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Style Inspired by Shirley Maclaine in ‘Gambit’

29 Mar Style Inspired by Gambit

Style Inspired by Gambit

  1. Scarab Pendant Earrings $224 at NoirJewelry.com
  2. 5 Color Harmony for Eyes – 13 Candy by YSL $56 at Sephora.com
  3. Black and Gold Suede Platform Sandals by Marc Jacobs $420 at Stylebop.com
  4. Spring 2009 RTW Collection by Tibi find on eBay.com

Dear Yolo,

I caught Gambit (1966) the other day on Netflix Instant to feed my Michael Caine obsession which was ignited by watching Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon imitate him in The Trip (if you haven’t seen that, you must immediately. It’s hilarious. I think I’ve seen it like, six times now. ).

It stars Michael Caine as cockney (way to push the envelope, Caine!) cat burgler Harry Dean and a young, crazily gorgeous Shirley Maclaine as Hong Kong dancer Nicole Chang.  It’s a light-hearted caper flick where cat burgler guy uses the good-hearted babe as bait for this mega rich middle eastern dude so he can steal a priceless artifact that belongs to the mega rich guy. And you’ll never guess what happens next! It’s not bad, but it’s not good. Yet, for some reason it got three Oscar nominations that year.

Persian Blue Bolero $36 at A-hem Vintage at Etsy.com

Persian Blue Bolero $36 at A-hem Vintage at Etsy.com

So while the storyline was pretty blah, I was totally enamored with the look of the film. MacLaine looks FLAWLESS.  Seriously, I had no idea she used to be so hot! The movie is of that era where any place aside from Europe was lumped under the nebulous header ‘The Orient’.  Characters in the movie, the sets and Maclaine’s look are a bizarre, made for Western-consumption mish-mash of pretty much every culture and country that exists from Japan to India to Saudi Arabia . Though it’s hardly accurate, (or politically correct) the stylized look is colorful, exotic and completely beguiling.

I was totally inspired by the look and since I already was BORN rocking the whole Eurasian thing… why not go all the way?

Isn’t that Persian Blue Bolero so cool? Click here to visit A-hem Vintage’s Etsy store. Lots of great vintage prints and I just noticed…20% off until April 1st. The code is their homepage.

p.s. Get ready for the re-make of Gambit with Cameron Diaz playing Maclaine’s role. Guaranteed it won’t have the charm and style of the original.  Can someone please come up with some original movies?

Style inspired by Gambit, Shirley Maclaine

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  1. Floral One-Shoulder Dress $120 by Oasis at Oasis-stores.com
  2. Matte Gold Filigree Dangle Earring $23 from JulianaWJewelry at Etsy.com
  3. All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $20 by Stila at Sephora.com
  4. Lollipop by Essie $8 at Duane Reade or Walgreen’s
  5. 18k Gold over Stainless Steel Filigree Design Cuff Bracelet $21.24 at Overstock.com
  6. Red Dragon & Phoenix Cheongsam $99 at MyiDress.com
  7. Ariadne Earrings $35 from SacredGallery at Esty.com
  8. Gold Coin Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane $92 ON SALE at Net-a-porter.com
  9. Oriental Floral Dress by Oasis $129 at Oasis-stores.com

Yolo’s Skin Cancer & Sun Damage Survival Guide

28 Mar Best Product for Your Skin to Prevent and Reduce Sun Damage
Best Product for Your Skin to Prevent and Reduce Sun Damage

Yolo's Picks for Sun Damage Prevention and Treatment (click to enlarge)

Dear Maroon,

I am coming up on my  six month check-up with my medical dermatologist to see if my cancerous removed mole has in fact removed all of the cancerous portions of itself from my body. I noticed a weird and somewhat smallish mole on my lower back a few years ago. I honestly forgot about it for awhile since it was certainly not an area that I normally see, but after solicited advice from friends and loved ones that ranged from “that’s just a mole” to “um, you should probably have that thing looked at”, I decided to seek medical advice. I went in and had the whole thing removed for biopsy to be sure. Turned out it was a basal cell carcinoma – the most common type of skin cancer that usually doesn’t metastisize (spread to other parts of the body). It can however, spread to other parts of one’s skin if unchecked. I’m going in next Monday to have my dermatologist check all of my myriad freckles and moles.

I am, as you know, a bit of a skincare product and makeup whore (oh, how I miss the days of college beauty routines).  Like so many people I scour blogs and test things out to find the best possible products I can put on my face and body, not to mention homemade recipes with the things I can find in my own fridge. After a childhood and adolescence of sunbathing, hiking and junior lifeguarding, I have accumulated a fair amount of sun damage and I wanted to put my product whoriness to good use. I became obsessed with suncare a few years ago and while I miss my tanned limbs, I feel a bit more secure in my choices nowadays regarding sun care.

