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Skirt the Rules: Anne & Monique of Mott 50

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Skirt the rules: To avoid the rules without breaking them.
To do things in a new, creative way. 
We like the sound of that.
Each month, we catch up with women who manage to balance
coveted careers with daily life, all while looking fabulous.

Tell us how you styled your skirt!
Anne: I just had a baby so I am living in my comfy Missoni skirt, Manolo Boots and my favorite Mott 50 long sleeve “Coco” tee.

Monique: My favorite Vince leather skirt (from 2008…so old, but I love it!) paired with my Mott 50 “Ginger” long-sleeve top, Valentino flats and Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

Describe an ideal afternoon.
Anne: An ideal afternoon would be spent with my husband and two babies at the beach!

Monique: I love Sundays! Sleep in, run by the water with my husband or a friend, smoothies from Chicago Health Foods on Walton, reading and light urban gardening on our roof, oysters, sliders & beers at Fish Bar around 4 p.m., and then home for 60 Minutes.

In your eyes, the three keys to success are:
Anne: Be passionate about what you do. Don’t take no for an answer. Laugh it off.

Monique: Passion. Hard work. A sense of humor.

The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:
Anne:  Surround yourself with the right people.

Monique: 1. Don’t take yourself too seriously 2. Follow your gut. That’s actually two pieces of advice, but they were imparted upon me in the same conversation.

A foolproof beauty trick that you’re willing to share:
Anne: I have little tubes of Aquaphor in every bag. During the day I use it on my lips and before bed, under my eyes.

Monique: Smile.

The best part of your job:
Anne: Meeting people who are able to do something they weren’t able to do before they started wearing our products!

Monique: I love being an entrepreneur. It’s challenging, rewarding & every day is different.

 

Learn more about Mott 50 & shop their latest collection at http://www.mott50.com!

Skirt the Rules: Jennifer Olson of Club Monaco

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Skirt the rules: To avoid the rules without breaking them.
To do things in a new, creative way. We like the sound of that.
Each month, we catch up with women who manage to balance

coveted careers with daily life, all while looking fabulous.

Tell us how you styled your skirt!
I’m a tomboy at heart, but there’s something about a skirt that brings out my inner girl. I love a skirt that’s fitted around the waist with a little bit of flare. My favorite happens to be from Club Monaco – navy with leather pocket detailing. I paired it with an Alexander Wang tank, mules from Zara, and a hat (also from Club Monaco).

Describe a typical—and ideal—afternoon.
A typical afternoon in NYC involves tooling around on my bike, getting into trouble with my girlfriends, or heading upstate to do a bit of hiking. Since living in the city for five years, it’s been fun to escape by taking the train upstate to explore life beyond Manhattan. I’ve been going to the Catskills a lot, camping along the Appalachian Trail or renting a cool cabin on VRBO.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:
One of piece of advice that has always stuck with me came from my grandfather, Reno Rossini. He always told me to explore life outside your comfort zone. I wasn’t aware of the impact these words had on me until I realized I based most of my larger life decisions on them. I studied abroad in Prague (a city I knew nothing about), moved from the Midwest to New York City right out of college, and tend to travel as much as I can. I think it’s important to realize how big this world is, and that putting yourself out there can only lead to new thoughts, views, and experiences. Home will always be there; get out and explore!

A foolproof beauty trick that you’re willing to share:
My beauty regimen is pretty simple. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and mascara are my daily go-to choices. Recently, I tried tinting my eyebrows darker and loved it! I never knew this small trick could give my look such a bold update.

In your eyes, the three keys to success are:
Work hard, play hard, don’t settle.

The best part of your job:
I’m lucky enough to travel a lot for photo shoots, and love getting to meet super creative people along the way. Working with big fashion photographers is an experience in itself – seeing a renowned artist at work is fascinating and inspiring. Aside from the photographer, the teams behind him/her are always just as brilliant. I’ve formed amazing relationships with people that I now consider good friends and even better mentors.

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Skirt the Rules: Meg Young of Jouer Cosmetics

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Skirt the rules: To avoid the rules without breaking them.
To do things in a new, creative way. We like the sound of that.
Each month, we catch up with women who manage to balance

coveted careers with daily life, all while looking fabulous.

Tell us how you styled your skirt!
This J. Crew navy sequin skirt is one of the most coveted pieces in my wardrobe.  I bought it years ago for a NYE party, but now I like to wear it more casually.  To make it “work appropriate,” I paired it with a J. Crew chambray blouse (tied at the waist), a vintage necklace and strappy electric blue stilettos from Zara. Sunglasses are Retro Super Future. Orchid, care of a friend. ;)

Describe a typical—and ideal—afternoon.
I live one block from the beach in Santa Monica.  As a native New Yorker (born and raised), I can’t be anywhere but outdoors with the glorious weather we have nearly year-round.   A typical afternoon includes a jog on the sand or hike in Malibu, riding beach cruisers to brunch with friends (where we dine al fresco, of course), and/or a visit to the Palisades farmers’ market.  All very cliché California I suppose, but it’s heaven to me!

