Cayli Cavaco Reck's shop
After I posted Going Organic about my search for natural beauty products, I popped into Cayli Cavaco Reck’s shop Knockout Beauty on the Upper East Side. Daughter of the ex-creative director of Allure magazine Paul Cavaco, Cayli’s interest in beauty and skincare started in her early teens and is now not only her passion, it’s a growing business. Following the success of a seasonal shop in the Hamptons last summer, the Lexington location is now a permanent address.
Packed with beautifully packaged natural products, the best part of the visit to the shop was the consultation with Cayli herself. I left with a slew of samples and detailed instructions on how to apply them and realized that an important part of buying beauty products are the recommendations from someone knowledgable. Then you can order refills online.
Knockout Beauty, 1031 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021
The rockstud leather point-toe flats
Lace-up cotton-blend corset belt
Hammock leather and raffia tote
Lace-up cotton-blend waist belt
Small textured-leather tote
Cotton-blend tweed hooded top
Strapless smocked stretch cotton-blend poplin midi dress
Silk crepe de chine and ribbed-knit dress
Cotton-blend poplin trench coat
Cropped cotton-blend straight-leg pants
Peasant blouses are great, but I’ve been reaching for my classic white button-downs more often recently. They look sharp under a sweater or on their own with the cuffs rolled up.
I originally pulled this Peter Lindbergh image, which I cast for Vogue ages ago, because I’ve been talking to a lot of agents about the current models. There are many terrific models today and I hope we’ll see a shift to career longevity, which made me think of this group and that at least four of these women are still working.
Shirt recommendations in the comments
Beauty is not my forte, but after I posted on the Shigeta collaboration I decided that it’s high time to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I’m really interested in organic products, so I emailed a beauty editor to see if she would share her current favorites–and, voilà! That lip exfoliator has my name on it, this winter has taken it’s toll.
Kora Organics Rosehip Body Oil, Tata Harper mask, RMS Beauty Coconut Oil Living Luminizer, Rahua Classic Shampoo, Kahina Argan Oil, Onira Organics The Mask, Ilia Lip Exfoliator.
The Wall Street Journal
Last weekend The Wall Street Journal ran the story, ‘Mad Maximalism’, in the Off Duty section and it confirmed something that I’d already suspected–I may wear minimalism-leaning clothing, but my house is decorated in a riot of patterned fabrics–and I’m not alone. No concrete floors, raw wood beams, or steel (except in the kitchen) here. I’m so obsessed that I bought the URL Palais-Home with thoughts of starting another blog.
But, there are a daunting number of great sites, magazines, and Instagram feeds already dedicated to “old-world sumptuousness.” @cabanamagazine, @aliceinherpalace, @markdsikes, @ladolcevitablog, @habituallychic, @theglampad, and @quintessence by my friend Stacey Bewkes are just the tip of an enormous iceberg.
Image Hannah de Gournay’s London apartment © Elle Spain, bottom @cabanamagazine
When I was searching for The Row’s Resort 2017 lookbook images, up popped this story on Barneys’ The Window. Model Missy Rayder is a great girl and Barneys stopped by the lookbook shoot to chat about her new home decor venture. And let’s talk about the beautiful clothes and accessories–I love that the Olsens have upped the tailoring a bit.
Jonny Detiger exhibition at Howl! Happening Gallery
I’m looking forward to seeing artist and designer Jonny Detiger’s new exhibition, Amplified Space, at the Howl! Happening gallery. The colorful walk-in installations are described as an immersive experience.
Tablet Hotels Magazine
A quick warm-weather trip is not in the cards right now, so I’ve been thinking about a mini vacation in a nearby hotel with a great spa. The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca top right is in my backyard. This story City Sanctuary has a number of great hotels where you can check-in, relax, and recalibrate.
When I worked in Paris, my favorite spot to beat jet lag was by the pool at the Ritz Paris. I’m eager to check out the redo of the famed hotel, especially the spa. The Hotel De Rome in Berlin top left looks amazing, too.
On the hunt for a reasonably priced pair
For many women, jeans are not just a wardrobe staple, they are are wardrobe subset. Owning a number of styles that are appropriate for a wide range of occasions is not uncommon. This is especially true now that we wear jeans beyond just running-around.
At coffee last week, a work day, my friend who is an editor-in-chief of a magazine was in jeans. We both were. To meetings I often wear straight-legged dark denim with a cashmere sweater and Gucci slides or black Jimmy Choo booties – wide-leg jeans with an interesting blouse to dinners – a lighter shade denim with an oversized sweater while running around – and white all year long. The hard and fast rules re. jeans have been blurred and they are now appropriate attire in more situations than ever before. This is great for modern women and it’s why many pairs cost up to $200 and beyond.
But, what about jeans for the weekend and just running around, do they have to be as expensive? I don’t think so. Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt reportedly favors Topshop jeans, and my daughter looks amazing in Levi’s and H&M. Friends swear by J.Crew denim and Madewell and I saw loads of cute pairs on the Boden site. Hey, if they fit well, and a good tailor can make that happen, then there are a world of options out there at a fraction of the price.
A.P.C. striped sweatshirt, H&M jeans, Boden navy pumps.
Video Interview On Matchesfashion.com
Over coffee this morning with a friend, I raved about a pair of Joseph trousers and she agreed that the line has been looking really great. In this Matches Fashion video interview, the creative director of Joseph, Louise Trotter, shares her thoughts on why the brand’s clothes are so appealing–especially to women with busy lives.
SS17 Campaign image of Luna Bijl by David Sims
I read in February Vogue Paris that Ms. C is a fan of the organic beauty brand Shigeta and has partnered with them on a travel kit. Sadly, it’s only available at the Shigeta showroom in Paris, for now.
Image © Vogue Paris