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 New Column by yours truly in The Boston Globe in a special fashion feature this weekend!


“Since When is Mom a bad word” is a 2017 Fashion Cheat Sheet based NYFW SS17.


Designers such as Rosie Assoulin and Jonathan Simkhai highlight the strongest design trends that will be seen throughout the fashion pages and the suburbs too!

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Getting Public School’d

Public School was in Boston October 20th!  (Obviously I had to take a picture of the perfectly timed school bus sitting outside the W Hotel during the Public School party.)

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The CFDA 2013 winning design duo extraordinaire, were at Saks Fifth Avenue for a q&a session, followed by a private party for Public School held at the  W.

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The evening allowed Boston fashion fans to meet, ask questions, and even party late late late into the night with these incredibly talented and mad friendly designers.

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Models rotated looks from the current and upcoming collections while the crowd posed, clinked glasses, danced and happily hung out with Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne – or at least that is how reversecommuter did it!

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The tartan biased cut skirt (think flannel tartan shirt tied sloppily at the waist and dangling down at various angles) was an absolute fave.  Public School’s current FW’16 collection offers this in a darker tartan, and the upcoming Spring ’17 collection it will be in black and white.

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Nothing better than a skirt designed to work with boots and a t-shirt or elevated with ankle boots and a leather top.  The beauty of Public School’s designs is that they can absolutely be worn every single day in the ‘burbs.  Ironic that when the children go to school the moms can wear Public School!

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Public School‘s Fall 2016 magenta biker jacket better be in Santa’s sack for this blogger, it is THAT good a statement piece.  This brilliant jacket will make any grey winter day seem a little blast of tropical happiness blew in!

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Public School is also launching the  Fitbit Alta collection, offering two sleek and stylish  models that will make capturing those alluring 10,000 steps even more of an accomplishment – ever notice how obsessive a behavior that can be?!

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reversecommuter has been a fan of this design duo for a while, the CFDA brought them to my attention, their designs have continued to capture my attention, and Maxwell Osborne’s Black Lives Matter letter to W Magazine fully delivered my loyalty.

ps my phone case is super cute (a Chanel perfume bottle shape with pink sparkles floating on the back – however my blurry pictures confirm it is infringing upon the camera lens – time to replace…

Squad Goals!

I am a goal focused person.


In order to push myself I set goals.  It helps me grow, achieve and strive on a daily basis.


A great t-shirt reminder never hurts!  Suburban Riot’s t-shirts are a favorite go to of mine.  Inexpensive, fun fashion pick me ups.


Imagine the happy squeal when a fashion blogger named reversecommuter found a t-shirt company called Sub-urban Riot?!  Match made in heaven!

 

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!)

 

The Big Slip

Lingerie is no longer just an underneath pleasure!

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Lacy racy frilly bits are all over the runway, Spring & Summer 2016 Collections.  reversecommuter is obsessing huge for Dolce & Gabbana’s pajama party ad above.

Celine has dedicated it’s Spring ad campaign to a gorgeous, simple black and white slip dress and patent ankle boots.  Who couldn’t rock that outfit?  Who doesn’t love simple?

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Celine’s entire Summer 2016 Collection is a veritable cornucopia of lingerie inspired deliciousness that delivers images of patios, cocktails and heat waves!

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Not ready for a full frontal slip dress?  Baby steps people.  A camisole under a blazer with jeans or wide leg culottes during the day, then va-va-va-voom it up you little vixen for an evening look without the jacket.

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Lace making too bold a statement?  Equipment has a streamlined slip dress that borrows from the tank dress.  Jean jacket, clutch and go!

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Simkhai & The Beach!

NYFW is in full swing and reversecommuter is at the beach.  Literally.

The timing of fashion week always baffles me.   The middle of the coldest winter month, which also coencided with my children’s school break.  How is this blogger supposed to sneak away to New York during THAT week?

  
Happily Vogue, Tim Blanks, Instagram and the Internet are all willing to work on my behalf (lol) and keep me posted while I focus on swim, sun, surf and all things beachy!
  
Jonathan Simkhai presented his Fall 2016 Collection yesterday and dare I say it was one of THE best presentations!  

  
Jonathan has created a niche using geometric cuts and lace in his deliciously designed dresses and knits.  Fall 2016 continued this but in a more wearable way.  His dresses were less crop top more hot wives who lunch.  Wearable but with a major statement of style and strength.  

  
Movement was everywhere in this collection, with fringe, tassels and unfinished ends that seemingly danced down the runway.

  
Furs, neutrals, knits, navy (don’t think I am not ABSOLUTELY buying this complete look!!!) and suiting cut to perfection. 

  

Bustiers and slip dresses complemented with luxurious furs delivered fantasy level date night outfits.  His romantic sensibility met body conscious sex appeal in every piece, by adhering to the age old adage of keeping somethings left to the imagination.

  

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Trapped at home with a sick little one?  Soothing a sad sniffling sweet pea?  No worries, you can still look killer while enjoying cabin fever!

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Old school Adidas striped track pants are EVERYWHERE for Spring 2016.  Grab them now and strut strut strut.

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Add a Zara denim shirt  on top

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and a cute knit hat from The Third Piece and boom – Dr. Mommy is rocking it fierce in the ‘burbs.

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A t-shirt from T by Alexander Wang in papaya will add instant luxe and sunshine to any grey winter day.  The Outnet almost always has a smattering to offer, so why not save a little…and then buy more.

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MOTHER denim’s The Dropout Fray (worn with bare feet) will make you believe it’s summer, simply add a light cashmere sweater and a smile!

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Pajamas just for bed is so yesterday, or at least last night!  Piamita’s silk cherry pajama top is the epitome of the cherry on top!

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Just don’t let anyone wipe a runny nose on a dry clean only!

 

 

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.