Listen up! What are your thoughts on the following stunners: Christina Hendricks, Julianne Moore, Florence Welch and Taylor Tomasi Hill? If your thoughts are anything near ours (fiercely incredible), then you want to meet the sister act behind How to be a Redhead.
Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti are natural born redheads, fashion lovers, and beauty babes who truly believe that red hair is more than a color, it’s a lifestyle! Their blog is a fashion and beauty guide for redheads. Every beauty product is tried by a natural redhead for 10 days to ensure that the product is perfect for a redhead. Enough said! Start reading!
You are both natural redheads! Stephanie, you have experimented with other colors. What made you embrace your natural color? When I was younger I wanted to fit in with everyone else so, I’d dye my hair blonde. When I got to college, I looked in the mirror one day and said, “What am I doing? I have beautiful red hair and I am covering it up!”
Why did you start How to be a Redhead? We loved the idea that Adrienne could relate to the women who were natural, and I could relate to the ones who were bottled or struggling to embrace their natural beauty. This story sparked our mission statement: How to be a Redhead wants every redheaded woman to feel empowered, to feel confident, and to rock their beauty. Red hair is more than a color, it’s a lifestyle!
Was the response from readers surprising when you first launched? We immediately got a tweet from Jill Zarin that said, “Finally! A website for redheads!”
The response was wild! We had women asking to be full-time writers for the site and before our eyes, the How to be a Redhead team started. We launched a little over twenty months ago and we are still in awe of how quickly How to be a Redhead received press and garnered an audience of amazing, powerful [redheaded] women.
What percentage of your readers are, in fact, redhead? About 93% (bottled or natural).
As a redhead, do you need to apply makeup differently? Absolutely! The fact that redheads have to wear different makeup and wear certain colored clothing is why How to be a Redhead came about: to share advice about a market that is rarely discussed in the beauty and fashion world. Natural redheads are born with sensitive, pale skin and must find beauty products that compliment their skin tone.
What about clothing? Certain colored clothing must be worn, too. How to be a Redhead seeks beauty and fashion products that are ‘redhead friendly,’ and shares these products on How to be a Redhead. Every beauty product is tried by a natural redhead for 10 days to ensure that the product is perfect for a redhead.
Do you wear red? Absolutely! We love rockin’ red. It is always advised that redheads wear red with more blue tones in it because the darker the red, the more it compliments the skin and hair.
Any colors to avoid? Pale colors that will wash out a redhead should be avoided. These colors are light beige and “bride” white. If a redhead must wear these colors, always opt for darker makeup: mascara, penciled-in eyebrows, a bright lip and dust on some bronzer on the cheeks.
What color works for redheads in terms of makeup?
What makeup brand do you swear by? We don’t swear by one makeup brand, we believe in finding the right products for redheads. We always mix and match products and share our findings on HowtobeaRedhead.com!
What is your advice on SPF? What do you wear? SPF should go everywhere with a redhead! It should be applied daily and should also be included in most beauty products.
What trend can’t you wait to rock for fall? Lots of color and our favorite leather jackets.
Who are your favorite redheads? Christina Hendricks, Amy Adams, and Julianne Moore.
What has been the most exciting moment for How To Be A Redhead so far? Getting nominated by SHAPE Magazine last September for Best Beauty Blog was a huge accomplishment!
What’s your go-to 4pm desk snack? We always opt for apple with peanut butter and green tea or a big salad. Check out our Healthy Living section.
The Museum of Metropolitan Art: May 10-August 19
After last weekend I’ve decided this: we should put ourselves in the presence of greatness at least once a month. It will keep us driven and hungry while intellectually fed all in one.
I was honored to sit before Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli, two Italian fashion designers of different eras, as they had an “Impossible Conversation.” Schiaparelli thrived in the 1930s, dressing the likes of Katherine Hepbourn and Joan Crawford—true Hollywood royalty—and focused on the waist-up (jackets and hats) so women looked fabulous seated at dinner. Prada got her start in the 1970s and focused on the waist-down (shoes and skirts), staying true to modernity and femininity, grounded from the bottom.
While these two chic, powerful and talented individuals never had the chance to meet, the Met’s Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations exhibit orchestrates conversations between the two, focusing on how they explore similar themes in different ways (during different eras).
Listed below are a few of the themes the exhibit explores and how each designer brought them to life through fashion, as described from the metmuseum.org.
