What's up with the menfolk? Maven wants to know.

Good morning, friends.  I literally forgot what day it is today and had to take about ten child's poses in barre this morning. I'm so out of sorts. Make it stop.

So this week saw some women rise to prominence in politics, and for that, I am relieved. It's time to change things, even though Trump got elected just a year ago, it feels like a year too long. I'm excited to see what the womenfolk can do to dismantle the patriarchy. Heavy I know, but needs to happen. Now. And lest you label me a man hater, I'm far from it.  But wow, y'all are in a bad place. 

And I've been thinking a lot about men and how they must be feeling at this moment in time. Particularly white men. Yesterday I read about Charlie Sheen raping Corey Haim and I couldn't believe what I was reading.  WTF?

Men behaving badly is hardly news. We've seen it for years but right now is a real watershed moment of badness. And if you're reading this and you're a male or a white male in particular, I ask you- how you doing? What's it like living in a world where all eyes are on you? I'm not demonizing any of you out there, mind you. I'm just wondering- what's it like to be a man these days? Is is the same as it ever was or is there a new normal of walking on eggshells mixed with fire? I'm just wondering what's going to happen to men now that all eyes are on them and their behavior, particularly towards women. Hmm. Just thinking about that. Does it change dating? Does it change workplace behavior? Does it change basically everything? One wonders.

Sure we're talking about very public figures, but clearly this will trickle down to the rest of you. How do you plan on evolving as a result? 

So if you feel like, drop me a line and let me know what you think in the comments.  Oh, and watch your backs, and your upper hands, and really, everything else. We're coming for you. And when we do, keep your hands to yourselves. 

Cause that's what's up this wondering about men kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in the battle of the sexes. XO

Maven pick: Wrapped up in this coat from Year One

Good morning, Monday. Up and at 'em again and again and again...ps it's Christmas. Banana Republic by Grand Central is blasting holiday music and every website is already stocked with gift sets and holiday festoonery. Oy. Too soon.

Like most of you, I'm weather obsessed and these balmy temps are not long for the season. I noticed a big dip in the mercury this week and needless to say, my mind is on a good coat.

Coats are difficult for me. It's hard to find a good fit when you have anything more than a flat chest. I'm serious. And the other thing that drives me crazy is that feeling of being sausaged into a down coat as you sweat to death on the subway. Not fun for anyone.

So when I saw this coat on No.6's site I fell in love.  I have not yet seen it in person so can't vouch for how warm it is, but love the duvet like feel of it- looks oversized in the coolest of ways. I'd opt for the black naturally, but also like it in that happy orange color. They also have a shorter version in the pink but longer coats are warmer and that's that. I'd throw this on for early mornings to the gym and know that all my layers would fit underneath it too. Oh and the name? The Happy Coat. I so need that in my life right now. (Don't we all though?)

PS- check out the brand's website- they're from East London and I'm loving their vibe. 

Thought you would enjoy a little coat action on this Monday am. Cause that's what's up this covered up kind of Monday in the 212. Yours, in all wrapped up for the holidays. XO

Five for Friday: Say yes to a dress for the Holidays

Good morning, Friday. I'm WFH today and enjoying the nice patch of sunlight streaming in through my bedroom window.  I'm working from bed. I know. It's noon. So?

I've been remiss to post of late and I apologize- been busy writing a ton for work but wanted to find some time to show you some of my favorite dresses for holiday. You know I love myself a good dress- here are five festive favs to dazzle at all of your parties and functions this season (I'm in Holiday Head- see aforementioned writing job). Get a jump start with these great looks that are easy, fun, and super stylish:

For the luxe lady.  This Isabel Marant dress is a small fortune. But it is just so so major. It feels vintage and fabulous and those sleeves are amazing. Plus leopard. So gorgeous and elegant and can be worn with everything from sneakers to boots to Mary Janes to a classic red lip. I adore it. I dream of it. I want it. 

