beauty buzz

beauty buzz

I posted a status update on Facebook last week asking friends for SPF suggestions that were organic, not full of chemicals, not oily and skin friendly.  With an overwhelming response (THANK YOU!), I learned that women definitely have the unlock on skincare, something I knew but never really really realized!  Industry insiders and beauty editors give advice, but it’s real people, with real thoughts, feedback and opinions which are most relevant!  I think I’m late to the party on this one, and need to solicit more questions and suggestions from all of you, because you girls seriously hold the key!  

In an effort to pay it forward, here’s a snapshot into my regimen.  I’ve gone through boatloads of trials and tribulations over the years, and am pleased with the cocktail of products I landed on.  But all suggestions are welcome, and if you have a secret to erase my wrinkles, remove my bags, and make my skin shine like J-Lo’s, I’m open to converting.  Tomorrow I turn 35 (whoa!) – and while every year that passes, I become more comfortable in my skin – bring on the beauty tips and secrets!!!  At the end of this post, I’d love if you would each add your favorite life-changing skincare product(s) and the reasons why in the comment section!  I want to hear it all!  Then I’ll put together an update to this post, compiling all the info to share and pass on!  

To kick things off, here are mine….

Arcona Triad Pads:  Up until a year or so ago, I never used a toner.  It added one more extra step to my skincare routine that I wasn’t interested in, and I didn’t really get the point of it.  But since using Arcona Triad, my skin has retained more moisture, feels super refreshed, awake and cleaner then ever.  Plus the smell is divine!  Made from all natural, organic ingredients, Arcona recommends using products within 6 months.  Head over to LA based company, Arcona’s site for more information.

Aesop Deodorant:  I currently don’t use deodorant.  I used to wear Tom’s which is made from all natural ingredients, but I stopped because I don’t like putting anything near my breast that clogs the pours in that area.  With that being said, I found Aesop’s deodorant which is made of mostly natural ingredients and is aluminum FREE.  It spritzes on (non-aerosal) so it doesnt feel like it’s completely closing the pours.  It also smells seriously AMAZING.  I decided that on specific occasions, I would use it.

Arcona Cranberry Gommage:  Living in NYC leaves my skin feeling heavy and full of residue after a long day out and about.  The Arcona Cranberry Gommage scrub exfoliates, while also nourishing with all natural and organic ingredients.  It doesn’t dry out the skin or strip it down.  I combine it with my Mario Badescu Cleansing Gel (see below) to make it a 2 in 1 process.

Urban Decay NAKED Beauty Balm:  The newest item in my beauty/skincare regimen, I was looking for mascara in Sephora and fell down the make-up rabbit hole, followed by coercion from an Urban Decay beauty rep that happened to be working in the store that day.  I don’t wear a lot of make-up and don’t do foundation but since I have freckles, am open to finding a primer that evens out the skin tone.  One with SPF to boot.  I’ve only used it a few times, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!  Super lightweight, feels incredibly natural, absorbs quick and color matches exactly to all skin colors.  I use it with nothing else on days when going make-up free, but wanting an overall glow and evenness.  There are so many more benefits of the product that I won’t waste your time in listing.  Head over to Urban Decay for the full monty.

Arcona The Eyes Have It:  I’m not sure any product will ever really erase the fine lines around my eyes.  A lifetime in the sun combined with my parents genetics, I think they are here to stay.  On the flip side, I believe Arcona’s “The Eye’s Have It”, has slowed down the aging process and prevented further damage.  I’ve been using it religiously for a few years.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel:  It’ll be really hard to convince me to change my face wash because I’m a Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel lifer.  I do not use eye-makeup remover (and don’t want to) so need a one stop shop.  This is a most perfect product – light, leaving your skin feeling fresh, with no residue, clean and not oily.  I love it!  Thanks to bestie Jackie for the introduction.  Combines both chemical and natural ingredients.

Doctor Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light:  I’ve loved this product since the facialist at Soho Sanctuary made the recommendation.  It’s light, fast absorbent, smells amazing, keeps skin hydrated, is holistic and made from chemical free and natural ingredients.  To endorse this face cream even further, a week ago, when Andy Cohen was interviewing Jennifer Lopez, a viewer asked how she keeps her skin so radiant and her reply was, “I use Rose Day Cream”.  Read more about Doctor Hauschka’s mission on the site.

