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hether it’s time for a workout, to head into town to run errands or grab a bite to eat with friends, clothing designers have you covered. Activewear now doubles as workout wear and casual wear. Gone are the days of not wanting to be seen in public after that trip to the gym. BY “Wearing activewear even when not working out has become an TODD increasingly popular trend,” said Sarah MiSLISS lano of PopShop Style in Dobbs Ferry. “It’s very common to see women and girls of all ages wearing it around town since the styles are cute and a lot more fashion forward than it has been in the past. Women love the fact that they can still be comfortable and fashionable while wearing it and that’s why it’s become commonplace.” Lester’s, which has four locations, including one in Rye Brook, carries three lines of activewear for women — Nike, Prismsport and Terrez. One time through the Prismsport lookbook, for example, shows you all kinds of styles from the length (shorts; skorts; and capri or full length for pants) and patterns (think of a kaleidoscope to get an idea of some of the more colorful choices) to the style of straps of the tank tops and sports bras. There are also the four-way top, which can be tied in the front, or the peplum vest for more cover. “In the past people would wear workout clothing to the gym,” Jill Orelevich of Lester’s said. “It was basic black leggings and basic black tank top and now there’s a much more fashion forward component. It has evolved, so you can wear workout clothing throughout the day. The trend within the whole industry has responded to that so there are more trends in workout wear.” Lace-ups on everything from the leggings — front or back — to the tops and the pants are extremely popular, with great detail COURTESY OF CHURCHILLS OF MOUNT KISCO

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oft. Luxurious. Sensual. This season’s fashion is all about feeling. When cool nights call for layers and crisp air begs for covering up, lavish yourself in one of this year’s favorites — a super soft velvet dress, a patchwork fur coat, a cozy luxe sweatshirt or a silky bomber jacket. Beautiful, intriguing textures abound. They beg to be touched. Looks are not only about being seen and making a statement. They are meant to be felt, and they are constructed to be lived in. This fall’s femininBY TRACI ity is strong, intrinsic and intimate. DUTTON Get dressed to be yourself — and love yourself — in these new looks. LUDWIG Ahhh… velvet Touch yourself. For a feeling that’s softer than skin, indulge in one of this season’s velvet luxuries. This super soft, weighted textile is no longer just for evening. Look for it in dresses that hang with perfect drape, in skirts or shorts that look divine with opaque tights, in Edwardian style blazers and sexy jumpsuits. Play up velvet’s distinct texture through deliberate contrast. Shiny satin, slippery silk and overt lace make perfect counterparts, or be creative with something unexpected like denim. The structure of velvet gives it substance, while simultaneously allowing it to be lightweight. This enables the fabric to contour the body without being clingy — and to suggest curves and shape through corresponding drape. Velvet whispers sexiness through sophisticated sensuality. Be absolutely touchable. Well suited Menswear, move over. There’s a lady in the director’s chair. Pinstripe suiting and mini-skirt suits are popular for the girls this fall. While their influence is grounded in boardroom menswear, their realization nods only slightly to the boys. Times are changing. Instead, women’s suiting trends celebrate girl power through feminine silhouettes and non-traditional patterns. Mini skirts pair with match-

ing cropped jackets or peplum jackets, emphasizing the waist and suggesting an overall hourglass shape. The nontraditional miniskirt suit form allows for playfulness with construction details. Skirts with asymmetrical flaps, off-center zippers, pockets and thigh slits appeal to fashion’s taste — rather than to office protocol. In pantsuits with more traditional cuts, the pinstripe style gets a new vibe. Think wider spacing, irregular intervals and colorful pinstripes — rather than traditional look from your husband’s closet. The feminine look is jazzy and contemporary, not at all stiff and staid. Girls just wanna have fun, even in corporate America. Rainy day shine Remember the fun of new patent leather shoes as a little girl? The slick shine was so dressy, even the most prosaic walk felt special. Get ready to quadruple that pleasure when you try out fall’s new obsession with patent leather raincoats. Glossy, sleek and funky, nothing could be better… or more practical… than these new raincoats. Black patent leather coats are superbly stylish and classically chic, with just the right touch of French je ne sais quoi. Colored patent leather, such as red, curry and aubergine, is unexpected and daring. Impervious to water and wrinkles, patent leather coats are expertly practical. With these chic numbers, you’ll be waiting for rainy days and grown-up fun in puddles. All you need now are the shoes to match. Cozy up Word up! A contemporary embrace of 1990s-inspired logo hoodies and sweats is bringing casual to a new level. Twenty years ago, the look was all about status and branding. Today, it’s more of a retro thing — a nod to the past in our very self-conscious present. Vintage sweatshirts from Adidas and Calvin Klein are hot finds in thrift stores and eBay, but many companies are bringing back an original redux or offering a modern version of similar designs. Following the inspiration of the ’90s, some designers today are replacing logos and brand names with cheeky phrases, text message abbreviations and emojis. Communicate without saying a word! Likewise, plain hood-

