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Men’s Winter Skincare

Winter is in full swing, and with the ever-falling temperature, your skincare routine needs to be kicked up a notch. Gone are the days of low-maintenance grooming routines of summer and fall. It’s time to ditch the bar of soap and focus on real hydration for your parched winter skin. It’s important to find a cleanser that will wash away impurities from that ice hockey game you won earlier today, but won’t strip your skin of your natural oils. Try this Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser by Jack Black. We all know that dry skin can also mean flaky skin, which is why exfoliation is just as important, if not more important, in the winter as it is in the summer. Remove all the dry…

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Winter is in full swing, and with the ever-falling temperature, your skincare routine needs to be kicked up a notch. Gone are the days of low-maintenance grooming routines of summer and fall. It’s time to ditch the bar of soap and focus on real hydration for your parched winter skin.

It’s important to find a cleanser that will wash away impurities from that ice hockey game you won earlier today, but won’t strip your skin of your natural oils. Try this Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser by Jack Black.

We all know that dry skin can also mean flaky skin, which is why exfoliation is just as important, if not more important, in the winter as it is in the summer. Remove all the dry skin cells through a scrub, like Face Scrub Exfoliant Visage by Clinique Skin Supplies for Men.

Kiehl’s Men’s Alcohol-Free Herbal Toner is perfect for soothing your chapped skin and preparing it for a moisturizer. Toners help penetrate the pores allowing for moisture to soak in.

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can skimp on the SPF. Simplify your routine by selecting a moisturizer with SPF. For a lightweight moisturizer that does it all try LAB Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

Remember to nourish the rest of your body with Molton Brown’s Body Remedies Desert Bloom Body Quencher. The best time to apply moisture is within five minutes of your shower!

 

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Beauty Break with Olivia Chantecaille

Forget Shark Week. In the world of Chantecaille, spring 2013 is Shark Season

Photographed by KSW at Chantecaille Headquarters in SoHo. When I asked Olivia Chantecaille, the glamorous and gorgeous creative director of her family’s namesake brand what her inspiration was for the spring 2013 Chantecaille collection, I hardly expected her answer to be: “the urgent need to save sharks from overfishing.” But, the more I got to understand the brand, the more sense her answer made. Chantecaille has long been advocate of the environment and namely, engendered wildlife. Its modus operandi is to educate its chic clientele about relevant issues on global sustainability and have them pitch in, one swipe of lip-gloss at a time. You’ll see that message translated creatively into their products, whether it is The Elephant Pallette, from last fall of which a portion…

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Photographed by KSW at Chantecaille Headquarters in SoHo.

When I asked Olivia Chantecaille, the glamorous and gorgeous creative director of her family’s namesake brand what her inspiration was for the spring 2013 Chantecaille collection, I hardly expected her answer to be: “the urgent need to save sharks from overfishing.” But, the more I got to understand the brand, the more sense her answer made.

Chantecaille has long been advocate of the environment and namely, engendered wildlife. Its modus operandi is to educate its chic clientele about relevant issues on global sustainability and have them pitch in, one swipe of lip-gloss at a time. You’ll see that message translated creatively into their products, whether it is The Elephant Pallette, from last fall of which a portion of the proceeds of the compact went to to help save many of the 38,000 elephant poached each year, or their spring 2012 initiative in partnering with the Marine Conservation Institute.

This season, Olivia has sharks on the brain. She spouts figures off the top of her head including that 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins (that works out to 138 sharks are killed every minute!). She goes on to talk about the devastating risks of the species’ extinction, but how does beauty work into all of this fascinating data, well, the pretty, easy-to-use and brand new Save the Sharks Palette launching at Saks this month.  Five percent of proceeds benefit the BLOOM Association to ban unregulated shark fin trade. Check out my interview with the beauty maven who is just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.

Jenn Falik: Let’s talk about the Save the Sharks Pallette.
Olivia Chantecaille: The Save the Sharks Palette is an ode to the animal, yes — but also an ode to the bold, bright and graphic fashions of the season, especially strong blues as an unexpected alternative to classic black.

J.F.: What product from spring 2013 will we never find you without?
O.C.: The Rose Délice Lip Chic. It’s a fresh, sophisticated way to wear a bright lip.

