07/01/2011 - 08/01/2011Bostonista: 07/01/2011 - 08/01/2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Preview Karl Lagerfeld for Macys!


On Thursday I was lucky enough to attend the Boston press preview of Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's Impulse. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the collection!

This isn't the first time Karl has collaborated with a mass retailer; back in 2004 he did a collection with H&M. Hopefully, this time around he won't offend too many people.

The collection has something for every style- from dresses for work to super soft tees for casual days to faux leather pieces that look and feel like the real deal Karl has crafted an affordable, contemporary collection!

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This black, button adorned dress ($124) is sheer enough to be sexy but still work appropriate. It also has a white collar very reminiscent of Karl's own day wear that can be worn buttoned or open depending on your mood.
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If you'd rather wear Karl than dress like him you can grab one of four graphic tees with Karl's iconic image. ($49-$59)
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One of my favorite pieces is a black, leather-like vest ($89) which is strange as vests are usually my most hated clothing item. But this one, with its snake embossed front, and hood is so versatile for fall that I just fell in love!
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It hits the waist at the perfect spot- long enough to move around comfortably but short enough to fit into the current "shrunken" look. The vest is another piece that works great over a casual top like above but can also be worn over pretty much anything- even a sweet dress that needs a little edge!

I tend to feel like a lot of capsule collections forget the importance of little details but there are lots of tiny finishes in the Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's collection.
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The high, studded neckline and pocket detailing elevates the dress from a simple sheath dress to something special. ($129)

For those of you looking for something beyond black and white the normally monochromatic Lagerfeld added some surprising pops of pink to the collection as well.
This soft blush dress ($99) has a great shape (very Coco) and will be great on a warm fall day or with black tights come winter!
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If you want a stronger color this hot pink party dress will probably fit the bill. The shade can also be found on tanks, tops and blouses as well. I'm not crazy about this piece- its a little too sweet even in the bright shade but with the right styling it could work for a family wedding.
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One piece I DO love is this gorgeous scarf ($49).
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The pattern is some of Karl's fashion sketches in pinks, blues, and greens. It's huge (it could be worn as a sarong at the beach) and incredibly soft thanks to its wool blend.

Moving more towards winter wear there is this amazing gray jacket and cute tweed pieces that can go from office to evening with just a change of shoes!
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(Jacket $169, Dress $129, Tank $69, Skirt $79)

All in all I think that this is an incredibly strong capsule collection and one of the best collaborations in the past few years thanks in part to the excellent quality of fabrics and materials.
I'm so excited to start shopping the line- it will be available on Macys.Com and in select Macy's stores across the country beginning August 31st!

Thanks to Macy's (and Marissa!) for having me and for providing the look book images!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Britney Spears in Tom Binns


Just realized that my usually style challenged Britney was rocking my favorite Tom Binns necklace in her Hold It Against Me music video back in February.

I'll definitely be making one myself as I can't afford to spend 2k on a necklace either!

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While you're waiting for the neon paint to dry you can check out my other favorite statement necklaces this summer!

(Thanks to Tom Binns, Eat, Browse, And Love, and Glitter'N'Glue for the pictures!)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Perricone's Alpha Lipoic Acid Nutritive Cleanser Review


I usually try to stay far away from new skin products.
I have super sensitive skin and pretty much everything causes me to break out. So I stick with my 10% benzoyl peroxide ( and its oh-so-lovely medicinal scent!), Estee Lauder oil-free moisturizer, clyndamycin cream, and my LightStim treatment (which I'll explain and review in the beginning of the fall.)

Unfortunately, I left my brand new bottle of face wash at my mother's Cape house two weeks ago. Not wanting to go out and buy a second wash I rifled through my bathroom and came across a Sephora sample of N.V. Perricone, M.D. Nutritive Cleanser. It didn't say oil-free but it claims to be safe, effective, and gentle for all skin types.
So I splashed some water on my face and lathered up. It felt amazing. All those great tingly sensations you want from a face wash? Check! It foams up a lot and really quickly for a gel cleanser so you only need a tiny amount for your entire face.
I think this cleanser is primarily an anti-aging product as its infused with DMAE and alphoic lipoic acid. The DMAE helps skin retain elasticity while the ALA resurfaces the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and the size of pores. I don't really know if the two weeks that I used this cleanser reduced signs of aging in my skin. At 26 I'm (in some ways) lucky enough to still have the skin of a teenager- no lines, wrinkles, or droops in sight. I can say that my pores are definitely smaller and my skin has never been softer. So I think the fancy ingredients do actually work a little.
On the downside I think the chemicals were a little bit too strong because my skin has been very red, a bit drier than usual, and even sort of itchy. But like I said it doesn't take too much for my skin to get irritated. It also has an awful baby-powder smell that wasn't too annoying at first but then endlessly lingered on my skin. It made me miss my ER-strength Benzoyl wash!

Overall, I think this is a great product especially if you have a normal skin type or are more concerned with signs of aging and skin tone than blemishes. The price is a bit steep ($38 for just 6 oz) but I used a tiny sample for nearly two weeks so you won't need to replace it very often, and if it works well for you then its worth it!
For now, its not the product for me on a regular basis but works in a pinch!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Bold & The Beautiful


About five years ago the paparazzi caught MK wearing an old, ripped Rolling Stones t-shirt with an elaborate (presumably very expensive) crystal necklace.
An over-the-top piece of evening jewelry worn during the day to a college lecture?!
Most people were unimpressed but I loved the contradiction.
It was the ultimate high/low mix; Proof that any piece can be dressed up or down with some simple styling.

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When Proenza Schouler showed dramatic, baroque inspired necklaces for fall I was reminded of that paparazzi picture. Even though the style is obviously very different one thing is very clear- statement making necklaces are FINALLY having a moment. So whether you're dressing up a pajama top with crystals, or playing clash of the colors adding a bold necklace (or three!) can completely change the style and feel of any outfit.
This season there are plenty to choose from at all different price points!
Oh, MK, always ahead of your time!

A simple or neutral colored outfit can always use a punch of bright colors.
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If something simple is more to your taste J.Crew's resin and gold link necklace ($39.50) still adds a pop of color without being too overwhelming especially for day.
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Want to re-create my favorite mini-mogul's look?
A gold, tribal version will look great through the rest of the summer while the dramatic, over-the-top crystal look can work any time!
I really like Pamela Love's Hope Crescent Breast Plate ($400) in gold or bronze. It manages to be dramatic and sexy but not overpowering and would look great against a tan or crisp, white shirt.
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If its a shimmery look you want then Tom Binns' saves the day with his large white deco crystal necklace. It's beautiful but it has the large price tag ($1700) to match.
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My lower-priced choice comes from Etsy seller, KillerJewels. (Supporting independent artisans and businesses is always stylish!) Their Art Deco Pewter Necklace also contains some Swarvoski but rings in at a sweet $23!
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If you're still after Proenza's version (Nina Garcia wore it in white, paired with a black top on this week's Project Runway premiere) sorry- it doesn't seem to be available. The boys have announced a costume jewelry line but it's not yet in stores. But don't fret! If you're crafty and up to a challenge head over to PS I Made This for a step-by-step guide to creating your own, one-of-a-kind baroque necklace!
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