How To Get Insta Boobies

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tee: James Perse (perfect tees for busts of all sizes!) // jeans: BDG // bag: Topshop // bracelet: PatchNYC // sunglasses and scarf: c/o George Gina & Lucy

Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me and the fact that I’m constantly around fashion models all of the time, but I’ve come to terms with being fairly flat-chested.

Don’t get me wrong, a small size B cup isn’t the worst problem to have, but I struggled for years with push up bras, wondering when my chest would fill out to the rest of my female frame. Alas, they never did. I’ve been okay with that. I rarely have fit issues with my shirts and I can wear over-sized tops without looking frumpy. I never wanted a boob-job, even after working with models that have some pretty convincing ones. Though, a part of me always wondered what it would be like to be just slightly fuller in that area.

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Then this came in the mail for me and I seriously thought about it.

It seems that boobs are back, especially with models like Kate Upton on the scene and “too skinny” models being banned from the runways during New York Fashion Week. I can’t tell you how many times in the last year that I’ve worked with models that I don’t need to add any padding or “cutlets” to their bras because they’re already filling them out—sometimes even too much. Clients actually have asked me to minimize models’ chests for the first time in my career as a stylist!

Normally, I wouldn’t try a product like this with such a claim that it’s “been proven to enhance breasts by 2 to 4 cm after 6 weeks of use,” but with all organic/natural ingredients, I figured it was worth a shot. It contains an “essential oil blend has been developed to increase circulation and have uplifting properties.” For $47, it’s way less than a boob job, so why not?

This natural bust and neck enhancing elixir by Orico London, which is basically a serum, has instructions to apply once every day and you’re on your way to a fuller, wrinkle-free chest. It tingled at first, and not long after I complained about achy boobs, similar to growing pains back in my pre-pubescent days, though I suspect it’s the natural ingredients causing them to be inflammed. I’m not sure if he was putting me on, but the hubby even said my chest looked bigger the next day. Whether or not it was true, I could feel something happening.

The claim on the bottle seems a bit promising, but if it just keeps my decolletage—the first area on your body to show signs of aging—young for a while, I’ll be good with that. After about a week of my nightly routine of massaging this into my chest (don’t get excited), I actually had to cut back to once every other night or so. I’m not sure if it was mind over body, but I felt like my bust was heaving and I needed to cut back before it grew too much. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

3 Stylist Tips on How To Layer Like A Pro

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coat and scarf: Zara // vest: vintage from Barney’s // blazer: L.A.M.B. via T.J.Maxx // sweater: Helmut Lang via T.J.Maxx // dress and leggings: c/o Hipknoties // gloves: Ralph Lauren // boots: Dolce Vita // bag: Rebecca Minkoff 

This never-ending cold is really putting a damper on getting dressed in the morning, right? If it were acceptable to leave the house with my plush Restoration Hardware floor-length robe on, I probably wouldn’t take it off after I showered.

The only way to get through the winter looking cute—especially such a brutal one like this one—is by layering.

I’m not just talking about throwing a jacket over a sweater. I’m talking clever styling tricks here people.

From beginner styling like wearing leggings as tights because they’re warmer, to advanced styling like wearing tights UNDER your pants and letting them peek out with heels on, you too can layer like a pro.

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STYLIST TIP #1: Layer a blazer under your winter coat. It will add a layer of warmth and polish up your look when you take it off. Plus, it hides nicely under your coat, so no one will know until you take it off.

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STYLIST TIP #2: Break out some of those dresses you reserve only for fancy occasions or for warm weather and throw a sweater over them. You may be pleasantly surprised that you created a whole new look out of your closet.

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STYLIST TIP #3: If you have a furry or fun winter vest (NOT a down-filled vest) that you normally wear over a top but you can’t seem to fit any of your coats over your outfit without looking like you’re smuggling a person under there, trying wearing the vest OVER your jacket (also NOT a down coat). You may be surprised how good it looks and that people will think that it’s actually a part of your coat!

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Throw on your winter accessories and go! Stay warm out there.


Your Shopping List for Peter Pilotto x Target (You’re Welcome!)

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Another one of Target‘s brilliant collaborations with a major designer of the moment is coming our way again smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week  on February 9th and this may be one of their best yet.

