Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Earth Friendly Beauty

Earth Day is coming up (April 22) and I’d love to clue you in on some amazing eco-friendly beauty products that make you look – and smell – great and feel great about the environment, too.

Clarins Double Serum harnesses the power of Mother Nature with 20 pure plant extracts to make the essential anti-aging product for your routine. The unique pump mixes the oil- and water- based ingredients on the spot to match your skin’s natural balance. This innovative natural process keeps your skin hydrated and bright – never oily. Plus, the packaging itself is eco-friendly! To avoid unnecessary paper waste, all reading materials are printed directly onto the inside of the box.

Thierry Mugler’s Source – a state of the art fragrance fountain – allows customers the chance to refill their favorite perfumes instead of getting rid of their precious bottle after they run out. The newly redesigned Source offers a sleek and high-tech service while keeping 1,505 tons of bottle waste from landfills each year. Refills of Mugler’s favorite scents, ANGEL eau de parfum and ALIEN eau de parfum, are already happening every 7 seconds worldwide!  In addition to saving the environment, the Source can make an impact on your wallet as well, with savings of up to 40% with refillable perfumes.
Remember, there are many ways to benefit your beauty and help the planet.
xx, ZM

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Marathon + Adidas by Stella McCartney

In honor of Marathon Monday being less than a week away and as a tribute to the victims of last year's events, Stella McCartney and Adidas have teamed up for a special spring/summer sportswear collection. It's a collection of high performance apparel for women. The collection includes a range of staples that will motivate you to workout in any which way you choose - running, yoga, cycling, gym or spin. The sleek cuts, precise lines and glove-like fits of the collection come in beautiful colors and interesting prints for a fun take on sportswear this spring and summer.

The collection is located exclusively at Serenella Boston at 134 Newbury St. If you lead an active lifestyle and find yourself wearing workout clothes often, this is the collection for you. The designs are sleek, and will definitely help you standout as the most stylish woman in just about any fitness class. For more information, visit Serenella's website and check out the high-end boutique on Twitter. You can also be social with #BostonStrong and #StellaSerenella. Make sure you visit Serenella Boston ASAP and get your Stella McCartney x Adidas apparel. When shopping and sporting your new exercise chic looks, reflect on the events of last year's Boston Marathon and remember those that were touched by that day. One year later, we remain strong and dedicate the upcoming race to those whose lives were changed forever. Wear this collection loud and (very, very) proud, Bostonians!
Boston is truly the best city.
xx, ZM

Bye Bye, Boyfriend | Hello, Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are back after a couple of years on fashion's sidelines. Currently grappling with skinnies for the most popular pant, boyfriends can be much sexier -- see Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani for hot examples. Be warned, the perfect boyfriend, like it's real-life namesake, is tricky to come by. For the desired look, boyfriend jeans should be loose but fitted across the hips, narrow and tapered in the leg, rolled at the hem to no more than an inch above the ankle.
   If you haven't already, hunt out your own boyfriend jeans. They are fun to wear and can be easily worn for dressing up and down. Boyfriends look fabulous with a short, fitted jacket and and pointy heels, peep-toe booties or high, chunky wedges. The more ornate your shoe, the better. You could even buy and taper some vintage Levi's to fit if you're handy with a needle and thread. You could even borrow your actual boyfriend's jeans if a). you have a boyfriend and b). he has some decent jeans. If that combination is possible for you then please send pictures of both so the rest of us can weep with envy. My boyfriend isn't the biggest fan of designer jeans, but that's beside the point!
   Nothing complements boyfriend jeans like some neat holes and tears. Pictured, the jeans take on a distressed look that embodies the look's vintage roots. Distressed jeans add a certain aura to your look, and it looks very sleek when finished off with the right top and accessories. For a dressier look, opt for darker boyfriend jeans. Add a bright blouse if it's for daytime, or a darker top if it's for a night out. Don't forget your heels, too. For a more casual style, aim for lighter wash jeans and flat shoes or plain, simple heels. Espadrilles, Converse sneakers or even a pair of Tory Burch Reva flats are great footwear to complete a casual boyfriend jean outfit. There are many variations with denim color, levels of distress and so on, so keep on trying them on and searching around before you settle. It's OK to be just as picky as if you were looking for a real boyfriend!
   Over the past few years, brands Current Elliott, Citizens of Humanity and J Brand -- to name a few -- stole the leading look from older denim brands by creating lighter, more stylish looks women love. There is something fun and vintage-esque about all this "blast from the past" boyfriend jeans business, too. No matter what is happening elsewhere on your outfit, a cool trouser shape connects you with your inner fashionista. Wherever your heart is, you never feel lonely in the right outfit -- or the right jeans!
Ditch your boyfriend and opt for a fabulous pair of jeans. (Sorry, Zach)
xx, ZM

