Style Profile: Madeleine Sara, E-Commerce, Fashion Blogger, Stockholm, Sweden

Courtesy of Madeleine Sara

Madeleine Sara is into fashion and on Instagram for fun. I began following her for inspiration, her view on fashion and entertainment caught my attention and I just had to ask her if she would be interested in an interview. She graciously accepted. She’s a fashion view on freshness today and very très chic.

Hailey Bieber via Google Images

Fashion Icon: Lately I’ve been obsessed with Hailey Bieber’s style. I love the oversized blazers, leather jackets and coats worn with cropped tops/tanks and jeans, very edgy and cool. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is also a favorite, she always looks impeccably stylish. I love her style because it’s very classic and elegant. The way she mixes simple silhouettes with statement pieces is just amazing.

Courtesy of Madeleine Sara
New Balance 990 @NewBalance.com

Last Item purchased before the Pandemic: New Balance 990 sneakers. Probably bought these mid-pandemic but I’ve only worn them once and then the snow came. But will bring them out now as spring has arrived.

Wish List: This list is long. But to pick out two of my top items: •Loewe Puzzle bag, I have wanted this bag for a long time, was going to buy it when I got my new job here in Stockholm but other things happened and I needed to put my money elsewhere. But I’m getting it soon.
•White oversized shirt. I think this is one of the most essential pieces for spring/summer. I’ll wear it with my Levi’s 501 jeans when I’m going out for drinks with friends or over my bikini at the beach.

Lowe Puzzle Bag @Lowe.com

Favorite Restaurant: I’m a big brunch person so if I need to pick one then it’s Bubby’s in Tribeca, New York. I go there every time I travel to New York, they make the best pancakes with Nutella, blueberries and syrup. It is the perfect spot to experience the busy NYC vibe.

120 Hudson Street,
New York, NY 10013

212-219-0666

Bubby’s
@amazon.com
Courtesy of Madeleine Sara

Last Book Read: I’m a crime junkie, so I only read crime books and usually series as I like when I can follow the characters for a longer period. I’m starting a new book series now, by a Norwegian author called Jo Nesbø and his Harry Hole series. It’s supposed to be really good and it has 12 books so it will keep me occupied this summer.

@Dermmalogica.com

Beauty Routine: I have very sensitive skin and prone to redness so I am very selective with what I put on my skin. I use Dermalogica special cleansing gel to wash my face in the morning and to remove my makeup in the evening. During the day I use Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil which gives the skin great moisture and also helps with fine lines. After that I apply my day cream that has SPF in it.

In the evenings I use a retinol serum and after that a hydrating night cream. I’m thinking of adding a Peptide booster to my routine after watching Hailey Bieber’s skincare routine on her YouTube. That woman has amazing skin.

Courtesy of Madeleine Sara

If you could live in any piece of clothing what would it be:
This is a hard one, I don’t think I can pick just one piece. I would say jeans and tee, definitely my go-to outfit, and then adding a oversized blazer.

Courtesy of Madeleine Sara
Courtesy of Madeleine Sara
Courtesy of Madeleine Sara
Courtesy of Madeleine Sara
Courtesy of Madeleine Sara

Here’s to running around chic, to follow Madeleine Sara @Mads.sara

The Chicest Neutral

Kate Moss

Leopard is a no-brainer, it instantly gives that je ne sais quoi  that only a crimson pout can achieve.

YSL

I have always been a fan, and my only regret has been not purchasing the YSL Leopard shawl those many years ago, it was 1k and with my employee discount would have been half-off, I was a fool for not having bitten the bullet or debating for so long that they sold out.

It is better to be a fool for purchasing that one item that you know would make you happy than not.

YSL

Leopard is also the most versatile neutral, besides the chicest. Women for generations have been wearing it, it’s available in scarves, shoes, handbags and clothing. I am also going to add that no-one and I mean no-one makes Leopard like YSL.

Ann Bancroft

Here are photos of some current wishes and some beauties who know how to wear it.

