Trend: Bushy Brows Are Back

There was a time when we remember tweezing the brow into the perfect arch was the trendy thing to do. It was such the rage that we barely had a line of hair left above our eye. It was almost as bad as those old ladies that have just a few follicles left and they just draw a line in place of the brow (as if that could replace them.) We are happy to say that we love the throwback bushy brow look. Try Sonia Kashuk’s simple staples to keep your brow’s in check. Brow Definer... Read More

Pleat Shopper: 56 Polishes

1. ULTA Salon Formula Shimmer Nail Lacque in “Jaded”, $2 (sale), 2. ULTA Salon Formula Crème Nail Lacquer in “Eye Popping Poppy”, $2 (sale), 3. T.LeClerc in “Brun Ardent” $15, 4. Sonia Kashuk in “Jammin”, $4.99, 5. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color by  in “Champagne Toast”, $4,59, 6. Sephora by OPI’s Glee Collection in “Slushied”,... Read More

Runway Trend: Ombre Beauty

Go back a couple of seasons and we seem to remember the ombre trend spilling from clothing into accessories, from scarves to knee high socks. This past New York Fashion Week presented ombre in a whole new light. Meet maquillage a l’ombre! NAILS CND were the ones to plant the light-bulb above our heads with their wizardry of the ultimate ombre nail lacquer. They were an eye catching addition to the Jen Kao show. We literally could not stop staring. These black magic manicures... Read More

Pleat Picks: Top 6 Bronzers

“Fake it ‘til you make it” might not be the best career advice, but it does happen to be our philosophy on tanning. We’re not huge fans of color changing chemicals on our skin, but we do want the look of that healthy, jealousy-inducing glow on our face and bodies. Thus, we bring you the best bronzers to help you fake a tan that are probably better than the real thing anyway! For not so sensitive skin and a bronzer that will work on any skin tone: 1. Too Faced’s Bronzed... Read More

Runway: The Summer Ponytail

Back in the day women were scarcely seen sporting a ponytail, unless they were in the confines of their boudoir. Nowadays women tend to throw up their hair for the office or when hitting the gym. And even men have had their moments where a plush tail of hair has been common, just look to the 80′s mullet-slash-ponytail-rocking man-do’s. We are huge fans of the slept-on-it-loose-tail, and Calvin Klein confirmed the resurgence of this easy do, with its tail-spinning... Read More

Runway Trend: Braids

Plaits please! As a dancer I can tell all our readers that there is something feminine and mysterious about a woman that loves her plaits. This spring, both plaits and braids were rampant on the runway, but truth be told, any woman with long hair and a place to put it is a woman with stealth. So if you are wondering about your next “do”. . . just do you!  Read More

Obsessed: Perky Purple by Essie – DISCOUNTINUED!

Dear Essie: Perky Purple is the best nailpolish color EVER. Ever! Nothing is as electric purple and awesome as this color (not even its first cousin, Bermuda Shorts). Bermuda Shorts doesn’t even come close to the neon-ness of Perky P. Perky Purple is just a touch of day-glo, but not so insane that I feel like I highlight-markered my nails, like I used to do in 4th grade. Perky Purple makes me think of early 80’s YSL, big hair (in a good way), and aggressive use of... Read More

The Pleat Guide To . . . Winter Skin!

The Pleat, being an east coast based operation, has been an itchy, flaky victim of dry indoor heat and harsh outdoor winds all winter. So when we had a chance to talk to Roxy snow team rider and freeskier, Sarah Burke, we cross examined her as if we were the skin-care Gestapo.  Here’s her scoop on how not to look like a slab of dried mango: “I travel constantly and being in the cold and wind makes my skin really dry. To avoid sun spots and keep my skin even... Read More

Runway Beauty: Orange Crush

Orange traipsed down the spring runways in every hue imaginable; from soft corals to washed-out neutral tones to vibrant neon, the citrus-fresh color made a bold statement from dresses all the way down to painted lips. From Marc by Marc and Marni who showcased vibrant orange, to Jill Stuart who settled on classic coral, this bold shade in a matte finish successfully carried over the bold lip trend from fall. Lancome’s expert make-up artist, Ricardo Costales, suggested we try... Read More

Designer Exclusives

Exclusive. Exclusivity. Exclusiveness. Being New Yorkers, we PLEATers have a love/hate relationship with the concept of exclusivity. Unmarked doors, unlisted phone numbers, velvet ropes, and closed guest lists are about as rare as a cabbie telling you his meter is broken. In fact, it’s probably easier (and less likely to cause bodily injury!) to sneak into the mayor’s office than past the scary clipboard “hostess” at Le Bain. And being in fashion, god forbid you... Read More