tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:/posts the world according to sherimaven 2017-12-13T21:11:36Z Sheri Rosenberg tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1216256 2017-12-13T21:11:36Z 2017-12-13T21:11:36Z You need this loose powder. Full stop.

Good afternoon, Wednesday. Have I got your attention? You really should read this.

If you are like me, pressed powder or powder at all can be a confounding step when it comes to sealing in your makeup. For me, powder can be drying and make my pores somehow look like moon craters, even though my pores are not huge in any way. It just usually cakes and doesn't work on me, and I've taken to using a finishing spray over powder because I never like the way it looks or feels.

Enter Kevyn Aucoin's Gossamer Loose Powder  into my life. I have to thank my girl Rahsan Memik over at Barney's in Brooklyn who turned me on to it when she was doing my makeup for an event.  If you ever need makeup for any kind of anything and you live close to or in Brooklyn, you must have her do your makeup. It's you but a little bit better. Never drag queeny. Never overdone. Just perfect skin and then some.

So she used this powder on me and I loved the glow it gave me and my makeup did not move all night (she mentioned it's a makeup artist fav so I always trust the pros). It's true I prep my skin with primer (Hourglass Veil Mineral  is still probably my favorite in that regard), but this loose powder is fluffy and light and absolutely lovely. I love the application- it's idiot proof and you'll never end up looking like a white walker. No chalky finish whatsoever. No weird pores. Just gorgeous, finished skin. Subtle. I live for it and most likely will never use another. Apparently it's got secret Japanese ingredients that are more veil than mask. And it's kind of silky smooth too. Ooh I love it THAT much.

Is it cheap? Nope. Most of the good stuff isn't as we all know. But I think it's going to last a while and I'm loving it to pieces. So if you're looking for some next level finished face time, go for this. You won't be sorry. And go buy it from my friend Rahsan at Barney's. She's the coolest Dutch woman you'll ever meet and she's funny as could be. I try not to laugh as she puts on my makeup but it's hard.

I know I've been a shite blogger of late but with all this workflow in my "work" life, I've been remiss in inspiring you, let alone myself. But I adore this product and thought you may be looking to treat yourself this season. So have it.

Cause that's what's up this Maven pick of a Wednesday in the 212. Yours, in powdery well pressed goodness and finished faces. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1212738 2017-12-07T18:03:01Z 2017-12-07T18:03:01Z For the time strapped and 70s obsessed: A great dress to throw on from desk to dusk (well priced as well)

Hey friends. Admittedly this week is going by in warp speed and I can't believe how close we are to the holidays. I need to take a breath and enjoy the season- I think there may be some window gazing along 5th Avenue in my future. I like to go at night when all the stores are closed but that's just me.

And because I'm so time challenged, I thought I'd share just one item I'm really crushing on today from a new fav, & Other Stories. I actually own this dress and am really enjoying it. It can be casual with a thin turtleneck layer and some high boots or you can glam it up with sky high platforms and lots of necklaces and bracelets and maybe even a faux fur vest.

To me, it screams 70s YSL, and that's my vibe this whole holiday season- think the Ballets Russes collection- some of those looks here. I love a luxe boho holiday moment. Feeling like I'm going back to my roots with this one but has that gold dust woman vibe I crave. I've been so into my 70s glam thing of late, but only if it has that slightly witchy, hippie edge. I know. It's weird. But that's what I'm digging on.

So there you have it. A candidate for best dress. Bonus points for being able to wear it to work and then gussy it up with accessories if you've got a party to jam to just after dark. Besos on this one. I love it. And it's super comfy too.

Cause that's what's up this just a little dress kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in gold thread and holiday cheer. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1211652 2017-12-05T17:26:31Z 2017-12-05T17:26:33Z Some things I miss

Good morning, Tuesday. I'm feeling something I don't often feel. As in really ever. But that feeling is nostalgia and though I tend to idealize a more forward motion always moving paradigm, today I'm feeling a pull toward the past.

Here's why.

I miss things.

