I'm always talking about what I love but I have to share what works well with men and their beauty routine. "Skin is Skin" is something that I say a lot. Although I love that my boyfriend enjoys trying a number of the beauty items that come to me, there are times when I am baffled by the lack of a consistent lotion regimen. When he wonders why his skin is dry, I tell him that skin is skin - all skin regardless of race or gender needs moisture! Fortunately, I'm so happy that there are a number of items that he does love without me saying a word. In addition, there are a few items that I highly suggest. Especially in the colder temperatures, it's essential to find what works!
The Art of Shaving Sandalwood has a fab shaving cream that leaves an amazing smell and I love that Paul loves using it. I love that it leaves his skin soft. I use separate exfoliants for my face, body and even zone areas (I love certain items for tush and legs that are different from the rest of my body - what can I tell you, I love product). For him, I suggest in an effort to introduce and simplify, Borghese Active Mud for Face and Body is a great way to get this into the routine while also saving space which is important. Plus it's good for everything. For a body wash, I suggest H2O Plus Sea Salt Body Wash is a great cleanser to use and is perfect to have in the shower especially when you and your boyfriend live together so that you don't have to have a number of bottles sitting in such a small NY space.
I think the eyes are essential and I love that Ole Henriksen Eye Lift PM Gel is a great way to begin restoring your face (Pro Tip: Many of my gels sit in the fridge so that I have a nice cool feeling when applying the product at night or when it's the summer). Even if eye sagging is not an issue, I believe in preventative maintenance and am a fan of a number of the products within this line. When it's time to call it a night, I love that Paul loves keeping his face fresh by cleansing it with a Pond's Facial Wipe. This version has lavender which is calming. When I wipe off with a cleansing wipe, I still like to have a moisturizer, I highly suggest Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream - this has Clary Sage and is a nice aroma mixture with the lavender. Finally, lips are my other love! I use lip balm throughout the day and I always put on a healthy coat at night. I highly suggest Jack Black as they have an entire line that's phenomenal and good for you and him. My personal favorite is Black Tea!
Karl Lagerfeld brings us into another world yet again with his next collection. As we hit mid week, why not enjoy fab images from Chanel's SS2013 Haute Couture collection which consisted of smoky eyed looks which was created by Peter Philips, the brand's Global Creative Director for makeup. The look consisted of mesh lashes and graphite pigments that were smudged to present a goth like day after look to the overall presentation. Hair stylist, Sam McKnight continued to add drama with exaggerated and oversized up dos.
For those who love USA Network, you know they have been bringing back a number of episodes from their show lineups. Tonight, White Collar comes back with its winter season (the last 6 episodes which will conclude the 4th season) premier at 10pm EST and at 12pm today, you can enjoy Matt Bomer's partnership with Gilt and Alton Lane to bring this show's fashionable world to life! We love when things collide especially if it's a collection of bespoke suits and exclusive accessories that are curated with his character, Neal Caffrey in mind! You'll enjoy selecting a number of items that Matt Bomer designed and were hand selected - the ultimate in flawless sophistication. Over the next 36 hours, you can enjoy exclusive ties, bowties and pocket squares ($29 - $69).
In addition, you can purchase bespoke suits and shirt packages by visiting one of Alton Lane's 3 locations (NYC, DC, Boston) OR sending in your fave suit or shirt to be recreated in one of the curated fabrics. The "Caffrey Collection" includes bespoke suit packages from $2,000-$2,995 and a three shirt package for $425. This collection will be available today and for the next 7 days. Additional assortments are also included with this collaboration between Matt, the show, the network and Alton Lane with tailored apparel and accessories from like menswear brands. Gilt will debut an exclusive editorial spread which features Bomer in select Alton Lane product, and will also offer a complimentary Alton Lane custom pocket square designed by the actor to the first 500 Gilt members who visit the sale! What a great way to ensure that you're well dressed no matter where you are off to and to start your collection out on the right foot or to add the components that you may not have had.
