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    Mary Orton wears one of her favorite Valentine's day dresses

    DRESS: Maggy London  |  SHOES: Sam Edelman (similar HERE)  |  TIGHTS: Wolford  |  LIP: Nars (Under My Thumb)

    With Valentine’s Day falling on Wednesday this year, many of us will be going straight from the office to date night without much opportunity to change.  However, with the right dress, an outfit change for your evening plans may be totally unnecessary.  Like the burgundy lace midi dress I’m wearing in today’s photos, there are lots of beautiful dresses that can transition from day to night without a hitch.


    Purple lace long sleeve dress Mary Orton of Memorandum wears a purple lace long sleeve dress, black tights, black pumps, and dark lips


    I recently snagged this beauty at Nordstrom, and I love that the dress’s long sleeves and midi length make it daytime appropriate at the office, while the burgundy lace and feminine silhouette allow it to seamlessly transition to date night.  If you want to make it even more professional while at work, this blazer would look amazing belted over the top—a piece that can easily be left hanging on your desk chair when 5 o’clock rolls around.


    Purple lace dress worn by Mary Orton


    For more Valentine’s dresses that can easily take you from a day at the office to a night on the town, peruse my favorites below!


     

    PERFECT DAY-TO-NIGHT VALENTINE’S DAY DRESSES


    Fashion blogger wearing purple lace long sleeve dress, sheer black tights, and black pumps

    DRESS: Maggy London  |  SHOES: Sam Edelman (similar HERE)  |  TIGHTS: Wolford  |  LIP: Nars (Under My Thumb)

    Thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!


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    DRESS: old, similar HERE and HERE  |  BAG: J.W. Anderson  |  BELT: old, similar HERE


    I’ve shared this on instastories several times in the past, but since it continues to be one of the most frequently asked questions in my DMs and comments section, I thought I’d memorialize it here in a post!  Ladies and gents, this little $8 pill remover from Amazon has been a total game-changer for my winter wardrobe.  Unfortunately, even the most beautiful, high-quality sweaters can become covered in pills and ugly fuzz after repeated wears and washings but with a quick swipe of this fabric shaver, your sweaters will look BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW.  It’s bonkers.


    The battery-operated gadget quickly removes pills, fuzz, and stray threads without damaging the fabric at all.  And, since it’s super tiny, it’s easy to keep handy in your dresser drawer or even your suitcase for use while traveling.  Best eight bucks I’ve ever spent!!


    Quick note of caution—I’ve tried various DIY tricks, including using a disposable razor to remove sweater pills, but wouldn’t recommend these methods.  When using a razor, the process is not only MUCH more time consuming but you’re also much more likely to damage the underlying fabric because there is no protective barrier between the blade and the fabric fibers.  With this fabric shaver, the rotating blades are separated from the fabric by protective caging which allows pills and fuzz to pass through, but none of the underlying fabric.


    $8 PILL REMOVER / FABRIC SHAVER


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    DRESS: old, similar HERE and HERE  |  BAG: J.W. Anderson  |  BELT: old, similar HERE


    I’ve shared this on instastories several times in the past, but since it continues to be one of the most frequently asked questions in my DMs and comments section, I thought I’d memorialize it here in a post!  Ladies and gents, this little $8 pill remover from Amazon has been a total game-changer for my winter wardrobe.  Unfortunately, even the most beautiful, high-quality sweaters can become covered in pills and ugly fuzz after repeated wears and washings but with a quick swipe of this fabric shaver, your sweaters will look BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW.  It’s bonkers.


    The battery-operated gadget quickly removes pills, fuzz, and stray threads without damaging the fabric at all.  And, since it’s super tiny, it’s easy to keep handy in your dresser drawer or even your suitcase for use while traveling.  Best eight bucks I’ve ever spent!!


    Quick note of caution—I’ve tried various DIY tricks, including using a disposable razor to remove sweater pills, but wouldn’t recommend these methods.  When using a razor, the process is not only MUCH more time consuming but you’re also much more likely to damage the underlying fabric because there is no protective barrier between the blade and the fabric fibers.  With this fabric shaver, the rotating blades are separated from the fabric by protective caging which allows pills and fuzz to pass through, but none of the underlying fabric.


    $8 PILL REMOVER / FABRIC SHAVER


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    Despite an unbelievably hectic end to 2017 and a very busy start to 2018 (which includes lots of exciting things happening on the Trove front, but more on that below!), I am incredibly excited about what’s in store for Memorandum this year.  Lots of new content, big changes, and exciting projects on the docket for this little corner of the internet, and I can’t wait to share it all with you.  We’re talking a major site re-design, expansion of content (including an upcoming DEEP-DIVE into all things skincare), and much, much more—with a continuation of all things fashion-related too, of course!


    Just kidding guys, Memorandum as you know it is over.  From henceforth, this blog will be dedicated to the magnificent and widely varying hair styles of Celine Dion between 1990 and 2004.


    KIDDING.  (About the blog change.  Not about how magnificent her hair transformations were.)


    Today, I’m thrilled to kick off a brand new series—the Monday Memo—which is something I’ve been wanting to do for YEARS.  Each Monday, the Monday Memo will include a fun (read: random, but in a good way) assortment of updates, info, discoveries, articles, recipes and even FAQs to kick start the week.  I’ll be sharing everything from favorite books I’ve read to great beauty products I’ve discovered, to killer fashion finds and even restaurants I’m excited to try.


    In the past, I’ve shared some of these things on my instastories, but since those posts only last for 24 hours, I typically get inundated with DMs and emails asking for me to remind what broadway show I loved recently or what pair of shoes I just received in the mail.  I’m hoping that putting everything down in a consolidated weekly update will not only serve as an easier reference, but also facilitate a better dialogue with all of you and just be a fun way to start each week.


    So without further ado, grab your Monday cuppa joe and let’s jump right in…



    TROVE NEWS!

    As you may have seen on instagram recently, my husband Rich and I were lucky enough to be awarded Fashion Group International’s Business Innovation award for our company, Trove.  If you haven’t downloaded Trove yet, click here.  Lots more exciting news (plus an android version) coming very soon, so stay tuned!



    GORGEOUS LBD

    I spotted this gorgeous, super affordable off-the-shoulder LBD on my friend Jacey’s blog, and needless to say, my fingers couldn’t hit the buy button fast enough.  It’s nearly sold out on Amazon, but there are still lots of sizes on Nordstrom and Revolve.  Drooling over that lace back detail!



    DELICIOUS, EASY RECIPES

    We recently had friends over for dinner and since I didn’t have a lot of lead-time, I made this stupidly-simple chicken recipe (aptly named “World’s Best Chicken”) with this super easy brussels sprouts and butternut squash combo on the side.  Both were huge hits and went immediately into my “favorite recipes ever” folder.  Highly recommend.