Elizabeth Taylor
July Delpy by Stephane Coutelle, 1989
Maria Felix

Here’s to running around chic in the chicest neutral…..(All Photos Via Google Images)

Style Profile: Sara Beltran of Dezso, NY, New York

Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran

Sara’s aesthetic is inspirational, it’s the perfect balance of life on a beach and living in a city. Her jewelry collection has been featured in the world’s most well-known magazines, and if you haven’t heard of Dezso, than you have been living under a rock. Sara’s designs are for the every-day to day events in life and will take you to those exceptional moments when your jewels will do the talking.

She’s been busy, but found time to answer a few questions.

Courtesy of Sar Beltran
@sarachristina.com
@sarachristina.com

Fashion Icon: My mother, she’s taught me the principles of who I am. My mom has always been really elegant and she’s a great artist, I remember when I was 5, I used to help out at her ceramic/ porcelain studio, I helped her either pour the ceramic or clean it getting it ready for presentation.

Last piece of clothing purchased, before the pandemic: Bottega leather Bermuda shorts and lots of bathing suits by Sara Cristina.

@BottegaVeneta.com

If you could live in any piece of clothing, what would it be: A Tuxedo, I love them and I collect them.

Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran

Favorite Restaurant: I have a few but one of my favorites is Indochine, it’s a classic, glamorous, and great atmosphere, food is delicious and Jean Marc (the owner) is a great host.

430 Lafayette St. 
Between E4th and Astor Pl. 
New York, NY 10003

Style Advice: I created my uniform, it’s not about the brands, it’s about taste and quality, I love navy blue, it’s my favorite color. I think It’s good to collect great quality pieces.

Last Book Read: I’m more of a visual person.

Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran
Courtesy of Sara Beltran

It’s a fact, Sara is her own muse, she’s her best spoke-person, she’s the true Dezso model, living an inspirational life while running around chic. To follow Sara on Instagram @dezsobysb.

Creating Sacred Space

$40 @rootffoot.com

Creating sacred space is more important now than it has ever been before. I love products from Root Foot, products created with organic and wildcrafted essential oils that not only smell delicious, but that are good for our environment, meaning our personal space.

$28 @Rootfoot.com

I love dabbing the Single Note Palo Santo on my wrists, and other pulse points. I just love the smell of Palo Santo, it’s soothing, calming and helps me center myself so that my emotional equilibrium isn’t disturbed.

There are other products too, they also have fragrances, diffusor oils and other items for creating your own sacred space.

Here’s to running around centered and peaceful.

Firming Up the Décolleté

@lierac.fr

I’ve been into skincare and keeping the girls firm since I was fifteen years old. This past year has been the only year where I let things slide, I mean I did mask on occasion, but not as often as I was masking before the pandemic. However using a bust cream or lotion was something I just didn’t do, plus I’m happily single, I’m also not as vain as I used to be and honestly it’s not as bad as all that, I can salvage them and not need surgery if I take action now.

A few Décolleté lotions and potions I’ve tried and recommend are either by Talika, Clarins and Lierac. I first purchased Lierac on my first trip to Paris, I mean what could be more fun than walking into a Pharmacy in Paris and purchasing a French bust cream?

$66 @Clarins.com
$66 @Clarins.com

Lierac is a product you can only actually purchase in Europe, but there are other brands like the Clarins’ Bust Beauty Extra Lift-Gel and their Bust Firming Beauty Lotion, which I am slathering on as soon as they arrive.

$11 @Talika.com

Luckily Talika is a French brand and they do sell in the US, I love their products and their Bio-Enzymes Mask Neckline is perfect for when you’re laying down, using other sheet masks, a great way to restore and relax while the infusion gets soaked in leaving your skin, supple, soft and firmer.

So, how are you going to recover from this long hibernation?

Here’s to running around chic!

