Thursday, December 31, 2009

Indulgent Beauty: Before Those Resolutions Kick-In

Before you begin all the requisite self-assesment, gym-membership-purchases, calorie restrictions, and spending freezes that the new year entails, allow yourself one last "hurrah" of self-indulgence. Below is a list of my top four ways to indulge before reality sets in (pick your poison):

1.) Eat: Barefoot Contessa's Panettone Bread Pudding. (Because you thought panettone could never be delicious, and Ina proved you wrong! This is the perfect midnight snack.

2.) Lounge: Pom Pom Slippers in Baby Blue from Aspinal of London. (You will feel as if you are walking on a cloud, and they keep your feet cozy).

3.) Drink: Egg Nog from the grocery store warmed up on the stove with vanilla bean (scraped from the pod) and a candy cane to stir it. Make sure that you add a generous splash of amaretto after heating.

4.) Beautify: Chanel Precision Sublimage Essential Regenerating Eye Cream. (It's the only one that really works, and the eyes are the first thing that reveal your age).

Happy New Year!!
xo beauty

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter Style Inspiration From Wham!

The most inspiring 80's winter wonderland ski-fashion can be found in the Last Christmas video from Wham!:

To emulate these looks you'll need:
2.) a camel coat with a belt a la George Michael in the scene where he walks with his lady friend in the snow (check out what appear to be lilac Ugg boots on his feet)
4.) plenty of metallic tinsel garlands to decorate your christmas tree and facilitate awkward Christmas-tree-decorating-interaction with your ex

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

If you want your stocking stuffers to be truly unique, check out the site Kiosk to view their international selection of beautiful and functional international items. Some of my favorites include elegant Portuguese toothpicks that remind me of miniature lace parasols, German bubble packets (complete with wand), Alma Hairpins from Mexico, and Supergel stain remover from Lisbon. They even sell an Obama rubber stamp.

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Festive Holiday Drink

Last night I went to a beautiful holiday party in my friend's new apartment. Besides serving outstanding homemade cookies with slivered almonds and Ebelskiver (tiny filled pancakes with blueberry preserve), there was also a pot of mulled wine on the stove that filled the whole house with a festive air. Apparently it was made with a dry red wine, a mix of mulling spices, and this Swedish Glogg syrup. The syrup was what really made the difference (this was honestly the best mulled wine that I've ever had). I've decided that I'll bring along a bottle of this to the next holiday party that I attend and maybe get a few bottles as Christmas gifts as well.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fight the Ugly This Holiday Season

Chapped lips, dry skin, and flaky cuticles can really hamper your ability to look stellar at all the holiday parties you have to attend this season. While I can't fix all your beauty woes in a single post, I can offer up my two best beauty secrets for fighting the ugly. The first tip is to make Kleenex your ally in the fight against the cold and flu. Kleenex now makes anti-viral tissues that kill 99.9% of germs that cause the cold and flu virus so if you are sick you won't spread it or reinfect yourself. They come in convenient pocket packs (stash a pack in all of your holiday clutches). I also keep a box of tissues near my bathroom sink, and after washing my face at night I dry it with a soft tissue instead of a harsh towel. My next tip is to get yourself a tiny tub of Sara Happ Lip Scrub (I bought the Cocoa version for myself, but the limited edition Creme Brulee looks great as well). Now I know that exfoliating your lips sounds a little odd, but trust me it has changed my lip situation. I no longer need to apply balm constantly and lipstick glides on smoothly. I use the scrub every night before bed and remove it with a tissue for best results.

