tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:/posts the world according to sherimaven 2017-10-13T15:33:17Z Sheri Rosenberg tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1198072 2017-10-13T15:31:48Z 2017-10-13T15:33:17Z 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

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1197844 2017-10-12T15:07:50Z 2017-10-12T15:07:50Z 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

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1197313 2017-10-10T15:25:40Z 2017-10-10T16:56:32Z 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

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1196474 2017-10-06T15:49:38Z 2017-10-06T15:50:30Z 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


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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1196226 2017-10-05T15:05:41Z 2017-10-05T15:05:41Z 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

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1196028 2017-10-04T18:48:10Z 2017-10-04T18:48:10Z Inspiration is everywhere (but mostly in the UK)

Good afternoon, Wednesday. What a week. Not my favorite of all time and most likely not yours. So much pain in the world right now- wish I could take it all away.

But somehow I still find a minute or hour a day to seek inspiration because it, much like this blog, is not unlike therapy. I've been thinking a ton lately about the notion of curation- sure it's a word that's well played out but it's one I'm tossing around in my brain on a daily basis because it's truly what I do. Even here on this blog- I try and bring you the best of what's out there or at the very least, what's inspiring me and making me want to share. Curators are often collectors, and for me, I collect visuals. Much of it photography that gets etched on my brain and forms influence on what I dig on and lean toward throughout my life.

Case in point- British culture. I have always, always been a rabid Anglophile and that's the truth. I love the English sensibility- from music to fashion to that infamous wit. So when I saw this fabulous Burberry story shot by the young photographer Ash Kingston for the launch of their car coat (more of a loosey goosey version of their classic belted trench), I felt my senses heighten in the best of ways.

First- I love this coat and want one immediately. Second- I love this photographer and am obsessed with his eye for culture and will now follow his every move because I get obsessed. Third- I love how this photography is a perfect counterpoint to a few things trending of late- the bright, shiny objectified, technicolor photography of Gucci to the now waning California sun flare lifestyle thing. This is British lifestyle at its best- a bit dark and moody, a lot cool, and of course, super stylish.  Thank you, sir. May I have another?

I love Burberry's site by the way- although the brand has struggled of late I think they're on the rebound now and they are truly a British classic so you can't go wrong. But truly, enjoy these fabulous images that give you a little glimpse into what I love most- English style stripped a bit bare to expose its raw and tough cool. I think they're fantastic. You may look at these photos of seemingly plain looking people in plain looking clothes but I see something there- and hoping you do too. Cause that's why I'm here and such. 

Cause that's what's up this well curated Wednesday in the 212. Yours, in staying in the trenches and remaining inspired. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1195644 2017-10-03T14:42:12Z 2017-10-03T14:42:17Z Enough

Good morning, Tuesday. I've got a ton on my mind this morning but needed to get this out of my system.

Another shooting- the biggest one in American history dominated our Monday as prayers from social media rolled in from Las Vegas. A man in his 60s with no criminal history somehow managed to mow down almost 60 people who were watching a concert. If we are no longer safe in open air, in movie theaters, in schools, how can we continue to protect our freedoms? I'll tell you how- we have to take the guns away. We have to go door to door and take the bloody guns the f away. Now.

It's true- I grew up in a coastal city in a home where guns were not much of a thing. I have never liked guns, and have always been just about as anti-gun as you can get. And here's the thing- why oh why does anyone need a gun in this day and age unless you are a police officer or security detail of some kind? Do any of us need to kill for our food anymore? Nope. I don't understand why anybody should be allowed to have a gun. Period. If you want to shoot guns, go to a gun range. There is no need for anyone to have a gun in 2017, and with this epidemic of mass shootings by homegrown terrorists (if this was not terrorist, then what the f was it?), it's particularly important to realize that the guns don't work anymore, or really, they work too well.  I'm sure many gun supporters would tell you that this is precisely why we need to carry guns, to protect ourselves. So you're telling me every time I go out in public I should be packing heat?  I happen to live in New York City, one of the biggest cities in the world where anything can happen at any moment in time. I lived through 9/11 when we were attacked on our own shores. But not at any single point in my life have I ever thought, "I need a gun". Not seriously anyway. 

I realize, as a country, our relationship with guns is complicated and somewhat romantic. We glorify the gun, at least in pop culture. From John Wayne to Barretta to Tarantino to every mob or gangster movie ever made- we worship violence and it's unclear why. And I'm not going to pretend I don't enjoy movies like "Pulp Fiction" or "Goodfellas" because I absolutely do. But why are we so obsessed with violence and what makes some of us just enjoy a mobster movie and others just completely lose it? Yes, life can be cruel.  But can you even fathom wanting to hurt innocent people? We are living in very extreme times, and extreme times call for extreme actions. This madness has to stop.

But what about the Constitution,  a document written and signed in 1787, and ratified in 1791. How many years ago was that?

 230 years ago.I am every bit the American these gun toting freaks are, but I can clearly see the Constitution needs some work, because times have absolutely changed. Standing behind a document that was written before indoor plumbing, electricity, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Suffragette movement, and then some seems bananas.  In broader terms, before the Industrial Revolution, a document was written to protect our rights, before we became members of a more modern world.. So I pose this to you literal types who still believe we have the right to bear arms- if you want to keep your guns, you should go to the bathroom in an outhouse and sit in the dark and churn your own butter and sell your car so that you can ride on horseback. Because that's what was going on when that document was written, so why it is not aching to be revised? We must have change. We must demand change. We must not lose anymore innocent lives at the hands of this new normal. This guy had 23 guns. 23. Think about that. And how on Earth did he get automatic weapons? Oh, easy. He probably made them from his cadre of semi-automatics. 

Has anybody read the amendent anyway? It does indeed state "the well regulated right" to bear arms. So if gun control was part of the original intent, how did we get here?  Where retired accountants can become immortalized Rambos and do this much damage? Unfortunately I know we elected a President that spoke to those who believe in the old way, in a literal interpretation of the Constitution somehow twisted to serve their points of view. They feel left behind by the way the world is going and refuse to adapt. But the country has changed, the world has changed, humanity has changed. We need to revise the Constitution because I'm sure our founding fathers did not account for semi-automatic weapons (let alone automatic ones), which by the way are legal in Nevada, as are unlimited magazines. In a state where people can lose their entire savings or mortgage payment in a matter of seconds, this seems absolutely insane. 

I'm tired of this bullshit.  I'm tired of old thinking. I'm tired of living in a supposedly modern world where the old rules still apply. The rules need to change. I'm tired of these NRA idiots fighting to protect a right we need to forfeit because we can't have guns. And we shouldn't have guns. I can assure you this is what not the Constitution intended. And it's true Trump got elected on the backs of these lunatics who want the country to go backwards, not forwards. The same people who fear change are the same people who feel that gun ownership is our G-d given right. It's not. Take the guns away. I'm not sure it will completely solve the problem, but it's a start. Or at least please work harder for gun control. I wish I could understand what is making people so damn violent, but something's clearly broken and we need to fix it. 

I'm done now.

Cause that's what's up this gunning for change kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in much needed revisions and rewriting history fro the next generation and then some. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1194843 2017-09-29T17:13:33Z 2017-09-29T20:47:32Z Maven trend watch: Five trends New York girls are rocking right now

Good afternoon Friday and TGIF. Oh my. What a week.

