The foot doc to the stars is making sure you have happy feet too!

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When I was too injured to run, a friend in LA took pity on me and sent me to an amazing foot doctor. Now we are featuring his “instant arches” which make any shoe — no matter how towering, wobbly or sexy — comfortable, wearable and not create a pain as you dance, run around and enjoy the party season with ease.

 

The backstory: I was starting my triathlon career and just as winter training set in, the cold temps meant running on stiff muscles, and suddenly I had a painful, sidelining injury known as “Plantar Fascitis” where your bottom of the foot where your heel meets the arch feels a sharp stabbing pain, even when lying in bed. Every step is like stepping on a thumbtack, and you literally cannot run. This is frustrating, to say the least, and the weeks wear on your mind and your mental attitude goes south since, for me, running is as much a mental break and mood booster as it is a physical workout and body benefit.

 

I was in LA, too injured to run, and a TV star we were featuring on the cover of SELF told me I should go see an amazing foot doctor whose name is Dr. Steven Rosenberg, and he could not have been nicer. We decided that I should try a shot of arnica and I trusted him enough to put a needle in my foot. The arnica relieved the pain temporarily but more importantly, he handed me these little black spongy arch inserts to put in all my walking shoes. Having insoles in my sneakers was not enough. Turns out if you have high arches, most shoes and sandals don’t provide enough arch support to keep your bottom of your foot from collapsing, tearing in micro little injuries to the infrastructure of the arch, and you can end up with Plantar Fascitis. Luckily, my foot injury cleared up, but now I wear these in my shoes daily and it helps keep my arches supported and my feet comfy, so I can race around all day, and feel great.

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Thanks to Dr. Rosenberg following my career, keeping in touch, and watching Hintd grow. He has offered to give away three packs of the Instant Arch supports. I just bought three more so that my shoes all feel like sneakers.

Check out his site, and our list. Happy dancing, happy holidays, and happy feet!

 

Your Next Unforgettable Vacation

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Travel blogger Samantha Ruiz, @samisfierce, takes popular destinations like the now must-do Peru, and figures out how to avoid crowds and tourist traps by getting off the beaten path. Here are some of our favorite highlights from her list, steal them now before her secrets get out.

 

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Few things are more important than having a good travel bag. And I think an easy crossbody is perfect. It’s big enough to fit my camera but small enough that it’s easy to carry around! The color matches everything and the flap makes me feel like all my belongings are secure! I take this bag everywhere!

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Coach, $395

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If you really want to get off the beaten trail stay at PeruEcocamp en route to Machu Picchu. Wake up in the middle of the cloud forest in a cozy geodesic dome, ready to hit the hiking trail. You can stay for the just one night or book tours that for up to a week. Prices range from $150 for one night without a tour to $3,791 for a seven night, eight day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Other tour options are available. Get 15% off when you book your tour with the code, “glampwithsam.”

 

DSC02999Turns out, it’s cold in Peru. I was so happy that I packed this vest! It was small enough to carry around and thick enough to keep me warm! But despite the chill, the sun in Peru is very strong. It’s important to pack a wide brim hat that fits snugly on your head, to protect you from the sun and won’t blow away when you reach trail peaks.

Plaza Vest, Outdoor Research, $175; Traveller hat, Akubra, $153

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But it’s not all hiking clothes all the time! Pack along an unexpected red dress to add a pop of color to your insta. Dress, Lulus, $67

 

 

Insider’s Guide: Shopping with Kurt Slanaker of Spring Place

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We asked Kurt Slanaker, Director of Membership at Spring Place, to share what he’s shopping for this fall. His list reveals the brands every well-dressed man should know.

On defining his style in three words or less…Casual yet refined.

On what he’s shopping for now… Stoffa’s Rabbit Felt Rollable Hat, Common Projects Chelsea Boot in Grey, and anything Teddy Santis creates for Aimé Leon Dore.

