10 Fashion Movies to Watch Right Now

Quarantine. But make it fashion!

 

Remember the day, not too long ago, when you wished you had more time to just “Netflix and chill?” Do you also remember that time your mother warned you, “Be careful what you wish for?”

With the current state of the world and everyone isolating themselves at home, we are all trying to figure out how to stay positive and distract ourselves from the daily deluge of not-so-good news.

While I can’t really offer you any profound words of wisdom as to how to get through this crisis, I can share with you some of the ways I’m dealing with it. When I want to escape to a happier place, I sit down and watch one of my favorite fashion films. I like to get lost in the clothes, in the styling, and in the experiences that the characters are having in those outfits.

The following is a list of 10 movies I love primarily for the fashion. You’ve probably seen most of them. If not, add them to your watch list. If you have, watch them again. You may be inspired to organize your closet and put together some outfits to wear in the future. God knows you’ve got the time.

 

1. The Devil Wears Prada

Duh. Everyone knows why this movie tops the list. When it comes to fashion movies, this is The Godfather. (Or perhaps The Godfather II, which I thought was better than the original.) Stream it here.

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2. Sex & the City

Because Patricia Field is God and this movie (and the whole series) is the bible. Of course, Patricia Field was also the costumer designer behind The Devil Wears Prada. Because she’s God. Watch the Sex & the City movie here.

3. 13 Going on 30

The scene where Jennifer Garner “discovers” her dream closet is all of us. Bonus points for flashback 80s fashions. Watch it now.

4. Factory Girl

Edie Sedgwick is my spirit animal. Sienna Miller is a fashion icon who was born to play this part. If you’re obsessed with all things Warhol like me, you’ll love everything about this movie. Stream it now.

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5. American Hustle

You guys have been reading Stylaphile long enough to know that the 70s is my jam. You can find almost every single look from this movie hanging in my closet. Watch it here.

6. Bedazzled

I never thought this adorable movie got the attention it deserved. Especially for Elizabeth Hurley’s wardrobe. In this movie, the Devil wears Versace and Fendi. And she wears them well. Watch Bedazzled now.

7. Crazy Rich Asians

There is only one word to describe the clothes in this movie. Beautiful. Oh, and it also stars the most beautiful woman on the planet, Gemma Chan. Watch Crazy Rich Asians here.

8. Boogie Nights

This movie might not be for everyone considering the subject matter, but it’s one of my favorites. The performances, the fashion, the music…everything about this movie is groovy. Watch it now.

9. The Breakup

Okay, we’ve always wanted Jennifer Aniston’s body. Now we want every outfit she wore in this movie. (And if you haven’t seen her kicking-ass-and-taking-names performance in The Morning Show, stop what you’re doing right now and binge every single episode.) Watch The Breakup here.

10. Clueless

Did you think I could get to the end of this list without including Clueless? As if! The most expensive shoes I have are a pair of Azzedine Alaïa leopard print sandals. Whenever someone asks me about them, I get to say in my Cher voice, “It’s like a totally important designer.” Watch Clueless now on Amazon.

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Are You Still Wearing These 5 Woodstock Fashion Trends?

Woodstock Fashion Trends

50 years later and we’re all still wearing these 5 Woodstock fashion trends

Happy Woodstock 50th Anniversary!

 

Today we celebrate the OG of music festivals and the fashion trends it spawned. Trends that have stood the test of time and that show up every year in new iterations on the runways and the Instagram feeds of your favorite bloggers.

In 1969, over 400,000 people attended Woodstock in Bethel, New York (which happens to be right up the road from my very own Hudson Valley home.) It was advertised as a weekend of peace, love, and music. It quickly became one of the most influential moments in history. Hundreds of thousands of young people – dubbed “hippies” by mainstream society – proved to the world that they could gather in peace and love. And wished the world could do the same. (Yeah, that 1970s Coke commercial is playing in your head now, isn’t it?)

Woodstock influenced not only the music and the mindset of generations to come, but it also had a huge impact on the fashion industry. Many long-standing fashion trends still worn today have Woodstock to thank for their staying power.

So, in honor of peace, love, music, and fashion – here are five major trends immortalized at Woodstock that we bet you’re still wearing today.

Woodstock Fashion Trend #1: Fringe

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If you search Google for photos of Woodstock, you’ll eventually come across a photo of Grace Slick wearing the most amazing white lace-up fringe top with matching bell bottoms.

Then there’s the iconic picture of Jimmy Hendrix in that white fringed shirt. Or Roger Daltry in his unbuttoned camel-colored cardigan trimmed with fringe. And, of course, if you scan through photos of the crowd, you’ll see even more.

The fringe trend never goes out of style. It shows up every season on bags, shoes, boots, wraps, vests, dresses, skirts and more. There is no better way to add “it-girl” status to an outfit than with a classic fringed bag or boot.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #2: Boho dresses

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Every fashion blogger sporting the bohemian trend at Coachella has Woodstock (and Janis Joplin) to thank for their outfit of the day.

Long flowing maxi-dresses, peasant blouses and baby-doll minis in mixed prints and florals all originated in the sixties.

The boho trend seems made for outdoor concerts because it’s just so comfortable yet chic. And it continues to be prevalent in modern day designers’ collections.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #3: Halter Tops

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Many people who attended Woodstock chose to wear as little (or no) clothing at all.

For a generation of women who were into bra-burning, the halter top was probably more than just a fashion statement.

Sexy and uninhibited, the halter style neckline has actually been around since Paul Poiret in the 1920’s and even further back as a  Native American garment. But Woodstock made it mainstream.

Pair a halter top with a pair of hip-hugging bell-bottom jeans and you’ll be doing Woodstock proud.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #4: Vests

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Fringe vests, leather vests, denim vests. They all had a showing at Woodstock. Even the guys were sporting this trend back in the day.

