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Sep 16

What We Wore to NYFW: Ali Pew (InStyle Market Editor)
Ali Pew pieced together a look that harmonized cool menswear-inspired accessories and flirty ladylike silhouettes. That skirt? Perfection!
Earrings: Dior and HirotakaSunglasses: Thierry LasrySweater: Rag & BoneSkirt: Jil Sander NavyShoes: Sigerson MorrisonBag: Balenciaga
Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

What We Wore to NYFW: Ali Pew (InStyle Market Editor)

Ali Pew pieced together a look that harmonized cool menswear-inspired accessories and flirty ladylike silhouettes. That skirt? Perfection!

Earrings: Dior and Hirotaka
Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry
Sweater: Rag & Bone
Skirt: Jil Sander Navy
Shoes: Sigerson Morrison
Bag: Balenciaga

Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

Sep 15

What We Wore to NYFW: Dana Avidan-Cohn (InStyle Senior Market Editor / Digital Correspondent) 
Dana Avidan-Cohn shows us how to pull off this season’s hottest pant silhouette—culottes. Obsessed! 
Top: Tanya TaylorCulottes: No. 6Clutch: Pierre HardyJewelry: Vita FedePumps: DVF
Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

What We Wore to NYFW: Dana Avidan-Cohn (InStyle Senior Market Editor / Digital Correspondent) 

Dana Avidan-Cohn shows us how to pull off this season’s hottest pant silhouette—culottes. Obsessed! 

Top: Tanya Taylor
Culottes: No. 6
Clutch: Pierre Hardy
Jewelry: Vita Fede
Pumps: DVF

Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

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Sep 12

What We Wore to NYFW: Violet Gaynor (InStyle.com Senior Fashion Editor)
We’re in love with her relaxed (yet, at the same time, incredibly sophisticated) pieces, complete with a pop of cherry red.
Shirt: American EagleShorts: PHIBag: ChanelSunglasses: SelimaSandals: Vince Camuto
Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

What We Wore to NYFW: Violet Gaynor (InStyle.com Senior Fashion Editor)

We’re in love with her relaxed (yet, at the same time, incredibly sophisticated) pieces, complete with a pop of cherry red.

Shirt: American Eagle
Shorts: PHI
Bag: Chanel
Sunglasses: Selima
Sandals: Vince Camuto

Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

Sep 09

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Erik Jackson
In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Executive Editor Erik Jackson has been at InStyle for six years and oversees features content, cover stories, news, and our home and entertaining stories. We interviewed him to find out his favorite InStyle memory, how he landed his position, and what he’s excited for in 2014:
What year did you start?I joined the staff full-time in 2008.How did you land the job?Originally, I came aboard as a Project Editor for only five months, to do whatever was thrown at me—reporting, writing or editing stories from almost every section in the magazine. When the editors saw that I wasn’t easily flummoxed, they asked me to extend my stay to fill in for a beauty editor on maternity leave. (For a guy whose knowledge of cosmetics was limited to sunscreen, THAT was quite an education!) Next, I wrote lots of stories about celebrity homes and entertaining for our Life Etc. section. Finally, InStyle asked me to join the team full-time. How has your position changed since you started?As a staffer for the past six years, I’ve worked as a Senior Editor, then Features Editor and now as Executive Editor. My role started on the front lines, handling everything from news items to cover stories, and has evolved into a more supervisory role, in which I work with the editorial team and the art and photo departments to shape our print and digital content.What was your most InStyle moment?I was at a friend’s party and a woman asked me what I did for a living. I told her I was an editor at InStyle and she literally swooned and had to sit down—the magazine meant that much to her. Admittedly, her reaction may have been on the extreme end of the spectrum (she recovered quickly and is fine, don’t worry), but it delighted me to learn how much the service and joy that InStyle provides means to its readers. What is your favorite InStyle memory?It was at our huge Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles one year. I’d just met Jessica Alba and noticed Uma Thurman approaching. She was looking dismayed at the long line for the ladies room, so I volunteered to sneak her into the mens room instead, where there was no wait (shh, don’t tell the other women). Later, we gabbed for a while at the sinks as a procession of very surprised guys came and went, marveling at this unexpected vision in Versace. What do you love most about working at InStyle?The commitment to excellence among my colleagues is inspiring. Whether the subject matter is deeply profound or just fun and frivolous, the staff digs in to deliver the most satisfying reader experience possible. What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle?The scope of the brand. InStyle has grown into a force well beyond its much-loved print edition. Our digital team’s incredible work means that InStyle’s fun and informative reporting can be found everywhere, from the website and mobile to apps and a wide array of social media platforms (hey there, Snapchat!).What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?As I write this, our intrepid Life Etc. department is pulling together hundreds of items to feature in our eye-popping annual holiday gift guide. I love getting the early preview of inspired gifts to buy my peeps—and, it must be admitted, for things to get myself, too!
For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Erik Jackson

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Executive Editor Erik Jackson has been at InStyle for six years and oversees features content, cover stories, news, and our home and entertaining stories. We interviewed him to find out his favorite InStyle memory, how he landed his position, and what he’s excited for in 2014:

What year did you start?
I joined the staff full-time in 2008.