For a long time I have been using Vivite SPF 30 ($22). It’s pretty awesome as a daytime moisturizer/sunscreen. It has glycolic acid in it, which is fantastic for sloughing off dead skin, but I’ve had some IPL treatments which forbid the use of any retinoids or glycolic acid for awhile before and after treatment. I’ve come to rely on Elta MD SPF 30 ($25) as my go-to sunscreen now. It’s light and feels kind of amazing (I have oily skin so I hate heavy products). For days when I know I am going to be in the sun, I use Solar Protection Formula SPF 58 ($21). The downside is that the zinc in it makes you look kind of sickly, but it is awesome at protection from the sun (don’t use if you have a day date).

If you already have some sun damage, I highly recommend using some Niacin products. Nia24  is the best on the market that I have found for reducing sun damage. Their exfoliant cream cleanser is amazing as is their night damage cream.

A lot of sunblock and sunscreens can be good for sun protection but bad for your skin’s well-being. So many products on the market focus solely on sun screens but can be super-harsh for your skin. After reading a post on IntoTheGloss.com (I love that site).  I discovered the best database for figuring out protection factor versus skin-harmfulness: EWG.org.  If you have any doubt, check out the products you want to use on that site. So brilliant.

The lips are often a neglected area when it comes to sunscreen, but I really love Dr. T’s Supergoop ($8.50). I like La Mer’s Lip Balm ($50) at night, but honestly I use Vaseline more. During the day, you really cannot find a better product for lips than the SPF 30 of Dr. T’s Supergoop (I like acai better than mint)  . This stuff has saved me from insufferable California sunshine so many times (it’s only insufferable when hazy, but I do miss seasons). I had a large freckle on my lip a few years ago that has since gone away after using protective lip balms/glosses. Protect your lips.

Another note for you: apply that sunscreen to your neck, decolletage and hands. A simple homemaking tip is to get a lovely lotion jar and fill it with half lotion/half sunscreen. There are some awesome apothecary jars out there for just such an occasion. Find or make them, but regardless and whatever your age, protect and then do it again. Sunscreen wears off after four hours (every sunscreen does) so reapply and know that it is just a thing you have to do. If you have questions, ask and I am more than happy to help out.

Love,

Yolo

Best Products For Your Skin to Prevent and Reduce Sun Damage

  1. Solar Protection Formula SPF 58 $21 at Amazon.com
  2. Elta MD SPF 30 $25 at Amazon.com
  3. Nia 24 Gentle Cleansing Cream $30 at Dermstore.com
  4. Nia 24 Intensive Recovery Complex $110 at Dermstore.com
  5. Vivite Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 $22 at Amazon.com
  6. Dr. T’s Supergoop Acai SPF 30 $8.50 at Nordstrom.com
  7. La Mer Lip Balm $50 at Nordstroms.com

Art credit: Long Beach by Mark Spain

Eyelash Extension Aftermath: Growing Longer, Thicker Eyelashes

21 Mar Products for Eyelash Growth

Products for Longer, Thicker Eyelashes

Dear Yolo,

I am hoping that this post is like the depressing middle Star Wars movie (The Empire Strikes Back, the best one) where it ends with Luke getting his hand cut off and Han Solo frozen in liquid carbonite. I am hoping that I can follow this post up with a sequel where good experiences a triumph so complete that the joy can only be expressed by singing teddy bears who live in trees and they party so hard that even ghosts be showin’ up!!!

A few months back, I got eyelash extensions (they gave them to me at a shoot), and I liked them so much I maintained them, getting  “refills” every two weeks at this Japanese place called Wink in Midtown.

On the upside, they looked so incredible and I basically wore practically no make up while I had them. On the downside: the extensions do fall out, can get all twisty and weird,  you have to learn to sleep on your back so you don’t make more fall out in your sleep and it feels kind of itchy at first, something you kind of adjust to because you’re vain and you know looking good is sometimes different from feeling good. Additional disadvantages are the cost of the refills (an addiction to crack may be more economical) and that your natural lashes fall out with the fake ones which brings me to my current situation. My natural lashes are now so weak and tiny that the last couple times I’ve gotten refills all the extensions fall out within 2 weeks.

Oh, Vanity. You make me do the weirdest shit.