Style Profile: Leah McCloskey, Artist, Art Non-Profit Professional, Salem, New York

Courtesy of Leah McCloskey
Courtesy of Leah McCloskey

I first came across Leah in 2013, and knew I had to ask her about Red Lipstick and we have been virtual friends ever since. There is a pandemic going on, and between her Art projects and non-profit work she found time to answer a few questions.

@Googleimages

Fashion icon: There are so many amazing women I want to acknowledge but I think the most influential icon for me was Katherine Hepburn. I feel a kinship with her no nonsense elegant classic style. It sings to me. Especially the way she inhabited pants. If I could get away with never wearing a skirt or dress again I would.

Indigo World – Courtesy of Leah McCloskey

Last piece of clothing purchased before the pandemic: I am not really sure. It was early March and I was spending a few days a week in NYC before lockdown. I think it could have been a beautiful red cashmere sweater I picked up at a sample sale. The color is a more blue red than orange red and gives me a little pick me up in the darkest days of winter.

Favorite Restaurant: My favorite restaurant is home. (Laughs) I live with a very talented chef @chefdanspitz who cooks better food than any restaurant for miles around. My top favorite dish is mussels with white wine, shallots, fennel pollen, and butter. We get a fresh baked loaf of levain bread from a local baker and dip it in the broth and serve it with a side salad of crisp locally grown greens. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

@Amazon.com

Last book read: I am reading 3, but I just finished reading The Beneficiary by Janny Scott.

Current Favorite Shade of Crimson: A Mac color called Love Me Lipstick.

M.A.C. Love Me Lipstick E For Effortless
@ulta.com

Beauty Routine: I start my day with a lavender based cleansing oil called Bee-you-ti-full and then a bit of The Ordinary Hyaluronic 2% formula and The Ordinary Buffet and top off with Mario Badesco spf 15 moisturizer. I don’t use makeup unless I am scheduled for a video meeting or plan to go out in public (living in the country has its upside). However makeup or not I always have a red lipstick in my bag just in case. At night I clean the day off with a coconut oil based scrub my herbalist sister makes for me that I absolutely adore. She makes a special essence that she infuses it with. The smell is divine and helps with getting me relaxed for bed. If I have makeup on I will first use a cleansing wipe from Burts Bees, then some skin brighting serum. Lastly I moisturize with Mario Badesco Bee Polin Night Cream. During the heavy winter months I will sometimes use Weleda Skin Food.

Courtesy of Leah McCloskey

If you could live in any piece of clothing, what would it be: My absolute favorite piece of clothing that I will never live without is my white men’s shirting. It has to be very high quality cotton, the one I am wearing right now is from Sulka. I have 10 from all different company’s and I wear them practically everyday during the warmer months. I take them to the dry cleaner to be washed and pressed with a smidge of starch in the cuffs and collar. I always look fresh and crisp even with a paint spattered pair of jeans.

Courtesy of Leah McCloskey

Here’s to running around chic! To follow Leah @leahmccloskyart

Beauty in a Bottle by BABOR

$39.95 @babor.com

I’ve always been a FAN of BABOR’s beauty ampoules. However I admit, I’ve never used them for 7 days in a row, which is how they are supposed to be applied. I recently ordered Beauty in a Bottle, because I can’t resist.

I love the packaging and the marketing on this collection, plus these ampoules are precious and they do the job they are said to do, even if you don’t use them for 7 days.

I mean, I’ve always looked younger than my years, part of it is due to genes, the other because I’ve worked hard to preserve, vanity has never left me.

$59.95
$59.95
$39.95

Happy Easter!

Timeless Classic – Red Lipstick

Crimson pouts come in all formulations these days and there is a shade for everyone, just choose whichever makes your teeth look whiter, and which enhances your skin. The New Reds and older reds in my life.

$38 @dior.com – 999
Seduction & Passionate
Courtesy of Anita Rivas
Posh Kits by Victoria Beckham @Victoriabeckham.com
Seduction & Passionate

For more on Crimson Pouts @citygirlinredlipstick.com

Running Around Chic with Glowing Skin

The pandemic is finally ending, soon everyone will be vaccinated and we will be able to travel, visit museum exhibits, go out to dinner with friends and just maybe start dating again. Life has been on hold for several single people that were single before the pandemic.

