The weekends are for relaxing and to-doing.
You know, making a to-do list and actually doing them. With fashion week coming up and leisurely summer weekends ceasing, I decided this past weekend to really check things off. Things like sewing those couch cushions, sorting through that huge pile of mail, writing thank yous, and deep apartment cleaning. For me the only way I can complete the task, is to write it down and strike them out as completed. How do you get things done? The On the Go Notepad. You can check out the whole collection on GaranceDoreGoods.com]]>
I bought that tote at Zara in the spring and it’s been with me ever since. I love it, the leather is great, the color is amazing, and you can throw your entire life in it.
It’s been to Corsica, to Germany, to Greece, to Canada and later today, it’s going to the Hamptons with me. All my other bags are super jealous (the girl who thinks her bags have a soul). No but seriously, Zara. Too good.]]>
I’m the first one to tell you to buy vintage.
Some of my most special pieces were vintage finds (like my Celine jeans, which we should come back to). But what I found out recently was that the mens side is just as good. Somewhere in Manhattan is a man who buys women’s shoes because HIS feet are that small. And to him I say, Thank you for my all black Prada wingtips in a size 37! I’m not too squeamish to buying vintage shoes … I’m looking forward to scouring the mens section for big coats I can belt and chunky sweaters for fall, you never know when something might just be the perfect fit… Do you have any vintage shopping tips?]]>
You know those questions, the ones that you really really really want to ask, but don’t really know how or who to ask them too. These aren’t even the super tough questions, they are those basic oh duh everyone knows that so I can’t be the one to ask questions. You know, like do you wash your whites on hot or cold… So, I took it upon myself to answer some of these beauty related questions (with the help of some of my expert friends). Here is what the team at the Studio is asking…
Which comes first, concealer or foundation? Ahhh the age old question. I say, foundation first. It will do your base layer of coverage so you’ll know exactly what needs extra help from your concealer. Which step in your routine is your sunscreen? Sunscreen should come after your moisturizer and before your makeup. Here is the full order of application: Toner, prescription medication or special treatment, serum, moisturizer and SPF. Or TPSMS. Of course, I realize this is a little bit of an intense routine (#beautyeditorproblems) so if you keep things more simple: moisturizer then sunscreen. And then of course if your have sunscreen built in to any products, then you are set. Really, at this point, as long as you are wearing sunscreen, I’m happy. Should you curl your lashes before or after you apply mascara? I’m only really able to answer this question because you all really helped me conquer my uneasiness with the curler. So, curl your lashes first. This will eliminate mascara build up on your lash curler and give your lashes a more natural look. When is the best time to trim your nails? Trimming your nails is typically easiest when they are soft, so after you shower or take a bath. If you have thicker nails, this time will be best for you! Of course make sure your hands and nails are dry, you don’t want any slips of the clipper. Ouch! Do you have to let your nails breathe between polish applications or is that a myth? Remember what Nadine said? “Putting lacquer on your nails endlessly is not always a good idea. Give them a break every once in a while. If you’ve had a manicure and you know you aren’t going to go for another two weeks, take your polish off at home when they start to chip or grow out.” How long should you keep your makeup for? I asked Sarah Lucero (celebrity makeup artist and Global Artistic Director for Stila) for some advice in this department because, confession: I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder, especially when it comes to lipstick and nail polish. So, here are some guidelines to follow when it comes to when you should be throwing out your products. Mascara: 2 months. If your mascara starts to get flakey, that is a sign that it’s dried out. Big brush wands tend to dry out quicker. Lipstick: 1 year. If the lipstick starts to smell strong, that is a sign it has gone bad. Foundation: 1 year. The foundation should remain the same texture as when you bought it. Keep it tightly closed and store it in a cool spot. Blush: 1 year for cream and powder blush. If the blush gets a dark film on the top layer, that means toss it. Sometimes brushes will transfer oil onto the powder and they harden and lose the glide of the pigment. Eyeshadow: 2 years for powder shadow and 1 1/2 years for cream shadow. When should you replace your bath sponge? Replace your bath sponge or loofa every few weeks. Sponges made from synthetic materials will last a little bit longer, but bacteria build up is unavoidable with something that lives in your shower. Hopefully there isn’t