Transitional weather outfits from New York

 

By Jennifer Micó

Here you will find some ideas on how to wear during that tricky transition between summer and fall.

Culottes are the perfect pants to get you through this unpredictable fall weather. They are versatile and easy to wear with basics or crop top, or even with a long layered look. IMG_9737How to rock denim jeans: Take that top, wear with skinnies, boots and look great! IMG_9696White dress with buccaneer over the knee Suede Flat Boots: Must have for this season! IMG_9716Neutral colors:wearing neutrals is a way to look simple and elegantIMG_9315IMG_9711IMG_9519IMG_9300With sandals (they are not ready to pack away the summer stuff) and with sneakers or animal print shoes.

Midi skirt to get a little more leg coverage IMG_9533Denim shorts could be paired to up their chic-appealIMG_9514IMG_9523Suede: The Queen of summer and fall! The suede skirt might be our favorite part of the ’70s trend 😉IMG_9748They are definitely ready to fall

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Style Atlas: Moscow, Russia

BY JENNIFER MICO

To be updated with the latest trends implies knowing what’s in fashion in different countries. If you don’t want to be left behind the seasons’ news, take this Style Atlas as a valuable tool to enhance your own style. Today, a glance at

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Stunning Moscow, part 2

Have you added more Omega 3 to your diet? Are you moisturizing correctly? Last week, we introduced Maria Bondareva, a Muscovite dermatologist and cosmetologist. She shared with us beauty tips and told us about different cosmetology treatments. Here, we bring you the second part of the interview we had with this expert of skin care. Learn more advices, tricks and recepies: Do you know how to make your own fruit acid peel? Find it out! 😉 11910920_895727257128997_145652881_nPRODUCTS AND TREATMENTS

Do expensive products work better than inexpensive ones?

Almost every cosmetology treatments are expensive. Thus, when we see a middle-aged person with healthy skin, we imagine he or she belongs to a certain social class.

Which facial treatments do you recommend?

If you don’t have sensitive skin, any type of dermabrasion, like peeling and professional scrubs, is good. Diamond dermabrasion is really effective too: it removes the higher layer of the skin, making you look younger. I like these treatments because they work and they are suitable for any age. I also recommend moisturizing professional care.

What do you think about organic cosmetics?

Organic cosmetics are fine for patients with normal skin. Anyway, their producers have created a huge marketing campaign, so they are trendy and very expensive.

Are parabens dangerous?

They are harmless to the skin. Paraben-containing products last longer: between one and two years. There are no scientific proofs that parabens are bad for our skin. Organic cosmetics have no parabens and that’s why they last no more than three months.

People want to know

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There’s a popular belief that beauty treatments are slow and time-demanding. Is this true?

There are two kinds of procedures. On one hand, there are fast methods with long-term results. For example, botox, filling injections and facials done with the hydromassage machine are quick, though patients needs to wait for about two weeks to see the results. On the other hand, there are procedures that take longer but patients get the results straight away. It’s the case, for example, of a very popular treatment among the brides: the light peel.

Many pregnant women experience skin changes. What can they do to keep skin healthy?

A good skin care routine it’s essential, even before pregnancy. Now there are some procedures that can be done during the pregnancy, like massage or light peel. I always recommend my pregnant patients to moisturize their bellies more frequently with olive oil. One of the most frequent problems after giving birth is

hyperpigmentation. Fortunately, there are many solutions to to treat it: we can do peeling, use cosmetics or simply wait until it disappears. Women must remember that some procedures can’t be done during the breastfeeding.

Some women suffer from facial hair. Do hair removal creams work?

No, they don’t! That’s a hormonal problem and a special reaction of the body. To remove it, I recommend a laser treatment.

Myth or Fact

● “We should make a plain yogurt mask once a week.”

Fact.
Why? Yogurt leaves our skin fresh and clean. Milk contains enzymes that improve the skin. So, if your moisturizing cream runs out, you can use yogurt!

● “We should avoid changing products too often.”

Fact.
Why? Thus, we prevent irritation and skin blushing.

