YOUR STYLE, YOUR SUPERPOWER
Eager to indulge in all the spooktacular treats Halloween has to offer? Not so fast. Using this holiday as an excuse to gobble up every single piece of candy or chocolate in sight will only leave you feeling guilty the next day. That’s why I partnered with food blogger Monica Rose Grant to bring you ten healthy Halloween treat recipes that are not only nutritious and delicious but so boo-tiful.
1. ghost meringues (Low-Fat, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Yields 30 meringues
2. bone macarons (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)
Yields 25 macarons
3. Candy Corn Yogurt Banana Pops (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)
Yields 6 pops
*Note: Tumeric and carrot juice powder are natural alternatives to food coloring, making it a more healthy approach in baking the pops.
4. Dirty Mummy Apples (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Yields 4 servings
5. Black Cat Donuts (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free)
Yields 10 donuts
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6. Dark Chocolate Banana Moon Cake (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Yields 1 6” cake (approximately 6-8 servings)
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7. Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pie (Low-Fat, Refined Sugar-Free)
Yields 1 9” pie or 6 mini pies
8. Monster Macarons (Gluten-Free)
Yields 14 macarons
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9. POLYJUICE Potion Matcha Milkshake (Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan)
Yields 4 milkshakes
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10. Candy Corn Fruit Pops (Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)
Yields 8 pops
If you try out any of the recipes, make sure to post a picture on social media and tag @carrieberkk @monicarosegrant #carrieschronicles for the chance to have your photo featured on our social media!
Behold the spookiest soundtrack you will ever encounter, filled with Halloween’s ten most iconic tunes. With these songs playing in the background of your trick or treat activities, you’ll surely get in the spirit of the holiday.
2. "monster mash"
3. "time warp"
5. "I put a spell on you"
6. "werewolves of london"
7. "black magic woman"
8. "the addams family"
9. "witch doctor"
10. "calling all the monsters"
With Halloween on the horizon, the last minute scramble to find the perfect costume is pretty much inevitable. Another inevitability: picking out the same cliché outfit that you’ve sported three years in a row (devil costumes should be condemned by now). This year, take my advice and choose one of my outfit suggestions for the 31st that look more stylish than spooky. There’s no shame in standing out in a room full of superheroes and witches.
1. Carrie bradshaw from sex and the city
Channel your inner New Yorker by putting together an outfit that captures the Sex and the City character’s bold, feminine style. Mimicking her signature tutu from the opening theme guarantees you’ll look the most fashionable out of all your friends (and don’t forget Carrie’s signature nameplate necklace!).
The renowned fashion doll lives in a dream house, so you’re destined to have the perfect Halloween in an outfit inspired by her lifestyle. Choose pieces in her iconic hot pink hue that suit you best--an edgy bomber jacket works just as well as a flirty frock!
3. holly golightly in breakfast at tiffany's
Get inspired by Audrey Hepburn by investing in pearls, black satin gloves, and circular sunglasses. As for the LBD, you may just find it already hanging at the front of your closet.
Be the queen of the evening by sporting dazzling metallic gold hues and stacks of jewelry. PS: You totally have permission to rock blue eyeliner.
5. cher from clueless
Having an outfit less than perfection on Halloween night? As if! Luckily, plaid is all the rage this season, so you will be right on trend in clothing items inspired by the character’s legendary look.
6. cruella de vil
She may be a Disney villain, but there’s no denying her flamboyant fashion sense, “extra” in all the right ways. A fur coat and fiery red satin gloves are practically a given.
7. scary spice
Who cares about vampires and werewolves? Everyone will wannabe dressed just like you when you step out in a bold, leopard-printed outfit this Halloween.
Carrie: Which was your first love: acting or singing?
Ruby: Well, my first love was actually musical theater! I did a lot of both acting and singing on a daily basis when I was a little girl.
Carrie: Who are some singers that inspire you and why?
Ruby: Hailee Steinfeld because of the way she can balance acting and singing, Ariana Grande because of her angelic voice, Beyonce (for obvious reasons), and of course, my favorite, Todrick Hall. Todrick is such an amazing storyteller with his songs.
Carrie: Do you prefer singing covers or original songs?
Ruby: I love doing a mixture of both, but my original song, “Cherry Pop” just came out! Make sure to check it out!
Carrie: How did you build your YouTube and Instagram following? Which came first?
Ruby: My Instagram came first. One of my 30-second song covers went viral and it felt like my Instagram grew overnight! Funny thing is, I got all the words wrong, but I was having fun. I think people liked that. My YouTube followed.
Carrie: You’ve also had some exciting acting adventures over the past few years. What was it like playing the role of Emma on Modern Family?
Ruby: The cast of Modern Family was so amazing and welcoming! I happened to be friends with one of the other girls cast, so we had fun together. I had a blast on that set.
Carrie: How did playing Emma on Modern Family differ from playing Winnie on Grey’s Anatomy?
Ruby: First off, only one of those characters is still alive. So, I would say that’s the biggest difference! Also, the feel of those two shows is different. Modern Family is more upbeat and funny, whereas Grey's Anatomy is more dramatic and intense.
Carrie: What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?
Ruby: I would say the most exciting moment in my career so far is getting to play Holly Hobbie on the new Hulu original series, Holly Hobbie! Make sure to tune in!
Carrie: What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
Ruby: Honestly, I just want to be successful in the business and have fun with my acting. I would also love to be on Broadway one day, and while I am throwing out my dreams, let’s include becoming an E.G.O.T. winner!
