Yes, You Can Wear Heels When You’re Eight Months Pregnant

we headed to Scandinavian candy shop Sockerbit with stylist Sarah Clary to talk maternity style (she made our white maternity toothpick jean her own with a dip-dye DIY)—and to indulge her sweet tooth a little, of course.
How has your style changed since becoming pregnant?
I’ve learned to keep it simple. Pattern doesn’t always work for my new shape, so I stick to basic colors with maybe a stripe here and there. Clothing that shows off my belly makes me feel more beautiful.

Do you have a go-to maternity outfit?
Dresses with stretch! For me, dresses that show off my belly rather than hiding it make me feel more confident about all the changes I’m going through. To create more outfit options, I pair crop tops or blouses that are too small over the dress, so it looks like a high-waist skirt.



How did the maternity toothpick work out for you? What do you like about it?
This maternity jean is a great fit and slimming. I have carried low throughout my pregnancy and most pants would slide south midday, but this one hugs perfectly under my belly.

Any nonmaternity clothes that ended up working really well for you during your pregnancy?
I’ve become very good at shopping my husband’s closet. I love his button-down shirts, sweaters and even pants. Don’t be afraid to go to the men’s department; some items can help when you are in between sizes.




What about shoes? We always see you wearing heels…
I love heels, so yes, I do continue to wear some of my favorites—but in moderation. And never so high that I feel uneasy walking. Kitten heels are a great balance, I feel sexy and low to the ground!

We love how you made the denim your own! Tell us about the DIY process you did on these.
I cut the bottom of the jeans off so they hit above my ankle and slit one knee. Then, I frayed the fabric with sandpaper and scissors and washed the jeans so they appeared more destroyed. I wanted an ombré-dyed look so I held the bottom of the pants in a cup of dye to the height I liked, holding the ends in longer so the dye was darker. They are far from perfect, but that’s what I love about them.



Beauty Notes: A Fresh-Fruit Mask from Tata Harper

the Colombia native and beauty entrepreneur talks to us about starting her own line, the secret behind her glow (hint: We think her Vermont surroundings have something to do with it) and gives us a DIY fresh-fruit face mask that will have you dreaming of summer…



How did growing up in Colombia affect your attitude toward beauty?
I grew up in a house with a lot of women, including my two sisters, mother and grandmother—and sharing beauty rituals was a way for us to spend time together. On Saturday mornings, we would make homemade beauty concoctions and do skin and hair masks…

What inspired you to create your own line of natural products?
After a family member of mine became ill, I was inspired to purge my home and beauty closet of ingredients that I couldn’t trust. I started swapping everything out for natural, nontoxic alternatives, but I couldn’t find a replacement for my high-performance anti-aging skin care. It didn’t exist, so I realized I had to create it myself.


Why did you decide to manufacture your products in Vermont?
Most beauty companies don’t manufacture their own products, so what we’re doing is pretty unusual. With 100 percent natural products, we’re dealing with very delicate ingredients that need extra care. We source natural ingredients from around the world, as well as our own farm in Vermont, and create our products by hand in small batches.

Is there any one product you swear by?
The Elixir Vitae serum. It works wonders for my skin.

Beauty icons?
Christy Turlington and Carolyn Murphy.
To shop our assortment of Tata Harper, click here.

In the Kitchen with…The New Potato

sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann are the charming duo behind foodie site the New Potato, which regularly profiles the eating habits of everyone from fashion editors and bloggers to celebrities. we decided to turn the tables and ask them to cook for us this time around…
Laura (left) wears a J.Crew keeper chambray shirt.
Danielle (right) wears a J.Crew Collection boyfriend sweater.



Tell us a bit about the site and how it came about.
Laura: We saw a void in the market for a site that approached food in an editorial way. We thought, “How cool would it be to create a destination where on the one hand you can see what Jessica Alba is having for breakfast, and on the other explore what a restaurateur is doing in Brooklyn?”