For the frugal fashionista. This H&M dress is so so fabulous and also affordable. I saw a girl rocking it yesterday in midtown and it looks so premium and pretty. I love how you can dress it up or down depending on your accessories- I'm a huge believer in night for day and vice versa- this dress takes you from work to party in a major way. Still miffed about yesterday, ps. But great style must go on. 

For the independent spirit.  I've mentioned how much I love Kate Towers forever, an indie designer I stumbled upon in Portland,  and going back on the record to say these lace dresses are like a wardrobe BFF. Gorgeous with high heels, gorgeous with everything. I love the look with pants too. I've become friendly with her and she is the loveliest and most talented woman. She will also customize the length if you want her to as well as do custom orders for color.

For Anglophiles. This A Detacher piece ( a fav designer of mine) is oh so Brit and cool. I love it with patent leather shoes or booties for a bit of Holiday cheer. So chic.

For classic babes. And of course a red dress. I mean, why not? It's the Holidays. This one's on sale from DVF and is just stunning and a showstopper. So glam and pretty.

So there you go- jumpstart your holiday shopping- before you know it you'll be knee deep in wrapping paper and eggnog. I'm excited to socialize this season so happy early holidays from me to you. Cause that's what's up this Xmas in November kind of Friday in the 718. Yours, in early season's greetings. XO

H&M's Erdem (and my failure )to launch

Good morning, Thursday. I haven't written on the blog for a minute because well, I've been writing for a living of late. No excuse I know. But it's a true fact.

But thought I'd take a moment and tell you how utterly pissed I am at the launch of H&M's Erdem collaboration. I went on line a few minutes after 8 am, and put two dresses in my cart. I immediately went to checkout and as I was entering my card info, both items disappeared from my cart because they sold out while I was paying. My cart to checkout experience should have been seamless as it was a two minute total transaction, but alas- how is it that items could leave my cart that quickly? I am super annoyed. Should I have waited online at the store like a rube? Perhaps. Perhaps I should have.

Did anyone else have that experience? Inquiring minds want to know.

Cause that's what's up this retail fail of a Thursday in the 212. Yours, in failure to launch. XO

Maven pick: Ann Taylor's Luxewear legging is a Fall Must Have (trust me)

Good afternoon, Thursday. Week is winding down and I'm looking forward to the weekend. It's been a long and productive week but I'm ready for a bit of a sleep in if at all possible.

But one thing I'm not feeling sleepy about are my new favorite leggings/pants/whatevs. They're from Ann Taylor's Luxewear collection and I gotta say- they're all that. They're a legging in a bit of a scuba material (don't worry they're not schvitzy at all) that has a great ankle detail (a slit) that feels ultimately Celine inspired, whose great looking pants are at the top of this post. Needless to say, they are chic and super comfortable and I'm madly in love with them. Don't be afraid of athleisure ladies. It's not going anywhere and love how luxe these pants feel. I've got them on with a tunic top and some suede flats and they look super chic. Get them. Get them now. I made my sister buy them this weekend and they're just the greatest- looks great with a blazer and nice blouse too for a bit of travel chic- with all the holidays coming up the need for elastic pants is fairly well documented. Why not wear them in style from the airport to the holiday feast? I'm thinking about them in navy now. I love them in black but navy is nice too. Hmm. On sizing, I suggest sizing down- they run a bit large in my opinion.

Just a little tip for those that wear the pants. Everyone knows I'm a bit of a dress girl but I lovvvve these. Link to buy here

Cause that's what's up this luxe and cozy Thursday in the 212. Yours, in style can be comfortable (yes it can). XO

Maven pick: Pat McGrath makeup matters. A lot.

Good morning, Wednesday. It's feeling like Fall in the city now and this is good news.  For me, anyway. I love Fall. 

So you all know how much I love products. I'm a junkie. I'm obsessed. I'm an explorer of all things new I can put on my face, spray on my body, and put in my hair. And I have to say one of the most exciting product launches of recent memory is that of Pat McGrath makeup. From a branding perspective, it's so dialed in and incredible it makes my stomach hurt. In a good way. So much great thinking on the brand- sure the products themselves are amazing too. I need to try them. Pat McGrath matters. To me. A lot.

