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Best of Fall Footwear

Every once in a while I have the urge to try a new refreshing and fruity drink at one of the local restaurants near my work. Only every once in a while.On Thursdays. Every week. At 3:30. It’s not an addiction! It’s a beautiful tradition! Every Thursday I hop up from my desk, and depending on my current footwear, change into something more street appropriate, or just hit the streets with my wedges, and go to a previously appointed establishment (I may or may not have a spreadsheet) and order my mid afternoon pick-me-up full of unnecessary calories, but filled with très nécessaire joy and mental relief. Plus, it does me good to pass by the simply adorable young security guard outside my building. Eye candy is completely calorie free, so this weekly outing is certainly not a total indulgence.

Well, last week I tried this place that serves up blackberry mango lemonade with crushed ice. Say What?! Oh, it was delish! I thanked the lady behind the counter, and turned to the door when I saw him. Oh he was gorgeous. Perfect hair, possibly chiseled body (I don’t know for sure, I was feeling swoony, so I could be wrong), fabulous aviators, slim fitting deep blue polo, (I am a sucker for the preppy look), tan trousers, and eek! Dirty, torn, ratty tennis shoes. Seriously? I had never before seen anything so horrendous! Especially on such a work of art.

I gasped in horror. He took my gasp as a sign of admiration, smiled at me, and said, “Hello.” Normally I would speak, but I had the fresh memory of those terrible shoes still burning my retinas. He took off his sunglasses, and he turned his warm, comforting, brown eyes to mine, melting me on the spot. Sigh…

Okay.

Remembering my flirting training (never pass up an opportunity!), I looked him in the eye, and shot him what I’m certain was a charming smile. Forgetting my training, I babbled about how delicious the blackberry mango lemonade was, and how I certainly recommend it, when I looked down at my drink and caught sight of those shoes again. Those shoes infuriated me! It was like a personal attack on who I am and everything I stand for! Doesn’t he know about all the other shoe options available? Doesn’t he know how to keep shoes clean, or when to toss them in the trash? I was getting upset. It was time to get out of there! With a somewhat distracted smile I excused myself, and started walking back to the office. In righteous indignation I began listing all the other fabulous shoe choices he could have worn with his outfit. I soon realized I didn’t care so much about men’s shoes, but more about women’s shoes, and when I got back to the office I pounded out this list of the best shoe fashions for the coming season.

Boots: While I love love LOVE my mid-heel strappies as my summer go-to-can-wear-with-practically-every-outfit-shoe, I am very excited to replace my sandals with boots. Mid-calf boots. Lovely tall boots. Over-the-knee boots. Wedge boots. Low heel boots. High heel boots. I am simply boot crazy when it comes to fall! The fabulous thing about boots is their easy transition into winter. I love a western inspired boot, I love a motorcycle inspired boot, and I especially love a classic, sleek, never-goes-out-of-style equestrian inspired boot!

Platforms: Always say yes to a platform. Platforms come in all sorts of gorgeous styles from pumps and slingbacks to peeptoes and even booties! The platform allows you to wear a higher heel with a little less stress on the arch of your foot, they look fierce, and they suit this season’s flare jean perfectly!

Embellished Heels: When I say embellished heel, I mean embellishment on the actual heel part. Pick up a pair of rockin’ stilettos! So fresh, so fierce, so ready for a night on the town! Pair with skinny velvet jeans, a fabulous top, and a sleek clutch.

D’Orsay Heels: This is a fabulous style in and of itself, but try it with colorblocking, a bit of texture, or embellishments. Wear them out at night with dressy shorts until the weather turns colder, and wear a classy pair to the office with a straight leg trouser and fitted button-down. I wouldn’t be opposed if you even decided to pair them with a midi-skirt and tailored blouse.

Have you picked up a pair of nude heels yet? They elongate the leg (and the summer tan) and go with practically every outfit. Here. Buy these. See, wasn’t that easy? And fun? I love shopping!

Flats: Of course! Lest you start to think fall is all about the heel, I am pleased to report that flats are still around, in one form or another. We have done animal print, we have done pretty patterns, and this fall the focus is on cap toe flats! They are cropping up everywhere, and I am so happy to see it. They look so cute peeping out of my bootcut jeans, or paired with my new jeggings. Another fab trend for flats is menswear inspired brogues and oxfords. Great styles in supple leathers and check out the sweet laser-cut oxfords.

