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Kiehl’s Apothecary

In-store photos by Igor Burlak

#KiehlsGetsPersonal

I’m so excited to be discussing skincare more often here on the blog. I recently had the privilege of collaborating with one of the most prestigious skincare lines in the country, Kiehl’s Apothecary, which was established in 1851. As a staple skincare company that has been able to stand the test of time, Kiehl’s knows how to modernize their old-school approach with the latest and most innovative skincare techniques and ingredients. Take their latest product launch, Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations, for example. You can now schedule a consultation at your nearest Kiehl’s location to meet with a trained expert who will help determine your skincare needs, and create a customized serum just for you! This was a science class I could get into…Whether your goal is hydration, pore-minimization, or wrinkle-reduction, the experts at Kiehl’s can concoct a formula with your name on it—literally! They even print a special label, just for you. And don’t worry, you’ll also receive a little packet explaining what’s in your personalized product and how to use it properly.

I’ve been using my custom concentrate nightly for just about two weeks now, and I’m definitely loving the results. The serum has a velvety texture that leaves my skin nice and smooth, and the pore-minimizing effects have allowed me to reduce how often I have to use a cleansing mask, or harsh tools like my Clarisonic facial brush, which can dry out my skin. Everyone’s complexion and skincare needs are different, making it totally worth the trip to seek out skin solutions made especially for you. What may seem old-fashioned is actually both logical and luxurious.

#KiehlsGivesBack

During my visit at Kiehl’s on Newbury, I also learned about their creative and charitable collaborations. Each year, Kiehl’s collaborates with artists to put together a Limited Edition Holiday Collection that will benefit those in need. This year, Kiehl’s has teamed up with artist-duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller of FAILE to support Feeding America. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from this collection benefits Feeding America, providing 1.1 million meals to food insecure people in this country. This cause means a lot to me, as I personally feel that a lot of Americans use poverty and hunger in other countries as a distraction from our own problems, while there are so many people here right in the United States who aren’t sure when or how they’ll acquire their next meal. Art has always been a powerful way to inspire philanthropy and change, and I love when the fashion and beauty lead by example on this front. The hypnotic gold-and-black artwork FAILE have conceptualized for this collection puts a fresh spin on Kiehl’s iconic packaging, and while the gold definitely embraces the holiday spirit, these products will still look awesome once the holidays have come and gone.

  1. Now let’s talk about my top three favorite Kiehl’s products *except* for my customized serum, since that’s just for me:
    1. Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment: I tend to struggle with isolated blemishes, so I’m always looking for effective yet gentle spot treatments to erase little zits here and there. This lightweight, sulfer-infused treatment zaps zits quickly, without leaving my skin dry or red.
  2. Creme De Crops Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This Kiehl’s classic is decadent, and always looks lovely on one’s vanity, bathroom shelves, etc.
  3. Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment: The third and final product on this list actually strays from the skincare category. After a brief but serious stint of dye jobs, my strands have felt a little dry and need some TLC. I’ve seen great results within the past couple of weeks, and would definitely recommend this product to anyone whose hair suffers during dry winter weather.
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Beauty, Fashion

Pebbles

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1Q1A9310Tie cropped blouse from LF Stores, American Apparel high-waist jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ sandals, H&M bag, Le Specs sunglasses, vintage collar necklace.

An old photo of my one-year-old self that I recently posted on Instagram for a weekly #tbt inspired me to bring back my first signature hairstyle, which my dad called “the Pebbles.” I think it speaks for itself, unless you’ve been living under a rock (—Flintstones pun entirely intended). In honor of my first years on Earth, I decided to go with a head-to-toe 90s-inspired look to accompany this ‘do: a neutral cropped blouse, classic mom jeans, and offbeat yet minimalist accessories.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion

Whole Lotta Love

IMG_0045Reworked vintage Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same tee, Maje shorts, Sandro booties, Boyy ‘Slash’ bag, ‘Lunar’ sunglasses from Nasty Gal, tattoo choker from Brandy Melville.IMG_0043

IMG_0082On Becky: Tank and shorts by H&M, Steve Madden ‘Sparta’ gladiator sandals, Rayban aviators.IMG_0075

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IMG_0091 - Version 2Becky is a recent Northeastern graduate and crop top enthusiast currently pursuing a career in child psychology here in Boston, and bringing some serious street style game to our city, as well. It’s great to have a friend who shares my affinity for 90s fashion/general old school pop culture—she even bought me my new tattoo choker, just like the ones my big sister and her cool friends wore while I was busy being too young to actually experience the fashions of that epic era…Anyway, I love how Becky took a simple, go-to grunge look, and made it completely new with her Steve Madden gladiators, which received about a hundred compliments per block on Newbury Street. A sophisticated bag or a statement shoe can make band tees and baggy shorts anything but basic. I’ll never give up this old Zeppelin tee. The open back is clutch on hot summer days, and The Song Remains the Same is definitely one of the best concert films of all time.

Photos by Becky Browne and yours truly.

 

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Watermelon Kiss

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1Q1A9386American Apparel Pink Lips top, Lazy Oaf skirt, Juju Babe jelly sandals, vintage denim jacket, Quay Australia sunglasses.

