20 December 2014

Skin's Secret Santa : Korres Black Pine


Holiday beauty buys are everywhere each and every Christmas season, but the challenge is always weeding through all the fabulous packaging, free gifts, and cult-claiming products, to really find something that is great and worthy of purchasing. Well, that's why you have me, my dear readers! Today I have to share with you my most favorite product line of the season: Korres new collection of Black Pine derived products that expertly and efficiently lift, firm, plump, and hydrate your most delicate facial features. This line truly does transform your skin's texture and firmness, leaving you with velvety soft skin to the touch. I have been using it for 3 months now with shocking dramatic results. I cannot say enough about this brand and especially this line that combines black pine polyphenols with black tea and black out extracts to naturally firm the connective tissues of the skin while helping it retain moisture better, protect against fee radicals, and aid in the production of elastin and collagen. The fragrance is also divine and truly feels like you are bathing your skin in the rich smells of Christmas.
Shop the innovative Korres Black Pine line bellow, or stop by Sephora to sample some of the luxurious products for yourself.

Tell them your Secret Supper Model Santa sent you!

16 December 2014

Gifts for Her : Her Holiday Essentials

While it's always nice to search for unique holiday gifts to give that special lady on your list, there is nothing we love, appreciate, and actually need more than some tried and true holiday essentials. Here is my list of season after season tested must-haves that I rely on to get me over the holiday party circuit, through the family celebration circus, and to the final ball drop in sparkling swank Supper Model style...

The Formal Red Dress 
There is a perfect red for everyone, you just need to find it! A red dress is the ultimate mark of holiday confidence and is perfect for any work or weekend party, and looks great throughout the winter season. Red can always be worn to a winter wedding and a great red dress in a beautiful silhouette can live in your closet for year and years as long as you switch up accessories- try belting it once, adding a white fur stole, or even pairing it with a glittery short blazer for New Years Eve. Regardless the formal red dress is always a great investment.

Statement Pearls
When I pull out pearls on a shoot or for a client, they tend to get the old eye roll, but pearls these days are a lot less stale than you may think. Finding a statement pearl necklace, especially one that is faux, is so easy to do and something that will really elevate any neckline making even the oldest holiday ensemble look and feel entirely brand new. Try for oversized pearls close to collar bone for something fun and festive, or opt for draping a few strands to evoke a Wallis Simpson-esc elegance. 

The Nude Boot
Now this may surprise given December's notorious wet and sloppy weather, but my collection of nude leather and suede boots get most of there wear and tear during these few weeks, and here's why. Like most of us I am often coming straight from work or a business meeting when headed to these weekday cocktail parties and I just cannot get away with wearing my Louboutins all the way from lunchtime to drink time. I also hate carrying a spare pair of shoes if I can avoid it, as my handbag is already weighed down with the hostess gift and touch up make up, gloves, moisturizer, you name it. So the boot is amazing in that I can have my heal, keep my legs warm, and keep my feet happy too! But nude? Yes, because what you may not realize is the healed nude boot is incredibly flattering in that it adds length and the illusion of long bare legs to any figure. Ah-ha! Just stay away from puddles, and when in need, call an Uber darling.

Metallic Nails 
I love holiday nail art, but honestly no one can get a manicure everyday and although I love my classic holiday red nails, I think a metallic nail is so simply stunning and makes everyone's fingers look longer and leaner and really highlight any rings or bracelets you may be accessorizing with. Choose a gold or silver depending on what you wear more but don't be afraid to mix metallics if you want to try a gorgeous rose gold or deep gray. 

Sparkling Pointed-Toe Flats
Pointed-Toe fancy flats are a cornerstone in my wardrobe. They look fabulous with skinny jeans and leather pants, and perfect for a retro flirty look when paired with black cigarette pants, a black turtle neck and a high pony tail (think Audrey Hepburn or 1960s Barbie). I almost always pick pointed to flats because the elongate the foot and in turn are more forgiving on your ankle and leg, creating a longer line. You always need to break up the stiletto stampede with a good flat, and for a mid week office look choosing something with a bit a sparkle or texture lets these shoes take your straight from the board room to back room at your best friend's holiday party.

Winter White Cocktail Dress
Got to have it in the arsenal. What can I say winter white is here to stay and my gosh I cannot go through a season without wearing out at least two winter white dresses. I like a more sexy silhouette when it comes to a white cocktail dress, and I almost always choose a tight fitting body-con shape with long sleeves. A great heel and earrings is all you need to make the winter white cocktail dress the perfect holiday date night ensemble. 

