17 Goals for 2017

Black Fringe Cape with Over the Knee Boots

It’s New Year’s Day.  Another year has passed, its swan song being Mariah Carey’s glorious performance which was equally as undignified as 2016 itself.

This blog post was supposed to go live several days ago but I ended up getting extremely sick and had to reschedule my flight from the 29th to today.  I was completely out of commission and stayed in bed for three whole days.  I’m about to hop on a flight in an hour, and I’m still not completely better.  Fortunately, I have the day off tomorrow

Astrology-wise I was sick during a strange time.  With Mercury in retrograde and the new moon, both in Capricorn right before the new year, it was an ideal time for self reflection.  The thing that’s a slight blessing—and in some circumstances, the biggest curse—about being really sick is you’re left with your thoughts.

Naturally, I reflected on the past year:  what I’ve learned, what went well, what didn’t go well, what I’d like to change in 2017 to be better.

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August Reading

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Wow, is it just me or has this year flown by?

I can’t believe it’s already August–which means it’s time to savor the last days of summer and start gearing up for my favorite season Autumn!

In preparation, I’m going to share with you in the next few days my absolute favorite pieces for the upcoming season, what to buy, and where to buy it.

Today, however, I wanted to post about some of my current reads.  For me, summer has always been about taking time to step back and learn more about the things I’m interested in.

One of the things I looked most forward to as a kid was going to the bookstore before our annual road trip to Texas and picking out the book I was going to get lost in during the drive from California.  Even though I’m not going to Texas this summer, (I went during the spring this year!) or taking a big vacation, I still love to spend my downtime learning new things and getting lost in a good book.

 

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Surviving Summer When You’re Really, Ridiculously Pale

Pale Skin During Summer Survival Guide

Oh, the joys of having pale skin during summer!

While everyone is out and about having “fun in the sun” during summertime months, I’ve spent the past 26 years hiding in the shade, fervently reapplying sunblock.

However, there are a few tricks I’ve developed over time to help avoid the what I once thought was inevitable sunburn.  Today I’m sharing some of the products I swear by during warm weather months to keep my skin protected and burn free.

 

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5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Making a Drastic Hair Change

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One of the best parts of living in New York is meeting so many amazing, creative people who are the absolute best of the best in their professions.  Whether they’re economists, ballet dancers, make up artists, or scientists—some of the most interesting professionals in the world call NYC their home.

My friend Mirna Jose, is one of those people.

Mirna is a celebrity hairstylist who has styled most of your favorite music videos, done editorials for major publications, is part of the L’Oreal Pro Team, and has styled at countless fashion shows including Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Lilly Pullitzer among others.  You might also remember her from some of Refinery29’s Short Cuts features.

The lady knows a thing or two about hair.

When I told her that I wanted to go for a more vibrant red, she was kind enough to offer to do it for me.  (That’s what friends are for, right?)

 

 

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Glamorous Gifts Under $100

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1. A festive nail polish set for $30   |   2.  The perfect sparkly earrings   |   3.  Words of wisdom in a present-ready print   |   4.  Any girl would love to find these Kate Spade socks her stocking   |   5.  My favorite mugs, and go to present for any occasion   |   6.  A prioritization pouch for that one friend who gets drunk and loses everything   |   7.  The Rolls Royce of lipsticks for the super fancy lady   |   8.  My favorite candles on earth   |   9.  The perfect under $20 gift for your fashionable friend   |   10.  A decanter for your sorority sister who recently decided to become a classy adult  |  11.  Who doesn’t love Bendels?

Thank God for online shopping.

And, no, I don’t mean that sarcastically.  I’m being serious.  If it wasn’t for two day delivery and $7 gift wrapping, the holidays would be a lot more hectic.

Luckily, I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping, but I still have a few more people on my list to buy for.  I wish I was one of those crafty people who could make really thoughtful gifts, but since I’m not, I like to buy fun smaller gifts for my friends.

 

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5 Secrets to Keeping Your Hair Color Vibrant

5 Secrets To Keeping Hair Vibrant

Ask Madame Question #7 –

“How do you keep your hair color so vibrant?

This is, hands down, the question I’m asked most frequently on my instagram account.  So if there’s any contribution I can make to society through helping solve life’s great mysteries, it’s answering this question.

This may come as a surprise, but I only dye my hair 3-4 times a year, (I’m a natural blonde!) so I rely on these 5 hair maintenance “secrets” to keep my red as vivid as possible…

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When Should You Start Wearing “Real” Jewelry?

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Ask Madame Question #6 –

“My parents and grandparents have always bought me fine jewelry on special occasions such as milestone birthdays and graduations. 

Although the jewelry is beautiful, it sits in my jewelry box, untouched, and I feel guilty.  Is there a specific point in your life when you should start wearing “real” jewelry?”

Let me start off with this…

Jewelry is deeply sentimental.  

Every piece has a story whether it’s “I was on vacation with friends and bought it from a  street vendor,” or “It was my great great grandmother’s wedding ring,”— especially those pieces we wear every day that become as much a part of ourselves as our own skin.

These pieces become a sort of talisman, bringing us back to a particular benchmark in our lives (an anniversary ring), or reminding us of what we cherish most deeply in life (a family heirloom).

For this reason, when you think of fashion as a means of expressing your personal story, your fine jewelry should serve as the chapters– external symbols marking an important passage within your life.

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