ALTERNATIVE GIFT GIVING GUIDE

‘‘Tis the season of giving" as the saying goes...while it's easy to get caught up in the materialistic aspects of the holiday, how many unwanted or pointless gifts do we receive that end up cluttering our home (and then eventually landfills)? Let's avoid bad (and wasteful) gift giving this season by shopping smarter and choosing more meaningful and thoughtful presents. Where to start? Here are some ideas that are rewarding to both the giver and receiver.

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1. TRY AN EXPERIENCE
Experiences are a good alternative and can be more special in many ways. The trill of a new bag or phone fades while the enjoyment of an adventure lasts. A study from San Francisco State University in 2016 found that experiences more than material things make people happier. Don't feel they have to be extravagant like a luxury trip it's more about creating memories.

See the spectacular Chicago skyline all dressed up for the holidays the same way Santa does with Chicago Helicopter Experience.  Take the Holiday Lights Tours to see stunning views of iconic sites like Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, the John Hancock Center, Michigan Avenue, Willis Tower and Millennium Park. Prices are $149 instead of $179 per person for the month of Dec only.

Other options include iFly, trampoline park, skydiving, sailing, hot air balloon, and zip lining.

Chicago Helicopter Experience
312-967-8687
info@chetours.com
2420 S. Halsted St., Chicago IL 60608
chicagohelicopterexperience.com

Top to bottom: Collection for a Cause, $50, Provides 408 Meals; Smooth Skin Delights, $35 ,Provides 282 Meals; Kiss Me With Kiehl’s, $25, Provides 205 Meals.

Top to bottom: Collection for a Cause, $50, Provides 408 Meals; Smooth Skin Delights, $35 ,Provides 282 Meals; Kiss Me With Kiehl’s, $25, Provides 205 Meals.

2. GIVING BACK
Purchasing a present that gives back to the community or a charity can be a more thoughtful gift.

Continuing its holiday philanthropic tradition, Kiehl’s launched its 10th Annual Limited Edition Charitable Holiday Collection. With the purchase of their whimsical gift set, designed by the artist Andrew Bannecker, Kiehl’s pledges 100% of its net profits, up to $100,000, to a charity. For the fifth year in a row, they’ve partnered with an amazing organization Feeding America®. 40 million people in the US are food insecure and 12 million of those are kids, this donation will help provide 1,000,000 meals to families this holiday season.

I had the honor and privilege of helping Kiehl’s pack meals at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the lunch bags would go to feed students and teachers of Harold Washington College.

Also, shop with Fair Trade companies or buy ethical-made gifts from places like Society B, Ethica, Fair Trade Winds and Accompany.

Kiehl’s
520 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611,
312- 321-3601
, kiehls.com

Greater Chicago Food Depository
773.247.3663
chicagosfoodbank.org

Feed America
800.771.2303 
feedingamerica.org

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3. THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE
Learning a new skill can be invaluable so consider buying a loved one lessons for one of their interests. Have they always wanted to learn to play the guitar or dance?  Along with it being thoughtful and rewarding, the act of learning a new skill is fun and they will have broadened their horizons.

For an elegant and informative evening with a drink why not learn more about wine at The Chopping Block? Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned sipper they offer classes for every level with accredited sommeliers. Get a solid foundation in wine tasting and sensory evaluation, that can help you build your wine knowledge and enjoyment. Classes range from $65- $90.

Other options include painting, cooking, dancing, baking, cocktail making, golf and iceskating lessons.

The Chopping Block
Lincoln Park: 4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, 773-472-6700
River North: 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-644-6360
thechoppingblock.com

BEAUTY BITS: Bentley Hair and Beauty Salon

Jennifer Long Riordan opens new salon, Bentley Hair and Beauty Salon, in the Gold Coast

All my life I have struggled with frizzy hair, it’s something that has always been difficult to control even after trying countless assortments of anti-frizzing products. So I was excited when the owner of Bentley Hair and Beauty Salon, Jennifer Long Riordan, invited me to try a hair-smoothing treatment called the Brazilian Blowout.