Emerald by the Ears
Green at the holidays comes in and out of favor. Some years it can be all about emerald and other years you hardly see it. But I love emerald stones and putting a great green up by your eyes always makes you look a little more well rested and bright eyed. A great green earring looks fabulous off of any hair color at the holidays and can give your outfit that hint of color and cheer without looking like a Christmas tree.

The Black Velvet Blazer 
The smoking jacket is probably the holiday essential of all time. And a black velvet blazer in the smoking jacket style is a timeless Christmas classic that you can buy once and have forever. It is a piece worth investing in as you will have this forever so look for great tailoring and quality. And as always make sure that it is tailored to perfection because a statement holiday blazer will only make a good a statement if it fits you well.

A Touch of Tartan
Check please! Picking the right piece of plaid to add to your holiday wardrobe is easiest when you stick to accessories. A great tartan scarf, gloves, belt, and even cape can really add depth to any outfit and jazz up your christmas casual wear just enough for those fun shopping trips or festive brunches. I even love to use this rule when accessorizing at home: a tartan mug, set of cocktail napkins, or fabulous plaid etched stemware can really set the holiday mood. A in this case, a little does go a long way.

Festive Leather Clutch
Since I spend the holidays in both Northern and Southern climates, I love having an evening purse than can do double duty. And a fun print, glitzy texture, and bold color are always the three components I look for when choosing a great holiday evening bag. If I am going to invest in an evening piece, I also want to be able to use it throughout the winter and early spring so try to find a fun shape or print that isn't too limiting since evening bags are inherently pricey considering the amount of use they get.

The Bright Red Lip
If there is one time of year to pop that pout and try a red lip, it's now! I love the wine shades this year, but if that is too adventurous for you, you can always opt for a red gloss that will add just enough color but keep lips hydrated and happy, most importantly looking mistletoe ready...

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15 December 2014

How to Rock Around that Christmas Tree in Holiday Winter White

Ivory Silk Blazer Dress, Rachel Zoe, old, similar 40% off & similar // Ivory Silk Palazzo Pants, Ralph Lauren // Beaded Sweater, Topshop, similar // Platform Pumps, Sergio Rossi // Leopard Clutch, Carlos Falchi, similar // Beaded Headpiece, Anthropologie, similar // Ivory Leather Cuff, Intermix, similar // Vintage Gray Fox Fur Cape, Shop Bellow

Is there a better holiday standout statement look than a woman boldly braving the chilly New York City streets in layers of winter white? Well if you come up with one, please comment bellow, because I just can't think of any other way to swiftly wipe out the competition at that most anticipated holiday party you've been doodling around on the calendar all month...

I wore this look to a series of seasonal events that led to a favorite annual Christmas party one evening, and was able to rework my layers ever so slightly as I went creating a few different looks along the way. By using the same neutral ivory color base I could play with texture: beading and silk, fur and leathers, and a most fun sparkling braided headpiece to top off the 1920s Gatsby glamour vibe that this outfit seemed to resurrect. 

Utilizing winter white is an essential tool in the arsenal of killer holiday dressing, so don't be afraid to go for it! Shop my favorite winter white holiday fashion bellow and enjoy finding your own star-worthy statement holiday party look.

Because why fit in when you were born to standout?

12 December 2014

Friday Food Diary : Weekend in West Hollywood

While in LA last month I was able to steal an afternoon away from meetings and work to enjoy some precious sunshine-filled hours shopping, sipping, and nibbling around West Hollywood, by far one of my most favorite spots in the world. Where succulent foliage peeps out behind white picket fences and perfectly manicured boxwood hedges, world class *vegan* Mexican cuisine mingles with the most luscious Parisian chocolates and french pressed coffee, and a fresh cold pressed juice with additions like Bulgarian Rose water or a shot of tangelo juice is never further away than the next store front. West Hollywood is a serene and enchanting foodie paradise for anyone and everyone. Here are some of my favorite spots and a little photo diary of how I like to spend a Monday munching my way along Melrose...

Gracias Madre : The best al fresco lunch in town. Vegan, yes and absolutely-terrific-so-good-you-would-never-know-it's-vegan Mexican cuisine. I don't care who you are or what you eat, there is more than just something here for you: Gracias Madre is the most glorious dinning experience in L.A. right now from every aspect and angle, sight and bite.

