To Cool For School.

Sportswear is having a big moment in fashion. Whether it’s Chanel’s Boxerinas or the launch of Net-a-Sporter it seems that comfort and functionality are the new LBD. This has made almost any and every fashion house incorporate a luxury backpack into their accessory repertoire, since women want a practical bag that is elegant at the same time. Here are a few of our favorite luxury backpacks, we wouldn’t be surprised if you decide to trade your trapeze for a comfier model.

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Window Stopping.

Original article written by me for Manhattan Magazine.

New York’s beloved tradition of over-the-top Christmas displays is back for the season. Forget Santa’s workshop; this year’s holiday windows are anything but typical.

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Barneys New York This year’s holiday windows at Barneys are a collaboration between French visual artist Joanie Lemercier and Jay Z, who put together digital displays to create interactive windows. The windows consist of light projections, 3-D displays and lots of mirrors. Its theme is “A New York Holiday,” and all items on display were selected by Hova himself. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., barneys.com

Bergdorf Goodman The windows at Bergdorf Goodman this year are titled “Holidays on Ice,” and each depicts a different holiday in a snowy, frosty landscape. On display, you will be able to find wintry, high-fashion versions of Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and even April Fools’. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., bergdorfgoodman.com

Bloomingdale’s The windows at Bloomingdale’s celebrate holiday shopping around the world. Each window includes an oversized present from countries such as China, France, Great Britain and Italy—plus New York City, of course. Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., bloomingdales.com

Saks Fifth Avenue In honor of seasons past, Saks’ holiday windows will include the traditional Snowflake Spectacular light show. The windows themselves will tell the story of the legendary Saks Yeti, a mythical creature rumored to live in the store’s roof and make snow during the winter. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., saks.com

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany’s window display consists of a row of elegant townhouses and classic Upper East Side apartments covered in snow and Tiffany’s signature blue boxes. The display also includes traditional Christmas scenes such as Santa’s sleigh and children gathered around the Christmas tree. Tiffany & Co., 200 Fifth Ave,tiffany.com

Holiday Markets.

Original article written by me for Manhattan Magazine.

Holiday shopping won’t be a chore at these festive holiday markets around the city.

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Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market Organizers Amy Abrams and husband Ronen Glimer brought this Brooklyn transplant to Chelsea Market. Over the years this market has gained popularity because of its unique gifts that are all locally produced. Expect to find anything from handmade bags to vinyl records at this pop-up bazaar. Details From Nov. 11-Jan. 14, 75 Ninth avenue, artistsandfleas.com

Holiday Market at Columbus Circle This annual holiday market features 120 vendors who sell handmade items and Christmas snacks. The market also features a market concierge who helps you navigate through all the stands. Details Dec. 3-24, 59th Street and Eighth Avenue, urbanspacey.com

The Grand Central Holiday Fair Grand Central’s main concourse features an annual holiday fair boasting 76 microboutiques that will allow you to shop without shivering since this is the only holiday market that is held indoors. Details Nov. 15-Dec. 20, Vanderbilt Hall, 87 E. 42 St., grandcentralterminal.com

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park More than 125 artisans will surround the pond at Bryant Park selling all sorts of accessories and gifts for everyone on your list. This market is also a great option for the weekends since it has a variety of stands that sell food and hot drinks and it’s very close to the Bryant Park skating rink.Details Nov. 11-Jan. 5, 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, bryantpark.org

Union Square Holiday Market This European-style holiday market is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the city. It features more than 150 vendors who offer shoppers a variety of items including handcrafted jewelry, fine art, clothes and leather goods. Details Nov. 16-Dec. 24, 14th Street and Broadway,unionsquare.org

Where The Wild Souls Are.

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We all have a little bit of a wild within our souls. We like to tend to that wild side every so often with a little bit of risky behavior, a crazy night out, a funky addition to our wardrobe, etc.  Sometimes, however, we forget to feed the most important part: our souls.

Wild Soul sunglasses are helping Generation-Y cater to both our wild sides and our souls. How? This eyewear company sells stylish sunglasses and donates a percentage of the proceeds to charitable causes. Now you may think, “I’ve already seen a million fashion companies that give back to the community.” However, Wild Soul is unlike any other. This company goes the extra mile by letting their shoppers choose which cause they wish to support (health, society, environment) and which specific foundation they wish to donate to.

The Wild Soul brand is the brainchild of college friends Marc Battipaglia and Andres Beker. After graduating from Emory, the two friends knew they wanted to start a sunglass company, but felt their fashion dreams could not be completely fulfilled without giving back.

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“Our aim is to change the way people approach shopping for material products,” says Beker, “I think it’s very important to include the social aspect into a brand.” This is how they came up with the brand’s slogan: “Choose your sunglasses, choose your cause.”

Beker says they chose to design eyewear because, as a charitable company, putting something on your face goes that extra step to make a statement. So what better way to show that you’re helping out your community, than by advertising it on your face?

In case you’re wondering where the “wild” aspect comes in, each model of eyewear is named after a different animal, and the designers aimed to create a resemblance between the sunglasses and their namesake. There are currently four different styles, and each come in three different colors. Wild Soul sunglasses can be found on their website www.wildsoul.org or at selected Cohen’s Optical store locations.