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    I have to admit, I read my horoscope. Kind of often, actually. It might seem crazy, but it’s something I’ve always done, probably because of all the fashion magazines I’ve read throughout the years. I don’t know if I really believe in it — it’s more like a pastime, but I know that my favorite is the one by the AstroTwins. They are fun, modern, funny, and they don’t take themselves too seriously. So that’s why I suddenly wondered — what is an astrologist’s career like? How do you get into it, how do you build it as a career, how do you make a living out of it? The AstroTwins answered all of our questions, and honestly, I find them just as inspiring in real life as they are in their horoscopes, and whether you believe in it or not, that’s what counts!!!

    What did you want to be when you were growing up? Tali: We wanted to be artists. We both went to art school; we have fine arts degrees. But then we also wanted to be writers, so we kind of get to do both now.   Where did you go to school? Ophira: We always wanted to go to the University of Michigan, we grew up in Detroit, so we thought it was the best school and were fixated on going there.   They didn’t have a great journalism program, so we actually ended up starting our own magazine, our own women’s magazine, while we were there.   How did that come about? O:  Everything happens through love a lot of the time. Tali had a little summer romance with a guy who lived out in New Jersey and she wanted to find a way to meet him, so she entered a contest for Sassy’s magazine reader produced issue.   T: He had come to visit at our school and he got me obsessed with New York. I thought I have to get to New York and I want to see him. It never occurred to me to just save some money and buy a plane ticket. Instead I entered and won Sassy’s Magazines’ reader produced issue contest. I got to replace the art director there and I got this 3-week whirlwind trip to New York.   I forgot all about the guy, who turned out to be a loser anyways. But my love of journalism and woman’s media was really born—it was in me—but I think the universe places these things in front of you sometimes. I didn’t know I would love putting a magazine together that much even thought I had writing and art and my favorite things.   O: It also brought together all of these 15-20 year old girls. We just got really into giving women a different message than the one they were getting in the media—making it fun and making it stylish, and really bringing people together. But astrology is really the best way we found. It doesn’t offend anyone usually.   T: And when we were publishing our women’s magazine the thing that would bring everyone together was astrology. It was kind of this hobby and we’d have women of all different cultural backgrounds. It was at The University of Michigan and the university back then was a bit more segregated so everyone hung only with their culture and we really wanted to bring everyone together and show the beauty of all women and give everyone a chance to have their stories in the media. But the thing that was the best ice breaker was always astrology. Like, “Oh you’re a Gemini you’re a Gemini.” It doesn’t matter what your background is.   O: It erased cultural barriers. We tell people the story of who they are. And then we look at timing based on where the stars are now. Should you leave your job? Should you leave your husband? Should you stay?   What did your parents do? Did it have any influence on your aspirations growing up? T: I would say in a bizzaro way. They’re both very entrepreneurial.   O: Yeah, dad is from Israel—he came here right before we were born. He had his own landscaping business. Then our mother is a rabbi. She was a school counselor but her dream was to be a rabbi. So there’s some spirituality. Our tag line is we bring the stars down to earth, so we have the spiritual from our mom and the dirt from our dad.   T: Yeah we worked with our dad when we were teens. We were cleaning people’s yards, but we really liked being outside and on the move, we’re Sagitarians. It was an unconventional thing to do. It also gave us humility and a respect for being of service to people. We really try to bring that into our horoscopes—how can we be of service to people.   When did astrology first touch your lives? What’s your first memory of astrology?   T: We always read our horoscopes. We had a paper route and we’d read Dear Abby and the horoscopes, they used to be right next to each other. Then Ophi’s college boyfriend did a chart for her 21st birthday for her. It had this 30 page booklet and we knew we were Sagitarians but we also have Mercury, Mars, Moon and Venus in Scorpio, so when we were reading those descriptions we were like oh that sounds so much more like us.   O: It was like someone gave us this secret owners manual that they say people don’t come with. So we wanted to do it for our friends. I think as twins and maybe it’s just our personality, we were always trying to figure people out and giving advice from an early age.   T: We’re computer geeks too and Ophi was working at the computer lab at the University of Michigan. Astrology is very geeky by the way, if you haven’t noticed. I try to explain it to guys and they tune out. If you want to see women be a bunch of math geeks, teach them astrology. It just has to be applicable to human behavior.   Did you always want to work together, being twins?   T: We naturally do, it wasn’t even a choice. We had our own language in the crib, we even remember a few words. We’ve just always been very connected, we’re lucky like that because not all twins are.   There are differences; I mean Ophi is more the practical one. She has kids, I met my husband at burning man; I don’t have kids. I’m more the traveling nomad bohemian and she likes to take the business courses and things.   At what age did you start making astrology into more of a career for yourselves? O: In our mid twenties.   T: Yeah we wanted to learn web design in our mid twenties—it was the 90s—and we loved media. We saw the web coming and we were geeks and wanted in on it, also to learn web design and maybe turn that into a career path. So we taught ourselves web design by building our own astrology sites. Mine was Astrology Queen and Ophie’s was a Star Wars Astrology page. Then people kept coming to talk to us about astrology. One of our friends got a job at Teen People Magazine and she offered us a column. We literally haven’t stopped since   And did you move to New York right after school?   T: We stayed in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a little while with our magazine but then as soon as we decided to let it go we came right to New York. We would come here whenever we could, we just feel so at home here.   Were you working at the time when you got the column?   T: Yeah we were working more in web design. Ophi was hired as an associate editor at Ms. magazine after we sold our magazine. Ms. didn’t have a website yet and very few people knew how to build them! I built the magazine’s first website with Debbie Stoller who founded Bust magazine. Since we happened to work in feminist media, it was a no-brainer for them to hire us. Ms. had just been bought be an all-female investment group organized by Gloria Steinem, called Liberty Media for Women, so they were also keen to work with women.   Our magazine we started at school, HUES, ended up going national. We published it on our own for six or seven years, and it became financially unsustainable as the web emerged as many magazines did. Everyone we met from there ended up getting jobs in women’s media and they pulled us into the astrology career.   I was doing more of the design and Ophie was doing more of the editing. We both write equal amounts now, but I definitely do more of the creative stuff whereas Ophie is more of the strategy and web.   When you say design, were you working as webmasters or graphic designers?   O: Everything. We built our first ones in hand-coded HTML in 1996. Then we started designing them in Photoshop, slicing them up and putting them into Dreamweaver. Now we’ve taught ourselves WordPress a few years ago, along with the CSS coding and a tiny bit of PHP. So we’ve built a bunch of author and entrepreneur sites, to keep our skills fresh and because it satisfied the eternal art school students in us.   Up until a year ago, the Astrostyle site was completely designed and coded by Ophi. We relaunched in WordPress last December, and Ophi collaborated on it – choosing the colors, fonts, images, etc. When needed, we go into the CSS code and make changes. I think astrology is most useful when people are going through a time of uncertainty: dating someone new, crisis in the relationship, motherhood, a new job or trying to leave a job they hate…We try to meet people at those places and give them useful tools to get unstuck.   How has everything evolved from the column into the site and everything you’re doing today?   T: It started with the column. Since it was Teen People it was more teen and pop culture and celebrity focused. This was in 2001 and 2002. Shortly after that we were given a book deal by Simon & Schuster to write a teen astrology book. That was our focus for about 3 years.   In 2005 Teen People folded. We thought now we’re a little older we’d rather write for women and address meatier topics. So we revamped our website. We wrote astrology for home décor, astrology for a break up, a lot of that content is now in our e-books that we sell on the site. We gave it away for free for a long time.   