Apart from doing a consultation with a professional cosmetologist, Maria gives us some advices to treat:

● Acne.​Prepare a chamomile infusion, freeze it and then rub it on your face.​

● Stretch marks.​O​live oil is a fantastic moisturizing to prevent them! ● Dilated pores.​First, talk with your doctor about what treatments are

best for you. Then, to minimize the pores, fi​nd the primer that’s

right for your skin. Dilated pores are sign of an oily skin.
● Bags under eyes.​Y ou need to get a good night’ s sleep. Nevertheless,

as there are different types of bags, you should know that some are a symptom of serious conditions like Anemia or issues with the kidneys. Check with your doctor.

● Wrinkles.​Moisturising is the key! Peeling with fruit acids improves the appearance of your skin too.

Thank you, Maria Bondareva, for sharing your knowledge with us!

Style Atlas: Moscu Rusia

By Jenny Micó Jen Mico

To be updated with the latest trends implies knowing what’s in fashion in different countries. If you don’t want to be left behind the seasons’ news, take this Style Atlas as a valuable tool to enhance your own style. Today, a glance at Stunning Moscow

“The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” M​ark Twain was right, clothes are important as well. Nevertheless, even the best outfit can be overshadowed by an unhealthy skin.​

Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Any woman concerned about her image has a​sked​at least one of the following questions: H​ow to fight wrinkles? Is there anything I can do to prevent stretch marks? Does botox work? When is it time for lipolysis injections?

Considering skin i​s the largest organ of our body,​it’s impossible to ignore its appearance. If you wish to have smooth legs, make your face look glowing but not oily or in case you need to freshen up your eyes, the best you can do is to visit a cosmetologist. ​ As you ​wait for your consultation , this talk with  Maria Bondarova will give you a​solid knowledge base of skin care.

Maria is a dermatologist and cosmetologist based i​n​Moscow.​In this article, she shares with us beauty tips, tells us about Russian trends and explains the latest procedures. Furthermore, s​he clarifies many doubts women all around the World have about skin care.​Among other topics, she confirms the solution of cellulite exists and it doesn’t consist of hiding our legs.

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Maria Bondarova, dermatologist and cosmetologist based in Moscow.

WHAT DOES A COSMETOLOGIST DO?

There are many cosmetology specialities: hairdressers, barbers, makeup artists, skin care specialists, massage therapy consultants, manicurists, nail technicians and model consultant. Which is yours?

In Russia, a cosmetologist is a professional of the skin care, specially the face care. There are two types of cosmetologists. The first type work at institutions and is in charge of light procedures. The second type are the doctor cosmetologists. Recently, the Russian Ministry of Health has recognised the Cosmetology as a medical speciality. In my case, I studied Dermatology first and then I’ve made some Cosmetology courses.

“A cosmetologist must know everything about the patient’s body.” – Maria.

What kind of tasks do you develop during a week of work?

I give many Injections! I give filling, botox, lipolysis and mesotherapy injections. I work with machines to remove hair and scars too. I also do facials and peelings.

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Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó

MOSCOW BEAUTY TRENDS

What’s the most repeated phrase you listen when Russian patients arrive to your office?

“I want to look younger” or “I want to go back to my twenties!” Whatever they do, they want to look stunning and the want nobody to notice they’ve came to the cosmetologist. That’s why they can say things like: “I want to enlarge my lips, but I don’t want people to notice it.” It may sound funny, but I understand my patients. As a professional, I think it’s really important t​o keep natural facial expressions​of people. Therefore, for example, I may leave a few little wrinkles around the eyes. The result should be nice and natural at the same time.

Which is the most popular treatment?

Threads are really popular! In my office, I’d say injections are really popular too. Dark circles under the eyes and wrinkles in the forehead are other reasons for the consultations of many women.

Which is the most popular problem?

There are two kinds of problems: the real ones and the o​ther​ones. Acne is a real problem for many teenagers and for some adults in their 40s too. Another frequent problem is rosacea. Then, the o​ther​problems, as I call them, are those that don’t compromise people’s health such as hypopigmentation, extra hairs, and wrinkles.

