April 2023

Winter-Proof Your Skin with Tips from a Celeb Esthetician

Christine Chin, Owner of Christine Chin Spa in New York City, who’s star studded list of clients include Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss, Hilary Swank, Rachel Weisz and Kimora Lee Simmons, shares her tips for keeping that summer glow all year-long.

PD: What are some of the biggest issues you see with skin in the winter?
CC: Dry rough rkin, rash and irritation, Rosacea, and wind burn or sun burn.

PD: What is the best thing someone can do during the winter to keep their skin hydrated?

  • Clean, Exfoliate, Tone, Moisturize, and SPF.
  • Invest in a humidifier
  • Try a Mask
  • Drink plenty of water

PD: It’s winter-time, so I don’t have to worry about wearing SPF, correct?
CC: Most people have the misconception that if the sun is not out, they don’t need to apply SPF. The main purpose of a sunscreen is UV protection and whether the sun is out or not, UV rays still exist.

PD: Can you recommend a facial or peel that would be beneficial to get in the winter?
CC: The best facial to get during the winter is one that hydrates and cleans your pores. For the peel, I would recommend something gentle and not too harsh, for example the Cell Gold Gommage Peeling.

PD: What are some of your favorite skin care products?
CC: Of course my own line. Other than my own line, I also love La Prairie and Sisley. For a drugstore brand, I usually recommend Aveeno or Neutrogena.

Be on the Cutting Edge of Style with Cool Cuffs, Bangles and Rings

I love to accessorize my outfits with cuffs, bangles and rings. Here are my favorite picks that will surely add some serious style and edge to your look:

Eddie Borgo Bear Trap Bangles, BUY NOW, $490
The set of three silver-plated brass bracelets are a perfect balance of rebellion and luxury. I love their versatility and they can be worn interlocked as one piece or reversed for added edge. The Eddie Borgo collection began with a request from designer Phillip Lim to create jewelry for his runway show and has since boomed. The collection retails in over 90 stores worldwide and has a huge cult following including celebs such as Blake Lively and Katy Perry.

Alexander McQueen Snakeskin and Brass Wrap Bracelet, BUY NOW, $315
I am a fan all things McQueen including the fab jewelry line with his signature skull detail. This midnight blue and black snakeskin wrap bracelet make it perfect for pairing with other gold accessories and really stands out against neutral palettes. The Swarovski crystal skull charm adds a pop of rock and roll.

Alexis Bittar Sugar Dust Bangle, BUY NOW, $295
These hand sculpted and hand painted Sugar Dust Bangles are gorgeous and have just the right amount of sparkle to dress up any look, day or night. Bittar got his start by selling antique jewelry and vintage clothing on the streets of lower Manhattan and is now collaborating with Burberry, Michael Kors and stylist Patricia Field. He also recently custom designed a lucite mask for Lady Gaga. No wonder he won the prestigious CFDA’s Accessory Designer of the Year award in 2010!

Kara Ross Pyramid Ring, BUY NOW, $290
From the Pyramid collection, this Sterling Silver ring boasts a geometric style with sleek lines and smooth detail that reflects light with every move. They are also made with a variety of gemstones (I personally love the Mother of Pearl version). Kara Ross is an expert jewelry designer, certified gemologist and has recently added wood crafter to her impressive resume; having been asked to create exclusive gifts for President Obama and First Lady made out of Magnolia wood that originated from the White House lawn! A pyramid ring by Kara Ross was recently worn by Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange, and other celeb fans include Hilary Swank, Anne Hathaway and Oprah.

A Day in the Life of Pamella Roland

Pamella Roland debuted her namesake collection in 2002.  The line, best known for its saturated color palette as well as precise and flattering cuts, has been a bestseller ever since.  Hollywood’s elite, including Angelina Jolie, Hilary Swank and Jennifer Garner, are known to be fans.  Roland plays a major role in every facet of the business, from the creation of each piece, to the direction of the global sales effort.  Here, she gives us insight into what her jam-packed typical day consists of.  Game on!