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Foxy Lady

There is a fox joke in my family that started when a baby fox took up residence in my parents' backyard in Westchester two years ago. Since then the fox has come and gone seasonally (sometimes it goes on vacation/hiberation and come back looking relaxed and refreshed). The fox joke consists of finding items that have a fox motif and leaving them around the house for other family members to discover (such as: rolled up in someone's napkin at dinner or behind a couch cushion). I'm kind of loving the idea of making this stylish contribution to the fox theme by gifting a female family member with a pair of foxy gloves. These Kitsune brand wool gloves in fire-engine red look incredibly warm and the little fox on the cuff is too adorable.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Least Pretentious Winter Boot

I'm trying to decide which winter boot to get this year, and so far it's between a traditional pair of snow boots from LL Bean and a clog-boot hybrid that looks amazing but probably wouldn't be so practical for the snow. However, I'm also loving the Maestra Botas from Toms Shoes. Not only does the company donate a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased, but they also make durable and affordable foot wear. The Maestra Botas are pretty stylish too, and they look incredible comfortable. At $79 the black pair just might be the one.

Best Winter Beauty Product (And it's Under $5)

My absolute favorite winter beauty product is so incredible (and cheap) that I am considering stock-piling it in case I run out (though I already bought 2 tubes of it). Walgreens "W" brand Vitamin C Nourishing Lip Balm is organic, has coconut oil, Vitamin E, orange peel oil, and vanilla among other soothing ingredients, and it tastes incredibly like clementines. Best of all though is the Vitamin C, making it the perfect choice for cold and flu season and year-round hypochondriacs. Though it doesn't seem to be sold on their website you can probably find a tube at your nearest Walgreens.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

OCD Beauty

I have a few weird OCD beauty compulsions or "quirks" that no one really knows about. I always apply face wash before wetting my face, buy a new toothbrush once a week, and always rinse my hair in cold water at the end of my shower. However, one thing I'm not compulsive enough about is washing my makeup brushes religiously (though I'm a germaphobe), which is imperative to keep your skin clear. I tend to either completely forget this important step (until I remember all at once that I haven't washed them in a few weeks), or I just get too lazy and keep putting it off. The Zadro UV Disinfection Scanner might be the answer to my beauty hygiene issue. Just a quick swipe over items renders them germ-free. suggests using it for disinfecting toothbrushes and contact lens solution, but just think of all the possibilities (computer keys, telephone, even pens and pencils). Just don't try to use it on the subway- people might think you're a little too "quirky."

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Shopping:

In this month's In Style one of my favorite websites is mentioned. is perfect for indecisive gift-givers or if you need to get a present for someone that you don't know very well. Enter info about the recipient including their gender, astrological sign, taste, style, and the occasion. The website generates a bunch of interesting gift ideas including prices and links to the sites where you can purchase the gift (it's incredibly user-friendly). I've gotten kind of addicted to it recently and have made a mental note to buy a Biobrite Sunrise Clock and Sleep Scentsations Scented Pillow Liners for the insomniacs on my Christmas list (including myself).

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

I Know It's Geeky....

But I love interesting chalk. Perhaps this bodes well for my professorial future when I'll be writing on a blackboard everyday. Anyway, I kind of need to have these chalk columns (plus a bunch to give to all the professors that I know). It's the perfect little holiday gift to give to your children's teachers as well. You can purchase a set for $8 at:

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Lumberjack Lady

In my opinion flannel shirts being "in style" is literally cause for celebration, because I can finally find ones outside of a vintage store or my father's closet. Kind of like when it became socially acceptable for a moment to wear hideous yet incredibly comfortable fleece slippers (aka Uggs & Emus) in public. Wearing a flannel shirt under a winter jacket is akin to being able to wear pajamas outside (it's that cozy). Though some flannel shirts can look baggy and unflattering, the flannel shirt on the right from the Gap is a perfect menswear-ish fit and priced under $50. The Beast and I share it. If you want something a little more interesting color-wise check out FSC on Rivington between Bowery and Chrystie for the nicest selection of plaid shirts in the city. Be sure to steer clear of anything that is a wanna-be-flannel (meaning plaid cotton shirts that are made to resemble flannel), it will just make you look like a frat boy and defeat the entire purpose of being warm.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Costume Compilation:

In the Comments section tell me us what you dressed up as this year, and let us know the craziest most outlandish halloween costume that you saw last night!!

Horror Film Inspired Items: Happy Halloween!!

