In Case You Missed It…

Some of you may have slept through the segment that I styled—and added some of my styling tips to the script—as well as modeled in on The Better Show  with one of my favorite discount shopping sites, SnobSwap, this week because it was on in some areas at 5am, 6am and even noon for the non-locals.

Not to worry, you can catch my appearance here and let me know if you would wear these looks and which celeb style is your favorite!

Natural Beauty Gamechangers

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One piece of beauty advice I received recently may have changed the way I approach skincare forever.

My celebrity makeup artist friend, Maria Scali, told me that I need to hydrate and moisturize my skin to get rid of a recent bad breakout.

Whaaaaaaaat?

All those years that I spent drying out acne, apparently I was doing it wrong. Doctors, commercials and even magazines all tell you to use these drying products to zap those zits away, but apparently you could be making it worse.

Now my routine involves lots of moisture to balance out the zit “zappers” that can create dryness.

Here are some of my favorites at the moment:

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The best toner you can use for a breakout may be in your own kitchen. Lemons have natural antiseptic properties, so they’re great at killing the bacteria on your skin. The only drawback is that they can be pretty harsh on your face.

Mix one part lemon juice and one part rosewater in a small bottle to balance it out. The rosewater calms irritation and redness that the lemon can cause. Lemons can also help rid of excess oil, but rosewater adds moisture back in. Maria warns, getting rid of those natural oils can actually make your skin more prone to clogged pores.

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I asked Maria if acne treatments are okay to use then. She said she actually liked anything with salicylic acid in it because it is natural and encourages your skin cells to turnover more rapidly and prevents pores from clogging.

One of my favorite natural skin care lines, Juice Beauty, created this serum that actually hydrates your skin while treating blemishes with salicylic acid. I’ve been using this product for a couple of weeks now and my breakout has calmed quite a bit and I’ve never seen my skin this smooth. If you’ve had serum-phobia like I have, this one will change your mind.

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Speaking of the serum trend, this one is worth every penny if you’ve been battling acne scarring like I have for quite some time (Maria also recommended, but I was already on it!). It was created with medicinal herbs found in Korea, including a stronger strength of ginseng than can be found on this side of the world. The ginseng increases circulation, so it promotes cell turnover and as a result, the scars fade much more quickly than they would on their own. It’s also a bonus that it adds moisture to your face.

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Lastly, you can’t forget about your eyes when talking skincare. It’s the most delicate skin on your face so you can’t use a regular moisturizer. I’ve always used creams on my eyes, but now that I’m on the serum boat, I’m all about eye treatments like the one from Juice Beauty I mentioned recently and this one from Orico London. This eye elixir is so lightweight that it won’t cause any little bumps and it’s all natural so you won’t feel bad about it being near your eyes.

How To Take The Jumpsuit Trend From Day To Night

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jumpsuit: Zara // sneakers: DV Dolce Vita // sunglasses: Karen Walker // bag: c/o Alexander Wang // bracelets: etc… // booties: DVF (via TJMaxx) // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff // necklace: c/o Gojana Griffin

Happy tax day! Hopefully you’re getting money back this year, but if you’re like the rest of us, you’re going to need to get the most out of your wardrobe.

That’s where I present to you the most versatile spring trend of the season that you’ll want: The Jumpsuit.

It’s the easiest piece that you can take from day with a pair of slip-on sneakers and a handbag to night with some heels and a clutch.

That’s why it was a must when traveling this weekend. See how I quickly took my travel outfit to a dinner-ready look and try this trend at home.

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The Better Show & SnobSwap (I’m On TV!)

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Eliza // Jessica // Jessica // Liz

(all in wardrobe styled by me, available on SnobSwap)

If you don’t already belong to the luxury designer online marketplace, SnobSwap, you’re going to want to now. The founders of the site asked me to style and model in their recent appearance on the Better Show and I was thrilled to. Working with gorgeous pieces from brands like Marni, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, just to name a few, and all at affordable prices, made my job easy!

On top of that, my models were these gorgeous bloggers that looked great in everything I put them in. It was honestly the easiest fittings I’ve ever had to style in my entire career as a stylist.

Each look was modeled after a celebrity’s style (I was Lauren Conrad), so it was fun to recreate the outfits you may have seen them in the magazines wearing, with the trends for this spring.

