Friday, February 5, 2016

I Got It From My Mama

The photo, above, on the top left is my mom! She doesn't know the exact date it was taken, but it was some time around 1970 when she was in her early 20s. Doesn't she look pretty? Plus, I just love that the photo is sooo late '60s/early '70s/Mad Men-esque, but also kind of timeless. 

Earlier this week, I got to take part in a photo shoot to recreate it! They had pros on hand to do my makeup (LOTS of blue eyeshadow) and hair (I was cursing my mom for doing those weird side curls back in the day), and they even had a stylist find me a similar, more modernized version of the dress. (It was this one by Trina Turk.) Such a fun day!

This was all on behalf of Galderma's Mom Genes campaign, and the new survey they've just released about mothers, daughters, and facial aging. Inspired? To kick off the campaign, they want your mother/daughter photos, too. For every picture uploaded to this site, Galderma will donate $5 to the National Charity League Inc, a non-profit that fosters mother-daughter relationships through volunteering.

Thanks to Galderma for having me on this fun shoot! What do you guys think of the photo?

Disclosure: I participated in this shoot as a guest of Galderma, but I was under no obligation to cover the results or the campaign. This is not a sponsored post.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wish List: Black and Gold Awesomeness

black white and gold

For today's post, I've gathered a few fun things I'm craving these days. There's a little black, a little gold, and lots of leather (both real and fake). Plus, here's the best part: The three most expensive things on this list are all on major sale right now. Best. News. Ever. Enjoy!

1) Anthropologie sweater: I want to throw on leggings or skinny jeans and just live in this sweater. It's got that cute-meets-comfy thing that you know I love and I totally dig the textured pattern.

2) J.Crew Faux-Leather Midi Skirt: I'm SO into midi skirts right now, and this one is (faux) LETH-UH! Love it with a sweater, a statement necklace, and chic flats (or even sneakers!).

3) Moroccan Magic Lip Balm: Recently, a company sent me this new organic, argan-oil-infused lip balm to try out. Coincidentally, it was right around the time that the weather was getting way colder, and my lips suddenly started to get seriously chapped. And I'm talking the cracked, super painful, not-cute kind of chapped. I gave this balm a go and it actually eliminated my chapped lips completely in two days. Sold! (BTW, not sponsored--just awesome!)

4) Nike sneakers: Oh em gee these are so freaking cool.

5) Lulu Frost Jabrosa Spike Necklace: Um, this ridiculously amazing necklace was originally $410 and is now $165. I'm so, soooo tempted.

6) Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette: Urban Decay makes some of my all-time favorite eye shadows; the texture is unbeatable! I love this Gwen-designed palette because it's got all these great neutrals punctuated with a few fun, nighttime-y shades. Also, the outside is just so cool-looking, and sorry, but THAT MATTERS.

7) Stuart Weitzman Cinchboot Boots: I am having an existential crisis with these boots right now. On one hand, they are AMAZING. On the other hand, I need another pair of black boots like I need a a hole in my head. But then there's the fact that they are on ridiculous, 50%-off sale right now. Normally $745, they are on sale for $343. HELP. 

8) Loeffler Randall Hobo Bag: I'd had my eye on this bag for weeks (I mentioned it here!), but wasn't ready to pull the trigger. Then, I happened to find it on sale on Amazon, of all places--for $75 off!!!--and I scooped it up right away. It just arrived yesterday and I'm already in love. It's the perfect size--not too huge, but holds a ton--and it's so, so cute. (Also, it's still full-price everywhere else, so the Amazon thing is an especially awesome deal. Run, don't walk!)

9) Michael Kors 24K Brilliant Gold fragrance: A few months back, I was working on a fall fragrance story for the magazine where my team and I sifted (and sniffed!) through basically every single new perfume launching for the season. We narrowed it down to just nine favorites for the story and this was one of them. The mandarin-vetiver scent was universally loved and the gold bottle is just so glitzy-cool.

10) The Gilded Razor: I don't remember exactly when my social media friend/entertainment reporter Sam Lansky and I started following each other on Twitter, but I couldn't imagine my feed without him. He's absolutely hilarious! So, of course I had to order his brand-new memoir as soon as it came out. I'm now halfway through it, and--wow. It's the true story of his struggles with addiction and the writing is incredible. I can't put it down.

