The other night I made the rookie mistake of popping into Rag & Bone as I walked back from buying yet another charger for my new iPhone 5S. (You win, Apple.) They had fantastic sweaters scattered about but I immediately made a beeline to the left as something long and camel caught my eye. I’ve been on the prowl for an understated camel coat after I saw this photo of Haley Bennett in the October issue of Vogue, with the casual juxtaposition of a masculine coat over a feminine dress. Then, to add fuel to the fire, Into the Gloss told me that this particular style of coat could make me look richer, smarter and thinner. Sold. And the Roseburg Coat really can do no wrong in my book. Except maybe the price tag. We’ll have to work on that.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option try this, this, this, or this.
(Image via Rag & Bone)
With the changing of the seasons (finally)(didn’t it seem like we had a super long Indian summer?) comes a new found energy for refreshing some of the things that may have expired in the summer heat. In our case, that almost always means our wardrobes and a few stray products that serve as a preemptive strike against that harsh winter air. Here’s what we have our eye on:
1. The hunt for the perfect hat continues as Tory found this wide brimmed fedora (in black)…who knew Papyrus hid hats amongst their array of witty greeting cards?
2. Though we’ve been using Nuxe Reve de Miel for some time now, the sheer panic induced by forgetting to bring it on a trip (Tory driving down to DC, Kerry flying up to the Hamptons) means we need to snatch up more than one at a time. You’ll be happy to have one in every bag come December.
3. It’s no secret that we’re fans of both lotions and potions over here, so it only makes sense that we have the appropriately labeled Anya Hindmarch travel case in a burgundy perfect for fall.
4. Very high on our list of must-haves are always cozy loungewear and pretty sleepwear. In an effort to take the pajama dressing trend head on, we’d be content sitting by the fire in this one-two punch.
5. With the impending cold weather we’re rounding up as many products as possible to keep us moisturized head to toe until spring. Another Nuxe item has made the cut: the Huile Prodigieuse will be the perfect companion to our dry brush to help prevent a crocodile leg epidemic.
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While watching Hitch for the umpteenth time last night, I decided it would be fun to go on a hunt for the leather trench that Amber Valletta wears in the Knick’s game scene. In my stalking spree, I was reminded of her exclusive collaboration with YOOX called Master and Muse. And to my delight, I stumbled upon a treasure trove of interesting goodies. Valletta describes her line as “both fashionable and socially responsible,” an admirable combination. You can read more about the inspiration behind her fashion-forward lifestyle brand in her Vogue profile. While I am coveting a majority of the collection, my top pick is the array of free trade hats by Pachacuti. I’ve been looking for a decently priced wide-brim fedora for the fall and this is my current front runner. The shape is just right and I feel good about buying from a brand where style and integrity converge.
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I think this Eva Fehren ring is really awesome. The design is so simple but elicits enough interest to separate it from the pack, that is, if you weren’t already impressed by the precious metals and stones. Unfortunately for me (and perhaps for many others), I’d have to quit paying my rent for a significant amount of time to snag this beauty. In the interest of keeping a roof over my head I began to seek out something similar and found this ring at a slightly better price point. Yes, it definitely differs from Eva’s incredible piece but for the time being it could potentially fill the void on an empty finger.
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Whenever I ask Tory if I should make a clothing purchase (which, if you look at her inbox, happens more than she’d like) she replies with this seemingly simple request: name at least three outfits with items already in your closet that you can make with this new purchase. Often times, this is just the wisdom I need to keep me from impulse buying something that is more often too on trend or too on sale. It has helped me to select those classic items that I know will end up costing pennies per wear and that I will keep until they’re so worn out that I’m forced to replace them. One such item I highly suggest scooping up for your fall wardrobe repertoire is the chambray shirt. This purchase passed the three outfit test with flying colors and then some. Lately, we’ve been wearing ours on flights tied over a black maxi dress, tucked into a tweed pencil skirt for work, or with a high rise flared jean for that Canadian tuxedo look. However you choose to style your chambray, you can’t go wrong with one of my three favorite picks:
1. J.Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt
2. Madewell Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt
3. Ralph Lauren Chambray Shirt
Or, if you’re feeling a little more bold, we’re all for a matching chambray suit a la Elin Kling.
