Another lovely illustration by René Gruau for Crescendoe gloves in honor of the Fall Equinox.

via SimplyMagdorable on tumblr

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Kiehls' & Jack Black SPF

Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30 ($52) | Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 ($48)

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done one of these, but with summer (very) slowly on the way out, it seems like the right time for a reminder that sunscreen should be worn year-round. Especially on your face. Even on cloudy days, when you’re indoors, wearing a hat. Seriously. These are two that P and I wear not-quite-religiously-enough but basically every day.
The Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream (SPF 30) from Kiehl’s is something that I “borrowed” off my mother’s vanity well over a year ago (when it had a slightly different formulation), and my skin looks even younger now, if you can believe it. If you can’t, well, it certainly is more hydrated and smooth, which I think amounts to the same thing. I find that a little goes a long way, and if I let it absorb it makes a great base for my makeup. Of which I now use less, incidentally.
For the guys, I’ll make this brief: this Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer (SPF 20) is vegan, lightweight, quick-absorbing, inoffensive-smelling and a massive value at $48 for 8.5 fluid ounces. Yes, I really did spell that out. It doesn’t feel greasy, doesn’t smell like sunscreen, doesn’t take more than twenty seconds to slap liberally on your face after you step out of the shower (or roll out of bed–no judgment). And you can confidently offer a pump or two to any and all overnight guests who are about to head off into the sunshine, with a caring reminder that they should always wear sunscreen. Just like you do.

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Frankie Rayder Vince Ad
Frankie Rayder Vince 2013

Top photo from October 2013 US Elle, bottom from October 2013 US Bazaar

I’m well aware that paltry iPhone photos don’t do these fantastic ads justice, but I was so excited about them that I literally could not wait to fire up my scanner. (Partly because it’s a 45-minute drive away right now, but that’s neither here nor…well, actually it is there. Oof.) Vince has been a dominant line in my closet for well over a decade now–I still have and will always love my original “sneaker pants”–and Frankie Rayder, well, what is there to say? She’s one of the definitive faces of a generation of models that had an enormous impact on my aesthetic (I was a late-teen in the late-’90s, what can you do?), and here she is back in all of her cool-girl glory. I really don’t think it gets any better than this.

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Margaret Howell Spring-Summer 2014

As usual Margaret Howell is making all the clothes I want to wear right now, and let’s face it, this late-summer-still-not-fall (at least here in central Texas) would be a perfect time of year for them. I’m thinking light jackets for the mornings, loose trousers to keep the mosquitos away, and lots of breezy sleevelessness for that rather large part of the day when it’s just blazing hot and humid to boot. Comfortable and wearable and still pretty and most of all functional–Margaret Howell consistently nails it. Sadly none of these pieces will be available any time soon, but the fantastic fall collection is up at her e-shop, with bits showing up over on Gravity Pope as well (they’ve also got the S/S 2013 collection on sale, as does La Garçonne–both Main Line & MHL). Not too shabby for the time being, and someone once said good things are worth waiting for, didn’t they?

Margaret Howell Spring-Summer 2014, Look 10

Margaret Howell Spring-Summer 2014, Look 26

Collection photos from Vogue UK

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I know that this video has been everywhere, but I’m posting it here because I want to be able to watch it any time I want (right now, for instance). Jimmy Kimmel sure knows how to pick ‘em.

Oh, and I just couldn’t resist putting together a round-up of all the amazing designers the kids are raving about these days…But I guess the real question is, do you know which is which?

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