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The Right Stuff

In Fashion on August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Missy Franklin photographed by Bruce Weber via vogue.com

I love the summer Olympics for all sorts of reasons, but most of all because of Wonder Women like Missy Franklin who inspire us mere mortals to be our very best. Seventeen days ago, I began the Go Shiggy Go 30-Day Challenge in hopes of tackling my total lack of core strength following my second C-section, as well as 20 stubborn pounds of residual baby weight. The GSG challenge was started by photographer Shiggy Ichinomiya, a friend of a friend, and has two basic rules: 1.) Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight and 2.) Post a photo of yourself exercising to your Facebook page (or on your blog) to keep yourself accountable. Even if that photo reveals crows feet and one’s propensity to sweat like a maniac.

Half way in, here’s what I’ve learned: I can always find 30 minutes—even if that means briskly walking the baby in the stroller around the neighborhood for a half hour or so. Second, having the right stuff, as in gear, is kind of essential to enjoyment. And last, it’s good to mix things up. So far I’ve relied on my very, very favorite form of exercise—running—as well as hiking the canyons and taking BRUTALLY challenging core sculpting classes at Pop Physique in Hollywood.

However, the most fun has been swimming! I hadn’t done laps since college and whoa, what a workout. To that end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “stuff” that has helped keep me on track for my challenge. I’d love to hear your favorites, too! Please post!

I’ve long been a fan of any and all René Furterer hair products, but this René Furterer After Sun Shampoo is the ne plus ultra of apres-soleil products. I can’t tell you how CRAZY I am about this product. Its secret weapon is palm butter, which helps remove chlorine build-up and leaves hair feeling refreshed and smelling great. I also love the leave-in conditioner spray from the same line.

Only after I googled did I discover that I’d purchased the same Speedo Women’s Vanquisher Goggles as Missy Franklin, only hers are more fun in pink. For those of you in Los Angeles, both colors are on sale right now at Big 5 on Wilshire Blvd. I love these as they don’t fog up or fill up with water.

Running shoes are such a personal thing, and I highly recommend you go to a professional running shop (like FrontRunners in Brentwood) to have your stride evaluated. Personally, I’ve hit my stride with the Brooks Trance (I’m on my second pair). They are lightweight and the cushioning helps reduce impact, especially running on roads.

It might seem counterintuitive that the best running socks are made of wool, but I’ve road-tested the hell out of these Smartwool Running Socks and they are hands-down the most comfortable athletic sock I’ve ever worn. According to the company’s website, “Research shows that because of wool’s effective moisture management, you maintain a lower and more stable core body temperature when wearing wool next to skin instead of synthetics.”

For sunscreen advice I turned to one my favorite Olympic golden girls, Kerri Walsh (how AMAZING was yesterday’s match???), who uses COOLA Organic Suncare. The COOLA Sport Mineral SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa is waterproof for up to 80 minutes, which is great for swimming laps or an intense run.

And finally, every girl knows that you can swim a little faster, run a little farther, climb a little higher if your nails look good. Currently I’m involved in a love affair with Tom Ford’s Scarlet Chinois Nail Lacquer. You should see just how pretty it looks while swimming the crawl…

Ski Teal We Drop

In Fashion, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on August 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

Admittedly, my feet are nowhere near snow in this photo. But that didn’t stop me from test-driving OPI’s new color for fall from their Swiss collection, Ski Teal We Drop, at Point Dume yesterday. Next stop: Gstaad!

Elizabeth Taylor + Richard Burton, Gstaad 1966

Unpacking…

In Design on May 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Now that the paint has dried on our gorgeous red lacquer bookcase, I’ve been unpacking box after box of books, magazines, more books, more magazines. Firmly rooted in the Type A camp, I wanted to streamline all my back issues of Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Saveur, Los Angeles Times Magazine and various other pubs containing clips from yesteryears. I found these untreated wood magazine files at Ikea:

You can stain or oil the magazine files. I’m leaving them untreated. But speaking of color, I also unpacked three of my favorite nail varnishes, which used to live on my desk at Bon Appétit, in case of emergency: Chanel Ruby Slipper, Laura Mercier Caviar Dreams, OPI My Private Jet. Also from my former office, a Friedlander poster from the 2005 exhibit at MoMA, which was AMAZING. Beside it sit 10 individual French press coffee makers, just in case 9 of you would like to come over for brunch…I’m ready.

Today I’m alphabetizing books (uh huh). I can’t wait to press this little guy into action, a ceramic frog bookend from Alpha on Melrose:

Tomorrow, my desk arrives!

Discontinued…

In Fashion, Media on March 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

by Gaspar Tringale

Without hesitation, my favorite tweeter is Susan Orlean (@susanorlean), who is as glamorous as she is erudite. Two weeks ago she tweeted “My favorite lipstick and foundation have just been discontinued. Life now, officially, has no meaning.” Which inspired me to ask Ms. Orlean, as well as a couple of other media vixens, about lost loves at the makeup counter.

Susan Orlean, staff writer, The New Yorker

“The tragedy of discontinued makeup! The real tragedy was the foundation—Bobbi Brown Oil-free Satin Finish (I think that’s the whole name) in Sand. Perfect foundation. Arrgh. The lipstick was Trish McEvoy and now I’m spacing out the name (I’m very tired—sorry!). I was scraping the bits out of the bottom of the tube. And finally I had to admit that there was nothing left. I had gone to buy more a few months ago and was told it was discontinued, and I no longer had enough to use for making a custom mix. Life can be very cruel sometimes.”


Missy Suicide, co-founder of SuicideGirls.com and contributor to The Daily Beast

“I had the advantage of learning how to do the perfect cat eye with the perfect product. M.A.C cake eyeliner. It was such a pretty little pot of black. A drop of water added to the little black cake would produce the exact inky consistency to create a kicky little upturn at the corner of the cat eye. I spent hours training my hands to have the muscle memory to do the sweep just right, and in the blink of an eye it was gone. They discontinued the cake eyeliner in favor of the gel eyeliner about 5 years ago and I am still heartbroken. The gel is impossible to alter the consistency of and gets gummy rather quickly, it pales in comparison to the magic cake.  I have tried other brands and other methods but nothing will ever replace my sweet cake.”

Booth Moore, chief fashion critic, Los Angeles Times

More than any other brand, Chanel is responsible for the seasonal “It” nail polish trend. We’ve worn Black Satin, Blue Satin, Jade, and now spring’s pale gray Particulière.

But long before nail polish was as hard to nail down as a limited-edition handbag, there was my dear departed Rose D’Or. It was a red that someone with my coloring could actually wear. A red that was really a raspberry,with gold flecks that worked perfectly with the blue undertones in my skin.

Rose D’Or was a basic in my cosmetics wardrobe, and then it was gone. I Google searched, and rifled through the drawers at the grubbiest Chanel Duty Free counters, only to come up short.

I still have a couple bottles stockpiled, including one that my Foodinista friend turned over to me after a couple of glasses of Chardonnay. But I don’t know if I will ever find another red that’s not really a red, quite like it.


The Foodinista

This is not the first time on this blog I’ve lamented the loss of my favorite lipstick, Chanel’s Star Red (No 22 Rouge Star). The color is akin to the sole of a Louboutin, but with more fire and depth. The texture is dreamy and probably lethal since the company changed the formula for the U.S. market several years ago. But there is a glimmering light at the end of this tunnel. I’m told by the Beverly Hills boutique that the color still exists overseas so I will be on the hunt this week while traveling.