I hope that everyone had a happy Halloween!! I threw a party in Chelsea last night with guests that included Amy Winehouse, Fidel Castro, Sid Vicious and Nancy, and Olive Oyl. Below are three of my favorite horror-movie-inspired beauty products:

1.) Suspiria: This classic 70's Italian horror flick about a creepy ballet school has the most stunning Art Nouveau scenery (think pink
silk couches, stained glass windows, and tromp l'oeil wallpaper) and nail-biting score. If this film had a scent it would be Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle (feminine in severe European ballerina kind of way with a hint of sensuality and intrigue).

2.) The Haunting: This horror film from 1963 is a testament to the camera as sole creato
r of suspense (you won't find any gore or gratuitous special-effects here, just incredible camera work that will keep you riveted). The narrative follows an Anthropologist and a group of subjects who take up residence in Hill House to determine whether it is really haunted. The character of Theo (an elegant feline-ish lesbian with ESP) with the best cat-eye black liner around is played flawlessly by Claire Bloom. With Nars Eyeliner Stylo you too can achieve the perfect Theo-esque cat-eye.

3.) Rosemary's Baby: Roman Polanski's spooky satanic gem about a young wife who moves into a new apartment building and becomes a pawn in cultish rituals, is one of the most stylish classics to date. A pixie-ish Mia Farrow wears some of the most adorable baby-doll dresses and has the most flawless porcelain complexion. Fake flawlessness yourself with Armani's Sheer Blush in Pale Raspberry (perfect for luminous cheekbones).

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Disclaimer: I have tried all these beauty products on the beauty floor at Barney's and Saks- a perfect place to test-drive new products before you purchase.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Everything's Coming up Roses

There's been a rose craze recently that's been sweeping the beauty and fashion world. Vogue just featured a wonderful article about unusual products incorporating the romantic flower (check out the By Terry blush made from crushed petals). It seems that rose is having a rebirth of sorts and has finally burst forth from its cliche as old-fashioned and boring. New rose incarnations in both beauty and style are decidedly fresh and youthful. Below are my three favorite rose-inspired items for autumn:

1.) Le Labo Rose 31 Detergent by The Laundress: This luscious rendition of a rose scent for your clothing and linens is a true aphrodisiac (men love it), yet it's never cloying or heavy-handed (you won't offend anyone on the subway). It's the scentsual equivalent of Amy Adams' character in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day: a touch light and frothy but endlessly charming and elegant. (Get it at

2.) Aris Geldis Swarovski Bracelet in Rose: This stunning bracelet (the photo doesn't do it justice) is the perfect blush hue for autumn. Remarkably glimmery and so Marilyn Monroe, it will make you feel like you're wearing a wrist-full of pink diamonds without the outrageous price tag. (Get it at

3.) Boudicca Purse in Digital Floral: On Fashion's Night Out I enjoyed a glass of white wine at the Elizabeth Charles Boutique in the Meatpacking District and simultaneously fell in love with this purse. The rose pattern is stunning in a dark and muted palette that feels completely sophisticated. There is also a diaphanous scarf with the same print. (Get it at

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Fall Folliage: Weekend Activity

I've recently seen a bunch of advertisements for the NY Botanical Garden's Fall Japanese Garden display, and it looks extraordinarily beautiful. This recreation of a traditional Japanese garden features a variety of gorgeous mauve and mustard chrysanthemums as well as black pines and Scarlet Maples. It's the perfect way to celebrate the brilliance of fall foliage. They also have a fun shop that is perfect for picking up season-appropriate hostess gifts, like this chic set of Granny Smith plates that are only $15.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bevy of Bubbles: Les Bulles D'Agathe

Maison Francis Kurkdjian (a perfumer responsible for some amazingly popular scented creations that you probably didn't even know were his) has come up with the next new wave scentsation. His petite bubble wands perfumed with either Cut Herbs, Cold Mint, or Pear, have turned a beloved childhood activity into something decidedly chic and adult. As you are probably already know, bubbles have had a Renaissance rebirth lately due to the fashion-stylings of none other than Lady Gaga and an infamous bubble dress. However, you probably weren't aware that blowing bubbles has recently become the chic and whimsical European equivalent to throwing rice at weddings (according to an in-the-know Parisian source). Whether you want to blow bubbles on the streets of New York City or in the privacy of your own Jacquzzi tub is up to you, but at $20 a bottle who can resist such a simple pleasure?

