Favorite Things: December 15th, 2016

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner: I don't want to be so bold as to say that this product alone changed by skin, but it sure as hell has helped. I had a bad encounter with glycolic acid a few years ago (and by "bad encounter" I mean falling asleep with a glycolic acid mask on my face and waking up to something that resembled Freddy Krueger's sister) so I was wary to start using it in my daily routine. Lucky for me this toner is gentle but effective, and the best part is that I don't have to worry about washing anything off before I go to bed/pass out.

Zadie Smith on the cover of The Gentlewoman: To be honest, I haven't picked up a copy of The Gentlewoman in a long time, but this gorgeous picture of Zadie Smith grabbed my attention immediately and the issue did not disappoint (even my father-in-law was impressed when he scanned through the pages). Smith's article was a soothing antidote to the chaos that has been happening in the world lately and I can't wait to brush up more on Smith's writing and get my hands on a copy of Swing Time.

MR by Man Repeller Shoes: Leandra Medine has a knack for spotting (and wearing) killer shoes, so it seems only natural that she would design a few great pairs herself. She teamed up with Net-a-Porter on a collection of cool styles that run from totally wearable to "whoa!". These are my personal faves...

ATCQ - We Got It From Here: The night of the election I sat in a puddle on the floor sipping whisky and slowly dying inside. Around 11pm I could no longer take the anxiety and was ready to pack it in for bed when, lo and behold, there came a saving grace. A Tribe Called Quest had released their latest album for streaming and it came just in the nick of time. At a moment when the world (me especially) needed to take a step back and feel good, the music provided that while at the same time reminding us that we have to continue to keep our eyes open to the injustices that need our full attention.

Favorite Things: October 7th, 2016

Not exactly a pro at doing my own hair...but I try.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day: I've been using this 5-in-1 styling "treatment" pretty religiously for almost a year and I can totally tell a difference in the way my hair curls and hold shape when I use if vs. when I forget. Also, it smells pretty damn heavenly.

Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion: I love this volumizing hair powder because it doesn't leave me with sticky, matted roots. It has an almost watery consistency that puffs up roots in a snap.

JR Liggett's Shampoo Bar: I love these shampoo bars because they're all natural and you can use them directly on your scalp, which helps to minimize the damage shampoo can do to the ends of your hair (ie: split ends). 

John Masters Organic Sea Salt Spray: I love me a good surf spray. I've tried my fair share, believe me, and the smell and texture combination of this one is my favorite yet!

Favorite Things: October 3rd, 2016

Skincare favorites (aka: self-confidence savers)...

Skinfood Rice Mask Wash Off: I jumped on the Korean skincare bandwagon a little over a year ago and started off with this gentle exfoliating mask. It took a couple of tries to figure out how to use it just right (a few minutes of gentle scrubbing until the granules start to break down), but it's become a staple in my nightly face-washing ritual because it's gentle, effective, natural and cheap!

ExfoliKate from Kate Somerville: I got this as a sample from Neiman Marcus and was hooked right away! I'm a sucker for products that make my skin look better immediately and this did just that. I only use it 2 or 3 times a week because it's pretty intense and can sting if you leave it on for too long, but hot damn if it doesn't help clear up my skin almost overnight.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: This is fun because it's kind of like peeling off a layer to a new face (sounds kind of gross, but it's not). Be careful not to get it on your eyebrows or hairline because it pulls everything out, trust me. Perfect for getting junk out of your pores and tightening up your skin!

La Roche Posay Effaclar K: A mix of salicylic acid and retinol that doesn't turn your face into a red, flaky mess. Unfortunately I think La Roche Posay is switching up the formula for the Effaclar K so it's not as easy to find at the Duo (which has benzoyl peroxide instead of salicylic acid) but it's worth the hunt!

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum: To prep for my wedding in May, I decided to treat myself to a facial at the Joanna Vargas salon in New York. After some serious pampering and a good dose of oxygen (they literally spray it into your pores - it's amazing), the aesthetician suggested I use Joanna's Daily Serum. Even though it was a bit of gut check shelling out the extra cash, it was SO worth it. Not only does it smell great, but it clears up my pores and brightens my skin in a snap.

