As many of us know, it’s not easy being a mom.  But you know what’s even harder?  Being a stylish and cool mom who makes it look easy?  That’s a triple threat.  As a special Mother’s Day treat, I’ve interviewed some of the most stylish mamas around.  They’re spilling all their fashion and beauty secrets, so listen up, they’ve got it all figured out.

First up is Julie Dermer: wife, mother of two beautiful children (Jack, 14 & Avery, 10), community activist and SoulCycle instructor.  She taught the first class I took (two years ago!), got me hooked and continues to inspire me on and off the bike.  Her personal style reflects her fun, upbeat personality and her flawless makeup mirrors the honest beauty she embodies.  We share the same taste in music, clothes, shoes & handbags and coincidentally, I grew up around the corner from her, so I’ve always found her to be a kindred spirit.  Thus, I present to you Julie D. –  I strongly suggest taking her class in NYC or on Long Island, her enthusiasm is infectious and she always looks great, even at 7am!


{Julie and her family}

Let’s talk beauty.  What’s your skincare regimen?

I’ve been using M.D. Forte facial wash before bed for close to 15 years – I’ve worked up to level III – the glycolic acid has been so great at keeping my skin exfoliated. I’m always trying new eye creams, right now I’m liking one from Caudalie.   I love Josie Maran’s Argan Oil first thing in the morning after washing my face with water – it feels so good and gives a good dewey glow early in the am when I need to run out the door for Soul Roosters.  NARS tinted moisturizer is my go to for daily sunscreen.

Favorite beauty tricks?

A little highlighter above center of the top lip (where there is the little dip) for extra pucker, and in the corner of the eyes for brightness.  Apply concealer last – after blush and eye makeup is done….and don’t forget at sides of nose and mouth.

Favorite place to shop for makeup?

When I want to indulge and get a full new look, I love going to Bergdorfs and see Cliff at Tom Ford  – I think Tom Ford makeup is so current and sexy and Cliff always knows what’s trending.  Day to day I stop in at Blue Mercury and the staff is awesome.

Most valued beauty treatment?  Favorite spa?

Sleep is by far the most valued beauty treatment.  If I’m tired, it shows…a lot!  I love a little spa on West 72nd Street called Celina.  I’ve been going to them for years – best mani/pedis and facials.  They’re never in a rush and I always feel special and girly when I’m there – such a treat, such an escape.

How do you think exercise has changed your skin/complexion?

I think sweating is such a healthy way to rid your skin of toxins and getting your heart rate up is so great for circulation.  Exercise just gives you that healthy “look” that shows head to toe!  I can’t imagine going that long without breaking a sweat – I’m pretty sure my skin would start to look different.

Favorite place to shop for bags & shoes?

Bergdorfs! Bergdorfs! Bergdorfs!

In your closet: favorite bag & shoes?

Hmmmmm…..I treated myself to a large Givenchy Pandora bag last year and I’m still really loving it!  I just bought a pair of red, strappy Aquazzara sandals that I’m a bit obsessed with at the moment.  I think they’ll be great all summer.

Lusting after_________?

The perfect leather jacket – edgy and classic….all the ones I like are so $$$$$.

Style muse and beauty inspiration?

I’ve always liked Kate Beckinsale’s style – classy and cool with an edge. For beauty I like Jennifer Lopez.  Her make-up is flawless and fresh.  Even when she’s totally done up she looks healthy and glowing.

Favorite magazine?

If I’m reading a magazine it’s usually gossip – People or Us.  For fashion, Elle.

Favorite quote?

Always changing and usually a lyric – these days “Say what you want to say and let the words fall out easily.  I want to see you be brave!”

Describe your “out the door” beauty routine?

Brush teeth, cold water splash, argan oil, mascara, lipstick, concealer.  Quick hairspray.

Since you’re a momma to a girl, what beauty related things would you like to pass onto her ?

Avery is so into playing with makeup and watching YouTube makeup videos, she’s usually giving me advice!  I would tell her make sure to always wash your face before bed and if you are ever feeling a little blue, a new lipstick will raise your spirits.

What beauty related things do you do with your daughter and/or looking forward to doing with her in the future?

We love going to Sephora together and get very excited about using the “points” we’ve accumulated.  I’m looking forward to taking a spa vacation with her when she’s older.  I hope we do that often!



Thank you so very much, Julie!  See you soon on a bike!  Check out her blog at Pedalstrokes!


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HOT Royals

by Lisi on April 23, 2014

in Accessories,Bags,Shopping,spring trends


Some call it trendy, I call it classic, but there’s no denying that these royal blue babes are raising heart rates all over.  With Mother’s Day on the horizon, my thoughts have turned to a most natural & familiar place: handbags.  After pulling through that cold & dreary winter, isn’t it time for a bright & refreshing treat?

{above: Givenchy Nightingale satchel}


{Givenchy Medium Pepe Pandora Messenger*}


{Saint Laurent Six Hour Duffle}


{Chloe Marcie Satchel}

*denotes my personal fave*

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The New Neutral

by Lisi on April 8, 2014

in BEAUTY,EYES,Face Makeup,makeup

51a5e94a5d277f34d9fdeebffb5eae27This photo of Lily Aldridge at the Save Venice Gala stopped me dead in my pinterest-prowling tracks.  Does she not look STUNNING?  I am most intrigued by her neutral yet powerful makeup.  Here’s a breakdown:

Nude lip:  Chanel Rouge Coco in “Grace”

Light Bronzer:  Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color (match your shade)

Easy Lashes: Chanel Le Volume Mascara

Strong Brow: Le Metier de Beaute Eyebrow Pencil

Add a sleek center part, a sexy lace shirt, a flowery headpiece and POOF, you’re in a Dolce & Gabbana ad.

ps: I currently use all of these products (among many others) and ADORE them.

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photo via W magazine