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

BaubleBar x Nordstrom Launch

   BaubleBar, the one-stop retailer for affordable, trendy jewelry, partnered with Nordstrom to bring a collection of fabulous BaubleBar jewels to 35 Nordstrom locations and The Nordstrom Loves BaubleBar Pop-Up bar will showcase new and exclusive necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings in the price range of $24 to $68. Sounds pretty great to me.
   The collection features items perfect for spring that also transition well into summertime. Many colors, gems and fabulous patterns can be seen in the collection, and the baubles can be paired with just about any outfit. Since its launch in 2011, BaubleBar will be more widely known after its partnership with Nordstrom. Nordstrom has partnered with Topshop, Miss Wu by Jason Wu and the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker. The well-known and widely popular shopping destination is bound to push BaubleBar further into greatness.
   Nordstrom and BaubleBar’s shared customer-first philosophies make for a natural partnership as both brands aim to deliver the best possible customer experience and are constantly evolving how to best serve customers. BaubleBar is thrilled to partner with Nordstrom, whose commitment to providing on-trend, high-quality merchandise and truly outstanding customer service aligns perfectly with BaubleBar’s goals and brand values.
Happy shopping!
xx, ZM

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jumping Puddles

   Rain, rain, go away, I have things to do today. It seems as though the weather lately has been very uncooperative. It's been either rainy, windy or cloudy every day, and it's hard to work a spring style into this kind of weather. For gloomy days, rain boots and umbrellas should be your best friends, especially during April! I promise there are ways to work these two items into a presentable, stylish look and still get through a stormy day (or month).
   First, let me recommend Hunter boots. They're durable, your feet will never get wet no matter how deep the puddle and they're super easy to find. Walk into any shoe department and I promise there will be a section of Hunters. Department stores also have a variety of styles and colors of the boots online, too. They come in tall (pictured) and short styles and countless colors. Go for neutral colored boots if you want them to match anything and everything, and get your favorite color if you want to have a bright, pretty color to make rainy days a little less painful. If you're a shopaholic with a new paycheck, go for a couple of colors, you'll be needing them this spring! Hunter boots also offer socks that fold over the top for extra warmth and comfort, and of course they come in stylish colors and patterns. I highly recommend the socks, they make the boots soft and comfortable, rather than the normal rubber sole. Hunters are a must.
   Rain boots go with anything. Wear jeans, sweats, yoga pants, khakis, a skirt, etc. and you'll look stylish and stay dry. Substituting leather boots and springtime flats for rain boots can be fun, and chic. Match the colors to your favorite outfits and don't settle for "less cute" clothes because of the weather! Keep your top dry with a durable umbrella and a good rain jacket or trench. These items are key for a dry, stylish spring season. Granted it won't be raining every single day, but when it does, you don't want to be wet, miserable and ruin your clothes.
   Just as you would with any other boots, make sure they match your look! I like to go with neutral black Hunter boots so I can wear basically anything. Try hot pink or yellow if you love the colors and have tops of pants that will complement them. It's all about staying dry and having your look come together like any other day, so take that into consideration. Rain boots last forever, too, so buying a pair is a great investment to make.
  Stay dry, stay stylish and enjoy springtime. If you keep your top and bottom covered with rain boots, an umbrella and a good jacket, you'll be good to go! Save your good shoes for next month when May flowers bloom. For now, rain boots are your pal.
Now is the time to wear rain boots and embrace puddles.
xx, ZM