Sugar Lip Balm:  I use lip balm before I go to bed every night since everything dries out when asleep.  And using it at night keeps my lips nourished throughout the days.  Lately I’ve been using Sugar which is sticky enough that it stays on (I previously used vaseline) and super nourishing.  It’s great for the during the day too since it has an SPF of 15.  Don’t forget to cover up your lips in the sun!  They are just as prone to UV rays as the rest of your skin.  Sugar lip balm, with SPF 15 comes in tints too.  I use Sugar Passion when I want subtle color.

Rodan & Fields Multi Function Eye Cream:  My sister-in-law bought me Rodan + Fields Multi Function Eye Cream as a gift, and I have to admit that I thought the whole line was a hoax with really strong marketing.  I am trying it this month for the first time (putting my Arcona The Eyes Have It on hold), and I think it’s actually working!  At least a little bit.  The fine lines are there, but are firmer and not as visible.  The verdict is still out on this one.  This is not an organic, or natural product.

Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm:  Australian company Aesop, opened up in my neighborhood and after popping in to buy a gift for a friend, I wound up scooping up the hand lotion, and went back for the deodorant (see above).  Definitely on the pricier side, but I am a sucker for yummy smelling lotion that is not sticky, absorbs quick and still does the trick of nourishing.  This product is a combination of both plant and laboratory based ingredients.  More about their philosophy on Aesop’s site.

Aimee Raupp Nourishing Face Oil (not shown):  I use Aimee’s face oil before bed to give it some extra intense moisture while sleeping.  Made from organic and natural anti-aging ingredients, it works at restoring a youthful glow, promoting collagen production, detoxifying skin and healing damaged skin.  Find more of Aimee Raupp’s all natural beauty products on her site.  

Jivamukti Lavender Aloe Lotion (not shown):  Nothing beats the smell of this lotion.  Made from only organic ingredients, I love it so much I want to eat it.  I use it on my hands and arms before bed.  The lavender scent calms and soothes to help me decompress.

Avalon Organics Lavender Body Lotion (not shown): I use Avalon Organics for all over body lotion.  Applying it right after I am done showering, it keeps my dry skin nourished all day and night.  They key is to putting it on while your skin is still wet!

In lieu of my 35th birthday tomorrow and July 4th this coming Friday, I’ll be signing off and taking it easy for the rest of the week.  I hope you have a fantastic long weekend ahead, eating lot’s of yummy food, enjoying the sunshine and love with your friends and family!  Don’t forget to leave your beauty/skincare recommendations in the comment section of this post!  Till next week…..

xx Jenny

happy pride


On July 24th of 2011, New York was the 7th state to legalize same-sex marriage.  While Dina and I were in heated discussions about getting (not-legally) married, the legalization solidified our plans to wed.  We didn’t need recognition by the United States government to legitimize our union, but there was a sense of validity (along with legal rights) that we knew it would provide.  And now that we are (legally) married, know that it does.  The following year in June of 2012, a month before our wedding, DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was ruled unconstitutional during the case of United States vs. Windsor.  One of the more emotional moments of my life, we attended the rally at Stonewall that evening to become a part of this historical moment.  Listening to Edith Windsor speak on behalf of the case, we felt everything that night – proud, worthy and empowered.

None of us could have imagined the accelerated ripple effect that occurred for this civil rights movement.  Although it has taken decades to get here, it seems every day another state is making the change.  New York was the 7th state to legalize same-sex marriage and an additional thirteen followed, with eleven more lined up.  This will make up more then half of the United States.  Systematically, we have more to go (I look forward to the day marriage equality becomes federally recognized), but we are moving forward!  Progress is happening fast and one day we will look back like with racial discrimination or when women couldn’t vote – and remain in disbelief that this injustice ever existed.  Evolution takes time and although I wish all people were universally accepting and tolerant, we are on our way.  I remain positive and full of faith in humankind.  I am grateful to live in a time with this much growth.

Happy NYC Pride weekend to everyone and anyone who has ever experienced difference.  In the face of injustice and adversity, always have pride in who and what you are.  Always have pride in your soul’s style.

