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The pictured bags that follow are available as of today (9/30/15).    If at any point you decide to make a purchase save yourself an additional 5% by using code CYNTHIAHUDSON at checkout.  If interested in checking out the website click here.

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Louis Vuitton Alma Epi Leather PM medium

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Celine Phantom Smooth Leather medium

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Balenciaga Leather Day Hobo Giant Studs medium

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Chanel Bijoux Chain Mademoiselle Patent Lock Tote

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Chanel Cambon Pochette Quilted Leather medium

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Chanel Grand Shopping Tote Caviar medium

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Chanel Mademoiselle Top Flap Quilted Caviar Jumbo

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Gucci Jackie O Ostrich Medium

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Hermes Birkin Chocolate and Rose Shocking with Palladium Hardware medium

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Hermes Evelyne Crossbody Generation III Clemence PM medium

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Jimmy Choo Marla Leather Bag medium

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Louis Vuitton Alma Epi Leather PM medium

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Louis Vuitton Alma Monogram Vernis MM medium

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Louis Vuitton L Hobo Mahina Leather medium

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Ralph Lauren Hobo Pony Hair medium


Hope you enjoy this fun way of finding gently used, preowned luxury handbags at a more affordable price and perhaps sell one to make room for new!!

Thanks for stopping by….Cynthia

Mini Bag – Fall Trend

Mini Bag for Fall is a trend that provides the perfect, handy accessory to update your wardrobe and to use for all seasons!  How cute and chic are they?!  Ideal size to carry just your essentials for a night out, to lunch or shopping.  Larger bags lead to overfilling which tend to weigh us down and can actually cause back problems – this bag won’t let you!!  Mini Bag for Fall and go about life with essential items, feeling light and looking chic!

For more information about the bags I’ve selected click on the description below the photo.

Henri Bendel A-List Mini Embossed SatchelA-List Mini Embossed Satchel

Henri Bendel Carlyle Mini Satchel

Carlyle Mini Satchel

Marc by Marc Jacobs Domo Biker Grommet Mini Backpack Crossbody

MARC BY MARC JACOBS Domo Biker Grommet Mini Backpack Crossbody

Kate Spade NY Cedar Street Cami Mini Bag

Kate Spade NY Cedar Street Cami Mini Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs DIY Mini Tool Box Crossbody

MARC by MARC JACOBS DIY Mini Tool Box Crossbody

Henri Bendel Jetsetter Mini Quilted Convertible Backpack

Jetsetter Quilted Mini Convertible Backpack

Are you considering adding a mini bag to your handbag collection??

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Berry Lips – Fall Trend

Berry Lips are trending for Fall and they make lips look luscious!!  Working beautifully with the deep oxbloods and burgundy colors of the season, as well as, olive tones, camels, winter white, black, metallics, grey and navy!  And, berry tones compliment all eye colors!  For a dramatic look try a gold shadow with deep green eye liner with a berry lip or for a more natural but chic look try a very neutral eye with long dark lashes and a deep berry lip or an elegant look using navy shadow and black eye liner with berry lips – all gorgeous!!  Spend some time trying on different colors and types to find the perfect berry lip shade for you.  Go for it  – add berry lips to your Fall wardrobe!

These are a few of my personal favorites. The first three lipsticks in photos that follow are in my collection.  Click on the description above photo for links to all.

Berry Lipsticks

Sephora Luster Long-Wear Lip Color: Mulberry Luster

Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color:Mulberry Luster

Clinique Different Lipstick – A Different Grape

Clinique Different Lipstick - Different Grape

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color – Raisin Berry

Bobbi Brown Creamy LipColor:Raisin Berry

Bite Beauty Frozen Berries Matte Creme Lipstick: Elderberry Deep Purple

Bite Beauty Frozen Berries Matte Creme Lipstick - Elderberry Deep Purple


NARS Audacious Lipstick: Vera-Bright Raspberry

Nars Audacious Lipstick Bright Raspberry


Do you have a favorite berry lip color?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Fringe Trend

If you like being current,  jumping on the Fringe Trend is an easy wardrobe update for Fall.  Fringe has been incorporated into clothing pieces, shoes, handbags and accessories so there is a plethora of options to choose from. Especially easy to incorporate with a handbag or shoe.  But, if you are bit more fashion forward perhaps choose a clothing item like a fringe skirt, vest or jacket. However, don’t overdo it — one fringe item per outfit or you risk resembling a yarn mop!

