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Bookmark this site: Wolf & Badger

I stumbled upon Wolf & Badger while doing research for a San Francisco Chronicle story–and I’ve been addicted ever since. It offers the best in quirky chic decor, fashion and accessories, all from independent designers. While the boutique is based in the posh Notting Hill neighborhood of London, you don’t have to cross the pond to enjoy first dibs on all their fabulous up-and-coming designer finds! You need only log on.

Here are the five pieces at the top of my wish list…

1. White Message Click Clock
2. Copper Pipework Candlestick
3. Apartment Stacking Cups
4. Parisian Pink Palm Cushion
5. Min Lilla Viking Lamp
6. White Hand Single Stem Flower Vase
7. Floral Frances Print


Chic Clicks: 3 Things to Read Online Now


costerellos bridal gown - up and coming bridal gown designers1. Calling all fashion-forward brides

T&C has rounded up the top 9 up and coming bridal designers to watch–and it is a not to be missed list for stylish brides-to-be! I’m swooning over the delicate embroidery on this Mira Zwillinger gown! Ooh la la!

2. Friday Night Social Series with The Editorialite 

I’m thrilled to reveal that from 6:30-8:30 on Friday November 7  I’ll be co-hosting “Going From Sweating it out to Night Out,” an event at the uber cool Sweat Republic in the Marina. Guests can sip wine while enjoying first dibs on Kamila Dmowska’s latest collection of ladylike frocks, Surfset fitness demos and an Editorialite-designed goodie bag filled with everything you need to go from sweaty to stylish in under sixty seconds. Expect lots more on the event soon!

3. These 10 Tumblr Accounts Will Change Your Life

Nylon Magazine has scoured the web for the most life-alteringly bizarre Tumblr accounts. I recommend checking out Worst Room Ever if you want to feel good about your current living situation and  Awkward Stock Photos if you want a good laugh.


5 pro tips to transition your skin from fall to winter


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Fall to winter skincare pearls of wisdom from a pro

I recently had the pleasure of getting a facial at San Francisco’s Medesthetics RX–and for me to refer to a facial as a pleasure is saying a lot. After years blogging and reporting on beauty, I’m not the easiest of clients. I know too much for my own good, but there wasn’t a question I could throw Medical Esthetician Joshua Maniscalco that he couldn’t answer. Let’s just say I was beyond impressed, and that was before I glimpsed the results of his work; glowing, dewy, youthful skin.

I couldn’t let this man so full of wrinkle-erasing, pore-minimizing and collagen-building  wisdom go without first probing him for some skincare tips. I asked Joshua for some seasonal advice on how to transition that healthy autumn glow into winter.

Here’s what he had to say…

1. Always Wear Sunscreen

Always use a physical sunscreen in the morning even if you work in an office building. Your skin should always be protected from UVA (Aging Rays) which do not change in the winter months and can often be more damaging due to the reflection off of snow and ice.

2. Deep Exfoliate away Summer Sun Damage

If you were sun tanning in the summer and notice dull dry skin with new or darker pigmentation, see an esthetician for a deeper exfoliation like Microdermabrasion or Dermaplaning combined with a light Alpha Hydroxy Acid peel. My favorite is Lactic Acid for Thin/Dry/Normal/Combo skin. For thicker less sensitive skin or oily skin try a Glycolic peel. Your Esthetician will know what is best for your skin type and lifestyle.

3. Shave Your Face

Exfoliate by shaving your face. Two blade razors work great for a woman’s skin. Shave 1-3x per week. Shave clean dry skin. For extra sensitive skin use a cream cleanser like Cetaphil or Ceravae. This process will remove ”peach fuzz” and dead skin allowing your moisturizer and serums to penetrate much better. Skeptical? Read more on the benefits of shaving your face here.

4. Keep your skin moisturized

Don’t take long hot showers, this will increase the evaporation of moisture in your skin. Instead use luke warm water when showering. Also if you live in a very cold area and the heat is on all the time use a humidifier at night to keep moisture in the air. If you have dry/combo skin switch your moisturizer to include Shea butter as a main ingredient. My favorite: Rescue by Cosmedix.

