Skin is In

An interview ReVive Skincare founder and plastic surgeon, Dr. Gregory Bays Brown

When one of the world’s most renowned plastic surgeons guesses you are five years younger than you actually are, you might become putty in his hands. You might believe his words to be infallible. You might fall in love. But no, not this intrepid reporter who interviewed the renowned founder of RéVive Skincare, Dr. Gregory Bays Brown for SaksPOV. I sat down with the Kentucky-born plastic surgeon and skincare pioneer, who incorporated his copious research on accelerating the healing rate of burns into RéVive’s magic potion-like product array. Here, he reveals his secrets to choice great, youthful-looking skin — sans scalpel. Admittedly, I did kind of fall in love with him. It must be that Southern charm. SaksPOV: Dr. Brown, you’re a plastic surgeon —…

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When one of the world’s most renowned plastic surgeons guesses you are five years younger than you actually are, you might become putty in his hands. You might believe his words to be infallible. You might fall in love. But no, not this intrepid reporter who interviewed the renowned founder of RéVive Skincare, Dr. Gregory Bays Brown for SaksPOV. I sat down with the Kentucky-born plastic surgeon and skincare pioneer, who incorporated his copious research on accelerating the healing rate of burns into RéVive’s magic potion-like product array. Here, he reveals his secrets to choice great, youthful-looking skin — sans scalpel. Admittedly, I did kind of fall in love with him. It must be that Southern charm.

SaksPOV: Dr. Brown, you’re a plastic surgeon — you can fix just about any line, droop or jowl with the flick of the scalpel. What interests you about skincare?
Dr. Gregory Bays Brown: I started out doing research on wounds and helping burns heal faster by applying growth factors. By doing that we stimulate cell turnover and it creates a dewy, youthful glow. There are certain things you can’t fix with a scalpel. A plastic surgeon really knows the limitations of what can and cannot be done.

SaksPOV: What can you do with skincare that plastic surgery cannot correct?
Dr. Brown: The neck. There is no surgery or laser that will improve the appearance of an aging neck or décolleté and they’re a giveaway for how old a woman is. It’s very important for women use neck and décolleté [cream].

SaksPOV: What is your idea of beauty?
Dr. Brown: It’s not what everyone’s is… To me, what makes people most attractive is an inner beauty. I think Eleanor Roosevelt was very beautiful. It’s about being centered and happy.

SaksPOV: We’re on it. Walk us through RéVive skincare 101. How do we take care of our skin, so it appears dewy and youthful — especially when we’re not exactly feeling either dewy or youthful?
Dr. Brown: Cleanse every day and night, but you don’t want skin that is squeaky-clean. That mean’s the skin is alkaline [and dry]. If you have to skip a step, it would be toner. You don’t really need it. Then, hydrate. Moisture alone is anti-aging. If you let a wound dry out, it will take a long time to heal, But if you keep it moist the renewal process will be faster. People don’t realize that. And always wear an SPF.

 

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Eva’s Picks!

Still need help finding the right gift? Eva Chen tells us what’s on her gift list for the holidays — and we’re inspired!

Most years, I vacillate between buying presents obscenely early (I jot notes in my Smythson planner throughout the year) and desperately last minute (I have been That Girl at Staples buying printers and office supplies as gift, yes). This year, between commuting between Los Angeles and planning a month-long sojourn to Asia, I’ve been all about big-impact shopping: one store, one website—boom—get it all done! With that in mind, here’s my Present Perfect holiday gift list for my nearest and dearest. —Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com For My Father For my wonderful father from whom I learned extreme, obsessive organization, a multi-pocketed Tumi backpack. (and, of course, because I love him so much I want him to be warm and toasty in frigid NYC winters): Canada Goose Parka….

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Most years, I vacillate between buying presents obscenely early (I jot notes in my Smythson planner throughout the year) and desperately last minute (I have been That Girl at Staples buying printers and office supplies as gift, yes). This year, between commuting between Los Angeles and planning a month-long sojourn to Asia, I’ve been all about big-impact shopping: one store, one website—boom—get it all done! With that in mind, here’s my Present Perfect holiday gift list for my nearest and dearest.

—Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com

For My Father

For my wonderful father from whom I learned extreme, obsessive organization, a multi-pocketed Tumi backpack.