So, what are we cooking today?
Laura: We’re big Michael White fans. Osteria Morini is our go-to when craving Italian, and he’s perfected the classic meatball—a recipe we’ve featured on our site. So we decided to cook it today because it’s a great cold-weather meal.
What are some of your earliest memories in the kitchen?
Laura: I would insist on making my “famous fruit salad” for my mom’s dinner parties. I would take any fruits in the house (whether they went together or not) —oranges, apples, peaches, pineapples, grapefruits, grapes, bananas—put them all in a big bowl, douse them with apple sauce and cinnamon. It would sort of brown throughout the day. But no matter whom my mom was having over for a dinner party, the fruit salad would be at the center of the table come dessert.
Danielle: The famous fruit salad was the best. My earliest memory was making Linzer torte with our Austrian grandmother.

When it comes to cooking, are you clean-up-as-you-go girls?
Laura: I try to clean up as I go but fail miserably at it. I rarely go by the recipe, so I’m always taking tons of different things out, to the point that, by the end of the process, the kitchen looks more like a scene from Hoarders.
Danielle: I’m lucky that I have a husband who is much better than I am at keeping things neat while we’re in the kitchen.
What do you wear when you cook?
Laura: Boyfriend jeans, barefoot, with a comfy tee or sweater.
Danielle: Anything that isn’t white!

Ultimate comfort food?
Laura: Jonathan Waxman’s roast chicken.
Danielle: Pizza and red wine.
What’s always in your fridge(s)?
Laura: Lemons, white wine, almond milk and a good cheese.
Danielle: Almond milk, almond butter, Sriracha, coconut water, blueberries, cherry tomatoes and white wine.

Favorite places to eat when you’re not cooking?
Laura: It’s always hard to narrow things down to a few places, but here are some of our go-tos for certain things: Barbuto for roast chicken, Osteria Morini for pastas, Empellon for soft tacos, ABC Kitchen for pizzas, the Spotted Pig for a burger, Jeffrey’s Grocery for brunch, Balthazar for steak frites and Blue Ribbon Sushi for sushi.

Recent splurge in the kitchen?
Laura: When I watch old movies, I always love how the wineglasses were much smaller. I came across this cool vintage wineglass set a while back. When I try to use it with friends who come over, though, they look at me like I’m crazy and ask for a “real glass.”
Danielle: A great knife set from Wüsthof. Good knives make such a big difference.
What’s your go-to hostess gift when you’re going to a dinner or cocktail party?
Laura: A great bottle of wine.
Danielle: A Diptyque candle.

What’s the last dish you cooked?
Laura: Strip steak with matchstick fries.
Danielle: Chicken curry. It’s supereasy and a perfect one-pot winter dish.


Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Makeup by Moani Lee (using Hourglass Cosmetics) and Lauren Berrones (using Oribe).

For chef Michael White’s meatball recipe, click here.

Beauty Notes: A Hot Cocoa Scrub

california-based beauty wiz Sara Happ is no stranger to whipping up a homemade recipe in her kitchen, so we asked her to tell us a bit about how she got her start—and share a winter-ready DIY scrub recipe she created just for us.
What inspired you to start your own line?
My love of all things lip, plus the fact that certain products simply didn’t exist. In 2005, lip exfoliation was a hole in the market that I got to fill with the Lip Scrub. For the Lip Slip, I set out to create the glossiest, most hydrating balm conceivable and didn’t quit until it was perfect.

Do you have any good beauty tips?
Exfoliate and hydrate, from your scalp to your toes. That’s the foundation of lasting beauty. Once your skin is prepped and nourished, you have the ideal canvas. It’s so simple but crazy effective.
Tell us about this hot cocoa foot scrub…
It’s both cozy and invigorating. The organic cocoa smells delicious and is an antioxidant. Grape-seed oil is a skin superhero in my book; it’s really gentle and hydrating. The sugar is exfoliating and the oils are both calming and rejuvenating. It’s a spa night at home that’s best served up with a cup of the real thing!
To shop The Lip Slip® by Sara Happ, click here.

To see more of our beauty tips, click here.