Then Lifetime TV syndicated all of it for their website so they brought us on as their astrologers. Then our old Teen People editor pulled us in to Brides.com and then our Brides.com editor gave us the dream job, which we still have for Elle.com. O: Elle.com was in 2009, so it was inching up over time to the audience we really love to write for which is that stylish, successful, smart women.   How far in advance can you do a daily horoscope for your site and the columns?   T: You can do years in advance. It’s called an ephemeris. It’s like a guide to where all of the planets are. You can go hundreds of years. Nasa has it all mapped out. We’re only 2 months ahead, not 100 years.   O: We started doing weeklies and monthlies in 2006.   T: Yeah, and we decided to do our own site. In 2006 we redesigned our site because we had enough people coming to us, so we decided to do that on the side. We were still building people’s websites for them until 2009 when the Elle job started and after that we decided to commit 100% to astrology.   Was money tough in the beginning when you first got the column? T: It was Time Inc, and it was a daily—we were paid pretty well. I wish people were still paying like that!   O: Astrology is usually the most trafficked part of all of these sites.    But we had some clients and we also had another book deal to write this book about men called Love Zodiac. That helped to put us more on the map in the niche of love.   T: In 2010 we started doing readings. We never wanted to do them. I didn’t want to be like Miss Cleo or Psychic Hotline because I think that diminishes it. But we now we each do a reading 5 days a week with some amazing clients and it ends up being like a life coaching and strategy session.   How did you teach yourself astrology?   O: Books and books. I got the chart from the boyfriend and then at the computer lab where I worked at there was this woman, she was a Scorpio and we were the only women there, and we were obsessed with astrology. She found a little piece of shareware that did charts—Cosmic Portrait. I put it on a disk and brought it home.   We would just remember everything we read. But it would stick because when you’re applying it to a person you just go oh ok and then you just never forget. I think I got that program in 96. I can still see someone I went to college with and I still know if you’re a Libra or a Virgo.   Do you think that anyone that’s passionate about astrology can become an astrologer? O: Yes, if they have intuition. We’ve actually created a 5 part class that’s done as a retreat in Tulum, Mexico every year to become your own astrologer.   We’ve found it to be a really practical tool and the more that you understand it the less you worry and obsess. It’s not because you know things are going happen and you wait around for them, you just get an idea of what might be ahead so you might choose your actions in a different way.   How would you explain that intuition?   O: You have to give a shit about someone besides yourself. You also have to be into yourself too. It’s a combination of obsessing over yourself and asking why do you do this, but you have to be interested in other people too. Kind of like a puzzle person. Cracking a code in the way.     If you had to explain the theory of astrology in simple terms what would that definition be?   T: It’s a math of where the planets are in their orbit at any given time and there’s a legend that’s associated with it, and there’s a system of interpreting it so that it makes sense here on earth.   O: It’s also like a cosmic roadmap. Your chart is the instruction manual that you don’t come with. I like to say it’s your factory settings. If you take an iPhone out of the box it’s the same as any other iPhone it has it’s system but you can customize it with backgrounds and apps, so we’re all the same, we have our factory settings but as we go through life you can make choices and free will to make choices that customize your settings. But you’re either an Android or iPhone, you are what you are.   And that is all based off of when you were born…   T: Yeah, your exact minute of birth. What you read in the papers is a sun sign, so that’s where the sun was in relation to the earth’s orbit around it. But there’s so much more: you have a moon sign, Mercury, Venus, Mars—all the planets are orbiting around the sun at different speeds so you freeze frame them at your exact moment of birth when you look at your chart. They’ll all be somewhere in that circle lining up with one of the 12 zodiac signs or 12 houses, we divide that circle in 12.   Why is the chart done at time of birth and not another time, like conception?   O: It’s the time your soul incarnates into a body, and it’s road map to your life as a “spiritual being having a human experience.”   How would you explain what your business is comprised of now?   T: Our philosophy is that if no one is going to give you a chance, build it yourself. And if it’s good enough, it’ll get picked up and that’s happened for us.   O: But I believe in the generosity model. Give people really good, useful content for free. We don’t charge people to read our monthly and weekly horoscopes on our website because it a barrier for them knowing what we do. We give a lot away for free.   We do syndicate it to places like Elle and that pays for us to be able to do that. But you have to be your own billboard. You have to show people, not tell them. We like to give a lot and it takes a certain amount of trust and people get addicted to the horoscopes and then they buy a book or do a reading.   I guess our business model is provide as much value as possible for people.   T: And the right people will come to us. We don’t chase after advertising. I think we really try to make sure that we’re putting something quality out there and we’re hard on ourselves.   But in terms of what we offer now we have a lot of content. We have daily, weekly, monthly horoscopes, and then we have a lot of columns—on Elle, Elle Australia, Interview Germany, Refinery29, so we’ve gone international. We do readings—about 8 to 10 readings a week between the two of us. The best thing to do is to take the information and then live your life. If your intuition tells you to go left and your horoscope tells you to go right, you should go left because nothing is a better guide than your intuition. But sometimes what you think is your intuition is actually all your fears and preconceptions.   Do you separate for the readings?   T: Yeah, it’s too much for us together; otherwise people have to wait a long time. What we have in development is a pod cast where you call in with people.   O: We also have our retreat in Tulum and we’re planning to do more teaching and interacting—maybe more videos, people like it when we do them.   T: And we have the books, Men of the Zodiac and Momstrology. Ophi became a mom in 2010 and her daughter actually charmed an editor that gave us a book deal. So now we have a spin off website called Momstrology.   O: I think astrology is most useful when people are going through a time of uncertainty: dating someone new, crisis in the relationship, motherhood, a new job or trying to leave a job they hate. When you’re at any kind of a transition the tendency is to get stuck in analysis paralysis and just stay in a crappy situation or frozen like a deer in headlights. We try to meet people at those places and give them useful tools to get unstuck.   Do you feel like you’re rebranding astrology in the way that you approach it?   T: Yeah, for sure. Fashion people love astrology. I think creative people are the ones that love astrology the most.   O: But why do they need to see it on a purple or blue background with stars or wizards capes. We love style and we went to art school, so why not make it stylish? There’s no excuse to make something look so shitty when it’s something people want to read.   Is it something that you do consciously? Is it something that you want to be recognized by? It’s on your website, but it’s also in your writing. You always provide interesting links and you’re very in tune with what’s happening. You’ll talk about a spinning class. You’re very current.   T: We really want to be known for making astrology relevant to peoples’ lives. We bring the stars down to earth. If you can’t use it here on this planet, there’s really little point for it.   The human spirit is something we’re really interested in. We all share that one-ness. I think astrology, even though it divides people into twelve, it is also this unifier. Astrology is the ultimate icebreaker.   There’s no religion. You can connect with everybody.   T: It’s also fun, so you can take it with a grain of salt. It doesn’t push people’s buttons unless they’re super religious. But I do have some really religious clients. I did a reading for a born-again Christian. Muslims from Dubai. Since Twitter started, a lot of people found us on Twitter and Google. We do readings for people all over the world: Iceland, Finland, Dubai, India, Hong Kong…   What kinds of clients do you have that are a bit more surprising?   T: I had one of the Secretary of States of New York for a good time. She still checks in. I had the daughter of an African king who went to Columbia. I helped advise her on what to do when she went back to her country and wanted to set up clean water access. It was an honor.   O: I had a famous neuroscientist. Mostly women. Sometimes men. Coaches. A lot of entrepreneurs.   T: People who just want to live a rich life. They want to make every moment count.   