“Love is too beautiful to be hidden in the closet”  - unknown 

For details of our Palm Springs wedding, head over to Green Wedding Shoes.   

photo via sarah yates


spotlight: miles borrero

miles borrero

When you’re in the presence of greatness, you can feel it.  The energy engages you unknowingly and there is an automatic connection and sense of relatability – and then you become open.  This is what occurred when I met yoga teacher, Miles Borrero.  Meeting you where you are, she looks in your eyes when she talks, listens contently when you speak and her words are spoken with an authenticity and a realness that is rare.  The comfortability she feels in her own skin is contagious and makes you want to do better yourself.

Miles (birth name Camila), was born in Brazil, raised in Colombia and came to the states at the age of seventeen. While professional acting was the original goal, yoga pulled her in a direction that more appropriately aligned with who she was at the core.  The practice allowed for progression, growth and acceptance – values that Miles had always incorporated in her personal life and ones she struggled to find in acting.  Yoga was a natural fit for her – loving everything from the physical aspect, to the philosophy, to the dharma and the chanting.  As a competitive horseback rider beginning at age four, Miles innately understood the concept of patience, connecting and tapping into another creatures’ needs and desires.  More then anything, yoga provided Miles with a space where she could feel a sense of community and give something back.  She eventually decided to leave acting for good, completed 200 hours of yoga training, and began to teach.  Her classes are rigorous and creative, but with a lot of heart.  What she gains from her own practice she aims to inspire in others: to stay in check, balanced and honest.  In addition to daily classes at Pure (East & West) and Kula (Tribeca), she teaches regular workshops and holds retreats twice a year in locations like Jamaica and her upcoming 2015 trip to India. All details can be found on her site.

I had originally sought out an interview with Miles, particularly because I was intrigued by her recent shift from Mila to Miles – a profound transformation even if it only involving a couple of letters.  When I asked her why she explained that it was about having a name that matched who she was inside.  Miles says, “I don’t think of it as a name change.  It feels more like a nickname shift.  I was feeling like a part of me was craving more space.  It’s not a statement, and really doesn’t change much of what was already there to begin with.  It’s something I’ve been playing with for a little while and have enjoyed greatly.  Like clothes, our names say a lot about us.  It seemed like an obvious extension.  And my favorite aunt has always called me Miles.”

Becoming your authentic self takes courage and Miles Borrero is the epitome of a woman who embraces hers. She so effortlessly represents the perfect balance between the mind and body experience, and it is obvious why she inspires her students on and off the mat.  Her openness allows the space to remain true to her core, true to her spirit and true to her soul style.  So I asked her a bit more about hers.  Here’s what she had to say…  

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YSS: What is Your Soul Style?  How is your personality reflected in your style?

MILES:  My soul style has become very simple, over the years.  Mostly I worry about my carbon footprint and minimizing it, so my soul style had begun to reflect that.  I wear things for many, many years because I don’t want to own a lot of stuff and worry about what happens to it after it leaves my hands, so things tend to look very worn and cozy.  In some ways it makes it so that I am so far out of vogue, that I have caught the cycle as it has come back and made me in vogue again.  I love this idea in the Japanese culture, kintsukuroi, where they repair pottery with gold when it cracks or breaks.  The idea is that the piece becomes more beautiful when it has been broken.  Clothing feels the same.  I have this shamelessly holy sweater, and by holy I mean it has a ton of holes in it.  It has recently gotten to the point, after ten years, where I think it may not be going out in public any more, but I wore it with holes and everything till recently and loved it.  Now I will just love it at home, I think.  It may have crossed over to the land of no return.

YSS: How do you describe your style?

MILES: Low key, comfortable.  If it is not comfortable, I won’t wear it.  I ride a vespa type scooter, and a skateboard and am very active, so I have to be able to move freely, in case I need to cartwheel or something spontaneous.  You never know. 

YSS: What does your style say about you?

MILES: That I am elegantly disheveled.  That’s what I hope it says about me.  Cares, but is care-free.

Miles Borrero

YSS: What is your definition of style?