A portion of the sale proceeds* as well as from customers who make an additional purchase from any of Alton Lane’s stores in New York, D.C. and Boston will go to Project A.L.S., a national organization with which Bomer is closely involved, that funds research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Gilt and White Collar have partnered together before so this second time will have a number of other components. The show will be featured in Gilt MAN's blog, the Gilt MANual: the Daily Guide to Permanent Style which will include a Q&A with Matt that speaks to his character's style as well as the vision behind his look. All 4 partners will comem together to host a White Collar sweepstakes for fans where they can win the ultimate Neal Caffrey-style weeked in New York which includes a bespoke suit and shirt from Alton Lane, a visit to the set of this show and meals at the character's favorite hotspots. This sweepstakes runs through Jan 29th.
Yesterday, Milan Menswear Fashion Week FW2013 ended yesterday (Berlin Mercedes Benz Fashion Week starts today and we'll be following designers within this schedule over the next few days). Typically, Wed focuses on menswear and today, we're showcasing a huge focus on suiting and outerwear from the house of Versace! A number of signature pieces, textures and of course accessories hit the runway.
London Collections Men continues into its final day. With the winter coming upon us, we're looking for vibrant color and we found it with Orlebar Brown which launched six uears ago via Adam Brown, a photographer! He conceived this line which creates tailored swimwear for men! What a great alternative to what's out there in the marketplace and this season which looks at FW2013 is not only retro (this very Art Deco and everything I love about Miami as the collection is broken out into 3 areas: Miami Nights, Poolside Decadence and Beach Frivolity) but fun with it's yellows, red and a hint of mint! With a mix of printed shorts, blazers, oversized bags and more - we're ready ot jump on a cruise to really embrace this look. Who doesn't love bringing in that Miami sense no matter where you're off to or just popping it in to the overall look?
We love working in our remote offices during the holiday season! A chance to be out of the city for a bit as well as to gain a new perspective! His Style is about taking it preppy with fab accessories. We're huge fans of Rugby and although we're focusing on this striped cardi which is all about retro athletic style, we're loving everything else about this look too! As you head home, make sure to bring some other fab finds with this Saddle Weekender Bag from Ralph Lauren Purple Label as he'll want to cart his gifts. Pop on this super warm scarf from Bally which continues the stripes. We love fingerless gloves by Tyro with a great jersey stitch and finally, complete the look with Gucci aviator sunglasses which are always in style.
Can you believe it? Tomorriw is Thanksgiving and we're thinking of all the yummy treats that we will be enjoying. But it's always about how to get where you're going. As many of us make the trek we should do it in comfort and he does so in some of my fave looks! I am obsessed with my Hoodie Buddies as sometimes I have left my headphones and love that they are sewn into my hood! So he can rock the same look and know that his music is secure, connect his instrument of choice within his pocket and let the music flow as he makes his trip to his final destination. As he waits, he can check the time with Nixon as well as staying fashionable. J. W. Hulme keeps everything together while also being able to look preppy cool (you can also borrow this on your next trip as it's perfect for overnight or a long weekend). His look continues to be relaxed with these PRPS jeans and fab UGG boots which continue the rugged look and as he waits, stay connected while protecting his ipad with Sandqvist which also accessorizes well with the bag!
It's been a chaotic stream of days and if you're on the East Coast, you know that today there is supposed to be a snow storm that is coming our way for a few hours! It's time to ensure that you are fall/winter ready! We have some of our favorite things put together including this fabulous duffle bag which is perfect for traveling for him via Coach. All his essential toiletries are able to come along with this Victorinox cosmetic case. Stay warm with this Paul Smith shearling hat and this scarf from Aloha Rag! The added benefit is that everything that he's rocking - you can too when he's not wearing it!
We're so excited to see the next installment of the James Bond 007 installment, Skyfall when it hits theaters next week. We also love that whether he's going casual or suited up, Daniel Craig always looks the part! We're also excited to see how chic Naomie Harris is and can't get over her Giuseppe Zanotti shoes that he is wearing with the fabulous plunging dress.