So thought it would be fun for you non New York and New York types alike to check out what I've been spotting on cool girls all over town. Some of these are not big news, but they're everywhere so wanted to share them with all of you. New York women have always had a uniform of basic black, but if you're gazing around town, you'll start to see some real must haves when it comes to style in the urban jungle. I'm not sure if these trends are the same where you are, but I can tell you first hand I'm seeing all of these absolutely everywhere in Manhattan and Brooklyn. So if you ever wanted to dress like a New York girl, have at it, cause here's what they're all wearing right this very minute (even though the weather is changing by the second)- with a suggestion for how to get the look for less:

A Gucci shoe. So yea, this one will cost you. But if you want to be truly up to the minute when it comes to that New York look, you have to cough up some cash and buy a pair of Gucci shoes. From the foldable Brixton loafer to an embellished mule to a towering inferno of platform double G'd goodness, we're all gaga for Gucci and I see no signs of that letting up.

Look for less: Steve Madden Kandi, $79.95 (Note- I don't like these. I can't help it. Save or splurge for the real thing. Some things you can cheat, some things you can't, but if you must, you must).

A track pant. I'm seeing all versions of the track pant everywhere right now- from the very long and slouchy version from the likes of Celine and Ann Taylor to any iteration you can imagine, athleisure is alive and well and most likely here for a hot minute. I love the look with a blazer and a skinny boot like at Rag and Bone, but also love the long version I mentioned with a simple sweater or even a dress.

Look for less: Ann Taylor Tux Stripe Track Pant, $89

A floral dress. And speaking of dresses, I'm seeing a ton of cute floral numbers, perhaps with a bit of vintage appeal and with some ruffle detail. Cool chicks around town are pairing these with a good sneaker- from Adidas Superstars to Vans to Common Projects. Add a slick of red lip and you're ready  to rock. Oh ps- the coolest girls are wearing these dresses at midlength. Not too short, not too long. I think it's just right don't you?

Look for less: H&M Floral dress, $79.99

A simple crossbody bag. New York girls carry their lives in their purses, and I'm seeing a lot of crossbody bags that help ease the load, even if it's a bit of a downsize from the huge bags we've seen of late. I love this classic from Celine (minimalist silhouettes seem to be in) but less spendy options come from Claire Vivier and many others.

Look for less: BP Foldover Crossbody bag, $39

A sassy bob.Having recently gone back to the bob myself, I'm loving all the versions of bobs bobbing around town. From the no fringe version that is slightly flippy and wavy to a more full bang, shorter blunt cut, this classic style is everywhere and switched up for the Instagram age. Love it always. Such a flattering look on so many. Also on the hair note- poker straight is way out. Textured hair continues to enjoy its moment. 

No cheap version of the bob by the way, cause most decent hair stylists will know how to give you a good chop.

I realize some of these street snaps may come from places other than my beloved city, but you get the idea. Just wanted to share with you some wonderful looks to get your New York on. Cause that's what's up this I love NY kind of Friday in the 212. Yours, in curating the streets so you don't have to. XO



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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1194549 2017-09-28T13:52:15Z 2017-09-28T13:52:16Z Maven Beauty Fail: The Cezanne kind of cezsucks

Good morning, Thursday. Humidity is feeling slightly more bearable today after a brutal week. Please Fall, hurry up. 

And speaking of humidity, I've been a proud card carrying member of the Keratin club ever since I discovered this wonder treatment years ago in Miami. My hair has a bit of wave and gets fairly frizzy in the humidity (one of the many magical things about being Jewish) so Miami is a town where keratin treatments become something of a must have.

I have always loved how the keratin makes my hair dry in seconds and remain straight but not flat (could be perfect for my hair texture) and it allows me to show off my haircuts which are always somewhere between a bob or a shag, so layered and they need to look messy in the good way, not the messy way. See that lovely illustration at the top of this post? More like that. Ladies, I know you know what I mean. Men, I'm sure you're not reading this anyway.

But everyone knows a keratin treatment has formaldehyde and that's probably not the best thing. So enter the Cezanne treatment, Keratin's Gwyneth Paltrow of a cousin that is formaldehyde free and thus a healthier choice. Ugh. I hate healthy choices. Because sometimes in the world of beauty, they are not nearly as effective as the bad stuff. True fact. 

So I bought a Groupon for a Cezanne and schlepped uptown to get it- the stylist applied it perfectly and thought it would be similar to the keratin results, although I did hear it does not make your hair quite as straight, and my aunt had it done and warned me that she hated it. I should have listened.

Because now I'm stuck with hair that may not be as frizzy as normal, but it feels like straw. STRAW. The old school keratin makes your hair feel like silk. This makes your hair feel like straw. And I don't love the way my hair looks either. It's nowhere near as dialed in as the Keratin.  I need formaldehyde and I need it now. 

So I'm cautioning those of you contemplating a Cezanne to think twice- because if your hair is not like Gwyneth's, you're not going to be happy with it. And that, my friends, is my epic beauty fail for the day. Let me know if you had better results but for me, it's a big thumbs down. The Cezanne cezsucks. Cause that's what's up this better living through chemicals kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in Jewish Girl Problems. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1194320 2017-09-27T15:15:50Z 2017-09-27T15:26:17Z Maven pick: White feels right for Fall and beyond

Good morning, Wednesday. Let's refer to today as White boot Wednesday. Cause I say so and here's why. PS- not easy coming up with a subject line for this one. White bootie. Um. No.

Remember the old rule of white after Labor Day being no kinds of bueno? That's gone. With the weather gone cuckoo (not to mention the world in general), it's time to think about throwing out all the old rules and starting anew, cause anything goes, my kittens. Truly.

It's true in chillier months we defaulted to a more beige tone (winter white) but I've been seeing the cutest white booties all over the place in store and online and I just love this look instead of your standard LBB (little black boot for those who like it spelled out). Truth be told- I'm wary of this look for us city girls. White boots in New York equals black boots in a day. Not a great look for those who spend a lot of time on their feet walking through city funk. Best for those who drive to work and back. Or simply save the white boots for Uber inclined days. And as you can see from these street style moments, lots of ways to style the look. Endless really. Just rock them the same way you'd do your fav black pair. And done.

Want to peep some of my favs? All different looks and heel heights and shapes. Something for everyone.

Love this pair from Dries in patent.

Double love this pair with the cutie kitten heel from Tibi. (How I love a kitten heel).

Adore these from Stuart Weitzman for that higher leg moment I've spotted this season.

These from Steve Madden are a great cost effective option for those looking to not overspend the trend. They're also doing one in a stiletto which is also cool but love the block heel.

These from Rag and Bone are sexy, more of an ivory ps. Love.

And one more for good measure- Topshop- my secret weapon for trend focused looks. LOVE.

Cause that's what's up this I'm dreaming of a white shoe moment kind of Wednesday in the 212.  And yes, it's a nice day for a white Wednesday. Yours, in white bootied hump days. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1194021 2017-09-26T14:12:18Z 2017-09-26T14:12:18Z On balance, hungry bears, and human kindness

Good morning, Tuesday. These are the times.

I was thinking this morning about our President and how he came up in the business world. If you are an 80's survivor or just a culture watcher, you know full well that that era in history, and particularly New York, was all about ruthlessness and a cutthroat approach to business. Greed is good, the Queen of Mean, American Psycho.  That's how Donald Trump became a success- by being a supposedly hardcore business leader (shuddering as I say that) and to approach business like a bear in "The Revenant". 

To me, he will be remembered as the most cruel President of our times. And much like a hungry bear, he's attacking the whole country, and we need to make sure we don't leave anyone behind. 