Fresh muddled creative cocktails, beautiful 100% agave margaritas, and crisp cold fresh-pressed juices are only part of this complex and varied bar scene. Order the La Belleza and Purista-II (pictured above) for the ultimate palate awakener and perfect start to any meal.

Must try: the vegan cauliflower nachos with a trio of fresh salsas and guacamole... once you start you just can't stop, and no one there would ever want you too either! Let the amazing servers guide you from there, they are wonderful and won't steer you wrong. No wrong turns exist on this menu map!

The decor speaks for itself as well: inviting and colorful, comfortable and oh so absolutely chic: the real question that you'll be left with is why not stay through till dinner when they fill the courtyard with hundreds of candles, music, and moonlight...

L.A. Juice Shop : Now when it comes to juices and juicing I am a long time well-researched (self-proclaimed albeit) aficionado. I make my own cold-pressed green juice every day and try every brand and local shop to constantly keep my taste buds fresh and on the pulse. To say I am obsessed would be an understatement. That being said, L.A. Juice has won the game entirely. I mean it truly- the best of juice/mylk/oh my goodness award goes hands down to L.A. Juice. Everything I have had there tastes better than the previous juice, and better than any juice I have had to date. 

Their menu (here) of juices and mylks is enough to satisfy anyone for a lifetime of liquid living, but my favorites are the Sunset Greens, Vero Greens, Almond Rose Mylk, Golden Glow, & Red Carpet.

Stop in on Tuesday's for the 2 for Tuesday Special: buy any two juices or mylks and get the third FREE! Tell them The Supper Model sent you and there may be something else for you in store...

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen: Pick me up time? No problem, tucked away on iconic Melrose Place is the best coffee-internet-cozy-cool-cafe on the west coast. Alfred's is a local place the oozes with West Hollywood understated fabulousness charm. Home of the #10DollarLatte and the killer #AlfredCone Alfred's offers the freshest Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Farm Shop pastries every day along with a signature Alfred-ambiance that just cannot be replicated anywhere else. Call a friend and meet for coffee, or just walk on in, order a shot and make a new one ...But, as always, First, COFFEE!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend filled with yummy meals and holiday delights wherever your travels may take you.
Thanks for reading.

11 December 2014

Holiday Shopping on Worth Avenue

Palm Print Palazzo Pants, Zara, similar // White Chiffon Blouse, Zara, similar (on sale) // Orange Sandals & Shades & Statement Necklace, Aldo // Orange Leather Clutch, Michael Kors, similar // Rings, David Yurman & Maison Martin Margiela (on sale) // Nails, "Borrowed and Blue" by Essie Polish // Lips, Nars Lipgloss in "Super Orgasm"

Shopping makes me happy. Actually it's Holiday Shopping in particular that makes me jump for joy, leap with glee, and smile with total abandonment... I mean, could you tell?

And when it comes to shopping in the paradise that is Palm Beach, nothing beats a day dedicated to strolling the vias and boutiques along Worth Avenue, basking in the glorious sun, and stealing into a great cafe-bistro for a spot of lunch and a glass of wine. A stollen December day spent Christmas shopping for everyone on my list is absolutely my happiest holiday wish, and one of those holiday season moments I most look forward to. Getting gifts is always nice, but giving gifts and finding just the right the thing for those you love, is my ultimate pleasure. Nothing excites me more about this time of year than the anticipation of seeing those looks on the faces of family and friends when they receive a gift that clearly has been well researched and particularly thought out, hopefully perfectly, for them. It is doesn't have to be over the top, expensive, or rare, it just has to be personal with the sheer goal of bringing a smile to someone's face letting he or she know that you truly truly care.

Today & tomorrow one of my longtime highly talented friends, Nedenia Hutton Craig, whom I have known longer than I can remember, is hosting a stunning trunk show for her magnificent line DEE HUTTON at Diane Firsten on Via Mizner in Palm Beach. If you are in and about town you absolute must stop in and tell her The Supper Model sent you. All the trunk show info is bellow, but do check out all the collections, style blog, online shop, and all together spell-binding designs online at www.deehutton.com to get inspired for holiday dressing, New Years Eve dancing, and beyond!

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Photos by Alyssa Dragun, South Moon Photography


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