O: We don’t really have unhappy people coming to us. They’re people who are interested in personal growth and being their best selves.   T: They’re not fundamentally unhappy, but they can be going through hard times.   O: Maybe they’re just stuck. They have a blind spot and we help them.   T: The reading isn’t over until the person has a plan and hope. We stay on the phone with them until they are like, “Okay, this is what I need to do.”       We really want to be known for making astrology relevant to peoples’ lives. We bring the stars down to earth. If you can’t use it here on this planet, there’s really little point for it. What does a reading entail?   O: We need their time, date and place of birth. We do their chart. They can ask three questions. They fill out a form. They can ask about three people, but of course it usually goes into more sometimes. Just to focus them a little bit.   T: We tell people the story of who they are. And then we look at timing based on where the stars are now. Should you leave your job? Should you leave your husband? Should you stay?   How closely do you think people should follow what you’re telling them?   T: With energy periods, it doesn’t matter because it’ll find you anyway. A lot of times people will say that they listened to the recording a year later and everything that you said happened. The best thing to do is to take the information and then live your life. If your intuition tells you to go left and your horoscope tells you to go right, you should go left because nothing is a better guide than your intuition. But sometimes what you think is your intuition is actually all your fears and preconceptions.   How do you work with brands?   T: We’ve started doing more teambuilding stuff. We did an off-site with Nike. We managed to do a one-hour teambuilding presentation for fifteen people on a staff where we looked at all their charts and showed their “star-powered synergies.”   O: We read who works well together. We did a breakdown session of which signs should sit with each other so that they didn’t cluster into too much like-mindedness.   T: We did something for Nordstrom where they sent us around to the pop-up shops that they’re doing with Olivia Kim.   O: We just did the Kate Spade Saturdays lookbook. We did a whole 2015 horoscope. Their “eureka” book. We’re asked more and more to provide this specialty content. We did dinner at the Waverly Inn for Monika Botkier’s NYC relaunch.   T: We’ll do readings or brand extension type things.   O: We’ve done internal corporate retreats for a holistic nutrition company.   How do you communicate with your audience? How do you put yourself out there?   O: A lot of people find us on Elle and Refinery 29. We did this whole video series with Refinery, so that gave us some good exposure. Twitter for sure. We also do a weekly newsletter on Sunday nights.   T: Word of mouth though, really. People read it, they like it and then they send it to their friends.   Do you guys have a team that helps you out?   T: We have someone who does social media. We have a publicist and we have a great assistant who is like a shaman. She’s an amazing herbalist and she should be a life coach. She loves people. She’s a Taurus. But we’re a pretty small crew. We work separately though. We don’t have a centralized office.   Do you work from home?   T: Yeah and we come here, to our apartment in Manhattan.   O: I have an office up in Nyack. If you want to get out of the city, it’s so fun.   T: My husband owns a Polaroid camera store in Seattle. I work with him in his store. He’s an Aries, so we get all creative together. I need a certain quiet.   How long does it take you to do a chart?   T: I’m pretty fast. I can write an entire week of daily’s now in a day-and-a-half. It’s scary. An hour for a day.   Do you feel that once you know someone’s chart, you feel biased in the ways that you interact with them at all?   T: I just feel closer with them. I wouldn’t say biased. People rarely surprise us.   I’ve read a lot about how people say “No, astrology can’t be real. The maps are all wrong.” How do you deal with that?   T: Astrology does take into account the shifting constellations. Susan Miller did a great explanation of them on Elle.com. She says the constellations are just markers, because ultimately the planets are going 360-degress around the sun. The constellations were markers, but there were certain energies that were happening during that time. It’s more based on the seasons and where the earth is.   T: Trying to prove astrology — Susan Miller thinks that you’ll be able to one day — but I don’t necessarily think about it like that. Can you prove Christianity? Can you prove shamanism? Can you prove art?   How do you deal with the haters? People who are like, “There’s no way.”   T: That’s fine. We just do their chart and then they’re like, “…oh.” They’re usually Capricorns or Aquarians. The occasional Sagittarius man. They’re almost always men.   O: I remind them of what the true definition of a skeptic is, which is someone who suspends their disbelief, tries it out, and then forms a judgment. If you say you’re a skeptic, you’re actually not. You’re a cynic because you’re judging this without giving it a fair shot.   What do you think is the biggest challenge about your profession and what you do?   T: Just writing as much as we do. Time never stops. We never get a day off.   What do you find the most rewarding about your job?   O: I like to be able to give people a breakthrough of some kind. Helping people stop suffering in their head. No matter how great we all look on the outside, you sit down with a person and they’re in the middle of dilemma of some kind. Trying to prove astrology — Susan Miller thinks that you’ll be able to one day — but I don’t necessarily think about it like that. Can you prove Christianity? Can you prove shamanism? Can you prove art?   What does your average day look like? A mix of writings and readings?   T: Mostly writing. I wake up and turn on the coffee maker.   O: Hope my daughter doesn’t wake up. I love that morning coffee buzz hour. That’s the best concentration.   T: We wake up, have coffee, write, and then the Sagittarius kicks in and we get cabin fever and have to wander to some interesting place like a café or a restaurant or a hotel lobby. We always have to go somewhere to do some writing or reading.   O: We go to some vintage stop. Wandering and meeting a friend for lunch.   T: Then going back to writing and reading in the late afternoon.   O: There’s a lot of location scouting for new and interesting places to write. Having beauty around us is really important.   T: Most of our readings are on the phone. Most of our clients are from around the world.   Do you ever do them in person?   T: Sometimes. It’s much better on the phone because then people can just relax and listen. It can be distracting sometimes. When I’m reading, I’m looking up blankly and just seeing the chart. We don’t want other senses to interfere with our intuition. That’s why I think we want to do a podcast.   Some people are scared of bad news. How do you deal with that? Of people being afraid of bad news?   O: Bad news is usually a fear of someone dying or getting injured and a fear of being caught by surprise or not being ready for something. Usually, it’s lazy astrology for someone to tell you that they see an accident. I hate when people do that.There’s no way anyone can know that.   Do you feel like you have a mentor?   T: We have a number of them. My shaman is a mentor.   O: Our financial advisor. He’s our Yoda.   T: Vajra Ma who does amazing empowering women’s work. Our dad was an entrepreneurial mentor. He told us to never work for anyone else if we didn’t have to. Susan Miller is an inspiration because she paved the way for Internet astrologists. She has a different approach than us.   O: She made people read their horoscopes on the Internet.   What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?   T: This 80-year-old woman named Lenore once said, “Advice is something for people who already know the answer but wish they didn’t.” She was like our old weight-watchers leader. (Laughs)   How do you think astrology works with other kinds of mystic sciences?   T: I think they’re all the same. Whichever entry point it is for you. People who are into astrology tend to open themselves up to other things.   O: It gives you a system for learning that’s accessible.   What is your dream for astrology?   T: My dream is that everyone knows what their chart is so they gain the self-acceptance and understanding. When you understand yourself and you can be in harmony with yourself, that is the only way to world peace.   O: I think it’s also about understanding people. We have this e-book called, “How To Get Along With Anyone, Yes Even That Person.” It’s about how your distance between signs actually creates energy and how you deal with them. Is this person meant to be my best friend or a teacher for me? I’d love the opportunity to teach people that more because it’s a really simple tool.   What’s your dream for yourselves and your business?   T: A radio show is really exciting to us. I love Dan Savage. My dream is to do something like that so we can go around and answer people’s questions and laugh.   O: Then with a big group where we give people an overview of the month and people just asks us questions. We’re really good at answering questions on the fly. It’s really like stand-up comedy astrology in a way.     You can find daily weekly and monthly horoscopes from the AstroTwins on their website, AstroStyle, as well as their 2015 Planetary Planner, to get you ready for the year ahead!