I’m now attempting life without lash extension, and messing around with products to make my lashes grow and restore them to their former glory.  I am kicking myself, because besides being stick straight, lashes pre-extensions were already long and full and I really didn’t have anything to complain about. I can’t imagine how confused my body must be right now– I’m always ripping and scraping hair off and out of places but now almost arbitrarily encouraging hair to grow around my eyeballs.

As I’ve been writing this to you, I’ve been toying with an inappropriate analogy where I liken my body’s hair growth to Native Americans, thus making the fringe zone around my eyes their “reservation”. Obviously, in this analogy I am the evil white Europeans who don’t understand the beauty and harmony of Native American culture and the fact that this land belongs to them and that basically everything I think of as an advancement is going to lead to disease, Blade Runner (I know, again with the Blade Runner!) and the eventual destruction of the planet.

But what do the casinos represent in this analogy? That is the question, my friend. What are the casinos indeed.

So about two weeks ago, I started using Wet & Wild Megalash Clinical Serum ($7) twice a day and have been coupling that with Dior Lash Plumping Serum ($28) which is an eyelash primer and conditioner.  These products simply condition your lashes so they’re stronger and less prone to breakage which allows lashes to be longer and fuller.

Maroon's Sad Eyelashes Post Extensions

Post Extensions March 2012

I spend quite a bit of time on the intrawebs looking to see if there’s an actual active ingredient in the Wet & Wild product. One site claimed there was some sort of peptide in it that encourages hair growth, but I can’t confirm that and the before and afters posted by other bloggers aren’t exactly impressive. What do I expect for $7 anyway? The only thing aside from the name written on the tube is “Made in China”, an ominous claim that makes me think I should just pony up the $120 for Latisse before my eyeballs start molding and fall out. Greg knows that I was spending practically that much every two weeks for my eyelash extensions and that Latisse actually works like crazy (I used it a couple years ago). The way my doctor instructed me to use it, my one purchase lasted 3 months+. Ok, I guess I just sold myself on that idea.

The pic above is of my eyelashes this morning. The few super long lashes you see are the last remaining extensions which have yet to fall out, just to give you an idea of the adjustment I’m going through.

RIP super-long fake lashes. May flights of drag queens sing thee to thy rest. I’ll update in a few weeks with new pics. You’ll know it went well if you hear teddy bears singing.

Love,

Maroon

Art credit: Debutante Actress Tina L. Meyer Putting on False Eyelashes in Dressing Room at Art.com

Spring Wardrobe Update #1: Wood Platform Sandals

19 Mar
Leather and Wood Sandals, See by Chloe $355 at Netaporter.com

Leather and Wood Sandals, See by Chloe $355 at Netaporter.com

Dear Yolo,

Winter in New York this past year was comparatively, but it’s finally starting to get warmer and I am sooooo ready for spring. So ready!

I long to wear sandals and tank tops and skirts.  My skin is blindingly shade of sickly pale right now, but I care not. And I’m happy to say after what seems like years of clothes that mostly looked good on hangers or pregnant women, there are actually a lot of really pretty, interesting and flattering styles being foisted upon us for Spring and Summer 2012.

For those of us who aren’t heiresses or have a masochistic desire for crippling credit card debt, one must be selective about the pieces you purchase to update your closet. I plan to update my closet for Spring with 5 Key Pieces. This is the first post of the series so stay tuned!

#1. Wood Platform Sandals
I remember getting my first pair in 8th grade. They were  platform clog style sandals by Chillis. I wish I still had those!

While I still have a pair or two of wood platforms in my closet, I have no second thoughts investing in another pair. They show up on one runway or another in some incarnation every year and nearly every season.

Wood platforms are reminiscient of the 70s, but but clean lines and more refined details make a more classic looking design.  Most wedges don’t flatter short, or more athletic leg shapes and can make your leg look heavier. Instead, go for a heel heel in a neutral color. Like the wedge it lengthens your leg but gives you  a thinner, more lady-like and flattering silhouette. Select a pair with clean lines, minimal detailing and in neutral colors and you’ll be able to continue wearing these year after year.

How to Wear
You really can pair your platforms with just about anything which is why they’re on this list. Skinny jeans, long trouser-style jeans/pants, capri pants, skirts (like a maxi skirt– more on this later).  You can even wear some of the styles below with tights or cute little ankle socks.

