Inside InStyle

Apr 24

Inspired by InStyle: A Look Back At the Lobster Print
A few months ago, I was copy-editing Eric Wilson’s “Look Smart” column for the May issue (available on newsstands and for digital download now) where he explores fashion’s crazier designs, past and present, repeatedly referencing designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s then-scandalous, now-lengendary lobster-print dress from 1937.
Schiaparelli’s dress instantly sparked a memory, prompting me to dig up a photo of my grandmother Judith Goldfarb (pictured far left) in a lobster-print two-piece from back in the day. She was born in Czechoslovakia in 1933 who, at the age of 14, came to Toronto, Canada after surviving the Holocaust. Two years later in 1949, she wore this memorable white bathing suit, which harkens back to Schiaparelli’s famous lobster dress, though hers was designed by Mary Ann DeWeese of Catalina Sportswear.
She had purchased it from Eaton’s in downtown Toronto, and she remembers feeling on-trend and excited to be wearing the bikini of its day. I would have been, too!
— Roxanne Kirshenbaum, InStyle Freelance Junior Copy Editor

Inspired by InStyle: A Look Back At the Lobster Print

A few months ago, I was copy-editing Eric Wilson’s “Look Smart” column for the May issue (available on newsstands and for digital download now) where he explores fashion’s crazier designs, past and present, repeatedly referencing designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s then-scandalous, now-lengendary lobster-print dress from 1937.

Schiaparelli’s dress instantly sparked a memory, prompting me to dig up a photo of my grandmother Judith Goldfarb (pictured far left) in a lobster-print two-piece from back in the day. She was born in Czechoslovakia in 1933 who, at the age of 14, came to Toronto, Canada after surviving the Holocaust. Two years later in 1949, she wore this memorable white bathing suit, which harkens back to Schiaparelli’s famous lobster dress, though hers was designed by Mary Ann DeWeese of Catalina Sportswear.

She had purchased it from Eaton’s in downtown Toronto, and she remembers feeling on-trend and excited to be wearing the bikini of its day. I would have been, too!

— Roxanne Kirshenbaum, InStyle Freelance Junior Copy Editor

Apr 22

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Apr 21

Around the Office: Bright Coral Pink Color Coordination
A happy coincidental color-match: InStyle.com Associate Photo Editor Sarah Balch’s mani and her iPhone 5c. 
Nail polish: JulieG in BikiniRings: Catbird and Bohemian Collective
Photo credit: Andrea Cheng for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Bright Coral Pink Color Coordination

A happy coincidental color-match: InStyle.com Associate Photo Editor Sarah Balch’s mani and her iPhone 5c

Nail polish: JulieG in Bikini
Rings: Catbird and Bohemian Collective

Photo credit: Andrea Cheng for InStyle.com

Apr 17

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Apr 16

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Cindy Weber ClearyIn honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary, who oversees all of InStyle's fashion content, has been with the magazine for fifteen years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, why she loves her job and more:
What year did you start?  1999How did you land the job? I wrote to Martha Nelson (the Editor of InStyle at the time) saying I liked the magazine and would love to meet her. How has your position changed since you started? It’s a much bigger staff and magazine! I’m working on so many more things besides our fashion pages: videos, new business initiatives. It’s an exciting time!What was your most InStyle moment? Probably the time I went to the Golden Globes ceremony and found myself elbow-to-elbow with Brad and Angelina, Leo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Salma Hayek, Will Ferrell, etc. I thought I was jaded about celebs—but not in that crowd!What is your favorite InStyle memory? Our wild offsite trips in the early days: Jamaica (pictured above, with InStyle Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein in 2000), Anguilla, Virgin Gorda…
Our motto was: “The staff that plays together, stays together.” We had a blast! I thought I had landed in magazine heaven! And I had.What do you love most about working at InStyle? The people I work with and finding new ways to help our reader look her best.What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle? What has remained a constant? The scope of the brand has changed the most! What has remained a constant: The commitment to giving the reader/viewer/customer a joyful and useful experience.What are you most excited about at InStyle in 2014? The spin-off of Time Inc will allow us to explore a lot of exciting new opportunities!

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Cindy Weber Cleary

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary, who oversees all of InStyle's fashion content, has been with the magazine for fifteen years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, why she loves her job and more:

What year did you start? 
1999

How did you land the job?
I wrote to Martha Nelson (the Editor of InStyle at the time) saying I liked the magazine and would love to meet her.

How has your position changed since you started?
It’s a much bigger staff and magazine! I’m working on so many more things besides our fashion pages: videos, new business initiatives. It’s an exciting time!

What was your most InStyle moment?
Probably the time I went to the Golden Globes ceremony and found myself elbow-to-elbow with Brad and Angelina, Leo DiCaprio, Helen Mirren, Salma Hayek, Will Ferrell, etc. I thought I was jaded about celebs—but not in that crowd!

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
Our wild offsite trips in the early days: Jamaica (pictured above, with InStyle Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein in 2000), Anguilla, Virgin Gorda…

Our motto was: “The staff that plays together, stays together.” We had a blast! I thought I had landed in magazine heaven! And I had.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
The people I work with and finding new ways to help our reader look her best.

What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle? What has remained a constant?
The scope of the brand has changed the most! What has remained a constant: The commitment to giving the reader/viewer/customer a joyful and useful experience.

What are you most excited about at InStyle in 2014?
The spin-off of Time Inc will allow us to explore a lot of exciting new opportunities!