And as we watch his Presidency unfold and unravel, I can't help but see that this man has only one setting. And it's mean. And nasty. And lacks the slightest lick of empathy or compassion. If you are someone who understands the notion of yin and yang, Donald Trump is the most Yin human being alive. There is no light to accompany the dark, there is no softness to counterbalance the hard, there is simply nothing but hardness and coldness and cruelty. Whether he's sending another epic tweet or cutting down American citizens with his own peculiar brand of bombast, this President has no other side. No other face. I think many of us felt that maybe, just maybe, his campaign rhetoric was just that- but alas, it's somehow even worse. 

My point of all of this is that we are living in highly yin times. We are completely out of balance at a time when our world needs a ton of compassion and care.  I'm wondering how we can cope during these out of whack times. I for one think about how to be a better, kinder person. From listening when people need an ear to donating what I can to causes in need. All of this yin is dragging us down and it's beyond concerning. I don't understand how anyone, let alone a President, can live a life completely devoid of empathy and compassion. His brand of cruelty is foreign to me. We have all done things where we may think afterwards, "I could have been nicer, kinder, more sympathetic".  Even the most hardened of us make room for some kindness.  I just can't fathom that anyone in a position of leadership, and one that at its core is all about public service, can behave this way. We can't live in a world where there is no yang. So here's what I propose.

If you can find it within your heart and soul to embrace some kindness and compassion, you must. If there is a way to shift any energy around this President, the burden is on us. Our leadership in Washington is doing absolutely nothing to help this situation. This President should be shown the door. Since that will most likely not happen, we must do more and be better. It may no longer be about protesting, PS. When I watch the NFL kneeling, I think not of protest- but of an almost deference and respect to those struggling under this brutal regime. We must have grace under pressure and not succumb to this awful amount of darkness. We must find a way to balance all of this dark with some light.  I feel like the lights have been turned off since November, and I for one don't love sitting in the dark.

This morning I shared a Via (a shared ride service here in the city) with an older woman who needed to talk. Via policy does not allow for that (though being silent in a car with others is truly weird) but I talked to her. Because she needed it. She had been through it- illness, divorce, financial problems. When we got out of the car, she gave me a hug and thanked me for listening. I teared up a bit because we are so busy fighting these dark battles every day that we often forget about each other.  Don't underestimate the kindness you can offer to strangers- I suspect the only people Trump bestows any kindness upon are his own family members. The same is true of us- we're so wrapped up in our own lives- take the time to show some compassion- in small ways, in large ways, in any way you can. Just talk to people and listen to people. Start there. And then try harder.

We're all being mauled by this crazy bear in the White House, but what we cannot do is leave each other for dead. Simple acts, people. Get on it. Not to be too new "aerie fairy" but we need to shift some of this bad energy or it's going to get a whole lot worse. Yes we must fight this terrible administration, but we need softness and light. Badly.

Cause that's what's up this trying a little tenderness kind of Tuesday in the 212.  Yours, in balance and hope and searching for the light switch. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1193059 2017-09-22T14:36:44Z 2017-09-22T14:36:44Z Maven pick: A stroll through Rizzoli is all I need to get by

Good morning, Friday. Happy happy. I'm so looking forward to the weekend- weather is gorgeous and excited for a bit of a regroup. It's no newsflash that I've been feeling a bit blue of late- trying to figure out some moves and more often than not, getting in my own way. Yesterday the fog lifted a bit and felt a turnaround in the air. Thank goodness for that.

But worth noting- should you ever find me depressed or catatonic and you're wondering what to do for me, just take me to Rizzoli. Take me straight there and lead me by my limp hand to the Photography and Fashion book section. There, I will find happiness. In any instance. It's that simple. Beautiful books are good for my health. This much I know.

I remember Rizzoli when it used to be uptown- what a beautiful store. I spent hours in there during my early tenure in New York- it was so grand and so easy to lose track of time while browsing all of the beautiful books.  Now making its home right by the Flatiron, it's a stellar monument to the old world bookstores of my youth. And I absolutely adore it. Often referred to as the most beautiful bookstore in the world (their claim), it's just pure magic in there. There's just something about Rizzoli. Are you with me? 

So yesterday's stroll had me paging through some gorgeous photography books, and Lord knows I want them all. But I'm currently crushing on "Icons", the recently published  photo book from Gus Van Sant- I know I've talked about his photography here before, but Jeez. It's so good. It takes me straight back to that moody, haze of an aesthetic we all adored in the 90s. And I've never stopped loving it. Its just so stunning and raw and, well, cool. 

On a whole other dimension was my discovery of the work of midcentury fashion photographer, James Moore and the wonderful retrospective published this year. His work for Bazaar was just amazing, and though we think of names like Penn and Avedon, Moore should be included in any discussion of photography of that era. I pored over the pages and found so much inspiration- I'm particularly smitten with the cover image of the book- that haircut on the front girl is very much top of mind.  I love everything about this photographer and was so happy to have a few moments before heading downtown to peek at his work. 

So even when I'm down, I can still always feel energized and inspired by one of my favorite things, photography. And though my industry has changed, I'm still so in love with the medium itself and hope to stay engaged as I move into the next phase of my career.  It gives me life and I so appreciate the eye of a photographer- how he or she sees the world has always delighted and intrigued me. As someone with my very own particular point of view, I so appreciate the ability for photography to show us something we may not have seen before, or to put something very obvious in front of us yet show it in a new way. 

So if you too are visually inclined, you may want to spend some time in a bookstore near you and get some much needed inspiration. The world has gone awry, yet I still love looking at pretty pictures, and that's that. Cause that's what's up this well lensed Friday in the 212. Yours, in healing energy and beautiful pictures (and bookstores). XO

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tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1192856 2017-09-21T16:13:01Z 2017-09-21T16:29:24Z Maven runway watch: Give it to me, Gucci.

Good almost afternoon, Thursday. I've definitely got fashion on the brain right now. Can't help it. Also not sure you want to read about my inner turmoil and midlife crisis. That's boring. So let's talk about GUCCI.

Ok so check it- I'm kind of Gucci'd out. Their domination in the luxe arena is nothing short of seismic. I admit I've swooned (and purchased) their shoes in the last few seasons and have really enjoyed them. But when every gal in your office is rocking a horsebit mule, one wonders- since when is luxury so, well, mass? Giving credit where credit is due to their newish designer for making us want all the things. 

And I tried to look with a discerning and jaded eye at the most recent runway show this week in Italy for Spring '18. I tried so hard to hate on it.  And I did hate some of it really.  I don't know many men who will wear a Bugs Bunny sweater with a short, but that's not here nor there. Because in these troubled, dark times, a collection that is a bit wacko and out there is just what the doctor ordered. Like a breath of fresh air in a sea of bad news. Plus, some of the pieces I'm just madly in love with- they speak to my off kilter side and even though I play it a bit safe when it comes to style these days, some of these looks are just the most. Very rock and roll- Jarvis Cocker meets Marianne Faithfull and everything in between. The vintage vibe is super dialed in.

The leopard coat look is giving me serious personal spirit animal vibes. The green jumpsuit. The chicness of the mens suits worn by women would be amazing. And that logo fanny pack is going to be all over New York City come Spring. I think fanny packs are back in a big way (they've been around for a minute but seeing new ways of rocking them- over the shoulder, etc. in street style snaps the past few weeks) and this one will be the one to have for sure. Remember I told ya.