Aspirational
Best Wood Platform Sandals

Listed left to right and top to bottom

1. Tweed and Leather Sandals, See by Chloe  $365 Saksfifthavenue.com

2. T-bar Sandal, See by Chloe $379 at Farfetch.com

3. Embossed Anaconda Clog by Fendi $830 at BergdorfGoodman.com

4. Leather and Wood Sandals, See by Chloe $355 at Netaporter.com

5. Patent Leather and Wood Tribute by Yves Saint Laurent $1095 at Netaporter.com

6. Leather T-Bar Sandals by Grey Mer $636 at Luisviaroma.com

Attainable 

Best Wood Platform Sandals

Listed left to right and top to bottom

1. Deborah by Kork-Ease $155 at Piperlime.com

2. Bitten Suede Platform Heeled Sandals with T-bar, ASOS $134 at ASOS.com

3. Talia by Calvin Klein Jeans $99 at Zappos.com

4. Miner by Vince Camuto $118 at Zappos.com

5. Daron by NYLA $87.99 ON SALE at Heels.com

6. Teardrop by Mia $65 at Piperlime.com

7. Tako Heel by Guess $85.49 ON SALE at Heels.com

8. Randy, Lucky Brand $87.99 at Heels.com

Let’s All Be Unpretentious & Groovy

15 Mar Simon Doonan

Dear Yolo,

I was just reading a mini-interview with Simon Doonan on Refinery. He’s a stylist guy, writes articles for the Slate, just came out with a book called Gay Men Don’t Get Fat (I know!) and he also does the window displays at Barneys.  I really liked a couple of his quotes so I thought I’d share. The third one cracked me up. Pirates. Always funny.

What are some women’s trends you’re hating on right now?
“I don’t hate anything in fashion. Everything is okay as long as you do it with enough conviction. Hating on stuff is what causes mediocrity and conformism. It makes people nervous and cautious and they start reining in their flamboyant impulses. So you could say ‘I hate hating.'”

Who was your fashion idol growing up?
“Twiggy was my idol. She was a working class kook with a truly idiosyncratic look. (I related.) And she never tried to be cool and remote. She was always unpretentious and groovy. And still is.”

What was the most outrageous costume you wore out to a club?
“I was very big into the New Romantic movement in the early 80’s. I thought nothing of leaving my house dressed as a pirate. I was recruited for that Bette Davis Eyes video with Kim Carnes. That’s me in the Westwood squiggle T-shirt… and pirate hat!”

That’s all for now!

Love,
Maroon

Coping With My Sneaker Wedge Madness

3 Mar Isabel Marant Betty Sneakers

I want these. So does everyone else.

Dear Yolo,

Have you been seeing a lot of designer high top sneakers and/or sneaker wedges on the ladies in LA? When I first started working more in New York three years ago, I noticed that quite a few of the other models would wear throw back high top Nike sneakers with their skinny jeans. It looked kinda cool, but I wasn’t immediately sold. I think acid wash jeans were enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the time as well so I was very suspicious that most emerging trends at the time were part of some larger conspiracy to encourage me to dress like a refugee from the Eastern Block.

Once I actually started living in New York and started walking a million miles every day, I realized how practical and wonderful it would be to have a pair of comfortable, jazzy sneakers. But since I’m not a 6′ glamazon, I feel like I have to wear nicer shoes (I am wearing the shit outta this pair of Fry boots) so no one mistakes me for their cleaning lady. So I’m pretty excited that we have the cute sneakers trend to look forward to, jump-started by Isabel Marant’s Willow sneakers pictured above which everyone who was awesome (I’m not sure I actually mean awesome) was wearing at the last round of Fashion Week. They have a hidden wedge so you can look like a slightly taller anime character and stalk the streets of New York comfortably. The Willow sneakers are kinda unattainable because a) they’re sold out and b) even if they weren’t sold out, they’re $760. I suppose that sounds reasonable to those who spend more monthly on their pet’s Reiki sessions. I have found them at a mark up on eBay alongside cheaper Chinese bootleg versions.

I have been shopping for Willow-like sneakers for the common folk. There are already a couple acceptable substitutes. I am currently pursuing a pair of black Netz from Aldo. They’re totally sold out in the US but they’re still available for Canadian citizens on their Canadian website on sale for $29.99. I am actually trying to purchase them through some Canadian who owes my Dad a favor. Sure, it’s getting weird.

Ash also makes a few different versions of sneaker wedges. They have some nice colors, but they’re a little expensive and there’s something about the wedge that seems just a little off to me… what do you think?

The End,

Maroon

Ash Bowie Wedge Sneakers available at ShopbopASOS and Urban Outfitters.

Aldo Netz Wedge available at ALDO CANADA  and there are also a few sizes left at ASOS.

Nine West Lana Wedge Sneaker (bottom center) available at Nine West.

Giuseppe Zannotti 90MM Suede and Leather Sneaker Wedges available at Luis Via Roma.

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