 

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For those of you who don’t have a clue who Peter Pilotto is, you will soon, just like you got to know some of the past collaborators like Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim. The London-based duo is known for their modern bold prints, so this collection will definitely be one of the more recognizable ones.

Because of that, the trick to success with shopping these affordable collaborations without everyone stopping you to ask if you got that at Target, is to stick with less recognizable pieces from the collection and check the fabrics/materials for quality. Of course you can’t do this while shopping online, but for prices like $24.99, who cares?

Below are my picks for the collection to save you the agony while getting to Target or Netaporter.com at 6am on 2/9.

 

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sunglasses $16.99

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bikini top $24.99

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crop top $24.99

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skirt $34.99

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sweatshirt $29.99

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slip-on shoe $29.99


Defining Beauty (& The Only Time You May See Me Sans Makeup!)

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Some may say the perks about being a fashion stylist would be the clothes—which I rarely get for free, occasionally I get a discount but more often it’s just a cruel tease to be around them all of the time—and the free lunch on shoots.

To me, the biggest perk is to learn so many gems of beauty wisdom from the experts I’m constantly surrounded with.

I found myself working with two of my favorites in the business the other day on a shoot in Brooklyn and getting a much needed hair makeover (and helpful tips) after the shoot from Stacey Keuhn and getting a lesson in makeup from the talented Mariolga Pantazopolous.

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makeup: c/o db Cosmetics // makeup case: c/o Tory Burch

Mariolga ran to her car after our shoot and grabbed these goodies for me from her new makeup line, db Cosmetics. She told me this was basically all I needed to add to my makeup regimen—and she was right.

Each product was carefully developed after years of her experience in the industry and all are named after inspiring women in her life from Frida Kahlo to even her own mother, so coming from someone who named her blog after her own mother, I was all ears (and face!).

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She also told me that whatever I was using on my brows was not the right shade and showed me her brow color, which blended perfectly with my natural color. It’s tough to find a good brow color for very blonde hair, so I was impressed that possibly for the first time ever, I found one that actually matched. It also had fibers in it that glide on with a mascara wand, so it looks completely like your brows and not like you drew them on.

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Next she taught me a makeup trick that’s going to change everything…ready for this…you should be applying your eyeliner looking DOWN into a mirror. Blowing your mind, right?

Mariolga demonstrated with the bent brush she sells on her site. You dip it into the pot of eyeliner, in my case a beautiful dark brown (that’s water resistant and will last all day!), and glide on while keeping the brush parallel to you eye line. After years of struggling with the eyeliner and brush combo, I think I’ve mastered it with this trick!

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I have to say, while these tricks may have changed my beauty life, this cheek and lip product, Limitless, is my favorite of them all. She chose a trendy Radiant Orchid color for me, which perfectly suits my skin tones. Just a little of this stuff gave my face a whole new life like I’ve been perfectly flushed on this cold winter day.

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Perhaps the only time I will post a picture of me without makeup on…well, except for a little db Cosmetics foundation in Arena 1942. Enjoy.

Sweater: Free People // Ring: Giles & Brother (gift from Emily)


The Most Underrated Season With Rebecca Minkoff

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Pre-fall is the most underrated season of the year. There. I said it.

It’s a lovely taste of things to come and while it’s the underdog of fashion week events, next to pre-spring, it’s one of my favorites to preview in person. Especially when it’s with Rebecca Minkoff. Literally.

Minkoff kindly introduced herself to me as “Rebecca” while she observed everyone marveling over her collection, in a new showroom space, just a block away from her old one, but with far more space and light. Just like her office upgrade, her collection just keeps getting better and better.

The brand has come quite a long way from its signature “Morning After Bag” start, venturing into a full line of accessories, a denim line, and now what may be its strength, a wearable, yet unique, ready-to-wear line.

Inspired by the textile designs of Candace Wheeler, Minkoff took her collection to a more bohemian, eclectic and yet sophisticated place, even developing her own fabric designs for the first time. It was a welcomed departure from the whimsy of her Mexican-inspired spring collection and the darker space-inspired fall collection. Whatever seems to inspire Minkoff each season, the carefree style of her Californian roots always shines through.

Check out some of my favorite picks from the collection including a horse sweater (year of the horse!), the coolest backpack I’ve ever seen, and chic duffels from the men’s line, Ben Minkoff that will make you want to borrow from the boys:

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See the rest of the collection here.


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