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I was happy as a clam sitting by the pool last weekend as I casually flipped through the Bible-sized September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, taking in the throngs of stacked-heel boots and round-shouldered jackets on the horizon for fall fashion. So you can imagine my horror when I came across this article asking me a question that, until now, I’d chosen to avoid at all costs: Is Spinning Making You Fat? Ever since I joined what the author calls the “Cult of Spin” I’d heard whispers from outsiders of the potential negative effects that this kind of intense workout could have on your body. This article got the wheels turning (had to) and has forced me to consider pumping the brakes (again, had to) on the workout I enjoy so much. The major takeaway from the author’s interviews with various trainers on the subject is that “to be lean, you need to lengthen the musculature; cycling can shorten it.” It’s no secret that I’m not the tallest of girls (in the forest of life, I’m a shrub and Tory’s a tree) so something that could potentially contribute to shortening anything on my already short frame should send me running for the hills. And running (combined with yoga or barre) is precisely what the article suggests as an alternative regimen for those recovering indoor-cycling addicts like myself.
(Image via Fashion Editorials/Vogue Korea)
In honor of hump day here is a pick me up from one of our new favorite artists. You may be familiar with Lorde, the 16 year old behind the unreal voice (yes, that’s right, 16) from her emerging hit “Royals.” After listening to it on repeat for the past two months we stumbled upon another song of hers to overplay: “The Love Club.” It is the perfect driving with the windows down (or blasting with the windows up) song. To our delight it was remixed and is now our latest obsession…happy listening!
Not all sunscreens are created equal. On a recent beach getaway, one of our friends told us she “grabbed the first sunscreen she saw on the shelf of a store,” well aware that if she showed up without any form of sun protection, she wouldn’t hear the end of it. The look on our faces when we read through the ingredient list strongly resembled Kevin McCallister’s when he applied aftershave in Home Alone. (You know the one.) We promptly threw it away…sorry Erin, but we were more than happy to share ours. That’s the scary thing about products that are intended to ‘protect’ us but end up containing more harmful agents. The lesson: do your research. As with any product you’re thinking about buying, you need to see past the smoke and mirrors on the packaging. One very useful tool is EWG’s 2013 Sunscreen Guide (an extensive list of the safest broad spectrum sun protection on the market). Instead of spending hours online looking up each individual ingredient (as Kerry enjoys doing on a daily basis), simply go on and see if your sunscreen makes the cut. And if even that seems like too tall of an order, please refer to some of our favorites below.
For everyday use (even under those horrible fluorescent office lights): EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46
For that ‘even skintone, but would never wear makeup on the beach’ look: EltaMD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41
For your friend who just so happened to run out of her sunscreen (get her the 8 oz. pump): EltaMD UV Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 45
For the often forgotten area (and coming from someone who has a very distinct freckle there)-the lips: Kiss My Face Sport Treat Lip Balm
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I’m a firm believer in investing in classic pieces. That’s why it didn’t take my usual time frame of new item pondering before taking the plunge and purchasing my first pair of Frame Denim. The Le Color Skinny Jean in Noir, to be exact. They are a perfect, no frills, solid black jean with the most flattering stretch. Even better? The founders of Frame collaborated with Karlie Kloss on the Forever Karlie line so that our taller counterparts can join in on the fun.
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You will hear about products from us more than once. I have to admit that I become giddy at the sight of a shiny new bottle of some lotion or potion, sometimes to the dismay of my pals (and one tall friend in particular). I am borderline obsessed with researching what will work best for my very sensitive skin. And more recently, I’ve gotten past the descriptive text (“anti-aging, luminous, etc., etc.”) and down to the nitty-gritty. I’m usually the girl in Sephora blocking your way to the Nars lipsticks (Schiap, anyone?) while I hunker down to read every last word on the ingredient list. I’m not a doctor and I’m not a scientist but I am starting to learn the key words to look out for while stocking my bathroom cabinets (and the rollover basket that shares real estate in my closet). I’ve certainly moved over to the cautious side of the aisle when choosing a new product and sometimes that aisle happens to be located in your neighborhood Whole Foods. (Well, Tory’s neighborhood Whole Foods. I’m not so lucky and had to order it online but you get the point.) Enter our product of the hour: Sukiface Balancing Pure Facial Moisture. Equal parts soothing and hydrating without the weighed down feeling of a super duty heavy cream, I won’t go a night without slathering this on post cleansing. This light oil leaves my skin free to use the evening hours to repair itself naturally without interference. And knowing that the botanical ingredients allow my skin to breathe at night leaves my mind clear and free to attend to my other racing thoughts.
(Image via Keep It Chic)