After the Storm

Jill Seiman, Glamamom

jcrew blazer

watch and bracelet


[blazer, pants: j.crew | shirt: old navy | flats: c/o sole society | watch: michael kors | necklace: heather david jewelry | bangle: c/o stella & dot | bag: chloe (similar)]

Phew.  What a week it’s been.

When I heard rumblings about a hurricane headed towards the East Coast, I didn’t give them much credence since Hurricane Irene two summers ago never materialized into the catastrophic storm it was predicted to be.  That seems so foolish now.

Our power was cut on Monday evening, before the storm even hit New York.  Fortunately, we were able to find a hotel in midtown to bring the boys until our power was restored on Friday night.  It was one of the scariest and most uncomfortable times I’ve experienced living in NYC.  Information was slow to trickle in and it was days before we became fully aware of Sandy’s effects.

Despite being displaced for much of the week and coming home to a basement filled with smelly Hudson River water that damaged our boiler and knocked out our heat, we’re the lucky ones.  My parents still don’t have power on Long Island, my aunt’s house was severely damaged, and my brother can’t get fuel for either his car or his truck to get back to work but they too consider themselves lucky.  People died.  People are homeless.  People are cold and hungry.

I know it’s difficult to understand how dire the situation is unless you’re here witnessing or suffering the devastation first hand.  We all want to settle back into our routines and focus on the happy occasions to come but please know that even though the media coverage is lessening, there are so many people whose lives have been forever changed and still need aid.

We’re working with two great charities on the ground here in New York worth highlighting:

Baby Buggy®, who I featured last month for its partnership with Rebecca Minkoff and Bravado Designs, is collecting coats for families in need.  Mail to: Baby Buggy, 306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10018.  Include your name and return address for a tax letter.  You can also ship much-needed items like diapers and wipes straight from to Baby Buggy or if in the NYC area, Momtrends is collecting donations at its office in DUMBO.  Contact Nicole for address/more info.

For manufacturers and retailers of apparel and home fashion, Fashion Delivers works with the fashion industry to provide new merchandise to local agencies to distribute as needed.  They’re currently collecting for Sandy victims and anticipate the most needed items to be: shirts, pants, socks, underwear, sweatshirts, blankets, and towels..

One participant linking up with #MondayMingle this week will have a cash donation made on her behalf to both Baby Buggy and Fashion Delivers. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who linked up for this special Monday Mingle! The donation will be made in honor of Chasing Davies.

Have a good week.

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  1. says

    That’s awesome that you’re working with those charities. Ugh, can’t believe your power was all that long. That’s really hard, particularly with two babies in the house. All I can think about is stored breastmilk or formula bottles in the fridge. Good that you all were able to find a close hotel, albeit inconvenient.

    We were among the lucky ones too, as Harlem wasn’t hit all too hard. However, the gas situation has been difficult. For the first time since the hurricane, Derek was finally able to put a few gallons in the car. He waited on line for 6 hours, and finally made it to the front before they ran out. So grateful! We had literally been trapped in the house, no way to get to work either.

    I totally had the same thoughts prior to Sandy arriving (based on our last experience with Irene). But that’s the last time I have doubts like that.

    Glad you guys are all okay!

    • says

      Oh wow, 6 hours. The gas situation is out of control. Glad Derek was able to get some. My bro drove to CT yesterday. Happy to read you are ok also Yakini! XO

  2. says

    Glad you are safe. I am an hour north of Manhattan and we are fine but my family in Staten Island, although are ok, are dealing with a disastrous situation there. I have been looking for places to donate, my cousin is doing a ton with the shelters and she said the supplies and donations they are getting are endless..which is great!
    Thanks for the info..I posted it on my facebook as well!
    Take care hun!
    Sheree xxx

    • says

      So sorry to read about your family in SI Sheree. Hope they’re getting the help they need! I know the reaction was slow but it seems response is picking up.

  3. says

    Gentle reminders–that’s our job for the next weeks and months until all the families in need find help. So glad to have you back in action and yes, glad to talk about fashion in addition to hurricanes.

  4. says

    Here in the UK, we were so sad to hear about the terrible damage on the East Coast. I found it shocking to see so many of the places we travel to regularly so ravaged by the weather and our thoughts and prayers are still with everyone there putting their lives back together.

    Your outfit looks fantastic – I particularly like the jacket and those wonderful shoes! Thank you for hosting Monday Mingle.

