Athleisure, temperamental weather, Harry Connick Jr (and it’s only Monday)

What is happening? It’s summer, it’s winter, one minute it’s warm and the next you’re enjoying a sandwich from your favorite local Alidoro spot and then next our server is Harry Connick Jr. disguised as an old man. No really, that happened to me today. Don’t worry I’ll share the video of him peeling off his mask *think Mission Impossible style* to reveal himself when it airs on his show. On the upside I got a blow-out this morning so at least my hair looked good. I was otherwise in my usual athleisure-no-ones-paying attention to me lunch attire.

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Outfit details:

Nike Tech FleeceDestroyer Jacket

Asteria Active Zig Zag Leggings

Mon Purse Bowler Leather bag

66North Kaldi Arctic Hat

Adidas Originals Sneakers

Which brings me to my seasonally confused outfit and some latest obsessions I meshed together for my not-so-casual lunch. First off how cute are these Zig Zag leggings from Asteria Active? My friend Jenny, turned me onto this brand and I’ve been looking for a cute pair of black mesh cut out leggings. I’m also in love with this top from the brand. I saw this jacket worn by Olivia Palermo on Six:02’s instagram page and needed it. Okay “need” is a strong word when associated with anything white (I give myself a week before ruining it with a coffee stain). And I just dug up this hat from 66North since I’m gearing up for Iceland and realized, with the bipolar weather I should probably add a hat to this look. Lastly, since going to the Mon Purse pop-up shop a month or so ago at Bloomingdale’s I can’t get enough of this brand! I customized the pink bag and liner as well as monogrammed it with my name “Lara” in silver across the front. All of their bags can be customized on their website and they have some super cool functionality on their site. I also have the change purse and wallet, both in black with my name/initials.   

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Life updates, Blogger advice and this retro Lafayette 148 outfit

Happy last day of February everyone! This year is flying by and I for one am ready for a vacation. It has been the most exciting few months of filming and magazine collaborations which I can not wait to share with all of you! Between Health Magazine announcing my campaign with Olay (we have another surprise coming soon!), Redbook featuring my charity and I got to announce my partnership with Vanity Fair, February will be hard to beat. However, March brings some awesome projects with Glamour, New Beauty and Amazon which I dying to see! I started my site 9 years ago because I worked for the best beauty and skincare brands and it felt like no one was leveraging experts or sharing product formulations and information in the way it’s so readily available now! And the fact that this industry (not just in beauty but fashion and travel too) continues to surprise me and push my creativity, it is never a dull moment. What I did with Olay was groundbreaking. I’ve never known a blogger or really any identifiable person go through clinicals to have their skin checked during product testing. It’s always just an anonymous clinical statistic and some number of a percentage of women that saw changes.  I’ll have more to unveil on that soon! I think the best part of working non-stop this new year was after months of being excited but so exhausted from early call times and the hours I spent researching, testing and reading before going on camera is now I get to sit back and see all of these projects come to life. Every collaboration has been so different and I’m so inspired how much magazines are embracing bloggers, these past few months I have been inspired and challenged in ways I didn’t even know were possible.

Outfit details:

Sunday Somewhere Isabella Sunglasses

Lafayette 148 Visionary Plaid Silk Blouse, Lacquered Lambskin Skirt, Elise Coat (similar)

Kenneth Cole Booties (similar)

Balley vintage bag

As of mid March most everything I’ve giving my blood, sweat and tears of joy too (but literally though, I actually let Olay do a biopsy on me — but no more hints!), will have launched and I’m off to Iceland to celebrate and visit the Blue Lagoon. I’m so excited, I don’t even have words. I’m taking a tour and learning how they make the products followed by getting the royal Blue Lagoon experience. The great debate, do I bring this Lafayette 148 Elise shearling jacket with me, or a big puffy jacket, ha! This coat has been the best winter investment, it’s so warm and cozy! I’m actually loving all of the recent Lafayette 148 launches, and this was one of my outfits from Fashion Week — I was going for a retro vibe.