We just switched our closets as it's getting harder and harder to wear a lot of our summer items and pass them off as current season. We're mid week and thinking of the weekend and that means, it's time to relax. We love that he can rock his comfy jersey track pants by Baartmans and Siegel with this fun graphic tee by O'Neill! Paired with this Brera watch and Sorel surplus boots. To keep the chill off, how about this quilted Lacoste jacket is the perfect way to complete the look whether heading to Whole Foods, brunch or wherever the weekend takes you!
One of my favorite times of year is the holiday season with the launch of the windows. Barney's tops last year's Gaga's Workshop windows with having a full Holiday 2012 rollout where Disney and Barneys worked to create products, window installations, a short film and a 3D light show with a concept known as Electic Holiday (off of their Electric Parade). The project will be unveiled on Nov 14th! The nexus of the project will be a short film that will be screened in the windows at Barney's flagship on Madison Ave here in NYC. We find out the Minnie Mouse has a dream to model in Paris and hits the runway wearing none other than Lanvin, Goofy struts in Balmain, Daisy Duck saunters in Dolce & Gabanna and Mickey Mouse rocks it in Balenciaga!
Product offerings are fashion focused too with L'Wren Scott and Rag & Bone designed Mickey Mouse ears that will be sold in select Barneys stores around the holidays, and Diane von Furstenberg and Paul Smith created Mickey Mouse-shaped vinyl figurines.
Earlier this summer, John Richmond looks hit the runway during the men's shows in London. I am a huge fan of blazers, sport coats, fab scarves and more for men! There is something so classic about this and a number of ways to do it as well! Check out some of these looks and see how you would rock it for him!
It's all about keeping it casual. By the time you read this I am on a flight heading to HSN in Tampa! I always know about traveling comfortably in this heat but what about the guys? I love this look as I'm a huge fan of burgundy! This navy tee from J Crew is a great staple in his wardrobe and love that it is paired with these printed shorts which have a bit of that great Moroccan theme available at TopShop ! I'm all about Hoodie Buddies which allows you to bring your music with you no matter where you go! The secret? The drawstrings that cinch up your hood actually have headphones in them. I travel a lot with my Hoodie Buddies as I have a version that's thicker for knocking a huge chill OR a lighter slimmer one when I am off to head to yoga!
The look is finished with fabulous slip on moc boat shoes by Quoddy as well as this duffle from Brooks Brother's spin off, Black Fleece tennis bag which is perfect to put in any overhead compartment! Such a casual look and one that allows you to hit the ground running!
Like many of you, I have been sneaking in my Olympic sports when I can. I love watching the action as well as the fans! We all know that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are avid sports fans and competitors themselves! Kate looks fabulous in whatever she's wearing but it has been fun during the olympic games to see her dressed down and super animated as she has been cheering on her teams!
Late last month, Giorgio Armani's Menswear show hit Milan Fashion Week! From crisp suiting for the Hamps, to suits at the office he had his models covered. In addition, we're loving the casual style that was perfect for jaunts in the country (or maybe if you're country involves portions of the city that you don't usually hand out)! Can we talk about the accessories and handbags? These items are perfect for women as well! With only 5 weeks to go from New York Fashion Week next month (stay tuned as I co-founded and will be launching Shoe Week and being days from flipping through September magazines, we're so ready!
Being a girl from the Midwest, I love sports and so the summer Olympics is definitely something that I am a huge fan of! If you missed our on my of the looks that countries will be wearing during the Opening Ceremony, events and Closing Ceremony - check out WWD (you may need a subscription) to see the spreads that started yesterday and will continue over the next few days! Each day we will focus on the Olympics and I had to start out with Team Jamaica! I had to share Cedella Marley's (daughter of Bob Marley and designer of High Tides looks as she teamed with Puma as well as the Jamaica Olympic Association and created a number of looks. You can definitely see the influence of her father as the opening ceremony has lightweight, short-sleeve button-front shirts in army green with black accents at the shoulders, a black skinny tie and an embroidered Jamaican flag patch on the right breast. This look is known as the “Buffalo Soldier button down” and has the words “Positive Vibrations” stitched inside of the collar, both references to Bob Marley songs. When I was at the preview for Bob Marley's movie here in NYC, Cedella shared these insights with us. Within this look, men have the choice to rock a military-style jacket or a sweater. The uniform’s trousers will be either yellow (with a black tuxedo stripe down the outer leg) or black.
