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She Blinded Me With Science: Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Boosters

With the transition in seasons upon us, my skin's needs seem to change by the day. Take today's cold snap, for example -  I'm itching (quite literally) for hydration. And while many of us have a cabinet full of lotions and potions, Dr. Dennis Gross had a simpler execution in mind when he developed this trio of Clinical Concentrate Boosters.

Each high-powered concentrate - Radiance, Hydration or Purifying in formula - can be applied directly to dull, dry or extra oily trouble zones or better yet, mixed into any skincare product you like, including your daily tinted moisturizer or foundation. Personally, I like them best mixed with super simple moisturizers like Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream or Simple's Ultra Light Gel Moisturizer. Given how expensive skincare products can be, this is a pretty efficient way to tackle nearly any imaginable skin concern for just $58, yes?

Pick up the trio, or Radiance as a stand alone, at Sephora.com.

Shop This: The Kooples on Vente Privee

There are many things that the French simply do better and among them is style. So, it makes sense that the debut of chic Parisian label The Kooples on private sale innovator (yes, they were the first!) Vente Privee would be cause for celebration. Comprised of effortless dresses and separates – the kind that borrow inspiration from icons of fashion and a love of vintage - the sale, live now, boasts a bevy of spring-perfect pieces, many at prices of up to 70% off retail.

Thanks to Vente Privee, I picked up the deceptively simple draped navy mesh sweater above, perfect to pair with cutoff denim shorts this summer, or better yet, a sleek white jean. Open weave sweaters have long been a favorite of mine as they bring a wildly sexy ease to any look, and can transition seamlessly from the proverbial work to play. Also on my hit list? A poppy floral blazer, perfect for dressing up and spring-ifying more casual work looks in case of an unexpected meeting.

Embrace your inner French girl today at rsvp.venteprivee.com

You Too Can Be a Citizen of New York (citizenM Opens)

Waking up in Times Square on a sunny Saturday morning would generally be a sign that something had gone terribly awry during my Friday night. Not the case this past Saturday after I had joined citizenM for the first ever "Blogger Slumber Party" the evening prior, to celebrate the opening of their new, centrally located, boutique hotel in the heart of Midtown West.

Affordable luxury is the name of the game here, with rooms that are compact in size but stylishly designed and technologically tricked out (each comes equipped with a Samsung Galaxy tablet that acts essentially as a full room remote). The beds are enormous - built for three, though I'm not suggesting anything, mind you - and comfortable beyond belief. 

Self check-in and check-out makes things both expeditious and easy, free WiFi abounds and each hotel has a convenient 24-hour bar - canteenM -with a diverse assortment of bites and beverages - caffeinated, alcoholic and otherwise.

Learn more, or become a citizen yourself (properties also found in Amsterdam, Glasgow and London) here.

Shop This: Elizabeth & James Sample Sale

Beyond the Litter Box: Beautiful Uses for Baking Soda


Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
is one of those weirdly miraculous and truly multi-use products. I mean, YES, I use it to deodorize my kitties' litter box weekly AND to clean my coffee pot after one too many brews. But don't dismiss Baking Soda's beauty applications too.  One of my fave tricks? Try mixing a teaspoon or two into your favorite shampoo to create, instantly, a clarifying version. 

I keep the water-resistant shaker, seen above, in my shower and indulge weekly - as a bonus, it adds lift and volume naturally. Likewise, it's an easy and inexpensive exfoliating boost to your face or body wash. Baking Soda will run you between $2-3 in any drugstore - brighten on, ladies!

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