’Tis the season for fug sweaters, awkward hometown encounters with high school chums, and office-party faux pas.
When all else fails, we can at least make sure our makeup looks good.
Done. In today’s video, Birchbox’s brilliant Mollie Chen shows us a few ways to touch up and brighten our face postwork, preparty — all in less than five minutes. From her favorite eyeliners and gloss to why it’s better to wear a brightening powder than a translucent one, Chen knows her stuff.
While we had the Birchbox ladies in our office, we also asked co-founder Katia Beauchamp (whose hair always looks amazing) to show us how to create a cool cocktail party-ready updo. All it takes is a few minutes, dry shampoo, some pins, and elastic.
To subscribe to Birchbox or purchase any of the products mentioned in the video, go to birchbox.com. For more beauty tips, watch our videos on how to do the perfect cat eye and the right way to tweeze your brows.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a dermatologist as a best friend? Think of the free samples and late-night phone calls every time you get a blemish.
Instead of sneaking into a med school graduation, consider watching today’s Inside Story video. We swing by Dr. Sherry Shieh’s Manhattan apartment and invade her beauty cabinet.
From face wash to body moisturizer, she shows us what she uses to keep her skin flawless (and it is flawless). The best part: Almost everything she recommends is available at the drugstore.
Four of our editors have been seeing Shieh for years (and adore her).
Fortunately for her, that’s the extent of the relationship.
At 16, our prized possessions included a crush’s Drakkar-soaked scarf, “going out” pants from Express, and Antonio Sabato Jr.’s autograph.
Chrissie Miller, designer of downtown-based clothing line Sophomore, however, had good taste from the start. In today’s Inside Story, we peek through her rock ’n’ roll-inspired wardrobe, from a jean jacket she bought in high school (and still wears) to a vintage tee collection she’s been accruing since she attended a Madonna/Beastie Boys concert at age 8.
Miller also shows us a few of her favorite mementos — Woody Allen’s autograph, for one — and the first records she ever owned. You’ll feel cooler just by watching.
Enough to cancel out years of silk camisole tops.
For more information on Sophomore, go to sophomorenyc.com. Want more Inside Stories? Check out a jewelry maven’s personal stash, fashion designer’s NYC apartment, and nutritionist’s refrigerator contents.
DIY footwear conjures images of postpedicure paper flip-flops and plastic bags taped over shoes in the rain.
Here to elevate the idea is I Spy DIY’s Jenni Radosevich. For today’s Easy Does It video, we gave her a pair of $17 H&M sandals and told her to make them special for less than $20.
The result: seriously cute, tribal-inspired kicks that took about 45 minutes, start to finish, to doll up. All you need is colorful string, glue, scissors, and a can-do attitude. Just kidding — you don’t even need a can-do attitude (it’s that easy).
Her trick can also be applied — literally — to belts, bracelets, hair bands, you name it.
If you want more (you will), check out her new book, I Spy DIY Style, for enough ideas to keep you busy all summer.
No fake flower hair clips as shoe adornments in sight.
I Spy DIY Style is available online at amazon.com, $15. To see Radosevich’s inspiration, go to ispydiy.com. Want to learn to do more cool stuff? Watch our videos on getting Madonna-worthy hair, making a Kentucky Derby hat, or constructing a candelabra from stuff at the hardware store.
Here’s what we’re not looking for: shark-filled tanks, drop-top Mercedes collections, and people who say “This is where the magic happens” when you enter their bedrooms.
What we are seeking: character. Introducing our new video feature, Behind Closed Doors, in which we go inside our favorite people’s abodes and snoop around — from a nutritionist’s refrigerator to a starlet’s closet.
In today’s edition, we tour Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour’s curiosity-filled Brooklyn apartment. Her DIY creations are inspiring, and we expect nothing less from the creative whose just-launched clothing collection — comprising machine-washable suede pieces — makes us swoon.
Did we mention her 4-month-old puppy, PowWow?
Now that is where the magic happens.
To see (and buy) Collina Strada’s new collection, go to collinastrada.com.
We’d be lying if we said unlimited coconut water and granola bars weren’t huge incentives for going backstage during New York Fashion Week.
But it’s also pretty freaking cool to be surrounded by beauty’s greatest talents as they do their thing.
In today’s videos, we venture into the chaos and ask the experts to give us the inside track on the looks at some of our favorite shows. We get a floral nail-art tutorial at Rachel Antonoff (above) and explanations/inspirations for the asymmetrical chignons at Suno, avant-garde braids at Creatures of the Wind, and loose ponytails at Tracy Reese.