Carrie: What advice do you have for teens who want to pursue a career in music but are too afraid to get their voice heard?
Ruby: Just keep going! Or, if you haven't even started, just start! Any art is an ever-growing process—you just have to keep going. Make sure you are having fun in the process and remember that music is not only about singing! There is music composition, songwriting, and so much more. Don't let your fear of singing stop you from growing in your love of music.
This or that: music edition
Bebe Rexha or Charli XCX? Bebe Rexha.
Ariana Grande or Beyoncé? Both.
“Havana” or “In My Blood?” "In My Blood."
Pop or Rap Music? Pop.
Imagine Dragons or Panic! At the Disco? Imagine Dragons.
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I have always been a fan of COOLA, so I was thrilled to see that they had a booth at the event as well. Guests were given the opportunity to drop a token down a wall (a la The Price is Right) and receive whichever product it landed on—the mango scented sunscreen I won is surely a keeper.
At Doucce’s booth, attendees lined up to build their own palette filled with eyeshadow, blush, and highlighter...free of charge!
But it wasn’t just beauty vendors there promoting their brands—the ASPCA was just as popular with its posse of adorable pups. My heart melted as I held one that was up for adoption, with pointy ears and an adorable neon necktie.
The Creator Day panels were equal parts informative and inspiring. Some of the discussions included “Ipsy Open Studios: Getting the most out of your membership,” “Disruptors: Meet the bosses changing beauty,” and “First Edition: Why authenticity works with fans and consumers.”
The next day marked the beginning of Ipsy Generation Beauty, open to thousands of ticket holders at the Javits Center. The day kicked off with an electrifying performance from In Real Life, a boy band on the rise. Attendees crowded the edge of the main stage to listen to the group’s catchy tunes.
Throughout the weekend, there were a series of meet-ups at brand booths with renowned beauty influencers such as Kandee Johnson and Patrick Starr.
Additionally, each guest was invited to participate in a Scavenger Hunt, where they took pics of their favorite booths, shared the wisdom they garnered from panels, and more. It made the day all the more exciting!
One of my favorite aspects of the event was the “Speak Pretty” wall. It was covered in lips that people could slip positive messages into, in addition to picking one up to read for themselves. The one I landed upon--“Just be yourself”--was a lovely reminder.
Leaving with goody bags galore, it’s safe to say that Ipsy Generation Beauty was a success. However, it also marked the start of a major struggle: counting down the endless number of days until next year’s event.
Carrie: When did you first develop your passion for dance?
Eva: I started dancing when I was three-years-old. I was all about fun and friends and took basic classes like tap, jazz, and a little ballet/stretching. I started competition dance at around five and loved performing and being on stage. At that age, I learned my first solo, which was a lot of fun. As I got older, I started to see that movement, music, and story come together as more of an emotional connection for me, and hopefully for the audience as well.
Carrie: What’s your favorite style of dance?
Eva: I enjoy edgy, hard-hitting contemporary most, maybe because I'm always happy and it's fun to take on an intense personality. I also love jazz and musical theater. I love performing—maybe that's why I feel a pull toward acting.
Carrie: Which dancers/choreographers inspire you?
Eva: I admire so many, but of course my teacher and choreographer Michele Larkin, as well as Tessandra Chavez because of her unique style and artistry. My sister, Kayla Igo also inspires me—she has always been behind helping me make changes that work for me and my style and pushing me to be my best.
Carrie: How have you trained over the years, both physically and emotionally, as a professional dancer?
Eva: Usually, I am at the studio every day, from a couple hours to eight, depending on what we are learning. Solos and duets are extra and optional, so we need to squeeze those sessions in on our own. My sister is a dance teacher as well, and she gives me specific exercises for strength and flexibility. I also love going to dance conventions and learning from as many choreographers as I can.
Carrie: Let’s talk about World of Dance. What was the audition process like for Season One?
Eva: A casting director actually saw my solo "It's a Man’s World" on YouTube. She contacted me through direct message on Instagram and invited me to Chicago to audition. I performed two solos in front of a panel that included [famous choreographer] Tabitha D'Umo. They filmed the performances and I was also interviewed.
Carrie: What was your favorite part about competing in the show?
Eva: My favorite part of competing in Season One was getting to know and watch so many pros in action, and seeing how they were fierce competitors but still friends and supported each other. I also loved working with Tessandra Chavez and Kyle Hanagami, who were both supervising choreographs, as well as Nappytabs. It was a dream come true! Season Two was shorter for me, of course, even more so because I went back home in between rounds. There was less of a chance to experience it fully, in my opinion.
Carrie: What was the most challenging part about being a contestant on World of Dance?
Eva: Season One was a lot different than Season Two, at least behind the scenes. Season One didn't have the separate Junior Teams division, so all of the minors had school together every day! We also stayed until we were eliminated, so it was nonstop school, rehearsals, choreography adjustments, early call times for wardrobe and makeup, and then filming. It was fun, stressful, exciting, challenging, and exhausting! It was also hard being away from home for 34 days straight, but I was very sad when it was over! I loved meeting so many legends and new dance friends, and of course, all the people behind the scenes were amazing. Season Two, on the other hand, was way bigger—there were more divisions and a lot more acts. Everyone came in to film during different weeks, so there was way less interaction. A challenge from both seasons was song clearance. Trying to prepare several solos and then finding out the song can't be used is so frustrating, especially if you put a lot of time into practicing to it.