Textures: Don’t forget about suede.  There is only a short period of the year where a girl can pull off suede. Particularly in the footwear department. With suede we don’t want to be in danger of winter snows, or spring showers, but fall! We are only dealing with leaves and a crisp wind or two, so bring on the suede before it’s too late! Bring on the suede boot, the suede bootie, the suede heel, the suede wedge!

Jewel Tones: The best part of fall is the return to the jewel tones that complement my skin so nicely. I love to wear blouses and jackets in jewel tones, but this year I’m going to expand my jewels to my footwear selection. For some people, fall means a lot of neutrals. What better way to complete and polish off an outfit than with rich accessories? Try a ruby red bootie, a royal blue tote, or an emerald skinny belt. Interested in really packing a punch? Try this shoe that has the D’Orsay style, a platform, embellished heel, and jewel toned suede! It’s the ultimate!

There! That feels better. See? There is simply no excuse for ugly footwear. It’s fall! It’s happy shoe season!

xoxo,

Girly

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Fashion Week Tips!

As everyone knows, fashionistas flock to Instagram and as Fashion Week heats up in NYC, I wanted to share a quick guide with you on the best ways to experience Fashion Week through Instagram. Whether it is the backstage madness at a runway show, the view from the front row, or inside the hottest parties, Instagram lets everyone at Fashion Week snap photos and video on the go - giving everyone VIP access no matter where they are. 

This marks the first year that Instagram video has been a part of Fashion Week and now through September 12th, fashion lovers all over the globe have the opportunity to go behind the scenes like never before with special Instagram installations in some of the hottest spots including backstage at Lincoln Center, Milk Studios and Barney's flagship Madison Avenue store. In order to make the most out of Fashion Week, we’ve curated a short list of the best hashtags to use and explore, accounts (celebrities, bloggers/editors, designers, models, makeup artists) to follow and Instagram-glammed up NYC hot spots to check out.

The 2013 Instagram Guide To Fashion Week
WHO (To Follow)

  • For all official Fashion Week shots, follow @mbfashionweek
  • For the best venues and retail experiences: @MilkStudios, @Barneysnyofficial and @Lincolncenter
  • Noteworthy Designers: @Oscardelarenta, @mbastiannyc, @adamselman, @rebeccaminkoff, @zac_posen and @rachelzoe
  • Fashion Week’s Hottest Models: @tonychungmodel, @nueves, @coraemmanuel, @soojmooj and @nadjabender
  • Behind the scenes insider access: @cocorocha, @TheSartorialist, @GucciWestman, @EvaChen212, @JohnJannuzzi, @LauraBrown99, @KyleEditor, and @martialvivot

WHAT (To Explore)

  • For real-time Fashion Week trends, looks, designer campaigns and happenings, search in the Explorer tab: #madeFW, #NYFW, #dayinthelife, #MBFW, #perfectpairs

WHERE (To Go)

  • Lincoln Center: The lobby of Lincoln Center will showcase Fashion Week Instagrams in real-time on a giant display screen, pulled in across the city that are from a variety of accounts and hashtags (see above!) Instagrammers will also have exclusive behind the scenes access at Lincoln Center via an Instastop situated in the back of house which is directly connected to the @mbfashionweek IG account capturing models, celebs, etc. as they come into the shows.
  • Milk Studios: Similar to Lincoln Center, Milk Studios will have a display set up in the media room featuring real-time, curated Instagram images and hashtags from across the city. There will also be an Instastop situated in the makeup/beauty room where models get made up to go walk the runway which will be directly connected to the main @instagram account.
  • Barney’s NYC: Situated in the show department at the flagship Barney’s there will also be a display highlighting real-time, curated Instagram images and hashtags from across the city. Also, beside the monitor is a Barneys-branded backdrop with instructions on how to tag photos with the hashtag #perfectpairs  to get them on the screen while in store.

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Strike a Pose With tarte!

Score bombshell lashes thanks to this dynamic eye duo! Our strike a pose limited-edition lash set ($19 exclusively at sephora/sephora.com) includes a deluxe lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara and limited-edition gold picture perfect™ eye lash curler. Start by curling your lashes painlessly with our limited-edition gold picture perfect™ eyelash curler. Then sweep on our revolutionary lights, camera, flashes™ statement mascara, which delivers a jet-black finish while the custom-engineered, dual-molded brush takes lashes to the extreme with a 752% increase in lash volume instantly!

Find Your Own End-of-Summer Escape

No matter the weather, it’s always fun to opt for a great, light new fragrance.  With Avon’s newest fragrance, Blue Escape, you are guaranteed to slip away into bliss no matter what your end of summer plans may be.  With sensual notes including sparkling blue lotus, pear nectar, tropical driftwood and sultry musk, Blue Escape is ideal for adventures during the day or an unforgettable night out on the town.