    I, TONYA

    If you haven’t seen this movie yet, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND GO SEE IT RIGHT NOW.  An absolutely hilarious, heartbreaking, thought-provoking side to the infamous story you thought you knew.



    SKINCARE OBSESSION

    As mentioned, I’ll be doing loads of skincare posts in the near future breaking down every process and product that you need to know about.  (Sidenote: I’ve been doing so much intense research on skincare over the past couple months, my mom said it looked like I was studying for finals over Christmas.  She wasn’t too far off.)  I will be doing a huge, comprehensive post on this product in the coming weeks, but thought I’d share a little sneak peek of the number one, hands-down, most mind-blowingly game-changing product I’ve ever tried: Biologique Recherche P50.  I’ve heard about it for years from my friend Helena’s blog and skincare guru Caroline Hirons, but only recently did my research and finally ordered a bottle from Rescue Spa.  More details on this product coming soon, but I’m telling you, there is not enough hype in the world to do it justice.



    ON BROADWAY

    As many of you know, Rich and I go to Broadway shows every chance we get and just bought tickets to see The Band’s Visit next month.  The cast is amazing (including the super talented Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and John Cariani) and reviews thus far have been stellar.  Let me know if any of you have seen it already!



    NEW FAVORITE SCENT

    If you’re looking for an amazing new scent and/or a gorgeous gift, check out Jo Malone’s Basil & Neroli candle.  It’s long been one of their most popular scents, and I’ve been burning it day and night at home.  I even ordered a second one to have at the office because I’m so hooked!  They’re available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus but I’ve also become completely obsessed with reading the story behind each scent on Jo Malone’s website.  So cool.



    FAQ:  WEDDING CHINA

    A follower recently asked me if I registered for wedding china when Rich and I got married and if so, what pattern I chose.  The answer is yes!  Fun fact, I’m OBSESSED with china—have been since I was a little girl.  There are many patterns I love (I have many Royal Copenhagen pieces—both the Blue Fluted Plain and the Blue Fluted Mega), but my actual wedding china was a mix of Anna Weatherley pieces as follows:

    CHARGERS: Simply Anna Polka

    DINNER PLATES: Simply Anna

    SALAD PLATES: Old Master Tulips (there are 12 unique tulip designs)

    BREAD PLATES: Simply Anna Polka

    TEA CUPS: Simply Anna

    SAUCERS: Simply Anna Polka



    As always, please share your thoughts in the comments below and let me know if you have any burning questions for next week’s Monday Memo!


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    Fashion blogger on NYC street wears grey maxi cardigan over black stirrup pants, black turtleneck, chloe waist belt, under a leopard coatMary Orton wearing grey maxi cardigan, black stirrup pants worn over black embellished heels, black waist belt, long leopard coat, and black geometrical sunglasses

    COAT: Smythe  |  CARDIGAN: Alexander Wang (similar affordable alternative HERE and HERE)  |  TURTLENECK: Old, similar HERE and HERE  |  PANTS: Theory (on major sale!)  |  BAG: Tamara Mellon  |  SHOES: Tamara Mellon  |  BELT: Chloe (also love THIS affordable alternative)  |  SUNGLASSES: Old, similar HERE


    My obsession with maxi cardigans started around the time of this post and has only picked up steam in the interim.  Especially on brutally cold winter days, there’s nothing more wonderful than heading to the office in what feels like a bathrobe, but looks like a chic topper.  If you’re worried about your long cardigan looking too shapeless or casual, try belting it over pants or your favorite sheath.  Not only does the waist belt create a flattering shape, but it also dresses up your look and makes it much more professional.  The Alexander Wang cardigan I’m wearing today is definitely an investment piece, but check out many similar options below at all price points.


     

    Mary Orton wearing grey maxi cardigan, black stirrup pants worn over black embellished heels, black waist belt, long leopard coatMary Orton from Memorandum wears long grey oversized maxi cardigan, neutral leopard coat, and black pantsalexander wang grey chunky long maxi cardigan black stirrup pants, studded heels, leopard overcoat


    Similar to my obsession with long cardigans, I’ve been wearing stirrup pants non-stop since discussing them during the fall trend memo series.  They’re incredibly flattering  because the stirrup pulls the leg-line taught and elongates the appearance of your legs.  As discussed in today’s Monday Memo, Net-A-Porter is having an insane sale right now and the exact Theory stirrup pants I’m wearing today are on major sale in a gorgeous emerald green hue.  If you’re looking for a more neutral pair in basic black like the stirrups I’m wearing today (which are also on sale!), check out some of my favorites below. 

    Mary Orton in a chunky grey maxi cardigan, black turtleneck, black stirrup pants and a leopard long coat black stirrup pants over black embellished stud heels Alexander Wang grey chunky maxi cardigan with balloon sleeves and a black waist belt Mary Orton in a grey maxi cardigan and black stirrup pants over spiked heels and a black bagMary orton wears a chunky grey cardigan over a black turtle neck and stirrup pants with a waist belt and black embossed bag Mary Orton wears a chunky grey maxi cardigan with balloon sleeves and black stirrup pants over spiked embellished black heels

    COAT: Smythe  |  SWEATER: Alexander Wang (similar affordable alternative HERE and HERE)  |  TURTLENECK: Old, similar HERE and HERE  |  PANTS: Theory (on major sale!)  |  BAG: Tamara Mellon  |  SHOES: Tamara Mellon  |  BELT: Chloe (also love THIS affordable alternative)  |  SUNGLASSES: Old, similar HERE


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  • 01/28/18--21:10: MONDAY MEMO NO. 2

  • In addition to today’s Monday Memo, there’s also a new outfit post here!


    BLUE APRON

    Rich and I just got our first few deliveries of Blue Apron and I can’t even begin to describe HOW MUCH WE LOVE IT SO FAR.  We’re four weeks in and I can’t imagine going back.  Excellent quality food, generous portions, healthy options, and absolutely delicious.  Living the start-up life in NYC means no time to go grocery shopping and even less time to prep and plan meals.  Blue Apron has been our savior.  If you sign up HERE, you can get $30 Off Your First Blue Apron Order (which equates to your first three meals free).  HIGHLY recommend.



    TANGLE TEASER

    After a friend kept raving about this brush from Amazon I finally ordered one and I now can’t BELIEVE I’ve lived my entire life trying to detangle my thick hair with a regular brush.  It makes detangling wet or dry hair completely easy and pain-free and, most importantly, minimizes breakage during the process.   Not only do I use it on wet hair, but the tangle teezer brush is also amazing to use after spraying my dry hair with hairspray when I’m styling it (as described in this post on how I curl my hair).



    NET-A-PORTER SALE

    If you haven’t perused this sale yet, RUN DON’T WALK.  They’re offering an extra 20% off in these final days of the clearance, and the items included are truly IN. SANE.  You’ll find these amazing pants which I wore in this post; this super versatile denim dress which I wore during 30 Dresses in 30 Days; this GORGEOUS red blouse which I just purchased, and even gorgeous swimwear like this adorable one-piece.  And don’t even get me started on the shoes and bags on sale.  Nutzo.