If you’ve been to Iceland let me know your recommendations, I’ll be there for 4 days! Otherwise I can’t wait to share everything with you. And if I don’t say it enough thank you all for your encouragement and support. I had a few readers recently ask me how I get so many cool collaborations and my advice to all of you is don’t compromise, and figure out how you can do things differently. I get a lot of offers, many of which I see on some of your instagram pages that seem plagiarized and recycled and dictated by the brand. I don’t feel comfortable working in that way. It’s just not my choice to be put in a box, even for extra income. Which I totally understand is a necessity for some of you. Just consider the longterm ramifications and why I would turn something like that down. Again my blog is 9 years old. And I held major positions with top beauty brands before starting my site so I’m a marathon runner in this, not a sprinter. The more corners you cut the less endurance you have for the long game. Also don’t be afraid to push back and change programs. Also ask for extensions if you don’t have enough time to really try a product. I’ve actually had a lot of luck with brands listening to me and letting me do things my way. The reason my collaborations seem different is because they are. And I’ve customized what I want to try, how I want to try it and the experience around it. I also work in all my trial times. You’re doing yourself and your readers a disservice if you’re agreeing to like something before trying it. If you want to be taken seriously, take yourself seriously because whether you’ve had your blog for 5 days or 5 years, or have 5 followers or 5 million, we’re all part of a blogging community that looses integrity, every time you let someone control your voice. And we become so much stronger every time someone pushes the envelope. So I encourage you all to stay creative and shine! Believe it or not brands respect criticism, it just has to be constructive feedback and not emotional.

Who’s ready to rock March?

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New 2017 Pirelli Calendar by Peter Lindbergh Unveiled

The 2017 Pirelli Calendar has been revealed and spoiler: it’s amazing. Shot by one of my favorite photographers, the iconic, Peter Lindbergh, this calendar conveys “personality, sensitivity, and the guts to be yourself.” While the photos are incredible so is the fact that Lindbergh is the first in the industry to have shot three editions of this infamous Calendar. The Pirelli Calendar, which has been produced yearly since launching in 1963 has previously been shot by big industry names including Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel and Annie Leibovitz and has featured so many iconic models and celebrities. 

The 2017 star studded edition features the likes of Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, and other swoon worthy big screen names. The result was forty portrait and ambient photos taken in Berlin, L.A., New York, London and the French beach of Le Touquet.

Peter Lindbergy hosted an intimate discussion and cocktail party for the release during fashion week at Cipriani’s in NYC. I can’t tell you how serendipitous and exciting it was to meet him — of course it was outside the event when I was catching a cab home. He was mobbed at the party with fans, and frankly, I was too nervous to introduce myself until I found him next to me waiting for his car. Even through our picture is blurry, I don’t care, I was so incredibly excited to meet him. Especially since my friend Dan flew early from LA to come to the event with me. (He’s literally Peter Lindbergh’s #1 fan). Needless to say this was one of the highlights of my fashion week.

For more info about the making of this year’s calendar and the content, check out the Pirelli Calendar website here.

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Jumping for joy

I am so excited! I woke up to a tweet yesterday that I was featured in “The Best Makeup and Beauty Blogs That You Need to be Following” by Total Beauty as one of six bloggers! I work my a$$ off everyday swatching, trying, going to events looking for the latest and greatest. Meeting so many of the pioneers and founders of makeup brands that to have that recognized, means a lot to me. I started my site 9 years ago and the changes I’ve seen — my site is older than twitter, snapchat and Instagram, if that helps put things in perspective. If you’re a beauty enthusiast, you should vote in Total Beauty’s 8th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. You get entered to win prizes and most importantly help them pick the winners!

Anyways, it’s Friday, and after a very long, epic, Fashion Week (recap coming soon!),  I’m so looking forward to a weekend in sweats and to play with all these new products I just got.  This was one of my outfits from Fashion Week, I wore Eliza J almost non-stop. How cute is the jumpsuit with this velvet backpack? I picked up the bag at the Six:02 store, which is my favorite place to shop for workout gear. They just opened their second location in Times Square last week and if you’re going through an athleisure phase, or just like really hot workout clothes — the Ive Park, Fenty Puma… this is the spot. They also have a website, which I’ve been shopping on before they opened their stores (I’m like their super fan).

