The Savvy Assistant

Winter Warmth: 8 Cozy Essentials

January 5th, 2015 · Fashion, My Favorite Things, Style

Winter Warmth
Brrr…Winter is coming so bring on COZY & COMFY.
In case your power source fails, Santa brought me this super bright LED Old Timey Lantern to light the way. Let it serve double time on those camping trips making smores and memories. If bulky gloves prevent you from finding that “perfect” fit, try this half glove that allows you to move with ease & offer style at the same time. Make sure to match your outerwear of course! Another Santa gift received this year is this ultra warm quilted winter weatherproof vest. Accessorize with a fringed scarf that has multiple layers and mix up your seasonal hat with a beret style. Thanks to ebay, I scored some Sorrel boots in preparation for this white winter. If boots socks are too bulky, try this lacy leg warmer instead that peeks perfectly out of your winter boot. For the ultimate cozy & comfy, I slip into my fitted {yet roomy} stretchy HUE chord leggings.

Back to my fire & Chai tea.  Happy Winter Ya’ll.

1} Old Brooklyn Lantern $12: Santa brought an “As Seen on TV” item & it’s bright enough to light an entire room when electricity fails during upcoming harsh winter storms. Practical & keeps your house lit and cozy.

2} Charlie Paige fingerless gloves $15: Pictured above are the Kate Watts Merino as my cutie pie Charlie Paige polka dot gloves only had an image available {here}. Allows my hands to keep warm while on my phone & dealing with my keys. Not to mention ridiculously adorable.

3} Mountain Hardwear Ratio Vest $125: A splurge that will last season after season. This ultra warm puffer jacket will keep the chill off, warm your neck & stands out on the ski slope just as it does on your neighborhood run.

4} Mocha Fringe Infinity Scarf $38 :Snuggle up with layers of warmth before you brave the cold. This mocha color is ideal for a monochromatic style or equally tones down a brighter looking outfit.

5} Broner OOh La La Beret $15 {purchased mine from Mast General Store} :On days when winter weather is harsh on our healthy locks, rescue it from winter winds with a chic mix up from the traditional beanie.

6} Sorel’s Cumberland Winter White Leather Boot $80 {found mine on ebay}:Slush your way through whatever wonderful snowy mess your heart desires. Build those snowmen with ease & walk dry & comfy in mile high winter snow in these boots from Sorel.

7}Bijorca Sweater Knit & Lace Leg Warmers $15 {found mine on sale for $10} A boot sock is great, but sometimes I just want to add a little “peak” of something feminine. This lacy leg warmer does this trick & makes my boots look like a knockout. The cream gives your outfit a brighter look when wearing a darker ensemble.

8} HUE Wale Cord leggings $42 {found mine on Tradesy} :Lovely in both the Sand or Cobblestone, slides easily into knee length or ankle boots. Great fit & stretch, tunics here I come!


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Savvy Santa: Holiday Gift Guide 2014

December 1st, 2014 · Beauty, Fashion, Holidays, My Favorite Things, Shopping, Style



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~Warm your Hot Cocoa & get ready to head to the Savvy Santa Sleigh! The 2014 Savvy Gift Guide is here, my personal favorites this year on what I use in my daily living~

Stay toasty in these warmly lined camel slippers; carry all your everyday essentials in this over-sized tassle loving tote! Candle lighting is a must at my bungalow, enjoy this Jonathan Adler “pepper scent”, which is gender neutral {great also to light at my spa} Need a little room for stretch? Old Navy has it down with a lightweight cord that makes you look slender & chic, Wal-mart {yep, Wal-mart} has incredible deals on cozy &  layering scarves. Thank goodness for this gel liner from Benefit, I now can make a believable cat-eye with the resting easy applicator; line your lips in these Ulta oversized lip crayons in rich gorgeous winter-y colors {fashionista is the perfect pink color & date night is a richer merlot}. Walk all day in Clark’s suede booties & even transfer them to night easily with tights and baubles; read -up and get great insight & perspective into the wildness of the male Christian heart. Finally, for the foodie in all of us, these miniature crockpots are so adorable and perfection for keeping appetizer dips warmed & my local Olive Oil company has the best tasting olive oil to perfect your palate~not to mention delicious to drizzle on salads and yes…even icecream!

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1} LAMO Mocassin Chestnut slippers : $30 Cozy up in these ultra warm slippers with faux sheepskin lining for cold winter nights and a hard enough sole to allow comfortable steps along.

2} Big BuddhaParson tote : $95 Toss everything & get on the go in this sturdy over-sized necessity in my life. Removable shoulder strap when needed, big roomy “box”style to carry your everyday items in. LOVE!

3} Old Navy Sweetheart Cords: $34  A MUST! Disclosure: I have almost every color & love them all. These cords are stretchy enough to move comfortable in and sleek enough to give you a great silhouette. The material is light enough to not feel “weighted down” & prevents from that extra bulky look.

4}Jonathan Adler Pepper candle: $38 {found Mine at Nordstrom Rack for $10}: Enjoy this soy based Spicy Peppercorn Scented candle, which comes also in a reusable vessel. A perfect blend of not too sweet & perfect for Holidays.

5}Cashmillion Knit Infinity Scarves: $7+ An abundance of scarves I do have, I must admit. I fell for the Wal-mart Infinity scarves as they are ultra-light, which I prefer on days when I need a little warmth around my neck but not too much. When I need more coverage, I add a second one for the perfect balance to keep off the winter chill.

