September 2019

DIY: How to Get the Hottest Braided Hairstyles Spotted on Celebs and their Kids


Braids are one of the hottest trends these days, and nowhere is that trend more apparent than in Hollywood! Celebrity moms like Jennifer Garner and Jada Pinkett Smith are sporting braids of all varieties, and their daughters are taking note. Mini fashionistas like Violet Affleck and Ava Phillippe are copying their A-list moms and rocking braids, too.

Get the Look of Estate Gems: Jewelry from Ramona Singer’s New Line on HSN

Between wrapping up filming for Season Five of the Real Housewives of New York City and launching a new wine, one of our favorite housewives and my friend Ramona Singer has also added a new collection to her jewelry line for HSN.  This new collection includes some fun art deco pieces inspired by old Hollywood glamour — just like the ones you saw all over the red carpet this past awards season. If you miss seeing Ramona in action and are waiting patiently for next seasons RHONY, check out her third year anniversary show with HSN on March 14th at 5 pm.  You can also shop her collection online.  Here are some of my favorite pieces:

White Topaz & Diamond with Black Enamel Sterling Silver Earrings, $339.90
These dramatic earrings are perfect if you need a great pair of earrings to wear to a cocktail party or a black tie. I love how the black enamel makes the silver and diamonds pop.

White Topaz Sterling Silver Oval Pendant, $399.90
This statement pendant is special and looks very vintage chic. Wear it with a shift dress or even a crisp white button down and pants — a great addition to any accessories collection.


Bezel-Set Gem Station Sterling Silver Necklace, $374.90
Ramona gave me this gorgeous necklace for my birthday and it became my go-to piece during fashion week.  It’s so on-trend, goes with so many outfits, and is great for layering with other jewelry.


Ramona Singer is an astute businesswoman and a true aficionado of fashion with a passion for being a wife and mother. In addition to her role on BRAVO’s The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona has taken the beauty and accessory industries by storm.
She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, with a B.S. Degree in Business. Ramona started her professional career thirty years ago as a buyer for Macy’s, and then created her first company RMS Fashions, Inc. Her businesses include Tru Renewal skin care, True Faith Jewelry, Ramona Singer Collections on Amazon and most notably, Ramona Singer Jewelry for HSN. Her line of pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings, priced $200 and up, was inspired by her love for estate and art deco, which she says she adores because it is timeless. Having conquered the design world, Ramona was inspired to create a skin care line, Tru Renewal, after struggling to find products she herself could use that were effective, yet free of chemicals that could potentially harm and irritate her skin. Her entrepreneurial skills have received praise from media industry giants such as Women’s Wear Daily, FoxBusiness, People, and Examiner to name a few. Ramona’s newest venture has her expanding to the wine world with Ramona Pinot Grigio.

A Day in the Life of Jay Godfrey

It’s fun to learn what your favorite designers do on a daily basis, let alone every half hour.  I recently sat down with Jay Godfrey to get his play by play on a typical day, and what gets him going (Espresso!).  It’s a guarantee he’ll never leave home without his iPhone and an ingrained image of his baby girl, Allegra.  Get a glimpse into JG’s life:

5:44 am: I hear my alarm go off.  Ok, no I don’t!  I hear my one year old, Allegra, crying.  Ok, not that either.  Why the hell am I up?! Must be thinking about work.  Back to sleep I go.

7:16 am: Ok.  Now I am really up.  I hear Allegra calling for me and her mommy to come get her from her crib.

7:19 am: Diaper change.  “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” sung. Espresso machine on and heating up.

7:35 am: Espresso gone.  Make another.  Go get the NY Post and NY Times to get some news at my front door.  Tired of “debt ceiling” and Casey Anthony stories.  Loved restaurant reviews in the Times and can’t wait to try David Bouley’sBrushstroke, which received two stars this morning.

8:02 am: Steam, shower, groom, pick out my clothes (Nudie Jeans, American apparel Deep V, Jil Sander cotton navy blazer, Duckie Brown for Florsheim no lace brogues).  No socks today.

8:30 am: Third espresso.  Eating two slices of whole wheat toast my wife Dara made me with peanut butter and Nutella.  YUM!

8:44 am: Hop on the E Train north to the garment district.

9:02 am: Arrive at the office to a LONG LONG LONG LONG to do list. Start returning emails to my factory in China.

10:00 am: Full team meeting to chat about all things going on in the world of Jay Godfrey.  I mention to the team about an appearance I am going to be making on a Bravo reality show about matchmaking.

11:05 am: Design meeting with associate designer to discuss Spring 2012 prints in Photoshop.  Some fab kaleidoscope prints are being concocted in front of my eyes.

11:55 am: Surprise pop into the studio from my wife and baby.  Made my day!

12:33 pm:  Starting to get hungry but somehow the girls in my office start talking about the Bachelorette and I get roped into a conversation about who I want to win. Massive fake argument ensues.

1:39 pm: Still haven’t gone for lunch.  Getting ravenous (and maybe a bit grumpy).  Need to eat.  Off to grab a sandwich and return to my desk.

2:22 pm: Phone rings and big Hollywood stylist calls me in a frantic (albeit funny) fit.  She needs a particular dress made ASAP in two different colors. DEEP BREATHS! Okay!

3:00 pm: Japanese luxury trim manufacturer coming to show me and my associate designer their latest and greatest.

3:45 pm: INSPIRED!  Some great and exciting new trims.  My mind is racing with ideas.  Need to sleep on some of them, though.

4:12 pm: Production manager comes to my office saying that the factory in China is having difficultly telling which color I call “Lipstick Red” and the one I call “Bordeaux”.

4:33 pm: Bravo show producers drop in for a quick “site visit”.

5:02 pm: In the sample room with my head of production, VP of Sales, patternmaker and sample maker, discussing options for exclusive styles we’re creating for Intermix.

5:18 pm: Step into meeting with our CFO, Sean, to discuss the possibility of a JAY GODFREY retail store!  Sounds exciting.  A bit scary too.

6:46 pm: In a taxi home to play with Allegra and put her to bed.

7:46 pm: Dara made a DELICIOUS salmon teriyaki.  Have a delicious glass of Provence-style rose.

8:43 pm: Off for a jog along the Westside highway.  Thinking about Spring 2012 and cant get it out of my head.

9:35 pm: Return to my apartment – totally and utterly exhausted.  Time for my wind down – steam, bath, book, news.

10:33 pm: A few emails come in as China opens.  Nothing crazy.

11:30 pm: In bed.  Ready to sleep but Spring 2012 is still on my mind.  I get up, go to my sketch book, and quickly jot down some ideas.

11:52 pm: Back in bed.  Need to rest!

Buy Jay Godfrey in the US:  IntermixNordstromSaksTootsiesNeiman Marcus and Cusp.

Buy Jay Godfrey Internationally: Holt Renfrew in Canada, Vakko in Turkey, Aishti in the Lebanon and Dubai and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong.

 
Lindsay Brooke Weiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.”