Fall 2016: Red Alert

img_6331img_6221img_6273img_6267img_6313img_6345img_6305When it comes to color, I’m usually kind of a low key, neutral person. I like cool, comforting shades. Or black. Then I saw these boots…

Asos is always on the fashion pulse. So I had to at least had to check their red suede rockers out in person. And they did not disappoint. I love everything about them, especially the angled heel. Very cool. And oh so affordable. (I would advise ordering a half size larger than  usual.)

In  my quest to rethink old buys, I layered the white blouse from this post under a tweed sleeveless dress. Perfect for Fall. Burberry is offering many cool options on personalization. This scarf was my Christmas present to myself last year. If you can indulge yourself, I say…do!

Dress: (old, J. Crew) but similar here and here

Blouse: (old, Zara) but check out this and this 

Down Vest: (old) but current J.Crew here and super affordable Uniqlo here

Boots!: (Asos, sold out) but absolutely love these and these

Bag: (Balenciaga, old) but similar here and here

All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6



Fall 2016: Amazing Greys

img_6148img_6122img_6124img_6127img_6144img_6190img_6207For me, grey is the new black…brown…navy. I literally have to stop myself from buying another grey sweater. (STOP!) I especially love wearing all grey in a mix of textures and tones. It’s a subtle, sophisticated fashion statement whatever the season.

I’m in head-to-toe grey here (except for my hair. Haven’t gone there yet!) But any one of these pieces would punch up your fall/winter wardrobe. And these sneaker/shoes are the bomb. You can wear them with anything, anywhere. Your feet will love you.

Sweater: Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo, sold out, but many great options here (and I’ve bought them, too!)

Scarf: Brokedown (love!!!)

Pants: (old Jill Sander for Uniqlo that I had shortened to ankle length) but like these and these 

Shoes: Cole Haan, there is simply no substitute for these!

Bag: (old, Rebecca Minkoff) but love this and this (both on sale!)

All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.

Fall 2016: Velvet on Velvet

img_6428img_6434img_6461img_6473img_6391img_6383img_6375TGIF! It’s been a super busy week “day job” wise, as I’m juggling multiple freelance projects. All fun but demanding of my time. I had hoped to post a day or two ago, especially after the great shoot we had last weekend. And especially because I want to share some of my favorite fall fashion finds — pieces I know I (you?) will be wearing again and again. And will probably love just as much next year, too.

So unless you’ve been living on an atoll in the Indian Ocean you know VELVET is everything this fall. I’ve loved velvet since I was a kid — from my Madame Alexander doll dresses to ballet recitals to holiday party dresses. It’s lush, plush, and simply perfect for colder weather. I had my eye on these Blue Velvet Booties the moment I saw them, backorder drama notwithstanding. They are simply sublime. The pants? I saw a super stylish woman striding down 5th Ave one afternoon and said to myself I must have those pants and they must be Zara. Bingo. A boyish chambray shirt seemed the perfect counterpoint, but I added clip-on vintage earrings to the collar points for some bling-i-ty bling. (DIY!) The bag is from a local JC vintage/consignment store Mint Market. For me it really reads baby Givenchy  Messenger Bag and was the perfect shade of navy blue…with multi-metallic studs. Yay! The leather jacket was a super splurge more than 8 years ago, which now seems like the ultimate bargain. I love it, and so does everyone else.

Velvet Booties: I have searched and tried on many alternatives but these are it! (And frankly, any boot from Stuart Weitzman. An accessory investment you will never regret.)

Velvet Culottes: Zara  or these  or these

Leather Jacket (old, Blur) but sublime options here and here

Chambray Shirt: (Gap, sold out) but like this and this

Accessories: both Vintage, check out Mint Market

All photos by Lydia Filosa and Mp Allegaert on iPhone 6.

Fall 2016: Cozy Cabin Chic

img_5915img_5911img_5912img_5924img_5932img_5971img_6020img_6026img_6027img_6028We have a log cabin nestled on 101 mountain acres in the Adirondacks. Dream come true? You bet ya.  My husband Chris has been hiking up there since he was 16. I think it was on our second date that he suggested we go up and climb a 46er. Flash forward a few months later to a rainy, cold, almost gale like October, and we were on the way up Gothics — aka pretty damn scary. Chalk it up to being fit, foolish, feisty and 20-something but climb my first 46er I did. And after a hot shower and some craft beer, I fell in love with this most magical spot in the world. We’ve never looked back. Though we’ve kept our Keene Valley Real Estate agents busy for years…and years…as we searched for the perfect property.