J.F.: What products do you reach for if you have exactly three minutes to get from desk to dinner?
O.C.:  I reach for the Save the Sharks Palette and dip my brush in the Black Tip ocean blue shade to create a navy smoky eye.

J.F.: Your skin is amazing. Tell us about your skincare routine.
O.C.:  My beauty resolution for 2013 is to get facials at least once a year and to extend the benefits with masks at home. But on a daily basis, moving into spring I’ll switch out my cream out for an oil-free version, and every single day I swears by our Nano Gold Eye Serum. The ingredients are so highly concentrated, I’m always temped to use it over my entire face!

Always the perfect host, Olivia invited me to have my makeup done before heading out — and all I could think about as I floated out to the elevator was that every Chantecaille makeup application should come with an iTunes download of “I Feel Pretty”, because I just couldn’t help but hum it to myself the entire way home.

My personal favorite product picks? Well, because you asked (new spring 2013 launches excluded, we are talking classics here): the Lip Gloss in Guava, Future Skin Foundation in Vanilla and Mascara Faux Cils (I know this sounds weird but smell it, it’s infused with Rosewater —rendering it the most elegant mascara ever!

 

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Marvelously Marni

Marni unveils its first-ever fragrance at Saks

Scent is a fascinating thing. One may distinctly remember their grandmother’s air of glamour with a single spritz of her signature Chanel No. 5, or dive back into childhood summers spent on the boardwalk with a whiff of saltwater taffy. The olfactory is indeed a marvelous gift. But what does fashion smell like? Moreover, what do fashion, art, nature and architecture smell like — combined? That’s what Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni and her daughter Carolina sought to achieve with their first ever fragrance, eponymously dubbed, Marni. As director of special projects for Marni, Carolina Castiglioni is responsible for taking her mother’s designs into the future. Her credits include launching e-commerce years back, founding the brand’s online magazine Anti Camera and blog too, partnering with…

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Scent is a fascinating thing. One may distinctly remember their grandmother’s air of glamour with a single spritz of her signature Chanel No. 5, or dive back into childhood summers spent on the boardwalk with a whiff of saltwater taffy. The olfactory is indeed a marvelous gift.

But what does fashion smell like? Moreover, what do fashion, art, nature and architecture smell like — combined? That’s what Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni and her daughter Carolina sought to achieve with their first ever fragrance, eponymously dubbed, Marni.

As director of special projects for Marni, Carolina Castiglioni is responsible for taking her mother’s designs into the future. Her credits include launching e-commerce years back, founding the brand’s online magazine Anti Camera and blog too, partnering with contemporary artists on collaborations with the 20-year-old Italian fashion house.  Having grown up in the world of Marni, the fashion scion is steeped in the brand’s iconography enabling her to push limits and stake new ground for the visionary collection. Here, we talk with Carolina about the fragrance and the Marni woman, who, by definition is unique, boundlessly creative, passionate about art and lighthearted all the while.

SaksPOV: What was it like growing up in the house of Marni?
Carolina Castiglioni: For me, it was normal. Marni was started when I was 10.  It was about [my mother’s] style and the way she looked at things and found inspiration. We are close and we do things together as a family.

[Fun Facts: Consuelo’s husband and Carolina’s father Gianni Castiglioni is CEO, while their son Giovanni works in the retail division. The name Marni is also tied to the family. It it’s the nickname of Gianni’s sister Marina].

SaksPOV: This is the first fragrance from Marni. How did go about creating it?
C.C.:  Fragrance is a multisensory experience and in the Marni world, this is how we always do things — like mixing fabric, furs and wood [in the ready-to-wear]. It is coherent with the Marni aesthetic. We developed it together with Estee Lauder.

SaksPOV: The juice itself is unique from many fragrances out there, with notes of bergamot, cardamom and cinnamon bark. You can say that it borders on the masculine side.
C.C.:  My mother doesn’t like sweet or fruity [fragrances]. She prefers masculine elements like wood and incense. It reminds me of my home, growing up.

