After spending a day of my vacation in the Park City, Utah hospital, only to be discharged on a simple acid reflux, I have been trying to cut down my daily intake of those pesky acid triggers. Even though I am not completely sold on this being the cause of such incredible stomach pain, I took it as a chance to start from square one and clean up some of my less-admirable eating habits. I tend to let loose when I come to Los Angeles, not only because it is a foodie paradise, but because I can stock up on some of the yummy stuff I cannot get back home in Milan. Thus, leading me to excruciating stomach pain. If my nutritionist could only see me now; he only sees me when I am wounded and in need of help, but meanwhile, I am the reason for any of these issues. Oh well… we’ve got to live a little, right?
One of my daily vices that I am trying to cut back on is coffee. Still obsessing over my mushroom coffee (bringing back a stock of it so I can make all my Milanese friends try), I figured it might be better to just pull back the reigns on my coffee intake, because it really was rather high. Needless to say, the fatigue wave hit me hard as I detoxed from my coffee addiction. Searching through my local grocery store supplement aisle for some – any – substitute, I came across Moringa.
Moringa powder is made from naturally dried Moringa leaves, found mainly in Africa and Asia. It has kind of a spinachy green flavor and is bioavailable, which allows our bodies to absorb the benefits easier than synthetic supplements. Moringa has a relatively high value on the ORAC scale of antioxidant levels, comparable to matcha. You know my daily struggle with oxidative stress, still trying to find anything and everything high on the ORAC scale to get me out of this oxidative stress mess.
Since the diagnosis, whatever I can get my hands on to counteract the acid and inflammation in a quickie, sign me up. Moringa’s antibiotic and antibacterial properties can help with stomach disorders such as gastritis and ulcerative colitis. The Vitamin B found in Moringa aids in digestion.
The amount of iron found in a single serving of Moringa aids in the reduction of fatigue and that icky tired feeling you get. The Vitamin A then supports the metabolism of the iron that way your body can gave a greater absorption.
I have implemented Moringa into my morning routine sans coffee to make up for energy loss and tiredness I have been experiencing. Here is the Moringa breakfast bowl that has been brightening up my Malibu days.
Moringa Breakfast Bowl
2 small frozen bananas
1 teaspoon of lime juice
2 teaspoons of hemp seeds
1 cup of frozen spinach
1 small frozen avocado
1 cup of coconut water
1 tablespoon of Moringa powder
Blend everything together until smooth. Top with berries or any of your favorite toppings.
As with any supplement, I suggest you discuss with your doctor before using Moringa.
Just as you adjust your wardrobe by adding multiple “layers” of clothing to your outfits in order to adapt to the ever-changing weather conditions in the days leading up to spring (did you know that temperatures here in Milan have reached 0℃ over the past few weeks?) so, too, should your beauty routine adjust to this transition. The solution is to follow a few easy steps and use different products that you can either mix or swap depending on your needs on any given day (or week). Let’s consider the following example: generally, my springtime skincare routine consists of serums and creams that have a lighter texture. I don’t really like heavy textures to begin with and they certainly become a don’t for me when the weather gets warmer. Sometimes, however, a sudden change in temperature will cause my skin to become dry and I’ll try resolving the issue by using a richer cream for a few days and then return to my normal springtime beauty routine. This is actually easier than it seems so here are a few steps to follow when modifying your beauty routine as you get ready to transition into a new season (this works for summer too… by the way, when is summer?).
We’ve said it before: spring is the time for lighter creams that can hydrate and smooth simultaneously. Choose gel textures and in case you need urgent treatment you can always add oils or combine with creamier products. The winning strategy is all about mixing and matching: use different products that have different textures to find the solution that’s best for your skin!
Recommended product:72Hour Auto-replenishing Hydrator by Clinique is a light and refreshing cream-gel that stimulates skin’s natural hydration. Thanks to its new self-replenishing technology, it works non-stop for 72 hours, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Change your serum Serums are keepers as far as “transeasonal” beauty routines are concerned. You can apply one over another. In other words, this means you can continue to use the same hydrating serums you use throughout the winter and add illuminating solutions to your beauty regime.
Recommended product: DIOR Capture Youth Glow Booster contains a high concentration of natural vitamin C which counters a dull complexion and gives skin back its brightness.