In the Kitchen with…Flour Shop

we’re pretty partial to dessert, so when we were thinking about holiday baking none other than cake boss Amirah Kassem, of the Brooklyn-based bakery Flour Shop, came to mind. we met up with her in her Williamsburg kitchen for a little (edible) arts and crafts hour…
What are you making today?
A snowberry tree! But I can’t take credit for it entirely because it’s something I’ve been making with my mother since I was young. Chocolate-covered (or drizzled) strawberries are so simple—and the two taste amazing together. I love the idea of turning fruit into a treat that’s naturally sweet and colorful.
Your background is in fashion and you were working in retail when you started Flour Shop 13 months ago. Tell us a bit more about that.
For a year I ran a business purely based on social media with no storefront and no real website. It started with a rainbow cake and then evolved into quirky, custom cakes created for brands and friends. All of Flour Shop’s growth has been organic and built by friends and word of mouth more than anything else.
What are some of your earliest memories in the kitchen?
I grew up in Mexico and learned to bake from my grandmother and my mom. I always looked forward to the holidays because it meant we’d decorate cookies. But I helped my mom in the kitchen on a daily basis, and she had a custom-cake business when I was younger.

What do you like to wear when you’re baking?
Apart from my Mickey Mouse oven mitt! I love the idea of baking in white button-down shirts—it makes me feel a bit more official. But you can usually find me baking in Wu-Tang T-shirts and sneakers!

What’s always in your fridge?
Hot sauce, limes and leftover frosting. Most importantly, there is always ice cream in my freezer! I have ice cream for breakfast most days.

Ultimate comfort food?
Mac and cheese.
Recent splurge in the kitchen?
A cotton candy machine!

Recent splurge for your closet?
Shoes. Specifically, Céline pony hair loafers and Dior Homme sneakers.

Fill in the blank: My favorite thing about the holidays is…..
All the sweet scents. Waking up to fresh cinnamon rolls, caramel hot cocoa, peppermint milk shakes and lots of pies.

What’s your favorite thing to make that’s not a dessert?
Pizza. Making pizza is similar to baking a cake because you can decorate it with your favorite toppings.
Photography by Bryan Derballa. Hair by Lauren Berrones (using Oribe) and makeup by Imane Fiocchi (using Hourglass Cosmetics) both for Beauty Exchange New York.

Beauty Notes: Urban Heidi

we think these messy braids from our Collection photo shoot might just be our new go-to hairstyle (dubbed the “urban Heidi” by our stylist Gayle). the best part? it takes less than five minutes to do. here’s how to get the look.
1. Brush out hair using a bristle brush, then spray with Lavett&Chin® original sea/salt texturizing mist to add texture and grip.

2. Create an off-center part with your fingers (this is a messy style so it doesn’t have to be perfect).

3. Separate the front midsection of hair and pull it back, loosely twisting the ends. Push section forward to create height and secure in place with bobby pins.

4. Separate the remaining hair into two sections and loosely braid each, leaving about an inch of hair at the ends.

5. Secure braids with elastic bands and wrap a section of the loose ends around each band, then tuck them underneath the bands.

6. Pull out a few strands from each of the braids for an undone look, then spray lightly with L’Oréal Paris Elnett satin hairspray to hold in place.
To see more of our beauty how-to’s click here and here. Shop our women’s collection, and pick up our Lavett&Chin original sea/salt texturizing mist here.

In the Kitchen with…Caroline Issa
the Montreal native turned Londoner very kindly had us over to try her favorite British dish—bangers and mash. though she assures us it’s usually her boyfriend who does the cooking at home, we think she grilled, peeled and mashed like a pro. (and that red lip while she chopped away? perfect.)
Caroline, photographed in her Marylebone loft, wears a J.Crew merino Tippi sweater in stripe monarch (similar here) and J.Crew toothpick jean.
So, tell us what you love about bangers and mash.
I love what a comfort food they are. We eat out most nights of the week, so I tend to go for a full English breakfast or bangers and mash on the weekend. I started eating them 11 years ago when I moved to London, and the habit never quite died…

While growing up, did family time happen around cooking together?
My parents are amazing cooks and the kitchen tended to be the family hub. I was always a baker, though—I’d make brownies, peanut butter brittle, s’mores and all sorts of sweet things. No wonder I still have a sweet tooth—and I’m still a terrible cook!

What do you wear when you are in the kitchen?
I must admit I don’t cook that often, so when I do, I don’t wear my fanciest clothes. I know I’ll inevitably spill or splash something on me!
What’s your go-to hostess gift?
A bottle of champagne. One can never have enough champagne in the fridge!

What’s the best hostess gift you’ve ever received?
A print. My guest was an amazing artist and sent me a print for my walls.
What’s always in your fridge?
Champagne. Or cheese.

