Hold on to your hats

Well the last day of 2009. It has been CRAZY. I turned 40, engaged in Facebook. Joined Twitter & started blogging. Lost my day job due to economy woes. Experienced my first LIVE Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, met all kinds of cool people. On the flight home from MBFW-NY; serious brainstorm, you will see the fruits of this new year. Had some amazing photo shoots & forged some amazing camaraderie & friendships. Plus, have continued working with Apparel Designer Joy Li, who I adore and can't wait for her to launch a men's line... maybe this year?

All I know is that I am grateful for the people (that's you) & events that have supported & ushered me to today. So hold on to your hats, 2010 is going to be a wild ride... full of surprises!!!

Here is to your LifeStyle in 2010... CHEERS!

Tonal Layering=Effortless Elegance

WWD is calling out "Layering" as a Pre-Fall trend for 2010; but this is something you can be doing RIGHT NOW.

Layering can be a little tricky if you are using multiple colors and may require bold leaps on your part. However layering with tonal or like colors can be a breeze. Make it more interesting by mixing subtle patterns &/or textures. The above images look so easy, because they are. I am not saying buy every "twin-set" you see, but keep in mind what is already in your closet & then when you see that wrap or bolero in the same shade with an interesting weave or shimmer you have a brand new outfit at the cost of single piece. As you practice this your friends will notice a sophistication & you will know how effortless, elegance can be.

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A Letter to a Makeup Artist

Typically this would be an "Ask Robert" entry, but the following questions are about Makeup Artistry, so I thought we should refer an expert & friend Heather Wilson.

Andi L. of Manhattan, Kansas asks "... I suddenly look 40. In spite of being 40, I don't want to look it. Crows feet, tired looking skin. Need inexpensive non surgical fix for busy non girly girl mommy! PLUS, my hair dresser cropped my bangs WAY too short. I look like I have a bowl cut. HELP!!"

Heather writes:

Congratulations on joining the 40 is the new 20 club!! We may be 40, but that doesn't mean we have to look it or feel it! I am a firm believer in taking care of yourself, and not using surgical fixes either.

First question... do you have a good skincare routine? I love Sampar Skincare. Their Eye Rule & Nocturnal Mask are amazing; I have experienced huge results on my own little crows feet!

Second question... are you drinking enough water and getting enough sleep? I know we all think we are drinking enough water, but we really should be drinking 1/2 of our body weight in ounces of water daily. It ends up being a lot more water than the 8 glasses we were always told to be drinking growing up! Sleep is not always easy being a mom, but on those nights when we do not get enough.... don't forget to have a spoon in the freezer so that we can place it under our eyes to help with any puffiness & darkness. (That and a great concealer works wonders!! )

Speaking of makeup, make sure that you are using a "skincare primer" (Smashbox Cosmetics or Makeup Forever both have a great ones available at Sephora.) I am a big fan of the Makeup Forever HD Foundation, or the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. You want to put it where you need coverage, not necessarily all over the face, and please make sure the color matches your skin-tone! If eyes are your concern, use a concealer over an eye cream. Your concealer should be one shade lighter than your skin-tone to brighten the eyes.

Since you said that your hairdresser cut your bangs way too short, be sure to define your eye brows with a soft brown or light gray eyeshadow. This is a great easy way to open the eyes without having to get Botox!
I hope this helps,


Personal thank you to Heather Wilson, Make Up Artist, for her personal recommendations; I hope this helps with YOUR LifeStyle.

Give the gift of...oxygen, flash of metal & mineral carbon?

Are you looking for something truly unique to give to the man in your life? There are so many ways we could go; but I will take the simplest route. How about a men’s fragrance? I DON'T mean CK One, Eternity or Drakkar Noir, I wore that to my Senior Prom… oh no, wait… I didn’t go to prom… oops, let’s repress that memory, yet again.

Let me suggest Commes des Garcon, “Anti-Fragrances.” Yes I said Anti-Fragrances. We are talking about unconventional notes to create strikingly modern scents. These everyday notes include oxygen, flash of metal, wash drying in the wind, mineral carbon, sand dunes, nail polish, cellulose, pure air of the high mountains, burnt rubber and flaming rock to name a few. These notes tell a real life story and should trigger memories of interest too.

These Basenotes reviewers wrote: “The scent of a walk through a musty old library. Feel the smoke in a Victorian home. You are taken on a journey and a story of the past is told. As the past fades the plot thickens, and you are surprised at the direction this scent takes you. Very interesting. At times beautiful. A sublime scent.”

