Postcard From the North

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I’m a firm believer that in order to enjoy living in New York City, you have to make time to get out of the city and into nature, even in winter. I spent a few days in Northern Michigan where the quiet drive through the bare trees dusted with snow refreshed my mind. See more on snapchat @desmitten and instagram stories @desmetnyc.

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Beauty Supply: Natural Detangler

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Untangling my hair has been a constant battle since I was a child, my hair is thick and has a mind of its own. I brush out all of my tangles before entering the shower, but without fail, my hair is in knots when I emerge. The wet brush has prevented many tears, but has failed to completely irradiate my tangled tresses. My new cure for knotted strands comes from the kitchen: apple cider vinegar. It is a natural detangler and as an added bonus, it makes your mane extra shiny. Simply shampoo your hair and rinse with a premixed concoction consisting of 2-4 TBSP apple cider vinegar per 1 cup of water. I have very long hair so I added 4 TBSP to 2 cups of water. Be sure to avoid pouring the apple cider rinse over your eyes, it will sting for hours. I conditioned my hair afterwards, as usual, and my hair was unusually easy to brush upon exiting the shower. Because apple cider vinegar can be harsh on hair, I only use it once every few weeks. Be sure to buy organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

Other hair benefits of using an apple cider vinegar rinse:

-Reduces frizz

-Treats dandruff, or itchy and dry scalp

-Encourages hair growth

-Removes buildup

-Help to balance pH of scalp

It also has many uses beyond the bathtub.

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Monday Mood: Women’s March

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After marching at the women’s march in New York City on Saturday, I can’t help but feel it was only the beginning. We have a responsibility to continue to fight, and here’s how. The poetic imagery of Solange’s ‘Cranes in the Sky’ video fits with how I’m feeling today; Empowered by the support of women across the world, being part of something bigger than myself and ultimately making strides towards a better future.

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Weekend Reading: Anti_fashion

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After listening to Li Edelkoort speak at the BoF Voices conference, I immediately ordered her Anti_Fashion manifesto. I have followed her trend forecasting career for years and have always had great admiration in the way she gathers, processes and presents information. This Anti_Fashion manifesto highlights ten reasons why the fashion system is obsolete. It was refreshing to hear from someone so influential in the fashion industry scold editors, schools and manufacturers on the way the industry is run. You will have to order your own copy to read about all ten reasons, but here are some of the highlights:

On Marketing: “Marketing has taken over power within the major companies and is manipulating creation, production, presentation and sales. All aspects are seen from just one perspective, which is how to produce better figures. Not to bring out a better product or to generate a better culture, let alone to stimulate a better human working environment.”

On Presentations in showrooms: “The clothes are rapidly shown by style and color so that the buyer is able to create his or her very own collection. All beige at Harrods, all navy at Dover Street, all bright at Barneys… difficult for the average consumer to even recognize the brand.”

On Advertising: “All pictures in all magazines, all the same…The same clothes, more or less, are used in the editorials that are heavily art directed by the economy of advertisements; a new brand has little to no chance to be featured. Halting the progress of the fashion economy that used to hunt for the new and exciting.”

On Retailing: “More than often one can overhear visitors to select department stores sigh that there is nothing to be found… the few thousand references patiently waiting on hangers apparently did not register anymore… Therefore we can conclude that too much merchandise is killing the taste of the consumer and that edited store environments such as Dover Street Market are able to reinvent and rekindle a multi-brand environment. Suddenly shopping becomes fun and entertaining again.”

More recommended reading:

George Monbiot // The Gift of Death

The Art of Simple // Add a Think Day to Your Schedule

Brain Pickings // Legendary Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Work, Leisure, and Creativity

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Invest in Timeless Design: January Sales

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Building an edited wardrobe takes time, and patience. Trying to find that perfect piece at the right price, in your size and desired color takes time. When the January sales hit (i.e. now) you must strike while the sartorial iron is hot, but try to refrain from impulse purchases. Take time to research the fabric, fit and care for each item before adding to cart, as many of the deeply discounted duds are final sale. I’m a huge fan of uniform dressing, so my January sales picks add longevity to my existing wardrobe. I’ve rounded up some of my must-have sale items that are up to 70% off from Net-a-Porter and Farfetch. 

This collarless Lemaire blazer has just the right amount of monastic meets boyish charm vibe. Opting for an update to the classic blue poplin shirt, this Marni top boasts seasonless potential. A reimagined classic hoop earring feels fresh yet timeless. Schoolgirl nostalgia meets sophisticated comfort in these Mary Jane shoes by The Row. A nod to the 90’s bucket bag, this update from 3.1 Phillip Lim adds structural integrity to any look. Raw edge denim is here to stay, but choosing a silhouette with longevity is key, enter: Rachel Comey jeans.

 

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