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Editor-Tested: Glam & Go Blow Dry Bar
To produce our annual Best of Digi feature in November, our editors spend months researching the latest and greatest sites, apps, and tools that’ll make your life simpler, easier, and, yes, more digitized. This often requires taking meetings with the founders, visiting their offices, and of course, personally vetting each one to ensure its quality and usefulness (this year’s lineup included a lean and mean list of 107). 
Considering the unruly J-fro that lives atop my head, it goes without saying I’m more than willing to test out a blow dry bar—especially one that can be accessed from your gym. As the accessibility of blowouts rapidly increased, Glam & Go launched in November 2013 with the chief aim of allowing women who are torn between choosing their exercise routine or their hair to finally have both simultaneously. 
And as two busy women who regularly make valiant efforts to go to the gym, Associate Editor Christina Shanahan and I were very pleased with the service, as well as our respective ‘dos. While I opted for the vampy “Serious Curves” style, she went for the casual yet practical fishtail braid. The best part? Each one took 15 minutes. So there’s really no excuse to skip your (OK, our) next spin class. 
Head to Glam & Go’s website or download its app to book an appointment. To read the full Best of Digi feature, pick up the November issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Editor-Tested: Glam & Go Blow Dry Bar

To produce our annual Best of Digi feature in November, our editors spend months researching the latest and greatest sites, apps, and tools that’ll make your life simpler, easier, and, yes, more digitized. This often requires taking meetings with the founders, visiting their offices, and of course, personally vetting each one to ensure its quality and usefulness (this year’s lineup included a lean and mean list of 107).

Considering the unruly J-fro that lives atop my head, it goes without saying I’m more than willing to test out a blow dry bar—especially one that can be accessed from your gym. As the accessibility of blowouts rapidly increased, Glam & Go launched in November 2013 with the chief aim of allowing women who are torn between choosing their exercise routine or their hair to finally have both simultaneously. 

And as two busy women who regularly make valiant efforts to go to the gym, Associate Editor Christina Shanahan and I were very pleased with the service, as well as our respective ‘dos. While I opted for the vampy “Serious Curves” style, she went for the casual yet practical fishtail braid. The best part? Each one took 15 minutes. So there’s really no excuse to skip your (OK, our) next spin class. 

Head to Glam & Go’s website or download its app to book an appointment. To read the full Best of Digi feature, pick up the November issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

We’re playing with pearls! From ear jackets to duo-ended bracelets, these pearl-studded designs spotted on InStyle staffers around the office are far from conservative.
Clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim chain-pearl necklace, Ariel Gordon x Shopbop pearl ear jackets, Vita Fede bracelet, Lanvin pearl-studded ribbon necklace, Vita Fede ear jacket, Rue Gembon midi rings, Luv AJ x Jewelmint rings, Zara ring
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

We’re playing with pearls! From ear jackets to duo-ended bracelets, these pearl-studded designs spotted on InStyle staffers around the office are far from conservative.

Clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim chain-pearl necklace, Ariel Gordon x Shopbop pearl ear jackets, Vita Fede bracelet, Lanvin pearl-studded ribbon necklace, Vita Fede ear jacket, Rue Gembon midi rings, Luv AJ x Jewelmint rings, Zara ring

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

We’re big fans of Emma Roberts’ style on and off the red carpet, so when the actress decided to try her hand at designing (read our Q&A with Roberts about the collection), we were some of the first to seek out—and subsequently scoop up—her pieces. By sheer coincidence (and a little bit of shameless Roberts fandom), three of our staffers showed up to work donning sparkling statement gems from her newly announced 20-piece collection for BaubleBar.
From top:Claire Stern (InStyle Editorial Assistant): Pearl Orwell BibRita Kokshanian (InStyle.com Editorial Assistant): Third Eye Ear JacketsKatie Donbavand (InStyle.com Associate Producer): Rainbow Frank Collar
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

We’re big fans of Emma Roberts’ style on and off the red carpet, so when the actress decided to try her hand at designing (read our Q&A with Roberts about the collection), we were some of the first to seek out—and subsequently scoop up—her pieces. By sheer coincidence (and a little bit of shameless Roberts fandom), three of our staffers showed up to work donning sparkling statement gems from her newly announced 20-piece collection for BaubleBar.