Carrie: How did the mentoring sessions on both seasons help improve your dancing?
Eva: The mentoring sessions made the judges far more human. When you are on the stage, they are giants and you are very small. The one-on-one sessions were close and personal and took a little bit of that intimidation away.
Carrie: Is there one specific piece of advice a mentor gave you that has stuck?
Eva: To use my feelings in my expression and interpretation. We all feel, and the more we express those feelings, the more we connect as humans.
Carrie: Why did you decide to come back and compete in Season Two?
Eva: I was invited back for Season Two, and it was a hard decision! Of course, there was the fear of doing worse than before. But in the end, I thought "why not?" If I didn't do it, I would wonder what would have happened for the rest of my life. There are hundreds of dance competitions and all of them crown someone as the "best". But there are millions of dancers in the world that go unseen and never get the opportunity to shine. I say if you get that knock on the door, open it. Who cares if you win? Everything is an experience to learn and draw from, and everything happens for a reason.
Carrie: Did you have a specific strategy going into Season Two?
Eva: Same as Season One: to work hard and stay true to myself—God’s Plan.
Carrie: Unfortunately, you were eliminated during the duels round during Season Two. Do you have any regrets?
Eva: No! Of course, it stunk to go home, but I have been competing for a long time, and I know that sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. In the end, you’re judged by human beings who see different things and have a personal preference. Rejection is part of art.
Carrie: What advice do you have for people who are afraid of failure and rejection?
Eva: We are all afraid, both kids and adults! We will lose a lot more than we win, but when we lose, we learn, adjust, and improve.
Carrie: What are your future plans for your career?
Eva: Last year, I didn't compete with my studio because I knew I was going to miss a lot, so I am now going to compete on a moderate scale. I'd like to explore acting in the future, and I have been working with Five Dancewear on my own line of dance clothing. I’m just going to take opportunities as they come.
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Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet has been extremely important to me for quite some time now. Although--don’t get me wrong--I do love the occasional treat (ask any of my friends, I have an obsession with bread pudding), I load my meals with tons of protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The time has come to get motivated and try to make positive changes to our daily menus, which is why I am helping you do so...starting straight from the top. For some reason, it has been rumored that skipping breakfast is “healthy.” Let me set the record straight...it is not healthy! Imagine riding in your car without any gas in your tank—you won’t get very far. It’s similar to eating: without any fuel in our bodies, we won’t be able to complete our daily tasks to our fullest abilities. I make sure to wake up every morning and have a big, protein-packed breakfast so that I can be energized and ready to tackle the busy day ahead. That’s why I collaborated with Vegan food expert Rume Ameke (@wellfitfoodie) to bring you 10 healthy breakfast recipes that are equal parts nutritional and delish-ional (totally a real word). Dig in!
1. Chocolate oatmeal
Yields 1 bowl
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Why the Recipe is Guilt-Free:
Oats are one of the healthiest grains on earth. They're a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They contain soluble fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. The hazelnut milk in this recipe is also beneficial, as it is naturally glucose, lactose, and soy-free. It contains the antioxidant vitamin E, which promotes healthy hair and skin and improves the health of heart muscles. Don’t let the word “chocolate” in this recipe stray you away from your healthy dreams. Cacao powder actually contains a ton of antioxidants that help stimulate the oxygen-based radicals in your body. So you’re good to go!
2. spirulina protein smoothie
Yields 2 smoothies
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Bananas are undeniably a fantastic source of potassium and magnesium and contain protein (like the protein powder), but benefits are multiplied by the addition of the other ingredients. Chia seeds are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, chia seeds also enhance exercise performance because they boost your energy. Additionally, spirulina is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and even helps fight oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Lastly, the almond milk in this smoothie has no cholesterol or saturated fat and is lactose-free, as opposed to whole milk. It sounds to me like this recipe is just packed with health benefits!
3. chia pudding and matcha coconut yogurt
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Besides being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, and minerals, chia seeds are high in antioxidants. This means that by eating chia seeds, you are preventing premature skin aging by reducing inflammation and free radical damage. Coconut milk—which is dairy-free, soy-free, and lactose-free—is another nutritional addition to this recipe. It can help lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks and strokes in the future. The matcha used in this meal has also been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. It has many psychological benefits as well, including the calming of the mind, improvement in concentration, and the enhancing of one’s mood. Trust me, you’ll love this breakfast so matcha.
4. butterfly pea coconut yogurt bowl
Yields 1 bowl
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Like most yogurts, coconut yogurt is high in probiotics which help balance out bacteria inside of your body. Unsweetened coconut yogurt (like Koko’s) has no sugar and very little sodium, so it’s also healthy in that regard. Although butterfly pea powder may sound unfamiliar to you, I assure that there is no need to shy away from it. Butterfly Pea originated as a traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It was used as a memory enhancer, brain booster, and calmative tool. Putting butterfly pea powder in your meal will also release powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids in your body, which will help reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system. Top the recipe off with the high-protein, superfood quinoa, and you’re all set!