    POPSOCKET + POPSOCKET HOLDER MOUNTS

    If you’ve seen these everywhere for months, I apologize for beating a dead horse.  However, I feel like I get asked at least once a day what the heck is on the back of your phone?!  Well here it is: a popsocket.  You can watch the video here on everything it does, but it makes holding your phone (especially if you have a larger phone like the iPhone plus) WAY easier and also doubles as a stand.  NOW, if you already have a popsocket and this section is a giant snoozefest for you, take a gander at these popsocket mounts if you haven’t already.  I have one mounted on the backsplash in my kitchen as well as the mirror in my bathroom and they allow me to easily watch a show or listen to a podcast while I’m getting ready in the morning or preparing a meal.



    NYC RESTAURANT FAVORITE: Loring Place

    Loring Place opened in NYC last May and it’s quickly become one of our absolute favorites in the village.  It’s no surprise since chef Dan Kluger hails from ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina but if you go, don’t miss the baked ricotta and roasted kabocha squash.



    Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

    If you follow me on instagram or have peeped my ultimate list of beauty favorites, you know I’m a huge fan of Laura Mercier.  The brand just launched a new line of matte lipsticks which I’ve been testing over the last several weeks and I can now confirm I’m an enormous fan.  They’re full coverage, matte, moisturizing, and come in the most insanely beautiful range of colors.  I’m also a huge fan of the long, slim “bullet” packaging with a built-in shaper for when you need a perfect line.


    If you haven’t already, check out today’s new outfit post here!  Happy Monday!




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  • 01/30/18--18:44: Black Lace Midi Dress
  • DRESS: Temperley London (on sale! similar affordable alternative HEREHERE and HERE)  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar affordable option HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (last worn in THIS OUTFITalso love THIS)  |  BAG: Saint Laurent (sold out, similar HERE)  |  LIPS Nars (Under My Thumb)


    As mentioned in this week’s Monday Memo, Net-A-Porter is offering an extra 20% off their final clearance and I’m telling you, it is not to be missed.  Exhibit A: this gorgeous black lace midi dress by Temperley London.  If you don’t own a black long sleeve midi dress, I highly recommend taking a closer look at this one or one of my other favorites below.  It’s incredibly versatile and can be worn all year round.  Similarly, I have no idea how this STUNNER at Saks Off Fifth is only $29, but you better believe I’m snatching it up like my life depends on it. 

    DRESS: Temperley London (on sale! similar affordable alternative HEREHERE and HERE)  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar affordable option HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (also love THIS)  |  BAG: Saint Laurent (sold out, similar HERE)  |  LIPS Nars (Under My Thumb)


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    SKIRT: Saloni (also available HERE)  |  SWEATER: Chinti and Parker (similar HERE)  |  SHOES: Sam Edelman (sold out, similar HERE and HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Prada (similar HERE)  |  BAG: Saint Laurent (old, similar HERE and affordable alternative HERE)  |  NECKLACE: Biko (sold out, love THIS one)  |  EARRINGS: Vintage, love THESE and THESE


    As evidenced by today’s look, the unseasonable spike in temperatures last week had me in a particularly colorful mood.  Somewhere in the process of pulling things out of my closet and initially failing to style them to my satisfaction, this multi-colored polka dot midi skirt and rainbow stripe sweater fell on top of each and voilà!  It just seemed to work.  Of course, I can see the sweater being a classic, cheerful closet staple worn with distressed denim and sneakers on the weekends; while the skirt would be sharp with a crisp white blouse for a more toned-down office look.  Worn together or separately, these pieces served up just the right amount of pep to brighten even the longest January day.  Happy weekend!! xx


    SKIRT: Saloni (also available HERE)  |  SWEATER: Chinti and Parker (similar HERE)  |  SHOES: Sam Edelman (sold out, similar HERE and HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Prada (similar HERE)  |  BAG: Saint Laurent (old, similar HERE and affordable alternative HERE)  |  NECKLACE: Biko (sold out, love THIS one)  |  EARRINGS: Vintage, love THESE and THESE


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  • 02/05/18--09:35: Monday Memo #3

  • MY TRICK FOR STAYING HYDRATED

    Depending on your height, weight, diet and activity levels, you should be drinking anywhere from 70 to 100 ounces of water a day.  For some reason, this is typically quoted in terms of eight ounce-glasses like the commonly-reference rule of thumb—drink eight glasses of water a day!  However, if you’re drinking out of an eight-ounce glass, this means you’re supposed to remember to get up and refill your glass 8-11 times a day.  If you’re capable of doing this, kudos.  But do you have a chart?  Do you keep a tally?  Assuming your day is also populated by work or literally any activity other than drinking water, how do you remember what glass you’re on after, say, glass number four or five without losing count?  This may seem like an absurdly easy/obvious fix, but when kickstarting my fitness goals this year, as one does, I bought this 32-ounce water bottle from Amazon, and it has been a game-changer.  All I have to remember is to refill it three times a day and I’m properly hydrated.  Easy-peasy.



    NEW BOOK: Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng

    I can’t seem to turn around lately without someone telling me about this book, so I’m officially jumping on the bandwagon.  I’m only a couple chapters in but so far SO GOOD.  Have any of you read it yet??



    BINGE-WATCHING: Grace and Frankie

    If you haven’t added this Netflix series to your list, do it now.  The cast is spectacular—Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker, and (my personal favorite) June Diane Raphael.  You will die laughing.



    LILY’S CHOCOLATE

    I’m a completely hopeless sugar addict.  I’m telling you, I can park away sweets like nobody’s business, and chocolate is a particular weakness.  HOWEVER, I’ve been (reluctantly) learning more and more about the horrendous effects sugar has on our bodies, and slowly attempting to cut back.  Enter Lily’s chocolate.  If you’re unfamiliar, Lily’s chocolate is a company that makes stevia-sweetened low-calorie chocolate that’s certified gluten free.  They have tons of different chocolate chips and bars, but if you’re skeptical, I dare you to try a salted almond bar and tell me you don’t love it.  SO delicious and completely sugar free.



    WINE AWAY

    I recently bought a pair of ivory Goldsign jeans (which I LOVE and highly recommend!!) and promptly had a friend accidentally spill red wine all over me (HI ROB, LOVE YOU).  Thankfully, my assistant introduced my to the magic of wine away.  Am I the only person on planet earth that didn’t know about this magic potion?!  I was trying all kinds of weird DIY remedies that popped up on google (none of which worked) and then one spritz of wine away and the STAIN. WAS. GONE.



