Alexander Wang, Pre-Fall 2016

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This pre-fall 2016 collection from Alexander Wang is like the grown up sophisticated (and much much more expensive) version of how I used to dress in high school at the height of my punk rock years. Which of course means, I love it, seeing as how lately I am coming full circle to mid-life and all I want to do is dig out my old Minor Threat t-shirts and pair them with black skirts, stockings and a bomber jacket layered with a comfy plaid shirt and leopard print creepers. But alas, I still have to be a pretend grown up so the chic version will do. Enjoy more below. Continue reading

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Sundance 2016, Ones To Watch

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Lots of great films in this years Sundance film festival, including new ones from some of my favorite directors; Liz Garbus, Spike Lee, Whit Stillman (a still from Love & Friendship above), Todd Solondz, Rebecca Miller, Werner Herzog, and Chad Hartigan. The documentaries are especially stellar this year. Also, in ‘Special Events,’ Sundance will screen four episodes of The Girlfriend Experience from directors and screenwriters Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz, talk about a dream team… “Law student Christine Reade is introduced to the world of transactional relationships in this original anthology series. Providing “The Girlfriend Experience” (an emotional and sexual relationship offered at a high price) gives Christine a rush of control and intimacy, but she soon finds herself juggling two very different lives. Cast: Riley Keough, Paul Sparks, Mary Lynn Rajskub, James Gilbert, Kate Lyn Sheil. World Premiere.” More films to be excited about below. Continue reading

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Marie Lou & D Spa in Soho

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I judge a spa facial by the extractions, which is something I learned from Marcia Kilgore, who founded Bliss Spa years ago and taught me a lot of things about getting and maintaining great skin. Irina Yusufova, who hails from the Four Seasons’ L. Raphael spa, and is now at the newly opened Marie Lou & D Maison de Beaute, gives Marcia a run for her money. Yesterday I went in for a facial and came out with a freshly detoxed and unclogged face. It was just slightly painful and brilliant and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I did give Irina the go ahead to spare no mercy when doing the extractions and sure enough, today my skin feels like new. It was awesome. They also do mani’s, pedi’s, blow outs and color. 345 West Broadway (between Grand and Broome) 212-390-8666.

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With Taylor Foster in Heaven

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A couple of weekends ago I drove up to Bovina, NY where my friend Taylor Foster has a gorgeous plot of land in the woods, which is where we did this photo shoot. Taylor and I have known each other for way too many years to count (fifteen, I think?) and have done some of my favorite shoots together. She is not only a gorgeous woman inside and out, but an incredible chef and baker with a kind and gracious spirit, which is why I think she never ages. She just launched a line of organic products including a miracle oil for the face and a yummy body scrub, which was heaven in the bath, along with the most delicious organic vegan gluten free chocolate granola I have ever had. Basically, her ageless beauty secrets are for sale and it’s worth it. We went a little crazy with the pink Carmen Marc Valvo gown, because, well, it was stunning and I couldn’t stop looking at it while Taylor couldn’t bear to take it off. What else is there to do on a gorgeous sunny day besides run through the woods in pink chiffon? These photos by the way are not retouched. Continue reading

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Dressing Up on Turkey Day

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Ok, so it’s not your everyday Thanksgiving family dinner look, but I am a Russian gal who works in fashion and lives in NY (*sometimes LA the last too many years, which obviously is even better for this argument) so for me this is normal. I would wear this to the grocery store if they would let me. Oh, wait. Who is they and what is stopping me? Exactly. Alice and Olivia lace boho top, ChicWish skirt, a Burberry bag and Christian Louboutin fringe boots. Happy Thanksgiving! Click here for my turkey and mashed potatoes recipes.

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Laura Prepon in Carmen Marc Valvo

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Gorgeous gal Laura Prepon at last night’s Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Celebration of The 2016 Golden Globe Award Season at Ysabel in West Hollywood, where they announce this year’s Miss Golden Globe (Corinne Foxx!). I styled Laura in this Carmen Marc Valvo gown, with some grey LK Bennett heels underneath and a turquoise snakeskin clutch from Inge Christopher, below. Continue reading

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Te NYC

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There is a cute little tea cafe that opened up at 163 West 10th street a couple of months ago. Elena, the owner of Te NYC, is a Taiwanese born oolong tea lover who has studied and refined the hand picked tea buds she brews in the cafe. A couple of friends invited me to try the place last week and we were happily ensconced in the most aromatic and delicious teas I have ever tried as well as fresh salads and quiches, made to order. The food menu is small for now but constantly expanding with fresh organic farmers market ingredients bought locally. Ask them to make you the potato quiche and salad with yogurt dressing and tiny chopped pickled onions, which are not yet on the menu. They are open Tuesdays through Fridays 8am – 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays 9am – 6pm 929-335-3168.

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Dead And Breathing

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Last Saturday we went to see Dead and Breathing, the new production at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, written by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Jonathan Mccrory and starring Lizan Mitchell and Nikki E. Walker. The play explores layers of race, class, sex, gender, relationships, cancer and life and death by choice. As serious as it sounds it is also hilarious, heartbreaking and heartwarming, which is what brilliant art and writing tends to do: make us laugh, cry, laugh and cry again. It is so worth the $40 ticket and a ride up to 125th street. The play runs through November 23rd.

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Karen Finley, Love Field

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Performance art legend Karen Finley is having a solo show of new work, inspired by the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, at Coagula Curatorial. Love Field is up from November 21st through January 3rd 2016 at 974 Chung King Road, Los Angeles CA 90012. The gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday, 1PM to 6PM and by appointment.

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Rebecca Taylor Resort 2016

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Doing some market work for a client and stumbled on a resort collection I missed. Rebecca Taylor‘s heavenly romantic modern take on 70’s chic. I love it, right up my alley. More layers and flow below. Continue reading

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