I miss having real American heroes. Outlaws. Like Jimi Hendrix. Steve Jobs. Amelia Earhart. Rebels. Where are the rebels and thinkers that make this country great? Where is the lunatic fringe (and don't tell me they're now white supremacists. I can't bare that)? Where are the easy riders, the beautiful dreamers, the merry pranksters? Yea, hippies. I know. But I need some countercultural movement to transcend what's happening. And it needs to be uniquely American in the best of ways. Like Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner best of ways. Think different and such. Come on out to play. And give us some hope while you're at it.

I miss not being social. Yes the irony is not lost on me I'm sharing this with you on my blog. But sometimes, well many times of late, I'm finding social media completely exhausting. I love looking at people's lives, I hate looking at people's lives. I love to know what's happening, I hate to know what's happening. It's a toss up most days, really. And sometimes, I want to retreat in my little crab shell (I am a Cancer after all) and turn it all off. I know that's an option, ps. But FOMO. Sigh. What's a little crab to do?

I miss subtlety. Of language. Of thought. Of messaging. Everything is for dummies now. Hit me over the head with your BIG SALE. Bludgeon me to death with your BEST DEAL EVER. Tell me how OBSESSED you are with that lipstick. I can't. I do it. I know I do it. Remember how it felt when you were young and you kinda flirted with someone in the quietest of ways and they knew it and you knew it and nobody else did? Yea, that. I want that. More of that. Less of THIS!!!!!!!

I miss off the beaten path. Everything seems so mass to me now and if it's not it's still too much "a thing". I know I need to travel more but truly everything and everyone is so exposed and I'm always on the lookout for a diamond in the rough. Lately everything's a bit too glimmered and sparkled.  Give me some grit off the grid.

I miss decency. This one's real for most of us. I would hope. I truly and deeply and madly miss decency. With all the news of late, it's hard to wrap one's head around so much terrible behavior. Not to mention our Diablo in Chief. I can't take much more. We were once a fair, decent country who treated insiders and outsiders with respect. We treated our land with respect. We treated our allies with respect, and in some cases, our enemies. But damn. Did we ever? It's hard to remember if we ever did. But I feel like everything is so very off. I know. Thanks, Captain Obvious. I'm just pointing out that I want a return to basic human respect and decency. This seems too tall an order to summon but I want it. 

So I guess that explains why I've been listening to a lot of music from my youth and reconnecting with some old friends and thinking back to sitting around the kitchen table with my parents and feeling a good bit of teenage angst, but nothing quite like this. Make it stop. Maybe it's not so much I want things to be the way they were, I just don't like the way they are now. Can we find our way out of all of this chaos? I'm ready are you?  I'm still gonna listen to the Cure all day though. Just because.

And that's what's up this kinda sorta nostalgic but not really kind of Tuesday in the 212. Yours, in wanting something new, or at least a return to some good old fashioned 'merican values. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1209871 2017-12-01T20:25:02Z 2017-12-12T04:52:39Z A part of my past is closing their doors (and I'm ferklempt)

Good afternoon, Friday. TGIFF.

So yesterday I heard the news that my former workplace, CP+B was closing their Miami office in March 2018. And man, did I get the feels. I wasn't expecting to have such a strong reaction, but apparently I wasn't the only one. I'm not alone in the realization that in the ad world, if you worked at CP+B at a certain period in time, it was truly game changing. Let me explain.

I chose a path in advertising and that path led me to Miami. Miami? Me? Ha. I know.

As many of you know, I spent a long chunk of time at CP+B Miami, where I had the pleasure to work with some of the most talented, hilarious, wonderful humans I have ever known, and for 7 years. I can't think of a work experience (with the exception of my time working in trends) that felt more transformative and important to my growth. For those who don't work in adland,  CP+B was THE PLACE to be for a good long stretch and I was so very lucky to have been there. Serendipitous to say the very least.  I'm class of 2004-2011 ps. What a bunch of misfit toys we were.

I learned a tremendous amount- about myself, about when to push, about fighting to protect great ideas. I have never seen so many badass people come together and make things together. We were all in on it and I'll tell you- it was hard as hard gets. I'm not going to pretend every minute was magic, because there were many straws that broke my back and I just walked around hunched over. But the pros far outweighed the cons and I will never, ever forget my time there. It was important. Exciting. And ultimately, the most fun I've ever had at work. And work we did. Constantly. But we loved it and it challenged every fiber of my being in the best of ways. So so thankful for those years.

