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Patricia Field Styles The Other Woman

Patricia Field is one of the best known stylists in the movie industry, especially when it comes to dressing leading ladies in sartorial comedies, so when I got invited to hear her speak about her work on the new film, The Other Woman, I couldn’t resist. In the movie, three women form an unlikely friendship while bonding over one man who cheated on them all. In true Pat Field style, she used the clothes in this film to up the comedic ante while truly defining each character. She tries to find the parallels between the actor and the character so the clothes don’t hinder but instead enhance the performance, I’d say this approach proved successful in this witty comedy.

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My style resonates most with Cameron Diaz’s character, Carly, the unknowing mistress. As a lawyer, Carly wears a lot of neutral colors, modern shapes and accessorizes minimally with delicate gold jewelry and strong sunglasses. I especially love the long thin gold chains she wears throughout the film (pictured above).

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COS Pop-up in NY

Unfortunately we have to wait until Fall for the permanent COS shop to open in New York, but until then the goodies at their Pop-up shop at Opening Ceremony will tide me over. I stopped in to view the collection this morning in search of must have basics, and I was in luck -the bulk of the collection came in neutral or near neutral colors. The biggest draw for me are COS’s fabric qualities, and their no-fuss, simple silhouettes. I feel like most of their clothes could be unisex, I ended up trying on part of the men’s collection as well and buying a knit long sleeve sweater with a collar… I’m wearing it here. The other two pieces I bought were from the women’s collection and included a perfect white button down shirt and a new bikini.

I only buy a new swimsuit once every 3 or 4 years and I only go to the beach a few times every summer, so I consider the swimsuit an accessory (therefore it won’t count towards my 5 Piece French Wardrobe).  This is the first time I’ve moved away from my go to bandeau silhouette. I couldn’t pass up the sophisticated navy piqué fabric with triangle top and the bottoms with slightly more coverage. It is a bit of a grown up swimsuit, but let’s face it, I’ll be 30 next year so it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m still debating on whether or not to have the bottoms altered to sit slightly lower on my hips. The boyfriend votes yes, but I have some time before swimsuit season sets in to make that decision. I love the idea of wearing the top under sheer shirts this summer.

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 Last season, the COS pop-up sold out over the weekend, so try to stop by today for the best selection.

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Editorial Eclipse: Laid Back Daria

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Nothing like a little laid back Daria Werbowy editorial to brighten a rainy day like today. Daria looking amazing in the May 2014 issue of Marie Claire Russia. Perfectly undone locks, always a favorite. Relaxed styling, yes please. Slight rocker vibe, don’t mind if I do.Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy Marie_Claire_Russia_2014-05-Daria-Werbowy

Photographer: Mathieu Cesar  // Stylist: Anna Rykova // Hair: Alessandro Rebecchi // Make-Up: Alexey Molchanov

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Beauty Supply: Going Organic

This post is not meant to scare you, but do you know what is in the products you use on your hair and skin everyday?! Well neither did I until I downloaded the app Think Dirty. This well designed app allows you to scan the bar codes of beauty and personal care products and scores each product 0-10 (0 is clean and 10 is dirty). This rating system’s based on published studies about the ingredients in the product and how harmful they are to you.

After scanning the entire contents of my shower and medicine cabinet, I found that almost everything, including products that are advertised as organic, contain toxins and cancer causing carcinogens and most of my products scored a scary 7 or higher on the Think Dirty app. I’ve said this before, but I will say it again, if we spend so much time and money buying organic food, why wouldn’t we do the same when it comes to the products we put on our skin (our largest organ)? I’ve made the decision to transition over to all organic beauty products. While I still have to do some major research on new shampoo and conditioner, here are the products that fit my new organic regime that are already in my medicine cabinet, and here is how I use them…

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Tom’s deoderant // Keeps me dry and smelling fresh even through my bootcamp class.

Tom’s toothpaste // Pretty self-explanatory, but it keeps my pearly whites whiter.

Tea Tree oil // When I have a painful zit under the surface of my skin, I put this very pungent oil on the spot at night and by morning it is significantly reduced and pain free.

Rodin Face oil // This face oil is a luxury, so I only use it twice a week when my skin is still moist, after my evening shower.

RMS Beauty Un Cover Up // To help hide my under eye circles and uneven skin tone. RMS Beauty just came out with an organic mascara, I am so looking forward to trying it!

Organic Coconut oil // So many uses, but I use it primarily to shave my legs, remove eye makeup and oil pulling (more on that later).

Organic Avocado oil // I use this under my eyes at night instead of eye cream, I wake up with my under eyes feeling hydrated and soft.

Organic Jojoba oil // I use this as a daily face moisturizer and a body moisturizer because it absorbs into the skin quickly, every once in a while I will opt for Vitamin E oil for my body if I am going right to bed.

Do you have any organic beauty products to recommend?

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5 Piece French Wardrobe Update

Are you sick of hearing about this yet? In my quest for the perfect 5 pieces for the season, I was originally overwhelmed, but now, four months into my first season (which ends June 30th), I have narrowed my scope and thought I’d share my progress. Here’s a little refresher of the 5 Piece French Wardrobe guidelines.

I bought my first piece of the season about a month ago, a pair of white linen wrap pants from New York based brand Apiece Apart, I posted a preview of them here. I promise to post a better photo once it is warm enough to wear them outside. As for the rest of this season’s pieces, here is my wish list.

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Atlantique Ascoli Ballet Russe blouse // I love the feminine structure of this blouse, but I can’t find it anywhere. Let me know if you come across it somewhere in your travels, I would be eternally grateful.

Trench Coat // I am aware that the coat in this photo is not actually a trench coat, but instead a camel wool coat. But wouldn’t the color and the easy shape translate beautifully into lightweight waterproof fabric? Didn’t I mention this was a wish list?

Jil Sander sandals // I spent the better part of Thursday afternoon scouring my favorite Soho shops for the perfect summer shoe. I stopped by Tibi and tried on these loafers, and while they pair perfectly with black skinny jeans, they don’t work with any bottoms shorter than a two roll cuff. I found myself at the corner of Howard and minimalist heaven when I tried on these Jil Sander sandals. Flat, strappy and black, all the things I look for in a summer sandal. I got them, so that’s two down, three to go before the end of June.

 Jil Sander bag //  Compact, multiple compartments and minimal styling, this makes a perfect little black bag. Now that I don’t go into the office everyday, it is more practical to downsize. Now I have to pull together the cash and this little guy is mine. I just hope it stays available and on sale until that happens.

Did I mention I bought a winter coat yesterday? Right, maybe it counts towards this season’s 5 pieces, or next season’s, I haven’t decided. But since I’ve been looking for a new winter coat for over 3 years, I couldn’t pass up the blue (same color as the leather skirt I made a few weeks ago) alpaca coat I found at the Maria Cornejo sample sale for 75% off.

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