Stories for the year: 2014

Fitness & Health, Hair, SkincareAutumn Roundup

serumI’m totally embracing autumn this year, loving every minute of the crisp air on my skin, snuggling under a blanket, and lots of apple pie! I don’t mind a bit of lingering summer weather here and there, but I do mind the stubborn sprinkling of freckles that a few hours too many in the sun has left on my face, not to mention a couple tan lines I’m still sporting from two months ago. After doing a little digging into the reasons for pigmentation, I found out that a big problem causing dark spots is excess melanin produced in the deeper layers of skin due to chronic inflammation. La Roche-Posay has a unique system to prevent and treat uneven skin tone without ever stepping into a dermatologist’s office. The Intensive Dark Spot Correcting Serum attacks spots which are visible and recurrent as well as those still in development. I apply the serum in the evenings after cleansing so it can work all night long, and have been consistent for almost eight weeks now, which is the suggested time for reducing spots by about 39%. I’ve noticed that it does brighten and even my complexion without irritating my finicky skin. My little freckles are lightening, so I’m hopeful that they’ll stay on that track.

spfWhile the serum does its job, it’s important to keep skin protected from the sun while continuing the work of correcting and preventing visible dark spots. The Daily Dark Spot Correcting Moisturizer does all this while absorbing quickly, and doesn’t feel greasy. UVA and UVB rays are blocked, which are the number one cause of dark spots. Both the serum and moisturizer use Phe-Resorcinol to reduce excess melanin at early stages of production and ferulic acid and gingko to reduce oxidation of melanin pigments. LHA is a signature ingredient which exfoliates the upper layers of the epidermis containing melanin. The regimen is effective and easy to incorporate for a brighter complexion to glow among the layers of autumn foliage! READ MORE

SkincareKiehl’s Latest Innovations

KIE116-2Kiehl’s is constantly impressing me with the amount of research they put into their products! There’s a reason they’ve been so popular and relevant since 1851, one being that the current head of laboratory is something of a magna cum laude genius. Dr. Geoffrey Genesky puts his doctorate from Cornell to work in finding the latest anti-aging technology. When skin ages, dehydration becomes a problem that even oily skin types have to deal with, because it has to do with an imbalance and lack of water retention in skin. The result of a crazy amount of testing is the new Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. Taking inspiration from dermatologic procedures such as Juvederm Hydrate, the serum floods the deepest layers of dehydrated skin to restore moisture, resulting in fresh, plump, and youthful skin.

The serum utilizes a potent complex of Plant-based glycerin – a natural moisture magnet, and Shiso Leaf Extract, which binds deep moisture into the skin’s surface layers. The lab results show rapid improvement- think 72 hours – in treated skin’s retention of moisture. In my case, I could really start to see improvement after about a week of regular use. Fine lines start disappearing and that supple feeling of younger skin inches back in. If you’re already a Kiehl’s addict like me and could use a comparison, the Hydro-Plumping Serum retains almost double the hydration of their beloved Ultra Facial Moisturizer and Rose Arctica Cream, which are great options for combining with the serum for other properties.

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Bags, Fashion, ShoppingThe Alice.D Milano Tote

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The perfect tote shouldn’t be an It bag, it should be an it-can-be-used-anywhere-anytime bag. It doesn’t need to make a statement or scream “Look at me!”, but it does need to make you look good, even if you’re schlepping around your entire office in there. And since I’m quite the schlepper, I spent the entire summer searching for the right bag that would still allow me to feel chic doing it.

I debated the usual suspects: the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (too matronly), the Céline Cabas (too marked up), the Mansur Gavriel tote (too stiff), and the Longchamp Le Pliage (too many 13 year old girls using them as schoolbags on the Upper East Side). I checked out the new wave of “luxury start-up” fashion brands: Everlane (too practical looking) and Cuyana (too business-casual). And then I browsed all the pages of search results for “tote” on BergdorfGoodman.com and other Internet shopping destinations and still came up empty handed.

