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Monday’s Muse: Olivia Wilde’s Street Style (and a HEUCY Redux)

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Olivia Wilde’s style inspires us for a few reasons. She’s a smart, funny, talented actress who also happens to be incredibly gorgeous. But we don’t hate her for it because she’s smart and funny and talented. And, Olivia’s also really into sustainable fashion and living, which we love over here at HEUCY. Obviously. Check out her company Conscious Commerce (ww.wconscious.co) to read more about Olivia’s commitment to “Conscious Commerce – an experiment in living (and shopping) with a conscience.”

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HEUCY really loves Olivia’s street style, too. She looks confident, unruffled and captivating – even on the coldest days. Or when she’s making a deli run, plastic bag included. We’ve captured some of our favorite looks here with a little guide on how you can achieve the same look with HEUCY’s eco-friendly fashions!

1. Looking Like a Lady (with a busy schedule)

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Olivia may be in Paris in this shot…but the look is transferrable to any dynamic HEUCY Gal’s day.  Especially if you have a lot of meetings (friendly and otherwise) and a night out in your future.  Here’s how you can recreate this look:

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A) HEUCY’s Indigo Problem Solver Dress.  The ultimate day-to-night-to-whenever versatile dressing machine.

B) A Chanel jacket.  Check out vintage consignment stores like STA (secondtimearound.net) for less expensive options.  STA has locations across the U.S.

C) A Wilbur & Gussie Edith clutch bag.  Available online at wilburandgussie.com.  Whimsical, chic and practical.

2. It’s Saturday…I’m hanging out but I’ve still got sh*t to do!

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You too can have this look with a few quick fixes.

A) HEUCY’s Indigo Weekender Dress.  Incredibly comfortable, flattering and roomy.  Great for a weekend of snores and chores.

B) Atelje 71’s incredibly stylish, comfy and cool sandals.  Nee birkenstocks.  We heart this company and it’s founder (look for her in an upcoming HEUCY campaign) and our model is wearing Atelje 71 in all of our Spring shots!  Because they are so darn awesome.

C) A Vintage Fringe Bag.  These bags are everywhere right now but don’t go for the fake, cheap ones…we’ve spotted tons of gorgeous options (like this one) on eBay that you can feel good about buying.

3. Big Night Out…but you’re not feeling it

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Olivia is really pregnant in this photo, and we’re guessing she probably didn’t want to get all dolled up for the Oscars.  It’s tiring when you have to urinate every five minutes and you’re carrying another human inside your body.  A lot of us feel this way after a long week, pregnancy not included.  This is when comfort and style must merge.  Here’s how:

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A) HEUCY’s Bon Voyage dress from our Core Collection.  The adjustable side zipper shows just enough leg and the soft, sustainable jersey fabric is cozy enough to fall asleep in after your big night.

B) An Edie Parker clutch, personalized.  These are not cheap, but we love the brand because you’ll keep it forever, it’s beyond stylish and everything is made here in NYC.

C) Shoes are up to you.  They’ll be removed ASAP anyway!

And….D) Funny, cute partner who makes you smile, no matter how tired/bloated you may feel.

Happy Monday, gals!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Top Ten Tomes (and Some Outfits) for Travel.

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I’m guessing many of you will be traveling for Thanksgiving next week.  And if you’re not, you’re hosting a lot of people!  The holidays are a crazy, messed up, mashed up whirlwind of love, excitement and maybe a little bit of drama…hopefully not the “I lost my luggage” or “I missed my flight” sort.

Anyway, we’ve found that plane, train or car travel can be great for two things: reading and sitting in silence.  If you’re traveling with kids, an iPad can help you grab a few minutes of solace.  So, as you prepare to pack for yourself and others who may be incapable of packing for themselves (you know who you are…or do you?), consider downloading or buying some of our favorite books for your trip!  We polled some of our most literate, and fun, HEUCY Gals to compile this Top Ten Reading List.  Enjoy!

1. “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler.

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A book by Amy Poehler.  Nuff said.

2. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

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It’s clear why this book won the Pulitzer Prize.  In case you were in a cave last year and didn’t hear (it’s okay, we sort of were too), “The Goldfinch” is a sweeping tale that spans from New York City to Las Vegas to Amsterdam…and includes a lot of info about art and antiques.  It took us a while to get past the first 200 pages (did I mention how long this book is?)…but once we did, it was really hard to put this one down.  Tartt is sort of a genius.  (PS, download to Kindle if you can, it’s heavy!!)

3. “The Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris

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HEUCY Gal Emily turned us on to this book.  Here’s a synopsis from the back cover: “Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.”

Okey-dokey. We’ll try it.

4. “Me Before You” by Jojo Meyes

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We haven’t read this one yet, but HEUCY Gal Lisa recommended it and we usually defer to her opinions.  She’s the type of person who is in a book club and actually reads the books.  We also like the cover, because it looks like the heroine is wearing the HEUCY #ProblemSolver dress.  Here’s a synopsis from jojomeyes.com (warning, this book might make you cry):

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and he is not interested in exploring a new one.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, Lou sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

5. “Getting Things Done” by David Allen

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Because, honestly, what is more fun than planning your new, super-organized life…while away from work and home?  Aspirational, yes…but there are some good tips in here.  Specifically, Allen says that our ability to be productive is directly related to our ability to relax. We can achieve stress-free productivity when our minds are clear.  Right on, David!