Everything you see here can be purchased on the site (except for what I styled the lovely ladies of SnobSwap in and of course the host, Rebecca, and Kelly Osbourne).

Check out some of the behind the scenes pictures below and watch the Better Show on Tuesday (check your local listings. If you’re a local, it will be on at 6am on WLNY and nationally, 12pm on the Hallmark Channel) for our segment!

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Hidden Gems (Literally)

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necklace: Gypsies & Debutantes

I’m not sure how I’ve lived in NYC for over eight years now and did not know about the Museum of Art and Design (aka MAD) until recently thanks to my fashion friend/partner in crime, Emily of E.Kammeyer jewelry and the Accessories Gal blog. Maybe it’s because I generally don’t go above 14th street unless it’s Fashion Week or another work obligation, but this was definitely worth the trip up to Columbus Circle.

There are two noteworthy exhibitions that  you’re not going to want to miss if you are lucky enough to be in the area:

The Fashion Jewelry exhibition with The Collection of Barbara Berger and Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital with everything from fashion to furniture printed with 3D printers (for real!).

The jewelry exhibition features an array of unique designer pieces from Chanel to YSL, all from one women’s collection is incredible and as you can see by our pictures, a bit of fun. It closes on April 20th, so run to this museum before it closes.

Bonus: go there on a Sunday and catch one of the resident artists in action in their open studios. You can also enjoy drinks and bites on the restaurant on the top floor, overlooking Columbus Circle. This is a hidden gem in NYC that you should definitely check out and if you can’t, below is a sampling of the incredible collections currently on view there.

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How To Wear Denim On Denim

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jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim // top: Lumiere // jeans: Current Elliott (similar below) // shoes: Dolce Vita // sunglasses: Karen Walker // bag: c/o Alexander Wang // necklace: c/o Nashelle // bracelets: c/o E.Kammeyer and etc… // nails: Gelish from Dashing Diva

This past weekend was the first hint of spring—finally—in NYC and I was ready to shed my socks and winter coat and go for some slip-ons and a denim jacket.

The denim jacket is the perfect transitional piece for this spring and you’re going to want to invest in a good one to wear often. This one that I scored at a Barney’s warehouse sale a few seasons back has become a perennial favorite and I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth out of it. A denim jacket, when done right, is classic and so timeless that you’ll have it in your closet for years.

That being said, don’t be afraid this season to mix it with your other denim pieces for an easy, casual look. The “Canadian Tuxedo” has gotten a bad rep over the years (no thanks to THIS horrible early oughts memory), but trust me on this, it’s going to look current when you do it this season. Denim was all over the runways and will be on your shopping list.

Before you try this look at home, be sure to read this stylist tip.

STYLIST TIP: When wearing denim on denim, don’t try to match the pieces, but opt for different washes. It could look too matchy if you wear the same shade head to toe. Denim acts as a neutral, so it’s best when you treat it that way and pair two different shades.

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Be The Best Dressed In Your Office + A Deal For My Readers

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I got my start in the fashion industry over a decade ago, working for the company Chaiken. It was also my first experience with realizing the importance of fit and tailoring of clothing. I began my internship there with quite an Ugly Betty moment, wearing probably a too tight poly-blend top and an unlined a-line skirt from maybe one of the mall stores like Express or Arden B. and carrying an over-sized kitschy tote with Frida Kahlo’s face on it. Looking back, the plastic Mexican tote wasn’t all that bad, but I definitely didn’t look polished.

A couple of months and a sample sale later, I came away with sophisticated tailored pants, a few well-made dresses and even a gorgeous Italian wool coat, most of which I still keep in my wardrobe rotation today, as you’ve seen recently here.

I learned the importance of tailoring and fit from the founder of Chaiken, Julie Chaiken, herself. She made it a point to not only bring in a fit model, but try on all of the designs on employees to see how the fit varied from person to person. I even tried on pants myself right after they were sewn. There was so much attention to detail and fit to the point that you couldn’t help but notice.

The line, which has been famous for their pants since the 90′s and then a successful ready-to-wear line, has recently re-launched and paired down to must-have, perfectly tailored staples for your wardrobe. Just as it’s always been, the details are key, but it’s now about your wardrobe essentials, from these pants that you would live in to the perfect blazer for work. No matter your shape or size, I guarantee these pieces will make your office to after-work wardrobe the most polished.