Full Disclosure: I just ordered a bottle of Cold Mint off the Neiman Marcus website.

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A Little Glitz and Glamour

If you don't have the budget to justify splurging on a diamond or emerald bauble but feel like adding a little dash of glitz and glamour, check out the cosmetics line by jeweler Belmacz. Have a peek at the bio of the porcelain-skinned German designer Julia Muggenburg (her Edwardian topaz-colored satin pants are to die for). She fuses her love for anthropology and art in ornate and spunky redefinitions of traditional jewelry-box fare. The chic cosmetics line with an Art Deco aesthetic incorporates gold leaf and crushed pearls to create luminous powders, lip glosses, and facial balms. My favorite product in the line is Halo (a moisturizing balm made with gold flecks and pearls) that I tried at a friend's house. It can be used to accentuate cheekbones or the cupid's bow. It's subtle yet elegant, smells like rosewater, and it's perfect for holiday cocktail parties or candlelit dinners.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Birthday Party Idea: Artisan Cannolis

If you're looking for a treat to serve at your next birthday party, office gathering, Halloween party, or gallery opening, then head down to the Lower East Side to discover the perfect alternative to the Magnolia cupcake. On Stanton Street Between Clinton and Attorney there's a newly opened shop called Stuffed Artisan Cannolis that has reinvented the traditional Italian dessert in a modern and whimsical fashion. Mini cannolis with inventive fillings like pumpkin, cappuccino, and mint chocolate chip abound. Or, if you want to get a little more adventurous, try the electric green pistachio, red licorice, or root beer float flavors (children's birthday parties just got a whole lot cooler). Check out their adorable bright pink and yellow website with a row of cannolis at the bottom that you can scroll over to view the flavors and pics.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Get Cozy: Cure Insomnia

So I decided to watch the Dr. Oz Show yesterday, and he had a whole segment about how bad sleep deprivation is and ways to curtail bad sleep habits: I break all the rules of sleep etiquette (I work in my bedroom, I check my email right before bed, I have ton of appliances blinking all night in my room, and I never go to sleep at the same time). The only thing that I seem to do correctly is that I read before bed. There are three books though that I have found work better than even Tylenol PM at helping me to fall asleep. They are relaxing and comforting and help me to forget about the stresses of the day. So get in bed, turn on your reading lamp, and get cozy (just don't fall asleep with the light on).

1.) Winter Story by Jill Barklem: The most charming and beautifully illustrated bedtime story that will transport you to the cozy English countryside. In this selection from the Brambley Hedge series the mice prepare for an elegant Snow Ball in an Ice Palace. (Available on

2.) Hot Drinks with recipes by Louise Pickford and photos by William Lingwood: This charming recipe book is the perfect alternative to a mug of warm milk before bed. It has gorgeous photos, and it will have you dreaming of delicious concoctions like the Turkish Delight Frothy with rosewater, cardamom, and honey, Hot Buttered Rum, and Monsieur St Disdiers' Chocolate with cinnamon and vanilla bean. (Available on

3.) Jacques Torres' A Year in Chocolate: Last night instead of having anxiety dreams about my art history exam, I dreamt of luscious Pumpkin Seed Brittle and decadent chocolate bonbons. Jacques Torres will be at Chelsea Market tomorrow starting at 3:30 pm doing a book signing at Posman's.

