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Setting the Mood: New Year, Same Tricks

By |December 29th, 2015|Setting the Mood, Why Did You Wear That?|

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I like New Year’s Eve.  I always have.  Despite the unnecessary pressure to come up with somewhere fantastic to toast the new year so as to post on all social media channels by 12:01 and even more pressure to lock down the perfect twelve o’clock kiss, there’s a bit of mystique built into an evening otherwise designed for disappointment.

What you may not know about me is that I’m missing the holiday gene.  I don’t love Christmas carols, I couldn’t tell you the last time I decorated a tree, and I’ve spent the last two December 25th’s like Macaulay Culkin, home alone in Manhattan.  A Grinch I am not, but because my family is so spread out across the country, the holiday season has taken on a bit of a different meaning to me.  If you’ve never experienced New York on Christmas day, which most people have not, you are missing out on something truly magical.  Empty sidewalks, closed cafes, and the absence of angry horns.  Talk about silent night.

By the time December 31st rolls around, I’m more than ready to trade in the previous year for a newer model.  I’ve got a list of bad habits I’m set to swear off, a newfangled collection of delusions for the year ahead, and a fresh pair of red knickers (for good luck, of course).

The places I’ve spent the last day of the year have been sordid and there are very few which warrant honorable mentions.  As a matter of fact, I had to think for a moment where I even was last year.  I danced the night away with new friends at Soho House and drank my body weight in champagne.  I wore a black crepe de chine romper with lace tights.  And as for this kiss?  I was caught canoodling with a handsome young Frenchman.  His name? Je ne sais pas.

Setting the Mood: Tis the Season

By |December 15th, 2015|Gift Guide, Setting the Mood, Why Did You Wear That?|

holiday fashion decoration diyWhile some establishments wheeled out the holiday decorations well before the shelves had been stripped bare of sexy nurse costumes, I prefer to wait til a bit after the Thanksgiving bloat to start making my list and checking it twice.  I don’t love Christmas music and I couldn’t tell you the last time I decorated a Douglas fir, but don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than coming up with creative gifts for the people I love.  Some people would be happy with a ball of yarn so long as you remembered them, but others are a bit more tricky to shop for.  This week, I’ll do my best to help you navigate the holiday madness that is online shopping in order to procure the perfect present for all of your nearest and dearest.

Sponsored Post: Simply Stylist x Dove Dry Spray

By |December 4th, 2015|Beauty & Trends, Sponsored Post|

dove dry spray simply stylistIt’s true, I do have the luxury of sleeping in later than most nine to fivers, but on those days where things are jam packed and hitting the snooze button isn’t even an option, I find that every minute counts.  From the moment my feet hit the hardwood, I’ve got each and every second accounted for– from mixing up my morning health potions to hitting the gym for a quick HIIT, to making my way uptown for important client meetings.  A queen of to-do lists, I make it my mission not to miss a beat, but there are times when even the most organized individual fails to remember the minutest detail.

And nothing stinks more than forgetting something- namely your antiperspirant.  That’s why I was so excited when Simply Stylist introduced me to working with Dove Dry Spray, a spray that goes on instantly dry, protects against wetness and odor for 48 hours, and as an added bonus, leaves your skin soft and moisturized with all the benefits of skincare for your underarms.  So, even in the tightest time crunch, there’s no need to skimp on the essentials while waiting for your antiperspirant to dry.  Even better, Dove Dry Spray won’t leave behind any visible residue. Another way to take care of yourself and look amazing is through Advanced Dentistry!

So, while rushing around the city to and from meetings, errands, and events– even on those days where nothing seems to be going according to plan, Dove Dry Spray makes it no sweat.

Setting the Mood: Fall to the Wall

By |November 11th, 2015|Setting the Mood|

fall fashion inspirationFall means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  There’s the stereotypical “pumpkin spiced” everything, the homecoming to reality from a summer of revelry, or just merely time to switch out your closet full of croptops for cashmere sweaters.  For me, it always feels like it’s time to buckle down and start taking myself more seriously, which usually lasts for only a few days at a time before I find myself giving way to bad habits or curled up like a recluse, engulfed in a pile of books.  Repeat cycle.

For most New Yorkers, fall is one of the few seasons during the year in which we actually enjoy the weather, erratic as it may be.  We’re done complaining about the heat, we haven’t yet begun to bitch about the frozen sidewalk tundra, and there’s almost something enchanting about that slight chill in the air.  It gives the fleeting feeling that maybe, just maybe something magical is right around the corner.  But much like all love affairs, there comes a chill wherein one must remember why she fell in love in the first place and vow to soldier on- even in the snow.

Beauty Buzz: CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™

By |September 8th, 2015|Beauty & Trends, Beauty Buzz, Sponsored Post|

kirsten smith clear scalp hair whydidEven though the official start of fall isn’t until September 23rd, Labor Day often feels like the end of summer and the transition from fun in the sun to back to school and back to reality.  Goodbye, cabana.  Hello, cubicle.  We swap out our skimpy suits for sweaters and our pedicures become irrelevant, hidden under closed toed brogues and boots.  Even our beauty routines must morph.  CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ has a developed a line to aid in the conversion consisting of nourishing shampoos and conditioners that are designed to address various hair and scalp needs. If you are dealing with hair loss find an expert in hair loss to help you. Usually, hair loss also causes thinning in the hair which makes it look like a person has lost more hair than they have in reality. I personally use hot rollers during this time of the year as these are good providing a thick look of the hair and also as they make the hair look bouncy  . Like skin, weather can also have a strong effect on our scalps. As seasons change so do our skin cells and hair cycle – in fact, studies have shown that seasonality can cause shedding especially in fall.clear scalp and hairCLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner deliver the following benefits:

  • Hair is resilient to dryness for 24 hours of soft, hydrated hair
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  • Clinically proven to help replenish the scalp with essential hydration with regular use
  • Leaves hair beautifully strong from root to tip
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kirsten smith whydid clear scalp and hairAs I spent an entire afternoon weeding through my closet and tossing things I hadn’t worn in ages (and maybe shouldn’t have ever worn) to make room for the new season’s latest acquisitions, I caught a glimpse of my hair in the mirror.  It was dull and a bit dry from all of summer’s fun.  Even my scalp was feeling the effects of too much sun.

It is essential to care for your scalp and hair with products designed to nourish and strengthen it – to ensure a healthy, full bodied head of hair. With fall on the horizon, you’ll want to put an emphasis on scalp care and start early, so your scalp and hair are ready for the transition ahead.  After a few uses of CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner, my hair regained some shine and a bit of bounce.  I had figured chopping my locks was going to be the only way to regain control of my mane, but post CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™, there’s not a pixie cut in my autumn forecast.  Now not only is my closet ready for fall, so is my hair.

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Photos by Skinny K

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.