I remember an article I read that Elizabeth Hurley penned in Harper’s Bazzar UK, many years ago. It was about what she did to prepare for a photoshoot or movie, a meeting, anything social and it stuck. For me, the quickest way to get your face ready for public viewing is to apply Peptides.

@Pai.com

I am a fan, and I mean, a FAN of Vichy’s LIFTACTIV Peptide-C Ampoule Serum, I am about to run out of the 10 pack, but just ordered the 30 pack. I plan on applying it nightly, than I will layer with it with my Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate, before applying Creme de la Mer. This is a winning combination.

The peptides will reduce fine lines, wrinkles, laugh lines, whatever we are calling them these days and the Rosehip bioregenerate will tackle pigmentation, adult acne, dullness and the Creme de la Mer will repair and cocoon the skin in pure moisture.

@cremedelamer.com

Here’s to getting our faces ready for public viewing.

Style Profile: Jacqueline Finnan Hemmer, Mommy, Wife, Brand Ambassador & TV Personality for @itCosmetics @QVC & Livingroom DJ

I met Jacquie years ago, when ‘IT’ Cosmetics was beginning it’s journey morphing itself into the well-known brand it is today. All I can say is, we’ve come a long way baby. Jacquie recently returned from her honeymoon, where she gave us gals a glimpse of Mr. Hemmer and all I can say is that they make a perfect couple, both gorgeous and kind.

Courtesy of Jacqueline Finnan Hemmer
Courtesy of Google

In-between life and catching up at the office she found time to answer a few questions.

Veronica Beard Blazer

Fashion Icon: I’ve had two major fashion influences in my life, and they are somewhat opposites if that tells you anything about me. Madonna was my first fashion Icon, and she still inspires me now that I am in my late 40’s. I love how she continues to reinvent herself over the last three decades, and even now, in her 60’s, Madonna still inspires me to this day. Jackie O (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) is my other style Icon from my childhood to now. I have always loved her oversized sunglasses, stylish coats, and suits, along with her signature white on white. When I feel like I need to look professional, I default to a Jackie O-inspired look. 

Courtesy of Jacqueline Finnan Hemmer

Last article of clothing purchased before the pandemic: Wait, we were supposed to stop shopping during the pandemic? (Laughs) Since I am often live on  QVC TV, I continue to purchase, I’ve been going out in public throughout the pandemic. Some of my favorite pieces have been blazers by Veronica Beard and Nic+Zoe. I am a massive fan of both designers. 

If you could live in any piece of clothing, what would it be: My go-to look is gym meets the office, so I would say that I live in that now. Black leggings with a comfy t-shirt that a blazer can be thrown over to look pulled together in an instant. 

With Jamie Kern Lima

Favorite Restaurant: This is a tricky question for me since I love to try new places all the time. I just fell in love again with a restaurant called Founding Farmers in King of Prussia near where I live last night. But if I have to pick one restaurant, It’s Azteca in Seattle. It holds a special place in my heart because my best friend Jamie and I used to eat there all the time. I love the chicken fajitas. I still go back there when I am in the Seattle area. 

Describe your personal style: My style depends on the day, but if I had to make a general statement about my style, it would be boho-rockstar.

Courtesy of Jacqueline Finnan Hemmer
@itcosmetics.com

Beauty Routine: Since I work for a beauty brand, IT Cosmetics, I regularly use the products we create, but I do mix in other skincare lines like Alpine Beauty and Herbivore here and there. Cleansing is so essential for your skin, and often a good cleanser is the last thing we spend our hard-earned money on, especially as we age.

@itcosmetics.com

I like Confidence in a Cleanser followed by Miracle Water by It Cosmetics. This ensures all the dirt, skin cells, and make-up is removed, so I don’t have breakouts, skin dehydration, and age my skin. Plus, these products’ hydrating factors ensure my skincare is doing what it’s supposed to do and not just repair the damage a typical cleanser can do to your skin.

