StyleCaster Year-End Update

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StyleCaster is gearing up for a site relaunch in mid-January, which has been keeping me busy behind the scenes. While I can’t wait to share our new look and functionalities, here’s a peek at what I wrote towards the end of 2015:

As always, you can follow my work in real time over on my author page on StyleCaster here.

StyleCaster September Update

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It’s been a busy couple months over at StyleCaster, and between working on the site and a family trip to Italy, I’ve of course failed to update this portion of my site. Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past few weeks:

Don’t forget, you can follow all of my latest work for StyleCaster on my author page here. Or, you know, wait another two months for the next recap.

My New Gig at StyleCaster

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Three weeks ago, I started a new job as the Managing Editor at women’s lifestyle site StyleCaster and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. While I’m still getting my feet wet, I had the chance to write a few fashion stories of my own and contribute some thoughts in other editors’ posts:

To keep up to date on my latest work for StyleCaster, click on over to my author page here.

Genius Beauty Gadgets You Never Knew You Needed

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You know how it’s hard to imagine a world without email or iPhones? That’s how beauty junkies will feel about the nine innovative grooming gadgets I rounded up for SheKnows. Each problem-solving tool will revolutionize your routine to the point that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. I’ve previously waxed poetic about #7 for StyleBistro and am adding #2 to my wish list, stat. See them all here.

SPF Body Lotions For Everyday Use

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It’s no secret I take great pride in my skincare routine, which includes slathering on an SPF face cream every morning, regardless of the weather or season. While I’m diligent about protecting my visage from the sun, I recently realized I can’t say the same about the rest of my body—unless I’m hitting the pool or the beach.

Since no one wants to wear gloppy sunscreen to the office, I did some research and found there’s a happy compromise: SPF-infused body lotions designed for daily wear. I rounded up seven non-greasy options for SheKnows, and you can check them all out here.

Valentine’s Day gift guide

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I was tasked with finding Valentine’s Day gifts under $100 for men and women that strike that delicate balance of being romantic yet not cheesya tall order, especially when it comes to the former sex. I’m happy to report that I found more than a handful of unique presents for Time Out New York, such as DVF’s lip-print cosmetic pouches from Piperlime (left) and an endearingly possessive decanter set from Uncommon Goods (right).

See what other affordable gifts I discovered for guys and girls, respectively.

Trend watch: Detox beauty products

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Writing this story on new detoxifying beauty products (and testing all of the products for it) was a great way to start my 2014 with a clean slate, beauty-wise, and that was the whole premise behind it. From clarifying shampoos and nail-rehab kits to a gradual week-long facial peel, I tracked down the latest offerings for Time Out New York that would slough away last year’s sins.

To see all of my top picks, click here.

 

New store: Lush Spa

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I first wrote about natural cosmetics brand Lush’s NYC spa back in August for Time Out New York‘s annual fall preview issue and was so excited for the English-inspired retreat to arrive stateside (they had previously existed only in the U.K.). The opening got pushed back a few months, as most construction projects in the city do, but I finally got to check it out in person this past weekend and was not disappointed.

As I noted in my new store writeup for this week’s issue, music plays a huge role in the treatments—the soundtrack to my Synesthesia massage acoustically captured 24 hours in the English countryside—and there’s a heavy British influence as a nod to the company’s heritage (expect your session to end with a proper cup of tea).

You can read more about the spa’s offerings here.