The brilliance behind this blowout is that it is a fully customizable depending on your needs. Whether you wear your hair straight or curly, there are varying degrees of bespoke finishes, but the treatment will smooth, fight the frizz and increase manageability.

Bentley Hair and Beauty Salon, in the Gold Coast features modern chandelier and plush velvet accents.

First, your hair is washed with a clarifying shampoo making sure it’s completely removed of any excess oil or dirt, and the cuticles are fully opened. Next, the solution is brushed onto the damp hair. Your hair is then blow-dried, and flat ironed before the treatment is rinsed out –which I know sounds counterintuitive. A hair bonding spray is applied before your hair is blow-dried once again. And that is it, you are ready to go.

The contemporary salon is only one of five salons in Chicago to carry the exclusive Shu Uemura brand praised by hair and beauty experts from Allure, Vogue and Elle.

Depending on the length of your locks the whole process is around two hours and lasts 12 weeks. To maximum the results you'll need to up your product game. Using a sulfate-free and sodium chloride-free shampoo and conditioner will help extend the results of the treatment.

What sets Bentley apart is that we are made up of exclusively senior stylists, which gives every client top-notch service. The

Located in the Gold Coast, Bentley is not your typical salon, for starters, the hand-selected team is made up entirely of senior stylists to ensure each customer the best quality of service. Also, Jennifer and her two lead stylists, Danielle Reilly and Stephen Donovan, are from Europe, which is always head of the US in both style and technique. And lastly, the salon is only one of five in Chicago to carry the exclusive hair care brand, Shu Uemura Art of Hair, a range routinely praised in magazines such as Allure, Vogue, and Elle.

Brazilian Blowout, $350+, Bentley Hair and Beauty Salon, 43 East Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-624-9315.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Christina Mace-Turner, CEO of True Botanicals

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As a leader within some of the most innovative companies in the world, first Apple and then Flipboard, Christina has a career-long habit of leveraging technology to transform consumer experiences. After becoming a serious user of True Botanicals and fan of their philosophy, the idea of giving the beauty industry a complete tech make-over took shape — and she knew this was the brand to do it. Christina soon joined the team to take their direct sales model to the next level, delivering unprecedented transparency, greater value, and superior results to their growing clientele, while also highlighting and rewarding the sustainable farmers who provide the ingredients for True Botanicals products. Knowing that she is creating meaningful change within an industry that was so desperately in need of it makes this latest chapter in her career incredibly rewarding.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
I go crazy if I am separated from our Renew Mist for more than a day. I'm obsessed with the smell - so relaxing - and the way it makes my skin feel. I have travel sized versions of it in every bag and I keep a bottle of it on my desk for quick pick me ups. When my teenage kids start to get really irritated with me, I spray it on their faces to calm them down!

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
I get to go to work every day with people I adore and admire, and focus on a mission that means so much to each of us. We are dedicated to empowering our customers and changing the beauty industry for the better; while it's hard work, it's incredibly gratifying.

WHAT'S THE ONE THING IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
True Botanicals eye & lip balm.

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My daughters, I learn so much from them!

LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
"At the Fork" which is a documentary about meat production in the United States. Doesn't sound very entertaining, but it actually is so interesting!

CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?
Inez & Vinoodh and how they manage to turn every portrait they take into a work of art.

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Ricky Schroder was my 12 year old celebrity crush. I loved "Silver Spoons" and went with a group of friends to the mall to stand on line for hours to get his autograph. When I finally got to the front of the line, I asked for a kiss, of course.

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SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS…
Driven. Excited. Alive.

DRINK OF CHOICE?
Dirty Tito's martini. It's my go to.

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
Hydra, Greece. I've been going there since I was a child, and it hasn't changed a bit. Donkey's, clear water and the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

LAST TIME YOU WERE STARSTRUCK?
A dinner with Tom Wolfe years ago. I only really get starstruck with great authors.

LAST TIME YOU WERE LATE?
Ummm, is that a rhetorical question?