Pleasant dreams readers!
xo Beauty

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Rachel Zoe Sighting in Chelsea

While I was on my daily High Line pilgrimage to get pumpkin gelato at Chelsea Market, I spotted the always-glamorous Rachel Zoe with Rodger on her arm (who incidentally was sporting the coolest looking auburn highlights-he has the best guy hair). She was wearing a black long-sleeved jumpsuit that I need to own (similar to the one seen here) with gold bangles and heels. She looked beautiful, chic, elegant, and happy. Now if you are a fan of hers then you definitely need to subscribe to her daily newsletter at It includes fashion, accessory, and beauty picks that are spot-on, and if she reviews an expensive item then she always makes sure to include a cheaper "parallel universe" (i.e. wallet friendly) alternative. Reading it is the best form of fashionista procrastination that there is.

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It May Smell Like Salad...

but it works! Ladi Avokanto by Greek skincare brand Sponge is like a vitamin infusion for your face. The Sponge brand that implores you to "love nature" on their website harnesses the moisturizing power of olive oil in its simple yet effective range of products. Ladi Avokanto, which has a combination of vitamin D, vitamin E, olive leaf, and avocado gives your skin an incredible glow, and when I applied it before bed it actually healed two acne scars that had lingered a bit too long. It does have a bit of a salady-smell, but it is actually kind of pleasant and subtle (like freshly washed mesclun).

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Beauty Brand Mogul

I just watched a VH1 segment on the fabulous life of the beauty mogul Jerrod Blandino, the face behind the cosmetics brand Two Faced. He's kind of like a male version of a modern-day Auntie Mame in all of her materialistic splendor. Not only does he make trips to the jewelry store to pick up diamond necklaces for his toy dog "London" (what a chic pet name), but he also gets dermatological house-calls (his skin is flawless and ageless), and he has a dizzying array of classic Chanel handbags. His beauty brand is similarly stylish and aesthetically-pleasing, and the cosmetics have cheeky names like "Boy Toy" and "George and Weezie" eye shadows. I'm particularly loving the makeup palettes that have some of the most beautiful and creative packaging designs (think Marie Antoinette in neon). Plus, they are affordable and get high ratings on Sephora's website. Who wouldn't want to look French and Fabulous?!

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Planning Ahead

Every year I go to an incredibly elaborate Halloween party uptown. And by elaborate, I mean that all the guests are in over-the-top Halloween costumes, there is every kind of treat that you can possibly imagine (think chocolate fountains, pumpkin petit fours, and a million different kinds of cookies, cakes, cocktails, and candies), and there are spiderwebs, harvest bouquets, witches brooms, and carved jack-o-lanterns adorning the apartment. Somehow the overall effect is always elegant and tasteful rather than campy and cliche. Last year I tried to throw my own Halloween party for the first time, and it paled in comparison to the spectacular annual event that I look forward to every year. This year I'm starting early in my hunt to find the coolest and most unusual Halloween treats and decorations. So far I've found two good websites and (both incredible sources), but I need some other ideas, so please share in the comments section.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Feel the Love at Barney's "Love Yourself" Event

From Thursday September 24th - Saturday September 26th when you spend $175 on cosmetics and fragrances at Barney's you'll get a cosmetics bag filled with presents. Some fun items for fall include Sonya Dakar's Grapefruit Cleanser, Lipstick Queen's Fifteen Minutes of Fame Pop Art Gloss in 7 Minutes, Armani Beauty Bronze Mascara, and my personal favorite Le Labo Rose 31 perfume (it smells wonderfully like a flower plucked from the garden: roses, bright green leaves, thorny stems, and damp earth). If you aren't personally in need of any beauty items, then this event is a great opportunity to consider stocking up on Christmas and birthday gifts.

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Fashion Collaboration: Pendleton & Opening Ceremony

The Pendleton
/Opening Ceremony
collaboration has spawned an exuberantly-patterned fashion love-child that is a perfectly pitched mixture of Pendleton's Native-American-inspired fabrics and Opening Ceremony's edgy construction. The coats, made of brightly knit wools, have an impeccable feminine tailoring, and the statement-making full mini-skirts are sophisticated yet unexpectedly flirty. The men's collection is replete with perfectly soft plaid shirts and eye-catching vests (one of which I have my eye on for my own fall wardrobe). In short, this is one collaborative effort that you'll want in your own closet.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