But these clothes are surely over the top, not super wearable, and not practical. But damn if I don't love, love, love that about them. I'm ready to have some fun again aren't you? I appreciate the spirit of these clothes- the collection may be far from cohesive but that's ok- these here are chaotic times. Gucci- you made me love you. And I didn't wanna do it. It's true every girl in New York is rocking some version of the horsebit or double Gs- but I care not. There's truly something for everyone here- if you have the funds, that is. And if you don't, you know much of this will reach knock off city at a bit box near you probably sooner than you think

.So enjoy yourself a little Gucci Spring '18 moment. And here's hoping for happy days to be here again. Cause that's what's up this still a big fashion fan of a Thursday in the 212.  Yours, in leopard print and logos. XO]]>
Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1192326 2017-09-19T16:04:37Z 2017-09-19T16:31:25Z Maven pick: A bit of rose gold is good for the (athleisure) soul

Good afternoon, Tuesday. Just here listening to my Hotel Costes playlist and trying to power through, imagining I'm in that beautiful bar with those gorgeous smelling candles and all of those gorgeous people drinking something equally, well, you know. But alas, I'm not. I'm on Times Square with a bunch of dirty mascots and big box retail. Oh well.

So here's something. 

I just wanted to share this surely polarizing little workout jacket from cute and comfy line Lou & Grey.  Many of you will most likely hate it. But I dig it. Metallics scare some people- this much I know. But I'm a big fan of them and whenever I fear slightly fearful of making a bold statement, I reassure myself that most things can be wearable if you just think of them in a neutral way. Case in point- this jacket is a nice little throw on for Fall.  And having just seen it in person at Loft, I think it's super duper cute. I love the idea of throwing it on over yoga pants for a bit of Missy Elliott vibes but how I would really love to see it is with a wide leg trouser and some heels or a full accordion pleated skirt and some sneakers if you're that kind of girl (I love that look). Don't be afraid of your freedom, and don't be afraid of metallics.  They brighten up the darkest of days, and have mad glam appeal. We all know athleisure is giving us all life right now- so get to it. But be bold about it, won't you? Life is short. Plus rose gold can always remind you of rose- as in the drink varietal we guzzled all Summer. Keep the dream alive.

And clocking in at just under 100 bucks, it's a great way to wear something trend focused without breaking the old bank. My love for rose gold knows no bounds ps- I am a huge fan of the hue and think it's a great way to retool a metallic moment.

Just a cute little look for you this Tuesday. You're welcome. Caus that's what's up this shiny, bright Tuesday in the sparkly 212. Yours, in rosy gold and Fall fashion. XO







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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1192024 2017-09-18T15:02:50Z 2017-09-18T16:48:59Z Maven pick: H&M Studio for a bit of 90s Goth


Good morning, Monday. So Trumpy's in town and all heck has broken loose in Manhattan today. Couple that with an insane amount of humidity and you have yourself a cranky start to the workweek. Gah. Make it stop.

So on my way home from my Cezanne treatment yesterday (the next gen Keratin sans formaldehyde- I'll let you know if better living without chemistry is a real thing), I popped into H&M on 59th Street to see if I could use a credit I had. Needless to say, was not a problem.

Because if you dabble in the dark arts and like a bit of gothy glam in your Fall and Winter silhouette, H&M's new Studio collection is fuego. I for one love love love dark pieces in the winter time that have a bit of mystery mixed in. 

I ended up with this pintuck caftan dress- it's so fabulous and easy and very Antwerp Six in its countenance. And glancing around at the rest of the pieces, I felt a similar dark and minimal loveliness. So on brand for me at the very least- ageless silhouettes for many body types and of course- perfect clothes for us NY babes who keep our palettes very much on the black side.

Here's a few more pieces to give you a vibe for the collection- there's plenty not in black too but tones are quite muted throughout. I'm in love with it (those boots though) and though it's not quite as cheap as regular run of the mill H&M, these are chic pieces that will go the distance should you be listening to Depeche Mode's "Black Celebration" this season or channeling Madonna in the "Frozen" video. I just watched the whole thing again ps and still one of my favorites of all time- Olivier Theyskens at his very best.

Because truly, you're frozen- when your heart's not open. To new clothes for Fall. Better open that wallet while you're opening your heart ps. Check out the whole collection here.

Cause that's what's up this new collection of a Monday in the very soupy 212. Yours, in keeping it dark and lovely. XO


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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1191006 2017-09-13T17:29:32Z 2017-09-13T17:29:32Z Maven runway watch: Lavender lightens the mood for Spring '18

Good afternoon, Wednesday.  Hope you're having a pleasant afternoon.

So I've been looking at all the shows this week in NY and some trends emerging for Spring- lots of suiting is one. Bright colors is another. But my favorite trend of all is the love of lavender showing up everywhere. In such cruel and harsh times, this soft whispery tone feels most on point.  First came pink, now comes purple. Or lavender/ lilac. 

And in case you're wondering if it's just too girly/pastel, it's not. 

Take Victoria Beckham's take on suiting in the gorgeous tone- I would wear this every day if I could. It's the look at the top of this post and it's just amazing- the whole collection was one of my favorites ps- so so beautiful.

And Tibi showed some minimalist, modern takes with some gorgeous pieces. Lavender is a great neutral in a way- pretty on many skin tones and such a beautiful hue. It reminds me of Helen Frankenthaler, one of my favorite painters for her dreamy washes of elegant color. 

And perennial Maven favorite The Row did an ethereal take on the tone with a gorgeous bohemian dress that almost lives inside some of these gorgeous paintings. Just stunning.

Over at Mansur Gavriel, makers of it bags for cool girls but now also showing clothes, the tonality of this look is quiet and elegant and altogether sublime. Love the powdery blue with the lavender skirt.

So with Fall pretty much here and Spring a bit of a ways, I'm thinking of how to rock this color in the New Year, as an almost neutral alternative to white or black. I'm obsessed. 

Cause that's what's up this everything's coming up lilac kind of Wednesday in the 212. Yours, in lightening up in such dark times. XO

                                       

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1190726 2017-09-12T15:59:15Z 2017-09-13T13:14:32Z Maven's headed to the classroom

Good almost afternoon, Tuesday. Little announcement- going back to school today. Before you get too excited, I'm only taking a class at night at the Art Students League here in the city- it's a fashion illustration class and I couldn't be more thrilled. Many of you know I've been back at the drawing board of late, and I'm loving my newfound passion for sketching. I'm taking a class with genius illustrator Bill Donovan, and hoping this reignites that flame for creativity I've been seeking since pencils down just after high school (yes it's been that long).

I've written in a forthright manner about my frustration of late when it comes to career- and though I'm probably not going to become a professional illustrator any time soon, I'm curious to see where this creative exploration takes me. My soul craves something artistic and hoping this will be just what said soul requires to keep on chugging. I can't wait to shop for my supplies- something about an art supply store always makes my pulse raise in the best of ways.  Up top is a little something I drew up from Nili Lotan's Fall collection that I love- and more to come of course which I hope to share with all of you fine people.

I'll let you know how it goes- can't wait to get started on a little adventure in sketchland and beyond. Cause that's what's up this illustrative Tuesday in the very artistic 212. Yours, in rediscoveries and hard charcoal. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1190372 2017-09-11T15:13:36Z 2017-09-11T15:13:43Z XO

Good morning, Monday. Prayers to all my friends in Florida- hoping for a speedy recovery from the storm. 