Yes to gentle exfoliants Dry, dull skin is a classic during winter. To fix this problem we always turn to masks and peel off exfoliants which make skin lively once again. In spring, due in part to frequent exposure to sun, it is best to opt for delicate solutions to be used no more than twice a week.
Oils: yes or no?
Normally, oils are suitable for those who don’t have oily skin. If this is true for you, you already know that oil can be used on your face every single day throughout the year. You should, however, keep one thing in mind during the warmer months: it is best to opt for lighter solutions like sweet almond oil which won’t leave your T-zone feeling unpleasantly greasy (should this happen, you can always use a shine reducing booster to help!)
Finally… beauty begins within!
“Transeasonal” beauty routines also means stocking up on vitamins. If you focused on other solutions throughout the winter, like vitamin C, to fend off colds and flu, you should now shift your attention to vitamins that are recommended for strengthening hair, nails and skin which will be more exposed to the sun. Also, calcium, vitamins D and B will be useful for those — like yours truly — who will be doing sports on a regular basis in spring and summer.
At least 1,000 people marched in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to protest the recent killing of Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman and human rights activist. Ms. Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were shot dead by assailants on Wednesday night while returning from an event focused on empowering young black women.
The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook following reports that a data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica that had worked with the Trump campaign had improperly accessed names, “likes” and other personal information about tens of millions of the social site’s users without their knowledge.
Cambridge Analytica has suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix, in the wake of undercover reports showing him discussing potential bribery and entrapment. The New York Times and UK media reported that Cambridge Analytica tried to influence American voters using information improperly gleaned from 50 million Facebook users.
The Trump administration is using the trade talks with Mexico and Canada to try to limit the ability of the pact’s three members including the United States to warn consumers about the dangers of junk food, according to confidential documents outlining the American position. Some experts have likened the fight over food labeling to that over tobacco. The American provision seeks to prevent any warning symbol, shape or color that “inappropriately denotes that a hazard exists from consumption of the food or nonalcoholic beverages.”
A 17-year-old opened fire at a Maryland high school in an attack that left two fellow students wounded, then died after a gunfight with a police officer posted there.
The shooting in St. Mary’s County, about 70 miles (113 km) south of Washington, came five weeks after a high school massacre in Florida and days before a planned student-led march in the U.S. capital for tougher gun laws.
There have been six package bombings since March 2nd in Austin Texas. Investigators said the bombings that have killed two people and injured four in Austin since March 2 appear linked. About 500 law enforcement officers are working on the case. Austin police are working with San Antonio and Houston police, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Today is the first official day of Spring and that means that, hopefully, the cold weather is far behind us. Inspired by the infinitely possibilities of just not dressing for pure survival, Tamu and I began to put our heads together for the very first installment of our Spring Style series. We asked ourselves: should we do florals? (I know… groundbreaking, right?) What about stripes? Perhaps one of spring’s biggest jewelry trends, shells? Or maybe a quick roundup of ladylike accessories?
With all of these fantastic looks, how could we possibly choose? That is why, in today’s post, we’ve decided to take up the challenge to cover all these trends in one fashionable ensemble. I’ll admit, when it was first proposed I was nervous – could we pull it off? But I shouldn’t have worried with our style-savvy Chief Lover at the helm. From the next-level clash of gorgeous prints to the dainty but with–an–edge accessories to the crowning jewel of the most stunning shell earrings, we are giving Tamu’s look a solid 10 out of 10. So, whether you want to copy this look piece by piece or you’re just taking some inspiration for your own wardrobe, we’ve got you covered.
WALD Collection California Love Ohrring
Silvia Tcherassi Terrugia Dress
Coccinelle Ambrine Canvas and Leather Bag
Charles & Keith Lucite Heels Pumps
From puka to conch, ever since Miuccia Prada sent these delicate beach accessories down the runways of her FW17 show, other designers began jumping on the tropical bandwagon, providing us with a plethora of beach-ready accessories that have us ready for our next vacation. But if travel plans aren’t in your near future, channel your inner Tamu by rocking these earrings with a brightly–colored floral dress. What’s the old saying? Dress for the life you want, not the life you have. Maybe those vacation days will be here sooner than you think?
