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Monday’s Musing: MWA (Men’s Wardrobe Assistance)

This past weekend, I took a trip to Target en famille and noticed my husband sneak away to peruse the men’s denim section.  I thought to myself, Is he trying to avoid the toy aisle…or is he looking for new jeans? Perhaps it’s time for me to intervene.

The men in your lives may enjoy shopping (mine does not), but regardless everyone can use a little wardrobe advice.  And now that the “Dad Bod” is getting so much press, if your guy or friend (or dad!) has one, why not celebrate it with some cool new duds?  Which is why we turned to HEUCY Gal and style guru Nicola Harrison Ruiz to provide some invaluable men’s styling tips.  Nicola recently launched a men’s styling website and consulting service, called Harrison Style.  She can also be seen wearing the Perfect Ten dress on heucy.com’s “HEUCY Gals” page.  Trust us, you’ll want her advice!

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Here’s Nicola’s very simple, extremely doable take on Easy, Breezy, Handsome: Effortless Men’s style.  Enjoy!

It’s spring! Time for dresses and sandals, no more coats and tights and boots. No more taking 10 minutes just to layer up to face the cold. Spring and summer is all about easy, breezy dressing. But what about the men in our lives? As a personal stylist for men and women I find that while women have an easier time dressing in the warmer months, men tend to get a little sloppy when the temperatures heat up. So here are a few tips to pass on for effortless spring style for the guys.

Upgrade Your Denim

Everyone needs a good pair of dark denim jeans that fit right. They should be slim but not too skinny and definitely not baggy. Be sure they have a slight stretch and they’ll be just as comfy as the ones you’ve been wearing for the last ten years. I love Seven for All Mankind, Standard fit, or J. Brand, Kane fit, although there are number of brands out there with a slim straight leg, you just have to try a few on to get the fit that’s right for you.

Once you’ve got them WEAR THEM! I find that some guys save their dark denim for “going out” or dates. Don’t do that. Wear them to get coffee, to walk the dog, to go to brunch with your wife and kids. They instantly upgrade your look from those faded old jeans you’ve been wearing religiously for the past few years.

Don’t Sweat It

There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite sweatshirt or hoodie – just make sure it’s modern, flattering and fits well. Vince and Theory have some great options that are still casual but are more streamlined than that balloon-like sweatshirt you’ve been holding onto from your college days.

Get Sneaker Smart

Never wear your gym sneakers unless you’re going to the gym. Instead get a pair of what I call “street sneakers” to wear with jeans and casual pants. Converse and Adidas have various “cleaned up” versions, as do more designer lines such as Common Projects.

Invest in a Vest

Buy a thin vest (not the puffy kind) to layer under a sportcoat when it’s chilly, and to wear over a shirt or a sweater as the weather warms up. (It will also give you more pockets to store your keys and wallet so your pants don’t look bulky). You can’t go wrong with Barbour or Salence.

The Tan Suit

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If you don’t have a sharply tailored tan suit to get you through the spring and summer, now’s the time to get one. You can wear it to work, to a wedding, out to dinner, or wear just the jacket paired with jeans for a date. You can dress it up or down. Tan is so neutral that you can wear it with white, turquoise, lavender, powder blue – it’s hard to mess this up. It’s the one suit you should invest in now.

If you have a style question or you’re stumped about what to wear and how to wear, feel free to email me at Nicola@harrison-style.com or check out my website at http://www.harrison-style.com

Hope you found this as useful as we did!  Happy Monday.

xx,

The HEUCY Team

In Honor of National Puzzle Day: Some Tips to Keep Your Brain Active

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Today is “National Puzzle Day”…who knew?  My husband, who is a loyal HEUCY blog follower, made a great suggestion: why not tell HEUCY Gals and Dudes about the latest super-cool movement, Hour Of Code?  What is “Hour of Code?”, I asked.  My husband directed me to the Internets.  The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

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Take a look at the Hour of Code video above and the website, which enlists everyone (women, men, old, young, in-between) to do at least one hour of code a day.  Why, you ask?  Not just because Ashton and POTUS are doing it…although in the world of peer pressure, it does help.  We should learn to code because there are five year olds out there who will be able to do it in a few years, if they aren’t already.  Knowing how to write code, and implement it, is incredibly empowering and it keeps your brain active.  Also, knowing code and the way it works will help all of us stay relevant in this new digital world!  You can even do your code in private if that’s more your style.  Lots of resources available on the site.