Many of those who worked with me then are now lifelong friends. I was able to enjoy a healthy freelance career because of all the people i met there. We got each other. Spoke each other's unspoken languages. We laughed, cried, and everything in between. And damn- we could PARTY. It was an endless party really. Because we all needed the release. Some unforgettable moments there. I could write a book and so could many of you. And the fact that they're closing that office (keeping all others open of course) is so intense to me. A huge part of my history, and really pop culture history, is closing their doors. I know CP+B is still open and very much still standing, but it's more representational. It's a tough one. 

I hope some of you have had the opportunity to work for your heroes. There's truly nothing like that. To strive for better and better every day. To walk into a place feeling your heart race a bit because you had no idea what the day would bring. To pinch yourself from time to time because the work was that good. And that's what drives me and has always driven me- I admire and respect and worship great ideas and creativity. It has always been what moves and shakes me. And trust me, there was a whole lotta shakin' going on at that place. I'll never, ever forget it and am eternally grateful for it. My first week there involved standing on a rooftop on LA's skid row with Common. Stuff like that happened. And shooting the Burger King king in a heart shaped tub at Caesar's Pocono Palace. That happened too. As did the most challenging project of my career- transforming an entire city block in Philadelphia to a gigantic canvas for artists to live paint for HIV awareness. Amazing.

Now if anyone in leadership from CP+B happens to read this, PLEASE I BEG YOU. Throw a huge party and go out with the bang you deserve. I'll buy my plane ticket right now. As will so many of you out there. They have to invite Manny. From Jackass. Remember when he showed up? Yea, you do. And the empanada lady. And the Cuban coffee lady. And everyone who lived that life. 

Just another love letter to CP+B. Surely days that tried our souls but enriched them and enlivened them beyond belief. Got nothin' but love for ya. Cause that's what's up this reflective Friday in the 212. Yours, with love to the 305. Mad love. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1209496 2017-11-30T19:26:28Z 2017-11-30T19:28:53Z Breaking up is hard to do...

Good afternoon, Thursday. 

I have a few words. About one of my favorite stores. Which is about to become one of my least favorites. It pains me to say but COS- I have to break up with you. And I'm not sure it's me. I think it's you. 

In the past, we had fun on many minimalist adventures. I discovered your wares when I was in Paris and continued to visit you every time I was across the pond. I am still wearing a blazer I got in London pretty much into the ground. I loved you that much. I belllowed your praises from many a rooftop. 

But that was then.

I think Rebekka Bay leaving was a turning point for you, and a bad one at that (she's at Uniqlo now). And moving to the States. I prefer you all exotic and cool and in Europe. Now that you're here in New York, let's face it- you're not as cute as you used to be. In fact, you kind of look like an Orthodox Jewish woman now. And not in a good way. Though I am a fan of modest fashion, some of your looks are straight up dumpy. And I don't do dumpy.  Or truly, just plain weird. Don't get weird on me, babe.

A word about some of the weird shapes you've been putting on the floor. I tried on a few pieces today in midtown and man. I felt like a Mummenschanz (see the green things above). I'm not sure what the weird volume at the hips is about, or the sheer weight of some of the dresses that just don't lay right when they are made out of horse blanket. I tried and I tried and I tried, tried, tried. And no satisfaction. None at all. In fact, I got stuck in one dress for a minute and completely panicked. You're literally suffocating me. What in the f'ing f? 

Can you take it back to something a bit more classic and minimal and spare? Although I admire the architectural shapes, I'm not sure mere mortals can pull them off. So for that reason, I'm hanging out with your somewhat sexier, more trend focused sister. Oh, heyyyy & Other Stories. I'm talking to you. I'm even willing to hang with your much younger sib, H&M. I can find fun trendy pieces in there and score big time. Plus that Erdem collection was my jam. But you? Until you return to any semblance of your former self, I just gotta quit  you. Au revoir, COS. I may drunk dial you up from time to time. But for now, I gotta move on. You've become a tricky business. And for that, I'm OUT.

