Window-shopping can be fun any time of year, but during the holidays, many stores up the ante with colorful, creative and interactive displays. Here are some of the best displays around Manhattan.

My favorite pieces of jewelry have always gone beyond bringing some color or sparkle to my outfits. I tend to focus on pieces that are both beautiful and meaningful in some way— heirlooms from family or gifts from loved ones, symbols of my travels, reminders of profound philosophies or religions, etc.—which is why I adore Satya Jewelry.

Located in SoHo, Madonna & Co is the ideal luxury boutique for an NYC fashionista. Owner Geralynn Madonna, who opened her original store DIGS Moda SoHo about one and a half years ago, re-launched as Madonna & Co in October of this year. Her store’s mission is to make you look both stylish and unique, with a mixture of rare vintage items and brand new designs.

As an editor of IN New York magazine’s shopping section, I jump at the opportunity to see the latest in the world of fashion and retail. My job revolves around seeing what’s current, which requires many hours spent browsing lookbooks, checking out new stores and interviewing designers—and it’s a lot of fun.

I thought I knew my size… I thought I knew what styles worked for my body… I thought I knew everything there was to know about my bras… until I stepped into a dressing room with Dee Binyard, a bra fit stylist, at the recently remodeled Intimacy lingerie store, and removed my top.

New Balance has always been an easy choice when it comes to quality, comfortable sneakers (my grandfather claims they solved his knee problems).

A few weeks ago, I discovered Me-Ality at Bloomingdale’s.

How I will miss my son when he goes off to Rutgers this fall. For years, sports has been the glue that has provided us endless mother-son bonding moments (this from a woman who knew virtually nothing about sports until giving birth to her jock tot). Sunday afternoons in the winter are for football (and baking brownies); hot summer weeknights are filled with the thwack of a baseball bat, and fall right through spring is basketball—and lots of it.

New York City shopping can be intimidating, especially when your destination sits on a chic cobblestoned street in SoHo, with neighbors such as Rag & Bone and Ivanka Trump. But Roundabout, the discount and consignment retail store for the financially-conscious fashionista in you, only conjures up a sense of delight (and fiscal relief) once inside. The store is actually 25 years old, founded by Laurie Perren, and started in Greenwich, Connecticut (there are a total of four stores: one on the Upper East Side, the Soho locale, and two in Connecticut).

Sometimes, a woman simply needs to defrizz. And so that was my thinking when I recently walked into the Sahag workshop on Madison Avenue on a warm, muggy day. The aim: have a keratin express treatment and walk back out, sleek, shiny and fearless of of any future humidity.


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