@itcosmetics

Next, I follow-up with a serum that contains ingredients like Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Vitamin E, and at night Retinol. My final step is a moisturizer, a must in my book regardless of skin type or age. I look for cream formulas with Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, and Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen.

Here’s to Running Around Chic! To follow Jacquie @instagram.

Night-Table Reading

It’s easy to read from a kindle or listen to audio books. I’ve been recently trying to actually read more literature other than the articles online or fashion magazines. I tend to read the classics but recently read a few novels that were enjoyable, hopeful and heartbreaking.

I’ve always been a Margarite Duras admirer, and am hoping to hold out until I get to the beach’s of Maui this coming August, when we will be vaccinated and the pandemic will have calmed down, one can only pray.

Running around Chic also means being well-read…….what’s on your reading list?

Style Profile: Fiorella Valdesolo, Wife, Mother, Journalist, Brand & Creative Consultant, Co-Founder @gatherjournal; Contributing Editor @wsjmag, Brooklyn, New York

Courtesy of Fiorella Valdesolo

I’ve been an admirer of Fiorella’s work, reading every single article, since her days posting on Vogue’s beauty blog, along with fellow writers Celia Ellenberg and Kari Molvar.

I follow her on Instagram and am inspired by her, Fiorella is a talented writer, making all her work enjoyable and informative at the same time. She covers all topics and ranges from beauty, food and travel.

Courtesy of Fiorella Valdesolo

In-Between her articles, she found time to answer a few questions.

Nancy Cunard by Man Ray

Fashion Icon: Diane Keaton, Nancy Cunard, and Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak. Love women who accessorize copiously, are masters of layering, and really dress without being guided by anything other then their own whims.

Elsa Peretti Bone Cuff for Tiffany’s

Wish List: Elsa Peretti’s passing was a reminder of how much I would love to own one of her bone cuffs.

Last item purchased before the pandemic: A stark white Norma Kamali suspender dress with giant pockets.

Via Carota via Google

Favorite Restaurant: Via Carota, 51 Grove Street, New York City.

@VioletGrey

Current Beauty Routine: Do you mean skincare? It changes a lot but right now a rose mist by Lake & Skye, de Mamiel First Fix Serum, rotating between new cleansers by Josh Rosebrook and Tata Harper, Shani Darden Retinol Reform (at night), Fortuna Replenishing Balm or Weleda Skin Food as moisturizer, sometimes Augustinus Bader Face Oil on top. If I remember to use eye cream, it’s been Kate Somerville’s Retinol and Vitamin C. I almost forgot Sunscreen, it’s either Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting or Elta MD Tinted.

Favorite Red Lipstick of the moment: I have many favorites but a recent one I love is Kosas Thrillest.

@Kosas.com

If you could live in any type of clothing, what would it be: Turtlenecks.

Courtesy of Fiorella Valdesolo

Courtesy of Fiorella Valdesolo
Courtesy of Fiorella Valdesolo
Courtesy of Fiorella Valdesolo

Here’s to Running Around Chic!

Style Profile: Cindy Lucas, Denim Designer, Artist, Activist, Mother of Three, Wife and Founder of Los Angelina In Paris, Street Style Paris

Courtesy of Cindy Lucas

The fashion world is obsessed with Parisian fashion and beauty, has been for centuries. I remember reading Jennifer Alfano’s post on Keepitchic.com about her visit to Paris and what she noticed, I literally printed it out and saved it. I even wrote about it. Jennifer’s post was called: “What French Women Get Right.”

Lauren Bacall in “How to Marry a Millionaire”

I admire stylish women, especially those that are not afraid of red lipstick. What did Jennifer notice about their makeup?  That either they wore red lipstick and mascara or a kohl-rimmed eye with bare lips.  She did not see a pink or nude lip, she made other observations but unfortunately the link to the original post isn’t working anymore so I can’t share it with you.