Ugly Chic: Good and bad taste through color, textiles an prints.
Hard Chic: The influence of uniforms and menswear promoting a minimal aesthetic that is intended to deny and enhance femininity.
Naif Chic: The Adoption of a girlish sensibility to subvert expectations of age-appropriate dressing.
The Classical Body: Reflective of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
The Exotic Body: Explores the Eastern cultures through fabrics like lame and silhouettes like sarongs and saris.
The Surreal Body: This is the final gallery which shows how both Prada and Schiaparelli affected contemporary images of the female body through displacement, playing with scale, blurring the boundaries between reality and illusion.
When I walked into Soho’s American Two Shot (conveniently planted next to Cut 25), I was pulled in so many directions: Do I get coffee? Do I try on this incredible maxi skirt (which is now hanging in my closet) or do I flip through the row of greeting cards with printed phrases that have crossed my mind one too many times (see below). The edgy, multi-purpose, multi-label boutique is the brainchild of 27-year-old childhood friends, Olivia Wolfe and Stephanie Krasnoff. The pair opened the highly curated boutique this past spring after wanting a home for the work of their many designer friends. And thanks to Cafe Integral, the Nicaraguan coffee shop in the boutique’s foyer, shoppers will never run out of steam.
Read on to hear how Olivia and Stephanie stock the shop with both known and unknown names!
What is the premise behind American Two Shot (ATS)? So many of our friends are designers and artists and creators of some sort, we wanted to create a place where they could all come together in one space. It snowballed from there because there is just so much young talent in New York City.
ATS is a downtown depot that offers new and vintage men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, books, and art. The space really lends itself to a variety of different things, whether that’s a musical performance, or a new art show, or an in-store event for one of our designers.
Where does the name come from? A two shot is a photo term. When there are two subjects in the same frame, one that is closer to the camera and one that is farther away, it’s called a two shot. The name is reflective of what we wanted to accomplish here—bringing a lot of different people, things, styles and ideas into one frame, or one space.
How different or similar is American Two Shot today from what you originally imagined when drumming up this idea? ATS continues to evolve, even since we opened four months ago. Key components to the shop, like Cafe Integral, were added a little later in the game and I can’t imagine ATS without it.
Where do you guys do your buying, and what is the main thing to always keep in mind? The majority of our designers are located in New York City and we put a strong emphasis on stocking product that is produced domestically. It’s a win-win, really.
You have a lot of other merchandise besides clothing and accessories— the greeting cards are hilarious and one of my favorite items in the store! Do you aim to get a laugh when dressing up the store? We always aim to get a laugh; wit is an vital part of ATS.
What designer would be a dream to carry? American Two Shot :-) We’re working on our own collection and that’s really our dream right now.
Can you each describe your individual style? Is it difficult to fill the store to appease both styles? It’s because of our different individual style that we’re able to offer a bit of a range. We buy product for the store that falls within the venn diagram of our tastes.
How has your style evolved since opening ATS? A bit more colorful than I was before
What is the biggest challenge about owning your own boutique? Almost everything about owning the store is challenging, which is a lot of the reason we love what we do.
What is your favorite thing to do on a date in NYC? HA!
What NYC restaurants are on your list?
What fall trend can’t you wait for? Layers. And layers.
What song are you listening to on repeat right now? I Dont Like by Cheif Keef
What is the most underrated shop for quick grabs in NYC? Party City :)
Get ready to book your trip to Chicago’s northern suburb, Winnetka, just to be in the presence of high-fashion greatness at Neapolitan (yes - like the ice cream). Owned by Kelly Golden (who is also the buyer and brains of the whole operation), Neapolitan dresses women from head to toe in everything from Christian Dior and Calypso, to Victoria Beckham and YSL. Check out the full list here, but be warned: you will be tempted.
Learn more about Kelly, why New York Fashion Week has the most energy, and her Chicago hit list, below!
“I was walking in blowing wind/sleet/wet snow through the Tuileries Gardens in Paris on the way to a fashion show. We were soaking wet, make-up running and walked right by Anna Wintour, who was perfectly intact. Her shoes weren’t even wet! I am still wondering how she made it into the tent unscathed!”
Can you tell us how you decided to open your own high-end boutique after receiving your MBA? I always knew there was a void in the market for a store that carried high-end, unique designers and provided top-quality customer service.