(and, of course, because I love him so much I want him to be warm and toasty in frigid NYC winters): Canada Goose Parka.

 

For My Mother

My mother taught me everything I know about fashion and shopping. She obviously needs a matching parka to my father because that would be beyond cute.

On a recent trip to Beverly Hills, she discovered the flattering wonders of Reed Krakoff. This sweater is classic-chic, just like her.

And a chic Prada cross body bag that’s perfectly portable.

 

For My Husband

My husband and I are moving to Los Angeles in January. Pale British gent, California sun: you do the math. Hence the first item I’d gift him.

In LA, you’re only as cool as your sunglasses (just made up that edict, but it seems true, no?).

Casual-cool sneakers don’t have to be scruffy with these luxe kicks.

 

For My Brother

For my brother who just moved to Brooklyn: a casual—but luxe—head-to-toe hip(ster) outfit: Prada Puffer hat, Alex Wang Varsity JacketVince cords, Marc Jacobs boots.

 

For My Sister-In-Law

For my sister-in-law, for whom I’m a bad shoe influence—she buys wonderfully comfortable (aka flat) shoes. That’s definitely not a rule I live by and therefore I’d gift her these (the fact that they’re black makes them practical, no?): Nicholas Kirkwood booties.

 

For Myself

And because I firmly believe in a “one for me, one for you” policy during the holidays, I’d treat myself to (just a few) treats.

Trends come and go but Manolos are forever.

Nothing says ‘holiday’ like classic Valentino red (and lace!).

And… to prep myself for fun in the sun, these sunglasses.

 

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Style savvy influencer Eva Chen guest blogs for SaksPOV about her New York Holiday.

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Kristian’s Countdown to 2013

Kristian Laliberte, the dapper Senior Editor of Refinery29, shares his resolutions for 2013 (and dishes on the ones he didn’t keep from 2012)

As Refinery29’s resident man about town, Kristian Laliberte has his finger on the pulse of what to do, where to go and what to buy. While this Columbia alum calls the East Village home, he has spent time in Paris studying at Archives Nationales and is currently in London while we conduct this interview. Among his favorite designers are labels such as Rag & Bone, Paul Smith, Gant, Dior Homme, A.P.C. and T by Alexander Wang. Burberry Prorsum blazer, Kenzo shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, Giorgio Armani bowtie, Charvet pocket square, Hook & Albert lapel pin, Salvatore Ferragamo belt and Gucci shoes.   Personal style… That’s such a tough one because I’m always tempted to say preppy-with-an-edge, but that’s sort of the tritest thing, ever. I…

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As Refinery29’s resident man about town, Kristian Laliberte has his finger on the pulse of what to do, where to go and what to buy. While this Columbia alum calls the East Village home, he has spent time in Paris studying at Archives Nationales and is currently in London while we conduct this interview. Among his favorite designers are labels such as Rag & Bone, Paul Smith, Gant, Dior Homme, A.P.C. and T by Alexander Wang.

Burberry Prorsum blazer, Kenzo shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim pants, Giorgio Armani bowtie, Charvet pocket square, Hook & Albert lapel pin, Salvatore Ferragamo belt and Gucci shoes.

 

Personal style… That’s such a tough one because I’m always tempted to say preppy-with-an-edge, but that’s sort of the tritest thing, ever. I do love throwback/traditional pieces — cable knit sweaters, oxford button-downs, classic khakis — but I’m interested in more fashion-forward silhouettes and fabrications. I don’t like one completely head-to-toe look. It’s all about the mix.

Resolution from 2012 that was kept… Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t listen to other people when you’re forming an opinion about someone.

Resolution from 2012 that’s long gone… Sleep more. Gym more. Leave the office earlier. Stop procrastinating. A LOT of ‘em!

Kristian’s 13 resolutions for 2013:

1. Get a six-pack — third year in a row resolving.

2. Go gluten free. That won’t happen.

3. Visit Mexico City. Again.

4. Meet my future husband. (Can I resolve that to happen? Hmm.)

5. Curbing my Instagram addiction. Or maybe I’m fine with it.

6. Be smarter about money management.

7. Find an apartment with room for a big desk.

8. Stop making to-do lists that I don’t finish.

9. Moisturize before bed…every night.

10. Learn how to sew a button on pants, shirts, and jackets. I’m useless.

11. Drink more water.

12. Put my clothes out before I go to sleep.

13. Go to the gym. Kind of hand in hand with #1.

 

Photographed by KSW, Styled by Kate Lassar, Editorial Assistant Erica Johasky, Produced by Sophia Chabbott.

