I love wearing accessories that have a special meaning to me. Like my mother’s Bally logo bag from the ’80s. Or my husband’s CIF basketball championship high school ring on a twisted gold chain necklace. Or the vest knitted by my late grandmother over a Rodarte for Target tunic dress.
But it doesn’t have to be an heirloom or vintage to have a special meaning for me. I like secret messages, hidden meanings, undiscovered treasure. I guess that’s why I love lockets and pocket watches and engraved jewelry.
Add Buji New York’s “For8ver” necklace to that list.
Two twisted gold hoops linked together in unity. A modern take on a promise, an engagement, even an anniversary. Sculptural, minimal, and so meaningful.
Named for designer May Chen’s childhood nickname “Buji,” which means “chubby girl” in Japanese, Buji New York is known for its unique, substantive designs, from galactic-looking, spiral filigree to vintage liquor tag necklaces.
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Never underestimate the value of a good T-shirt. Perfect on its own, of course, but one with just the right slouch or just the right print can modernize a tailored blazer, quirk-ify a pencil skirt and pearls, or add punch to a monochromatic outfit.
Public Zoo offers such a tee — a bunch of them, in fact, in a myriad of prints, colors and options.
Their “Loud Sunburst” crew neck shirt features that mischievous panda Hickup and his friends. This time they’re shouting in a park. Why? Because they can.
Available in bright yellow with their signature three eyelets on the neckline. Back print also.
We girls love jewelry, don’t we? And after a while, we find our vanities overflowing with all manner of rings, bangles and baubles. It can get a bit overwhelming.
But the pieces that we return to again and again are inevitably the ones that have meaning. The pearl earrings from mom and dad on graduation day. The heirloom ring from your favorite aunt. That necklace from your childhood love.
Tina Tang’s sterling silver “Infinity” necklace is bound to be such a piece. So simple and elegant, yet flush with meaning. The graceful infinity pendant can be for a best friend, a loved one, even a small token on that special day. And its clean lines let you layer it with any of your already favorite pieces.
I woke up one morning to find a strange vision — during the night, my left eyelid had formed a deep crease giving me that eyelid fold I had so coveted throughout my impressionable years. But now, well into my 30s and happy with my looks, nothing could have been more horrid. I felt disfigured and vowed to rid this “wrinkle” form my lid. I tried every anti-aging/anti-wrinkle cream I could get my hands on, but nothing seemed to work on this crevasse on my eyelid. So I walked around with a curl of hair masking the offending crease.
Enter hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body and helps to plump up skin, temporarily smoothing wrinkles. It’s like adding a breath of air to a slightly deflated balloon. I slathered it on and woke up the next morning to find the fold neatly ironed out. Miracle upon miracles!
And so, when I learned that hyaluronic acid lay at the core of Laveré’s HYDRO Sensation Moisturizing Cream, I couldn’t wait to try. The certified all-natural, vegan moisturizer isn’t the thickest moisturizer, which makes it soak pretty quickly into skin. It just feels like its chock full of skin-tingling goodness. After just one application on a particularly dry area, my skin honestly felt totally hydrated, not to mention the little wrinkles that appeared smoother. In fact, the company says that 85 percent of 30 women in their 30s who tested the HYDRO line noticed a difference. Count me as one of them.
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TLé is a petite girl and she’s got no bones about letting the world know.
After all, at just 4-foot-11-inches, the Vietnamese American designer has had to deal with some serious fashion dilemmas throughout her life.
Which is why her line of bold dresses — perfect for anyone, but especially those, ahem, vertically challenged — is just the answer.
Who says you can’t wear bold prints or long lengths? TLé offers pieces precisely cut just for the more petite among us.
And just in time, too, because prints are huge this season. Wear it as is for your island getaway this summer, cinch it with a thick tan belt and a utility jacket for weekend romps, or layer a boyfriend blazer over it and don with tights or tucked into slouchy pants and you have the perfect work outfit.
If you don’t have a crossbody bag by now, you’ve got to get one. Not only do they give you that nonchalant cool everyone covets, they’re pretty practical, too, leaving your hands free to do all that multitasking.
Elaine Turner’s “Olivia” crossbody bag is especially unique with its ruche leather that’s a little bit reptile, a little bit textural a la Burberry Prorsum’s twisted chiffon skirts. It’s cute enough with its cut-out handle, very cool as a clutch (just fold over the handle), but add the chunky chain crossbody handle and you’ve got one very versatile bag.
Get it in tulip pink for a fashion forward look. Also available in black, champagne and peacock blue.
I’ve already raved about Beth Springer’s “Dim Sum” cinch bag in a previous post. It’s one of my must-have handbag looks for spring.
But really, what I love about the “Dim Sum” is that it has everything you need for spring. The long gold chain strap, the perfectly two-toned tan hue, and the de rigeur drawstring bucket shape. The chain gives any casual shorts-and-tee outfit that extra oomph, while the bucket shape and color lends an air of that nonchalant prep-geek look everyone’s trying to accomplish this season. (Think Alexa Chung.)
What more can you ask for?
Influenced by her love of music (past pieces were inspired by the likes of M.I.A., Daft Punk and Yelle), Tiffany is a bit of a chameleon herself. “I kind of get into everything,” she says of her myriad fashion looks. “Tomboy, Lagerfeld black tie, girly, futuristic couture, Victorian, London street walker.” That means on any given day, you’ll see Tiffany in anything from bow ties to thigh highs.
I first discovered KidViskous a few years ago when Tiffany was creating mirrored Lucite necklaces of origami cranes and crest lions. (I wore them layered all the time.)
And every season, Tiffany ups the ante, keeping the mirrored Lucite look that I love, but updating with too-cool graphic pieces. Like last year’s architectural grid earrings (which I wear all the time) and the diamond silhouette charm bracelet.
Right now, I’m coveting her mirrored gold Lucite “Ew” word bubble necklace. It’s a word we say often here in the Audrey office. It’s one of the first words my niece learned how to say, too. Wear it with one of spring’s floral dresses and Doc Marten boots for a perfectly ironic statement.
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When you first squeeze out a quarter-size dollop of Marie Louise Cosmetics Cleansing Clear Gel, your first thought is “this jelly-like substance can’t possibly clean my face.” It seems illogical. Gel? Cleaning away oil? But then you massage it on and into your skin, watching the dirt, grime and makeup lift away. It’s then that you realize this stuff actually works. Even better than that, the warmth from your hands emulsifies the gel, which makes it easier for it to seep into your skin and do its magic.
And oh what magic! Somehow, the gel rinses off completely, leaving no oily residue, just thoroughly clean and utterly soft skin. I use the gentle cleanser at night. It’s particularly soothing and relaxing because the nature of the gel requires you to massage your face while you cleanse. It’s like a mini facial that nurtures your skin after a tough day, truly allowing you to put your best face forward tomorrow.
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