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Treat yourself to a spa day without spending beaucoup bucks! These 10 easy-to-make beauty fixes prove you don’t have to go over budget to be kind to your skin



1. Exfoliate your skin with Rachel Cooks‘s Vanilla Bean Sugar Scrub. It smells as good as it sounds and makes a wonderful hostess gift.



2. If you’re tired wasting money on manicures that last two days max, then look to Shrimp Salad Circus‘s DIY Gel Polish Tutorial, Tips & Tricks for nails with a longer life expectancy.



3. I swear it’s not frosting! The ice cream scoop may be deceiving, but the ingredients are not. With 4 ingredients you can have Savvy Naturalista‘s DIY Cream Soap in a matter of minutes.



4. Turn your extra fresh herbs into a delicious-smelling toner like this DIY Basil Toner from Pink Little Notebook.



5. Take your favorite soap wherever you go with Shrimp Salad Circus‘ Tiny Travel Soap Gems.



6. Hydrate dry skin with Whoorl‘s Honey Mask.



7. Next time you draw a bath, use Rosemary Lavender Bath Salt by Living Locurto for some sweet-scented bliss.



8. Instead of paying three dollars for a small tube of chapstick, make your own! Look to Practically Functional‘s Homemade Chapstick for a more affordable option.



9. Consider Julie Blanner‘s Homemade Rose Milk Bath Recipe for a last-minute gift idea.



10. Thank you Thirty Handmade Days for sharing this darling DIY Dry Shampoo recipe with us!




xx Madison



If you’re a Mad Men fanatic like myself, then you still haven’t come to terms with the show’s sign-off in May. After religiously watching the show for several years, I quickly became fascinated over the costumes. Lucky for me, right now ’60s inspired clothing is one of the hottest trends in women’s fashion.


In celebration of the season finale, I’ve put together four retro looks inspired by Mad Men’s leading women.


1. Peggy Olson



Peggy is first and foremost a business woman, and her wardrobe matches her go-getter personality. Her dress is modest, functional and practical. Think textured fabrics like gingham, tweed, wool and plaid, and warm colors like mustard, orange, red and brown.


Get Peggy’s Look:

1. ’70s Belted Duster Coat – Topshop

2. Large Scale Checked Shirt – Topshop

3. Etched Medallion Pendant Necklace – Urban Outfitters

4. Floppy Brim Fedora – Rag & Bone

5. ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

6. T-Logo Huggie Hoop Earrings – Tory Burch

7. Debutante Perforated Hobo Messenger – Henri Bendel

8. Miranda Nile Crocodile Continental Wallet – Michael Kors

9. Orange High Waist Straight Wide Leg Palazzo Pants – Moda Wardrobe

10. Mr. Seymour Women’s Toe Cap Oxford – EKOCYCLE


2. Joan Holloway



Everything about Joan screams va-va-voom. Her signature style features figure-flattering garments like Bodycon dresses and wrap tops that perfectly complement her hourglass silhouette. Rich jewel tones such as emerald, ruby and sapphire look absolutely stunning against her fair skin.


Get Joan’s Look:

1. Gramercy Mini – Kate Spade

2. Weekly Write-Up Dress In Navy – ModCloth

3. Horseman Print Scarf – Hermes Vintage

4. Pebble Grain Willa Zip Satchel – Dooney & Bourke

5. Red Stone Gold-Tone Clip-On Earrings – Monet

6. Tassel Lariat Necklace – Vince Camuto

7. Toerless Muse Suede Triple-Strap Pumps – Christian Louboutin


3. Megan Calvet


Everything about Megan is new, young and exciting. As an aspiring actress waiting to be “discovered,” Megan is always eager to sport the latest trend. Groovy, colorful and bold pieces match her lively personality. Her wardrobe consists of psychedelic prints, monochrome ensembles, statement jewelry and mini shift dresses.


Get Megan’s Look:

1. Alexa High Collar Shift Dress – Lilly Pulitzer

2. Straw Hat – H & M

3. Gazebo Chandelier Earrings – Lele Sadoughi

4. Tassel Pearl Bangle – Topshop

5. Twist Wrap Arm Cuff – Topshop

6. Semi Precious Cuff – Topshop

7. Brushed Bangle Pack – Topshop

8. Bel Aire Sunglasses in Pearl White – Wildfox

9. Huey Mule Sandals – Topshop

10. Small Soho Canvas Top Handle Bag – Gucci


Betty Draper 


Betty is the lady your mom always wanted you to be. She’s the perfect hostess and housewife. Her style is feminine, delicate and appropriate — think Grace Kelly. Betty’s makeup consists of subtle, cool tones paired with a bold lip. Her go-to garments are consistently composed of neutrals, soft creams, floral prints and baby blues.


Get Betty’s Look:

1. Mint Green Floral Print Sleeveless Shirt – New Look

2. Pearled Dandelion Drops – Elizabeth Cole

3. Pearl Necklace – Tiffany & Co.

4. Emerson Place Phoebe  - Kate Spade

5. Meet Me At Coral Island Ultimate Nail Lacquer – CATRICE

6. Vegas Volt Lipstick – M.A.C.

7. Redd Lip Pencil – M.A.C.

8. Kiersten Sunglasses in Camel Tortoise – Kate Spade

9. Pigalle Follies Patent-Leather Pumps in Nude – Christian Louboutin

10. Big Star Luna High-Rise Short in Tribe – Big Star


Craving more Mad Men style? Check out these retro-inspired rooms to get your mid-century modern decor fix.