Albus Lumen x Ryan Storer Shell-Embellished Earrings
Isabel Marant Malebo Gold-Tone, Bead and Shell Hoop Drop
Prada Silver And Shell Earrings
Emilie Renard Earrings Pepites Coquillages
Let me start this off by saying I LOVE a striped blazer (or really any blazer, who are we kidding). You can rock them in a boardroom or on the brunchroom, and they are a must-have staple for anyone’s wardrobe. But if, like me, you are getting a little bored of your classic options, try spicing up your look like Tamu with an awesome print clash. The key to wearing the OTT look is all about the colors. Go for a more neutral palate for your blazer and then spice it up with the dress below. If you do want to inject some color into your outerwear, make sure it is repeated somewhere else within the look for balance.
Acne Studios Kristha Striped Linen Blend Blazer
Mango Striped Suit Blazer
Alice + Olivia Neta Striped Cotton Blend Blazer
Frame Pink Stripe Blazer
Floral dresses go with spring like peanut butter goes with jelly. They are just one of those perfect combos that work for everyone. If you want to mix up this classic look, we suggest going for a more graphic, stylized print for your frock. Not only will it keep you looking modern and fresh, it also pairs beautifully with the bold stripes of your blazer. We are particularly loving this enchanting number from Diane Von Furstenberg – the perfect day to night dress if there ever was one.
& Other Stories Floral Wrap Dress
Saloni Lorna Floral Print Crepe De Chine Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg Off-the- shoulder Flora Print Silk Satin and Tulle Gown
Borgo De Nor Sonia Floral Print Crepe Midi Dress
Perhaps the ideal finishing touch to this quirky ensemble, we love Tamu’s choice of a top–handle structured bag. Not only does it provide a grounding visual point against the more whimsical pieces of the outfit, but it also manages to elevate the whole look by emphasizing the sophisticated silhouette choices. The reason that the outfit works without feeling too over the top is that while the prints might be loud, the shapes are sleek and timeless.
Gucci Dionysus GG Supreme Small Shoulder Bag
Zara Medium Tote Bag with Leather Flap
Bottega Veneta Piazza Color Block Leather Tote
Chunky Kitten Heel Pump
We know that you Pretty Birds are no strangers to our love affair with kitten heels, however, we have found a new obsession in the chunkier varieties that have been popping up this season. Not only are they super comfortable and perfect for dashing around looking stylish, but they also are super practical when having to walk over cobblestone streets or city grates. These are officially the perfect shoe for a city girl on the go. Also, for a little extra interest, we definitely suggest finding a version like Tamu’s lucite iterations.
I am so grateful and joyful to say that my journey towards realizing the intentions that I manifested in my Law of Attraction note in January is proceeding at a beautiful, perfect and absolutely organic pace. While I am experiencing some personal inner conflict, the larger picture continues to make itself clear across the horizon as I am presented with answers and clues that bring me closer to my manifested goals.
As I finished writing my last note, Head in the Clouds, I realized that I house a huge part of my imagination in my magical place up in the sky, but that I am not using it to its full potential. There are countless fantasies and daydreams – probably enough to fill a small reservoir – that remain suspended in thin air and that eventually evaporate into space. I ended that note by saying: So in the end, maybe I’m not trying to escape from anything. Maybe I’m here to share the positivity that I’m blessed with… and that’s all.
If that’s the case then, it seems like what I really need to do is to find a way to harness and directly inject some of the positive energy that I find in that magical place up in the sky into the moments unfolding here on earth.
While I wholeheartedly enjoy being lost in my thoughts, I am mobilized by the discovery that I have been underusing the full capacity of my imagination. This observation is a significant opportunity to elevate my current level of creativity, as well as a way to achieve the objectives that I’ve laid out for myself.
