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Couple Up Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere

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Most photos of Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere involve her wearing a cut-down-to-there dress and him done up in suit. (Oh, and there’s also this Herb Ritts shoot for Vogue in 1992.) Turns out, these two did go places together that didn’t involve a red carpet, though, and when they did, it was kind of hilarious, outfit-wise. —erica

Cindy Crawford: A cross necklace by Alexis Bittar, a floral Minkpink skirt, and the perfect denim jacket from Current/Elliott.

Richard Gere: A loud Huf hat, a sweatshirt (thrown over the shoulders) by Todd Snyder for Champion, and dark-as-they-come Super sunglasses.

Lookin’ for more throwbacks? You’re in luck.


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Totally did not see this coming (but probably should have): The baseball jersey gets daywear cred, c/o Stampd. —erica

The Insider Jessa Blades

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Even if you’re a total green-smoothie convert, delving into the world of natural beauty can feel daunting. But not when you’ve got Jessa Blades by your side—the makeup artist and herbalist is a whiz at sourcing the best in good-for-you products (just check out her site!), and she makes the transition feel cool, not crunchy. That’s probably ‘cause she’s an all-around rad girl—as you’re about to discover below. —monica derevjanik

Q: What’s on your reading list?
A: The Maytrees. It is a love story that takes place on Cape Cod in Provincetown. I grew up going there, and I love reading about anything that takes place in those sand dunes. I’m also reading The Gifts of Healing Herbs by a wonderful New Jersey-based herbalist Robin Rose Bennett that’s filled with medicinal healing recipes using plants and foods. I’m especially excited to start making some of her herbal vinegars and syrups once things start blooming.

Q: Got any big summer plans?
A: This summer I’m heading to San Francisco to host a natural beauty workshop, to Cape Cod for some relaxation with my family, and to The Berkshires to teach an herbal dream pillow class to kids at the L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts Farm Camp. And I’m surfing as much as possible in the Rockaways and Montauk.

Q: You’ve probably gotten the chance to work with some seriously cool people. Who was especially amazing?
A: Ooh, good question. The best part of my job is working with amazing people. One of my favorite people to work with is Frances Beinecke. She is the head of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is a total rock star when it comes to protecting our environment. Francis is an inspiring and powerful force, and I always learn so much from her when we are together. 

Q: What’s the one beauty product you’ve been using the longest?
A: I am constantly trying new products, but I’d say the longest-running product is the Honey & Jasmine Mask by The Organic Pharmacy. It is technically a face mask that you are supposed to wipe off, but I apply it to my face and leave it on. Crazy, I know. It hydrates my face in a deep way. I’m totally obsessed with it.

Q: Let’s talk about spa stuff.
A: I love every treatment at Pratima in Soho and appreciate their gentle and holistic approach to wellness. My other favorits are massages and facials at Earth and Sky Healing Arts, facials at Brooklyn Herborium, manicures at Soho’s Ten Over Ten—especially with Melvin’s Juice Box right downstairs.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to hang out with friends?
A: Roman’s in Ft. Greene. I’ve been going there since it opened and love nothing more than sitting at the bar with a glass of wine and some delicious food and talking to friends. 

Q: Who is your style icon?

A: Probably a tie between Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. The hair alone on those ladies is enough inspiration to last a lifetime. And I adore wearing stripes, especially in or around the south of France. Whenever I get my hair cut, I say that the look I’m going for is Brigitte Bardot as a mermaid.

More peeps you hafta meet!


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I’m not sure that I truly comprehend the diamond stitching on this Gat Rimon dress, but I do know that I like it. —erica

Take 5 Some Very Good Reasons to Spend Some Time Around London's Carnaby Street

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!

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Sandwiched between tourist traps and tri-level eateries, a handful of storefronts near super-central Carnaby Street make it a favorite place to play hooky. And given that the adorable, shop-studded strip is just minutes from my university? Well, I often find myself doing just that. mattie kahn

Cowshed Carnaby
In case you’re itching for a Kardashian fix, this beauty spot serves up all the US Weekly and People you can handle—hard to come by in London!—alongside its top-notch pedicures and vitamin C facials.
(31 Foubert’s Pl.)

Liberty
This British department store is a real print master—it’s recently collaborated with the likes of J.Crew and Nike—and being in close proximity has made me fall for its iconic patterns. Can you O.D. on microflorals? Don’t answer that.
(Regent St.)

Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar
Here’s your chance to escape the West End’s inevitable crowds. The tucked-away café is hidden on a narrow side street—a fact that somehow makes sipping its superlative cappuccinos that much sweeter.   
(3 Lowndes Ct.)

Size?
The coolest British babes have no use for normcore—they head straight to Size? for experimental sneakers that stand out in a big way. They stock hard-to-find brands like Onitsuka Tiger and Surpa along with exclusives from Adidas, New Balance, Puma—NBD.
(33-34 Carnaby St.)

Flesh & Buns
After you’ve emptied your wallet, fill your belly at nearby Flesh and Buns. Dinner here ought to entail the life-changing broccoli with yuzu-kosho mayo and the way-better-than-it-should-be salmon teriyaki.
(41 Earlham St.)

Spend some more time living vicariously through Mattie.


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Meet the faux-modest cover-up, coming atcha from Surf Bazaar. —erica

Next Level Off-the-Shoulder Dresses

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This look: Very Princess Di…and Vivian Ward. Here, four ways to make it look all modern and hip. —erica

LEVEL I: Halston's take is as classic as they come (and a little Funny Face, no?).

LEVEL II: Is there such a thing as a let’s-run-away-and-get-married dress? If so, Kenzo made it.

LEVEL III: Rachel Comey does belted AND velvet in the best way ever.

LEVEL IV: Ok, this Christopher Kane version is pretty throw-back. And equally major.

You want more of this, don’t you? Come on.


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If I know anything, it’s this: Grunge Fisherman is an excellent name for a shoe. Good one, Opening Ceremony. —erica

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