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Beauty Review: L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

What it is: A firming and moisturizing body oil enriched with luxurious essential oils including peppermint, palmarosa, and immortelle which combine to create a smoothing body treatment perfect for restoring and protecting the skin’s firming support tissue. 

This oil is ideal for fighting against skin slackening and loss of elasticity. Highly concentrated in almond oil, it feels incredibly soft and satin-smooth and leaves a light, fresh-scented veil over skin. It’s ideal for preventing the formation of stretch marks – and who wouldn’t want that!?

Even if you have a distaste for traditional body oils because of the ‘greasy’ after feel, we wouldn’t count this one out just yet. It is different than most other oils because it absorbs quickly and leaves skin glowing, not oily. Perfect for extremely dry skin, especially after a shower.

Where to get it: Retailing at $38 for a hefty spray bottle, you can pick it up at any L’Occitane Boutique.

We highly recommend adding this product to your beauty repertoire.




MAC Presents Marilyn Monroe Collection


Posted on February 29, 2012 by

“Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

These are the words of truth once uttered from the beautiful lips of none other than Marilyn Monroe, the iconic beauty whose famous smile captured the attention of an entire generation. Amazingly, her timeless style and glamour ceases to fade and continues to enchant men and women alike.

How many celebrities since her Hollywood reign have in some way or another mimicked the “Marilyn” look? Let’s just say it’s definitely more than we can count. And now, with the highly anticipated and publicized release of the new film My Week with Marilyn, actress Michelle William’s portrayal of the star is bringing back golden memories of the blond bombshell.

Beginning in October, MAC Cosmetics will introduce a limited edition Marilyn Monroe Collection. The line, in partnership with Authentic Brands Group LLC, is presenting a collection comprised of roughly thirty unique pieces all true to the beauty queen herself and retailing between $15 and $27.

Think retro-style red lipstick, hot pink lipstick, dramatic eye shadows, and dark eye-liners. Guess we’ll just have to wait until autumn. In the meantime … ladies, keep your skirts down and your chins up!

The Role Of Young Carrie Bradshaw Goes To…


Posted on February 28, 2012 by

We’ve been patiently waiting to find out who will get the call to play our fave Sex and the City doll, Carrie Bradshaw…and the results are finally in!

Anna Sophia Robb is the lucky lady to play the pre-sex column fashionista.  The only big thing we’ve really seen her in so far has been Soul Surfer, which she owned…and as Violet Beauregarde in the modern version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

So it’s no wonder she got this part…she’s got the acting chops AND she looks kinda just like a younger Sarah Jessica.  We’re excited to see how The Carrie Diaries play out and what this does for Anna’s career.


Beauty Review: AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System


Posted on February 28, 2012 by

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System

What it is: A hydrating facial mist that provides an instant and lasting boost for any skin-type, anytime, anywhere.

Give your complexion a dose of botanical moisture with this best-selling, on-the-go, rejuvenating solution for an ever-present glow whether you are at home, on a plane, or – our favorite – sunning yourself on the beach. 

This oil-free, water-free pick-me-up immediately tones and energizes skin, counteracting chronic dehydration and enhancing delivery of treatment products.

It works perfectly pre-makeup and as a post-makeup setting step, leaving a light sheen on skin and a subtle, refreshing scent. Key ingredients include bamboo sap which moisturizes and red ginseng which acts as a topical antioxidant.

Where to get it: Retailing at $60 for a full-size bottle and $35 for a cute travel-size version, this product can be found at the AmorePacific Spa in Soho, as well as Sephora’s all over the world.

This facial mist is a must-have for summer.

Meet Randy


Posted on February 28, 2012 by

Name: Randy Heil

Title: VP JBCStyle Fashion Recruiters

Location: New York, NY

Recruiting specialty: Luxury

I became a recruiter because … I wanted to finally get paid for all those years of connecting companies and talent

Favorite designer: Paul Smith/Calvin Klein/Etro

Celebrity crush: Chris Meloni

Favorite place in NYC: My apartment

Interview horror story: Final interview, candidate opens with “who wears this stuff”?! And we’re done…

Best interview tip: In addition to email, always send your interviewer a thank you note via US Post – people love getting something other than junk, bills and bad news in the mail

Favorite accessory: Pocket squares/scarves/watches/shoes/LOVE accessories!

If I could be an animal I would be … Rylee (my boss’s dog) – what a life!

