Posted 11 November 2013 at 9:44 PM | Comments (0)
Once Upon a Time is not exactly a force in fashion. While I’m very aware of the period costumes (how incredible are the Evil Queen’s gowns and headpieces?), I have never really made note of the non-period costumes.
But I sheepishly admit that I loved Belle’s outfit in last night’s episode. The scalloped miniskirt, cropped blouse, and flounced cardigan were super girly and cute, but not completely without edge. I love.
Posted 10 November 2013 at 8:25 PM | Comments (0)
I know better than to worship movie stars, but I admit I have a soft spot for this cute couple. Their newly remodeled living room was featured in the November issue of Lonny, and it only drove home how cute they really are.
The room is a beautiful marriage of Midcentury minimalism and L.A. bohemia. I’m partial to the vintage chair vignettes in every corner and especially—especially—the teal velvet sofa. As you may have already guessed.
Posted 9 November 2013 at 9:08 PM | Comments (0)
I’m a huge fan of the elegant simplicity that Elena and Freddy* requested for their wedding. Their exact request: elegant, clean, simple, and modern.
We hit the ball out of the park on the first try. They loved the hint of floral brocade on the side while the clean type took center stage.
It was easy to apply their design to the rest of their materials, which was a good thing since their wedding planning was super abbreviated and we, literally, had days to finish it all.
*Names will always be changed.
Posted 8 November 2013 at 7:45 PM | Comments (0)
Funny that I claimed I “never post on beauty,” yet here I am, day three, posting about skincare. It’s the last section in the skincare series I swiped from the May 2013 issue of Lucky magazine and it’s just too good not to share.
So for those of you in your 50s and beyond, read on.
ADD AS MUCH MOISTURE AS YOU CAN IN YOUR 50S & BEYOND
As oil production drops off, your skin’s protective barrier starts to weaken, making it less able to hold moisture, so build hydration into every step of your routine.
Switch to a creamy cleanser, and use face oils, hydrating serums and lotions or balms that sink right in. Together, they’ll strengthen the lipid barrier so your skin feels smoother and calmer.
You may need a more moisturizing form of topical retinoid like Renova. If you’re still super-dry, layer on a ceramide moisturizer before the retinoid. “They’re terrifically hydrating, lightweight and anti-inflammatory,” says Brandt. “If you apply a ceramide cream before your retinoid, you’ll get less irritation, and it won’t interfere with the treatment.”
Crepiness starts to be a problem because of lost collagen. A first step might be a lift-and-tighten peptide cream smoothed in with a Clarisonic Opal—the sonic waves help the cream sink in and create a temporary plumping effect that lasts for hours. Dermatologists have more drastic—and more lasting—solutions: Thermage, Fraxel and Ulthera treatments kick up collagen production for long-term repair. Over three months, skin gets firmer and smoother.
Posted 7 November 2013 at 7:20 PM | Comments (0)
Yesterday I posted an article from the May 2013 issue of Lucky magazine about skincare in your 30s. Today I got an e-mail from a friend saying, “Too bad there’s no ‘skincare in your 40s,’” to which I replied, “Actually… there is.”
So for those of you in your 40s, here’s the section.
FIGHT REDNESS, BROWN SPOTS AND VOLUME LOSS IN YOUR 40S
This is when your past sun damage comes back to haunt you—in the form of wrinkling, redness, uneven skin tone and brown spots. You might see some volume loss in your face, too.
Take vitamin D to improve skin and hair (plus bones and immune system). “I recommend 3,000 international units a day for women who stay out of the sun,” says Brandt. “Women with darker skin may need more, because they have some built-in sun protection. If you find your hair or nails are getting thinner, I also find biotin can make a big difference.”
Lasers (like Clear and Brilliant, Fraxel and IPL) can supercharge your at-home efforts, brightening skin and obliterating lines, broken capillaries and hyperpigmentation.
Add a peptide cream to your routine. Peptides generally don’t cause irritation, so they’re easy to incorporate morning or evening, and they treat practically every sign of aging.
Switch to a richer moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, ceramides or glycerin—all brilliant for plumping and smoothing. To lock in moisture, apply while your skin is still damp.