Cause that's what's up this breaking up is hard to do kind of Thursday in the 212. Yours, in moving on. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1209294 2017-11-29T16:48:43Z 2017-11-29T16:49:46Z Maven pick: Try a coppery eyeshadow for a bit of Christmas cheer

Hello and good morning, Wednesday.  We're officially in holiday full tilt and with many back to back parties and happenings, it's hard to keep up. When it comes to party dressing for 2017, it's all about velvet this season as well as star or galaxy printed dresses and mules. But since you probably already knew all that, how about when it comes to makeup?  I'm seeing red. Rust. Copper. Let me explain.

I'm a redhead again and have been for some time (more of the copper variety). I find myself drawn to colors that compliment red hair- from my bronze/coppery nail color to makeup. That's why I was drawn to the latest Nakeds palette, called "Naked Heat". It's full of colors that feel new to me- warm browns, burnt siennas, coppery hues that give a new read on the smoky eye. Match that with some deep red pencils to line the top lid and you're all kinds of set. I know, it's definitely a departure and there is the risk of looking completely nuts or look a guinea pig, but trust me- it works. Love it on Hazel eyes but would work well on all eye colors and skin tones. You can go heavy and smoky or light and fresh. Both looks are great.

I took two shades this am to play with- a lighter base shade and then used the copper for all around the crease and boom. It's pretty and fresh and new. I like it loaded up with black mascara for some volume and definition. You can keep the rest of your face fairly neutral and clean with a bit of gloss or you could even do a sheer red lip or something darker. Love this look and perfect for the holidays for a bit of a change. 

Get it here and enjoy. Oh and grab these two liners- this one called Torch and this one called Alkaline. So perfect with the whole look. (Alkaline a bit deeper but both would work well to line the top of the eye).

Just a little tip from me to you. Enjoy your holiday season and play with makeup for a bit of a change. Cause that's what's up this coppery Wednesday in the 212. Yours, in heating things up. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1208698 2017-11-27T16:34:24Z 2017-11-27T16:34:25Z Five trends for retail/online shopping this Cyber Monday

Good morning and Happy Cyber Monday to you. I don't know if you got the menu or not- BUT EVERYTHING IS ON SALE. 


I'm not going to pretend I hate to shop, or that I don't enjoy a great deal. But seriously? The barrage. The superstorm. The desperation. I can't be the only person feeling completely overwhelmed by the amount of things on sale can I? I am craving an experience where I can look at 10-15 things. Tops.  I am so fatigued from looking at sites offering endless discounts. I'm bored to death and completely over it.

So for me, this must be indicative of a trend we'll spot in the next year or so- a return to a more civilized shopping experience. Here's what I can picture happening:

Microsites- Think big retailers like the Gap and Best Buy doing smaller, more well curated (sorry about that word) sites that cater to people who want a) special things and b) less things. That's why I also think shopping direct from Instagram is so big and will continue to be so- it's a buy this one item right now kind of vibe. I like that. I want to look at less, and think this will be something to look for in the years to come.  I do love what Garmentory is doing of course- love all the indie boutiques on one site, but again- even that is overwhelming.

A return to retail- I think many of us are feeling like it's almost more stressful sometimes to shop from home where our eyeballs are about to explode from screen fatigue. Sure Amazon is a great destination for all things mass and quick, but do think there's a huge chance in retail to stand apart and be special. From stores opening more local items and smaller batched things to creating "experiences" in store, I think retailers have a big chance to offer a reprieve from all things online.  Think private appointments and special rewards for great customers.  Also gyms and boutique will see a big uptick in retail sales - think shop and sweat moments where friends who spin together shop together too.

A focus on small- Sure this has been happening forever with the whole shop local thing. But I can imagine bigger brands getting in on the action by producing smaller, more capsule like collections of things for those with more discerning tastes that don't want what everybody else has got. Look for a new kind of pathos where smaller feels better. Think next step of brand collaborations where the smaller quantities offered feel more special, premium, and exclusive.

Destination shopping- Yes, we have online destinations where I love to shop for particular things but look for cities to make shopping a huge part of their "brands" as we look for ways to consume in new ways. Take the Ace Hotel in New Orleans opening up a pop up of very indie and small Freda, a great shop I found in Marfa and fell in love with while I was there. I can see this continuing- with more and more small businesses that help promote a city's brand DNA. Shinola in Detroit is another great example and I imagine there will be more- El Cosmico in Marfa also a great example, where the destination is very much the brand, with great merchandise to go with it.