A longtime fashion and beauty publicist, Winnie opened her Manhattan boutique, Warm, in the spring of 2012 with her photo-agent husband, Rob Magnotta. “It’s an ode to our collective love of skate and surf culture, fashion, travel, and style,” she says. Thoughtfully curated by the duo for urban hippies, the shop’s luxe beauty, fashion, and home items are “special, often handcrafted, and hard to find,” she adds. From the $20 flip-flops typically sold at Hawaiian hardware stores to the $7,000 Elder Statesman blankets, “every piece in the store is exceptionally well made, and something that Rob and I genuinely love.” Here’s how to copy Winnie’s beachy glow:

Sunscreen: “We escape to the beach as often as possible—family surf trips to Costa Rica are pure bliss—and sun protection is everything. For my face, I’m loyal to EIR NUC Surf Mud Pro Stick SPF 50—it’s organic, smells great, and works well around my eyes.”

Skincare: ”I use Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil, which is superhydrating and packed with essential oils and anti-aging actives.”

Hair: “I love the texture and messiness salt water gives my hair, so I hold off on shampooing for as long as possible. To circumvent the drying aspect of salt and sun, I oil my ends and scalp with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil before heading out.”

Bath: “Cool, detoxifying baths are such a treat. I spike the water with Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath. With eucalyptus, wintergreen, and thyme, it’s bracing and really rejuvenating.”

Fragrance: “My good friend, perfumer Sarah Horowitz, made an ocean-inspired fragrance oil for me to wear on my wedding day. Rob and I met surfing, so it was really personal and perfect. It smells like a day at the beach—sunscreen and neoprene, musky and salty. I was always getting compliments on it, so when we opened the store, we decided to make it our signature scent, and call it Warm. It’s now our best seller. The rollerball applicator makes it perfect for girls on the move.”

Interview by Jolene Edgar




You know her as a culinary talent, television host, cookbook author, and creative director of her own cookware line. But in our July issue, Miami-based chef Ingrid Hoffmann revealed that she’s also a bit of a beauty junkie—though her beachy, minimal vibe doesn’t immediately announce her love of a carefully chosen stable of products. Here, her everyday favorites:

Skin: “I don’t use foundation or base. I only do concealer under the eyes and my T-zone. I mix two kinds: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat and L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer.

Eyes: “I actually use CoverGirl Bombshell POW-der Brow & Liner by LashBlast as eyeliner in the summer. It never runs.”

Lips: “I line my lips with pencil. I use MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation and blend it with a lip balm for a little moisture.”

Body: “Because I am slicing and dicing and touching food all the time, I can’t wear any strong perfumes. So I prefer to cleanse with a scented wash instead like Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash. It leaves me smelling fresh and clean, but not overly perfumed.”

It’s time for the great closet swap—that seemingly monumental task of switching your summer wardrobe out for the fall one. Saying goodbye to warmer weather is sad—and, if you’re anything like me, a sea of boring black, gray and navy in your closet is ever sadder. Enter petal pink, a surprising addition to the fall color palette. I’ve already saved up and splurged on a pink coat to cheer me up on the snowy days ahead (check it out here), but you can also use the color in smaller ways to punch up neutral looks. The trick: Look for pieces in rich fall fabrics and add accessories in one at time to avoid overdoing it. Check out some of my favorite pink picks below—everything is under $200.

1. Coat, Benetton // 2. Polish, Jin Soon // 3. Bag, Cambridge Satchel Company // 4. Sneakers, Levi’s // 5. Sweater, H&M

Kiss those corals goodbye and tuck away that bottle of tangerine—until next summer, that is. To help you give your manicure a fall makeover, I asked Eleanor Langston, former beauty editor and founder of Paintbox, a new boutique nail salon in New York City, for her best polish picks for the season.

Owner Eleanor Langston (@EleanorLangston), left, with Creative Director Julie Kandalec (@Julieknailsnyc) at Paintbox (@paintboxnails) in New York City


Q: Facing that wall of nail polishes in the nail salon is always so overwhelming. Help us out: What color trends are you seeing for fall?

A: Think smoky neutrals, colored metallics, and strong, saturated jewel tones like amber, ruby, and dark teal. Some of my favorites: Essie Take It Outside (smoky neutral with gray undertones), Zoya Flynn (amber-based tan), 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS in Hell-Bent (a dark ruby with subtle burnt orange tones), Estée Lauder in Arm Candy (a gorgeous matte metallic), Dior Carre Bleu (dark teal), Chanel Orage (a sandy navy), and Deborah Lippmann Harlem Nocturne (a periwinkle matte metallic).

Q: Nail art’s been around for a while. Why is it still in for fall?  And, how the heck do you decide what design to get?

A: Nail art can reflect your mood, express your individuality, give you a sense of style, and become a true accessory. At Paintbox, we create seasonal look books we use to showcase my favorite brands and colors, as well as mild-to-wild design options. There’s no suffering from decision fatigue—we’ve done the homework for you by selecting of-the-moment designs, trends, and colors that suit every style and personality. Here’s a sneak peek at our fall/winter looks:



 Q: So what do you do if you’re still not sure about this whole nail art thing? How do you dip your toe into the trend?

A: For nail art newbies, I’d suggest an accent nail with some adornment with a nail stud (we source ours on special buying trips to Japan) or a touch of metallic foil or glitter—simultaneously chic but statement-making. Negative space nail art—when a bit of your bare nail peeks through—is also a very chic way to step into the nail art space.  When you wear negative space at the bottom with a design on the top part of the nail, the bonus is that it also helps disguise any regrowth.



The full fall/winter look book will debut at Paintbox on September 13th. Not heading to NYC anytime soon? Show us how you’ve incorporated Eleanor’s advice into your fall manicure by tweeting me a pic @EllenMillerBty with the hashtag #BHGBeauty.






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