ies — without any incorporation of text — are popular in luxurious fabrics, like crushed velvet and cashmere. They are meant to be worn in interesting ways: with skirts, coordinated with pants and oversized as tunic dresses. Solo shoulder, singular sleeve Raise your hand. This is the season of the creative shoulder and sleeve. Looks range from 1980s-influenced embellished shoulders to extra long sleeves to one-sleeved tops. One shoulder tops and dresses are over-the-top this fall, just like they were in the opulent ’80s. Look for resplendent ruffles, cascading fabrics, puffed-up poufs and built-up pads — with or without bows and rosettes… and sometimes with both. If one shoulder appeals to you, how about one sleeve, balanced out by one bare arm? On fall runways, this look was exquisitely executed in stretchy fabrics and paired with lots of torso detail. Such detail meant the asymmetry of the singular sleeve was not the most overt part of the design. Instead, the absence of one sleeve thus revealed itself like an unexpected surprise. Another new look for the arms shows an interest in emphatically long sleeves, and by this we mean sleeves that extend well beyond the fingertips. While this silhouette of uninterrupted arm lines may look elegant, it is decidedly impractical — and not very wearable. Unless, of course, you want an excuse to never have to do the dishes… Harvest sunset In addition to the typically saturated colors for fall, the season’s new palette reveals an intriguing mix of pink, yellow and orange. These somewhat non-traditional colors (pink and yellow) are surprisingly adaptable in tones that are rich and slightly “off,” rather than bright and electric. A touch of black in the color base and warm undertones make these hues appropriate players for the fall wardrobe. This season’s orange is a ubiquitous spicy pumpkin. Its yellow is a roasted, golden ochre. The pink is a muddy salmon, almost CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 A





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to make them stand out. Orelevich is seeing burgundy and navy as the strongest colors, along with olive, which branches out from the popularity of camouflage this fall. “All the fashion trends are all in that industry,” Orelevich said. “Five years ago you didn’t see those trends at all. It’s a whole new fashion industry that has taken off.” Clothing manufacturers are not only coming out with brands on their own, but some are teaming up with the likes of SoulCycle, Barry’s Bootcamp and Flywheel to create lines. “Leggings, strappy front and back tops and sports bras are very popular styles,” PopShop’s Milano said. “Neon colors and layering pieces are also a huge trend right now. For instance, wearing a cut out muscle tank with a neon strappy back sports bra and tight ankle length leggings.” At House of 29, Lifestyle Boutique by Sarah, in Chappaqua you can find traditional activewear for a workout — they carry one line — and also three more lines of crossover clothing that you wouldn’t quite wear for a workout, but goes well with walking the dog, walking a few miles or heading into town. Sarah David doesn’t like to put the names of the brands she carries in print, but said her shoppers are very happy with the choices in her store. The true activewear is a staple of any wardrobe. “It has really become it’s own category,” David said. “People are looking for activewear that has a little bit of the trends going on with it and it has become more fashionable. It’s not just a basic legging and a basic tank top anymore. Activewear has designs, different cutout mesh details. It’s making it more fashionable to be able to wear it out all the time.” The three lines are what she likes to call “casual, chic pieces.” She added, “They are day to night,” and noted, “You can feel comfortable in them.” “People also tend to dress it up with their accessories like fur vests or sneakers we’re carrying for the fall,” David said. “People may

wear their yoga leggings with a basic support tank top, but then they’ll put on cool sneakers or a great necklace or a great pair of earrings to dress it up a little bit.” The designers and merchants all have one goal in mind — to make their customers comfortable from the beginning of the day to the end. “I think women are looking for something that’s versatile in terms of comfort, but also something has a strong fashion and trend design as well,” Orelevich said. “They can wear it for an errand, a school pick-up, out shopping.

They can look stylish and also meet their athletic needs as well. We keep that in mind, fitting all those lifestyles.” Today’s activewear is designed for today’s women. “Women are so busy,” David said. “They go to their yoga class and then they go out and run errands, take care of the kids, work wherever they are working. Many of our customers are fortunate to be able to work from home, so they can stay in their yoga-wear. It’s really that people are so busy and active. They stay in that clothing as much as they can.”

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FALL FASHION FOOTWEAR: A walk on the wild side


