A Social Media Guide for Introverts

Using social media for the purpose of business is often referred to as “personal branding”… But how does the introverted professional, who would rather stay behind the scenes, go about leveraging social platforms in a way that isn’t exhausting to them? This new mindset may be the answer, while helping some people along the way.

The Power of Intention

Who among us doesn’t want to live a life with purpose? While we each define “purpose” in our own unique way, it is human nature to want to fulfill it. So how do we go about doing that…particularly when the stresses of daily life can make achieving that goal feel overwhelming or out of reach?
According BIS contributor Ana Loi, the answer is living with intention. You’re definitely going to want to read this short but oh-so-impactful article!

How to Look Fresh & Alert Using Concealer

Let’s face it—life today can be more than a little hectic. It’s no wonder we all look exhausted all the time! We don’t have to however, and this month BIS Beauty contributor Nathalie Gil shares with us tips on how to properly use concealer to achieve a look that is both fresh and alert. These tips will have you looking awake (even if you haven’t had your coffee yet) in no time! Be sure to watch the video to learn these simple and illuminating (pun intended) techniques!

The Test: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

In this month’s “The Test” BIS’s Skin Care Specialist, Kortney, reviews the Aztec Secret Clay Mask. This popular and economical product contains 100% Pure Calcium Bentonite Clay, harvested from Death Valley, California, and has many uses from purifying facials and treating acne, to body wraps, clay baths, and foot soaks, among other treatments. But is it worth the $10 price tag? Kortney shares her experience with us.

Recipe: The Secrets to Perfect Cacio e Pepe

It’s true—the best things in life are the simple things. All you need is sea salt, pasta, Pecorino Romano and freshly cracked black pepper, to create a richly flavorful dish straight from the streets of Rome. This recipe is equal parts comforting, easy, and delicious. It is also the perfect addition to a cozy winter’s night inside your home. Buon appetito!

The T&C Guide To New York City During The Holidays

From the fantastical holiday window displays to taking in the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza, the festivities of the season are abundant in the city that never sleeps. Whether you’re taking a trip to Manhattan or merely needing a mental escape to a holiday destination, this Town & Country guide will have you daydreaming in no time.

Celebrity Street Style – January

Most celebrities are lucky enough to be styled in the seasons’ hottest trends by their Hollywood stylists. While we can’t all live the glamorous lives of our favorite celebrities, we can certainly take inspiration from them! “Celebrity Street Style” is where we share some of our favorite looks so that you can craft your own using pieces from your own wardrobe. Coupled with Bobbi’s commentary, Hollywood style can be yours!

The Look — December

This month we shot the look at my favorite holiday location… Saks Off 5th. We found so many yummy treasures along with so many potentially fabulous gifting ideas! I love this shoot and look forward to it every year as it is always the most delightful surprise. We know you will feel the same as you view all we found and loved. Happy holidays!

‘Paris, Capital of Fashion’ Review: The City of Sartorial Love

Have you ever wondered how Paris became the undisputed epicenter of the fashion world? The short answer is, there’s no one specific reason, but in the Wall Street Journal’s review of the Museum at FIT’s Fall exhibit, you’ll find a few causes rooted in the city’s history and penchant for being “over-the-top” that explain how the story unfolds.

15 Slow Cooker Recipes Perfect for Cold Weather

Baby, it’s cold outside! With temperatures rapidly falling and the events of the holiday season upon us, the thought of eating in is just so cozy this time of year. Whether you’re craving chicken pot pie or pumpkin oatmeal you’re going to want to check out these 15 fabulous recipes—courtesy of theeverygirl.com—that can all be made in a slow cooker. With minimal prep and a little bit of patience, you’ll soon be enjoying a piping hot meal that will warm you from the inside out!

How to Prevent Bloating When Traveling

Vacations are meant for setting out on new adventures—relaxation, exploration, and generally experiencing what the world has to offer—all of which are that much more enjoyable without the annoyance of stomach bloat. Don’t let digestive issues and a bloated stomach dampen the spirit of your time away. The following article from theeverygirl.com features five ways to combat the dreaded travel bloat, and each one has been tested and approved by the article’s writer herself. Read on for fool-proof methods that will allow you to enjoy your vacation without fear of a stomach revolt!

Gratitude

One of the marvelous things about gratitude is that it has no upper limit, at least as far as BIS Contributor Coach Ana can tell. You can be as grateful as you want to be. Find what fills your heart with gratitude and joy as it will truly change your life! And what better time to start than Thanksgiving!

Butterscotch Pudding Parfait with Gingersnaps

Butterscotch pudding parfait? Well don’t mind if we do! The holidays are the perfect time of year to set aside your calorie-counting ways and treat yourself to a little something special after dinner… and this indulgent dessert fits the bill beautifully! It can be made a few days in advance and is sure to impress and delight your friends and family with its classic creamy pudding and spicy gingersnap crumble. Bon appétit!