    SKINCARE BRAND TO KNOW: Epionce

    As mentioned, I’ve been doing tons of skincare research in advance of a boatload of skincare posts that I’ll be publishing this year (starting VERY SOON).  One brand that I keep coming across and have begun to test is Epionce.  It’s a brand that was started by dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeld (trained by Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling) whose products are clinically proven to repair and strengthen skin.  I’ve been using their Lytic Gel Cleanser and their Intense Defense Anti-Aging and Repair Serum and absolutely loving both.



    NEW FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: The Modist

    If you frequent retailers like Net-A-Porter or Moda Operandi, it’s high time you add The Modist to your line up of favorite shopping destinations as well.  This luxury e-tailer focuses on “modest” fashion, but their is nothing modest about the brand line-up or insanely amazing styles.  They’ve been on my radar since opening their digital doors in March 2017, and have been blowing my mind ever since.  You can read more about the site and its founder in this Vogue article.  Especially if you’re looking for top notch quality in styles that pack a seriously chic punch while still dressing conservatively for a professional environment, this is your new go-to.




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    SKIRT: Anthropologie  |  Tee: Anthropologie  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters  |  BELT: Old, similar HERE and HERE  |  BAG: Gucci (sold out, similar HERE)


    At this point in February, it seems as though the winter is never. going. to. end.  But!  I have it on good authority that spring is, in fact, happening this year.  We just have to wait a few more weeks.  This also means that we’re on the cusp of that awkward pseudo-spring transition period where we don’t want to be completely clad in wintry garb, but we aren’t quite ready for light frocks and spring florals.  So, where to direct your shopping addiction?  Killer transition pieces like this embroidered floral pencil skirt.



    Dark florals have been a major trend all season, and this embroidered pencil skirt is the perfect winter-to-spring transition piece.  The skirt’s black background allows it to pair perfectly with winter basics like black tights and sweaters, but as temperatures start to climb, a blush tank and spring sandals will make for a beautiful warm weather look.



    If you’re looking to sport this pencil skirt at the office, take note that the built-in slip only extends to the mid-thigh—the standard mini skirt length.  If you’re worried about the see-through portion in a professional setting, snag a pencil skirt slip like this one or this one and you’re good to go.  I wore it in today’s pictures sans slip so that you could accurately see the actual skirt itself.


    SKIRT: Anthropologie  |  Tee: Anthropologie  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters  |  BELT: Old, similar HERE and HERE  |  BAG: Gucci (sold out, similar HERE)


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    Mary Orton wears emerald green midi dress with fringe detail, chloe waist belt, manolo blahnik hangisi pumps, and victoria beckham top handle box bagEmerald fringe midi dress, dark lips, chloe waist belt, victoria beckham bag

    DRESS: Gabriela Hearst (also available HERE and HERE, and love THIS affordable alternative)  |  SHOES: Manolo Blahnik (similar affordable alternative HERE, HERE  and HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (affordable alternative HERE)  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (similar HERE and HERE)

    I wore this emerald green satin dress recently to the Fashion Group International Rising Star Awards where Rich and I were honored to be recipients of the business innovation award for Trove.  If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you likely know that when it comes to accessories, I have a chronic addiction to waist-cinching belts, so it likely comes as no surprise that I employed this Chloe belt to finish off the look.  You may have also noticed that it’s about the 200th time I’ve worn this Chloe belt in the past several weeks, so today I thought it was high time that I dedicated a post to my most-frequently worn accessory: the waist belt.


    Mary Orton wears emerald green midi dress with fringe detail, chloe waist belt, manolo blahnik hangisi pumps, and victoria beckham top handle box bagMart Orton wears manolo blahnik hangisi pumps 70mm and emerald green fringe dress Mary Orton wears emerald green midi dress with fringe detail, chloe waist belt, manolo blahnik hangisi pumps, and victoria beckham top handle box bag


    In addition to creating a flattering hourglass shape, waist belts always seem to perfectly “finish” any look.  But more than an element of polish, waist belts can also completely transform even the most casual outfits.  A true testament to the ability of accessories to completely transform a look is this recent post in which I’m wearing a giant oversized cardigan and stretchy stirrup pants.  The difference that a beautiful waist belt and heels makes in dressing up an outfit comprised entirely of casual pieces is staggering.


    Manolo Blahnik 70mm black satin hangisi pumps and Victoria Beckham top handle box bag Mary Orton wearing emerald green Gabriela Hearst fringe detail midi dress, black chloe waist belt, black satin Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps, Victoria Beckham top handle box bag and dark red lip


    I also recently wore the same Chloe belt in this recent post, which serves as another excellent example of giving a classic dress new life with the addition of a simple accessory.  While the Chloe belt is certainly pricey, you can see that I wear it CONSTANTLY, so it was worth the splurge for me.  However, you definitely don’t have to splurge to get a killer waist belt.  Below, I’ve rounded up all of the waist belts that have caught my eye lately, including this beauty that’s only $55!


    THE BEST WAIST BELTS AT ALL PRICE POINTS

    Mary Orton wearing emerald green Gabriela Hearst fringe detail midi dress, black chloe waist belt,  Victoria Beckham top handle box bag and dark red lipMary Orton wears emerald green fringe midi dress, black satin hangisi manolo blahnik pumps, chloe waist belt

    DRESS: Gabriela Hearst (also available HERE and HERE, also love THIS affordable alternative)  |  SHOES: Manolo Blahnik (similar affordable alternative HERE, HERE  and HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (affordable alternative HERE)  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (on sale! similar HERE and HERE)


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  • 02/12/18--10:36: Monday Memo No. 4

  • FAVORITE QUINOA BOWL RECIPE

    We eat quite a lot of quinoa in our house and are always making big bowls of it with favorite roasted veggies and other accoutrements.  However, thanks to Liz Adams, I’ve found the holy grail quinoa bowl recipe.  TRUST.  My only preferred tweak is goat cheese instead of feta.  I made extra of everything last weekend and it was perfect to refrigerate and grab throughout the week for lunch.  SO. GOOD.



    WEATHERPROOF SPRAY FOR LEATHER SHOES AND BOOTS

    I’ve shared this leather protector spray on instastories and here on the blog before but it continues to be one of my most frequently asked questions.  I spray it on all of my leather shoes to make sure that rain, snow, and salt don’t cause damage and I have to say, it was especially handy over the last couple days of pouring rain during New York Fashion Week!



    FAQ:  DO YOU TAILOR ALL OF YOUR CLOTHES?

    I get this question constantly, and the answer is not at all.  I get some special items tailored (i.e. timeless blazers, dressy pants that need the length let out, etc.) and I’ll also get special occasion wear tailored from time to time.  However, the vast majority of things I wear everyday (i.e. most of what you see here on Memorandum) is not tailored.  I’m a stickler for well-fitting clothing, so make clothing selections carefully, and whenever something doesn’t fit perfectly, I’ll often cinch things in with a waist belt.  Last week I did a post on all of my favorite waist belts and why I’m constantly wearing them, and this is a major reason!  I’m quite tall, so whenever the waistline is cut a little too high or too loose on me, I’m always adding a waistbelt to make things “look” tailored, without having to go to the actual trouble.