As always, some are more wearable than others.
But at least they won’t take up any room in your purse.
Want to keep watching? Check out our backstage beauty videos for the spring/summer 2012 shows at Timo Weiland, Erin Fetherston, and Rebecca Minkoff. And by all means, read up on current Fashion Week shows on our Tumblr.
You know when you pull your hair back to wash your face and somehow it looks so good you wish you were going out? Okay, so maybe that’s happened only once. But it’s the same accidental elegance Kérastase’s Odile Gilbert channeled for Suno last Friday night. In this video, she discusses the hairstyle and her inspiration.
If you can whip up a covetable do using butterfly clips, matted braids, and glitter, then you must be a miracle worker. Or you’re Kérastase stylist Odile Gilbert, who did exactly that at Creatures of the Wind last Thursday. In this video, Gilbert (the master behind the hair for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette) explains her look.
We love seeing ponytails on the catwalk (it gives our go-to look sartorial credibility). In this case, Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu kicks the simple style up a few notches by leaving front sections out and pinning them over the rubber band. Watch this video to learn how she does it.
There’s just no question: Elizabeth Taylor was the most glamorous person to ever grace the face of the Earth — period. That’s why, when DC correspondent SuChin Pak was at Christie’s this past Monday for a Women at NBCU event, we had no choice but to ask for a private tour of the treasures currently up for auction. We’ll take one of everything, please.
For more information about the auction, go to christies.com.
Everyone loves a surprise from out of the blue.
For more than 170 years, Tiffany & Co. has lit up the season with glittering gifts for friends and family. When loved ones gather and anticipation hangs in the air, there’s nothing like a blue box benefaction to bring extra sparkle to the night — and joy to the year to come.
This holiday season, here’s hoping your good tidings arrive in the shape of a little blue box.
Learn more and shop online at tiffany.com.
Of the many perks of being a celebrity, a closet that’s bigger than most of our bedrooms is pretty high up there. So when Mindy Kaling offered to show us hers, we twirled at the chance.
In this video, the talented Kaling pulls out a few of her favorite pieces — from glittery Miu Mius to the hoodie she likes to write in — and tells us a little bit about each.
Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, is available online at amazon.com, $16.
Music: Danielle Duval
At this point, New York Fashion Week’s a blur of bright colors, front-row CW stars, and FiberOne bars (they’re being given out by the dozens).
Since it’ll be months until the styles show up in stores, we decided to focus on something we can have right now: the beauty trends originating backstage.
For today’s videos, we went behind the scenes to get tips and inspiration for a few of our favorite looks: ’60s era hair (above) and nails at Erin Fetherston, suntan-inspired makeup at Timo Weiland, and the return of big hair at Rebecca Minkoff.
While there, we had a little fun and asked Lincoln Center bystanders to show us their best Blue Steel. (We questioned the models, too, but they were too young to know Zoolander.)
After all, there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.
Our favorite thing about Grace Coddington (besides everything)? Her hair, obviously. The models at Rebecca Minkoff’s s/s 2012 show Monday rocked a similar look, created by Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. Though the look isn’t easy to re-create, it left us wondering if perms might make a comeback.
We don’t encourage anyone to get a sunburn (in fact, we are SPF junkies). But if anyone could make a case for faking one, it’d be makeup artist James Boehmer. After he was done with them, the models at Timo Weiland’s s/s 2012 show looked like they had just hopped off surfboards.
If moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty, then it only makes sense we’d ask people to do their best Blue Steel faces outside Lincoln Center over the weekend. This one’s for you, Derek.
In this age of color-blocked suits and oversize neon dresses, it’s nice to see a detail that stands out by being subtle. Which is exactly why we loved the pale pink nail polish custom made by Butter London creative director Nonie Creme for designer Erin Fetherston’s s/s 2012 show.
To make this shade yourself, mix half a bottle of Tea with the Queen with half a bottle of Pink Ribbon.
Ah, fall: the return of hot coffee, big knits, and college football — not to mention the disappearance of upper lip sweat.
Before we conduct our annual cold weather wardrobe switch, we consulted nine of our favorite NYC-based designers/store owners (including Rachel Antonoff, Whitney Pozgay of Whit, and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland) to find out which trends they’re most excited about this season. From Chelsea boots to metallic fabrics, the expert picks sparked our desire to shop.
We predict you’ll fall hard.
Want even more? Follow us on Tumblr for New York Fashion Week coverage. We’ll be sharing our favorite looks, runway playlists, and best quotes overheard in the tents.