So many questions arise as I think this new revelation about myself through. Why did something so obvious escape me, for instance? I am ambitious, I double majored in Literature and Rhetoric and Africana Studies with an unofficial minor in Spanish at university. I am a JD/MBA in Finance. I ran marathons with my imagination throughout my academic career and during my brief stint as an attorney. I sure as hell used it when I was searching for ways to break into the fashion industry, and when I was finally blessed with the blogging platform. I used my imagination to create every day for the last 12 years. That being said, the creative and fashion industries have evolved so quickly since I started shooting street style and launched ATPB. The demands for new and fresh content have quadrupled, with digital talents like myself now required to crank out projects at breakneck speeds. There isn’t much time to think, and often we are forced to produce mechanically, which stifles our creativity. There are, however, many artists that still manage to blow us away with their immense talent, whether it be a question of raw genius, or maybe their ability to channel their imagination regardless the grind.
What reserve are they tapping into?
Creative inspiration is subjective. The yielding and nurturing of ideas and concepts is personal. As many of you know, I have been trying to elevate the editorial experience here on ATPB for the past few years. I have pushed myself, I have pushed my team and we have made headway. All along however, I have asked myself what more could we be doing to really gain traction and break through as a 360 degree site that has evolved from its street style base? While I’m completely here for ATPB, I regularly fly up to my favorite cloud for healthy distraction. And even though I am constantly looking for more ways to WOW you all, at no time did I take stock of how much time, or the type of images that I was creating up there, or make the connection that I could simply transform them into ATPB projects and manifest them into existence in the here and now. I know, MAJOR. DISCONNECT. And, I’ll be the first to admit that some of them were epic (WINK).
But why? Is it a case of I’m just not pushing myself enough? Have I become lazy? Am I relatively burnt out? Or is it a matter of the fact that in these last 12 years, the necessity to have this separate space has become, in a way, sanity-preserving? But, like I mentioned earlier, there are reservoirs up there. Enough space to foster much needed getaways, and a ton more for the purposeful cultivation and harnessing of great big delicious ideas.
So now what? How do I go about consciously making my day dreams and fantasies come true? I ventured onto the web and found many website and blog posts offering guidance on the power of the imagination. One of the first important things that I read which I hadn’t thought about was the fact that, as kids we have very active imaginations, but at a certain point, our imaginary friends and worlds are discouraged by society. This helps explains why our imaginations aren’t as expansive or agile when we are adults; or why we aren’t used to accessing that space for the benefit of creativity. I was also happy to find that most of the articles, if not all, are based on the principles of Law of Attraction. The most common themes discussed include, how to constructively use your imagination as a creative outlet; and how to use the Law of Attraction to realize your ideas through visualization and positive affirmations – we will be writing a piece on this soon, stay tuned. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Law of Attraction (I didn’t explain it in my January note), it is a thought philosophy introduced by Esther and Jerry Hicks that states: “That which is unto itself is drawn.” This essentially means that you attract the things which you are thinking and feeling. So, if your thoughts are focused on positive things, those things will enter your life. And the same goes for negative manifestations. Esther and Jerry detail how they discovered The Law of Attraction in their book, The Law of Attraction, the Basic Teaching of Abraham. I suggest you read it to understand the power of this philosophy.
Well, I couldn’t have asked for more at this point in my 2018 journey. As I mentioned in my intro, the pieces are all falling into place, and I am so excited and grateful. In manifesting my intentions, I am learning and achieving so much. In my quest to be more mindful, I have recognized that it is fine to be a daydreamer, because it allows me to project personal positive energy out into the world; and at the same time, I can freely tap into that same space to elevate my creativity.
As with everything in life there should be a balance. Daydreaming about skipping with butterflies and a unicorn down a yellow brick road can harmoniously share a room with whipping up fantastical ideas to make ATPB pop. And both types of thinking will enhance my overall mindfulness in the sense that they boost my consciousness. One is part of my personal self-care regime and the essence of who I am: and the other will help accomplish the goals that I set for All The Pretty Birds.
Stephen Hawking’s passing this week was not lost on me as I gathered my thoughts for this note. Of rare brilliance, a man who was paralyzed by ALS, confined to a wheelchair, and unable to speak without the help of an synthesizer during the latter part of his career, developed revolutionary theories using the power of his mind. He is one of the purist examples of the power of the imagination and his is a true inspiration. Admittingly, I found serious difficulty in grasping his work (I know I’m not alone here), but whenever I read his books, I felt extremely encouraged to push myself past my own limits and to open my mind to its fullest capacity.