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  • Talk about a TBT. Chanel is #tbting all the way back to 80′s.

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    Posted on garancedore.fr October 28 2014, 8:00pm

  • It might be a little early to start thinking about the holidays…

    …but it’s not too early to start thinking about gifts. There’s so many beautiful gift kits already starting to pop up. Like the six metal boxes from Aesop (would be a perfect box to store nail polishes later), each one honoring a different material used in Aesop stores. The “Marble” box is supposed to smooth your skin to perfection (marble, smooth, get it?). Inside there’s the Fabulous Face Cleanser, B & Tea Balancing Toner and Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream. The cleanser leaves your skin feeling clean but not squeaky (we never want to strip our skin!) while the moisturizer provides the much needed hydration your skin needs in the winter without leaving you feeling like you just rubbed butter on your face. They also do boxes for body care, different skin types and for men too. Which box would you gift yourself your friend? The Marble Box, Aesop

    Get What You Give

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 28 2014, 6:45pm

  • I’ve been looking for a grown up watch, something that screams sophistication…

    … but with the ability to still have a sense of humour while wearing it. Ok maybe its just the Gifs that are bringing a bit of comedy, but I love it. Very The Gentlewoman in action. I think its one of the smartest email Gifs I’ve received and didn’t immediately avert my eyes from. Plus the watch is rather chic. I am once again left yearning to wear a piece of Isabel Marant, this time its perfect all year round.

    Available October 2014 , Isabel Marant

    Technical Characteristics

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 28 2014, 4:03pm

  • Okay so this post has absolutely nothing to do with style or beauty, seeing as this blog is becoming my personal space for ranting about existence on earth in general and the new developments of my everyday life in particular, but I have to ask you, WHAT’S WRONG WITH PEOPLE?