s the changing leaves and cooler mornings signal the start of the fall season, camel and berry hues emerge from closets, along with romantic styles in suede, velvet, lace and distressed leather. No, these are not the latest in sweaters and scarves, jackets and ponchos — these materials, colors and styles are instead reserved for this season’s shoes. Renowned fashion BY designer Christian Dior MAJA once said, “You can never TARATETA take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” This is perhaps never more true than when it comes to fall shoe fashion. Fall is prime time for shoes and at Churchills in Mount Kisco, co-owner Lori Land hopes to make the season’s selections simple for her fashion-forward clientele by ensuring the store can provide a complete head-to-toe look, culminating in the choice of shoe. Footwear trends Land predicts for women for the fall 2016 season include: hardware details, washed and distressed leather, lace-ups and many styles of boot, including over-theknee, ankle and open-toe. “We are also seeing the return of the round pointed-toe,” she said. “Not the pointy witch look.” The toe trend is echoed in the Salon Shoe department of the Nordstrom at The Westchester. “A pointy-toe is a great fall staple to give an ordinary outfit structure and character,” said assistant department manager Kimberly Murphy. “Peep-toe shoes are great to transition from summer to fall, especially in a versatile suede or leather bootie.” Beyond the toe, count on seeing lots of studded embellishments on shoes and boots this fall, which Land calls “the rock-n-roll, motorcycle, edgy trend… I personally love that edgier, juxtaposed look — suburbia meets Manhattan.” These looks are also stepping into the fall footwear spotlight at Neiman Marcus. Hannie Sio-Stellakis, public relations manager for the Westchester store, says an embellished or adorned shoe is one of the top trends for women right now. In further keeping with the fall feel, velvet, particularly velvet booties, are also “chic,” she said. “They go with everything, and you can dress up any outfit, up or down.” “I am very excited about velvet, which is new, over suede and calf,” agreed William Lawson, owner of Shoe-Inn, which, with the opening of its Scarsdale store in August, now counts eight stores in the Tri-State area, including a store in Rye Brook. If Lawson is excited about it, chances are it’s going to be on the fashion radar. He opened his first Shoe Inn in 1971, and so has nearly a halfcentury of experience deciphering footwear trends. He also makes two buying trips to Europe each year, and just returned from shopping for spring and summer shoes in Milan. To be truly in fashion this fall, experts agree women should branch out into the colors of the



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season. And one of the colors seen in changing leaves is the hue of the moment. At Nordstrom, Murphy cites “merlot and other red hues” as big in apparel, footwear and accessories this fall. Sio-Stellakis calls it “ripe berry shades — think raspberry or burgundy.” At Churchills, “Oxblood is going to be strong for the fall,” Land said. “It goes so well with grey,

black and winter white. Grey is still the new black, and we are seeing lots of gunmetal grey this fall.” “Blue velvet or burgundy velvet are really nice and fresh,” agreed Lawson, adding that the trend in velvet this fall is “a good reason to buy a new pair of shoes.” If you are looking for an excuse.

Boots of all shapes, sizes and heels are also a must this fall. Block heels, platforms, overthe-knees, stilettos, combat, riding, Westerninspired, mid-calf, tight ankle, open-toes … just about anything goes. Land likes an over-the-knee boot with shorter dresses, ankle booties with longer dresses. “Jeans are getting skinnier, so the ankle boot is getting tighter,” she said. But with all of the choices in style, color and material, what if someone were only investing in one shoe trend this year? “I would have them in a black leather ankle booty with a chunky or stiletto heel,” Land said. “It is key.” Murphy agrees. “A boot!” she said. “The boot has so many options to choose from, such as block heel, over-the-knee, peep-toe, mid-calf, bootie, and that’s just to name a few. Boots!” “A bootie, with a strong heel and a strong toe, to be worn with skirts,” recommended Lawson. But having a few different fall shoe options can make dressing easier. Land would like to see some women, who get stuck feeling they never have the right shoe to go with their clothes, to “branch out — having a stiletto, a chunky heel, a wedge,” she said. “Changing up the heel options to match what you are wearing that day” can make all the difference in feeling like an outfit is complete. Men have not been left out when it comes to footwear fashion for fall, either. For them, Murphy suggests “athletic sneakers with a chic, modern edge and Chelsea or chukka [anklehigh] boots.” Sio-Stellakis said they are showing “luxe trainers and sneakers” for men at Neiman Marcus. Land is selling “sneaker boots or shoe boots that transition day into night” for men, who like to keep things simple but still look good. The feeling is not for men alone. “Women and men both want to be able to transition their shoes,” Land said. As much as they want their shoes to transition easily from day to night, they also want shoes that transition easily from season to season. Which is why the peep toe, which moves from summer to fall, is a fashionable option this season. “People are enjoying seasonal transitional footwear now more than in the past,” said Lawson, who recommended a strong, open-toe, sling-back shoe with a two-and-a-half-inch heel as a good option. Another good thing about the this season’s fall fashion trends is that they might make a reappearance in the spring. Lawson predicts that velvet and peep toes will re-emerge after the more utilitarian fashion of winter takes over. Think “black heels with open toes and pom moms,” he said. Even kids can be fashionable with their footwear this fall. Murphy likes boots, slip-on sneakers and “Twinkle toes — glitter, glitter and more glitter,” for girls this fall. Whichever fall footwear fashion one follows this fall, perhaps style maven Bette Midler put it best when she said, “I firmly believe that with the right footwear, one can rule the world.”