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring's 6 Best Essentials

   Regardless of the forecast predicting another foot of snow for this week, here are six fantastic spring essentials to start including in your wardrobe ASAP. This spring is centered around color and texture, so brace yourself. From your nail polish to your jacket and down to the sandals on your feet, this spring is all about style.
   First, we'll start with metallics. Sure, this spring is very colorful fashion wise, but metallics are on the uprise. If you're willing, take the plunge to a silver metallic skirt or gold blazer. If you need time to adapt to the trend, incorporate it in other place like shoes, handbags and jewelry. Don't be shy when it comes to your style this spring. New season, new looks.
   Pastels are always hot for spring, but this spring, pale pink is reigning hue. It's a color that goes with just about every other color and pattern possible. If you're saying to yourself, "I'm not a pink person," have no fear. Make pale pink less girly by adding darker clothes on top of it and wearing sneakers like Converse of Supergas. This will give your look an edge toward chic instead of girly. Pastels of all shades are certainly welcome, and mint and baby blue are still carrying over from last year as two of spring's hottest pastels. Find a pastel you like and run with it.
   Neon is a risk worth taking. Clutches, shoes, jewelry and other accessories are perfect pieces for neon colors. The one thing about neons is that you want to avoid overdoing it at all costs. Keep the rest of your outfit neutral, and you're good. If you're feeling confident with your styling, try a neon pair of pants or a neon vest. Even stuck in these last few (hopefully) winter weeks, adding a pop off neon may help cure your SADD.
   Ah yes, florals. They're great in small doses. Floral scarves and accessories are my personal favorite because they're easy to pair with any neutral look. Again, if you're comfortable, go for floral pants or patterned shoes. Make sure you're keeping it somewhat simple and you'll be looking très chic.
   Next on the list of spring must haves is a versatile wear-everywhere/everyday tote bag. Opt for a roomy bag that's good for school, work, weekends and eventually for beach days, too. It's too early to say beach, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. If you're on the go this kind of a bag is perfect for you. Relieve the duties of the bag you've used all throughout winter and reward yourself with a new tote for this season that you'll get a lot of use out of.
   Last, but certainly not least, we have my favorite spring piece, white cropped pants. Talk about versatile. They're great for daytime, dinner and night festivities. Don't be one of those people who don't wear white before Memorial Day, jump the gun and start early. It's spring after all, and rules are meant to be broken. Slim fitting white pants are my personal favorite because when it's cold they look great with a bulky sweater of cardigan, and when it's warm they look even better with a tank or blouse. When wearing white pants, don't forget to add some color in your top and accessories. This is definitely the most wearable, useful piece of the season.
   With these six tips, you should be on top of your style game. They're all very simple to put together and easy to find, so you won't be challenged. Let's all wish the rest of winter away so we can start wearing these spring essentials and put our snow boots away.
Goodbye, winter.
xx, ZM

