I’m about to get personal for a second. I do love a good wax (everyone has their reasons; for me, I just don’t like hair) but it can be hard to find a place that’s not awkward, clinical, or just too-serious. I also love painlessness (as close as you can get), easy-going aestheticians, a fun space, and during the winter months — some good holiday cheer. A couple weeks ago I finally had the chance to try out Strip: Ministry of Waxing – which checked off all of those aforementioned good qualities — and had just introduced its seasonal Gingerbread Cookie Wax, freshly imported from across the pond. No before/after pictures, but a report on the experience is below: (more…)
The old elastic hair tie on the wrist isn’t just boring, it’s uncomfortable and unsightly — especially when it leaves a crease behind. Fortunately, Mane Message founder Olivia Hayward has done something about that. Her line of “bohemian chic” soft elastic hair accessories double as simple, comfortable and attractive bracelets in almost every shade imaginable. (more…)
Comic book lovers and fans of Christopher Nolan’s angsty take on Batman–take note. We have found the shoe for you. For Holiday 2012, you will be able to customize your own Converse sneakers with iconic images of Batman, Catwoman, and the Joker. For those who like their comic book movies dark and gritty, this collaboration is a no brainer. Converse’s cool, downtown image perfectly juxtaposes with the dark knight’s moody black and white drawings. I like how you can coolly pick different color shoelaces (I’m partial to the graphic yellow) as a bright pop of color amongst the monotones and even choose different icons for the right and left shoe. Converse lets you customize every step, right down the color the shoe tongue and the shoe’s interior, but if you have decision fatigue, we’ve included pictures of our favorites above. The sneakers retail for $75 and you can build your own shoe here, on the Nike site.
I’ve never thought to match my nails to my bracelets, but when I saw the latest collaboration between Essie and Baublebar, I realized that it just makes so much sense! After all, I pretty much coordinate all the other colors in my outfits! The jewelry brand has designed a set of limited edition bracelets inspired by Essie’s winter collection. Users pick their favorite nail polish and bracelet pair (or multiple pairs since they are all so fab!) and then mix and match with 2 other bracelets to create a customized stacked set. All 4 items, (nail polish, matching bracelet, and the two other pieces) come in a luxe pouch and is sold for $50.
As I’ve recently become a huge fan of of BaubleBar, I obviously had to get my own set. My favorite is the Snap Happy (pictured above) which is a beautiful and festive tomato red. I decided play up the gold on the bangle and paired it with the Cubic Cuff and Baroque Clear Bangle. It was hard to decide though and even just playing on the site is so fun. The combinations are (almost) endless!
For more info, check out the collaboration on BaubleBar.com and be sure to show us your custom creation!
Most of us here at TDO know of friends and loved ones that were affected by Sandy…and we encourage aiding those in need through one of our favorite ways – shopping! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Joan Hornig, a New York based jewelry designer, has produced a special design dedicated to the victims of hurricane Sandy. This sterling silver “Build Up” necklace is priced at $80.22 with 100% of profits going to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. Joan Hornig’s collection is available online as well as at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.
- Eva Hanusova, witnessed the effects of Sandy across her home borough of Queens, NY. Always eager to give back, Eva is donating 50% of proceeds from her fan favorite Dorset Tote towards the American Red Cross hurricane relief. Made from Rustic Oil Cow Leather for a durable wax veneer and vintage worn-in feel that only gets better with age. Available online for $239.
- KiraKira, a native of New Orleans is no stranger to natural disasters particularly since relocating to Japan to experience the tsunami in 2011. Now based in New York, designer Suz Somersall is strong supporter of various charities including Red Cross disaster relief. To give back to storm survivors, KiraKira is donating 20% from online sales to the American Red Cross to help with hurricane relief from www.kirakira.com. Psst – for those in NYC KiraKira is in Bryant Park Holiday Shops through the holidays!
