Friday, September 12, 2014

17 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Testing red lipsticks at work...

I'm sorry for the posting delinquency over the last few days--let's just say, I've had a lot going on this week! But of course that didn't stop me from reading, coveting, and laughing my way across the web. Here's a few of my favorite finds:

• I bought this dress last week, wore it this week for the first time, and am totally obsessed. So cool, so flattering--it's my new go-to for work, for sure.

•  Allure announced the 2014 Best of Beauty winners! Having worked there for nearly six years, I can tell you firsthand that a TON of testing and scrutiny goes into these picks, so you know they're good ones.

• Over-the-knee boots are usually crazy expensive. But these are super cute and the price is right. (Thanks for the lead, Dominique!)

• I made this soup a few nights ago after finding it on Felicia's blog and it was SO. GOOD. (Super healthy, too!)

• Considering I'm still rocking the 4s (complete with a snazzy cracked screen!), I'm buying an iPhone 6 today. (Hopefully I'll already have it by the time you read this...!) This chart helped me choose which of the two to get. Deciding factor: I can't deal with a phone that's bigger than a Pop Tart.

• Possibly the prettiest, most perfect wavy lob that I've ever seen.

• Love! This DIY quote pillow looks supercute--and so easy.

• It is MINDBOGGLING that any of these horrifyingly controversial toys ever got made. How? How??? (Though I have to say: I agree with the author: The breastfeeding doll isn't such a big deal. Everything else though? Yikes.)

• These potato nachos look all kinds of yum. I want to recreate them with sweet potatoes to make them even healthier.

• This Instagram cracked me up.

• Boo on you, Annie's Shells & White Cheddar. :(

• Oh, hi, ridiculously perfect radiant skin.

• A good reminder about waiting.

• This amazingness has got to be fake, right? Update: Holy crap, I think it might be real. #Iwanttogotothere

And in case you missed it, I...

• Shared the beauty routine (and awesome tips and tricks!) of my friend, Eleanor, the CEO of Paintbox.

• Talked openly about balancing work life and mom life.

• Decided that I want to dress like a Game of Thrones character.

Monday, September 8, 2014

When Your Game of Thrones Obsession Takes Over Your Closet

game of thrones inspired outfit

Gown, Tory Burch; headband, Jennifer Behr for J.Crew; Dragon clutch, Charlotte Olympia; necklace, Baublebar; boots, Loeffler Randall; arrow earrings, Gorjana

I know I'm probably the last person on the planet to become obsessed with Game of Thrones, but you guys...I'm obsessed with Game of Thrones! I did quite a bit of traveling this summer, so I packed all four seasons into the past two months or so, and just finished the season four finale last week. OMG...SO. GOOD. Great characters, crazy-good action, amazing costumes and sets, and those braids? Epic. 

You know what else I'm obsessed with right now? This dress. Yep, when I saw this gown, my heart skipped a beat. I love the rich color, metallic details, and dramatic silhouette. And maybe it's just that I've got GoT on the brain, but the fact that it kind of looks like it came straight out of Cersei Lannister's closet doesn't hurt either. 

I loved the dress so much that it inspired me to gather a few other Game of Thrones reminiscent pieces: the delicate gold headband, my all-time favorite Loeffler Randall boots, the dragon clutch--I'd wear every single one. Maybe not all at once, but weaving the individual pieces into various outfits I already own? Now that seems very House Hertzig to me. 

Do you guys watch Game of Thrones? Are you as obsessed as me??

P.S. - This Game of Thrones tee made me laugh. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I'm On 'What Would Gwyneth Do?' Today!

Photo by Ady Dorsett

I discovered the blog What Would Gwyneth Do a few months back and have since become a big fan. So I was super excited when Raluca contacted me recently to be featured in her awesome "I Don't Know How She Does It" series. And I'm even more excited today now the piece is up! I'm so honored to be included, especially since I'm following in the fashionable footsteps of women like Aliza Licht, DryBar's Alli Webb, and more. Head on over to read all about how I balance work and motherhood (or, well, at least how I try), plus get a few of my current fashion, beauty, and kid obsessions. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Beauty Secrets: Eleanor Langston of Paintbox

Eleanor Langston and Elvis at home

Products galore in the master bathroom
The fully-stocked fragrance tray in Eleanor's bedroom
A few lip favorites
Her glittery Paintbox manicure
Top photos by Alyssa Hertzig; bottom two images c/o Paintbox
Meet my friend Eleanor Langston. Elle and I met years ago when we were both rising beauty editors in the industry. She was always one of the sweetest (and smartest) editors around, making her mark at magazines like Cosmo, Fitness, and Self. Then, after ten years in the industry, she went from writing about nail being the CEO of her own nail empire. She opened Paintbox, the chicest nail salon ever, earlier this year--and it's amazing. (I wrote all about it here.) Recently, I visited Elle in the gorgeous Tribeca apartment that she shares with her husband, her young son, and her adorable pup, Elvis, to get a glimpse at her behind-the-scenes beauty life. Read on to find out how she always, well, nails it.