MILES: Style is how you put yourself together.  How your insides become your outsides.  It moves the art piece that is you on the inside into a more visible platform.  We all have it, even if we think we don’t, because ultimately we all visually put forth something into the world and that is an action in itself.  

YSS: Since you are a yoga teacher, is your style influenced by that?

MILES: Yes, in that often times I don’t carry or wear real people clothes.  The clothes I teach in are different than the ones I practice in though.  I feel good walking around in them in the world.  I’ve perfected my teacher look to be comfy for movement but still look professional.  But I love the days when I don’t wear any yoga clothes and then I usually really go for cute with a fedora and my Chucks and things that have more character.  Maybe even suspenders.  Since I don’t have many clothes, I find a small accessory can add a lot.  A tie clip, the gages in my ears, things like that. 

YSS: What is your head-to-toe look on a typical day?

MILES: Drop crotch pants pulled up half way to the shin.  Some cute t-shirt that I may have picked up on a trip with the name of a place or a plain v-neck that has a nice color to it.  And my Rod Laver Adidas that are green and white, which are the best shoes in the world, or my Chucks.  I like my arms being bare so I can expose my tattoo, too.  So loose tank tops are also a favorite.  Especially when it’s warm.


YSS: Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?  

MILES: I’d say it’s evolved over time.  I grew up going to a school that had a uniform, a blazer and tie type thing, and then I would go horseback riding after school.  So I would basically move from my uniform into my jodhpurs,  Other than that I only had one pair of jeans and some t-shirts for the rest of life.  When I started going to college, I had to figure out what to wear and it felt like I had never really thought about it.  It took me a long time to understand that I could be creative with that.  But I’ve always been a simple dresser.  And now that I can wear anything I want, I mostly wear men’t clothes because they feel right and make me feel handsome.  

YSS: You’ve lived in NYC for quite some time. Where are your favorite places to shop?  Any favorite designers?  

MILES: I really don’t shop that much.  When I do, I like to treat myself to things I really love and have a bit of a flare.  I love All Saints because it has things that are just a bit unique, but still basic and simple.  Their stuff makes you look a little special though.  I’m not sure you would consider them a designer though.  And I love the way G-star pants fit me.  I’ve also been a big supporter of street artists and their t-shirts.  I love some of the silk screens of Brooklyn bridges and water towers, and there is this guy in union square who works with dragons that is amazing.  I still have two of his shirts from years ago and have no idea if he’s still around.  I’m not sure I really own any designer designer clothes other than a Marc Jacobs pair of shorts I bought because they were red and I was tired of wearing black and the truth is they are a complete bust because I can’t really practice yoga in them. They completely become a droopy mess if it is even remotely warm out. 

YSS: Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

MILES: I don’t have one icon in particular.  I’m always looking at everything, people in the subway, magazines, stuff on the internet… I love seeing how people piece themselves together.  And I love love love photographs, so I’m always stealing from what I see when I like something.  People can be really beautiful and unique in how they combine their style and I can really appreciate it though I tend more toward the simple side of things.  I do like adding a little flare though.  I love it when people combine unseeingly things together, when there is a paradox pull – big heavy boots with a cute dress.  Or men that have a bit of a rough look with lots of hair but a pink shirt.  I like the play on androgyny, gender, and soft versus hard.


YSS: Do you have any style challenges?

MILES: Sometimes the biggest challenge is convincing myself to buy something even if I love it.  I have to be sure that I will wear it.  I don’t like having things that are not being used in my closet.  If they are not being used it means I don’t love them. So it feels sometimes like a big decision and can take me a bit to make the plunge. 

YSS: Do you have  favorite fashion/style moment?

MILES: I like dressing up for important occasions like weddings.  Bow ties make me very happy.  On the flip side, the less clothes the better, swim trunks and a tank top and I am the happiest and fullest version of myself I can be, but I’m not sure that fits into style.  I would dress like that all the time if I could.  I should have just been a beach bum. 

YSS: And your worst?