What was the hardest part about establishing your boutique in an upscale town like Winnetka? In the beginning, people didn’t know where Winnetka was. They thought it was some place in the boondocks!
What tips did you take from other boutiques around the world and in downtown Chicago for Neapolitan? I experienced some great customer service while traveling in the South, and wondered why that level of customer service wasn’t in Chicago.
What is the hardest part about buying for Neapolitan? Editing collections, for sure! There are always so many beautiful things to choose from.
You travel all over for fashion week - Milan, Paris, New York - what is the difference between the shows in each city? New York always has so much energy, and lots of new emerging designers get an opportunity to show the world their creations. You really don’t get that chance say, in Milan or Paris.
In Paris, when you see collections like Valentino and Alexander McQueen, you think “this is just amazing!” You are witnessing true and wearable works of art…It’s better than walking through any art exhibit.”
You have some incredible, top of the line designers hanging in Neapolitan. Who felt like the biggest win for you? Its been a gradual process, building the designer matrix that we have. But it’s very strategic and constantly being updated with new designers and new categories. We always strive to have the best in fashion each season.
How has your style changed since opening Neapolitan? I have definitely gained a greater appreciation for well-designed and high-quality pieces. It’s not about the quantity of pieces in your wardrobe, but collecting the best ones that will stand the test of time-investment pieces you will wear for a very long time.
Chicago has some great fashion, but it seems more hidden. What are some of the best hidden treasures for shopping in Chicago (besides Neapolitan, of course)? Unfortunately, I don’t have any free time to shop at home. The only free time I squeeze in is when I am traveling for business and may stumble across a great shop in Florence or Paris. But I love Maze in Winnetka for home accessories!
What are your favorite places to splurge on yourself in Chicago?
Who is the target customer of Neapolitan and what is she shopping for? Our typical client is from 20-70 years-old, and is shopping for special, one-of-a-kind pieces.
What has been the craziest/most comical experience you’ve had on a buying trip? I was walking in blowing wind/sleet/wet snow through the Tuileries Gardens in Paris on the way to a fashion show. We were soaking wet, make-up running and walked right by Anna Wintour, who was perfectly intact. Her shoes weren’t even wet! I am still wondering how she made it into the tent unscathed!
Is it hard to separate your personal fashion from that of your customers? Always, but luckily I have clients with similiar tastes, so I only have to walk away once in a while!
How do you stay up to date on the Fashion industry? I read everything— from the Financial Times, the WSJ, to international fashion magazines, biographies on designers and design houses.
Emerging designers are always popping up at stores, like Opening Ceremony in New York. Do you want to carry more unknown designers? Unknown designers can be great in that not many people will have their designs, but they can be tricky if they don’t have the financial backing and are out of business two seasons later.
What is your guilty pleasure when it comes to clothing? Jewelry for sure. It always fits, will last forever, and it’s something I can hand down to my daughters.
What is a beauty tip you swear by? Sleep!!!!
July is a very difficult month for shopaholics like us. We’re swimming in a seal of sales, but drooling over fall dressed mannequins posing in the windows. Take a seat and listen up: Shop the sales for pieces you can wear into fall OR pieces you’ve been eyeing all season that are finally marked down (ex. Rag & Bone swimsuit).
Step away from the eyelet Hampton’s frock unless it will make a killing with booties, leggings and a leather bomber jacket. White pants? No thank you - you know better.
And, if you fall in love with a full-price item (like the Free People dress above), buy that instead of what’s left over on the sale rack.
Below are some of our favorite finds from both sale and full price pieces in stores now!
Free People Embroidered Dress: Wear this now with falts to work or at night with a heel or bootie. Come fall, pair it with booties, leggings and a leather jacket—we can already see the post on GO TRY IT ON!
French Connection Three Row Necklace @Asos: Sometimes with jewelry, we like to go big or go home, but a little gold goes a long way. Throw this over a plain white T (on the right) or a busy dress (on the left) and give your collarbone some love.
Asos Metallic Boyfriend Beanie: Nothing screams fall like beanies! This lightweight knit can come out in early September.
Forever 21 Cat-eye Sunnies: Some of our favorite bloggers have been hiding beneath cateye sunglasses and we approve.
Asos Metal Tip Satchel: Keep your rent money and snag this very luxe looking bag for all of your tiny treasures.
