Hair Inspiration

My hair makes we weird.  It does. Every time (and I mean EVERY SINGLE TIME) I get a haircut, I love it at the salon and feel great on my way home but then a few hours later, there is the inevitable meltdown that goes something like “WHAT HAVE I DONE?!!? WHY DID I CUT OFF ALL MY BEAUTIFUL HAIR?!” Of course, after I wash it myself the next day it’s fine but in those painful hours I always feel like I made a huge mistake.

Anyway, with an appointment at the salon coming up, I have hair/color/cuts on the brain. These are the photos I’ve been staring at for inspiration (or is it wishful thinking?) The meltdown better be minimal this time because I have dinner plans that evening and the timing might coincide. The more you know :-)

Mason Pearson Brush / Biosilk Texture Spray / Klorane Mango Oil / Oribe Conditioner / Oribe Repair Shampoo 

 
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Spring is Springing

Spring - Moto Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring - Moto Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring - Moto Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring - Moto Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring - Moto Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring - Moto Jacket and Boyfriend Jeans via youmademelikeyou.com

It was kind of funny, although not really surprising, that the first day of spring here in New York meant a snowfall that lasted all day long.  A couple of days later, the snow is was all gone and the sun finally came out for a beautiful weekend. I’m not kidding myself, it was still a bit cold and I’m glad I wore cozy cashmere under my vintage moto jacket – although I kind of wish I had grabbed a scarf as well.  Out with a Harley Davidson moto jacket from the 70’s that I got from an amazing friend, boyfriend jeans and sneaks. Simple and comfortable for a Brooklyn weekend.

Jacket: Harley Davidson (similar HERE) / Jeans: Madewell / Sweater: Inhabit (similar HERE) / Shoes: Vince / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Simple Delights

Italian Vogue, Elle and Glamour - Simple Delights via youmademelikeyou.com

Easy like Sunday morning… finally sitting down to read my Italian fashion magazines. The Elle is so cute, it’s smaller than the others – I got it at the airport in Milan and it’s “travel sized”. Also, I was a little surprised to find that the Vogue and Glamour aren’t glossy but are actually super matte…not like ugly subscription matte, ultra-matte and soft (so they still look and feel great).

Dior Creme de Rose - Simple Delights via youmademelikeyou.com

I have actually tried just about every lip balm under the sun. I have a weakness for lip products and can’t resist getting something new every time my lips are feeling a bit dry. HOWEVER, I think I may have finally worked through my lip balm obsession/problem because for the last year I’ve stayed faithful to my one and only – Dior’s Crème de Rose. This balm is everything a lip balm should be, it’s extremely moisturizing, non-sticky, (supposedly) plumps a little and leaves a bit of a shine. Basically their entire line of lip products is amazing, especially the Lip Glow  and Lip Maximizer. Trust. Try. Love.

 

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LARUSMIANI MILANO

Larusmiani Milano bucket bag via youmademelikeyou.com

Larusmiani Milano bucket bag via youmademelikeyou.com

Larusmiani Milano bucket bag via youmademelikeyou.com

OOTD in Milan Italy via youmademelikeyou.com

Larusmiani Milano bucket bag via youmademelikeyou.com

I’m sure you all know by now that I love making new sartorial discoveries whenever I travel and I do a pretty good job, considering I live here in New York where almost everything seems to be available. There was Nanushka in Budapest, Witchery in South Africa, Cappio in Argentina… just to name a few. Who would have thought, however, that I would hit the jackpot wandering down Via MonteNapoleone in Milan.  I was there because I love going into boutiques in the countries where the designers are based as there are usually exclusives featured in these stores that aren’t available in other countries. I tried all the big Italian designers including Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada etc. but wasn’t really into it. Across the street from Prada was Larusmiani with their incredible 70’s style boho dresses in the window … how could I resist going in?

The bucket bag I got was the last one and because it was on sale, I couldn’t pass it up. I learned that Larusmiani has been around since 1922 with the boutique I went to, first opening its doors in 1954. Apparently, they still do things the old-fashioned way – everything made by hand and everything done in Italy. They started as a tailoring business and the first women’s collection was only launched in 2012! Men’s suits are available at Bergdorf Goodman here in New York and I suspect women’s won’t be far behind. Seriously though, their history is awesome, they used to make suits for Charlie Chaplin and were the first company to import vicuña into Italy. Read more HERE.

Anyway, I’m pretty obsessed and hope they bring their women’s line to the US or, I guess I’ll just have to go back to Milan. Also, yes, that is me doing a happy dance the first time I wore my bag.

Shop other amazing bucket bags:

3.1 Phillip Lim Quill / Madewell Bucket Bag / Steve Madden BGemma  / Michael Kors Miranda 

 

 

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Spring/Break Art Show 2015

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

Spring/Break Art Show 2015, New York, via youmademelikeyou.com

I love seeing the variety that people create to stand out in a dizzying week of art when the art world is out in full swing. The Spring/Break Art Show couldn’t be more different than The Armory or the other big fairs. Of course, the setting etc. differ but, for those of you that aren’t familiar with this fair, Spring/Break is curator and artist focused rather than dealer-centric. This means that booths (or rooms, in this case) are set up by curators and artists rather than by galleries and this dramatically changes the whole environment and feel of the fair. Granted, Spring/Break tries to play up the scrappy feel it has created for itself but aside from that, each room is like a mini exhibition and the organizers are more than happy to talk to all the visitors, not just a select few. It’s a great place to go if you want to learn something new or even just talk about art – I definitely found that most people were willing to get into a lengthy discussion about the work on display (and even work that wasn’t on display) even on the last day of the fair. Also, if you’re looking to get into collecting, this is a good place to start. Prices are more than reasonable, sometimes even surprisingly low.

Read more about the fair HERE in an article I wrote for TOOVIA.com