6}Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Gel Liner : $24 Wow. A little obsessed with this liner. For those who adore the look of a cat eye but need a professional to apply, look no further. The tip of this liner rests against your lash line & allows for a even thick line, making your eyes appear larger and gorgeous. I dust a little light matte or shimmer prior to create a sleek put together day look.

7}Ulta Lip Liner Crayon :$8 Easy to apply, great pigment color and ultra long lasting. After paying over double for name brand large lip liners, stumbling upon these was the perfect fit.

8}ClarksKently Laila booties : $120 Searching hi & lo for the perfect Winter bootie, of course Clark’s did it again with their stylish & comfortable Kently Laila. These do run large, so purchase a 1/2 size to full size down.

9}Wild at Heart {by John Eldridge}$8+ Followed this book after reading Captivating. Read away & be fascinated on  insight into the Wild Side of a Christian Man. He is both Wild & Soft hearted at the same time, read on to learn about it. This book even made it to my Savvy Book Nook.

10}Kitchen Selectives 1.5 L Stainless Steel  crockpot : $19 The absolute perfect size for heating & keeping chocolates, dips & cheeses warm for your guests. Three  temperature settings allow for  heating & warming options.

11} Palmetto Olive Oil Company: $14+ Drizzle on Savory or Sweet {Tuscan Herb is a perfect blend} atop your salads, bruschetta,pesto, hummus dip side dishes & meals.

Happy Holidays


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Meet Bryan Gibbs, New York PA to Susan Sarandon

November 10th, 2014 · Celeb Assistants

Processed with MoldivThis SC based blogger doesn’t get to meet all the PA’s when interviewing for Savvy. BUT, the next time I”m in NYC, I would love to play a game of Spin Pong with Bryan or take those puppies for a walk as he seems like the Best Friend you’d love to be around.  He is lucky to have Susan Sarandon for a boss {chocolate goodies from trips huge +++ in my book}, and she is equally blessed to have a PA of his kindness in her court as well.  Thank you Bryan for your promptness, good spirits and overall awesomeness when communicating. Proud to call you a PA.  Enjoy getting to know Bryan Gibbs, PA to the one & only mesmerizing Susan Sarandon.

LH: How did you become a Personal Assistant to Susan & have you had prior experience as one?

Bryan: I used to be a stage manager in theatre and met Susan while working on Exit The King with her. Three years later, I just happened to call her when she was looking to hire a new assistant and I asked if she’d hire me. She had me come over and offered me the job, so I quit the show I was supposed to start later that week and instead started with Susan the next day. While I had never been a personal assistant per se, all of my stage management skills – scheduling, coordinating, generally making things happen – lent themselves extremely well to this job. Instead of managing a cast of thirty, I only have to handle one person, which is great.

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LH:  NY is just absolutely gorgeous this time of year! What fun little spot that you favor to visit but is under the radar?

Bryan: I live in New Jersey and only commute to the City for work, so I don’t spend any of my free time there. It’s not under the radar, but in the summer I like to sit outside at Blockheads on Worldwide Plaza and drink Black Flowers (sangria with a margarita float).

LH:  Uber is the latest and greatest App everyone is using! What other Apps do you use that helps make your life more efficient as a PA?

Bryan: I just discovered Task Rabbit which is life-changing. You can pay people to do practically anything and schedule/pay for it all through the app. Moving, painting, messenger service, party staff, light-bulb-changing. Really, almost anything. I also can’t live without Exit Strategy. If you use the NY subway regularly, you know you can save time by boarding the train at the perfect spot so that when you arrive at your stop, you land right in front of the exit you need. Exit Strategy helps you figure out which car you should be on for any given stop in the City.

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LH: You mentioned on Twitter you are a lover of history documentaries {me too, actually}. I think that’s awesome. Which one has intrigued you the most?

Bryan: Anything by Ken Burns.

LH:  A life of a PA can be hectic & fast paced. What do you like to do during the day to get refreshed & refocused?

Bryan: I’ll occasionally drink a 5 hour energy or, if I can, take a nap on the couch. I also like to just stand at look at the amazing views out the windows. In theatre, I worked in a lot of basements, so having a ton of windows never gets old.

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LH: So, I gotta ask: Are you a die hard fan of Spinpong? A little evidence {pic enclosed} lol. For those readers who have no idea what I’m talking about, would you like to share what exactly it is and how can they get involved?

Bryan: SPiN is best described as a ping pong social club. It’s right on 23rd and Park. Susan and her business partners took it from being an underground thing among friends to something totally legit. I wouldn’t call myself a diehard fan only because I’m not in the City for fun very often, but I always have a great time when I’m there. I love that you can eat and drink your face off and still not feel super full because of all the moving around you do while playing.

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LH: Oh so sweet that Your boss SS spoils you with Icecream & chocolate goodies {pic enclosed}. What gifts make you feel appreciated the most? Do you prefer time off, a service like a massage or relaxation or good ‘ol sweets?!

Bryan: I do get special chocolate from nearly every trip that Susan goes on and that’s all I really need in life. It’s not expected at all, but it’s really nice that she even thinks about me when she travels.


LH: Penny Lane {aka MsPennyPuppy} has quite a following on Twitter {and her playmate sis @msrigbypuppy}! She is totally adorable! What is her favorite unusual puppy treat?

Bryan: Anything she can fetch. She’s super neurotic about her toys and will get mad at you if you don’t throw one of them for her.

{warning: cuteness picture overload below:}

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Thank you Bryan Gibbs for sharing with Savvy readers! Wishing you mounds of chocolate ahead, Spinpong challenges and oodles of canine love from @mspennypuppy and @msrigbypuppy~


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