Nasty Gal Blue Suede Ankel Boot: Get them now and wear them now.
Free People Pull On Kick Flare: Ok! This is the coolest pant for fall! Think wide leg jeans that feel like leggings. Mine is on its way as we speak.
Photo by Jon Gorrigan, the Guardian
My house in Chicago (it’s really my parents house, but you get the gist) has been home since I arrived from the hospital almost 26 years ago. Its roof welcomed my first words and my first steps. And the backyard pool offered my first splash, my first dive and even my first kiss (true story). While I have played endless games of ‘Lemonade,’ and ‘Sharks and Minos’ in that water, I’ve never to used the pool for proper exercise…until this week!
After deciding that going on a run was near torture, I jumped in the pool and swam laps for about 30 minutes or upon exhaustion. The glory of a pool workout is that you don’t need to be at it as long! As my arms glided through the water, pulling me further along my journey, I was unaware of the difficulty and more in touch with the refreshment. My body felt so energized and so strong.
I refuse to tell you that finding a pool in the City, strapping on goggles (like you own them), and throwing on an athletic swim suit is easy as pie because clearly, it’s not. But I encourage you to find a pool and attempt a workout in the water. I promise, getting in the water is more than half the battle. Here are some places to check out.
Twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings are too often locked in their corporate jobs while drumming up dream jobs over cocktails with their friends. And if you’re an avid reader of our blog, you know that leaving that cubicle to buckle down and hit the ground running with your dream is more common than you think.
Today’s feature is another one of those ladies, except this one holds the keys to all the finest gems in New York City! Meet Ali Galgano, who went from Goldman Sachs to founder of jewelry site, Charm & Chain.
To give you a hint at who she is, Ali is the the blonde-haired lady who never leaves the house without a smile, and always has the most fabulous jewels at the party—or the bodega around the corner!
“Surround yourself with experienced people who have the ability and desire to help you reach your goals.”
What was life like before Chaim & Chain? I worked at Goldman Sachs in investment banking recruiting, and then for an executive search firm doing financial services recruiting. That industry provided an incredible career trajectory for me, but my heart just wasn’t in it.
How did your love for jewelry prompt you to start your own business? What was the problem you wanted to solve? I’ve always had a passion for jewelry—I’ve been collecting vintage, fashion, and fine jewelry for as long as I can remember. That passion led me to enroll in a jewelry design program at the Gemological Institute of America and ultimately become a graduate gemologist.
I started Charm & Chain to share my knowledge and love of jewelry with women in an entertaining and engaging format. I wanted to create an expertly curated selection of jewelry that was accessible to everyone—people with the most discriminating taste, as well as people who were just beginning to develop their individual styles.
How do you choose which designers you feature? Jewelry is a form of art. We work with a select range of designers we consider to be classic, contemporary, and cutting-edge artisans.
After selecting a core group of designers that I’d long admired like Erickson Beamon, Alexis Bittar and Kenneth Jay Lane, I then sought out designers that occupied less conventional style niches, such as Lizzie Fortunato, Dori Csengeri, and Lulu Frost, but that created exquisite pieces with tremendous appeal for the style-savvy.
Charm & Chain caters to a broad audience of shoppers, so it’s important for us to have a diversity in styles, materials, colors and price points in our offering.
As the founder of a jewelry startup, what does your day to day look like? It literally changes every day. One day, I’ll be out at designer appointments elbow-deep in jewelry all day long. Another day I’ll be glued to my computer working on the next month’s editorial calendar.
I work a lot later than most people, but I get to sleep in a little in the mornings, which works well since my mind works better later in the day.
What advice do you have to a woman who is miserable at her desk job? Surround yourself with experienced people who have the ability and desire to help you reach your goals.
Being a successful entrepreneur requires that one maintains laser focus on where she’s going and maintain strong faith in why she got started in the first place.
Too often I see talented “would-be” entrepreneurs allowing early obstacles or failures to cloud their dreams and lead them to conclude that they cannot achieve success.
Do you design jewelry? Would you ever want to? I love working with designers to tweak their designs and provide inspiration for new jewelry, and I have designed some of my own pieces for personal wear. In terms of designing a line of jewelry, never say never!