We all know what today is and every year I remember and I never will forget. I have often said I only like cities where dreams are made (and crushed) and New York is the poster child for people longing for a life of inspiration, success, movement, and constant stimulation. You don't come to New York to sit on your ass- we all know that. And though the New York of my twenties is slowly rushing through the sands of the hourglass, New York will always be more than just a place. Just a city. Just a home. It's my home. My spiritual home. My heart. My soul. All of it. And I have deep gratitude and humility for this crazy town. And I can never forget what happened here, to my city, to my home, to my heart and soul.

And for that I give you a quote from one of the most infamous stories written about New York by E.B. White in his wonderful ode to the city, "Here is New York", written in 1948 and an excellent and insightful read to this very day. He could not have known the horror we would see, or the changes that would happen here, but his observations on this beautiful place ring true today, and I love this quote in particular:

“A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning. The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines. The island of Manhattan is without any doubt the greatest human concentrate on earth, the poem whose magic is comprehensible to millions of permanent residents but whose full meaning will always remain elusive.” 

And though New Yorkers may seem like the biggest know-it-alls to people who don't live here, we're actually quite the opposite. We bask in the glory of a city we are constantly trying to unravel, discover, and reveal . That's what keeps us all here- the elusive magic of the new mixed with the old, the paradox of rich and poor on a somehow level playing field called humanity, the sweeping landscape and island of possibilities. I will never stop loving New York- and for those who think New York is not America think again- because although we may not live in a rust belt or corn belt or any other kind of belt, we all live here together in diversity and poetry and rhythmic motion. I am still so in love with New York because there is always something new I can learn, see, or do here. That's what makes New York great, and that's what makes America great. And on this day,  I celebrate the city that still keeps me on my tiptoes day after day. New York, I love you. But you already knew that. And I will never, ever forget. Of this, I am certain. This city is truly poetic. At least it is to me. And like most great poems- there is a pulse, a beat, sadness, reflection, and often, resolution. 

Cause that's what's up this Big Apple of my eye kind of Monday in the greatest city on Earth. Yours, in perseverance and magical settings and elusive beauty. XO



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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1189347 2017-09-07T19:59:07Z 2017-09-07T19:59:11Z To jean or not to jean?That is the question.

Good afternoon, Thursday. By now you may have figured out I'm a little pants obsessed this Fall. That and my wavering thoughts on whether OTK boots are still a good thing- are they?

I can't decide but leaning towards yes. These by Jimmy Choo though. Oy.

But since I'm super into pants this Fall (more of the slouchy Nili Lotan varietal or the flares I spoke of the other day), I'm also in the market for a good jean. Jeans and I have a complicated relationship. Sometimes I love them. Sometimes I hate them. On me, I mean. I love them on everyone else. I just have a tough time with them because they're not as comfortable as I want them to be and by the end of the day I can't wait to take them off.

So I'll admit  a recent spin in an Athleta catalogue left in my doorway gave me pause.  Because as much as I love the look of a nonstretch jean like the more high waisted varietals we've seen of late, I can't. I can't have that amount of binding in my life. It just doesn't work for me. So back to Athleta, an unlikely place to buy a jean. I love the whole idea of a jean being athleisure-like. It makes so much sense to me. I rely heavily on black leggings as an every day staple but would love a jean to suit the same need.

The blue denim varietal is almost completely sold out, but the grey wash is still available. And though I may not be hiking in the mountains like the chick at the top of this post, I like a jean that moves with me and is stretchy and yummy. I think I may have to give these a whirl. After all, they'd sure look good with that OTNB I've been eyeing. Ugh. So much cheaper than that damn boot ps. I know skinny jeans are kind of yesterday but I still like the look.

I'll report back. I need jeans. And I loathe buying them. So let's see how it goes.

Cause that's what's up this to jean or not to jean kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in Shakespearean prose and skinny jeans. XO


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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1188965 2017-09-05T14:17:46Z 2017-09-05T14:18:29Z Maven trend alert: Show some flare this Fall

Good morning, Tuesday. Was a lovely relaxing weekend with a road trip thrown in for good measure and lots of time to cuddle with Khan, cook, and draw. I so could use one more day though. I haven't gotten much vacation time this Summer and am craving a bit more down time. But I digress. Because it's back at it full throttle- NY in the Fall is a magical place when everyone still has a bit of a tan, but is ready for a new season, refreshed and renewed.

Of course I've been thinking about clothes (what else is new?) and one of my fav trends out there for the Fall is the return of the flare pant. We've seen flares in jeans for a while now, but love the idea of a black flare trouser to wear with everything from minidresses to blouses to blazers and back again. They are an amazingly flattering silhouette on most body types and love how elongating they are. Plus they speak deeply to my boho/rock and roll soul so can't go wrong there. I like both the cropped version and the floor grazing version for different reasons. I have them both and can't wait to wear them. 

These from the Row in leather are magical and cropped, while these trousers from Elizabeth and James are a great take on work dressing with a twist. For my money I'd go with basic black- a great way to embrace the trend but not feel too carried away. 

But if you do want a color- use Rosetta Getty's dark red chenille for inspiration. So lovely. And the fabric looks fab too.

Loving these from H&M for an affordable take on the trend. And for me, I'd stay away from the flamenco ruffled version I'm seeing in retail this season- those are just not my fav. Too caliente perhaps, and if you don't have a fruit basket on your head or tap shoes, you may want to stay away. 

Oh, and at the top of my post is my inspo for this trend- an oldie but goodie from Zara on (yes again) Stella Tennant. How good???

Cause that's whats up this flares are everywhere kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in long lines and groovy vibes. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1188079 2017-09-01T14:24:10Z 2017-09-01T14:24:10Z Happy Friday vibes...

Oh hey hey Friday of the long weekend. Good to see you.

This was a week for sure. But last night I walked all the way from Times Square to Tribeca and it felt good. I'm loving the cooler temps too- so my time of year and feel ready for Fall- this Summer was not one of my favs as many of you already know.

So what are you up to this weekend? I'm looking forward to relaxing, drawing, eating, drinking, exercising- all the basics really. I'm perched on the edge of quite a few things and looking to land them once September goes into full swing. But really, Stella Tennant's expression above really speaks to my general sentiment and mood this week. It's a bit of a hmmm. Bite the lip. Get to work. Hunker down. You know that look. I am well aware of that look. I hope my face doesn't freeze...

That's how I'm going into the weekend- but hopefully by the end of it I'll be more like my pal Linda here, in 1994 Versace. Look how happy she is. Point here is there is always a supermodel expression to suit most moods. Particularly my 90s gals. Know this. It's truth.

That's all I got for you, kiddos. Have a glorious weekend and prayers to Houston and the surrounding areas. Yours, in supermodels and self expression. XO



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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1187578 2017-08-30T16:10:35Z 2017-08-30T16:13:24Z Trend to try: The new nude lip

Good early afternoon, friends.

Let's get right to it- you know my relationship to lipstick is precarious. In that I don't generally wear it or like it. On me.

But I may be turning a corner because one of my fav trends from the 90s is making a comeback- and it's a new nude lip that I really, really dig.

I know it sounds dreadful but it's far from it. I've always been a nude lip kind of girl- but beige or pink or rose hued for the most part. Enter Nars with my favorite new lipstick of the season, Vibeke, with the caramely Linda  (the darker one above) as a close second- as in Linda you know who, naturally. They are not true brown but they are a fresh take on a nude lip and work well on most skin tones. Fabulously pigmented and ultimately wearable.