How did you land the job?
Originally, I came aboard as a Project Editor for only five months, to do whatever was thrown at me—reporting, writing or editing stories from almost every section in the magazine. When the editors saw that I wasn’t easily flummoxed, they asked me to extend my stay to fill in for a beauty editor on maternity leave. (For a guy whose knowledge of cosmetics was limited to sunscreen, THAT was quite an education!) Next, I wrote lots of stories about celebrity homes and entertaining for our Life Etc. section. Finally, InStyle asked me to join the team full-time.

How has your position changed since you started?
As a staffer for the past six years, I’ve worked as a Senior Editor, then Features Editor and now as Executive Editor. My role started on the front lines, handling everything from news items to cover stories, and has evolved into a more supervisory role, in which I work with the editorial team and the art and photo departments to shape our print and digital content.

What was your most InStyle moment?
I was at a friend’s party and a woman asked me what I did for a living. I told her I was an editor at InStyle and she literally swooned and had to sit down—the magazine meant that much to her. Admittedly, her reaction may have been on the extreme end of the spectrum (she recovered quickly and is fine, don’t worry), but it delighted me to learn how much the service and joy that InStyle provides means to its readers.

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
It was at our huge Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles one year. I’d just met Jessica Alba and noticed Uma Thurman approaching. She was looking dismayed at the long line for the ladies room, so I volunteered to sneak her into the mens room instead, where there was no wait (shh, don’t tell the other women). Later, we gabbed for a while at the sinks as a procession of very surprised guys came and went, marveling at this unexpected vision in Versace.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
The commitment to excellence among my colleagues is inspiring. Whether the subject matter is deeply profound or just fun and frivolous, the staff digs in to deliver the most satisfying reader experience possible.

What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle?
The scope of the brand. InStyle has grown into a force well beyond its much-loved print edition. Our digital team’s incredible work means that InStyle’s fun and informative reporting can be found everywhere, from the website and mobile to apps and a wide array of social media platforms (hey there, Snapchat!).

What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?
As I write this, our intrepid Life Etc. department is pulling together hundreds of items to feature in our eye-popping annual holiday gift guide. I love getting the early preview of inspired gifts to buy my peeps—and, it must be admitted, for things to get myself, too!

For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

Sep 05

What We’re Wearing: NYFW Edition, Day 1
From top:
Dana Avidan-Cohn (InStyle Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent)Skirt: SunoShoes: Derek LamBag: Fendi
Andrea Cheng (InStyle.com Associate Fashion Editor)Skirt: A.L.C.Bracelet: CC SkyeBag: Su-ShiRings: Cartier
Kahlana Barfield (InStyle Beauty Director)Tee: Current/ElliottBlazer: Haute HippieJeans: Rag & BonePurse: Chanel
Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

What We’re Wearing: NYFW Edition, Day 1

From top:

Dana Avidan-Cohn (InStyle Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent)
Skirt: Suno
Shoes: Derek Lam
Bag: Fendi

Andrea Cheng (InStyle.com Associate Fashion Editor)
Skirt: A.L.C.
Bracelet: CC Skye
Bag: Su-Shi
Rings: Cartier

Kahlana Barfield (InStyle Beauty Director)
Tee: Current/Elliott
Blazer: Haute Hippie
Jeans: Rag & Bone
Purse: Chanel

Photo credit: Theresa Balderas

Sep 02

We’ve fallen for these delicious fall nail polish shades that landed on InStyle.com Senior Beauty Editor Selene Milano’s desk.
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

We’ve fallen for these delicious fall nail polish shades that landed on InStyle.com Senior Beauty Editor Selene Milano’s desk.

