I’m a total Glossier junkie! Since the online beauty brand launched in 2014, I’ve gradually added a quite a few Glossier products to my makeup and skincare collection. Last year I stocked up on Haloscope, Glossier’s dew effect highlighter, in Topaz and Moonstone. I love to use these natural-looking highlighters as part of my everyday routine, and they are such a great change of pace from traditional opal-toned highlighters. For the holidays I received the limited edition No. 1 Pencil, a charcoal gray gel eyeliner that smudges perfectly for a sexy, just-rolled-out-of-bed Parisienne look.

Amidst a stress-induced breakout, I placed my largest Glossier order ever earlier this month. First was Super Pure: one of Glossier’s three serums. I was super tempted to purchase Super Bounce and Super Glow as well (after all, you save $19 when you order all three), but I ultimately decided my sensitive skin would be better off trying them one at a time.

Because the 3-year-old brow gel I already owned dried up, and because my concealer is close to running out, too, I added both Boy Brow and Stretch Concealer to my makeup routine. After hearing a ton of great reviews on Boy Brow from some of my favorite It girls (think: Emily Ratajkowski and Devon Lee Carlson), I was dying to try it out for myself.

Lastly, I picked up Balm Dotcom, a skin salve, because my skin tends to suffer from dry patches during the cold, windy months, and winter is far from over where I live.

Super Pure serum: This was my first time ever trying a skin serum, so it took my skin a little while to get used to it. Even though this product is intended to calm breakouts, it is still thicker than most products my face is used to, causing my super sensitive skin to breakout a little more before it got better. Once Super Pure started working, however, my breakouts quickly dried up and were easily covered with a little spot concealer.

I definitely would not recommend Super Pure as an everyday product, especially for those with sensitive skin, because it took a few uses for my face to warm up to it. But, it is great for tough breakouts–and, the easy-to-control applicator makes it perfect for treating specific problem areas.

Balm Dotcom salve: It didn’t take long for Balm Dotcom to become my holy grail beauty product. This odorless salve instantly heals chapped lips and dry patches without causing any breakouts or irritation. In addition to my lips, I love using Balm Dotcom on the dry areas around my nose and eyebrows. It definitely isn’t an all-over moisturizer, but it is perfect for quickly treating dry spots, including cuticles!

Balm Dotcom is also easy to use with other lip products–even matte liquid lipsticks. Because a little goes a long way with this salve, it applies smoothly over and under your lip color of choice. Plus, the squeeze tube packaging doesn’t pick up any color that you may have already put on your lips–something glide-on lip balms are very guilty of doing. You can even go a step further by mixing your favorite lip color with Balm Dotcom before you apply.

Whatever look I’m after, I cannot go a day without this product! The best part is, I only have to reply a handful of times throughout the day; Balm Dotcom has some serious staying power–even through tough workouts! No other lip balm compares to it.

Stretch Concealer (medium): When it comes to concealer, I 100 percent prefer pot formulas over liquids, which tend to look cake-y and unnatural on my skin. So, when Benefit’s Erase Paste, my long-time favorite, hit pan, I decided to switch things up with Glossier. Stretch Concealer absorbs into the skin, giving you that natural, dewy #NoFilterJustGlossier look, which makes it a great product for covering any blemishes or redness.

Boy Brow (brown): I have naturally thick brows, so I definitely prefer a gel product over a pencil when it comes to my arches because they are ideal for filling in small gaps and keeping the hairs in line all day. Boy Brow in brown matches my natural brow color perfectly, and it brushes “sprouts” upwards, instantly making the entire face appear more polished. This brow gel is saturated with product and packs a ton of punch without the dreaded “drawn-on” look.

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Eyebrow sprouts [source: Instagram user @glossier]


Thanks to bloggers and influencers, the brands they promote gain popularity through the power of social media. Big names in fashion, beauty and lifestyle like Triangl Swimwear, Are You Am I, Pop & Suki and Glossier all rose to fame via promotions (sponsored or otherwise) from top bloggers and Instagram-ers.

If you keep up with any of these bloggers or social media influencers, it is very likely you’ve heard of The M: a Manhattan-based jewelry retailer specializing in personalized and nameplate pieces. It seems influencers, bloggers and models from coast to coast are obsessing over this up-and-coming Insta-worthy brand!

YouTuber Lauren Elizabeth in The Old English Choker (top) [source: Instagram users @themjewelers]

Bella Hadid in The Gothic Choker Nameplate [source: Instagram user @themjewelers]

Blogger Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What is a fan, as are YouTube sensations Lauren Elizabeth and Maddi Bragg; young supermodels like Romee Strijd and Bella Hadid have also been spotted in The M chokers. Dainty yet unique, The M designs updated pieces that are reminiscent of Millennials’ childhoods.