Dream vacation: Ibiza

Sweet or salty: Salty

In my spare time I … Should exercise, give back philanthropically, make the world a greener place, etc … instead I actually watch “Real Housewives of (fill in all cities except OC)”

Fashion or Beauty Tip: Quality not quantity

Favorite item in my closet: My Monogrammed Handmade Velvet Slippers

Restaurant I would recommend: The Odeon in Tribeca (especially for brunch or very late night Friday/Saturday)

Favorite music artist/band: A few favorites in alphabetical order – Adele/Annie Lennox/Cher/Cyndi Lauper/Debbie Harry/Grace Jones/K.D. Lang/Kylie/Lady Gaga/Madonna/Mary J. Blige/Sade/Stevie Nicks … you get the idea

Favorite quote: “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” - Oscar Wilde

Oscars Showstoppers


Posted on February 27, 2012 by

Last night crossed off the 84th year of the Academy Awards.  The big surprise was Billy Crystal’s return to the stage for his 9th hosting of the Oscars…the Academy tricked us all into thinking Sacha Baron Cohen was to be this year’s leading man.  We laughed and we cried through Hugo’s many wins, Meryl Streep’s third, and a perhaps surprising win for this year’s silent film – The Artist.

But aside from all of that, the Oscars are about a whole lot more than just winning statues and giving heartfelt speeches.  Of course, there’s the Red Carpet we have to focus on!  This year was good to many actresses, where we saw lots of classic lines, bold colors, and sparkle!  See some of our favorites in the slideshow here:

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JBCStyle | What NOT To Do In An Interview


Posted on February 27, 2012 by

When going in for an interview, our heads have been filled with plenty of ‘what to do’ tips…but have you ever wondered what you really ought not do?  Jessica Leibman (managing editor – Business Insider) has comprised this list of 18 helpful clues on what to avoid doing for your big interview:








1. Don’t come a half an hour early; five minutes early is more than enough.

2. Don’t bring your own cup of Starbucks coffee to the interview. It’s not professional.

3. Don’t touch your face or twirl your hair during the interview. It’s disgusting and distracting.

4. Don’t wait more than 24 hours after the interview to write a thank you note. Be short and sweet, but specific.

5. Skip the “thank you note in the snail mail” thing.  It’s 2012.

6. Don’t say you do not have time if asked to take a test/complete a project/etc. No matter what you have going on after, it’s a huge red flag.

7. Don’t talk about how successful your father is. It will make people think he’s responsible for getting you all your past jobs and internships.

8. Don’t arrive with wet hair. Rather you be five minutes late with dry hair.

9. Don’t have bad breath. You are sitting directly with or across from the interviewer.

10. Don’t say “I still haven’t figured out what I want to do yet.” It makes you seem lost. You have figured out what you want to do, and it’s exactly what this job is.

11. Don’t give a generic response (like New York Times) to what publications you read, etc. Come up with unique responses to these types of inquiries…something to set you above the mediocre bar.

12. Don’t ask what the hours are. It makes it sound like you’ll be clocking in and out. There’s a better way of putting that: “What’s a typical day like here?”

13. Don’t send a cover letter email that’s more than one paragraph long. No one wants to read about your childhood. Save the details for the interview.

14. Don’t attach your resume to an email and title it “Magazine Resume” or “Forbes Resume”. Come on.

15. If you’re interviewing for an editorial job (for example), don’t tell the interviewer that your life long goal is to be a designer or a singer. Why would they hire you?

16. Don’t come in without spending at least 20 minutes looking around the company website. This goes for any company you’re interviewing at. A smart interviewer will ask you: “What are your impressions of our website/online presence/etc.?”

17. Don’t say you have no questions at the end of the interview. You have to at least ask ONE question, and it should be more creative than “What’s the culture like?”

18. Don’t ask if moving within the company is easy. That gives the impression you’re trying to get your foot in the door for another job, when the business at hand is filling THIS position.

Gucci’s Dark Side – Fall 2012 RTW


Posted on February 24, 2012 by

For the Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection Gucci’s Frida Giannini ventured to the dark side.


Luxurious velvets, supple jet-black leather, intricate jacquards and the darkest versions of plum, green and brown made for a decadent ensemble of looks.  Sexy-vampire wear may be another way to describe dark touches like a full-length cape, blood red high collars and sheer, tease-worthy blouses.