(and PS - if you have a few extra bucks to spend, I totally recommend treating yourself to the Oxygen Purifying Facial at Joanna Vargas!)

Favorite Things: September 13th, 2016

The Fashion Week Edition. All viewed from the comfort and convenience of my couch, thankyouverymuch.

J. Crew Painted Chinos: Really, just this whole outfit. And not like I'm actually going pay the extra money for someone to paint on my chinos for me, but the next time I'm repainting a room I'll make sure to leave a few artistic drips here and there.

Ear Makeup and Chandeliers at Proenza Schouler: Can you exercise your ear lobes? It's worth trying because oversized earrings are here to give them a serious workout. And apparently ears are the new eyelids? Who knew.

Thom Browne's "Outfits": Pastels never looked so cool! And how convenient to wear an entire suit when it's actually a dress!

Casting Real, Pretty People at Rachel Comey: Not only does she intrinsically have that certain "thing" that most independent designers would kill for, but she also has the ability to flawlessly cast real-world people without it seeming like a gimmick. Bravo!

Favorite Things: August 28th, 2016

Working from home means you binge watch a lot of TV...

Painted Canvas Rug by Cold Picnic: I can't decide if I want to use this beauty for it's intended purpose as a rug, or hang it on the wall as art instead.

Homesick New York Candle: Since moving to SF a few months ago I find myself missing literally everything about New York - the smells, the noise, the food. Luckily this candle smells much better than hot garbage in August, but it's true that nothing can really replicate those magical summer nights in NYC.

UPDATE: My amazing fiancé surprised me with one of these as a late birthday present. Great minds and all that!

"Ugly" Shoes: I love that chunky block heels and sensible mules are fashionable again. Between the rhinestone and the fur I'm pretty sure these Miu Miu babies came straight out of my elementary school princess dress up dreams!

Big 'Ol Earrings: Everything has been so dainty and minimal lately, it's nice to see big earrings have a moment again. These molded metal plate earrings from Céline are so heavy they have an extra piece that slides over the ear for additional support!

Pretty Little Liars: I want to say I'm ashamed this is on my list, but I'm not! I can't exactly explain why I'm so hooked on a show featuring a group of overly accessorized teenagers and their Nancy Drew-on-speed antics, but I can say that I've had a lot of thoughts while watching this show:

  1. Oh look, another oversized belt.
  2. If this were an episode of SVU that teacher would definitely be in jail.
  3. Damn, Laura Leighton still looks good.
  4. All that crime fighting and avoiding being murdered, and they still have time for homework!
  5. Why have these parents not moved their kids out of this town yet?
  6. That certainly is quite a look.
  7. 5 years later and they all have stable jobs and no student loan debt? Yeah, sure.
  8. Poor Hannah could use a good therapist.

 

Favorite Things: August 20th, 2016

It's been awhile since we've done one of these, feels like the right time to get back into the swing of things!

Glossier Priming Moisturizer: Hands down the BEST moisturizer I've ever used. Light, hydrating, perfecting, and the only face lotion that doesn't make me break out. I'm on tube number three and would bathe in it if I could.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Recovery Peel: I have a love/hate relationship new skincare products. I love research and reading about new treatments, especially when it comes to acne and it's aftermath. However, my reality is that 9 times out of 10 my skin reacts badly to new products and I am, therefore, often cautious when it comes to trying new ones.

That being said, I received a couple of these pads as a free gift with a recent purchase and after some online research decided to give 'em a shot. Holy moly am I glad I did! These babies made my skin look better immediately and the result the next morning was waking up to a nice, even, and red-mark-free face. Be warned, these pads are not cheap - but a couple of times a week is all you need to see some pretty damn good results.

Soko Taji Pendant Necklace: If you know anything about me, you know I love handmade stuff. And I really love handmade stuff with a story, which is why Soko is my favorite place to stock up on beautiful, unique jewelry. Working with artisan entrepreneurs, Soko aims to create sustainable income structures in emerging markets while offering affordable, luxury jewelry to consumers.