After their original stint in the 1990s, chokers came back into style over a year ago. Since then, online-based jewelers like The M reinvented this childhood favorite into a chic and sophisticated accessory that can be worn in both casual and formal settings, as exhibited by the brand’s high-profile fanbase. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that personalization has also been one of the past year’s hottest trends; it seems every other blogger owns a satin bomber jacket emblazoned with her name.

Romee Strijd in The Gotchic Choker necklace [source: Instagram user @themjewelers)

Bella Hadid in The Gothic Choker necklace [source: Us Magazine]

With over 216,000 Instagram followers alone, The M, which has a sizable and popular online boutique, competes with traditional jewelry retailers like Kendra Scott and David Yurman. Sure, Scott and Yurman have been household name long before The M’s rise to fame, but this social media star know exactly how to connect to its customers.

Branding via social media is nothing new, but few companies are so successful with it that they become anything more than a 15-minute fad. Most brands that start out on social media lack consistency and fail to truly connect with potential customers and followers, quickly turning them into a thing of the past.

By posting personal snapshots–including selfies, a Millennial favorite–of It girl customers like Devon Lee Carlson (older sister of YouTuber Sydney Carlson), The M becomes a friendly, relatable brand–especially when compared to standoffish high-end brands like Tiffany & Co.

Similarly, fans of the brand feel more connected  to these bloggers and influencers than they do to aloof models utilized by traditional retailers. After all, shots of young women grabbing a casual coffee with friends are way more welcoming than the luxurious settings designed by advertising professionals in the jewelry realm.

The M’s price point may also draw in followers. One of the brand’s most popular pieces, The Gothic Nameplate necklace, starts at $130, which is affordable, but pricey enough to remain exclusive, setting The M apart from fast fashion retailers like Forever 21 or BaubleBar.

YouTuber Maddi Bragg in The Old English Choker (top) and The Mini Choker Nameplate (middle) [source: Instagram user @themjewelers]

Recently, The M collaborated with Danielle Guizio, a young fashion designer also based in New York City, who has 120,000 Instagram followers of her own. Guizio’s tracksuits and oversized sweatshirts are popular among high-profile bloggers and social media starlets like Hailey Baldwin and Madison Beer.

The Gothic Choker necklace, which starts at $180, is her signature piece, and it is available on her website in addition to The M’s.

Likewise, both brands do an exceptional job promoting the choker necklace on their respective social media platforms, increasing its popularity in the blogosphere and beyond. While the personalized choker is certainly edgy, it fits in perfectly with The M’s range, as well as Danielle Guizio’s.

The Gothic Choker necklace (middle) [source: Instagram user: @danielleguizio]

The Gothic Mini Choker [source: Instagram user @themjewelers]


When it comes to spring and summer style, I tend to keep it really casual. As soon as warm weather rolls in, I focus more on comfort and gravitate more towards laid-back clothes–including all my favorite vintage pieces. Worn and torn denim pairs perfectly with slouchy t-shirts, oversized knits and ankle booties.

Thankfully, none of these ever goes out of style! And, with high-end accessories a simple outfit like this instantly gets a polished update. Thursday evening for a low-key family dinner in celebration of my mom’s birthday, I paired a plain white tee with my favorite vintage Levi’s. I thrifted these bad boys from Compromise Lodge, a vintage shop, in Lambertville, New Jersey over a year ago.

They are a super unique medium rinse hue with tons of rips down both legs and some colored stitching and embellishments on the front as well as the back. These jeans are truly one-of-a-kind, and their relaxed fit makes them the most comfortable pair of proper pants I own.

To tie the look together, I added a chunky leather belt with gold hardware, a pair of patterned ankle booties and a fluffy gray coat.

T-shirt, Brandy Melville, $18

Belt, Free People, $38

Jeans, thrifted


For this post I teamed up with my friend Brooke Magliozzi at Wayfair. We are both super passionate about putting together the perfect cheese platter, so we decided to collab in order to show Haute Mess readers how we wow our friends and family with a spring-themed cheese board!

Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or having a leisurely happy hour at home with your s/o, spring weather provides us with plenty of reasons to enjoy a relaxing evening in our own backyards. Of course in our minds, no evening is complete without a Pinterest-worthy cheese board.

Enjoy this snippet from the spring section of Magliozzi’s guide, and read the full post here!

Spring signals the end of winter! There’s nothing better than relaxing outside for your first glimpse at the sun in months. Cheese boards are the perfect accompaniment to a laid-back spring weekend on your patio with a glass of wine. To help you decide which cheeses work best for the changing weather, we’ve made the perfect cheese, meat and cracker platter for your every need this spring!

SEMI AGED Bucheron:

Bucheron is a goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley that is made in short logs and sold in slices. The longer it’s aged, the sharper it tastes, therefore this cheese would make a perfect aged addition to a cheese board.

Cowgirl Creamery St. Pat is a cow’s milk cheese with a special green rind. The rind is wrapped in nettle leaves, which add a smoky artichoke flavor that is perfectly used as a party platter to celebrate the end of winter. Any soft cheese rolled in herbs may be used as a substitute.