“I always tell my patients that expectations should be real.” – Maria.

Which are the Russian beauty icons?

Russian women like Angelina Jolie’s lips, skin and style. They also like Reese Witherspoon, Eva Mendes and other Hollywood stars. They want to look like them and have their lifestyles.

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Actress Reese Witherspoon (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Which are the most valuable facial features in Russia?

Lips should be big and sexy, but not too big. Also, everybody wants defined cheekbones. Healthy skin and good proportions are important too.

Is it me or all Russian women are always impeccable?

Yes, that’s a trend in all Russia. When I’m abroad, I can identify Russian women walking on the street: they always wear heels! Makeup and hair styling can take up to two hours each day. Nevertheless, during the last years, many women began to wear less elegant clothes.

Why there are so many beauty salons in Russia?

Many people think that running a beauty salon is a way of making easy money.

What’s the difference between a beauty salon and the cosmetologist clinic?

You go to a a beauty salon to get a haircut or to get your nails done. In a clinic, we practise procedures like injections. Apart from cosmetologists, in a clinic you find specialists such as endocrinologists. That’s why clinics must have a special license.​Unfortunately, some cosmetologists work at their homes, without the required​conditions. This is illegal and also very dangerous.

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Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó

TALKING BEAUTY

Which are three beauty tips that any woman should include in her beauty routine?

Good cleaning, good diet and good moisturizing. A healthy skin is a clean skin. We also say that the skin is a mirror of our diet. Finally, to keep it young, we must moisturize it.

Which are the worst enemies to the skin’s health?

Sun and a diet low in antioxidants and Omega 3. Grape seeds, pomegranate and red w​ine are great sources of antioxidants. In addition,people should consider supplementing meals with antioxidants and Omega 3 tablets.

“The skin is a mirror of our diet.” – Maria.

PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW -PART I

Is there any magical cream to treat cellulite?

No! All cellulite creams a​ct on the skin.​This means that cellulite creams remove extra water, leave skin s​mooth and accelerate the microcirculation. But to treat cellulite effectively, you need to remove fat and to do so, the only solutions are injections and exercise.

Is there any magical cream to treat eye wrinkles?

Yes! These creams don’t make eye wrinkles disappear completely but they t​ighten the skin and make wrinkles look smaller.

Is there any magical cream to treat all parts of the face at the same time?

Yes, any good moisturizing cream can do wonders for our face. Korean or Japanese brands are my favourites options in today’s market.

“Beauty is a lifestyle. We have to work to be

beautiful. It’s our real understanding of what we do. It’s our patience. Even when we do injections we have to wait.” – Maria

How effective Botox is?

Botox is magic, I have to say it. It comes from Neurology. Botox is a muscle relaxant. We have 32 facial muscles and those in the upper and lower parts tend to harden with age. It’s essential to know a lot of anatomy. So, if the professional knows where and how much botox to use, the patient gets optimal results.

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Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Do you use devices for some treatments?

Yes, they are really effective. Though there are some devices that people can buy to use them at home, serious procedures are done only at the clinique. Moreover, the average price of machines used by cosmetologists is around 26 000 euro.

If you want more b​eauty tips,​r​eliable information about skin care​or if you want to d​iscover more​c​osmetology​treatments,​don’t miss the second part of the interview with Maria Bondarova. You can also leave comments or questions! Thanks, Maria! 😉

Effortless chic in Moscow

They have their own style, they dress like a real woman: with a job, college and a normal life, even if they are not going to an event, they look great everyday! So…what’s more effortless—or chic—than that? Here you will find the “Street style” from Moscow by Jennifer Micó

Jen MicoChoose classic items and add a pop of color to your outfits 203611If you want to go safe without try hard to find “The chicest Outfit”choose a dress in neutral colors

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30There is no way to get wrong wearing black pants and you always will be stylish! 6 8 35 15A good pair of jeans can be one of the essential of the wardrobe3829 19

2613All of these are examples of some basic pieces that many women have in their wardrobe. A chic wardrobe doesn’t cost a lot of money and remember “Fashion is what you buy, Style is what you do with it”.