Oh and just as a sidebar-  the new Bord de Plage palette for cheeks and eyes is pretty much everything. Fantastic with my copper tresses and amazing for highlighting, bronzing, and sweeping over the lids. Plus the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. It's fair to say I'm obsessed with it.

So go on and try some new makeup for Fall. It's a magical time of year so wake up your make up and bring on the pumpkin spice. Cause that's what's up this giving Fall a bit of lip kind of Wednesday in the 212. Yours, in trends to try. XO



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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1187296 2017-08-29T15:18:38Z 2017-08-29T15:18:43Z I love you Mary Janes.

Good morning, Tuesday. It's a gloomy, chillyish day here in the city. Perfect for pajamas and Khan cuddles. Less perfect for back to back meetings. Oh well.

So Fall is very much on my mind and I'm thrilled to see one of my favorite shoe trends making a resurgence- the humble and adorable and altogether sexy Mary Jane. My husband is a huge fan of a Mary Jane and the high heeled versions can be very saucy in that naughty schoolgirl kind of way, while the flats and block heeled versions are feminine and cute and super classic.

I love how this shoe can mean so many things- Kate Moss's patent Repetto take a few years back had me swooning- so chic and a nice alternative to the everyday ballet.

For a bit of history, look at the way Twiggy rocked these back in the swinging 60s- so mod and cute and stylish. 

And then leave it to Courtney myLove in the 90s to take the naughty schoolgirl thing to a very grrrly place. Love love love.

And if you want to rock an MJ this season, go for a velvet version.  Velvet is trending big time- and though it puts fear in my heart having lived through both the 80s and 90s, I can get behind velvet when it comes to a good shoe. These have a dressed up feel that is so great- and if you go for the flatter versions, you can wear this for evening and be super comfortable. 

Here's a few favs:

Look at these cuties from SJP- after all, homegirl knows a thing or two about a girly shoe. Ladylike and lovely. Great color- that's what's fun about velvet- looks fab in cool colors.

And these from Prada are penetrating my brain and going straight to my dopamine receptors. These are like chocolate and sex. Completely lustworthy and utterly classic.  Dreamy.

These from LK Bennett are more work appropriate than not. A way to do the trend in a more conservative way that's still fun.

I love Sam Edelman for trendy shoes that won't break the bank. They always do a great job of making trendworthy shoes accessible- these are fab and love the color. I'd so wear these with a fishnet and a midi dress. Love.

And last but not least- these. From Doen. I love this brand for their boho staples and  would say that this is a maven must have moment right here. I am obsessed with these- a slipper and Mary Jane altogether. Love them in bordeaux and love them in black. They remind me of those Chinese slippers we all wore as kids. I'd rock these in a grunge way for sure- oversized striped or paisley pajama top a la Kurt Cobain and slouchy jeans and of course, major league bedhead. 

And that's what's up this buckled and strapped kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in passing the Mary Jane(s).XO






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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1187066 2017-08-28T13:31:46Z 2017-08-28T13:33:14Z Maven Must Have: Florals for Fall


Good morning, Monday. It's so pretty outside. Love this weather so much- I am all about those 70something temps. Bring it.

And with Fall top of mind I can't help but notice some early trends- seeing a ton of florals for Fall and really loving them. I think of luxe hippie icons like Marisa Berenson, pictured above and love extending the shelf life of boho beyond Summer time. Have a look and fall in love.

This Ulla Johnson dress is simply one of my favorites- I'd wear this all fall with over the knee boots and then in winter with black tights and a faux fur jacket or vest. I am literally dreaming about this dress. Weird. I know. But I love it so much.

This Isabel Marant dress is grossly expensive but I love the mid length silhouette and think it's a fabulous luxe throw on piece that would look gorgeous with a textured tight and a high heeled mary jane or high heeled boot for a bit of sexy boho times. So so pretty. Has that "this old thing?" vibe that I love so very much.

For a less spendy way to get the look, check out this dress from Loft. I know off the shoulder does not scream Fall, but I like it for when the temps are still warm in September and you can rock this look with an ankle boot and dip a toe (or foot) into the foliage without going all in. 

If you like a less girly and more arty approach to florals, this dress from Rodebjer, a favorite brand of mine from Sweden, should suit your tastes. I can see wearing this to work and then to a gallery opening downtown. It's a cool girl way to do floral without being fussy. Bold and modern. 

And this dress from & Other Stories is perfection and well priced- and it's also red, a bonus since red is such a power color this Fall. At under $150, it's a great piece you'll wear over and over- I picture it with tan or brown high suede boots and lots of long necklaces for a 70s glam hippy moment. I'm excited for the new season and looking forward to continuing my love for dresses with a bit of a chill in the air. Cause that's what's up this fall fashion and foliage of a Monday in the 212. Yours, in falling for Fall (already). XO




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tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1186330 2017-08-24T21:18:35Z 2017-08-24T21:34:17Z Maven pick: A bit of boot camp with Frye

Good afternoon kinda sorta early evening, Thursday. It's been a busy day but with Summer on the wane, I can't help thinking about Fall, my most favorite time of the year. I'd pine for Fall when I lived in Miami, and I'm truly looking forward to the change and slight chill. I am over the Summer thing. Next. Done and done.

And if you're still clinging to your beach blanket for dear life, maybe this post will inspire you to put down the iced matcha and grab the pumpkin spice. Because Frye (yes Frye) is making some killer boots and I'm having a hard time deciding which of these suckers I'd want on my feet post Labor Day. I've got a great pair of vintage luggage brown Campus boots I treasure, but some of these new styles are worth a look. I can tell you this- women love a good pair of boots the way we love french fries, rose, and avocado toast. True fact. But picture a woman who also loves a bit of punk rock and possibly some Zeppelin and yea, that kind of chick. The ones who need a little leather with their lace. 

Take this Heirloom Harness moto boot. It's a tough little sucker and I love it. It's far from cheap mind you, but still cheaper than the Balenciaga version and this one has more cred anyway.  I would love to see it with a cropped striped jean or trouser, rock tee, and denim jacket but that's just me. 

And these two mid length boots, the Addie and the Nora are the bomb. I know- two black boots- but what else for black skinnys and black leather leggings come Fall? I love a shit kicking boot and both of these fit the bill. Also love with a winter boho look- think a soft, pretty dress with a tough boot. Good times.

The June short boot is genius too. Love love love. 

And this engineer boot is so so good. Very rock and roll and bad ass. And for those of you who are on set or on your feet all day, great choice.

I know I'm showing you all pull on boots, but that's kind of my jam. Not a huge lace up boot fan and def not a cowboy boot kind of girl. I go more moto/rock and roll/stompy chic. And as we round the corner on Summer 2017, I'm excited to think about all the fun things about Fall. First up? Boots and more boots.

Cause that's what's up this giving Summer the boot kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in waving to Fall from afar, one shoe at a time. XO





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tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1185713 2017-08-22T15:51:28Z 2017-08-22T15:54:01Z Maven pick: Red ahead for Fall '17

Good day, Tuesday. Hope y'all enjoyed the total eclipse. I'll have to wait for the next one. Oh well.

So Fall. It's almost here. You would never know it from the weather in this soupy city today. I hear we're in for a cool down and for that I am eternally grateful. I'm tired of sweating, I truly am.

And with thoughts of Fall and chills in air permeating my total eclipse of a brain, I can't help but think about red. I'm seeing red and perhaps you are too, since many editors are calling red the color of Fall '17. My red conversion happened during last season's Dior- that red leather jacket and tulle skirt had me at hello. I've never been a lady in red and though I know I've written about this before, I'm more than drawn to it and most likely will be getting myself something new in the hue very soon. Also it's not lost on me that many of us in this country are indeed seeing red from our current 24/7 news feeds. It's not really a beige time now is it? 

