Bowie, Unicorns and Yigal

Yigal Azrouel is the perfect man.  He is handsome, charming, talented, single and he surfs.    He was in the Israeli military and recommends sit ups, push ups and running as the best workout.  Surfing is his passion, and it allows him to decompress after presenting his collections.

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Some may call him a unicorn in the fashion world.

This weekend Yigal is previewing his Fall 2016 Collection at the Greta Luxe boutique in Wellesley and mixing with the housewives.


Thursday night he was mingling and adding his gorgeous personal touch to every advance purchase of a line that is oozing with decadence.  To say there was a line up would be an understatement.  The intimacy was electric.


reversecomuter’s first obsession in the collection is the full length black jersey off the shoulder dress, complete with requisite sexy side slit.


This dress is quite possibly one of the sexiest pieces I have ever put on.  Yet it literally felt as comfortable as when wearing pajamas – I could have worn it forever!

A full length lace off the shoulder dress with burgundy and greens wafting throughout in a romantic weave quickly caught my attention.  Holiday season 2016 the bar has been raised!


Cut-out sweaters in dreamy cream and textured, offering the promise of a fabulous winter outing après anything!


Chunky sweaters reminiscent of Rihanna’s favorite (and reversecommuter’s) from 2014 were offered in an updated cut and color.

  Blood red, grey and white with a subtle reference to classic glen check?  IN BASKET!


Yigal Azrouel’s Fall 2016 Collection’s main inspiration was the Black Rose.  Subtle, rich, hidden yet still representative of love.  The clothes continue to deliver his love of decadence, texture and drama.  The leathers and furs sourced from Italy and France are quite possibly the best offered by an American designer, collection after collection.


The motif of the black rose is found throughout the collection, in the lace pieces and the furs.


When asked which piece he would most love to see a suburban mom pick up, he immediately chose the “Bowie” mink jacket with the black roses, at a cool $9950.

 He has dressed supermodel Iman and had the pleasure of meeting David Bowie.  The jacket is a luxurious and appropriately rock & roll nod to the legend.


Rushing out of Greta Luxe to hit the baseball and soccer fields (as is the role of suburban mama), I giggled in the rain as I ran in Yigal Azrouel top and my stilettos, reliving how I had just played dress up with a handsome fashion designer unicorn!

SKIN SLURP!

Being chosen to review luxury products in the wide world of blogging is a lovely compliment.


Receiving a box of products you already use, and pay for without hesitation, is like Christmas arriving in Spring!

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SK-II is a skin care product line that’s main ingredient is sake, specifically Pitera.

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The youthful hands of aged sake brewers were the trigger for the SK-II scientists, something in the sake was responsible.

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Seriously, sake.  Needless to say it was not a hard sell to lure in reversecommuter.  KONNICHIWA! (welcome!)

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The SK-II facial treatment essence is a crucial part of my daily skin care.  Easy to pat on right out of the shower, it smells yummy and moisturizes without ever feeling heavy.  It’s as moisturizing as slurping coconut water or splashing in the ocean!

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After I get dressed – sometimes the process of finding something in the closet of nothing-to-wear can take a loooooong time – yet my skin is still dewy and ready for a moisturizer to seal all that in for the day.  Truly, DEWY is my ultimate goal – I live in New England for pete’s sake!   Sake not Sake (punny right?!)

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In a world of multiple step processes for everything we do from hair, skin, even multiple layers of clothing, a one step wonder is a welcome addition.  SK-II, “Arigatou Gozaimasu!” (thank you very much!)

 

Velvet Noir 

Marc Jacobs forgot to invite me to Monday’s Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir mascara launch party in NYC.

Luckily for this blogger Sephora chose me to preview the new mascara before its official launch.  Thank you!

It is now available online, $26 and it can be yours – click here!
 Cute packaging with stylish Marc Jacobs branding.  Easy application.  Definitely a lengthening and volumizing mascara.  Not to mention a really great price point.

One little drawback is how quickly the raccoon eyes started to form underneath my eyes.  With so many mascaras on the market that are tried and trusted, not to mention the limited time a mom has to actually put on mascara let alone monitor for black smudges, it’s a very good thing Marc has that clothing line too!

Happy to test drive some of the gorgeous Spring 2016 Collection…

Cold as a Witches What?!

Winter has officially arrived.  Coldest week of the year here in Boston right now.

Seriously, this blogger needs a palm tree.


There is a silver lining to this cold bleak grey week.  I blame German dockhands for my happy warmth.


Wellenstyn jackets were originally made out of sail cloth, a material strong enough to withstand wind, cold and damp.  It’s like the shipyards of Hamburg are sister ports with Boston.  Brrrrrrrrrrr Frauline!

Glencheck, navy blue, camel, black, royal blue, metallic, grey, red, lime green, what’s your pleasure?  Any choice will deliver delirious warmth, perfect for building snow forts or surviving snowball attacks!


Waist length, car coat or bomber?


Down, faux fur, three in one shell with a vest to wear once it all thaws out?


Done, done and done.  There is even room to dabble in the mens section if you want a different cut.  Or surprise your man with a crazy warm winter coat!


There are now four Wellenstyn stores in the US, one in California, one in New York City, and two outlets, one in Chicago and one in Wrentham, MA.  Jackets at the outlet run around $400-600, and worth every single penny when the temperature is zero – not including wind chill.  #hatewindchillmorethanbangs


All Wellenstyn jackets are either waterproof or water resistant – this is very good news for anyone who lives where “Nor’Easter” is part of the forecast!  Plus each jacket style has its own adorable name.  Obviously “darling” called to me.

“Schneeauber” means snow magic in German.  reversecommuter thinks Wellenstyn may be a perfect synonym.

 

 

 

Straight Up

L’Oreal Paris has launched  Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight, a four step product line.  I have straight hair that has magically started to form weird kinky parts and curls that have never ever appeared before.  I wondered if this new line of hair care would unkink the kinks…

reversecommuter was asked to review the line, and that is where the fun started!

Step one – go to SoulCycle and workout like a fiend to get your hair really really really dirty!

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ew…stinks and kinks…

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Step 2 -Lather Up!  This is my cheeseball “and I’m worth it” pic

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Shampooing, an early morning art form!

The shampoo smells great (as does the entire line) and is not too heavy which is a good trait if you are not into the greasies.

Step 3 – No need to lather-rinse-repeat as there are 4 products to use…just move on to Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Boosting pre-conditioner

This step is new to me but seemed to enhance the conditioner when applied.  Not sure if it is necessary for me as my hair isn’t super curly just annoyingly kinky.

Step 4 – Conditioner

reversecommuter is a conditioner junkie – meaning there are usually two or three different bottles on the go at one time in a Goldilocks kind of approach : not too oily, not too heavy, not too light #pickypickypicky

L’Oreal Paris’ Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straightening Conditioner smells like a bouquet of lilies, doesn’t feel oily or greasy and is not too heavy on the hair.

Step 5 – Styling Balm

I like the idea of the balm as a protector from the heat, and if it can help to unkink the weird kinks in my hair then this is one step I will be sure not to skip.

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All in all I was impressed with the unkinking result Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight delivered, and even more impressed that it kept the kinks away for over 48 hours.
* please note that I did not receive payment just the product *