6. “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple

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This book was so funny, we finished it in two days.  It’s an incredibly dry, witty portrayal of a woman — Bernadette — who is trying to prepare herself for a cruise trip to Antarctica with her husband and daughter.  But there’s one big problem: Bernadette is agoraphobic and doesn’t like the general public at all…so she finds herself on the verge of a meltdown.  Bernadette decides to outsource all of the trip planning to someone in India.  The e-mails to and from Bernadette’s Indian counterpart are hilarious. After a charity event snafu, Bernadette disappears and chaos ensues.  Seattle’s tech culture and the darkly comic nuances of private school parenting provide incredibly funny color to this book.  A quick, easy read that will make you laugh out loud.

7. “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett

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Also recommended by Lisa.  We haven’t read it yet (even though it came out a few years ago), but we plan to.  Honest.  Here’s a synopsis from amazon.com:

As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest’s jeweled canopy.

8. “Becoming Fully Present” by Thich Nhat Hanh

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HEUCY Gal Emily meditates often, and she credits this book with getting her on the road to inner peace. We’d like to meditate too…and always want some inner peace…so we will put this in our shopping cart.

9. “The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman

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When I was gallivanting around Rome in my HEUCY outfits, I couldn’t stop thinking about how good this book is.  It’s a funny, moving (and fictional) account of the lives of reporters and editors who work at an English-language newspaper in Rome.  Highly acclaimed, for good reason.

10. “The New Yorker”

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Yes, this is a magazine and not a book.  But we think it should be included, because it’s incredibly light, and — if you’re like us — you’ll feel very accomplished and informed after finishing “The Talk of the Town” or half of one article.  We should have mentioned, you can also save our list for a real vacation if you need one after Thanksgiving.

And don’t forget to pack your HEUCY!  The #BonVoyage and #AlterEgo make wonderful traveling companions…as well as anything else on heucy.com.  Use code “THANKYOU20” for 20% off now til Thursday!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

#TBT: The Thomas Crown Affair & Classic, Versatile Dressing

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It’s Thursday…and in the spirit of throwbacks, we thought it would be fun to go back to 1999…when the 2.0 version of “The Thomas Crown Affair” came out — and all of us were swooning over Renee Russo’s wardrobe.  She was decked in Michael Kors for Celine throughout the whole movie.  And she looked just as chic as Faye Dunaway did in the original (we loved that one too…I mean Faye + Steve McQueen?  ‘Nuff said).

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As you’re probably aware, Russo played Catherine Banning, a self-made art consultant/high-end “detective” who is engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with Pierce Brosnan, who plays the hottie rich dude Thomas Crown.  He is wealthy (also self-made), flies his own jet, has a house in Mustique…and steals art for fun.  What’s not to love about this movie?  Catherine is impeccably dressed throughout the movie, in classic, timeless dresses and clothes.

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Fortunately, HEUCY is made for you whether you have Catherine’s figure (lucky you!) or you don’t (it’s okay, neither do we).  We think that if this movie were made again (can you imagine?), then a little bit of HEUCY would go a long way.  When Catherine was whisked away from New York City to Thomas’s place in Mustique (or was it St. Barth’s?), it would have helped if she had some HEUCY on her body or in her bag.  The Date Night or Bon Voyage would have been perfect!  It doesn’t wrinkle, and it’s very easy to put on and take off!  Let’s hope for 3.0.

Happy “Throw Back Thursday”!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

A HEUCY Gal’s Guide to Meditation. You’ll Want to Read This…

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As we cruise through a world of multi-media distractions, Instagram (I know, glass houses), text messages, etc. it is time to think about how we can stay PRESENT.  HEUCY Gal extraordinaire Emily Hickey — who also happens to be the COO of multi-million dollar tech start-up Lollywollydoodle.com, amazing wife and mother of two adorable kids…and an overall awesome person — started meditating about five years ago.  Emily has kindly shared her tips on meditation below — why it works, how to get started, etc.  Side note: Emily is also Team HEUCY’s informal “life coach” and consults us on a variety of business and personal questions/issues…so when Emily talks, it’s a good idea to listen.  She’s usually right!  Enjoy.

Hi, Emily!  You are always such a cool cucumber.  When did you start meditating, and why?

About five years ago, I was about to have a nervous breakdown, and I felt that going to a sanitarium wasn’t the best option given my family and other responsibilities. I started meditating (crisis averted) and have done it religiously ever since!

It seems like it would be a little difficult to relax with a power job and two young kids.  When do you find time to do it?

I (try to) wake up a few times a week at 5:45am, ahead of the kids.  I do a 30 minute pilates class on Roku and then meditate for as long as I can, usually 10-30 minutes depending on whether or not I need to wash my hair that day 🙂

Are there certain books or other “tools” that help you get in the right place to meditate?