5. avocado toast
Yields 2 slices
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Avocado toast has become a New York favorite...and for a good reason. Avocados are very nutritious, containing relatively large quantities of vitamin K, C, and B5. Additionally, an avocado contains loads of potassium, in fact, more than a banana! Avocado is a high-fat food, but don’t let that scare you off. The majority of the fat is oleic acid, which reduces inflammation and helps treat genes linked to cancer. Sourdough bread is a great base to smash your avocado on since it is high in protein and low in sugar. Not a fan of sourdough? Wholemeal bread is equally as nutritious, containing lots of whole grains that are an essential part of your diet. But there’s one aspect of this recipe that's certainly not grainy...the health benefits are crystal clear to me!
6. baked banana oatmeal
Yields 2 portions
Why the Recipe is Guilt-Free:
Bananas are high in potassium, which balances your nerves and muscles, including your heart. They are also rich in riboflavin, which helps maintain your energy levels, increase blood flow, and protect your skin and hair. Oats contain more protein and healthy fats than most grains, making them an excellent addition to your breakfast menu. They also contain an important antioxidant called avenanthramide that helps lower blood pressure levels. Although flax meal is optional in this recipe, I highly recommend including it, as it is filled with omega-3 essential fatty acids that have positive effects on your heart. A recipe with this many nutritional benefits? That’s just bananas!
7. blueberry yogurt parfait
Yields 1 bowl
Why the Recipe is Guilt-Free:
Coconut yogurt is a great source of probiotics and calcium that help strengthen your bones. Additionally, it contains a significant amount of vitamin B-12, which helps aid in red blood cell production. The spirulina powder mixed into the yogurt also deserves to be acknowledged for its nutritional benefits. In fact, some hail it as the single most nutritional food on the planet due to its high protein content and low amount of fat and carbohydrates. Adding blueberries to the recipe allows you to absorb more fiber, therefore reducing the amount of cholesterol in your blood and lowering the risk of being diagnosed with heart disease. The oats found in the granola offer you additional fiber, as well as heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Get ready to feel berry happy...
8. almond and oatmeal vegan pancakes
Yields 8-10 pancakes
Why the Recipe is Guilt-Free:
A nutritional pancake recipe? I never thought I’d see the day! But it’s true: the oat flour contains significant quantities of protein and soluble fiber, as well as a low amount of carbohydrates compared to white flour. The almond meal added to this recipe is also beneficial—it offers the same high-protein value as whole almonds do. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, consuming almond meal can even reduce your risk of suffering from heart disease in the future. Finish off the meal with some high-fiber blackberries and blueberries to up the health factor even more. Now pardon me while I run to the grocery store…
9. buckwheat and oatmeal vegan pancakes
Yields 8-10 pancakes
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It’s undeniable that oat flour is highly nutritious—it is rich in antioxidants that improve heart health and reduce the risk of infections. But buckwheat flour offers even more benefits—it is very high in fiber and protein, making it a great alternative to white flour. Buckwheat flour also supplies two important vitamins: thiamin—which helps promote healthy circulation in the body—and niacin—which supports your nervous system. The almond milk also ups the nutritional factor in this meal; it contains 49% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E, a vitamin that is essential in the formulation of red blood cells. Almond milk is also dairy-free, making it a great option for those who are lactose intolerant or trying to reduce their dairy intake. I’m nuts about this recipe!
1o. banana smoothie bowl
Yields 1 bowl
Why the Recipe is Guilt-Free:
The high potassium and magnesium content in bananas help boost eye and bone health, as well as aid in relieving muscle cramps. By combining them with coconut yogurt, the body is being exposed to vitamin D—which is crucial for calcium absorption—and vitamin B-12—which is necessary for red blood cell production. The toppings also provide nutritional benefits: the ground flax meal has omega-3 essential fatty acids that improve heart health while the pomegranate seeds are rich in vitamin C, essential for repairing the tissues inside of your body. Feeling ready to take on your new, healthy lifestyle? I’ll give you the countdown. Ready...set...eat!
If you try out any of the recipes, make sure to post a picture on social media and tag @carrieberkk @wellfitfoodie #carrieschronicles for the chance to have your photo featured on our social media!
In addition to the jewelry, the venue--Bvlgari’s 5th Avenue store location--was decorated with disco lights, hot pink Roman statues, and flowers in the same hue. Victoria’s Secret supermodel Elsa Hosk and I enjoyed colorful rock candy lollipops as we walked around the space as well.
One of my favorite parts of the evening was getting to talk with the lovely Nina Garcia, Editor in Chief of Elle. She was such a gracious host, and I was so grateful to have had the opportunity to tell her about my mission to empower others through fashion.
Having been in the room with such extraordinary jewels (and people!) throughout the course of the evening, I ultimately left feeling more luxurious as ever. I guess it’s time to start saving up my piggy bank money...stat.
You can shop Bvlgari's Wild Pop High Jewelry Collection here.
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I was then handed a small drawstring bag filled with gold tokens, which I later learned would exchange for Bali-inspired keepsakes—including straw hats, floral umbrellas, and hand fans—as I visited different booths.
The room was surrounded by a myriad of displays that captured the essence of Bali. There were crystal consultations, a lineup of spices, drinks served in custom "AA x JH" coconuts, and bejeweled nail art. Master artisans from Bali at the event even practiced chain weaving, a signature handcrafted motif from the island.
As a DJ spun tunes throughout the course of the evening, waiters passed around hors d’oeuvres such as coconut shrimp and roasted tuna on a basil leaf. Attendees enjoyed guava lemonade and mango pineapple juice as well, which were passed around on a limbo bar.
One of the highlights of the event was trying on the jewelry from the Adwoa Aboah x John Hardy Back to Bali Collection, displayed in glass cases on tables. Each piece was unique and stunning, and I could hardly wait to make my purchase online later on.
