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Perfect Partners: POND's and The Rockettes

In the past several years, I've crossed off a LOT of bucket list items - and last night, yet another - dance class with the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.  It was all thanks to my peeps at POND's - they've partnered with the legendary dance troupe this holiday season to share the love for their gentle but powerful cleansers, from Cold Creams to Wet Cleansing Towelettes.

It makes sense when you think about it, given the tremendous demands of a dancer, and in particular a Rockette. During the holiday season, they sometimes perform as many as six, SIX, shows a day, sweating through their makeup and then having to reapply (dancers are responsible for their own hair and makeup) to look absolutely perfect yet again. An effective but GENTLE cleanser is necessary and that's where POND's comes in, powering the Rockettes beauty routines backstage and at home.

My fave POND's cleanser personally is easily the Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes - they're, I insist upon it, the very best on the market - appropriately wet (what's up with dry cleansing wipes?), they leave skin clean, but not stripped, with no grody residue.

Learn more about POND's partnership with the Rockettes and enter to win a holiday getaway to NYC, complete with tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular >  here!

Slay On: Tilda Swinton for NARS Cosmetics

Tilda Swinton is one of those rare actresses who, for lack of a better phrase, GIVES ME LIFE. Unequiovally herself, and frankly kind of weird, she has an inexplicable and otherwordly beauty that I loooove. And apparently, I'm in good company. Announced yesterday, Swinton will be the face of the NARS' Spring 2015 campaign, and was (as are all campaign models for NARS), hand selected by François Nars himself.

"I love [Tilda's] bold style and really admire her work. As an actress, she brings such strong personality to the camera. And as a woman, she lives the experience of transformation and expression." - François Nars on Tilda Swinton

The NARS spring campaign was shot, as always, by François Nars - four portraits of Swinton will debut in January, one to coincide with each collection story.

Real Talk: My At-Home Style

Real talk, guys - my days are often loooong, as in multiple 'o's required. Things generally start with a workout or a work breakfast, and run through a full day of strategy meetings and client conference calls, culminating in dinner or a press event.  So, when I walk in the door of my apartment, it's generally 8pm at the earliest and my primary priority in life shifts immediately to COMFORT. In order, I:

  •      Kick off my heels (ahhh!)
  •      Strip off my clothes (note: this is much less sexy than it sounds)
  •      Take out my contact lenses and put on glasses (after one too many scoldings from my opthamologist)

Evenings at home are all about ease, but let's be honest, I'll never be willing to abandon style in the process. SO, thanks to Hanes, I recently restocked my dresser with some cozy and lounge-friendly Boyfriend Boxer Briefs, Bandinis, Sweatshirts (available in 12 colors!) and socks perfect for not only fall evenings at home but Sunday style.

What's most fun about these Hanes classics is that they've been thoroughly refreshed in bright, fun colors and wild, bold patterns.  The most useful of the bunch for me personally is the Bandini ($14), a clever, convertible soft cup bra that can be worn as a bandeau, with one or two straps or as a racerback. I wear it every which way imaginable – alone, under sweatshirts, workout tanks and even drapey tees – I love seeing the bright pop of neon peek out of an arm hole.  

Explore the universe of Hanes tanks, tees, panties and Bandinis at Hanes.com and while you're at it, get some Risky Business-style inspiration from the Fall Lookbook video too!

While all opinions expressed are my own, this post was produced in partnership with Hanes and Style Coalition.

Mark Your Calendars: Derek Lam Sample Sale

Expect prices of up to 75% off! >

Fall Additions

For a long time now, I've been meaning to write a post on minimalism, and all the things- both inadvertent  and deliberate - I've purchased in the quest for. The list is long, if we're being honest, and includes everything from a leather-sleeved Helmut Lang blazer to a pair of Manolo Blahnik BB pumps. That's the dirty little secret of internet-driven minimalism, you see - it's often about replacing every necessary/loved item in your wardrobe with the ultimate version of. After a season or two, I've come the conclusion that while my wardrobe could be considered nearly "complete" -  true minimalism isn't for me, and never will be. As a New Yorker, an Italian and a Leo, excess is just part of who I am. Still, I'm tightening up my list this fall and these are the adds I've got on my list:

  • Jack Vartanian Universe Emerald Ear Pin (above, $1800) is the most glorious shade of green. After seasons of focusing on wrist or ring stacks, I'm all about ear cuffs, jackets and pins these days.
  • Artizia has a knack for creating a couple of items every season that I unequivocally need. This season, it's the silk crepe de chine + lace Wilfred Desaix Blouse ($70) 
  • For some reason, Club Monaco rarely fits me well, but I've still got my eye on the Doris Lace Top (149.50). The cutout lace insets remind me of wings.
  • A pair of Isabel Marant clogs were my most worn shoe of the summer, so I'm thinking it makes sense to pick up a more seasonally appropriate pair for fall, e.g. this peep toe platform ankle strap (could we have more descriptors here, please?) from No. 6 ($305).
  • And lastly, though I've no occasion to wear it at the moment, I could live with having this Solace London High Neck mini dress ($161.87) sitting in my closet. All the more motivation for morning Bar Method classes!

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