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Claudia Wu — A Perfect Ten in the Perfect Ten 2.0! Shop It Now on heucy.com!

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We had the pleasure of photographing HEUCY Gal Claudia Wu, the Co-Editor of Cherry Bombe magazine, on a sunny afternoon.  Cherry Bombe, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a kick-a** publication that Claudia and Kerry Diamond started to celebrate amazing women who love food.  They profile “women who do cool sh*t” — and the magazine is an ode to all things delicious — so it was a match made in heaven.  Check it out for some really great recipes and interviews with inspiring, interesting, dynamic women.

Claudia was the perfect “real life” example of how versatile the Perfect Ten dress is…because when Claudia isn’t designing and editing, she’s doing some pretty cool sh*t herself.  We’re psyched to share some of her favorite things with you.

1) What is your favorite vacation spot of all time?

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This is a tough one to answer since there are so many places I’d still like to go, but I had an amazing time driving around Sicily a few years ago.  (This is also on our top ten list of where we want to go…check out AFAR magazine’s Palermo travel guide as a starting point!)

2) What is your favorite food?

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Dark chocolate. (We concur, and love Mast Brothers because it comes from Brooklyn and it’s simply beyond).

3) What are you currently reading?

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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. It’s Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir. She owns the restaurant Prune in New York City. She’s just as amazing a writer as she is a chef.

4) What’s your favorite HEUCY outfit?

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I’m torn between The Perfect Ten, The Weekender and The Burnout. They’re perfect for different occasions! (Don’t worry…you’re not missing something…the Burnout will be released next month! We have some great shots of Claudia in it, too! Stay tuned 🙂

5) If I had twenty free minutes right now, I would…

Take a nap or get a quick massage!

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