Perfect Primers

Summer is quickly becoming a hazy memory and our lives are getting busier and crazier as the days shorten. And when life gets crazy the last thing we need to deal with is fading makeup! So prep for those extra busy times and keep your makeup in place with these amazing primers from Dermablend and wet n wild. Whether you need oil control, redness reduction, firming or more, these perfect primers have you covered.

 
Need to clear up blemishes while blocking oil? The Dermablend SkinPerfector Blemish and Oil Clearing Primer is proven to eliminate acne and excess oil leaving you looking fresh and oil free all day! Perfect for clogged pores.
 
All the running to a fro is sure to wreak havoc on your eye makeup so prep for anything with the Fergie by wet n wild Take on The Day Primer. Designed with Fergie’s active lifestyle in mind, this primer preps and brightens the eyelids to guarantee your shadow last all day.
Dermablend SkinPerfector Pigment Correcting Primer 0.8oz 

 

When evening rolls around and you want to show a little extra skin, Dermablend SkinPerfector Pigment Correcting Primer will help reduce any form of discoloration. Continual use of this primer will even the skin tone so you can lighten up as the temps heat up.

 
All this daily stress leaving you a little more red than usual? The Dermablend SkinPerfector Redness Reducing Primer instantly calms an unwanted rosy hue. Whether you suffer from Rosacea or just sensitive and irritated skin, this primer instantly treats redness for a smoother more even complexion instantly.

Buy Now, Wear Later: Transitional Pieces from Marie France Van Damme

With the calendar telling us that fall is nearly here, yet the temps have us convinced that summer is sticking around, it’s hard to determine what season to shop for. To some, it might be too late to buy clothes for summer, but also much too early to start making purchases for the fall. With Marie France Van Damme’s luxury ready-to-wear and resort collection, you can buy pieces that are just as wearable now as they are in the fall.

Marie France Van Damme’s Oversized Shirt is a timeless blouse made of silk chiffon, making it light enough to be worn over a swimsuit in the summer as a cover-up. In the fall, pair it with trousers for a sleek and classic look at the office, or tuck it into a bold maxi skirt for a playful daytime look. Marie France Van Damme’s Maxi Skirts, which come in a variety of metallics and patterns, are great not only in the fall but also during the warmer months, styled with a swimsuit or simple tank top.

Available at Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, and high-end retail boutiques and exclusive resorts such as One & Only and Aman Resorts, the line can also be found on www.mariefrancevandamme.com


AMBI Skincare

AMBI offers an amazing array of cleansers and moisturizers for skin of color and has a legacy of skin care designed to provide smooth, even-toned, flawless-looking skin. Check out a few of our favorites!

Ambi Even & Clear Skincare, Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30
Ambi Skin Discoloration Fade Cream
Ambi Skincare Even And Clear Targeted Mark Minimizer
Ambi Even & Clear Skincare, Exfoliating Wash
       

Dr. Scholl's Fabulous Fall Footwear

With the change of season and colder temps setting in, the FW13 collection from Dr. Scholl's Shoes provides a variety of adorable, affordable AND comfortable boots, shoes, and sneakers to choose from.

From sneaker wedges to ankle booties this collection has everything you need to start the Fall season in style. Plus all the styles retail for $130 and less! Check out a few of our favorites from this collection:

Joliet
Prance
Camille
Really
Dr. Scholl's - Joliet (Grey Metallic Stripe) - Footwear       

Avon's NEW Revolutionary Mascara, Mega Effects NOW AVAILABLE

Avon has unveiled a completely new approach to mascara application with its newest innovation, Mega Effects Mascara – now available for purchase.

The first-of-its-kind Wonderbrush replaces the standard wand with a new multi-dimensional brush that lifts lashes from root to tip in a  whole new way. Unlike other mascara wands, it works to fit the curve of your eyes and with a bigger bristle area combs through lashes easily allowing phenomenal clump-free volume and 40% more mascara to be applied to the lash. With Avon’s Mega Effects, eyes look bigger and lashes look darker, denser and more dramatic. Mega Effects is a breakthrough in mascara, creating a complete lash transformation

Avon Mega Effects Mascara is $10 and is now available through Avon representatives and avon.com.