 

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Work It

9 to 5 Chic’s Anh Sundstrom talks day-to-night fashion

We’ve all been there. You’re in the office, surrounded by suits. You want to flaunt your style — not to mention wear the latest trends from the runway and fashion glossies — but you’ve got to dress appropriately (i.e. conservative). What to do? Thanks to 9to5Chic blogger Anh Sundstrom, we career gals can have our proverbial cake and eat it, too. As the name implies, this San Franciscan’s site is all about showcasing her work wear, which, if you’ve ever taken a peek at her site, is the ne plus ultra of chic. And we should point out that Sundstrom’s a marketing manager at a medical software company. Yes, you read that right. So if she can rock serious style at her day job, well,…

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We’ve all been there. You’re in the office, surrounded by suits. You want to flaunt your style — not to mention wear the latest trends from the runway and fashion glossies — but you’ve got to dress appropriately (i.e. conservative). What to do? Thanks to 9to5Chic blogger Anh Sundstrom, we career gals can have our proverbial cake and eat it, too. As the name implies, this San Franciscan’s site is all about showcasing her work wear, which, if you’ve ever taken a peek at her site, is the ne plus ultra of chic. And we should point out that Sundstrom’s a marketing manager at a medical software company. Yes, you read that right. So if she can rock serious style at her day job, well, there’s hope for the rest of us, too.

Here, as part of our Pin It to Win It holiday campaign, Sundstrom teaches us how to go from office to office party in a pinch and reveals how she went from corporate employee to blogger extraordinaire.

SaksPOV: When did the fashion bug first bite?
Anh Sundstrom: I’ve always loved shopping — my favorite time of year was always the beginning of fall when it was time for back-to-school shopping. In my senior year of high school (against my parents’ wishes), I worked two jobs at the mall: a clothing store and a shoe store. Suffice it to say I spent every dollar I earned at those two stores.

SaksPOV: How did you end up at a medical software firm?
A.S.: I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field and knew I wanted to work in the industry, but not necessarily as a clinician. I started in the marketing department of a medical textbook publisher and then spent six years at a medical device company in spine surgery. I love that I’m always learning — there are always new treatments and technologies to help improve patient care.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?
A.S.: Classic and modern at the same time. I try to incorporate new styles and shapes with workwear basics. And button-up blouses are my go-to for both weekdays and weekends!

SaksPOV: What inspired 9to5Chic?
A.S.: I only discovered blogs three years ago. I loved how I could find inspiration at every turn! My job had such a huge impact on how I dressed — it is five out of seven days, after all! — and decided to start documenting it with 9to5Chic.

SaksPOV: Your tips to perfecting office-to-holiday party style — in a snap?
A.S.: Just add bright lipstick, beautiful high heels and festive accessories. And always a smile!

SaksPOV: And as for those accessories?
A.S.: A gorgeous statement necklace can instantly put you in the party mood!

SaksPOV: Any advice to making runway trends work-appropriate?
A.S.: It depends on the trend. But I think, regardless, you always need to keep fit at the top of your mind. Nothing too tight, nothing too short.

SaksPOV: Essential must-haves every career woman should invest in for chic day-to-night dressing?
A.S.: The perfect black blazer, high pointy-toe black pumps and an ambiguous (but perfectly tailored) sheath dress — the kind that will work for any occasion and adapt to any dress code.

SaksPOV: What’s the 9to5Chic motto?
A.S.: Playing dress-up never gets old! (I’d prefer to be elegantly overdressed any day!)

SaksPOV: If we go in your closet, we’d find too many…
A.S.: Blazers! Everything looks pulled together under a blazer.

Quickfire Round:

Round-toe or Pointy-toe? Pointy-toe.

Eating lunch at your desk or Going out for lunch? Preference? Going out, of course! Reality? Lunch at desk.

Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray? Martha Stewart.

Mini or Midi? Midi.

Paper clip or Binder clip? Paper clip.

Florals or Stripes? Florals.

Grey’s Anatomy or HouseHouse.

Cocktail Ring or Cocktail? Cocktail ring (and wine).