    EARRING MANIA

    Before fashion week started the team at Baublebar let me pick out favorites from their latest collection and it was definitely one of those “I’LL TAKE ONE OF EVERYTHING” moments because their new arrivals are off the charts.  I got tons of questions and compliments on this pair which is officially one of my favorite pairs of ALL TIME.  As discussed in the past, oversized studs and sculptural earrings are my all-time favorite earring style so I’m thrilled that they happen to be majorly on trend right now.  I also wore this pair last Thursday (which comes in a cool set with both silver and gold options!), this pair yesterday and I have this pair (in tortoise) in my shopping cart.  Can not get enough.



    FAVORITE WIRELESS BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES

    Funny enough, this is a question I get whenever I instastory from the gym where you’ll see me always wearing one of two pairs of wireless bluetooth headphones.  Rich and I both have a pair of these wireless headphones which we ordered from Amazon months back and absolutely love them.  They’re water resistant so you don’t have to worry about getting sweaty, they have a really long-lasting battery life (8 hours), the sound quality is excellent, they have a microphone so you can take calls on them, and best part?  They’re only $20!  I also personally really like having the earhooks when working out (as opposed to my Jaybird wireless headphones which I also love!) because they provide so much more stability when I’m running, jumping, etc.  I never have to worry about them falling out during my workout.  I keep the Jaybird pair in my bag for using on my commute, at the office, etc. when I want something a little less conspicuous.



    Feature Image: Savor Home Blog


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    Fashion blogger attends NYFW wearing gingham belted jacket, ribbed midi skirt, baker boy hat, stuart weitzman cling stretch bootie, top handle box bagFashion blogger attends NYFW wearing gingham belted jacket, ivory midi skirt, baker boy hat, stuart weitzman cling stretch bootie

    JACKET: McQ Alexander Mcqueen (also love THIS affordable version)  |  SKIRT: Roksanda (similar HERE, HERE, and HERE)  |  BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman (similar affordable alternative HERE) |  HAT: Brixton  |  EARRINGS: BaubleBar  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (love THIS affordable alternative)

    Only a few more days left of fashion week, and this was the look I sported to shows on Sunday during the onslaught of rain here in NYC that seemed to pick up only at the critical moments where I absolutely had to be outside going to the next show or presentation.  Hence the drowned-rat hair effect.


    Nevertheless, this belted gingham Alexander McQueen jacket and Roksanda knit midi skirt withstood the elements and were super fun pieces to wear.  If you’re new around here or perhaps haven’t noticed, I always include links to affordable alternatives in the text links section at the top and bottom of each post whenever I’m wearing something pricey.  I always want to make sure that regardless of your budget, you can still get the look.  Exhibit A: this super cute gingham blazer (under $200) which could easily be belted over this ivory skirt for a very similar outfit at a fraction of the price.


    Fashion blogger Mary Orton at new york fashion week wearing a gingham belted jacket, ribbed midi skirt, baker boy hatNYWF street style fashion blogger wearing gingham belted jacket, ivory ribbed midi skirt, baker boy hat, stuart weitzman cling stretch bootie, top handle box bagNYWF street style fashion blogger wearing gingham belted jacket, ivory ribbed midi skirt, baker boy hat, top handle box bag


    As mentioned in yesterday’s Monday Memo, the earrings at Baublebar right now are off the charts.  I’ve been hoarding sculptural earrings in droves over the past year, and I don’t plan on letting up anytime soon.  Whether you’re dressing for fashion week or a casual get together with friends, statement earrings like these completely make the outfit.  I often wear a simple pair of jeans and sweater with these beauties and a red a lip, and despite being quite simply and casually dressed, the earrings add interest and do all the talking.


    NYWF street style fashion blogger wearing gingham belted jacket, ivory ribbed midi skirt, baker boy hat, stuart weitzman cling stretch bootie, top handle box bagStreet style fashion blogger at NYFW wearing gingham blazer, baker boy hat, stuart weitzman stretch suede booties, sculptural earrings NYWF street style fashion blogger wearing gingham belted jacket, ivory ribbed midi skirt, baker boy hat, stuart weitzman cling stretch bootie, top handle box bag

    JACKET: McQ Alexander Mcqueen (also love THIS affordable version)  |  SKIRT: Roksanda (similar HERE, HERE, and HERE)  |  BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman (similar affordable alternative HERE) |  HAT: Brixton  |  EARRINGS: BaubleBar  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (love THIS affordable alternative)


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    Mary Orton of fashion blog memorandum wears perfect workwear classics of pinstripe wite-leg suit, color block black and camel coat, oversized black sunglasses

    PANTS: Roksanda (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  SHIRT: Roksanda (similar HERE and HERE)  |  COAT: Cedric Charlier (sold out, similar HERE and HERE )  |  BAG: Mark Cross (affordable alternative HERE and HERE) |  EARRINGS: BaubleBar (also love THESE)

    These classic pinstripe coordinates were another favorite get-up from fashion week and I have to say, the inexplicable mood-boosting effect a sleek pinstripe has on my psyche almost entirely made up for the fact that it was -800 degrees out and my creative styling skills proved inadequate when trying to rationalize the wearing of a puffer snowsuit as a chic, unexpected fashion week ensemble.


    In my book, you can never have too much of this timeless menswear-inspired print in your closet, especially when it comes to your work wardrobe.  Below I’ve rounded up all of my favorite pinstripe pieces whether you’re looking for a sleek pair of trousers to wear to the office or a killer dress for a special occasion.  When in doubt, wear pinstripes.



    Mary Orton of Fashion Blog Memorandum wears pinstripe pant suit with a camel over coat  


    PANTS: Roksanda (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  SHIRT: Roksanda (similar HERE and HERE)  |  COAT: Cedric Charlier (sold out, similar HERE and HERE )  |  BAG: Mark Cross (affordable alternative HERE and HERE) |  EARRINGS: BaubleBar (also love THESE)


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  • 02/19/18--10:05: Monday Memo No. 5
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    Elemis Superfood Skincare

    I’m thrilled to report that my first big skincare post will be published on the blog this Wednesday, so get AMPED.  I’m super excited to share some of my research and learnings breaking down a lot of the marketing nonsense around skincare, but you’ll have to tune in on Wednesday for the goods.  In the interim, I wanted to share that Elemis just launched their new Superfood product range which I am SO EXCITED to try.  I’ve shared the Elemis Superfood Facial Oil here on the blog and on social about 200 times because it’s been my absolute favorite face oil for years now.  Due to its popularity, Elemis decided to expand it into an entire Superfood range which now includes a facial wash, a day cream and a night cream.  I just got mine in the mail, and will report back!