As I take off for the next leg of my journey, I’m placing his picture on my visual board. One of his goals was to make the study of the universe accessible to everyone. In this way, he was encouraging us to dream really big. I’m also placing a picture of Muhammad Ali who said: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
The market currently offers a lot of solutions to fight free radicals, preventing wrinkles and eliminating imperfections. Choosing the right one can be quite challenging, since you may not be able to test every product that is available. As I sit here writing, I have more than 12 serums lined up on my vanity table (I contacted each brand before writing this article): from hydrating serums to anti-age serums, to one you apply before your cream to give skin a matte finish (in other words, it fights shine which, anyone with combination skin like mine will confirm is a real enemy). You name it, I’ve got it. Honestly, I’ve tried everything. But the truth, Pretty Birds, is that it is impossible to use one product that is perfect all year round. Seasons change and, consequently, our skin’s needs change accordingly.
For example, now it’s March, and here in Milan it’s still cold so I’m still using rich creams and serums. But when spring arrives, I’ll switch to products that have a lighter texture, preferably in gel form. The one thing I am sure of, however, is that I won’t stop using a serum as part of my beauty routine – and not only because I like the feel of serums. “Thanks to their particular structure, serums”, says dermatologist Adele Sparavigna, “allow for the product’s active ingredients to penetrate more deeply with respect to regular treatments.” If you pair your serum with a cream, it will be eight times as effective as using only a cream would. Are you still convinced you can live without a serum?
Here are three products I love and recommend and that are suitable for all skin types, from normal to combination skin, to skin that needs a hydration boost (the secret is choosing the right cream to pair it with).
And the winner is…
La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum
You’ll find information on this serum everywhere. Ok, it is an extremely expensive product — and I was pretty skeptical at first — but then I started using it every day and it truly made a difference. Instantly my skin was smooth and moisturized, so this product did exactly what it promised to do.
Technical notes about the product: like all La Mer products, it contains Miracle Broth, a revitalizing ingredient derived from the sea, while Lime Tea Concentrate exerts an antioxidant action. It also contains Deep Hydration Ferment, an interactive blend of green, brown and red algae which penetrates deeply to fill the skin. It does this by providing hydration from the inside, moving outwards thanks to the action of AQUAPORIN channels which balance the skin’s water. Deconstructed WatersTM lead the enzyme deep within the skin thus drawing and keeping hydration throughout the day. Meanwhile the Youth Activating Ferment — developed using a blend of active ingredients derived from the sea — recharges skin making it appear lively immediately.
The extra tip: if you are in a rush, try adding it to your foundation for results that are even more glowing.
Vichy Idéalia Serum
I adore every product produced by this brand, including its sunscreens. It is also fairs well in terms of value for money. In the past, Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Supreme had won me over, so I was very curious to try this new product (NB: this product existed previously but its formula has since been redeveloped) which I really appreciated because it truly improves skin’s brightness.
Technical notes about the product: it contains liquorice root, a brightening extract along with antioxidant Citrus Flavonoids, Adenosine, which is regenerating, and Vichy Thermal Mineral Water which ensures skin will be hydrated for 24 hours.
The extra tip: use it along with the cream (available in two versions: one for oily skin, one for dry skin). Another product from the same line that passed our test with flying colors is the Peel which is to be applied to skin before the night treatment.
Bakel Lactobionic Anti-Age Serum I adore this serum because of its texture: it is a super pleasant gel that is easy to apply. It is the newest product to become a part of my skincare routine and has quickly become a must. I actually love all Bakel products for a very simple reason: they are highly effective, rich in active ingredients and don’t contain anything that could harm my skin (plus, they are vegan).
Technical notes about the product: it contains Lactobionic acid, a substance with highly effective anti ageing properties and it is also an antioxidant able to increase skin’s tightness. It contains gluconolactone, which offers valid protection against photo-ageing and is also active in preventing sun spots and helps tone skin. Finally, this product contains vegetable glicerine which nourishes.
My daily Kombucha habit is on the verge of breaking the bank, and my obsession has come to an all-time high while I’ve been here in California. I revel in trying all the new flavors and brands on the scene. At our local bio shop in Milan, their stock level inconsistency has me this close to whipping up a personal batch at home. Lucky for everyone (especially my husband not having to bear the inescapable mess I would make), the number of options at my fingertips leaves my house clean… but my wallet empty.
