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summer selfie

a guide to finding your best, inside and out

Good-bye, layers, and hello, sunshine. Now that everything’s blooming, get body and mind in synch with the season. We’ve asked a few style and beauty insiders for their tips and picks. It’s a great time to enliven your wardrobe— summer’s light fabrics are easier on the wallet than cold weather’s wools and cashmeres— and add some new twists to your routine, buffing up both the outer and the inner you. Start with your closet. This season’s fashion holds a lot of fun, from the ground up. Metallics are big; sandals with some shine will be seen on this season’s happiest feet. Unfussy florals—large prints, or mixes of small, Liberty-style patterns on fitted blouses and shirtwaists—make an appearance. And art prints show up everywhere—dresses, skirts, even swimwear. Find a great printed scarf, and twist it into a halter top to go with white slacks, skirts or shorts. Or go chiaroscuro; black and white is always right.


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the OUTER you “Don’t weigh yourself down with makeup,” says Elle. “You want a dewy, healthy look.” Start with a facial, and fit a weekly clay mask into your schedule—skin produces more oil in the summer.” That means put away the oil-based cosmetics; substitute delightfully light mineral powder, and oil-free toners, makeup removers and sunscreens. For skin tone, think natural glow. Lips and eyes get a color pop this season: eyeliners and matching mascaras in metallic blue, aquamarine, purple plum. Look for shadows with shimmer, lightly applied. Lips are glossed with rose gold, corals and neutrals for a fresh look.

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Getting ready for summer

means shape-up time. Fitness and pickme-up selections abound (see our great Resource section). Treat your hair to the new, smoother styles: a soft chignon, bouncing ponytail, or sleek and slicked back look. Whether metallics, primary pop-art hues, or pastels are part of your wardrobe, pick one of the new nail colors as a complement. And with heat and humidity on the rise, don’t forget to make water a consistent part of your regimen. Note to self: hydrate! Fabrics and menus get lighter in the summer, and so does makeup. Pair your new fashions and toned body with all the finishing details. We asked Elle Murphy, a go-to makeup artist for film, television, and other high-profile clients for some tips on which what colors, techniques, and regimens go with summer.

Murphy’s summer first-aid tips sound soothing and cool. Relieve morning puffiness from the heat by applying ice (in a little sandwich bag) to your skin. Instant cool, and it tightens in all the right places. Tuck a repair kit with a smidgen of mineral powder, a piece of makeup sponge, and skinblotting papers into your summer handbag for quick fixes on the go.

DAY SPAS: Williams & Company 203.656.2363 Darien HAIR SALONS: Angela Cosmai Salon 203.461.8252 Stamford Artistic Image Salon & Blow Dry Bar 203.846.4803 Westport Blow Dry Southport 203.292.8543 Southport Blow Dry Westport 203.557.4789 Westport


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the INNER you

“I see lots of clients at my studio who are very healthy and fit, but they have a heaviness about them,” says Rupa Mehta, a young wellness guru and founder of the Nalini Method—a high-intensity combination of barre, Yoga and Pilates work. Beyond losing pounds and gaining physical strength and muscle, she offers advice (in her classes and her book, Connect to Your One), to lose what she calls emotional weight. Some tips for summer: Honor your need for rest and calm. “Don’t set your alarm,” advices Rupa. “and don’t regret taking some time for yourself this season. “Use that time to refresh:

Christopher Noland Salon 203.622.4247 Greenwich H Salon 203.255.0798 Fairfield

LIFE COACH: Marla Majewski/ Inspire Empire Coaching 713.806.7218 Rowayton MASSAGE THERAPY: Elements Massage 203.923.2303 Fairfield Massage Envy Fairfield: 203.333.3689 Stamford: 203.322.7000

MEDICAL SERVICES: Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Fairfield County 203.955.1461 Fairfield

see old friends, get a massage, go to a play, browse your favorite shops. Unplug and get out; have a picnic with your kids, relish the fresh produce from farmers’ markets and turn them into healthy juices. Walk SLOWER. Turn down the music, take out the earbuds, and take time to observe the world. Take a risk. “This part of the year is about renewal, so allow yourself to face things that seem challenging with your head held high. In my classes, I encourage my clients to explore the strength and limits of their bodies. That’s how we move forward and find newness in our lives. Try it!” says Rupa.

BEAUTY BONUS! Readers are invited to send us a favorite “selfie” for a chance to win a Summer Selfie Swag Bag filled with beach and beauty products! Please go to to enter your photo. 10 winners will be chosen and announced on June 21, the first official day of summer.

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NAIL SALONS: Posh Nail & Spa Southport: 203.319.9333 Westport: 203.222.8830 Opening in Darien: 203.309.5454 TANNING SALONS: Palm Beach Tan North Stamford: 203.329.0744 Stamford: 203.964.8212 Westport: 203.256.1109

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