So, there you have it: my current wish list. Now, tell me what you're wanting right now. I'd love to hear!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How To Survive Being Snowed-In With Your Kids

As you probaby heard (after all, those affected tweeted about nothing else), New York City and much of the East coast got hit hard by the blizzard this past weekend. We got over two feet here (!), but luckily we never lost power. I've written before about just how much I suck at snow days with my kids, so this time, I spent all day Friday prepping for the storm. Then, once it arrived, I spent all day Saturday and Sunday cooped up inside with my husband and two bored little ones.

I learned a few things. Here's how to prep next time there's a massive snowstorm on the way.

Stock up on bottled water, flashlights, and batteries. Because having them will ensure you don't need them; while not having them will ensure the power goes out and you spend the weekend bored, drinking Gatorade, and walking around the house with a single Bath & Body Works candle for light. (For the record, I was prepared with a stash of four of these battery-operated lanterns, which came highly recommended.) 

2) Charge the iPads before the snow arrives. And then charge any external power sources you have laying around, too. (I swear by the Jackery. It's cute--I have it in gold, it's tiny so it slips easily into your purse, and it's on sale for $10.99 right now.) You'll need fully charged iPads (plus backup power), because unless you're a masochist, you're definitely going to let your kids go on an iPad bender during a snowstorm. Best case scenario, you'll just be stuck inside and that screen time is going to save everyone's sanity. Worst case scenario, the power goes out and you're going to be stuck inside rationing that sweet, precious iPad juice like it's gold. 

3) Load up your pantry with snacks. Just know that they probably won't be the right ones though. I got all of the things my kids usually love: Pirate's Booty, Goldfish, pretzels, fruit. Then, when we were actually stuck inside, they randomly demanded potato chips, which of course, I didn't have. If I were to do it again, I'd involve them in the process before I went grocery shopping and ask them for two or three snack choices they wanted to eat during the storm. Live and learn.

4) Scour Pinterest for cute and educational art projects for your kids to do while they're housebound. Haha. J/K. I'm way too much of a slacker mom for that. 

5) Make sure their snowpants and boots fit. It's best to do this in the fall, but if you're like me, you'll purposely procrastinate, thinking you could maaaaybe get through the season without having to buy these items, which they will end up wearing zero to two times. But nope. You always, always end up needing them. So you'll wait until there is an actual blizzard and your kids are standing by the back door ready to go out and play, before realizing...oh crap. I did have the foresight to buy my kids' new snowboots this year, but I flaked on buying snowpants. My size 6 daughter had to make do with last year's 5T snowpants that were about four inches too short, so she had freezing wet calves after five minutes outside. #momfail. This year, I bought these snow boots for my daughter, which she is obsessed with, and I now have these snow pants on the way. My son has Old Navy snow overalls and these boots. (Side note: I highly recommend Kamik Kids boots, like I bought my son, for any little kid around two or three. There is nothing harder than getting snow boots on uncooperative feet, but these open almost all the way, so they are simple to get on. They were also quite a bit cheaper than many other top-rated options I found. Win win.)

6) If all else fails, scoop some snow into a bowl, throw some sprinkles on it, and call it "snow ice cream." My kids actually fell for this! In fact, they loved it! And it bought me like 30 minutes of relaxing time! Snow in a bowl. Trust.

Were you in the path of the blizzard, too? Or have you been stuck inside with your kids for other natural disasters? What are your secrets for making it out alive? I'd love to hear!

Friday, January 15, 2016

My Son is A Freaking Genius

My two-and-a-half-year-old son is smart. (Yes, I know all parents say this, but go with me here.) He's incredibly talkative for his age, knows some surprisingly big words, has a sense of humor, and can count quite high. Like any sane parents, we assume he's a genius.

Then, yesterday...this happened. He was standing around talking to my parents and I when, all of a sudden, he blurts out: "Five and two is seven!"

"Did he just add five and two?" my mom asked.

It sure as hell sounded like it. So I turned to him. "Nate, what's five plus two?" I asked.

"Seven!" he said.

Oh my god, I thought. He's two and he can add. 

My son is Einstein

I decided to test the theory.

"Nate, honey, what's one plus two?"

My parents and I leaned in, waiting for the inevitable brilliance. 

My son thought about it for a second, smiled, and then answered triumphantly: "Black!"

One plus two equals black.

Good thing he's cute, too. ;)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to Wear Sneakers Without Looking Like a Slob

sneakers for work

For years, I owned only two pairs of sneakers. They were big and bulky and not cute, so I dug them out from the depths of my closet to wear only for those one or two times a year when I pretended I was a jogger. Or for those one or two times a year when I would randomly find myself on a farm for pumpkin picking or something. (Actually, just pumpkin picking. I can't think of another reason I would have to be on a farm.)