Like all of the trends in this post, vests can be worn year round. I’m an especially big fan of faux-fur vests for fall and winter. I have several hanging in my closet patiently waiting for the first leaf to fall in September.

Another vest trend that I’m loving right now is the super-long, lightweight duster style. They look great with jeans or leggings and can even make you look taller when worn with a pair of groovy heels.

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Woodstock Fashion Trend #5: Headbands

*Versace

The best way to bring your favorite Instagram or Snapchat filter to life is to adorn yourself with a beautiful headband.

While the women of the early 60’s sported the double-wide Bridget Bardot style headbands, by 1969, the look was smaller and embellished with beading, jewels, and even flowers. (They were crowned “flower children,” remember?)

Headbands had a massive fashion resurgence moment with the CW hit show Gossip Girl as every style imaginable paraded its way up and down 5th Avenue thanks to costume designer Eric Daman.

And I have to admit, I’m wearing a headband as I write this post. Not a cute one. Just a utilitarian type that is keeping my bed-head hair out of my eyes.

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Want more Woodstock-inspired fashion? Check out my Pinterest board.

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*Photos from Vogue.com.

 

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Our Daily Thread: 1970s Bohemian Tunic

Vintage 1970s Tunic

Today’s daily thread is this vintage 1970s tribal print tunic dress. It reminds me of something Cher or Stevie Nicks or some other 70s style icon would have worn back in the day. (Or Megan Draper on MadMen in the late 60s/early 70s.)

This particular piece has more of a shape to it than most tunics, thanks to the banded  waistline with intricate stitching and a tie-in-the-back cotton belt. It has a pleated skirt and somewhat sheer fabric, so it could be worn as a swimsuit coverup or thrown on over a tank dress.

While Coachella isn’t really my thing, I could totally see some fashionista or famous blogger rocking this dress over a bikini or with a pair of thigh-high gladiator boots.

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The Ultimate Vintage Belt Shop

I am a huge fan of Patricia Field, the costume designer behind Sex & the City and The Devil Wears Prada. She’s created some of the most memorable looks in fashion film history. I’ve probably seen both of these movies over fifty times. Each. And I’ve noticed a common trend in both.

The prevalence of the belt.

 

After looking at all the images above, can you now imagine what each outfit would look like without the belt? That’s the power of a statement accessory.

Which brings me to my latest obsession. Vintage belts. Through the wonder of social media, I was able to quite randomly connect with the amazing woman behind WhatTheBelt. It’s an Etsy store full of some of the most unique vintage belts you’ll ever find.

I became acquainted with Stacey, the store owner, on Instagram after she read my article about why I quit Poshmark. She messaged me and we soon realized we had a LOT in common. She previously lived in New York, loves disco music, and is an avid vintage and thrift shopper. And whereas I lost my patience for the Poshmark platform, Stacey is killing it! Check out her closet here.

When she mentioned her Etsy store specifically devoted to vintage belts, I took a look. And according to the manfriend, I let out an audible squeal. Just look at some of the amazing belts available in her shop:

    

As a matter of fact, prior to my knowledge of this particular store, I had been looking all over for a specific style of wide belt, and guess where I finally found it? Right here.

Trust me when I tell you to bookmark her page. Chances are, anytime you’re looking for that perfect unique belt, you will find it here.

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1988: The Year We Were All Sporting Tightie Whities

Talk about pasty white.

This photo of my sister and I was taken sometime in 1988. Judging from my Pac-Man polka-dotted skirt suit and Deanna’s ever-so-fashionable drop-waisted mid-thigh bow dress, I’m guessing this was Easter Sunday. We are both sporting horrendous chalky-colored opaque tights and thinking to ourselves, “Damn! We look good! Let’s go to church!”

Apparently this “whitie tighties” trend became popular somewhere in the mid-to-late 1980s. My online research failed to pinpoint the actual originator of the trend, but I’m pretty sure this look – worn flawlessly by Princess Diana – could have started it all. The photo on the right is from a 1986 Harper’s Bazaar spread, when the equally offensive “prairie” look was in full effect. In 1988, the movie Heathers came out and white-out legs were everywhere.

 

   

Recently, I found this photo of my best friend Missy and me in high school at a state drama competition. There I am, showing off my tightie whities along with some epic eighties hair. The look must have worked, because we ended up winning the drama competition. And I’m proud to say that to this day, Missy is still my BFF. She’s stuck by me through many years of bad fashion choices.

James Dean is wondering what’s up with those white tights. And that hair.

Obviously, we all grew out of this trend, thank god. I don’t think I’ve worn a pair of pantyhose since I moved to New York in 2000. Growing up in the south, wearing a dress or skirt without pantyhose was a high-level offense in the same category as not sending out a proper thank-you card. It would drive my poor Mom insane to see my bare legs and she would constantly state that it was not “proper” for a southern lady to go without pantyhose.

I will admit, however, that as a New Yorker, I do wear black opaque tights religiously during the fall and winter months. They’re one of those fashion items I tend to buy in bulk. (I really should own stock in Spanx. I cannot tell you how many pairs of their tight-end tights I own.)

All fashion trends tend to recycle themselves, and I’m certain that white tights will resurface. But when they do, I won’t be participating. Been there. Done that.

Check out my 80s Trends Board on Pinterest to see more photos of the white tights trend.

 

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Get it Off Your Chest With the SiO SkinPad

If there is one thing I learned from watching the Spring fashion shows, it’s that 2017 is the year of the décolleté!

Super-low cut frocks and tops popped up in almost every designer’s collection, which means it’s time to forgo the bra, order yourself a full stock of double-sided stylist tape, and summon enough confidence to go (somewhat) bare-chested.