For a bag that’s supposedly so simple, it was anything but simple to find. The problem is, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi factor to the perfect tote, and it’s difficult to describe and even more difficult to achieve.  The leather has to be just the right mix of structure and slouchiness to look effortless instead of serious or sloppy. And the proportions of the top, bottom, and sides have to meet some magical mathematical formula so it looks youthful, stylish and fresh.

I had almost given up the search and given in to carrying whatever canvas bag was in my closet, when I stumbled upon this Alice.D creation. The width and height looked just about right and it didn’t scrimp on functionality even though it was clearly focused minimalist design. It comes with two different strap options so you can alternate between holding it on your arm and shoulders and features a large interior pocket for safekeeping wallet and keys. And best of all, design and function came at a price that was pretty palatable: under $500.

Alice.D Leather Tote in Beige / Black

Mom & KidsTop Baby Obsessions

Belly-Blanket-ChicEver since we found out that we have sweet potato number 2 on the way, I’ve been re-infected with a case of baby fever. This time around, I like to think I’m a bit wiser and choosy in terms of not buying everything that catches my whim. Combining research and personal experience, I’ve put together my must-have list in prep for the new munchkin!

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Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

 

One of our favorite sample sales of the year is for Bonpoint, the chic French childrenswear line. It’s a popular one, so get there early and leave the stroller at home. Bon chance!

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CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

FALL WINTER COLLECTION

BABY, GIRL AND BOY . FROM NEWBORN TO PRETEEN

ITEMS UP TO 60% OFF

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22ND 2014 FROM 9AM TO 7PM

THURSDAY OCTOBER 23RD 2014 FROM 9AM TO 3PM

THE METROPOLITAN PAVILLON

123 WEST 18TH STREET NYC – 5TH FLOOR BETWEEN 6TH AND 7TH AVENUE

AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA & MASTERCARD – NO CASH OR CHECKS

ALL SALES ARE FINAL – NO EXCHANGES – NO RETURNS

STROLLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES

WWW.BONPOINT.COM

 

Accessories, JewelryObsession of the Moment: Blaine Bowen Jewelry Raya Cuff

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Accessories, JewelryUnder African Skies

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We’re big fans of the jewelry line, The 2 Bandits, here, and are so excited to see their new Holiday 2014 collection, Under African Skies. Shot by Lyall Coburn and featuring model Jessica Buchanan, the 70’s-inspired Holiday 2014 lookbook combines the brand’s signature bohemian charm with modern edge. Check it out and shop the collection today!

GeneralEntice and Ignite Me

Zoya IgniteZoya Entice

Ahhh, Zoya.  I always love their new collections.  It just makes me happy when a package from them arrives in the mail.  And their latest fall shades keep that trend alive by making me even more excited for colder nights, cozy sweaters, big, warm bowls of soup and pumpkin spice lattes.  (So many pumpkin spice lattes…)  They have two new collections, Entice and Ignite, each of which offers six new shades that you’re bound to fall in love with.  Here’s the polishes you’ll be coveting this time around:  READ MORE

Mom & KidsStokke Trailz

MAIN-PRODUCT_StokkeTrailz_04Although I’m a city girl at heart and would likely excuse myself from taking the kids camping (but wouldn’t miss Madeline for the world), I can totally appreciate all-terrain gear! The innovative Trailz Stroller from my beloved Stokke brand is at the top of my obsession list. The philosophy behind Stokke strollers is that the seat position is elevated to encourage eye contact and connection between parent and child (such a lovely concept to carry through childhood!). If I’ve learned a thing or two about strollers since they’ve become an extra appendage for me, is that suspension and taking tight corners are indispensable without sacrificing the comfort and safety of my little passenger. At the top of the list for the new Stokke Trailz is superior maneuverability for easy steering, and advanced tire suspension for a smooth ride (and comfy for mom’s hands and arms!), no matter if on rocky land or broken pavement.

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Bath & Body, BeautySo Smooth, Olivina

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Have you heard of Olivina? This Napa Valley-based beauty company is inspired by the ingredients that surrounds them and handcrafts their products in the USA. I’ve been much more mindful of the ingredients of products that I’m putting on my body, and love that these vegetable-based products are thoughtfully formulated free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum and SLS. Even better, they’re packaged in PET plastic (the gold standard in recyclable containers!). READ MORE

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