clutch it

August 19, 2014

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I’m so over cloth clutches (I find them reminiscent of the ’90′s) and love the modern, architectural structure of each bag featured above. I mean, they’re comprised of metal and plexiglass. Wearable works of art. Like, I would happily adorn my fireplace mantle with any of these bad boys. Or mount them on my wall if I could find a way. I’m transfixed. Mesmerising beauty.

Never underestimate the power of accessories. I know I did until I began styling professionally. But now I know: the wrong clutch, shoe, or jewelry can decimate an otherwise stunning outfit.

But I digress. You get it. And seriously guys. THESE CLUTCHES. I’ve seen it all, and as far as clutch designers go, NOTHING comes close to Lee Savage (gold metal clutch on bottom left) and  Rauwolf (outstanding three featured clutches). If you’re unfamiliar with either brand, I highly encourage you to check them out. Even their respective websites are fields of wonder. Enjoy. xx

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HOLA LOVERS!! I’ve missed you!

To kick off my blog’s revival, I’ve decided to address my most frequently asked question. Said question is actually NOT, “Who is your favorite designer?” (Phoebe Philo for Celine), nor is it, “Are you a natural redhead?” (YES! With the personality to match. The stereotypes are true.)

Disclaimer: There’s no way to share my FAQ without sounding like a vain narcissist, but here goes. My FAQ: “Your skin’s amazing. What products do you use?”

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I’ll be the first to admit I AM vain and a total skin care snob. I’ve always been terrified of looking old. These aren’t traits I’m proud of but, thankfully, there’s an upside to my paranoia. I began using eye cream and moisturisers at 18. I’ve been getting monthly facials since I was 22. I don’t smoke. I’ve never done drugs. I drink lots of agua. I rarely drink alcohol. I’ve never visited a tanning salon. I wear sunscreen daily. And I’m fanatical about my yoga practice.

I realise that last paragraph sounds like a humble brag. Let me reassure you (as would my accountant): I’m far from perfect. I merely mention these things to emphasise that, in addition to good genes, lifestyle choices have a more profound impact on your skin than you’d like to credit.

That said, a disciplined skin care regime can work wonders. I’ve tried the gamut, from drugstore products to super high end (salut Creme de la Mer). I’ve concluded there’s no comparison; particularly when it comes to cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers. If you doubt me, try Aveno moisturiser for a week. Then try Kate Somerville. I promise you’ll notice a huuge difference. Caring for your skin WELL is an investment for sure, but it’s one I think is well worth it. After all, this is your FACE! Your future self will thank you.

After trying it all, here’s the round up of eight products I use daily and swear by:

1. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser . All-in-one. Ideal for combination skin. Removes make-up and impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Smells like cucumber, which I love.

2. Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy. My facialist recommends alternating cleansers, so I use this one to remove heavier make-up. It’s the most effective cleanser at removing EVERYTHING in one swoop. Ideal for sensitive skin. 14 oz will last you a year and is the best bang for your buck.

3. Fresh Sugar Face Polish. Exfoliating is essential to maintaining a smooth complexion (especially when you have dry skin like mine). This is the best exfoliator I’ve found, and is gentle enough to use three times a wee (which I do!). Plus, it’s all natural and smells as great as it feels (and tastes;).

4. Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift.  This product changed my skin. It’s expensive, but worth every penny. It’s not called “Botox in a bottle” for nothing. Claims to “instantly plump, firm and fill your skin,” and boy does it ever. You’ll notice an instantaneous difference. I apply this before moisturising day and night.

5. Ole Henriksen Total Truth Vitamin C Eye Creme. Great for combination skin. Heavy enough to use for night, but absorbs easily so can use just as well during the day (which I do). Hydrates the under eye area while brightening and relieving dark cycles. A life saver for late nights.

6. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. I love Fresh. Can you tell? Their products are natural and work very well on my super sensitive, combination skin. This moisturiser can work double duty as a day/night moisturiser (which is how I use it). It absorbs quickly into the skin and never feels too dense. Definitely has brightened my complexion. No more dry flakes!

7. Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial. My go-to night moisturiser for those mornings I need to look flawless. I typically use three nights a week or when my skin’s feeling extra dry.

