2011 July 20
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Chic caught up with former model turned FEED Projects founder Lauren Bush while she celebrated the launch of Clarins FEED 15, which hit Nordstroms last week. Every purchase of the beauty clutch is filled with Clarins products and proceeds benefit fifteen starving children. Hurrah to that. But let's talk summer, love. Our truly tantalizing chat:
Where do you stay when you go to the Hamptons?
I stay at my fiancé’s family’s house in Montauk.
What’s your favorite spot in the Hamptons?
The Surf Lodge is really fun. Great food. Navy Beach is also really mellow. Great food.
What’s your favorite place to go shopping in the Hamptons?
The Calypso and Rugby stores in East Hampton.
What’s your seafood spot?
I actually don’t eat seafood. I’m a vegetarian.
2011 July 20
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Starlet to watch: Analeigh Tipton, the breakout chicette of summer hit-to-be Crazy Stupid Love (who you may remember from the 2008 cycle of America's Next Top Model). Thanks to this nude J.Mendel gown, Brian Atwood shoes, a Ferragamo clutch, H.Stern bracelet, and vintage headband, she beat out Emma Stone for the ultimate Chic honor at Tuesday night's premiere of the film at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. (Sorry, Emma—but remember, you got it yesterday.) Check out the August issue of InStyle for more on this model-turned-actress who was "honest and awkward—all elbows" during her teenage years. Riiiiiiight.
2011 July 20
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She's everywhere lately, so we barely blinked when we saw Friends With Benefits star Mila Kunis popping up on Terry's Diary. That's where all the cool kids hang out! Ms. Kunis gives us her best Terry Richardson impression during a break from shooting the August cover of GQ. It might not be the most dead-on, but we'll give this one extra points for its uber-sexiness.
2011 July 20
Francesco Clark follows up with Paper's Mickey Boardman to get more details on his shrinking waist line.
"Has anyone else noticed that no one is chewing food this summer? I may be exaggerating, but the juice cleanse has taken over Manhattan—and not in a little way. Maybe it's the seasons body-con dressing is inspiring everyone to aspire to the best possible version of themselves. While many male and female friends have adopted the trend for a health-kick or weight-loss or whatever, my friend Mickey seems to have embraced it all as a life change. He has slowly and steadily lost more than 35 pounds. Here's how!
Francesco: When I last saw you, I thought you were standing sideways! Are you on Dancing with the Stars or what?
Mickey: I am not, but I do a fabulous foxtrot! I actually started working out 7 or 8 years ago as part of a fitness makeover story. I'd never really exercised before that. I lost 25 pounds, and got in great shape, but it slowly creeped back up until I was much fatter than ever. I worked out here and there over the years, but since January, I've been reenergized. I have a new trainer—Matthew at Hanson Fitness—and I love his approach. He's an acrobat and a juggler, so he's more about flexibility and form as opposed to heavy lifting. I've also really been committed to Weight Watchers. I really followed the program and had great results. My leader Lenore is amazing.
You're also vegan and you also do a lot of cleanses.
I'm a cruelty-free vegetarian, which means no meat, but I do eat eggs and cheese. I don't wear any animal products, either. I've also been off refined sugar for about 13 weeks, which makes me feel great. I only have natural sugars like fruit juice. I do eat french fries (with agave ketchup, yum!) and pizza. I love juice cleanses. The first one I did was BluePrint, and it was my favorite.
How has your weight loss impacted your personal style?
I'm not really changing what I wear, but I'm wearing fun things that didn't fit so well before. I did just buy three sparkly Dries van Noten sweaters and a pair of shorts from a new Japanese designer called Kolor. They're saggy-crotched sweatpants covered in gold embroidery. Basically, I'm wearing more sparkle. And I love wearing suits since they fit better. Buttoning the jacket is such a nice change! I just got two gorgeous new ones from Joseph Abboud and Michael Kors.
Are you more energetic? Do you gnaw on cardboard?
It's nice to feel healthy. I never thought I'd be that person who feels great after exercise, but I do. I feel energized. Meanwhile, I'm 44 and I still weigh over 200 pounds. I don't leap out of bed ready to do a triathlon, but I feel much healthier. I do not gnaw on cardboard. Because of Weight Watchers, I can eat anything. It's just about the portion sizez and the points. I'm careful not to slip into the crazy dieting mentality where I end up eating way too little. I'm not on a diet—I'm building a healthier relationship with food.
What has been you favorite cleanse, and why?
I've done three so far, and two of those were BluePrint's Foundation cleanses. The most recent one lasted 5 days. I love the juices, and I wasn't ever hungry. I need work on making a smooth transition back to eating, because the first thing I had was a toasted salt bagel with butter. I also did a 4-day cleanse from Juice Pres, and that was rough. The citrus juice was way too spicy for me. Friends who've done tons of cleanses tell me that Juice Press is more hardcore. I'm happy with BluePrint.
2011 July 19
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Meet Matt Aymar of Mega Models. The tanner-than-thou 25-year-old hottie worked the Skyy Vodka lounge at The Raleigh during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Chic caught up with the beach babe while posing with Real Housewives in his blue yumyums.
What’s your tanning strategy?