More is more: Accessories in a season of excess


e all know a look is not a look without the right accessories. They’re the sugar and spice of the dish. The lipstick kiss on your lips. They assert confidence. They whisper. They play. They express your personality. They command a persona. “Here I am!” Be bold. Be classic. Be demure. Be daring. Fit right in. Stand out. Be appropriate. Be inappropriate. Make a statement. Be you! Fall is ripe with BY TRACI choice. Lucky for you, DUTTON we’ve edited the selecLUDWIG tion to 10 must-have pieces you won’t want to miss. Indulge in them to satisfy your own individuality. Statement choker Bigger, thicker and bolder than ever before, fall’s new choker literally wraps the neck in luxury. A cross between a scarf and a necklace, current style favors broad bands of luxurious velvet, stretchy lace, laser-cut leather, metallic mesh, beads and textural natural fibers. Measuring to a height of several inches, today’s chokers are statementmaking works of art, as opposed to supports for pendants, such as were popular in the 1990s. Also capturing the banded look of fall’s large chokers are silk scarves in the style of Hermes. Fold them into compact rectangles and tie around your neck for the perfect “put together” look — voila! Over-the-knee boots Reach new heights with fall’s love of luxurious over-the-knee boots. With flat soles, they update one of the season’s ubiquitous perennials – the riding boot. With platforms or heels, they exude sass and confidence. Look for them in supple suede, sleek combinations of leather and microfiber and dramatic skins, natural or dyed. The elegant height of fall’s over-the-knee boots perfectly complements the season’s miniskirt suits, velvet shorts and buttoned-up denim skirts. Fur trim Fall fashion has gone wild. Fur stoles graced many a runway, in many COURTESY OF CHURCHILLS OF MOUNT KISCO manifestations. Natural tone fur Not every type of hat is for everyone, but when expresses a classic look, while dyed it works it can help make an outfit. Just ask designer Thomas Wylde. variations are youthful, creative and


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fun. Elegantly drape a stole over one shoulder, or place it diagonally across the body, pinned at the shoulder and anchored at the waist by a belt. The texture of fur plays well with another seasonal favorite — velvet. In combination, their pairing creates visual and tactile excitement. Other fur accessories are also popular this season. Look for fur purses and fur-trimmed shoes, gloves and hairbands. Fur purses — in structured, boxy shapes — complement many designers’ collections. Impractical? Maybe. Gorgeous? Yes. Totally worth the hassle? Don’t have to think twice! Guitar strap handles Channel your inner rocker with this season’s love of “guitar strap” handbag handles. Thick canvas and broad bands of leather — all embellished as hell — paraded up and down fall runways. They asserted themselves on cross-body bags, but also added decoration to satchels and pouches. The look recalls the personalized, and often exquisitely rendered, handmade guitar straps of folk musicians from the 1970s and rockers from the ’80s and ’90s. Look for jewel-like embroidery, sumptuous stamped leather, elaborately woven and braided textiles, ethnic pattern influences and adornment with pins, glitz, beads and chains. Fade music as you saunter into the distance. Embellished gloves Baby, it’s cold outside — or soon it will be. Gloves this fall have exploded with a profusion of creativity. There are choices to satisfy every style and mood. Longer lengths abound. Reaching to the elbow or beyond, they wrap the arm in velvet, stretchable leather, knits or synthetic fabrics. Look for fur or velvet trim and metallic details like grommets, chains, links and studs. Textile rosettes add appealing nostalgia. Lace and bows evoke femininity. Safety pins cast a wink to badass attitude. Argyle patterns — reminiscent of men’s socks — giggle with whimsy. Perfect for the season’s one-shoulder bodices and single sleeve dresses and tops, these gloves carry uniqueness for expressive personalities. Velvet ANYTHING If you invest in anything this fall, let it be velvet. A soft and royal luxury, velvet is associated with wealth and finery. Indulge yourself with a velvet handbag. Pamper your feet with velvet booties. Circle your waist with a velvet sash. Cradle your neck with a velvet band. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4A



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Stash your stuff in a velvet backpack. Crown your hairstyle with a velvet beanie. Rich and sensual, velvet instantly elevates any anything you wear to its most luxe identity. Double buckle belt Two is better than one. This season’s favorite waistline candy is a belt with double buckles. It works because it’s simultaneously traditional and funky, and it can be worn with just about anything. Because the general design and structure follow the form of a typical single-buckle belt, the double buckle appears as an unexpected surprise. The additional hardware adds definition to the waist and attractively presents the hips. The double buckles also enable possibility to display pins and dangling ornamentation so popular this season. Platform boots and booties Do you remember David Bowie’s iconic footwear on stage? How about chunky Barbie doll boots? Now, the fashion for super-high, super slick platform boots, booties and shoes has been embraced by real-life, main street fashion. The current trend leans toward inches upon inches of stacked platform heels and outrageous materials. The way to wear these extreme platform shoes is to go way over the top. Shiny blue patent leather, slick black and white vinyl, purple fur, rough denim, orange snakeskin, electric yellow laces — just unleash your imagination. But just remember to be careful as you walk on the wild side, and don’t forget to hold the railing while going down stairs… This is your mother’s voice talking.