For more information on the pieces I have selected, click on the highlighted description above the photo.

Free People Blanket Sweater Coat

Free People Blanket Sweater Coat

Wanderlust Plaid Poncho

Wanderlust Plaid Ponch

Zara Long Waist Fringe Coat with Fringe

Zara Long Waist Coat with Fringing

Zara Suede Jacket

Zara Suede Jacket

Zara Fringed Skirt
Zara Fringed Skirt

Fringed Bucket Bag with Long Strap

Zara Fringed Bucket Bag with Long Strap

Leather Messenger Bag with Fringes

Zara Leather Messenger Bag with Fringes


Rebecca Minkoff Moto Fringe Saddle Bag


Rebecca Minkoff Moto Fringe Saddle Bag

Fringe Sueded Bucket Bag

Stuart Weitzman The Fringelica Pump


Steven by Steve Madden Dalton Tall Fringe Boot

Sam Edelman Josephina Tall Boot

Anthropologie Elyse Kiltie Heels

Anthropologie Elyse Kiltie Heels

VC Signature Yvonne Plunge Peep Toe Fringe


Will you add fringe to update your wardrobe?

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Eyeshadow Palettes

Eyeshadow Palettes…bringing gorgeous colors, that often blend together well, in one beautiful package!  Two of my current favorites are by Urban Decay — Naked2 BASICS and Naked SMOKY.

Urban Decay NAKED 2 BASICS eyeshadow palette

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics

The NAKED 2 BASICS palette is a compact with six matte taupe-hued neutral shadows that are great for everyday use!  The six colors are not included in the original NAKED2 palette.  The range of colors are neutral enough for a range of skin tones and they are perfect for creating a neutral matte eye or to use as base shades for bolder colors. This palette also uses “Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™ which incorporates a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade it’s velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability.”  And, it is formulated without parabens.  The size of the compact is great for travel as well — this is my go-to daytime palette!  I absolutely love the velvety texture, the saturated color and great coverage that combine to create a day appropriate eye look.

Urban Decay NAKED SMOKY eyeshadow paletteUrban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteThe NAKED SMOKY palette has 12 smoky neutral eye shades to create the perfect neutral smoky eye, a double-ended brush, and includes a lookbook with four options to achieve smoky eye looks. The dozen smoky neutrals, include nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes.  Shadows range from warm bronzes and varied grays to deep browns, taupes, and a deep black including a combination of mattes, satins and shades with sparkle.  This palette also features “Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™”.  The double-ended brush included with the set, with a tapered crease brush on one end and a smoky smudger brush on the other, is high quality and unlike any brush I’ve ever received in a kit.  The case itself is beautiful with a very cool, floating smoke effect.  This new set is what I’ve been using in the evening.  I love the blues and grey which blend together well.  I use the black with a dampened eyeliner brush as liner.  Using sparkle on the eye in the evening (carefully) is pretty — this set is a winner!!

If you haven’t purchased eyeshadows in a while these are two sets to seriously consider!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia


Fall Trend Sleeveless Long Vest

A Fall Trend I love is the Sleeveless Long Vest!  A great piece to add to your wardrobe because of its versatility and ability to make the outfit.  Some styles are more casual than others but the long sleeveless vest’s versatility permits it to work over jeans and a t-shirt, leather leggings, a dress, dressy trousers, shorts and a skirt and top – you name it, it works with it!