I Came, I Saw, I Purchased

The Uptown Scene:
Fashion's Night Out on the Upper East could best be categorized as a carnival atmosphere of hordes of ladies in cocktail attire craning their necks to catch a glimpse of Mary Kate & Ashley, Zac Posen (looking like a young Bacchus with a wreath on his head), and Victoria Beckham. Bergdorf Goodman was literally Bedlam, but all the inmates were wearing pearls and Lily Pulitzer. I got seriously claustrophobic and retreated to the beauty floor that was a Zen-like retreat from mass hysteria. Saks and Bendel's were manageable with less paparazzo, cranked up music, and champagne (which I couldn't seem to locate). At Saks I purchased the UV Protecting Fluid from my favorite La Mer Counter (it works as a sunscreen and a primer) and sampled the new concealer that covered like a dream but was (alas) too dark for my paper-white skin. Next, I checked out the William Rast line (JT's brainchild) and was pleasantly surprised. The jeans feel incredibly soft and there was a black leather jacket with red flannel and fleece that was super-chic. This French woman was trying it on and she looked so cool in it that I immediately wanted to copy her. Next up was Bendel's and trying on shimmery baubles. A clear resin bangle with navy sequins suspended in it caught my eye (it looked like the iridescent gills of a Tropical fish). As I headed back downtown in a taxi, I passed Patrick Robinson walking over to the Gap flagship and Tiffany's "blue carpet" strewn with white flowers and complete with a matching coffee truck (what a nice idea).

The Downtown Scene:
After stopping in quickly at The Pretty Reckless concert off Perry and Bleecker (FYI Taylor Momsen was looking amaazing in a white men's shirt, long rocker-ish platinum hair extensions, and black thigh highs held up by garters), I popped into Jeffrey at 8. Ladies were getting their portrait sketched and buying Louboutins in excess. Next on the list was a tiny Aussie boutique Elizabeth Charles that was perfect for decompressing from all the excitement. I decompressed so much that I bought a white Grecian-style tunic dress with gold ribbon. A quick stop for tacos at Los Dados and then Helmut Lang (all the models congregated there), DVF, and Catherine Malandrino, where I saw Catherine in an ornately studded black leather jacket and scooped up a sample of peach bath gel from the Caudalie spa. I finished the night with a jaunt down Bleecker where I ran straight into the handsome Nacho Figueras who is a lot taller and slimmer in person. I was told that Blake Lively and Anna Wintour were in the immediate vicinity but didn't see either of them. While walking home in a light rain I passed an exhausted looking Veronica Webb. I sympathized with her, since by that time my feet were starting to feel like lead. I can't wait to do this whole thing again next week for the Fashion Crawl, but next time I'll wear flats.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Where Will You be on Thursday Night?

Fashion's Night Out is tomorrow, and the list of events seems endless. You can click on this link to see the list of participating retailers and then click on the name of the retailer to see what type of party/offerings they will have. However, I've also broken it down a little bit for those who have decided to stay in the neighborhood for the festivities. Below is a list of some key sites which are all in the High Line vicinity:
1.) Catherine Malandrino is hosting a Parisian bazaar with live music, and there will be Maribelle chocolates too. If you want to catch Les Nubians they will be performing @10.
2.) Ralph Lauren because Nacho Figueras will be there.
3.) Tory Burch is having a La Esquina block party.
5.) Appetizers, prosecco, art, and stunning expensive cashmere at Brunello Cucinelli.
6.) DVF for special guests
7.) The Pretty Reckless is playing near Perry and Bleecker at 7 pm.
other places that are worth checking out: Stella McCartney, Cynthia Rowley, Poleci, Paige Denim
Place not in the neighborhood: Lisa Airan and French macaroons will be at J. Mendel on Madison.

I'll be starting the night at Jeffrey. Happy shopping everyone!