Buying our cabin meant a massive life change, in that we sold our lovingly restored,  TV-location ready, Victorian Farmhouse in suburban NJ, moved what was rustic-ready and “home” up to the Dacks, rented an apartment in Jersey City, and started a whole new chapter.

Part of that process was streamlining my wardrobe (Chris would say ha ha), which had been comfortably housed in 2 huge walk-in closets. Think city and country. Think give away to friends, family, charity. Think consignment. Think yard sale. It was actually kind of fun to invent my country self and what I would wear…up there.

I think you might be going gaga for the coat. I was. It’s vintage and scored at one of my favorite haunts, Adirondack Attic. Do NOT miss this place if you are up North. Its proprietor Katie is a super cool chick, and she has an amazing eye. Saw this coat…and it was mine. The rest of the outfit was shop-my-closet: fun wool sweater, distressed black jeans, distressed leather booties, tassel crossover bag and tassel necklace to match. Oh…and an adorable YorkiPoo named David Bowie doesn’t hurt.

Coat: (vintage) but love this and this

Sweater: (old, Marcus Lupfer) but he’s got this and this (on sale) for fall 2016

Jeans: (old, Asos) but similar here

Boots: (old, Barneys) but really like these and these

Bag: (Shaffer LA, Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2016) but here it is in blush (must have color!) and on sale!

Tassel necklace: (old) but beautiful alternative here

All photos by MP Allegaert and April Nicole Cross on iPhone 6.




Fall 2016: It’s a Mod, Mod World

img_5398img_5373img_5427img_5418img_5390img_5376img_5368Velvet is really having a moment as far as Fall Fashion is concerned. I kicked off my own obsession with this one-button blazer in citron. I actually bought my usual size 2 but a Tall — so I could fold the cuffs back. Due to the weather, this shoot had to be indoors, and it just happened to match the seating nook in our building’s resident lounge perfectly. How mod is that! I loved the idea of pairing it with blue hues — a pop arty, navy and cream polka dot blouse and cropped raw edge denim flares. The finishing touches? A two-tone blue leather clutch and my flashy, gotta love ’em Gucci Marmonts. (Amortizing wears per dollar on a weekly basis!)

Blazer: (Banana Republic, no longer available) but plush alternatives here and here

Blouse: (Marc Jacobs, old) but like this and this

Jeans: Rag & Bone or these

Clutch: (old, Clare V.) but you should check  all of these out.

Shoes: the one, the only Gucci Marmont. Affordable metallic green option here!


All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.


Fall 2016: Retro Active

img_5450img_5464img_5474img_5483img_5457img_5487img_5520img_5502img_5490img_5598img_5545img_5604img_5608img_5449Because our weeks are usually a jam-packed juggle, I love not having a plan on the weekends. One of our favorite ways to while away an afternoon is to explore Iris Records, with our own (David) Bowie in tow. The store is in a former pharmacy and packed with memorabilia and musical treasures of every genre. If you’re on the hunt for something rare or want to sell off a collection, this is the place. Records, CDs, new, used, re-pressings…they have it all and just celebrated their 20th Anniversary! And their t-shirts are super cute, too.

For this look, I kept it simple and comfy and started with my favorite pair of patched and distressed boyfriend jeans. Then I added a black tank (it was still warm out!), a favorite silver necklace, fun slip-on sneakers and a mixed-texture bomber. Since I only needed my phone, debit card and keys, a small bag sufficed. Love the fun knit texture of this classic one Chris gave me more than 20 years ago.

Boyfriend Jeans: (old, Current Elliott) but great alternatives here and here

Bomber Jacket: (old, J. Crew) but craving this and this

Sneakers: Zara (yeah!) and could easily go for these and these (how cute with the burgundy check bomber in link above)

Necklace: (old, Elizabeth & James) but love this set  (combining both long and short) and this

Handbag: (vintage Fendi Baguette) but you can break the bank on a new one (ha ha) or savor the steal of this one

All photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.



