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

Spend For The Cause.

Original article written by me for Manhattan Magazine

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Several of your favorite retailers, salons and restaurants have teamed up to bring you a month of giving back during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t forget to wear pink!

French Connection’s Shop For The Cause Event
In case you needed another reason to shop at French Connection, the brand wants to give you three: fun, fashion and philanthropy. At their Oct. 26 shopping event, 20 percent of all the sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. This event will also include cocktails, a fashion show and raffles. DETAILSRSVP at RSVPevents@frenchconnection-usa.com, French Connection, 435 West Broadway

“Take a Bite” Out of Breast Cancer at Carnegie Deli
On Oct. 29, head to Carnegie Deli to enjoy mini versions of their classic fare, pink ribbon cheesecake, pink-themed desserts, goodie bags and much more. This soiree will benefit the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which promotes awareness for early detection. DETAILS Carnegie Deli, 854 Seventh Avenue, eventbee.com

Salon Sck’s Fight For The Cure
During the month of October, Salon Sck will partner with Kerastase and Shu Uemura to raise money for breast cancer awareness. One hundred percent of their proceeds from this month will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There has never been a better excuse to get your hair done. DETAILS Salon SCK, 1845 Broadway, 2nd Floor, 212.265.1700

Pink Extensions by Ted Gibson Salon
Pink is the new blonde at Ted Gibson Salon. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month the salon offers Hairdreams pink extensions throughout October. All funds raised the promotion, which starts from $25 per extension, will benefit Komen Greater NYC. DETAILS Ted Gibson Salon, 184 Fifth Avenue, #2, 212.633.6333,tedgibsonbeauty.com

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale
Join Brides Against Breast Cancer in Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse for their charity wedding gown sale. If you’re getting married, this event is the perfect opportunity to save some money while supporting those affected by breast cancer. DETAILS Nov. 13, Loeb Boathouse, East 72nd St. and Park Drive North

Get Thee To The Gala.

Original article written by me for Manhattan Magazine.

Check out five of the upcoming glamorous galas that help make fall the season of change in New York City.

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Life is Love Gala
The Somaly Mam Foundation will be hosting their annual gala to honor four individuals with the Voices of Change award for their outstanding contributions to support the foundation’s mission to end sex slavery. The night is hosted by Katie Couric with award presentations by Seth Meyers. DETAILS Tickets from $1,500. Oct. 23, Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, somaly.org

Fall Party 
This glamorous dinner-dance is sponsored by Carolina Herrera and co-chaired by Hayley Bloomingdale. All proceeds from the event will benefit the pediatrics department at the Sloane Kettering Cancer Center. DETAILSNov. 13, Four Seasons, 99 E. 52nd St., 212.639.7972, mskcc.convio.net

To the Rescue! 
The Humane Society of the United States presents their fall gala to benefit and celebrate the lifesaving work of its animal rescue program, with co-chairs Amanda Hearst, Georgina Bloomberg, and Kimberly Ovitz. DETAILSTickets from $1,250. Nov. 15, Cipriani 42nd St., humanesociety.org

Central Park Conservancy Autumn Ball
The central park conservatory hosts their annual autumn ball in order to celebrate the beauty of the park and fall and raise funds to restore and maintain the park, with chairmen including Deborah Roberts and Al Roker.DETAILS Nov. 19, Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park East and 71st Street, 212.446.2242, centralparknyc.org

American Museum of Natural History’s 2013 Museum Gala
This gala, held amongst the museum’s curious creatures and artifacts, will feature a cocktail party, silent auction and a live performance by Florence + The Machine. All proceeds support the museum’s educational and scientific programming. DETAILS Tickets from $1,500. Nov. 21, 212.769.5932, amnh.org

Under The Harvest Moon.

Original article written by me for Beach Modern Luxury Hamptons.

The fact that summer has come to an end doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a glass of wine from your favorite East End winery. Channel your inner sommelier with a trip to the winery this fall harvest season.

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Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery
Join Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery on Sept. 29 for their local oyster showcase. For one afternoon only, enjoy live jazz music and raw local oysters presented by Blue Island Oyster Company and New York Oyster Week. Tickets $35 for members; $40 nonmembers. DETAILS 39750 Country Road 48, Southold,sparklingpointe.com

Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Don’t miss one of fall’s most fun events: The Annual Wolffer Estate Harvest Party. Events range from live music, hayrides and even face painting so the entire family can enjoy. Tickets from 135.78. DETAILS 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, wolfferharvestparty.eventbrite.com

Shinn Estate Vineyards
Enjoy a glass of wine while supporting local art at Shinn Estate Vineyards. The vineyard hosts a pop-up art show on Oct. 4 and Oct. 18 featuring local artists’ creations. Also, through Oct. 19 you can enjoy wine-filled weekend evenings, as the vineyard will remain open until 8 pm every Friday and Saturday. Free. DETAILS2000 Oregon Road, Mattituck, shinnestatevineyards.com

Clovis Point Winery
On Sept. 28 and Oct 19, rejuvenate with an afternoon of yoga at the vineyard, followed by a complimentary wine tasting. Admission $15 for wine club members; $22 for nonmembers. DETAILS 1935 Main Road, Jamesport, clovispointwines.com

Martha Clara Vineyards
Through Nov. 2, Martha Clara Vineyards will offer live music by different local bands every Saturday and Sunday. Come dance the night away while enjoying a glass of their fall harvest. DETAILS 6025 South Avenue, Riverhead, marthaclaravineyards.com