    We were talking about that on Sunday with two of my French friends at Ladurée Soho, which is the clichéest thing you can do as a group of French girls, but nonetheless delightful. Even more if you’re screaming (have you ever heard a group of French girls talking in French as if no one could understand them? Has it annoyed you? Yes, sorry as that was us yesterday in the back dark corner of Ladurée.) (thing is, Laura had ordered TWO giant palmiers – a sort of crazy French cookie that’s as huge as a Céline Classic and that is a delicious but deathly blend of gluten and sugar, so we where soon hyperventilating, on sugar high, telling each other how much we were totally not having dinner that night.). Bianca was telling me how she can’t stand living alone, Laura was telling me about how now she’s doing okay and has actually learned to enjoy solitude with a Dalai Lama expression on her face. Yet, she’s probably the busiest girl I know and has a dinner party every night and weekends in Tulum everyday. I looked at her with a raised eyebrow, very French On Sugar High of me. So there, there. WHAT’S WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! I mean, what’s wrong with me? Since I’ve been living alone, my life is hell. I have way too much to do, too many friends, too many dinners, I’m busy, I’m busy, I’m busy. It’s like suddenly, you’re not in a couple and the demons unleash, super fun friends come out of the woodworks and the things you thought you would NDA (never do again) suddenly feel like very valid options, like let’s say bar hopping from The Bowery (high end and annoying) to Tom and Jerry’s (dive bar and annoying) and drink like there is no tomorrow. It’s like, since I’ve moved in to my new place, I’ve spent… What. Four evenings alone just hanging out with myself? Yeah. So for a little while, I thought it was just because I’m just so busy. I’m so in demand. I’m so crazy popular, what can I do? Right? And I mean, it’s not like I’m alone being in the popular zone. Except for one friend of mine who’s in burnt out territory (new York will do that to you if you’re not careful!) and is living a love story with her bed, most my friends have a crazy, neverending, high voltage social life. Dinners every night, OF COURSE. Pre dinner drinks. Lunches. Crazy New York weekends that I probably already debriefed for you in the past. We’re actually all pretty crazy popular if you know what I mean. No time to be alone ! Way too many people to see and too many things to do ! It’s like having a burning social fire up your ass 100% of the time. Till the day you forgot to make plans. That’s the Southern French speaking to you, here. The girl who, before becoming a New Yorker with loneliness anxiety, would never ever make any plans and would call her friends at the last minute (if she felt like it) and check up on what they were doing. Usually they were just hanging (probably smoking pot and laughing around) and they would all meet organically, no stress. No plans. Organic. Weed. Huhuhuhuhuhuhuh. Anyways, so sometimes I do forget to make plans. You have to forgive me. With such a crazy busy social life, sometimes you don’t even have time to book your next weekend! And then I find myself alone, in my apartment, with no plans, and I am the happiest person there can be on planet Earth, it’s so great. Aaaaahhhhhh. Mmmmnnn. Goooood okay. Okayokayokay. Let’s make a tea. Oh, a text! Emily sending me a photo of her on the trapeze! Trapeze afternoon! Fun! … Wait. Why am I not doing something exciting like trapeze right now again? Oh yeah cause I didn’t make plans. Why didn’t I make plans again? Oh yeah, cause I didn’t have time to. Maybe I didn’t really want to? Or because, my friends are all doing exciting things and I’m left out? No. Remember, Sarah asked me if I wanted to play tennis and I said no? I could have had a plan, had I wanted. See? So all is good. I’m gonna stay here and enjoy my beautiful solitude. But wait. Let me just check to make sure. What is Paul doing? Garance to Paul : Hey what’s up? Paul to Garance : I’m in Japan you just woke me up [guns and skulls emoticons] Garance to Paul : Who sleeps with their phone not on silent? Even more when they are in Japan? Pfffffff. Come back soon. Yeah so okay so it’s all good so I’m just gonna stay here and enjoy my own company for once. Let’s try to read that Lena Dunham book. Mmmmmmm Okay but first let’s check what Delphine is doing. Garance to Delphine : Yo what’s up? Delphine to Garance : I’m biking on the highline with Wes! Come with!!! Garance to Delphine : No way I’m enjoying solitude as we speak. So good. Delphine to Garance : Then why are you texting me? Garance to Dephine : Aaaaargh shit okay I’m coming. That’s it. Some people write books called 100 Years Of Solitude and some can’t even spend a New York minute alone. Guess who’s the literary genius of the two? Yeaaaaah (read that book it’s amazing by the way)(if you can stand to be alone with no external stimulus for more than five minutes that is)(Lena, I’m on your case. Your books seems amazing, I’m totally reading it.) So, hey now. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME? Well, I guess I forgot how to be alone. In the city that never sleeps (oh my God that formula was even more cliché than three French girls spending an afternoon at Ladurée) you can spend 100% of your time out and connected. Being busy is a sort of natural state today. People LOVE being busy, people glorify being busy, people feel like they’re not actually existing when they are not busy. I don’t know where it came from, that feeling of self importance we derive from our busidom. Some people will go very low to not be not busy (like go riding a bike on the highline ahahah just kidding Delphine)(or shopping for things they don’t need)(or going on a date just out of boredom like my friend that just can’t stand a Sunday evening alone) and be with themselves. We’re like kids who want to be entertained all the time. Yet, we all know that leaving kids alone playing on their own in their bedroom is the best way for them to develop a creative and interesting life. The first time I lived alone after university, right after years of living with my best friend, was a real shock for me. I didn’t know what to do with myself. But after a few weeks of freaking out, one evening I got inspired, put on some jazz, and made my first collage. It was beautiful. Super meaningful. I still love it. It was the first time I was creating something on my own, for me, just because. It’s probably that collage, that moment, that paved the way to the creative life I’m living today. Had I not put myself in a real moment of solitude, I would probably be a banker and would have never invented the iPhone like I did. So, WHATS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? They’re just too crazy busy! I’m not anymore. I’m enjoying my solitude. DON’T call me. Please? Eheheh.

    I’m Busy!

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 28 2014, 1:20pm

  • Shala Monroque, Creative Director at Garage Magazine. I am madly in love with Shala’s dress! Anyone knows from where could it be?

    Shala Monroque in a Gorgeous Dress

    Posted on trendycrew.com October 28 2014, 7:19am

  • Paris is full of small cool spaces. We stopped by to visit Marine at her home in the Marais, a converted space that feels more California bungalow than an apartment in a major city.  I love that you get that great sun from the skylight, it really makes the space feel open and warm.  Marine, a stylist at French Elle and her photographer boyfriend Eddy, also happen to have filled their apartment with tons of cool things from their work in fashion, from an entire wall of years of magazines and books to those perfectly hung frames.

     

    At Marine’s

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 27 2014, 8:21pm

  • If you have curly or thick hair, you know that waiting for it to dry can feel like watching cement harden.

    In the hot summer months, the sun naturally does the work of a hair dryer, but as it gets colder, walking outside with wet hair means ending up with frozen icicles on your head. It seems like a lose-lose situation. Blow dryers are the enemy! And the constant use of hot air can really dry out your hair over time. But would you rather have wet hair or the flu?
    I use a diffuser made especially for curly hair from Deva Chan Salon. It’s a bright green and a little funny looking (my college roommate made me hide it when we had friends over), but it does the trick. It’s shaped like a hand, so it cups your hair, rather than blowing it all over the place. And by drying from the inside out, you get all the volume but no frizz.
    You can’t lose if you diffuse! Shop it here.

    Wet Winter Curls

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 27 2014, 7:30pm

  • Can you believe we’re coming up on our 10th newsletter??? Time flies! Since we started the newsletter in March 2014, we’ve shared lots of fun items that you haven’t seen on the blog.

    In case you missed them, each newsletter includes an interview with friends and members of the Studio, a Studio playlist and some of our favorites from the shop, the blog and Pinterest. We also do this cool new thing called “Club Exclusives,” where readers have the opportunity to interact with the Studio in various ways. In past newsletters, we’ve invited our readers to breakfast in Paris (one reader came in all the way from Poland!) and given away posters personalized by Garance. We’ve interviewed friends like Wes and Delphine Del Val and gone “behind-the-scenes” with Théo from Colorz, the web design and development agency that makes the blog look so great. Also, Alana once made us an awesome Spotify playlist, which you can still listen to here! There’s lots more to come, so make sure to sign up!

    Our Newsletter

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 27 2014, 4:08pm

  • I’ve always had a passion for greys. It’s the best color to mix – it goes with everything, and it also had that comfortable, relaxed vibe that I love. And because it’s my favorite color, it kind of took the place black usually takes in a wardrobe so, on lazy days (like yesterday), you can see me wearing all grey (jeans, sweater, coat, scarf) from head to toe. Okay I’ll wear white shoes to break it up.