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Aug 29

I love a good cocktail just as much as the next person, but the perceived complexity of creating a drink that looks and tastes like one I’d get at a mixology bar often deters me from fixing myself one at home. It turns out, though, you don’t need an arsenal of strainers, mixers, and muddlers to make a solid libation, as I learned from Theo Lieberman, head bartender of the speakeasy-esque Milk & Honey. 
Lieberman specializes in creating delicious cocktails with seamlessly combined flavors (M&H’s extensive menu is divided into a whopping eight cocktail categories). Watching him make drinks is akin to watching Doc Brown hover over a lab experiment. While there are some recipes I can barely wrap my head around, one, the Reyka New Maid, seemed easy enough for me to try on my own. All it takes is five ingredients and some ice cubes. No shaking or stirring necessary. 
Check out the easy how-to below:
Reyka New Maid
2 oz. Reyna Vodka
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
3 slices of cucumber
Small handful of mint
Combine ingredients over ice, garnish with mint sprig and 3 cucumber wheels for presentation. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Reyka Vodka

I love a good cocktail just as much as the next person, but the perceived complexity of creating a drink that looks and tastes like one I’d get at a mixology bar often deters me from fixing myself one at home. It turns out, though, you don’t need an arsenal of strainers, mixers, and muddlers to make a solid libation, as I learned from Theo Lieberman, head bartender of the speakeasy-esque Milk & Honey

Lieberman specializes in creating delicious cocktails with seamlessly combined flavors (M&H’s extensive menu is divided into a whopping eight cocktail categories). Watching him make drinks is akin to watching Doc Brown hover over a lab experiment. While there are some recipes I can barely wrap my head around, one, the Reyka New Maid, seemed easy enough for me to try on my own. All it takes is five ingredients and some ice cubes. No shaking or stirring necessary. 

Check out the easy how-to below:

Reyka New Maid

2 oz. Reyna Vodka

3/4 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. lime juice

3 slices of cucumber

Small handful of mint

Combine ingredients over ice, garnish with mint sprig and 3 cucumber wheels for presentation. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Reyka Vodka

Aug 28

A few weeks ago, Sarah Balch and I paid a visit to the Swarovski showroom in New York City, where we learned about the art of decking out your manicure in crystals and exactly which options to use. Being as nail-obsessed as I am, I was already excited to check out all of their offerings, and once we arrived at the offices, I was floored—the whole place was even more sparkly than I imagined.
All of the gemstones, jewelry, and crystallized accessories were stunning, but the gorgeous chandelier in the center of the room was one item in particular both Sarah and I couldn’t take our eyes off of. I only wish I could have one just like it in my own apartment, that is, if my apartment wasn’t a tiny studio about the size of that entire light fixture…
— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

A few weeks ago, Sarah Balch and I paid a visit to the Swarovski showroom in New York City, where we learned about the art of decking out your manicure in crystals and exactly which options to use. Being as nail-obsessed as I am, I was already excited to check out all of their offerings, and once we arrived at the offices, I was floored—the whole place was even more sparkly than I imagined.

All of the gemstones, jewelry, and crystallized accessories were stunning, but the gorgeous chandelier in the center of the room was one item in particular both Sarah and I couldn’t take our eyes off of. I only wish I could have one just like it in my own apartment, that is, if my apartment wasn’t a tiny studio about the size of that entire light fixture…

— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Aug 26

What the LA Editors Wore to the 2014 Emmy Awards
Last night, we attended the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the Governors Ball after-party. Red carpets, bright lights, and an inevitable Jon Hamm spotting meant that we needed to look our best for the big night. We enlisted the help of Glamsquad to work their magic on our hair (we both opted for The Weekender!) and lucky for us, they smoothed, curled, and primped all from the comfort of our own offices.
As for our looks, I opted for a more summery vibe, with a silk blue and white dress, while Stephanie went glam with her mirror-belted sheath. See below for more outfit details!
- Janelle Grodsky, Associate Editor, LA Office
Left: Janelle Grodsky (Associate Editor)Dress: MadewellClutch: Clare VivierShoes: Jimmy Choo
Right: Stephanie Samson (Special Projects Editor)Dress: David KomaClutch: Kenneth ColeShoes: Jimmy Choo

What the LA Editors Wore to the 2014 Emmy Awards

Last night, we attended the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the Governors Ball after-party. Red carpets, bright lights, and an inevitable Jon Hamm spotting meant that we needed to look our best for the big night. We enlisted the help of Glamsquad to work their magic on our hair (we both opted for The Weekender!) and lucky for us, they smoothed, curled, and primped all from the comfort of our own offices.

As for our looks, I opted for a more summery vibe, with a silk blue and white dress, while Stephanie went glam with her mirror-belted sheath. See below for more outfit details!

- Janelle Grodsky, Associate Editor, LA Office

Left: Janelle Grodsky (Associate Editor)
Dress: Madewell
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Right: Stephanie Samson (Special Projects Editor)
Dress: David Koma
Clutch: Kenneth Cole
Shoes: Jimmy Choo