8. Shisheido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face SPF 50+ Never underestimate the power of daily sunscreen. Gotta block those UVA/UVB rays! I apply each morning after moisturising and before applying make-up. Non-greasy, doesn’t sting my eyes, and smells AMAZING (think Tom Ford body wash).

green lantern

April 10, 2014

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*Leather Jacket: Rag & Bone. Denim: Current/Elliott. Bag: Givenchy. Shoes: Louboutin. Sunglasses: Francois Pinton*

Lovers. My obsession with leather jackets needs no reiteration, yeah? I mean, if 90 degree temps (unbearable for yours truly) aren’t enough to deter leather jacket wearage, what will? (Let’s not test that.) I do realise it’s spring, and donning BLACK leather would make me look INSANE. However, this neon green number from Rag & Bone is bright enough for me to rationalise that YES, this is INDEED a SPRING apropos leather jacket. The most flattering piece? Um, no. This jacket is technically a mens and an ideal piece to wear if you want to keep the paparazzi (or friends) guessing whether or not you’re with child. (For the record, I am NOT.) I used it on a shoot I styled last year on (you guessed it) a GUY (fit him to a T), but was too infatuated with it’s one-of-a-kindness to not buy it for my own “archives” (fancy verbage to rationalise buying for myself). Sure, body con jackets are more flattering (and useful in attracting men), but for those days you want to fly under the radar (in body shape, clearly not color), a mens jacket is ideal. Your boyfriend (or hubs) will likely hate it, but you can appease him later with a tight dress that leaves little to the imagination. Never in bad form to keep ‘em guessing.

come on, get happy

February 27, 2014

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*Military Jacket and Leather Blouse: Rag & Bone. Skirt: Reformation. Boots: Maison Martin Margiela. Bag: Givenchy. Necklace: J.Crew Collection. Hat: Vintage*

Please tell me I’m not the only one running around with Pharell’s “Happy” playing incessantly in my head! I believe it’s been #1 on the charts for a while now, so I CAN’T be the only one. Hell, there are worse songs to have stuck in your head. Like “Baby Got Back.” So I ain’t complaining.

I need to make more of a concerted effort to be happy. It doesn’t come easily to me.

I was reading Esquire the other night, and there was a great piece on notable men in LA and New York entitled, “Why We Dress Now.”

One guy profiled, chef David Myers, remarked, “If you want to tell the world you’re happy with who you are, just enjoy what you’re wearing.”

RIGHT?

Judging on that sentiment, Lupita N’yongo must be the happiest woman on the planet right now. (For good reason!) Girl can rock a bold print and color like NOBODY’S BIZ.NESS.

Contrarily, the older I get, the more reticent I am towards wearing anything in lieu of black. I LOVE styling others in colors, but when it comes to moi, I will choose black over all else any day. So the fact that I’m wearing GREEN and NAVY in said post is noteworthy. Pathetically and truly. That’s what it’s come to.

It sounds almost like an oxymoron to say black makes me happy, but it does. Boots (even at the beach, as you can see), coats, and most things black make me happy. Evidently I’m more of a creature of comfort than realised.

And maybe that’s ok? Photographer Max Snow (also profiled in Esquire) remarked that he only wears black. Pourquoi? Is he lazy? Boring? By default, am I? His explanation (which I’ll henceforth steal as my own): “Black goes with black, and my life’s complicated enough. I get dressed to make things easy.”

I love fashion, but I don’t want to wear fussy pieces. Thankfully, brands like Margiela, Rag & Bone, and (LA-based Reformation) exist who seem to share my current “no-muss, no-fuss” aesthetic philosophy.

And that makes me happy;)

Between her show-stopping-model-looks and irreverently-quirky-yet-uber-chic style, it’s no stretch to see why fashion-editor-turned-entrepreneurial-florist Taylor Tomasi-Hill has loong been a street style icon. She has an incredible eye (no doubt honed during her ten years as an editor/creative director for the likes of Marie-Claire and Moda Operadi) and way of effortlessly mixing unexpected patterns together (read: python, plaid, and leopard) in a way that not only “works,” but looks SUPER cool without, somehow, feeling trendy.

One need only glance at a photo of Tomasi-Hill to know that whatever that “it” factor is, she’s got it in spades.

While there are countless candid photos of Tomasi-Hill I frequently refer to for inspiration, the below two are particular favorites. Either is a great transitional look from winter to spring. Enjoy! xx

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Jil Sander Fur Stole (Alternative ASOS faux fur option available here)

DSquared2 Military Style Blazer

Saint Laurent Studded Belt 

J.Crew Collection Silk Jacquard Pants Etoile Isabel Marant Checked Tapered Pants

Tabitha Simmons Elaphe Pumps 

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Jil Sander Fur Stole (Alternative ASOS faux fur option available here

Raquel Allegra Leopard-Print Linen Blazer

Etoile Isabel Marant Checked Tapered Pants

Tabitha Simmons Elaphe Pumps