Next gen curators as shopkeepers- Since we are all searching for the best stuff but feeling bored or overwhelmed by looking for it, the next generation of cultural curators will offer shopping services- whether it's by the hour research or sites built out of a collection of favorite pieces, curators will be the new shopkeepers of cool, particularly online but also in pop ups around town. Also think of Garance Dore's collection around her recent retreat offered in Morocco. Love the idea of collections around travel, experiences, etc. 

So that's where my head is when it comes to shopping 2.0. What do you see as a result of all of these crazy sales and Cyber deals and steals? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Cause that's what's up this Cyber Monday in New York City. Just as we were talking, a Balenciaga Moto boot disappeared from my Barneys Warehouse cart. Yours, in missed opportunities whilst trendspotting. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1206868 2017-11-22T16:19:25Z 2017-11-22T18:48:37Z Ubiquitous Thankful post

Good morning, Wednesday. A Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family. May you enjoy this holiday and surround yourself with all you are grateful for. Oh, and eat lots of pie. That too.

I guess I'm grateful for not having the time to write on this blog. Let me explain.

For the past month and a half I've been writing full time freelance. It has been wonderful. I'm working with a beauty brand on some of their holiday efforts as well as a ton of editorial for a website relaunch early next year. I am amazed. Because finally I am happy at work. Something I have longed to say for many, many years.

Is it perfect? Nope. But I am so thrilled to be writing for a living that the pros far outweigh the cons. For years, I've been a producer, and a decent one at that.  But with the world changing and some family stuff happening, I've been rethinking what I want (really forever now) and production is not necessarily it. I am so loving being creative for a living my heart is full.

I've spent a lifetime hustling, obsessing about success, and trying to figure out how to have all the stuff I thought I wanted- nice stuff. But stuff nonetheless. It's true I may not be rolling in the dough any time soon, but I'm happy. I stress about money. But I'm happy.  I've felt something missing my entire career. Though I have loved production many times over (the people, the places, the thrill of problem solving), I've grown a bit tired of saving the day. Every day. And since my true soul has always yearned a creative path, here I am. I honestly can't believe it's taken so bloody long to get here. But I'm here. And I'm grateful.

I'm not sure how long this gig will last (I hope a while). But what I have learned is that no matter what, I need to focus on writing and creativity- more in 2018 than ever. It doesn't mean I'll never produce again, but for now this is my focus. And I'm eternally grateful for a focus. In the New Year I plan to mix up my offer a bit to include some personal styling services- more on that soon. I'm revamping some things but look for that in the new year- and if you want to get started now with some fun finds, call me. Write me. Smoke signal me. I'm here to help you get dressed. I'll even help you with makeup and skin if that's your need. I'm here for you. I'm up for that kind of save the day, ps. That's just fine with me.

So really as this year is ending and I think of the future, I'm giving in to my desires and shifting gears to go from sometimes writer to most of the time writer. Oh and as for this blog- I've been shite at keeping it up lately. But that's probably because I've been writing steadily every day at work, which leaves little time for this. I'm not abandoning ship, I'm just making a few less stops along the way.  Let me try to fix that as the year comes to a close.

Cause that's what's up this T Day eve kind of Wednesday in the 212. I'm grateful for my beautiful family and for all of you. And of course, for little dogs called Khan. Hoping you see some light and gratitude at this somewhat dark juncture in the good old US of A. I'm glad I can still find things to be thankful for. Yours, in finding the light as I write. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1205729 2017-11-16T17:12:16Z 2017-11-16T17:15:58Z A sweet little tale of sickness, straight from my bed

Hi, there Thursday. Busy day today but thought I'd take some time out and tell you a little story.

I've been sick this week with a bad cold and an even worse sore throat. You know the kind of sick when you can't even summon the energy to watch television? That's the one. I've also gone from absolutely ravenous in the earlier part of the week to being absolutely revolted by all food but So Delicious almond milk ice cream, Cookies and Cream flavor, naturally.  David's been out of town so I stayed put for a few days, but decided to go back to the office yesterday, which probably was a terrible idea. I truly just wanted to stare into space and embrace my ice cream only diet, but oh well. 