 

Stoffa Felt Rollable Hat, $200, Common Projects Boots, $537, Aimé Leon Dore Thermal Layered Top Coat, $1000

On a man whose taste he most admires… Mr. Yasuto Kamoshita, the Creative Director of United Arrows.

 

On stores and designers that are doing it right…  The best men’s clothing is now found in boutiques. Places like The Armory and Drake’s mix tailored and casual wear effortlessly, Magasin in Los Angeles is the newest addition out west and they’re doing wonderful things for menswear, and sites like Grailed are the only places to find the best clothes for your dollar.

 

From left: The Armory crew; Vintage Dolce & Gabbana jacket from Grailed; Suiting from The Armory; Drake’s scarves; Casual pieces from Magasin

On splurging…Amazing watches last a lifetime and only gain value, I’m obsessed with my Baume & Mercier Clifton 10055 and would gladly purchase another.

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Baume & Mercier Clifton 10055 Watch, $4800

On what he wears when he doesn’t want to get dressed…Oxford button down and chinos, it’s my uniform regardless.

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On how his taste has changed from when he was a teenager… My style has always been influenced by being casual, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be dressy. Now I understand how dressing appropriate applies to situations, it’s about maturing without losing your personality.

On the secret to good parties… It’s all about the experience and people, both need to be curated and of quality.

On how to schmooze without looking schmoozy…In today’s digital world, it’s about connecting people in-person. But not just introducing people, having background and understanding of each individual and a reason why you’re connecting them, think of it as social and community manipulation.

On the best thank you gift… A handwritten note goes well beyond anything else you can send someone as a thank you.

Early riser or night owl? Can you have your cake and eat it too? Being in the hospitality and relationship industry you have to be both, and each has their own respective reasons and purposes.

Sparkling or tap? Sparkling, live as the Europeans do.

Belt or suspenders? When it comes to suiting, always suspenders.

Statement socks or no show socks? There is never a good time for statement socks, your watch and your shoes should do all of the talking.

Plants or pets? Pets, they bring joy to life.

Uncle or father? Father.

Clean shave or bristles? Bristles, more specifically a 5 o’clock shadow regardless of the time.

On most recent things consumed….

 

From left: Item purchased: La Colombe iced coffee; Show binged: The Defiant OnesSong listened to: Grizzly Bear ‘Painted Ruins’

 

Mansur or Mango?

As if he didn’t have us with the bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel has done it again with the fall must-have: The unstructured coat. Our favorite versions come in soft pastels that deliver an unexpected pop of color against autumn’s landscape. (You won’t want to bother with a filter on your Insta with these). Gavriel’s coats range from $995-$1500 but we found lovely look-a-likes at Mango, ASOS, and Zara. If we had to put our money on the best loosely inspired take, it would be Mango’s Mohair Blend (above right), the lines are equally soft and slouchy. The most noticeable difference is that the Mango coat is mohair so it has a bit more texture. Above from left: Mansur Gavriel’s new coat collection; Mango Mohair Blend Coat, $199

Mansur Gavriel’s Wool Oversized Coat, $1095; Mango’s Wool Handmade Coat, $230

Mango’s Unstructured Mohair Blend, $120; Mansur Gavriel’s Cashmere Classic Coat, $995

Mansur Gavriel’s Wool Oversized Coat, $1095; Asos Swing Coat in Wool Mix, $99

Regardless of what you choose, make a date to check out either his stores in Soho and Madison Avenue when you are in NYC. The sleek art direction and juxtaposition of color make the spaces feel more like warm and inviting art installations than stores.

White is the New Black

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Kendall in a white stacked bootie by Kurt Geiger (shown on her and right), $215. Hayden white stacked bootie from her own collection, Kendall + Kylie, $194. 

Gigi Hadid in a Stuart Weitzman “Clinger” sock bootie, $598.

Street style slingbacks! Get the look with TopShop, Jemma Pointy-Toe Slingback, $100.

Zara’s V-shape mules have been sold out for weeks in stores. We found two pairs. One on eBay for $99, and Poshmark for $198.

