Uniqlo and Lemaire

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One of my favorite designers, Christophe Lemaire is teaming up with retail giant, Uniqlo come Fall 2015. Lemaire and his muse/partner Sarah Linh-Tran have successfully built a brand that is both laid back and refined. Uniqlo and Lemaire share a common philosophy based on wearable clothing and quality fabrics, which is why this might just be the best collaboration couple yet. The Uniqlo and Lemaire collections for men and women will be available on Uniqlo’s website and in stores worldwide (release date TBD).

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Best of Basics: Summer Sweaters

best-of-basics-summer-sweaters-6397-vneck-sweater-silk-cotton-desmitten Summer sweaters are almost as important as winter sweaters, ok maybe not. But, summer sweaters have carved out a space in my wardrobe of essentials over the past few years, which is why they made it to my Best of Basics series. My current favorites are from 6397. Made of fine gauge jersey, the silk cotton blend is breathable and luxurious. The low v-neck, elbow length sleeve and loose fit make it more relaxed than uptight. Some essential details when looking for summer sweaters include shorter sleeve, open neck and finding a silhouette that doesn’t cling to your body.

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Editorial Eclipse: 1970’s Nostalgia Now

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There are fresh new ways to channel the 1970’s trend that is taking over this season, remember this editorial? Well last week’s WSJ Magazine continued to inspire with Pre-Fall collections that felt fresh, with a hint of 1970’s nostalgia.

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Beauty Supply: Boscia Black Mask

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There are so many clean beauty products coming out these days, it is hard to keep up, but alas, I am trying. Recently, Elizabeth from The Note Passer, recommended the Boscia Black Mask in her Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine post. After chatting about it with her over tea, and multiple texts about application and photos of me in the Boscia Black Mask, I added this to my weekly beauty routine. Elizabeth researched each ingredient on the package to make sure there were no harmful chemicals or additives to the product, thanks so much!

Now let’s get down to it, what is this mask all about? One of the only peel-off masks that show results without major damage to my sensitive skin, the Boscia Black Mask is effective without being too harsh. Pay close attention where you apply this mask, avoiding lip, eyebrow and hairline areas because when you peel it off, it might take some hair along with it. Be sure to apply the mask evenly and heavily. This will make it easier to peel off in the end.  As advertised, this mineral-rich mask purifies, detoxifies and brightens your skin. It does leave my face red, so I would recommend only using it at night. After peeling the mask away, I use my Binchotan Charcoal facial puff to get any residue out of my pores and then I apply Tata Harper’s Beautifying Face Oil. The redness is gone by morning and my face was left feeling soft and radiant. I now use the Boscia Black Mask two to three times a week.

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Rochelle Sara Swimwear

rochelle-sara-swimsuits-nyc-laeti-top-alex-bottom-desmittenThe weather here in New York may have you fooled, but Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I can’t help but dream of new summer swimsuits. A few months ago I stumbled upon New York based designer, Rochelle Sara’s instagram and her perfectly cut, minimally designed swimwear. I was initially drawn in by this chalky clay color, it feels fresh yet, timeless. Then I fell for the U-shaped neckline of the Laeti top. A flattering fit that you could easily wear surfing or swimming without worrying about coverage. Rochelle Sara swimwear is made of Italian fabric and constructed in New York. View the full collection of interchangeable separates to create your own bikini, or keep things simple in her ultra low back one-piece.

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