I’ll admit that I really don’t pay that much attention to my chest area when it comes to my beauty routine. And it shows. With super dry skin due to a lack of moisturizer as well as freckles and sunspots from forgetting to put sunscreen on my chest when I wear a low cut dress or blouse. And (as you can see in the first photo below) I was starting to get horizontal wrinkles and crepiness at the top of my chest right underneath my clavicle.

So when the lovely folks from SiO (which stands for Skin Innovation Overnight) reached out to see if I wanted to try their new “Overnight Décolleté Wrinkle Smoother” SkinPad, I was thrilled!

The SiO SkinPad is designed to be worn overnight and can be re-used up to 15 times. Each package comes with two pads so you can do an entire month’s worth of treatment, which is exactly what I did. I will admit that it felt pretty weird the first time I placed the silicone pad on my chest (and I got even weirder looks from the manfriend.) But it’s actually quite comfortable and once it was on, I kind of forgot about it.

 

Photo 1: Before | Photo 2: Wearing the SiO SkinPad | Photo 3: After 30-Day Treatment

The results? I actually noticed them after the first night I wore the SkinPad. My skin was definitely softer and smoother. The more I used the pad, the more I started to notice the wrinkles softening. The combination of the pre-treatment Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the post-treatment Décolleté Serum seemed to act as a one-two punch for exfoliating and fading the sun damage and freckles. The whole treatment worked so well that now I’m thinking of using it on my neck because – as you can see – I’m starting to get those pesky little horizontal lines there too. (Aging sucks, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.)

Bottom line: If you’re planning on braving the low-cut trend, consider the SiO Skin Pad treatment as your pre-plunge-prep. Just don’t forget the double-sided tape. Unless you’re ready to free the nipple!

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Check out some of the low-cut looks from the Spring 2017 Collections on my Pinterest page!

Get Every Single Look From The Devil Wears Prada

If you’re like me, anytime The Devil Wears Prada is on TV, you stop what you’re doing, you sit down, and you watch. Most of us can quote this movie word-for-word from beginning to end.

Did someone eat an onion bagel?

I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.

I’m a six. Which is the new 14.

For anyone who loves fashion, this movie is our Godfather. Aside from the perfect performances from Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada gave us a “fly on the wall” peek into the inner workings of a major fashion magazine.

Of course, the REAL reason we can’t get enough of this movie is the fashion. Sex & the City costume designer Patricia Field waved her magic style wand again and gave us some of the most unforgettable outfits in movie history. Years later, we still want all these looks.

So whether you’re an Emily, a Miranda, or a post-makeover Andy, you’ll find all the outfits you love from the movie here along with affordable options to get each look.

To quote the fabulous Stanley Tucci as Nigel, “I think my work is done here.”

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My Thoughts on Plastic Surgery (yes, I’ve had it!)

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What I looked like in high school vs. now. Lots of changes. Some happened naturally. Some I paid for.

If you follow my Flashback Friday series, you already know what a huge (literally) mistake my hair was in the 80’s. One of the reasons I keep my hair so short now is because it was so severely damaged from all the trauma I put it through over the years. Bleaching, perming teasing, and the full-on assault from hundreds of cans of Aqua Net. (Sorry ozone.)

When I recently stumbled upon my high school senior portrait, I was horrified. Back in the day, I’m sure I thought I looked great. Hell, I went out in public looking like this. That was the style. Everybody looks back on old photos of themselves and has that “What the hell was I thinking?” moment.

This made me wonder. Ten years from now, will I look back at my current Instagram feed and shudder in horror at my current hairstyle? My current outfits? My current face?

Looks change. Style changes. But I honestly think that the older you get, the more your looks and your style evolve. And sometimes, you want to speed up that evolution.

Which brings me to the subject of plastic surgery. Whenever anyone asks me if I had it, I give full disclosure. I’m all for it. As long as you are doing it to increase your own personal level of confidence and not to please someone else. And to be perfectly honest, when I first started getting plastic surgery, I wasn’t doing it for myself.

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Why I Started Getting Plastic Surgery

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Before I started Stylaphile, I was an actor. I moved to New York City in 2000 to pursue my acting career. And I found out pretty quickly how much the entertainment business is focused way more on the way you look than how talented you are. I got caught up in constantly trying to improve my looks in hopes that I would get that big break.

Me & my big mouth at 3 years old

So over the years, I had two nose jobs, a chin implant, and had my ears pinned (they used to stick out pretty far. Like Dumbo far). I improved my smile with Invisalign and porcelain veneers. I haven’t done anything to my lips, though. They’ve always been huge. Just check out the photo on the left of me at three years old.

I was happy with all the improvements I had made and they did make me more confident as an actor. But I would still get feedback from my auditions that was all over the place. She’s too attractive. She’s not attractive enough. She’s too short. She’s too tall. She’s too fat. She’s too skinny. And there was one audition where the casting director actually said, “We love you. You’re perfect. We want you for the part. But only if you speak Yiddish.” (I don’t.)

As much as I loved acting, I just got burnt out. Working a full time job while trying to find an acting job, while attending acting classes and doing showcases really started to wear on me. When I started writing Stylaphile, something changed. I realized how much I really liked to write. I loved the fact that I could write an article, put it out there, and get instant feedback and connection with an audience. This was the exact reason I loved being onstage. It was all about the connection with the audience. But now I was getting that connection instantly, on my own, without having to audition for anyone of have anyone “give” me the part.

So I quit acting to focus on Stylaphile. And I haven’t had any more plastic surgery. I do have Botox about twice a year, and I use a ton of anti-aging products. The great thing about being a fashion and beauty blogger is that I get sent all kinds of great new products to try out. I use these products to enhance the way I look now.  I truly believe that you should maintain your body and your face the same way you maintain your house. You live in it every day and you want it to look its best.

