• The Sleeve Detail

    I am a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have learned so much. In fact, I have taken countless classes that explain the fashion industry as a business and I’ve also taken classes that study sleeves in great detail—yes, sleeves.

    Do you know how many different sleeve styles there are?

    Here’s a hint: there’s more than one. To name a few, there’s the Bell, Peasant, Puff, Bishop, Juliet, and Dolman. Yup, you’ve guessed it. The list continues.

    Sleeve details are one of my favorite trends. The trend is currently dominating fast fashion and I LOVE IT! I personally prefer wearing a great sleeve in either the spring or summer season so that it doesn’t get lost behind my jackets or coats. Bring on the warmer weather, Mother Nature! A detailed sleeve is truly an epic fashion statement.

    I generally like to think of the sleeve as an added accessory. When wearing a shirt that includes this trend, I avoid bracelets or rings to keep the focus on my top rather than my jewelry. I also try not to spend a lot of money when purchasing a shirt with this dramatic concept because I prefer to invest in staple or basic pieces. One typically wears this type of shirt a few times before it is quickly remembered by friends and family. I can only get away with wearing it so many times before I look like a serial outfit repeater. Yes, the struggles of a true fashion gal.

    If I haven’t already sold you on the sleeve detail trend I will now. A sleeve statement can be worn on a dress or a jacket too! It does not have to be strictly limited to tops.

    The dramatic sleeve is a chic look—picture yourself with a sleek updo and fitted pants, with that perfect sleeve hanging over each hand. Here are of few photos of me braving yesterday’s snowstorm wearing a Zara striped bell sleeve top!

    With Love,
    Ashley Attianese
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  • run, run, run get moving, like, now

    I’ve been running again.  

    Not as in an easy jog around the neighborhood. I mean full out, heart-pounding, sweat-dripping, running. It feels excellent to be moving, to feel my body in motion, so alive, so powerful as I dart through the cobblestone streets of lower Manhattan. When’s the last time you really moved?

    As a newly minted 30 year old, I’ve been reclaiming hobbies of my youth that have fallen by the wayside with the passage of time. I was a cross-country runner in high school. If I tried really, really, hard I could get a mile behind me in under 6 minutes. Miles 2 and 3 of my races weren’t quite as fast as that first one, but hey, a girl could try. And now all of a sudden, after years of pilates and yoga, even in the brisk temperatures of a winter that’s closing in on us, running is joyful again.

    The best part of rediscovering something you love is the consideration of what to wear when doing said activity (at least if you’re a lady who lights up at the notion of new workout tights like myself). I have stacks of gear that fit the bill, but it sure is fun to treat yourself to a few new items to encourage the flow of motion. For me, I’m a lululemon lover, and for my runs I’ve turned to them to keep me protected from the elements so I can get out there, and just…enjoy.

    Sprinting through Tribeca in the Rest Less 1/4 Zip and Featherlight Tights.

    I love a new black tight, and the transparent panels on the back of the Featherlight, along with an enviable V-shaped crop at the ankle gives some edge to my new go-to. They’re thin without letting in the cold around you, so moving quickly doesn’t feel cumbersome whatsoever. Sweat-proof and quite flattering, I’m going to pick these up in the iridescent color as well.

    Just Keep Running…

    …Just Keep Running…

    To stay warm up top, I LOVE the fittingly named Rest Less 1/4 Zip, especially in this festive pattern and lovely heather grey. It’s really warm without being overwhelmingly thick, just like the tights featured here as well.

    Cruising Down Collister Street.

    A Final Stretch…

    Take it from me, getting outside when it’s chilly is far more invigorating than it is daunting.  Whether you’re running, hiking, rowing, cycling, power-walking, snow-shoe-ing, or whatever-ing, just get out there, like, now.  For your many gear needs, check out some of my other faves from lululemon’s newest collection.


     

    Photography by Stephanie Cheng.

  • Visit the Mario Badescu Skincare Salon!

    Why? Because it’s facial time!

    If you’ve been reading my skincare articles, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Mario Badescu products. I love this brand because they give customers (yes, you!) a free “skin analysis” before recommending a range of relatively inexpensive products that target your skincare needs.

    I decided to check out the Mario Badescu Skincare Salon, located at 320 East 52nd Street, for one of their European Facials.