From top:
Claire Stern (InStyle Editorial Assistant): Pearl Orwell Bib
Rita Kokshanian (InStyle.com Editorial Assistant): Third Eye Ear Jackets
Katie Donbavand (InStyle.com Associate Producer): Rainbow Frank Collar

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

I got teleported! Last Friday, Marriott Hotels parked a giant teleportation machine outside our midtown skyscraper, and a team of InStyle staffers headed down to check it out. The contraption featured Oculus Rift 4D technology, which basically means you voluntarily strap a virtual reality visor on your face that’s filled with 360-degree live-action CGI (computer generated imagery) video.
I volunteered to go first. After signing my life away on a waiver, the Marriott team locked me into the booth. I couldn’t hear or see anything at all—the visor completely silenced the noisy NYC streets and filled my vision with only virtual images.
Immediately, I felt like I was dropped into a video game. I landed in a Marriott Hotel lobby and then pushed into a vortex that sent me to Hawaii’s Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui. I remember looking all around and thinking: I WISH I WAS REALLY IN HAWAII RIGHT NOW.
Before I could finish my thought, I whipped back through a vortex and was sent to the edge of London’s Tower 42, where I peeked up, down, and all around. It felt like I was really hanging off a building, and the machine even blasted wind to emphasize my virtual height. Then the floor of the transporter moved, which got me so spooked, I reached for the poles on the machine (pictured above).
After two minutes, the whole experience was over. Sadly, it meant I had to go back to the real Real world—a.k.a. work.
—Sharon Clott Kanter, InStyle Senior Editor
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

I got teleported! Last Friday, Marriott Hotels parked a giant teleportation machine outside our midtown skyscraper, and a team of InStyle staffers headed down to check it out. The contraption featured Oculus Rift 4D technology, which basically means you voluntarily strap a virtual reality visor on your face that’s filled with 360-degree live-action CGI (computer generated imagery) video.

I volunteered to go first. After signing my life away on a waiver, the Marriott team locked me into the booth. I couldn’t hear or see anything at all—the visor completely silenced the noisy NYC streets and filled my vision with only virtual images.

Immediately, I felt like I was dropped into a video game. I landed in a Marriott Hotel lobby and then pushed into a vortex that sent me to Hawaii’s Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui. I remember looking all around and thinking: I WISH I WAS REALLY IN HAWAII RIGHT NOW.

Before I could finish my thought, I whipped back through a vortex and was sent to the edge of London’s Tower 42, where I peeked up, down, and all around. It felt like I was really hanging off a building, and the machine even blasted wind to emphasize my virtual height. Then the floor of the transporter moved, which got me so spooked, I reached for the poles on the machine (pictured above).

After two minutes, the whole experience was over. Sadly, it meant I had to go back to the real Real world—a.k.a. work.

Sharon Clott Kanter, InStyle Senior Editor

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Temporary jewelry tattoos have taken over the celebrity sphere, and now, they’re sweeping the InStyle office. Staffers are getting (temporarily) inked with pretty prints (from chevron to palm trees—yes, that’s a palm tree on the far left) gilded in silver and gold.
From left: Claire Stern (InStyle Editorial Assistant): Flash TattoosMarianne Mychaskiw (InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor): Golddust NYCJennifer Davis (InStyle.com Assistant Social Media Editor): Golddust NYCAndrea Cheng (InStyle.com Associate Fashion Editor): Golddust NYC
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Temporary jewelry tattoos have taken over the celebrity sphere, and now, they’re sweeping the InStyle office. Staffers are getting (temporarily) inked with pretty prints (from chevron to palm trees—yes, that’s a palm tree on the far left) gilded in silver and gold.

From left:
Claire Stern (
InStyle Editorial Assistant): Flash Tattoos
Marianne Mychaskiw (InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor): Golddust NYC
Jennifer Davis (InStyle.com Assistant Social Media Editor): Golddust NYC
Andrea Cheng (InStyle.com Associate Fashion Editor): Golddust NYC

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

The girls from cityMANI stopped by the InStyle office to prettify our nails with polish from CND and Julep. My pick? I fell in love with this super summery shade Lobster Roll by CND. With a staff of more than 20 manicurists, cityMani brings the manis to you—your house, office, basically anywhere (they once even made a visit to the park)!
—Sarah Weir, InStyle Beauty Assistant
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

The girls from cityMANI stopped by the InStyle office to prettify our nails with polish from CND and Julep. My pick? I fell in love with this super summery shade Lobster Roll by CND. With a staff of more than 20 manicurists, cityMani brings the manis to you—your house, office, basically anywhere (they once even made a visit to the park)!

—Sarah Weir, InStyle Beauty Assistant

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

During a particularly hot July afternoon, the folks at Talenti stopped by our New York office to give us a taste of their full line of gelato and sorbet. I know, I know—it’s a major burden we shoulder at InStyle, but somebody’s gotta do it! Our work day was sweetened one (generous) spoonful at a time with Caribbean coconut, sea salt caramel, Roman raspberry, Lisbon lemon, fudge brownie, and more creamy dreamy goodness!
— Katie Donbavand, InStyle.com Associate Producer
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

During a particularly hot July afternoon, the folks at Talenti stopped by our New York office to give us a taste of their full line of gelato and sorbet. I know, I know—it’s a major burden we shoulder at InStyle, but somebody’s gotta do it! Our work day was sweetened one (generous) spoonful at a time with Caribbean coconut, sea salt caramel, Roman raspberry, Lisbon lemon, fudge brownie, and more creamy dreamy goodness!

— Katie Donbavand, InStyle.com Associate Producer

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com