On November 1, I had the honor of participating in the annual America - Israel Chamber of Commerce Israel Innovation Showcase and Award Celebration. It’s actually my 6th year taking part in this important community event, and as always, I presented some stellar designs from Israeli fashion houses that are both stunning and wearable.

First, let me tell you a bit about the event.

Each year, the AICC gala is a great opportunity to recognize leaders in our community for their achievements in maintaining a strong economic bond between the United States and Israel. It’s also a fabulous evening in which all in attendance get a sneak peek at some of the latest creations to come out of the Holy Land.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was Howard Bernstein. A pillar of Chicago’s Jewish community, Howard’s vision to promote Israeli goods through his website is a testiment to his dedication to the Israel-America connection and just one way in which he has helped establish that connection over the years.

with Howard Bernstein 
Also featured at the event were thought leaders and new on the scene companies from every industry under the sun, from hi-tech to wine, and of course, my favorite, fashion.

Now let’s talk fashion!

My show this year featured two Israeli designers to look out for this year: Hidas and Shany Dahan.

Hidas is a design house that will blow you away with her designs and the moving story behind them. The woman behind the brand, Michal Hidas, studied fashion in Italy and took her training back to Israel to create collections that are breathtakingly beautiful.

Each Hidas piece is a work of art and can be paired with wardrobe basics to elevate any street-style look.

How gorgeous, right? My interview with Michal, the woman behind these designs is coming soon, and her story is one you won’t want to miss. Trust me.

You all know how obsessed I am with Shany Dahan’s little black dress and how wearable yet sexy her designs really are.

Shany is a true go-getter, and her fire comes through in her designs. Our relationship began when she came all the way from Tel Aviv to my showroom in Chicago, arms full of designs. She’s a Shenkar graduate who’s worked on numerous TV shows and celebrity styling in Israel.

Now her high-fashion style is available to wear stateside.

All the of the pieces shown here are available to order. Contact me directly for more information or visit the designers’ site to learn more.

This evening was just wonderful, and the cherry on the sundae was being able to give something back. And you know I love gift giving (link to gifts post)!

In addition to producing and sourcing the pieces for the fashion show, helping to promote these noteworthy designs to the American community, I also gave away two stunning accessories through my annual raffle.

The winners of the raffle are Andi Bernstein and Jane Fischer. Ladies, email me directly to claim your gifts.

The connection between Chicago and Israel is clear - both are home to a flourishing, melting pot of entrepreneurs, and I’m honored to do my part in bridging the two. A special thanks goes out to the AICC for their continued support of Israeli fashion. It’s local support that makes the dreams of forward-thinking Israeli businesses come true.

For more information about Chicago’s AICC, click here. To learn more about the designs featured in the showcase, click here for Hidas and here for Shany Dahan

with Harriet Bernstein



To celebrate Thanksgiving this week, this post is all about gratitude and appreciation! It's an emotional time of the year for me because my family and dear friends are far away in Israel. I miss them this holiday more than ever, but I also feel so grateful for my family here and for all my new and old friends including you! I have got to know so many amazing people through my blog, I am eternally grateful for you and for all the love I am getting all year round.

To say that my move to U.S. wasn't easy is an understatement. However, since I started new chapter and decided to reinvent myself, it has been the best time in my life! I want to offer a warm thank you to my parents, sister, family, friends, clients, readers and partners. Your support has meant the world to me! 
Thanks to you, I get to do what I love every day and I wouldn't be able to do it without your encouragement.

Of course I would like to especially express my sincere appreciation to all of the incredible designers that I have had the honor to work with including Maskit, Hidas, Ciporkin, Shany Dahan, Blush, Gioielly by Liat, Reason to be Pretty, Collecte, Sister M, Neat Collar, and more! You are my main source of motivation to continue building Tel Aviv Couture. My main goal is to have a space for you to showcase your work to the world! 

To my photographers Jonathan Cohon, Mariya Nicole, Elisabeth Smith, Hallie Duesenberg, Ali Stone: thank you for making my vision come to life and capturing priceless moments of my life. 

Thanks to my fellow bloggers and moms from all over the world for inspiring me to be better everyday! Just to name a few: Luba Jakobson, ClarkandStone, GlitterandBubbles, Irina OvrutskyRedsoulandRedwine, @appareljunky, DamselinDior, ChicCityFashion QueenElephantFashion-a-Holicand many many more! 

To all of the wonderful people that make me look better, stronger, and healthier including hair Zazu Chicago, makeup Orlando Barsallo, yoga Alexia Bearue, I am so grateful to work with you! 

To the best thing that ever happened to me, my kids! My world wouldn't be complete without you.  

To my husband Jason, none of this would have been possible without the best partner I could ask for! Your support for me on this journey in every way possible is beyond any words. Thank you for believing in me, for all your amazing advice, for helping me with hundreds of posts, for taking so many pictures and being so awesome, always! I love you!!! 

I promise that I will continue working hard to continue grow, to bring to you exciting posts and fashion, and of course continue to introduce you to the coolest designers that will make your day to day more stylish and fun! 

Happy warm & stylish Thanksgiving!





In Chicago one accessory that we can always shop for guilt-free is a coat. I actually consider coats to be a smart investment because we get so much good use out of them. That being said, since we wear coats so often, why not have fun with them?

Here I am wearing this incredible dress coat made in Tel Aviv by Israeli Designer, Shany Dahan. Made of printed silk and brocade with a little shimmer, it is simply perfect for the holiday season! The collar and buttons add create a refined classic look and I especially love the print, leather belt and its flattering flowing feminine shape.

To add some edge to the feminine silhouette, I styled it with this cute newsboy hat. Then to finish off the look, I am wearing my black Balenciaga booties.

I also have to give a special shoutout to Shany who has gained my utmost respect. While most designers approach me via email or social media, Shany gained extra respect. This girl came all the way from Tel Aviv and showed up at my place in Chicago with a bag in hand full of her designs to showcase. Right then on the spot, I got this lace dress (seen here). Fast forward to a few months later, Shany was one of the designers who was chosen to showcase during the AICC event. She nailed it with some exceptional pieces like this coat and this wrap tie dress.

If you are looking for a piece for the upcoming holidays or simply something to refresh your wardrobe, I encourage you to check out Shany’s designs and support other small businesses, especially those entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to fulfill their dreams of walking the streets of the US.

Shany is available for appointment at her showroom in Tel Aviv and for international orders via email or instagram @shanydahan.


PS. I am super excited to be transitioning my blog to a new WordPress platform. Please comment below to share with me your favorite posts and/or favorite parts about this blog as well as what you would like to see in the future on the blog. I will be giving away a free gift to one of my lucky commenters!


photography: Ali Stone

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