To Pom or Not To Pom? Embracing Young Trends in your 30s

When you’re 31 but young at heart, embracing certain trends while still appearing to be a mature adult, can be a challenging feat.


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One such trend I’m fairly obsessed with is the pompom.  I have been coveting this pair of Josefina Barcelona PomPom Sneakers for about a year, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to spend nearly $400 on shoes… that are flat!



So, when I came across a pair of PomPom Sneakers at Zara, I couldn’t help myself.  For $65 how could I lose?  I marched to the register and excitedly bought my very first pair of pompoms.  Opinions were split down the middle.  One friend called them clown shoes while my husband jokingly (but actually in all seriousness) quipped that if my feet were covered in fur, he would not be seen with me in public.   To top it off, the love of my life, Dilbert (the dog, obviously), was convinced my new purchase was actually a toy for him.

The agonizing debate – to return or not to return – kept me up at night.  I refuse to be too old to wear pompoms!  But, I also don’t want to be that grown woman who thinks she’s still a teenager.  The solution?  The Mature Pom Pom.  Let’s embrace this new trend in a classy way!  See my top picks below:


From Left to Right:
1. Michael Kors –Eddy Spazzolato Fur Pom Pom Sneakers – $295
2. Jerome C. Rousseau – Gall Rabbit Fur Pom Pom Metallic Pumps – $595
3. Kate Spade New York – Carmelina Faux Fur Embellished Loafer – $258
4. Jimmy Choo – Rosa Flat – $795
5. Rebecca Minkoff – Sloane Pom Pom Sneaker – $175
How do you feel about the PomPom trend?  Any PomPom recommendations?  Can’t wait to hear what you think! xoxo
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The Eden Edition Featured By Holly & Tanager

The Eden Edition has been featured by Holly & Tanager!  Check out the write-up below! xo

Meet Shelby Eden, TV & Digital Media Producer

October 21, 2016

Meet Shelby Eden, TV & Digital Media Producer

Name: Shelby Eden

Age: 31

Occupation: TV & Digital Media Producer

Education: Syracuse University (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications)

Meet Shelby Eden! She is a TV Writer-Producer in New York City, blogger, and globe-trotter. Shelby spends her time creating content for network and cable television, alongside both in-house and third party production companies.  She is an award winning Short Film Producer and has an incredible blog called The Eden Edition that allows her to have a creative outlet outside of work. Shelby couldn’t be a better trailblazer lady for our Holly & Tanager Trailblazer blog series.

What is your current position?

Outside of blogging, I am a TV Writer-Producer in New York City.  My life can be a little bit of a whirlwind as I am constantly traveling and interviewing people from all walks of life.  I am truly passionate about meeting interesting people and sharing their stories with the world.  From Holocaust survivors and refugees from the Middle East to Navy Seals, and even Captain Phillips, I am on a mission to document real stories that should never be forgotten.

I am an avid reader, a Netflix binge-watcher, an enthusiastic sushi eater, a shy songwriter, a lifelong dancer and, of course, a savvy shopper!

Tell us about The Eden Edition and how you got started.

I started The Eden Edition in 2012 mostly because I needed a creative outlet.  While I was working my way up in the television and media world, my work was not under my sole creative control.  While I couldn’t automatically become a powerful producer, I knew there was something I could do to quench my extraordinary thirst to create something, anything, that was purely me.

As The Eden Edition developed over the years, I began to incorporate my experience producing fashion and lifestyle segments for television networks and digital outlets into my writing, giving fashionistas, design addicts, and globe-trotters alike a place to read about amazing finds, upcoming trends, inspiring design, as well as a variety of personal essays.

What did you dream about being as a little kid?

My parents raised me to believe that I could accomplish anything I want in life and it was up to me to make any dream come true.  So, of course I was determined to become a rock star, a famed ballerina, a doctor, a writer, an Oscar winner, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a National Geographic photographer, an author, and Oprah, obviously.

Who is your role model and why?