SaksPOV: Tell us about the bottle design.
C.C.: The bottle itself is timeless and classic in shape with the classic Marni elements: the dot. We played with proportions, as we do in in ready-to-wear and we did the same with the bottle, which [is large compared to its]  small cap. The red [Bakelite] cap reminds us of Marni bijoux [also made of Bakelite] 

SaksPOV: What do you want people to know when they experience the fragrance?
C.C.: We want our customers to shop according to their personality. We like them to mix pieces from different collections, even old collections. It’s about unexpected materials, colors and now, fragrance in a new way.

 

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Best of Spring Bags

Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer picks her faves

With winter still here, a great way to freshen your wardrobe up (before the mercury rises for real) is with a fun, spring bag. Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer explains the new bags for spring are “softer with a bit of structure.”   3.1 Phillip Lim Scout Drawstring Hobo “Practical, modern and the green is a great neutral for the season.”   The Row Drawstring Backpack “Elegant, sporty and very New York.”   Chloé Vanessa Crossbody “I love this because it’s really functional, without being too big. If you needed to, you could wear it to dinner.”   Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag “This bag is ladylike and retro, but it still has that McQueen edge.”   Lanvin Partition Bag “The orange is both bold and wearable….

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With winter still here, a great way to freshen your wardrobe up (before the mercury rises for real) is with a fun, spring bag. Accessories Director Elizabeth Kanfer explains the new bags for spring are “softer with a bit of structure.”

 

3.1 Phillip Lim Scout Drawstring Hobo
“Practical, modern and the green is a great neutral for the season.”

 

The Row Drawstring Backpack
“Elegant, sporty and very New York.”

 

Chloé Vanessa Crossbody
“I love this because it’s really functional, without being too big. If you needed to, you could wear it to dinner.”

 

Alexander McQueen Heroine Bag
“This bag is ladylike and retro, but it still has that McQueen edge.”

 

Lanvin Partition Bag
“The orange is both bold and wearable. This is a luxurious bag but it’s incredibly understated with gold hardware and elegant closure.”

 

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Kids Incorporated

As a wife, mother of two and the head of creative at Oscar de la Renta, Atlanta native Marissa Kraxberger is beyond busy. Then there’s George and Ruby. It’s her popular children’s blog that details everything from her family outings to the best stroller-friendly boîtes in Manhattan. And if you’re wondering about the name, no, those aren’t her kids; they’re the names of Eliza and Alex Bolen’s family dogs — Eliza being Oscar’s step-daughter and Alex, the company CEO. “Everyone always thinks that my kids are George and Ruby, but I am ok with that. It’s like an inside joke,” remarks Kraxberger, who previously worked at Diane von Furstenberg (in-house graphic designer and then senior art director), Kate Spade (digital art director) and, once upon…

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As a wife, mother of two and the head of creative at Oscar de la Renta, Atlanta native Marissa Kraxberger is beyond busy. Then there’s George and Ruby. It’s her popular children’s blog that details everything from her family outings to the best stroller-friendly boîtes in Manhattan. And if you’re wondering about the name, no, those aren’t her kids; they’re the names of Eliza and Alex Bolen’s family dogs — Eliza being Oscar’s step-daughter and Alex, the company CEO. “Everyone always thinks that my kids are George and Ruby, but I am ok with that. It’s like an inside joke,” remarks Kraxberger, who previously worked at Diane von Furstenberg (in-house graphic designer and then senior art director), Kate Spade (digital art director) and, once upon time, as a ski-resort lifty in Colorado. Here, Kraxberger  — who’s our new columnist and Saks Girl of the Season — dishes children’s trends, dance class and mom essentials. And, oh, as for her kids’ names, they’re Alexa and Hayden.

SaksPOV: What’s the backstory behind the blog?
Marissa Kraxberger: After launching the children’s wear collection, we talked a lot internally about what we could do to give it more exposure. We felt it needed a presence on its own in the digital space. Since Oscar already has a digital voice in Oscar PR Girl, we needed another alternative. We wanted it to be an authentic voice, one that wasn’t sales-y, etc. Since I am a mom of two and already very active in the digital space, I was the perfect fit. My direction was to keep it real — authentic. While the blog would be tied to the brand, this should be about me, work, kids, etc. I am a pretty open book to all who know me well so putting myself out there in the digital space doesn’t scare me. I already had personal blogs for the kids so now I just curate the content a little differently. We launched the blog in July of 2012 and it’s been a labor of love ever since.