    All Grey

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 27 2014, 12:59pm

  • Spanish model Alba Galocha after walking for Louis Vuitton. Alba has a blog on Vogue Spain, Tea Time, where you can follow her adventures.

    Alba Galocha, Paris Fashion Week

    Posted on trendycrew.com October 27 2014, 6:08am

  • Weekend Inspiration #197

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 26 2014, 1:00pm

  • Weekend Inspiration #196

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 25 2014, 1:00pm

  • Stylist Barbara Martelo arriving to Chanel.

    Barbara Martelo, Black & Leopard Print

    Posted on trendycrew.com October 25 2014, 6:21am

  • Ok guys, sometimes we have to dress for work, but I like to keep it business casual.

    See the rest of my first Fall shopping picks here, on my Pinterest!

    Business Casual

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 24 2014, 7:00pm

  • Almost everyone recognizes their designs, but if you haven’t seen their great films, start with the super classic “Powers of Ten”, still so fresh despite being made in 1977.

    In the need for clever, handsome gifts for someone stylish in your life? Always look here. And when in NYC you must visit one or both of their locations. Wow, a lot has happened on our planet since you were born. Go ahead and put in your information and it will show you! Phoebe Philo. Or Saint Phoebe, or Queen Phoebe, or High Priestess Phoebe, or Goddess Phoebe. That’s what she is to these (and many other) people. These make us want to play a card game. Any game. Just to get to hold them in our hands. The most important and influential American musician and performer of the 20th century finally gets the documentary treatment he deserves. It’s not too late to catch sight of those beautiful fall leaves. A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val

    The Del Val #37

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 24 2014, 4:00pm

  • When we were in Paris, we went to take a look at Buly, the sublime boutique created by Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac. It certainly takes you by surprise – you feel like you’ve suddenly entered an old fashioned pharmacy, and you’d be right. Ramdane based the design on a 17th-century dispensary, and he worked with artisans to create the shop using techniques from the period. The idea came from Ramdane and Victoire’s passion for 19th century literature – Balzac and Zola, and also because that was the time when cosmetics and beauty products as we know them today were invented.

    At Buly

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 24 2014, 12:57pm

  • When I was little I adored Disney characters.

    The rabbit in Alice Wonderland, the bear in the Jungle Book (alias Baloo in privacy). So to think that today as an adult I can wear my love for those kindred animals in the form of a chic ring, is pretty cool. Gerard Tully has managed to create a feeling of nostalgia without going too far down the rabbit hole (pun intended) of kitchy design.
    My pick is either the bear or the rabbit! xo Amélie

    Feeling Nostalgic

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 23 2014, 8:00pm

  • “Morning: The most important things for beauty, aside from products is your hapiness because that is what shows in your face. You can use as many products and as much makeup, but if you’re a miserable person, nothing is going to work. The other thing is stress. Stress really affects your skin. That’s also part of choosing very good products. We live in Manhattan, for example, in a really stressful city. You want to have a good regime and try to minimize your stress.

    I wanted to be a dermatologist at one point in my life, when I was really young. All my life i’ve been reading all these different studies and I’ve gone to the best dermatologists in the world. I really believe in dermatology and I’ve developed beauty lines for 10 years, so I’ve had to do a lot of research. Cleansers that are very expensive are a waste of money, they don’t penetrate the skin, they aren’t left on the skin long enough. It’s better to use something really effective and inexpensive. I use CeraVe Foaming Cleanser, it’s a few dollars from the drugstore. Every dermatologist recommends it. After that I use the Tata Harper toner that I helped to develop. What I really love is that it adds moisture without clogging your pores and it has a lot of Vitamin C so it’s great for brightening. I keep it in the refrigerator so it’s nice and cold and it feels wonderful. After that I follow with SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. It’s the top free radical barrier for your skin. They are one of the things that contribute the most to wrinkles. It has a lot of Vitamin C which is good for dark spots and acne. It’s really multipurpose. For the free radicals, it’s really important that you have something protecting your skin from free radicals. I follow that with CeraVe moisturizer, it’s gentle and hydrating. It’s so important to wear a great sunscreen everyday because if you don’t, all that brightening is usless, the sun will wreck it. The sun is the worst thing for wrinkles. Sunscreen everyday is mandatory. The one I really love is only sold in Japan, so I have my friends from Japan send it to me. It’s like a Chanel whitening base with a SPF 40. I like to be really white and I love it beacuse it lightens your skin tone one or two shades and it protects you from the sun. For people who are not buying things in Japan, the best equivalent is La Roche Posay Ultralight Mineral. A mineral sunscreen is great because it has less chemicals and is very effective. Then I put on my favorite lip balm, it’s called In Fiore Veloutée. It’s really thick, so you just put a little bit but your lips are absolutely protected and moisturized. I don’t buy eye cream, I take my SPF and I put it everywhere. I put my creams everywhere, my eyes, my lips. I don’t really believe in eye creams. I think what ever you are doing for your skin is okay for your eyes. I smear everything everywhere. I love makeup. I think it’s years and years of developing makeup and skincare and my grandmother wore amazing makeup. I’ve loved makeup for forever, I’m not one of these tinted moisturizer, lip gloss girls. My biggest makeup inspiration is geishas. I start with the lip balm because it’s a great base for lipstick. I have a makeup artist that mixes a custom red lipstick for me. I’m really specific about the exact shade I want. I like the MAC Clear Lipglass, you don’t need a lot because it’s sticky but it gives you incredible shine. My favorite foundation is Armani Luminous Silk, but I think what is really important is what you apply it with. I helped in developing the company Artisse and they make the most amazing brushes in the world. I use Artisse brush #8 to apply my foundation. It looks completely air brushed. I usually go a few shades lighter. I also really like a doll faced look, so I like really rosy cheeks. I use the #6 brush to put on the Armani Blushing Fabric in Scarlotto. It’s really vibrant red and I use the brush because a little goes a long way. It’s really sheer, it’s the most amazing formula because it makes you look flush from the inside out, like you’ve just been to the gym. I’m obsessed with long dark lashes. I’ve been blessed by the universe in having crazy long ones. I don’t belive in expensive mascaras because the ones in the drugstore are incredible. The best one that I’ve found is Maybelline Illegal Length mascara. It makes them really dark, really long and really fluttery. It’s not overly volumnizing. I like something that coats the lashes and really separates them, I think that opens the eye more. A little bit of black eyeliner along the lash line really helps to make them look really black and voluminious. Any thin tipped liquid eyeliner at the drugstore works. In terms of eyebrows, I really believe they frame your face. I’m a really big believer in taking care of your eyebrows. My hair is naturally Japanese black, but the pencils that are made in the US are all kind of ashy brown. I buy Japanese eyebrow pencils and the labs that make the best eyebrow pencils are all in Japan. I buy my pencils at Sunrise Mart, the Japanese market. I can get a rice bowl and an eyebrow pencil at the same time, it’s great! Powder is important because it sets your makeup, so it makes it last longer throughout the day. You need your makeup to stay put. If you apply too much, it cakes and if you have any lines or wrinkles, it settles into your lines and wrinkles and makes you look older. My trick with powder is to find something that is milled to be ultra fine so it doesnt cake and is also luminizing, so your skin doesnt look ashy. The best I’ve found is Chanel’s Poudre Crystalline. I am also really devoted to lasers. I think Fraxel is the most genius thing every invented. It’s strong but it’s not like so strong that you look like a burn victim. With Fraxel, in 3 days you’re okay. In three months you see your dark spots disappear, any acne you have is gone, your skin become so plump and hydrated, it produces a lot of collagen. You look like you have baby skin. I do it once a year. I think everyone is different depending on wrinkles, sun damage, dark spots, but for me one fraxel a year is great. I have the most amazing hair dresser named Danilo. He used to do crazy wigs for Mugler, he’s one of the most respected people in the industry. He is so creative and we’ll do anything. He gives me, what a lot of people think are really ugly haircuts and I think they’re great. We always laugh because we’re like ugliest means the most and the most is the best, whether it’s good or bad. Lately we’ve been really into shaving, so we do different shapes and different cuts. And we always incorporate different geometrics. I go about once a month. For hair, there is a brand called Phylia de M. that really focuses on the scalp and the root of the hair. It uses a host of natural and organic ingredients to feed the hair. Your hair becomes so thick and healthy, it’s amazing. They even make a supplement you can take. The other products that I really like are Oribe, I think they smell amazing. I use a lot of their styling products, their shampoo and conditioner. The quality is incredible. I don’t have time for a lot of styling, I’ve trained myself to do everything quickly. I’m not good at doing complicated hair styles so I want it cut in a way that is cool but that I can do in five seconds. Day: I’m really into scent, so in terms of what’s in my handbag, I carry M/Mink by Byredo and a small vile of Tom Ford Santal Blush. I carry my lipstick, my Tatcha Rice Paper and that’s pretty much it. Night: I will stress one thing, I’m very adamant about products that have a lot of science behind them and really work in terms of anti-aging. At night I remove my makeup with olive oil. It really takes everything off. Then I wash that off with CeraVe Foaming Cleanser and then I use Retin-A Micro. I’m a big big believer in Retin-A. It’s a pain because you peel like crazy at the beginning but then afterwards your skin is incredible. It’s the one thing that has the most proof behind it to produce collagen and prevent aging. There is literally no other product in the world that will prevent aging better than Retin-A. You have to be really, really devoted to wearing sunscreen when you’re using this. On the nights when I don’t use the Retin-A, I use the CeraVe moisturizer.” - Michelle Harper