    Main Lobby (Photo: Mario Badescu)

    The waiting area, chic and spotless, is decorated with framed pictures of celebrities who have visited before. The wait time for my appointment was not very long. I was brought into a facial room where I changed before meeting my esthetician who explained everything she was doing throughout the entire facial process. The European Facial includes a detoxifying steam, extractions, a light facial massage, and a mask that is customized to the client’s skin type. The facial was definitely enjoyable and my skin definitely felt cleaner and looked more radiant afterwards!

    Consultation Room (Photo: Mario Badescu)

    After my facial, I had a one-on-one consultation with my esthetician. She informed me of my skin needs and recommended both products and a regimen for maintenance and upkeep. The products were displayed conveniently behind the esthetician on glass shelves. I was then allowed to choose which items I wanted to purchase.

    Totally love how Mario Badescu products come in various beautiful colors! 😍

    Here is a mini haul of what I picked up! I went home with the Orange Cleansing Soap, Papaya Body Lotion, Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, and Vitamin C Serum.

    If you’re in the NYC area, definitely check this place out! This skincare salon provides more of an in-and-out treatment that gets the job done. I definitely recommend it! 

  • Are You Too Cool For School?

    #TCFS

    Finally stateside (besides Sephora), Too Cool For School is introducing 11 uniquely-Korean lines at their newly-opened flagship store in SoHo. Complete with incredibly intricate packaging and equally elaborate stories, the products, one-of-a-kind, are definitely worth checking out. The store itself, designed to look and feel like a pawn shop, are both dotted and doted on with random but cohesive intricacies: doll heads, plastic fish, beakers, and makeup cases.

    Trust me, the place and the products don’t get any “instaworthier” than this!

    Itching to get your hands on some TCFS treats? Keep reading for a quick run down on some of their goodies!

    Inspired by the father of modern sculpture, Auguste Rodin, Art Class exemplifies his penchant for realism. The products, named after artsy terms like Impasto, pays homage to art techniques that include lighting and contouring. Art Class’ Créateur du contour is definitely a win in my book. Not only is the bronzer soft to the touch, but it also creates the most natural look when applied.

    SiennaEmmyJoy, and their cat, Max, are all superstars of the TCFS line, Artify. My favorite gal? Definitely Joy with the short blonde hair. She likes photography and looks like she gives zero effs. Oh, and as a cat lady, I totally give Max a big thumbs up.

    Artify products are meant to make your life easier with their two to three-in-one purposes. Their blush, for example, comes with a cushion puff tucked neatly away on the bottom of the compact and their BB foundation also comes with both concealer and highlighter!

    You’ve probably seen the TCFS Dinoplatz line online or at actual Sephora stores. If not, shame on you! The rad packaging tells an endearing story of dinosaurs coming back to find a new home in New York City. Flowers blossom as the clumsy creatures make their way through Manhattan (minus a couple accidents here and there because they’re just so big)!

    A cute way to remind you to take all that makeup off your face (especially at night when you’re really too lazy to), the Ka line goes by one simple motto: “Take care of it while you have it. Life is beautiful because it’s short.”

    Cleanse, cleanse, and cleanse, folks! Your skin will thank you.

    Don’t forget to let me know what you think if you end up stopping by!

  • Recharge Your Mind By The Water

    …alongside views that even Drake would be jealous of!

    A workaholic, I always cram my days with chores, deadlines, happy hours, and quick brunches. In fact, I always feel so out of place with free time on my hands. The thought of nothing to do and nowhere to be not only gives me goosebumps, but also makes me extremely fidgety. Normally, I’d take that extra time to scroll through my social media–check the day’s accumulation of Snapchat stories, Instagram photos, and Facebook interactions. Recently, however, I’ve been trying to curb that habit.

    As much as I want to turn a blind eye, my social media dependency isn’t always the healthiest.

    Back in high school, my friends and I would go to Fort Totten Park to pass time. We’d sit on these huge rocks and stare into the water all while making short conversations, long conversations, or sometimes, no conversations at all. Sometimes, the movement of the water was enough. I’d even go there myself to de-clutter my mind after a breakup. Of course, I’d feel much better afterwards.

    With social media front and center in almost every aspect of my life, I forget how important it is to just stop and appreciate nature.

    Water, for one, has always given me loads of positive energy and good vibes. Being by the water can automatically de-stress and relax the brain into a more balanced and meditative state. Think of it as therapeutic downtime!

