VISITING DAY ENSEMBLES!

So if you were on facebook at all this weekend, you too must have been bombarded with pics and videos of everyone with kids at sleep away camp attending visiting day. Families with happy smiling faces and arms around each other. Brothers and sisters who usually fight like crazy, now embracing and getting all teary eyed. It is all very sweet to see. However, we know that visiting day is very stressful for the moms in all these pics. And the reason is, it’s really hard finding the perfect outfit! Now our kids go to day camp so we are not faced with this visiting day dilemma. But we are finding ourselves helping our friends and clients find the perfect visiting day ensembles. Now before social media, even we self-admitted fashion obsessed girls would’ve thought this was a little cray cray. But nowadays when you know your pic will be on display for all the world to see, it makes perfect sense! So here are some tips and looks so you too can look visiting day gorgeous!

TIP #1

Invest in the perfect pair of beaten up denim shorts. A pair that looks like you aren’t trying too hard. You know ones that appear as if you simply cut an old pair of jeans, but probably cost you close to $200. (And make your butt look fab!)

Joes Jeans shorts $148

TIP #2

Wear a tank or tee! Sounds so simple but quite the contrary! You need to find a tank or tee with a little something interesting on it. Something that will make you look like a cool mom who has really cute clothes. Try buying one with a cutout, a strategic hole or maybe a little fringe.

Tribal fringe tank!

TIP #3

Sunglasses! So you know your mascara will be running from all your joyous tears after seeing the kids you haven’t seen in awhile. So invest in a hot pair of big sunglasses. Something glamorous and on trend for all of your instagram followers to see!

Tom Ford shades are always chic!

TIP #4

Learn how to master the “I just rolled out of bed and brushed my hair quickly look”! Of course it will probably take an hour and a half but no one needs to know. Think Jennifer Aniston in all her Aveena ads.

TIP #5

Invest in a cute pair of sneakers. And go run run run and be the first mom to hug her kiddo! Happy visiting day!

Nike cuties in multi-color!

A GEM IN ENGLEWOOD (And a special giveaway link at end of post!!)

We hope you enjoy our blog this week about a fabulous gem in Englewood.  Read on…

A GEM IN ENGLEWOOD

 

Botox, fillers, chemical peels….Nowadays these are as commonplace as manis & pedis.  We know many that indulge in these anti-aging beauty tricks and while some look nice and rejuvenated, others take it too far!  We’ve all seen the over 50 year old celebrity staring at us on movie screens with that lifeless but wrinkle-less face as if they were 25.

We here at The Style Duo have been hesitant to partake in any of these treatments and here is the reason why…FEAR!  We are scared of looking too stiff and emotionless, fearful of any screw up that can happen from poking large needles into your face and terrified of any bad side effects!  Who knows what is in those things and if they can truly harm you more than help you. So we have relied on expensive face creams, makeup and foggy mirrors to help us feel young and beautiful.  Our minds were made up to never give in until…we met Dr Rabkin.

An old camp friend of ours told us about Esthetica MD in Englewood, the first and only cosmetic medicine and aesthetic practice and facial spa in Bergen County.  She talked about the founder and Medical Director of Esthetica MD, the renowned Dr. Rabkin.  Did he have a magic wand?  Could he guarantee no wrinkles and no pain?  We were skeptical and hesitant.  But with a little persuasion we agreed to meet with him and here is how it went.

The minute we walked into Esthetica MD we knew we weren’t in just any old doctor’s office.   In fact it felt like PARADISE.  We were greeted with modern décor, delicious aromas, and a friendly and beautiful staff.  (all with fabulous skin!)  We forgot that we just walked in from the busy streets of Englewood into this tranquil haven.  We waited a few minutes for Dr. Rabkin and when he came to greet us he was warm and friendly.  And then we whipped out our long list of grueling questions.  “How do you know it won’t look too overdone?’ we asked.  “Does Botox cause deadly diseases?’  “Will we have long lasting results?” Etc Etc.  Dr. Rabkin answered every question with clarity and confidence and immediately put our minds at ease.  He explained that his goal has always been to give women (men too!) a natural and more youthful appearance through these anti-aging procedures.  He talked a lot about balance, proportion and natural attractiveness and even got permission from one of his patients there to show us her before & after pictures.  Wow!  What a difference fillers can make and most importantly so natural and not overdone.

