Entries Tagged as 'Adorn'

The best lip treatment just got better



Sugar_CherryFresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment, clear your make-up bag out now and get ready to fill up on these color smoothies.

Their best-selling Sugar lip treatments have a devoted following, and I count myself among the people crazy enough to buy a $22.50 lip gloss. I’ve tested my fair share of lip sticks, glosses, polishes butters, and balms, but this always comes out on top! I’ve been using Sugar lip treatment in Rose and Original (a clear gloss) for a few years now; they are great neutral everyday sticks to throw in my purse, but the newest color to be added to the Sugar collection is reinvigorating my trust in and love for Sugar! In a bright Cherry red that’s dark enough for the season but still feels full of sunshine, Cherry rounds out the palette of Sugar colors–Honey, Petal, Passion, Coral, Berry, and Plum.

The lip treatment is really a tinted balm, so you’ll get a good dose of color, shine–but not too much, and lips drenched in moisture. If Cherry is not your shade, there are enough colors in the Sugar family now to suit any skin tone. And oh, it’s got SPF 15. Bonus!

Barbershops: The Spa for Dudes



It sounds crazy, but my nail salon is always full of men. I can’t quite figure it out; do I live in some futuristic bubble where guys have finally realized its OK to get their eyebrows waxed and nails buffed? I’m all for the grooming. But even better? The growth of traditional straight shaves and barbershops that cater to an elevated class of men.

I recently accompanied my boyfriend to this first straight shave at NYC’s Neighborhood Cut and Shave, a Greenwich Village staple for guys that come in looking scrappy and leave looking dapper. I was interested to see the culture of the shop from the inside and see how it compared to the culture of female haute hair boutiques like Dream Dry. Did they gossip? Discuss the merits of Malin + Goetz face moisturizer? Smoke cigars while someone trimmed their eyebrows? Fact: I saw a man get his eyebrows trimmed. I also saw a ‘manly man’ profusely thank his barber for being so accommodating to his specific hair requests. It was weird. At the same time, it was just like female-only hair spots. Only there was whiskey. (Jealous!)

Shops like Esquires of Wall Street and Truman’s have been polishing up the men of New York for years, but growing interest from younger generations in the old-fashioned grooming style has helped keep the shops open–and produce a market for new ones.

HARRY’s, a razor company started by one of the co-founder’s of hipster eyeglass company Warby Parker, (and developed in partial response to Millenials’ interest in pricey places like The Art of Shaving) opened Harry’s Corner Shop in late October 2013. Guys can stop in for a cut and shave, pick up HARRY’s products, or stock up on essentials like Hanes Tees and Public Supply notebooks.

The latest barbershop in town is going straight to wear men gravitate, with a trusted name to back it. GQ has partnered with Fellow Barber and Barclay’s Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets) to open a pop-up barbershop, officially open for business this Friday. The partnership is just another example of brand extensions going on in the magazine world, and shows that style and class are not going anywhere anytime soon, even if suits are a thing of the past.

Photo Credit: New York Daily News

What to Buy if You Missed Out on the Isabel Marant for H&M Collection



Embodiment of the phrase “effortless style” and designer to every cool looking girl in France, Isabel Marant has had new and old fans alike counting the days until her coveted collection for H&M launched. Select stores in the US opened their doors this morning to lines of fashionistas waiting to snag the designer’s duds at a fraction of the cost of her regular collection, where a knit sweater is in the $500 range.

Something made me crazy enough to stop in to H&M in Times Square (which also opened it’s doors for the first time at midnight with a ribbon cutting ceremony overseen by Lady Gaga) at 9am today on my way to the office. Surprisingly, there was still product left after 9 hours of consumers ravaging the store. The basics all had the perfect slouchy-sexy look that Marant has perfected so well and were reasonable priced. Other duds just didn’t feel worth it–like these studded heels I was initially excited about, but would never pay $200 for H$M shoes. Despite some of the overpriced pieces, like the embellished tweed cropped jacket that oozes Marant’s style, the collection sold out in stores and online in a matter of hours and left angry online shoppers in a virtual queue to check out, and then informed them everything had sold out.

While I’m sure people will be making their returns over the next 7 days (as is the collection’s return policy) and items will inevitably appear on eBay, here are a few pieces you can shop for right now that will give you the same je ne sais quoi!

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $69.95; J. Crew Collection, $98

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $24.95; Ali NY via Max and Chloe, $60

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M (Men’s), $129; Max & Mia from Nordstrom, $98

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $299; Isola ‘Antonella’ Boot from Nordstrom, $139.95

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $59.95; Noisy May from Asos, $49.83

Left, Isabel Marant for H&M, $59.95; Sanctuary Studded Crewneck from Nordstrom; $79

Get shopping! And if you’re wondering, I treated myself to the gold lame scarf

Idée fixe: Roses



Idée fixe: French for “fixed idea,” this term was originally used to describe recurring themes in music and literature. Later, it became a psychological term for a preoccupation or prolonged obsession. This is what I’m fixating on now.


Once only thought of in modern day fashions for Spring, roses, the flower full of symbolism in many cultures as far back as the Classical Era (in Roman times, “under the rose” meant to keep a secret) is now making a modern comeback–as a beauty elixir, a print on denim, and in food and drink, and I’m falling for the classic beauty.

For centuries, roses have been used in beauty products as an olfactory ingredient, but now their calming and moisturizing properties are coming to fruition as they take on another role in skin care.

I first fell in love with rose water while living in Italy and spotted the elegant Florentine formulated blue bottle at the Farmacia and decided to try it out as a toner. H. Roberts and Co. Acqua Distallata alle Rose is both calming and refreshing on skin, first thing in the morning or right before bed. The scent is amazing and I wi

When I discovered Rose Cleansing Foam from Fresh, I was immediately reminded of my favorite rose toner and soon I saw roses blooming everywhere!
Printed denim is swimming in the delicate petals, but I opted for the Nike Floral Pro Bazaar Tight, a sporty take on floral pants, that I’m just as apt to wear to the gym as I am for a day of browsing the farmer’s market.

In addition, roses petals are being ingested more than ever. The tasty petals flavored my macaron a few weeks ago at my favorite Parisian patisserie– Lauderee (thank goodness they are now in NYC too!) Try it in cupcakes too, with this tasty recipe for Rose Vanilla cupcakes from Williams-Sonoma.

Tummy grumbling? Try rosehip tea, which is known to aid in digestion.

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