8:15 am: Rise and shine; just arrived back in New York after a few days at my summer home on Lake Michigan—sent a good morning text to my husband, Dan, my son and my two daughters.

8:30 am: Take Manolo (my dog, not the shoe designer) for a short morning walk.

9:00 am: Pilates—great way to kick off my day.

10:00 am: Grab a smoothie and head next door to the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa to have a blow-out.

10:30 am: On my way to my showroom; check-in with my assistant to go over my day and pressing items; listen to a CD with music ideas for our presentation during the ride.

11:00 am: Meeting with my design team to go over the status of all looks for Spring ’12—still quite a bit of work to do, but things are coming together!

12:00 pm: Meeting with my Sales Director to get an update on Spring ’12 Market appointments in New York, RSVP list for our presentation, Fall awards season/red carpet, and Paris market appointments in October.

12:30 pm: Meet with lead artist from Laura Mercier to confirm makeup direction for our Fashion Week presentation.

1:00 pm: My good friend, fashion photographer, Nigel Barker, stops by to discuss details of a new sizzle reel, shooting photos at our Fashion Week presentation, and our Spring look book shoot.

1:30 pm: Eat lunch at my desk—salad and raspberry iced tea from Mangia; check my many e-mails simultaneously.

2:00 pm: Catherine Bove from Chopard stops by to discuss which pieces we will use for our presentation.

3:00 pm: Send a tweet, update our blog, and post on Facebook regarding pre-show preparations.

3:30 pm: Text my son to see how school and hockey practice went.

3:45 pm: Call my daughter, Sydney, to see how her day went at Hope College.

4:00 pm: Have a small Amway Nutrilite snack bar to tie me over until dinner.

5:00 pm: Conference call with my PR team to go over notes for this season’s collection release.

6:00 pm: Call with our music consultant, Kevin Edwards, to go over the tracks I liked from the CD he sent over.

6:30 pm: Fittings with my design team and several of the models we have already confirmed for the presentation.

7:15 pm: Have a latte for some energy.

8:00 pm: Join a couple members of my team at Park Avenue Summer for dinner; recap various meetings from today and discuss what we have going on tomorrow.

9:30 pm: Get a call from some friends who want to meet for a drink at SoHo House—I shouldn’t, but I join them for a nightcap; on the way I call my daughter, Cassandra, to see how things went at the law firm today.

11:00 pm: Back in the car heading home to my apartment; call home to say my good-nights to my husband and my son.

11:30 pm: I finally have time to finish going through my e-mails, just to wake up and have many more!

11:45 pm: Call my mother as she has e-mailed me several times today—I get my night owl ways from her.

1:00 am: Lights out, but I still flip channels for a bit to wind myself down from a busy day.

Pamella Roland collection is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Lindsay Brooke Weiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.” For more articles from Lindsay, check out her site!

The Great of 2008

By Jennifer Wright


2008 was quite a year. You may note that I am refraining from applying too many glowing adjectives to describe it. That is in case you worked for Lehman Brothers, or Citibank, or Bear Stearns. Or on the off chance that you are a staunch Republican. Or, alternatively, that you are Bernie Madoff.  Taking those situations into account it probably wouldn’t be fair to call 2008 a really great year.

However, like every year, it had its moments. And by “moments,” I mean bodacious parties. Here are eight of the great parties of 2008, or at least, some that I really loved:

8: The Screening of Hamlet 2 : It was August 19th, but people dragged themselves back early from their summer houses to be rocked by Sexy Jesus. It was worth it. Focus Films provided miniature champagne bottles with straws as well as a variety of different, absurdly delicious popcorns.  The crowd was peppered with notables, including producer Eric Eisner, film star Phoebe Strole, and Focus Features president Andrew Karpen. But what about other screenings, you ask? What about Doubt? What about W? What about . . .  yes, you could certainly inquire. But Hamlet 2 gets extra points for being a party that happened during the summer and, yet, did not require me to sit on the Jitney next to a screaming baby for approximately 10 million years. Unfortunately, it is the only party I went to this summer of which that can be said.


