February 11, 2020

Rethinking Fashion Week, and Beyond

I’m so grateful for being considered and interviewed in the recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature, “Is the Fashion Week Model Broken?” by Sara Bauknecht .

I have been covering New York Fashion Week since 2003, so if that makes me somewhat of an expert on the history of fashion week, I will gladly take the title. Years ago, I had proposed a class at New York University that was, for the most part, just on fashion week. Needless to say, the course was never approved, but if we may look at it as a social barometer of change, there’s no denying that the concept of the traditional fashion show is changing and with it, almost every other aspect of fashion is on the table, rife for re-examination.

Personally, I’ve been rethinking my contributions to the industry; what I’ve done, what I like to do, and where I personally can make the most positive change. Since I’ve had to streamline my fashion life in order to expand my time to accommodate my young family, I have been focusing the efforts on my teaching, being more thoughtful in my approach to andragogy and carving out more time to help my students. Fashion week just doesn’t hold the same weight as it used to; not only am I personally less engaged with it because of other prioritized commitments, but the absolute need to be present is no longer as important as it once was, since social media can takw care of that for me.

Acknowledging that the times are changing is one thing, but to truly know what the future holds is another; I can’t say ultimately what will be the fate of fashion week, but the more I think about it, the less it seems to be in union with the new digital age we are living in. All I can hope for is to find my way among this sea of change, and continue to deliver a trusted, unique perspective to the conversation.

June 10, 2019

Mustela for My Little Man (and Me too)!

My mom has never once failed to frequently remind me how awful it was when I was a child to find proper skincare for me that wouldn’t cause my delicate skin to break out in a rash. Fast forward to today, and as a result of this knowledge, I possess a built-in paranoia for the exact same issue to occur with my son. Luckily, his skin doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as sensitive as mine, but still, I want to ensure we use only the best on him.

Never having used Mustela before but hearing amazing things, I was excited to try a few of its products for my little man, but first, testing them on me. I can say with utmost confidence that not only were the products agreeable with my skin, but it has no become a brand that I trust. See below for my four favorite products from Mustela!

mustela hydra bebe lotion

The Hydra Bebe Body Lotion, $16, Target.com

With 97% naturally derived ingredients including jojoba, sunflower, Vitamins E and F, sweet almond oil, Shea butter, and it’s signature ingredient of avocado perseose, this lotion feels and smells incredible. An important feature of it that works for both mommies and babies is that it is hydrating yet incredibly fast when it comes to drying. To quell my fears, it is hypoallergenic and had been tested under dermatological and pediatric supervision, and is also paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol free. Simply, put, I love it, it’s perfect!

mustela bubble bath

The Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath, $10, Target.com

Recently, my boy has gotten into the concept of the bath big time, filling the tub with toys under a sea of sudsy bubbles to enhance his splash and play. Just like my concern with any other type of skincare, I want to feel confident that nothing in the bath routine will irritate his precious skin. This biodegradable baby bubble bath formula is 88% derived of natural ingredients and smells amazing. He’s not so concerned with that, as he is with the opulent bubbles that resemble the ones mom blows to him at the park, and boy does this formula deliver on that! As with lotion, this product is hypoallergenic, tested under dermatological and pediatric supervision, and is also paraben, phthalate, and phenoxyethanol free

mustela after sun lotion

After Sun Lotion, $12.49, BuyBuyBaby.com

I’ve found that one only REALLY, REALLY needs after sun lotion when…its already too late! I only think about having some on hand once the first sensations of a burn set in, but it’s better to always be prepared in advance, so the start of summer is a perfect time to pick some up! It’s important to do a really good job of protecting your baby from the sun, but here and there a little bit of color may sneak through. I actually canvas my little man quite well, but then…forget about myself, so to be perfectly honest…this after sun lotion is really for me. This formula is 97% naturally derived, and includes jojoba oil, Shea butter, and the brand’s signature avocado perseose® to effectively cool and rehydrate the skin.

Nourishing Stick with Cold Cream, $9.50, Walmart.com

If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you how much I’ve been wanting to put something on our son’s lips since…literally the day he was born. Well, excuse me, but they were looking extremely chapped! This lovely, travel-friendly stick is gentle and safe enough to use on baby’s precious cheeks and lips, and acts as a great protective barrier against the elements. It’s not like I want to think about the winter right now, but when it’s back, I will be prepared! It’s also 96% plant-based with natural cold cream, hypoallergenic, and overall feels lovely as you’re gliding it across the skin.