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Oscars Inspiration…and Validation

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As we develop our next collection, we found last night’s bevy of Oscar beauties very inspiring.  This would include Neil Patrick Harris (nee Doogie Howser), who seems to only improve with age.  Not sure if he’s doing the paleo diet, but we should research. (We also loved Patricia Arquette’s speech on equal pay for women, natch).

But I digress.  We picked some of our favorite looks from last night and wanted to share them with you.  Feel free to comment.  Many of us can’t afford the Chopard jewels and the hand-sewn couture gowns…but fortunately, a lot of the “trends” from last night do translate to everyday dressing.  Specifically, in terms of qualities we always consider here at HEUCY when designing new garments.  Such as:

1. Showing a little leg.  I think the average price of one of these gowns is in the five figures.  HEUCY’s Date Night dress with revealing side zipper is under $200, and because it’s jersey, you can wear it on the plane to the 2016 Oscars event and it won’t wrinkle.  A true bargain, if you ask me.

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2. Collarbones.  This may be the most flattering part of a woman’s body, and we like to show it off in a lot of our styles.  Lupita’s (yes, in our dreams she’s in a HEUCY dress and we’re on a first name basis) take on showing off her decolletage is super chic.

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3. Shoulders.  Another area where you can’t really gain weight.  We thought Reese’s dress was grown up but young at the same time, which is a “look” we always try to go with in HEUCY’s designs.

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4. As Many Shades of Grey (or Gray) As You Want.  Laura Dern and Naomi Watts’ gorgeous dresses reminded us why we chose to produce the Spring ’15 Date Night and jumpsuit in a grey bamboo microstripe.  50 stripes of grey is good for any girl, since this color is universally flattering and a bit more uplifting than black.  (Even though we’re huge proponents of black, just not all of the time).

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5. Black.  Oh, wait, did we just mention we don’t wear black all of the time?  It’s sort of an 80/20 mix these days.

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Cate Blanchett…doesn’t f’ around.  The next time we throw on the HEUCY Core collection, we’re pairing it with turquoise.  Maybe she’ll loan that necklace to us!

Until then…here’s a link to the full list of last night’s winners courtesy of ET Online. http://www.etonline.com/awards/oscars/160085_oscars_2015_full_winners_list/

We fell asleep somewhere between sound mixing and best picture.  Dreaming of the next collection, so we can bring a little practical glamour to your lives.  Stay tuned!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Northern Grade & Weatherproof Gear…A Good Tip!

We had the absolute pleasure of being part of Northern Grade HER this past weekend, and met a lot of brands you should know about.  A little bit of background: Northern Grade was started by HEUCY Gal Katherine McMillan (our new girl crush) and her awesome husband Mac, in 2001, as a way to curate and highlight what they feel is the very best in design and quality manufactured in America, across all categories: menswear, women’s, home goods, children, food, spirits, coffee and music.

Fortunately, Katherine and Mac have really good taste…so all of the brands we met at the show were really cool.  And the people behind them are dynamic, friendly and inspiring.  This week and next, we’ll be highlighting some of the people and products that we discovered at the show…that also might fit into your holiday gifting plans!  (That’s right, Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are upon us, so it’s time to get moving).

Since there was/is a Nor’easter attacking us from all sides (I mean, really, sky??)…we felt it appropriate to first highlight a genius brand called Cleverhood.

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Cleverhood was started by Susan Mocarski, who created the ‘hood as a practical and chic way to get out and about in the rain. Susan windsurfs at Fogland, has three kids, three dogs and one husband. So she clearly knows what it’s like to need functional clothing.  This cape is made for people who are on the go, but who don’t want to sacrifice style — so i’s it is very HEUCY-esque.  We love.

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Ironically, the first day of our Northern Grade show was a complete deluge.  This photo sort of sums it up.  Susan ended up selling lots of capes to vendors at the show!

We’ll be in touch with more fabulous finds from Northern Grade!  All USA-made, creative and original.  Thanks, Katherine and Mac, for introducing us to some really cool brands.  We’re looking forward to the next show.

Until then, stay dry!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

We’re Thankful for…Food Delivery and Meal Kits

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If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, and even if you’re not — you may be “DONE” with cooking come Friday. And the thought of waiting in line at Whole Paycheck…I mean Whole Foods…is not something you’d like to conquer on a holiday. Fortunately, there are lots of great meal kit delivery options out there these days.  The ingredients and the instructions are delivered right to your door.  Now that’s something to smile about!

Here are a few food delivery services we recommend, which might make your Thanksgiving holiday even sweeter.  Shameless plug: HEUCY’s chic, super-comfy jersey dresses and jumpsuits are made for Thanksgiving revelry and the aftermath.  Just sayin.

1. Plated

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HEUCY hearts Plated.  The tagline sort of had us at hello: “Reconnecting people and food in thoughtful, convenient ways.”  The Plated website is VERY simple and incredibly easy to navigate, the food and ingredients are organic and thoughtfully chosen, and Plated gives back to the community. Plated supports wonderful organizations like Teach for America, and has a waste-free mission: it donates any remaining ingredients to local food banks.  This service is very similar to Blue Apron, the next on our list, but you don’t have to subscribe.  It’s a great option for someone who is testing the waters but doesn’t want to commit just yet.  And the recipes take about half an hour.  We like.

