Things to Read in Your “Spare Time”

Things to Read in Your “Spare Time”

“Spare Time.”  What a funny expression.  You’ve read interviews where someone is asked what they do in their spare time.  Who really has spare time?  We’d all do pretty much anything for some of it!  There’s even memes about it. I have a notes section on my phone where I save things to do in my… Continue Reading

Luminoodle LED TV Backlight

Luminoodle LED TV Backlight

What started out as the search for a “white elephant” gift for Erin’s holiday party last year, turned into an item that I didn’t know that I needed but now absolutely LOVE….it’s the Luminoodle LED TV Backlight.  An inexpensive (under $20) item, ordered online that Frank easily installed on all our TVs in our house.… Continue Reading

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Julianne Steiner

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Julianne Steiner

Our February choice for “Westchester Woman Wednesday” is Julianne Steiner.  I first met Julianne about 4 years ago when I bought a Groupon for a facial.  I never had a real aesthetician, that I saw regularly.  I would go to Tranquility Spa every 3-4 months or squeeze in a facial when I was away on vacation.  I… Continue Reading

Brush Calligraphy Workshop

Brush Calligraphy Workshop

  Between Paint Nite Parties and Adult Coloring Books, it’s clear that artistic expression is an outlet for lots of women.  I started following these calligraphy accounts on Instagram recently.  More than I care to admit. I watch the videos and find them soothing to watch and am amazed at the beautiful letter formations that look… Continue Reading

Sizing Up Sophie Kinsella in 10 Minutes

Sizing Up Sophie Kinsella in 10 Minutes

When Random House asked me to promote the Sophie Kinsella event at Barnes and Noble last week, they offered me the opportunity to have a 10 minute interview with Sophie herself.  Since I had just come up with the idea for interviewing our favorite Westchester Women, I decided to use this method of questioning and… Continue Reading

EAT, SHOP & PLAY

EAT, SHOP & PLAY

  LILIES & LACE TRUNK SHOW at Wyatt Lily Boutique Friday, February 10, 2-6pm 1 Chase Road in Scarsdale 914.472.1930 Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day! LINGERIE AND PAJAMAS Come in to shop our Lilies and Lace Trunk Show, be fitted for your bra and champagne!    Continue Reading

Socks With a Purpose

Socks With a Purpose

My 11yr old son has no interest in fashion and could really care less about what he’s wearing, that is with the exception of socks.  Yep, I said it socks.  Korben has always had very specific opinions towards the socks that he wore.  They had to “feel” a certain way, and he would prefer stripes… Continue Reading

Pizzeria Veloce

Pizzeria Veloce

I was introduced to Pizzeria Veloce in White Plains by Melissa Tomlin a few weeks ago and since my first experience, I’ve been back many times.  This easy “go to” restaurant specializes in making artisanal personalized pizzas and salads to order with an amazing selection of fresh ingredients.  What I enjoy the BEST about this… Continue Reading

Balducci’s Rye Brook Location is Now Open

Balducci’s Rye Brook Location is Now Open

Last month, we posted this article about Balducci’s in Scarsdale, with the news of their second Westchester store opening in Rye Brook. http://www.emmawestchester.com/2017/01/14/balduccis-in-scarsdale-rye-brook-next/  Well, Rye Brook’s location is open and it’s amazing!   Shawna and I checked out their Grand Opening last week and it was everything we expected it to be.  It was funny how… Continue Reading

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Cassandra Caruso

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Cassandra Caruso

Last month, Shawna and I had one of our working breakfast meetings and we had a list of people we wanted to get together with in the new year.  Some that we have worked with for years, others we’ve met in the past couple of months.   “Let’s do lunch,” is an annoyingly overused (and… Continue Reading

Siegel Bros. Marketplace Grand Opening Feb 2, 2017

Siegel Bros. Marketplace Grand Opening Feb 2, 2017

Fourth Generation Family Owned and Operated Marketplace For How People Are Eating Today January 17, 2017, Mt. Kisco, NY: Lots of activity has been seen through the window wrapped storefront of Siegel Bros. Marketplace this past week. Large refrigerator cases were stocked with domestic and imported charcuterie and wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Jarlsberg cheese. Prosciutto was… Continue Reading