Why did you decide to make the move from beauty editor to business owner? "There’s no denying I am a beauty girl through and through. Blowouts, lipsticks, facials, manicures, fragrance–I love it all. I attribute that to my Southern roots. I spent a decade as beauty editor at various magazinesand you know the drill as a fellow beauty editoryour job is to look at all of the various trends and narrow them down to what it is relevant for readers. I treat my role at Paintbox the same way: to edit down all of the nail art trends and all of the latest polishes to what's coolest and best for our clients."

And now on to your beauty routine! What's your favorite eyeshadow? "MAC Satin Taupe. This color is hard to describe–a little bit pewter, a little bit metallic beige, a little earthy gold–but 100 percent flattering on brown eyes. I’ve been wearing this shade since my wedding 10 years ago. And the texture sweeps across lids effortlessly, never feels chalky or too powdery that it goes everywhere."

Lip color? "NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose. I recently discovered this cult-favorite, and I can totally see why girls are obsessed with it. It glides across your lips and the color truly lasts all day. It’s the perfect texture, gives my face a pop of colorwithout the 'whoa!' of sometimes-aging bright redand it stays in place."

Blush? "My cheeks tend to be a little pink (especially after a glass or two of wine!), so I like to downplay the rosiness. I try to stay away from pink at all costs and use powder bronzers or highlighters in pearl- or light-gold shades instead. My favorite is the goof-proof Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Its divided by soft-focus powders to wear in dim, radiant, and incandescent light. #genius."

Foundation? "Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I have my sister, my mom, and most of my friends hooked on this satin-y cream base that seems to melt into my skin so seamlessly. It’s hydrating and gives your skin that perfect I-woke-up-like-this (cue Beyonce) luminosity. Then, Smashbox Perfecting Powder is my go-to for finishing my makeup every day. It’s the perfect setting powder to make your makeup blend together and look flawless." 

Mascara? "CoverGirl LashExact Mascara. The wand gets every single lasheven the hard-to-reach ones on the sidesand makes them look long, jet black, lush and glossy."

Hair products? "The Redken All Soft line makes my hair feel so much less tangly than usual and is one of my recent faves. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for sexy, Blake Lively-esque texture is one of my must-haves, and I use Shu Uemura Nourishing Protective Oil on my ends every day. It’s a dry-texture oil that protects my ends from heat damage, but doesn’t weigh down my waves. And I like the  T3 SinglePass Twirl Curling Iron because I can use it to get beachy waves really quickly without worrying about burning myself. It’s the only hair tool I ever bring on vacation."

Skin-care products? "SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 is my go-to sun shield. It’s liquid-y texture makes blending a cinch, plus it doesn’t mess up my makeup at all."

Body product? "St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion has the most luxurious texture ever that rivals even the priciest body lotions. Also, I love that it has a pump. I sometimes mix it with Tata Harper body oils for a boost of more hydration."

Nail polish shade? "Essie Clambake is the perfect poppy red that’s not too orange or too red. It’s just bright enough for summer but looks classic and chic all year."

Fragrance? "Frederic Malle Carnal Flower–a deep, sexy tuberose that I’ve been wearing for about eight years. I’ve tried hundreds of other perfumes, but I always go back to this one for its incredibly complex floral scent."

What is your favorite manicure to get at Paintbox? "How can I pick just one?! Right now, I am loving 'Electric Youth' (from our All is Bright summer capsule collection), but I’m also drawn to 'Divide and Conquer' (perfect for accentuating almond nail shades and lengthening your fingers and nails–love it in beiges and lavenders with a white line), and 'Bling Ring' (glittery and sparkly, but super chic and a little sexy with the negative space, which is also perfect for disguising regrowth–love it in rose golds and multicolored glitters.'"

What's your best makeup tip? "One of my tricks is at the end of my makeup routine I spray a little bit of Jurlique Rosewater Mist on a big bronzer brush and very lightly dust it over my face. It makes everything look more naturally dewy and less makeup-y."

Your best time-saving tip? "If you need to get out the door fast, skip a full face of makeup and just focus on your brows. Many girls skip this step, but I think it’s the single most important feature to play up. If your brows are defined and polished, you’ll instantly elevate your look."

What's your beauty look for a typical day? "I usually define my brows and then do a soft, smoky nude eye. My hair is usually in messy waves and sometimes pulled back half-way."

And for night? "I amp up my lipstick and add more black eyeliner in the waterline of my eyes–that makes a huge difference. Needless to say, day or night, my nails are on point–benefit of owning Paintbox!"

How long does it take you to get ready? "I can get ready in 15 minutes–seriously. I usually shower at night, so I just go back in and smooth out my waves with my T3 curling iron. Then, I put on my makeup, brush my teeth, etc while my son watches some Elmo videos." 

Since you're from the South, I'm curious: Do Southerners differ from New Yorkers in terms of beauty? "It really depends on the city in the South. New Yorkers are definitely edgier with eyeliner, a bolder lip, or a signature hairstyle. In the South, girls mostly stick to highlighting their natural beauty with softer lip, eye, and hair choices. And it’s absolutely a stereotype that you’ll see bigger hair in the South–but generally, I find it to be true."