Get your essentials and insider discount by typing “LizsFriends” at checkout.

 

March Comes In Like A Lion and Out Like A Lion

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I thought the saying went “March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” but as my friend Jess wrote this week on Facebook, it’s totally going out like a lion too here in NYC.

Fortunately, my photo shoots this week are indoors, but this cold is taking a toll on not just me, but everyone around me. I may have caught yet another flu and it hurts even more to spend my days looking at and styling summery clothing that I can only dream about wearing soon.

No fair mother nature!

Well, the one good thing about the extended winter is trying out the looks for next fall that you saw on the runways. Camel coats were everywhere—including on me—and I predict they will be this fall. Time to stock up now while the season’s at the tail end (hopefully).

STYLIST TIP: The best time of year to purchase a coat is January through March, when they tend to go on sale. The longer you wait, the lower the price…and the less selection as merchandisers are moving in spring merchandise.

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coat: vintage Chaiken (similar below) // tee: Free People // jeans: J.Crew // booties: DV by Dolce Vita // belt: c/o Nona E. Rose // bracelet: c/o E.Kammeyer // hat: Gap (similar online) // scarf: Saks // sunglasses: Karen Walker (via Poshmark!) // bag: c/o Alexander Wang // necklaces: vintage and Gypsies & Debutantes

photos by Emily

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How To Get A Natural Instant Eye Lift + Giveaway!

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I swear, I didn’t retouch the eyes in this photo.

Those are all mine and all natural…and bag-free. I can also attest that it was not like that just ten minutes prior.

It’s been a busy few weeks for me (hence the lack of posts around here) with traveling for a shoot and long days on other shoots that make me feel zombie-like when I get home. All of this work and lack of sleep has been evident in my under-eye area lately.

Luckily Juice Beauty sent me their brand new Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift, which is being announced today and launching for Earth Day, and came to the rescue. A plastic surgeon helped develop the product for the company, so the natural ingredients feel like they mimic an eye lift.

I’m usually wary about trying facial products on my sensitive skin and especially ones with a huge promise like this, but I fell in love with the organic and natural line already, and every product I’ve tried has been a winner in my book.

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The Instant Eye Lift is a two-step easy process that only takes 10 minutes to do. I did it while getting ready the other day (that’s why I’m wearing this fashionable Restoration Hardware bathrobe).

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The activator serum gets applied to the mask provided.

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It becomes almost gel-like, probably because it’s made with algae, which is pesticide-free, unlike the cotton we normally use on our delicate eyes, and the sodium in it helps deliver hydration to your skin. After a few minutes it began to tingle and I could feel a refreshing sensation under my eyes.

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Immediately, as I peeled off the eye mask, it felt like my skin was cooled, tighter and smoother. I couldn’t stop looking at my eyes in the mirror because they really did transform in just 10 minutes. I then applied their best selling stem cell eye treatment to finish, which uses fruit stem cells to reverse aging. You can see below what a difference it all made and it truly was instantly.

I’m not sure how long it will last—we will see after a long week coming up this week—but this is definitely a product I will need for whenever I need to appear on camera instead of behind the scenes so I don’t have to sit around with cucumbers ineffectively on my eyes!

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 top: Theory (at TJMaxx) // necklace: vintage and c/o Nashelle (similar online) // midi ring: custom by Sophie Hughes // earrings: Tom Binns (sold out, similar online)

You could win a sample* of the activator, eye lift mask, and stem cell treatment and try it out for yourself by entering below.

Otherwise, sign up to the Juice Beauty website for updates and 10% off your first purchase!

Remember, the more times you enter, the better your chances are. The winner will be selected at random based on entries and will be announced by 4/1. Good luck!

*Sample includes one time use of mask and treatment packet.

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I Could Be in Vanity Fair Thanks To You!

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photo by Max Kopanygin

I have a plea to all of you: help me get into Vanity Fair’s September Issue!

WHO: You. :)

WHAT: I ended up getting so many likes on Vanity Fair’s “Best Dressed List” competition (shout out to Kat O’Connor for recommending me for it) that I got entered into new level of both user and editor’s picks.

WHERE: Please click on this link and press the little heart buttons on the looks to “like” this look that I wore during NYFW.

WHEN: Keep clicking daily to show your support

Thanks! xoLiz

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