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Outfit details:

Eliza J Flutter Sleeve Printed Blouson Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Stella McCartney Elyse Platform Oxfords

Herschel Supply Co. Dawson’s Velvet Backpack

Samuji Wool Shiro Coat


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xoLara

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The art of body language and how to snag a man or a brand campaign…

Outfit details: Eliza J Off The Shoulder Crop Top // Eliza J Ball Stripe Skirt (print coming soon!) // Aldo Stessy K heels // Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon

I can not believe tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!!!! Do you have anything special planned? I feel like the big new buzz word is Galentine, encouraging all the single ladies to get together and do parties which while I’m all about girl power and celebrating your love for your gal pals, there really is no substitute (although besties come close!) for finding a partner in life. I can tell you that as one of the most independent people on the planet, so much of my world would be lost if I couldn’t share it with James and there would be a void without his support. I know the dating scene is hard but with online dating it’s never been more convenient. Although I was shocked to learn that over half a million singles register with EliteSingles every month! Wowza! Are there any relationships left besides mine?

For all my single ladies (and gentleman), where are we going wrong? Is it date anxiety or are you just not finding good matches? I always had a lot of fun dating. Even when I knew we wouldn’t get passed the second date, I loved meeting new people and getting to know the person across the table from me. Now in a relationship a lot of my dating skills I use in my everyday life, when I’m partnering with brands. I always get questions about how I snag campaigns and get to work with so many brands and I 100% contribute it to my dating skills. Same for job interviews, it’s a lot of the same skill set, just tweaked.

Think about it, brands want to work with bloggers that are a good match for the brand (same with hiring), personality, how you dress, attitude, body language and your online profile all go into that decision making. EliteSingles just released a guide to help Americans tackle the most common insecurities they experience when dating, so they’re prepared for Valentine’s Day.

They partnered with industry experts to create masterclasses on the five key areas people are struggling with when dating. They cover fashion, dating etiquette, body language, profiles and the art of conversation. They are quick videos with advice that I think everyone should watch since their advice is so on point, and everything I consciously do to get ahead in my relationships. How you move and carry yourself, and your confidence all plays a role.

I go to a lot of events, which is my opportunity to meet with brands and impress them. It was the same with dating. When you look and feel your best, that’s when magic happens. Smiling, being engaging and welcoming without being aggressive is my general rule of thumb. That and listening (which is part of being engaging). Body language is everything; we say a lot more with how we move then even the words that come out of our mouth.

Kim Seltzer is the dating coach, therapist and personal image expert who does the Body Language video series. In one of the videos she sites 4 tips on how to use your body language to attract a person. Here’s a quick top line, although you should watch the video, they are only a few minutes long:

  1. Pay attention to what you put on your body – your clothes!
  2. Facial expressions, we respond to emotion. And our eyes show how people feel so make good eye contact. Also smile! It creates warmth.
  3. Have an open stance – don’t close your body off! Otherwise you come off guarded.
  4. Create a presence with your body language. Posture equals confidence.

The easiest example I can give is the photos above. What does it say about me? I meet readers all the time that tell me they feel like they know me from following my blog for so long and following me on Instagram.  What do my photos and words say about me? It’s not any different then when you look at an online dating profile and make immediate judgements based on what they are wearing, if they are smiling, how they are standing… Most of you are used to me being a bit of a fashionable tomboy. So for todays image, and because Valentine’s day is approaching and it’s also fashion week, I am glamming it up and dressed so girly. I LOVE this outfit but if you had never seen my tomboy side, what impressions do you get about me from the image and body language? Maybe that’s girly but flirty and confident. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t look at this and immediately think she looks shy or loves rock bands. Or that I’m totally low maintenance and take 5 minutes to get ready in the morning. Being conscious of who you are and who you want to be at any given moment should play a roll in how you dress and move. Sometimes, I’m guarded and in my own space, and sometimes I want to be the life of the party. Much like some times I’m a total rocker and other times I love being girly.