High heels There’s sex appeal in walking like a lady. Elegant pumps and killer stilettos shower feet with affection this fall. The shape of the season favors a pointed toe and a tall, narrow heel. The lines of these shoes emphasize verticality and suggest stature. Exuding elegance and refinement, high heeled pumps and stilettos are a welcome contrast to the bulkiness of platform and over-the-knee boots. Go classic with well-designed black leather pumps or shiny patent leather stilettos. The simplicity of a great high heel shoe focuses attention on its design, which is where the real X-factor is. Costume jewels This fall brings a harvest of costume jewelry to contemporary fashion. Pins, baubles, charms and trinkets — in every form of kitsch — abound. Singularly, individual pieces may seem old fashioned and outdated. However, when worn en masse, their abundance acquires a cheeky, modern irony. Pile pins on jackets, sweaters, jeans and hats. Scatter sparkly clips and decorated bobby pins throughout your hair. Place a ring on every finger — gypsy style — to transform the gaudy into the divine. Mixing vintage flea market finds with contemporary pieces adds a collector’s thrill to the look’s visual density. Combining a few precious pieces with paste replicas shows you’re not taking yourself too seriously. Layer on necklaces or wear a charm bracelet to surround yourself with the lucky magic of amulets — whatever that magic may be. If you embrace this trend in a personal way, every piece you wear will tell a story.

y summer’s end, most women feel their hair’s been through the wringer, thanks to chlorine, salt and sun. Even if you’ve been a pro-active about pre-treating your tresses with conditioner before hitting the beach or pool, summer hair is washed more frequently, translating to double and triple duty with the flat iron and the blow dryer. Come September, beleaguered hair is primed for a refresh. BY Let’s talk basics, which means shampoo and condiEVE tioner. Although you’ve probMARX ably been applying them in that order since the first time you washed your own hair, you may have noticed a slew of commercials recently touting the benefits of using conditioner first. “Applying conditioner before shampoo is an excellent idea,” said Cherylyn at Cherylyn Salon North in Armonk. “Using conditioner before shampooing actually loosens up all the oils and excess product on your hair and scalp, making is easier to use less shampoo because the hair has been prepped.” Acknowledging many of the high-performance shampoos are quite pricey, being able to use less of it is a value bonus. “Some of the best shampoos can cost $40 or $50,” Cherylyn said. “So prepping first with conditioner means you can use a quarter of the amount of shampoo you usually use, which means it will last longer.” Julius Michael of the Scarsdale salon bearing his name disagrees: “Shampoo is to get rid of dirt, oils product buildup, etc. Conditioner is what coats the cuticle of the hair, sealing in moisturizer, eliminating frizz and adding shine. To use shampoo after a conditioner doesn’t make sense.” It’s all about ingredients, Cherylyn said. “The grade of oils, the vitamins, the levels of sodium and water, they do make a difference.” Her salon uses pharmaceutical grade products and ingredients, which does make the products more expensive. “For those concerned about costs, it’s good to know that a quality shampoo stimulates hair growth and the scalp will be treated the way a good moisturizer works on the skin of your face,” she said. “A really good shampoo not only safely cleanses the hair shaft, but it will also repair split ends.” Dawn DiDomenico of Salon D’Luxe in Mt. Kisco, offers her clients an in-salon, threestep, post-summer restorative hair treatment using Linkage Meu products. The curative treatment calls for applying amino oil to the ends of the hair to smooth out surface bumps. Applied next is a moisture veil, which is massaged and then combed through the entire head of hair. A rinse is next. The last step is a

smoothing top coat that is massaged throughout the hair and then rinsed out. Afterwards, hair is no longer dry and brittle, and for several weeks after feels as supple and smooth as silk. Professionals advise protecting hair from the elements by wearing a hat or a hair sun protection product. Wetting hair before div-

ing into water dilutes chlorine and salt. It’s also advised to use lukewarm water on hair only, not water that’s too hot or too cold. And never scrub wet hair, which is especially sensitive to stretching and pulling. Also blot hair with a towel after swimming or shampooing. Rubbing it with a towel causes friction that is damaging.

When it comes to fall hair fashion, the hair painting color system known as Balayage remains popular. Balayage is a French term meaning “to sweep or to paint.” The technique allows for a sun-kissed, more natural looking hair color, similar to what nature gives us as children. Another benefit of Balayage is that regrowth is less noticeable, which means fewer visits to the salon for touch-ups. Upkeep is easy as well because after Balayage, you can shampoo and condition as you normally would as long as you stick to products made from high quality ingredients. What’s hot in terms of style? A quick cruise through any fashion magazine will tell you that pretty much anything goes. Curly, straight, long or short, it’s all good. Textured cuts still reign over blunt cuts, and bangs, if your stylist isn’t resistant to cutting them, are youthful looking and “in.” The layered, textured effect is achieved using texturizing scissors or a straight razor. Julius Michael said that while many of his clients still want that sleek, smooth Westchester look, in his opinion, curly hair is always in style. “And not just ’80s style curls, either,” he said. “I see more curly-haired girls learning to style their hair to make it look trendy and modern without compromising their natural curls.” Michael said he keeps an eye on seasonal hair color trends to guide his clients towards the popular warmer shades of copper, warm brown, caramel and honey blonde. “That ice blonde look and cool blonde shades are on their way out,” he said. “Brown with wheat colored highlights — that’s over. Everyone is doing brown with warm or reddish highlights, or a golden or honey blonde base with caramel or vanilla highlights.” He said the most asked for cut now is “the lob with two” so everyone’s hair is just below the shoulder, or touching the collar bone. He said he personally likes a lot of the really short edgy cuts coming out for fall. “I’m just really glad those funky colors are gone,” he said. Ditto the ombre hair color look. What about extensions? After rocking a short chin-length bob for several years, Real Housewife of New York City Ramona Singer got a thumbs up for her suddenly long tresses. If you don’t want to go for the full-on semipermanent extension monty, clip-ins are an affordable luxury that can completely change your look. Should you opt to eschew the salon experience, there’s scads of on-line possibilities. One inexpensive, non-synthetic choice in extensions is made from real rooster feathers. These extensions can be washed, styled, flatironed or curled with your natural hair. Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