Your October Style Horoscope

Happy Birthday Libra

gmg-sezane-fall-sweater-jeans-booties-1009115If you’re a Libra, like Glam meets Gal fashion blogger Julia Engel then get ready for your dreams to finally come true this year! You have planted a lot of seeds over the past year, but now is the time for big opportunities come to fruition. Dress in classics that nod to trends, but most important, make you feel comfortable in your own skin. You’ll be able to shop because your finances are very strong, and your business acumen is spot on. Stay clear about your own vision, even if others don’t quite understand it. Travel is very auspicious and a brand new chapter could start for you in February so embrace change. Your relationships are also a big theme this year. August is the date for new love, or an exciting next step, to materialize. Here’s what we see in your style forecast…

From Clockwise: Rebecca De Ravanel earrings, $325; AYR jeans, $225; Becca Shimmering Face Perfector, $38; Sezane sneakers, $145Sezane sweater, $120; Clare V. tote, $495

Not a Libra, read on to find out what Cosmopolitan’s astrologer Aurora Tower has in store for your and your style this month….

Scorpio

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Bauble Bar, Venus Drop Earrings, $34

Life is getting good- REALLY good! Jupiter, the planet of luck, moves into your sign on October 10th. This rare aspect hasn’t happened since 2006! You will be the zodiac’s shining star this year. Wear earrings that match your power. There is nothing you love more than being in the driver’s seat so set some private intentions, and go for it.

Sagittarius

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Free People, Nashville Jumper, $220

October 2107 is a playful and social month for you Sag, let down your guard in something bold! You may get a unexpected jolt of romance near the full moon on the 5th which falls in your zone of true love and fun.

Capricorn

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Zara, Slingbacks with Beaded Detail, $69

Shine On Cap. This October you’re on a tear at work. Feel free to mix business with pleasure in embellished sling-backs. Just be sure to have a seltzer after every cocktail while you make the rounds, especially after the 14th.

Aquarius

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Parker, Petunia Top, $95

You’ve had deal with a lot of other peoples drama recently, but now you can refocus on your own priorities. A getaway is just what you need to clear your head. Pack something breezy and eye-catching, like stripes! You will dazzle work VIPs after you’re back and lucky Jupiter arrives in your career zone on the 10th.

Pisces

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& Other Stories, Pleat Frill Blouse, $65

This October could be quite intense, but you will come out on the other side MUCH stronger and more resolved. Pamper yourself with some spa days and put ME TIME first on the 9th so you can get clear about what you really want! In the meantime, wear bold colors and trust your gut.

Aries

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The Reformation, Folly Top, $128

This October is one of your most romantic months. Get out, socialize, and wear something flirty. If you’re not feeling the flames near the full moon in your sign on the 5th, expect the start of something special on the 19th. Keep a smile on your face—you never know what will happen!

Taurus

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Top Shop, Borg Cocoon Coat, $79

It may be unseasonably warm this October but it’s time for you to get cozy Taurus. Treat yourself to some extra YOU time and get up jumpstart on making your winter wardrobe super snuggly. You’ll thank yourself when the chill arrives. And if you didn’t get around to spring cleaning this year— do a fall cleaning on the 1st, then shop.

Gemini

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Mara Hoffman x Converse High Top, $125

You are the belle of the ball this month! Let your inner child out to play with fun accessories. If you have been preoccupied with life at home, now is the time to get out and have some good old fashioned fun. The full moon on the 5th is especially magical.

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Top Shop, Moto Silver Cropped Jean, $100

Some big changes may be in store for your domestic life this month, including ugrading your basics needs. Like with a pair of silver jeans! When you’re dressed right, you make everyone else feel welcome, so consider hosting a fun get-together the weekend of September 29th. Wear your party pants.