But now I’m doing all of this because I truly love writing about fashion and beauty and sharing it with you, my audience. Not because I’m hoping that someone will think I’m attractive enough to give me my big break. I created my own big break when I started Stylaphile. And now I love what I’m doing.

And I love you guys for reading.

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How to Do a Louboutin “Red Bottom” Manicure

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Every fashionista – including myself – is obsessed with filling their shoe closet with Christian Louboutins. Having a pair of those iconic red bottom shoes is right up there with buying your first Chanel bag. But let’s face it. They’re ridiculously expensive. (Both the Louboutins and the Chanel bag.)

So while we may not all be able to afford to walk around sporting red soles, we can certainly get the look on our nails with this easy DIY red-bottom manicure.

Here’s how to do it.

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Step 1: Get the right nail length.

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If your nails are short, consider using pop-on nails that you can paint over or do what I did and purchase the Kiss Complete Salon Acrylic Kit. It comes with various sizes of nail tips and it’s actually pretty easy to do your own acrylic nails at home. (Take the money you save from having it done at the salon and put it into your “Red Bottom Shoe Fund.”)

This manicure also looks best on round, somewhat pointy nails, so make sure you file your nails into the appropriate shape.

 

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Step 2: Paint the underside of your nails red.

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Any bright red nail polish color will do. I used Nails Inc Gel Effect polish in St. James.

Use a very light touch when painting the underside because you don’t want it to pool up under your nail.

You may even want to use a different type of brush, such as an eyeliner or eyeshadow brush with a finer tip for better precision.

 

 

 

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Step 3: Apply two very light coats of black nail polish.

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Start with a base coat of clear nail polish before applying the black color so you don’t stain your nails. Then apply a very light coat of black polish and let it dry. Apply a second coat and give that one plenty of time to dry as well.

The key to making this manicure look perfect is patience. You have to let each coat dry completely before applying the next step. I waited an hour before moving on to the matte topcoat.

 

 

Step 4: Add a matte top coat.

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Unknown-2The final step is applying the matte top coat. I love Sally Hansen’s Big Matte Top Coat for this look.

It is very important to make sure you cover the whole entire nail surface with the topcoat. Otherwise, you’ll get patches of shine that will ruin the overall effect. And you don’t want to apply more than one coat of the matte polish because it will look too thick.

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Product Review: Colleen Rothschild’s Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum

CR-_Mandelic_Bundle_New_Blue_grandeMy somewhat sensitive skin has found its savior. Her name is Colleen Rothschild. I am absolutely OBSESSED with her products. Especially her latest – the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum, which I swear has made me look years younger in just a few weeks.

I have very fair skin and I freckle easily. Yes, freckles are cute, but when you get older and they turn into plain old dark spots…not so cute. I’ve written extensively about how I don’t go out of the house without sunscreen on, but I’ve still managed to get a few dark spots. Especially on my hands!

I’ve been using the Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum twice a day on my face and on my hands, and I have to tell you, the results are astonishing. Not only have my dark spots faded significantly, but my pores actually seem smaller and tighter. Every morning when I look in the mirror, my skin just looks healthy and vibrant. And the dark spots on my hands have practically disappeared! (Which makes me very happy, as I’m constantly posting manicure photos on Instagram and have been very self-conscious about how old my hands look!)

This serum is a wonder product that not only helps to fade dark spots, but it exfoliates your skin without any type of harsh scrubbing. It goes on like a layer of silk. And don’t even get me started on the smell! All of Colleen’s product are formulated with a scent that makes you swear you’re in a five-star resort spa.

The Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum is packed with three types of potent acids:

  1. Mandelic Acid –  to refine & resurface the top layer of skin
  2. Lactic Acid – to improve overall tone & texture of the skin
  3. Salicylic Acid – to heal acne scars, fade fine lines & dark spots, and promote overall clearer skin

Bottom line. If you’re looking for a new “wonder” serum to add to your morning and evening skincare regimen, this is the one. And I would highly recommend using it on your hands as well. Especially if you want to post pretty manicure photos on Instagram. You may even find yourself posting #nofilter selfies too!

Try Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum for yourself!

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In-Shower Tanning…Does it Work?

st_tropez_in_shower_coverI don’t tan. I can’t tan. And even if I could, I wouldn’t. I have an overarching fear of ending up looking like Magda from the movie Something About Mary.

I also have a significant fear of skin cancer, which is why I never go out into the sun without using the highest SPF I can possibly find.

However, I will admit that I look (and feel!) better when I have a little color. So obviously I’m a huge fan of self-tanning products.

When St. Tropez came out with it’s new In-Shower” Gradual Tanning LotionI had to try it. I was pretty skeptical, as I’m guessing most of you are. A tanning product that you apply in the shower and then rinse off? How could this possibly work?

Well, actually, it does work. I’ve been using the product for a few months and it does give you a gradual, natural looking tan. You simply apply the lotion to your wet skin after showering and leave it on for three minutes. Then you rinse it off with warm water.

But here’s the tricky part. You actually have to stand in the shower (naked, obviously) for three minutes. Three minutes can seem like an eternity when you’re naked and cold and just standing there. I tried to come up with creative ways to use my minutes. I did side stretches – 90 seconds on each side. I applied a conditioning mask to my hair. I recited the Declaration of Independence. (Okay, I didn’t really do that.)

Eventually, to be perfectly honest, I lost my patience and stopped using this product in the shower. Now I actually use it every other night in the tub. But I only use it on my face. That way, I can lie back and relax in a warm bath instead of standing around feeling like an extra in an episode of Orange is the New Black.

