Friday, March 12, 2010

First Look Fridays: Amy Chandra of Midtown Girl

Amy Chandra, Midtown Girl, blog, fashion blog, beauty blog
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely and talented Amy Chandra of Midtown Girl. What is Midtown Girl, you ask? After ending a long-term relationship over 3 years ago, Amy decided to share her stories, feelings and insight as she re-entered the dating world. And it's all based around the perspective of a fabulous gal who lives in midtown Manhattan! Amy's blog is chock-full of great places to eat, shop and otherwise enjoy the city. Read on to discover the designer who started her love for fashion, the nail polish she can't live without and so much more.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I am a born and bred New Yorker. I went to undergrad at NYU and have lived in midtown Manhattan ever since!

How did you first become interested in fashion and beauty?
Growing up, I would put together outfits from vintage pieces, hand-me-downs and with items I "borrowed" from my mom's closet. I remember, way back in junior high, my friends would come over and ask, "Amy, why are you always dressed up, even in your house?" And I would respond, "I don't know, I just feel comfortable this way." LOL! Which means, rarely will you see me wearing sweats and sneaks (unless I am on my way to the gym, of course)!

Also, when I was very young, my mom would often wear this gorgeous forest green Gucci purse. Since my mom never let me "borrow" this Gucci purse, I vowed one day to have my very own! Thus, my love affair with Gucci and designer houses began and still flourishes to this day. Can you blame me?!

Why did you decide to start your blog?
I started Midtown Girl in July of 2008. I had ended a long-term relationship a few months prior and just began to date. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. In addition, I had no clue as to what or what not to wear on a first date (this is a HUGE deal, BTW). So, instead of repeating the same dating story to all my gf's, I started writing down my dates as posts, with the intention of getting helpful advice from my friends.

I love the name of your blog! How did you come up with it?
I have lived in midtown Manhattan for over 10 years (in the same apartment, in the same building). This is my absolute favorite part of the city. It is the fashion center of NYC and the heart of Manhattan. I love being a Midtown Girl!

What have been some of the highlights of having your blog?
Meeting other fabulush bloggy friends -- like you, my darling -- in real life!! (Editor's Note: AWWWWW!) I have met so many great people from blogging, some of whom are now my BFFs!

What are your top 5 beauty essentials?
1) Blackest black liquid eyeliner (brush, not felt tip).

2) Long-lasting nude lip gloss.

Essie, Essie nail polish, Essie Fed Up, nails, nail polish, nail lacquer, nail varnish
3) Essie Nail Polish in Fed Up -- an easy color to wear and apply, so that you will always be manicured.

4) A deep conditioning hair treatment.

Perricone MD, Perricone MD Cold Plasma Serum, skin, skincare, skin care, serum, face serum, moisturizer
5) Currently OCD with my Perricone MD Cold Plasma Serum.

LnA, LnA white tee, LnA white T-shirt, white tee, white T-shirt
What are your top 5 fashion/style essentials?

1) Diamond studs/pearl necklace

2) Camel-colored cashmere extra-long cardigan

3) Denim pencil skirt

4) LnA super soft white tee

5) Super low-cut booties

What brands can you simply not live without?
J Brand, J Brand Love Story, J Brand Love Story Jeans, J Brand jeans, denim, J Brand denim, Love Story jeans, jeans

1) J Brand -- especially their Love Story jeans, I have 3 pairs!! These are the only jeans that fit my bootay the right way.

2) Diane von Furstenberg -- a major part of my date night outfit ensembles as her designs fit my body perfectly and make me feel uber-fabulous.

Tory Burch, Tory Burch Reva, Tory Burch Reva Flats, Tory Burch Reva Resin Ballet Flats, Tory Burch ballet flats, ballet flats, flats
3) Tory Burch -- her designs reflect much of my personal style, Midtown Chic!

4) Zara -- excellent price point for pieces that reflect just enough European flavor without looking like you tried too hard to achieve it.

Christian Louboutin, Louboutin, Loub, Loubs, Christian Louboutin Patent and Lace Sandal, Christian Louboutin heels, Christian Louboutin pumps, Christian Louboutin sandals, sandal, pump, heel, red sole
5) Christian Louboutin -- do I really need to explain?


  1. Thank you soo much for letting me be part of your beautiful series darling!!

    Heart u tons ;-)

  2. Go Amy! Love this post. And what a beautiful picture of you!

  3. Pretty pic Amy! Love those tory burch flats!!

  4. Awww- great insight! You look gorgeous Amy!

  5. Amy! You have such a beautiful smile and shiny shiny bouncy locks! =D Thanks for the Essie rec!

  6. Amy ,Your beautiful & radiant as always
    Your the best

  7. I adore Amy and am so glad to see her featured on The Beauty of Life - she is a bright and sparkly person through and through. And honestly, could she be more gorgeous?

    Loving the beauty essentials - I would literally die without long-lasting nude lip gloss, blackest black liquid liner, and deep conditioning hair treatments. Fabulous interview, and fabulous guest post. I want to be a Midtown Girl too!! :)

  8. Nice to see you be able to put yourself out there and not have to worry about it. I loved learning more about you!

  9. I have a jar of Cold Plasma that I haven't opened yet...but if MG says the shiz is good, I better get on it!