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New Work Alert / Big Flavor

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Ever since I went on an open studio art walk in Brooklyn a few years back and stumbled upon Flavor Paper‘s showroom, I’ve been plotting how I could get in there again for a photoshoot.

Nevermind that the owner, John Sherman, turned building into a cool lounge-like space that you want to hang out in, but it’s filled with original designs that make wallpaper cool once again. Even Mike D. of the Beastie Boys helped design his own paper and popular NYC venues like the Wythe hotel have outfitted their walls with their designs.

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When K.Belo asked me to both style and art direct their editorial shoot and lookbook for their summer 2013 collection called “Havana Nights,” I luckily convinced them that Flavor Paper was the perfect location to shoot in the middle of winter if we weren’t going to fly to Cuba.

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photography: Ehren Joseph

styling & art direction: Liz Teich

makeup: Maria Scali

hair: Corinne Tucci

model: Melissa Baker

jewelry: etc… (some custom for shoot), Beth Lauren, and vintage

If you didn’t catch it on TV this past Sunday, I’m not the only one obsessing over Flavor Paper lately—CBS Sunday Morning did a spotlight on them and wallpaper’s comeback.

I can’t decide which wall I want to paper first.

Jump Around

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Topshop jumpsuit and top / Rag & Bone jacket / H&M clutch / Christian Louboutin heels (more affordable version online) / Ray-Ban sunglasses (similar online) / Baublebar bracelet, etc… bracelets

There’s something very 70′s and Studio 54 about wearing a one piece jumpsuit that I love. It’s both classy and playful at the same time and with a blazer over it, it can even pass for professional. With a belt (or in this case, it has a black trim on the sides), it can also be quite flattering to your waistline.

It’s really the perfect way this season to get dressed up, even if your legs aren’t summer-ready yet. Though, they can be if you use this trick.

STYLIST TIP: If you’re going to wear a one piece like a jumpsuit, romper or even denim overalls—yes, they made their comeback in a chic way this season…if you dare—then try it in a more grown up way with a heel rather than a flat.


3 Friday Favorites

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Shopping at Sephora is one of my weaknesses. I love to try out all of the newest products that my makeup artist and hair stylist friends tell me about, so it’s great that I can do it risk-free (you can return anything from there that you used if you don’t like it…or in my case break out from it!).

What’s even better is that the more you purchase, the more points you get and the more freebies you receive. I look forward to getting older each year, not because of the amazing wrinkle products they have, but because you get an awesome free gift on your birthday. It’s that time of year again and they brought back my absolute favorites that I’m totally hooked on, the Fresh Sugar Lip treatments in Rosé and regular. Too bad they don’t celebrate half birthdays.

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As it’s finally getting warmer, I cannot wait to shed my socks. There’s nothing more effortlessly chic than a sockless shoe. Though, also as the temperatures rise, our feet get a bit stinkier. I’m so excited about these Silver Linings shoe liners that I recently got to try. They not only save the insides of my shoes, but they also save me from embarrassment of foot odor. There’s some kind of silver technology that prevents growth of bacterial odor that somehow works. You’re going to want a pair for every shoe.

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Another birthday treat, in addition to my Sephora gift, was from my dear friend and designer, Rachel of Nona E. Rose, who made me this incredibly sweet custom belt from a piece that my mother designed and made back in the day. It’s totally one of a kind, so you can’t own this one, but you can own one of her other designs that are inspired by vintage buckles.


The Secret To “Prtty” Legs

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No stockings here. These are actually my legs. They haven’t seen a beach in nearly two years and they haven’t been tended to after what seemed like a never-ending winter in NYC, but now that the temperatures are starting to creep up, it was about time they made an appearance. Though, I thought I was doomed to wear pants all summer!

I’ve tried self tanners and air-brush-like makeup, but being a health nut that buys nearly everything organic and natural, I’ve been hesitant about their prolonged use.

So, I was ecstatic when I was asked to try this lotion made from natural ingredients called Prtty Peaushun. Everyone from Gweneth Paltrow to Rihanna are fans, so I thought it couldn’t be that bad.prn_8oz_light_36_1001_1

I couldn’t believe that there were no dyes or coloring. It’s just particles that actually reflect the light and make your skin glow and as a result, it actually covered up my imperfections. Yes, like a normal woman, I too have veins (the glamorous part of a job that keeps me on my feet all day) and even a birthmark on one leg.

I’m not sure about the claims to tighten cellulite, but as you can see by this picture, it is either this product or my attempt at the iPhone app “couch to 5k” that made my legs summer-ready.

The only drawback is that I want to use this from head to toe (they claim you can wear it in your hair!) and every day, so I’m trying to conserve my small pack as much as possible before I have to splurge on another…and I will have to now that I found my second skin.

In Black And White

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jacket: Zara / tee: James Perse / skirt: Robert Rodriguez / shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless / clutch: Michelle Fantaci for Lauren Merkin / bracelets: Baublebar (similar online), c/o Naked Label, etc… / lipcolor: Nars

I’m loving the black and white trend this season. Maybe it’s the inner NYC girl in me that’s psyched that I have an excuse to wear lots of black, but it’s never looked this chic—especially with a little bit of leather that edges up an otherwise preppy bold black and white stripe.

STYLIST TIP: A huge trend this season are hologram accessories—and it looks like after some press previews I’ve been to, it’s not going anywhere. They are a great way to modernize any outfit and the best part is that it acts as a neutral, so it goes with just about everything. Try this at home with pieces like the shoes and bracelet seen here.


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