Bottom line: Yes, this product works. IF you’ve got the patience for it. I didn’t.

I realized that I would rather just use an all-over sunless tanning spray or cream once I got out of the shower. On a positive note, I do love the way this product works on my face. It gives me such a perfect glow that I rarely have to use foundation anymore. And the color is very natural and not orange at all. Because orange really isn’t the new black. And never will be.

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1976: The Year I Wore a Jaws T-Shirt for Picture Day

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Oh, look! It’s my natural hair color!

My mom never forgave me this photo.

Yes, I knew it was school photo day. I just didn’t tell her. I wanted to wear my Jaws t-shirt and I was sure she wouldn’t let me. I knew all the other girls would be dressed in frilly little dresses, but I wanted to be different.

I remember asking the photographer if they could move “that stupid bell thing” so people could see the whole shark. I am certain that he laughed at me.

The original Jaws movie opened in 1975 and I went to see it with my two older sisters. I can remember sitting in the theater with my feet up in the chair because I was convinced that the doors would open and shark-infested ocean water was going to pour in.

I didn’t understand why they were trying to kill the shark. I kept asking my sisters, “Why can’t they just dump a bunch of fish food in the deep water where it swims so it won’t eat people?”

Yep. That was me back in the day. Young. Innocent. And not so fashionable. But I had mad respect for the shark before Shark Week ever existed. And if you haven’t seen the original Jaws, do yourself a favor and watch it. Spoiler alert. The shark dies. And to this day, I still cry.

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I loved my Jaws shirt so much that I found a modern day version.

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The Best Cleanser I’ve Ever Used

Do you ever find a beauty product that you instantly love so much you can’t imagine how you ever lived without it? I recently had that beauty “OMG” moment when I tried Colleen Rothschild‘s Cleansing Balm.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I have to admit that I wasn’t very familiar with Colleen Rothschild or her [amazing] skincare products. But then I received the loveliest package in the mail containing the Radiant Cleansing Balm and Clarifying Detox Mask.

I have somewhat sensitive combination skin. Lately, I’ve just been using moistened facial wipes to cleanse my face in the evenings because my other cleansers were leaving my skin red and irritated.

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I have never used any type of balm on my face…other than lip balm, of course. When I opened the jar, the scent of the product was so amazing that I felt like I had just walked into a swanky spa.

Once I applied the balm to my face, it felt so insanely luxurious that I didn’t even want to wash it off. So I didn’t. Well, for a while. I used warm water to wet the muslin cloth that comes with the balm and placed it over my face for about five minutes. And I still didn’t want to take it off.

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But I also wanted to try the Clarifying Detox mask.  So I rinsed off the balm, and I have to say, my skin felt amazing. No redness, no dryness, no irritation. Just super clean and that lingering spa smell.

Next, I applied the mask. I do use masks on a regular basis because I have a very oily T-Zone with large pores. I left the mask on for ten minutes while I laid under an umbrella by my pool. (It was full on spa-day now!) When I rinsed it off, my skin felt firm, but not tight. And again, no redness. Just a nice healthy glow.

Sometimes even I, a beauty blogger, am bad about remembering to wash my face and take my makeup off in the evening. I mean, I usually remember that I SHOULD, but sometimes I’m just too tired to do it. But now I am so addicted to this cleansing balm that I actually look forward to washing my face every night. Now every day is spa day.

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Reading up on my new beauty crush.

Get the Detox Mask & Cleansing Balm today at ColleenRothschild.com!

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How to Get the Perfect Pout

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I think I may have finally created my perfect pout. A pout that stays put, thanks to Maybelline’s Super Stay Lip Color.

I am always searching for the perfect nude-look lipstick that matches my lips and complements my skin tone, which is usually fair except for when I have a fake tan, like now.

Last week I was in the drug store and picked up a Maybelline Super Stay Lip Color in Unlimited Raisin. I chose this color because it looked to be a close match to my natural lip color.

When I got home and tried it out, I really loved the color, but it was a bit too dark when I did a full lip application.

I went back to the store and purchased a lighter shade called Continuous Coral to use in conjunction with Unlimited Raisin. And I couldn’t be happier with the combination.

Here’s a step-by-step guide as to how I used the two shades to create this look.

1. Start With an Outline

To achieve this look, I start by lining my lips with the darker shade. I use a tiny, tiny amount of the color on the brush because I don’t want too harsh of a line. Then I use my finger to gently pat and pull the color down to the center of my lip.

2. Highlight & Blend

After the first coat dries on my lips, I do a second coat in the middle of my mouth with the lighter shade.  Using a lip brush, I blend the two shades together. I let this second combination coat dry on my lips for a couple of minutes.

3. Balm & Blot

Next I add the conditioning balm which is on the other end of the lipstick tube. Since the balm makes my lips very shiny, I finish off by blotting with a tissue.

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1985: That Time I Had This Hair (and This Nose)

This was my 1985 high school yearbook photo. I was in the process of growing out my Princess Diana haircut and my hair was absolutely fried thanks to a regular routine of bleaching, blow-drying, and using a curling iron.

I cannot believe how much time and effort I spent every morning creating this horrific look. What I wouldn’t give to get that time back. Hey, while we’re at it, I want those eyebrows back too!

What I don’t want back is my old nose. Or my old teeth.

At least I was starting to learn to use makeup properly. Although a bit heavy, I do like the colors I’m wearing. Especially the lipstick.  I also like the red sweater and the twist-a-bead necklace. Remember those?

Of all the fashion decades, the 80s was my least favorite. I’ve yet to find a photo of myself from that decade that doesn’t cause me to recoil in horror. I honestly think the best thing about the 1980s was the music. And the fact that my parents were paying for everything. Including the copious amounts of Aqua Net required to cement this lovely look.

