fall win

jenny greenstein

Hello and happy hump day. How’s your week going so far? Mine is all good. I’m really starting to get into the holiday spirit, and look forward to thanksgiving, and thereafter. I noticed that stores have started to change over their windows which means the bells will be jingling real, real soon. Even when I walked into Whole Foods yesterday it smelled like cinnamon and pine and on the Today Show this morning, the Rockettes were performing. I can’t believe this season is finally here. I still feel the sea, sun and sand on my skin from summer! It’s all good though. I have to say, and I’ve said this before, I’m really liking the briskness of the cool weather. I’ll likely be over it by january when the temperature hits the twenties, but for now, I’m into it. Especially with the current fashion happenings’ going down. I’ve always been a fan of oversized silhouettes like boyfriend jeans, joggers and cozy sweaters, and with such an abundance of these on-trend items available, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I’ve been living in this ivory sweater for the past few weeks, and have easily paired it with denim, sweats, utility pants and have now decided to combine it with this midi skirt. Super versatile, super warm and a super good price! #winning

SHOP IT: sweater, ZARA (or similar) // midi skirt, ZARA // booties: SEE BY CHLOE (similar here) // moto jacket: SFERA (similar) // hat: URBAN OUTFITTERS

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 photos via keri tan 

the big chill

scarves

I am a total scarf junkie so when the temperature hit the fifties this past Saturday, I welcomed the chill and was excited for my first scarf-wear of the season, documenting it on instagram to express my appreciation of course. The bigger the better, and my collection continues to grow exponentially. My soul style feels there is no better accessory for fall and winter. As a New Yorker, outer layers are just as important as inner since we spend so much time outside. Your head-to-toe ensemble includes coats, scarves, gloves, mittens, hats, etc so pay attention to the details. With that said, I’ve been perusing the interweb for a fresh update and am keeping my eyes on a cozy style from Acne, a neutral print from Malene Birger, a cashmere plaid from J.Crew (mens), a double face gingham from Topshop, an oversized striped style from ASOS, a faux fur from Whistles, a mountain shadow scarf from Madewell and I already picked up this double layered soft style from Zara.

Happy Monday!

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fashion weekend!

lic flea

Hello and happy Friday! In honor of New York Fashion Week which kicked off yesterday, I’ve been invited to judge a fashion contest at the LIC Flea Fashion Weekend event. I’ve always been a mega fan of flea markets, and growing up used to make weekly visits with my Mom and/or friends to check out the goods. I remember in middle school picking out my first pair of bell bottoms at Bonnie’s Jeans which was the popular denim booth. Think cut off denim shorts with printed tights and a floor length open cardigan atop. I was also obsessed with the guy that sold Grateful Dead patches of which I sewed onto my backpack. Yup, that was me.

Flea markets have certainly evolved since then and LIC Flea is full of emerging and local designers, who this weekend will be highlighting vintage, curated, and hand-crafted clothes and accessories. It’ll be up to me to choose my top three favorite vendors in three categories: apparel, jewelry and accessories. There will also be a fashion show! Super excited to be a part of an event that supports new, local and emerging designers. Join me on on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm in celebrating NYFW and LIC Flea Fashion Weekend!  

LIC Flea is located in Astoria at 5-24 46th Avenue at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street, and just a short walk from the 7, E, M or G train.  

See you there! x jenny

spotlight: mario badescu

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I’m not one for routine facials, but after visiting the Mario Badescu salon in NYC, there is a high likelihood of conversion.  I walked out glowing, both internally and externally and who could put a price tag on that (let me mention here that the facials in Mario are likely the most affordable in NYC!)?  On a quiet block in midtown Manhattan, I stepped into the unassuming space which occupies the first floor of a residential building, and by the large number of clients standing at the front desk (at 2pm on a sunny Summer day), it was quite obvious the Mario Badescu spa means business.  The 36 treatment room facility can accommodate 200 facials daily, along with body massage, waxing, nail services and electrolysis.

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Mario Badescu was founded in 1967 by Romanian born Mario Badescu, an esthetician who gave personalized facials designed specifically for each client, all products made by hand.  Eventually the demand became so high that Mario created a packaged line, moved from his second floor apartment to the building’s main floor and began to operate with a staff of estheticians.  Since his passing, the company is run by the Cabasso family, who own and operate Mario Badescu Skin Care and are dedicated to the founder’s philosophy of gentle, effective, skincare.  The skincare line has gained notoriety worldwide and is now available in over 20 countries.