I sketched this look above from Jil Sander's Fall '17 collection and felt seduced by the color of blood, passion, love. Red is not really for shrinking violets and I love the idea of using red top to bottom like this look here- it gives it an almost neutral appeal which I'm a big fan of. Tricky thing though- my hair is currently copper and I'm wondering if redheads can wear red? What do you think? Red is one of those colors that has a lot of range- true red can be tricky but orange/red can be quite striking, and I've always been a huge fan of scarlet and crimson tones. 

Here's some more of my favorite red looks for Fall for a bit of inspiration-  love the tonal looks as well as the red being used in suiting- another huge trend for Fall is menswear and when it's done in red it feels pretty damn rock and roll and cool. Also red for evening is absolutely outstanding.  I'm feeling it in a very real way and want to wear more. And yea, this is the first sketch in a series I hope to share with you on a regular basis- I am having a fantastic time getting back in touch with my sketchy side- I literally have not picked up a marker to draw since my senior year of high school so this is kind of a big deal for me. What do you think? Would you like to see more? I'm happy to share so look out for them.

Cause that's what's up this red is right of a Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in scarlet letters and everything in between. XO



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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1185415 2017-08-21T15:25:17Z 2017-08-21T15:29:35Z How to dress for an eclipse- today, tomorrow, and all season

Good late morning, Monday. So yea, an eclipse. I know. You know. We all know.

Walking to work today felt a bit like a disaster movie for some reason, at least in my mind it did. Times Square during an eclipse should be interesting. And apparently my birth sign, Cancer is going to feel it the most as we're born under the spell of the moon. GREAT. Add that to the ever awful Merc in retro and what a lovely Monday today should be. 

And it's not surprising there's all this eclipse mania happening- possibly because things are so shite right here on Earth that many want to look to the skies and stars for some relief, even if it can scratch your bloody eye out.  Of course, I think of everything in terms of what I'd wear to such an auspicious occasion as totality, and this dress from Issey Miyake, on sale from a cute store in Portland, would fit the bill. It's perfect. I'm in love with it.

Also worth noting and my favorite trend spotting friend Irma and I spotted this last year as a trend to watch and it's still in full swing- stars and astrology are kind of everywhere. J. Crew is selling these cute Zodiac sign tee shirts, and these spendy leggings are on well toned gams all over town. 

And my favorite local designer, Meg, was inspired by NASA and space for her Fall collection, which is a nod to a futuristic female mystique where female empowerment is very much in the stars. Love this print so much.

As for you anti-trend types who may want to dip a bit of toe or neck in this case, try out this 10 dollar scarf from the Gap. It's super cute and would be a nice little addition to your starworthy wardrobe. 

Look for a continued interest in all things up above this winter, that is, if we all survive...dun dun dunnnn...THE GREAT ECLIPSE.

Cause that's what's up this totally total eclipse of a Monday in the 212. Yours, in seeing stars. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1184429 2017-08-17T14:09:05Z 2017-08-17T14:09:08Z Because New York

Good morning, Thursday. It's a beautiful sunny day in New York City. So I thought I'd take a pause and reflect.

I've started freelancing at Ann Taylor, which is located on Times Square.  To a real New Yorker, working or being near Times Square is a take a deep breath first kind of vibe- the most tourists, the most bullshit, the biggest crowds and swarms and huddled masses. I'll admit that the thought of coming here on the daily was not the happiest thought I've ever had, but working on one of the most crowded stretches of Manhattan is affirming.

Because this city is beautiful. And I am still in awe of the fact I get to live here. 

Recent news events have rattled me (and all of us) to my core. I'm shaken, stirred, and every which way. It's amazing to me that an 80s icon is in the White House- which comes with a cavalcade of 80s associated fears- greed, nuclear war, and yes- hate. As a child in the 80s we were hardly immune to hate. As a young Jewish girl in a Philadelphia suburb I quite clearly remember swastikas being soaped onto our cars on the night before Halloween almost every year.  I remember the Klan, still hooded, showing up on the news from time to time and scaring the crap out of all of us with their messages of hate and white power. And I grew up having nightmares about Nazis after reading The Diary of Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night in Hebrew school. So there's that. But I digress.  Because New York. NEW YORK.

As I was walking to the office this morning along 42nd Street past Bryant Park going west, I took some time to look at all the beautiful faces I don't often see when my head is in my phone or when I'm annoyed that someone almost knocked over my iced coffee by getting too close. There were faces of every color and creed. There were fashionable women. African American women. A Sikh man with his head wrapped.  And every type of person you can imagine, all living and loving and getting to work together on this sunny late Summer morning. Amidst the glow of marquees and the sirens and the traffic cops, there was humanity. Everywhere you look. It still mystifies to this day.

I am not one to ever take this amazing city for granted. I have loved it since the moment I've arrived and though I left it for some time, I feel more New York than ever. Because we are diverse and strong and liberal and we are everything this nationalist crap is not. And though it's this very same swarm of humanity that can often overwhelm me for its energy and mass, today I realized yet again that what makes New York great despite rising rents and horrible subway delays is all of us. It is in no way easy to live here- in fact, it's really hard. But the reason we show up every day and work as hard as we can and survive here is because we love living in a city where we can be whomever we wish to be.  There is no doubt that this city has changed -some for the better and some for the worse.  It's too expensive and I worry that the heart and soul of this place has been pushed out by hedge funders and beauty bloggers.  But here's what's not changed since Holly Golightly had breakfast at Tiffany's- there's still a lid for every pot here, and there's still a hugely diverse swath of civilization here and there always will be. And I believe that in New York, you can still come here to escape a sheltered or intolerant life and do your thing. And that's no small feat. 

As I watched the events unfold this weekend, I worried about my friends living in other parts of the country where this may not be the case. Yes- we live in a bubble here. But it's a bubble that's a model of progressive thinking and tolerance and respect for our rights as individuals to practice, love, and be whatever we want to be. And that's what America is supposed to be all about. To look out onto Times Square and feel you are a part of something very powerful.  The power and love I feel from and for this city will most likely never leave me. So I wanted to take a second away from some regularly scheduled programming and yet again profess my undying love for a city where every day I feel lucky to live in a place where I can be me, regardless of how difficult things get. I may be too cynical these days to be romantic, but New York still brings it out in me. I can't help it. I love this crazy place.

So thanks New York. I love you forever- let's stay together. Loving you whether...

Cause that's what's up this big city kind of Thursday in the best place on Earth. Yours, in silly love songs and big apples. Because New York. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1184192 2017-08-16T16:08:33Z 2017-08-16T16:08:33Z Maven Pick: Charlotte Tillbury's Magic Cream lives up to the name

Good afternoon, Wednesday.  First I was thinking about bunkers, now I'm thinking about Nazis. If only there was a potion for all of this. Ugh. And speaking of potions, as much as I love to be ahead of the curve, sometimes a girl falls a bit behind. So many products, so little time. 

But I finally got my mitts on a jar of Charlotte Tillbury's Magic Creme- a favorite of icons like Kate Moss to get that skin a glowin'. Man. It does not dissapoint. Though I can only pretend to be a model/rock star in need of some skin therapy after a rough night in cool Britannia, I still need the help. We all do, don't we? 

