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It's time to race around the city in hot pursuit of style. Today that meant hunting down the hottest accessories. And all my finds today are not only gems to bookmark--they are all businesses started by savvy moms. So get your style notebooks ready!

I started the day off at the Empire Hotel right across from Lincoln Center at the Lia Sophia showcase. They had the fab Dani Stahl there who helps with design, and Jeannie Mai from How Do I Look?

Do you know Lia Sophia? Elena Kiam started the brand after a stint on Wall St. She and her husband Tory tapped into the at-home sales market with a line of fashion jewelry. Not only is the line chic, it's also empowering women to start at-home businesses.

I was told a simple $149 investment can get a new Lia Sophia sales person started. Today, there are more than 30,000 independent lia sophia sales Advisors around the world '?? each earning profits from her own sales endeavors. A group on style bloggers were on hand to hear the story and see the dazzle.

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Elena introduced the line and then Jeannie steered the conversation to personal style and dressing for your your own shape. The trio of fashionistas also shared the five key pieces of jewelry: hoops, studs, a cocktail ring, a statement necklace and a great cuff.

The company launched its latest Red Carpet Collection "zingara" this week at New York Fashion
Week. Inspired by chic destinations around the world, zingara features rich colors, ornate designs, and exceptional detailing, channeling a gypsy like influence. One of our favorite trends featured included the Sari Bracelet: Clear Cut Crystals with Lime Resin and Enamel in Antique Gold $250 (pick from an assortment of colors)

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In addition to the bangles (which Elena wore), I'm kind of obsessed with this peaches and cream pendent ($98) from the regular line. To find out more visit www.liasophia.com

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Next stop was a blow out at The Dry Bar. And yes, my hair does count as an accessory! They just opened location #2 in NYC. I swung by the Parker Meridian for a wash and blow. In less than an hour I was re-styled. Dreamed up by Alli Webb, this California girl is taking the big apple by storm. Perfect for busy moms on the hunt for a bit of pampering, we adore this concept.

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The fee for this fabulousity? Just $40 plus tip. The place is swank--lots of rococo touches and champagne and cookies too. A perfect mommy time out. No haircuts, no color, it's all about a style boost.

Visit http://thedrybar.com/ for details. The newest location is at Le Parker Meridien Hotel 119 West 56th Street, NYC.

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Final stop: Tea with The Cambridge Satchel Co. These genius little bags are so practical for an on-the-go gal. Plenty of room and plenty of style. The biz began with a mom and some leather. Needing some cash to pay for school fees, Julie Deane (the Founder and mom; featured in the top photo) started a bag company.

As she tells it, she wanted a bag like the one she envisioned Hermione (Harry Potter reference) would carry. Her classic silhouettes were soon the beloved accessories of fashion bloggers. Then the brand added more and more fashion colors. A few years later...a home run trend. The bags are still designed by Julie and her mom (er, mum?) Freda. Most of the Deane family came to the US for fashion week. We adored meeting her two kids and are so excited this brand has taken off. It's nice to see great people succeed.

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The bags come in a variety of sizes. Jill and I might have to battle over who gets to order this sparkly metallic one first. There's were also some neon bags that caught my eye. Plus, in the largest versions, my macbook air will slide right inside. I think I've sealed the deal on my spring bag (sorry Jill!).

The party also celebrated a partnership with Pantone--they are teaming up on a limited edition line of satchels in the color of the year--Tangerine Tango. To learn more and order (yes they ship to the US) head to www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk

We weren't paid for any of these mentions. And other than the blow out, we didn't get any free swag. Just on a mission to spread the word about great brands.

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