Sorry Mom & Dad. (Really, really sorry ozone layer!)

 

Check out my Pinterest 80’s Board to see where I got some of my inspiration back in the day.

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Re-Living the Iconic Moment JFK Was Shot

Contributing Editor Hannah Faye (who also happens to be my niece!) has written a guest blog post about her experience as an extra on the set of the new Hulu series about the assassination of JFK. In addition to being her first time in a movie, it was also the first time she’d ever put on a pair of pantyhose.

I mention that Hannah is my niece because not only am I extremely proud of her, but I’m also quite sure that she got her loathe of pantyhose from me. I haven’t worn a pair since the 80’s (much to my southern mother’s disdain. Her exact words: “It’s just not proper for a southern woman to go bare-legged.”)

Now I’m a huge fan of opaque tights and wear them often, but there is just something about that thin pantyhose material that gives me the willies. And while I’m thankful for my southern family and my southern upbringing, I’m just as thankful for Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Leg Makeup, self-tanner, and the fact that I now live in New York, where practically nobody wears pantyhose.

I’m also thankful for my beautiful niece and the opportunity to share in another one of her “firsts.” Here is Hannah’s first guest blog post.

I Got to Re-Live the Iconic Moment JFK Was Shot

by Hannah Faye, Contributing Editor
112363If you haven’t already binge-watched the series 11.22.63 on Hulu, you should add it to your list of things to do this weekend. It’s for fans of Stephen King, James Franco, and J.J. Abrams. It’s for fans of reliving and reimagining history. And now it’s for fans of TV shows where you don’t have to wait a whole week to see the next episode.

As one of the first “Hulu originals,” 11.22.63 explores the idea of what we might do if we had the power to go back in time and change history. Based on a Stephen King novel, this story has just the right combination of science fiction and history to make readers and viewers really contemplate that idea.

A normal high school teacher named Jake Epping, played by James Franco, is given a mission to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. But even with all the facts and conspiracies surrounding that monumental moment, the past pushes back against Jake, causing him to risk his life – and the life of others that he meets along the way – all to save one man.

I myself had a unique experience with this film. First, I’m an avid reader, so anytime a book is being made into a movie or T.V. series, I’m immediately intrigued. Second, part of my love for reading comes from the fact that I am an English teacher – just like 11.22.63’s main character Jake Epping. Anytime a fictional teacher gets to go on a grand adventure, I like to live vicariously through them – especially when it’s an English teacher going on a time-traveling adventure. Third, this series happens to have been developed by the writers of two of my favorite T.V. shows, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Therefore, I knew it was going to be good. Finally, and most importantly, I was living in Dallas during the time that this was being filmed.

I first heard about the casting call when agonizing over all the blocked roads and “alternate route” signs that decorated my commute. After much groaning and complaining about the inconvenience it caused me, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. As soon as I read the headline, “Dealey Plaza Goes Back in Time for JFK Mini-Series,” I promptly decided that I wanted to be a part of it.

Just before I signed up to be an extra, I tried my hardest to find a partner in crime to skip work and go back to the 60’s with me. I asked my husband, my best friend, my coworkers…but no one was available. For some strange reason, being a part of this film meant a lot to me. We were still fairly new to the city, and the thought of being able to be a part of the recreation of one of the most (if not THE most) iconic and monumental moments to happen in Dallas was overwhelming and tantalizing. This was something I truly wanted to be a part of.

I took a day off from work and showed up to the casting call at 6:00 AM, bright and chipper – and all alone in a vast tent of hundreds and hundreds of people. I signed my name on the dotted line, and took a seat next to another girl. Apparently my arrival time of 6:00 AM was late because this girl already had her hair and makeup done. “Wow, you look great!” I said. “Thanks!” she replied, “How long have you been here?” “Oh, I just got here. What about you?” I pulled out two granola bars from my purse and offered her one. She smiled as she accepted the breakfast token and said, “I’ve been here since 4:00 AM. It’s crazy here.”

Thus started our sweet and short friendship for that day. She, like me, wanted to be an extra in the film but had no one who was willing to go with her. So we stuck together for the rest of the day, observing the intense “rising stars” talk about their parts in different films while waiting in endless lines for hair and makeup.

When I say endless, I mean it. I arrived at 6:00 AM and was quite literally the last person to go through hair and makeup and to be fitted for my costume. By the time I got to the front of the line, the people in charge were so exhausted that I felt like I got a little cheated. I saw people leave with beautiful hairdos from the 60’s and some pretty gorgeous makeup – and I got a ponytail and some red lipstick. After probably a good three hours in each line, my hair and makeup took about a total of three minutes. (Make that six hours sitting in line to get my hair done because after waiting the first three hours I was told “Oh, you have to go to makeup first.”)

I was tired. The people in charge were tired. But I had one last stop: costume.

In attempts to make waiting in another line more bearable, I took out a stack of essays to grade, something I think Jake Epping would have appreciated. I watched girls go by with adorable swing dresses and pleated skirts, belted at the waist. I saw loads of pearls and gloves. Several women were dressed in suits with pillbox hats, much like Jackie O. My excitement began to grow as I neared the racks of clothing, watching the stylist take her time with each person, paying careful attention to every detail.

Hannah1By the time I got to the front of the line, there were only a few dresses left and almost no accessories. In fact, I got the last dress that was my size. It was a classic sixties-style silk sheath  with a shirred waist in a bright pistachio green. Several others before me were turned away because there was nothing left in their size. So I took my dress, grabbed the shoes closest to my size (they were two sizes too small), and rushed to get changed.

Everyone else had left the prep tent and already headed to the filming site. I just wanted to make it there in time.