Upcoming Events for Women in Westchester

Upcoming Events for Women in Westchester

When Shawna and I redesigned our site late last year, we decided to narrow our topics into three main categories.  Our new site is keeping us more focused and we are happy to post within the following three topics– eat, shop and play.   Most things are just for women and sometimes our posts include… Continue Reading

Inside Car Buying – They Negotiate, You Save (No Risk)

Inside Car Buying – They Negotiate, You Save (No Risk)

Who doesn’t want a great deal?  How about a deal that could save you $1000s of dollars with no risk and offering a 100% money back guarantee – WHAT?  I’m a skeptical New Yorker who is extremely weary of such offers, however the service that I’m talking about is the hiring of a car broker… Continue Reading

Dig Inn Now Open in Rye Brook

Dig Inn Now Open in Rye Brook

We recently were invited to preview the new Dig Inn that opened in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center where we had the opportunity to get an exclusive first look at their new space before it opened to the public and sampled some of their amazing “vegetable forward” signature dishes. The kitchen is in the center… Continue Reading

Sophie Kinsella Comes to Westchester

Sophie Kinsella Comes to Westchester

I’m so Westchester.  A 30-minute express train could get me into Grand Central with ease, but it seems like such a hassle to go into the city for things.  Plus, I like my car.  The traffic is a headache and the parking is worse.  So I just avoid it. Invitations like these ones have been… Continue Reading

East Coast Skiing

East Coast Skiing

Skiing is a great way to have your children spend time outside during the winter months and have FUN. It counter acts “cabin fever” and gives you a great opportunity to spend quality time with your kids (driving to and from the slopes) as well as to get disconnected from all the iPhones, iPads and… Continue Reading

Balducci’s in Scarsdale; Rye Brook Next

Balducci’s in Scarsdale; Rye Brook Next

My husband is a very modern, forward-thinking guy.  If I had to pick one way that he’s traditional (or let’s say old-school) it would be in his appetite. He likes a nice dinner when he comes home.  Breakfast is usually on the go each morning after his 7 am workout and his commute to the… Continue Reading

IntoxiKate Experience: Sambal Thai & Malaysian

IntoxiKate Experience: Sambal Thai & Malaysian

Explore (and taste!) traditional Southeast Asian street food. Join IntoxiKate Wednesday, January 25th at 7 p.m. at Sambal Thai & Malaysian in Irvington. The eatery, located in the old Chutney Masala location in Irvington, celebrates traditional Southeast Asian cuisine with bold flavors and an intense balance of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and spicy. Navjot Arora, co-owner of… Continue Reading

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

One of our main categories is called “eat.”   Shawna is the restaurant-goer out of the two of us as she has a far more sophisticated palate than I do.  I have a total of about 25 food items that I eat in restaurants and am limited to only American or Italian food.  Drives my… Continue Reading

Kick Off  Your 2017 Bucket List by Traveling to Barbados

Kick Off Your 2017 Bucket List by Traveling to Barbados

As we close the final pages of 2016, it is time to begin mapping out the New Year, and Mango Bay Hotel encourages travelers to add a trip to Barbados to their 2017 bucket list. The 76-room hotel’s all-inclusive value provides vacationers with an array of options to kick start the New Year, whether it… Continue Reading

PureWow:  Tips for Wearing Tights Like a Grown-Up

PureWow: Tips for Wearing Tights Like a Grown-Up

While I was commuting on the train into the city, I stumbled across a website called PureWow that I’m currently obsessed about. This site, is “dedicated to finding ways to make your life more interesting, beautiful and manageable. PureWoW is the place you go to find out what book to read, what awesome dish to… Continue Reading

Christmas Cheer Cocktail

Christmas Cheer Cocktail

Craft Mixologist – Juan Meyer, was recently voted the #1 bartender at this year’s 2016 Greenwich Food & Wine Festival and is a member of the Z Hospitality Group that recently opened Mediterraneo in White Plains and is sharing his special Christmas Cheer Cocktail with Emma Westchester readers. Ingredients: 2 oz. Grey Goose Pear Vodka… Continue Reading