Sequins or Snakeskin? Snakeskin.

Lipstick or Lip gloss? Lipstick, and make it red!

Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley? Napa Valley.

 

 

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Audrey for the 60s and Now

My style icon and favorite brunette is and always will be Audrey Hepburn.  You guessed it.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to get within an inch of her iconic look and now David Willis has chronicled it in his recently published landmark photographic tribute: Audrey: The 60′s.  It was just the push I needed to create my very own Style Guide for SaksPOV (especially since everyone knows I live and breathe Audrey). Hmmmm…What would Audrey wear today? Something classic, uniquely trendsetting with timeless appeal, a touch of the gamine but elegant. The hunt was on to recreate her elegant style from that “Tiffany’s” little black dress to looks from her high-fashion spreads in Vogue. Eyes and lips. I started with Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner…

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My style icon and favorite brunette is and always will be Audrey Hepburn.  You guessed it.  I’ve spent most of my life trying to get within an inch of her iconic look and now David Willis has chronicled it in his recently published landmark photographic tribute: Audrey: The 60′s.  It was just the push I needed to create my very own Style Guide for SaksPOV (especially since everyone knows I live and breathe Audrey).

Hmmmm…What would Audrey wear today? Something classic, uniquely trendsetting with timeless appeal, a touch of the gamine but elegant. The hunt was on to recreate her elegant style from that “Tiffany’s” little black dress to looks from her high-fashion spreads in Vogue.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Eyes and lips. I started with Dior’s new Pen Eyeliner in black and the perfect shade of soft pink lipstick, #509, from Giorgio Armani.

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Next up, Prada’s modern white cat eye sunglasses, Jimmy Choo Wyatt Suede Pom Pom Ballet Flats (that you know Audrey would be wearing with her trademark capris).

Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn | Alice & Olivia sequined dress, Valentino dress with bows on the hem, 3/4 length leather gloves, green jeweled Anya Hindmarch clutch, a Christian Louboutin bag with an enormous black bow, Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Evening has to be a mod white and black striped sequined Alice & Olivia dress or just maybe the retro peachy Valentino dress with bows on the hem.  Of course, a night out also requires the perfect 3/4 length leather gloves, a striking green jeweled evening clutch from Anya Hindmarch or a dramatic Christian Louboutin shoulder bag with an enormous black velvet bow (there’s a theme building). To top it off, a statement necklace or the “must” Etro Beaded Leaf Gown.

Yes, that’s my purple party hat that was plunked on my head as I was ironically blindly asked to guess what famous legend I might be. Thank you, Audrey. Thank you Saks. You both inspire me. Now, hopefully, I’ve inspired you.

— Nancy Jane (NJ) Falk, The Brunette, The Blonde and The Brunette


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Just Hue It

Go bold with Blair Eadie

Back when she was just a Poly Sci co-ed at the University of Florida, Virginia native Blair Eadie was an intern at Saks Fifth Avenue. Now she’s back, as part of our Pin It to Win It  holiday campaign. Of course, in the years since she’s become one of the coolest fashion bloggers out there with Atlantic-Pacific, her ode to East Coast-meets-West Coast style. As for that name, it’s simple: Eadie lived in San Francisco when she was a merchandiser at the Gap and is now firmly planted in New York, as a consultant to Tory Burch. But scan the pages of her blog and the hook is more than just bicoastal style. The girl has a way with color and prints. She’s fearless. And…

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Back when she was just a Poly Sci co-ed at the University of Florida, Virginia native Blair Eadie was an intern at Saks Fifth Avenue. Now she’s back, as part of our Pin It to Win It  holiday campaign. Of course, in the years since she’s become one of the coolest fashion bloggers out there with Atlantic-Pacific, her ode to East Coast-meets-West Coast style. As for that name, it’s simple: Eadie lived in San Francisco when she was a merchandiser at the Gap and is now firmly planted in New York, as a consultant to Tory Burch.

But scan the pages of her blog and the hook is more than just bicoastal style. The girl has a way with color and prints. She’s fearless. And we’re jealous. Thankfully, in our Q&A, she shared her insider secrets — and more.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style?
Blair Eadie: Colorful and eclectic but with a preppy undertone.