Which I did. Barely.

I, along with my sweet friend from 6:00 AM, rushed to the film site right as they were starting to film. I’ll admit, I think everyone had been specifically placed in a spot, but since we were the last ones, we just jumped in wherever we could and no one even noticed.

And it turns out, we chose a great spot. We were right beside the mark in the road where JFK was shot.

My energy started to pick back up again as we were transported through time. All of Dealey Plaza exuded the 60’s. The fashion, the old cars, the amount of cigarettes everyone was smoking (they were fake, herbal prop cigarettes). You would have truly felt like you had traveled back in time if it weren’t for all the camera equipment.

As I was admiring the scene, someone suddenly shouted, “ACTION.”

And that’s when it happened.

As the JFK motorcade came around the corner for the first time, chills covered my body (this is especially important because it was about 95 degrees outside and I was wearing pantyhose for the first time in my life…ugh). But this was the moment I knew I had come for – not to be on screen or to try to casually bump into James Franco. I had wanted to relive a moment from history, and this was it.

Everything about the motorcade seemed identical to all the pictures I have seen. Even the actors playing Jackie and JFK were eerily similar. In that moment, I truly felt like a JFK supporter excited to catch a glimpse of him in person.

I was so caught up in this moment that I actually forgot about what was going to happen next.

BANG.

I think that my reaction here could win an Academy Award because I hit the ground, scurried away from the sound, and covered my head like I was in Saving Private Ryan. But then reality returned to me and I was much more collected during the next 18 or however many takes.

Perhaps it was my gut reaction to the first sound of gunfire that actually landed me a pretty prominent part in the episode. Just after Lee Harvey Oswald says “Sharpshooter” and fires his gun, you’ll notice a scared little girl in a bright green dress scurry off the screen.

And then it was over. Everyone went home. The pain of the clip-on earrings subsided. The blister from the two-sizes-too-small shoes healed. And those awful pantyhose went straight into the trashcan.

At the end of the day, my body may have hated me for getting up at 5:00 AM and spending over twelve hours in heat and pain, but I think it was all worth it to be able to experience my own little glimpse of history.

Jackie O and JFK look-a-likes. Jackie O caught me admiring her wardrobe.

Jackie O and JFK look-a-likes. Jackie O caught me admiring her wardrobe.

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Hannah Faye, Contributing Editor

Part-time writer and full-time reader, Hannah Faye is happy to be Stylaphile’s new contributing book editor. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s molding the minds of students in her English classroom or watching Netflix with her husband.

Read more about Hannah on her blog Follow Hannah Faye.

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1987: The Year I Gave Tammy Faye Baker a Run for Her Money

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This photo of my sister and me was taken at The University of Alabama’s 1987 Homecoming Game.

Growing up in the South, college football was a big deal. Although I was never really that interested in college football, I did like the tradition of dressing up to go to homecoming. And I REALLY liked going to college frat parties with my sister when I was seriously underaged. (Sorry, Mom.)

But come on. Unless you’re the entertainment, who dresses like this for a football game? Today, if I were to go to a Jets or Giants game, I’d probably wear a pair of jeans, boots and a sweater.  Certainly not a red sweater dress with a sequin bow and crystal earrings.

And damn that blue eyeshadow. I got into the habit of wearing blue eyeshadow in the 80’s because I was a majorette in the marching band and we had to wear it for football games and other performances. It was part of our overall look. You know. Very southern “beauty pageant.” Very “Tammy-Faye.”

Why I decided to wear this look in the light of day to an afternoon football game is beyond me. But with my red dress, pasty white skin, and electric blue eyeshadow, I have to say I looked pretty damn patriotic.

Roll Tide.

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1989: The Year I Was a Maniac, Maniac on the Floor

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No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Those are indeed sequin leg warmers I’m wearing in this photo. They match the sequin cummerbund belt and the sequin arm bands. How about those lovely white jazz shoes? And we won’t even talk about the hair. (My bad hair history will be a recurring theme in the Flashback Friday series.)

This was one of my college danceline costumes. The dancers were called “The Southern Belles” and we performed at college basketball games. Yep, I was sort of like an L.A. Laker girl. And by L.A., I mean Lower Alabama.

To be honest, this look wasn’t totally my fault. It was a costume obviously. I didn’t pick it out. There was an even worse costume the year before. It was a red unitard. Seriously.  Here’s the photo.

As horrible as these sequined numbers are, I must fess up to the fact that I did indeed own several pairs of leg warmers in the 80’s. Unfortunately, (or perhaps, very fortunately for me), I couldn’t find any other photos of me wearing said leg warmers.

I blame this whole trend on Jennifer Beals and the Flashdance movie. Sure, they looked great on her, with her freakishly-long dancer legs. And while I may have been a dancer at the time, I never had dancer legs. I had the same short stubby little legs I have today. And wearing a band of bunched up fabric around my ankles just made them look even shorter and stubbier. What the hell was I thinking? I was a maniac to ever wear those things. (See what I did there?)

Check out my Pinterest 80’s Board to see where I got some of my inspiration back in the day.

 

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1991: Black Brows and Bushy Bangs

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This photo was taken in 1991. I was attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I majored in theatre and where my bangs won an award for most dramatic performance.

To get this look, I would put an extraordinary amount of mousse in my hair, then blow-dry with a round brush, and then tease. And tease. And tease. Then swoop. Then spray the living hell out of it.

My hair was so incredibly damaged back then. Look how dry and thin the ends are. One of the reasons I wear my hair short now is because I tortured it so much back in the 80’s and 90’s. With the bleaching and teasing, and OMG – I even had a perm.

When I try to grow my hair out now, the ends start splitting and thinning and I’m reminded of photos like this, which causes me to say “Oh hell no!” and chop it all off.