Apr 15

Beauty Moment (Coachella Edition): A Crown Braid
"Surviving Coachella means weathering the 90-degree desert heat—and having really long hair doesn’t help matters. On the morning of my second day at Indio, Calif., I headed to the Olay braid bar, which was set up at the 5th Annual Music Lounge in Ingleside Inn, and asked for a crown braid to keep my strands off my shoulders and the nape of my neck. The result? A very Coachella-updo, complete with a pretty flower halo."

— Laura Simola, InStyle Assistant Art Director

Beauty Moment (Coachella Edition): A Crown Braid

"Surviving Coachella means weathering the 90-degree desert heat—and having really long hair doesn’t help matters. On the morning of my second day at Indio, Calif., I headed to the Olay braid bar, which was set up at the 5th Annual Music Lounge in Ingleside Inn, and asked for a crown braid to keep my strands off my shoulders and the nape of my neck. The result? A very Coachella-updo, complete with a pretty flower halo."

— Laura Simola, InStyle Assistant Art Director

Apr 14

Around the Office: GlamSquad Makeover
Pictured, from left: Elyse Maloni (Accessories Assistant), Angelique Serrano (Beauty Director, Claire Stern (Editorial Assistant), Sharon Clott (Senior Editor), Noora Raj (Associate Communications Director), Jennifer Ferrise (Assistant Editor)
"Armed with an arsenal of Oribe hair products and various tools, two stylists from GLAMSQUAD, a new on-demand, in-home (or in-office) blowout service, swung by InStyle and turned our conference room into a makeshift salon. “It’s like Uber meets Drybar,” said one stylist of the three-month old company, which, similar to the mobile car service, operates through an easy-to-use iPhone app.
First, you peruse GLAMSQUAD’s style menu, book the look you’d like, and—voilà!—a stylist will arrive at your location ready to give you a statement-making ‘do. Because it was the weekend, I chose to get The Bombshell, an uber-glam, voluminous wavy style that had me feeling like J.Lo. We were all whipping our hair back and forth for the rest of the afternoon.”
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: GlamSquad Makeover

Pictured, from left: Elyse Maloni (Accessories Assistant), Angelique Serrano (Beauty Director, Claire Stern (Editorial Assistant), Sharon Clott (Senior Editor), Noora Raj (Associate Communications Director), Jennifer Ferrise (Assistant Editor)

"Armed with an arsenal of Oribe hair products and various tools, two stylists from GLAMSQUAD, a new on-demand, in-home (or in-office) blowout service, swung by InStyle and turned our conference room into a makeshift salon. “It’s like Uber meets Drybar,” said one stylist of the three-month old company, which, similar to the mobile car service, operates through an easy-to-use iPhone app.

First, you peruse GLAMSQUAD’s style menu, book the look you’d like, and—voilà!—a stylist will arrive at your location ready to give you a statement-making ‘do. Because it was the weekend, I chose to get The Bombshell, an uber-glam, voluminous wavy style that had me feeling like J.Lo. We were all whipping our hair back and forth for the rest of the afternoon.”

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Apr 09

What We’re Wearing: Gold Jewelry + Pretty Mint Mani
Kim Peiffer, InStyle.com Senior Editor, looked spring-ready, sporting summer whites that she topped with a denim jacket. But the real scene-stealers? Her selection of gold rings along with a freshly minted mani.
Rings from top: Double-finger ring: Henri BendelBanded ring cuff: Rebecca MinkoffStudded chain ring: Rebecca MinkoffMidi ring: Catbird
Leather bracelet: MiansaiNail polish: Essie’s Mint Candy Apple
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing: Gold Jewelry + Pretty Mint Mani

Kim Peiffer, InStyle.com Senior Editor, looked spring-ready, sporting summer whites that she topped with a denim jacket. But the real scene-stealers? Her selection of gold rings along with a freshly minted mani.

Rings from top:
Double-finger ring: Henri Bendel
Banded ring cuff: Rebecca Minkoff
Studded chain ring: Rebecca Minkoff
Midi ring: Catbird

Leather bracelet: Miansai
Nail polish: Essie’s Mint Candy Apple

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Apr 08

What We’re Wearing: Overalls at the Office
"My entire first grade class can attest to the fact that I wore overalls to school every single day (almost exclusively from Gap Kids and OshKosh). Needless to say, I was on board with the trend when it made a high-fashion comeback. But, having grown a solid two feet since, I was struggling to find a pair that would look flattering and not childlike. My eyes lit up when I came across this pair by Paige Denim. The dark wash gives the tried-and-true style a modern update, and teaming it with ankle boots is a mature departure from my go-to patent leather Mary Janes.” — Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Outfit breakdown:Overalls: Paige DenimTee: James PerseBoots: Rag & Bone
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

What We’re Wearing: Overalls at the Office

"My entire first grade class can attest to the fact that I wore overalls to school every single day (almost exclusively from Gap Kids and OshKosh). Needless to say, I was on board with the trend when it made a high-fashion comeback. But, having grown a solid two feet since, I was struggling to find a pair that would look flattering and not childlike. My eyes lit up when I came across this pair by Paige Denim. The dark wash gives the tried-and-true style a modern update, and teaming it with ankle boots is a mature departure from my go-to patent leather Mary Janes.”
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Outfit breakdown:
Overalls: Paige Denim
Tee: James Perse
Boots: Rag & Bone

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Apr 04

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