Maternity

Who says you can’t look chic and sophisticated while pregnant? Certainly not us! Look chic in whatever stage of pregnancy you’re in. Be sure to take a look at what we’ve found for you this month! Click, shop, and relax… you’ve got pregnancy covered!

Bangs… To Cut or Not to Cut?

Who hasn’t looked at themselves in the mirror before and thought about changing their hair? We have all been on the fence asking  “should I do bangs?” We ask our girlfriends what their opinions are, then we wonder why we listen to them in the first place because let’s be real, when was the last time they changed their look? SO let me be the first to say this, bangs are a hot accessory this season! Dress them up, play them down, part them off to the side, or keep them straight down the middle! Take a look at what style will look best on you!

Weddings

Looking for a wedding dress that will set you apart from the rest? We’ve found some stunning dresses for you that take wedding chic to a whole new level. Shopping for that perfect dress just got a whole lot easier!

Essential Denim

Denim as a wardrobe essential is pretty obvious. What might not be obvious is the style of denim that will be the most flattering to your body and the most chic on you. Read up on the styles that are most flattering all around and be sure to add some denim chic to your ultimate wardrobe!

Essential Sneakers

Sneakers are fabulous with all of your knock-around looks to your everyday sport clothes. I firmly believe sneakers are one the biggest must-haves of the season and predict they will become a long time staple in our wardrobes.

The Essential White T Shirt

The white T shirt is an iconic essential in your wardrobe. Every fashion icon from Audrey Hepburn forward will tell you the white T shirt is a staple. What does it do? It pops everything and it goes with almost every category imaginable. Take a look at the sensational white Ts we think you should have in your essential wardrobe! Happy Shopping!

The Look – November

This month we took ourselves to Planet Blue for a fabulous shoot with so many adorable treasures. Everything was stunning, as were the prices for what you are getting! We had such a good time and had such a challenge deciding on what to shoot as there was so much that was so fabulous! These looks will serve you well and are versatile… Yay! Happy treasure shopping!

The Case for Taking a Walk After You Eat

What happened to the good old days of eating dinner then taking an evening stroll afterward? It comes as no great surprise that with the rise of technology and portable screens has come a decline of physical activity…but there are so many reasons why this age-old tradition needs to be resuscitated. Studies show that a simple 15 minute walk can be crucial to controlling blood sugar levels and aiding digestion… and that’s not all! Read on to find out why walking after a meal is so vital to your wellbeing, in this fascinating article from Health.com.

Sort Yourself

We’ve all heard how important is to be organized, but what does that really mean, and how do you get there? Some people may say that being organized is a goal within itself, but I believe that being organized is a vehicle to achieving something better…

Transform Your Life through Style Shopping

The pieces you’ll find within this post are all you’ll need to start planning for and building your (tiny) success wardrobe! Never fear, we’ll be discussing this in class and Bobbi will answer and and all questions you may have!

Dress for Success Tailored to Fit Your Budget – Final Sale

When it comes to gauging one’s success, the handbag that you carry is second only to the shoes that you wear in terms of letting others know where you fall in the spectrum. That being said, I will always urge you to invest in your bags. You will love shopping for the investment bags that you covet at a fraction of the price you would pay if you walked into any of the retailers who carry them… See what we’ve found at The RealReal that you’re going to love!

Tailored to Fit Your Budget

Whether you’re a seasoned BIS member or brand new to the site, one concept bears repeating every single month; if you are serious about climbing the ladder of success in your workplace, you must dress the part! Our partnership with The RealReal makes building your essential wardrobe that much easier. Click. Shop. Enjoy!

Dress for Success

Professional business attire is a staple in any woman’s closet, and we’ve found some fabulous choices for you this month. Click, shop, and build your business essentials wardrobe!

Foundations

Wearing the proper foundations (if you will pardon the expression) under you clothing is essential… it can alter the way your clothes hang on your body and slim where needed. Investing in your foundation wear is worth every penny… See what we’ve found for you this month!

Essential Shoes

In our world, essential shoes consist of all the categories that we live in endlessly, including sneakers, booties, and pumps. Keep in mind that not all silhouettes or leathers are equal however! Keep reading for Bobbi’s insight as to what shoes should comprise your ultimate, essential shoe wardrobe.

The Essential Third Piece

A very important finishing touch to every look you wear is the “third piece.” Therefore, it stands to reason, that this component is an essential part of your ultimate wardrobe. In any creative measure, things are always done in odd numbers. So, when you dress you have your top, your bottom and your third piece—which can be a cardigan, a sweater or a jacket. Simple and easy. See what fabulous third pieces we’ve found for your ultimate, essential wardrobe!