Trunk Shows at LOLA in White Plains

Trunk Shows at LOLA in White Plains

It’s no secret that I love LOLA.  Since I discovered this boutique years ago, even before the opening on Mamaroneck Avenue, it was my go-to place for fashion finds and gift items. What I have noticed about LOLA over the years, is that they always have the “in thing” first!  They find the best items… Continue Reading

7 Best Things to Buy Before (and immediately After) Christmas

7 Best Things to Buy Before (and immediately After) Christmas

Sharing from DealNews.com an online site providing insight and tips on great deals. December is the month when most people can’t avoid shopping. You may have skipped Black Friday, but the holiday season is a different beast altogether, with gifts from loved ones, friends, and people you barely know coming at you from all angles.… Continue Reading

Mediterraneo White Plains

Mediterraneo White Plains

Distinguished Chef, Albert DeAngelis and his Z Hospitality Team Bring their Renowned Mediterranean Cuisine to White Plains Erin and I were invited to the ribbon cutting celebration opening of Mediterraneo in downtown White Plains last month.  The 3-story building in the heart of downtown that had been sitting empty for many years, has now been… Continue Reading

Custom Gifts at Wyatt Lily

Custom Gifts at Wyatt Lily

My kids are now 10 and 6.   When they were babies, I spent many hours (and dollars) shopping at a trendy kids boutique in the Scarsdale Village which is now Wyatt Lily.   It was great then, but even better now.  It’s usually my first stop when I have a baby gift to buy for a… Continue Reading

LuLaRoe Leggings

LuLaRoe Leggings

I didn’t want to like LuLaRoe leggings.   I first saw them over the summer when a Facebook friend hosted an online Pop Up Party one night from 8-9pm, but curiosity got to me and I had to see what they were all about. Lots of big prints, polka dots, each one louder than the next.… Continue Reading

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester

Spent a wonderful morning at The Ritz-Calrton Westchester decorating gingerbread houses, a tradition that started a few years ago with just Ellie and Korben has expanded. If you missed this fun event, you can still get into the holiday spirit and head over to the Ritz-Carlton Westchester and start a new tradition with your family.… Continue Reading

Solar Panels for Your Home

Solar Panels for Your Home

Just over two years ago, I had solar panels installed on my home. I’ve heard the same question from dozens of friends and neighbors over the past six months.   “If they’re so great, why isn’t everyone getting them?”   For that question, I have a few answers:  Because people don’t have enough information about them.  Because they… Continue Reading

HOLIDAY SHOPFEST

HOLIDAY SHOPFEST

This post needs very little text to accompany it.  If you want to shop for everyone on your list, you can do it at Melissa and Sarah’s Holiday Shopfest on Monday, 12/5 in White Plains.   They’ve lined up amazing vendors and you’re sure to cross a few names off your shopping list at this… Continue Reading

MY TOP 5 GO-TO GIFTS FOR BABIES

MY TOP 5 GO-TO GIFTS FOR BABIES

When I had my first baby in 2006 I was amazed at how many people gave me gifts.  I had a baby shower prior to my daughter’s arrival and received all of the basics;  the car seat, infant seat, exersaucer, high chair, playpen and other things that I am glad have escaped my memory.  Baby… Continue Reading

TAKING THE ANXIETY OUT OF CHOOSING THE “RIGHT” COLORS

TAKING THE ANXIETY OUT OF CHOOSING THE “RIGHT” COLORS

There are many emotions that one has when moving, for me it’s pure excitement.  I absolutely LOVE moving.  In fact, when I sat down to write this blog, I hadn’t realized that I’ve been moving almost every 3-5 years for the past 20 years.  It took a little longer than I had expected to move into… Continue Reading

Enjoying a German Tradition of “Kaffee und Kuchen”

Enjoying a German Tradition of “Kaffee und Kuchen”

