Swarovski Crystals Ring, $340

Miriam Haskell for Marchesa, Hand-painted Brass Floral Choker, $725

Alex Soldier, Dark Coronaria Flower Brooch, $1,800

Josie Natori, Cut-Out Large Snakeskin Cuff, $225

Passiana, Crystal Beaded Deer Necklace $200

Atelier Swarovski by Viktor & Rolf, Velvet Rock Double Ring, $625

Kenneth Jay Lane, Social Buzz Gunmetal Ring, $100

Borgioni, Pave Black Diamond Elephant Bondage Ring, $28,000

Swarovski, Belle Geometric Long Pierced Earrings, $70

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BELLA NYC, November 2014 – Rob Lowe

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Pam’s Picks: Mom Holiday Gift Guide, BELLA NYC Magazine

In the latest installment of Pam’s Picks for BELLA NYC Magazine, I’m sharing the must-have holiday gift ideas for mom’s looking to survive the holiday season stress-free and unscathed. From a bracelet that promises to “improve quality of life”, to a tech gadget that helps you effortlessly organize and share images, you’ll want to get these great items for yourself.

Pam's Picks in Nov14 BELLA NYC Magazine

Pam’s Picks in November 2014 BELLA NYC Magazine

1. PurseN Ooh-la-la Lingerie Travel Bag $32 – lets your unmentionables travel in well-organized, style

2. LyveHome $299 – collects all images and video scattered on numerous devices (iPhone, laptop, etc) and creates a master index that allows you to access any image at any time via the Lyve app

3. FOREO Luna $199 – face-cleanings brush that gives a deeper clean thanks to T-Sonic pulsation technology (8000 pulsations per minute), plus there’s an anti-aging mode for soothing, at-home facials

4. PurseN VIP Weekend Travel Bag $218 – loaded with internal and external compartments, removable mesh pockets, elastic cross straps to secure closure, and locking button pull rod with wheels for easy transpiration

5. Philip Stein Horizon Bracelet $165 – built-in Natural Frequency Technology channels the frequency naturally found in the environment toward our bodies to promote overall well-being

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Malachite Jewelry and Home Decor Accents

Gold and malachite watches from Piaget. Simply stunning craftsmanship!
Malachite is one of my favorite stones due to its luxurious and vibrant green hue; and, thanks to my Russian heritage, I’ve been heavily exposed to this jem in jewelry and home décor. Until recent times, large quantities of malachite were mined in the Urals, Russia. In fact, there is an entire MalachiteRoom in the Hermitage, which I hope to see some day.
The Malachite Room at the Hermitage is classic, Russian opulence.
Malachite has been on my mind ever since I was gifted a gorgeous, Isharya pyramid malachite ring after hosting the Accessories Council’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide event. As many of you know from Instagram, the ring has been on my finger nearly every day for two weeks.
 
Here’s a roundup of some of my other favorite malachite items for spring/summer fashion and home décor.
 
I’m mad for malachite!
1. Stephanie Kantis, Malachite Button Ring, $475
2. Christian Dior China, Guadron -Malachite Green napkin rings circa 1990s, $49 
3. Isharya, Green Malachite Goddess Honeycomb Earrings, $218
4. Istdibs.comValerie Egee – Bronze Cuff Bracelet with Malachite and Rodocrosytis, Price Upon Request
5. Isharya, Green Malachite Goddess  Pyramid Ring, $78
6. L’objet, Malachite Espresso Cup & Saucer Gift box, $580
7. RubyLane.com19th Century French Figural Ormolu Bronze and Malachite Candlesticks, $3980
 
Gold with malachite is a lux way to dress up a dining table or office. If you’ve never shopped L’objet, I highly recommend the brand. As summer soirées roll in, this brand makes excellent hostess gifts. The packaging alone will wow your friends. 
L’objet malachite and gold dinnerware and hostess gifts.
L’objet malachite dinnerware

Oscars Jewelry Trends for Less w/ Style Expert Pamela Pekerman

It was great to be back on The Couch with my friend Carolina and formally meet the lovely Jill Nicolini. In case you missed the 8:30AM  segment, here’s a shopper’s guide to all the jewelry on the table. 

Sometimes a little sparkle is all you need to lift your mood and smile at the world, so have fun with you baubles and indulge in these trends. They are perfect accessories for prom, a summer wedding, or a just-because-it’s-Monday.

Awards Season Red Carpet Jewelry Trends for Less

HEADBANDS– romantic rhinestone headbands from JCPenney  
Lupita Nyong’o in Fred Leighton Headband, Headband Trend

Vieste Rhinestone Headband $20

Vieste Rhinestone Floral Vine Headband, $25

Vieste Simulated Pearl and CrystalHeadband,  $20

Viesta Rhinestone Swivel Headband, $20 at JCPenney Stores

 

FEMININE TONES & STONES – delicate florals and cream shades from BaubleBar.com 
Cate Blanchett in Chopard Earrings, Feminine Tones & Stones Trend

Angel WingedCuff$36

Corona Collar Necklace$36

Jumbo Bloom Necklace$36

Prettyin Pink Studs$24

 

minty fresh and clear jewelry from Lia Sophia 

Nestled Earrings$48

Glazed Cut Crystal and Resin Bangles$78 each

Fondant Cut Crystal Resin Necklace$148

 

GOLD RUSH – golden treasures from Overstock.com  

Naomi Watts in Bvlgari bracelet, Yellow Gold Trend

Tri-colorGold over Bronze 18-inch Large Link Necklace$103.99

Mondevio 18k Gold over StainlessSteel Filigree Design Cuff Bracelet, $22. 09

EAR CUFF / CLIMBERS –  Ear climbers from Overstock.com  
Jennifer Lawrence in Ana Khouri earrings, Ear Cuff & Climber Trend

Ultimate CZSterling Silver Cubic Zirconia 2-pair Earring Set, $48.99

Ultimate CZ18k Gold over Silver Cubic Zirconia ‘X’ and ‘O’ Earring Set$47.59

 

Edgy Ear Cuff from BaubleBar.com  

CrystalOrion Ear Cuff$28

 
ARM CANDY – inspired by Jennifer Lawrence at Golden Globes, load up on black and crystal from Overstock.com  
Jennifer Lawrence in Neil Lane bracelets, Arm Candy Trend

RiccovaSilvertone Cubic Zirconia and Colored Enamel Bangle in black, $42.99  

RomanSilvertone Jet Crystal Rectangle Stretch Bracelet$14.09

CelesteSilvertone Clear Crystal Beaded Black Cord Macrame Bracelet$27.99

 
art deco and blue arm candy party from Lia Sophia $48 – $98
 
Golden bangles and cuffs from MaxandChloe.com

Cate Blanchett’s Chopard Earrings 2014 Oscars

Image courtesy of Chopard

Cate Blanchett’s Chopard earrings took my breath away. Hands down, this was the best jewelry moment of the entire awards season! 

The 18kt white gold earrings are from Chopard’s 2014 Red Carpet Collection. There are 62 opals (that’s 22.03ct !) and 1595 diamonds (1.73ct). If you are in the market for new earrings feel free to call 1-800-CHOPARD. As my friends as Chopard so kindly told me, the price is available upon request. My response what, “do I dare request”. Hmmm?!!