So, lo and behold, I came across a cocktail with Kombucha and apple cider vinegar. What is the special touch you may ask? Whiskey – which in my household is bountiful as much as Kombucha. Let’s just say that my obsession with Kombucha matches that of my husband’s love for whiskey and bourbon.
Wine and an occasional cocktail are the vice that I cannot seem to shake. Trust me, I have attempted a dry month many times, to no avail. Since I am nowhere near halting on this guilty pleasure, why not add some of my healthy go-tos.
Kombucha translates into nearly all cocktails calling for a little fizz and tart but sweet flavor. I must admit that I do feel a bit of a buzz drinking the stuff on its own, due to the fermentation. But I guess the buzz will feel right at home with the whisky in this cocktail.
Apple Cider Vinegar shrub and Kombucha Cocktail
Apple Cider Vinegar Shrub
1 cup of chopped apple
½ cup of water
½ cup of raw apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup of raw honey
½ tablespoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons of ACV Shrub
2 oz whiskey
4 oz of original kombucha
Stir the apple, water, vinegar, honey, and ginger in a container. Refrigerate for a couple of days, then remove from the fridge and blend until smooth. Strain and remove any solid chunks.
Fill a glass with ice, then add the shrub, whiskey and top off with Kombucha.
From glittering gems to precious metals, fine jewelry has always seemed slightly unattainable from outside its glass cases and heavily guarded stores. But what was once only a status symbol of a few has lately been finding its way into the modern day woman’s collection. With an ever-increasing number of designers branching into the fine jewelry market, and more ladies investing in these luxurious pieces for their everyday wardrobes, there has been a major shift in the past few years in how we consume these sparkling stunners. But as a fashion editor (and lover of all things shiny), I haven’t seen as much of a shift in the way that we shop for these gorgeous pieces.
We’ve talked before about a few innovators in the fine jewelry sphere before, but it wasn’t until I came across the e-commerce platform MEMO that I really had the a-ha moment of the future of buying jewelry. Based on the old tradition of jewelry houses loaning pieces to their top clients “on memo”, Debora LaBudde, the brains behind the site, is changing the industry in a major way. So, when the opportunity came to chat with her about all things that gleam, you’d better believe that I leaped at the chance.
Where did you get your start? Have you always worked in jewelry? I have a business background and have spent most of my career supporting and investing in innovative companies pursuing significant market opportunities. I also have a personal passion for fine jewelry, so my impetus in starting Memo really stemmed from both business and personal interests. The fine jewelry industry is very large and has gone through a lot of change in recent years. The number of varying designers and styles present today has evolved the consumers’ interests. The retail environment, however, hasn’t changed quite as quickly, creating an opportunity for new retail shopping experiences in the sector. So, my background in business and experience as a consumer of fine jewelry has certainly played a role in how and why Memo was created. Much of the shopping experience is tailored after what I look for and expect when discovering a new designer or purchasing fine jewelry.
When did the idea for Memo first occur? I have always loved discovering new jewelry designers, but the traditional shopping experience left something to be desired — pieces were often intimidatingly behind glass cases or starkly online with little explanation. Luxury retailers also tend to place minimal editorial focus on the fine jewelry sector leaving a gap between the designer and the customer. I wanted to connect with jewelry — and its designers — in a deeper, more meaningful way. I also desired the luxury of viewing pieces at home on my own time, and thus the idea of Memo was created.
Can you walk us through the purchasing process at Memo? Doyou take custom orders, and where do you currently sell to? Memo is an online destination to discover and experience fine jewelry. Through rich imagery and video content, clients can discover new designers and understand the craft and inspiration behind their work. Clients are given the additional and personal step of utilizing the company’s at-home try-on service, also known as taking a product ‘on memo’ for a 3-day period. Following the complimentary 3-day at home try-on, a service which is currently available in the United States, a client can either confirm their purchase or return their order utilizing a prepaid insured shipping label.
Although the Memo shopping experience begins online, our team frequently assists clients with locating a certain piece on the site, questions regarding sizing or styling, or creating a completely custom piece with one of our designers. We recognize that most of our clients like the independence of discovering designers and collections via the website and trying pieces on at home on their own time, but often with fine jewelry, the human touch is helpful and sometimes necessary to make sure a piece is right. Understanding our clients’ interests and needs also helps us better tailor a shopping experience to fit what the current fine jewelry customer is searching for.