Recent splurge in the kitchen?
A fancy-schmancy lemon zester.

Recent splurge in your closet?
Two pairs of this fall’s Prada shoes.

Favorite place to get a meal when you’re not cooking?
My local Afghan restaurant. They do the best lamb with wild rice.
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

For the bangers and mash recipe Caroline used, click here.

Our London flagship at Regent Street opens November 8th. For more on our opening in London, click here.

Mark Your Calendar: D.I.Y. with Lulu Frost

hey, New Yorkers, stop by our Soho store this weekend to meet Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer and her design team, and customize your own bracelet or necklace. (and get a first look at the new J.Crew holiday jewelry collection while you’re at it…)
To shop our newest assortment of Lulu Frost jewelry, click here.

The Close-up: Beauty Notes
sporting fresh faces and tousled locks, the models at our spring/summer 2014 presentation were the epitome of easy everyday beauty. sure, you may have to wait a little to get your hands on the clothes, but you can try this hair-and-makeup look right now. here’s how…
The Face: Minimal Yet Dewy
1. Prime skin by mixing half Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and half Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer with moisturizer and applying evenly over the entire face.
2. Touch up with concealer where needed for a flawless, smooth finish.
3. Apply Stila Convertible Color to the hollow of the cheeks and slightly lower to accentuate the cheekbones.
4. Brush on rms beauty™ Living Luminizer in a C-shape, starting at the temple and working along the cheekbone for extra definition.
The Eye: Subtle Shimmer
1. Lightly apply Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Luminous Eyeshadow in #89 Vision to the crease of the eyelids.
2. Brush rms beauty™ Living Luminizer liberally on the inner corner of each eye. Continue brushing along the top and bottom lid toward the center of the eye.
3. Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara to the top lashes only. Curl lashes again between applications.
4. Brush brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel for a full look.
The Lip: Pink Pastel
1. Make sure lips are well moisturized by applying lip balm (we’re partial to Eucerin Aquaphor Lip Repair).
2. Apply rms beauty™ Living Luminizer liberally along the lip’s bow at the center of the mouth.
3. Brush a light coat of Mac Lip Erase in Dim over the entire mouth.
4. Lightly blot Troi Ollivierre Lip Color in #1, starting at the center of the mouth and blending outward with the fingers.
 
The Hair: Easy, Textured Waves
1. Spray hair with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray and blow-dry straight.
2. Separate hair either into a center part or a deep side part.
3. Use a medium-size curling iron to curl loose waves into the hair, starting below the ears only.
4. Use fingers to soften the curls and create loose pieces, then secure with L’Oréal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray.
5. Use a small amount of Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom to smooth hair from the roots to ears.
6. Loosely tuck hair behind both ears for a relaxed, tousled look.
Pinterest fans, be sure to check out our Pinterest page for a how we prepped for our show and some of our favorite looks.

And, as always, be sure to follow us with #jcrewnyfw on Instagram and Twitter @jcrew to see what we’re up to.

For more on our New York Fashion Week presentation, click here.

Bottled Genius

a few spritzes of Lavett&Chin® Original sea/salt texturizing mist, and
suddenly these ladies in our office have Greek goddess-y, beachy waves—without
a shoreline in sight.
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The Backstory
Hairdresser-turned-stylist Brent Lavett is one half of Lavett&Chin (the other half is his
partner, Nan Chin), and he knows great hair when he sees it. He grew up in Southern
California and began surfing at a young age, so that just-out-of-the-waves hair is
something that has a permanent place in his mind. “I’ve always loved the texture you get
from being in the ocean, so I wanted to bottle that and create something that’s actually
beneficial to the hair and scalp.” Brent produced the first batch of sea-salt texturizing
mist back in 1999 and has reintroduced it just for us, using specially sourced ingredients
like rose flower water, Maris sea salt and algae extract. (It should also be said that Brent
is something of a J.Crew veteran, having worked on our Style Guide shoots for the past
14 years.) And if these gorgeous J.Crew ladies’ goddess-y locks above are any
indication, it’s clear that his motto—“If something is important, do it perfectly”—applies
to this wonder texturizing spray as well.

Photography by Bryan Derballa.

To shop Lavett&Chin Original sea/salt texturizing mist, click here.

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