Married to a German it’s all about “Kaffee und Kuchen” (KOO-khen); translated to “Coffee and Cake”, which is similar to British teatime.  A cultural tradition celebrating that time between lunch and dinner having a piece of cake (or two) and a cup of coffee or tea with family and friends.  Traditionally this is done on… Continue Reading

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

As I was putting my son James to bed last night, he asked me, “Mommy….what’s the next holiday?” “The next holiday is Father’s Day,”  I said. Isn’t that how it goes??   Not a day to recover from one long weekend before thinking about what’s next.   This inspired me to write this post today on… Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

My inbox is flooded with ideas for Mother’s Day gifts for moms; the sporty mom, the organic mom, the busy mom, the gardening mom, the glam mom and more. I’ve decided to spend this week sharing things for mom as a result. After all this is a site for moms (#momslikeus) and we all have… Continue Reading

Girls Day in NYC: Blushington in the Underground & Bosie Tea Parlor

Girls Day in NYC: Blushington in the Underground & Bosie Tea Parlor

Last week, Shawna and I decided to change things up a bit and spend the day outside of Westchester. Nothing too crazy; nothing historical or cultural….Simply a change of scenery doing two of the things we love most; shopping and eating. We wanted a different experience…to find something that our beloved Westchester can’t offer us.… Continue Reading

GLOW AirBrush Tans

GLOW AirBrush Tans

I am fair skinned.  With freckles.  Who doesn’t tan.  Clearly, tanning is not something that comes naturally to me. Over the years, I have spent many hours in the sun trying to achieve a golden tan and worse, in tanning beds/booths trying to get the perfect summer tan.  It’s a wonder that I made it… Continue Reading

Mason Sandwich Co: Fast Food Done Right

Mason Sandwich Co: Fast Food Done Right

Mason Sandwich Co recently opened in Eastchester.  I wasn’t expecting much when we stopped by one afternoon after Korben’s soccer practice but was pleasantly surprised. On our first visit, we tried their Muffuletta and Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup – YUM!  We enjoyed the sandwiches so much, that we went back a few days later… Continue Reading

The Time Nyack Hotel: Truly an Experience

The Time Nyack Hotel: Truly an Experience

This is one of those posts that writes itself.   The pictures will tell it, thankfully because there are no words to describe The Time Nyack Hotel, that opened up last week in Nyack.   A historic brick building, that used to be a factory is now home to the first hotel of this type… Continue Reading

808 Social Opens in North Eastchester

808 Social Opens in North Eastchester

On Monday night, my husband and I visited 808 Social for dinner. We’ve been watching them every step of the way and knowing 808 Bistro pretty well, we knew it would be anything other than a “typical pizza place” which some feared it would be. The chef, Sal Cuccullo wouldn’t let it be typical. His… Continue Reading

My Summer Wish List….All Things Cobalt

My Summer Wish List….All Things Cobalt

  My Cobalt Wish List by emmawestchester featuring Certified International Boohoo holiday dress boohoo.com BCBGMAXAZRIA halter top belk.com Charlotte Russe sleeveless top charlotterusse.com Boohoo crossbody handbag boohoo.com Speck ‘SeeThru’ Snap On MacBook Pro Retina Laptop Case nordstrom.com Biaggi Zipsak 22″ Microfold Carry-On Spinner Suitcase macys.com Charlotte Russe accessory charlotterusse.com Certified International drinkware overstock.com Refillable Cobalt… Continue Reading

Spending a Weekend Getaway at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

Spending a Weekend Getaway at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

Three Stories to Success My husband always laughs at me as he knows I’ve had a good holiday when I come home and have brought the half-filled shampoos from the hotel; have made a mental note to buy the mattress on which I slept and finds me looking at properties in the area I visited.… Continue Reading

Whistler – North America’s #1 Ski Resort

Whistler – North America’s #1 Ski Resort

Whistler has been rated by SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll as the #1 overall best ski resort in North America. We recently returned from our annual Whistler family ski vacation and can’t wait to go back again next year. One of the many great things about Whistler is their amazing instructors (for children and adults); they… Continue Reading