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BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Barry Beck, co-founder of Bluemercury

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If you feel shopping for beauty products at a department store too pressurized and impersonal, then you need to check out Bluemercury. Started in 1999 by husband and wife entrepreneurs Barry and Marla Beck. Their concept was to create a neighborhood beauty and spa boutique that offered varied or exclusive products in a more relaxed setting. With over 130 stores nationwide the luxury retailer has been wildly successful, they’ve just opened their 7th Chicago store and plan to open seven more throughout the city. I spoke to Barry to find out his beauty confessions.

WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
I love Molton Brown; I use their body wash every single day, it's my favorite product, it’s like a treatment in the morning, and it makes me feel better. People always think that I use ‘Black Peppercorn’ because it’s more masculine, but the truth is I use ‘Pink Pepperpod’.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAV THING ABOUT LIVING IN DC?
It is a gateway city. When you look at America you got these gateway cities; you got NY, DC, Chicago and LA. So it’s an incredible gateway city, it’s still manageable, and you're able to get around. And it still has that wonderful suburban feel to it even though it’s growing so fast. It’s an incredible city, and I love it. And I love Georgetown, where we are based, it’s so vibrant and exciting with incredible shops and restaurants, and I love being there.

WHICH CITY SPENDS THE MOST ON BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
Definitely, New York City but Number 2 is Chicago and number 3 is LA. Chicago is in front of LA!

LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
Miss Sloane, with Jessica Chastain, great movie and you know what I loved about it the most? Her outfits. Every woman should go out right now and watch that movie just to see what she wore. The outfits were so chic, so stylish so wonderful. It might be hard to pull some of them off like the patent leather, but she was so elegant, so timeless.

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WHO WAS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Heather Locklear … and my guy crush is Leonardo DiCaprio, I love him. He’s my favorite actor in the world; he’s such a movie star. I was in a room with him once, in California we were at a party together. And he walked into the room, and you can just tell he was a true Hollywood star, love him…elegant, refined and he is a Bluemercury customer.

FAVORITE PRODUCT IN YOUR STORE?
My favorite number one product is the Power Glow Peel. I love it, especially for guys... it’s one minute, change your life, make you look better, swipe to the right, and it’s no fuss!

WHAT’S YOUR CHOICE OF DRINK?
Macallan 18, I’m a scotch guy.

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Snowball about Warren Buffett, you know why? It teaches me lessons on business and life.

Bluemercury North River Chicago store opening

Bluemercury's new North River store, 356 North Clarke Street, is now open.

BEAUTY BITS: Kiehl's Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

The trend of bespoke of beauty products and services continues. Back in August for the Chicago Tribune, I tried out two new customized services, one for make-up, (Lancôme) and the other for hair (Kerastase), which you can read about here.

Now we can add skincare to the list with Kiehl’s. Originally an Apothecary when it first opened in 1851, customers would go to Kiehl’s for your prescription medicines as well as customized herbal and natural skin and hair remedies. Kiehl’s has decided to go back to its roots, with a personalized skincare service called Apothecary Preparations.

I was fortunate enough to be invited along to try out their new service.

Kiehl’s Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

Step 1: Diagnosis

At your one-on-one consultation with a Kiehl's customer representative, aka KCR, your skin will be diagnosed. The surface oil on your face is measured to help identify your skin type (normal, oily, combo or dry). I'm a combo, as I'm oily on my T-zones and normal to dry elsewhere.

Kiehl’s a moisture monitor part of Bespoke Apothecary Preparations

Then a dehydration analyzer will be used to measure the water in your skin, 1 being the lowest and 100 the highest. I was told you don't want anything less than 50, I, unfortunately, got a disappointing 34. What does that mean? My skin is dehydrated, and I need to start drinking lots more water.

Talking with Kiehl's customer representative, aka KCR, at my Bespoke Apothecary Preparations appointment

Step 2: Selection

Next, you discuss with your KCR a series of skin-related issues, like texture, dullness, redness, wrinkles and pore size and identify which two are your main concerns. This determines the two skin boosters that will be mixed in with your base concentrate, to create your individual serum. I went with Brightening and Pore Minimizing.

