Skincare in Your 50s

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.


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.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, $10

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.”

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM, $14

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.

Philosophy Full of Promise Treatment Duo for Uplifting Days and Volumizing Nights, $75

Skincare in Your 40s

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.


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.

SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Cream, $350

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.

Weleda Skin Food, $19

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.

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, $40

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.

Latisse, $76 to $120

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.

Skincare in Your 30s

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.

Until today.

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.


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.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner, $45

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.”

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, $85

“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.

Dior Capture XP Ultimate Wrinkle Correction Eye Cream, $85

RéVive Intensité Volumizing Eye Serum Targeted Skin Filler, $350

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.”

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator, $40

Monochromatic Gray House in Naples, Florida

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.

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Family Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Living Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Dining Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Dining Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Kitchen

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Breakfast Room

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Master Bedroom

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Master Bedroom

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Master Bathroom

Monochromatic Gray Home in Naples, Florida: Poolside Chairs

*Images from House Beautiful.

Passage to India Color Palette

Posted 1 November 2013 at 12:26 AM | Comments (0)

Half a year has passed since my last post. I didn’t even know if I’d make it back here, but thanks to some sudden and unexpected inspiration this morning, I’ve decided to come back to this blog I used to love.

So my first post in six months is about my favorite subject: color palettes! Taken from the September 2012 issue, Better Homes and Gardens asked Sibella Court to share her favorite paint colors for an India-inspired home.

And it’s a terrific color palette.

Passage to India Paint Color Palette from Better Homes and Gardens

Here’s a simpler way to view:

Passage to India Paint Color Palette from Sibella Court

Cross your fingers that I continue coming back to this space! I sure missed it.

I Can See Me in D&G

Posted 1 May 2013 at 10:01 PM | Comments (1)

My husband has been working so hard that I’ve barely seen him over the past six months. The kids and I are desperate for quality time with him and thankfully, his project is nearing completion! I can’t wait to have him back. I am counting down the days.

That said, we need a holiday. Reading this article on summer getaways made me want to pack a bag. And there was some serious deep sighing going on while I flipped through the slideshow.

Pause on the image of Cartagena, Colombia. It instantly reminded me of the striped organza Dolce & Gabbana dress that Kayley Chabot wore on the spring runway.

Spring 2013 Dolce & Gabbana Runway Organza Stripe Sundress

Don’t you think? This dress plus this place? Add the fam bam and it would be the perfect fantasy. Now, husband come home!

Dolce & Gabbana Organza Stripe Sundress Perfect for Cartagena, Colombia

Le Royal Monceau

Posted 21 March 2013 at 6:06 PM | Comments (0)

I am so inspired by these images of Le Royal Monceau, a Parisian hotel redesigned by Philippe Starck, in the March 2013 issue of Lonny.

I am inspired by everything, from the geometric carpet:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Restaurant

To the images of 17th-century Italian architecture placed on light fixtures:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Restaurant Light Fixtures

To the dizzying striped hallways:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Striped Hallway

And corridors with oversize brushstrokes:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Hallway with Red Brushstrokes

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Brushstroke Corridor

To the subdued color palettes in the hotel rooms:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Guest Room Sitting

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Sofa and French Doors

And the insanely beautiful, pink tufted headboard:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Pink Tufted Headboard

Subtly contrasting the mirrored bedside tables:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Mirrored Bedside Table

And the perfectly mismatched chairs:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Mismatched Chairs

And abundance of cozy places to curl up with a book:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Chaise and Balcony

Le Royal Monceau is located at 37 Avenue Hoche in Paris’ Eighth Arrondissement and costs over $850 per night.

White Kitchen Cabinets with Black Doors

Posted 17 February 2013 at 10:13 PM | Comments (0)

Gasp! What is this? Black doors on white kitchen cabinets?!

Well, because they’re glass-faced and only on the upper cabinets, these black doors don’t look like retro hour—they look like picture frames! What a good idea, making your kitchen wares look like art on the walls.

Pottery Barn February 2013 Catalog: White, Black, Gray Kitchen

Pottery Barn February 2013 Catalog: White Kitchen Cabinets with Black Doors

*Images from Pottery Barn’s February 2013 catalog.

Squeeze and Squirt

Posted 11 February 2013 at 11:31 PM | Comments (0)

A friend of mine just sent me this fantastic quote from Bruce Shostak in a recent issue of House Beautiful.

“A small entryway is a great opportunity to use a dark color, like this terra-cotta. It feels like a big, warm, earthy hug, and you get a sense of compression that propels you into the living room—what architects call ‘squeeze and squirt.’ And if the living room is a lighter color, like this pale gray, the room will feel even larger and more airy, as if you’ve been hit by a gust of wind.”

Benjamin Moore Terracotta (Brownberry) and Pale Gray (Seersucker Suit)

A Handmade Home in Northern California

Posted 10 February 2013 at 10:51 PM | Comments (0)

This quiet color palette works so well in Hanni Liliedahl and Jesse Silacci’s Monterey, California home because of the wondrous variety of shapes and textures. There are so many beautiful things to gawk at that I don’t miss color at all.

Vintage Treasures Over a Black Fireplace in Monterey, CA

No Area Rug in a Soft Neutral Living Room in Monterey, CA

Soft, Neutral and Modern Home with Tall Cactus in Monterey, CA

Vintage Pieces in a Neutral Dining Room in Monterey, CA

Vintage Pieces in a Neutral Home Office in Monterey, CA

Beautifully Mismatched Neutral Bedroom in Monterey, CA

Wire Armchair in a Soft Gray Room in Monterey, CA

*Images from the February/March 2013 issue of Rue Magazine.