Taking Skincare Cues from a Snowy New York Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week kicked off as a blizzard dropped up to eight inches of snow on to the city. We love this season's foul weather style, especially as captured by our favorite Tommy Ton's street style pics for Style.com. One theme that stood out for us: hats. We're obsessed with hats, especially during the spring and summer months when it's vital to protect against UV rays. In cold weather, we also always wear a hat not only to keep warm, but also for the added bonus of protecting our skin from UV rays. UV rays can damage the skin no matter what season it is, so we're loving these shots of fashionistas donning one of our favorite accessories.

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Grammy Fashions Skirt Dress Code And Reveal Healthy Skin

While we always support showing off healthy skin, we understand the need for modesty from time to time. Still, it came as a bit of a surprise that CBS wanted to reel in the often risque Grammy fashions that make the Grammy Awards red carpet a must-watch every year. Jennifer Lopez's revealing Versace number from 2000 is still one of the most-buzzed about award show fashions to date. It would be hard to top that without showing a little skin.

Katy Perry and Kelly Rowland show off their healthy skin routines in revealing Grammy fashions.

And Sunday's stars did not disappoint. Two of our favorite fashions along the red carpet were not only gorgeous but managed to skirt the dress code a bit. Katy Perry was more demure than usual but still turned heads in a mint-colored, floor-length Gucci gown that showed off her beautiful skin with a low-cut, keyhole neckline. Katy told Glamour last year that her skincare habits include sea scrub, cocoa butter and a vow to never tan. The healthy results were on display at the Grammys. Meanwhile Kelly Rowland may have completely disregarded the dress code as she highlighted her curves in a Georges Chakra Couture black dress punctuated by well-placed sheer cut-outs. Kelly's glowing skin is likely thanks to her daily moisturizing routine and her dedication to exfoliating regularly. Whether this is the start of a new trend for the Grammys is yet to be seen but we applaud the stars who managed to follow the rules with sexy but understated fashions.
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J. Crew's Jenna Lyons

It has been an amazing few days for Jenna Lyons, the creative director of J. Crew.  She was dubbed by the New York Times in this weekend's SundayStyles as "the woman who dresses America" and "the sartorial star of the (inauguration) day" by The Huffington Post. Just for the record, at yesterday's inauguration, Michelle Obama wore 2 purple gloves, 1 sparkly belt and 1 pair Valentina heels. Malia Obama wore 1 magenta coat, 1 dress from J. Crew. Jenna Lyons has long been at the top of our list of women we most admire. She started her 22 year at J. Crew as an assistant designer and now at 44 years young, is one of the most influential people in fashion.  This has been a really tough year of public scrutiny in her personal life, yet she continues to rise above with grace and stylish aplomb. She is a rock star, cheers to you Jenna!

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The Latest on Parabens

Skincare plays a huge role in our daily lives. We apply ointments to heal, serums to smooth and sunscreens to protect but in those daily rituals lurks real and present danger, completely contradicting even the best intentions. That new cream or lotion may tout amazing benefits and smell good, but how good is it for you really? chemical sunscreen warningMany controversial chemicals are used in the formulation of personal care products. Some of the most widely used chemical components found in the beauty industry are parabens. Parabens are synthetic preservatives found in cosmetics and grooming goods.  Just check the ingredient list  and you will likely find: methylparaben, propylparaben and ethylparaben. Cause for Concern 1. Once absorbed by the skin, chemical preservatives end up in the bloodstream directly impacting health. 2. Daily use of deodorants, moisturizers, sunscreens and shampoo containing parabens presents a large toxic load to the body which over time accumulates and increases the risk of serious health issues. 3. Parabens have been linked to allergies, infertility and breast cancer. Dr Philippa Darbre, of the UK’s University of Reading studies the paraben breast cancer link and reports, “Parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors." Proof in Darbre's recent findings which reveal that 1 or more parabens were found in 99% of breast tissue samples. 4. Dr. Dabre's most recent study also reveals that parabens are carcinogenic which means that they can actually cause healthy cells to turn cancerous. Why risk it? With many great natural alternatives in the market it is possible to lessen the intake of parabens. And when it comes to sunscreen specifically, choose naturally based, paraben-free sun protection. As always, we recommend using 100% mineral sunscreen actives vs. the chemical variety. Chemicals on the skin and basking in the sun are never a good mix.
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To Cape or Not to Cape

Recent conversations with an uber stylish friend (à la the Vera Wang house) turned to the topic of capes. We wrestled for a while with this comeback trend. You see, there's a fine line between going grandma-esque and cape cool. So after sorting out all options, we've nailed down our favorites and are opting for effortless elegance like this cashmere Holmes & Yang.

 And this gorgeous Maison Martin Margiela felt number combats any cape fear rather quickly.

 Crosstown Traffic open fringed jacket and 19 4t’s specked cape.

MSGM tri colored panel coat and Racel Zoe's Candice Cape-Sleeve Coat.

Freedom of movement, chic comfort and warmth. Is there really any question?

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