You’re not quite ready to jump in to full-blown coding yet?  Okay, we get it.  There’s also an app called Lumosity, which has tons of games to help you improve your memory and problem-solving skills.  You can build a personalized “Brain Training Program” by going to Lumosity’s website and picking what you’d like to improve in the following categories: Memory, Attention, Speed, Flexibility and Problem Solving.  The “fit test” is fun and this app is popular for a reason.

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We’re all working on becoming our “best selves” this year, but don’t short-change your cognitive health.  It’s just as important as the physical.  Shameless plug: studies have shown that wearing the HEUCY #ProblemSolver or #PerfectTen can actually help you solve problems.  True story!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

HEUCY Gals Galore!

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Yesterday was a #HEUCYGal extravaganza!  We photographed some of our favorite ladies in their own HEUCY…and asked them to style it their way.  Nicola wore Chanel booties, Andy wore Manolos…and Susan, our factory owner, wore some super-cool sneakers with her #AlterEgo jumpsuit.  Susan also brought another accessory — her two daughters — to the shoot!

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These HEUCY Gals brought some other important items — their personalities and a sense of humor — to the shoot, which made yesterday inspiring in so many ways.  We had some champagne and chatted about all of the different, interesting things everyone is doing.  Cards were exchanged.  Nicola recently launched a men’s styling business called Harrison Style, and she’s writing for “Downtown” magazine on the side.  Vanessa’s photography business is taking off, and we shot in her new studio space.  Andy is a super-agent working on insanely cool projects and the Snyder sisters continue to quickly make their way up the ladder at Google.  Jerry, our makeup artist, was joking that his 28th birthday was a few days earlier…and when I thought about it, I realized that I’m reaching 40 soon but the really interesting journey is just getting started.  (Apologies if this sounds cheesy…but it comes from the heart).

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Here at HEUCY, we’ve been incredibly encouraged and excited by the support our collection has gotten.  And our success would not be possible without women like these HEUCY Gals.  Thank you, Erika, Kate, Nicola, Andy and Susan for letting us photograph you!  And for making HEUCY yours…because our concept is built around enabling women like you — women with full, crazy, interesting, busy lives — to do what you do, without having to worry about the little things.  Who has time for that, anyway?

Have a great weekend!

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

The HEUCY Gal’s Guide to Rome: Five Days, Four Outfits. True Story.

One of us recently jetted off to Rome (okay, flew…via Alitalia) sans kids, with hubby and four HEUCY picks in tow.  We thought it would be interesting to see how HEUCY really travels.  Is it possible to eat, drink, sight-see and gallivant, entirely in HEUCY?  Now we can say — emphatically and from experience — YES, it is possible.  And enjoyable.  You feel so much freer with just a carry-on!

We also thought, wouldn’t it be nice to post a travel guide for a real modern woman — someone who wants to see the sights, but also enjoys a little downtime while on vacation?  Real life is hectic.  Travel should be relaxing.  And somewhat affordable.  Just like our clothes.

So…Below is our itinerary, which includes a list of outfits plus lots of great Rome travel recommendations.  Enjoy!!

Friday: Arrive in Rome, around noon.  Wore the HEUCY #PerfectTen dress for roughly 24 hours, including on the overnight flight.  As comfortable as PJ’s, but sophisticated enough to garner lounge access.