Leaving that night with my hands full of souvenirs from Bali, I couldn’t help but feel as if New York was more distant than ever. But then I stepped out on to the sidewalk and was blinded by illuminated skyscrapers from 12th Avenue. Reality stinks.
The School of Visual Arts is hitting the streets of Manhattan again with their “Obsessorize: Common Objects Uncommon Accessories” public art exhibition. The 28-piece collection—designed exclusively by the school’s students—is coordinated with Marie Claire’s particularly artistic October 2018 issue. Inspired by iconic head-to-toe accessories of the past, the designs displayed in plexiglass cases on Madison Avenue are made out of unconventional materials such as clocks, mirrors, and even Barbie dolls. Below, you will find my top ten favorite pieces from the exhibition that instantaneously triggered an urge for me to obsessorize.
1. barbie doll shoes by christina lomonaco
2. chandelier headpiece by filipa mota
3. mouse trap shoes by ji jung
4. fan glasses by jiazhe shi
5. doorknob shoes by justin wong
6. shell shoes by maria clavijo
7. stamp hat by yinhua pan
8. clock shoes by qinya yuan
9. wood hand shoes by jiazhe shi
10. penny bag by mert avadya
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“Obsessorize: Common Objects Uncommon Accessories” is on display from 58th Street to 86th Street on Madison Avenue through Friday, October 26th.
For as long as I can remember, Madewell has been one of my favorite clothing brands. Since I was little, I have owned their classic crew neck shirt in every color of the rainbow, and their denim skirts have always remained a hero piece in my wardrobe. Each one of their pieces is ultra-comfy and versatile, equally suitable for a school day as for a dinner out with friends. When I heard that they were eager to partner with me on a fall shopping event, I was absolutely over the moon. We worked together for weeks planning out the details of the evening, from the food to the beverages to the activities. Here’s what happened when it all came together:
For my outfit of the evening, I paired the Madewell Side-Zip Bomber Jacket in Dusty Burgundy with their Stretch Denim Straight Mini Skirt in Lunar Wash, as well as a Madewell logo tee. It incorporated both autumn colors and silhouettes, perfect for the theme of the party.
Upon entering the store’s Upper East Side location, guests were greeted by six-foot tall Carrie’s Chronicles posters, featuring images of celebs such as Bethany Mota and Lucy Hale holding up the website’s logo.
A table was set up with a bin of S. Pellegrino and La Croix sparkling water in loads of fruity flavors. Attendees were also offered sweet treats from Georgetown Cupcake (decorated with the Carrie’s Chronicles logo!) and an assortment of cookies and macaroons from By the Way Bakery. Additionally, there were platters of cheeses, fruits, and antipasto to enjoy.
Guests lined up to get styled by me in some of Madewell’s newest fall clothing. With an array of bombers, sweaters, jeans, and booties, the girls who tried on the outfits I picked for them absolutely #slayed. Check some of them out below:
As attendees checked out at the register, they were given the opportunity to enter an exclusive giveaway of the evening. One lucky winner was chosen to win a Carrie’s Chronicles hat, shirt, and two Madewell tote bags.
I was so honored to have collaborated with Madewell on an exclusive event, and I’m so grateful to those who attended and supported our partnership. Stay tuned for future Carrie’s Chronicles x Madewell collabs!
Photo Credit: Ben Kessler
Carrie: So first of all, how did you get hired as an editor at PureWow? Were you always interested in beauty?
Jenny: Growing up, I was always obsessed with beauty and loved to write, but I never really put those two things together. After I graduated college, I started out in nonprofit, then I zigzagged over to finance. But when I moved to New York, I realized that a job that combines beauty and writing really does exist. It kind of clicked for me, so I went after it. Before I was hired at PureWow, I was a beauty editor doing mostly print work at Real Simple. I knew that I had to make the switch to digital at PureWow because it would be a smart move to start getting that experience.
Carrie: What about beauty is so special to you that it stuck during those years you worked in finance?
Jenny: I think that what really drew me to beauty is the fact that it's so universal. Everyone has a beauty story, memory, or product that they can associate to a special time in their life. So many personal stories can be shared through beauty, and its accessibility--in terms of price points--makes it easier to do so. And it's so global, too. It's so fascinating to learn about the different trends all around the world. Beauty is just a topic that you can explore forever and never really run out of things to talk about.
Carrie: Now that you’re working as a Senior Beauty Editor at PureWow, what’s your favorite part of your job?
Jenny: This is so cheesy to say, but honestly, how do I choose? I mean, I love the versatility of it. I’m constantly being pulled into new projects. Everyone is really open-minded and creative at PureWow, and they are always willing to try new things. No one takes themselves too seriously there, but we take our work seriously--it’s a really good balance. Everyone is just so nice and fun to be around. I met some of my closest friends there that I now hang out with after work hours. It’s crazy to think that PureWow used to have such a small office--I was employee number thirty-something. Now we’ve outgrown our old office space and we have well over 100 employees. It’s been really exciting to see the company grow.
Carrie: How do you think PureWow differs from other media outlets?
Jenny: Our voice and the way that we approach our content separates us from other media outlets. We like our website to be a happy, a safe space. I feel like there are plenty of awesome sites and publications out there that cover progressive topics, but PureWow puts together stories so that they have an element of lightness to them. Our tagline is “Elevate your Everyday” and we really think about that when writing our content.