MILES: OMG! Yeeesssss!!!!  Lots of those.  When I still lived in Colombia, where I grew up, and the only jeans you could find were what I call butter jeans.  The kind you had to use butter to get into.  I had this scraggly long hair and would throw on a huge t-shirt over the pants because the pants freaked me out.  Also, when I was an actor and felt I had to be really girly and would wear high heels and tight tops and skirts to an audition.  I’d throw on a little make-up. It may have been scary, and may have been the reason for work being slim.  It just wasn’t me. The worst part about it was that I was completely dressing for other people so there was no way for me to make it look good because it wasn’t starting from me or from a strong sense of self.  I also had my hair long and looked like I hated it, which I did!  The only time I liked my longer hair was when it was in two little Bjork buns.  That, I thought, was cute!


YSS: What is your advice to women on how to embrace their style from the inside out?

MILES: I think women are so beautiful.  As people, when we embrace ourselves and love ourselves, it shows.  At the same time, when we are self conscious or feel overwhelmed, that shows too.  I am not sure what you wear matters much in the end.  It is how you wear it.  Feel beautiful and you will look beautiful.  I think that the things I feel the best in are generally the things people seem to think I look good in.  Because feeling good is contagious.

YSS: Must have item in your wardrobe?

MILES: Cool sneaks. I love nice sneakers.  And good cologne, must have a light aroma of awesomeness.  Just enough to wake people’s noses up.

YSS: Three things people don’t know about you….

MILES: That I’m bilingual.  That when my hair is not spiked I can’t think as clearly.  That I have a crazy chai addiction – I allow myself one in the morning. 

Miles is wearing, t-shirt: ELEMENT // shirt: MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO. // pants: LULULEMON // sneaks: ADIDAS ROD LAVERS // sunnies: CLASSIC SPECS // mala beads (neck): India // mala beads (wrist): handmade by student and photographer, Joey Sbarro

For all retreat details and class schedule, head on over to Miles site.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram for daily inspiration, information and updates.

return on investment

home photo

Hello and happy Monday!  We just got back from a most awesome weekend in Montauk, which you may have seen on instagram.  I was just about ready to sell everything we own in order to buy a house on the beach, open a small boutique and call city life quits, but luckily I have Dina who brings me back to earth.  A girl can dream though and I believe in the philosophy of “never say never”!  Stay tuned for tips on food spots, beaches, nightlife and shopping in the coming weeks.  In other (reality-based) news, I am now the proud owner of this wear-with-everything Helmut Lang skirt that I’ve been coveting for months. One of those items that can easily transition from day-to-night, it is predestined for serious mileage this Summer. And once Fall rolls around, I’ll pair it with a chunky sweater and booties.  Like all solid investments, it’s all about the return and this skirt is sure to be a good one.  It also comes in black and light heather blue.

SHOP THE LOOK:  tank: Alternative Apparel // skirt: Helmut Lang // flats: J.Crew (similar) // denim jacket: H&M (similar) // sunnies: Ray Ban // bag: Cole Haan (similar)

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 photos via Jeff Thibodeau

the getaway

the getaway

This summer is that much more sweet after the winter we just had.  It has given me perspective and is keeping the appreciation level high for days by the beach, enjoying the sun, sea and sand.  Tomorrow we head to Montauk for the weekend, and telling you that I’m excited is a gross understatement.  Montauk is one of those places that transports me to my zen.  Since a July baby, the beach lives in my bones and the sweet smell of salty air, sticky skin, quiet relaxing days by the water and finishing off with dinners watching the sunset can instantly wash away life’s stressors.  In an effort to keep things low maintenance, I’m packing light, taking only the necessities!  The last thing I want to worry about is what I’m wearing.  When heading out to the beach, I like to bring items that can double duty.  The top I throw on over my swimsuit is the one I pair with denim for dinner, casual (and versatile) sandals can be worn to the beach, with denim shorts and a maxi dress or a sarong tied around my waist can easily lay down and become a towel (or pillow).  For your next beach weekend/vacation, be strategic about what you bring.  Summer clothing is more flexible then winter and comfort is key.  The only thing you should be worrying about when at the beach is reapplying your SPF, what book to read and if you’re having a spritzer, martini or margarita at dinner.  I hope you have a fantastic and restful weekend.

WHAT TO PACK:  1. beach hat // 2. mara hoffman bikini // 3. crochet top  // 4. maxi dress // 5.  sarong // 6. beach bag // 7. sunnies // 8. gold flats