My role model is my late grandmother, Leona, whose grandchildren affectionately called Loni.  She was a stunning woman, a beautiful dresser, an awe-inspiring writer and a loving, intelligent human being.  She stressed the importance of education and hard work with ditties like, “Gold and silver will fade away, but your education will never decay.”

As a “child of the depression,” Loni grew up with little money.  Each school year she would be given a small stipend for clothes and instead of buying a variety of outfits, she would buy one beautiful dress, teaching me the importance of quality over quantity.

Loni met her soulmate, my grandfather, when she was 15 years old.  Together they built a thriving business and a loving family, which taught me that anything was possible.  All I had to do was work hard and remain determined in order to build a beautiful life for myself.  Like Loni did, I married my best friend, and together, my husband and I are building a life we are, so far, very proud of.

If you gave advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

The only person you ever need to impress is yourself.

If you could have any super hero power what would it be? 

Mind Reading (Both humans and animals)

What essential items do you always carry with you in your work purse?

My work purse is filled with the following essential items: chapstick (my lips are perpetually dry) , gum (gotta kill that coffee breath) , Advil (staring at a computer for too long will give me a killer headache), my MetroCard (girl can’t afford too many NYC cab rides!), my inhaler (asthma, ugh), a printed scarf (my office is always freezing) and my favorite Fresh Sugar lip gloss (a long time ago I learned a little bit of color can go a very long way).

What do you love about Holly & Tanager handbag?

As a working woman, I love the modern simplicity and elegant style of Holly & Tanager handbags.  The practical design helps me stay organized in a chaotic world and the quality of the material ensures the safety of all my essential items.


Vintage Denim and Hand-Me-Down Heaven

My husband calls me a hoarder.  I just say I’m “sentimental.”  Regardless, I have once again been proven correct in my assumption that some things are just worth keeping.

As a child, I was constantly given hand-me-downs (the perks of being one of the youngest family members).  As a child in the ’90s, my denim collection is… large.

While I’m currently on the search for the perfect vintage jean jacket, I have lately been obsessed with the one from Gap Kids (yes, kids!) below.  My older cousin’s name is printed on the inside, so I’m guessing he must’ve brought this thing to camp with him.  Eventually it was passed to my brother, and then to me.  Sitting in my closet for years, and years… and years, who knew I’d ever wear it again? ME.

Despite this 90s frock being a bit short, with sleeves that end just above my wrist, I find it’s baggy and shapeless silhouette to be just on trend.





What items are you “hoarding” in your closet in hopes of a comeback?  Let me know!


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See Now, Buy Now – 3 Hot Trends from NYFW

One of my favorite parts of September is New York Fashion Week.  Yes, it is technically still Summer, but it’s time to start prepping for Spring. Hey, planning ahead never hurt anyone!

Check out three of my favorite new trends that covered Manhattan’s runways last week:

Stripes are timeless and are in no way a new trend, but the simple and classic pattern was seen in a vast variety of NYFW shows this season.  From traditional horizontal and vertical design to diagonal and clashing lines, stripes of all colors were seen creating body movement and shape in even the most shapeless women!

Carolina Herrera, Tibi, Christian Siriano

Carolina Herrera, Tibi, Christian Siriano


Ruffles on ruffles on ruffles.  The dainty detailing of the past is taking an edgier and yet still flirtatious turn into the future.  From one simple ruffle to layers of them, this Spring will be the time to mix up your wardrobe from the waist down.
Elizabeth and James, J Crew, Rodarte

Elizabeth and James, J Crew, Rodarte



Time to move your classic button-down shirts to the back of the closet.  The timeless top has received an upgrade, perhaps more shocking than the headphone jack-less iPhone 7!  From one-shoulder shirtdresses, to wrap styles, crop tops, and shirts sliced with cutouts, the new for spring button-downs are mismatched and asymmetrical.


Elizabeth and James, Monse, Self Portrait




What are some of your favorite trends from fashion week?

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NYFW 2016: Let the Games Begin!