much else living in your shower… What step is eye cream? Remember TPSMS? Good. Now you can memorize TPESMS. Apply eye cream before your serum and/or moisturizer to help seal in the ingredients. Give it a minute or two to soak in before moving on to your next step. Can you mix products together? Be cautious when mixing products with SPF, retinol or prescription products. Mixing can alter the state of the ingredients and make them less effective. With something like a foundation and a simple moisturizer (a little DIY tinted moisturizer) you should be safe, just check your ingredients! How often should I wash or change my brushes? Alice talked to me about brushes a few months ago and she recommends washing your brushes once a week, depending on usage, using a mild shampoo or specific brush cleanser (I like this one). A quality brush should last you a few years, if you notice your brush starting to shed (remember Garance’s brush beard?) or the shape falling, it’s time to replace it. Do you floss before or after you brush your teeth? This is one of great debate. If you floss before your brush, you don’t run the risk of brushing pushing any food particles further into the spaces between your teeth. If you floss after, you get anything your toothbrush couldn’t reach. So maybe, do both? Your dentist will really like you. How much time shall I give my skin to adapt to a new product? Give yourself at least two weeks when trying out a new product to see how your skin reacts and to start seeing results. It’s always a good idea to test a product on your hand first (you’ll often find me at my desk dabbing things on the back of my hand #beautyeditorproblems), if you notice any immediate irritation, keep it far away from your face. Patience is a virtue my friends. What about you guys, do you have any weird / funny / stupid questions you ask yourselves ? We can (maybe answer !!!)]]>
As some of you already know, we’re always happy to find some nice vegetarian and vegan places in Berlin. Goodies* is one of our favorite spots in Friedrichshain for a healthy yet delicious lunch! So of course we had to include them in our weekly Kitchen Tunes series! Join us behind-the-scenes when listening to the same music that’s playing in the kitchen at Goodies*!
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Girl wearing a pink midi skirt and white jacket during Paris fashion week.]]>
I don’t know why, but this photo really makes me think of Madonna’s album cover (be ready to dive straight into the 80’s), Like A Prayer. A total 10’s version (how do you call this decade? The 10’s?) of the cover that made a mark on me so much when I was a kid. So, obviously, I love the over-the-top jewelry with the distressed jeans. Yeah, even if I have a hard time admitting it because of her recent weird media theatrics that feel a tiny bit sad, I’m a fan of Madonna. So just for you, here is the cover :
And here is the video as well.
Aaaah, I love it ! Jeweled Bracelets, Givenchy]]>
I’m experiencing a new level of model crush.
I know it might be too early to say this, but I think this is my favorite spread of the September fashion magazines: W’s “Super Normal Super Models.” Kate, Lara, Daria, Raquel, Saskia, Mariacarla… they’re all there. And living the 90s inspired dream. Here are some of my favorite images. You can see the whole spread here!
Photography by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Styled by Edward Enninful]]>
Such a pretty shirt — I love the tie dye (especially the blue, it reminds me of fisherman clothes, of Greece, and of vacation) and I’m even wearing one just like it right now!
I’m also a big fan of wearing your bracelets high like this- makes for really pretty arms!]]>
There’s something about sitting in a café and watching the people go by. When in Paris, it’s one of life’s simple pleasures: with all the boulangeries lining the streets, it can be hard to pass by without pressing your nose against the windows. Here in Berlin, slowly but surely, Pannierstraße in Neukölln becomes my favorite place to go for a sweet treat! From huge cakes to small delicacies, and now at the French café Croissanterie even a very very good Croissant.
What at first might look not very convincing due to the stereotype sign in national colors is always crowded. Just a stone’s throw away from Maybachufer, there’s barely a free seat on a sunny afternoon. As its name implies, the café specializes in what might be the most popular when it comes to French pastries: croissants. Being directly delivered from France, the counter is always filled with apricot to almond and even some more special kinds like lemon croissants.
We almost couldn’t decide but then there’s always time to come back for more, right? So we went for the classics – an almond croissant and a pain au chocolat. Both were the perfect combination of buttery and flaky. So much so that you’ll likely dip even the very last crumbs off the plate. And as if in Paris, there’s just nothing more cozy than having a café au lait with it: sipping your coffee out of a bowl while sitting there for hours and hours more.