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5 beauty tips to take you from summer to fall


s the sunny days and sizzling heat of summer come to an end, it’s time to transition into a new hair and beauty routine. The shifting seasons can be the perfect time to try a new trend and there are plenty of style tricks that will help you gradually change your look along with the leaves. Our favorite style experts share valuable tips for men and women to help you take your look to the next level. 1) Take day of TLC: After hours under the sun, spend a day pampering your skin. Use a sugar or salt scrub to get rid of rough patches, impurities and lingering dead skin cells. Then, use a scented body wash like Caress Mystic Forever body wash to seal in moisture. “There is nothing more attractive than soft skin and good fragrance,” said international plus size model Denise Bidot. “I love how the scent is released hours after I used it.” The fragrance touch technology in the body wash releases bursts of iris and amber scent throughout the day. 2) Embrace your confidence: The transition period between summer and fall is a great time to re-energize. Men can up their game by changing deodorants. AXE Adrenaline Dry Spray Antiperspirant leaves no visible residue and will help you conquer your day with the long lasting fragrance of fresh green woods.

3) Start with a blank canvas: Before you begin your beauty routine for the day, make sure your entire face is clean. Iris Beilin, YouTube beauty guru, uses a cleansing wipes like Pond’s Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes, to make sure her face is dirt and oil free. After that, moisturize and prime your face before putting on makeup. 4) Give your hair an intensive treatment: The elements can be hard on your hair, but you can fight the damage with a coconut oil treatment. Celebrity hairstylist Leonardo Rocco recommends using a repairing oil, like Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment, to bring your strands back to life. “In the shower, put a few drops into your hands, rub them together and apply it to your hair from the middle to the ends. Leave in for three minutes, rinse and style as usual,” said Rocco. 5) Deepen your color palette: Swap your gold, nude and bronze shades for a color palette more suitable for the autumn season. Rich shades of plum and wine pair well with matte textures and add warmth when you’re getting ready on those crisp fall mornings. As the summer days come to an end, follow these tips to ease your transition into the crisp fall weather. — BPT

You exercise regularly, eat well, maintain an active lifestyle and take your medications as prescribed every day. You’re doing everything you can to age gracefully and beautifully, but are you overlooking an aspect of self-care that’s fundamental to overall good health... your feet? By the time you’re 50, your feet will have carried you for 75,000 miles, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. You can be in otherwise great shape, but if you don’t take care of your feet, you can end up feeling every one of those long miles! Feet that hurt or don’t look their best can undermine your overall physical and mental well-being. Foot care should be something you practice on a regular basis. Some common foot problems you can treat on your own, while others might need professional care. Did you know, according to a recent study by Kramer Labs, fungus conditions are the second mostcommon foot ailment among adults 45 and older, right behind corns and calluses? As you age conditions such as nail fungus, athlete’s foot, corns and calluses become more prevalent. Here are some foot care tips and treatment options: • Toe fungus is more common in older people, so be alert for signs. The American Academy of Dermatology says a nail that turns white, green, yellow or brown, becomes thicker and pulls away from the skin could have a fungal infection. Over-the-counter toenail fungus treatments like Fungi-Nail Toe & Foot can work to kill toe fungus and stop it from spreading before it becomes nail fungus. Its ClearGuard® moisture block technology forms a water-resistant barrier to lock in medicine so it won’t sweat off and disrupt the healing process. Visit to learn more. • Athlete’s foot is also a common foot problem among older people. If you already have poor circulation, diabetes or psoriasis, you may be more likely to develop a fungal condition. Watch for signs of athlete’s foot, such as itching, redness and burning, flaking, peeling and cracking of the skin. Keep nails short, dry and clean, change socks daily and avoid walking around barefoot in public places. If you do develop athlete’s foot, over-the-counter antifungal treatments such as Fungi-Nail Toe & Foot can work to kill fungus on contact, stop

its spread and restore skin. • All those miles your feet have walked over your lifetime can add up to calluses and corns, especially if you’ve worn shoes that don’t fit very well. According to the APMA, simple ways to treat corns and calluses include soaking your feet, filing the corn or callous and wearing padding in comfortable shoes. However, if yours are causing you pain or you have diabetes, poor circulation or another serious illness, you should have your feet checked by a doctor, the APMA advises. • If you run, jog or power walk for your health it’s important to wear good shoes and be aware of the signs of heel spurs. A heel spur is a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel bone as a result of strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot. Spurs may cause you no problems or can be quite painful. Common remedies can include simple stretching exercises, switching to better fitting shoes and over-the-counter pain relievers. For severe or persistent pain, you should consult your doctor. Taking steps to take care of your feet can help you maintain your overall health and have your feet feeling as young at heart as the rest of you. — BPT