Is there anything you miss about being a beauty editor? "Seeing my editor friends on a more consistent basis. Beauty editors are a tight crew!"

Take a guess: How many beauty products do you have at home? "Gulp...200-plus and about 50-plus nail polishes. So embarrassed to say it, but the truth is, our apartment resembles Sephora. My husband would vouch for that."


Want more product porn? Check out the Beauty Secrets of:

• TV-fashion blogger Dana Weiss (a.k.a. Possessionista)

• Taylor Sterling of Glitter Guide

Friday, August 29, 2014

16 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Saw this funny shirt on DryBar's Insta feed, hightailed it to Etsy, and snapped it up immediately. 

Are you guys doing anything fun this weekend? We're off to the Hamptons just for one day, then coming back to hang with some local friends. Related: How the hell is summer almost over??

Whatever you're up to, have a great long weekend!

• My first fall fashion purchase? This sleek black blazer with faux-leather sleeves. It's under-$100 and so cool.

• One of those funniest things I've read in a long time: Funny because it's oh. so. true. Said the mom who is guilty of way too many of these things including buying Bento boxes for her child's lunchbox, personalizing their backpacks, photographing her kid on the front steps, cutting said kid's cheese into flower shapes, and...I'll stop now. #help

• These gold sunglasses are amazing. Want, want, want.

• What fragrance lover wouldn't love this cute, $50 sweater emblazoned with a sequined perfume bottle?

• Kate Bosworth's braid game is next-level pretty. Exhibit A and B. Both so, so good.

• This outfit is simple but stunning--I can't stop thinking about it. Definitely recreating it soon.

• This eight-year-old fashion critic commenting on the Emmys dresses cracked me up.

• I was practically drooling reading this recipe. Yummmm.

• What's really in your Pumpkin Spice Latte. (Spoiler: It ain't pumpkin.)

• I really want to commission one of these beautiful custom oil paintings.

• Beauty product names that make you say 'Hmmm.'

Loved this piece on the power of siblings. Definitely worth a read if you have brothers or sisters--it made so many interesting points. This part kind of sums it up: "The sibling relationship is life's longest lasting relationship, longer, for most of us by a quarter of a century, than our ties to our parents...It lasts longer than our relationship with our children, certainly longer than with a spouse, and with the exception of a few lucky men and women, longer than with a best friend."

• And because you know I love me a good blowout--and a good pair of sunglasses--I had to share this news: DreamDry is teaming up with Cohen's Fashion Optical for a cool contest where you could win a makeover at the salon and two pairs of Gucci glasses. Fun, right? For details on how to enter, click here. (Note: This is not sponsored--just thought it sounded fun!)

And in case you missed it, this week I...

• Shared my #1 rule of online shopping.

• Recreated the sweet-meets-edgy outfit seen on Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins...for my four year old.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fashion Blogger vs. Four Year Old: Stripes & Sequins

black moto plus white dress

Left: Photo via Stripes & Sequins. Right: Jacket, dress, bag, sandals

I had so much fun with my recent Fashion Blogger vs. Four-Year-Old post that I couldn't wait to do another one. So, here it is! This time, I'm featuring one of my favorite ladies: Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins. I loved her sweet-meets-edgy combo of the LWD with the black moto jacket that she wore a few weeks back. I'd wear it myself, of course, but it would be so cute for a pint-size lady, too. Mini motos and (faux) Chanel? Now that's what little girls are made of.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The #1 Rule of Online Shopping: If It Doesn't Look Good On The Model...

(If you dare...) Top, Piperlime
I do almost all of my shopping online. That means, I rarely get a chance to try something on until I've already bought it. And because I hate returns (is there anything worse than lugging packages to the UPS store?), I work hard to try and determine whether or not something will fit (and look good on me) purely from viewing it on a computer screen. 

There are lots of little tips I've picked up, but my biggest one is a simple, harsh, but necessary truth: If it doesn't look good on the model, it won't look good on you. 

Sorry, but it just won't. This is one I've had to learn the hard way--and one I still have to occasionally remind myself of when I see a cute top that makes the model look a little chunky and I think, "Well, mayyyyybeee?" But no. No

The number one reason catalog models are catalog models is because their bodies are built perfectly for clothes. They're super tall with long legs, flat tummies, zero hips, and just-enough boob and butt without being too much boob and butt. Most clothes never look better than when they are hanging on the rack, and these models are the next best thing. And if a top (or a dress or pair of pants) can't manage to make them look good in clothes, do you really want any part of it?

I don't care how awesome your body is (and, by the way, this rule does not mean you have a "bad body"), but if it's not better than a human clothes hanger further perfected with a little Photoshop help, then abort mission. Move on to the next cute top. Do not attempt. 

Sadly, this rule doesn't work the other way: If it looks good on the model, it won't automatically look good on you. But, hey, that's what those UPS return trips are for, right?

P.S. - Today is the last day to enter this giveaway. Hurry: Enter to win now!