    If you live in New York City, you have to check out these water vies sans social media. No excuses, we’re practically surrounded by water!

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    Gantry Plaza State Park

    Long Island City, NY

    Battery Park

    New York, NY

    Okay, if you must, you can post pictures of these gorgeous views on Instagram. Your visit didn’t happen unless you uploaded evidence, amiright?

     

    Please let me know if you have a mindful place you like to visit. I’d love to check your spot out!

  • Have You Visited the Museum of Ice Cream Yet?

    I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream ?

    Yeah, I know, it’s basically impossible to get tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream. This hip pop-up is on everyone’s Summer ’16 bucket list. Before you lose all hope and resort to scalping, however, word has it that the exhibition’s creators have been slowly pushing back the final day so I’d highly recommend signing up for ticket updates on their website!

    In the mean time, you can live vicariously through my short and sweet experience. Close your mouths and breath through your noses. Otherwise, I guarantee a healthy amount of drooling!

     

    You get a little scoop of ice cream as soon as you walk into the museum. On the left is glorious picture of my purple scoop of taro ice cream straight from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

    They serve ice cream from different New York City parlors throughout the exhibition so make a mental note of the places you’d like to visit once you leave the pop up!

    *Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is a personal fave of mine. Their almond cookie is to die for.

     

     

    After finishing my ice cream “admission scoop,” I was given an edible balloon with helium inside! You suck the helium out first, laugh at how funny your voice sounds, and proceed to enjoy the sugared goodness.

    I’m loving this waffle cone backdrop, by the way. A potential profile picture, perhaps!

     

     

    The sprinkle pool is a fan favorite! Unfortunately, they’re not real sprinkles, but they’re still super fun to swim in.

    After the pool comes a nice ice cream tasting. The museum staff gave me a small candy to chew on to change my taste buds. Then, after letting the candy dissolve, I was handed an ice cream cone with two slices of lemon garnishes. Let me tell you, I ate both slices of lemon, skin included, and it was not sour at all!

     

     

    Finally, the museum tour ended with a mini playground featuring an ice cream sandwich swing and an ice cream scooper seesaw!

     

    Is this place Insta-Worthy or what? Let me know what you think if you end up visiting!

  • Listen: THE COVETEUR on LADYLOVIN’

    GUYS.  So excited.  So, so, so excited.  On this week’s episode of my LadyLovin‘ podcast I got to welcome my friend Stephanie Mark, the co-founder of The Coveteur on the show!

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    Stephanie Mark, Jilly Hendrix, Greta Titelman, Lo Bosworth (from left to right)

    We chatted about everything: start-up world, scary people, body image issues, relationships, and what we like to wear in the bedroom.  It’s a great episode so please give it a listen and subscribe!


    LISTEN to The Coveteur on LADYLOVIN’ HERE


    Photo via TheCoveteur.com – an image of Paloma Elsesser’s Closet.  P.S. You can listen to Paloma’s episode of LadyLovin’ HERE.

  • Man vs. Chipotle Burrito Bowl

    I Spent $28.50 on a chipotle Burrito Bowl

    It was Awesome

    Hey, Guys! It’s Chris again—the fulltime fatass who has forced my dysfunctional life upon you whether you like it or not. When thinking of an adventure for this week, I seriously considered my options. Yoga? Nah. Vegan? Absolutely not. And then, it hit me.

    I’ve read plenty of articles on how to get the most “bang for your buck” at Chipotle. As a raging enthusiast of the restaurant chain, however, I have fantasized scenarios on how much I could spend on a single burrito bowl—nothing short of a personal dream I’ve had since gliding out of my mom’s…nevermind. Thus, another out of hand LoDown adventure was born.

    Last Monday, September 28, I decided to hit up the Chipotle on St. Marks, the one I frequent way more than I do my own home. Side note: that was for sure one of, if not, the saddest sentences I have ever typed. Yikes. Anyway, I walked into 19 St. Marks Place feeling like this adventure was my destiny, which is also how I fully expect to feel when greeted at the gates of hell after I die from the monster I am about to create.

    Obviously had to snapchat (itschrisklemens) my adventure because I'm a gross millennial.