However I came across Los Angelina in Paris, an Instagram account that features real-life Parisian Street Fashion. Recently, Cindy and I have been texting and she agreed to give her opinion on why the world has always been fascinated with everything French.

Fashion icon: Lauren Bacall, her straight slacks inspired me as a teenager, she was just cool.

Favorite designers: Karl Lagerfeld was an inspiration, classic with an edge, he knew how to make a woman strong in tweed & pink. I think Oliver R from Balmain is the next Paris genius.

Describe French Fashion/Your Style: My style is Cool Chic, with a bit of Rock/Punk. I still wear Dr. Martens. French fashion is being dressed clean and chic, always on trend. Parisians dress well with sneakers, amazing how it’s a trend that has become normal in Paris. Sneakers are worn with blazers, trench coats, they are worn with everything.

In your opinion, why is the world fascinated with French Fashion & Beauty: Because Paris is beautiful, our only competition is the city itself, we are in competition with Paris, we have to dress appropriately, you can’t run around in sweats and out-dress the city. Plus the love of art in Paris is inspirational, designers are inspired.

Shopping recommendations while in Paris: A one stop shop is the Galeries Lafayette, they carry Chanel and other designers, and their own eponymous name brand which is very attainable in price. If you’re on a budget, come during the “Soldes”, it’s the best time to shop, everything is 70% off. Soldes are sales and they only happen twice a year, and worth it.

Favorite Restaurant, where can one find the best Ham & Butter baguette? My favorite restaurant before the pandemic was Cafe Ineko in the 3eme, good and healthy. For sandwiches, my favorite is @don_lucas_paris. The best Parisian sandwiches use bellotta ham, or I buy Erik Kayser bauguettes and make my own, I prefer to make my own with salted butter, bakeries are good but I would rather make my own jambon/buerre.

There too many photos to choose from, I sadly had to leave some out.

Thank you Cindy, here’s to running around chic, in Paris!

All photos are courtesy of Cindy Lucas @losangellinainparis

Addiction to Beauty

Lately I’ve been obsessed and addicted to various beauty brands that I’ve been dismissive about. But I was given a travel size of Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdresser’s invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer and I was hooked, I decided to give the whole collection a try.

@Sephora
@Sephora.com
$13-$79 @Sephora.com

I also finally earned enough points to get this little beauty.

And I bought my first piece from Charlotte Tilbury, the Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

$29 @Sephora

I’m actually used to shopping online, especially when you know how things fit and work and now thanks to virtual software we can try on certain things, like makeup and sunglasses and that’s a start.

Preparing for the end of the Pandemic

I started upping my skincare game when the pandemic started a year ago, but then grew lazy and almost despondent. One of my best friends told me once that I was the type of woman that could never let herself go, completely and he was right. I started again and just made another beauty purchase @violetgrey.com.

ROSEHIP BIOREGENERATE

When I initially started beauty blogging in earnest, back when I was being paid, I preferred to review new and up/coming beauty products that were not receiving their due. Pai Skincare was one of them, I interviewed Sarah Brown many years ago and I’m happy to see that other beauty bloggers, and online shops have discovered a brand that I knew all along was good for our skin.

Also, to get ready for this pandemic to end I ordered a dry nail manicure kit, by Bare Hands. I am finally going to start filing my nails, I have been just keeping them so short that a nail file was not necessary.

My sister asked me the other day what I was using on my skin, because it looked good. My secret lately is that I’ve been using peels and after every peel I apply CRÈME DE LA MER, and in the mornings I just splash ice cold water on my face and apply my Beauty Elixir by Caudalie.

Most nights, I apply my Vichy serums, seems that firming my skin has become paramount. I am slowly starting to look my age and that’s not a bad thing, but I do want firmer, and clearer looking skin.

THE DRY GLOSS MANICURE KIT

CRÈME DE LA MER @cremedelamer.com

Here’s to running around chic with healthy skin!