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You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty… and irresistible for the rest of your life. - Coco Chanel]]>
Ok, we have to ask, what does that even mean??
Come next April we will find out when Rizzoli publishes a book titled Selfish, 352 pages of Kim Kardashian’s selfies. Is a selfie book the new Instagram?]]>
Remember our cool surfer girls?
After the shoot I spotted Jess spritzing some of this in her hair. So of course, I came at her with a million questions. Here’s what you need to know: - Goldie’s is handmade in Rockaway, NY. - The products are 100% organic and free of harmful chemicals. - The Amber Coconut Leave-In Condition is a total beach day hair saver thanks to a mix of aloe and Vitamin E. - And it smells like a tropical oasis. Really. - You can find it here!]]>
My mom wears shorts. Like real shorts. Not bermudas. Shorts almost as short as my 20 years old sister’s, whose shorts are so short that sometimes you can’t really see them under her tee-shirts. All right, all right. Not that short. My mom is chic. And she wears her shorts on vacation. But still. I almost feel like I should revise my own shorts proportions.
Well of course she doesn’t wear them to go to work, and she doesn’t have a wrinkle on her knees – but anyways, even if that was the case, I have to tell you that whatever their age, I think people should dress the way they want. To me, being vulgar or incongruous is more in the attitude than in the clothes. You can be 20 and be super cute in super short shorts – but also super trashy. A mini can be worn at any age with distinction. I liked seing Carine Roitfeld in a crop top. She herself a grandma, she’s not scared of contradictions: she says that she chooses longer skirts now. But she goes along with a (discreet) cropped top. To me, she’s helping us see mature women in a different way. It’s a new way to wear your age, a new freedom to be yourself, and to re-imagine the codes of fashion. And that’s pretty perfect, because this winter, with the 60’s fashion* coming back, we’re all going to end up in short skirts, whether we like it or not. What do you think? Do you feel free to wear whatever you want? Do you ask yourself about what’s appropriate to wear for your age? — * Oooooooh, nooooooo, the 60’s fashion is back AGAIN!!! Each time it’s back I want to throw all the editorials with wannabe Twiggy in geometrical poses out the window.]]>
Eleonora Carisi, Anna Dello Russo and Candela Novembre arriving to the Chanel show.]]>
Everywhere, it seems.
My favorite Brazilian is making a serious impact on the fall campaigns. She sported a faux buzz cut for Balenciaga (I mourned the loss of her perfect beach waves for a brief moment), sparkled in Pucci, went au naturel for Sonia Rykiel and now she’s giving us some real je ne sais quoi for Isabel Marant. She’s one of very few models that despite being pretty commercial, she still has this totally cool and chic vibe. Does that mean she’s mastered the art of the super model today?]]>
“Morning: I’ve been told by multiple dermatologists never to wash my face with anything more than water — red hair generally comes with sensitive skin. But in a city like NY where you spend all day getting farted on by cars and Fresh Direct trucks, that just seems nuts, so the next best thing is Simple Moisturizing Face Wash.