Step 3: Personalization

You leave with a box and bottle with your name plus details of your personal formula and directions for use.

My personalized prescription

Your personalized serum is recorded in the system for future reorders.

Apothecary Preparations is currently available at 21 of their stores and retails for $95. Go to kiehls.com to find your nearest location.

How The New DUO Body Cleanser Will Make Travelling Easier

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Along with being a fashion and beauty junkie, I am also addicted to traveling. There is nothing more thrilling than visiting new countries, seeing different cultures, experiencing different smells and foods. However, one aspect of travel that I hate is carrying luggage, especially heavy luggage. Being laden down with bags slows me down and makes travel so much more difficult and tiring.

It's something I’m constantly battling, and as someone who always wants to look their best, this can often equate to lots of luggage. Over the years I’ve worked really hard to build a capsule wardrobe -a well edited collection of clothes that are interchangeable to create a various number of looks. Gone are the days when you pack a different shoe or bag for each outfit. You want pieces that will work with several looks.

The other area where I try to reduce the weight is with my toiletries. I want the best travel-ready beauty products that I can toss straight into my carry-on because looking fabulous is always on my itinerary.

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I like to take products that have multi-uses. For example, a pencil that can be used for both my eyebrows and eyeliner or a face oil that doubles as a split end treatment or a cleanser that is also a make-up remover. This way, I'm not sacrificing my beauty routine.

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I’ve recently come across a new product that will now be an essential part of my curated beauty kit. Olay has introduced a 2 in 1 body cleanser (DUO Body Cleanser, $9.99) which, means I no longer have to pack a shower gel and body puff, hurrah! Instead, I just add water to activate the lather. One side is textured to allow you to exfoliate and the other side is smooth to condition the skin.

I've always found that traditional body puffs never really removed any dead skin, yet I continued to use it because there wasn't a better option until now. So for me, this is a game changer.

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Just hang to dry between uses and replace when lather fades, usually after about 30 uses. You can also tell as the inner core of soap will slowly shrink down after each wash.

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DUO comes in 3 different scents Old Spice Pure Sport, Ivory Refreshing Clean and my personal fav Olay Soothing Orchid and Black Currant. It's a great blend of floral with fruit to create a refreshing trace.

For more info go to CleansingDUOs.com DUO Body Cleansers, $9.99, are available at drugstores, mass retailers and CleansingDUOs.com

Big thank you to P&G for sponsoring this post!

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, part 2

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, N is for No Make-up

Alicia Keys

N is for No Make-up
The trend recently lead by Alicia Keys was also seen on the Fall/Winter 16 runway shows of Vetements, Rick Owens, Haider Ackermann and Giambattis Valli. How to pull it off? I ask two make-up experts for advice.

Nars International Lead Makeup Stylist, Ozo says “To pull off the ‘No Makeup Makeup Look’ you have to start with great-looking skin. The whole look revolves around skin looking immaculate, glowing and radiant. Always prep skin with a moisturizer to give skin a natural, healthy glow and then a dab of concealer under the eyes to even out any darkness and imperfections. A tinted moisturizer or foundation can also be used to create the illusion of flawless skin.”

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist, John Stapleton says “Try a sheer foundation to get the look and use conceal as necessary. Finally, keep lips nourished with a lip conditioner. Eyebrows should be glossed and groomed with a clear brow set. Eyelashes curled and tinted with a thin coat of mascara. These tiny alterations will keep it looking polished and clean.

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, O is for the new designers, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia at Oscar de l Renta

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O is for Oscar De La Renta
This iconic American brand has seen a lot of change over the last couple of years. First with the death of De la Renta, then, earlier this year, the departure of his successor, Peter Copping. Now it’s a new chapter for the company with wonder kids from Monse, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, taking over. We look forward to seeing how they update this classic brand.

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, P is for plaid coat by Victoria Beckham

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P is for plaid
From big to small, from tartan to Glen plaid, the print was seen at the runway shows of Sonia Rykiel, Victoria Beckham and Rachel Zoe. This time around the look is less traditional holiday and more modern and muted.