Full disclosure- my skin is not my biggest issue. It's always been ok and manages to stay relatively intact. Thank goodness for that. But we all need a little help and I'm one for a glowy visage so I found myself wanting to know if all the hype around this cream was true, and it is.

I use it morning and night as a moisturizer and it's really next level and I see a huge difference. My skin is glowing and I've gotten a lot of compliments of late- it's true I've also dumped dairy and sugar for the most part, but I give credit where credit is due, and that credit goes to Charlotte and her cream. I also adore the eye cream- which for the price point is potent and works wonders for tired eyes and the wrinkles that love them. Sometimes I'll mix in a bit of La Mer with the moisturizer at night for that extra bit of slathering. I do like to embalm myself before bed. Like an oil slick meets embalming really. It's cute. Not really. But it does the trick because I hate when my skin feels dry.

So there you have it-  I had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte's PR person in New York for a drink last week and she was every bit as lovely as this cream. I love good people working to support good things. And this is a good, good thing. Great, really. Kate Moss knows her stuff. And though I no longer party like Katie Kates, I still need a bit of help. And this is just what I needed to keep that glow alive.  Now maybe Charlotte needs to work on a cream to make the country right again. I'll be first in line. With dewy skin, naturally. You should really hit this. It lives up to the name for reals.

Links to buy here and here.

Cause that's what's up this magical Wednesday in the 212. Yours, in lotions and potions. XO

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Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1183664 2017-08-15T12:53:15Z 2017-08-15T12:56:16Z A job I had once: Hostess with the mostess at an Irish Bar in Philly

Good morning, Tuesday. I ruefully said goodbye to my stay at home life yesterday as I start a nice little freelance gig today. Khan and I strolled around my BK neighborhood- I took an 11 am barre class (the luxury), and sat in the park and read for a while as the whole afternoon tra la la is about to become very much a non sequitur.  I've appreciated this time of quiet so very much, but now it's back to it. Because a girl can't survive on mid morning workouts and indulgent dog walks alone. If only...

So I thought it would be fun to do a once a week series on some of the (very) odd jobs I've found myself doing throughout my life. We've all had some weird ones- that's what makes a person whole. In high school I did everything from retail in clothing shops to telemarketing.  I ended up going to college in Philadelphia at Temple (my hometown), and worked in the restaurant world all throughout. Man. Oh man.

I remember a few things. Well, very few things. Ha. Have you worked in restaurants? It's party central. And it's really fun. Particularly when you're young.

After working at a couple swish spots around the city, I ended up being a hostess at Downey's, a restaurant since closed since being featured on Bar Rescue where that hang faced host tried to turn it back into the Irish pub of its former glory. It was not disgusting at the time, mind you, but back in 2011 it was named worst Irish pub in America, so there's that.  In its heyday, it was owned by an Irishman named Jack Downey, who incidentally was related to the infamous Morton Downey Jr. I used to see him quite a bit with lots of well endowed young ladies at the height of his fame. Jack hung around with a bunch of creepy old men who wore sunglasses at night and liked to party.  I didn't bother with them much. Jack was a bit of an elusive character anyway- he lived in an apartment above the bar which he often stumbled up to after a busy Friday night.  There was also a speed fueled jazz trio that played every Sunday completely out of their minds- three old men who were absolute crazies. That kept things interesting. Somehow, I had two managers back to back who always protected me- both men by the way and infinitely kind to me, which seemed to somehow piss off everyone else. They served as a nice barrier to all the creeps. 

Let me be clear- I had very little experience with Irish anything other than growing up in a fairly Irish town. But I did like to drink. So that worked in my favor. I learned quite a bit about Irish food at that time- from corned beef and cabbage (a big no for me) to all sorts of bisques to whiskey soaked soda bread. It was all there. Oh- and don't think I was a waitress or bus person- I was a hostess. I'm too spazzy to serve people food. But I'm good at taking reservations and showing people to their tables. Particularly when fueled by, well, let's just say we were all very wide awake. Another interesting cultural nuance of restaurant work. ;)

I worked at that job for a few years and almost full time throughout college- I received hundred dollar bills for seating some mafia guys on a busy Friday night, and I would do inventory with our manager till 6 in the morning while nursing a Jameson on the rocks and listening to Chicago blues. In many ways, restaurant work prepared me for my career in advertising. No- I'm not talking about cocaine. I'm talking about knowing how to work under pressure and work as a team- if a table needed bussing you bussed it. If someone was slammed, you didn't seat another table in their section. You learned how to share the wealth on a slow night and understood the mechanics of brunch vs. dinner. You learned who to be nice to in the kitchen and who to hang with at the bar. I learned that first impressions go a long way- particularly when you are the first face a customer sees.  We were all kids then amidst some professional restaurant folk- two of the waitstaff had been there their whole careers and were wisecracking tough ladies who had to endure a ton of dirty jokes and pats on the ass. Our bartenders were pros who would most likely kill themselves if they had to make any of the crazy cocktails we enjoy today.  We worked hard, and played very hard. We ate staff meals together and often came to eat there when we were a bit skint. We had to wrangle a crowd on St. Patrick's Day that was the height of mess- they would take out all the tables and everybody was there to get completely annihilated. I had the unfortunate honor of standing next to the bagpipe player, who played every hour on the hour at the hostess station in a winceworthy salute to the day. I'll never forget the grandmother who was running around the bar with her dress over her head. How could I? 

I made many friends at that place, kissed some frogs, and absolutely had one too many. Many times. 

If you're familiar with the Happy Mondays, it was very much pills, thrills,  and bellyaches, albeit with an Irish and Philly accent. I remember very clearly hanging out with one guy from work for a little pregame at his apartment, only to wonder why on Earth what looked like last night's dinner was sitting in his bathroom, fork still in the takeout container. Classy. 

But I loved that a nice Jewish girl like me ended up working at an Irish bar amidst some real characters. The waitstaff and I would get out around midnight and go dancing until 4. And then I'd go to college in last night's makeup and eat an egg sandwich and try not to think about my hangover. Sure I had a few jobs before Downey's, but it was my first job where I got a taste of what it's like to work with a bunch of crazy people who are often far from appropriate, and it never really bothered me. I liked being part of that team- everyone had such an amazing sense of humor and we laughed constantly- at each other, at the customers, at ourselves. I loved the frenetic pace of a rush of customers, and enjoyed a sleepy Sunday seating the brunch crowd while admiring the jazz trio who were all pushing 75 but partied like there was no tomorrow. Oh, Danny boy...

I often wonder what happened to that whole crew. .  I kept in touch with one girl friend who also ended up here in New York, but other than that, not at all. It was a moment in time and that's all it was really meant to be. I'm not saying all restaurants are as debauched as this one was, mind you. I have great respect for anyone crazy enough to open a restaurant and anyone tough enough to endure the stress and constant hazing of that line of work. It's also why I will never be rude to restaurant staff unless they are rude to me first. I appreciate how hard it all is, and I loathe people that treat resto people badly. It's so not cool.

I've read recently about my generation and how we were the last one who could exist in a non PC world. Restaurant life at that time was very much the antithesis of being politically correct, and I very much enjoyed pushing boundaries with everyone as it gave me a bit of a thick skin and the ability to always find humor in times of stress. If you could survive endless ribbing from a drunken Irishman, you could probably make it in New York. That's a job I had once. And I'll never forget it. 

Cause that's what's up this working for a living kind ofTuesday in New York City. Yours, in smiling Irish eyes and taking reservations. XO




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Sheri Rosenberg