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Remember those kaleidoscopes we played with a kids? Wouldn’t you like to wear some of those wonderful prisms and swirls and colors? Now you can: teen fashion designer Ariel Weinberg combines the visionary collage art of her grandfather Robert Swedroe with luxurious fabrics and sophisticated designs to create her stunning collections. The new season is no exception with graphic prints on charmeuse, silk, and neoprene. No two pieces are exactly alike and all are guaranteed to be conversation piece.
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I recently took my new Cole Haan “Emma” satchel out for brunch – “walking the bag”, as my husband so beautifully put it. Top-handle handbags are right on trend for fall, and this deep orange-red color works as a neutral, working with everything from casual jeans outfits to office attire. The pebbled leather is sturdy, and there is an optional shoulder strap so you can wear it as a cross-body purse as well. I am in love with this jolt of happy color and I plan to wear it right through fall.
Makeup artist to the stars, and a star herself, Charlotte Tilbury has collaborated with legendary photographer Norman Parkinson in creating this summer’s most coveted collection of makeup. I have a collection of vintage fashion magazines from the 50’s and 60’s filled with iconic images from Norman Parkinson and the compacts and cosmetic pouches with his images are treasures in themselves. There are two gorgeous collections, “Miss 1975” and “Miss Kensington”, my personal favorite, which is described as “haughty but naughty girls of the swinging sixties”. Well, really, who doesn’t want to look like a youthful, fresh, sensual beauty from the era made famous by the likes of Audrey Hepburn? These particular colors can go from glowing to glamorous by adding more product, depending on the occasion. I know I will not be able to resist these pretty compacts and long after they are used up, they will have a treasured spot on my vanity.
Soft, feminine hair is perfect for summer, showing off shoulders and neck, and keeping you cool at the same time. Colleen Stone, hair and makeup artist for Blush and Beyond created these styles in our recent beauty editorial. We began with a neat french braid that left our model’s hair with waves when we took it down. After removing the french braid, she held the waves with just a bit of hair spray to help maintain their shape. Next she gave our model a faux bob by pinning the hair up and underneath to create the illusion of shorter hair, showing off the model’s heart-shaped face. Finally, she put the hair in a loose bun, pulling little pieces out to give it a soft, unfussy romantic look. These looks go from office, to brunch, to evenings out. Let your girly side free and try some of these looks for yourself. The best part is, these looks are not meant to be perfect, only perfectly undone.
Running bare foot in the sand is one of the best leg toning exercises there is, and most of the models in Miami Beach take full advantage of the beach to run, play volleyball, swim, and let’s be honest – to ogle each other – which is all part of the fun. Miami Beach has a steady stream of runners along the sand and the boardwalk every morning, with people exercising before heading off to work. Others stretch it out in the downward dog position at sunrise along the shore. Exercising outdoors gives your body a more balanced workout, connects you with the environment around you and disconnects you from the virtual world, not to mention artificial lighting and forced air in the gym. We surely get enough of that in the winter. Even if all you do is go for a walk, get outdoors and feel the air on your limbs, quiet your mind and ready yourself for the day. Make it a good one.