Category Archives: All access

All access: snakeskin handbags

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This is the Rebecca Minkoff Alligator Nikki ($595). Isn’t it gorgeous? When I save up enough money, I’m definitely going to buy it as the perfect fall carryall (animal prints were still all over the runways!). Unfortunately $600 isn’t quite in my budget right now – that’s why there are ways to still get right on trend, but for less money! 

The mark. slither and slouch bag ($20) fits the bill of a snakeskin print (with two options – brown or gray) and a huge, roomy, slouchy bag. Everyone I know who has one is absolutely obsessed – so of course I bought 2. (I love when things are on sale.) It’s in the last chance section of the mark. website – get it fast before it’s gone!


All access: gold rush

Call it a counter-reaction to the recession. Instead of showing more neutral, pared-down separates on the runway, designers took a calculated risk with vivid hues and even – shockingly – rich, metallic gold brocade. Showing rich shades of shimmering gold was an idea developed in many minds – from Alexander McQueen’s last collection of old-world luxury reminiscent of Versailles to Balmain’s red and gold brocade coat and pants. It truly speaks to something luxurious the way other tones cannot. Hello decadence of old, it’s been quite a while.

Clockwise from left: Rue de Mail, Pucci, Balmain, Dries Van Noten. Images courtesy of

Quality gold clothing is (clearly) highly expensive and out of many price ranges – and cheap lame or metallic fabrics can easily look tacky. Get the same rich, opulent look with jewelry for a hint of high society without being overwhelming. Check out the lots of links bracelet ($14) and the have a heart necklace ($22). Being a huge fan of simple gold hammered jewelry for its ability to stand out in a classy manner, I can honestly say these pieces will amp up your look with a subtle hint of luxury.

This jewelry is not to be worn with the actual runway pieces, of course – paired with clothes of serious metallic shine, the wow factor will be a little too overwhelming (unless you’re Marie Antoinette). It’s all about what you can carry off!

All access: go green

With the current push for environmental and eco-friendliness, it was only a matter of time before beauty products became good for you, the earth and communities around the globe. Pioneering what will be hopefully a widespread trend, mark. is the very first beauty company to use Fair Trade Certified ingredients in their Body Care That Cares skincare line. With a body cleanser, SPF 15 body lotion, body balm and body crème, it’s good on the outside and inside.  

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Olive oil, chamomile, cocoa butter, hibiscus, honey, white tea and vanilla are only a select few of the internationally sourced ingredients (from places such as Peru, India and Egypt). Fair Trade helps to empower farms around the world and protect the environment at the same time. Beauty benefits and a better world – a win-win situation for everyone!

do the right thing smoothing body lotion SPF 15 ($12)

the big fix 15-in-1 big benefits balm ($10)

fresh approach hydrating body cleanser ($10)

relief effort total comfort body creme ($14): my favorite – it actually smells and feels so good!

Get more information and see a special video about how Fair Trade helps the world at large here.

All access: chloé fall 2010

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Everything 70s is new again, according to Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé this season. With sleek, minimalist clothes and smoky eyes both in varying shades of brown, the perfect complement was bouncy, shiny blowouts based on volume to the nth power. (If you had that skill with a blowdryer yourself, you’d be working in a chic salon by now.)

Luckily, for those days you don’t want to pay $60 for 3 days of perfect hair, there are some products to help you along and get a (near) perfect imitation! Get the look with the mark. mega volume hair spray ($6),  next day spray ($6) and root lifting spray ($6). Va va voom in 2 easy steps (plus the next day).

You can get carbon copies of these models’ gorgeous runway hair – for the clothes, you’ll probably need to win the lottery. Good luck!

All access: fuchsia lips

One of the most captivating beauty looks on the runway for summer was the bright lips on all the models at Bottega Veneta – for those of you who thought you could/would never wear fuchsia lipstick, think again. Paired with fresh, natural looking skin, loose updos and neutral headbands, the color shock looked simply pretty. Standout at your next event (or work, if you so dare).

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Get the look with mark. gloss gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain in bella ($9). (And if you’d rather use a lipstick instead of a lip stain, the new and innovative LipClick is coming out for Reps tomorrow! Become a Rep here to get exclusive access.)

All access: sheer

Here’s a trend that’ll shock you when you see it on the streets: plenty of designers showed sheer and lacy items (many lingerie-inspired) on the runway that left nothing to the imagination. From Christian Dior to Vera Wang, models strutted out covered in wispy fabric that gave just a hint of mystery. But these looks were not entirely overtly sexy – nothing skintight, nothing tasteless; there’s a certain level of class achieved through layers and delicate draping that give a floaty look instead. But still – directions: use sparingly.

Clockwise from top left: Stella McCartney, Preen, Vera Wang, Fendi; images courtesy of

Get the look with the mark. Flora Dress ($34) – sheer, bright, floral and comes with a satin slip underneath in case youd don’t want to expose too much! – and Touch of Lace Scarves ($16) – two lace scarves that give a subtle hint of the lingerie look.

All access: sailor stripes

Light and easy to wear, breezy nautical stripes make you feel like going out on the lake in a sailboat while vacationing in Greenwich or Cape Cod, the timeless and preppy all-American fashion. The classic pattern is also reminiscent of Parisian style from the 50s and 60s, of the chic it girls who cemented it firmly in our style conscious. So it’s no wonder that stripes are back on the runway for this season – they go with absolutely everything and give that certain je ne sais quoi.

From left: Nicole Farhi; Givenchy; Sonia Rykiel; images courtesy of

 Get the same look for much less with mark. Seeing Double tops ($28 for one pack of two!) and Flip Over Reversible skirt in black ($28 for a 2-sided skirt). You’ll get that same Parisian model look wherever you are – no French required.