7: Escada Event at Saks: It would be great to go out, sometime, and see a movie star who was not even more beautiful in real life than on the screen. It did not happen at the Escada event on October 30th. Hilary Swank looked impossibly gorgeous – and was lovely as she commented on the fantastic “architecture” of her one shouldered dress. And Amy Sacco was there! Of course, Escada’s creative director Damiano Biella was there too – Duffy even dedicated one of her songs to him.


6: Times Square on November 4th (If you were the aforementioned staunch Republican, just skip this one): It may not qualify as a traditional party, but at least every New Yorker was able to attend. And besides, how can you really define a party? Is it defined by wild dancing? Because that was happening on Times Square after the election results were announced. Cartwheels? Check. Wild screams of joy? Strangers embracing strangers? Check to all merriment. If you needed celebrities, well, Barack Obama was beaming down from the overhead screen.


5: Cookie Magazine’s Kidfest Benefit to aid Free Arts NYC: I spend a lot of time wishing that I’d grown up in New York. Because if I’d been raised here, rather than being taught to paint by my second grade teacher, Donald Baechler would have been helping me out. At least, he would have if I was a child who attended the Kidfest Benefit on November 16th.  Meanwhile, Patrick McMullan would be taking family photographs, while Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Cynthia Rowley and Nigel Barker milled about. As it was, I felt like it was too late to try to learn how to paint with Donald Baechler. Fortunately, it was not too late to take advantage of their “decorate your own cookie” stand.


4: The Plaza Retail Collection Presents Maggie Norris Couture: When I was a kid, not living in New York, I spent a lot of time reading Eloise, about the little girl who lives at The Plaza. However, these days, I am savvy enough to know that Maggie Norris is giving Eloise a run for her money. After all, Eloise’s mother simply “knew Coco Chanel” while Maggie Norris’s gorgeous and simple yet impossibly elegant designs rival Chanel’s own creations. It was never more apparent than on November 13th, when models including Fatima Siad, Marcia Mitchell and Hayley Finklestein appeared in her creations. Onlookers included Devorah Rose, Alex McCord and Anthony Nicola, the general manager of The Plaza’s Retail Collection.


3: Kelly Klein and Andre Balazs Celebrate the Publication of HORSE: Rachel Zoe was there. She was there, and she was nice, and she took pictures with Melissa Meyers and me. That alone is enough to make Kelly Klein’s book party in Miami on December 3rd a memorable party. However, it becomes more memorable when you factor in the fact that Ivana Trump was there too. So was Julian Schnabel along with his son Vito and Calvin Klein. The book was beautiful, too.


2: RFK Bridge Naming Ceremony: You may have heard the name Kennedy mentioned in the news lately, and if you were at the RFK Bridge Naming Ceremony November 19th you’d certainly have had a chance to see the clan as well. Ted and Kiki Kennedy were in attendance as were a host of luminaries who graciously paid homage to Robert F. Kennedy. Some of those notables included Melissa Meyers, Sarah Jessica Parker and Alec Baldwin. Senator Clinton was also in attendance, as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Speaker Pelosi.


1: Young Lions Disco Ball: Edward Albee and Salman Rushdie aren’t generally the first thing you think of when you consider Disco, but they were in attendance for the Young Lions Disco Party at the New York Public Library on November 3rd. Bohemian It girl Arden Wohl was twirling wildly on the dance floor, alongside Stephanie LaCava and Ivanka Trump. Philanthropist Steven Schwarzman was also there, dancing exuberantly to Disturbia. And, like every party, it had its party animals, in this case, the giant NYPL lion’s mascot.


So, from a purely party based standpoint, it was kind of a great year after all. And if you weren’t out on the scene in 2008, I will be looking for you in 2009.