Then I became a Mom In Her 30s, and comfy shoes started to sound a lot more appealing. Luckily this seemed to coincide with sneakers becoming cool...and cute! You guys, there are SO many cute ones these days. I especially love them with gold or silver metallic accents, touches of salmon pink, or anything in a really basic (black, gray) or really fun (burgundy, teal) color.

The key to wearing sneakers and not looking like a slob is to make the rest of your outfit a little fancier. Sneakers with schlubby clothes looks schlubby, whereas sneakers with a midi skirt or skinny jeans and a fancy necklace looks more "Olivia-Palermo-casually-running-errands-in-Soho."

Right now, I especially love slip-on sneakers worn with a skirt like my friend/street style star/master-of-making-sneakers-look-cool Eva Chen is wearing in the center photo above. I'm also really into more athletic styles paired with leggings or skinnies and a big sweater.

If you happen to be feeling the dressing-up-sneakers trend, too, I've pulled a few of my favorite pairs available right now, below.

sneakers for work

Which one is your favorite? And tell me: What's your favorite way to wear sneakers so they look cool/cute not gym-esque?

Monday, January 11, 2016

20 Cool Things You Need To Click On Today

My nanny wheeled my son into the blowout bar last week to wait for me while I finished my appointment. He was VERY freaked out and totally confused about what the hell the hairstylist was doing to my head. :)

I usually do these round-up posts on Fridays, but I realized that I had so much good stuff that I couldn't wait! So, here I am.

Did you guys have a good weekend? Mine was pretty low key. Today is my husband's birthday, so I'm baking a cake this afternoon (and wrapping some presents!) and then heading into the city for a fun dinner tonight.

Hope your Monday is off to a good start. Here's some fun links to check out while you're (inevitably) procastinating today.

• 6 great podcasts you can listen to with your kids.

• If you're obsessed with Making a Murderer, here's a brilliant, hilarious look at the hairstyles on the show.

• I made this soup last night and it was SO good and SO easy. It took literally 15 minutes. (And yes, it's the same one Cup of Jo raved about last week!)

• An unapologetic essay from a woman who buys makeup, uses it, and then returns it. (Spoiler alert: She's a disgusting human being.)

• I related to this so much: I Had to Stop Splurging On My Son.

• A great read if you're wondering what the heck to do with your life (i.e. you're human): Why "What do I want" is the wrong question to ask yourself.

• I (and eight other bloggers) talked to Women's Health about some of the beauty trends we're most lookng forward to trying in 2016.

• When you can't afford childcare, you get creative.

• We are definitely guilty of underestimating the chores that our kids can do.

• The Seinfeld phrases that turned into cultural phenomenons.

• From the walls and walls of windows to the "wine mine," Oprah's new Colorado home is insane.

• A dialect coach rates foreign TV actors' American accents. (Um, I didn't even know some of these people--like the guy who plays Matt Jamison on The Leftovers--weren't American!)

• Dressing for myself, not my selfie.

• For my marketing and PR friends: This is a great read on the changing world of influencer marketing.

• I have two siblings, so I couldn't relate to this personally, but I still found it to be a very interesting read: Being An Only Child Was Great--It's Being An Only Adult That Sucks.

And in case you missed it, I...

• Appeared on The Lifestyle Edit talking career, beauty, mentors, and more.

• Asked my BFF to write an op-ed about skinny women in Hollywood.

• Wished you Happy New Year...from my hair.

• Gave a peek at my New Year's cards.

• Shared my most popular blog posts of 2015.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

I'm On The Lifestyle Edit Today!

Today I'm featured on The Lifestyle Edit! If you're not familar with it, it's a London-based site, run by the fabulous Naomi Mdudu, that covers career, fashion, beauty, wellness, and more through fascinating interviews with women. (And P.S., the photography is beautiful!) 

I'm beyond honored that Naomi chose to include me in this group of smart, successful, inspiring women. We shot these photos, and did the interview, quite a while ago--back in the early fall, during NYFW, in Central Park. When I saw and read through the final piece today, I was floored. What a wonderful feature! I'm truly flattered. 

Please, please head on over to check it out. I talk about how I got started in magazines, how I moved up the masthead, what a beauty editor really does all day, the brilliant people who have helped me along the way, how often I wash my own hair (spoiler alert: very rarely), and of course, the very best beauty products around.

Then, please come back here and let me know what you think of the piece. Enjoy!