If you are not familiar with Pat McGrath, just look at any of Steven Meisel's amazing pictures from the 90s to whenever- you'll see Pat's makeup all over those pages- she and Garren for hair were the glam squad to end all glam squads and Pat's work for all the runways and editorials shot in those gorgeous years is beyond iconic.

And though I have yet to try any of her products in the line, I'm quite sure they're extraordinary. This is makeup for women who truly love makeup, who love to play and experiment, and who want to have fun with their face.

I just spent a half hour on her site, which is so fabulous and referential- it's instant inspiration.  As for the products, I love all the packaging- the lipstick with the little lips on it, the gorgeous eyeshadow palettes you desperately want to place on your bathroom sink or makeup table. Gorgeous. I know her launch was very much a limited edition type of affair, but now it seems there's a permanent collection just waiting to be enjoyed by makeup mavens like moi et tu. I mean that highlighter just above looks like makeup for a future in space. How can you not want that? 

So basically I want it all and want to play with all of it and pretend I'm Linda Evangelista in the 90s. That's it. End of story. As the SOUP Dragons famously told us back in the day (and the Stones before that) to not be afraid of our freedom, I would counter with a 2017 version, and that is, "don't be afraid of your makeup". You are indeed free, to do what you want, any old time.

Cause that's what's up this made up Wednesday in the 212. Yours, in product porn and supermodels. XO

A little Halloween Inspiration courtesy of Michelle, Susan, and Cher

Good morning, Tuesday. Well blech. It sucks outside. I almost got blown away this am and this afternoon looks to be worse. Stay dry y'all.

So Halloween is a week away and as you know, I'm not really one for costumes. I like to dress up Khan but masquerade is so not my thing. I enjoy looking at all the fun costumes but I'm just too shy to ever want to wear one. That may not make sense (when one is in costume they can be whomever they want) but for me I just loathe exhibitionism and refuse to be clever in that regard. So that's that.

But it doesn't mean a gal can't think about costumes and look for a little inspiration. Mine came in the form of the magical film "The Witches of Eastwick" from 1987, where Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer get seduced by Jack Nicholson. They're all women who are bored of suburban life and who have all lost their men one way or another- enter Jack to play a very devilish devil while these three superstars form a coven in Rhode Island. Not making this up. It's a must see if you haven't seen it. Kind of silly but genius. Needless to say, the ladies get revenge on Jack for messing with them in the first place. In this day and age, I like this concept. 

Just wanted to share some snaps from the film- look at that HAIR HAIR HAIR and the fab looks. And if you're looking for a costume for the three of you (whomever you three may be) do this. It's divine. They're divine. I miss the 80s sometimes. I admit it. 

Cause that's what's up this witchy Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in getting even and casting glamorous spells. XO

A shoe for most seasons

Good morning, Monday. It's gloomy in New York City today and yea, it's Monday so...ughs.

I'm sitting here trying to figure out when to switch my closet over to Fall/Winter- still in the 70s here in NY so what to wear? What to wear?My mom always taught me about the power of transitional pieces that have seasonless appeal. Not bad advice at all and since our seasons seem to blur into one another these days, maybe closet switch outs are no longer that important? Really this closet switchout is very much mirroring my life- I'm feeling a bit betwtixt and between and not here nor there. One thing I know- staying stylish in such uncertain times is still important to me somehow. 

One thing I love as a good transitional piece is the furkenstock. This trend started around 2013 with Celine and has made the rounds truly- from No. 6 clogs to Fenty by Puma slides. Furry sandals are having a moment it seems, well more than a moment really.

With comfortable shoes very much in style (from stack heels to platforms to flatforms and back again), Birkenstock is still having a nice little brand moment. Barney's collaborated with them on a collection, and upon passing a favorite local boutique in my neighborhood, I glanced upon these little pockets of goodness in the window. 

