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Style Revelations: 4 Lessons Learned in 2014

It's that time of the year where we take stock and look ahead, and while I've not QUITE formed New Year's resolutions for 2015 just yet, I thought I'd share my style REVELATIONS - discoveries, evolutions - of the past year.

  1. I'm too old to wear a padded bra. Padded bras make me feel like a giant fraud. So, this year, I purged my lingerie drawers (yes, multiple) ruthlessly and restocked with unlined lace underwire bras from ChantelleBlush Lingerie (that's the gorgeous Whisper Demi Bra in Nocturne Blue above) and ThirdLove, a Euro-inspired online boutique.
  2. Nail art is over, o-v-e-r. (For me, that is. No judgement.) While I might indulge occasionally in the v. modern nail art at Paintbox, I suddenly feel quite uncomfortable in a manicure that's not some variation of nude, red or wine. My current mani is CND Vinylux Fedora, a "weekly" polish that lasts a full week with tip wear only, no chips. Easy. Magical.
  3. For the love of god, I don't need all of this makeup. I don't mean this in a combative, feminist kind of way (although I certainly am a feminist). I mean, while I won't leave my house without makeup, my minimal makeup look is essentially the same as my full face, +/- a smoked out liner or bright lip. So. While it's (so) hard to say goodbye, I'm currently in the time-consuming process of dumping/rehoming 90% of my makeup.
  4. I'm of an age (mid-thirties, that is) where the risk of being mutton dressed as the proverbial lamb is real. While I will never NOT love a short skirt, let's acknowledge that there's short and then there's...short. If I can't bend over comfortably, it's got to go and what remains will always be balanced by a fuller/flowy top (in the case of shorts), a boyfriend blazer and/or flats (in the case of dresses and skirts).
Even taking into account this year's learnings, I will say that I continue to be surprised by the continuity in my own closet. It's amazing what holds true, year after year - particularly when you invest in pieces (be they expensive or not) that you really love. Let that be a lesson to us all in 2015.

The Gifts We Give Ourselves

If we're being honest, I'm never one to shy away from splurging on myself - after all, I'm a single woman, I have little to no family - if I don't, who will? When the holidays (also bonus season) roll around, I take things to the next level. Past years have seen me splurge on everything from a new Macbook Air to a very festive pair of red patent Louboutin Pigalles.

Given that this year has been an exceptionally good one, and I will be kicking off a new job on January 5, I couldn't resist knocking a couple of items off my Fashion Bucket List, the first being a Givenchy Antigona satchel. I was very particular about the Antigona, and though they pop up in various colorways, leathers and hardware combinations at sites like Rue La La for well below retail, for me, the bag is best at it's most minimal - in black, sturdy goat skin leather and sleek silver hardware. I've been carrying the Antigona since it arrived in early December and it's easily my BEST bag. It's got a certain bad bitch vibe that I just love.

I also picked up a (long-desired) Rick Owens leather jacket pre-holiday.  I had tried on long ago at Barneys and while Rick Owens jackets are both gorgeous and unmistakable, I took issues with spending $2k+ on a leather jacket, particularly given that I have an amazing Helmut Lang leather jacket that I picked up at the Woodbury Common for maybe (my memory is hazy) $600.  BUT, I'm only so strong, so when I saw Rick Owens among MyHabit's Black Friday events, I picked up a classic black leather jacket for well below $1k, taking into account a 20% off code.  In case MyHabit's not on your radar, it's a bit of sleeper in the flash sale category - owned by Amazon, they have killer designer product pop up, though it's admittedly often BURIED in multi-designer events. Invite here

Last, but not least, I caved on laser hair removal for my legs. I've already had laser on both my underarms and bikini, and it's a serious gamechanger - I love never having to worry about an errant hair.  This time, I booked at Skinney Med Spa and while I've only had one treatment (of at least 6) to date, I was super impressed - their space is GORGEOUS (I go to the downtown location, which they share with Warren-Tricomi), and the laser they use is remarkably painless and effective. While laser hair removal may seem like a hefty spend, I've never met someone who regretted it.

Do you believe in self-gifting? If you've splurged on anything special this season, share in the comments!

Holiday Favorite: Anthropologie Ornaments

We have already discussed my obsession with the holidays, and earlier this week, I fueled the flames with a quick trip to Anthropologie. As I'm sure many of you know, Anthropologie has so many great giftables AND an assortment of gorgeous Christmas ornaments, though as you might expect, they can be a bit expensive. Each season, I splurge on just a few to add to my tree - and I secretly hope that I might be gifted another one or two! This year's additions:

As a bonus, it looks like Anthropologie has already marked down seasonal decor and ornaments by 25% off online, though I can't speak to whether that discount holds true in store as well -  earlier this week, I paid full price. Either way, some ornaments have already sold out, so if one speaks to your heart (this is often how I feel about ornaments), don't hesitate!

Hairspiration c/o Pantene, Right This Way

If you pay even the slightest bit of attention, New York City's subways can be a source of SO much inspiration - be it what to read, what to wear or how to style your hair.  Pantene's kind of next-levelling that with their new interactive installations in two of the city's most hectic transportation hubs - Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal's subway stations. I stopped by the latter yesterday and couldn't help but explore the clever illustrations, showcasing the signature styles of each New York neighborhood - and make no mistake about it, each neighborhood does indeed have it's own style, from Flatiron Straight to Upper West Side Waves.

If you need further evidence, may I present for your consideration Bronx Bangs? Clearly, this illustration spoke to me - whispered in my ear and seduced me - given both my long-standing affinity/unhealthy attachment to bangs and due to the fact that (little known fact about me) I was born in the Bronx - uptown, baby.

If you're commuting through GCT (through December 28) or Bryant Park (through January 4), don't miss Pantene's takeovers, and be sure to snap and share a pic of YOUR favorite #wantthathair look, tagging @PanteneHair on Instagram. In return, you'll receive a Direct Message with exclusive how-to content on the go! Clever, yes? Now you've got no excuse for bed head - unless, of course, that's the look you're going for!

While all opinions expressed are my own, this post was produced in partnership with Pantene.

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