1. Blue Apron

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We also recommend Blue Apron for many reasons.  The website, like Plated, is very simple and easy to navigate, and there is also an emphasis on sustainability.  Delicious menus like Butternut Squash & Brussel Sprout Hash and Shrimp & Mustard Green Laing are sourced from seasonal ingredients. Delivery is free and is available for most the U.S., and menus start at $9.99 per person per meal.

We also really love Blue Apron’s emphasis on saving time.  Meals take 35 minutes to prepare (on average)…a bit longer if you’re a novice in the kitchen and/or use your oven to store sweaters.  We don’t judge.  And the recipes look really nice and they’re very easy to follow.  One catch: you have to subscribe (it’s a once a week service), but you can opt out pretty easily.

Another great thing about Plated and Blue Apron: an emphasis on creating as little waste as possible.

3. Naturebox

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If you indulged a little too much over Thanksgiving (again, we don’t judge…ever) then Naturebox might be the way to go.  This is also a great service if you have a lot of snackers in your household.  Subscribe to Naturebox, and you’ll receive 5 full-sized snack packages throughout the month.  You can choose your snacks or get a surprise…it’s up to you, and the snacks change often so there’s good variety.

Another awesome thing about Naturebox: for every snack box it delivers, Naturebox donates one meal through Feeding America® to help the millions of Americans who go hungry.  Their goal is to reach 1 million meals.  So you really can’t feel bad about snacking.  And why should you ever, really?  A girl’s gotta eat, after all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

French. Translated.

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At HEUCY, we are crushing on French women in general.  They defy our 21st century puritanical “wisdom” — dairy, alcohol, sugar, caffeine and cigarettes seem to make these women look better than us.  While we drink our green juices and pound out e-mails and cross off to-do lists, our counterparts in Paris are eating steak frites and having boozy lunches.  (Our biggest girl crush now is Mimi Thorisson, whose blog Manger is a must-read for any HEUCY Gal.  She cooks, parents, works, writes, grows wine…and clearly enjoys eating.  Love her.)

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I know this isn’t news to anyone.  Countless books and articles have been written on the topic.  So why am I writing about it now?  Well, HEUCY thinks the most inspiring thing about French ladies is their ability to look great — nay, amazing — at all times of the day.  Their casual, “day” dressing looks chic and effortless.  You don’t see a lot of workout gear on the Champs Elysees.  And French women prove that it’s possible to keep a few, well-made pieces — a uniform — in the closet, and use your personal style to make your clothes, and YOU, look great.  HEUCY wants to bring this French ethos to American ladies who are craving the same French look…via thoughtful, American-made garments.  Because, guess what?  American women are pretty awesome too.  Yes, that would be you 🙂

Here’s our across-the-pond translation of the HEUCY #ProblemSolver going from day-to-night…this is a dress that screams “Audrey Tatou cute meets Marion Cotillard cool meets the reality of modern woman’s crazy life.”  And in the spirit of classic, timeless dressing, all of the accessories are “HEUCY’s own” — including the martini fixins for a night out on the town and our fave @wilburandgussie bag.

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Enjoy the week.  And the weeknights!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

HEUCY Sightings…and Sandy

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This morning I ran into two women wearing HEUCY, looking amazing.  Then I received two more photos of gals in HEUCY…at the office and out and about.  It was like HEUCY meets “Where’s Waldo”…and it made me so happy, to see how my friends — and friends of friends — are embracing what we call #Heucylife.  Wearing chic, versatile and comfortable clothes and accessorizing them on their own terms.  And looking happy and confident!  We are absolutely LOVING seeing our merchandise on real women who inspire us…our #HEUCYGals!

Anyhoo, later this afternoon I was chatting with someone in my elevator about how unseasonably humid and warm it is in New York.  We were complaining and agreed that it should definitely be colder.  We should be wearing tights and scarves and camel coats, channeling Ali McGraw from “Love Story” (just the happy parts) and/or Anne Hathaway’s makeover in “The Devil Wears Prada.”  We were talking along these lines, when our lovely elevator operator chimed in, “You know, it’s the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.”

We stopped talking for a second.  That’s right, I thought.  This time two years ago, my family and I watched a gigantic green explosion happen (seemingly) right outside of our window.  It turned out, that was the Con Edison plant that supplied our electricity downtown.  We never imagined — in our wildest dreams — that we would be out of running water and without power for weeks.  And we had absolutely no idea that Sandy would completely devastate people’s lives in parts of New York like Red Hook, Staten Island and beyond.  My heart still goes out to people who experienced the aftermath in those areas.  We were able to escape until our power came back.  Some people had nowhere to go.

So today, my mind goes back to being incredibly thankful.  We appreciate that so many wonderful ladies have chosen to take a chance on HEUCY — and they’re looking (and feeling) amazing in the clothes!  And we are so grateful for all of the blessings in life, especially in the context of Sandy and its aftermath just two years ago.  A more worthy topic to write about today…than perhaps #nationalcatday and #nationaloatmealday (who knew?).  Although I do love a good oatmeal cookie.