Stayed at: Hotel de Russie.  An incredibly chic, smallish boutique hotel right off the Piazza del Popolo, just steps from the Borghese Gardens.  When we saw the courtyard, we were happy.

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After a piadina, some espresso, some vino biancho, a nap, a shower and a change into the HEUCY #HighSchoolReunion (hey, you never know who you’ll run into in Roma), we walked around the Spanish Steps and met up with our friends for dinner at Dal Bolognese, also on the Piazza del Popolo.  The most. amazing. truffles. ever.  The weight gain begins here, but we tell ourselves that a) European wine does not have tannins.  Therefore no hangover.  And b) you can’t gain weight in Europe because the food is not processed.  No looking back now.

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Saturday: sight-seeing, eating, drinking and shopping

After a good night’s sleep, we woke and ambled toward the “historic heart” of Rome — Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Campo de Fiori.  We stopped by Sant’Eustachio for un caffe e agostina with nutella.  OMG.  Words cannot describe how delicious.  I wore the HEUCY #AlterEgo Jumpsuit all day — comfort with a little bit of edge — perfetto for walking around the ancient city.

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I remembered being absolutely floored by the Pantheon twenty years before, when I had studied in Rome (we’ll get to that later).  Built in 120 A.D., still standing, a true architectural marvel.  Oh, and Raphael is buried there.  What, exactly, have I been doing with my time?  Hmmm.

After a stroll around the Campo de Fiori, we were hungry again.  We had a long, leisurely lunch at Pier Luigi…a fabulous seafood restaurant in a secluded alley off the Campo.  Afternoon light, some delicious sea bass, vino biancho and espresso.  Heaven.

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After lunch, we strolled down to Il Giolitti for gelato.  It was a bit like an arms race to get my cone of straciatella, but definitely worth the fight.  Conveniently, there was an adorable children’s clothing store, Boutique ZeroSei, located just a few steps away.  I had my HEUCY for the trip, so didn’t really need to shop for myself.  My daughter got very lucky that day.

Back at the hotel, we were delighted to see paparazzi.  I started to help myself to a bar that seemed to have just “popped up out of nowhere” in the hotel lobby, but was swiftly turned away because I was not “with Universal.”  My imagination was abuzz, who could it be?  I decided to wear my HEUCY #DateNight dress that night, to wow this celeb.

We dined at a charming open-air restaurant called Antica Pesa that eve, in Trastevere, and discovered that our hotel celeb was there too!  I mean, what are the odds?  And can you guess who it was?  None other than Richard “Riccardo” Gere.  Luckily, I felt like “Pretty Woman” in my Date Night!

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Sunday — day trip to Castelgandolfo and Nemi, two very cute villages on Lake Albano.  Normally a thirty minute drive outside of Rome.  But we had forgotten how seriously Romans take their Sunday lunch, so it took a bit longer than expected to get to our first spot.

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We lunched on the terrace at Antico Ristorante Pagnanelli, in Castelgandolfo.  Delicious grilled herbs.  And wine.  And espresso. You know, when in Rome…our just outside…

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Back in Rome, we caught the sunset at the Borghese Gardens.  And then dined outside at Emma, a wonderful new pizzeria off the beaten path on Monte della Farina.  I was sporting my HEUCY #HighSchoolReunion dress again.  Too comfy to just wear once.  And the elastic waistband was forgiving.  I indulged in pizza con funghi e prosciutto as well as a few Peroni.

Monday — a tour of the Vatican and a stroll down memory lane (literally and figuratively)

Monday morning we woke very early and I put on my HEUCY #PerfectTen (shoulders covered, knees sort of) to meet our guide at the Vatican for a semi-private tour of the Vatican museum, St. Peter’s and other surprises we were definitely not expecting.  Angelo Amorico, our wonderful guide from Access Italy, greeted us at a cafe and told us he had just taken Oprah truffle hunting in Umbria.  I thought to myself, hey, if this guy is good enough for Oprah…then I suppose he’s good enough for me.  It turns out, Angelo is fairly well-connected in Italy and in Hollywood.  And he looks a bit like Robert de Niro.  Surreal morning.