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Smart jewelry: A fashion-forward way to stay connected


ewelry has signified the bonds between people since the ancient Egyptians created the wedding band. But the digital revolution is quickly converting jewelry from a symbol of connection to wireless ways to stay connected. Rings, watches, pendants — even cufflinks — have been transformed into miniature electronic devices that keep us in touch with people, including ourselves. This merger of fashion and function is catching on fast with consumers. According to Gartner Inc., an information technology and research advisory firm, purchases of wearable smart devices will increase 16 percent this year, with smartwatch sales alone predicted to rise a whopping 66 percent. The wearable device trend took off a decade ago, primarily for fitness. The Nike+iPod fitness tracker was the forerunner for a flood of new products embedded with tiny sensors that report the wearer’s workout progress. Functions, aesthetics determine price Today, nearly all the major tech companies

(NAPS)—For a fast route to a tighter-looking body, try a Miraclesuit. This line of swimwear has been designed to make you look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds. Learn more at Changing your hair to suit your mood or outfit can be easier and more fun than ever now that the Luxhair Now by Sherri Shepherd wig and extension collection has partnered with Sally Beauty Supply. Learn more at and Sensitive skin affects 66 percent of Americans, so Kiehl’s Since 1851 developed a nonirritating, mineral-based, broad-spectrum lotion for sensitive and acne-prone skin: Dermatologist Solutions Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+. It’s at Kiehl’s freestanding stores,, (800) KIEHLS-2 and specialty retailers. Kiehl’s Since 1851 created Age Defender Power Serum, Moisturizer and Eye Repair, a simple yet effective trio to protect men’s skin from signs of aging, and Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil, for softer beards. They’re at Kiehl’s stores,, (800) KIEHLS-2 and select retailers. So all skin types can enjoy a wellhydrated, radiant and glowing complexion, the prestige Italian skin care leader, Borghese, created the Hydrology Collection of skin care products, featuring plant stem cell technology, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and sea-sourced extracts. It’s available at A new official August birthstone, according to Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association, is the lovely stone known as spinel. It

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comes in a wide array of vibrant colors. Learn more about spinels and birthstone jewelry at Kiehl’s Since 1851 customers can join the fight against HIV/AIDS by getting Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a jumbo size of the classic formula. One hundred percent of the net profits from the sale, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Learn more at Miraclesuit, which boasts the slogan “Look 10 lbs. lighter in 10 seconds,” has been secretly slimming women for years. Every year, it innovates to make the wearer look and feel her best, while boosting egos and drawing people out into the sunshine. Learn more at Cloud technology helps one fashion consultant keep her clients feeling confident. To see how Office 365 makes her business successful, see 70&feature=youtube. A good way for students to get online for research, write documents and stay in touch is with Acer Chromebook. U.S. schools now buy more Chromebooks than all other computers combined. Learn more at

Top designers are also collaborating with high-tech developers to create smart rings, bracelets, necklaces and other fine and fashion jewelry. FitBit, for instance, offers a line of fitness trackers conceived by Tory Burch,

a well-known women’s wear designer. The technology is embedded in embossed metallic pendants and bracelets. Protect smart investments Since smart jewelry could be a major jewelry investment — second only, perhaps, to an engagement ring — it’s important to adequately protect it with insurance. Most homeowners insurance policies cover jewelry to some extent. In many cases, however, your coverage may be limited. Plus, a jewelry claim could affect the status of your entire policy. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your insurance options. Typical warranties and protection plans won’t reimburse you if your smart jewelry disappears under mysterious circumstances, meaning you’re not sure whether it was lost or stolen. Jewelry insurers, such as Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, a leader in jewelry insurance since 1913, will cover loss in such circumstances. They will also repair or replace the item through the jeweler or manufacturer of your choice and a loss. — BPT

