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Lauren Ezersky photographed for 1010ParkPlace by Noel Sutherland, styled by Mark Grischke
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This week I caught up with glamorous gal about NYC, Lauren Ezersky. Lauren’s in L’Oréal’s new classic Voluminous Mascara campaign on television, print and online. She appears with Diane Keaton, Deborah Harry, Julianne Moore, models Barbara Palvin, Soo Joo Park, transgender model, Hari Nef and a host of other cool ladies. Once again, L’Oréal hit a home run by featuring “fresh, creative, confident women who are iconic in their own right.”

In a press release L’Oréal said, “We are excited to bring together trailblazing individuals in celebration of the mascara women have loved for over 25 years… we want to encourage everyone to embrace their originality, take chances and make a statement.”

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I know the moment the love affair began. I was in a small vintage store in New York City, surrounded by piles of clothes and shelves of shoes, and amidst it all, I spotted the perfect faux leopard coat (above and below photo). It was so unique. It had a brown faux fur lapel, fell at the sweet spot right above my knees, and it fit me perfectly. And those beautiful spots…


Since that day, I’ve been obsessed with, maybe even addicted to, the iconic pattern of the black rosettes against the leopard’s golden coat, with its rich shades of textured browns, whites and black. It was love at first sight. This is THE coat that started it all.

After that day I became a lifelong collector of vintage animal print coats, muffs, and handbags. Everytime I think I’ve reached my limit, that perfect vintage handbag appears. I just can’t get enough of it. Oh, and just to be clear… When I say leopard, I’m including other animal prints, like cheetah, jaguar and tiger.

I wear leopard with anything and everything, anytime and anywhere, any day and any season. It is amazingly versatile. Dress it up or dress it down. Pair with denim, stripes, florals, patterns and even other animal prints. What Jenna Lyons said is true. “Leopard is a neutral.”

Leopard is a statement but a fabulous one. It’s glamorous. It’s sexy. It’s edgy. It’s bold. It’s unexpected. It’s spot-on.

As far as I’m concerned leopard isn’t trendy like some style magazines like to tell you. It’s classic, timeless, and it’s been a fashion staple for decades

Leopard print hit the big time after Jackie Kennedy wore her famous leopard coat in 1962. Everyone had to have one. Today leopard print is mainstream. Current style icons like Kate Moss and Emmanuelle Alt are often photographed wearing leopard.

In general I don’t subscribe to style rules, and I certainly don’t subscribe to the rule that you should only wear one piece of leopard at a time. I will say if you want to look classy and sophisticated, stay away from leopard prints that don’t resemble the real thing like neon or shiny prints.



So many people have told me they’re afraid to wear leopard, using the excuses like they don’t want to stand out, they’re too old, or they can’t pull it off. If this is you, then start with something small, like a scarf or a bracelet. Then work your way up to a handbag or shoes. If you fall in love like me, go for a dress or a coat. You may need to dip your toe in slowly, but don’t shy away from wearing leopard if you have the desire. You’ll be surprised how it gives you that extra spring in your step. Be careful, though. If you’re like me, you might fall head over leopard heels.

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Years ago I won a writing contest sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue. The prize was a Cartier Tank watch, and when it arrived in the mail, I was so disappointed, I called Saks and asked if I could return it. They graciously cut me a check instead, which I spent on an aluminum Grumman canoe.

I’m just not a jewelry person. I don’t wear much myself, and most of what I wear is costume. Fine jewelry is just too … fine. In other words, I think it’s boring and predictable. It doesn’t interest me the way that shoes and artwork and chairs do.

Even vintage jewelry doesn’t really float my boat. I am prejudiced against the patina of time that coats estate jewelry, especially timepieces.

But then last week, lightening struck. I saw this watch (left):  a Cartier Tank watch that has been “repurposed.” Now that is not boring. And it is too fun to be intimidating. Oh my, I got goosebumps!

The company is LaCalifornienne, the perfect name for two L.A. based designers who perform some Hollywood-style plastic surgery on stuffy old timepieces. Founded by Leszek Garwacki and Courtney Ormond, the pair search out vintage Cartier Tanks and Rolex Oysters and take them apart. The watches get a freshly painted face, new markers, and a rainbow leather band.

This is no restoration. This is reinvention. This is a Jennifer Aniston nose job. A traditional Cartier Tank watch that no one would be ashamed of is now ready for a life in Malibu without Brad Pitt.

For my part, the new version makes me smile in a way the original version never could. I’d definitely wear this watch while paddling my Grumman canoe.

 

 

 

 

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I began my style blog journey about three years ago, and I do mean “journey.” Ever since I can remember, I’ve never shied away from taking style risks. But starting my blog, Style Nudge, somehow felt different. It was one of the biggest leaps I’ve ever taken. I’m a very private person, and the idea of putting myself out into the world was scary to me. But, inevitably, my passion for style creativity overrode my fears.

At first, I thought someone else should model my outfits, but it was my personal style that defined the blog. You can’t separate the style from the person… so it had to be me. Style is as much about “who” is wearing the clothes, as it is about “how” the clothes are being worn. Continue Reading

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Throughout history many marriages were more of a business arrangement between families than a marriage of love. If the bride came from wealth, her dress reflected her status, otherwise, most brides wore the best dress they owned. It wasn’t until the marriage of England’s Queen Victoria in 1840, that white wedding dresses came into vogue. Since then styles and traditions have changed. First-time brides no longer feel they have to wear white, and choosing a dress for a second wedding—especially if the bride is a certain age—is often more challenging.

Months before I married James, I hadn’t given my dress much thought until… One morning I awoke with what can best be described as a strong message.

As clear as can be, my little voice said, “Your dress is waiting for you. Go find it. Today.”

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A blank wall is like a naked body — lovely in its most basic form but full of possibilities for adornment.

I buy and sell vintage art for a living, and many of my finds never make it into the shop. The walls of my home are hung with interesting woodcuts, sculptures, oils, watercolors, textiles, collages, and photographs. I live in a stylish and chic space that reflects me and my family to a ‘t,’ and our art collection was amassed at a fraction of the cost had I purchased everything new.

If I can do it, so can you.

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In her makeup studio at Rita Hazan, 2015. Photo by Jennifer Denton.
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Over the years Sandy Linter’s watched the best photographers, supermodels and lighting people work. As one of the top makeup artists in the world, her job has been to make models camera ready gorgeous, but when she’s the one being photographed, Sandy knows how to strike a pose.

The first time we met I was in my early 20’s. Sandy looked like an angelic goddess. It’s a mental image I will always remember. Here are some of my favorite photographs of Sandy.

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Every once in a while I have a hair crisis, and I’m currently at that point. Continue Reading

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In the 70s, I worked a lot with model, Rosie Vela. I was introduced to her as “Roseanne,” so I continue to call her Roseanne. She calls me “Red” because she remembers my red hair from 1975!! This gorgeous photo was shot by Albert Watson for Vogue and Harry King did her hair.

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