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, Q is for Queens, 2 new royal biopics including The Crown and Victoria

Q is for Queens
Two new royal biopics are hitting our screens each depicting the early reign of two very different female monarchs, Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II. Both showcase gorgeous period costumes complete with sumptuous silks, fur stoles and of course the crown jewels, all of which will put Downton Abbey to shame. ‘The Crown’ is available to view now on Netflix, while PBS’s Masterpiece ‘Victoria’ will be released this coming January.

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, R is for Rei Kawakubo the designer behind Comme de Garcons who will be the subject of the new Met exhibition

Comme de Garcons

R is for Rei Kawakubo
Rumor has it that the Japanese designer behind Comme de Garçons and Dover Street Market will be the subject of The Met’s next exhibition. This will be the second time that the museum has devoted a show to a living designer.

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, S is for Spots leopard print a big fall/winter trend including this  Dolce & Gabbana dress

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S is for Seeing spots
Leopard, the animal print of the season, was spotted everywhere this fall from jackets and bags to shoes and belts. The looks range from masculine tailoring at Dries van Norton and H&M to ladylike at Dolce and Gabbana and J.Crew, to rock chic at Saint Laurent.

Fashion and beauty's A-Z, T is for teamwork including the collaboration of Iris Apfe

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T is for Teamwork
This season we have seen many fashion pairings including H&M x Kenzo, Iris Apfel x INC Collection, Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid, Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 and Fenty Puma by Rihanna Just to name a few.

Fashion and beauty's A-Z, U is for updating your look by changing your lipstick, try Dior's new shade Poison

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U is for Update your look
The easiest (and cheapest) way to update your look is with a new haircut or make-up. The must have shade for fall is a deep dark lipstick, however this time around it’s less goth and more sweet. Try Dior’s new shade, Poison, at Sephora.

Fashion and beauty's A-Z, V is for velvet a big trend for fall and winter, including this Alberta Ferretti suit

Alberta Ferretti

V is for Velvet
Break away from expected jeweled toned colors with fall’s hottest fabric velvet. Instead go for more unusual colors like blush, canary yellow, lilac and Aquamarine to keep it new and fresh. The hottest fabric for fall, velvet, is available in everything from dresses to bag to shoes, but the hot piece is the velvet pantsuit.

Fashion and beauty's A-Z, W is for white stripes on skater shoes Vans

W is for White stripes
The iconic white stripe sneaker, Vans, has overtaken Adidas’ Stan Smith popularity with fashion editors at New York fashion week this past September.

Fashion and beauty's A-Z, X is for x-tra long sleeves including this Jason Wu look,  a big trend for the season

Jason Wu

X is for x-tra
These x-tra longs sleeves are definitely more of a fashion forward trend on the runways (Jason Wu, Tibi, Creatures of Comfort, Marc Jacobs, J.W Anderson and Vetements) that may not be for everyone.

Fashion and Beauty's A-Z, Y is for Yellow paired with pink including this Delpozo look, a big trend for the winter season

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Y Is for Yellow
Forget dark and muted colors for the fall instead go for light and bright. This season on the runways (Delpozo, Creatures of Comfort, Marissa Webb, and Ulla Johnson) shades of canary yellow paired with blush pink creates an unusual color combination for the colder months.

Fashion and Beauty's A-Z, Z is for Zoo and other animal motifs including this Gucci snake dress

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Z is for Zoo
Animal motifs were spotted on the runway including a snake and black panthers at Gucci, mice and cats at Dolce and Gabbana and swans at Stella McCartney. There is an innate cute factor with animals but go for a quirky look with these prints.

FASHION AND BEAUTY’S A-Z, part 1

Burberry

A is for Athleisure
Fall’s most popular menswear trend, Athleisure, has finally surpassed the heritage trend, which has reigned supreme for the last several years. For this trend pair hip tracksuit jackets with dress pants or try a tracksuit jacket in luxurious fabrics like satin or sequins as seen at Burberry and Neil Barrett.