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flesh-like. Paired together or contrasted against black or brown, these tones dress the season with artful sophistication and creative liveliness. Just perfect for September’s apple picking, October’s pumpkin patch and November’s harvest moon. Fantasy fur Get ready to purr. Like the current obsession with soft velvet is this season’s love affair with fur. Real or faux, natural or dyed, fur coats and jackets are everywhere. Unlike the traditional minks of your mother’s generation, contemporary interest embraces fur’s funkier sides, and a variety of looks and pairings abound. Look for long and short jackets in colorful, pieced-together and embellished furs. Beautiful examples make a statement. They might be brightly hued, zealously striped, sewn into discordant patchwork patterns, over-the-top voluminous and possibly dangling with pom-poms. The more outrageous, the better! If a fur coat is not quite your thing, fur vests remain popular fall staples in brown, black, white or vibrant new colors. In particular, they rock an outfit of jeans or a denim skirt. Boots recommended. Pearls optional. Jacket envy Bombs away! This season’s darling is the bomber jacket in all its silky, colorful and shiny manifestations. Rendered in luxe scarf prints, these gorgeous jackets are absolutely outfit worthy. You’ll want to keep them on all day. Also popular this year is the refined puffer jacket. So celebrated, puffer jacket styles were seen atop of long skirts and evening dresses on many fall runways. Taking a sleeker approach is another fall favorite, the long navy blue overcoat. This nautical style — complete with double-breasted brass buttons — nods to traditional while projecting a fresh, confident vibe. For really cold days, shearling jackets remain a perennial favorite. New this season is an updated color palette in addition to the typical blacks and browns. Schoolgirl The school uniform look has just gotten cool. Plaid skirts and jumpers — particularly jumpers — hearken back to the days of modest curriculum dressing. Look for fabrics with lots of blue paired with gold or brown in A-line jumpers and swingy skirts. Stretchy, neutral turtlenecks are the ideal base because they focus attention on the shape of the jumper or the skirt. To rock this trend, push the retro 1960s feel of the silhouette. Keep jewelry and shoes sophisticated to wear the look like a woman, rather than a girl. Leather boots, textured tights and chunky gold accessories complete the picture. A tartan wrap adds visual interest while tipping the look to the grown up side. When pairing unlike plaids or patterns, just make sure the colors of the tartan wrap are complementary to the jumper or skirt. This will make their differently scaled patterns work with intention. Construction details This season, designers are revealing all their secrets. An emphasis on seams and panels celebrates garment form and construction. Tight, invisible seams remain a sign of quality, but, in today’s age, rules are meant to be broken, and quiet seams present as somewhat boring. Instead, have fun with dresses and jackets that play with their construction through binding laces, ties, metal links and connected rings. Seen on edgy and demure styles, and everything in between, such details are individual and flirty. Metal embellishment can sometimes take the place of jewelry, and structured seams — made with connections of metal rings, for example — read as tattoo-like body designs. After seasons of gold and copper tones, many contemporary metal bindings are rendered in silver tones and other cool metallics. Heather gray As a counter to the sweet sunset shades so prevalent in many fall collections, designers are again reaching to the sky for another inspiration. Instead of evening afterglow, however, this second influence has captured the myriad moods of overcast days and gathering storm clouds. Gray, in all its tonal variations, reverberates through the music of fall like a steady drumbeat. Look for it in soft luxurious knits, slouchy sweatshirts, crisp wool suiting, feminine dresses and playful capes. Enlivened by interesting cuts and creative silhouettes, today’s gray is anything but drab. Let structure energize color. Patchwork denim Who doesn’t love putting on a favorite pair of jeans after summer’s heat has moved south, and cooler weather has settled back into the northeast? Skinny jeans remain popular, as do boyfriend and bootleg cuts. Allow your choice to follow your mood and what is most comfortable on your body. New for this season are composite jeans, seemingly reconstructed from pieces and portions of other jeans. The look recalls the patchwork styles of the 1970s and simultaneously emphasizes garment construction in a thoroughly modern way. Look for manifestations of this trend in jeans, denim skirts and even indigo-hued bags. Consider one or two fun patchwork pieces this season, but don’t feel the need to invest in the most expensive examples. Most likely, this trend will not last, and the pieces will quickly look dated. A better buy for fall is an A-line denim skirt, which always looks great with a cozy sweater and boots. Flower power Floral maxi dresses dance through the transition between summer and fall. The look for this season is grown-up Boho, with an emphasis on flowing fabrics and deep dark colors. Gardeninspired prints on black backgrounds remove floral patterns from the spring calendar and make these prints appropriate for year-round wear. The addition of velvet to the Boho dress silhouette adds a dramatic Renaissance flair, a very popular look for 2016. Cutout sleeves, on the other hand, add a modern edge and subtle sexiness. A leather belt and boots turns up the casual factor and adds fall flavor. Create a beautiful picture in one of this season’s Boho maxis — all you need now is a perfect background of vibrant fall leaves and a steaming cup of pumpkin latte in your hands.


Clockwise from top left: 1) Shosh New York offers rich texture and chic tailoring with this stylish hat and buttondown. 2) Gianvito Rossi velvet booties with satin trim are a great accent to the floral print and color scheme. 3) Cool and casual, proving sometimes color is overrated. 4) Thomas Wylde’s style includes popular fur accents. 5) Samuel Dong features fine fabrics and elegant style. 6) Zynni Cashmere “speaks to every style, silhouette and age.” 7) The cold shoulder trend is growing and Getting Back to Square One has responded. 8) The wrap coat in black from Getting Back to Square One. 9) Fur and a colorful pattern — what else do you need?











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