|Frye Jackie Boot in Cognac / J Brand Maria Jean in Starless / Anthropologie Chambray Shirt (similar here & here) / James Perse Tank in Cascade / Amrita Singh Aztec Necklace (often on Rue La La & eBay. Similar here & here) / Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in True Coral|
The Clarisonic facial cleansing device is the Thor’s hammer of skincare tools; no matter how dirty your face is or where in the universe you are (how handy is that travel case?), it unfailingly comes to your aid, eliminating evil city grime and sweeping away unwanted makeup at sonic super speeds.
The Clarisonic is so beloved that it’s hard to find a dermatologist or aesthetician who doesn’t recommend it. If you’re unfamiliar with the Clarisonic’s much lauded virtues, check out “Is the Clarisonic really better?” a facial cleansing device piece my co-worker Maghan McDowell and I wrote for the Chronicle.
With so much praise for the device, it’s easy to forget that even the most marvelous skin tools are vulnerable to user misuse. Here are the three most common and potentially harmful Clarisonic mistakes….
- Overusing the Clarisonic
To rehydrate and replenish over stripped skin, try swapping your traditional cleanser for an oil cleanser. As I explained in “Breaking Bad Makeup,” while it seems counterintuitive, oil cleansers are actually empirically better at whisking away grease and makeup from skin. I’m currently addicted to Tatcha’s One Step Cameilla Cleansing Oil. It leaves my skin clean, soft and dewy, and it smells fantastic.
- Pressing down too hard during cleansing
- Not changing the brush head frequently enough
The company recommends shampooing the brush head while in the shower (the device is waterproof); however, there are ingredients in shampoo that can irritate sensitive skin. I suggest periodically rinsing the brush head with an anti-bacterial cleanser or, as some users swear by, spritzing the brush head with a homemade spray, such as apple cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide diluted with water. Just be sure to rinse the brush clean of the spray before using again.
How spectacular is this Arthur Elgort spread featuring Linda Evangalista from US Vogue in 1991? Evangelista is so charismatic that she nearly jumps off the page (or in this case, the computer screen). Looking at these images, I almost forgive her for infamously declaring, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” Well, at least I understand how she came to be in a position to say it.
Pleated tartan is just about as timeless as fashion gets. For a more edgy look, I like to mix the print in different sizes or shades, and when I want to look more current than classic, I wear tartan on unexpected styles, like a modern mini or contemporary tunic.
Lead With Tweed
I always feel smart and sophisticated in tweed. The fabric just seems to endow garments with an intelligent elegance–think Coco Chanel’s legendary boucle tweed blazer. It slips seamlessly into conservative offices on high neck sheath dresses, while, in more casual work environments, tweed jackets pair perfectly with dark denim.
Terrifically Tall Leather Boots
From the urban jungle to the Scottish fields, you can trek any terrain in tall, flat leather boots. They’re comfortable, warm, supremely wearable and overwhelmingly utilitarian–not to mention chic. I have a pair of black leather Prada boots that get better with wear each year (they’re getting more compliments in their third year than their first), and I’m in love with my Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots, pictured below.
What’s two shades of gold and flamingo pink all over? Your final summer fling: Charlotte Olympia’s Pandora Deco Box. Let this spider-topped clutch catch you in the season (at least for a few more days), like a CZ Guest Palm Beach party in Slim Aarons’ lens.
Sunburst Wall Mirror, French Circa 1950, Set of 6, $2900 / ABSOLUT Metropolitan Martini / Charlotte Olympia Pandora Deco Box Clutch, $1262 / Crate & Barrel Paola Navone Collection Riviera Carafes, $44.95 each / Benefit Cosmetics One Hot Minute Bronzer, $30
When I was a little girl, I used to walk through Crate & Barrel absorbing ambient Etta James and imagining what serving ware my future husband and I would register for and the perfect life it would fit into. “The rustic floral print is more country bumpkin than French country! Definitely not [sophisticated enough for] our taste! ha ha ha!” I would think smugly to myself. Today, the reality adult married life and table settings firmly in place, I still enjoy the store for its plethora of darling serving ware at affordable prices. These blue glass pitchers from the Paolo Navone collection will add a pop of color to your table all year round and are a steal at just $50 a piece.
I’m the George Clooney of bronzer relationships. I easily fall in love and quickly get hot and heavy with my new makeup mate, my cheeks flushing with a passionate faux glow. And then, after about a year, maybe two, our differences start to become pronounced–this bronzer is too matte, this one too pink, this one wants too much of a commitment–and start to lose interest. Benefit’s One Hot Minute, however, may have tamed my bronzerizing ways. It applies the perfect sun kiss to my alabaster, Vitamin D-deprived dermis with a flattering hint of dewy shimmer. This time, it’s everlasting love–for at least as long as the name implies.
Shine some deco style into your abode year round with a fabulous sunburst mirror. I bought a great sunburst of the clock variation in a thrift store in Vermont, but you needn’t travel to obscure Northeastern states to unearth hidden treasures anymore. Now there’s 1stDibs.com, where I digitally browsed this darling Circa 1950 French set and many others from the comfort of couch.
To make this martini you need only put your lips together and blow–nah, I’m just kidding. But Absolut’s Metropolitan is that intuitive to make, if not nearly as sexy. Simply fill a shaker with ice, add the 5 ingredients, mix and pour. I recommend you take advantage of the late summer sun by inviting friends over for a backyard, DIY happy hour.
Did you see the picture and read the intro? That’s about all I can share with you about the bag at this point because I’m too busy squealing with glee.
As soon as my husband and I finished setting up house in San Francisco, our neighbor warned us visitors would start streaming in. He was wrong. They flooded in. For the past year, the air mattresses has taken up near permanent residence in the office, and, over the course of these many visits, we have become talented city guides.
This past Friday, however, we were especially titallated by Magdalena Fox as batgirl. The masked performer began with some intense jiggling to the old school batman theme song and (around the 2 minute mark in the video) transitions into a nipple-tassel-swinging, hardcore hip hop rendition of the classic tune. It. was. awesome.
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