Beauty 101: Let’s Get Real

img_5895img_5166img_5264img_5190img_5197img_5206img_5224img_5238img_5217img_5246img_5251img_5269I’m still “sort or/kind of/no really” freaking out that I actually put this post out there. But…I think it’s pretty important to see the world through a non-photoshopped lens, and more importantly, to see yourself. Maybe it’s all my years in beauty advertising, where we’ve tsked tsked over photos of some of the world’s most famous supermodels…before we retouched even them into an unreal perfection. Or maybe I’ve finally come around to not just accepting but embracing the face I see in the mirror every day. I’ve earned those lines and even those dark circles, through hard work and the gift of living. So watch out world… here I come.

What you see here is my everyday more-than-10-but-less-than-15 minute skincare/makeup routine. Because let’s get real, I’m not going to head to an important meeting (or the grocery store) bare-faced. For me, I’ve learned it’s not about concealing but revealing the best real you.

First things first. I roll Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum (literally) all around my eyes as soon as I get up. Formulated with caffeine, antioxidants and soothing botanicals, this instantly cooling rollerball helps massage away bags, refreshes and hydrates puffy eyes.(Tip: This is great to use when you fly!)

Because I like to work out in the mornings, the rest of my skincare routine waits until I shower. I don’t actually wash my face in the mornings, but I do like to gently rub it with a dampened washcloth. It’s a bit of gentle exfoliating that gets the blood flowing, too.

Next, I apply eye cream. These days I’m using First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Eye Cream. It smoothes, firms, brightens and nourishes while imparting a subtle glow to the eye area (take that, dark circles!). It’s also free of the chemicals and additives many other products are not. After that, it’s Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15, which I have been using for…forever. Formulated with Retinol, ProVitamin B5 and Vitamin E, it’s been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And it provides must-have broad spectrum sunscreen protection. It’s also been named to the Allure Beauty Awards Hall of Fame…for good reason. Plus it’s super affordable and available at every drugstore chain.

My total makeup look starts with smoothing a pea-sized dollop of  Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer allover. Instead of traditional foundation, which can look and feel heavy, I reach for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. (Here, Oil Free but I switch to Hydrating come the cold weather.) This is another product I’ve been using for years. It really gives your skin a fresh, healthy, no-makeup look with a soft hint of enhancing color. For me, a pea-sized dollop smoothed allover does the trick. Now to tackle those dark circles and any redness or discoloration. For that, YSL Touche Eclat is the gold standard. I know I’m being silly in my pic here, but this is seriously the wonder-working weapon no beauty arsenal should be without. It’s a luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erasing any signs of fatigue. I dot on all around my eyes, then gently pat in. (Travel Tip: Don’t leave home without it!)

Forget rose-colored glasses. I want rose-colored cheeks. And I get them with Bobbi Brown Blush in Nectar. Her Natural Kabuki Brush is perfect for buffing it on. Now for the eyes. I’ve only just started using Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick, and I’m already asking myself why I waited so long. On one of my Sephora expeditions, I was lucky enough to have one of the brand’s reps show me how to get the best results. First, brush your brows down with the spoolie brush end. Then with the pencil end use short, light strokes to follow and fill in along your natural brow arch. Last, brush brows back up and into place. Davis Factor, the photographer and Smashbox Founder, says “I look at eyebrows first because the right brows frame the face and can make you look younger.” I’d say he’s spot on. Next I curl my lashes, which really opens up your eyes. I like Shiseido and Tweezerman. For my lashes I love Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara in Jet Black. Because it lengthens and glosses, it’s perfect for everyday. Lastly, I slick on Korres Lip Butter in Guava (another great product I am never without), then follow with lipcolor. These days I’m loving Dior Addict Lipstick in almost any shade!

So that’s it. Every day. Hope I have’t scared you away…While I considered naming this post Naked & Afraid, truth be told I’m neither.

I’ll share how I take this look from day-into-night in an upcoming post. And trust me, it’s super simple. Do you have any makeup tips or tricks or fave products you’d like to share?

All Photos by Lydia Filosa and MP Allegaert on iPhone 6.