Carrie: Now it’s time to get into some beauty questions. What are the top five beauty trends of the fall?
Jenny: I really love the return to hair accessories. We also saw those big, thick leather headbands from Tom Ford and cloth clips at Alexander Wang. I also saw those plastic circle headbands on the runway that I used to wear when I was in grammar school. People are even embracing the natural textures of their hair this fall, which is really exciting because I mean, who wants to spend a ton of time on their hair every day? I also really like all the graphic and bold eye looks we’re seeing in tons of shapes and colors. My favorite example of that was the gold leaf eyes at Ulla Johnson--they were just so elegant and unexpected. Speaking of unexpected, I also love all the bold lip colors that I’ve been seeing. People are wearing bright pink or orange on their pout, which is really refreshing, especially because we’ve seen so many no makeup-makeup looks for a while. As for something that will always be a trend...highlighter. I will never give mine up--I just love a little bit of glow. Oh, and skincare is totally a timeless trend. If you take care of your skin, everything else follows. Skincare always comes first.
Carrie: That was nine trends! I can’t wait to try them all. Now, I’m curious to know what the craziest beauty dare you’ve ever done is.
Jenny: One time, I got my armpits lasered while being filmed on camera. Oh, my goodness...it hurt! Also, once I had to do a challenge where I did different tasks while wearing a sheet mask that can slip and slide off your face. The activities were so ridiculous--one of them was to trim a bonsai tree!
Carrie: Hilarious! Next question: if you were stranded on a desert island, what one beauty product would you bring with you?
Jenny: Honestly, this is such a boring answer, but I would have to say my sunscreen. I use Vive Sana Serum Crema, and it has the best texture. I’ve been particularly obsessed with it lately and have been using it nonstop. It just melts into your skin and gives you an amazing glow afterward without leaving a chalky cast.
Carrie: I love how you would take a skincare product with you over makeup--skincare is so important. What’s your number one skincare tip?
Jenny: Use SPF! You should also always take your makeup off before you go to bed.
Carrie: Agreed! I always make sure to do that. What advice can you give to someone who is a makeup beginner who doesn’t have as much knowledge as you do about products?
Jenny: Before you start the trial and error process, go to Sephora to get your skin shade matched. Sephora is so accessible, and not only will they shade match you, but they will send you home with a sample before you commit to buying it. Even if you do decide to buy it and change your mind, there’s a really generous return policy.
Carrie: As we wrap up our discussion, I was wondering where you see both yourself and PureWow in the coming years.
Jenny: Both the company and I are just going to continue growing. We’re going to expand way beyond where we are now. The media world is constantly changing, so we can never truly predict the future. Instagram Live wasn’t even around until this year! The landscape is constantly changing, and the only thing we can do is be flexible to the change and go with it. That’s one of the things PureWow is exceptionally good at. So no matter what happens, I think we’ll be good.
Carrie: What were your expectations going into Bachelor in Paradise?
Astrid: I was hoping to meet some new people, have some fun, maybe get a little tan, and potentially meet someone I vibed with. I never imagined I would meet someone like Kevin that I had such a strong connection with. While in Mexico, I would always say how my expectations were exceeded and how lucky I felt to be given that opportunity.
C: How would you describe your first day there? Was it what you expected?
A: The first day was a bit scary, especially because I didn't know any of the cast members going into this season. But overall, I was just excited to finally make it down to the beach and experience Paradise for myself. I felt like I had a small advantage in that my friends had all been on the previous season and prepared me for it, so I was almost like a veteran going into it.
C: How did you and Kevin first meet there? Was the connection instant?
A: Kevin and I met on the first day, but it was just a brief hello where we introduced ourselves. He and I are both similar because we observe a lot--we were both more on the quiet side on the first day. I immediately got close to Bibi and she had known Kevin from Bachelor Winter Games, so on the second day there, she mentioned to both of us that we should get to know each other. Kevin pulled me aside for a conversation that day and we talked for hours. The connection was instant.
C: You and Kevin didn’t have a date in Paradise for a long time. How did you keep your relationship active?
A: The nice thing about Paradise vs The Bachelor is that even when you don't get a date, you are still getting to spend time with the person you're wanting to get to know more. Being on that beach felt like I was on vacation with my boyfriend. Plus, we got to watch everyone else's drama, so there was always entertainment. After a few weeks, we did go a little stir crazy, but Kevin set up a date for me on the beach where he wrote out a date card. It was all about "Sunset & Chill" with a wooden TV and candy. The fact that he set it up himself actually made the whole thing more special.
C: What was the most challenging part about being in a relationship in Paradise?
A: The hardest part about Paradise was trying not to compare your own relationship to others. There would be couples everyone thought were solid that would all of a sudden flip a switch and break up, so it was difficult to not worry about your own relationship.
C: Was there a lot of pressure on you and Kevin because you were considered one of the strongest couples there?
A: I wouldn't say there was a lot of pressure, but it was definitely hard not to jump ahead when we constantly had people comparing themselves to us. We always had to make an effort to ground ourselves and not let others influence us.
C: Right before the fantasy suite date, Kevin broke your heart and blindsided you. What was your initial reaction? How did you cope?
A: My initial reaction was just to get off that beach. I couldn't process what was happening and needed to get away to think clearly. I flew to Charlotte to stay with my best friend Malissa and hid away for a few days before I told anyone I was back home. My mom flew into town as well, so I leaned on her to help me sort through all my feelings regarding that last day on the beach in Mexico.