That flicker in time between the late 80s and early 90s was a sweet spot in fashion. I don’t usually combine so many loud pieces in one look, but sometimes you just have to let more be more. I think what makes this outfit work are the components’ striking similarities, and subtle differences. They echo each other. Matching-clashing shades of pink is a good way to achieve that ‘Girls Just ‘Wanna Have Fun’ feel—not to mention embellished denim, neon shades, vibrant lips, and a hit of glitter.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

 

 

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Fashion, Travel

Bonnaroo: A Really Good Time

Unlike some of the other high-profile music festivals, such as Coachella and Governor’s Ball, almost all of the eighty-thousand people who attend the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee camp out in tents for the four-day extravaganza. This in no way eliminates fashion from the Bonnaroo scene, but it presents a challenge to festival fashion-enthusiasts who want to endure Roo in style. Comfort can’t be neglected when dressing for Bonnaroo and other festivals of its kind. Please enjoy these photos from my Bonnaroo 2014 experience (taken by Matt McKenna, kind strangers, and yours truly) and my list of key items and products and styles for the festival fashionista.

IMG_3187On the road I wore the lightweight Groceries Apparel ‘Wolff’ top, coated high-rise J Brand skinnies, a vintage necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots, and my Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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IMG_3211American Apparel California Select vintage halter top, Carmar denim shorts, Birkenstock “Gizeh” sandals, and an authentic Wayuu bag: Structured, comfortable sandals like Birkenstocks are necessary for the more rigorous festival, where you’ll spend most of your time on-foot. Don’t make the mistake of relying on flimsy flip-flops.

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IMG_3235Vintage Oscar de la Renta silk kimono dress from Nasty Gal, printed turband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

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026_26Helmut Lang tank, Millau perforated faux leather running shorts, BAGGU printed tote, MARC by Marc Jacobs sweatshirt and combat boots. To maintain your hair at a festival, be sure to bring dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi makes some great products, but Oribe has a dry shampoo alternative that doesn’t leave visible residue in your hair. Since roots tend to get oily while ends dry out in the sun, give dry conditioner a try, focusing on the ends of your hair.

024_24Brixton ‘Joanna’ hat from Nasty Gal, crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau shorts, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots: running shorts in fun prints or textiles and combat boots were the definite MVPs of Bonnaroo this year.

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IMG_3244Be prepared for and positive about the possibility of rain. Poncho from Urban Outfitters, sunglasses from Walmart.

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007_7Since most festivals are blazing hot during the day, the nighttime chill can come as a shock. Bring soft tops that you can tie up in the heat and let down for more coverage once the sun goes down.

002_2My soft, high-waisted boyfriend jeans were the unsung heroes of my festival wardrobe.

004_4Floral crown from GoJane.com, Quay Australia sunglasses.

IMG_3277 (1)Silk aztec-printed dress from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses: so you can sit and dance comfortably in lightweight frocks, try wearing white Nike Pro Combat compression shorts underneath.

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014_14“Chi Chi” top from Nasty Gal, wooden necklace and high-waist shorts from American Apparel, lilac headband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

011_11Wide-brimmed hats, fanny packs, and anything tie-dye are festival essentials.

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hello.jpgPlease excuse my awkward tan/burn lines and shoebee status, and just focus on this awesome Wildfox Couture halter bikini with rainbow briefs. A cute bathing suit top can easily serve as your outfit of the day. I really don’t think I need to explain the greatness of Adidas original Pool Side sandals, do I?

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IMG_3338A gel manicure is a must for the rougher festival scene, unless you want to spend your days staring at the dirt underneath your nails. Take it as an opportunity to try some fun new nail art. And if you hate to go without lip color, but also hate the feel of makeup caking and baking in the sun, try a Revlon Color Burst balm stain. It moisturizes and feels like a regular lip balm, and actually lasts longer than most lipsticks. Miley Cyrus and the ongoing 90s fashion revival caused the double-bun look be a popular choice at Bonnaroo this year. It’s playful, and keeps your hair out of the way.

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Pebbles

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1Q1A9310Tie cropped blouse from LF Stores, American Apparel high-waist jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ sandals, H&M bag, Le Specs sunglasses, vintage collar necklace.

An old photo of my one-year-old self that I recently posted on Instagram for a weekly #tbt inspired me to bring back my first signature hairstyle, which my dad called “the Pebbles.” I think it speaks for itself, unless you’ve been living under a rock (Flintstones pun entirely intended). In honor of my first years on Earth, I decided to go with head-to-toe 90s-inspired look to accompany this ‘do: a neutral cropped blouse, classic mom jeans, and offbeat yet minimalist accessories.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Rainbow Lite

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1Q1A9090American Apparel rainbow jeans, Theory tank, Boutique 9 loafers, Nasty Gal ‘Daisy Dusty’ earrings, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

Personally, I find rainbow denim extremely versatile. While I have lots of more colorful plans for these pants, a simple black tank and menswear-inspired loafers give them a polished, almost low-key look. Almost. The giant daisy earrings and red lips are in keeping with the pants’ zany, summery spirit. Stay tuned for more rainbow denim adventures…

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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