The first thing that drew me to the book was the title. I mean, who doesn’t want to be seen as classy and well put together? The book is divided up into sections that mostly cover all the things a classy girl needs to know: how to throw a party, travel, dress, be a good friend, etc. I loved most (not all) of the sections and felt that despite his connections and experience in the fashion industry, author Blasberg came across as humble and grateful for his mid-western upbringing and experiences. There are many suggestions of good movies to see, music to download for different occasions, books to read while traveling (no more gossip magazines!), and even a list of famous artists with whom a classy girl must become familiar. Throughout the book, Blasberg quotes just about everyone, from Plato to Chanel to Daniel in the Bible, which was very unexpected, but nevertheless, refreshing. Thus, I would recommend borrowing this book from a friend. Every time I re-read a section, I learn something new; like how to be a better hostess or things to look for when shopping for wardrobe staples. However, I wish it were a hardback.
It’s finals time and I’ve recently started using two moisturizers that I want to tell you about. I bought these from drugstore.com, so the prices may vary from what you’ll see in your local drugstore. Disclaimer: I have oily skin that’s very acne-prone. Thus, if you have dry or normal skin, my critiques may not be an issue for you!
1. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15, $11.99
Pros: It’s a multi-vitamin moisturizer with Alpha-Hydroxy. The other active ingredients are Octinoxate and Oxybenzone. I try to use it everyday. After applying it, my face feels moisturized and I think my complexion has actually been clearing. I really like the design of the packaging. It really makes the products look professional and legitimate.
Cons: The moisture I sometimes feel may look a bit greasy. I would suggest applying this product very liberally!
2. Neturogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream (Night), $13.99
Pros: This is also a mutli-vitamin facial moisturizer, but of course it’s used at night. The main ingredient, retinol, which contains vitamin A and actively fights to reduce wrinkles. I would love to say that my smile lines are gone have reduced but I’m not sure. Now I know you’re thinking, why treat wrinkles when you’re young? Well, I consider it an investment; if I’m kind to my skin now, hopefully it will be kind back to me when I’m 120 (unless science keeps us living longer!). It’s also good to start working against them when they first appear, instead of waiting until you’re 40. Again, I try to apply this every night, but sometimes late night studying causes me to forget. When I do remember, I try to apply it close to my eyes, (but not on them!) since that region lacks oil glands, and around my lower face (tends to be a bit dryer).
Cons: This cream also feels too thick or heavy, however, since it’s a night cream, I don’t mind.
Verdict: Hopefully by the end of this month I’ll be able to see visible results. I have been breaking out due to finals, the changing seasons and stress from interviewing for a summer internship. However, I believe that once my life is back to normal, and I eat healthy foods, and use these products more regularly, I’ll have better skin. I got over the greasiness since I feel as though my skin is truly getting moisturized. I would recommend these two products as long as you wear a matting face powder if you have oily skin!
With these I wash my face with Cetaphil and use a clay mask every now and then I’d like to use it more regularly.
Which products do you use daily? How are they working for you? Also, what do you think about the new layout?
Here’s my latest article for my column. I had so much fun researching men’s fashion blogs. I found some good ones and I hope you will agree!
To be honest, I have not really paid considerable attention to men’s fashion, but I do know (and many other people know this as well) that there is nothing more spectacular and eye-catching than a well-dressed man. On that note, I‘ve compiled a mini-review of some of the most popular men’s fashion blogs to help you get on the right path.
This Web site is definitely a must-read. The minimalist layout and neatly organized sections keep readers relaxed as they peruse the site. If you recall, a valet is a man’s personal attendant; thus, this online magazine works to serve as your firsthand guide. The style section includes product reviews, updates on fashion trends, information on sales at popular men’s stores and a how-to segment for adopting some of these trends and caring for your shoes. Personal style isn’t just about what you wear, however, and the editors of this magazine recognize that. The Handbook section is a complete guide to men’s auxiliary needs, to help take you to the next level. There’s a review of cars, grooming products, travel and vacation sites, etiquette, music and personal care. If all of these guides and aids aren’t enough, the Ask Valet section is the most unique feature; readers around the world pose questions to these supposed men’s style experts and receive answers within 24 hours.
Check it out at www.valetmag.com .
The Urban Gentleman
Are you inspired by tastemakers like Kanye West, David Beckham and Andre 3000? If so, I’ve found the perfect blog for you. According to the founding editor, “The Urban Gentleman is the modern gentleman. He is a man of style, class, culture and of course he has a bit of swag.” The main sources of style inspiration for this blog are magazine editorials and runway shots. Trends are derived from these and tips are given on how to incorporate these trends into your own wardrobe.
My favorite feature of the site is the snapshot of a “local urban gentleman,” a street style section. As with Valet Mag, The Urban Gentleman also understands that men need advice on how to maintain their clothes and appearances. The Urban Gentleman’s Grooming Routine includes advice for what men should be doing daily, nightly and weekly to look and feel their best.
Check it out at www.theurbangent.com .
This isn’t simply a men’s fashion blog; it also features stylish women. It is a must for guys like you who are seeking inspiration, however. Scott Schuman, famed photographer of this very popular Web site, travels the world photographing extremely stylish people on the streets. A former fashion industry professional, his eye for style is very acute and he shares his findings with his millions of readers daily. In fact, his site was included in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Design Influencers.
His sartorial list includes the best places for tailoring, dry cleaning and shoe repair in top fashion cities such as New York, Milan and Paris. This blog is best for those who don’t like reading the opinions of others and truly believe that a picture says a thousand words.
Check it out at www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com .