Towards the end, embellished, strategically-sheer tulle gowns amped up the dark theme to borderline evil.  To complete the looks, lips were deep red, hair was simple and cheeks were shadowed.  Welcome to the dark side, we’re happy to join.




JBCStyle | Top Ten Travel Flash Sale Sites


Posted on February 24, 2012 by

Flash sale websites have become a significant resource in the world of online shopping. We’ve all used them; some of us swear by them. But how about when you’re shopping for a vacation? If you’re a travel junkie on a budget, these sites offer discounted trips across the country and around the world with no detail spared.

Here’s a look at a few of our favorites, in no particular order:

1. Jetsetter 

What it is: Developed by Gilt Groupe, Jetsetter offers luxury-oriented sales for a limited amount of time on upscale travel experiences like spas and luxury hotels.

Why we like it: Jetsetter offers the best in variety. They also offer a ‘Wait List’ and have a reservation feature that allows users to pay 10% of the trip’s cost to hold the reservation for 72 hours.

2. MindBodyGreen Travel

What it is: Deeply discounted, multi-day yoga retreat and eco-resort stays in exotic locales all over the world. It features retreats, resorts, spas and all other great healthy and green getaways that fit the MindBodyGreen lifestyle.

Why we like it: MindBodyGreen presents unique trip ideas that can be very hard to plan and execute on your own. If you’re looking for inspiration and rejuvenation on your vacation, you shouldn’t miss these deals.

3. Voyage Privé 

What it is: High-end travel excursions across the globe at up to 75% off for members. New trips are introduced daily and sales last an average of six days.

Why we like it: You receive your own team of travel agents to help with every step of the trip. Goodbye stress, hello relaxation!

4. Groupenture

What it is: Adventure junkies can save up to 65% at Groupenture for activity-driven vacations on six continents — and prep ahead with free video briefings — with new itineraries introduced weekly.

Why we like it: Sometimes the hardest part of planning a trip is deciding which excursions to go on. Groupenture takes care of that for you. Plus, as more travelers join up, the price goes down. Icing on the cake: booking only requires a deposit, not full fare.

5. SniqueAway 

What it is: A TripAdvisor owned site, SniqueAway offers up to 50% off at the top-rated hotels and indulgent tours. Sales are typically available for purchase for one week with a new escape introduced each day.

Why we like it: Though the selection is usually limited to a handful of destinations, the rates make checking in every once in a while worth it.

6. Tablet Hotels

What it is: Tablet Hotels is a site that focuses on creating a list of “hotels which have personality and obsess on the details.” It does this by maintaining a network of travel experts who anonymously review hotels — those reports are passed on to Tablet’s team who review them, pick out the best and showcase them on the site. Tablet’s listings are discounted at up to 50% off.

Why we like it: The site features a customer rating scale and if a hotel falls below an average of 15 points (out of 20) on customer ratings, the hotel is automatically removed from the site’s selection. As an added bonus, users earn $10 with every booking and $25 when an invitee books for the first time.

7. Vacationist 

What it is: Presented by Luxury Link and Travel + Leisure, Vacationist features sales at up to 40% off on fine hotels around the world. Sales last between three to seven days, or until sold out.

Why we like it: Vacationist offers an exclusive “Hotel Report” from the editors of Travel + Leisure, which includes details like hotel features, awards, nearby airports and insider tips.

8. Groupon Getaways 

What it is: Like other Groupon products, Groupon Getaways members buy a travel voucher that can be redeemed within a certain period — typically, a few months to a year, based on availability. Deals are available on the site for about a week.

Why we like it: There is no commitment to a travel or vacation date with Groupon Getaways. This may not be the best site for those with a Type A personality but it is certainly ideal for the spontaneous traveler.

9. HauteLook Getaways 

What it is: The service offers upscale travel packages with discounts of up to 60%. Consumers can buy full trips and stays at luxury and boutique hotels. Shoppers can view photos of hotels, read reviews from other travelers and book trips from the HauteLook site.

Why we like it: From luxury and boutique hotels to full trip packages, each featured getaway is specifically selected as inspiration for HauteLook members to discover new destinations or indulge in an exciting escape without breaking the bank.

10. LivingSocial Escapes

What it is: LivingSocial offers escape deals that focus on handpicked experiences and travel packages that can be shared with friends. They also offer deals that include unique adventurous deals known as ‘LivingSocial Adventures.’

Why we like it: After you buy the deal, you’ll get a unique link to share. If three people buy the deal using your link, then your deal is free. And nothing is better than a free trip!