New Beauty Obsession: L’Oreal Professionel Mythic Oil

With the sheer number of new beauty products that land on my desk at Sephora each day, something has to have that total wow factor to get me excited enough to blog about it. There are plenty of new products, and plenty of very good new products. But then there are those rare products that I fall in love with, obsess over, and must share with everyone I know.

L’Oreal Professional’s new Mythic Oil is one of those amazing newcomers—and it’s not even sold at Sephora (though I really wish it was!). I first discovered it covering backstage beauty in September at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week and have been using it daily ever since.

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Why Alexa Chung’s Capsule Collection for Madewell should be called: “Things I like to wear by Alexa Chung.”

It’s always a curiosity meeting celebrities, especially ones you’ve already formed opinions of well before you’ve ever actually ever seen them in person or talked to them. I get a huge kick out of times when I expect someone to be one way, and they turn out to be completely another. Meeting stylesetter Alexa Chung  at Madewell on Thursday night was sort of in that “didn’t expect that” category.

Former MTV host, model, and designer/it girl Alexa Chung at Madewell in San Francisco. Photo by Michelle Drewes.

In town for a personal appearance, on a national tour,  to fete the launch of her sophomore capsule collection for the prep-meets-indie-hipster retailer, the 27-year-old model/host/designer/it girl surprised me with her quirky personality (at one point she was doing the Charleston in between signing autographs) and her rather relaxed attitude (she’s a New York transplant but didn’t seem the least bit rushed even as crowds were hovering during our couch interview).

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New York Fashion Week Street Style

As seen on sfgate.com’s Unzipped September 21, 2011.

Manhattan’s Lincoln Center Plaza was a veritable feast for the eyes throughout New York Fashion Week with stylish guests, who were busy on their smart phones or hailing cabs, dressed in bright pops of color and playful prints. Even in the unseasonably hot fall weather, a gaggle of industrious fashion bloggers—cameras in tow—lingered each day outside the theater awaiting the sartorial parade to begin.

Erin Gee, 27, Vancouver, and Niki Blasina, 26, Vancouver.

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New York Fashion Week Accessories: Crowd Favorites

Aside from the obvious attraction of being among the first to view the new spring/summer 2012 collections on the runway, Fashion Week is truly inspiring for the parade of fashion that goes by in the crowds—on the street and especially in the shows. I’m always drawn to accessories and how people express their creativity, stepping up a great outfit to the level of truly fabulous. I’ll have a post up this week for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Unzipped blog on street style trends I spotted on the Lincoln Center plaza, but for now… Here are some snapshots of show-goers I saw sporting some of the most covetable accessories of the season.

Perfectly pretty bow at Herve Leger by Max Azria

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NY Fashion Week: More lines, Central Park, and Scenes from 9/11

Today’s the first morning I’ve had all week to really sit down, look at all the images my husband Edric and I have been taking…and write. I needed to pull out for an hour and get some kind of semblance of my normal routine in San Francisco, so I went for a long  run in Central Park, grabbed a breakfast sandwich at a liquor-store-deli after, (which had a line out the door–so I figured it must be cheap and/or good!), and stopped for a Starbucks iced coffee (it’s pushing 80 degrees with high humidity).

A view from my run this morning through Central Park.

 

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Tracy Reese’s Nature-Inspired Collection and NYC on 9/11

Tracy Reese was the first show I attended this week at the Lincoln Center Theater, and it happened to fall on 9/11. I was curious to see what might be in store for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy in the U.S. city hit the hardest.

Sunflower print blouse, cropped high-waisted pant, and mustard anorak by Tracy Reese. Photography by Edric Itchon.

 

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