Monday, March 17, 2014

Stripes + a Statement Piece

   Stripes and statement pieces are two of my favorite style staples. They're easy to put together and you can a lot in return. With spring on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about colors and exciting patterns. I know, it's hard to do when there's snow everywhere you look, but step into any store and it's all about spring and summer.
   First, we'll start with stripes. They're timeless and just about everywhere. There's nothing like a striped tee or blouse. I swear every time I shop I come home with another striped top. Sorry, mom, but I can't resist. The best colors for stripes this spring are deep blues -- match them up with boyfriend jeans or jean shorts and you've got an A+ look. I know, I know, you don't want to think about shorts yet, but you have to.
   Don't settle for a simple striped tee or blouse, go beyond. Try a peplum top, it doesn't have to spring right out, but try something with a little ruffle that looks more stylish and sophisticated. Madewell has great tops for this season, and a lot have stripes and aren't "boring" looking. They're great looking and great quality, I highly suggest looking into purchasing one or two, or if you're a shopaholic like me then maybe three.
   Ah, now onto statement pieces. I could ramble on about this topic for paragraphs, and I probably have before. My apologies. Anyhow, a statement piece could be anything from a bold, intricate necklace (pictured) to a large-faced watch to a chic floppy hat. Pick and choose among the three and decide which looks best with your look. If more than one work, go for it. You can make a statement with a lot of other accessories, those are just three examples of pieces that are very up and coming this spring. A colored necklace with many details always looks fantastic over stripes, so that's an accessory you can count on.
   When statement pieces and stripes come together, that's what I like to call fashion paradise. Do it right and you'll be on your way there. Getting the perfect outfit takes time and effort, and lots of shopping. Hehe! Dedicate a day, or maybe a weekend, to getting your spring looks together and nailing every single one. Remember to shop for bold colors in your stripes so everyone notices you. This spring is about brights, especially blues, so keep that in mind. Gather up your favorite accessories, too, and you've got a look. You can't go wrong with a look like this.

Say yes to stripes and (bold) statements.
xx, ZM

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Brighter the Better

   During these tail-end winter months, push your boring bags aside and opt for bright colors. A neutral bag is definitely a necessity, but with redundant, boring weather, it's time to spice up your look. As somebody who relies on white, black and grey basics to get me through the week, a colorful handbag is a must-have. It’s the easiest way to add a pop of color to any outfit.
   I love the way a colorful bag brightens up a dreary winter ensemble. I actually end up reaching for my bright colored handbags just as much as I do my neutrals. Plus, a lot of the brighter bags actually end up working as a neutral does. Reach for a traditional color in a bolder, brighter tone, and you'll be surprised how many looks it goes with. Classic colors are easy to pair with many things, so keep it easy for yourself and go with blues, reds, yellows, greens or oranges. Really, any color on the basic color wheel will suit you just right. The key is to choose a timeless shade with a factor that screams "look at me".
   Whether the bag is a large handbag or a small clutch, it's trendy to turn up the color. For smaller bags, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade all have a plethora of bright options that are perfect for any season, and anytime you're looking to brighten up your look. These brands also have great options for larger bags, too, along with Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg. Almost any Nordstrom is bound to carry these brands and even more. Bright handbags are a very widespread trend at the moment, so any department store should have them on display and ready for you to make your own.
   Don't let the fact that it's winter get in the way of your color choices. Color is chic year round, all seasons, no matter the weather, etc. Add color to the most basic, plain outfits and you'll be on a next level of stylish. It may be a hard adjustment at first from your usual, neutral bag, but it'll be well worth it once compliments start flying your way. Shop wisely and pick out colors that are traditional with a spin. Don't forget to consider your favorite shapes and sizes, too. Picking out a new bag is all about you, so take the trend and make it yours.
Keep it colorful.
xx, ZM