    Where I get my hair done in NYC

    Since posts on instagram and insta stories always get lost and forgotten, I wanted to memorialize my answer to this frequently asked question here.  I get my hair cut and colored at Fourteenjay Salon in Tribeca.  I can not say enough good things about this salon.  The spa-like ambiance, the friendliest service, the impeccable attention to detail and (most importantly) the absolute best-in-class hair colorists and stylists.  Their motto of “beautiful color begins with healthy hair” rings true in everything they do and I can’t recommend them highly enough.  I will be naming my first-born child Fourteenjay.



    How to Reduce Technology-Induced Eye Strain

    I randomly stumbled upon these glasses on Shopbop and since I spend all day staring at either a computer or an iPhone screen, I thought I’d give them a try.  You can read the complete details here, but in a nutshell, you can wear these glasses at your desk or anytime you plan to be staring at a screen (computer, tablet or mobile device) for an extended period of time.  They reduce up to 30% of blue light emissions that cause eye strain, headaches, and disruptive sleep (hellooooo insomnia!).  I’ve been keeping them at my desk and using them constantly over the last couple weeks and have noticed a huge difference.



    The Perfect Layering Tee, Made Even Better

    Despite trying a million and one different “basic tees” over the years, the J. Crew perfect shirt continues to be my go-to.  I’ve been doing a little spring-cleaning closet purge, and every year I seem to throw out a million of the same cheap layering tees and basics that I snatch up from discount retailers.  I’m always lured by the idea that buying a basic white t-shirt shouldn’t cost more than $25, despite the fact that these tees almost invariably fail to live through their second washing without stretching out or getting a weird, warbled neckline.  J. Crew perfect t-shirts are the exception.  They look brand-spankin’ new after every wash, year after year so I was ecstatic to find that they’ve updated the silhouette to now include a slightly longer sleeve.  I’m always laying this t-shirt under blazers and as you can see here, the extra few inches on the sleeve makes it especially perfect for the office.



    My Breakfast MVP

    I’m always surprised by how frequently I get asked what I eat for breakfast.  Funny enough, I always thought my go-to breakfast was pretty unusual, but in the last several months I’ve been seeing it pop up everywhere—bloggers, celebrities, you name it—everyone is obsessed with GG Scandinavian Crispbread.  I discovered these bread-cracker hybrids when I was living in Copenhagen for a semester in college and many of the Danish girls I lived with ate them every morning.  They’re low calorie, low carb, super high in fiber and while they’re about as bland as cardboard on their own, they are an amazing foundation for healthy deliciousness you can pile on top.  Lately, my go-to combinations have been the following:


    OPTION 1: GG Crispbread, Smashed Avocado, Spritz of Lemon Juice, Drizzle of Sriracha


    OPTION 2: GG Crispbread, Almond Butter, Sliced Bananas, Drizzle of Honey


    They are larger than a cracker but smaller than a piece of bread (about 2.5″ x 3.5″) so I eat two of them in the morning piled high with my favorite accoutrements and I stay super full all morning.  I typically get the plain bran flavor, but also love the raisin and honey as well.

     

     


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  • 02/20/18--18:29: Classic Red Sheath Dress
  • Mary Orton of fashion blog memorandum wears a shoshanna short-sleeve red sheath dress, black gucci shoulder bag, and black oversized cat-eye sunglasses

    DRESS: Shoshanna (sold out, similar HERE, HEREand HERE)  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar affordable alternative HERE)  |  BAG: Gucci (sold out, similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Le Specs


    When all of your friends are enjoying the long President’s Day weekend and you have to head into the office Monday morning, it takes a little extra something to get out the door.  Yesterday’s antidote to my why-the-&$%@-don’t-we-take-President’s-Day-off blues was this mood-boosting red sheath dress.  It did the trick because (a) it’s no secret that I have an addiction to all things red, but (b) I’ve been binge-watching Grace and Frankie and June Diane Raphael’s character (i.e. my spirit animal) seems to be wearing a killer red sheath-red lip combo in every other episode.  So, wearing this ensemble successfully distracted me from the fact that I was heading into the office on a rainy holiday as I replayed all of her inappropriate jokes in my head.  (She doesn’t even have to open her mouth in that show to have me ROLLING on the floor.)  If you would also like to channel your inner Brianna Hanson and/or you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about and just have an affinity for scarlet-hued frocks, I’ve rounded up more of my favorites below for your perusing pleasure…

    Mary Orton of fashion blog memorandum wears a shoshanna short-sleeve classic red dress, jimmy choo mary jane pumps, black gucci shoulder bag, and black oversized cat-eye sunglassesMary Orton of fashion blog memorandum wears a shoshanna short-sleeve red sheath dress, jimmy choo mary jane pumps, black gucci shoulder bag, and black oversized cat-eye sunglasses

    DRESS: Shoshanna (sold out, similar HERE, HEREand HERE)  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar affordable alternative HERE)  |  BAG: Gucci (sold out, similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Le Specs


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    When preparing for standardized testing in school, do you remember how everyone used to say, when in doubt, choose letter C?   Someone, somewhere, decided that option C was more likely than A, B or D to be the right answer, and millions of adolescents (myself included!) blindly followed suit.  Of course, this is utter nonsense, but I’d like to think that the kid who started this myth grew up to be the Chief Marketing Officer for a major skincare brand.


    Most people (myself included!) do not have time to dissect the ingredient list of skincare products and understand, for example, exactly what level of salicylic acid a product must contain to be effective in the treatment of acne.  Most of us are blindly guessing when it comes to our skincare products but unlike staring at a row of lettered bubbles of equal size and color on a standardized test, we’re staring at rows of beautifully packaged products with mesmerizing words like “anti-aging,” “nourishing,” “wrinkle-reducing,” or “skin-clearing.”  How do you know which products present the right solutions to your unique skincare challenges and which are just smoke and mirrors?


    About nine months ago, a friend and I were in my bathroom looking at the line-up of skincare products next to my sink and she began asking questions about the products that I was using.  I had feeble answers for most of them—this one contains SPF because… sun damage!  This one contains retinol because… wrinkles!  The act of having to actually articulate the rationale behind my skincare routine was startling.  My knowledge of products and ingredients was precarious at best and even more concerning was my understanding (or lack thereof) of how each product properly fits into a well-constructed skincare regimen.  Can I use a Vitamin C serum with a retinol?  Should I apply face oils before or after my night moisturizer?  In the sea of marketing gimmicks, skincare buzzwords and one-off endorsements of “miracle” products, how do you discern the real efficacy of a product and exactly how you should incorporate it into your skincare routine?


    That moment was a bit of a wake-up call for me so I began diving deep into the science of skincare and have learned a ton in the last many months.  Starting with today’s post, I’m excited to begin sharing some of my learnings with you, in hopes of creating skincare guides that are practical, digestible and no-nonsense.  After months of research, interviewing dermatologists and pouring over scientific reports, I thought I would kick things off today with the seven skincare myths that I believe will surprise you as many of the things in this list are in direct opposition to what many skincare brands market to consumers.  All of the below information has been verified not only by scientific reports but also by an extremely well-respected board-certified dermatologist who has been practicing for over 25 years.  This dermatologist asked to remain anonymous for professional reasons, which I gladly respected, especially in exchange for his candor on these topics.


