If you have a child with nut allergies like I do, Halloween candy can be pretty scary.  So I order chocolate from Vermont Nut Free every holiday season.  It was founded by the mother of a boy with a peanut allergy.  The site says its entire selection is completely safe for people with tree nut or peanut allergies.  While I can’t guarantee what’s safe for your child, you can find more information and resources on this on my ShopSmart blog.



This was my mood.











I had carefully planned out Halloween.  I had ordered my child’s costume, candy and decorations.  All I had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the month’s spooky festivities.  THEN my dear husband took our child to a Halloween-themed birthday party.  Our child wore his costume.  My family returned home from the party, along with the costume, except for the hat that went with the outfit.  It was LOST.  There was no way to buy a new one.  The stores were all sold out now.  This was the discussion that ensued with my husband.







I had to leave before further destruction ensued.  So I flew off on a shopping-rage rampage (shopping rage will be the subject of a future blog post).  Fortunately I didn’t do too much damage to my bank balance, AND I began to calm down.  AND I began to realize that my husband – dad – does things differently and that I shouldn’t hate him for it.  While dad may not plan things out as carefully as mom does, that doesn’t mean he can’t roll with the punches and get things done.   Sure enough, when I returned home, my husband had found a new hat that was even better than the one that came with the costume.  Now I’m not a hater, I’m happy.  But I AM going to hide when my husband tries to explain to our child why his Halloween costume has a new hat.












I’ve seen my share of broken wine glasses.  Not from fights with my husband, but by small children who think it’s great to throw objects and see them smash into tiny pieces.  But now it’s safe to drink wine at my house again.  That’s because I use these polymer glasses from Govino.  They’re shatterproof and 100% BPA free.  You may think crystal is classier, but I prefer not having my family members maimed by broken glass.  I like these so much, I may even buy their decanter.  Wait what am I doing?  First, this is supposed to be a fashion blog but I’m talking about wine glasses, and I’m encouraging you to drink!


I’m glad big necklaces are still in style. Wearing one is a great way to spruce up a plain dress, or turn an old outfit into a new one. I got this necklace for only $25 from a street vendor outside J.Crew on Lower Fifth Avenue.

It looks like way more expensive necklaces that you’d find in department stores. The vendor is probably there this weekend, so check her out. I’m probably wearing this to parent-teacher night!