SaksPOV: East Coast vs. West Coast style?
B.E.: The East Coast is much more colorful and preppy, which I feel like is the foundation of my personal style, but the West Coast is where I learned to step outside of my comfort zone and take more risks. Now that I am back on the East Coast, but in New York, I am finding this city is teaching me to refine my style and “grow up” a bit.

SaksPOV: Top three rules in the Blair Eadie Style Guide?
B.E.: The top three rules would be…there are no rules. Rules don’t belong in a creative place. I doubt the book would do very well, eh?

SaksPOV: Personal motto when it comes to prints and color?
B.E.: There is no such thing as “too much.” Sometimes this works out well, sometimes not so much — but I will stick to that motto.

SaksPOV: Your advice for those wary of wearing color and prints?
B.E.: Be yourself. Take it and make it your own. Don’t force it.

SaksPOV: What are your style tips to wearing color during the holidays?
B.E.: I think most associate black and jewel tones with the holiday season — but I think pastels and primaries are just as relevant. I think when it comes to wearing color, especially color-on-color, it is important to pair rich, yet differentiated fabrications to give it more interest and depth.

SaksPOV: And what about prints for holidays?
B.E.: I think it is best to stay within one color family when you are wearing print-on-print and when you are pairing a print back to a color. Right now I am feeling for prints in unexpected items, such as a printed pump or printed bag.

SaksPOV: Who would you want to trade closets with?
B.E.: No one. Not because mine is perfect, but because I like to try and appreciate what I have. Also a lot of my pieces are special to me because they are part of my most favorite memories and moments and I wouldn’t be able to trade that for anything.

SaksPOV: What’s a typical day like for you?
B.E.: I wake up early to answer blog emails and hopefully sneak in taking pictures for a post before heading into the Tory Burch office at 9am. Each day in merchandising looks very different, which is why I love it. You can be working on detailing product one day, reviewing a new set of samples another, editing sketches and discussing color direction for the season or analyzing the business and creating a strategy for the next concept. I hopefully leave work by 7 or 7:30 pm and, about two to three days a week, I have a meeting for the blog. If I have a meeting, it is typically dinner or drinks, and then I head home around 10 pm, edit the post I did in the AM and prep it to go up the next morning.

SaksPOV: Favorite Pinterest board of yours?
B.E.: I like to keep my blog focused on strictly fashion, but with Pinterest I have a little more fun. The critters board is my favorite. I just love animals, and the images on this board put me in a good mood. I mean, who doesn’t love a picture of a puppy in an adorable sweater?

QUICKFIRE ROUND: 

Polka dots or Op Art? Polka dots for the win.

Ombré or Colorblock? Colorblock.

Audrey Hepburn or Katharine Hepburn? I can’t believe you asked. #teamaudrey

Animal or Tech/Digital Print? Animal. Rarwr.

Bangles or Cuffs? Bangles.

Norma Jean or Marilyn Monroe? Marilyn.

Peplum or Padded Shoulders? Peplum.

Primaries or Neons? Primaries.

Tribal or Floral? Floral.

Forties or Fifties or Sixtes? 1950s.

Macaroons or Cupcakes? Neither. Haribo Gummies or Twizzlers.

 

 


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Checking it Twice

Men’s Fashion Director Eric Jennings tells us what’s on his holiday shopping list!

My favorite part of the holidays is being with my family on the west coast and seeing how my nieces and nephews are all growing up so quickly! Below are some of my holiday gifts this year. I won’t tell you who they are for because I want them to be a surprise! These Edward Marc salted caramel chocolates are absolutely addictive. (Whenever I buy these as a party gift, I buy one for me too!) For a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, this is the ultimate gift…of all time! A candle is always a welcome gift because you can never have too many at home! This is a great gift for my family because we all struggle with our skin! To ease the holiday stress,…

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My favorite part of the holidays is being with my family on the west coast and seeing how my nieces and nephews are all growing up so quickly!

Below are some of my holiday gifts this year. I won’t tell you who they are for because I want them to be a surprise!

Edward Marc Salted Caramels- 32 pc. Set | Saks.com

These Edward Marc salted caramel chocolates are absolutely addictive. (Whenever I buy these as a party gift, I buy one for me too!)

Sony Music Bruce Springsteen,The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story (Deluxe Box Set) | Saks.com

For a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, this is the ultimate gift…of all time!