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A few minutes after arriving, Julia, one of the on-staff estheticians scooped me up.  Leading the way down a hidden corridor into a dimly lit treatment room, I undressed and settled on the comfy bed.  Julia kicked off with the non-negotiables for healthy skin: 7-8 hours of sleep, SPF, a healthy diet, plenty of water and of course routine facials.  As she began stroking my face, I quickly melted into the table.  Through each step, we combined her recommendations with my personal preferences (a vitamin C peel vs. glycolic since I am a sun worshipper) to establish a proper skincare regimen that I was comfortable with.  The Mario Badescu Skincare line is comprised of over 150 skin care products including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, eye cream, night creams, serums, masks, exfoliants, sun products, bath and body products.  Utilizing natural ingredients like, seaweed, aloe vera, papaya, chamomile, rosehips and cucumber, the range provides products that effectively address a multitude of skin types and issues.  Mario’s products are also locally made and never tested on animals!  The magic mask (a concoction of secret ingredients and not for sale, making it worth the trip there just for this!) was by far my favorite part of the experience.  Julia applied it and stepped out for fifteen minutes.  While my face soaked in the nutrients, and my hands were warming in the hydration mitts, I pretty much passed out, no small feat for my anxious, jittery NYC hustling self.  A few more potions and lotions later, I was putty in Julia’s hands and my skin was all shiny and new (and fresh faced and clean and hydrated and glowing and, and and…..this list is sort of endless).

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When my treatment was complete, I was given a thorough and thoughtful one on one consultation to discuss my skincare and how to maintain the regimen.  We went over all of my specific needs and how to address them.  At the Mario Badescu Skin Care Salon no appointment is necessary to have a complimentary product consultation during which a skin specialist will analyze skin type and create a custom skin regimen.  To offer the same service to those who are not local to New York City, an online consulting feature has been added to the Mario Badescu website.  This enables first time customers to fill out a short questionnaire and receive product recommendations and a sample regimen by mail at no cost.

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I walked away with a bag full of skincare dreams come true and I’ve been upping my game since that day.  So far, SO, SO good.  My face is feeling super clear, healthy and the aforementioned – glowing!  I’ve fell in love with the Vitamin C Serum which is evening out my freckly skin (not eliminating – I love them, but balancing the tones), the Oil Free Moisturizer (SPF 30) which I used all weekend in Montauk, the Buffering Lotion which is miraculously helping with two painful breakouts and my good old stand-by, which I will never ever (EVER!) stop using, the Enzyme Cleaning Gel.  It’s perfection in a bottle.

Mario Badescu is located at 320 E. 52nd Street on Manhattan’s East Side.  If you are local or in town, be sure to head over for a visit!  You guys really need to check it out.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.  In the meantime, pop over to the site to shop their full line of goods and to receive your free consultation!

Also be sure to follow Mario Badescu along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest for daily updates.

A special thanks to Nicole and Julia at Mario Badescu for such an epic experience.

spotlight: elise durbecq

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When I imagine Mexico City, I think vibrancy, a culture that runs deep and authenticity.  Which is why when meeting Elise Durbecq who hails from the country, it makes total sense that I immediately fell in love with her.  Highly intelligent, articulate and worldly, I was in disbelief when finding out that she was only twenty-five years old.  We crossed paths when both freelancing at the women-centric retail company, Ann Taylor LOFT.

Elise came to the United States when she was eighteen to study interior design/architecture at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Along with her work as a design consultant on residential projects and for LOFT, in the Fall of 2013 Elise with partner Gillian Tozer,  launched a line of custom totes called TRUSS NYC.  Both Elise and Gillian, “fell in love with the traditional market tote while in Oaxaca, where we spotted the bags on top of the heads and in the hands of market women. We loved the bright colors geometric shapes, and sturdiness of the bags and immediately pictured them being a part of every girl’s life back in New York City.”  What began for Elise as childhood visits to Oaxaca, has now developed into an emerging brand that is not only fashionable and functional, but more importantly supports local weavers from the small town.  A dying art which TRUSS is passionate about sustaining, every bag is handwoven from indigenous Mexican craftsmanship.  A percentage of the profits aids in the support of these Oaxacan communities.  

The future looks bright for TRUSS since they were immediately picked up by Opening Ceremony, and sold in their New York, Los Angeles, London locations, and online.  The totes are beautifully made, durable, lightweight and come in a variety of patterns and colors.  Each style is original, slightly different then the next.  The quintessential summer bag that not only looks good, but gives back!  They retail between $150-$175.

When Elise and I sat down to chat, one thing she said that resonated with me was, “I don’t work to live, I love to work.” which is the perfect philosophy to live by, in order to achieve the most rewarding type of success.  TRUSS is a do-good brand with many emotional elements that hit at the core of who Elise is.  So I was curious about her soul, her style and how it all aligns with the incredible work she’s doing at TRUSS.  Here’s what she had to say…

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