I’ve selected various Sleeveless Long Vest style options and at different price points.  If interested in finding more information about the items click on the highlighted words above the photo.

Rag & Bone Singer Wool Blend Vest

Rag and Bone Singer Wool Blend Vest


Rag & Bone Faye Long Double Breasted Vest

Rag& Bone Faye Long Double Breasted Vest


Top Shop Sleeveless Raw Hem DusterTopShop Sleeveless Raw Hem Duster

Top Shop Sleeveless Ponte Jacket

TopShop Sleeveless Ponte Jacket

Top Shop Molly Longline Vest

Top Shop Molly Longline Vest



Anthropologie Museum District Vest

Anthroplogie Museum District Vest

Theory Flavio Jacket in Torrey

Thoery Flavio Jacket


Theory Flavio Jacket in Modern Suit

Theory Flavio Jacket in Modern Suit

Lafayette 148 Inez Lambskin Vest

Lafayette 148 Inez Lamskin Vest

VINCE Melange Mixed Media Vest

Vince Melange Mixed Media Vest

Will you be buying a versatile Sleeveless Long Vest?
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Michelle Capp logo

I have been depriving myself for too long and had no idea how badly I needed to be pampered, relax and take some time for myself!  I have always regarded massage so special that I would save it to look forward to on vacations and weekends away.  However, that philosphy has changed now that I’ve experienced a massage by Michele Cappellano of Health Through Massage in Rye, NY.  Michele and her therapists combine the latest in techniques and methodologies to build a customized approach to your wellness and are dedicated to “improving the quality of life for you and your family through ‘Relief Therapy'”.  And, what a relief it was!  Through the combination of soft, soothing music and sounds of nature, a super comfortable bed with cushion supports, deep tissue massage and deep breathing with aromatherapy, my hope for relaxation and muscle tension relief was achieved!!  Michele used aromatherapy throughout the massage…Lemon eucalyptus (awakening), tangerine and clary sage (balancing) – truly heavenly!  The full body massage performed with the perfect amount of intense pressure relieved my neck and shoulder tension and loosened my leg muscles.  Of course, the head and foot massage were incredible too.

Michele Cappellano – founder

Michelle Cappellano

The website provides all of the information about her award winning services.  I need to remember to make massage an important part of my life.  In addition to it being relaxing and tension relieving it improves joint mobility, increases nutritional distribution and boosts immunity, improves posture and coordination, promotes restful sleep, reduces recovery time after exercise, enhances oxygen intake, alleviates anxiety and more.  And, I sincerely believe taking the time to do good for yourself does good for everyone in your life!

Michele kindly agreed to extend my readers the price of $110 (usually $125) for an hour massage.  Just mention that you read about Health through Massage on this blog.

Thanks for stopping by and treat yourself… Cynthia

Back to School 2015

Summer 2015 was fantastic but today the gang heads Back to School!!  Each year gets tougher for me.  This year my son (who will not let me post pics of him) graduates from High School, Liz heads into her sophomore year, Cate enters 8th grade and graduates Middle School and Ali, our youngest, goes into 5th grade – our last year as parents of an elementary schooler…seems surreal!  However, with Back to School comes Back to School fashion!

Here are a few photos of my girls and their choices for that all important first day back to school outfit.

Liz and Cate off to Middle School and High School



Liz wearing a Zara skirt and top outfit and Chinese Laundry stacked heel booties.


Cate is wearing a Top Shop tee, Ivviva leggings, Uniqlo flannel and Haviana flip-flops.


Ali is wearing an Abercrombie top, Abercrombie shorts and Madden Girl boots.




Dad and Ali walking to school.



Wishing my kids and yours a happy and successful school year!!

