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

Friends doing cool things: A little spark in this crazy world

Good morning, Tuesday. I'm so incredibly freaked by what's happening in California and everywhere else. Clearly we're getting something very wrong as we continually seek to better ourselves- with everybody getting so healthy and (supposedly) happy, why is the world collapsing around us? Ugh. I have no answers. But I want to share some positive vibes with you and I'm always so thrilled when friends start their own businesses. It's the spark I need today and every day and so deeply inspired and proud of the fabulously creative and talented people I know who want to do it their way.

One such friend- Amanda Dolan, whose 90s inspired vintage collection, Spark Pretty,  has found a new and permanent home in the East Village. Her take on the 90s is of the technicolor varietal and I can't think of a better way to lift the spirits than looking at some bright and shiny vintage goods. Go check it out. She's done a few pop ups in the city and has worked so hard to bring this store to life amidst a good deal of buzz. I am so very thrilled for her. Mazel.

Another friend of mine had an amazing vintage pop up this weekend upstate- my dear friend Katie gathered all of her western wear and had an amazing weekend selling her wares in a cool vintage shop in Andes (close to her fab home in Delhi) called Clementine. Katie is a dear friend of mine and style maven- and a western inspired weekend is just her steez- she hails from Portland and comes from a long line of frontier women. Love how hard she worked to put this together and look forward to seeing what she's going to do next. She is truly one of the most focused people I know- just hoping some of that good juju rubs off on me. Check her out here

Oh and another pal of mine from my old CP+B days, Frank Amoros, has persisted and launched this incredibly cool line of luxe slippers called Baboosha, a fun and luxe take on the Moroccan babouche. Based in Paris, the fuzz is alpaca and completely cruelty-free and they are too much fun and come in a couple of great styles. If you're looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, you should absolutely get a pair of these for yourself or someone worthy of such chicness. They come in 3 different styles and multiple colors, below.

 And if the world is indeed ending, might as well have some lovely items to pad around the bunker in, non? Love the photography on the site and wish them a whole heaping world of success. Such a great concept and so pleased to see someone walk away from the ad world and do something so creative and cool.

So even though the world is falling apart, finding some greatness and happiness in the form of friends forging their own paths gives me some hope. Cheers to all my friends having the courage to do their own things in this very wacky world we live in. So much love for them.

Cause that's what's up this here's to good friends doing great things kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in hopes, dreams, and doing it yourself (and not letting the world do you in first). XO

Five for Friday: The Beauty Edition- What Products I'm Using Right Now

Good afternoon, Friday. It's been a long week and the weather is so lovely outside I just want to fa la la and not work. Could so go for a long walk and an even longer lunch. But alas. Duty calls.

But before I get to work I thought I'd share a Five for Friday with you today, and tell you what's in my cosmetic bag right this very second-  I hate the term "must haves" but these are my version of those- admittedly, not cheap for the most part but I invest in beauty because I love good products and truly, they work. So without further adieu- let's get to beauty shall we? Because before we face the day, we must do our faces, oui?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Creme- This  product is amazing. You already know I'm a huge fan of her Magic cream and eye cream, but this night cream is straight up grease- which I love. My skin needs constant hydration and I'm a fan of a dewier visage so this is the perfect cream for me.  It's super hydrating and gives you the most gorgeous glow. Radiance in a jar. So good. Sweet dreams are made of this night cream.

Dan Tes Bras Eau de Parfum-  Oh Frederic Malle. You never let me down. I recently found a travel sized version of this scent I bought while I was in London last winter and it's the perfect scent for Fall (as if we're getting one of those).  It has a gorgeous and unusual violet opening and finishes with some amazing notes- cashmeran, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, and some other yummy stuff like heliotrope. From the same nose that gave us Musc Ravageur, it's just divine. I can't stop smelling myself in it. It's definitely a unique scent but I love unique scents, particularly ones that have a bit of a hippie heart. So good. Funky in the best of ways.

La Mer Renewal Oil- So check it. I have a bit of a regime in the morning. I always put a face oil on before I do my primer (lately I'm using Nars primer which is absolutely wonderful) to keep my face aglow. I've been a fan of Laura Mercier's face oil for a while but had a nice sample of La Mer's take on face oil and oh my. It's so good. It glides onto your face like a dream and somehow manages to provide a lovely little base for your face. Luxurious? Yes. Amazing? Yes again. Try it.

Black eyeliner/red lips- Lately I've been wearing a bit less on my eyes than usual because I've been into a strong red lip. My favorite look for red lipstick is a well lined top lid and not much else.

I adore this Laura Mercier liquid eyeliner- idiot proof application and it literally does not move all day. You can absolutely go from desk to dinner without a reapplication. Such a goody. 

As for a red lip, I'm always hunting for the perfect red but right now I'm liking Tarte's Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint because it simply does not budge. I hate having to reapply so this stain is a lifesaver, or lipsaver really. 

Chanel Vitalumiere foundation- Lady friends, this is a wonderful, light foundation that feels like more of a tinted moisturizer. You need to shake it a bit as it's water based but the coverage is just the right amount for a clean finish that is subtle and natural and perfect for that fresh faced look I'm loving of late. So pretty. Not great if you need a ton of coverage, but if you're into a more sheer and natural finish, get this. Right now.

Cheers to a wonderful weekend. This concludes the beauty portion of this blog post. Cause that's what's up this Fierce Five fo a Friday in the gorgeous 212. Yours, in products I trust. XO

Maven look for less: Get a great trench at 9 pm tonight

Happy Thursday, friends. Since it's a throwback I've been revisiting some of my favorite albums of my youth today- and one of them is U2's Joshua Tree. A more perfect album I'd be hard pressed to find. It's so special and takes me back, wayyy back. Love it so. 

Well yesterday I posted about the Burberry trench I've been coveting, but clocking in at around 2K, ain't no way.

So I was thrilled to see that Uniqlo U, Christophe Lemaire's latest collection for Uniqlo, goes on sale tonight online at 9 pm.  And for those of you on a budget, there's something lovely happening throughout the whole line, but truly I love this trench and it's just under 100 dollars. How great is that? I'm in love with the classic khaki but also love the black. The blue is cool too if you're less of a black and khaki type.

There's also some wonderful coats there as well as a great ribbed wool dress. Ladies, start your engines. It's all going down at 9 pm tonight so go to Uniqlo and get a lovely version of a typically spendy item for a lot less.

Cause that's what's up this dressing for less kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in well timed deals. XO