Inside the the Vatican museums, the Raphael rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s, we were again reminded that we are just mere mortals.  Honestly, how did people build structures like this without modern technology?  And how did Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel and sculpt The Pieta with chronic back pain and corrupt clergy breathing down his neck?  Seriously awe-inspiring.

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One of the surprises Angelo showed us was quite impressive.  We went “backstage” to meet some of The Vatican’s renowned mosaic artists, who create the works that Il Papa (The Pope) gives to world leaders.  The level of detail and craftsmanship in their works is truly amazing.  Does the picture below look like a painting?  It’s actually a mosaic.  We got to see some of the artists in action.

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We kissed Angelo goodbye, promised to say hello to Oprah for him…and headed toward the Aventine Hill, where I had studied abroad almost twenty years ago.  It’s located near many awesome Roman ruins, such as the Roman Forum on the Palatine Hill, an ancient aqueduct, the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum, the Via Sacra and the Arch of Titus. And much, much more.

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I felt like Jason Bourne as we walked through the lovely orange grove park where I used to “study” and we found the Convento di Suore Camaldolesi, the convent where the students in my program had studied and lived.  I was having flashbacks of discotheques in Testaccio and not really studying.  The Suore were kind enough to house and feed us, and to turn a blind eye to our night-time activities.  We were 20 and in Europe, sine parente.  Nuff said.

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I really should not be sharing this class photo, for a variety of reasons (namely, my roots and a very obvious love of carbs)…but I have to.  What on earth was I thinking, wearing a chunky cable knit sweater when I could have been wearing easy-to-pack jersey dresses and feeling like Audrey Hepburn?  If only HEUCY had been available then.  Oh, well.  You live and you learn.

Feeling a bit exhausted — mentally, emotionally and physically — we headed to Da Pietro, a lovely Roman hosteria recommended by Angelo.  Really yummy pasta y fagioli and — yep, you guessed it — vino biancho.  We were on vacation, after all.

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After an afternoon nap and a stroll around the Piazza, we had a lovely dinner at the bar at Roscioli and a nightcap in the courtyard at the hotel.  I paired my HEUCY #PerfectTen dress with my mom’s vintage belt, and some diamond earrings.  Full disclosure: the carbonara did make my belt feel tighter…but that’s the beauty of accessorizing.  You can just take the belt off!

Woke up the next morning, put on my HEUCY #AlterEgo jumpsuit, and readied myself for the long journey home.

Arrivederci and Happy Thursday!

xx,

The HEUCY Team

P.S. Coming soon: a London travel guide from one of our fave #HEUCYgals, Brett Tyne, the super-chic yet incredibly down-to-earth designer/founder of Wilbur and Gussie handbags.

Monday’s Musing: “Homeland” and Backpacks

Was anyone else up last night, after normal bedtime, watching the new season premiere of “Homeland”…and then lying in bed, mind reeling, wondering how everything will play out?  Some pretty deep, dark stuff.  Almost too much to handle on a Sunday night.

The HEUCY team was also thinking, how can Carrie wear a cross-body bag when she’s gathering intelligence and fighting terrorism?  A backpack would be so much more practical.  Our model is wearing one here, with the HEUCY #PerfectTen dress…which, come to think of it, would be much more comfortable and versatile than those pantsuits Carrie keeps wearing.  Perfect for overnight flights too.

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Coming soon: our list of the Top Ten Backpacks, as this is one trend that might be here for a while.  We heart backpacks at HEUCY.  They hold A LOT of belongings and save your back A LOT of pain!  Also, you can switch to “front carriage” mode if you’re worried about getting mugged on the subway.  Or, in Carrie’s case, dodging all sorts of danger.

Happy Monday, friends.

xx,

The HEUCY Team