Having a Jean Arthur Moment

The other night I rented the romantic screwball comedy Easy Living (1937) with the bubbly blonde Jean Arthur. In the film a gorgeous fur coat falls from the sky onto the head of Jean Arthur as she rides on the double-decker bus to get to work. This stroke of luck sets off a chain of events where Arthur ends up ensconced in a penthouse apartment complete with a glittering chandelier and a bathtub/fountain that's reminiscent of Versailles. The film is really fun, and it has one of the best "food-fight" scenes in cinema that takes place in an automat. Anyway, I got to thinking what I would do if I had a Jean Arthur moment and all of a sudden I could have whatever material thing my heart desired. Incidentally, when told that she can have whatever she wants, Arthur chooses among other things two sheep dogs! Besides a Valentino gown, opulent floral arrangements daily, and a diamond-encrusted bicycle, I would have to opt for a pair of these elegant leather Over The Knee Wrap Boots from Chloe. They would be absolutely perfect for fall, and I could wear them around Chelsea while riding my new bicycle (with training wheels of course).

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back to School (for the 22nd Time)

For some reason the fun of buying school supplies never gets old for me. Even as a graduate student, I love the anticipation of the first week of classes and the beginning of a new school year. I usually make a trip to Staples, but this year I'm ordering my supplies from See Jane Work. I love browsing this site before bed (for some reason looking at notebooks and glue sticks makes me feel Zen). They have great items for your desk at the office (like this candy-colored Dot Calculator, Coccoina marzipan-scented glue sticks, UFOish Staple-Free Stapler, and these bio-morphic Shaped Paper Clips).

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bright Eyes

I bought a new pillow last week since the one that I was sleeping on was over 8 years old. I'm not sure how long the lifespan of a pillow is, but after 8 years a pillow is definitely past its prime. Mine was hard and flat like a cold pancake. I decided to go to Bed Bath & Beyond and ended up purchasing some fancy schmancy faux-down pillow that promised to be a similar type to the one used in sleep clinics. It felt like a cloud with just the right amount of support when I tested it out in the store. However, when I got it home the trouble began. I started sleeping poorly, tossing and turning all night because of the unfamiliar pillow. Apparently transitioning to a new pillow is not as easy as it sounds. Anyway, as a consequence I developed these awful bluish under-eye circles that no amount of concealer could conceal. As if by some serendipitous twist of fate, I stumbled into my neighborhood drugstore and walked right into a display of Vichy Oligo 25 Eyes Anti-Fatigue Sticks. I bought one of these tiny miracles and my under-eye situation was rapidly brought under control. The tiny bright blue stick that reminds me of a miniature popsicle feels icy cool when applied to eye area and quickly shrinks bags and diminishes circles. It's a lot more convenient then spoons in the freezer, and you can bring the stick in your purse when you go out on a Saturday night and discreetly brighten up your eyes so that you look instantly more awake.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trompe L'Oeil Tee

There's something so playful and lady-like about this top by Karen Walker that features a trompe l'oeil design of a broken strand of pearls. Elegant yet subversive, you could easily pair it with a high-waisted black pencil skirt or ripped jeans. Plus, the armholes are cut comfortably (I hate it when the armholes on shirts are cut too high), giving it a feminine and flattering fit. It retails for $69 at Creatures of Comfort.

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Luxury Rain Gear

I've been getting caught in the rain quite a lot lately. This is probably due to the fact that it has rained nearly every day this summer, and I have a tendency to carry around cheap umbrellas that I either lose or break. Today I actually got caught in a sun shower on my way home from grocery shopping. I've been really reluctant to invest in a good-quality umbrella, because I am prone to losing them constantly on the floor of cabs, in restaurants, and at the movie theater. However, cheap umbrellas just don't seem to hold up to the constant influx of rain we've been getting. While I doubt that I'll actually end up purchasing any of these luxe rainy weather items, in a perfect rainy world or if I win the lotto I would be the proud owner of these glamorous Jimmy Choo rain boots (created from a collaboration between Choo and Hunter), this gorgeous rococo-ish/goth chandelier umbrella by Jean-Paul Gaultier (from Blue Tree), and this Fornasetti umbrella stand (from 1stdibs) to house it in.

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