Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Staying Stylish on the Slopes

Dearest She She, I remember reading one of your darling newsletters where you got all dressed for skiing, then stayed inside and had cocoa. I'm trying to research gear for my FIRST ski/snowboarding experience. Please advise! xoxo, Angie

Dearest Angie,

What fun! Your first snow bunny adventure. A few personal pointers:

RENT your equipment! Don't invest until you are ready to make a commitment to the sport. Resorts have equipment rental right there so it's not a hassle and you can often get a great deal for equipment rental and lessons combined.

GOGGLES: an absolute must for a first-timer. You will spend a fair amount of time falling down so don't risk breaking or losing your good sunglasses! Invest in a great pair of sight saving goggles.

GOOD QUALITY GLOVES: the most important thing to do is to keep your hands and feet dry and warm. Don't skimp here. Get the best quality gloves and glove liners you can afford. Great sales right now! The more comfortable you are the more time you will spend on the slopes having fun!

Check out the awesome ski and snowboard apparel on sale right now. I personally have this adorable Oakley snowboard jacket and I love it! It is toasty warm, very stylish and has TONS of pockets for all my girly goodies. Don't forget the snowboard pants either!

Be sure to wear something warm and adorable for apres ski activities in the lodge. Something that flatters yet keeps you toasty. Same goes for the footwear! This is the absolute perfect time for fleece lined boots! Think toasty and warm.

Have fun!!! You won't be the only first-timer there, so don't worry about anything but having the best time possible. I strongly recommend signing up for ski or snowboard lessons. A few hours of one-on-one training with a professional instructor will make your experience so much more positive! It is definitely worth the cost. Another caution: DON'T let your friend/partner/significant other be the one to give you lessons! Stick with the professionals!

Here are a few links to helpful info regarding snowboarding and skiing:



Have a fabulous time darling!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

What to Wear to the Casual Office

Hi She She! First of all, I adore your newsletter! It is so witty and funny and I soooooo look forward to my morning break on Friday so I can hunker down with a Diet Pepsi and read alll about the fun and fabulous antics of She She Me, Shop Girl, Girly and Pretty Mama! I feel like you are all my own very best friends, and we all know that twirty girls always watch out for eachother.

That said, I need a bit of advice! I just started a new job in upper management in the software industry (a big move from my former job in banking!) and I am at a bit of a loss as to how to dress at the office. When I went in for my interviews, I wore the requisite dress, blazer and heels, and I was definitely overdressed compared to everyone else there. The employees are very low key, dressing mostly in khakis and polo shirts, and even the occasional denim, but I don't think I can pull that look off. I am in my (late) twirties and don't feel comfortable dressing like a college student. Help! Stumped in San Jose

Dearest Girl! You are not the first twirty girl to face this dilemma, especially when moving to a completely different industry. Banking is a much more staid and traditional atmosphere, whereas the software industry has a reputation for bike shorts and Birkenstocks. Since you are in management, however, it would be a mistake to go the ├╝ber-casual route. However, this does not mean that you need to be all prim and buttoned-up. Adjust and adapt dearest girl!

Ditch the suits. Instead, dressy-casual trousers paired with a silky blouse and topped with a cropped jacket or cardigan will still project a professional appearance while blending in well with the more casual atmosphere. A great pair of oxfords and a leather bag to complete the look.
Another option would be a more casual type skirt, perhaps a twill, gabardine or khaki. Add a crisp white blouse or a figure skimming sweater and cinch with a wide leather belt. A great chunky necklace to accessorize and finish with leather pumps and a sleek tote. The look is sophisticated yet approachable.

Just keep in mind that as upper management it is up to you to set the "style" mood in the office. You may find that others will begin to lose the collegiate casual look and bump it up a notch!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Pedi-Do’s and Pedi-Don’ts to Live By

Each day dozens of different women can sit in the same pedicure chair without ever knowing how dirty the footbath they are relaxing in really is. While some spas are focused on the experience of their clients, the era of the “lunchtime” beauty routine is upon us and this means rushing in and out to get your weekly mani-pedi. How many times have you made sure the footbath you were about the plunge your feet into was properly cleaned?

Dr. Oliver Zong, a podiatrist in New York City, sees countless numbers of women who have suffered infections, fungus, and worse at the hands of their pedicurist. He urges his patients to take care of their feet by getting pedicures, but warns you must be an “active participant” when it comes to your spa experience. He has some very simple “Pedi-Do’s and Pedi-Don’ts” to live by:

According to most American women, a trip to the nail salon or spa for a pedicure is not just a luxury – it is an accepted portion of their weekly beauty regimen! With so many women including pedicures as routine, it is no surprise that the bar has been raised when it comes to safety standards. According to New York City cosmetic podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong, “a pedicure is something I recommend to my patients who want to maintain both the health and look of their feet, but I warn them to ‘proceed with caution’ when choosing a nail salon to frequent.”

Dr. Zong’s hesitation is warranted: in October of 2000, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigated the first known outbreak of Mycobacterium fortuitum cutaneous infections acquired from whirlpool footbaths. As a prominent podiatrist in New York City, Dr. Zong has seen countless patients who have developed infections in their feet as a result of spa pedicures.

Dr. Zong’s Pedi-Do’s:

  • Do ask salon workers how the foot spas are maintained and how often they are cleaned. Take notice of their actions while they are working on clients to see if footbaths are disinfected with each customer.
  • Do pay attention to the time spent cleaning footbaths between customers. The disinfectant needs to work for the full time listed on its label, typically 10 minutes, depending on the type of disinfectant. It is worth your health & safety to practice patience at the spa!
  • Do check your skin for infection during the days following your pedicure. Open wounds may appear on the skin of your feet and legs and can look like insect bites, but increase in size and severity over time.
  • Do visit your podiatrist or primary care physician if you suspect you may have a serious infection.