    Obviously had to snapchat itschrisklemens my adventure because I’m a gross millennial. (Photo by Katia Temkin)

    I make my way to the counter and am greeted by an elderly woman who is just trying her best and is by no means ready for this jelly. I immediately start listing my demands before she even has time to ask me what I’d like to order, further proving my addiction to food.

    “I’d like rice, black and pinto beans, aaaaand (wait for it) double of every meat, please,” I say. It was in that moment I honestly thought the poor old woman was going to drop to the floor from cardiac arrest. I’m pretty sure her eyes widened the biggest they’ve ever been in her entire life. “You want DOUBLE of every meat?” she asked with the utmost confusion. She clearly didn’t know she was dealing with an Olympic gold metal fatass.

    Meats on meats on meats

    Meats on meats on meats. (Photo by Katia Temkin)

    Between piling on the meats and making sure they don’t spill from the bowl (very important), she hollers out to the cashier, “Hey, Linda, are you keeping track of all of this?” After the meats are in the bowl, she tells me that the rest of the toppings, which included double guac, will have to be put in another bowl because there was no more room in the current bowl. Goals.

    I get to the cash register and nervously anticipate the damage I’m about to do to my bank account and my already piece-of-shit body. She rings up the total, which turned out to be $28.50. Much like reading the bible and finding out Jesus died (spoiler alert), I was sad and disappointed, but I then reminded myself that Jesus died for me to do this…I think. I don’t know, I read the Sparknotes.

    For anyone thinking I was lying about spending $28.50 on a single burrito bowl....sadly I'm not.

    For anyone thinking I was lying about spending $28.50 on a single burrito bowl….sadly I’m not. (Photo by Katia Temkin)

    Anyway, back to the more important matter, my 14-pound burrito bowl. After a struggle on par with the Great Depression and The Oregon Trail, I finally mixed everything together in one bowl and went to town on my creation. Actually, I’d say I was on my way to town but had to turn around because I forgot my wallet at home because I could only finish half of the monstrosity I created.

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    Honestly, this picture is a little arousing…kidding kinda. (Photo by Katia Temkin)

    Yes, it was almost $30, but the good thing is that I had food (and irritable bowel syndrome) for the rest of the week. Oh, the memz.

    Moral of the story, friends: The guac isn’t always greener on the other side.

    Feel free to share my story with your friends especially those who share my addiction with Chipotle, but in the meantime, I have a toilet to clog. Until next time, guys!

    If this isn't the cover of my autobiography if I write one, I have done it all wrong. Photo by Katia Temkin

    If this isn’t the cover of my autobiography if I write one, I have done it all wrong. (Photo by Katia Temkin)

  • Blondes Have More Fun

    …and I’m Having an OK Time

    Chronicles of a Hair-Dyer

    Wednesdays are reserved for adventures.

    Hey, LoDown fam! It’s Chris again, the sad sack of garbage who brought you the juice cleanse story. I’m back because you all enjoyed reading about my agony (how dare you). On this particular adventure, I will explore the world of hair dying. Now, I won’t be talking about going to a salon or whatever people who have money and time do to get their hair professionally done because that would be too simple and too easy. I’m talkin’ about sitting on my bed while my friend, who is visiting, has no time to think of an excuse to get out of helping me. Ah, friendship.

    But first, where are my manners? Allow me to give you some backstory as to why I dyed my hair. A few months ago, I stole a MacBook from the Apple Store and ended up killing a man to get away and needed a new identity. Just kidding, although that would probably make for a much better adventure—maybe next month?

    In all seriousness, I’ve wanted to dye my hair white for so long because I just wanted to do something crazy and live on the edge. Naturally, I turn to hair dying for that rush of adrenaline. I know, I know. I’m WILD!!!! One day, I thought long and hard, which means maybe 2 minutes tops, about it and realized that it’s only hair, and as the great Drake once said, “YOLO”.

    To be honest, I went into this process like Helen Keller went up stairs—very blindly. I couldn’t have known less when I walked into Ricky’s NYC to get an buttload of hair bleach (yes, buttload is an actual form of measurement) and a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff. Back at my apartment, my room suddenly felt like the set of Breaking Bad because my friend Dori and I were mixing chemicals with other chemicals in a very small space.

    Here are all of the chemicals I put in my hair...science is cool!!!!

    Here are all of the chemicals I put in my hair…science is cool!!!!

    #friendshipgoals or me not giving her any other options? Basically the same thing...