I tan outside naked. You have to make sure you rotate—it’s like cooking a pig or something.
Boxers or banana hammock on the beach?
Banana hammock! I don’t like the boxer tan lines and you can swim better.
Coolest modeling gig?
I just did a commercial in Cuba for Turkish chocolate cookies.
What’s your craziest beach moment?
I spent a week at a hedonist resort in Jamaica where they had a nude and prude side. What happens at a hedonist resort stays at a hedonist resort…
Were you a nude or prude?
I dabble in both except when I eat. There’s something odd about eating jerk chicken in the nude.
2011 July 19
Her kind of town, Chicago! Rebecca Minkoff falls in love with the (normally) windy city on a recent jaunt.
"Even as a little girl, the stereotypical suburban lifestyle never appealed to me. The idea of living in Pleasantville and the social pressures that come along with “keeping up with the Joneses” make me feel uncomfortable, plus, I cherish the freedom and selected anonymity that comes along with city life. Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you, the northern suburbs of Chicago are now officially the exception to my rule. The North Shore, as it’s referred to by the locals, is so GORGE DE LA GORGE that I could find myself sliding right into a insulated, cushy, comfortable, shiny life within these gorgeous enclaves located right on the shores of Lake Michigan. I’ve just returned from a lightning quick jaunt to our heartland and I’m so excited to tell you guys all about the flurry of chic-ness happening just north of downtown Chicago.
So the only chink the North Shore of Chicago’s armor that I found was the lack of adequate hotels. Yes, you can stay at a decidedly un-chic place if location is more important to you, but that just isn’t what I usually go for when I travel. That said, base camp Chicago was the unbelievably polished, incredibly thoughtful, BEST hotel I’ve experienced in a very long time, Peninsula Hotel right on Michigan Ave. The details, such as a TV mounted right above the huge jetted bath tubs, white glove service, rooftop gym with the most stunning city and lake views, impeccable service (and they practically throw free chocolate at you!) that this hotel has incorporated into each guests experience is unparalleled. If you want anything, the Peninsula can get it for you. All of that, plus it’s just a quick hop skip and a scenic jump from the North Shore! Ok, it’s actually about a 30 to 45 minute drive, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices for an incredible hotel experience with the dreamiest spa in the world.
The weather couldn’t have been better for soaking up the sun and enjoying the gorgeous wide open spaces that being in the middle of Illinois affords you. But I gotta eat! So, I walked out of The Peninsula feeling like a MAJOR movie star, (god that hotel is glamorous) and made a beeline to Walker Brother’s Pancake House in Wilmette, for their historically delicious and decadent apple pancakes. One certainly doesn’t need to dress up to make an appearance here, but one should expect a little bit of a wait. Once seated, my apple pancake was promptly delivered bubbling hot, golden brown, filled with fresh apples and doused in a cinnamon and sugar glaze. I’ll never eat another pancake again without thinking about this pancake. Deliriously full, I hopped in my car and headed over to my personal favorite northern Chicago suburb, Winnetka, for a little retail therapy of the highest caliber. I’d caught wind from a girlfriend about this little shop on the main drag called Davis Miller. This charming little retail spot is run by a few of the loveliest and most delightful women who have worked together for over 15 years! The store features a genius little “shoe bar” complete with bar stools and a pick up window. The chic retail space is perfectly augmented by a seemingly endless array of wonderful and flawlessly edited fashion finds, the likes of which one rarely finds outside of NYC or Paris. Shoes, bags, jewelry, apparel, everything. I made out like a bandit here, so my suggestion for you is as follows: when in the Chicagoland area, please stop by this little slice of heaven. You won’t regret it.
At the vehement recommendation of the ladies at Davis Miller, I headed over to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, a place so beautiful, I swear time stops when you walk through the entrance. The gardens are set on over 365 acres, with nine islands featuring over 2.4 million plants. It’s also so dazzling and well maintained that it’s one of the only gardens in the country to earn a spot with the American Association of Museums. Make sure to stop by the greenhouses, the tropical greenhouse in particular will blow your mind. But, alas, it was hot as hell outside at this point, so I decided to head over to the picturesque Glencoe beach located right on Lake Michigan for a quick dip in the crisp, non-salty, not scary water and a few moments of sun worshipping. There are so many wonderful little families here; it makes me very excited for my baby to arrive. Speaking of, we’re hungry… I can hear the dinner bells ringing! I hear from the locals that there’s an incredibly authentic and delicious Mexican cafe in the decidedly up and coming suburb, Highwood. With the help of my GPS, I make my way to Las Tres Hermanas for some good ol’ fashioned Mexican fare that leaves me feeling well fed. The owners of this little establishment have the exact kind of charm that I want from my down home neighborhood restaurants. After this food fest, I’m well ready for my gorgeous bed. Peninsula, here I come!
Though my schedule was jam packed during my time on the North Shore, I barely scratched the surface of exciting and beautiful things to do in this spectacular city. From what I did see and do while I was here, my ideas on suburban life have been altered forever. These suburbs aren’t what I thought they would be like at all? Plus, it wasn’t even that windy?! Hopefully next time, see ya Chicago!
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