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Wearable Trends that Endure

9 Jun

Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe. Here are some fashionable outfits that you can easily recycle into next season.

These outfits are all from Neiman Marcus, where I attended a trend event. Above is a Proezena Schouler top, but it’s easy to mix and match any summer floral top you have. The knotted waist updates the look.

Next, is a striped shirt paired with khaki cropped pants and a blazer. What I love about this outfit is that it transitions into fall.

It’s easy to pair a striped skirt with a pop of color or vice versa — striped top with a colorful, cropped pant.

Finally, add a flounced animal print skirt with that easy-to-go-to black top.

Happy Summer!

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Pretty in Pink at Met Gala

8 May

The fashions at the Met Gala are always show stopping. Pink seems to be a favorite choice for come of the celebrities. Lady Gaga’s outfit (top left) or costume was extravagant, keeping with her persona. Kacey Musgraves came as a Barbie doll, as the theme was “camp.” But the pink elegant gown award, in my opinion goes to Hailey Baldwin (below). What do you think?

For a complete slide of fashions see click on this Vogue link.

Fashion photo credit: Getty Images

Tablescape: Corey Tenold

Cover Up: Melanoma Monday

1 May

Did you know that too much sun exposure (even tanning beds) can cause skin cancer? So the most important way to prevent skin cancer is to limit your sun exposure. Here’s a catchy, effective phrase created by the Cancer Council’s SunSmart program in Australia –Slip, Slop, Slap. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. There is even a cute video, here.

You can also remember the ABC’s of Melanoma— asymmetry, border, color, diameter and evolution referring to moles on your skin.

May is skin cancer awareness month. The American Academy of Dermatology has important information as well as the American Cancer Society. 

Monday May 6 is Melanoma Monday — a day where many places offer free skin cancer screenings. You can call the American Cancer Society number at 1-800-227-2345 to find out if there any screenings in your area. The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital will be offering free skin cancer screenings at two locations. Here’s the information.

The Friday before Memorial Day is designated as Don’t Fry Day — a day to raise awareness of sun safety and encourage steps to protect the skin.

One tip that I can offer is to wear sun protective clothing (SPF). Many companies, like Coolibar, manufacture clothing for the entire family. I’m pictured here in a Coolibar top and hat. I reached out to Coolibar and let them know that I wear their clothing already, and I would do a feature on my blog, in conjunction with Melanoma Monday. They sent me this top and hat. (Full disclosure: I did not pay for the items.) I already have several other tops in my closet as I do water aerobics daily. Notice the wide-brimmed hat for extra protection.

Don’t forget the sunscreen this month and every month!

 

Lilies Blooming

1 Apr

Lilly Pulitzer is a fashion icon. If you are thinking spring at the moment, there is nothing more refreshing or summery than a Lilly Pulitzer hue. Awash with florals, hot pinks and crispy limes, the prints are delectable. So, I was delighted to stumble upon a large Lilly Pulitzer store on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. (The photos above are from the store, including the mood board.)

The Lilly Pulitzer brand began in the 1960s but it was Jackie Kennedy who catapulted the prints to stardom. The shift dress is probably her most recognizable design.

It’s a preppy, fun look. I went to a charity benefit in the Palm Beach area, and the dress code was Lilly Pulitzer.

There is a lovely article on how her brand became iconic in the archives of Boca Life Magazine. You can read it here.

Are you a Lily fan?

 

Hey Friends: Brand Makeup for Less

5 Mar

Friends who love friends share makeup. Just ask founders and friends Vivian Wang (right) and Jackie Xu of the internet site gofriendshop.com

It’s a buy more, save more concept. The more items you choose, the more you save. The best part is you can purchase the makeup & skincare with a friend and both save, because the items you tally up together count for the discount. (Buy 2–5% off, Buy 4–15% off, Buy 8–30% off)

Gofriendshop.com offers all brand names. They purchase close-outs and department store excess. But the brands are all authentic like Urban Decay, Nars, Laura Mercier, Benefit, Clinique, Lancome and more.

Wang and Xu are two savvy entrepreneurs. Wang was a former senior strategist at Gap, while Xu was an engineer at Stripe.

It’s a start-up that began four months ago, and right now it’s in the soft launch phase. But it’s destined to do well, with some powerful Silicon Valley financial backing and a site founded by and run by women.

Motownsavvy hopes to partner and review products.

What woman doesn’t want makeup at a discount price? Get 20% off your first purchase at gofriendshop.com with code “MOTOWN” here: http://bit.ly/MOTOWN2

8 Quick Makeup Steps

30 Jan

I recently attended an event at Saks Fifth Avenue hosted by Trish McEvoy makeup artists. The title was “Makeup of a Confident Woman.” Makeup artist Nick Capezza chose someone from the audience to participate. (Her name was Carla!)