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:
Have goals, but don’t overlook where you are at the moment. Be thankful for every opportunity, learn from every experience and respect every relationship.

A foolproof beauty trick that you’re willing to share:
One of the best tricks I’ve learned was from makeup pro, Troy Jensen, who always uses highlighter on his celeb clients.  Until I met Troy, I never wore highlighter.  It seemed like an unnecessary extra step and I wasn’t quite sure how to even apply it (I admit that for a beauty publicist, I’m not the most savvy when it comes to doing my own makeup).   Troy showed me how wearing highlighter (the right way) can bring an instant glow to your complexion.  Apply to top of the cheekbones, down the center of the nose, the upper bow of the lip and the inner corner of the eyes.  Blend and voilà! An instant, natural glow.

The best part of your job:
Meeting and working with amazing people from iconic celebrity makeup artists and hair stylists, to brilliant beauty editors and inspiring brand founders, like Jouer’s Christina Zilber. The beauty industry is full of so much talent and creativity and it’s a blessing to be a part of that community!

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Skirt the Rules: Eimear Lynch

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Skirt the rules: To avoid the rules without breaking them.
To do things in a new, creative way. We like the sound of that.
Each month, we catch up with women who manage to balance

coveted careers with daily life, all while looking fabulous.

Tell us how you styled your skirt!
My former coworkers at Condé Nast Traveler told me my signature style should be “classic, with a hint of whimsy.” This outfit errs more toward whimsical because I’m giddy about finally seeing some spring sunshine in New York! I’m wearing a J. Crew printed shirt and a Kate Spade Saturday skirt—I love the shape and thick scuba fabric. And the bright-blue shoes are H&M. You know when you buy something really cheap on a whim and then wear it so much it costs you about a penny per wear? That’s these.

Describe a typical—and ideal—afternoon.
On a weekend afternoon, wandering around New York with friends and popping into shops and art galleries. My favorite is Hauser & Wirth, which is in a former roller-derby rink right by the High Line—such a cool space! Then we’d walk down the High Line and end up with a glass of rose at the Standard Plaza and spaghetti carbonara for dinner at Barbuto. But I’m in the midst of a move to London so my ideal afternoon is in flux!

In your eyes, the three keys to success are:
Enthusiasm, grit and good friends who inspire you.

A foolproof beauty trick that you’re willing to share:
I’m terrible at doing my naturally curly hair but pretty good at faking a blowout. All I do is blow dry my hair quickly, then throw in some hot rollers (three down the middle, one on each side) and leave them in for 10 minutes. I then run my blow dryer over the hair again to reduce bounciness and et voila, I’m done! I learned the technique from hairdresser-to-the-stars Robert Vetica. (Click here to read more!)

The best part of your job:
Right now, I’m a freelance writer, so in the past few weeks I’ve immersed myself in the art of French bridesmaiding, Scotland’s wild and beautiful islands, and the best places to shop and sunbathe in Miami. It’s far from boring!

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Order your copy of Eimear’s book, “The Bridesmaids: True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty . . . and Terrible Dresses” here and follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram!

Skirt the Rules: Natalie Clark

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Skirt the rules: To avoid the rules without breaking them.
To do things in a new, creative way. 
We like the sound of that.
Each month, we catch up with women who manage to balance
coveted careers with daily life, all while looking fabulous.

Tell us how you styled your skirt!
This is my favorite skirt; it has a lot of memories. It’s old-school DVF (2008 or so). I used to work there and got it at one of the sample sales. At the time, it was super exciting for me to get something this lux as I had just rolled out of the college and interning era. I love it because although it’s ruffly, the leather cuts through the “girly” and adds a touch of bad-ass. In retrospect, it’s probably getting a little too short for me, but I just can’t quit it! The tee and jacket are from Vince. Shoes are Prada; bag is Marc by Marc Jacobs and the shark tooth necklace is from a souvenir shop in Cape Cod.

Describe an ideal afternoon.
My ideal afternoon is either one of two things: An 80-degree day on a rooftop that looks out over Manhattan with a gathering of interesting, eclectic and nice people…my family and friends! Or, that same gathering of people and same weather, on a dock at Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

A foolproof beauty trick that you’re willing to share:
I don’t know if this is a trick, but as far as beauty regimes goes, I would say: Find a fragrance you love. Your scent is so important and one I feel is often neglected. Remember how your mom smelled when she got ready to go out on Saturday nights? My mom wore this obscure fragrance by Alfred Sung and when I smell it now, it transports me back to the awe of looking up at her all dressed up and spectacular when I was a little girl. There is something magical about that, and I’m currently working on it.

The best part of your job:
The people. The best part of everything is always the people.

In your eyes, the three keys to success are:
1. Being proud of what you make all day.
2. Leaving things better than when you came across them.
3. Staying unaffected.

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