C: How did you and Kevin reconnect?
A: Kevin reached out to me immediately after we left Mexico. I took a day to myself before I spoke to him and heard him explain himself. I wanted to talk to him before I shared everything with my friends and family because I didn't want anyone to cloud my judgment with their opinion. When we spoke, we both knew we needed to have this conversation in person, and later that week, Kevin booked a ticket to come and see me. When he came to Charlotte and we saw each other, we knew the spark was still there and we just took it day by day to figure out where we wanted the relationship to go.
C: On the reunion show, you and Kevin officially confirmed your relationship. How did you two talk out your differences?
A: We both took the time between the end of filming and the reunion to figure out what we both wanted from this relationship as individuals. By the time we filmed the reunion, we both knew we wanted to be together, but we also wanted the show to be done before we jumped into anything. There was never a time when we weren't in touch as the show was airing and our priorities were always to each other.
C: Where do you and Kevin stand now? What’s next in your relationship?
A: Kevin and I are doing great right now and enjoying spending time with each other. We've been together in Toronto and have traveled since the finale aired, meeting each other’s friends and family as well. We both have several trips booked to see each other throughout the rest of the year, trying to make the distance as little as possible. Once the new year comes, I will start moving some of my stuff into his place and will be spending most of my time in Toronto.
C: Do you see a future proposal from Kevin?
A: We're taking things slow and enjoying dating each other without all of the pressure of engagement we had in Paradise. We are, however, both in the stage of our lives where we want to get married and start a family, so we've definitely talked about it happening down the road.
This past year, Alice and Olivia--a New York City-based contemporary clothing company-- launched a 15-piece collection inspired by one of the most iconic bands of all time: The Beatles. But the fact of the matter is that designers have been drawing from entertainment icons to galvanize their collections for many years now. By evoking feelings of nostalgia on wearers, anger and frustration in their daily lives are counteracted. As Alice and Olivia’s founder Stacey Bendet has said, “It is truly a moment in time when the world needs to ‘come together.’ The Beatles songs, their lyrics, their messaging is so right right now.”
Designer Grace Loves Lace launched a bridal collection last June called “ICON” inspired by 90s legends that is equally inspiring. The clothing is influenced by the wardrobe of the decade’s renowned models--including Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford--and portrays their classic, traditional style. Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology collectively agree that if they had the opportunity to wear the wedding gowns, their “self-confidence would be boosted instantly. Wearing clothes inspired by ones that modeling icons wore would make us feel beautiful and special.”
In 2013, H&M also decided to draw inspiration from 90s models--such as Joan Smalls, Daphne Groeneveld, Liu Wen, and Lindsey Wixson--for their The New Icons collection. The line features a mixture of each girl’s personal style, yet maintains the overarching theme of the alluring “cool girl” vibe. "The New Icon collection from H&M is very flattering and suits all of your needs," Smalls has said. "It's super cool and for your everyday girl who wants to look great and feel comfortable at the same time."
With a combination of comfort, the cool girl factor Smalls speaks of, and easy access to celebrity inspiration, star-studded collections prove themselves a useful tool to evoke fearlessness in consumers. Sporting an outfit, especially inspired by an icon that one is influenced by, allows the wearer to connect on a deeper level with what he/she is wearing, and ultimately instills more self-confidence. Buyers have an intimate relationship with the clothing they purchase, and the fact that the outfit is inspired by an inspirational icon makes the connection even more personal. Shine on, shoppers...
Gone are the days of no makeup-makeup...people are finally risking to go bold with their beauty, no strings attached. Whether you choose to acknowledge the trend through studs, colors, or textures in your makeup, I promise that you’ll feel equally as confident as you did when you stepped out with a fresh face. But just in case you’re afraid of where to begin, below are five different ways to rock the trend so you can get a head start.
1. Bold Lips
A bold lip is an easy way to upgrade your makeup look this fall, no matter what hue you choose (pink, coral, and red are my faves). “[The look is] so refreshing," says Jenny Jin, Senior Beauty Editor at PureWow. "Especially since we’ve seen the no makeup-makeup looks for so long, it’s fun to see the opposite side of the spectrum.”
2. Updated Eyeliner
Toodaloo to tight liner...it’s time to switch up your traditional tactic. Although this method is not as easy to master as the bold lip, with a little practice (and a whole lot of confidence!), it can be achieved. Victoria Stiles--a celebrity makeup artist whose work has been featured in Vogue Italia, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and TIME--says that her tip for taking on the trend would be to “enhance the eyeliner technique you currently do now. Go a little thicker on the outer corners of the eye or play with a more dramatic winged liner. For advanced users, go for geometric shapes which frame the eye or, my favorite, a tiny heart shape in the outer corners for a fun look.”
3. Embellished Eyes
Embellishments on the eyelids, outer corners, or even under the eye can instantly up the ‘it’ factor of your makeup. To try the trend, “many lines now offer glitter eyeshadows and accessories which can be attached by using DUO glue, a surgical adhesive used for false eyelash application which is safe for use around the eye area,” says Stiles. But there’s one thing you have to keep in mind before going full-on glam: “If you choose to embellish the eyes, go softer on the rest of the face to keep the focus on the sparkles.”