- Chilean-born, Manhattan-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz created his “I Still Love NY” t-shirt after his studio was paralyzed from the storm. The debilitating effects motivated Errazuriz to give back by raising much-needed funds for Sandy relief. The water line that marked the walls of flooded galleries in Chelsea inspired this limited edition charity item available for $40 with 100% of proceeds going to charity.
Ahh BCA products… As you may have noticed, we don’t feature too many of them here on TDO, and that’s partly because we don’t find many of them to be that inspiring. We’re all for supporting breast cancer research, but honestly?- we rather donate our time or money than buy a lackluster product. However, when we were introduced to the new fragrance Noteworthy by Demeter, we immediately knew we wanted to feature it because we’d buy it even if it weren’t a limited edition BCA product. The fact that 30% of proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, just makes it an even better reason to do so (plus, it has a super pretty bottle).
I’ve been a fan of Demeter’s simple fragrances for a long time. When I worked retail in Anthropologie back in my college days, I used to pass any lulls in the day by sampling the entire library that was on display in the store. The Noteworthy fragrance is a bit more complex than their usual singular note scents: the fruity floral scent is comprised of notes of bergamot, white jasmine, blue iris, creamy white rose, musk and patchouli. While that is a lot of ingredients, the overall fragrance is still light, pretty, and never overpowering. And when you smell it on your wrist, the fragrance has a hint of effervescence that I’ve always associated with Demeter.
Noteworthy is made without any artificial colors, binders or emulsifiers and contains no synthetic fragrance materials or Phthalates. It’s exclusively available on Coterie.com and you can find more info on DemeterFragrance.com.
I’ve been obsessed with accessories this month, and this is the perfect excuse to get some great pieces at affordable prices. (I’m still so fond of my first CC SKYE Vintage Showstopper Ring, I wear it all the time.) If you have time and are in L.A., head to the CC SKYE sample sale today to get in touch with your inner Malibu Barbie rockstar. See you there!
If there’s one fall collection I’m super excited to get my hands on right now, it’s Cotton Citizen. (Think James Perse meets American Apparel … but better.) This brand could change the way we look at T-shirts forever.
Made in Los Angeles, Cotton Citizen came about when Adam Vanunu, whose family runs American Dye House (makes sense!), experimented with premium fabrics (think bamboo, organic cotton, jersey and French terry) and unique washes and dyes often associated with denim (think acid wash). The effect was a show-stopping complexity of color. When I first got one of their shirts, an ultra-soft rust-colored number with faded, watercolor-like detail, I wore it almost every day for a week! (I’ve since restrained myself, but still want to wear it every day.) (more…)
Like any good New Yorker, I’m aware that scrunchies, like fanny packs or athletic sneakers in midtown, are supposed to be an unspoken sartorial dividing line between tourist and chic, local resident. But following Olympic fever, I almost (note the almost) wanted to dust off my vintage scrunchie. Look at Gabby Douglas and the Golden Girls. Doesn’t their enthusiasm and joy extend H2T as Tyra Banks would say, from their be-scrunchied heads to their fantastically pointed toes? Seeing them in their gold medal joy reminded me of a more innocent time when my most important daily decision was matching an item from my scrunchie tree to my Limited Too leggings.
Looking past twenty years from now, will I see my simple, black hair elastics as a nostalgic relic of my 20s? Probably not. But I might see TwistBands that way. TwistBands are like hair scrunchies 2.0, an upgraded version of the no-dent, non-hair-damaging hair accessory that everyone loved. Made of a simple, half-inch wide elastic that comfortable cinches your ponytail (and your wrist, equally important) and doesn’t stretch out. And yes, you can match them to your outfits, as they’re currently available in tie-dye, metallic, primary colors, and some design-your-own (they do custom sayings, a fun idea for bachelorette party favors.) But I predict, it won’t be long before like their 1.0 predecessors, they become widely available in beautiful varieties and prints (calling Marimekko and Missoni) and an equal reflector of your personality and style. You can buy them here, where they retail for $2.50 for one, or as a set of 6 for $10.