Here’s a photo of Carla (above). It literally took him less than 10 minutes to apply this effortless, natural look. Of course, there are 8 easy steps — 5 steps for skincare, 8 steps for makeup application. Hmm. I guess that adds up to 13. But, 8 steps are makeup!

Nick has outlined them below. Of course, all the products are by Trish. But, of course, you can go to your makeup bag or bags and use what you have.

The power of skincare steps:
1)cleanse: am and pm with Cleansing Water or Gentle Cleansing Wash
2)exfoliate: Beta Hydroxy Daily Exfoliator Pads, or the Correct and Brighten Professional Strength  Multi-Acid Weekly Peel
3)treat: Beauty Booster Face and Beauty Booster Eye Serums
4)protect: Beauty Booster Cream SPF 30
5)correct: Beauty Booster Advanced Retinol Eye Cream, and (pm)Even Skin Vitamin C Cream

 

The 8 step makeup lesson:
1)Brighten the eyelid: using Trish’s Eye Base Essential
2)Define the lash line: using Trish’s Intense Gel Eyeliner,  using the tight-line technique and apply your eyeshadows
3)Enhance your lashes: with Trish’s Tubular High Volume, or Lash Curling Mascaras
4)Brighten Under Your Eyes: with Trish’s Triangle of Light Technique using Instant Eye Lift.
5)Even the skin: Use your favorite Trish foundation and concealer to perfect and even the skin with your favorite foundation brush. Set with translucent set powder.
6)Face Color: apply Bronzer, Highlight and Blush. Blend with a whisper of translucent set powder.
7)Enhance Your Brow: define your brow with Trish’s brow enhancers.
8)Enhance your lips: Apply Flawless Lip Primer and press into the lip line. Follow with  your lip liner, color and gloss.

 

Some extra makeup tips:
With the eye liner, taper and blender like windshield wiper
The fan brush works wonders for blending.
Eyebrow maintenance is a must.

 

Are we ready to look beautiful?

 

Remembrance of Stores Past

17 Jan

One of my favorite scenes in the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon is the recreation (above) of the department store B. Altman in New York. The stellar production team transformed an old bank into the bustling department store of the 1950s.

It reminded me of visiting the J. L. Hudson department store in Detroit as a child — complete with beautiful chandeliers, ornate drinking fountains, an elevator operator and a beautiful dining room.

So, it was nostalgic to read this piece in the New York Times, “New York’s Lost Department Store,” by Vanessa Friedman. Henri Bendel and Lord & Taylor are closing their Manhattan flagship stores.

What stores do you miss? Anyone remember Bonwit Teller?

Birthday Marketing

2 Jan

Guess who remembered my birthday? Bloomingdales! They obviously know I’m a fashionista, because they sent me a sharp gift. It’s stylish, black pencils with the cutest sayings.

The marketing is very clever in a black box, and oh if I spend $200, I get a $50 gift card.  Not bad. . .

Yes, this marketing ploy worked. I’m going to Bloomies and I posted about it!

So, who else is remembering my birthday?

 

 

 

Treasured Shopping

1 Nov

This website is truly a jewel — www.usejewel.com

It’s an e-commerce site where you shop for luxury goods and receive cash back. Detroiter Andrew Landau is the website founder. The offices are based in Detroit, but the shopping spans the globe. Jewel partners with 350 brands from high-end department stores to indie labels. Some of the partners include: Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, Lululemon, Tumi, Tory Burch, Charlotte Tilbury.

The blogger the luxe strategist, explains the process simply here:

  1. Make sure you’re on the Jewel website and signed in.
  2. Find the store you want to shop at, then click the blue ‘Shop Now’ button. This will kick you over to the actually retailer site now.
  3. Complete your purchase in one session, and make sure you’re not paying with points or gift cards (these will not qualify for cash back, as I learned).
  4. Within 72 hours, your shopping trip and cash back amount should appear in Jewel.

Your check arrives quarterly.

Landau, a former Google employee, is a bona fide entrepreneur as he founded Chalkfly.com and sold it in 2014. This site is his latest venture.

Landau knows his customer base. “Every one, no matter what their wealth is, wants a good deal.”

Julia, the Ambassador

17 Oct

Julia Louis-Dreyfus wears the perfect tee. It’s not because it was designed by Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera — although that’s a plus. It’s because 100 percent of this $35 T-shirt goes to charity.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the 2018 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure Ambassador, where this shirt is sold.

“I’m a breast cancer survivor so that is a huge part of my involvement with Saks’ Key To The Cure,” stated KTTC Ambassador Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “And, I’m absolutely thrilled that the AiRS Foundation is the beneficiary of the sales of the limited edition Key To The Cure t-shirt. Every penny from the t-shirt sales benefits the foundation, which helps women who are unable to afford breast reconstruction surgery post-mastectomy.”

I had to order this t-shirt at my local Saks store. The website said it was sold out, but there is a wait list. Note: It runs very small!

 

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