You have a wedding coming up! What can you tell us about your jewelry selection? I’ll be changing it up at several points throughout the night! And there will be an amazing statement necklace involved, custom-made for me by my friend Lisa Salzer, designer of Lulu Frost jewelry.
What song are you listening to on repeat right now? ”The Only One” by the Black Keys.
What was your last clothing or jewelry purchase? An Alexis Bittar crystal-encrusted gold panther cuff from his upcoming AW12 collection. It’s going to become a permanent fixture on my wrist come fall.
What beauty tip do you swear by? Never leave the house without sunscreen, and never go to sleep without eye cream.
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As a kid, I dominated roller coasters. As far as my trapeze career goes, when I was about 5 years old I remember watching my older brother fly on the trapeze with utter jealousy during family vacays at Club Med (while I was stuck in Kiddie Camp). Then, flash forward to my teenage years when I truly thought I was Carrie Bradshaw at times, so you can imagine how her experience on the Trapeze (remember The Catch episode?) seriously influenced my bucked list.
After moving to New York three years ago, Trapeze flying seemed to fall below laundry and grocery shopping on the to do list. When we launched our “Go Try It!” series, I figured there was no better time to trek to the river, get strapped in, and go for a casual fly.
I booked two appointments a week in advanced with Trapeze School New York, signed a waiver (which is not so settling) and headed to the trapeze at the South Street Sea Port. (The Hudson trapeze was booked which really put a damper on the whole Carrie Bradshaw dream.)
When I arrived, I was cool as a cucumber. Following my short tutorial on the ground, I got strapped in to a harness, chalked my hands and voluntarily got last in line to fly. Next thing I know, it was time to climb the ladder (enter ‘the shakes’). As I met the instructor on the platform, she was all business. “Stand on the edge of the platform so your toes hang off. Then lean forward to grab the bar,” she demanded. Now this movement was about as easy and natural as driving with your feet… down the highway… backwards… and blindfolded.
Climbing up the ladder and standing on that platform preparing to jump was by far the most terrified I’ve been in my adult life. I absolutely had flashes of, “this just isn’t for me, I can’t do this.” But because this was for work, I wouldn’t allow myself to back down, which I think is the trick to pushing yourself. Set a reason why you cannot and will not back out. I can’t say it was easy, but I can say this: Conquering something that scared me to my core was an incredibly rewarding and motivating experience.
Once I finally convinced my legs to “hop off” the platform, it was smooth sailing. I loved every second flying through the air. Of course, I screamed and jumped with excitement once I landed on the net below me. After our first time, we learned a handful of maneuvers (a back flip, and a catch) which brought us back up to the top of the ladder many times over. Each time was terrifying, but the adrenaline was in full force allowing me to push myself and complete each “trick.”
On the ground, there was a group of seven strangers and one friend, all of whom were cheering for me! It was really beautiful. We all supported each other and were determined to succeed.
Moral of the story: GO TRY something that scares you - you can do it!
“I’m not like a ‘regular’ mom, I’m a ‘cool’ mom,” said Mrs. George aka Amy Poehler in Mean Girls. Today’s profile features Grace Sun of blog Mama is Haute, who isn’t running around in a pink Juicy jumpsuit as her daughter booty shakes to Kelis, but is in fact a cool mom—the coolest. Her resume includes interning for Philip Lim, creating the movie poster for ‘The English Patient’ (true story) and designing her own collection, Grace Sun Designs, which was picked up by Barneys in its first season. Read about this jack of all trades whose humor is as cutting edge as her accessories!
“I was a 34-year-old intern running to Macy’s for nipple pasties for the Philip Lim fashion show at Bryant Park.”
How did you come up with the name, Mama is Haute? It was originally Mama Wears Prada but, I wasn’t able to use their name so Mama is Haute is the product of my two best friends and a few martinis!
You entered the fashion industry later in life. Can you give women climbing that fashion ladder a tip? Always be nice and always be humble. It’s a small industry and you will see people again.
What is your fashion high?
What launched Philip Lim? His first presentation at Bryant Park (didn’t do a runway show) was in a photo studio and he created a sculptural fixture that he placed his models on. Everyone wanted to be there … the line was out the door for his first time.
What is your fashion low? My final show at Philip Lim and had to run to Macy’s to buy nipple pasties for the show. I was a 34-year-old intern running to buy pasties for a partner.
You have had quite the resume in many different industries. Walk us through each!