And the icing on the cake was when Dr. Rabkin talked about his non-surgical face lift based on the predictable patterns seen with facial aging. This man was every woman’s dream!  Now as we said earlier Botox, fillers, peels are everywhere but the important thing we learned is to find a doctor you trust.  For us this means, a person who often believes LESS IS MORE!  And Dr. Rabkin fills this bill completely!  He even talked about turning away patients when they wanted to do more procedures than he felt was necessary to give them a beautiful but natural appearance.  We loved that!

The bottom line is we all want to look our best and hold onto a youthful glow as long as we can.  In addition to Dr. Rabkin’s cosmetic medicine services, Esthetica MD has great aesthetic services like brow shaping and makeup application.  And though there isn’t a magic potion to make us look exactly as we did when we were in our 20’s, we believe working with someone like Dr. Rabkin comes as close to visiting the Fountain of Youth as one can get!

Dr. Rabkin of Esthetica MD.

Esthetica MD is located at 12 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood.  201-816-8106

And you can get gorgeous with Esthetica MD with a $200 Gift Card they are giving away to one of our readers- Enter for a chance to win by Clicking Here.

 

PATRIOTIC PICS!

 

Our favorite Housewife, Aviva Drescher, in Catherine Malandrino’s flag dress!

 

We hope you all had a fun and fashionable July 4th weekend. Whether you were at the beach, at a bbq or watching a firework show, we hope you did it in style. Holidays are great times to experiment with trends, colors and themes. And on July 4th, it is so easy to put together a red, white and blue ensemble. Even a red, white and blue manicure will do! Here are some of our favorite patriotic pics of celebs as they celebrated this important holiday! Included is the stunning, Aviva Drescher who we dressed in a signature Catherine Malandrino flag dress for her appearance on FOX-5 Philadelphia. Having fun with fashion never felt so right!!

Christina Milian and her adorable daughter attend July 4th beach party!

Vanessa-Hudgens looking pretty and patriotic poolside!

 

Gwen Stefani wears red white and blue to a BBQ.

Jason Derulo shows us boys can get into the holiday spirit too!

 

BIRTHDAY BUDDIES

 

“We shared a womb and then a room”… was a quote one of us made at one of our weddings. And tomorrow we celebrate our birthday together as we have the past 21 years. (ok, maybe a few more years than that, but who’s counting?!) ANYWAY, the point is it’s always been a lot of fun sharing a birthday buddy. Whether we celebrated as 8 year olds at an ice skating rink at Sport –o – Rama or with all our favorite girlfriends dancing in our seats as we watched the movie Grease, we always celebrated in STYLE! The exact same birthday outfits were always a must! Matching white mini dresses as we played pin the tail on the donkey when we turned 4 years old at The New City Condominium Clubhouse was the beginning of our white dress obsession. Sporting pink satin pants and tube tops for our disco party was twice as nice! And who could forget those white, puffy, 80’s pantsuits we wore to our Hawaiian themed sweet sixteen at McDougals on Route 17? All in all we made some funny fashion statements and mistakes over the years as we blew out the candles. Even at a young age we knew that on our birthdays it was time to dress up and shine! And we are always smiling and happy to have our best birthday buddy by our side!

BIKINI BONANZA!

 

Hung up our on screen bikinis after this scene in “The Hard Way” with Michael J. Fox!

We here at The Style Duo are busy prepping for a really fun fashion segment coming up soon on Fox 5. We were asked to style and host a piece showcasing Hot, Hot, Hot bikinis for summer! We were thrilled to be asked to do this and just as thrilled to know that we would NOT be the models. Phew! So now our job is super easy and fun because there are a ton of great options of gorgeous bikinis to choose from this summer. There are many different styles out there for different body types and colors and prints that are alluring, bold and sensational! Take a look at some of our faves that we have spotted on our bikini hunt and be sure to check back to see exactly when this sexy segment will air. And in the meantime, we encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and get your sexy bikini on!

Letarte triangle bikini with seashells on the neckline add a tropical, island touch. Steamy and hot!

Who said high waisted isn’t sexy? This cobalt blue number by 6 Shore Road will prove that theory wrong!

The Camo trend is all the rage and this bikini by Jean Paul Gaultier looks great against all skin tones.

Loving this high waisted bikini that is Bond girl worthy!