    Having said that, it’s important to note that I am not a dermatologist nor am I a physician of any kind.  You should absolutely consult your own doctors when making decisions about your health and skincare regimen as there is a lot of conflicting research out there about the efficacy of certain products and ingredients.  What works for one person may not work for the next, so it’s important to do your own research based upon your own unique skin characteristics.  I hope that the information I share from my research and product testing will simply offer one perspective in the quest to find what’s best for you.


    Without further ado, I give you (in no particular order) my top seven skincare myths:



     

    Skincare Myth #1:  Foaming Cleansers Are Good For Your Skin

    This one shocked me.  We’ve been conditioned to believe that the presence of suds or foam is an indication of a cleanser “working” but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  In order for a facial cleanser to foam like shaving cream, it must contain a surfactant.  Surfactants turn your skin alkaline, creating a breeding ground for bacteria (hello, acne).  If you have acne-prone skin, you should especially avoid foaming cleansers like the plague, despite the fact that many foaming cleansers are specifically marketed to people suffering from acne.  To be clear, I’ve read that there are a few companies who have managed to formulate foaming cleansers with a low pH (i.e. acidic and anti-bacterial), but this is rare and most don’t publish the actual pH of their products on the bottle.  So, the safest bet is to avoid foaming cleansers altogether, unless you’re interested in independently testing the pH of your cleanser at home.



    Skincare Myth #2:  Natural or Organic is Always Better

    This is another super controversial one.  In the movement to eliminate harmful chemicals from the food we eat and many other everyday products, the terms “natural” and “organic” are now widely abused by marketers in an attempt to mislead.  Just because something is natural or organic does NOT mean it is good for your skin.  In fact, there are lots of natural and organic ingredients like mineral oils and certain fragrances that cause serious skin irritation, break down collagen and cause a whole host of other skin issues.  Furthermore, in discussing this with dermatologists, I was amazed to learn that in fact, there are many ingredients developed by scientists (i.e. neither natural or organic) which are much more potent and effective for skin than natural or organic ingredients.  Of course, there are TONS of natural and organic ingredients that are fantastic, but the main takeaway here is to never simply buy a skincare product because it’s touted as “all-natural” or “organic” AND don’t ever blindly reject another product because it isn’t.  Take a step further and do your due diligence on the ingredients and proven efficacy of the product. 



    Skincare Myth #3:  Rub Product Between Your Hands

    Labels often instruct you to rub the product between your hands before applying, but according to dermatologists, there are virtually no products on the market that actually require you to rub or warm the product in your hands to prepare or “activate” the ingredients.  In most cases, this is completely unnecessary and totally wasteful, as a large amount of the product will be distributed across your palms and absorbed into your hands.  According to marketing studies, this is typically included in product instructions because consumers become more attached to products that involve these types of “ritual” steps.  Nutty.



    Skincare Myth #4:  No Pain, No Gain


    I used to think that a burning sensation following the use of a particularly abrasive facial scrub meant that I had really done a good job of removing dead skin cells.  Like many people, I would also feel the tingling sensation of various skin care products or exfoliants and believe the idea that “you can FEEL it working.”  In most cases, this is false.  According to dermatologists, if you’re in pain or experiencing a burning sensation, you’re likely damaging your skin.  You can thoroughly and effectively exfoliate your skin without causing pain.  



    Skincare Myth #5:  A High SPF Protects You From The Sun

    We all know that Vitamin D is best-obtained through supplements rather than unprotected sun exposure, but there’s a lot of misleading information about sunscreen, specifically what SPF means and how much we need.  To start, it’s important to understand that the sun’s damaging UV radiation is comprised of both UVA and UVB rays.  While most creams and sprays offering sun protection often prominently display their SPF levels, most people don’t realize that SPF only measures protection against UVB rays, and doesn’t measure protection against UVA rays at all.  Moreover, UVA rays don’t cause sunburn—UVB rays do—so by preventing sunburn, products touting high SPF can lead you to believe you’ve been protected from the sun, meanwhile, UVA damage is occurring without leaving any skin-reddening signs.  In reality, UVA rays are extremely damaging because they are a longer wavelength and penetrate more deeply into the skin.  In fact, UVA rays are more responsible for photoaging and are also the primary ray responsible for the development of melanoma.  To prevent against both UVA and UVB rays, you should buy sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and at most 50 (anything claiming an SPF of above 50 is not actually offering any incremental sun protection) AND make sure it also contains UVA-protecting ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone.  Products that protect against both UVA and UVB rays are often called broad spectrum, multi-spectrum, or specifically indicate UVA/UVB protection, so make sure you keep an eye out for those on the label.



    Skincare Myth #6:  Mineral Oil Is Good For Your Skin

    This is mentioned briefly above, but mineral oil is terrible for your skin and should always be avoided.  Thankfully, mineral oil isn’t included in moisturizers as often as it once was, but I still see it often enough to feel it warranted mentioning in this list.  Mineral oil is a proven comedogenic (i.e. pore clogging) and unlike plant oils, it offers no benefits to the skin.  However, since we often associate the words “mineral” and “oil” with other healthy, beneficial things (like “mineral water” or “facial oils”) it can be confusing to remember that mineral oil itself is bad for your skin.



    Skincare Myth #7:  “I Don’t Have Sensitive Skin”

    I’ve always heard friends describe their skin as “sensitive,” and just figured that I had lucked out because my skin has never really had any major reaction to anything and I don’t suffer from allergies.  However, in reality, this means that my skin is just a bit better at covering up and internalizing aggravators, and that harmful, sensitizing ingredients are inflicting just as much damage—damage that perhaps will show up as I get older instead of manifesting itself in a rash right now.  Of course, there are skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea where skin is inherently more sensitive, but everyone’s skin is irritated by bad ingredients, regardless of whether you break out in hives or not.  This is why it’s so important to really understand what you’re putting on your skin.



    I hope you find this information helpful, but it’s really important to note that you should absolutely always DO YOU.  If you’ve used a foaming cleanser or a mineral oil product for years and are convinced it works for you, then by all means, keep calm and carry on with it.  As mentioned at the beginning of this article, this list is based upon my own research, my consultations with dermatologists and my experience testing products on my own skin.  However, you should definitely make your own mind up about what’s best for you in consultation with your dermatologist.

     

     

     


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    DRESS: Self Portrait (love this affordable midi skirt version and this beauty as well!) |  JACKET: Rebecca Taylor  (similar HERE)  |  SHOES: Stuart Weitzman (similar HERE)  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (similar affordable alternative HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (affordable alternative HERE)  |  EARRINGS: Alexis Bittar


    First off, I have to say that I am SO grateful for all of your emails, DMs and comments about yesterday’s skincare post.  I’m thrilled that you found it helpful, and can’t wait to share many more!