Most importantly the videos and advice isn’t to make you someone your not, it’s bring out your best qualities and show people who you are.  I’ve had a lot of women and men tell me they have a hard time being themselves on dates so practice and take this advice. When people say ‘be yourself’ they mean the person they see and love, not some warped version they become in front of a stranger.  The whole point of a date is to get to know the other person.

You can view all the videos and advice here at elitesingles.com/itsadate

I hope you all have a magical Valentine’s Day! xoLara

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Sutton Foster & the Amopé’s Insert Truck


Tuesday was a dream, hello the moment I hugged Joe Biden! But before that epic moment, I got to hang out with Sutton Foster (confession, I’m obsessed with Younger), for the launch of Amopé’s new GelActiv Insoles & Inserts. You may know Amope from their at home manicure and pedicure products ranging an Electric Foot File to moisturizers to keep your hands and toes on point. Now with their new GelActiv Insoles & Inserts it takes everything next level making virtually every shoe — flat to heels, open toe to closed up their comfort game and add extra support. And with fashion week here, I want them all!

I met Sutton as the ShoeLove Fashion Truck, which will be touring around NYC from February 9 – 16th, details below! Powered by soft, elastic GelActiv technology, Amopé Insoles & Inserts relieve pressure on sensitive parts of the foot, with a non-slip adhesive to keep them firmly in place. They are ultra-slim and clear, so they are nearly invisible, and work with any shoe. Each pair of Amopé GelActiv Insoles & Inserts can be reused and moved between similar shoe styles.

Here’s the full range of products being released:

Amopé GelActiv Insoles

  • Everyday Heels – Perfect for go-to, reliable pairs of heels; relieves pressure off the ball of the foot with extra cushioning, and provides arch support
  • Extreme Heels –Ultra-soft gel arch relieves pressure off ball of foot and provides extra cushioning for sky-high stilettos
  • Flat Shoes – Achieve all day comfort with extra cushioning under the heels of your flat shoes and boots
  • Open Shoes – Extra-slim and discreet design made specifically for open shoes and sandals

Amopé GelActiv Inserts

  • Ultra Slim Ball of Foot Cushions – Features an ultra-thin design that won’t crowd toes and provides extra cushioning to the balls of feet to prevent discomfort
  • Also available in Invisible Gel Heel Protectors, Invisible Gel Heel Cushions, and Invisible Gel Sensitive Spots

To celebrate the launch, Amopé will have a ShoeLove Fashion Truck roving around New York City during a big week in fashion in New York from February 9-16, 2017 for anyone that would like to try them. Here’s the schedule:

Amopé ShoeLove Fashion Truck Schedule (February 9 – 16, 2017)

  • Thursday, February 9: (11 a.m.7 p.m.) 6th Avenue and 35th Street
  • Friday, February 10: (12 p.m.8 p.m.) Gansevoort Street between 10th Avenue and Washington Street
  • Saturday, February 11: (11 a.m.7 p.m.) Corner of 5th Avenue and 25th Street
  • Sunday, February 12: (12 p.m.8 p.m.) 15th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues
  • Monday, February 13: (11 a.m.7 p.m.) 33rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
  • Tuesday, February 14: (10 a.m.6 p.m.) Washington Street between Spring and West Houston Streets
  • Wednesday, February 15: (10 a.m.6 p.m.) Hudson Street between King and West Houston Streets
  • Thursday, February 16: (11 a.m.7 p.m.) Gansevoort Street between 10th Avenue and Washington Street

Amopé is also running a pretty amazing Instagram sweepstakes. Shoe lovers everywhere are encouraged to snap a foot selfie in their favorite pair of shoes and share it on Instagram using the hashtags #Amope, #ShoeLove and #AmopeShoeSweepstakes for a chance to win a pair of designer shoes and Amopé Insoles & Inserts. There will be 16 total winners, or two per day, from February 9-16, 2017.

Amopé GelActiv products range from $9.99 for the Insoles and $6.99 for Inserts and are available at drugstores and retailers nationwide including Target.com.

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