Michael Aram Botanical Leaf Candle

A candle is always a welcome gift because you can never have too many at home!

Clarisonic Mia 2/Peacock | Saks.com

This is a great gift for my family because we all struggle with our skin!

Baccarat "Harmonie" Tumblers | Saks.com

To ease the holiday stress, these handsome crystal glasses will make any drink more festive!

 

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Need more inspiration for the people on your list? Visit the Holiday Gift Guide.


Holiday Chic

Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin, tells us what’s on her gift list!

With our window unveiling tonight, we are in full-on Holiday mode. As always, our customers inspire use — we hear in store who’s on your list — and what you’re excited to give. Taking a cue from our customers, who are busy making up their gift lists, we asked our Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin what is on her gift list this season. Let the celebrations begin! “The best part of the holiday season is spending time & celebrating with family and friends.  One of my favorite traditions is decorating the tree with beautiful ornaments that were hand-made by my Great Grandmother – they are like little jewels.” —Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue For my fashionable friends: “Dressed to Kill: Virginia’s Jazz Age Fashion” by…

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With our window unveiling tonight, we are in full-on Holiday mode. As always, our customers inspire use — we hear in store who’s on your list — and what you’re excited to give. Taking a cue from our customers, who are busy making up their gift lists, we asked our Women’s Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin what is on her gift list this season. Let the celebrations begin!

“The best part of the holiday season is spending time & celebrating with family and friends.  One of my favorite traditions is decorating the tree with beautiful ornaments that were hand-made by my Great Grandmother – they are like little jewels.” —Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue

For my fashionable friends:

“Dressed to Kill: Virginia’s Jazz Age Fashion” by Virginia Bates & Daisy Bates;  Published by Rizzoli; Celebrating the glamorous world of the 1920′s through Virginia’s meticulously curated collection of heirloom pieces; $75.

For hostess gifts and for getting into the holiday spirit at home:

Diptyque scented holiday candles in Ambre Oud, Frankincense, and Holiday Spruce; $68 each.

For the little ones in my life:

Portolano kids hat & mitten sets.  Bunny hat, $39; Bunny mittens, $36; Bear hat, $36 and Bear mittens; $36.

For the chic techie:

Graphic Image personalized python-embossed leather iPad case, $135.

For those in need:

A donation to the American Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.

 

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Need more inspiration for the people on your list? Visit the Holiday Gift Guide.


Haute & Cold

Style & Pepper’s Jessie Artigue keeps it feminine and fun when cozying up for the cold NYC winter!

I used to cringe at the thought of putting on a pea coat, and puffer jackets once seemed far from pretty.  Having spent most of my life in the sunny, arid climes of both Scottsdale and San Diego, my love affair with outerwear didn’t begin until December of 2007, after a move to the Midwest and one of the worst winters Kansas City, Missouri has ever seen.  The need to bulk up my winter wardrobe came as quickly as the first ice storm, and I was faced with the devastating option of either freezing my bum off on the way to the shops, or trying to stick out the season wearing my ski jacket (chic enough for the slopes, style-blasphemy on the street). Five years…

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I used to cringe at the thought of putting on a pea coat, and puffer jackets once seemed far from pretty.  Having spent most of my life in the sunny, arid climes of both Scottsdale and San Diego, my love affair with outerwear didn’t begin until December of 2007, after a move to the Midwest and one of the worst winters Kansas City, Missouri has ever seen.  The need to bulk up my winter wardrobe came as quickly as the first ice storm, and I was faced with the devastating option of either freezing my bum off on the way to the shops, or trying to stick out the season wearing my ski jacket (chic enough for the slopes, style-blasphemy on the street).

Five years later, and I’ll be the first to admit my unapologetic obsession with cold-weather-wear, and the fact that I firmly believe a brisk wind can be used as the perfect accessory (hello, “nature’s wind machine”).  I now live for these crisp fall mornings when it finally seems like adding a layer (and eventually two or three) seems not only prudent, but a great opportunity to bring some much-needed interest to our quickly fading summer trends.

Seems like it’s about time to start exploring our options for the upcoming season, so I decided to pop into Saks to check out their always on-point selection. Naturally, we snapped a few fun photos for you in the process.  Whether you’re adding an anorak to your already-impressive collection, or in need of a new knit-cap for your first winter in NYC (go with Rag & Bone + Moncler, respectively)… Saks has my heart when it comes to a seriously stylish selection, and now this desert-girl is even more ready to be bundled up with the best of ‘em.

—Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper

Apres ski: Moncler black puffer jacket, $975; Proenza Schouler dress, $2,450.

Calling Ali McGraw fans! Cole Haan camel wool coat $795; Vera Wang chiffon dress $895 Chloe orange wool sweater, $1,030; Vince fox fur gilet, $1,675; Chloe black booties $850, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection rex rabbit fur earmuffs, $70 and and Rag & Bone gloves $275.

Tally Ho! Canada Goose Coat, $650; Rag & Bone jeans, $286; Philip Lim turtleneck,$450; Rag & Bone Men’s Scarf,$255; Rag & Bone fedora, $175 and Philip Lim shoes, $525.

Photographed by KSW, Styled by Sunita Kumar, Makeup by Ylenia Mazzei for Dior at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

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The Saks Winter Guide: 5 be-all, end-all, wear-all ways to heat up the season.

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Absolutely Aerin

I grew up reading magazines.  From when I was a little girl I just loved fashion and inhaled the pages of Vogue as if they had every nutrient that was essential for my tiny being. One thing that always fascinated me was the social pages. The parties. The glamour. The gorgeous socialites — Aerin Lauder, Marina Rust, Renee Rockefeller. Aerin Lauder, specifically, has long been my personal style icon — with her tawny glow, gold flecked hair and exquisite collection of Oscar de la Renta gowns. So it was with great excitement that my first assignment many years ago as a Women’s Wear Daily reporter was to interview her.  She was as lovely, gracious and smart as I imagined she would be, talking about her…

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I grew up reading magazines.  From when I was a little girl I just loved fashion and inhaled the pages of Vogue as if they had every nutrient that was essential for my tiny being. One thing that always fascinated me was the social pages. The parties. The glamour. The gorgeous socialites — Aerin Lauder, Marina Rust, Renee Rockefeller.

Aerin Lauder, specifically, has long been my personal style icon — with her tawny glow, gold flecked hair and exquisite collection of Oscar de la Renta gowns. So it was with great excitement that my first assignment many years ago as a Women’s Wear Daily reporter was to interview her.  She was as lovely, gracious and smart as I imagined she would be, talking about her grandmother Estee’s namesake company opening its first boutique in Manhasset on Long Island. Of course, I asked her lots of business questions, but what I really wanted to know was personal — what are her beauty secrets?

Well, it took some years later, but I did get to interview Aerin again recently on behalf of Saks Fifth Avenue, where she launch her own eponymous beauty collection, dubbed Aerin.  The collection is simple and really beautiful. Centered on two palettes with eyes, cheek color and lip color, the collection is divided into “weekday” and “weekend” looks. As a mom of two boys, Aerin (outfitted in a chic black Lanvin skirt suit and Christian Louboutin pumps) talks about looking glamorous and effortless beauty tips, her favorite fashion designers and yes (!) even her favorite form of social media.

SaksPOV: You practically grew up in the beauty industry. What are some thing your learned from your iconic grandmother Estee Lauder?

Aerin Lauder: Estee always had a unique sense of beauty. She was known for wearing color. She always [had] coral or red lips. She taught me the importance of mistake-proof makeup.

SaksPOV: As a busy mom and beauty mogul, what advice can you offer our generation of multi-tasking women?

A.L.: Take time for you beauty and skincare. Buy products that work and are beautiful. This collection is about effortless beauty.

SaksPOV: It’s the day and age of social media. What is your favorite platform?

A.L.: I love Pinterest. It’s so visual and you can create boards for inspirations. It’s so fun to add and explore. I love Lauren Santo Domingo’s Pinterest. She does a fantastic job.

SaksPOV: We’re coming off of the New York collections. What shows did you go see?

A.L.:  [I saw] Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Thakoon, Oscar, Tory Burch. It’s the start of the fashion season!

SaksPOV: What’s on your shopping list for fall?

A.L.:  I Just bought yellow pointed toe Lanvin flats. [Otherwise looking for] some black leather pieces and a great piece of statement jewelry.

SaksPOV: Spill. What do you carry around in your cosmetic case every day?

A.L.: Foundation, the Aerin palette, lip gloss and lipstick. Lip gloss is so versatile!

 

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