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Statement Coats.

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of really cold days. One of the things that gets me through the long winter months is the fashion. Layering cute tops with sweaters and of course the fabulous boots! On top of that great outfit you need a great statement coat. There are so many great styles to choose for this season, here are a few I found that are sure to appease anyone’s style and price point. If not, let me know and I can do a little more research to find what you are looking for: hilary@welldressedboston.com.

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A.L.C. Harlan Faux Fur Fuzzy Coat

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Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat J.CREW

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Beige/ Checked Double Breasted Coat. 

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Italian Melton Military Style Jacket 
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Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for taking the time to visit my site! Would really appreciate a comment below on what you would like to see more of from me.

XO,

Hil

 

 

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My favorite fragrances.

Gifting a fragrance seems so cliché but that’s only if you don’t know how to do it right. My first experience with luxury fragrance was Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. I was immediately taken by how deep, pure and sensual it was. It didn’t smell overpowering, super sweet or overly diluted like some other lower level brands can.  When you encounter a luxury fragrance you can tell right away that it was made with love, using the best oils, absolutes and extracts from nature to create a scent that the designer truly desires and isn’t just a quick, easy sell. There’s a lot of passion put into it and you feel it when you wear it.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to try these luxurious scents. It’s hard to get to know a fragrance without wearing it all day. The initial smell will not be the same after a few hours and some don’t stick around at all. With high-end scents you should get a lasting scent that works with your bodies natural oils to enhance the essence.

Here are some of my favorites. Click on the images to purchase or visit one of the amazing fragrance experts at Saks Boston. They’re so knowledgeable and will guide you to exactly what you want.

Santal Blush by Tom Ford. This scent is warm and spicy but with some powdery notes that lighten it up a bit.

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Addictive Arts, new collection by Clive Christian. I’ve really enjoyed the “Hypnotic” scent, it’s has so much depth and is a great choice for winter with it’s warm and spicy notes.

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Vaniglia by Acqua di Parma. I saw this scent all over Italy was I was there this summer. The Italians know how to do a scent right and Acqua di Parma is one of their favorites.

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Fall Back Essentials

Fall Back Essentials
Daylight savings is great  in that we don’t have to wake up in the dark any longer. But as the day goes on and I get tired earlier in the day because it’s actually an hour later, I need some pick me up items to keep me going while I adjust.
First off, a good face scrub for the dry skin that starts to appear from the cold weather is a must. I like Mario Badescu’s Strawberry Facial Scrub.  Then apply a good moisturizer (naturally). I love the Kiehls “daily revive” serum to help keep my skin looking healthy and alive all day long. You can’t forget lipgloss, I love the new holiday collection by Nars.  Throw on a good scarf before leaving the house. I always wear a scarf. It’s a great throw on piece when it gets cold and easy to stow away in your bag when you don’t need it. An added bonus is they look so chic!
Make sure you leave enough time to grab a Starbucks seasonal Pumpkin Spice latte
for the commute.
Candles, candles and some more candles…
After a long day, light some scented candles to brighten and stimulate the senses when it begins getting dark at 4pm. Dyptique is a wonderful brand but I’ve been told there are some really good ones from Magnolia for Target.
What are your tips for surviving the shorter days?

Kiehl s skincare
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Burberry scarve
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Nars cosmetic
bloomingdales.com

Diptyque white candle
$85 – net-a-porter.com

5 Stylist tips for staying red carpet ready.

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I was in my good friends wedding this past weekend. It was a beautiful celebration and I loved being a part of it! That being said, it’s a long day when you start getting ready in the afternoon and want your look to last through the ceremony, pictures and reception. You might not be walking the red carpet, but we all have occasions when we want to stay looking beautiful and feeling fresh all day. Weddings and special events call for some added rituals that will help you look and feel your best.

Here are a tips from celebrity stylists (and myself) on how they keep the stars looking red carpet ready through long events.

  1. Deodorant on your face. This is a trick that keeps your face free of sweat. Use a make-up brush to apply a fragrance free, clear and preferably organic, antiperspirant to the areas of your face that tend to sweat. I.E. your hair-line and upper lip. Make sure to give this method a test run before the big event as some  may have a bad reaction. (reference Refinery29)
  2. Concealer on your lips. This is a trick you see many make-up artists use on YouTube. It helps you apply lip liner and lipstick more evenly and give them staying power.
  3. Apply a creamy eye treatment under your eyes. This helps keep your eye make-up in place and from creasing and falling into cracks. Make-up artist Janice Kinjo recommends Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. (reference Huffington Post)
  4. Blow dry your eye lashes. To help your eye lashes curl better, Isla Fisher recommends taking a blow dryer to your eye lash curler for a few seconds before using it. It also helps them stay in place longer. (reference InStyle.com)
  5. Check you posture. Good posture shows poise and confidence. A good way to make sure you’re standing (or sitting) tall is to roll your shoulders back, this forces your whole body to straighten up.
  6. Smile a lot! Every woman looks their most gorgeous when they’re smiling. So smile often. A good trick that Jessica Chastain shares is to put your tongue behind your teeth to keep from over smiling and appearing to “gummy”.

Do you have any tips you can share?

XO,

Hilary

 

 

 

 

 

Contouring made easy.

I have to admit that when it comes to make-up I’m pretty lazy, which is funny because when I was much younger I had trouble leaving the house without a full face of make-up. Nowadays I wear very minimal make-up in part because I hate taking it off at night!  My routine consists of BB cream (or simply tinted moisturizer, which is great because it provides some light coverage, it’s easy to blend and generally contains SPF. I’m currently using one by Laura Mercier and a tinted moisturizer by Clinique.
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I have however, been very curious about the popular technique of contouring. There seem to be many ways of doing this from very complex to simple. I prefer simple as I don’t have a lot of time to do my make-up normally. So here are 4 steps I found on Elle.com for easy contouring

What you’ll need: Two stick foundations, one two shades darker than your skin tone and one that’s two shades lighter plus your existing foundation.

Step one. Start by putting on your foudnation as usual. Then proceed to map your face with the darker stick like so. Trace your temples, the hollow of your cheek bones, outline the sides of your nose upward, your jaw bone and place one simple line under your bottom lip.

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Step two. Blend it into your foundation. You can use your fingertips but from what I’ve seen, a beauty blender is preferable. Do not blend it all over your, use small circular motions to blend in the areas where the stick foundation is located not wandering to outside the general vicinity.

Step 3. Place the lighter foundation underneath your eyes and up toward your temples. Blend.

Step 4. Use a loose brush to blend loose powder all over your face. Translucent is recommended by most make up artists.

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What does your make-up routine consist of?

xo,

Hilary