The NYCityGurl Guide to Fabulous Hair

Is spending $40 on a bottle of shampoo really worth it?

One question I constantly hear co-workers pondering is whether or not splurging on expensive hair products is really worth it. I may be one of those…hair enthusiasts, or something…. but personally I think shelling out the extra buck on hair products is a YES!

I myself have been through many hair phases. I started with highlights at a very young age, this lead to 3 large blonde (more like yellow) streaks in the 8th grade, to more highlights, to Jessica Simpson blonde in high school, to half black/ half platinum (white) blonde my sophomore year of college… At that point my hair was so damaged it was breaking off daily. I decided to take the plunge my junior year of college for ‘al-naturale’ back to my roots, my heritage, the good old brunette. And let me tell you folks, I have never looked back! I think I might have cried when I first looked in the mirror after basically being playboy blonde and now here I am in sitting in the salon, no makeup on, just this average brunette… I used to say people weren’t going to notice me anymore… I mean everyone notices a platinum blonde in the room. But I put on a happy face, went home put on some makeup and eased myself into my new (and improved) look. A little over 3 years later and my hair is now long, shiny, luxurious and completely healthy! I literally get compliments on it almost every day, even from random strangers in the elevator. I definitely consider my hair one of my best features. And even though sometimes I fantasize about that Jessica Simpson blonde in my junior year homecoming photos… I don’t think I’ll ever go back!

So here are my secrets to great hair:

1. Mr. Frederic Fekkai – My favorite is the Brilliant Glossing collection. I use this shampoo and conditioner religiously. But don’t forget to mix and match so your not ALWAYS using the same product. I mix it up with the Salon Color Care colleciton including the Salon Technician Color Car Rapid Results Moisture Mask every once and a while. I have also used the Essential Shea Shampoo and the Ageless Rejuvenating Shampoo. All GREAT. As far as styling product the COIFF Controle Ironless Straightening Balm works fantastic and is a fabulous way to get a straight look without damaging your hair with an iron. At $39+ for a bottle of shampoo I realize this sounds ridiculous, but this is your hair people! You might not have it for ever so why not appreciate it while you still can, at the very least on a nice shampoo and conditioner. Tip: Don’t just put all the conditioner in your roots, your poor ends need some love too! Make sure you’re evenly distributing from root to end. Continue reading

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SHOE OF THE DAY! Charlotte Olympia

Sunday evening quick shoe of the day here for you! It’s time to get into some resort collections and who better than Charlotte Olympia to start with. An instant staple in every shoe connoisseurs wardrobe Charlotte Olympia has taken lust to a whole new level. One of my favorite picks for resort is this basic nude slingback with the classic Charlotte Olympia gold island platform. Personally I love sling backs because they are so much less ‘confined’ if that makes any sense. Anyway get your hands on a pair of these before she becomes as famous as Mr. Louboutin. Available on the Bergdorf Goodman website for $905.

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eBay Picks – YSL

I have many obsessions as you are probably starting to notice if you’ve read through a few of my posts. Adding to my collection of obsessions is eBay. I thought it may be fun to tell you about some great things on eBay right now that I wish I could bid on. Unfortunately my rent is so high I have almost no discretionary income so maybe you all can bid on these things in my absence.

Just a small disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these sellers, I’m not endorsing them and I’m not guaranteeing anything they are selling is 100% authentic. I am simply surfing eBay and telling you about things I think are cool.

You all know about one of my other obsessions, vintage sunglasses, I am loving these huge YSL’s! Ending in one day so get in there fast! They are actually at a decent price right now even though it is an internatinal listing in GBP.

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Question – Answer: Wide Calf Boots?

Question:  Do you have any suggestions for boots that fit wider calfs and are actually stylish?

Answer: I too struggle with this issue and I have searched high and low for boots that run a little wider and are actually stylist enough to wear at work in the fashion industry in New York City. Now there are styles available at plus size chains such as Lane Bryant, Torrid, and Avenue at very affordable prices. But you will get what you pay for and that is, noticeably fake leather. I have nothing against them at all and that is fine for shopping on a budget, running around on the weekend, or going out with friends when your bound to have a drink or three spilt on your feet. My answer for something that fits fashion industry standards; Marina Rinaldi. Italian plus size clothing designer that actually makes luxury, fashionable clothing in larger sizes.

From their website:

Still today the target at the core of the brand is to create garments in line with fashion trends, synonymous with quality and preciosity of the fabrics and tailoring details.

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Kim Meets Alaia – Today’s Polyvore

In the spirit of all the latest gossip surrounding Kim Kardashian’s divorce I thought it fitting to create a polyvore surrounding her & some of my latest obsessions from Mr. Alaia! Hope you like it! Maybe a potential court outfit? (just kidding…) Kim anytime you want to give me a shot as your stylist I’m available!

Kim Meets Alaia

Alaïa sleeved dress, $4,827
Azzedine Alaia black bootie, €1.560
Alaïa tote handbag, $4,770
80s jewelry, $900
Tom Ford retro style sunglasses, €299
Tom Ford Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge Decanter 250ml, 270
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color, Black Orchid, $48
Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer, Bordeaux Lust, $30

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Shoe of the Day! – Giuseppe Zanotti

It’s Thursday and it’s time for another shoe of the day! I am going to blog about current season items before I get into some of the great things seen on the S12 runways. So this leads me to my LOVE  for Giuseppe Zanotti. It’s impossible to pick one shoe because I love them all. I am so excited for Spring but right now I am loving this slingback from Fall. It covers several trends, we’ve got color-blocking, and strass because everyone loves a little bling! I think for $1495 that’s a whole lot of shoe!

From the Zanotti website: Peep-toe sling-backs in purple, red and yellow suede, entirely covered with tone-on-tone crystals. Fun, well-balanced play on color for shoes fit for a pop star. Perfect for the red carpet, but also paired with your favorite jeans.

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