SaksPOV: How would you describe your style, pre- and post-mommyhood?
M.K.: I actually think my style has improved. Maybe it’s because I feel more comfortable with myself and who I am now. I find the stereotype of how moms dress after having children to be so annoying. I still love to dress up. Even if I am in jeans and my Converse, I still may throw on a chunky necklace just to make it more of a look.

SaksPOV: Favorite children’s wear trends for spring?
M.K.: It’s all about easy, breezy and fun looks — playground chic. For boys, I can’t say enough about the Oscar de la Renta heathered and striped polo shirts. They are so soft and the color combinations are unique to any others I have seen. Soft pastels are on trend as well as more vibrant pops of color. I love to pair these with cargo shorts and some Toms shoes or maybe some skinny jeans and VANS. For girls, easy tunic dresses in gingham or floral are my first choice. I love dresses for playtime, especially when they are easy and loose. Another great alternative are knit tops with scalloped shorts — the scalloped detailing makes the look more unique.

SaksPOV: What’s a typical day like for you?
M.K.: On a good day I am at the gym at 5:30 AM for a spin (the elliptical) and getting in some early reading on my Kindle app. Then I go home to get myself and the kids ready. Our nanny arrives at 8:30 AM and I leave shortly after for the office. My day normally begins with chatting with my team about any crazy stories about my kids from the night before — I always have a silly picture or video to share. After that I typically launch straight into meetings. On any given day I work with my team on planning photo shoots for our ready-to-wear and accessories, marketing materials for our fragrances, layouts for advertising, invitations for store events, talent scouting for our next children’s ad campaign…. Since I joined the brand, I haven’t had a slow day yet. I like that though — a wise man once told me that if you want something done, ask a busy person. I normally slide through the door at home around 7 PM to my two little ones squealing mama and asking me if I want to paint. At that point, my husband typically pours me a glass of wine, I kick off my heels and grab a paint brush. I love this part of my day. The kids go to sleep around 8 PM and then we normally eat dinner and I hop back on the computer while we watch TV and enjoy the quiet.

SaksPOV: Your typical weekend?
M.K.: We are always out and about. We are fortunate to have some close friends with kids the same age as ours so we do a lot of play dates. We spend a lot of time at the playgrounds — Union Square, Washington Square Park and the Westside Highway. We also love going out to eat so we tend to take the kids out to early brunches and early dinners, before the crowds come in.

SaksPOV: If you could carve out a day to yourself…
M.K.: I would be at a dance class. Ever since the kids were born I haven’t gotten to go as much, but I love any type of cardio dance class. I just started taking one at Dance New Amsterdam and I love it.

SaksPOV: Fashion essentials every mother have?
M.K.: A great lightweight scarf — brings a look together and covers sticky finger trails on a blouse. A great tote bag — I hate having to carry a lot of bags so I like one that carries all my needs, whether my Moleskine notebook and iPad for work or diapers and coloring books. And a great wedge — I don’t see why moms have to be in flats all the time with kids. If you get a great wedge then you are comfortable and still look tall, lean and fashionable.

SaksPOV: And when it comes to non-fashion essentials?
M.K.: It is cliché but an iPad is a must. I love all of the learning apps that are available for toddlers — the PBS and Netflix apps have a great curated collection of kids shows. And we don’t go anywhere without fruit-squeeze pouches (Plum Organics, Happy Baby, Earth’s best, etc). Whoever came up with this snack idea was an absolute genius.

SaksPOV: Guilty pleasures?
M.K.: I am a closet sci-fi/magic/adventure nerd. I love Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games. My life is so crazy busy, I love to read books that whisk me away into another world.

SaksPOV: What’s your secret to keeping the work/mother/life balance…and not losing your mind?
M.K.: I really think it is just simply about staying positive. I do my best to focus on the good and not the bad. Instead of thinking of what my kids are missing out on, I think about what they are gaining. I think so much of our daily lives has dictated our point of view and sentiment towards situations. I do feel like I am losing my mind sometimes, but I felt that way before kids, too. There is no balance, there is only life and how you live it.

 

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