Team Jamaica's ladieshave a single option for the opening ceremony outfit, which consists of a knee-length black-and-yellow allover leaf print skirt, Cedella Marley designed a black, military-influenced jacket with a green contrast stripe running vertically down the button placket, a green belt at the waist and green accents at the cuffs - known as the "Satisfy My Soul" jacket. The looks debuted earlier this month in London where she was quoted as saying to Usain, "... this is the first time Daddy is actually going to the Olympics ... and you’re going to be wearing him on your shoulder.”
07/04/12: Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl attend the Valentino Haute-Couture Show
07/04/12: Kim Kardashian and Kayne West attend the Valentino Haute-Couture show
Last week as we all prepped for our Fourth of July festivities, Valentino presented his Haute Couture show of stunning looks in Paris. As celebs attended the show, I definitely knew that we could expect Kim Kardashian and Olivia Palermo rock fab looks for the shows; however, we're loving Kanye West's all white outfit which is crisp and chic and then a very classic Johannes Huebl with his pops of baby blue.
Earlier this year, Berluti presented their menswear shoe collection in Paris for their Fall/Winter collection which will be available in a few weeks. These are shoes that I can definitely see Paul wearing and with the heritage of this brand being around since 1895, this is a classic in your wardrobe!
Giorgio Armani hit Milan with their menswear show. We loved seeing suits as well as casul looks hit the runway. In addition, the large bags are perfect for trips wherever you're jetsetting destinations take you! Here are some of our favorite looks!
Here are some of my favorite looks from Richard James as he's known as a suit designer but I'm also loving the playful board shorts within his Spring/Summer 2013 collection! How can you not love his fabulous footwear in bright colors as well?
06/10/12: Hugh Jackman poses with Tony Award in the press room during the 66th Annual Tony...
Although I was glued to my Twitter Feed to see if Laura Osnes would take home an award for her lead role in Bonnie & Clyde, I was happy to hear that Hugh Jackman received an award for his contribution to the Broadway ecostystem. His award was presented by none other than his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. I like Hugh in whatever role he happens to play in and it's nice to know that others agree with this; moreover, this stylish man definitely looks fab in a tux!
It's definitely a trend for brands to create products based on gender. Now Paul loves using whatever I use and it's actually tough to get him to use his own products as he loves the smells of my products. Above includes a few items that he does like that are within the men's category and items that I would like for him to try.
I have been a Dove girl since high school when it comes to me deodorants. So I was super glad to see that we have a number of men's Dove producst for him. I like that in terms of simplifying, some guys may like that they have a body wash for the body as well as the face. Personally, I like to use separate products but can see how this would be a time saver. In addition I love this two sided shower tool by them that has a sponge on one side and a loofah on the other! When it comes to lotion, I'm a huge fan of Palmer's Cocoa Butter. I definitely want to see about having this for Paul as he he likes the smell and this lotion will definitely keep his skin soft. Jack Black is a men's line that actually has a number of lip balms that I obsess over and this face moisturizer is the perfect item for your guy no matter the season. To keep a great smell, I suggest this John Varvatos limited edition cologne. When traveling he can put everything in this Burberry toiletry bag!
Monday night, the CFDA had their annual awards at Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Some of my favorite designers and icons hit the red carpets. Stuart Weitzman who definitely ensures that we rock phenomenal shoes had a bit of a casual look meets Hamptons for brunch. Kenneth Cole always looks fab wherever he goes and I'm such a fan of Jason Wu as well. Of course you can't talk about the CFDA without a nod to its CEO, Steven Kolb as well as one of my favorite designers across a number of categories, its President, Diane Von Furstenberg.
The runways hit a new level of energy when Australian based Nathan Paul Swimwear hit the runways earlier this month. Andrej Pejic is the face of the line which is known for its bold and vibrant colors. Definitely worth checking out and there is also a women's line as well!
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