We're sisters from the Midwest who migrated to the top cities of the world! Katie lives in Manhattan and Margaux lives in Miami. We're bright girls with smart, sophisticated and sarcastic ideas and opinions. We're from a fantastic fam (if we do say so ourselves). We grew up a little spoiled but it didn't stop us from learning the value of a dollar and how to stretch it! Stick with us and you'll be looking sexy for far less than your friends.
We have unique senses of style (opposites). Our opinions will complement one another so that you can get the best of both worlds—Trendy and Classic. We're very different and always have been but we agree about one thing—buying the same sweater your friend did for ½ off feels damn good…
School and Resume (What makes me practically perfect in every way to do this) fashionplate I'm a graduate from the University of Michigan and New York Law School. I live in NYC but I'm originally from Cleveland. I've done it all–worked in fashion as a lowly intern dressing models for Jean Paul Gautier and Moschino at AEFFE, worked the corporate law firm as a legal assistant, worked for Fox News as a legal intern and finally landed a job after law school as a Non-Profit lawyer, which pays exactly what you'd imagine. What do all these jobs have in common? Little to no salary to add to my fabulous Manhattan lifestyle!
Living in Manhattan–dream come true. Living a fabulous VIP Lifestyle–PRICELESS…err, not exactly. Smartypanties shows you how I live a glamorous lifestyle for less. Live Luxe. Less Bucks. Where to spend your hard earned cash and where to pass!
My Style: Trendy, fun and flirty (ahem, not slutty). I love experimenting with the latest trends. I'll let you know what's cool this season and what the magazines are just trying to convince you is.
What I love: Disney Princesses and Disney World, Gossip Girl, Shopping, Glee, Ugly Betty, US Weekly, Saks, LuluLemon, Sample Sales, Coupon Codes, Rebecca Taylor, my Burberry rainboots, anything feminine and polished, changing up my look day to day (I go from Blair to Serena in 10 minutes flat), taking pictures, scrapbooking, Balenciaga, Chanel, homemade smoothies, Christmas, my fam and my BOYF!
Weapons of Choice: Intelligent Nutrients hair and skincare, Kevin Aucoin or Great Lash mascara (the Queen Latifah one). I promise I get asked at least once a week what mascara I use), Marc Jacobs Classic Perfume and felt-tipped eyeliner.
School and Resume (What makes me practically perfect in every way to do this) I'm a graduate from Northwestern University and University of Miami School of Law. Yes, I'm definitely nerd-fabulous Esquire! I currently live in Miami, but I'm originally from Ohio just like Katie. Obviously! In college, I did a TON of stuff in the writing/reporting/producing field all over the country at some of the top news outlets in the country. I've even worked in the Federal Government where I've written speeches, articles and done some hardcore legal research for high-ranking political figures. While I never thought of myself as a fashionplate or trendsetter, through the years I began to develop an interest in fashion, beauty and other fun, girly things. I have mastered the art of getting my high-society style for a bargain-basement price. It's all about being smart and picky with your hard-earned money and the rest is all in the way you carry yourself. Take notes, ladies.
What I Heart: Politics and the news fascinate me. Fashion is to Katie as these things are to me. (i.e. listen to my opinion over hers when it comes to current events…). My mustard Tory burches (Yellow matches anything!), Jon Stewart, Singing, Harry Potter, and watching it with Katie.
My Style: It's so funny to me, because I never thought I was one of "those" girls…but now people always ask me fashion and beauty advice because I can def pass as a fashion-savvy girl, but with a more conservative/classic tone. You'll rarely find me without my pearl necklace and/or earrings. I'm pretty much the only girl in Miami who dresses more Jackie O/Charlotte York than Jennifer Lopez/Donatella Versace. I've learned that being classically chic doesn't have to mean you have to drape yourself in I-will-probably-have-to-sell-a-kidney-to-finance-it, Chanel or carry I-need-to-take-out-a-second-mortgage-to-afford-it-Hermes "Kelly" handbags.
Weapons of Choice: Bare Minerals facial makeup (this stuff works!), plenty of SPF (my skin is pristine), Clinique blush, Jean Paul Gautier perfume, and lots of Lancome juicy tubes—Mwah!
We're going to work together to help you find just what you're looking for! Be it funkify your look with accessories or how to look professional with pearls that you can pretend are Mikimoto!
School & Resume: Hi! My name is Elizabeth, but I go by E.B. for short. I am a proud alumni of the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!). Before I graduated, some of my favorite jobs included interning at Jerry Springer and doing promotions for Radio Disney. After I graduated, I worked on Court TV’s “Parco P.I”, BBC’s, “Honey, We’re Killing the Kids”, and worked on a Comedy Central Pilot called “The Best Man”. I am currently a Sales assistant Katz Media doing advertising sales for CBS radio stations across the country. I am also in the midst of compiling a creative portfolio and taking an advertising course at the School of Visual Arts. My ultimate goal is to wind up working in a creative department at a prestigious ad agency. (Any takers?)
What I heart: I am also proud to say that I am a true Disney fan-I am obsessed with Disney Channel and of course Disney world. My other interests are traveling, working on my portfolio, shopping, and working out.
My Style: My ultimate favorite combo is dark jeans with a black top-whether it be a halter, plain tank, a fitted long sleeve, or a sweater. I have to say that my all-time favorite purchase has been my Juicy Couture cashmere hoodies. Although these were a bit on the pricey side, I fully got my money’s worth because I absolutely live in them and they go with everything! As soon as I get home from work, I always put on my So-lows which are incredibly comfy and stylish as well! (it’s a true win/win!) Not only are these great for lounging, but they also are what I like to go shopping in!
Weapons Of Choice: Kiehl’s lip balm is my staple. Not only does it fully moisturize my lips, but it also gives me a great shine! My favorite perfume is 212-and not just because I live in NYC. It always smells totally fresh and clean and isn’t too strong. I also can’t live without my Biolage-smoothing shampoo and conditioner. Not only does it smell great (yummy coconut!), but it also leaves my hair shiny and smooth.