Study NY Tank Suit: Tara St James has been at the forefront of the now trendy sustainable fashion movement and her clothing line perfectly bridges the gap between "style" and zero waste ethos. She has an incredible knack for creating timeless pieces with an interesting twist that will become long lasting favorites in your closet rotation. 

@overheardatlelabo: My new favorite Instagram account posting quotes overheard at the cult perfume's stores around the world, including New York, LA, Paris and SF.

Favorite Things: April 19th, 2015

Tarte Flush Cheek Stain: The only blush that gives enough natural looking color and won't break me out. It makes a great lip color too!

Isabel Marant High Waisted Pants: Ooooo that Fall 2015 collection had me swooning, and those ultra high waisted pants she sent down the runway are definitely going to be a staple in my wardrobe once I take enough advantage of the warm weather that has finally graced New York with its presence.

Opening Ceremony Backpack Purse: It's a backpack, it's a purse, it's everything I've been needing since I graduated from Middle School back in 1996.

OPI Rose of Light Nail Polish: When you're a klutz like me, glitter nail polish is a must. The texture helps to minimize smudging and it sticks to your nails so you don't have to worry about f*cking up your manicure when you go to fish your keys out of your purse.

Atavist Magazine: When I got an iPad for Christmas I spent a full day subscribing to every possible magazine and online journalism outlet I could think of. Atavist is not only a fantastic platform for self-publishers, but also uses their Atavist Magazine to publish one non-fiction piece per month from incredible writers who have contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Wired.


Favorite Things: December 1st, 2014

Huntress Vest Knitting Pattern by Two of Wands: Two of Wands designer Alexi Tavel put her name on the map with this Katniss-inspired ready-to-wear piece and is hosting a make-along for the knitting/crochet pattern over at my day job, Kollabora. 

Tommy Hilfiger "Duck Boots": You know how there are those certain pieces you kick yourself for not buying for years after? There are two main standouts for me: a pair of grey wedge lace-ups from Dries Van Noten and these ridiculously awesome Duck Boots Tommy Hilfiger showed off for his Fall 2010 collection. And I'll continue to stalk eBay until the day these beauties become mine, no matter how long it takes. 

Junya Watanabe Patched Jeans: I love everything about these from the fit of the jean to the pattern selection for the patches. The only thing I don't love is that price tag. I guess it's time to whip out the good 'ol sewing machine.

Justin Gregory Leather Racing Gloves: These are the perfect xmas gift for my best friend who always has the best manicures and ring stacks. 

Serial Podcast: Yes, I know everyone and their mother is addicted to this podcast from the producers of This American Life but there's something about the combination of the way in which Sarah Koenig tells the story and the lack of visuals that make it so much more compelling than any video-based medium. Also, there's going to be a second season! Yay!

Favorite Things: November 19, 2014

Hikaru Furuhashi Mismatched Earrings: These beautiful mismatched earrings featuring tiny white grey diamonds are designed and handcrafted by one of my favorite new jewelry designers (and favorite people in general) Hikaru Furuhashi.

Missha First Treatment Essence Mist: I've been mentally toying with the idea of embarking on the much storied 10-step Korean skincare regime, so I'm easing in with this amazing facial mist first

Ninjabread Cookie Kit: In my family we used to have a pre-holiday tradition of spending an entire Saturday baking up every kind of cookie imaginable and filling every inch of my Aunt's garage with tables covered in cookies. While my Brooklyn apartment is far too small to continue the tradition on that scale, I think I can definitely find some room for a few of these Ninjabread Men.

Hussein Chalayan AW 2000 Finale: I stumbled across this footage from Hussein Chalayan's AW 2000 show a few days ago and haven't been able to stop watching it. I don't want to give too much away if you aren't familiar with the show - but it harkens back to the days when what was happening on the runways during fashion week mattered more than the street style stars and celebrities sitting front row.

Black Milk - If There's a Hell Below: The latest album from Detroit-based Black Milk layers thoughtful lyricism on top of dope beats and is some of the best hip hop I've heard in a long time.