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.

photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(fruit)


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. Amazon.com 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."

photo credit: http://www.amazon.com

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Shopping: GiftGenius.com

In this month's In Style one of my favorite websites is mentioned. Giftgenius.com 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).

photo credit: http://www.biobrite.com


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: FredFlare.com.

photo credit: http://www.fredflare.com


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.

photo credit: http://www.gap.com

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).

All products are available at http://www.barneys.com

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.

photo credit: http://www.barneys.com