Thanks for stopping by…Cynthia

Pasta for Dinner

With kids heading back to school next week and the return of hectic schedules I look to easy meals to feed my crew.  Pasta for dinner is a family weeknight meal that makes eating together easier to achieve!  As often as possible we try to eat dinner, sitting around our table, together.  As a mom of 4 growing kids  (teens and pre-teens), I am cooking more than ever – more often and larger amounts – and am busier than ever.   So, recipes need to deliver…appeal to everyone, be easy and quick to make, be nutritious, and of course, be delicious!

I’ve cut back on the amount of pasta I eat, however, I do LOVE it! (Almost as much as shoes!)  So, when I make it it has to be worth it!  I tend to wing it when I cook, so the recipe that follows is my version of:

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Italian Sausage: (Makes 6 servings)

1 lb Orecchiette pasta

1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage (remove from casing)

2 bunches broccoli rabe (washed and cut into 1″ pieces)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4-5 garlic cloves, chopped

fresh Italian parsley, chopped


1.Bring large pot of water to a boil and salt generously.  Once boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente.  When you drain be sure to reserve some of the salted cooking water to add to pasta at end.

2. Put about 1″ of water at bottom of a large saute pan and place cleaned and chopped broccoli rabe. Cover and cook/steam on medium heat until very tender.

3. In another large saute pan, place sausage removed from casing.  Break it up into small pieces and cook until fat renders and is fully cooked.  Once cooked, remove sausage and set aside.  If there is a lot of fat from sausage pore excess out but do not completely clean pan.

4. In same skillet as sausage was cooked add about 3 TBSP of olive oil to remaining fat and slowly saute the garlic until soft (do not burn).  Once softened, add the cooked sausage back to pan.

5. Once broccoli rabe is tender, drain to remove most of the water. (I use a colander) Once drained put broccoli rabe into pan with sausage and mix together.

6. Add cooked pasta to sausage and broccoli rabe mixture.  Mix together adding a small amount of the reserved cooking water. (I use about 3 large ladles or to desired consistency).  Give a good stir to deglaze bottom of pan.  I add a bit more olive oil as well and I taste.  If needed, I will add some kosher salt.  Add the fresh parsley and mix together.

Suggest serving with fresh Pecorino-Romana cheese (prefer Locatelli brand) and crushed red pepper flakes on side (for those that like some spice and cheese),  a garden salad and sliced, fresh french baquette.

Fresh parsley ready to join the party!


Sweet Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe awaiting the pasta.


Sliced fresh bread as centerpiece.


The finished product plated with garden salad a few slices of bread.

The whole family enjoys Orrechiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Italian Sausage….Bon Appetite!!

What is your favorite pasta dish?  Thanks for stopping by….Cynthia

Fragrances – Facebook Poll Results

Fragrances – What to wear? Which scent represents me? Which scent will leave a lasting, positive impression?

Chanel No. 5 and Hermes Rue du Faubourg have been the main two fragrances I have worn for most of my adult life.  Two others that come to mind are Loves Baby Soft, as a kid, and Bijan in High School. (Funny enough, I still have the box and use it to hold buttons). I own a few other fragrances and occasionally apply.  However, I do often wonder what is popular and what am I missing as the options seem endless.  So in an attempt to get some clarity I asked a local Women’s Facebook group, “What is your favorite fragrance?”  I received and great response and here are the results…wish I could provide you all of the delicious scents too!! (And, BIG thanks to the participants!)

If you have interest finding out more information about the winners, click on the words highlighted in red and you will be connected.

CHANEL fragrances were overall the most popular (Chance, No. 5, No. 19, Allure, Christalle, and Coco Mademoiselle all mentioned).  However, the champion with the most mentions was…

CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle  “Sexy, fresh oriental fragrance recalls the irrepressible spirit of the young Coco Chanel. An elegant, luxurious scent in a classic signature bottle, perfect for the dressing table or for traveling. Notes: bergamot, orange, jasmine, rose, patchouli, vetiver, white musks, vanilla.”

CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Parfum

CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Parfum

A close second was one of my longtime favorites…

CHANEL No. 5   “The now and forever fragrance. The ultimate in femininity.  The most powerful, concentrated and long-lasting form of fragrance; the fullest expression of the perfumer’s art.”

CHANEL No. 5 Parfum

CHANEL No. 5 Parfum

Surprisingly, there was an eleven way tie for the 3rd most popular fragrance among this Facebook group.

Jo Malone London fragrances received many mentions (Orange Blossom, Wild Fig & Cassis and Grapefruit). However, the most votes were for…

Jo Malone’s French Lime Blossom  “Inspired by a stroll along the Champs Élysées, French Lime Blossom is a romantic, full-bodied floral. The scent of sweet lime blossoms with a twist of bergamot and tarragon is evocative of the first day of spring.”

Jo Malone French Lime Blossom

Jo Malone French Lime Blossom

A few Bond No.9 New York fragrances were mentioned (Bleeker Street and I Love New York) but the scent with the most mentions was…

China Town  “Superpower meets Supercity. The emerging superpower energy with the avant-garde cachet of downtown New York. A sultry, mouth-watering, equal-opportunity East-meets-West bouquet.”

Bond No. 9 New York "Chinatown" Fragrance

Bond No. 9 New York “Chinatown” Fragrance

Other 3rd place contenders are:

CHANEL No. 19 ” This luminous re-imagining of Coco Chanel’s signature scent—named N°19 in honor of her birth date, August 19, 1883—reveals a bold fragrance with a daring combination of crisp green notes and powdery iris.”

Chanel No. 19 Poudre Eau de Parfum Spray

Chanel No. 19 Poudre Eau de Parfum Spray

Fracas  “Create a little chaos with this lush white floral. Distinctly feminine, this intoxicating classic combines tuberose, jasmine and gardenia with a hint of orange blossom before giving way to a base of sandalwood, vetiver and musk.”

Robert Piquet Fracas Eau de Parfum

Robert Piquet Fracas Eau de Parfum

Kai  “A light blend of gardenia wrapped in white exotics. An intoxicating perfume oil fragrance made with essential oils in a convenient and easy-to-use roll-on vial.”

Kai Perfume Oil

Kai Perfume Oil

Quelques Fleurs L’Original de Parfum  “In an era when new perfumes come and go, there is nothing as exquisite as a classic that endures.  Quelques Fleurs pays homage to the original values of the perfumery with a multi-dimensional, complex extract formula that will leave an exquisite and lasting impression.
Notes:- Head notes: bergamot, galbanum, tarragon, lemon.
– Heart notes: jasmine, tuberose, lily of the valley, violet, rose, ylang-ylang, carnation, broom flower, orange blossom, clove.
– Base notes: oakmoss, sandalwood, civet, cedarwood, musk, orris, tonka bean.”

Houbigant Paris Quelques Fleurs L'Original Parfum

Houbigant Paris Quelques Fleurs L’Original Parfum

CHANEL Chance Parfum  “It’s your chance . . . TAKE IT! A decidedly young scent . . . for those who dare to dream. The most powerful, concentrated and long-lasting form of fragrance; a constellation of orbiting scents. Floral notes merge with sensual, sweet and spicy elements for a hint of sexiness and delicious naughtiness.”

CHANEL Chance Parfum

CHANEL Chance Parfum

Others that tied for 3rd place are Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf, Prada Candy and Chloe.

Numerous other perfumes received a single mention such as, Carnal Flower by Dominique Rapion, Stella by Stella McCartney, Annick Goutal Mandragone, Bottega Veneta, Samsara, L’eau D’Issey, Ja’doir, Fendi, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Trish McEvoy Blackberry and Vanilla Musk and Gucci Diamonds.


Looking forward to exploring many of the fragrances!   Do you wear a fragrance not listed here? I would love to know! (Scroll down a bit further to the Comment box)

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