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SJP's New Footwear Collection is Not for the Carrie Bradshaw-Obsessed

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is known for many things, including style, talent and kindness. Of course, she's perhaps BEST known for playing one of the most iconic female television characters of all time - Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City. And while Carrie wasn't perfect (narcissistic, much?), she did have, seriously, just THE best taste in shoes. I mean, THESE Louboutins? End of spectrum.

So, it makes sense that the (fashion) world is extremely excited by the impending launch of SJP's new footwear collection, exclusively at Nordstrom. They've been teasing us for weeks now, those saucy minxes, with singular SJP styles appearing in Lucky and InStyle, two in Harper's Bazaar and then 5 (5!) in the February issue of Glamour. And while there are a few gorgeously classic styles that could easily find a home in my wardrobe, one look at the collection and I was (you'll be!) quickly reminded that Sarah Jessica Parker isn't Carrie Bradshaw - there's nary a feather in sight! Instead, you'll find classically feminine ankle strap heels, pumps in suede and grosgrain and strappy metallic sandals as easy for day as they are for night.

The SJP Collection, a Nordstrom exclusive, will debut on February 28, with prices ranging from $195 -$485. For sneak peek, follow along on Instagram.

New Year, New You (a Skintervention)

As discussed often on this blog (almost ad nauseum, if we’re being honest), taking care of your skin is one of the most important commitments you can make in your beauty regimen.

And beyond the basics – eating well, staying well hydrated, getting enough sleep, eschewing the sun and cigarettes – there’s also the magic that is great skincare. Below, three easy peasy (yet highly impactful) resolutions you can make now (it’s not too late!) to improve the condition of your skin in 2014.

  • Always cleanse. No excuses. No exceptions. Your skin is a living, breathing part of you and falling asleep in your makeup is an absolute skin sin. I start first with a makeup wipe to remove foundation and then cleanse with Pur Minerals Simplicity Soothing Gentle Cleanser – I have truly sensitive skin that needs to be babied, and this relaxed formula is the perfect, never-irritating solution.
  • Mask like a Parisian.  The French do it better, y’all – that’s an adage I really believe, particularly when it comes to beauty and style decisions. So, mask like a Parisian – read, generously. A cult favorite like Borghese Fango Active Face and Body Mud Mask twice a week works wonders to unclog pores and remove lingering impurities from skin.
  • SPF is your best friend.  No, really, repeat after me – SPF is your best friend. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOOOVE a tan. I’m Italian. I find a tan impossibly glamorous. But the reality is that there’s absolutely nothing worse you can do for your skin than lie in the sun. Apply SPF every day – perhaps H20 Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion with SPF 30, even in the winter, yes, even when it’s cloudy.

Lastly, this year, don’t forget to treat your neck and décolleté as you treat your face – cleanse, apply serum and massage in moisturizer to ensure that these fragile areas don’t wind up giving away your age before your face does!

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While all opinions expressed are my own, this post was produced in partnership with SheKnows Experts Among Us and Kohl’s Beauty.

There's a Glaring Gap in the Market for Cashmere Underpants (and I Want to Talk About It)

Several years ago, say literally 7+ years ago, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a luscious pair of boy shorts at a Victoria's Secret sale. You know, back when I was still masochistic enough to shop a Victoria's Secret sale. Upon turning over the label, I saw that there was a reason I simply could not bring myself to put them down - they were (and remain) 100% cashmere. They've remained in my lingerie drawer since, though I only break them out a few times a year, in the very coldest weather - the kind of weather we had last night in New York.  

This morning, after sleeping in said cashmere underpants, I found myself on a mission - a mission for more, but I came up close to empty-handed. What, lingerie makers, is up with that? Where, cashmere makers, are all of the cashmere panties? 

If you're like me and you believe in life, liberty and, yes, cashmere underpants, here are a few of your best bets:

  • Kiki de Montparnasse gets it right, as they often do, though the price tag gives me an actual migraine, $525
  • Catbird's Cashmere Boy Shorts are bigger than I would like, personally, but don't let that stop you. $136
  • La Perla's Studio Balletto short is a cotton knit, and thereby inferior (though still gorgeous), $94 at Journelle
  • Sartoria (above) uses upcycled cashmere and merino wool in their collections, and at just $43.42 for a custom pair on Etsy, there's no need to feel guilty for indulging your ladyparts.

Maintain the Mane: John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss

It's recently, slash not so recently, come to my attention that, seriously, my hair is among the only attributes that consistently attracts male attention. In fact, a staggeringly handsome and seemingly eligible STRANGER complimented my cut just today in my work elevator. Wild, I know. As a single woman of New York City (land of single women, to be clear), the fact is glaring: I must maintain the mane.

It's easier said than done, though. Like many of you, I'm sure, I have a few stubborn grays and also feel a bit MEH on my natural hair color (a dark, yet not-quite-rich-enough brown), which means I'm regularly in my colorists' chair - an expensive and time-intensive proposition.

That's where John Frieda's new Colour Refreshing Glosses come in. Available in 6 shades - warm and cool versions for brunettes, blondes and redheads - they excel at maintaining my pricey color by boosting color and shine. Most importantly, as someone who leans a bit red naturally, when used once a week, the Colour Refreshing Gloss keeps the color I've chosen TRUER, for LONGER.

Learn more here or pick up a bottle in your local drugstore for about $12.99 (a worthy investment in YOU!)

Tonight: Celebrate Good Times!

New Year's Eve - it's here! And whether you're celebrating the night at home alone or with friends, or ready to paint the town red (I'm falling squarely in the middle of these two extremes, for the record)...let me just say: Here's to 2014, friends - onward and upward!


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