This fringe bikini by LeTarte is fun and flirty for days at the beach.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

In honor of Fathers Day and all stylish dads everywhere, we are NOT going to talk about fashionable celeb women like we so often do. Instead we are going to give you our top picks for stylish celeb dads. After all, there’s nothing cooler than a guy who looks just as good hanging with the kiddies as he does walking the red carpet.

Brad Pitt globetrotting with his “six-pack” (kids that is!)

Just when you thought David Beckham couldn’t get any better looking, he’s caught on camera cuddling his daughter Harper.

Orlando Bloom and his mini- me. Double Cuteness!

Ben Affleck looks even hunkier next to one of his little girls.

Our superstar handsome dad taught us that nothing is quite as important as being yourself, letting yourself be silly, and always being a big kid at heart!

 

TONY TIME!

 

Hanging with he beautiful and talented star of Broadway’s Cinderella, Fran Drescher!

 

 

Broadway stars and other celebs are turning up the heat tonight at Radio City Music Hall in NYC for the Tony Awards. Thanks to host Hugh Jackman, we are sure it will be an exciting and star – studded event! Check out some of our fave red-carpet looks and let us know your thoughts! Let the show begin…

 

Handsome Hugh hosts!!

 

EASY BREEZY TEES!

 

HAPPY CAMPERS IN OUR FAVORITE TEES!

 

Ah, summer! (well almost) But as far as we are concerned June 1st = summer. Time to hit the beaches, pools, bbq’s etc. We have been preparing our clients, friends, AND ourselves for this fabulous season. We have recently blogged about silk jumpsuits, crisp white dresses, monokini bathing suits, etc. But we can’t forget about the good ol’ t-shirt. Summers come and summers go and the one thing that we all always come back to is the t-shirt. As Jessica Simpson sang, “With nothing but a t-shirt on. I never felt so beautiful…’” There’s something sexy, cool and effortless about throwing on a t-shirt and denim cut-off shorts. It reminds us of our easy breezy camp days when our friends, fun activities and camp crushes meant everything. The t-shirt brings us back to our youth. So this summer, get in touch with the younger you and embrace the adorable, lovable TEE!

 

A cold shoulder detail makes a grey tee special and sexy!

Ralph Lauren goes nautical.

J Crew always has great classic tees in fun colors!

Chaser makes tees with an edgy rocker feel!

Free People makes an awesome tee with a bohemian vibe.

 

THE GIRL IN THE WHITE DRESS

 

So we have been saying it all year but in case you didn’t listen, now is officially time to wear white. And if you know us at all then you know how much we love rocking the white trend with a little self tanner and bold gold accessories. Now while we encourage our clients and friends to embrace white all year long, we do have one rule about when NOT to wear white. No, it is not after Labor Day and before Memorial Day ladies, it is when you are a guest at a wedding. This is the only time we say wearing white is a NoNo. This is the time for the bride to shine alone in white. And this year, the wide array of gorgeous wedding gowns they are showing for brides are simply stunning. The trend is a little more simplistic than in previous years but nonetheless fabulous and gorgeous. Sexy backs and streamlined silhouettes are very hot right now. As well as gowns with a fresh, and romantic vibe paired with a bold headpiece. And speaking of wedding gowns, WHOA BABY! Did ya check out Kim Kardashian’s gown this past weekend? More gorgeous than her last wedding gown and probably ten times as much with an estimated price tag of….. $500,000 DOLLARS!!!! Her Givenchy Haute Couture gown did not disappoint all her loyal fans who were waiting with baited breath for a glimpse of the reality star as if she were the Princess of Wales. So like we always say wearing white is always a “DO” except when it’s someone else’s time to say “I DO”!!!

Kim Kardashian as Kanye’s bride!

 

BILLBOARD AWARDS DUOS AND DONT’S

At the Billboard Awards this weekend there were a lot of style DOs (or DUOS as we like to call them) and a lot of DON’TS! Check out these pics and let us know your thoughts..

 

A simple but sexy LBD on Jordin Sparks is a DUO!

Carrie always has such great style, so one DON’T here and there is ok. This look is too overpowering, tacky and just wrong for her!

Kendall and Kylie were both DUOS last night. In just the right amount of sexy ensembles, they stunned on the red carpet!

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Iggy Azalea’s red gown was a DON’t but JLo’s was a bit simpler which made it a DUO!

 

Sorry Shania Twain, it’s almost June! This gown looks way too wintery! DON’T!

Liz Hernandez looks cute, fresh and Summery in this great shorts ensemble “DUO”.