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nothing but Neutral

   Snow, snow and more snow. It seems like this winter is a complete white wash, and we haven't been able to catch a break here in the Northeast. It's hard to style chic, creative outfits when it's so cold and miserable outside. Instead of trying to implement all kinds of colors into your looks, transition to neutrals. Black, cream, grey, olive green, beige, brown, pale pink, etc. These colors are perfect for winter, and play well with the "plain" theme of the season. Although the colors do not stand out on their own, when matched with stellar accessories and stylish boots, your outfit will become the center of attention.
   Begin with the basics. If you're going to wear a cardigan, make sure you have a neutral shirt for underneath. If not, choose a long sleeve, sweater or button-up that will match the theme nicely. Add stripes or patterns here and there if you don't want to be too plain. Boyfriend jeans are making their way into many collections and looks lately, so try to throw those into the mix if you can. Dark wash jeans, corduroys, neutral-colored khakis or slacks are good, too. I'm a huge fan of my faded maroon corduroys from Urban Outfitters and I have a great olive green pair from J.Crew as well. Cords are everywhere you look, and the same goes with jeans. Head into your favorite store, and you'll find an abundance of neutral-colored pants perfect for any winter look.
   Accessories are vital when you're wearing nothing but neutral. Bold-faced watches, chunky necklaces and stacked bracelets are three examples of go-to accessories for a look like this. When you're lacking in color, you have to stand out in other ways, and accessorizing is the perfect opportunity. Stores like Lulu's, J.Crew, Bloomingdale's, CUSP and Nordstrom all offer the best accessories for neutral looks. Each store offers bold colors and all kinds of gemstone and jewels in all of their pieces. J.Crew necklaces are the perfect way to top off a button up or v-neck, and offer a stunning, standout look. Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's include many jewelry designers, all kinds of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. Lulu's, much like J.Crew, has some of the best and boldest necklaces for a look like this. CUSP carries jewelry by popular designers like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Chan Luu that offer trendy looks for day-to-day outfits. Each of these stores is sure to have what you're looking for.
   Don't forget about footwear. Shoes are important in every look, especially for a neutral style. It's winter, so you're likely to be wearing boots or booties. This is perfect because most are simple, neutral leather. Black, brown and color-blocked black and brown boots are super popular this winter, and all are a great match for neutrals. Booties are fun, too, and match virtually anything. If you're more on the plain side, go for a high riding boot or a heeled bootie. This is sure to give your outfit a kick. If you're going out, add pointy heels. That is if the ground isn't covered in snow. Whatever you do, make sure your shoes are chic.
   Finish your look with a neutral coat, gloves, a scarf and a hat or ear muffs.  It's important to stay warm while you're looking chic. Add a neutral bag or clutch, too. Keep your makeup simple and minimal to match the rest of your look. Plain can be glamorous, too. For inspiration, browse through Pinterest, look through your favorite catalogs or peruse Style Dot Com and fashion magazines for street style and runway looks. Never say no to neutral, especially this winter.
Simplicity has never stood out so much.
xx, ZM

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Different Kind of Valentine

   Ah, Valentine's Day. Some love it and some, well, not so much. I'm not here to gush about wearing pink and red or how to style your date for a night out, but rather to help you be your own Valentine! Give yourself a gift that you've been swooning over, or something that you'll be able to use every day. Even little things like nail polish, makeup, office supplies or a comfy pair of socks to keep warm for the rest of the winter. It's great to have a Valentine, but we should all treat ourselves, too.
   There's nothing I love more than giving myself a gift here and there. Whether it's something big or small, it's fun to have something new that you've been wanting for a while. If you want to stick with the V-Day theme, go for pink or red items. This way you're festive and taking part in the holiday even if you don't want to. Or if you've wanted something random, treat yourself with that no matter the color, theme, etc.
   February is definitely a cold month, and with six more weeks (or more) of winter to go, your best bet will be to get yourself something cozy or useful for this kind of weather! I know I'm all about my wool socks from J.Crew. They're fun, they're colorful and they're super warm. I wear them with basically anything, and when they match my outfit, I let them peep out of my boots! This is definitely a fun idea if you're stuck in cold weather. 
   Another thing you can't go wrong with is nail polish. It's always fun to give yourself a mani/pedi when you're snowed in. Once again, if you're into Valentine's Day, buy yourself some reds, whites and pinks for colors. If not, go for your favorite color or for a warm, dark winter hue.
   Lastly, you can never go wrong buying yourself a cute planner if you haven't done so already! They're so useful, and you can find quirky-designed ones just about everywhere. I have a Lilly Pulitzer agenda, and it's the best. There's plenty of room to write in tasks for each day, even weekends. It comes with so many fun stickers and full calendars between months, so it's fun and easy to organize everything you have going on! Not to mention they come in the most fun Lilly patterns. If you're bold, bright and you want to keep organized, this is the gift for you.
   So what if you have a Valentine? Go for it and get yourself something that you'll enjoy. Even if it's a bag of your favorite candy, you're still bound to be satisfied. Stick with the V-Day theme or do you own thing, just don't forget to enjoy the day!
You can all be my Valentines.
xx, ZM
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