Last night when I got home, I started feeling worse. So after finally being able to watch some housewives in New Jersey yell at each other in menopausal spasms, I knocked myself out with NyQuil. And Unisom. I'm a horse. It takes a lot to put me down. I can't help it. Plus after watching Siggy Flicker one needs something strong. She's cuckoo.  I'm also very concerned about Theresa Guidice's lipstick. SO WET. Why? It makes me nervous. And Dolores and the ex who Darwin clearly forgot about. I can't. 

So Khan and I crawled into bed early and damn if he didn't start a crazy coughing fit at around 5 this morning, while the rain came down out my window. I don't know if any of you have a smallish pooch, but they do this reverse sneeze thing that is just nuts. So he started coughing, and then I started coughing. Coughing so hard I scared myself, and him. After I rubbed his neck for what seemed like an eternity (that's what you're supposed to do, as well as bonk them lightly on the top of their head), he stopped coughing. And then I kind of stopped coughing. And then he passed out in my arms. Literally. And we slept until the alarm went off about an hour later. It was the most delightful moment of the week.

Cool story, huh? That's about what I'm working with this week. Truth is- this writing for a living leaves little time for this blog, which is unfortunate. And I'm also so super bummed about the country it's hard for me to think straight. Oh and I've been hacking up small nations of phlegm. That's been a delight. And that Motorhead sweatshirt I've been wearing every night has magic powers when I'm under the weather. But soon it probably needs to get washed or it's going to stage a coup.

I bring up the story not because I want you to make a link between dog sneezes and human coughing, but because there is simply nothing better than a dog snuggle when it's raining outside and the alarm is not due to go off for another hour or so. We were there for each other last night and I suppose that's all a girl could ask for. Actually somewhat grateful David was in LA- it wasn't cute last night and sure he would not have appreciated the emotional journey Khan and I took last night. Can't wait to see what this evening brings. Oh also- NEVER get chicken soup from Fairway. It's absolutely awful. How could a New York institution muck up chicken soup? I know, right? Disgusting.

So lest you think I'm living some sort of glam life where I'm bouncing around town, I'm not. At all. But at least Khan's great company. Truly grateful for that little guy. And David comes home in the middle of the night tonight so excited to see him too. Last time he did that, Khan started barking like a lunatic and almost gave me a heart attack. Prepped for another late night party tonight too. ;) Oh how I wish my throat would stop feeling like target practice for a knife throwing club. 

Cause that's what's up this scourge of a Thursday in the 212. Yours, in dog spoons and non dairy ice cream. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1205200 2017-11-14T13:44:24Z 2017-11-15T01:01:10Z When more is not more (and less could very well be better)

Good morning, Tuesday. I'm WFH today as I'm sick with that nasty cold that seems to be going around.  So much to do but sometimes you need to take care of yourself, right?

So yesterday all of my winter clothes came out of storage and ugh. I hate them all. It's so bad. I'm not much for shopping right now but damn if I'm not in my very own style rut. At times like this, I find myself reaching for something that feels more like a uniform- lately I've been wearing a lot of tights and dresses so guess I'll just stick to that. I can't seem to wrap my head around my own look right now. Oh well.

Also- my workouts. I am in the worst workout rut and not sure how to get out of it. I've been a barre devotee for years and now I'm finding myself not as into it. I still like spin but can't do it every day. Looking for a major switch up in that department as well.

And truly, finding inspiration of late for this little blog has been challenging. On the glass is half full side- I've been writing almost full time for a freelance job which has been absolutely wonderful. On the half empty side, I don't feel like writing for myself as much when I'm doing it for a living.

And therein lies the issue.

I have a tough time really taking care of myself. Sure I spend gobs of money on self care or intended self care like hair, makeup, good skincare, etc. But that's not really self care now is it? Lately this has come up for me because my mom has needed some attention and I felt for the first time in forever I needed to really be there for her, be present for her. I have always put work first and family second. That's a terrible thing to say, but it's true. I realized this past month how life has a funny way of showing you what's most important. I know that sounds cliched, but it's real. I think when a parent needs you it puts your own life in perspective, and right now I realize I need to listen to my body and self. I need to take a sick day when I don't feel well. I need to find a new workout situation that makes me feel great again. And I need to not bite off more than I can chew every single day of the week. Because I need to keep working but I also need to keep doing my own stuff- working out, writing here, discovering some new sources of joy.  I quit my art class because I couldn't find the time, and that's stupid.