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B is for Blue nails
For fall the super saturated nail is hot but the color of the season is blue. A few of our favorites include Burberry’s Imperial Blue ($22), Essie’s After School Boy Blazer ($9) and Deborah Lippmann’s Rolling in the Deep ($18).

Raf Simons

C is for Coup
Raf Simons, who recently stepped down as the designer from Christian Dior, has been snagged by Calvin Klein. This highly regarded luxury European designer will surely give the New York brand a new life and much needed credibility to the flagging brand.

Dries Van Norten

D is for Diversity
After a new high with the fall collections (shown last spring) the percentage of models of color on the New York runways has taken a slight drop, what’s going on? So although numbers of diverse models are heading in the right direction, they’re still not equal to the reality of our world.

Stella McCartney

E is for Earrings
If you didn’t already know, studs are over! The shoulder-grazing earring trend continues this season and was spotted on the runway shows of Rodarte, Marni, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen. The dangly earrings are perfect for the upcoming party season as it looks killer with bare shoulders and a topknot.

Topshop

F is Fur
To be on trend this fall add a touch of fur into your wardrobe, either a fun accessory (Fendi) or just a collar (Sonia Rykiel). We especially like the faux furboots seen at Topshop.

Fendi

G is for Guitar straps
Handbags have been given the rock n’ roll treatment this fall with extra wide, striped webbing and embellished straps. It was seen in the collections of high-end designers Lanvin, Fendi and Gucci, as well as more affordable brands like Elle & Jae, Steven Madden and Rebecca Minkoff.

Prada at Neiman Marcus

H is for Hiking boots
The must have winter boot is the hiking boot, but don’t worry you don’t actually have to go hiking in them. Available in a flat (Stuart Weitzman and Nine West) or with a block heel (Louis Vuitton and Tod’s), they look especially cool worn with a dress like at Prada and Maison Margiela.

Christian Siriano

I is for inclusive
Three major designers have made a stance for plus size women. Christian Siriano’s spring ‘17 show saw five plus sizes models walking the runway. While Tracy Reese will be offering a wider range of sizes, 0-18, with her spring 2017 collection. And Prabal Gurung is partnering with a plus size clothing brand, Lane Bryant for a Spring 2017 collection.

David Beckham in H&M

J is for Jacket
This season’s must have jacket for guys is the bomber. It might have started last summer but the trend isn’t going anywhere, in fact, it has become so popular that it has overtaken the denim jacket. Spotted in the collections of Jil Sander, Maison Margiela, Topman and H&M. But don’t get rid of your denim jacket just yet, a classic never goes out of style.

Tory Burch

K is for Knits
The knit of choice is the turtleneck, for men, it’s the perfect piece to throw under a suit (Hermes, Boss selection, Reiss) and for women wear it under sleeveless dresses (Creatures of the Wind, Tory Burch and Karen Walker).

Fendi

L is for Loosen up
Menswear changes at a snails pace so we don’t see the slim trouser going anywhere soon but a new crop of looser, wide leg trouser has popped up at Fendi and Burberry shows.

Monse

M is for Menswear inspired clothes for women
One of the biggest trends for fall is taking their cue from the boys. What makes it new this season is the mix of men’s suiting fabrics with a feminine silhouette DKNY, J.Crew and Monse)

BEAUTY BITS: Tom Ford Lips & Boys

Tom Ford Lips & Boys

“I love seeing a woman in a man’s suit. Why not have a lipstick named after a man?” - Tom Ford

Yes ladies (and gentleman) the Lip & Boys are back! The third adaptation of this collection named for the boys Tom find ‘admirable and inspiring’.

25 new shades have been added including 10 matt finishes can be purchased individually at $36 or you can purchase a customizable three-piece collection for $108. However, if you want to splurge, you can go for the 50-piece set for just $1,950.

Customizable three-piece collection Austin, Luciano and Collin, $108

The collection launches today on the tomford.com, at sephora.com on Thanksgiving and worldwide on Black Friday.