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Back in Black with Citizen's Axiom Watch

Sleek and sexy aren't necessary descriptors I'd leap to when describing a watch, but Citizen's black ion plated Axiom ($250) is all of that and perhaps even a little bit more. Comprised of stainless steel with a flash of gold accents, the simple yet refined style seems to suit whatever I'm wearing effortlessly. Given that I've been living, nay LIVING, in chunky knit sweaters this hellish New York winter, I've been stacking it with a bracelet or two for some added flash.  

If you're in the market to add to your watch wardrobe, explore Axiom styles and more online at citizenwatch.com.

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Shop This: Space NK Spring Beauty Edit

I've been on a shopping buy-atus of sorts, New Year and all, but the Space NK Spring Beauty Edit is enough to drive me off the wagon.

Today - Wednesday, February 18 -  visit Space NK and you'll leave perfectly prepped for the new season - spring, by the way, where are you?! - after meeting with experts from some of the best brands around for makeovers, advice and tips. Exclusively for the event, and only while supplies last, spend $250 or more and you'll receive a gift chock full of must-haves from 28 featured brands (including deluxe, travel and full-size items).

My favorite products include a Diptyque Scented Candle (70g - a $38 value alone), Verso Day Cream (15ml) and Oribe Shampoo + Conditioner for Beautiful Color minis - all of which will be perfect for my trip to Paris next month.

This GWP sold out fast last year, so visit spacenk.com or one of the US locations to snag one of your own.

Volume on Demand: John Frieda's Dream Duo

In public facing forums, I generally like to proclaim my love for the Frenchmen of hair - think Oribe and Serge Normant. And while I do have many favorites in each line, there's also room for an Brit in my heart - namely, John Frieda, whose new Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment and Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam deliver volume and perfect waves as promised, and like whoa.

The magic starts in the shower, post-shampoo, with 3-4 pumps of the 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment. This unique treatment penetrates each fiber and amplifies strands for lift that lasts through multiple washes - 3-4 - so essentially a week for those of us who shampoo every other day. The Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam is a perfect follow up for lazy types like me - I never heat style (I flat iron only my bangs, and never blow dry) so thereby never see the intended results from so many styling products, but this lightweight foam, infused with Moringa Oil, leaves hair frizz and crunch-free with easy, better defined waves. 

Both products are available in drugstores nationwide or online at Ulta, for about $9.99 each.

Your Valentine's Day Manicure: Paintbox Retro Grade

I love Valentine's Day, despite the fact that I'll this year again have something that more closely resembles, er, 'Galentine's' Day. Regardless of your date status, a cheery manicure is an essential and the new, limited edition Retro Grade from snazzy soho manicure studio Paintbox fits the bill.

The Retro Grade is sweet and strawberry-inspired, with a bit of a modern twist. Available in red or pink with perfectly-placed white polka dots, it can also be recreated in other colors (I'm thinking navy would be pretty spectacular) for a look that feels a little less throwback and a bit more mod. 

The Retro Grade manicure is available in gel only, and is a limited edition, booking now through February 14. For more deets or to book an appointment, paint-box.com.


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