4725mag's daily fashion essentials: our top 3 winter layering looks

We are thrilled to have gotten a Bay Area version of winter this year. For almost the last 2 years we've looked longingly at a closet full of knits and outerwear as all we were able to grab was a light top layer for the umpteenth time. 

Over the past couple of months, a combination of the following looks below has been our uniform. Blending splurge items with bargain buys and vintage staples, take a peek below at our favorite winter 15/16 stylings. 

We love this shearling on shearling look for chillier days. This Jerome Dreyfuss pouch happens to perfectly fit an iPad, making it ideal to pop under your arm while at work. This Old Navy coat was our bargain of the season, with a fashion forward texture and silhouette in a neutral color that literally goes with everything. Especially these James Jeans from our collection of black skinnies. 

It wouldn't be us without some form of pattern thrown in. Leopard print is a timeless classic and this snug, O/S scarf keeps us warm while adding a hint of dimension to this mostly neutral ensemble. 

A cozy sweatshirt, like this one from Sky Oak. co, over perfectly worn in Levi's with comfy kicks, we're wearing our Stan Smiths here, and a statement outer layer like this Isabel Marant √ątoile coat make for an equal parts style and comfort forward casual Friday and/or weekend friendly look. Pair with a go-to purse, this vintage woven leather bucket bag is a staple in our closet, and you're ready to go.

If this feels a little too casual, drop the slogan sweatshirt for a simple sweater and switch out the sneakers. A pair of sharp loafers, like these loves from Gucci, should do the trick to elevate this look and balance out the less formal layering to make this a little more work appropriate.

Dressing up doesn't have to be about bearing skin, or tottering in heels - especially when you're damn cold and curling up is all you want to do. Staying snug and making a statement is possible. Just ask Rachel Comey and her sweater coat. This be-fringed investment knitwear allows us to feel fancy and opulent but in a somewhat minimal and tomboy fashion. 

Keeping the rest of the look simple by layering a thin black sweater, My Habit has had some lovely basic (and way affordable) black cashmere sweaters this year, dark skinnies and a simple shoe, like our vintage cropped cowboy booties, will allow a piece of statement knitwear to shine. Now just throw on a pair of sunglasses, ours are Thierry Lasry, get outside and brave the elements. 


4725mag's daily beauty must-haves: how to stop using antiperspirant - a detox for your 'pits

Yes, that's right. We're detoxing our armpits. Weird? Maybe. But hear us out.  

While everyone else is trying a new diet, reducing their booze intake and upping their exercise output, our resolution for 2016 was to successfully break our antiperspirant habit. "But why!?" We hear you ask. Well, after getting in an Internet hole - a minimum of 20 articles and blogs deep - on the dangers of antiperspirants,  we began to reconsider our Dove addiction. 


To save you precious time, we've condensed what we discovered in the aforementioned Internet hole into three key points.

1) Antiperspirant sucks:
- It prevents the natural function of sweating with aluminum and synthetic components
- Aluminum is actually toxic to the human body
- Exposure to aluminum is linked to breast cancer, kidney problems and Alzheimer's 

And I rub this on my body everyday? No thanks. 

2) However, it is not as easy as just deciding you're through with Teen Spirit. If you break your habit cold-turkey style, you can expect the struggle to be real: 
- Day 1-5 will feel pretty good, if not a little more sweaty
- However by day 6, your armpits will most likely be a rashy and irritated mess 
- This is your body reacting to the full emission of toxins, which it's not used to
- This stage is uncomfortable. Sorry I can't lie, it's where I've got stuck in the past. But, the good news is, you can speed it up and get used to the totally normal bodily function of mild sweating in lightning speed. #TCB 

3) With this in mind, you will want to prep for this detox by gathering the right supplies - aka, going shopping:
- A dry brush
- Organic chlorella tablets

OK, now you're ready for day one of your antiperspirant free life.

First thing we (try) to do every morning is down a glass of lemon water. Since the PD ('pit detox), we've added a dose of Chlorella to that regimen. This superfood has a slew of supposed benefits

However, we're consuming it for the purpose of this detox as it accelerates toxin elimination and acts as a sort of neutralizer for bodily odors. And yah, as we're not wearing antiperspirant - despite it being January - we're still fearful of having a major pit out and the resulting BO so we will take all the help we can get. 

Before you shower for the day, take your new dry brush and starting at your feet, move up each leg in small circles (avoid any cuts) until you hit your hips. From there, work your way up your arms in small circles from your fingers tips to shoulders and do the same thing on your torso, working from bottom to top.

My friend, you have just dry brushed yourself. This act, like everything we're attempting here, has many benefits, but as part of our PD we like dry brushing due to it helping the lymphatic system drain. Not to mention how tingly and awesome it makes you feel. 

After showering we've been slicking on this Citrus Verbena deodorant by L'Occitane. It has a lovely, refreshing and long lasting fragrance while being mild on the skin. It's a great first step away from antiperspirant as it feels luxe enough and works well enough that applying it is a treat and not something we dread/associate with being a horrid, sweaty mess. 

So you've got through your first day - how did it go?! Hopefully you barely noticed the difference? Either way, you can now reward yourself with a nice relaxing face and underarm mask. Yes, that's right - armpit mask. 

Back to the Internet hole - bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar is a trusted, skin clearing wonder mask. So some genius thought, "hmm, if this stuff works this well on my face, wouldn't it do a similar thing to unblock my pores, ridding myself of build up, in my armpits too?"

And well, while I do not know if scientifically that is the case, this simple mask has absolutely helped our underarms in this process. No itchy rash and less actual sweating. 

Mask ingredients:
- 1 tsp of bentonite clay
- 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar 
- 1 tsp of water if, for some reason, your mask is too thick. The right consistency should emulate sour cream

Mix these ingredients together in a metal free bowl with a wooden spoon. We actually use a foam applicator meant for glue from a craft store, we enjoy using this guy to apply the mask with so why not just use it to mix the mask too? 

Apply a thin layer to each pit every evening and sit, rather awkwardly, with your arms up for 15-20 minutes. You can use the rest of the mask on your face. 

If you can't commit to doing this every night, we understand. But doing this a couple of times a week at least will help you through the itchy, rashy part of the PD, or prevent it entirely. 

If you want to attempt this PD too, follow the tips above and you'll do juuuust fine. Good luck, god speed and suck it Speed Stick.