In addition to your regular eye cream, carry a cooling roller-tip gel with caffeine (to reduce puffiness) in your bag. Antihistamines like Claritin can also help with undereye bags if the problem turns out to be allergies.
Lashes grow skimpier and shorter over the years. Latisse, the prescription lash grower, really works. “It’s good for thinning eyebrows too, although it’s not FDA-approved for that,” says Brandt.
Fillers (Restylane, Juvederm) not only restore lost volume but also spur collagen growth. Botox injections iron out wrinkles and, in the right hands, even create a subtle brow-lift.
Posted 6 November 2013 at 10:04 PM | Comments (0)
Since I’m clueless about, and generally disinterested in, beauty, I don’t share beauty information here.
I came across this article in the May 2013 issue of Lucky and found it so relevant that I not only have to share it, I have to hang onto it. For myself. Weird.
ACNE AND WRINKLES? REALLY?! IN YOUR 30S
Wechsler points out that 54 percent of 35-year-old women have adult acne. Brandt agrees: “The biggest complaint is pimples and wrinkles at the same time.”
Maintain a healthy weight. Yo-yo dieting, with fluctuations of 10 pounds or more, can lead to facial sagging. Your skin gets less elastic with age, so as with sleep, it’s harder for it to snap back. “I’m a big believer in the anti-aging effects of a healthy diet, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as vitamin supplements,” says Brandt. “I recommend taking an omega-3 to decrease inflammation, plus high doses of vitamin C to boost collagen production and overall health.”
Retinoids treat both acne and wrinkles, as can salicylic acid. If these don’t work for the acne, dermatologists have more powerful solutions, from bacteria-zapping laser treatments, oral antibiotics, birth control pills and prescription androgen blockers to (for persistent cystic acne) Accutane.
Add antioxidant serum to shield your skin from free radicals better than sunscreen alone. “Look for ingredients like green tea, white tea or blue ginger,” says Wechsler. “You want a high concentration, so make sure the antioxidant is listed in the top five ingredients.”
“Exercising four or five days a week increases blood flow to your skin and boosts endorphins to help with healing,” says Wechsler.
Start using eye cream, preferably one with retinol, peptides or both, plus a humectant like hyaluronic acid. If you use a prescription retinoid, use a smidge of it around your eyes, as long as it doesn’t irritate.
Manage stress. “Chronic anxiety speeds up aging—I wrote a whole book about it,” says Wechsler, who holds degrees in both psychiatry and dermatology. “It can cause wrinkles, pimples, dryness, redness and irritation.”
Posted 5 November 2013 at 9:19 PM | Comments (0)
The gray trend won’t last forever, but it is still going strong.
And gray is the operative word in this Naples, Florida house designed by Marshall Watson. The house is so glamorously tasteful that it makes my brain hurt in a “How did he do that?” sort of way. It’s also brilliant—the soft gray tones will cool down any hot Florida day.
*Images from House Beautiful.
Posted 4 November 2013 at 8:44 PM | Comments (0)
By now you’ve seen one of many A-list celebrities wearing Charlotte Olympia’s kitty flats, but now designers everywhere are scratching the cat post.
I know house cats are not the sexiest animal, but this trend has a retro girlishness that appeals to me. I like it best when it’s in graphic black and white.
Posted 3 November 2013 at 1:10 PM | Comments (0)
Just in time for Halloween I completed an e-book cover for Sahar Sabati’s Chills: A Short Story Collection.
I hadn’t taken a design project in a while, but when the writer approached me it was at just the right moment, since I was finally starting to feel more settled and now have a quasi-workspace set up in my parents’ house.
And I’m glad I did. It felt good to get back to work, back to thinking about something other than this unsettled chaos of our family life.
The background image is a photo I snapped on a country road, somewhere in northern Israel. Then, in Photoshop, I messed with it by darkening the colors and heightening its eeriness.
Since I read the book before tackling the design of the cover, I knew that these weren’t horror stories; they weren’t gory or gruesome. The stories are suspenseful but still appropriate for families to read together. So to contrast the eeriness of the image, I staggered the type for a touch of whimsy, which, together with the image, conveys all-ages reading.
You can buy your copy here.