    A Beauty Minute with Michelle

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 23 2014, 7:04pm

  • I’m coming to LA!

    Equipment is hosting an event to preview my newest stationery. If you happen to be in LA, make sure to stop by next Wednesday, October 29th to the Equipment store on Melrose for a very special sneak peek. Happy shopping! Kisses. Equipment, 8459 Melrose Place, Los Angeles

    Equipment x Garance Doré

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 23 2014, 4:00pm

  • No but I love this outfit. I’ve really had a thing for midi skirts lately but I have to warn you : they’re not easy.

    I have three of them. Two whites and one blue. I wear them with little sweaters and high heels. It’s beautiful, very feminine. For winter, with high heeled boots it’s awesome, sexy, 70’s. But of course you know me – the idea I love the most is to wear it with flats, like on the photo. It’s so elegant and gives a cool attitude, plus it’s comfortable, so you can really wear it in your everyday life. BUT after trying a few times, once with ballet flats (too granny goes to the market) with sneakers (too Dover Street Market intellectual for me) and with brogues like on Alana in the photo (okay, so beautiful, but for me? Not so sure), I’m not 100% sure it works. Still, I think a midi skirt is a great staple to have in our winter wardrobe. In white, so cool. And with a huge cardi like in the photo, love. Do you like midi skirts? Have you tried wearing them? How do you do it? Caridgan, Michael Kors; Top, Lisa Perry; Skirt, The Row; Shoes, Alexander Wang. Model Alana Bunte at The Lions NY / Styled by Dianna Lunt / Makeup by Tatyana Makarova / Hair by Eloise Cheung

    Edit No. 1 / Part 6 …. The Midi Skirt

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 23 2014, 1:02pm

  • Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Creative Director and founder of Romy and The Bunnies.

    Julia Restoin Roitfeld arriving to Chanel

    Posted on trendycrew.com October 23 2014, 7:43am

  • RetroSuperFuture is sort of on to something.

    Cool name. Good price points. Pretty awesome shop in NYC where you can try on every single sunglass style they make. Seems like they nailed it and so we wanted to share them with you!

    Do you have a favorite style of sunglasses? RetroSuperFuture, 21 Howard Street New York, NY 10013

    RetroSuperFuture

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 22 2014, 8:00pm

  • Do you ever find yourself in deep conversations with your co-workers over text?

    No? Yeah, me either. More often times filled with “hahahahahahas” and “lol’s”. And more often than not, they include a lot of emoji’s. Take for example my conversation with Garance the other night :

    Sometimes emoji’s just say it best. Or maybe they express it better. One of my favorites is that stone head. I’m not sure why, but it always gets me. Do you have a favorite emoji to use?!

    Emoji Talk

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 22 2014, 6:30pm

  • I jumped when I saw the new face of NARS. Tilda Swinton!! Ahhh! I love her.

    No trendy supermodel with perfect pores, but a charismatic and cool woman. Nars always pushes the codes of makeup with a modern vision, quality with their packaging, product design, and muses with natural beauty. To me, the world of Francois Nars is more than makeup. It’s a place to lose yourself in colors and un-expected ideas. The portraits of Tilda will be released over the first 4 months of next year, something to look forward to! xo Amélie

    Tilda & Nars

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 22 2014, 4:00pm

  • American film director Sofia Coppola. Had to controlled myself and avoid a fan moment.