Here’s to being thankful.

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Monday’s Musing…Bad Decisions

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Happy Monday, everyone.  Season 4 of “Homeland” is really doing a number on my psyche, so I apologize in advance for the running posts…but I can’t stop thinking about last night’s episode.  SPOILER ALERT below,  In case you had better things to do last night.

I just can’t stop thinking about many of the characters’ bad decisions.  I won’t even start to get into Carrie’s life right now (I mean, I love her dedication to the job…but how old is her potential informant, exactly?  And why does she continue to carry a cross-body bag?).

The big question on my mind today: How on earth did Saul end up in a bathroom by himself, with a known enemy hit-man?  It was borderline unbearable to watch the events unfold.  Saul is a former CIA Director…yet he followed this scary dude into an airport bathroom and when he was “made”, Saul just patted his jacket like he was looking for a pen.  What?!  Don’t you think he’d do something different under pressure? However, in fairness, I have made many bad decisions in the heat of the moment.

Namely, when I am trying to “get ready” in the morning, and there are several other, very distracting things going on (i.e. screaming/whining/I know I need to brush my teeth but keep prioritizing other said distractions/must drink coffee/kids still in underwear and school starts in five minutes, etc.) — it’s difficult to contemplate creative wardrobe choices.  Or getting dressed at all.  Which is why the HEUCY #PerfectTen is my new best friend.

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I wore this little number all day Saturday, at my daughter’s preschool Halloween party (chic, flattering…and works very well with a pair of tiger ears + smeared face paint) and changed into the Alter Ego for my cozy dinner with the girls.  I picked the Perfect Ten again on Sunday — for brunch, another Halloween party, and then dinner with friends.  I even wore it while I watched “Homeland.”  I spent about 2 seconds picking out my weekend uniform, and managed to save a lot of time and energy that I later spent managing the ups and downs of sugar-induced toddler rage.  And spending time with loved ones.

I wore HEUCY all weekend and enjoyed every minute of it.  The added value: I can just wash it on “hand wash” cycle, tumble dry delicate or lay flat to dry…and it’s ready to wear again.

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Enjoy the start to the week!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

Becoming Better With Age…And a Dinner Party Playlist

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Here at HEUCY, we still have travel on the mind – literally and figuratively. At our launch party a few weeks ago, we asked some of you to name and describe your geographic “happy place.” HEUCY Gal Sarah – an incredibly organized, chic, witty and socially conscious mother of 4 – said that her “happy place” is her home in Brooklyn.

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We can see why. Sarah had a few ladies over last night for a really lovely dinner. I saw friends whom I hadn’t seen in years, and we all reminisced about our days in New York City as chubby wanderers, right after college…wearing bad, chunky heels and spending money we didn’t have on waxes and highlights. We would go to our entry-level jobs by day, and smoke cigs and drink Two Buck Chuck at night, often crying about our mean bosses/bad relationships/lack of funds…or whatever else we could complain about. We lacked the perspective we now have in our late thirties and forties. And I can say, definitively, that my apartment in my twenties was not my “happy place” – mostly because I was always trying to get somewhere else.  (Disclaimer: women in their twenties now seem to have it much more “together” than we did…fortunately people evolve).

My oh my, how times have changed for me and my friends. All of us are now successful, in our own ways and on our own terms. Some have zoomed up the corporate ladder and are “head of [insert impressive title here]” at really cool companies.  They’re also juggling the demands of work and family life, which is very difficult a lot of the time.  But worth it.  Some are on their “second acts” and pursuing new careers, which is daunting.  And a few are just “in it” – with young kids – and enjoying every minute, even the times when it seems sort of unbearable.  Tantrums (their own and their children’s), diapers, et al. The biggest change I noticed, regardless of all these things: everyone seemed much happier in her own skin.

I really do think that women get better every year they get older, and last night’s dinner just reinforced that opinion. Extracting yourself from a bad relationship or two, having an epiphany about your professional calling, acquiring more confidence…a lot of that comes with a little personal seasoning. (Side note: I was wearing the Alter Ego jumpsuit last night, a choice/risk I never would have made ten years ago. I mean, a jumpsuit?!).  Also, I meant to take a selfie, but completely forgot — another thing that comes with age.  We’re restocking Smalls and Mediums soon, since we’ve just SOLD OUT of the Alter Ego in those sizes!

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My wardrobe choices now reflect a sophistication I did not have in my much younger years. I didn’t really care about how my clothes were made, and how long they would last. Versatility and “timelessness” weren’t as important to me. I didn’t really know how to dress for my body, and I didn’t realize the importance of dressing my age.

Now back to Sarah. She is a true HEUCY Gal and an amazing hostess. She had an awesome, eclectic and mellow playlist last night. I’ve included a similar one here, from “Food & Wine” magazine, with links to purchase on iTunes.

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/small-dinner-party-playlist

Happy Sunday.

Xx,

The HEUCY Team