Because with weather that is a bit upside down, why not combine a sandal and some  fur? Think of Gucci's now iconic mule with the fur lining. Those are a bit much for some (price and stylewise), but the Birkenstock combines function and fashion in a very cool way. I give you the furkenstock- surely your feet will thank you. And you can stay warmish but still rock your pedicure. Check them out on the Birkenstock site as well as some other pretty cool looks- love the felt clog vibe too. 

Cause that's what's up this new moon on Monday in the 212. Yours, in transitions. XO

(Note: I don't condone the wearing of fur but wanted to share this trend).

A tale of two Edies

Hey hey, Friday. Happiness. Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend. It feels a bit more Fall like, but looks warmish for the weekend.  Let's all just note that when it comes to news, it's been a terrible week. Fires, Harvey, Trump signing shit- it's all awful. So allow me to start this post with a quote. 

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. "

Still holds up. You all know where that's from right? Dickens' epic "Tale of Two Cities". Amazing how applicable that is to what we are all experiencing on the regs in this country. But it's more like the worst of times and less like the best. Great words. Great lines. True classic. But enough about that. Let's talk about my hair.

I know, I know. I change my hair like the wind. You long haired types may not understand but us shorter tressed ladies like to switch it up. Right now I have a fairly standard regulation bob and like my friend Katie said over mezze and wine the other night, "you just look so normal". I did not take this as a compliment. So back to the hack. 

And as inspiration (which incidentally I just sent to Siobhan, my amazing hairstylist), we have two Edies- Segdwick and Campbell. You will no doubt see the similarities- textured and short and chopped up. Less than normal. That's what I need. I love them both so how to decide. Do I chop into the bob a la Edie Campbell or do I hack off most of it and leave a textured top like Edie Sedgwick? Tale of two cities, tale of two hairdos, tale of two fashion icons. The best and worst of times indeed. Love them both.

So when the going gets tough, the tough cut their hair. Or at least that's the tale I tell myself. We'll see where we end up.

Cause that's what's up this Dickensian Friday in the 212. Yours, in well read haircuts. XO

When sensible can be stylish too (thank goodness)

Good morning, Thursday. Gloomy day here in the city but onward we go. 

See those gals above pounding the pavement for Fashion Week? Great shoes on both, no doubt.  I'd typically go with that little  pearl slide, but now I need to switch it up and go more with that plaftorm brogue. Here's why.

After years of wearing flip flops, ballet flats, and the flattest boots imaginable, my feet have finally rebelled. I suppose the on tip toe barre classes don't help matters either, but alas- the top of my foot was killing me so I went to the foot doctor. 

X rays were fine  but he made a strong suggestion- no more super flat shoes. Now I'm aware most women have the opposite problem- too many years of teetering to and fro in stillettos, but I was never and will never be that girl. I have always loved the chicness of a super flat shoe- goes so well with my style but really- if a doctor is prescribing new shoes, then one must buy new shoes, correct? Beats getting a shot in the foot. This much I know. 

If any of you have suggestions for the best shoes out there for feet that have outgrown their J.Crew flats, holler at your girl.

For now, I'm going with clogs from No. 6- these have a great platform and love the heel height which seems manageable. Plus alpaca fur.

And I suppose my beloved Gucci mules may have to go by the wayside but these are probably ok, right? I need a bit of sparkle with my sensibility.

Nevertheless, I'm absolutely psyched to rock sneakers day and night as I've been doing the last few weeks. Most coveted? This pair from Balenciaga, though most likely I'll settle for these rose gold Reeboks. Cuteness. In between in terms of price point are these awesome Alexander Wang Adidas skate shoes. Love love love these. How cool is it sneakers are so damn stylish? Happy feet, happy life.

Oh and of course, a humble brogue would work too- I dig these from Tods but also love the more affordable version from Steve Madden in loafer form but similar vibe, with this pair from Coclico with the fun sole squarely in the middle when it comes to cash. Check out Coclico by the way- I know some people swear by them for stylish shoes that are super foot friendly.

So yea- my version of sensible shoes is probably more style than sense, but that's who I am. And I'm sticking to the brief.

Cause that's what's up this sensibly stylish Thursday in the 212. Yours, in new shoes are always a good idea. So do you have any for me? XO