    Sofia Coppola, Paris Fashion Week

    Posted on trendycrew.com October 22 2014, 1:44pm

  • This summer, I lost some weight. I didn’t do anything in particular, I just got lighter without even thinking about it. In one month’s time, I got back to my normal weight, without doing anything at all, and since then I’ve stayed the same. For those of you who follow me, you know this subject had actually been bugging me for the last few years – I had been going around with about 10 pounds more than I weigh now, sometimes more, rarely less. It felt so weird to me – I didn’t really feel like myself. Even weirder since my New York friends hadn’t ever seen me any other way, so when I talked to them about it, they’d always say, no you haven’t changed at all, you look great!!!

    I had tried a few things to get back to my normal weight (not skinny, just me) and we talked about it – but I’ll never be a pro at diet torture, and even less at juicing and all the other silly things I thought of at times, like when I had to fold my mauve leather YSL skirt and put it way in the back of my closet so I wouldn’t see it anymore, since it didn’t close anymore and I hated for it, the stupid thing. I tried to accept my new body (honestly, naked, it was rather pretty and sexy, just heavier and more difficult to dress up) and I did tons of exercise, but nothing changed the fact that I just didn’t feel like myself. I know what you’re going to say. With all the changes in my personal life lately, it’s not surprising you shed some weight. And you know what? You’re right. That’s exactly what I want to talk to you about. Not my personal life so much. What I mean is that my breakup is just the visible part of a much larger change of cycle. Not premeditated at all, but still pretty deep. So the fact that I suddenly found myself back really made me think. I thought about all the times I told myself I’d started the unavoidable weight gain that happens after 35 and that there was nothing I could do except become a crazy food maniac. I thought about all the times I told myself that my problem was that I didn’t have any will power (I even tried to work on my will power and motivation!!! I bought a book on it!!!) and all the times I hated myself for that. I thought about all the things I had held against myself when actually, it wasn’t really me deciding any of those things – that’s what I’ve finally understood. Because actually, what happened is that my body was telling me (and others) something. Not anything good or bad, but that during that time in my life (which was a great time in my life, by the way – just because you gain a little weight doesn’t mean you’re unhappy), that’s just the way I was, what I was manifesting. I’m still really surprised when I weigh myself. I feel much better in my skin, much more myself, and I think it’s important to say that our bodies reflect the things we are experiencing in life. And if you’re feeling uncomfortable, there may be things to explore, if you feel ready, without stressing out about it. To not automatically believe that our body is a battle field – but more as a reflection of what we are inside. There’s no point waging war against yourself, despite the many completely freaky examples of pregnant women going back to their natural weight two weeks after giving birth, or the pseudo-role models who show people how to conquer their bodies as if they were hostile territories to rule over, when in fact, it’s just a matter of communicating with yourself deep down. And of course, of looking at ourselves with kindness. Translated by Andrea Perdue

    Kind

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 22 2014, 1:01pm

  • So many things have changed in the magazine world.

    We read them differently, we buy them differently, we get rid of them differently (???).There are a lot more deluxe and art mags than there used to be (most of them are independent ones) and a lot fewer funny, smart ones that don’t take themselves too seriously. I don’t really know which ones to focus on anymore, so I kind of skim over all of them without really reading anything. It’s too bad! So I was wondering what you all are reading right now. Are you addicted to any particular magazine? Do you read them online? Do you buy them? Translated by Andrea Perdue

    What’s Your Favorite Magazine?

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 21 2014, 8:02pm

  • Morning : I wash my face with Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream, then I spray my face and neck with the Dr. Hauschka facial toner. If it’s winter I mix 2 drops of the Huile Protectrice to my Melissa cream always, both from Dr. Haushcka.

    Day : Not much to be honest ….I barely wear make-up….but I always have a hydratating lipstick like the cold cream lip balm from Avène, my Mac matte orange lipstick, and a black Chanel Inimitable Mascara multi-dimensional. Night : If I’m not wearing mascara, I just wash my face with the Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk, then I spray some facial toner and that’s it ….because that’s what my beauty guru says is good for the skin. If I have been wearing mascara, I would first take it off with some cotton pads with Crealine H2O solution, from Bioderma. Voilà , as you can see I’m a TOTAL ADDICT to DR HAUSCHKA !!!! Since I have started using it (it must have been at least 4 years now) it changed my skin radically !!!! I stopped taking medicine that my dermatologist prescribed, including antibiotic pills. You just have to find the right thing for your skin ….especially after 30. - Elisa Nalin For more beauty minutes, click here!

    A Beauty Minute with Elisa…

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 21 2014, 7:49pm

  • And bring on a new color!

    We’ve seen it before. Heat sensitive color changing t-shirts from the 80s. Such a strange and somehow HUGE trend for any teen hoping to literally wear a conversation starter. Every cool kid on the block had one, and I’m kind of thinking that these pouches from Alexander Wang might be the grown up version you didn’t know you were looking for. Either way, you can at least have a BOGO mentality, without actually having to buy two. Heat Sensitive Prisma Pouch, Alexander Wang

    Bring the Heat

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 21 2014, 4:45pm

  • It’s really hard work being a street style photographer. I’ve been doing it for years, so I know what I’m talking about. You spend your life outside, so you’re at the mercy of the weather, you sometimes waste whole days looking for the right shot and never finding it, you end up having to deal with grumpy people, and plus, you can really hurt your back, because the cameras we use are super heavy and you spend all day carrying them around.

    On the Street…Louise

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 21 2014, 1:18pm

  • How gorgeous is this illustration of casting agent and fashion consultant Natalie Joos? Another great work done by talented artist Judit García-Talavera. You can check more of her work for Trendycrew over here and don’t forget to show her some love on her Facebook page.

    Natalie Joos, Illustration

    Posted on trendycrew.com October 21 2014, 9:06am

  • Here we go again….

    Down the street to a new little cafe called Maman. Just when we thought we’d exhausted all of the usuals for lunch, bam! A super sweet spot opens. And French to boot. Emily and I passed by for a take-away lunch of avocado toast, butternut squash soup and potato salad – all pretty tasty. They may have also had some delicious treats like a chocolate chip cookie, which we were obliged to try while we were there. Comfort, farm fresh food just in time for the winter! Maman, 239 Centre Street (between Grand & Broome)

    Maman Mia!

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 20 2014, 8:00pm

  • Jayne in TriBeCa

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 20 2014, 7:15pm

  • In lieu of the new “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which opened October 12th, we’ve found some Fall/Winter 2014 looks that evoke some of the artist’s most famous works. The masterful combination of contrast, line and color that Matisse was able to create with scissors is no doubt something that fashion designers today strive for as they cut their garments. Perhaps these images will inspire you so much that you’ll want to go at your clothes with a pair of scissors…

    “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City October 12, 2014 through February 8,2015 

    Matisse’s Cutouts

    Posted on garancedore.fr October 20 2014, 4:00pm


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