Pre-owned

As a concept, the idea of pre-owned is genius! If you are like me, you love luxury… and yet sometimes it isn’t in the budget. As a stylist I often work with the resellers to pass on my client’s fabulous goodies that they are letting go of, so I know how carefully items are checked over before they accept or reject a piece. This makes for a delicious possibility in terms of your acquiring something you desire for a much more palatable price. Check out what we’ve found and love… and happy shopping!

Modernizing Your Health

If you think about, we’re constantly updating various areas of our lives, from the surroundings in our homes, to the people we hang out with and the clothing we wear… But what about the things you do for your health? Have you made any updates in that department? This fall, BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren invites us to take a look at the status of the choices we make around our health and wellbeing and modernize them as necessary so that we can look and feel better for the holidays. Happy Fall!

The 25 Best Lipstick Tips and Tricks We’ve Ever Heard from Professional Makeup Artists

As simple as it may appear, a lot of work goes into a good looking lip! For those of us who cannot count ourselves among the experts in this regard, we’re in for a treat! Our friends at Allure have already done all the heavy lifting for us and have devoted a good deal of time and energy answering the question—”how do you achieve a great lip?” To that end they have put together 25 of the best tips and tricks from the experts themselves, professional makeup artists, and they’ve got us all covered!

15 Healthy Meal Prep Recipes for People Who Hate Salad

For those of us who aren’t crazy about salads, reading that they are the easiest way to a healthy lifestyle is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard. But the fact is, you can compose a perfectly healthy meal without its being comprised of a boring bowl of lettuce—and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your busy day. The following article from theeverygirl.com features 15 creative meal prep ideas for all who might be looking for a salad alternative and for whom time is limited. Follow this plan, and when the work week rolls around, every meal will taste like it took hours to prepare as opposed to minutes to heat up! You’re sure to find something you love!

Patricia Arquette and Patti Hansen Talk Love, Friendship, and Work After 50

For best friends Patricia Arquette and Patti Hansen, aging in no way makes them any less cool or diminishes their finesse. The actress and supermodel are still madly in love with their spouses, making a difference in the world, and rocking Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen flawlessly. The dialogue between the dynamic duo in this interview with InStyle makes a serious case for cool moms.

Mason Pearson: The True Story Behind the Secretive Maker of the World’s Best Hairbrush

The iconic Mason Pearson hairbrush is one that has been coveted by hair stylists for decades… So what’s the story behind this iconic company? Well, for starters, they don’t need to push their product—they just work. You’re going to want to read in this article from Allure about how Mason Pearson got its start in 1885 with their boar bristle brush, and how since then they have continued to dominate in the beauty industry.

How to Avoid the Craftiest Counterfeit Watches

Counterfeits in the luxury watch industry are becoming more commonplace than you think…Even the savviest of shoppers have been known to be duped into buying counterfeit versions of their favorite luxury brand watches. Fortunately for us, The Wall Street Journal is on top of the situation. If you’re in the market, you’re going to want to read on to avoid possibly making a very expensive mistake in the purchase of your our own timeless timepiece!

How to Naturally Boost Your Energy Throughout the Day

Many of us are hard-pressed to get in that eight hours of precious slumber every night… And as a result we often wake up feeling like we’ve hardly gotten any sleep at all…which can wreak havoc on your energy levels throughout the day. And let’s face it, most of us aren’t able to take that midday nap whenever we please! Fortunately, the following article from the everygirl.com helps us out. Read on and find out some of the best ways that you can naturally boost your energy when you need it most!

Celebrity Street Style – October

Most celebrities are lucky enough to be styled in the seasons’ hottest trends by their Hollywood stylists. While we can’t all live the glamorous lives of our favorite celebrities, we can certainly take inspiration from them! “Celebrity Street Style” is where we share some of our favorite looks so that you can craft your own using pieces from your own wardrobe. Coupled with Bobbi’s commentary, Hollywood style can be yours!

The Look – October

This month we shot The Look at Free People…one of my favorites! We had a marvelous time with all the adorable treasures we found and they are all so wonderfully priced… From the flares to the utility pants, easy, timeless, simple tops and some very fun bags—each was casual adorable and so budget friendly!
This is a place to load up—and be sure to do so before these gems are gone! Happy viewing and shopping!

Yes, You Can Kondo Your Refrigerator

It turns out that color coordinating isn’t just for your closet. Aesthetically arranging your fridge is officially trending, and Marie Kondo would be proud. Using clear containers to simplify lines and intentionally buying produce to fit in a specific color scheme are just a couple of ways that Instagram’s most followed fridges are making it happen.