“Love the opening! Smokey incense that takes me back to burning leaves as a child. A very light smoke mixed with pantry spices and vetiver.”

“The first time I tried this I can't emphasize enough how disappointed I was. A pleasant, bland, safe, dull "male" fragrance. I wrote it off completely. However, I recently decided to give it another try and I'm happy to report a completely different experience. What was bland before became lovely, smoky sweet, warm and spicy…”

These fragrances can be purchased at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's & online (none of which provided samples or asked me to write this); I think the receiver or yourself, will be uniquely & surprisingly drawn to it.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2010

Chanel M├ętiers d'Art Pre-Fall 2010

This Paris-Shanghai RTW collection as a whole seems very exotic. Models strutted on a 280-foot-long barge in matte ebony and projecting an imagined voyage of Coco Chanel’s trip to China, titled “Paris Shanghai, A Fantasy." “It is about the idea of China, not the reality,” Lagerfeld told WWD.
There are pieces I find so inspiring. I enjoy seeing how Chanel’s signature "tweed ground" metamorphoses in each collection. Again military influences are quite evident, including the Terracotta Army & opulent Imperial Court. I love the neck & waistline embellishments. The shoulder cap adornment only seems appropriate to me at... Buckingham Place for instance. I am wondering if the knee/thigh high boots are in a satin material or patent leather? I hope satin.

So, you will see these silhouettes re-animate throughout the upcoming fall season, don’t be afraid, explore your creative ideas… incorporate "like" styles into your existing wardrobe reality.

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Finding your fit... an adventure; Strutting in confidence... priceless.

Denim shorts for SS'10... NOT so ground breaking, but fits & lengths are in abundance. Take the time to find the right fit for YOU!

#1... your size fit is the most important, finding it can be an adventure. Do this when you have time & are not rushed. There are so many brands & each brand has loads of silhouettes or fits; you will find yours… be patient. If you are limited in time, you will get agitated & create an overall disappointing experience. I speak from experience, LOL.

BRAND: each brand fits different, all denim is hand assembled from 119 to 127 pieces (less for shorts). Once you find a fit you like you can try different brands, each brand of High Rise, Low Rise, Mid Rise, Skinny or Loose fit WILL vary. The denim should feel snug at first, but then relax as it conforms to your body.

RISE: referring to the length from the bottom of your crotch seam to the top of the waistband. Depending on your body shape, the rise that you select can work for or against you. Try a Low Rise on, if your pelvic area falls over the top “muffin top” then select a rise that is a little higher Sometimes just an inch can make a world of difference in keeping you all together.

SHORT LENGTH: There are, what feels like, an infinite amount of short lengths. Determine your comfort; this may included, how tone you legs are, blemishes or if they have seen the sun. Be realistic with yourself; the sales person won’t, they are not as invested in you. Bring your true friend or someone who will be brutally honest with you. Don’t be offended; this walk through the fire is a building experience.

POCKET: This is sometimes forgotten… until it is too late. Pocket placement, if it is placed to low, it could make you bottom look askew. The pocket should cover the lower ¾ of your rump. If you have a flatter be-hind, then a pocket with a flap may give the illusion of a fuller look. Try it. If you have a rounder “asset” already then avoid the pocket flap, it will only add bulk to your nice shape.

WASHES: Denim colors are abundant, select a variety... have fun.

DETAIL: Be cautious when purchasing trendy crystallized, riveted, sashed or painted denim; longevity from season to season will be shortened. So be selective, if they are not terribly expensive & you are ok with only getting 2 seasons out of them then OK. But you & your pocket book will need to determine this.

If you have taken the time to find the proper configuration then you will be able to strut in confidence. NEXT… sandals, heels or tennies?

Holiday shopping... for yourself?

It is that time of year, we are all out holiday shopping for family & close friends. Sometimes this becomes more labor intensive than we remember from the year before. So as a reward we like to treat ourselves to a little holiday magic too. But we are still being mindful of our pennies.

"Even when they're buying for themselves they are still looking out for value, and so they're still not spending as much as they used to," said Eric Beder, a retail analyst... read more.

Oh there are lots & LOTS of sales out there; even more so... we need to be careful. In this mad rush for saving a buck, we need to guard ourselves from buying "crap" that is poorly made or just does not look good on us. Be particular as you are fishing through that bargain bin.

Selecting "core value" pieces can feel good, bring a fresh look to your closet and be a wise investment.

In doubt? Call or text your shopping buddy and ask "do I really need this?" I do it for my friends & family all the time.

Happy Holidays!!