Okay, so aside from the really bad hair happening in this picture, let’s talk about how much makeup I was wearing. Entirely way too much blush and lip gloss. And how ’bout those black eyebrows? Yes, a fair-skinned, bleached blonde girl like myself definitely needs black eyebrows. Ugh.

Speaking of eyebrows, the only thing I love about this photo now is how thick my brows were at the time. This was shortly before the “micro-thin” brow trend came around, which of course, I participated in. My eyebrows have never been the same since.

And finally, I used to be so incredibly self-conscious about that big chicken-pox scar on my forehead. But thanks to the wonders of microdermabrasion and chemical peels, that sucker is a thing of the past. Just like those incredibly awful bangs.

 

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OUTFIT: Tibi Coat

I am so ready to put away all my winter coats, but apparently the freakin’ Freeze Miser has no intention of releasing the icy grip of winter he has on the northeast. The only silver lining to the snow clouds still plaguing me here in New York is the fact that I get a little more time to wear this fabulous Tibi coat.

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I fell in love with the powder blue color the second I saw it on the Tibi runway a few seasons ago. I always save the looks that I love from each runway show, find them on Net-A-Porter when they become available, and then add them to my “wish list” until they go on sale. As soon as this coat got discounted, it found its way into my closet.

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The thing I love most about this coat (besides the color) is that it looks great with a dress or with jeans. Today I wore it with a pair of boyfriend jeans, a black sweater, black ankle boots and a Meile Bianco bag.

As a bonus, the coat was a perfect color match for my manicure this week. (And my Kenneth Jay Lane statement ring!)

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April Showers Bring Stylish Rain Boots

You know the old saying. “April showers bring May flowers.”

April is that last transition month we have to trudge through to finally make it to warm weather nirvana. It’s also the start of festival season. So if you’re going to have to trudge through rain and mud (or in my case, even snow), you may as well do it in style.

Here’s a dozen different rain boot options that will have you stepping confidently and stylishly into spring. Just click on any of the photos for details.

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My Favorite Fragrances From the 80s

Thanks to the CNN series The Eighties, I have been nostalgic for the decade in which I came of age.  The decade of big hair, shoulder pads and neon everything. The decade all my friends and I strived to look like either Madonna or Molly Ringwald.

Thankfully, most of the horrid fashion trends of the 80’s have yet to come back around. However, the eighties is also the decade that introduced us to some of the most popular fragrances of all time. Scents that have stood the test of time and became instant classics.

Here are four of the most popular scents from the Big 80’s that I still wear today:

 

CalvinKleinObsessionForWomen#1. Calvin Klein Obsession

I can still remember the first time I smelled Obsession. It was in a fold-out scent card in one of the fall fashion magazines. I was instantly obsessed. (See what I did there?)

I immediately went to the mall with my sister to buy a bottle, but they didn’t even have it in stock yet. So I bought a stack of magazines and pulled out all the Obsession scent cards. I rubbed those cards on my wrists and clothes for weeks until I could get my hands on a bottle. And I’ve been wearing it ever since.

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After the mega success of Obsession, Calvin Klein followed up with Eternity in 1988. Both are very strong scents, with Obsession being more exotic and Eternity being very floral.

To this very day, I wear Obsession when I want to fell sexy and Eternity when I want to feel beautiful and feminine. (And as a side note, Eternity is one of my favorite scents of all time for men, along with Aqua di Gio and Ed Hardy Love & Luck.)HorizontalSpacerInsert

ChristianDiorPoison#3. Christian Dior Poison

My dad absolutely hated this fragrance. He was stuck in a house with three women who loved to wear it, so he used to refer to it as “rat poison.” Every time I wear it today, I laugh when I think about him. That’s the thing about signature scents, or scents in general. They take you back to another place and time. They help you relive good memories. Luckily for me, the manfriend does not share my father’s feelings about Poision, and he makes sure I have a bottle in my stocking every Christmas. He’s a good manfriend. And a good Santa.

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GiorgioBeverlyHills#4. Giorgio of Beverly Hills

Giorgio makes me think of Suzie Blackburn. She was a majorette with me at Emma Sansom High School in Gadsden, Alabama. Giorgio was her signature scent. Suzie was a force to be reckoned with. Once during band practice, majorettes from our rival high school showed up to pick a fight. Suzie and my other friend Tiffany, two of the most beautiful girls in school, started to climb the fence to go after these girls, who immediately ran away in fear. Suzie didn’t play. Now, whenever I feel the need to unleash my inner Suzie Blackburn, I wear Giorgio.

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I do have other, more modern favorite scents in my perfume collection. Some of favorites these days include Gucci Rush, Estee Lauder’s Pleasures and Rapture by Victoria’s Secret. But these four classics from the Big 80’s take me back to a much simpler time in my life. A time when Mom and Dad paid for everything (including said fragrances!)

My dad passed away in 1998 and my mom left us in 2016. To say that I’m nostalgic for those eighties days is an understatement. That’s why I’m so thankful for the power of scent. It allows me to carry those wonderful memories with me on a daily basis.

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OUTFIT: Vintage Coat

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It’s officially the first day of Spring. And while I really wanted to be able to throw on a pair of sandals and a light spring jacket and head out the door to brunch with my boo, it’s just still too freakin’ cold here in New York to do so.

I decided to bust out this unique little vintage coat that I found at a consignment shop called Recycled Style in Montgomery, NY. This shop is a treasure trove of designer and vintage fashions. The owner, Maria, has the greatest style and is a Hudson Valley version of Miucci Prada.

I paired the coat with my go-to DVF Secret Agent bag and over-the-knee boots from the Altuzarra for Target collection.