I almost always have to exercise in some way before i meditate, otherwise I find it hard to settle down.  I’ve used Apps and I think they help you cut to the chase and focus if you can’t exercise first.  Books.. I’m a self-help book junkie so I think I lose perspective at some point with the most embarrassing bookshelf in the city…but two books that have been really helpful for me – one is a probably out of print book from the ’70s that I bought at Mast Books but it really was the one that got me going: “Teach Yourself Meditation” by James Hewitt [You can actually buy it on amazon.com here].  I re-read constantly, it is the best explanation of meditation I’ve read, has great simple exercises, and is really just a beautiful book.  “Peace of Mind, Becoming Fully Present” by Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been prolific but this one really resonates I think.

How do you think meditating has changed your life? Your choices?

It has been a pretty key tool…it has had such a big impact, I try not to talk about it very much because it gets annoying and it’s the type pf thing, everyone knows anecdotally it helps.  I don’t need to be the person to try to convince someone else to do something! But it has been pretty life-changing.  I believe it is truly a road to inner peace, and appreciating the moment, and seeing  above daily issues…I’m sure there are many paths but this really is one…in terms of resilience, daily happiness, appreciation of health and family and friends…meditation has brought all that to the surface although life isn’t ever perfect.  I also do a lot of “compassion” meditation where I really try to envision positive outcomes for friends or family going through hard times. It’s a private thing, but I believe it helps and I really feel connected to the people I love when I do it, because I do it in a really sustained way, over months.  And it is a strong, incredibly sincere, private way of caring about them.

And in terms of life choices, I do creative visualization to find paths, etc. Really dorky but I think it helps a lot. I think you succeed in life when your choices align with what you really want and are good at and enjoy. And I think meditation can cut out all the clutter and help you see that clearly and sharpen your personal intuition. Shakti Gawain’s book I do use and go back to on that!

Is there any advice you would give to someone who wants to start meditating? Should she/he just “jump in” and see how it goes? And is it a type of practice that takes practice?

I think you need to try it 20 minutes a day for a week and see how it feels.  I don’t think you will ever give it up after that, even if some weeks or months are more active than others – it will always be a tool for you! It’s constantly evolving, the more you do it the easier it gets, the stronger your concentration gets, the more impactful it is in terms of your mentality. When you read books that say – Just start by counting your breaths or noticing your in-breath or out-breath – it really is that simple. It is just the time and repetition and appreciating something so simple but deep that characterizes life. So do it for 20 minutes and see how you feel!

Is there anything else you do to unwind?

Honestly, not really – outside of habitually drinking beer to ease the nightly transition from work to kids.  It’s probably all a wash because I’m just meditating enough to counteract the alcohol!

Thanks for sharing, Em. I might put on my HEUCY #BonVoyage dress later this evening, and travel to a more peaceful world of meditation! 

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Travel and The Classics…

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Last night, the HEUCY Team had the pleasure of presenting our Debut AW 14/15 Collection at a really fabulous Hartmann Luggage store opening event.  The champagne was flowing, and there were beautiful people everywhere.  Including models carrying luggage, like our #HartmannHottie here.  (Side note: we are both happily married, but couldn’t resist a selfie with this guy).

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Maybe it was the free drinks, or the ambiance, or the fact that I was wearing my mom’s vintage Chanel pumps.  But we started to talk about “travel” in general and one thing that seems to be making a welcome comeback: actually dressing like a grown-up when you go to the airport.  We’re very happy to see fewer people in sweatpants at LaGuardia these days.

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The event was at Casa Lever, and there was a very 1950s/early “Mad Men” feel to it.  The models wearing HEUCY looked so sophisticated and chic.  If this chick misses her flight, I don’t think the attendant is going to turn her away.  And maybe she’ll get an extra bag of Terra Blue chips, too!  Just for looking great.

It also occurred to us that classics like Hartmann luggage have updated their look, but they’re still around after 150 years.  I remember when my sister got her first Hartmann luggage set when she turned 17, and it was this amazing moment for her.  She felt like she had “arrived”…and she still uses her Hartmann bags, almost thirty years later.  (Sorry for aging ya, G).  This is so inspiring.  At HEUCY, we want to create something similarly “classic” — timeless, flattering silhouettes that pair well with your mom’s vintage fur coat, and your new Celine splurge, and a jean jacket you had back in the ’80s.

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“Travel” can also mean going from Manhattan to Fort Greene, and needing to dress the part — by trading our #PerfectTen for the #AlterEgo jumpsuit!  Whether you’re traveling a short or long distance, HEUCY wholeheartedly supports seeing and experiencing things that are outside of your comfort zone.  This is why we are so bullish about making versatile, wearable, packable and chic clothing for today’s woman-on-the-go.

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I’ll be traveling to Rome with my husband in a couple of days, and taking my HEUCY along with me.  Five days, a few HEUCY outfits, a scarf and my good camera.  That’s about it.  Check The Blog and @heucydotcom for updates and our Rome Travel Guide, coming soon!

xx,

The HEUCY Team