Use a serum with hyaluronic acid as it will absorb water molecules and help your moisturizer penetrate better.Hyaluronic is great for oily skin as it will not clog the pores.  My Favorite: MedEstheticsRx Hyaluronic +Vitamin C Some heavier creams have waxy ingredients that just lay on the surface of the skin creating build up.The right moisturizer can prevent Trans Epidermal Water Loss or TEWL. Tewl can manifest on the skin as dry flaky patches or even red cracked skin like eczema. Visit an esthetician for the best advice on which moisturizer works for your skin type instead of just buying over the counter.

5. Consider a Nighttime Retinoid

Now that winter is approaching consider the use of a nighttime Retinoid like Retin A or a Retinol. Retinoids are different forms of Viatmin A and they have the most scientific research to support the anti-aging benefits. Using a Retinol will help speed up the turnover and rid the skin of sun damage over time.

Don’t use weaker retinoids from the drug store. Opt instead for a professional cosmeceutical retinol or see your Dermatologist for a prescription for Retin A. Vitamin A can also increase your skins NMF (Natural Moisturizing Factor). If you have never used a retinoid start with a low dose. If you opt for prescription strengthfrom your DR then start by applying it every other night or mix it with a moisturizer for the first few weeks. Once your skin is acclimated you can apply full strength.


The 24 chicest cocoon coats to encase yourself in


Plus chic & uber cozy, the cocoon coat has got you covered

The cocoon coat is the perfect blend of warmth and style; structured yet relaxed; chic yet cozy; on-trend yet classic. It’s the height of casual elegance when layered over jeans and perfect for a night on the town when slipped over a festive frock. I’m a big fan of the style’s exaggerated lines—sloping shoulders and rounded bodice–which create sartorial drama while also allowing room for the addition of layers as the temperature drops.  This season, the style has been revamped in daring prints and eye-catching pastels. Since not all cocoon coats are created equal, we’ve rounded up the best styles to encase yourself in this season.


Floral & fringe for fall


BCBG Fringe Jacket / Yumi Kim Maxi Dress sold out, style available in red here / Rag & Bone Harrow Booties

this easy, edgy outfit has become my favorite fall look

I was on the fence about this Yumi Kim maxi dress when it went on sale on Shopbop in September, but I decided to pull the trigger. Boy, am I glad I did!

The silk print is flattering, the cut is comfortable, the style (especially the criss-cross back) is statement making and the look is incredibly versatile. With stilettos and a clutch it would pass for the more informal end of cocktail attire, but with a moto jacket and booties its hip and casual.

I’ve been pairing it most often with this fabulous fringe coat I found at BCBG (I know, it doesn’t look like something they would make!) and my Rag & Bone booties, which give just enough height to keep the hem skimming the ground and look edgy when peeking out the side slit.







From the skyline to the runway: Chicago architecture and fall fashion



Architecture meets fashion

After taking an architectural boat tour along the Chicago River this weekend, my iPhone was jam packed with stunning photos of the city’s inimitable skyline. Inspired by the buildings’ beautiful shapes and daring designs, I decided to pair them with their fall fashion counterparts.

Check out my architecture-meets-fashion couplings below and let me know which is your favorite in the comments!

1. Scalloped Edges

as Kate Moss for Top Shop Scallop Tank, $68

photoscallop tank


2. Grid work

as Helmut Lang Micro Grid Pullover, $345
photo (3) helmut lang micro grid pullover


3. Spired Rooftops

as Stella McCartney Falabella Iguana Textured Tote, $1280

photo (4) stella mccartney falabella iguana tote


4. Elevated Elipses

as Giuseppe Zanotti Cutout Sandals, $1495
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Giuseppe Zanotti


5. Curved Reflections

as Vika Gazinskaya Metallic Wrap Midi Skirt, $1105
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