Every September, New York Fashion Week takes the city by storm, beckoning fashionistas from all over the globe.  Listen, I’ve been to fashion shows before.  I’ve flashed my backstage pass to super thin women dressed all in black, guarding the doors leading to a mysterious abyss of fashion frenzy.  I’ve chit chatted with stylists, designers and PR people as their coveted models patiently accept being poked and prodded at with curling irons and sticks of eyeliner.  One time I even saw a model eat.  A sandwich!  There’s carbs in that!

But this year, for the very first time, I was not invited as press covering the runway show for an entertainment news program or a digital publication.  I was just invited.

My first event, which is the one I will highlight today, was for Kyboe watches.  As a LookBooker BeautyBassador, I began my day at RPZL Salon in Chelsea.  Using my coupon (I don’t go anywhere without them), I received my very first crown braid.  I know it can be a bold look… but I kind of loved it… and might have slept in it, hoping to get a second day out of the braid that made me feel like a mix of a milk maid and a Lanister.


One of my close friends, and fellow IG Blogger, known as The King of 5th Ave (aka Nicky), met me at the Salon and after a sip of champagne to start the day, we made our way to midtown.  Our first stop was a loft space on 37th St, where we picked up our complimentary (yes, I said complimentary) Kyboe watches.  There, we met up with our friend and super talented photographer, Jackie (@jackiembarr).


After picking our our watches (a difficult task) and taking a few selfies (obviously), we made our way to craft coffee shop, Ramini to fuel up for what would be a hectic (and humid) day!

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It was only 4 blocks to Moynihan Station, the site of the Kyboe show, but we were still waiting for the caffeine to kick in.  Jackie’s stilettos got stuck between a crack in the sidewalk, and I could feel the sweat dripping down the back of my Spanx.  NYFW isn’t as glamorous as you might think! Once arriving we swiftly entered the air-conditioned venue and stood, somewhat impatiently, in line waiting for the doors to the show to open.  As I stood there, eyeing every outfit from head to toe and coveting handbags left and right, I couldn’t help bouncing up and down as I resisted the urge to pee right then and there (the coffee had kicked in).  I didn’t dare go to the restroom and lose my friends and place in line.

As we found our seats beside the runway, we were delighted to find foam fingers waiting for us.  This was definitely a first for me! When the show finally started (20 minutes late – which is basically on time in the fashion world), I was thrilled to watch a double runway filled with models.  The first was a motorized runway driving watches up and down the aisle.  The second, was a real runway, with real models.  As the first model appeared, I wasn’t surprised to find another ridiculously skinny woman wearing an outfit that would without a doubt make me look pregnant.  But then, out came the men.  The shirtless, chiseled men.  Was this a fashion show for a watch company or was I really at an Abercrombie & Fitch photoshoot?  I didn’t know… and quite frankly, I didn’t care.  Oh, and I guess I should mention the watches were fabulous too…


After the show, we went our separate ways – all of us off to different events.


By the end of the day, I was done.  I’m a complainer, I’ll admit it.  I always say I’m tired, I’m exhausted, I need a nap.  But out of 52 weeks of the year, NYFW is by far the most depleting.  Alternatively, out of 52 weeks of the year NYFW is by far the most fun!

How are you celebrating NYFW?  Would love to hear your stories!

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Brand Spotlight: Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar is an amazing brand that combines their passions for innovation and global happiness to create products that are loved by many.

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By using recycled materials, Q&Q SmileSolar develops well designed watches that are completely solar powered.  Say goodbye to changing your watch batteries.  So long as you have access to an hour of sunlight, you’ll have 3 months worth of power.

By changing light into energy, the watch needs no battery replacement, making it a green option for all.

My husband and I recently wore our Q&Q SmileSolar watches on a recent trip to Bermuda.  These water resistant watches were perfect for all of our aquatic adventures in paradise!

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Q&Q SmileSolar is on a mission to create moments of happiness to the world.  One way they do this is by supporting people by making donations.  When anyone purchases a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated for TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa.

Being able to own a great timepiece at an even better price, while also being able to help people around the world, puts Q&Q SmileSolar on my favorites list!

Get your own at


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