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Taking on winter with DSW and Sorel


It’s the holiday season and time to deck the halls and update your shoe closet for all that’s to come. Whatever the occasion DSW has every shoe and boot you’ll need this holiday season from top brands at great prices. From boots to booties to sparkle pumps — whether it’s a last minute holiday party or there’s a snowstorm on the horizon — DSW has everything you need to stay festive, on trend and most importantly warm this holiday season.


If growing up in Boston and moving to New York taught me one thing it’s that investing in a pair of winter boots is a necessity. Especially if you factor in how crazy these past two winters have been! Whether it’s a gift for yourself or someone you care about this holiday season, nothing says I love you like your feet won’t freeze to death this winter.

While different styles come and go the Sorel Joan of Arctic Snow Boot has been a favorite of mine and it’s a classic that never goes out of style. They make trudging through the snow fun and are indestructible. This isn’t a boot that will fall apart on you after one season but rather a great investment you’ll enjoy for years to come.

His & Hers: Pikolinos Shoes

Pikolinos ShoesJames and I are in the process of redoing our apartment which as you can imagine with how much we travel has been a long time coming! While we’ve tackled most of our storage issues we’re still deciding how we want to organize our shoes. I don’t think we realized how many we had until we cleared out all of the hiding places (under the bed, in the hallway, shoe racks, storage closet…) and as you can imagine have quite the collection! What I want is a way to properly store them so I see everything. We have so many amazing pairs that it also inspired me to start doing a regular feature on cool brands starting with Pikolinos!

Recreate this Dessert Goddess NYFW Beauty Look


The Another New York Fashion Week came and went. And unlike this spring, which was all about heavy contouring and strobing, we have saw a push for more natural, luminous skin. The looks may be more subdued, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your bronzers and highlighters away quite yet; just use them in a softer manner to enhance your natural glow.

Get the UK Boots Beauty Experience at Duane Reade and Walgreens

Marina and the Diamonds

Okay my loves, lets talk Boots (skincare and makeup that is!)! Last week I jumped off a plane from Austin and booked it like a rockstar to Wall Street to see Marina and the Diamonds perform in front of a small audience of beauty editors to celebrate the launch of the UK’s beloved Boots Beauty brand now available at Duane Reade and Walgreens!

Dr. Martens x Adventure Time Limited Edition Collection

adventure time doc martens

What could be more fun (or adorable) then Dr. Martens partnering with Cartoon Network’s beloved animation series Adventure Time? Nothing, that’s what! The cartoon that attracts adults and children alike inspired a range of three styles available in sizes for both. The three boots in the collection are the Finn Boot (White Smooth Leather + Synthetic PU), Jake Boot (Yellow Smooth Leather + Synthetic PU) and Multi Boot (Character T Canvas). Sizes available are Infant (5.5-9), Junior (10-2.5) and Adult (3-13). I got a sneak peek of the collection today before their official launch tomorrow and they are so cute (and the kids at the event were eating them up too!). 

EMU Australia Fall/Winter 2012 Presentation

From head to toe, EMU Australia displayed their Nordic inspired Fall/Winter 2012 collection filled with a mix of comfort and functional pieces, while still being fashionable (and very well styled).

Hosted at the Metropolitan Pavilion at Style 360, the brand also launched its first menswear collection since launching 15yrs ago.  As expected there was a grand showing of classic  Australian Merino sheepskin footwear items, as well as a variety of boots of all lengths made of soft leathers and suede in different styles. I thought the collection was well balanced with heavy jackets (that you just wanted to snuggle in!) mixed with mini skirts and tall boots; fitted leather jackets with hats and accessories –and since it appears they haven’t yet launched pants, I’d love to see a variety of fun tights next season! The richness of the layering as well as the color palette or cranberry to grays to black as also what stood out from the collection.

Leather has been all the rage this season at fashion week, and I for one want this entire black number:

Straight from the front row, check out the collection for yourself:


Boots: More Trusted Than The Queen

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Britain’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, Boots for an evening of pampering, complete with manicures, skincare consultants and cosmetic advisors.  Hosted at the Norwood Club in NYC, Steve Llyod, (CEO of Boots) and Sandra Gabriele (their VP of Marketing & Communications) introduced myself and fellow beauty bloggers to the UK brand and their No7 collection.

Here’s some fun facts I found out.

  • 1 in 7 UK women owns a Boots No7 product.
  • Boots is the original creator of ibuprofin in 1969.
  • Boots and No7 specifically is Britain’s #1 skincare and cosmetic brand (bigger then L’Oreal, Olay..).
  • The No. 7 Protect & Perfect Serum ($23) is their best seller in the US and abroad! One is sold every 8 seconds at Target.
  • Studies show the No. 7 Protect & Perfect Serum actually visible reduces the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles and as you continue to use it the more effective it becomes. And won the Good Housekeeping Anti-Aging award for Best Anti-Aging Serum .
  • Target carries 6 Boots brands: No7, Botanics, Destination Brand, Boots Original Beauty Formula, Expert, Time Dimensions and Hawaiian Islands/Mediterranean/Amazon Forest Bath & Body.
Lara with Steve Llyod, CEO of Boots

After the speeches, I took some time out with Steve Llyod, CEO of Boots to ask a few more question:

The UK is obviously your largest market. Where does the US rank?

The thing about the US is that it’s a huge market so one of the advantages of being in Target and going national is you can have access to a lot of people. The US is the 3rd biggest in terms of beauty sales.  We’re Thailand’s largest pharmacy chain and they rank just above the US, but we’ve been there for 15 years. Boots has only been national in the US since 2007.  And the US market has nearly caught up to Thailand so it will likely overtake them next year.

Any plans to expand in the US beyond Target?

Yes, in the 1st qtr calendar we will have an additional retail partner. I just can’t tell you which one it is; but it’s a national chain.

Will you be in all of their locations or select ones? Can I guess the retailer?

We will be