 

 

 

 

 

Style Atlas: London, England

Jen MicoBy Jennifer Micó @jennifermico

To be updated with the latest trends implies knowing what’s in fashion in different countries. If you don’t want to be left behind the seasons’ news, take this Style Atlas as a valuable tool to enhance your own style. Today, a glance at Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Ozwald Boateng, Burberry, Paul Smith…​The list could be endless. Furthermore, London’s long tradition in the fashion industry promises new fresh material for years to come.

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Nadia Borovikova and Jim Hu,​two young local designers think over L​ondon’s trends, its most influential celebrities, as well as this season’s highlights.

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Nadia Borovikova

Dress like a local

As London is one of the World’s melting pots,​there’s people coming from everywhere. Thus, you can find someone wearing a basic white t-shirt and, as you keep walking, you may see an Indian woman wearing her saree. Despite this variety of ethnic groups and clothes, experts confirm that the L​ondon style does exist.​

How would you describe the London style?

Nadia:​P​eople have a strong style, hard to define. It’s a ​well done mix,​they wear clothes in an unusual way.

Jim:​I​’d say women in London have plenty of confidence. They look comfortable in whatever clothing they wear. A​woman from London is different from ordinary people: she has her own fashion category!

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Which are the wardrobe staples?

Nadia:​L​eggings, particularly those made of cotton.

Jim:​S​exy yet simple dresses.

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They give thumbs up to…

Nadia:​B​lack! Women in London also like adding ​vintage items​to their outfits.

You’ll hardly ever find a woman from London wearing…

Nadia: Feminine clothes.

J i m :​ Naive dresses

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Nadia Borovikova

How much do they spend on grooming?

Nadia:​Well, t​hey are always dressed to kill!​As they have very busy lives, they make the most of the time and apply the make-up on the tube, for example.

What about the hair?

Nadia:​T​hey leave the house with wet hair!

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Nadia Borovikova

British Fashion Icons

According to Nadia and Jim the main British fashion icon are Kate Middleton, Alexander McQueen a​nd J​ohn Galliano.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton

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Spring-Summer season 2015 in…

One color

Nadia Borovikova:​F​resh green

Jim Hu:​L​ight grey and white

One shape

Nadia Borovikova:​E​hhh… Triangle?

Jim Hu:​L​oose fit

One accessory

Nadia Borovikova:​B​ig glasses

Jim Hu:​G​lasses and sandals, for men and women.

 

Keep it simple: Coolhunting in London

Just cast your eye up and down any street in London and you will see black, grey, white and black again, yes even in summer! Maybe because for some women, the concept of dressing classy without spending much money seems impossible. Or perhaps the reason to wear “normcore” style is to have a safe wardrobe, without thinking about matching colors or prints. Anyway, remember simple is best.

Below you will find the Street style in London by Jennifer Micó:

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Total black

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Midi Skirt is classy

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Lace details

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Basics

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Pop of color

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No muss, no fuss!

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Neutrals on point

Style Atlas: Melbourne, Australia by Jennifer Micó

To be updated with the latest trends implies knowing what’s in fashion in different countries. If you don’t want to be left behind the seasons’ news, take this Style Atlas as a valuable tool to enhance your own style. Today, a glance at Marvelous Melbourne 

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Black&White, long hair and layered clothing:​the keys to recognise a woman from Melbourne. Two design experts – Amanda, the Store Manager of Marimekko, and Olga de Polga, an Australian fashion designer – explain us why Melbournians wear the infallible duet of colours from top to toe, how much money and time they spend on personal grooming and also they try to guess why many women prefer a sporty outfit, even when they don’t go to the gym.

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Colors and textures festival at Olga de Polga’s store. Ph: Jennifer Micó

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“They do black”

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“(Women from Melbourne) love black and white”, says Amanda from Marimekko.