How do you curate the designers on the site? Superior quality of design and materials is tantamount as we consider new designers. We also look for designers that bring a unique point of view or who may be known for presenting a particular style or design approach. We’re very conscious to select curated collections that provide a strong representation of the designer’s work and that stand out uniquely from the other designers we showcase.
What do you think should be the key qualities to look for when purchasing fine jewelry? While purchasing fine jewelry is ultimately guided by one’s personal taste, quality materials and superior design are two key qualities to look for to ensure that a piece we fall in love with can truly be a forever piece. For many designer fine jewelry pieces, often just by holding a piece and seeing its detailed craftsmanship up close, a client can intuitively see and understand its quality.
Can you share with us any exciting things happening in the future of Memo? At Memo, we’re constantly looking for new ways to delight and service our clients while enhancing the overall experience of discovering and purchasing designer fine jewelry. Today, we’re looking at new services that we can offer our clients to break down the barriers to exploration of fine jewelry and to make that experience a richer and more meaningful one.
What tips can you share for building the perfect jewelry wardrobe? It’s truly an exciting time in the fine jewelry industry with a number of exceptional designers changing the perception of when and how fine jewelry is worn and with wonderful pieces that can be worn day to evening. While building a perfect jewelry wardrobe is also very personal, I think having select pieces that can be your go-to pieces every day — a great pair of hoops, a favorite pendant necklace, a stackable ring and a stand out cuff is a perfect way to start. It can then, of course, be fun adding to your core collection by adding a touch of color or a unique style or design that can either be paired with other pieces or worn separately. So many items today can be both stacked or worn independently, offering a number of great and varying looks with just a few pieces.
I’m so happy to share my street style coverage from Milan Fashion Week with you. I loved the style in Milan, because I got the sense that what I saw was a true representation of personal style, and not looks dialed up specifically for the lenses of street style photographers like myself. I was super inspired by the way the ladies I photographed personalized the season’s best trends and the special little details they added to top off their looks. Also, the layering here is stellar, with the turtleneck emerging as the season’s unquestionable MVP. You can send your thank you notes to Raf Simons over at Calvin Klein 205w39nyc for making this wardrobe staple indispensable again. Now let’s swoon about these ladies’ style.
I want to wear everything that Wiebke Broecker has on her body. I love the transparent jacket styled over the check blazer and casually paired with skinny jeans, classic OTK suede boots and a Gucci fanny pack. The pop of orange perfects a look that is a picture of ease and self-confidence.
Sakura Sato’s borrowed from my boyfriend’s, but wait it’s actually my closet look is the best statement for today’s wardrobe fluidity. Her red shoes and nifty bowtie are the perfect twist on an already flawless outfit.
Alessandra Airo is a boss in this perfect power clash of checks and bold stripes. Love how she unexpectedly throws a pair of on-trend white tights onto her balance sheet. BTW, don’t forget to check out Jessie’s Four Essentials To Up Your Professional Style Game.
Chloe Hill’s mix of vertical stripes is as brilliant as those Romance Was Born “Disco Lust” trousers she’s wearing. I will be recreating this look in a city near you sometime soon. Kid. You. Not.
Yes to Eleonora Carisi’s Max Mara total logo look. I’ve been dreaming about the perfect monogram outfit ever since logomania made its way back into our closets at few seasons. I remember in the early 2000s when I famously (to the delight of my friends, there was no instagram then) mixed the Burberry check with the Louis Vuitton “LV”. This time around I’m feeling a monochromatic, fully branded looks. Yes, I have no problem with being a fashion billboard.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Elisa Nalin, one of the best mix-masters in the game, put this outfit together in the dark. She can do no wrong when it comes to mixing color and textures. Her looks are inspiring on so many levels.
Miss Eva Geraldine Fontanelli serves up quintessential Milanese chicness. Her look leads you to ask yourself several very important questions: (1) why haven’t you invested in a new polka dot piece; (2) why haven’t you moved to Milan yet; (3) why is it that you don’t own a retro-style bicycle with a wicker basket; and (4), do they offer classes on how to ride a bike in platforms in your city.
