Month: October 2014

Beauty Products to Love

There are the products you like and then there are those you love so much you will spend a day of your tropical vacation trying to locate because they are just that necessary. These are some of my tried and true beauty basic survival requirements. A bit melodramatic? Maybe. But give them a try and you will see why I am such a loyalist.

Eyes

 

Face

Skin & Hair

  • Olive oil/ coconut oil. Best friends to my over dyed hair. 

Style Quotes Worth Quoting

Good Morning Lovelies,

Should you need a bit of inspiration to kick-start your morning…

xox, Elle

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” Miuccia Prada

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.”  Alexander Wang

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” Harry Winston

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel

“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” Kate Spade

“The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.” 

Mary Quant

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.'” Gianni Versace

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Coco Chanel

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.”

 Alexander McQueen

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” Audrey Hepburn

“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin

“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.” — Karl Lagerfeld

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — Ralph Lauren

“Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fascism.”  Simon Doonan

“Buy less, choose well.” -Vivienne Westwood 

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” -Edith Head

“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” -Jean Cocteau

“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, ‘There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”–Caitlin Moran

Obsessing Over Style

Leopard Print Pumps

I just am.

Pink Wool Coats

I love the softness of this pale pink. It is perfect for winter.

Helene Berman Button Front Collarless Coat from ASOS ($358.16)

Fall Nail Polish Colors

My favorite part of getting my nails done? Picking out the color and admiring it after! I have so many favs; this is just one.

the perfect cover up by essie ($8.50)

Capes

I know everyone is obsessing over capes but cab you really think of a better piece for autumn’s transitional weather?

Pajama Sets

Just because you are sleeping doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look your cutest. Sweet dreams!

Shop Your Closet

You know the feeling before an event when you have no idea what to wear. Or maybe you are just so busy you put off shopping? Or perhaps, you just aren’t in a position purchase right now.  
Anticipating a friend’s wedding, panicked with no time to shop and coming down with a cold, I knew I would never find a dress in time. Solution- I shopped my closet. 

Did you retire that amazing black cocktail dress after you broke up with your ex? Umm, why? It looked amazing. Maybe it’s time to rethink that decision (the dress, not the boyfriend.) What about the gold heels you lovingly bought on sale only to later realize they matched nothing you owned. Oh wait, since then didn’t you buy a dress that would match them perfectly? Turns out you had the perfect outfit in your closet!
These are also great moments to get a bit adventurous. Don’t discount your favorite little black dress. A colorful scarf, killer heels, or that sequined evening bag from your cousin’s wedding can redefine a standby garment. Pair your fav daytime pencil girl with a sequined tank and slip on a leather jacket, stilettos and hello cocktails. 
Point is, don’t give up on what your own. Search for the buried treasure. Break the rules. You will be surprised what you find. 
(Tip: Properly storing cleaning and storing formal wear after each wear really pays off. Keep garments in garment bags to insure great condition. When you peak in, it’s like finding something new.) 

xox, Elle

Static Be Gone

We have all been there. Rushing out the door, before a meeting, overslept and there it strikes – static. Your dress is clinging in every which way and panic. Do not give up. There is hope.

  1. Carefully run the long side of a metal hanger between your skin and your clothing. This works particularly well on delicate fabrics, such as silk.
  2. Apply lotion to your skin. The moisture will help eliminate the static electricity. (Tip: Lotion and water can also be applied to hair to reduce static.)
  3. Rub a dryer sheet on your clothing. (Tip: This method is also hair safe.)

xox, Elle

Back to the Beach

Yesterday was so sunny in New York City that while it may really be autumn, in my mind, it’s summer. Let’s go back to the beach to get a bit retro.