Not sure where I'm going with all of this but I've been little Ms. Meh of late and I want to change that. Probably does not include a wardrobe change though. I'm sticking with what I have for now because I'm not interested in more. I'm interested in less, but better.And that applies to all areas of my life- don't need to work out like a lunatic six days a week and don't need to make myself crazy wondering what's next.

And lest you think I'm contradicting myself by saying I need to take care of myself when I just said I need to take care of my family, you're wrong. I need to be strong and healthy and not bury myself in stuff that I shouldn't be sweating when "real life" is calling. It doesn't mean I don't care about work, it just means I need to make some space for family and for myself. That's all.

Cause that's what's up this friends and family first kind of Tuesday in the 718. Yours, from under the duvet. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1204493 2017-11-10T18:27:18Z 2017-11-10T18:27:19Z Maven trend watch: All lined up and ready for the cold, the denim edition

Good afternoon all and Happiest of Fridays to you. Funny I wrote that post yesterday and not one man wrote to me. And then just a few hours after I posted, the Louis C.K. news broke. Oy. 

But I'm not here to discuss any more of this with you right now because I want to talk about how cold it's gotten outside. My winter clothes are still in storage and I'm not getting them back till Monday. This weekend should be interesting with my Summer wardrobe. #closetfail

Sometimes when you peruse sites and stores, you sense trends very quickly. One such is a return to the sherpa lined denim jacket a la River Phoenix in "My Own Private Idaho". Sure his is cord but I love it in denim. VERY 90s.  Love it. I had one that I loved so much, though my favorite was a Seven tan cord jacket with a snap front and sherpa lining that was just so cool. Where did that jacket go? No idea.

But here are a few lovely lined denim options- so many price points and styles to choose from. Hopefully you'll get your newly frosty mitts on one. I'm kind of feeling the Marc Jacobs for a change of pace/new take on the trend. Though I do adore the Madewell number- very true to the 90s versions.

You pick which you like:

The J. Crew version is classic and cool and well priced.  A bit oversized and swingy for maximum comfort. I dig.

This one from Marcelo Burlon County of Milan is far from cheap- just to show you how high end it can all get with trends these days, and then we can easily dial it down. 

Here's the Marc Jacobs version I told you about- love its slightly more stylized take. Unique. 

This gal from Paige is good times. So glam.

I can't do a denim post and not shout out the Gap. Consistently a denim jacket go to for years and years. Glad they still got it. Love the moto vibes.

This one from Madewell is classic and fabulous. Probably the best pick if you want to stay true to a more 90s grungy kind of moment. 

And always look to Urban Outfitters for great trend hacks. Solid choice. Love the lighter wash. And bonus points because it's Levi's.

So if you're in the market for a denim update and looking to stay warm, boom. You got it. Cause that's what's up this lined up kind of Friday in the chilly city of New York. Yours, in keeping it cozy. XO

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1204232 2017-11-09T15:21:16Z 2017-11-09T15:21:16Z What's up with the menfolk? Maven wants to know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1203638 2017-11-06T14:40:20Z 2017-11-06T14:42:55Z Maven pick: Wrapped up in this coat from Year One

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1203052 2017-11-03T16:21:01Z 2017-11-03T16:22:19Z Five for Friday: Say yes to a dress for the Holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1202761 2017-11-02T13:54:32Z 2017-11-02T13:54:33Z 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

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1201181 2017-10-26T18:06:42Z 2017-10-26T18:06:54Z 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

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1200912 2017-10-25T17:48:29Z 2017-10-25T17:48:36Z 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

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1200548 2017-10-24T14:12:34Z 2017-10-24T14:13:21Z 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

Sheri Rosenberg
tag:sherimavenblog.com,2013:Post/1200289 2017-10-23T13:18:30Z 2017-10-23T13:19:45Z 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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sheri Rosenberg