It’s a few bucks from the drug store and more effective than anything else I’ve used. I still get a pimple here and there but I’ll blame that on my Cheezit and ice cream habit and the fact that I think sleep is ‘boring.’ I make up for the money I saved on face wash by spending $108 on rose water from Amanda Lacey, which I use as toner. I’m not sure it does anything but it smells good and feels nice. Depending on the season, I use a day cream with SPF 20 or 30 or an actual sunblock (Chanel has a nice thin one that doesn’t sit on your skin like diaper rash creme) under my moisturizer. La Prairie makes one I like at the moment. I try to use eye cream but it’s like flossing. I forget half the time. Don’t tell my dentist. The stuff I use is from Lancôme and it’s called Yeux Absolu. It comes in a nice gold bottle and feels more glamorous than I do. I like the little wrinkles around my eyes. And the quotation marks around my mouth. I really like imperfections in people. My skin is much more robust in summer, and can tolerate a lighter cream, but winter is a constant battle. I have to be very careful not to over-cleanse or touch my face or not get enough sleep or not turn the radiators up to 1 million degrees. My skin gets very dry and irritated as soon as the temperature drops but using a heavy cream will lead to breakouts. If the cream is too light my skin will get itchy and take on the texture of an old pumice stone. The best cream I’ve found for the task is one you can only get in Swiss pharmacies (and on the internet) called EM Sana. It looks blue grey when it comes out of the tube and smells like cement mixed with deodorant but it’s very calming and protective. I do not use SPF in winter unless I’m skiing. I like the kind of war paint sunblock I used to wear as a kid in the 80s. I wonder whether they still make that… Day: I don’t generally wear makeup unless I absolutely have to. I hate it. If I do, I use concealer on the uneven areas around my eyes, nose and mouth, a little bit of mascara and blush on the apples of my cheeks. I always have 48 lip glosses floating around in my bag, so I’ll wear the first one I fish out. I also have cuticle oil in my bag that I try to use every time I wash my hands. Night: At night I do the same thing as I do in the morning except I use a night serum at the end by Estée Lauder. It comes in a very adult, brown bottle and makes me feel like I’m doing something for my future, like opening a 401K. If I’ve had a particularly long day I’ll take another shower and wash my hair. I like Sachajuan and Living Proof products. I generally go to sleep with wet hair because I’m too lazy to blow dry it. The added uncertainty of how it might look in the morning makes it fun.” - Jessica Joffe]]>
I’m heading to Montreal!
And I’ll be at Indigo in Montreal on Tuesday and would love to see you there! The event begins at 12:00pm with an interview followed by a Q&A. Afterwards I’ll be hanging out afterwards to sign products and meet you guys! I hope you can make it!! Kisses! Tuesday, August 19th, 12pm / Indigo at Place Montréal Trust, 1500 Avenue McGill College, Montréal, Quebec]]>
You know that vague feeling you get when summer is coming to an end? When the days start getting shorter and you can’t go out in the evenings anymore without bringing a sweater? When you start flipping through magazines wondering what kind of new girl you’ll be in the fall*?
I like this slightly melancholy and exciting time of year when you can’t believe you’re getting your scarves out already, and you end up putting bizarre things together like in Kristyna’s outfit in the photo. And besides, I’ll never stop getting excited at the sight of a gray sweater, so… ———– *I mean, girls like you and me, anyway. The real fashion hounds have already pre-ordered everything in advance. Are you crazy!?!? Sweatshirt, Everlane; Swimsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez; Scarf, Nili Lotan; Hat, Clyde; Bracelet, Victoria Bekerman.]]>
Isn’t it amazing how instagram became a source to discover new food places – if I hadn’t found this place’s stream, I might have never found it. Because when do I find myself in Friedrichshain? Not very often. It’s like a little heaven for lovers of vegan clean food, with a beautifully styled interior and a menu to make you drool. Just the name I can’t even pronounce – La-auma? Lauma? La-ooma? But then, what’s in a name?
Located on Sonntagsstraße not far from the gigantic construction site for the new Ostkreuz train station, this one is all about vegan sustainability. Focussed on seasonal, local and organic ingredients for the menu and using recycled materials like used pallets and wooden planks, this one still doesn’t have a makeshift or eco/esoteric indoctrination like appeal. It’s a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere you’ll meet upon entering.
The menu is not crazy big, but exciting – a variety of sandwiches like Mr. Bean, filled with black bean oat balls, red wine tomato sauce and Gremolata, or the Super Mario, filled with grilled vegetables, smoked miso tofu and pesto. And they even had a burger offered, I’ll be back to consider him for this list. Or the smoothies, not too green, but filled with superfoods like Lucuma, Maca or Carob. All of which the nice staff will explain to you patiently and you can purchase separately to take home. There are even some raw options – raw “pasta” with lemon tahini dressing (pictured above and very refreshing on a warm day), and loads of raw bars and cakes. Another specialty is their coldbrew coffee with less acidity than normal coffee, mild taste but a powerful effect. Heard enough and can’t wait to go? Like so many places, it’s not open on Mondays, but I strongly suggest to put in on your to-do list to treat yourself this week.
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