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Gisela Lowentsein's Beauty Bag Musts

The Glow System founder reveals her skin and makeup favorites.

April 20, 2011

Argentine native Gisela Lowenstein knows that a clean and well-run household—be it mansion-size or modest—can be key to a blissful life. And as a mother and breast cancer survivor who needed some extra help around the house, she realized everyone could benefit from some tips. She developed The Glow System DVD and flashcard series, which aims to demystify the housecleaning process for you (or your hired help) by offering tailored cleaning schedules, useful tips, hospitality-industry secrets and more. Here, we discover what gives Lowenstein her warm, healthful glow.

—anne tschida


Vintage Find: 2 New Websites to Shop

Vintage Mavens and Fox House bring trendy vintage pieces to the web.

April 13, 2011

A look from Vintage Mavens  

Secondhand shopping can be fun—minus all that digging through endless racks to find the piece you truly covet. Cue a new crop of locally based online vintage shops offering a great selection of goods, sans the musty thrift-store aroma.

Vintage Mavens
Part shopping website, part fashion editorial, this site leans toward the visual with regularly updated glamorized lookbooks shot around town.

Fox House
Launched by local art director/stylist Tobi Salver, the site specializes in vintage clothing and accessories plus new, vintage-inspired styles.


We Adore: Lanvin's Rockin' Leather Sandals

Who can resist the combo of buttery leather and sexy metal ankle cuffs?

April 07, 2011

Vegetal calf and metal sandals, Lanvin ($785 each). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.


Carolina Herrera's Enchanting Florals

We can all use a little romance this season, even if it is only in our wardrobe.

April 06, 2011

She was born María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño in Caracas, Venezuela. You know her as Carolina Herrera, who since founding her New York-based label in 1981 has excelled at creating luxurious, sophisticated clothes whose crisp lines never belie their romance. Herrera’s collection, counted among our favorites this season, is a spotlight on botanical prints based on 18th-century plates and imbued with the details of traditional Korean clothing, with obi-like belts and sashes adorning many a gown. Florals are everywhere this spring, but Herrera elevates these blooms to hothouse status.

FROM LEFT: Silk faille and floral Impressionist jacquard gown ($4,290) and floral Impressionist jacquard cocoon dress (price on request). Carolina Herrera. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.

—laurie brookins, TWITTER.COM/stylewriternyc


Eco Hippie Chic

Pitiusa designs sustainable headbands and comfy sportswear.

March 01, 2011

Pitusa brings a splash of Peruvian color to an increasingly green US with its eco-minded Trackie pant—derived entirely from recycled bottles. Complete the look with a supersoft Inca headband (seen here), and you’ve got yourself the ultimate assemblage of guilt-free garb. Haus Fashion, 3509 NE Second Ave., Miami


Noteworthy Nail Collections

Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung pump up the polish possibilities at CND and Sally Hansen.

March 01, 2011

Jason Wu for CND

As if having his own makeup line wasn’t enough, Wu collaborated with CND on the Jason Wu Collection: five covetable colors, including Miss Wu (a light, matte gray) and Veronica (a true oxblood) that debuted at his Spring 2011 show ($47). Available in May at

Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen

Gurung’s spring collection showcased pops of color in all the right ways, and his nail color collaboration with Sally Hansen is a perfect extension of that. At his show, Sally Hansen’s team used Without a Stitch (a twinkly nude) and rocked it out with a stripe of the melon-red Casting Call ($6.99 each). Drugstores citywide



Desert Pearls

A look at Marco Bicego’s Africa Pearl collection.

March 01, 2011

Marco Bicego’s Africa Pearl collection—crafted in 18k yellow gold with pearl and diamond accents—is his latest line of delicate, nature-inspired artisanal accessories handmade in Vicenza, Italy. Neiman Marcus, The Village of Merrick Park, 390 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables


Tata Harper’s Homegrown Beauty

The skincare maven proves all-natural, organic beauty gets results.

February 21, 2011

In a single moment, Tata Harper’s life completely changed course. In 2005, her stepfather, who was living with cancer, was asked to take part in a study concerning the toxic effects of everyday grooming products. And so began her all-natural, virtually all-organic skincare line.

“I had never thought about all the carcinogens in beauty products, and I had a closetful!” Harper explains. “Providing the best for women’s health motivates me.”

Fifteen percent of her line’s ingredients—such as calendula and alfalfa—are grown on her Vermont farm. Others, like date extract and lavender, hail from choice sites abroad. “Everything is made from scratch exclusively for us, rather than how the rest of the industry operates, with a few manufacturers making everything for leading brands who only think about the bottom line,” says Harper.

Despite a splashy story in Vogue, numerous high-end retailers and brisk online sales, Harper says going green still has its challenges. “People have a perception that natural ingredients don’t work, but it’s just the opposite. They’re the real deal, and extremely powerful!”

Harper’s DIY face scrub recipe: “Mix three tablespoons of honey and one of fine brown sugar.”


Centennial Style

Bottega Veneta unveils a capsule collection just in time for the Palm Beach centennial

February 08, 2011

Palm Beach celebrates its first centennial this year and, of course, there will be plenty of champagne and fashion. To get the party started, Bottega Veneta is launching a capsule collection as refined as its namesake city. Embodying the relaxed and sophisticated style of Palm Beach, the collection will include empire blue leather handbags, classic sunglasses and more. Bottega Veneta, 239 Worth Ave, 561-833-3701

—amanda weiner


Valentine's Day Gift: A Pretty Print

Love Sugar Design produces prints that will say it all this Valentine's Day.

February 07, 2011

As February 14 nears, love is in the air. And thanks to local design duo Nicole Vila Chung and Jimmy Chung, you can put that love on display. The husband and wife team first met in design class before founding Love Sugar Design. Now they create a line of giclée prints that are perfect for gifting this Valetine's Day. (“You’re My Favorite Work of Art” was inspired by the song “My Funny Valentine.”) The prints ($14-$32) are available online and come in a variety of colors and sizes.

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