    #friendshipgoals or me not giving her any other options? Basically the same thing…

    After 45 minutes and tolerating the feeling of each hair being plucked out one by one, I washed the first round of bleach out only to find that I looked like a mass-murdering Ed Sheeran to star in a redundant Marvel film coming out early next year. At this point, I was saying what my mom probably said at my birth, “WHAT THE F%$K HAVE I DONE”?

    My "Ed Sheeran just landed a role as a villain in a Marvel film" look

    My “Ed Sheeran just landed a role as a villain in a Marvel film” look

    I am a goddamn trendsetter, guys.

    I am a goddamn trendsetter, guys.

    After recuperating, we did a second round of bleach to get my hair even lighter. At this point, it felt as if every Boy Scout troop ever created was having a bonfire on top of my head. Fun! I washed that out and toned my hair with a “Pale Ash Blonde” color, which to me translated to “a bunch of adjectives all describing the same thing” but that is neither here nor there. By now, I was happy with the color, mostly because it didn’t feel super yellow blonde and because I had left behind my role in the upcoming Marvel film. Looking back on it now, with a head full of dead white hair, I hate the color “Pale Ash Blonde” created.

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    The outcome of the “Pale Ash Blonde”, or as normal people call it: “Gray blonde”

    You may be asking, “But Chris! How did you get your hair white?”. Fantastic question, *insert your name here*. The secret to getting your hair as light as possible without fully killing it is using Shimmer Light’s purple shampoo and conditioner. I leave the conditioner in for 3-5 minutes. It’s crazy how well the conditioner turned my hair white/slight purple tint.

    You also may be asking, “But Chris! Was it worth it?”. Okay, first of all, you need to relax with all these questions. But yes, I couldn’t feel happier and more myself with my new hair. I look at old photos with my brown hair and I feel like that isn’t the real me. I am so much more confident and have learned to really live for myself and not worry about what other people think, which hasn’t ever really been an issue for me. My message to you would be to just do it if you’re thinking about dying your hair. It’s hair. But also, it’s really difficult hair to maintain. I was thinking I would just dye my hair and everything would be great, but it’s a lot of maintenance, which is something I absolutely despise.

    Finally! My hair is so white, it can talk back to cops (Photo by Alivia Latimer)

    Finally! My hair is so white, it can talk back to cops and get away with it (Photo by Alivia Latimer)

    I can’t believe I just wrote a whole adventure about my hair, but it’s happened and there’s no turning back now. Let me know in the comments which hair color you like better and also what color you would want to dye your hair!

    Team Brown? Team White? Team Who-Gives-A-F%$K-About-My-Hair-Color?

    Team Brown? Team White? Team Who-Gives-A-F*$K-About-My-Hair-Color?

    Blondes Have More Fun
    Thoughts on my hair color?
  • 5 Things We Learned from Fashion Week 2014

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    After the Madness

    Our 5 Fashion Week Moments

    Seven straight days of clothes, crazy people, coffee, cabs and more are officially finished for one more season. Like when anything comes to an end, it’s time for reflection. Navigating through the endless looks, designers and trend trend overload post Fashion Week frenzy can be daunting. So here are the top five lessons we’ve learned from this seasons marathon.

    1. Gym clothes not for the gym are everywhere – Bust out those sneakers! Nearly everything designer from Alexander Wang to Rebecca Taylor showcased sportswear inspired looks, perfect for not so athletic gals like myself.

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    2. Tastefully Transparent – From sheer tops to fully transparent skirts, Spring 2015 is all about sexy translucent pieces. Slip optional.

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    3. Bigger is better – This season we saw over-sized everything. Easy breezy loose fitting dresses, coats and tops that leave a trail of flowing fabric behind. Light luxe fabrics are ideal for the warmer months ahead.

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    4. Makeup is out – The #Iwokeuplikethis trend is strong as ever, as countless designers including Marc Jacobs showcased barefaces. So start exfoliating and moisturizing your way into Spring 2015.

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    5. Gingham,gingham, gingham – The picnic friendly plaid also known as gingham proved itself as a major staple this season. The pattern gives any look a sweetness with a does of edge. Use it in your wardrobe for some pattern play and layering.

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    What did you think of #NYFW, #LFW, and #MFW?  Paris is next!  Leave your comments below!

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