BLUE Gorgonzola:

Gorgonzola is a blue cheese made from cow’s milk. It easily crumbles and has a salty bite. There are two types of gorgonzola to choose from: sweet or hot.

Landaff cheese is a cow’s milk cheese from Landaff Creamery. This cheese is tangy with a buttery texture and clean finish, perfect for a warm spring day. Cheddar from your local grocery store could be used as a substitute for Landaff.


Strawberry balsamic jam

Capicola ham

Sliced radishes

Carr’s Water Crackers

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris from Hendry Wines

Cabbage leaf cheese board with snail by Bordallo Pinheiro [source: Wayfair]

Click here to shop our seasonal board pairing

The herby texture of the spring cheese collection and the bright colors of pistachios and radishes are presented especially well on a cheese tray made of earthenware.


Over the next three years Target Corp. will spend $7 billion to renovate more than 600 stores, according to WWD.

“[The stores] will look and function differently. They’ll be reconfigured with more space for fashion storytelling and table settings in home. They’ll be digitally connected,” the retail giant’s chairman and chief executive officer Brian Cornell tells WWD.

“Order pickup and bridal registry in 2018 will touch 250 stores — 600 by 2019, and that’s just the beginning.”

Target shoppers on Black Friday, 2016 [source: Target Corporate]

The renovations come on the heels of a “weak quarter,” according to KSTP.

During the past quarter, which includes the holiday season, Target’s profit fell 43 percent “with strong online sales failing to offset weakening business at its stores,” according to KSTP.

“Target’s stock tumbled more than 12 percent and rattled Wall Street, as shares in Walmart, Macy’s and other retailers fell as well.”

Cornell also tells WWD 2016 “was not our best year,” and explains that, not only will the corporation spend $7 billion on a capital investment program to combat fallen profits, it will also “sacrifice $1 billion in annual operating profit this year to grow sales faster and capture market share against better-performing rivals such as Walmart Stores Inc., as well as off-pricers such as TJ Maxx.”

Children wearing Cat & Jack, a successful new brand by Target [source: Target Corporate]

The investments in part will go towards the launch of 12 brands within the next two years, according to WWD, that will represent more than $10 billion of Target’s sales. This is thanks to the success of Cat & Jack, a new children’s brand, that is expected to produce $1 billion in sales in 2017.

“The majority will be in Target’s home and fashion categories, which represent $26 billion in combined sales,” according to WWD.

When deciding which brands to launch, Cornell explains to WWD that the corporation really listened to consumer wants and needs.

“In some cases, it will be a new branch or a relaunch of an existing brand,” Cornell tells WWD.

“The consumer told us that some of our brands have gotten a little tired and a little bit old. We’ll go from a series of labels to a collection of brands. We now have a portfolio with a lot of labels but very few brands.”

On Monday, March 6, Target’s stock closed at $56.11, falling over 16 percent from the week before. Despite this downward trend, Cornell asks shareholders to “make an investment to build a strong company for the future,” according to WWD.

“Our goal today is to demonstrate that the investments we’re making are the right decisions for the long term.”

Inside Target’s small format store at Packard’s Corner near Boston University [source: Arrowstreet]

Though Target’s net earnings for the fourth quarter, which ended January 28, “plummeted 42.7 percent to $817 million from $1.4 billion a year earlier” and “sales for the three months declined 4.3 percent to $20.69 billion,” leaving the company with “an earnings drop of 18.6 percent for the full year, to $2.74 billion, on a sales decline of 5.4 percent, to $20.6 billion,” according to WWD, it found great success in their 32 small format stores.

Cornell tells WWD that “units sales per square foot are higher than average,” and because of this, “Target is ramping up the rollout with 30 new units this year with a goal of 100 set for 2020.”

Outside a small format Target store [source: Arrowstreet]

While all 1,800 of Target’s stores “are within 10 miles of 85 percent of customers,” according to WWD, Cornell insists that the small format stores “expand the corporation’s footprint in in key urban areas and college campuses” in part because they are “customized for each community,” as opposed to the typical, full-line stores.

“In the last six months we’ve opened stores in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. You can expect to see more and more,” Cornell tells WWD.

“It’s time to accelerate this new format.”

When it comes to full-line stores, however, it is quality over quantity. Instead of opening in new locations, the corporation hopes to renovate “old and tired” stores that have not been updated in 10 years, according to WWD.

“Our supply chain has been a major focus,” Cornell tells WWD.

“We’re slow and we have too much inventory. We’re changing how we move product…We’ll operate with less inventory, less working capital and better shelf availability.”

Cathy Smith, Target Corp.’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, tells WWD the corporation “expects a low- to mid-single-digit decline in comparable sales and earnings per share of 80 cents to $1.” Smith also predicts earnings per share (EPS) of $3.80 to $4.20 in 2017.

“We’re positioned to deliver superior Return On Invested Capital over time,” Smith tells WWD. “Let me be clear, this will be a multiyear, multiphase program.”