Amanda could quickly understand that ​the bright colours customers like in Finland – Marimekko’s country of origin – wouldn’t be well-accepted in Australia.​“They love black and white.”

Although Amanda doesn’t know Olga, they’ve made the same observation: “​I’m not sure if they like wearing black but they just do it: they always buy black, local shops sell black, they keep on doing it. They don’t want to think too much and black is easy.” Maybe, the time they don’t spend on matching colours, they spend it on other things such as having their nails done.

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Socks by Olga de Polga. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Sporty outfit: Why?

“About five years ago, there used to be more boutiques around Melbourne, and so ​there was a stylish presence on the street we can’t find anymore”​recalls Olga. “Now, women would wear leggings and sporty clothes even if they don’t jog.”

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Marimekko

What did it happen? Was it a fashion caprice? Not necessarily. We should consider Economic factors. On one hand, r​ents went incredibly high​and, on the other hand,​big brands such as Zara and H&M arrived. This exterminating combination made the situation unsustainable for independent designer.

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A sample of local’s layered outfit. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Regarding the multilayered style, there’s no other reason than the weather. When climate is unpredictable and you’re about to face one of those never ending days, you can expect anything to happen.

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“My customers come here looking for something to impact”, says Olga de Polga. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Is Melbourne a follower or a leader?

Known as Australia’s fashion capital, Melbourne attracts people from other parts of the country as well as foreigners seeking for the new season’s arrivals.​But, the question that pops up when considering that the city touches that last, forgotten corner of the map is whether it’s a fashion trend follower or a leader. Designer Olga de Polga recognises she was mistaken: “I thought Melbourne was a follower but I realised it’s more like a fifty-fifty .”

“While looking around the clothing racks, customers say: ‘I love this’, ‘I love that’ and after listening such phrases all day long, l​ove ​is what you get.’”​- Olga de Polga.

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Season trends

Street fashion Melbourne. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Though Olga de Polga knows that it’s important to have new designs for every new season, she says: “I​only have a Summer collection and a Winter collection! Actually, as I work with many tourists, I must have Summer and Winter clothes all year long:​it might be Summer in Melbourne but, if a German girl comes to the store, she might be excited to find some Winter items she’ll be able to use once she’s back home.” Also, Olga claims that some of her bestsellers were designed 10 years ago​!

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Marimekko

As Marimekko has stores in both hemispheres, it must have a Summer and a Winter collection at the same time. Thus, for the cold days ​in Australia, warm and cozy tones will predominate.​On the other side of the Globe, ​Finland’s Summer will be colored with bright pinks and provoking, yet sophisticated turquoises.​Monochromes and prints – the brand’s signature elements – won’t be missing. Finally, among this season’s arrivals, Marimekko promises k​nitwear and silk designs.

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Prints and high quality fabric.​To keep things cool is to keep them simple,​says Olga de Polga. Ph: Jennifer Micó

“People like to know there’s a new collection. They’re always looking for new staff.”​- Olga de Polga

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Who is who?

Olga de Polga

 

Inside Olga de Polga’s store at Prahran, Victoria. Ph: Jennifer Micó

“People really like following fashion trends, but they also must wear what suits them (…) O​nly few women know their body shape: and that’s a key when choosing what you’ll wear. When I’m at the store, part of my job is to tell them how their body shape is, what cuts will make them look better. I guess that’s why people come back to our stores.”​- Olga de Polga

●  Olga: the designer, a manufacturer, she assists customers at the store… she does a little bit of everything.

●  Brand’s concept in one word: “Eclectic”. Everybody entering to her shop, should find something.

●  Target: women who don’t want to get lost in the crowd. “My customers come here looking for something to impact, made with good quality fabrics.”

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●  Amanda is the Store Manager

●  Brand’s concept in one phrase: “Be yourself.”

●  Bestseller: the A-Line dress

●  Target customers: women between 29 and 40 years old, as well as the first customers that keep choosing Marimekko since its beginnings, in the Mid-Sixties.

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Still curious? Do some online window shopping @ w​ww.olgadepolga.com.au​and http://www.marimekko.com