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Birthday Brunch at ABC Kitchen

The husband decided to treat me to a fantastic Jean Georges birthday lunch here and it was well worth it. If you haven’t been to ABC Kitchen before, you could easily miss the entrance, as it comes across as pretty unassuming from outside. Once you step inside, you’re transported to a beautiful, vintag-y space – the décor is part rustic, part uber chic with lanterns, wooden … Continue reading Birthday Brunch at ABC Kitchen

Why it pays off to take risks in life and follow your dream! Meet accessories designer Dareen Hakim

New York based accessories designer Dareen Hakim is a woman with passion, creativity and the zest to do it all. A Harvard graduate, who worked across several roles on Wall Street, from Investment Banking to Private Equity, she gave it all up to follow her dream. Now she is a successful entrepreneur with a much coveted handbag line to her name. Dareen Hakim collections was born two years ago and today it’s on every fashionista’s must have list. A fusion of the East and West, Dareen has held onto her identity and her creations are a reflection of that. Her bags fuse Italian leather with Arabic metal to bring a chic collection to life, that is modern, yet retains its old world charm and mystery.

Designer Dareen Hakim
Designer Dareen Hakim

Gotta Love Must Have met Dareen in New York for this fashion chat.

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Around Town: Wallis A/W 2013 Press Preview

Recently I attended the Fall 2013 preview of British high street brand Wallis at Bryant Park Hotel in New York. I’m a huge fan of of the brand since my grad school days in Scotland – it’s uber chic and looks very high end without breaking the bank.

This fall, Wallis debuts a limited edition collection “W” that has easy to wear knit’s, structured coats and luxe jackets. I’m absolutely in love with the outerwear from this line and can’t to score this fabulous white knee length wool coat later this year.

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I admit it, I’m a handbag fanatic and cannot resist a fabulous satchel on the crook of my arm whether it’s for work or play! I’ve trudged miles to sample sales of designers like Rebecca MinkoffDVF and Deux Lux  in New York to score the perfect arm candy at the perfect price!

So when Barr+Barr reached out Gotta Love, Must Have and offered to do a giveaway for our fabulous readers, we jumped at it! Barr+Barr is a line of luxury handbags for the woman on the go, it epitomizes ultimate New York chic and is crafted from the finest of leather to last years. Don’t believe us; check out their popular line on HSN. Helen Barr, the lady behind this lux line has designed this collection keep in mind today’s busy fashionista and Barr+Barr bags are the perfect size to carry your iPad, make-up and other sundry things for a packed day.