Dr. Zong’s Pedi-Don’ts:

  • Don’t get a pedicure if you have cuts or abrasions on your feet or legs. Microorganisms living in footbaths can enter through the skin and cause infection.
  • Don’t shave, wax or use hair removal creams within a day before getting a pedicure
  • Don’t get a pedicure if you have bug bites, bruises, scratches, scabs or poison ivy.

About Dr. Oliver Zong
Dr. Oliver Zong is a podiatrist in Manhattan's influential Financial District. As one of the premier cosmetic foot surgeons in the country, he serves as the Director of Surgery at NYC FOOTCARE and is on the Board of Directors at Gramercy Park Surgery Center. Besides traditional and cosmetic foot surgery, Dr. Zong is also an accomplished cryosurgeon and co-founder of the Podiatric Cryosurgery Center of New York. He is an attending physician at New York Hospital Downtown, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Cabrini Medical Center, and Gramercy Park Surgery Center. Dr. Zong graduated as Valedictorian from New York College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned his degree, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). For more information please visit http://www.nycfootcare.com

Tip from She She Me: Take your own implements with you for the 'curist to use! (Just make sure that you clean and maintain them in a hygenic and impeccable manner)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Appropriate Attire for a Memorial Service

Dear She She:
My father-in-law passed away and we are having a memorial/celebration of his life service. Since this is not a maudlin “event” I’m not sure what I should wear! I’m in dire need of some direction. Any assistance you can give would be appreciated! Tracy

P.S. it’s cold here where I live!

Dearest Tracy,

First of all, condolences on the passing of a loved family member, and what a wonderful way to commemorate your father-in-law, with a celebration of his life. In that vein, I would strongly suggest NOT wearing black. In fact, I have recently attended two memorial services for friends and noticed a very definite movement away from black attire.

While the wearing of black is often a traditional or even religious symbol, it is no longer deemed necessary to attire oneself in black from head to toe. At the same time, it is inappropriate to don bright colors. I would suggest keeping things neutral and conservative. Shades of brown, charcoal, navy blue, maroon, deep purple, and even a deeper dusky blue would all be good choices.

Personally, I think a dress or skirt is the appropriate choice for a funeral. Call me old-fashioned, but I firmly believe there are two places a lady never wears trousers: weddings and funerals. I would choose a knee length or just-below knee length dress, paired with warm tights and knee length boots (you said it was cold there). A sweaterdress would be a good choice too, especially if you are going to be outdoors at all. You could also go with a knee-length skirt and sweater or jacket, again paired with boots. Watch the heels on the boots - stay away from stiletto heels or anything that might sink into the ground if you are going to be outdoors during any part of the service. Wedge heels would be great.

Top with a warm stylish coat and accent with a toasty cashmere scarf and gloves in a muted color. Keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum, and keep them understated. Same goes for your handbag.

Keep smiling and cherish your memories!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Packing for London

My husband and I are going on a two-week trip to London and Ireland. We will be doing a lot of walking and riding on trains. We are only taking one carry-on suitcase each. What are the necessary items I need so that I can look nice and fashionable, but also be comfortable?

What fun! You’ve already solved the biggest problem that overseas travel entails by sticking with the one carry-on suitcase rule. You will get around so much more easily and comfortably without having to worry about a multitude of bags and baggage. One thing I like to do is pack a small zip-up tote bag that can be loaded with souvenirs and shopping as the sightseeing day progresses. I then ship those items home separately so I don’t have to lug them around for the rest of the trip. Also, I usually save most of my souvenir shopping till the very end. I take a fold-up tote bag which can be loaded with goodies and checked onto the plane home. (No need to be as concerned about late luggage on the trip home!)

Here are the four sure-fire rules for travel packing: 1. Nothing white; 2. Items that are wrinkle-proof; 3. Clothes you can layer; 4. Very few. (Exception: In the nothing white department, that means no white jackets, coats, trousers or dresses, as they can so easily become noticeably soiled. A couple of skinny white tees are perfect for layering under blouses or sweaters, so those are de rigeur.)

Don’t try to pack a new outfit for every day. Clothing for three days is a standard. Plan on doing laundry. Underwear doesn’t take up much space, so take 7 days worth. Chose separates that can be mixed and matched. Stick with easy-to-work-with colors like khaki, brown, black and navy. My personal choice is always navy and khaki because I can always ad a pop of color in a scarf or sweater to give a bit of sass to my ensemble.

Take 3 pairs of pants that travel well (including one pair of dark washed jeans), shirts and tops that can be mixed and matched and a couple of sweaters—one pull-over and one cardigan. (Although, if you are going to be in Ireland and you don't ship home a truckload of sweaters, then you need to take a serious look at your priorities!) Also, be aware that some of the cathedrals and religious sights have dress codes (dresses or skirts, but no above-the-knee skirts), as well as the nicer restaurants and hotels, so I would suggest one travel-friendly dress or skirt.

Two pairs of shoes: one for the miles and miles of walking you will be doing, and one that will work with all of your separates such as ballet flats or low wedges. Scarfs & pashminas don’t take up much space and can add color and personality to an outfit (as well as warmth!).

From personal experience: Take Imodium with you! Drink bottled water. This is a standard travel tip I follow no matter where I am going, as my systems is sometimes a bit delicate. And most of all, have fun!!!