    I wore this two-tone velvet Self Portrait dress (yes, dress! not skirt!) to the Self Portrait show and since February fashion week can never come without the influx of bizarre weather conditions (it was roughly 35 degrees and pouring rain), I got creative with layering both underneath and on top.  If you check out the dress here, you can see that it’s got a LOT going on, and yet it still looks refined and beautiful.  Self Portrait has that rare ability to basically incorporate everything but the kitchen sink into a design (i.e. pleats, lace, and not one, but TWO different colors of velvet) and then look at the end product and be like, yup, it definitely needs moreLet’s add RUFFLES.  Witchcraft.


    DRESS: Self Portrait (love this affordable midi skirt version and this beauty as well!) |  JACKET: Rebecca Taylor  (similar HERE)  |  SHOES: Stuart Weitzman (similar HERE)  |  BAG: Victoria Beckham (similar affordable alternative HERE)  |  BELT: Chloe (affordable alternative HERE)  |  EARRINGS: Alexis Bittar


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  • 02/11/18--20:26: Monday Memo No. 3

  • MY TRICK FOR STAYING HYDRATED

    Depending on your height, weight, diet and activity levels, you should be drinking anywhere from 70 to 100 ounces of water a day.  For some reason, this is typically quoted in terms of eight ounce-glasses like the commonly-reference rule of thumb—drink eight glasses of water a day!  However, if you’re drinking out of an eight-ounce glass, this means you’re supposed to remember to get up and refill your glass 8-11 times a day.  If you’re capable of doing this, kudos.  But do you have a chart?  Do you keep a tally?  Assuming your day is also populated by work or literally any activity other than drinking water, how do you remember what glass you’re on after, say, glass number four or five without losing count?  This may seem like an absurdly easy/obvious fix, but when kickstarting my fitness goals this year, as one does, I bought this 32-ounce water bottle from Amazon, and it has been a game-changer.  All I have to remember is to refill it three times a day and I’m properly hydrated.  Easy-peasy.



    NEW BOOK: Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng

    I can’t seem to turn around lately without someone telling me about this book, so I’m officially jumping on the bandwagon.  I’m only a couple chapters in but so far SO GOOD.  Have any of you read it yet??



    BINGE-WATCHING: Grace and Frankie

    If you haven’t added this Netflix series to your list, do it now.  The cast is spectacular—Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker, and (my personal favorite) June Diane Raphael.  You will die laughing.



    LILY’S CHOCOLATE

    I’m a completely hopeless sugar addict.  I’m telling you, I can park away sweets like nobody’s business, and chocolate is a particular weakness.  HOWEVER, I’ve been (reluctantly) learning more and more about the horrendous effects sugar has on our bodies, and slowly attempting to cut back.  Enter Lily’s chocolate.  If you’re unfamiliar, Lily’s chocolate is a company that makes stevia-sweetened low-calorie chocolate that’s certified gluten free.  They have tons of different chocolate chips and bars, but if you’re skeptical, I dare you to try a salted almond bar and tell me you don’t love it.  SO delicious and completely sugar free.



    WINE AWAY

    I recently bought a pair of ivory Goldsign jeans (which I LOVE and highly recommend!!) and promptly had a friend accidentally spill red wine all over me (HI ROB, LOVE YOU).  Thankfully, my assistant introduced my to the magic of wine away.  Am I the only person on planet earth that didn’t know about this magic potion?!  I was trying all kinds of weird DIY remedies that popped up on google (none of which worked) and then one spritz of wine away and the STAIN. WAS. GONE.



    SKINCARE BRAND TO KNOW: Epionce

    As mentioned, I’ve been doing tons of skincare research in advance of a boatload of skincare posts that I’ll be publishing this year (starting VERY SOON).  One brand that I keep coming across and have begun to test is Epionce.  It’s a brand that was started by dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeld (trained by Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling) whose products are clinically proven to repair and strengthen skin.  I’ve been using their Lytic Gel Cleanser and their Intense Defense Anti-Aging and Repair Serum and absolutely loving both.



    NEW FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: The Modist

    If you frequent retailers like Net-A-Porter or Moda Operandi, it’s high time you add The Modist to your line up of favorite shopping destinations as well.  This luxury e-tailer focuses on “modest” fashion, but their is nothing modest about the brand line-up or insanely amazing styles.  They’ve been on my radar since opening their digital doors in March 2017, and have been blowing my mind ever since.  You can read more about the site and its founder in this Vogue article.  Especially if you’re looking for top notch quality in styles that pack a seriously chic punch while still dressing conservatively for a professional environment, this is your new go-to.




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    Mary orton wears a dark floral pencil skirt, black tee shirt, gucci wallet on chain, retro sunglasses and jimmy choo mary jane pumps

    SKIRT: Anthropologie  |  Tee: Anthropologie  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters  |  BELT: Old, similar HERE and HERE  |  BAG: Gucci (sold out, similar HERE)


    At this point in February, it seems as though the winter is never. going. to. end.  But!  I have it on good authority that spring is, in fact, happening this year.  We just have to wait a few more weeks.  This also means that we’re on the cusp of that awkward pseudo-spring transition period where we don’t want to be completely clad in wintry garb, but we aren’t quite ready for light frocks and spring florals.  So, where to direct your shopping addiction?  Killer transition pieces like this embroidered floral pencil skirt.


    Mary orton wears a dark floral pencil skirt, black tee shirt, gucci wallet on chain, retro sunglasses and jimmy choo mary jane pumps


    Dark florals have been a major trend all season, and this embroidered pencil skirt is the perfect winter-to-spring transition piece.  The skirt’s black background allows it to pair perfectly with winter basics like black tights and sweaters, but as temperatures start to climb, a blush tank and spring sandals will make for a beautiful warm weather look.


    Mary orton wears a dark floral pencil skirt, black tee shirt, gucci wallet on chain, retro sunglasses and jimmy choo mary jane pumps


    If you’re looking to sport this pencil skirt at the office, take note that the built-in slip only extends to the mid-thigh—the standard mini skirt length.  If you’re worried about the see-through portion in a professional setting, snag a pencil skirt slip like this one or this one and you’re good to go.  I wore it in today’s pictures sans slip so that you could accurately see the actual skirt itself.


    Mary orton wears a dark floral pencil skirt, black tee shirt, gucci wallet on chain, retro sunglasses and jimmy choo mary jane pumpsMary orton wears a dark floral pencil skirt, black tee shirt, gucci wallet on chain, retro sunglasses and jimmy choo mary jane pumps

    SKIRT: Anthropologie  |  Tee: Anthropologie  |  SHOES: Jimmy Choo (sold out, similar HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters  |  BELT: Old, similar HERE and HERE  |  BAG: Gucci (sold out, similar HERE)


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