  5. says

    Hey mama…so glad you were able to get to a hotel…you are lucky..I know New Yorkers who couldn’t get hotels….Also SO glad to hear you are safe sound with power again….we are still without but trying not to complain as my parents have it..and we are with them:)

    LOVE that blazer…perfectly preppy. and those shoes are super cute and look very comfortable. I still need a great pair of flats…having a hard time committing to a pair this season.

    • says

      I have been thinking of you Carly. Happy to get your FB updates that you guys are ok and staying with family. Hope you get your power back soon! I know how hard it is with the little ones. If we can do anything for you guys, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  6. says

    Glad to hear you and your family are okay. It’s been quite a week. Some of my family in long island still do not have power. It’s going to be a long time before things go back to normal but like you said we are all lucky.

  7. Sarah at The Stroller Ballet says

    I’m glad everyone in safe…and that you guys have regained power. I think you are right, as well – the media coverage is lessening but there are still so many in need. Thank you for bringing light to that. On another note – you look so thin and beautiful! I hope I look that great after I pop this one out in Jan :).

  8. says

    So glad you guys are OK and reminding people that the aftermath of the hurricane is far from over.

    It’s cold here in the northeast and there are thousands of families that may not have heat/electricity until the end of the week– not to mention the families who have lost EVERYTHING.

    Little nudges like this to remind people who aren’t in the thick of it that this is not over is exactly what we need!

  9. says

    So happy to hear that you and your family are ok despite how badly the storm hit your neighborhood. Luckily, we were without power for a very short period of time and things are back to normal here. You look amazing as always. Love the bag!

  10. says

    I am SO happy that you guys are okay and warm and safe, even if the basement situation is not the best. We lost power for some time and just got back our heat and hot water, but we are truly grateful and lucky to have LIFE. I’m back at work today and I know it’ll be awhile before things are back to normal, but I am grateful.

    I think it’s awesome that you’re working with those charities. It’s going to take a while, but people need all the manpower and help they can get.

    And those flats… super adorbs!

  11. says

    So glad to hear you and your loved ones are pretty much safe and well, Jill – it must be awful for you but as you say it sounds like you’re one of the lucky ones. The UK has had several years of consistent flooding in different parts of the country and I think (barring fire) it must be one of the worst ways to have your home damaged, as it must take so long to get it sorted and back to living there. I’m so glad to hear you still have a home to go back to though :)

    Considering the week you’ve had, you look so smart and gorgeous! Tweed and chambray is a lovely combination. Best wishes to you <3

    Catherine x

  12. says

    Glad to hear you and your family are safe! I haven’t been back to New York yet– building is closed due to damage from the storm. Everyone I know is fine, but I’ve been so sad this past week.

  13. says

    So glad to hear that you and your family are ok. I’ve had my basement flood…like major flood. It’s not fun. All my important documents were destroyed, but you’re right, it could be worse.

    Hang in there, lady! You look beautiful! Soon things will be back to ‘normal’…you New Yorkers are tough!


  14. says

    I have a similar blazer and it accentuates any outfit! You look great – how is Lucas doing? I’m 25 and counting down :) Good to know you are doing well after the storms, luckily here in DC we didn’t have much damage. xo

  15. says

    So glad to hear that you and your family are safe. I was in Louisiana during Katrina and there are few things as devastating as a hurricane. It isn’t something you ever forget. :) God bless.

  16. says

    So glad you’re okay. The storm was really scary. I have family on the East Coast and it’s been really difficult to hear about all the tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

  17. says

    I was worried about you so wanted to check in and see how you did with Sandy. It’s hard to fathom how much devastation has been left behind Sandy’s wake, and, like you, I didn’t really want to believe the hype. I’m so very happy to hear that you and your family are safe and hope your family soon has power in Long Island. The ones without heat are the ones I worry the most about as it’s become so cold the past few days :(

    The gas situation is completely unreal. But you know, we are all safe and that’s what’s most important.


  18. says

    So happy to hear that you and your family are safe. I’m in Hoboken, NJ and it hit us pretty hard. Our power was also cut on Monday night and a couple of minutes later the whole apartment started flooding, and again… I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m starting to settle into a new apartment and slowly rescuing stuff from the other. My power was restored on Sunday afternoon. Slowly falling back into the groove. Lots of blessings and thanks for the opportunity to donate to such great causes. – Carla

  19. says

    i had no idea your ‘hood was one of the ones hit so hard. glad you’re all ok even if it will take you awhile to have your home back to normal.


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