Ginseng Beauty

One of the newest miracle beauty ingredients happens to be old…very old. Ginseng has been used for centuries in Asian cultures to reduce mental stress, stimulate the immune and nervous systems, treat diabetes and fatigue, prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, etc. The list goes on and on! Now, ginseng has made its way into the beauty scene with its anti-aging and fortifying antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that improve the look and feel of hair and skin!

 

Open Your Eyes with
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream

Use this long-lasting, moisturizing Ginseng eye cream to refine, enhance, and tighten the skin around the eyes, creating a more youthful, luminous appearance. Exclusive Hydroponic Ginseng cools down heat around the eyes that causes dryness, recovers blood circulation that provides nutrition and improves elasticity around the eyes, and provides anti-wrinkle benefits. Sulwhasoo is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and online:  http://us.sulwhasoo.com/.

Improve Hair’s Body, Shine,
and Texture with

Aubrey Mandarin Magic Ginkgo
Leaf & Ginseng Root Hair Moisturizing Jelly,

Consisting of eight hair-nourishing Chinese herbals, hair-thickening vitamin B-5 and herbal gums, this superb styling product will moisturizes and hold hair like none other! It also adds body and shine to hair without weighing it down. Aubrey is available at health food stores nationwide or online at www.aubrey-organics.com.


Travel Size Perfection

Nobody wants to sacrifice their beauty routine on vacation. Thanks to Lavanila and UNITE, we know good things come in small packages. These petite versions of allow you to stay chic, even when you travel.

Forgo a checked bag with these flight-friendly products:

Lavanila The Healthy Mini Deodorant: Take freshness on-the-go with mini versions of Lavanila’s best-selling deodorants. The 100% natural product is ideal to keep in a desk drawer or handbag, so you’ll never have to stress about odor protection again! Available for purchase at http://www.lavanila.com
UNITE Hair Care Travel-Sized products: Choose from several UNITE Hair travel products. With suitcase-size versions of shampoo, conditioner and styling items your hair will look good as ever – wherever your travels might bring you.
Available for purchase at http://shop.unitehair.com/

Surreal, the New Fall 2013 Color Collection from ORLY

With a digitally saturated palette that dazzles and enchants, Surreal takes fantasy full-tilt this fall with a collection featuring duo-chromatic shimmers and soft crèmes.


Double the Fun with Joey New York!

 

One of the most important steps of skincare is taking care of the skin around your eyes. Joey New York Quick Results Young Coconut Water Complex Gel and Night Cream Eye Duo is the perfect step to add to your routine.

This wonderful eye duo lifts and awakens during the day and firms and tones at night. Helps target the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles for a smooth radiant look.

 


Save Your Hair From Tress Stress

Chlorine, sun and frizz oh my! If you’re like most women, summertime stress is largely due to your hair. Vain, but true. Elegantly scented and made with oriental herbal extracts, Sensai by Kanebo’s Intensive Hair Mask offers extra care and repair while giving your locks a smooth shine.

The Sensai Intensive Hair Mask retails for $57 and is available at http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/ and http://www.neimanmarcus.com/.


LeSportsac's Hope Rose Collection Returns with Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

LeSportsac continues its cancer awareness program, “The Hope Collection,” with the introduction of the Hope Rose print, designed exclusively for OCRF.

Debuting in September, Hope Rose is a universal floral on a black background with memorable pops of plum and OCRF’s signature teal. The collection is available in 28 styles (an assortment of cosmetics, handbags, totes, and weekenders), as well as a showcase piece, Hope Embroidery (a plum rectangular cosmetic with the word “hope” embroidered in teal along with a teal grosgrain ribbon) and includes a teal ribbon charm. Each item in the collection will help make a difference as LeSportsac will donate a portion of sales to OCRF.

The LeSportsac Hope Rose collection is available for purchase at all LeSportsac stores as well as select Macys, Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdales, Dillards and Boscovs locations, online at LeSportsac.com, Macys.com, Zappos and Amazon, and at many smaller boutiques.

 


Clear Skin With Neutrogena

You thought breakouts were a thing of the past, right? The truth is, breakouts can affect anyone – not just teens! In fact, adult acne affects 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women at some time.

According to dermatologist Dr. David Bank, the damage of the summer’s rays can cause blockage of the sebaceous oil glands, sometimes translating into breakouts during the fall season. (This makes year-round sunscreen even more important!)

Your healthy skin hall pass is knowing the truth about clear skin. Are you guilty of believing any of these myths?

  • Blackheads are dirt.
  • Breakouts and make-up are a bad combo.
  • Pizza = pimples.
  • Toothpaste can clear up acne

 

 

 

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