4. Colored Brows
For those of you who are ready to dive face first (literally) into the trend, vibrant brows are for you. Although the method initially seems more avant-garde than everyday, you’d be surprised to hear that Girls’ Life Magazine sent models down the runway with their brows painted either blue, red, yellow, or pink at their Back-to-School Fashion Bash. In order to incorporate it into your makeup routine, “take any bold eyeshadow color and swipe it through your brows using an angled brush,” Stiles suggests. To top it off, “pair the look with nude or soft glossy lips.”
5. Clumpy Lashes
Wait, what? Doesn’t clumpy mascara mean that the product has reached its expiration date? Nope. Clumpy lashes are quite high fashion, and can definitely add a dramatic effect to your look. Give it a whirl by adding multiple layers of mascara, allowing time for the formula to set in between. Stiles recommends pairing the clumpy lashes with method number one, the bold lip, for an even bolder statement...because why not dare to be different this season?
Carrie: Let’s start off by talking about something that has been a part of your life for a very long time: your YouTube channel. How do you continue to brainstorm innovative ideas for videos?
Caitlin: I look at my own life and draw inspiration from whatever stage I’m currently in. For instance, I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the last six months, so I’ve been focusing on travel content. As I’m settling down and getting a new apartment, I’ll be doing lots of home décor, organization, and budget-friendly videos. I always keep my audience in mind and ask them frequently what’s going on in their own lives, as well as what areas of life they could use help in. I try to look at every comment and message I receive, so I’m really in tune with what my viewers like from me.
Carrie: What message are you trying to get across to your channel’s viewers?
Caitlin: While my content has shifted creatively over the years, my goal is always to inspire girls to be the most authentic versions of themselves in all areas of life. I love sharing health, wellness, and overall boss babe tips. I aim to be a goofy big sister figure to my subscribers!
Carrie: You recently took your career a step further by creating a blog of your own. Why did you decide to launch your website?
Caitlin: I have been creating content on my YouTube channel for eight years--crazy, right? It got to the point where I missed that feeling of being new to something. Filming and editing videos are second nature to me at this point, and I felt like I hit a wall creatively. I decided to launch my blog at the beginning of 2018 as an extension to my YouTube that gives my followers a new destination to connect with me. I’m still learning so much about the blogging world, as it’s so different from YouTube. But I love running my own blog because I’m starting all over again in a sense. It’s re-inspired me!
Carrie: Speaking of being inspiring...your Instagram feed is totally #goals. What advice can you give to someone who wants to maintain an "aesthetically pleasing" Instagram feed?
Caitlin: Take it from me, it is so much easier when you're posting what you want to post about, not what you think you should be posting. There was a period where super bright, colorful feeds were all the rage, but I knew that just wasn’t me. Instead, I opted for a neutral black and white feed, because that’s what reflected my style and aesthetic at the time. Plus, it made me stand out! Look to your surroundings for inspiration and for color tones where you live. Create a palette and stick to those main colors for your Instagram feed for a cohesive look. Take a lot of photos and plan them in advance so you have options and can see what photos look good next to each other. Don’t let it control your life--just have fun with it!
Carrie: How did you grow your Instagram following to where it is now?
Caitlin: A lot of my Instagram followers come from my audience on YouTube and have been following me for years. I never paid much attention to my Instagram following when I was in college and just posted random photos of my daily life. It wasn’t until I graduated that I started seeing the potential of working with brands on Instagram like I had been on my YouTube channel. I slowly transitioned my content into a more curated style, but still genuine and relatable. Collaborating with other creators with a similar audience is a great way to gain exposure and potential new followers. It’s been a slow growth, but I’m so grateful for my followers because they are real, and chose to follow me for a reason. I’m disappointed that so many influencers buy their followers or likes these days. That’s just not worth it to me. Posting consistent, high-quality content that’s also relatable is what has helped me grow.
Carrie: I couldn't agree more. Being authentic is key, and people have really gotten to see the authenticity in you on your social media..especially through your travel experiences. What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?
Caitlin: Oh man, that’s a hard one! I went on a three-week trip to Europe, and Germany was the highlight of the trip. I also went to Munich and the energy was amazing there. The Bavarian Alps were also insane! Definitely a must-visit. Amsterdam was awesome, too; it was super vegan-friendly, there was adorable architecture, and all the canals through the city were magical.
Carrie: What’s the most exciting part about traveling the world?
Caitlin: Getting to experience so many incredible places with my boyfriend, Alex! He takes all of my photos, so he’s usually traveling with me. Having someone to share these stories and special moments with is so rewarding.
Carrie: That’s so sweet. Switching up your clothes based on each place you travel to also seems very exciting--I know it is for me. How would you describe your personal style?
Caitlin: I don’t know if I could label my style, as it’s constantly evolving. But often, you can catch me wearing all black, neutral outfits. I’m pretty minimal when it comes to accessorizing. I gravitate toward laidback outfits that are versatile.
Carrie: What’s one item in your closet that you can’t live without?
Caitlin: I have a few key pieces I find myself grabbing over and over! I’m obsessed with my hexagon Ray-Ban sunglasses. For shoes, my platform Converse have been traveling with me everywhere. And of course, a good pair of comfy jeans. I basically live in Parker Smith denim.
Carrie: Lastly, where do you see yourself in five years?
Caitlin: Alex and I will probably be married at that point, still living on the west coast, but probably not in L.A. anymore. I don’t see myself stopping blogging or making videos anytime soon, but I’m always expanding and taking on new outlets. I’d love to have my own brand or product at that point, so we’ll see!