Cool. AF. What, need I say more about Julia Sarr-Jamois?
Sporty on the outside, girly and delicate on the inside for journalist Konca Aykan.
Marta Achini shows us that all you really need to toughen up a look are the right accessories. Her soft monochromatic pink outfit takes on a seamless edge with black sunglasses, handbag and pointy shoes. I don’t know, she’s giving me a total Pink is Punk vibe. You?
Paola Ventimiglia shows us how to pair all the classics in an effortlessly chic, confident way. And most importantly, with a smile on her face – the best pearls a woman could ever ask for.
Tiffany Hsu makes the case for statement outerwear in this nicely belted look. I adore the supporting actors as well: there’s nothing like a blue button down, especially with the sleeves cuffing below the cuff of her coat; her enviable Loewe bag is on my long list of lust worthy handbags; and the solid black finish by way of black jeans and gorgeous platform booties is highly appreciated.
Designer Vika Gazinskaya shows us how to keep things nice and hygge in this chic and cozy teddy bear coat. Wouldn’t it look amazing with the Anja’s favorite “Disco Hygge” looks?
You know something, sometimes Italians just do it better. Let’s just admit it to ourselves. Viviana Volipicella’s layering is beyond perfection. It’s sublime. It’s like she’s laughing all the way to her office. “Those Americans, they talk about sporty chic. Ha, I’ll show them.” Stated of course in her Pugliese accent and emphasized with a flick of her perfect mediterranean hair.
This look is a great mix of the season’s best trends. In my opinion, animal print and checks are officially both neutrals and can be worn with anything. As mentioned earlier by way of Alessandro Airo’s look, tights are huge this season and the legging worn here aptly capture the mood. And if you’ve been following me on the Instagram, you know how much I like a white shoe.
Daria’s look is just so cute. Bold coat, styled with great essentials, this is the perfect uniform.
Make like Jenny Walton and smile big or go home, preferably in a matching Prada coat and shoe combo, killer fitting jeans and an essential white button down.
Seventies inspired style is always a plus in my book. That’s why I know that me and Paola De Cegli could be great friends.
Timeless style delivered by an original trendsetter. Iconic Rossella Jardini, has that cool factor in spades. Whether she is elegantly dressed, seaside in Sardegna with her grandchildren and beloved pups, or in a covetable jumpsuit from her FW18 collection, she’s dripping in style that is worth its weight in gold.
Valentina Siragusa adds colorful contrast to a sleek minimal look with bold accessories. A lover of dark colors, but finding yourself attracted to the brighter side of fashion? Try this tip for a splash of color.
Ah, that slightly messy updo that I used to wear during high school, set with clips, pens and pencils so it would stay in place during class. As an adult, I still fall back on this after doing aerobics or letting my hair dry out of the pool. The “messy updo” has always been my hair’s trusted ally, and so imagine my happiness to find that messy updos are back in style, or at least that’s what a Pinterest survey has established. Searches for these keywords have increased by over 1200% in 2018. The second bit of news that I find interesting is that these searches are linked to a second keyword: wedding. This confirms that future brides are tired of wearing the usual chignon and are looking something purposely imperfect that exudes boho-chic allure and is easy to manage during the festivities. Basically, this translates as ‘an updo that’s easy to manage during the post-ceremony party’. A few loose strands of hair on the sides won’t at all look like the style is coming undone. On the contrary! And the fun new twist is embellishing with ribbons, vintage jewels and small flowers that have a bohemian allure and will add a special finishing touch. Are you looking for an updo that’s comfortable yet cool? Here are some looks for you to check out!
Messy Updo With a High Chignon This look is recommended fif you like leaving loose strands on either side of your face. If you’re feeling wild at the end of the evening, you can always transform your chignon into a classic ponytail.
Messy Updo With a Low Chignon This one is more similar to a classic chignon. It is styled to ensure a softer structure, and it’s perfect even if your hair isn’t very long.
Messy Updo With Accessories This one is our favorite. Our advice: accent with a vintage jewel to replicate what is currently one of the hottest trends.
Messy Updo With Braids For those who won’t give up their braids, even on the big day.