Leo

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Oscar De La Renta, Bold Gold Flower Ring, $220

You are a veritable social butterfly this month! But with lucky Jupiter also moving into your Domestic Goddess zone on October 10th, you are also happy as a clam with your home life. Nobody balances it all better than you do! Just make sure you prioritize yourself and don’t get burned out. Treat yourself to something fun—like a bold floral ring to show off at all your gatherings.

Virgo

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Gucci GG Marmont Satchel, $2390

It’ll be a busy October and the fast pace continues. Staying focused and cutting out the distractions will help you achieve the results you want. Invest in a power bag. It may actually be the time to go all out for Gucci. Leave room for fun! New people add spice to your life on the 13th.

Meet the Designer: Sheryl Lowe

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What happens when the quintessential California beach girl becomes a jewelry designer? The answer: Wonderful things. Each piece of Sheryl Lowe’s stunning line of mystical-meets-edgy jewelry feels more like a spiritual talisman than an accessory. Lowe draws inspiration from growing up with Malibu and listening to bands like Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan while watching California sunsets. She started the line in 2006 when she wanted to make personal gifts for family members. Now, over a decade later she’s ready to expand into men’s and lifestyle pieces. Lowe stopped by our office at Spring Place to discuss her process, her favorite pieces and the art of layering. And you can win a pair of her diamond earrings, simply add the hint to your list for a chance to win! 

From clockwise: The Santa Barbara coastline; Signature pave bracelets, rings and buddha necklace; Sheryl with her husband Rob Lowe and sons John and Matthew; Sheryl at home; Looks from the fall 2017 line featuring Topaz, Apatite, and Chrysocolla stones. 

On her devoted and growing fan base…My clients are collectors who look for timeless pieces that they can wear from day to night. She’s the kind of woman who effortlessly transitions from daytime activities to nighttime events. She’s a traveler and culturally aware. I love to empower women to choose pieces that bring out their adventurous side and give them permission to explore a little beyond their comfort zones.

On finding inspiration… Endless inspiration from the environment around and my youth. In the beaches of Southern California, 70’s nightlife, and the power that exists in stones found in natural habitats all around me. My favorite beach is El Matador in Malibu, with the caves and raw rock arches, it’s a dream to behold at sunset. My sun pendant I designed for the spring summer line for 2018 is a literal reflection of my memories of the sunrises and sunsets of the Malibu beaches in my youth.

I am always lifted up by artists like Steely Dan, America, Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell. These rock legends inspire me to mix chains and stone and create pieces with spirituality like my long silver fringe necklace with stone pendants.

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Curb Chain Necklace with Chrysocolla Pendant and Mixed Curb Chain Fringe $4,200

On statement pieces as signature pieces… My personal approach to collecting jewelry is that I want to add layers for texture and interest that feel timeless and empowering. The collection is stylish without being fussy, high-fashion without being a slave to a trend. The woman who wears my pieces is spiritual and enlightened. It’s not just about one piece, it’s about creating statement of layers to be collected over time. Old and new, for individuality.

Necklace, $4350; Bracelet, $950

On picking favorites from her collection… My carved Labordorite Buddha and Ohm necklace that can be worn everyday with stacking bracelets mixed with pave bangles. I derive pure energy from the stones I wear and incorporate into the collection.

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Blue Apatite used in Lowe’s Fall 2017 collection. Photo: Structure Minerals

On her process… I love working with natural raw stones, each one draws spirituality and energy for me.

On using symbols…The Ohm symbol is my uniform. It reminds me to allow myself to take the time to enjoy life, breathe, and feel the love around me.

On minimalism…I don’t believe in wearing one piece of jewelry, I am a Gemini after all.

On the one piece she’s dying to make…An edgy girl’s wedding band.

On how she wore jewelry as a teen…I wore beaded leather necklaces, feather earrings and stacking silver rings. I wore lots of chains, including body chains worn with a bikini. I am a California girl!

On what’s next…My collection will evolve into more of a lifestyle brand, with a men’s collection next on the horizon!

Hint It to Win It!

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Hint these Pave Diamond Spike Earrings to your list for a chance to win them!